>WW4 File: Russian Air Force: Tu-160 bombers on Venezuela mission slated to return home Sept. 15, but could extend visit if Chavez approves
September 11, 2008Posted by on
- Visiting Russian Bombers to Patrol Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea Until September 15; Kremlin: No Nukes on Board
- “Red” Carpet Treatment: Various News Agencies: Chavez to Enjoy “Spin” on Russian Bomber or Escort on Flight over Caribbean
- Novosti Video Link for Arrival of Tu-160 Bombers in Venezuela
- Russian “President” Medvedev Directly Links Situation in Georgia to Tu-160 Deployment in Venezuela
- Commander of US Fourth Fleet Rear Admiral Kernan Denies Russian Bombers in South America Pose Threat to USA (source)
- Commander of Russia’s Strategic Aviation Major General Androsov in Interview Today: Cuba Has “Sufficient Infrastructure” to Accommodate Kremlin’s Nuclear Bombers
- Netherlands Nervous about Russian-Venezuelan Naval Exercise Slated for First Half of November near Dutch Islands of Aruba and Curaçao (source)
- ALERT: Caracas Orders Reduction in Commercial Flights from USA Effective September 28; Department of Homeland Security Denied Permission to Verify Security Conditions at Venezuelan Airports (source)
- Latin American Red Axis Nations Venezuela and Brazil Expand Military Cooperation through “Venbras” Anti-Drug Operations
On the seventh anniversary of the 911 terrorist attacks, the crafty Soviets are incrementally introducing their military assets into the Western Hemisphere on the invitation of their communist allies in the region. (Not so coincidentally, the founder of the Cheka, Felix Dzerzhinsky, was born on September 11, 1877.) Venezuela’s El Libertador airbase (pictured above) received two Tu-160 Blackjack bombers yesterday, the first time Russia’s strategic bombers have landed in the Americas since the First Cold War (1945-1991). The aircraft arrived in the South American country to hold “training flights” in the region ahead of the joint naval exercise that Caracas and Moscow will conduct in the Caribbean Sea between November 10 and 14.
“Their return has been scheduled for September 15,” Russian Air Force spokesentity Lieutenant-Colonel Vladimir Drik explained. However, Major-General Pavel Androsov, commander of Russia’s strategic aviation, admitted that “The planes’ return could take place later than September 15. It all depends on Venezuela’s hospitality.” Androsov revealed that the Tu-160s could also be used to escort Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez on international trips: “We are not a commercial organization, but if they [the Venezuelans] ask us and we receive proper permission, then we will give him [Chavez] a safe flight over the Caribbean.”
With respect to the Blackjacks’ flight plans, Drik disclosed: “During their stay in Venezuela the bombers will conduct a number of patrol flights over neutral waters in the Pacific and the Caribbean.” He was quick to add that “The planes are not armed with any weapons.” The Russian Foreign Ministry denies that through this mission the Kremlin is establishing a military base in Venezuela or seeking to counter US influence in Georgia. However, “President” Dmitry Medvedev in a speech today directly linked the alleged military threat posed by tiny Georgia against gigantic Russia to the Kremlin’s current program of remilitarization and a “new wave” of Russian military exercises, including specifically the Tu-160 deployment in Venezuela.
Russian bombers set to leave Venezuela in mid-Sept. -2
21:0811/ 09/ 2008
MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) – Two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers that landed in Venezuela on Wednesday are scheduled to return home on September 15 but will stay on if Venezuela gives its approval, Russia’s Air Force said on Thursday.
The bombers landed at Venezuela’s Libertador airfield late last night and during the 13-hour flight from their home base in central Russia were accompanied by NATO fighters.
“Their return has been scheduled for September 15,” Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said.
However, Maj.-Gen. Pavel Androsov, commander of the Air Force’s strategic aviation, said the planes’ return “could take place later than September 15. It all depends on Venezuela’s hospitality.”
During their stay in Venezuela, the bombers will conduct a number of patrol flights over neutral waters in the Pacific and the Caribbean. According to the Drik, the planes are not armed with any weapons.
The Tu-160 Blackjack is a supersonic, variable-geometry heavy bomber, designed to strike strategic targets with nuclear and conventional weapons deep in continental theatres of operation.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the landing of strategic bombers in Venezuela did not mean that Russia had established a military base in the South American country.
“Russia does not have military bases in Latin America,” Andrei Nesterenko, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said. “The landing at the Venezuelan airbase was carried out in line with prior agreements between Russia and Venezuela.”
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on September 1 that “if Russian long-range bombers should need to land in Venezuela we would not object to that.”
Androsov also said the Russian planes could used to escort the Venezuelan leader.
“We are not a commercial organization, but if they ask us and we receive proper permission, then we will give him a safe flight over the Caribbean,” he said.
Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans last August, following an order signed by then-President Vladimir Putin. Russian bombers have since carried out more than 90 strategic patrol flights and have often been escorted by NATO planes.
The Air Force spokesman reiterated on Thursday that all Russian strategic patrols were performed in strict accordance with international rules on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating the borders of other states.
We will not be surprised, however, if in the near future Communist Cuba and neo-Sandinista Nicaragua, contrary to earlier denials, offer their airfields for use by Russian military aircraft. Indeed, the Russian brass is once again raising the subject of deploying their strategic bombers in Cuba, an idea first floated through the Kremlin media in July, several weeks before Russia invaded Georgia. In an interview held today, Major-General Androsov conceded: “Cuba has sufficient infrastructure to accommodate strategic bombers, but the Russian air force is not yet planning to land on Cuba, although we have studied its capacity.” When asked whether Russian strategic aviation were going to fly to countries other than Venezuela, Androsov retorted: “I can see no reason why they should not. The US Air Force has already visited a lot of countries. We are not looking for enemies, rather, we are looking for friends, and friendship should be active. Russia is looking for long-term partnerships.”
In recent months the Moscow-Havana Axis has rematerialized for the world to see. For example, following Hurricane Gustav, which ravaged Cuba on August 30, Russia dispatched two planeloads of humanitarian aid to the island gulag state. The Kremlin was no doubt poking a finger in America’s eye in view of the relief flights that the USA directed to war-wracked Georgia earlier that month.
Along with maturing operational military relations between Caracas and Moscow, Venezuela is also expanding military relations with fellow Latin American Red Axis member Brazil under the auspices of the Venbras “anti-drug” operations. “In addition, Chávez highlighted the start of Venbras operation,” reports the Venezuelan state media, “which is an air exercise in joint with Brazil. ‘We are getting ready for a bigger exercise with Brazil from November 2-14.’” The Soviet-Venezuelan and Venezuelan-Brazilian war games will run concurrently, as noted above. Last month, using Chinese-built radar systems more than 400 troops from the two South American nations mobilized for the first stage of Venbras 2008 at the Santa Elena de Uairen air base in the Venezuela’s Bolivar state. The previous joint Venezuelan-Brazilian naval war game Venbras 2007 took place one year ago. “The maneuvers,” Prensa Latina reported at the time, “will comprise training to respond to crisis situations and application of guidelines to update operational doctrines in the multilateral use of joint forces.”
>Breaking News: Soviets test Washington’s resolve as two Tu-160 Blackjack bombers arrive at Venezuela’s El Libertador airbase for "training flights"
September 10, 2008Posted by on
>Following the August 8 Soviet re-invasion and partial occupation of the Republic of Georgia, Moscow continues to test Washington’s resolve to uphold the venerable, nineteenth-century Monroe Doctrine, in which the USA traditionally opposed European intervention in the Western Hemisphere. In the 1980s the Reagan Doctrine expanded the Monroe Doctrine by specifically opposing Soviet and communist influence in the Americas. The neo-Soviet leadership, utilizing NATO “expansionism” in Central Europe, Ukraine, and Georgia as a pretext, is with this latest development, below, clearly testing America’s response to the presence of Russian military assets on the other side of the Caribbean Sea, America’s backyard.
Last week Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez publicized his invitation for Russia’s air force and navy to utilize Venezuelan territory for the Kremlin’s war preparations. Reuters, citing Russia’s Interfax news agency, reports today that the Blackjacks enjoyed a NATO jet fighter escort across the Atlantic Ocean. El Libertador airbase, where the Tu-160s will be briefly based, is located in the northern town of Palo Negro, in Aragua state.
Pictured above: Russian officer stands in front of a Blackjack bomber at the Engels Airbase on August 7, 2008, one day before Russia’s invasion of Georgia.
Two Russian bombers land in Venezuela-agencies
09.10.08, 3:16 PM ET
MOSCOW, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Two Russian Tu-160 long-range strategic bombers have landed in Venezuela, news agencies said on Wednesday, quoting a source in the Russian Defence Ministry.
Interfax news agency quoted Russian Air Force acting spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky as saying ‘while in flight, the Tu-160s were escorted by NATO fighter jets’ before landing at Venezuela’s Libertadores military air field.
RIA news agency said the two bombers would remain in Venezuela for several days for training flights over neutral waters before they return to their base in Russia.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez visited Moscow in July and said Russia’s armed forces would be welcomed in his country.
‘If some day a Russian fleet arrived in the Caribbean, we will raise flags, we would beat drums and play the national anthem of Venezuela and the national anthem of Russia, because it would be the arrival of a friend,’ Chavez said in July.
On Monday Russia said it would send a nuclear-powered battleship to the Caribbean for a joint naval exercise later this year.
Venezuelan officials later said that four Russian warships would visit the Caribbean in November.
Russia has criticised the United States for sending a sophisticated command ship and two other naval vessels to Georgia, on its southern border, to deliver aid and show support for President Mikheil Saakashvili after Moscow sent troops into Georgia.
The U.S. military said on Monday its naval relief operations to Georgia’s port of Poti had ended, and all ships had left.
Bombs Away! Hugo to Pilot Russian Strategic Bomber
Commenting on the arrival of the Blackjacks, President Chavez chided: “I hope that stings, pitiyanquis.” “Pitiyanquis” is a derogatory term that Comrade Hugo applies to his pro-US domestic opponents. “What’s more,” the former paratrooper boasted, “I’m going to take the controls of one of these monsters. It’s been a while since these planes have been around these parts, and Russia decided a couple of years ago to revive its strategic aviation program.”
>Latin America File: New Cold War in Central America: US Commerce Secretary scrubs Nicaragua trip after Ortega recognizes Georgia’s separatist regions
September 10, 2008Posted by on
>A new Cold War realignment is taking place in Central America. The chilly relations between Washington and Latin America’s Red Axis are spreading from Havana and Caracas to Managua in the wake of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s recognition of the de facto “independence” of Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Comandante Ortega has clearly decided to shun US humanitarian aid in favor of groveling before his masters in Moscow, who have orchestrated the dismemberment of Georgia. In response, US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez (pictured above) has scrubbed his visit to Nicaragua because, in diplomatese, “circumstances have changed.” Nicaragua is a member of both the Washington-led Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement and the Havana/Caracas-led Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, to which Honduras recently added its signature. Earlier this week Gutierrez urged American business leaders to assist in the reconstruction of Georgia’s economy, which was shattered by last month’s Russian invasion.
US Secretary of Commerce cancels Nicaragua visit
September 10, 2008
MANAGUA (AFP) — The US Secretary of Commerce cancelled a visit to Nicaragua because “circumstances have changed,” Washington’s envoy here said Tuesday, days after the Central American country recognized two rebel Georgian provinces.
Carlos Gutierrez was due to visit Nicaragua at the end of September and also meet with President Daniel Ortega, who last week followed Russia’s lead and recognized the Georgian separatist provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
“The secretary’s office said that now is not an appropriate moment for the visit because circumstances have changed,” said US ambassador Robert Callahan.
In response to journalists’ questions on whether the cancellation was linked to Nicaragua’s stance on Georgia, Callahan underlined the US position on the conflict, without mentioning Nicaragua.
“We have have publicly said regarding … the Russian occupation of these two entities and the Russian recognition, that this is a violation of some of the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council,” Callahan said.
He also underlined that his government was interested in “maintaining close and cordial relations” with Nicaragua.
Ortega, a former Marxist guerilla who had close ties to the ex-Soviet Union, went further than other leftist Latin American governments in his defiance of Washington by recognizing the two breakaway provinces after an armed conflict between Moscow and Tbilisi over South Ossetia last month.
>WW4 File: NATO fighter jets intercept 2 Bear bombers near Norway today; Barents Observer contradicts Sept. 1 AFP story: Incident 1st such since Aug. 7
September 10, 2008Posted by on
- Commander of Russian Strategic Missile Forces Again Threatens to Destroy US NMD Installations Planned for Central Europe
- Wall Street Journal Outlines Potential Scenario for Russia to Reassert Control over Ukraine and Especially the Crimean Peninsula
- Georgian Officials Accuse Russia of Breaking Truce by Killing Georgian Police Officer Near Russia’s Karaleti Checkpoint between Gori and South Ossetia (source)
- Russian Troops at Karaleti Checkpoint Prevent United Nations Aid Convoy from Reaching Georgian Villages near South Ossetia (source)
- NATO Experts Arrive in Georgia to Assess Damage to Country’s Military Infrastructure and Provide Basis for Future Aid Packages (source)
Today Norwegian fighter jets intercepted two Tu-95 Bear bombers and two additional Russian aircraft near the northern coast of that country. Contrary to a September 1 report from the AFP news agency, which asserted that there was no “slowdown” in Russian strategic aviation flights during the brief Caucasian War, the Barents Observer, also citing Norwegian military officials, states that “the Russian aircraft have not been observed in the area since before the crisis in South Ossetia,” specifically August 7. Oslo may have been referring to the incident linked here.
No Russian bombers in Arctic during Georgia crisis
Norwegian fighter jets today intercepted two Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers outside the northern Norwegian coast. The Russian aircrafts had not been observed in the area since before the crisis in South Ossetia, Norwegian military officials confirm.
According to a press spokesman for the Norwegian Air Force, two Norwegian F16 fighter jets were sent to mark territory against four approaching Russian aircraft, among them two Tu.-95 strategic bombers, newspaper Avisa Nordland reports.
The air force spokesman also confirms that no Russian bombers had been observed in the area since 7 August.
The more than one-month break in strategic flights in the High North could be assessed as a deliberate Russian policy not to stir tensions in the region. Thus, before the war in Georgia, Russian aircrafts were seen patrolling the area almost every week.
Despite the ongoing hassle between Russia and NATO, political relations between Norway and Russia remain warm and positive. Both countries have on numerous occasions expressed determination to continue to develop cross-border cooperation both on land and at sea. The recent meeting between the two countries’ coast guards in northern Norway is just one example of the cooperation.
We can only guess which report is accurate, but we suspect that the first line issued by the Norwegian military nearly 10 days ago is the correct one. The government in Oslo is center-left in orientation and persists in viewing Moscow’s remilitarization as a benign phenomenon. “While Norway plays down the notion that the Russian flights are a muscle-flexing demonstration,” AFP states, “other countries have had a hard time seeing purely coincidence when Russian bombers last year for instance stroked the outer limits of Dutch airspace when the Netherlands was hosting an important NATO meeting.” Indeed.
Journalist Pavel Felgenhauer, who writes for the Eurasian Daily Monitor, insists that Russia’s strategic bombers do carry nuclear weapons, despite protests to the contrary from Russian authorities. “First Putin,” Felgenhauer explains, “said that battle preparedness includes the carrying of nuclear weapons. Then, later, they started saying that the aircraft do not carry any such weapons. So, you see, it is not easy to say why they are actually flying.” In other words, the Kremlin, which knows that US spy satellites can monitor Russian military movements, refuses to plainly admit to their “partners,” meaning the Americans: “We are actually in a state of war with each other.”
A flashpoint for direct superpower confrontation is emerging over the skies of the Baltic states, reports the Kremlin media, as US warplanes are slated to patrol the airspace over the former Soviet republics, now EU/NATO member states, beginning next month.
The U.S. Air Force will patrol the airspace over the Baltic states from October, the Latvian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. A group of U.S. F-16 fighter jets will replace the current German planes on a rotation basis. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia reached an agreement with NATO on the lease of fighters to patrol their airspace in 2004. Patrols have since been conducted by Belgian, Spanish, Norwegian, German and Danish aircraft. The patrols cost the Latvian taxpayers $4 million a year. The Baltic States have virtually no fighter planes. They said earlier that they would be unable to acquire their own fighter planes before 2018. The Baltic skies are presently secured by the so-called NATO air police, which in addition to fighter planes also provide air defense systems and manpower.
This development will provide the Soviet strategists with yet another pretext to launch prememptive military strikes against the West, a threat plainly and clearly reiterated again today by Colonel General Nikolai Solovtsov, commander of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces. “Therefore, we have to take appropriate action,” Solovtsov rumbled, adding: “I cannot rule out that should the country’s military-political leadership make such a decision, some of our ICBMs could be targeted at missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic, and subsequently at other such facilities.”
Another flashpoint, already considered at this blog, is Ukraine’s proposed accession to NATO, a prospect that has raised the ire of the Kremlin leadership and which in reality represents many years of patient Soviet strategizing to foment war between Russia and the Western Alliance. Wall Street Journal writer Leon Aron describes a potential scenario that would enable Russia and Russia’s fifth column in Ukraine to reassert control via a putsch over the “former” Soviet republic and, in particular, the Russian-dominated city of Sevastopol, where Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is moored:
With almost three-quarters of Sevastopol’s 340,000 residents ethnically Russian, and 14,000 Russian Navy personnel already “on the inside” (they’ve been known to don civilian clothes and participate in demonstrations by Russian Crimean irredentists), an early morning operation in which the Ukrainian mayor and officials are deposed and arrested and the Russian flag hoisted over the city should not be especially hard to accomplish. Once established, Russian sovereignty over Sevastopol would be impossible to reverse without a large-scale war, which Ukraine will be most reluctant to initiate and its Western supporters would strongly discourage.
A potentially bolder (and likely bloodier) scenario might involve a provocation by the Moscow-funded, and perhaps armed, Russian nationalists (or the Russian special forces, spetznaz, posing as irredentists). They could declare Russian sovereignty over a smaller city (Alushta, Evpatoria, Anapa) or a stretch of inland territory. In response, Ukrainian armed forces based in the Crimea outside Sevastopol would likely counterattack. The ensuing bloodshed would provide Moscow with the interventionist excuse of protecting its compatriots — this time, unlike in South Ossetia, ethnic Russians.
As can be seen the existence of Russian fifth columnists in all of the “former” Soviet republics, such as the Party of Regions and the Communist Party of Ukraine in Kiev, not only provides a line of control between Moscow and its satellites, but can also facilitate the reestablishment of a new Soviet Union.
>WW4 File: Soviets flout 2nd EU-brokered peace deal, fortify regular troops in Abkhazia, S. Ossetia, Georgia proper; CSTO, SCO hold war game in Belarus
September 9, 2008Posted by on
- Kremlin Media: 3,800 Regular Troops to Be Permanently Deployed in Each Separatist Republic of Abkhazia and South Ossetia
- Russian Regular Troops Fortify Positions in Bomb-Damaged Port of Poti, Located in Georgia Proper
- President Lukashenko: Belarus to Follow Russia, Hamas, Nicaragua in Recognizing Abkhazian and South Ossetian “Independence”
- Security Agencies of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and Shanghai Cooperation Organzation Hold “Anti-terrorist Drill” in Belarus; Russian-Belarusian War Game to Follow this Fall
Pictured above: Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and “President” Dmitry Medvedev.
According to the Kremlin media, Russia, applying a loophole in the second European Union-brokered “peace deal,” will permanently deploy 3,800 regular troops in each of Georgia’s breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia, now recognized as independent states by Moscow. “Upon the request of the two republics Russian armed forces will be present on their territory to provide security,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov intoned, below, adding: “These are not peacekeepers, but a military contingent, the number of which has been set by the Ministry of Defence during the consultations with its partners in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. They will be present there as the troops of a foreign country, providing security on behalf of the corresponding.” In other words, notwithstanding any pie-crust promises on paper, Russian troops are not vacating Georgian territory but serve as a permanent finger in the eye of NATO, which supported Kosovo’s secession from Russian ally Serbia earlier this year.
New countries gain Russian troop pledge
September 9, 2008, 19:26
Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia and Abkhazia will be replaced by regular army troops, according to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The announcement came after Russia established formal diplomatic relations with the newly independent countries. Meanwhile, Russian checkpoints in Georgia are being closed down.
The news was announced by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a joint media conference with his counterparts from the new states.
“First of all, we have exchanged notes and have agreed to establish diplomatic relations between Russia and Abkhazia and Russia and South Ossetia,” Lavrov said.
“We are setting up ties at the ambassadorial level. Secondly, we have discussed the drafts of agreements between Russia and South Ossetia and Russia and Abkhazia on friendship, co-operation and mutual assistance”. The documents mentioned by the Russian foreign minister will coordinate all kinds of cooperation including military.
The move follows Moscow’s decision to recognise the republics’ independence after Georgia attempted to gain control of South Ossetia last month by force.
It has also been revealed that Russian checkpoints in Georgia are being closed down. This has been confirmed by the Georgian Interior Ministry, according to AFP.
Russian military presence in the republics
In response to the request by Abkhazian and South Ossetian leaders, Russia will provide security in the republics, said Lavrov. According to the foreign minister, this has already been announced and the documents have been signed. “Upon the request of the two republics Russian armed forces will be present on their territory to provide security,” Lavrov said.
When the agreement, drawn up on Tuesday by all sides, is signed and ratified the troops will be present on the territories of Abkazia and South Ossetia on an international legal basis, as has been stressed the Russian foreign minister.
“These are not peacekeepers, but a military contingent, the number of which has been set by the Ministry of Defence during the consultations with its partners in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. They will be present there as the troops of a foreign country, providing security on behalf of the corresponding,” said Lavrov.
Newborn states hope for international recognitionLeaders of the two newly recognised republics say they already have candidates for the posts of ambassadors. They are also thankful for the recognition of their independence, saying that Russia’s position was a key step in their future.
“Initially we were just surviving, constantly under threat – but now we are facing the task of development, the instrument for which are being prepared now,” Abkhazia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Shamba noted.
He also expressed hope that other countries, including European states, will in time re-think their position, and in his opinion everything will depend on what kind of example the newly recognised republics will demonstrate to the rest of the world.
Shamba’s South Ossetian counterpart Murat Dzhioev echoed him saying the republic will work with other countries individually and with international organisations as part of the process in seeking other countries’ recognition of South Ossetia. In his opinion many countries will follow Russia’s suit.
Nicaragua recently became the second country to recognise their independence.
Meanwhile, the Belarusian president Aleksandr Lukashenko has also spoken about acknowledging South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states. He said a decision on the issue would follow a parliamentary election at the end of this month. Belarus has a history of good relations with Abkhazia, and Lukashenko said he was keen to express his full support for Russia’s position.
Furthermore, in Georgia proper Russian troops continue to dig in around the strategically important port of Poti, located on the Black Sea, a site of tension between Russian and NATO naval vessels since last month’s Russian invasion of Georgia. The Georgian media reported yesterday that “Russian troops, instead of showing signs of withdrawal, had reinforced their outposts outside the port town of Poti over the weekend.” Tbilisi also confirmed that two Russian aircraft entered Georgian airspace on September 7, flying for about 45 minutes over Tskhinvali, the capital of breakaway South Ossetia, and Shatili, a region in northern Georgia, adjacent to the Russian border.
Russia Reinforces Outposts in Poti
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 8 Sep.’08 / 16:12
Georgia said that Russian troops, instead of showing signs of withdrawal, had reinforced their outposts outside the port town of Poti over the weekend.
“The Russian occupation force is reinforcing – rather than vacating – its checkpoints near the strategic commercial port of Poti,” the Georgian government said in a statement released on September 7.
It said that one checkpoint was reinforced with five armored personnel carriers (APC) and about 50 troops, while another was reinforced with one APC and about 10 troops.
A Poti-based journalist working for the RFE/RL Georgian Service also reported that the checkpoints had been reinforced. She wrote on her blog that the outposts had been reinforced by six armored vehicles.
The Georgian government also said that two Russian aircraft entered Georgian airspace on September 7, flying for about 45 minutes over Tskhinvali, the capital of breakaway South Ossetia, and Shatili, a region in northern Georgia close to the Russian border. The Georgian government said the Russian aircraft were “presumably on a reconnaissance mission.”
Meanwhile, the security agencies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) are holding a joint military exercise Bastion-Antiterror-2008 in Belarus between September 9 and 12. State-run Voice of Russia reports today on this latest preparation for war against the Western Alliance under the guise of “anti-terrorist drills”:
CIS countries are due to hold a joint military exercise Bastion-Antiterror-2008 in Minsk from the 9th to the 12th of this month. Taking part in the manoeuvres will be the security services of the Commonwealth, the officials of the CSTO, SCO, as well as military attachés and foreign monitors. The first stage of the exercise was held in August seeking to neutralize mock terrorists in Russia, Moldavia, Ukraine and Belarus. The scenario of this stage of the exercise provides for wiping out groups of extremists when these try to illegally cross the Belarusian border.
The story above reports: “The scenario of this stage of the exercise provides for wiping out groups of extremists when these try to illegally cross the Belarusian border.” Thinking strategically, war gaming of this type would also permit the Communist Bloc to repel an attack, or counter-attack, by NATO across the Belarusian-Polish border. The same source covers this Communist Bloc war game in another article:
Security agencies of the countries — members of the CIS, CSTO and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization are holding a joint drill in Belarus slated to run until the 12th of this month. The opening phase of the large-scale exercise which is attended by military attaches and observers from around the world will practice measures to forecast and prevent terrorist attacks. Wrapping up the four-day drill will be a joint operation to cut off and destroy a group of terrorists and release hostages on board commercial places and at airports.
The CIS consists of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Last month Georgia notified the CIS leadership that it will withdraw from the intergovernmental organization effective August 2009. The CSTO consists of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. The SCO consists of full members China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, and observers India, Iran, Mongolia, and Pakistan. Together the CIS/CSTO/SCO represent the new Eurasian Communist Bloc since nearly every country listed here is governed by open or “ex”-communists. The Bastion-Antiterror-2008 drill, moreover, represents the expanding cooperation between the three overlapping blocs, initiated last year with a memorandum of understanding between the CSTO and SCO and furthered in July of this year in response to US National Missile Defense plans in Central Europe and perceived NATO expansionism in Ukraine and Georgia.
Additional war games are scheduled to take place in Belarus this fall, with Russia and the hosting state providing the bulk of the men and arms. Two year ago, reports the Jamestown Foundation, “Belarus and Russia carried out the largest-ever joint military exercises, ‘Union Shield 2006,’ which anticipated the response to an unspecified external military threat.” These two countries are politically and economically united under the Union State of Russia and Belarus, a building block of the soon-to-be-restored Soviet Union. In addition to holding the post of Russian premier, KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin is also prime minister of the Union State.
>Latin America File: Ortega advances neo-Sandinista dictatorship by shutting down NGOs; Rosario lifts Hillary line on "vast right-wing conspiracy"
September 9, 2008Posted by on
>The communist regime in Nicaragua, which was established in 1979 but strategically withdrew from the political limelight between 1990 and 2006, continues to crack down on political opponents, identified by President Daniel Ortega’s self-described “revolutionary government” as US-backed non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Pictured here, from left to right: Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, Ortega, and First Lady/ex-Guerrilla Girl Rosario Murillo give the clenched-fist communist salute in Quito, on July 14, 2008.
The enemy, according to First Lady Murillo, taking a page from US counterpart Hillary Clinton’s script, is a “vast right-wing conspiracy” in which NGOs serve as “Trojan horses” in the Nicaraguan political system. The neo-Sandinista dictatorship, following in the footsteps of the crypto-communist Putinist regime that lately persecuted the British Council, is intimidating NGOs in Nicaragua by launching official investigations against the Autonomous Women’s Movement, the Center of Investigations for Communication, OXFAM, and a network of other Nicaraguan human rights and democracy groups. Journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro and feminist leader Sofia Montenegro, in particular, are in the Ortegas’ cross-hairs. The Costa Rican media reports today:
Gov’t targets NGOs in Nicaragua,civil leaders denounce persecution
By Tim Rogers
Nica Times Staff email@example.com
GRANADA, Nicaragua – Leaders of nongovernmental organizations and human rights groups are uniting their voices of protest against an aggressive new campaign by the President Daniel Ortega administration to “persecute” civil society groups that have dared to criticize the government or the direction of the country.
First Lady Rosario Murillo last week launched a brazenly aggressive government campaign called “Operation No More Lies,” aimed at discrediting civil society by calling non-government organizations (NGOs) “modern day Trojan Horses” that mask “an international campaign against the revolutionary government” of Ortega.
The campaign, launched under the guise of investigative journalism in the administration’s new weekly bulletin “El 19,” accuses the Autonomous Women’s Movement (MAM), the Center of Investigations for Communication (CINCO), international group OXFAM and a network of other Nicaraguan human-rights and democracy groups of being part of an international conspiracy against the government.
According to the administration, “right-wing international groups,” such as OXFAM, are supporting a “triangulation of slander” by sending money to women’s groups via CINCO, a non-governmental group headed by journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro. The women’s groups, according to the administration, then use the veil of “feminism” to attack and slander the government.
Sandinista media outlets, infamous for playing judge and jury, jumped on the story and accused Chamorro and feminist leader Sofia Montenegro of “money laundering.”
The Government Ministry (MINGOB) apparently interpreted the Sept. 2 report in “El 19” as an official presidential order and quickly announced it was opening an investigation of MAM, CINCO and OXFAM, among other groups that have criticized the government. Gustavo Sireas, head of MINGOB’s registry of nongovernmental organizations accredited in Nicaragua, said the government’s efforts were to make sure that the registry is “in order” and denied it was part of a government crackdown on political enemies.
But for those in the government’s crosshairs, that explanation is unconvincing.
“This is an attempt to intimidate not only us but all other non-governmental organizations,” Ana Quirós, a leader of the Autonomous Women’s Movement, told The Nica Times yesterday.
For Quirós, the government campaign is part of a political revenge against the feminist movement for supporting Murillo’s daughter, Zoilamérica Narváez, in her 1998 sexual abuse case against Ortega.
“This definitely has to do with the Zoilamérica case, which has become internationally relevant again,” Quirós said, referring to recent protests by feminist leaders in other countries who have called Ortega a “rapist.”
Quirós added that MAM – a social movement, not a registered NGO – is studying the possibility of taking the case before the International Commission against Torture, on the argument that the government’s campaign is one of psychological torture and terrorism. She said that if anything happens to Montenegro or any other of the leaders of the women’s movement, “it will be the exclusive responsibility of this government.”
“We can’t forget what happened to Carlos Guadamuz, who was assassinated on the street,” Quirós said of the anti-Ortega journalist who was gunned down in broad daylight by a Sandinista assassin in 2004.
Chamorro, speaking on his weekly television news show, Esta Semana, called the government campaign a “dangerous escalation of persecution” of civil society groups and a violation of citizens’ rights to organize and participation in society.
Chamorro said his organization has always followed the law, and mocked the so-called “investigative journalism” by the government newspaper, saying all the information they reported was taken from the organization’s Web page and other sources in the public domain.
The same Sandinista media outlets in 2006 accused Chamorro – without any basis or formal charges – of drug trafficking after he ran an investigative report linking Sandinista officials to a land extortion case in Tola.
Chamorro has called the newest set of government slander campaign “cowardly,” and is calling on others to stand up to the Ortega administration’s fear tactics.
In 2004 Ortega was accused of masterminding the murder of anti-Sandinista journalist Carlos Guadamuz, but former Sandinista Interior Minister Tomas Borge, presently Nicaragua’s ambassador to Peru, denied the accusation:
Guadamuz, a leading journalist, was head of public radio La Voz de Nicaragua at the time of the Sandinista revolution (1979-1990) then of Radio Ya, the radio of the Sandanista National Liberation Front (FSLN), until 2000 when he was expelled after deciding to stand for a seat on Managua’s municipal council.
He then became closer to the right-wing Constitutional Liberal Party (PLC) and got a job working for the public Canal 6 until it closed in 2002. For the past several months he rented a slot on CDNN for his daily broadcast, which was known to be very hard-hitting and fiercely critical of the FSLN.
The victim’s oldest son accused the party’s leader Daniel Ortega, of being the “chief suspect” in the death of his father. “He is my father’s biggest enemy,” he told the local press.
In a statement the FSLN condemned the murder which it also described as a set up. “This murder was carried out to make it look like the FSLN was behind it. There is no doubt about that,” said Tomás Borge, deputy general secretary of the party.
Meanwhile, Ortega, whose government is the second in the world after Russia itself to recognize Abkhazian and South Ossetian independence, continues to shill for his masters in Moscow, as state-run Voice of Russia reports today:
The Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega says that the USA and other Western countries have chosen an aggressive and provocative policy toward Russia’s neighbours and militarily as well. Talking with newsmen in Managua he stressed that for this purpose the West is seeking to involve both the post –Soviet space and the former socialist countries. Ortega is of the opinion that there’s direct evidence today that the West is determined to gain hegemony and to establish a mono-polar world, while Russia defends multi-polarity in international affairs and is seeking dialogue and peaceful solutions, the Nicaraguan President underlined.
Neo-Soviet Russia has accepted Hugo Chavez’s offer to utilize Venezuelan military airfields for its strategic bombers and anti-submarine warfare reconnaissance aircraft. Will fellow communist Ortega support the Soviet strategists’ plan to encircle America with their military assets by making Nicaragua’s airports available to the Russian Air Force and Navy? If so, then the Moscow-Managua Axis will have evolved and deepened beyond even its Cold War relationship. A high-level Nicaraguan diplomatic-military delegation visited Russia last November, reciprocating former Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin’s attendance at Ortega’s January 2007 re-inauguration.
>WW4 File: Russian FM: Navy to "temporarily" base ASW aircraft in Venezuela; communist allies to hold joint naval drill in Caribbean November 10-14
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>FOURTH WORLD WAR HIGHLIGHTS
- European/French President Sarkozy Brokers Second Peace Deal with Kremlin: Russia to Withdraw “All” Troops from Georgia Proper by October 8
- Strategy Page: Georgian Radars Linked to NATO Air Defense System, NATO Sending Portable Anti-Aircraft Missiles to Tbilisi; Russian Occupation Troops Still Raiding Georgian Military Bases (source)
- Flashback: Russian Naval Intelligence Ship Spotted 18 Miles East of Okinawa on Day of Russian Invasion of Georgia; Japanese Island Home to More than 20,000 US Troops (source)
- Baku Subservient to Moscow: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev Phones Russian Counterpart Dmitry Medvedev to Relate Substance of US Vice President Dick Cheney’s Comments During September 3 Visit (source)
- Ex-GRU Colonel Vladimir Kvachkov Spills the Beans on Kremlin’s Intent behind Georgia Invasion: Russia Terminated Military Operation Too Soon, Should Have Deposed President Saakashvili, Installed Igor Giorgadze, Son of Current Chief of United Communist Party of Georgia (source)
- Alexander Dugin, Kremlin Stooge and Eurasianist Co-Founder of Communist Party of the Russian Federation: “Serious, Profound, Irreversible Confrontation with the United States” Coming Soon
- Faux Rightist Czech President Vaclav Klaus Denounces Georgian “Aggression,” Praises Russia as Peacemaker in South Ossetian Conflict
Today European/French President Nicolas Sarkozy conferred yet again in Moscow with his Russian countpart Dmitry Medvedev. There the Russian “president” agreed to withdraw all of his troops from Georgia proper within the next four weeks. Not surprisingly, the Soviet strategists inserted a loophole into the latest European Union-brokered peace agreement: There is no stipulation that Russia withdraw to pre-conflict positions, a demand required by the West, thus allowing the Kremlin room to leave troops and weapons inside “independent” South Ossetia and Abkhazia. In a related story, Voice of Russia reports, faux rightist Czech President Vaclav Klaus revealed his subservience to Moscow by denouncing Georgia as the aggressor in the South Ossetian conflict, portraying Russia as the peacemaker, and sympathizing with Abkhazian and South Ossetian secessionists.
Moscow has been attempting to remove the US-backed regime of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and re-install an open communist regime for several years now. Last month, two days after Russian tanks had entered Georgia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rumbled: “Saakashvili must go.” Prior to that, in November 2006 we reported on a failed communist coup that occured in the “ex”-Soviet republic in September of that year. The mastermind was Igor Giorgadze, former chief of Georgia’s National Security Service and son of General Panteleimon Giorgadze, chairman of the United Communist Party of Georgia, which belongs to Oleg Shenin’s restored Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Presently living “in exile” in Moscow, Giorgadze is wanted by Interpol for organizing the August 29, 1995 attempt on the life of “ex”-CPSU Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze. In May 2006 journalist Vladimir Socor explained the convoluted politics of the Caucasus:
Undoubtedly, the asylum decision on Giorgadze was a political decision by the Kremlin, not a technical one by law-enforcement agencies. It seems intended to energize the motley collection of Georgian fringe groups that Moscow seeks to marshal into a local fifth column, and of which Giorgadze seems to be a designated centerpiece. Staking on marginal groups and discredited figures is a sign of Moscow’s utter lack of credible political allies within Georgia.
In August 2007 we posted on the trial and conviction of the communists behind that failed coup. Intriguingly, this week the Russian media reported that former GRU Colonel Vladimir Kvachkov, acquitted earlier this year for the attempted assassination of politician/businessman Anatoly Chubais, has spilled the beans on the Kremlin’s intent behind Georgia invasion. According to Kvachkov, Russia terminated the military operation too soon and should have deposed President Saakashvili and installed the son of Georgia’s communist party boss.
LATIN AMERICAN THEATER
- Russian Foreign Ministry: Navy to “Temporarily” Base Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft in Venezuela; Announcement Follows by Less Than One Week Hugo Chavez’s Offer to Host Russian Military
- US State Department Scoffs at Russian Navy’s Capabilities Following Announcement of Joint Naval Maneuver with Venezuela; Drill to Begin Six Days after US Presidential Election
Taking affront to the NATO fleet in the Black Sea and its support for the reconstruction of Georgia, the Soviets have decided to thumb their nose at the USA by scheduling joint naval drills in the Caribbean Sea, America’s “backyard,” with Red Venezuela between November 10 and 14. The Russian naval task force, state-run Novosti reports below, will be dispatched from the Northern Fleet and consist of the nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Velikiy and support ships. Moscow and Caracas formed a strategic partnership against the USA in May 2001 and thus the announced war game between the two Communist Bloc states is a natural progression in their plan to dethrone US influence in Latin America. The South American country has already purchased Russian fighter jets, military helicopters, diesel-powered submarines, AK-47 assault rifles, and a contract to build more such rifles.
This past summer Kremlin-run Gazprom and Venezuelan state oil and gas company Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. inked an agreement on joint exploration of the Ayacucho 3 block in the Orinoco oil belt. Under the terms of this protocol Gazprom Latin America B.V. and PdVSA will complete the geological modeling, evaluation, and calculation of reserves in the block. The new chairman of Gazprom is “ex”-CPSU cadre and former prime minister Viktor Zubkov, who is also father in law of Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.
Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez has visited Moscow seven times since assuming the presidency of that country in 1999. The most recent pilgrimage was completed in July of this year. Pictured above: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Chavez meet at former’s Novo Ogaryovo residence near Moscow, on July 22, 2008.
Russia confirms sending warships to the Atlantic, Caribbean
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MOSCOW, September 8 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian naval task force from the Northern Fleet will go on a tour of duty in the Atlantic Ocean and participate in joint naval drills with the Venezuelan navy in November, a Navy spokesman said on Monday.
“In line with the 2008 training program and in order to expand military cooperation with foreign navies Russia will send in November a naval task force from the Northern Fleet, comprising nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Velikiy and support ships, to the Atlantic Ocean,” Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said.
During the tour of duty, the Russian warships will participate in joint naval exercises with the Venezuelan navy.
“The decision to conduct Russian-Venezuelan naval exercises was adopted at the meeting between presidents in July this year,” Dygalo said.
“During the exercise, ships and naval aircraft will practice coordinated maneuvering, search-and-rescue, and communications,” he said.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez earlier said Venezuela would hold joint naval exercises with Russian warships in the Caribbean in late November-early December.
Russia announced last year that Russia’s Navy had resumed, and would build up its continual presence in different regions of the world’s oceans.
A naval task force from Russia’s Northern Fleet, consisting of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the Udaloy-Class destroyers Admiral Levchenko and Admiral Chabanenko, as well as auxiliary vessels, conducted from December 2007 to February 2008 a two-month tour of duty in the Mediterranean Sea and North Atlantic.
In response to the official announcement of the joint Russian-Venezuelan naval maneuvers, US State Department pokesman Sean McCormack scoffed: “If Russia really intends to send ships to the Caribbean, then they found a few ships that can make it that far.” The drill will commence six days after the US presidential election, which is probably not coincidental.
The consolidation of the Soviet-Venezuelan strategic partnership by way of a Caribbean naval exercise is troubling, although the Russian Navy is by itself no match for its US counterpart. More disturbing, however, is the Kremlin media’s failure to mention that Venezuela will be “temporarily” hosting Russian anti-submarine warfare aircraft on its soil by year’s end. The Iranian state media, citing the AFP news agency, reports today: “Moscow says it plans to temporarily deploy anti-sub aircraft in Venezuela, amid a growing danger of a NATO-Russia conflict in the Black Sea. ‘Before the end of the year, as part of a long-distance expedition, we plan a visit to Venezuela by a Russian navy flotilla… and the temporary basing of anti-submarine aircraft of the Russian Navy at an airport in Venezuela,’ spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said on Monday, AFP reported.” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesentity Nesterenko insisted that Russia’s “South American naval visit ‘is not in any way connected to the current situation in the Caucasus,’ and that ‘it is not aimed at any third country.’” The Russian Navy has in recent weeks tested new EW equipment in its Tu-142 Bear-F, the maritime reconnaissance version of the Tu-95 Bear bomber, over the Arctic Ocean.
Plans for the incremental deployment of Russian military assets in the Western Hemisphere have obviously been afoot for some time, well before Russia’s August 8 invasion of Georgia. For example, on July 22 Chavez visited Moscow, dragging yet another lengthy shopping list of Russian-build armament. Novosti, above quotes Russian Navy spokesentity Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo as admitting: “The decision to conduct Russian-Venezuelan naval exercises was adopted at the meeting between presidents in July this year.” A week later, on July 30 and 31 Russian Vice Premier Igor Sechin and ex-FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev visited Havana where military cooperation between Moscow and Havana was discussed. The US determination to rebuild Georgia’s post-invasion economy provides Russia with a pretext to expand its military operations worldwide. Only weeks before the Georgia invasion, Kremlin-run Izvestia leaked a story, denied by the Russian Defense Ministry, to the affect that the Russian military was considering deploying its strategic bombers to Cuba, Venezuela, and Algeria. Finally, less than one week ago Comrade Hugo cheerfully offered to host Russia’s long-range aircraft on Venezuelan soil. It appears that the neo-Soviet leadership liked Hugo’s offer.
- Japanese Defense Ministry Releases White Paper after Russia’s Georgia Invasion: Tokyo Worried about Russian War Games near Japan; Chinese, North Korean Militarism; Southern Kuril Islands Occupied by Soviets Since 1945
Meanwhile, last week the Japanese Defense Ministry released its annual white paper, approved by Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s cabinet, in which the Japanse government expressed its concern over the presence of Russian military drills in and over the Sea of Japan, including nuclear-powered submarines and strategic bombers. “It has been observed that the Russian military is becoming active in areas close to Japan, including drills and training aimed at improving its proficiency,” the white paper stated, adding: “Airplane drills and flights near Japan are becoming more frequent. A Russian military jet intruded into Japanese airspace in February .” Japan and Russia are still in a state of war following the Second World War and the Soviet invasion and occupation of the four southern most Kuril Islands, which Tokyo also claims. In April of this year PM Fukuda visited Moscow (pictured above) where he met then President Vladimir Putin and then President-Elect Dmitry Medvedev. The neo-Soviet leadership offered to return two of the disputed islands to Japan, but Fukuda insisted upon the restoration of Japanese sovereignty over all four islands. The friction between Tokyo and Moscow over the Kurils did not prevent Japan’s Toshiba and Russia’s Atomenergoprom from forming an alliance in nuclear power operations, including power plant construction and fuel production.
Western Analysts See the Light: USA and Russia Never Closer to “Direct Confrontation” than Since Cold War
In the aftermath of the Caucasian War, many Kremlinologists who do not necessarily subscribe to the Golitsynian thesis, namely, that the collapse of Soviet communism in 1991 was a strategic deception and that the communist drive for global domination is right on track, are admitting that the USA and Russia have never been closer to a “direct confrontation” since the end of the Cold War. Even the most ideologically challenged geopolitical analyst should not be able to avoid this conclusion. Pavel Felgenhauer, a Moscow-based military analyst who works with the Jamestown Foundation, made the following astute observation regarding Russia’s August 8 invasion of Georgia: “Russia is probing the West, as it often did during the Cold War, [to see] how far is the West willing to go: What will happen if Russia continues to push? There is a party of war within the ruling party. . . . It seems that for now the hard-liners are winning.”
One of those Russian hardliners is Alexander Dugin (pictured here at pro-Serbia rally in Moscow, on April 27), a political theorist/mystic and ex-KGB archivist who crafted the constitution of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. Dugin exposes the Kremlin’s intentions in the Caucasus region in the following quote: “Russia’s move into Georgia was an irreversible decision that will mean in the future a serious, profound, irreversible confrontation with the United States. . . . The stakes are so high that Moscow has placed all its [chips] on the table. I think the strategy was a good one.” Kremlin-run Russia Profile admits that “The Eurasia Party, later Eurasia Movement, founded by Dugin in 2002, is said by some observers to enjoy financial and organizational support from Vladimir Putin’s presidential office.”
Dugin’s anti-Americanism is evident in his theoretical ramblings. “In principle,” he is quoted as saying by Russia Profile, “Eurasia and our space, the heartland Russia, remain the staging area of a new anti-bourgeois, anti-American revolution.” In his 1997 book, The Basics of Geopolitics, he states “The new Eurasian empire will be constructed on the fundamental principle of the common enemy: the rejection of Atlanticism, strategic control of the USA, and the refusal to allow liberal values to dominate us. This common civilisational impulse will be the basis of a political and strategic union.”
Journalist Tom Lasseter writes for the McClatchy article above: “Russian analysts say there are three possible flash points, all centered on or around the Black Sea, once almost lakefront property for the Soviet empire. The sea borders three NATO members — Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania — and two applicants, Georgia and Ukraine. If the two applicants join the alliance, Russia’s Black Sea coastline would be surrounded by NATO.” He then quotes Nikolai Petrov, a Moscow scholar in residence with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who contends: “Now it looks like there is a certain red line that exists in the heads of Russian leadership and they are willing to do anything to stop it from being crossed. And this red line is Ukraine and Georgia joining NATO.”
During his acceptance speech last week at the Republican National Convention, presidential nominee and Council on Foreign Relations cadre John McCain sent mixed messages to Moscow: “Russia’s leaders, rich with oil wealth and corrupt with power, have rejected democratic ideals and the obligations of a responsible power. As president, I will work to establish good relations with Russia so we need not fear a return of the Cold War. But we can’t turn a blind eye to aggression and international lawlessness that threatens the peace and stability of the world and the security of the American people.” Democratic rival and Moscow’s favored pick for the White House Barack Hussein Obama (unbelievably) promised to “renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can curb Russian aggression.”
>WW4 File: USS Mount Whitney with humanitarian aid docks in Russian-occupied Georgian port of Poti; Kremlin: No response planned (yet)
September 5, 2008Posted by on
The USS Mount Whitney, which docked in the Russian-occupied Georgian port of Poti today, serves as the flagship of the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet, as well as the command and control ship for NATO’s Commander Joint Command Lisbon and the Commander Striking Force NATO. Some naval analysts consider the Mount Whitney to be the most advanced C4I platform afloat today. Despite previous violent rhetoric against NATO’s Black Sea fleet, which is involved in delivering humanitarian aid to war-ravaged Georgia, the Kremlin promised no response to the Mount Whitney’s arrival (at least not yet).
The Times reports, below: “A previous trip by American warships was cancelled at the last minute a week ago amid fears that an armed stand off could erupt in the Black Sea port of Poti.” Moscow has accused NATO member states of transporting weapons to rebuild the shattered Georgian army. “Russia’s leadership has already questioned whether previous US warships that docked at the port of Batumi, to the south,” the same source explains, “were delivering weapons to rearm the smashed Georgian military, something Washington has denied.” Following the invasion, US-Russian relations, like UK-Russian relations after the murder of FSB defector Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, have become palpably frosty, a fact highlighted by President George W. Bush’s determination to terminate a planned civilian nuclear cooperation deal with Moscow.
The Mount Whitney is pictured above steaming past Istanbul, Turkey.
US navy ship steams into port where Russian troops stationed
September 5, 2008
A US navy flagship has steamed into a Georgian port where Russian troops are still stationed, stoking tensions once again in the tinderbox Caucasus region.
A previous trip by American warships was cancelled at the last minute a week ago amid fears that an armed stand off could erupt in the Black Sea port of Poti.
The arrival of the USS Mount Whitney came as Moscow accused Dick Cheney, the hawkish US vice-president, of stoking tensions during a visit to Tbilisi yesterday, in which he vowed to bring Georgia into the Nato alliance. Russia sees any such move as a blatant Western encroachment on its traditional sphere of influence.
Russia’s leadership has already questioned whether previous US warships that docked at the port of Batumi, to the south, were delivering weapons to rearm the smashed Georgian military, something Washington has denied.
While Russia again questioned the deployment of what it described as “the number one ship of its type in the US navy” on the Black Sea, it said it planned no military action in response. The Russian Army has kept a small number of soldiers in Poti, where local Georgian officials accuse them of looting port authority buildings.
“Naval ships of that class can hardly deliver a large amount of aid,” said Andrei Nesterenko, a Russian foreign ministry spokesman. “Such ships of course have a hold for keeping provisions for the crew and items needed for sailing. How many dozens of tonnes of aid can a ship of that type deliver?”
He said the presence of US warships could contravene international conventions governing shipping on the Black Sea, and – in particular – restricting the entry of naval ships from countries that do not share a Black Sea coastline.
Militarily, the small Russian garrison in Poti would pose almost no threat to a vessel like the Mount Whitney, but the proximity of two hostile forces in such a fraught setting set the political temperature rising again in the Caucasus, a month after Russia’s five day war with Georgia.
The American warship is too large to actually enter the port, where Russia sunk several Georgian navy vessels in its offensive last month. Instead, it is expected anchor offshore and unload its cargo of blankets, hygiene kits, baby food and infant care supplies on to smaller boats.
“I can confirm it has arrived in Poti. Anchoring procedures are still ongoing but it has arrived,” said a US naval official.
Moscow, which followed up its crushing military defeat of Georgia by unilaterally recognising the independence of two of its breakaway regions, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, was fuming that Mr Cheney still insisted on Georgia’s entrance into the Atlantic alliance – something several key NATO members are wary of.
“The new promises to Tbilisi relating to the speedy membership of NATO simply strengthen the Saakashvili regime’s dangerous feeling of impunity and encourages its dangerous ambitions,” said Mr Nesterenko.
Washington has also pledged one billion dollars in aid to help Georgia rebuild after Russia pounded many of its military bases to dust and targeted important infrastructure.
The brief conflict has left thousands of Georgians homeless, including many driven from South Ossetia and the surrounding Russian buffer zone inside Georgia itself.
Georgian officials have accused the Russian-backed Ossetian militias of “ethnically cleansing” remote villages, while Moscow has charged Tbilisi with “genocide” for its heavy handed attack on the breakaway region last month.
Meanwhile, communist superpowers Russia and China have resumed talks related to Beijing’s US$1.5 billion acquisition of 34 Ilyushin Il-76 Candid medium-range military transport aircraft and four Ilyushin Il-78 Midas aerial refueling tankers. The planes will be assembled at a plant in Ulyanovsk, in central Russia, operated by the Kremlin’s new United Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation. The People’s Liberation Army could conceivably utilize the Candid military transports, each of which can hold 190 troops, to execute the initial stages of an invasion of Taiwan. The PLA Air Force acquired 14 IL-76MDs in the early 1990s. After China takes delivery of the additional 34 military transports, the PLAAF will be able to insert more than 9,000 troops into the battlefield in a single operation. Together Russia and China constitute the “one clenched fist” of international communism described by former KGB Major Anatoliy Golitsyn in his predictive 1984 work New Lies for Old.
Russia, China resume talks on military transport planes
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GELENDZHIK (South Russia), September 5 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will continue negotiations on a contract to deliver 34 transport planes and four aerial tankers to China earlier frozen due to a disagreement over prices, Russia’s state-run arms exporter said on Friday.
“We are returning to the contract and renegotiating the price of these planes,” Mikhail Zavaliy, a Rosoboronexport official told reporters at an air show in the Krasnodar Region.
According to the 2005 contract between Rosoboronexport and China’s Defense Ministry, worth $1.5 billion, Russia was supposed to deliver 34 Il-76 Candid medium-range military transport aircraft and four Il-78 Midas aerial refueling tankers.
The first deliveries under the contract were due to begin in 2007, but in 2006, Uzbekistan’s Tashkent Chkalov Aircraft Association, the manufacturer of the aircraft, refused to sign a production contract with Rosoboronexport at the contract price.
As a result, the agreement was delayed, and Beijing suspended negotiations on this and several other military contracts with Russia.
Since then, the Tashkent-based company has become part of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation, and the planes will now be assembled at an aircraft manufacturing plant in Ulyanovsk in central Russia, the official said.
>Blast from the Past File: St. Petersburg communists report: Two Estonian farms form "Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic," seek recognition from Moscow
September 5, 2008Posted by on
>Either nostalgic for the good ol’ days of Soviet communism or hoping to jump on the bandwagon of micro-secessionism afflicting the periphery of the “post”-Soviet space, two farms in northeast Estonia have organized themselves into the self-proclaimed “Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic” and are seeking recognition from the Kremlin. An original report appears at the Russian-language Communists of St. Petersburg website, while state-run Novosti features an English-language report, below.
Northeast Estonia is home to many ethnic Russians, while one quarter of the country’s total population is Russian. The prime minister of Estonia, Andrus Ansip, is an “ex”-CPSU cadre. While many cyberpundits regard the move as a stunt, someone higher up in the neo-Soviet leadership might be trying to set a precedent for the future reorgnization of the Soviet Union. If more farms or communities join ESSR Version 2.0, then it will be a development worth tracking.
The “president” of the revived ESSR, Andreas Tamm, is pictured above (left). “We no longer want to live in bourgeois Estonia, where nobody cares about the common people…with raging unemployment and corruption, and where everything depends on NATO and the Americans,” Tamm is quoted as saying by the St. Petersburg communist group. Note the firearms, including rifle-wielding woman and Tamm, sporting pistol in belt. These are not armchair communists but serious revolutionaries. The first link above shows several photos of armed and angry reds.
Two Estonian farms establish ‘Soviet republic,’ seek recognition
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ST. PETERSBURG, September 3 (RIA Novosti) – Two farms in north-east Estonia have joined forces to declare an independent “Soviet republic” and intend to seek Russia’s recognition, a Russian communist organization said on Wednesday.
“We no longer want to live in bourgeois Estonia, where nobody cares about the common people…with raging unemployment and corruption, and where everything depends on NATO and the Americans,” Russian communists from St Petersburg, who are assisting the ‘republic,’ quoted its founder, Andres Tamm, as saying.
Residents and founders of the ‘Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic’ have already formed a national ‘Soviet government,’ a police force, and have begun demarcating the state’s borders.
Meanwhile, residents of the republic claim that the “bourgeois” Estonian government has sent a “squad of relatives of Estonian Nazi SS veterans” to regain control over the breakaway territory.
The republic is currently drafting a treaty of friendship with Russia to be submitted to the Russian president in the next few days.
Estonia is a former Soviet republic and a current member of both NATO and the EU.
>Gray Terror File: Anarchist group "RNC Welcoming Cmte" planned disruptions, kidnappings at Republicans’ Saint Paul convention; 5 ringleaders arrested
September 4, 2008Posted by on
>The US revolutionary left, MSM reports reveal, was determined to act as proxies for the Moscow Leninists by disrupting the Republican National Convention, wrapping up today in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The self-described anarchist grouping “RNC Welcoming Committee” intended to apply “direct action techniques,” such as kidnapping delegates and sabotaging the hosting venue, the Xcel Energy Center, by blocking the perimeter air vent. The Star-Tribune.com reports, too, that “A 23-year-old Michigan man allegedly plotted to set off a homemade bomb in the tunnels near the Xcel Energy Center, hoping it would cause a power outage and lead officials to call off the Republican National Convention, according to charges filed in federal court in Minneapolis.” Four other RNC-WC ringleaders have been arrested by police. Pictured above: The Republican Party’s presidential nominee US Senator John McCain stands with colleagues Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham on Day 4 of the RNC.
Search warrant filing details anarchists’ RNC disruption plans
By Associated Press
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS – Sabotaging the Xcel Energy Center or the Downtown St. Paul Airport. Leaving stalled vehicles and stretching metal chains across freeways. Even kidnapping delegates. All were tactics discussed by anarchists as ways to disrupt the Republican National Convention, according to police documents.
Groups planning to disrupt this week’s convention also held an “action camp” in Minnesota this summer to teach “direct action techniques” using mock Molotov cocktails and a simulated RNC delegate vehicle that was targeted for rocks and tire-slashing, the documents say, citing information gathered by undercover investigators.
The information is contained in a search warrant application and supporting affidavit obtained by news organizations.
The documents show that for just over a year, the Ramsey County sheriff’s office and other law enforcement agencies had been investigating the RNC Welcoming Committee, a self-described anarchist group. The group had been planning convention disruptions for months.
Investigators identified six leaders of the Welcoming Committee, all Minneapolis residents, who they alleged were particularly active in organizing efforts and in stockpiling materials. Five were arrested last weekend when authorities executed the search warrant.
After nearly 300 people were arrested Monday during violent clashes with police that erupted after a peaceful protest in St. Paul, the RNC Welcoming Committee claimed in an e-mail that “the idea of business as usual during the RNC has been shattered.”
In an apparent reference to the search warrant, the group said in an e-mail late Tuesday night to members: “You may have seen reports in the corporate media about the informants inside the RNC-WC by now. Remember that our movement is strong, and getting stronger.”
According to the documents, police found that membership in the RNC Welcoming Committee fluctuated between 30 and 35 people who attended more than 100 meetings over the past year.
An undercover investigator and two confidential informants posed as members of the RNC Welcoming Committee. Investigators also viewed the group’s Web site — http://www.nornc.org — and videos posted on YouTube.
The documents say the RNC Welcoming Committee advocated a “three-tier” strategy for shutting down the Republican convention that consisted of blockading the downtown Xcel Energy Center, site of the convention; immobilizing delegates’ transportation; and blocking connecting bridges.
The RNC Welcoming Committee organized two major gatherings of anarchists and anti-authoritarians in the past year, the documents say — a meeting from Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007, that drew 150 to 200 people and a meeting on May 3, 2008, attended by more than 100 people representing about 40 organizing bodies from across the U.S.
During the 2007 meeting, one of the informants reported, a workshop was held at which ideas were discussed for shutting down the Republican convention, including kidnapping delegates and sabotaging the Xcel Center by blockading the perimeter air vent.
According to the documents, the RNC Welcoming Committee and Unconventional Action Midwest hosted an “action camp” from July 31-Aug. 3, 2008, at Lake Geneva in Minnesota, attended by about 50 people from across the U.S. An informant said a raised platform stage labeled “Xcel Center” was the target of most of the training.
At the camp, someone discussed using large street puppets to conceal and transport Molotov cocktails, bricks and shields, and using the puppets’ large bamboo poles as spears to drive back police.
The RNC-WC website reveals that various anarchist cells, chapters of the revitalized Students for a Democratic Society, the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement, Industrial Workers of the World, militant sodomites and environmentalists, and assorted ideological counterparts endorsed the failed assault on the RNC:
ACTIVATE (Grand Rapids, MI Students for a Democratic Society – SDS)
Anarchist Black Cross Para-Legal Services
Animas SDS (Colorado)
Anti-Authoritarians Anonymous (Milwaukee)
Asheville Rising Tide
Athens, OH SDS
Campus Anti-war Network
Chicago Anarchist Black Cross
CrimethInc. Far East
End to Apathy
Frederick Progressive Action Coalition
Industrial Workers of the World – NYC GMB Branch
International Solidarity Movement – Chicago Chapter
Iowa Organizing Against the RNC
MKE to RNC
Milwaukee Anarchist Black Cross
Milwaukee Anti-Racist Action
NC State SDS
Northeast Anarchist Network
Northwest Indiana Anarchist Black Cross
People’s Networking Convention Organizing Committee
Potomac Earth First!
Queer Action Network
Rising Tide North America
RNC Welcoming Committee
Rolling Thunder magazine
Shepherdstown Progressive Action Committee
Tacoma SDS – UPS Chapter
Talking Tree Infoshop
Tuscarora High SDS
UA Central NC
UA in the Bay
Amusingly (or not so), the RNC-WC offered childcare for its wannabe terrorists and party crashers.
>WW4 File: Fourth World War enters "Sitzkrieg" phase as Soviets, NATO assess other’s resolve; putative rivals Russia, Ukraine hold concurrent wargames
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- August 26: Russian Communist Leader Zyuganov Calls for Annihilation of Saakashvili Regime
- August 30: Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: More than 900 Russian Soldiers Manning 23 Illegal Checkpoints “Deep” in Country
- September 2: Putin Declares: “There are no Russian troops on Georgian soil – there are only peacekeeping forces”
- September 2: Putin Promises “Measured Response” to NATO’s Naval Presence in Black Sea, West’s Humanitarian Aid to Georgia
- September 3: US Vice President Dick Cheney Visits Baku, Tbilisi, Condemns Russian Invasion of Georgia; Strongly Backs Georgia’s NATO Bid: “Georgia will be in our alliance”
- September 3: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Announces $1 Billion Aid Package for Georgia, Sans Military Assistance
- September 4: Ruling Orange Coalition in Kiev Disintegrates as Prime Minister Tymoshenko Bids Farewell to “Pro”-Georgian President Yushchenko, Sidles Up to Ukraine’s Pro-Russian Fifth Column
Pictured above: US Vice President Dick Cheney and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili speak to US Air Force personnell as they inspect humanitarian aid at an airport in Tbilisi earlier today.
On August 8, 2008 the Fourth World War began with the Soviet re-invasion and partial occupation of Georgia. Once again, like the deceptive “Phoney War” or “Sitzkrieg” between Germany’s invasion of Poland in September 1939 and France in May 1940, the brief hot war in the Caucasus has subsided. Make no mistake about it, neo-Soviet Russia and NATO are effectively in a state of war over this issue, although the conflict has yet to be characterized as such in the MSM or by most Western analysts.
Like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, notwithstanding some reports to the contrary, the Collective Security Treaty Organization has obediently closed ranks around Russia’s invasion of Georgia, reports state-run Voice of Russia:
The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states have supported Russia’s active role in promoting peace and cooperation in the Caucasus and called for maintaining lasting security in South Ossetia and Abkhazia on the international law basis. A statement to this effect was made during a meeting of the Council of the CSTO member states Foreign Ministers in Moscow on Thursday. The CSTO includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Commenting on the ministerial meeting later in the day, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, was quite upbeat about its results.
To date Russia has yet to withdraw all of its troops from Georgia proper or Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Instead, the Kremlin insists that Tbilisi sign a non-aggression pact with Moscow, in addition to accepting the deployment of international peace monitors, a process that has already begun. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe disclosed today that its officers were for the first time patrolling a buffer zone between Russian and Georgian troops, 2.5 miles from the bombed-out South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali.
The White House is talking tough with respect to Russia’s military campaign against the “former” Soviet republic. Today US Vice President Dick Cheney visited Tbilisi, conveying in person to President Mikhail Saakashvili, Washington’s promise of a US$1 billion aid package to rebuild the Georgian economy, a package that does not apparently include military assistance, contrary to Kremlin hysteria. “Russia’s actions have cast grave doubt on Russia’s intentions and on its reliability as an international partner, not just in Georgia but across this region and indeed across the international system,” Cheney stated, adding: “After your nation won its freedom in the Rose Revolution, America came to the aid of this courageous young democracy. We are doing so again as you work to overcome an invasion of your sovereign territory and an illegitimate, unilateral attempt to change your country’s borders by force that has been universally condemned by the free world.” VP Cheney also strongly backed Georgia’s NATO bid: “As the current members of NATO declared at a summit in Bucharest, Georgia will be in our alliance.”
According to Pavel Felgenhauer, writing for the Eurasian Daily Monitor on August 25, a “party of war” in the Kremlin is seeking to pressure “President” Dmitry Medvedev into unleashing the Russian armed forces to affect the total subjugation of Georgia and Ukraine:
[P]residential adviser Gleb Pavlovsky has said in a radio interview that there is a “party of war” inside the Kremlin – a group of high officials that are pressing for a direct attack on Tbilisi to overthrow the Georgian government. Pavlovsky states the alleged “party of war” wants to use the conflict with Georgia to undermine President Dmitry Medvedev’s plans of modernize Russia, that “they say we must go further than Tbilisi,” apparently indicating possible plans of further military action to subdue other pro-Western Russian neighboring nations like Ukraine. Pavlovsky stated that by signing a ceasefire agreement brokered by Sarkozy, Medvedev has defeated the “party of war.”
Contrary to Felgenhauer’s assessment, the Kremlin’s “party of war” has not been outmaneuvered but, rather, represents the controlling force in neo-Soviet politics. Soviet Komsomol graduate Medvedev is a puppet for Russia’s KGB-communist dictator, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin who, in turn, is a frontman for the continuing Communist Party of the Russian Federation/Soviet Union. CPRF Chairman Gennady Zyuganov and August 1991 coup ringleader Oleg Shenin, we believe, are the powers behind the throne in Moscow. On August 26, following pleas for recognition from visiting Abkhazian “President” Sergei Bagapsh and South Ossetian “President” Eduard Kokoity, Zyuganov addressed the Russian State Duma with the following tirade against Georgia and the “Saakashvilists”:
This is test of our resolve, Comrades! Today, the will of all of Russia is needed, of all the parties, to understand, perceive the substance of the processes occurring and to act as a united team. Recognition alone is not enough. We have to conclude the appropriate treaties immediately that will guarantee the security of those republics. It is regrettable that Russian forces did not bring the affair to a close. We should have bombed the entire military infrastructure of the Saakashvilists so that it could not be restored. The Russian president should call an urgent closed meeting of the [Russian] Security Council and discuss everything connected with national security.
The Soviet communists want war with Komsomol “drop out” Mikhail Saakashvili because they want war with the West, notwithstanding all of their cunning attempts to simultaneously pursue peaceful East-West convergence. Putin has already declared that Russia will offer a “measured response” to NATO’s naval fleet in the Black Sea, which is escorting humanitarian aid to Georgia but which the Moscow Leninists insist is really a cover for weapons shipments, as well as demanding an arms embargo against Georgia. “Our response will be calm, not hysterical, but there will definitely be a response,” Putin warned, hiding his hatred for the Western Alliance behind diplomatic language. With typical communist doublespeak, Russia’s prime minister insisted two days ago that “There are no Russian troops on Georgian soil [including Poti] – there are only peacekeeping forces.” According to the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs blog, however, as of August 30 more than 900 Russian troops are maintaining 23 illegal checkpoints “deep within sovereign Georgian territory”:
The Russian Army has illegally established 23 checkpoints deep within sovereign Georgian territory, contravening the six-point ceasefire agreement brokered by France. Twelve of the checkpoints are located in central Georgia and eleven in western Georgia. There are an estimated 970 Russian soldiers and 73 heavily armored vehicles stationed at these checkpoints. Armored patrols are dispatched regularly from the checkpoints into surrounding towns and villages. Additionally there are an estimated 10 000 Russian soldiers in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region.
Pictured above: Russian peacekeepers man an illegal checkpoint near the western Georgian village of Khobi earlier today.
Meanwhile, the neo-Soviet leadership, having discovered the Western Alliance’s lack of resolve to stand up to the Kremlin’s aggression, are preparing for the next stage of the Fourth World War in full view of the West, but no one in the Pentagon or NATO command in Brussels has the strategic foresight to see that Georgia is not the prize. Global communist domination is the goal. State-run Novosti reports: “Russia is currently holding large-scale Ground Forces’ exercises, dubbed Center-2008, involving 12,000 troops, over 1,000 armored vehicles, large numbers of other military vehicles and units of the 5th Air and Air Defense Army on the territory of the Volga-Urals military district. The exercises started on September 1 and will run through September 27.” According to the same source, the war game’s “main purpose is to practice the interoperability of the Air Force and the Ground Forces in local conflicts and anti-terrorism operations.”
Air Force to participate in large-scale exercises in central Russia
16:56 03/ 09/ 2008
MOSCOW, September 3 (RIA Novosti) – Over 60 combat aircraft will participate on September 8-13 in exercises that are part of theater-level military maneuvers in central Russia, an Air Force spokesman said on Wednesday.
Russia is currently holding large-scale Ground Forces’ exercises, dubbed Center-2008, involving 12,000 troops, over 1,000 armored vehicles, large numbers of other military vehicles and units of the 5th Air and Air Defense Army on the territory of the Volga-Urals military district. The exercises started on September 1 and will run through September 27.
“The air component of the exercise will involve over 60 aircraft, including Il-76MD Candid-B transport planes, Su-24 Fencer attack aircraft, Su-27 Flanker fighters, MiG-31 Foxhound interceptors, Mi-24 Hind attack helicopters, Mi-8 Hip multi-role helicopters and special-purpose aircraft,” Lt. Col. Vladimir Brik said.
Various air defense and electronic warfare units will also take part in the exercise, whose main purpose is to practice the interoperability of the Air Force and the Ground Forces in local conflicts and anti-terrorism operations.
The Russian Navy is also again testing new electronic warfare gear aboard its Tu-142 Bear-F maritime reconnaissance aircraft over the Barents and Laptev Seas. The Tu-142 is the surveillance version of the ALCM-capable Tu-95 Bear bomber. Novosti is candid about the purpose of these tests: “Russia has recently stepped up regular patrols over the Arctic and said it may soon shift the focus of its military strategy toward the northern latitudes in order to protect its national interests in the Arctic, especially on its continental shelf, which may contain large deposits of oil and natural gas.”
Russian Navy aircraft test new equipment over the Arctic
12:59 04/ 09/ 2008
MURMANSK, September 4 (RIA Novosti) – Tu-142MK aircraft from Russia’s Northern Fleet conducted on September 2-3 reconnaissance flights over the Barents and Laptev seas and successfully tested new electronic on-board equipment, the fleet’s press service said Thursday.
Tu-142 Bear-F is the maritime reconnaissance/strike version of the Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber, designed mainly for anti-submarine warfare.
“The tests of new on-board electronic equipment and weapons-control systems showed their high effectiveness,” the press service said in a statement.
The flights have been conducted strictly in accordance with international agreements and the norms of international law, the statement said.
Russia has recently stepped up regular patrols over the Arctic and said it may soon shift the focus of its military strategy toward the northern latitudes in order to protect its national interests in the Arctic, especially on its continental shelf, which may contain large deposits of oil and natural gas.
Following Russia’s threats and propaganda against the potemkin, “pro”-Western regime in Kiev, which last month responded to Georgia’s plight by requiring Russian warships to notify Ukrainian authorities of their arrivals and departures at Sevastopol, the Ukrainian military is also conducting “large-scale” air defense exercises. Novosti reports that “the drills will involve about 350 air defense systems, including S-300, Buk-M1, Osa and Tunguska, and up to 30 combat aircraft.” A source in the Ukrainian Navy explained that troops will practice both an amphibious assault landing and air assault operation, as well as live firing drills, involving naval and ground support aircraft, at the Opuk training range in the Crimea.
Ukraine to hold air defense drills with live firing in September
16:38 04/ 09/ 2008
SEVASTOPOL, September 4 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine is planning to conduct large-scale air defense exercises with live firing on the Crimean peninsula at the end of September, a Ukrainian navy source said on Thursday.
The exercises are part of a practical stage of the Sea Knot-2008 command-and-staff maneuvers that began in spring and involve units from all branches of the Ukrainian armed forces.
The drills will involve about 350 air defense systems, including S-300, Buk-M1, Osa and Tunguska, and up to 30 combat aircraft.
“In addition, the troops will practice an amphibious assault landing, an air assault operation and live firing drills involving naval and ground support aircraft at the Opuk training range in the Crimea,” the source said.
The Crimea, which has a predominantly Russian-speaking population, has been the focus of frequent disputes between the Russian and Ukrainian leaders, over the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s lease of the Soviet-era Sevastopol naval base.
During the recent conflict between Russia and Georgia that followed Tbilisi’s August 8 offensive in breakaway South Ossetia, Ukraine threatened to bar entry to vessels from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet that had been deployed near Georgia’s coast.
Kiev’s feuding political players Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and President Viktor Yushchenko, both of whom are connected to the old Soviet regime, are no doubt privy to and cooperating with Moscow’s long-range deception strategy. Therefore, while Sea Knot-2008 appears to be an attempt by Ukraine to prepare for its own potential Russian invasion, Ukraine’s war games could just as easily represent a separate but concurrent action by the neo-Soviet leadership to prepare for war against the West.
The instability of Ukraine’s post-Kuchma governments was once again demonstrated today when the Tymoshenko Bloc bolted from the ruling coalition, represented by Yushchenko’s Our Ukraine Bloc, and (at least openly) joined the camp of former prime minister Viktor Yanukovich, an “ex”-CPSU cadre who backs Russia’s recognition of Abkhazian and South Ossetian “independence.” Novosti explains that “Relations between President Viktor Yushchenko and Tymoshenko have become strained recently after the prime minister failed to condemn Russia’s actions in the conflict in South Ossetia, and back the president in his support for Georgia. Tymoshenko’s “new-found” relationship with Yanukovich (both pictured above in December 2007) comes as no surprise to those Kremlinologists who subscribe to the Golitsynian thesis: Ukraine’s current PM is a Soviet Komsomol graduate, like Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev and Saakashvili himself.
>Latin America File: Neo-Sandinista Nicaragua becomes first foreign state to join Russia, Hamas in recognizing Abkhazian, South Ossetian "independence"
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>The neo-Soviet leadership’s top toady in Central America, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, has joined Russia and Hamas– the terrorist group that illegally controls the Gaza Strip and has threatened to take over the West Bank–in recognizing Abkhazian and South Ossetian independence. “Political hegemonies are trying to surround Russia and investing millions of dollars through NATO to build a military fence against Russia,” Comrade Dan ranted.
Although Nicaragua is a member of the US-led Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement, the neo-Sandinista regime’s recognition of the de facto independence of Georgia’s separatist regions is a slap in the face to the White House, which openly and generously supports the regime of President Mikhail Saakashvili. In short, the Bush Admin has not only aggravated the Soviet Bear in its own “backyard,” the Caucasus, but it has also dropped the ball in the USA’s backyard, Latin America.
Pictured above: A supporter of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya displays a banner with mugshots of Cuba’s retired communist dictator Fidel Castro, Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez, Ortega, and Bolivia’s communist wanna-be dictator Evo Morales. Honduras officially joined the Havana-Caracas-led Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) at a ceremony in Tegucigalpa, on August 25. The banner reads in Spanish: “We stand firm with ALBA.” Latin America’s Red Axis also stands firm with the Moscow Leninists.
Nicaragua recognizes Georgian regions after Russia
September 4, 2008
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega was the first foreign leader to recognize the independence of rebel Georgian regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia after Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev, local media reported Wednesday.
The president of the Central American country, himself a former rebel, also lent his support to Russia, which recognized the regions independence on August 26.
Nicaragua “recognizes the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia” decreed by their respective parliaments in August, Ortega said Tuesday evening during ceremonies for the 29th anniversary of the army, newspaper reports said.
Nicaragua also completely supports “the Russian government’s position, which seeks a dialogue with European countries to end this conflict,” he added.
On Monday, European leaders decided to suspend talks with Moscow on a new EU-Russia partnership pact until Russian troops pull back to the positions they held before the outbreak of fighting in Georgia.
Russia sent tanks and troops into Georgia on August 8, a day after Tbilisi launched an offensive to regain control of breakaway South Ossetia.
Moscow halted its offensive after five days but refused to withdraw all its troops, saying they are on a peacekeeping mission. Georgia has labeled them an occupation force.
Ortega also slammed “political hegemonies” that he said were “trying to surround Russia” and investing millions of dollars through NATO to “build a military fence against Russia.”
We are still waiting for Comandante Ortega to make his first post-Cold War era pilgrimage to Moscow. A trip was announced in April 2007 but was apparently scuttled. We are also waiting for the first shipment of “post”-Soviet Russian military hardware to arrive in Nicaragua, a package that was promised by Vladimir Putin’s personal envoy to Managua, Sergei Stepashin, on the very day of Ortega’s re-inauguration in January 2007. Managua is strapped for cash so Moscow will no doubt facilitate some other transaction that will justify the re-outfitting of the Sandinista-controlled Nicaraguan armed forces.
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Excerpt: “A spokeswoman for the Polish Economy Ministry, Agnieszka Gapys, confirmed that the repairs were scheduled to go ahead and had nothing to do with the current tensions between Moscow and many European Union countries over Russia’s conflict with Georgia.”
Excerpt: “Sources in Israel’s energy market say that Egypt simply doesn’t have the production capacity to supply its own consumption of gas and its contractual obligations to clients.”
>Latin America File: Honduras formally joins Havana-Caracas Axis, embraces Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas; snubs DR-CAFTA, US troop presence
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>After many months of patiently wooing President Manuel Zelaya with petrodollars, Venzuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez and Nicaragua’s neo-Sandinista strongman Daniel Ortega have formally welcomed Honduras into the Havana-Caracas Axis, otherwise known as the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas. “Our decades-long relationship of dominance by the United States has not benefited all Hondurans,” Zelaya lamented, adding: “The war between [Latin America's] communists and right-wingers is over, and if what we have now is not giving results, we have to turn to alternatives like ALBA.” Ortega, Chavez, and Zelaya are pictured above in Tegucigalpa on August 25.
Honduras’ membership in the US-led Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement, and the presence of US troops in his country apparently did not dissuade Zelaya from linking up with the region’s most troublesome Marxist regimes. “Honduran businessmen are against Zelaya’s move,” Reuters reports below, “afraid it will hurt relations with the United States, the country’s principal trading partner.” The political-economic-social pact known as ALBA also includes Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Dominica.
Left behind by the U.S., Honduras turns to Chavez
Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:12pm EDT
By Gustavo Palencia and Anahi Rama
TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – Honduras, a longtime ally of the United States in Central America, says a lack of international support to tackle chronic poverty has forced it to seek aid from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
On Monday, Honduras joined the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, or ALBA, an alliance of leftist leaders in Latin America headed by Chavez, a staunch U.S. foe.
President Manuel Zelaya, a logging magnate seen as a moderate liberal, told Reuters that oil-rich Venezuela’s offer to double international aid to the country, one of the poorest in Latin America, is unrivaled.
“I have been looking for projects from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, Europe and I have received very moderate offers … that forces us to find other forms of financing like ALBA,” Zelaya said in an interview at his presidential palace.
Chavez, a self-styled socialist who wants to build up opposition to U.S. influence in Latin America by offering oil and cash to poor countries, pledged $400 million a year in aid to tiny Honduras.
In a suit and cowboy boots, Zelaya spoke just hours after Chavez, flanked by other Latin American leftist leaders, told a cheering crowd of thousands on Monday that Honduras would have energy security “for the next 100 years.”
Honduras was a Cold War ally of the United States and allowed U.S.-backed “Contra” rebels from Nicaragua to operate from its soil in the 1980s. Honduras still hosts U.S. troops at one of its military bases.
“Our decades-long relationship of dominance by the United States has not benefited all Hondurans,” Zelaya said.
“The war between communists and right-wingers is over, and if what we have now is not giving results, we have to turn to alternatives like ALBA,” which also includes Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Dominica, he said.
Honduran businessmen are against Zelaya’s move, afraid it will hurt relations with the United States, the country’s principal trading partner.
Honduras is a member of a free trade pact between Central America and the United States, and sends the bulk of its coffee, bananas and manufactured goods exports to the U.S. market.
Thus, while US policymakers are distracted by the Russian invasion of Georgia and the US electorate is mesmerized by daily doses of Obama worship served up by the MSM, Latin America’s Red Axis continues to consolidate its power throughout the Western Hemisphere and isolate Washington from its few allies like Mexico and Colombia.
>End Times File: Rapture of the church, Daniel’s 70th week, Ezekiel’s Magog invasion of Israel approaching as Russia builds case to attack Jewish state
September 3, 2008Posted by on
>And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
– Ezekiel 38:1-6
The end of the present age is rapidly approaching. Tragically, hundreds of millions of people are not spiritually prepared for the cataclysmic events that will unfold during the Great Tribulation prophesied by Jesus Christ, His apostles, and the Hebrew prophets. The truthfulness of Holy Scripture is more evident than ever in light of Russia’s invasion of Georgia. During the Cold War the Kremlin supported Israel’s enemies, but now Russia, along with its Middle Eastern allies like Syria and Iran, is building a case to directly attack Israel, which has armed the “former” Soviet republic of Georgia.
Pictured above: Soviet Tyrant Joseph Stalin and his disciple, Russia’s present KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin. Is Putin Gog, the leader of the land of Magog, predicted by the prophet Ezekiel to lead a massive military coalition against Israel in the last days? The military coalition, according to Ezekiel, will be led by Magog (Russia) in alliance with Turkey (Togarmah), Persia (Iran), Libya, Ethiopia, and other Middle Eastern states. The previous link considers several interpretations of Gog and Magog’s identity with various modern nations. Intriguingly, as we have posted before, Caucasus means “Gog’s Fortress,” while Magog was a grandson of Noah. All of these countries, it should be observed, are in the early twenty-first century closely allied with Moscow, while Turkey, which is technically a member of NATO, has cozied up to Russia since the Georgian invasion.
The attack, explains Ezekiel, will take place during a period of false peace after the Jews are restored to their land, which occurred in 1948. Prophetically, the only time (apart from the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ) when the Jews are living peacefully in their land is during the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week (D70W), postponed since the crucifixion of Jesus.
It is not with any glee that we relate the horrific times ahead for Israel and the world. However, according to Bible prophecy the following sequence of events are very possibly only weeks or months away and will startle the world when they transpire:
- the “signless” rapture (catching away) of the church, or the physical and instant translation of all born-again, Bible believers to heaven (1 Thessalonians 4); this event will not be so “secret” as some detractors have suggested, in view of the millions of Christians (including your resident blogger) that will suddenly disappear one day;
- the seven-year covenant that the leader of the revived Roman Empire, otherwise known as the Antichrist (probably the President of the European Union-Mediterranean Union), will broker, ratify, or confirm, between Israel and her Islamic enemies in order to establish a brief but false peace;
- the annihilation of Damascus, the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world, most likely by an Israeli nuclear weapon (Isaiah 17); this event will shatter the false peace established by the Antichrist; and
- the Gog-Magog invasion of Israel and the supernatural destruction of the invading armies from Russia and the Muslim states, which events will probably occur after Israel nukes Damascus since the Jews will require seven years to dispose of their enemies’ weapons, a task that cannot obviously continue into Christ’s thousand-year reign of peace.
Some Christians and skeptics might question such an interpretation of Bible prophecy and ask why Russia would directly attack Israel. In reality Israeli and Jewish involvement in “post”-Soviet Georgia is a significant, although under-reported facet of the current Caucasian War and the West’s staredown with Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program. Consider the following facts, which constitute the “hook in the jaws” that God will use to “pull” Magog to its destruction on the mountains of Israel. In analyzing current events in the light of Bible prophecy, allow God to increase your respect for His written word:
- On August 10 Israeli journalist Arie Egozi wrote: “For past seven years, Israeli companies have been helping Gerogian army to preparer for war against Russia through arms deals, training of infantry units and security advice.” The military equipment that Israel has sold to Georgia includes unmanned aerial vehicles, of which Russia shot down one over Abkhazia in April and South Ossetian separatists another on August 28. The Kremlin has objected strenuously to Georgia’s acquisition of Israeli reconnaissance drones.
- Jews hold important posts in the Georgian government, a fact that provided Israeli arms manufacturers a conduit to supply the Georgian military. Defense Minister Davit Kezerashvili, for example, is a former Israeli citizen who facilitated Georgia’s acquisition of Israeli arms and aerial drones with US approval. “His door was always open to the Israelis who came and offered his country arms systems made in Israel,” a source revealed to YnetNews.com, above, and continued: “Compared to countries in Eastern Europe, the deals in this country were conducted fast, mainly due to the defense minister’s personal involvement,” another source related to the Israeli media outlet.” Another source in the Georgian Defense Ministry stated: “It was clear that too many unmistakable Israeli systems in the possesion of the Georgian army would be like a red cloth in the face of a raging bull as far as Russia is concerned.”
- Minister of Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili is also Jewish. This ministerial portfolio is tasked with reintegrating Abkhazia and South Ossetia into the Georgian political system. One day after the Russian invasion Yakobashvili was quoted as saying: “Israel should be proud of its military which trained Georgian soldiers. We are now in a fight against the great Russia and our hope is to receive assistance from the White House because Georgia cannot survive on its own.”
- Two days after the Russian invasion, Arutz Sheva revealed that: “Russia bombed a Georgian military plant in which Israeli experts are upgrading jet fighters for the Georgian military. According to NFC, the bombing was a ‘sharp message’ to Israel. A Russian fighter jet bombed runways inside the plant, which is located near Tbilisi. Israeli security firm Elbit is in charge of upgrading Georgian SU-25 jets at the plant. Israel announced its intent to cease its military aid for Georgia Sunday, after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov threatened to ‘punish’ those who train and arm Georgian forces.”
- Yesterday UPI Editor at Large Arnaud de Borchgrave disclosed that a a secret agreement between Israel and Georgia permitted Israeli fighter-bombers to utilize two air force bases in southern Georgia in the event that Tel Aviv decided to launch attacks against Iranian nuclear installations. This arrangement would eliminate the IAF’s need to traverse Syrian, Jordanian, or Iraqi airspace to reach its targets. Instead, Israeli warplanes based in “pro”-NATO Georgia need only traverse the airspace of Turkey, a NATO member, to hit targets in Iran. “The Tel Aviv-Tbilisi military axis,” de Borchgrave explains, “was agreed at the highest levels with the approval of the Bush administration.” He contends, furthermore, that “The attack ordered by Saakashvili against South Ossetia the night of Aug. 7 provided the Russians the pretext for Moscow to order Special Forces to raid these Israeli facilities where some Israeli drones were reported captured.”
- The same day Haaretz revealed that Israel has substantial financial investements in the Georgian economy: “The Israeli-Georgia connection is estimated to be worth $1 billion, according to a former Georgian ambassador to Israel. The Jewish state and private investors have provided military assistance and advisors to Georgia, where pipelines pump oil destined for Israel. A new pipeline is being built to bypass Russian territory.”
- On August 13 Haaretz reported that in the week following the Russian invasion El Al flew 200 Israelis out of Tbilisi, bound for Ben Gurion Airport. Among the passengers were 30 new immigrants, making aliyah from Georgia’s 12,000-member Jewish community. The Israeli media quoted Israeli Army Radio as saying “that over the past few days, approximately 60 Jewish families in Georgia have approached Jewish Agency representatives, who are traveling between the cities under bombardment, and asked for help in moving to Israel.”
Russia’s determination to punish Israel for supporting Georgia has been vocalized at the highest levels of the neo-Soviet leadership. On August 24, Debkafile reported, the Russian General Staff openly accused Israel of supplying weapons to the regime of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili who, from the perspective of those who take a dubious view of the “collapse” of Soviet communism in 1991, boasts troubling links to the old Soviet regime. “Moscow’s planned retaliation for America’s missile interceptors in Poland and US-Israeli military aid to Georgia,” the Israeli intelligence source contends, “may come in the form of Iskandar surface missiles installed in Syria and its Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad.”
Moscow accuses Israel of arming Georgia – day before Assad arrives for big arms purchases
DEBKAfile Special Report
August 24, 2008, 9:48 AM (GMT+02:00)
The timing was precise. Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Russian Deputy Chief of General Staff Col.-Gen. Anatoly Nagovitsyn accused Israel at a Moscow news conference of arming and training the Georgian military.
Wednesday, Syrian president Bashar Assad arrives in the Russian capital for a two-day visit during which the Kremlin fully expects him to exploit the storm clouds blowing in from Georgia over Russian relations with the West to press for sophisticated weapons systems not so far released by Moscow.
On Aug. 17, DEBKAfile military sources reported Moscow’s planned retaliation for America’s missile interceptors in Poland and US-Israeli military aid to Georgia may come in the form of Iskandar surface missiles installed in Syria and its Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad.
Russian Baltic and Middle East warships, submarines and long-range bombers may be armed with nuclear warheads.
One plan on the table in Moscow to punish Israel, DEBKAfile’s sources report, is the establishment of big Russian military, naval and air bases in Syria and the release of advanced weapons systems withheld until now from Iran (the S-300 air-missile defense system) and Syria (the nuclear-capable 200 km-range Iskandar surface missile).
To prepare the ground, Gen. Nagovitsyn charged Israel with arming the Georgian military with mines, explosive charges, special explosives for clearing minefields and “eight kinds of unmanned aerial vehicles.”
He added: “In 2007, Israeli experts trained Georgian commandos in Georgia and planned to supply Tbilisi heavy weaponry, electronic weapons, tanks and other arms at a later date, but the deal didn’t work out,” he said without explaining why.
Nagovitsyn also said that Russian soldiers had detained 20 mercenaries near the Georgian city of Poti, including three Arabs, all wearing Georgian army uniforms.
To provide teeth to its charges against US and Israeli “meddling” in Russia’s backyard, the Caucasus Mountains region, on August 18 the Russian Navy dispatched the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the missile cruiser Moskva, and at least four nuclear missile submarines to the Syrian port of Tartus. Moscow and Damascus have maintained a “tight” relationship since the Cold War. “Before the Russian flotilla departed Murmansk,” Debkafile asserts, “[Syrian President Bashar] Assad is reported by our sources as having given the nod for Tartus port’s conversion into a permanent Middle East base for Russia’s nuclear-armed warships.” Russian Navy chief Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky announced on August 24 that his warships in the Mediterranean Sea “have been placed under the command of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.” The same source notes that “Assad’s arrival [in Sochi on August 21] coincided with a visit by a large Syrian military delegation Thursday at the Russian weapons manufacturing giant, the Kalinin Machines Plant . . .”
Big Russian flotilla led by Admiral Kuznetsov carrier heads for Syrian port
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
August 26, 2008, 9:21 AM (GMT+02:00)
As the West awaits Moscow’s threatened reprisal for the treaty installing American missile interceptors at Redzikowo, on Poland’s Baltic coast – signed in Warsaw Wednesday – the Kremlin is striking back in the Middle East – hence Russian president Dimitry Medvedev’s honeyed words of reassurance to Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert in a call he made to Jerusalem Wednesday, Aug. 20.
DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose that a powerful Russian naval contingent, led by the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, left Murmansk on the Barents Sea Aug. 18 to dock at the Syrian Mediterranean port of Tartus Saturday, Aug. 23. It includes the Russian Navy’s biggest missile cruiser Moskva and at least four nuclear missile submarines.
At the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Syrian president Bashar Assad told reporters Thursday, Aug. 21, that he is considering a Russian request to deploy missiles in his country in view of Russian-Western tensions over the Georgian conflict, which he said had polarized East and West anew.
Assad signaled he would also be representing Tehran’s interests in his talks with Russian leaders. Jordan’s King Abdullah is on his way to join them later in the day.
Before the Russian flotilla departed Murmansk, Assad is reported by our sources as having given the nod for Tartus port’s conversion into a permanent Middle East base for Russia’s nuclear-armed warships.
Assad’s arrival coincided with a visit by a large Syrian military delegation Thursday at the Russian weapons manufacturing giant, the Kalinin Machines Plant, east of Moscow. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that this plant makes sophisticated anti-air missile systems, including the S-300 and the BUK M, for which Damascus is bidding.
The Syrian ruler has said he is seeking closer military cooperation with Russia. The deal emerging from his visit is expected to cover the Russian Navy’s use of Tartus in return for a mutual defense accord providing Syria with a Russian nuclear umbrella and generous terms for his arms purchases.
Aug. 17, DEBKAfile first revealed Russia’s planned nuclear military deployments in the Middle East and Baltic to punish America for its missile deal with Poland and Georgia’s attack in South Ossetia. They would included the installation of Iskandar surface missiles in Syria and Kaliningrad.
As Ezekiel predicted 2,500 years ago Magog is now poised to attack Israel from the north, an event that should prompt all Bible doubters to seriously consider the claims of Jesus Christ on their lives.
>WW4 File: Soviets gloat over Georgia occupation as EU, USA fail to counter Moscow’s aggression; Chavez invites Russian strategic bombers to Venezuela
September 2, 2008Posted by on
The fact is that US citizens were indeed in the area in conflict during the hostilities. It should be admitted that they would do so only following direct orders from their leaders. If my guess is right, then it raises the suspicion that someone in the US specially created this conflict to worsen the situation and create an advantage in the competitive struggle for one of the candidates for the post of president of the United States.
– Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, CNN interview, August 28, 2008
We are not afraid of anything, including the prospect of a new Cold War.
– Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev, statement made on August 27, 2008
If NATO suddenly takes military actions against Abkhazia and South Ossetia, acting solely in support of Tbilisi, this will mean a declaration of war on Russia.
– Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s NATO envoy, August 27, 2008
Pictured above: Russian troops patrol the streets of Tskhinvali, the capital of Georgia’s breakaway region South Ossetia, earlier today.
CAUCASIAN WAR HIGHLIGHTS
- Kremlin Preparing Pretext for Total Occupation of Georgia:
3. Soviets Persist in Dragging Feet on Troop Withdrawal from Georgia Proper Nearly One Month After Invasion and Occupation
4. Unconfirmed August 26 Statement from Georgian President Saakashvili: Russian Artillery Has Advanced to Akhalgori Heights 10 Miles from Tbilisi (source)
5. Georgia Formally Severs Diplomatic Ties with Russia after Kremlin Recognizes Independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia (source); Prime Minister Gurgenidze Signs Decree Ending Russian Peacekeeping Operation, Declaring Troops Occupiers (source)
- Kremlin’s Wrist Slapped: Gazprom-Dependent European Union Denounces Russia’s Partial Occupation of Georgia but Fails to Impose Threatened Sanctions
- Moscow’s NATO Envoy Dmitry Rogozin Warns that Russia Will Interpret Western Military Aid to Georgia as “Declaration of War”
- Russian General Valery Yevnevich Quoted on September 1: Russia Will Crush Any Enemy Supported by the USA or Europe
- Novosti Interviews Former Russian Naval Commander on August 29: Russia Could Destroy NATO’s 10-Ship Black Sea Fleet in “20 Minutes” (source)
- US Navy Destoyer McFaul Arrived at Port of Batumi with Humanitarian Aid for Georgians on August 24 (source); US Coast Guard Cutter Dallas Encounters anti-NATO Protests in Sevastopol, Ukraine on September 1 after Batumi Run (source)
- Russian Strategic Rocket Forces Fire RS-12M Topol ICBM from Plesetsk on August 28; Moscow’s Counter-Warning to Washington Follows August 13 Minuteman 3 Test-Launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base (source)
GEOPOLITICAL ALIGNMENT UPDATES
- Is Turkey Defecting from NATO? Prime Minister Taijip Erdogan Visits Moscow, Proposes Regional Security Pact to Include Turkey, Russia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan
- Shanghai Cooperation Organization Closes Ranks around Soviet Aggression in Georgia; China, Central Asian Republics Voice Support for Russian “Peacekeeping” Actions in Caucasus (source)
- Venezuela’s Communist Dictator Backs Soviet Occupation of Georgia, Moscow’s Recognition of Abkhazian and South Ossetian Independence, Praises Putin (source)
- Communist Bloc Outflanks NATO: Hugo Chavez Invites Russian Strategic Bombers and Navy to Use Venezuela as Base of Operations; Caracas to Buy Fighter Jets and Training Aircraft from Red China Following Russian Purchases
According to the MSM Russia began to withdraw its troops from Georgia proper on or around August 21, in compliance with a peace plan brokered by European Union President Nicolas Sarkozy five days after the Soviet invasion began on August 8. On that date Deutsche Welle reported: “Combat elements of Russia’s 58th Army were evacuating the vicinity of the north Georgian town Gori and would return to Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia over the next two days, a Russian army spokesman told the Interfax news agency on Thursday, Aug. 21.” However, elsewhere in Georgia proper, “Russian troops were digging in on the main road approach to the port of Poti, Georgia’s Rustaveli-2 television channel reported. Russian tanks and infantry were reportedly still holding the inland towns of Zugdidi and Senaki.” Furthermore, “Deputy Chief of the Russian military’s General Staff, Anatoly Nogovitsyn, said Thursday that Russia’s military had no plans to leave South Ossetia or the buffer zone around it.”
According to Russia’s EU envoy, below, Moscow will soon withdraw “hundreds” of troops from Georgia proper but provided no date for withdrawal, insisting that the redeployment depended on the EU’s timetable with respect to inserting into Georgia its promised team of international monitors on the ground. Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov, the same source notes, “was cautious about whether a planned EU monitoring mission of up to 200 observers for Georgia would be welcomed by Russia.” Somehow it is hard to visualize 200 EU peace monitors acting as an effective deterrent to Russia’s militaristic ambitions in the Caucasus Mountains region. As of September 2 at least 500 Russian troops are located in and around the Georgian port city of Poti.
Russian troops withdrawal from Georgia likely soon: envoy
September 2, 2008
BRUSSELS (AFP) — Russia’s EU envoy affirmed Tuesday that Moscow would soon withdraw hundreds of troops from Georgia, a day after the European Union froze partnership talks until the forces pulled out.
“Of course, they are not there forever. Their stay will be quite limited in time,” Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov said, in reference to some 500 Russia soldiers in Georgia, notably near the vital Black Sea port of Poti.
He could provide no date for the withdrawal nor say how long it might take, but that it would be determined by the time needed to set up an international mechanism to monitor the ceasefire and security developments on the ground.
Russia sent tanks and troops into Georgia on August 8, a day after Georgia launched an offensive to regain control of breakaway South Ossetia.
Russia halted its offensive after five days but refused to withdraw all its troops, saying they are on a peacekeeping mission. Georgia has labeled them an occupation force.
On Monday, EU leaders decided to freeze talks on a new partnership agreement with Russia until Moscow withdrew the troops from Georgia to positions they held prior to August 7.
Chizhov was cautious about whether a planned EU monitoring mission of up to 200 observers for Georgia would be welcomed by Russia.
“It would not only be up to Russia but also to the authorities of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. So far they said they would accept only Russian peacekeepers,” he said.
The EU leaders on Monday gave the greenlight to the mission, likely to be deployed by next month but not to Abkhazia and South Ossetia, whose independence from Georgia Moscow recognised last week.
The willingness of NATO to counter neo-Soviet aggression is further brought into question by NATO member state Turkey’s cozy relationship with Russia. Today Turkish Prime Minister Taijip Erdogan met with Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow. During the meeting Erdogan proposed the establishment of an international organization for security in the Caucasus region, to be called the Stability and Cooperation Platform in the Caucasus and that would be modeled on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Meanwhile, in an escalation of violent rhetoric from the Kremlin, a Russian general has vowed to crush all of his country’s enemies, including and especially those supported by the USA or the EU. General Valery Yevnevich issued this statement after the opening of joint military exercises between Russia, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan in the Ural region of Chelyabinsk.
Russian general promises to ‘destroy’ any enemy: report
by Staff WritersMoscow (AFP) Sept 1, 2008
The Russian army is capable of destroying any enemy, even one supported by the United States or Europe, a Russian general was quoted by ITAR-TASS as saying on Monday.
“The operation aimed at enforcing peace in Georgia showed to the world that regardless of the aggressor and whether he receives support from Europe or from beyond the Atlantic, we have everything needed to destroy him and he will be destroyed,” General Valery Yevnevich said.
He spoke after the opening of joint military exercises between Russia, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan in the Ural region of Chelyabinsk.
Russian troops overwhelmed Georgia’s small, US-trained army after launching an incursion August 8 to crush an attempt by Tbilisi to restore control over South Ossetia, a Moscow-backed separatist province.
Russia has not withdrawn all its troops from Georgian territory in line with a French-brokered ceacefire deal.
State-run Voice of Russia provides more details on “Centre-2008,” the Russian-Kazakh-Tajik war game mentioned above:
The Centre-2008 operational-tactical military exercise is due in Russia’s Volga and Urals federal districts from the 1st to the 27th of this month. Some 12,000 servicemen will take part in the manoeuvres, including the combat units that have recently effectively fought in the Caucasus to enforce Georgia to accept the peace. The current exercise aims to drill joint action to localize armed conflicts, wipe out illegal armed units and terrorist groups ad do away with the aftermath of natural and man-induced disasters. A joint exercise of Russian and Kazakh armed forces has also been scheduled.
On August 15 we expressed concern that the Soviets, operating behind the facade of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), might use the third and fourth stages of the Rubezh-2008 military exercise, slated to take place in Armenia between August 18 and 22, as a ruse to launch an attack against Georgia from the other “former” Soviet republic. Fortunately, this scenario has not materialized, but we did prove that the Kremlin disguised its preparations for invading Georgia via the Moscow-backed separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia under the guise of the Caucasus Frontier-2008 war games and Tu-22M bomber drills during the three weeks leading up to the August 8 assault.
On August 22 the Armenian Ministry of Defense website reported that the last stage of Rubezh-2008 was completed by 2,500 Russian and Armenia troops at a military school under the watchful eye of CSTO General Secretary and career Chekist Nikolai Bordyuzha. Today Sargsyan met Medvedev in Sochi to discuss bilateral relations and Armenia’s support role in Russia’s “peacekeeping” mission in Georgia. The rotating presidency of the CSTO will be assumed by Armenia in several days. In view of the “tight” links between Moscow and Yerevan, Western analysts should closely watch Soviet troop movements southeast of Georgia.
In a related story, Russia and its sidekick Belarus have announced joint military exercises for this fall, a seemingly routine drill that could provide cover for a push against Poland, which has agreed to host US interceptor missiles.
Pictured here: “President” Medvedev, a graduate of the Soviet Komsomol and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s obedient lapdog, was interviewed by Euronews TV channel earlier today, in Sochi, which is just north of Abkhazia, Georgia. Medvedev claimed victory after EU leaders condemned Russia’s partial occupation of Georgia but failed to impose economic and political sanctions against Moscow, proving that the Gazprom-dependent EU superstate has truly become Mikhail Gorbachev’s “new European Soviet” and that free trade trumps countering the neo-Soviet threat. “We unambiguously condemn Russia’s disproportionate reaction, and we are conscious of our responsibility to maintain dialogue with our Russian neighbors,” European/French President Sarkozy blathered.
In yet another move that demonstrates the extent to which the Soviets have subverted, penetrated, and manipulated the Western economies, Russia recently became the eighth largest holder of US public debt, while the Kremlin also admitted that it raked in US$1 billion in profit on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bonds over last six months in spite of the mortgage lenders’ ailing status. In numerous posts we have presented evidence for the Communist Bloc’s plan to “nuke” the US economy by inflating oil prices and dumping US dollars and US Treasury bonds in advance of or concurrently with an open military confrontation with the West.
On August 27 Reuters reported: “With Russian tanks and troops still occupying parts of Georgia, U.S. officials have said openly that Washington will consider new military assistance for the former Soviet state turned Western ally that has staunchly supported the U.S. war on terrorism and aspires to NATO membership.” On the same day, reports This Is London, Russia’ NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin issued some of the Caucasian War’s most bellicose rhetoric yet: “If NATO suddenly takes military actions against Abkhazia and South Ossetia, acting solely in support of Tbilisi, this will mean a declaration of war on Russia.” (Link to source does not work so google under article title “Military help for Georgia is a ‘declaration of war’, says Moscow in extraordinary warning to the West.”) In light of such statements it is difficult to not conclude that Russia and NATO are currently in a state of hot war over the Georgia crisis.
Barely weeks after the Kremlin media leaked news of Russia’s alleged interest in stationing its strategic bombers in Cuba, Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez has lauded the Soviet occupation of Georgia and openly offered to make his country available as a base of operations for Russian strategic bombers and navy. The Moscow Leninists and their cronies in Latin America have outflanked NATO, but how many Western analysts have noticed?
>EU File: NATO: No slowdown in overseas Russian bomber missions during Caucasian War; Oslo still nonchalant about resurgent Soviet Bear
September 1, 2008Posted by on
>We’re back from a much-needed summer vacation and a self-imposed 17-day news vacuum, the world hasn’t blown up yet, and the contrived Russia-Georgia crisis continues to advance the strategic interests of the Moscow Leninists with respect to confusing Western analysts and ensnaring the Western Alliance into a confrontation with neo-Soviet Russia. Meanwhile, the Russian Air Force’s overseas bomber missions continue unabated. The article below reports that “Despite Russian troops being tied up in the Georgian conflict, the Norwegian air force says there has been no slowdown in the number of Russian bombers spotted.” We will post a separate entry on current developments in the Caucasian War later. Pictured above: Norwegian F-16 fighter jet takes off at the Bodoe air base, above the Arctic Circle.
Russian bombers fly in Europe’s far north
September 1, 2008
BODOE AIRBASE, Norway (AFP) — In scenes reminiscent of the Cold War, Russian bombers have returned to the skies in Europe’s far north after years of absence, putting NATO’s jet fighters on alert once again.
At the Bodoe airbase, above the Arctic circle, two F-16s are always on call, ready to take off in less than 15 minutes for stand-offs with surprise visitors from Norway’s eastern neighbour.
“We have noticed a clear rise in Russian aerial activity over the past year,” said base air commander general Per Egil Rygg.
“This has given us a lot more to do,” he added.
In 2006, Norwegian F-16s carried out 13 emergency take-offs to “identify”, as the military jargon goes, 14 Russian planes.
A year later, the number of emergency take-offs leapt to 47, with a whopping 88 Russian planes “identified”.
The increase appears to be largely due to a decision by then-president Vladimir Putin to relaunch strategic bomber flights “on a permanent basis”.
Despite Russian troops being tied up in the Georgian conflict, the Norwegian air force says there has been no slowdown in the number of Russian bombers spotted.
To keep up with the Russian planes, two fighter pilots and four mechanics remain on high alert at the Bodoe base 24 hours a day.
Stationed in a small building near two shelters each housing an F16, one pilot slumbers fully-dressed while the other stands guard, waiting for a bright-red telephone to ring.
As soon as NATO’s Combined Air Operations Centre in Denmark gives the order, the pilot on guard sounds the alarm and the six men make a dash for the two jets on call, which make it into the air just minutes later.
Only after they are airborne do the pilots receive their mission orders.
While such manoeuvres and the frequent drone of the Russian bombers may provoke Cold War flashbacks in Bodoe, most airmen here say they are not too concerned.
“They (the Russian planes) remain in international air space at all times without violating Norway’s sovereignty. They have every right to do this,” Rygg pointed out.
“We make sure to mark our territory, but this doesn’t really worry us,” he added.
The government in Oslo is also rather laid-back. The reappearance of the Tu-95 “Bear” and Tu-160 “Blackjack” bombers, it says, is primarily a sign that Moscow has gained more budgetary wiggle-room, enabling it to carry out more training missions.
While Norway plays down the notion that the Russian flights are a muscle-flexing demonstration, other countries have had a hard time seeing purely coincidence when Russian bombers last year for instance stroked the outer limits of Dutch airspace when the Netherlands was hosting an important NATO meeting.
Or when they, also in 2007, hovered near British airspace at the height of the tensions between London and Moscow.
Located just some 600 kilometres (373 miles) from the Russian border, Bodoe has always been a strategic geopolitical location for the United States and its allies, something the town’s aviation museum is quick to point out.
The museum, located just a stone’s throw from the airbase, is home to a rare specimen of the same American U2 spy plane as the one shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960 during a secret mission that had been scheduled to end in the small Norwegian town.
The Cold War tensions of that era today appear to have dissipated at the airbase, where smiling guards laxly inspect visitors before letting them out to the concrete shelters camouflaged by thick grass that house close to 40 F-16s.
A good-natured 31-year-old captain, who asks to remain anonymous, explains that he is one of the fighter pilots who is regularly sent up to face-off with the Russians.
“We avoid any kind of provocation,” he insists.
“We come from the back and we keep our distance all the time, no less than 500 feet (152 metres) from them. They proceed with their mission normally. They don’t do anything special just because we’re there,” he adds.
Unlike in one of his favorite films, “Top Gun”, which he has seen at least 50 times, there are no insulting gestures or provocative moves during the high-altitude encounters, the captain said.
“They take pictures and we take pictures. Sometimes we even wave at each other,” he said.
>WW4 File: Soviet troops occupy Gori, Poti, Zugdidi, fail to comply with EU-brokered peace plan; NATO member Turkey expresses solidarity with Russia
August 14, 2008Posted by on
>CAUCASIAN WAR HIGHLIGHTS
- WORLD WAR FOUR ALERT: Are Soviets Positioning Troops in Armenia to Complete Occupation and Subjugation of Georgia? Moscow-Led Collective Security Treaty Organization to Hold Additional Rounds of Rubezh-2008 Military Drill in Armenia between August 18-22
- Russia Fires More Than Two Dozen SS-21 Short-Range Missiles at Georgia Since Beginning Invasion (source, link to previous post)
- Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer and Chief US Negotiator John Rood Sign Deal to Install Interceptor Missiles in Poland (source)
- Soviet Troops Persist in Their Failure to Comply with Two-Day-Old European Union-Brokered Peace Plan, Refuse to Withdraw from Georgia; Tanks, Troops Occupy Gori, Poti, Zugdidi
- Russian General Staff Deputy Head Anatoly Nogovitsyn Articulates Moscow’s Displeasure Over US Relief Flights into Tbilisi; 17 US Marines Oversee Distribution of 30-Ton Shipment (source)
- Moscow’s Manufactured Crisis in the “Post”-Soviet Periphery Spreads: Colonel-General Nogovitsyn Takes Umbrage at Ukraine’s Refusal to Allow Black Sea Fleet Back to Port
- “Ex”-Communist “Presidents” of South Ossetia and Abkhazia Scurry to Moscow for Briefing with Neo-Soviet Leadership
- South Ossetian and Abkhazian Separatist Militias Looting Georgian Population Centers and Attacking Civilians (source)
- West’s Diplomatic Isolation of Russia Begins as Iran, Libya, and NATO Member Turkey Express Solidarity with Russia on Georgia Invasion
- Human Rights Watch: Russian Reports of Georgian-Sponsored Ethnic Cleansing in South Ossetia Exaggarated; Kremlin Figure of 2,000 Killed “Doubtful” (source)
Pictured above: Russian military convoy of at least 100 tanks and other vehicles masses two kilometers from the centre of Zugdidi, a major town in western Georgia, on August 14, 2008. Later that day the president of Georgia announced to foreign reporters in Tblisi that the column had moved west and was then halfway between the cities of Senaki and Kutaisi.
Soviet Military Strategy in Georgia Analyzed
Two days after the European Union brokered a six-point peace plan between Russia and Georgia, Soviet troops are still digging in around the city of Gori, the town of Zugdidi, and the port of Poti, on the Black Sea, although, contrary to initial fears, the Russian military has yet to advance on Tblisi. Reuters reports: “Russia insisted its troop movements within Georgia proper on Thursday did not violate the peace agreement, which contains a clause allowing Moscow’s forces ‘to implement additional security measures’ while awaiting international monitors.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, moreover, rumbled: “One can forget about any talk about Georgia’s territorial integrity because, I believe, it is impossible to persuade South Ossetia and Abkhazia to agree with the logic that they can be forced back into the Georgian state.”
Although many of the reports filtering through Russian and Georgian government censors into the Western MSM are conflicting–such as “The Russians are leaving,” “The Russians are staying”–it is evident that regular Soviet forces have firmly entrenched themselves in the Moscow-friendly enclaves of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as well as the three cities named above, all of which are adjacent to the country’s main east-west transportation artery. As a result, the Kremlin effectively controls the north-west and north-central regions of Georgia, while its troops are a mere hour’s drive from Tblisi. These deployments are no doubt purposeful and portend an eventual assault on the national capital, suggested by yesterday’s feint by one armored column in that direction.
At this point, as the Soviets conveniently overlook their obligations under Nicolas Sarkozy’s peace plan, Western analysts should consider neighboring Armenia’s possible collaboration with Russia in the demise of Georgia’s “pro”-Western regime. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, like Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, is an “ex”-cadre of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. In March PM Sargsyan travelled to Moscow where he reaffirmed Armenia’s strategic alliance with Russia. The Russian Army maintain 5,000 troops of all types in Armenia, including 3,000 officially posted at the 102nd Military Base in Gyumri. On August 12 the press secretary of the Armenian Minister of Defense Seyran Ohanyan denied reports in the Georgian and Azerbaijani media that the Russian military used Armenia as a “platform” to attack Georgia. Intriguingly, on the same day, Ohanyan and Georgia’s ambassador to Armenia Revaz Gachechiladze met in Yerevan to discuss Georgia’s role as observer in the third and fourth rounds of the Rubezh 2008 military exercies, to be conducted by the joint militaries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization on Armenian soil between August 18 and 22.
As stated before, we strongly suspect that Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili is covertly working for the Moscow Leninists, with the intent of fomenting war between Washington and Moscow. Of course, most Georgian citizens are staunch patriots who hate their former Russian overlords. However, even as Saakashvili threatens to withdraw Georgia from the Commonwealth of Independent States, his country will observe a military drill carried out by the military alliance that undergirds the CIS. Notwithstanding official denials and Kremlin propaganda, Western analysts should consider the possibility that Moscow will use these latest CSTO maneuvers to seize and occupy the eastern and southern half of Georgia in a great pincer movement. We have already pointed out that Russia used the pre-announced Caucasus Frontier-2008 military exercise and Tu-22M Backfire bomber drills during the last two weeks of July and the first week of August, respectively, to cloak its preparations for invading Georgia.
No doubt the presence of US servicemen in the national capital, Washington’s speedy relief efforts for Georgia, the US military’s transfer of 2,000 Georgian troops from Iraq back to their homeland to stop the Soviet invasion, and yesterday morning’s Minuteman 3 ICBM test flight are providing the Moscow Leninists with some food for thought with respect to America’s resolve to slow or halt the Soviet advance. At the same time, US “humanitarian” flights into Tblisi do not sit well with the neo-Soviet leadership. At a Moscow news conference today, Colonel General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy head of the Russian General Staff, demanded: “What is going on there? We, the Russians, are extremely concerned about it. U.S. military transport aircraft are reported to have been airlifting some humanitarian cargoes to Tbilisi airport. Two days ago, reports said we had destroyed the airport.”
Pictured here: On August 14, 2008 Russian soldiers at an illegal checkpoint near Gori, in Georgia proper, detained this motorist who was allegedly transporting a weapon in his car.
The Kremlin media reports today that the presidents of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Eduard Kokoity and Sergei Bagapsh, both of whom are connected to the old Soviet regime, scurried to Moscow today for a briefing with Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev. “I want you to know and tell the people of South Ossetia and Abkhazia that Russia’s position remains unchanged,” Medvedev intoned, adding: “We will support any decision made by the people of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in line with the UN Charter, the 1966 international conventions, and the Helsinki Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.” For his part, “President” Kokoity ranted: “Georgia did not act on its own – most European countries, and the United States, are to blame for the genocide against the South Ossetian people.” In June Kokoity attended a low-profile meeting with Communist Party of the Russian Federation Chairman Gennady Zyuganov in North Ossetia, suggesting yet again that CPRF is the real, but covert, locus of power in “post”-communist Russia.
The diplomatic isolation of Russia, as a response to its invasion of Georgia, began this week with a refusal by the USA and the United Kingdom to join Russia in a joint naval maneuver in the Sea of Japan, FRUKUS-2008. Group of Eight members are also openly deliberating about the possibility of expelling Russia from that organization of democratic, industrialized nations, thereby re-creating the Group of Seven formation. Russia’s occupation of parts of Georgia may also thwart the Kremlin’s bid for accession to the World Trade Organization. In short, it will be hard for even the most benighted Western analysts to not come to the conclusion that the Cold War has returned.
Meanwhile, not surprisingly, Russia’s strategic partners Iran and Libya, like Cuba, have expressed solidarity with the Kremlin on the subject of its invasion and occupation of “pro”-Western Georgia. The state-run media in Iran refers to the Caucasian Was as “another US foreign policy blunder,” rather than naked Soviet aggression, stating: “By launching the recent military campaign in South Ossetia, Abkhazia and beyond, the Russians are sending their most forceful message to date: This is our backyard; stay out or else.” Novosti writes of Libya’s response to the Caucasian War:
Libya said the conflict in Georgia and its breakaway republic of South Ossetia has signaled an end to the dominance of the United States in global affairs, a Russian daily reported on Thursday. “What happened in Georgia is a good sign, which means America is no longer the sole world power setting the rules of the game,” the Libyan president’s eldest son Seif al Islam Qaddafi said in an interview with Kommersant. “There is a balance in the world now. Russia is resurging, which is good for us, for the entire Middle East,” said Seif al Islam, who runs the Qaddafi Foundation, a non-governmental body, told the paper. He said the Arab world has welcomed the withdrawal from Iraq by Georgian troops, describing the Caucasus state, which enjoys strong backing from the U.S., as “an occupier.”
More disturbingly, in a move that does not bode well for unity within the Western Alliance, NATO member Turkey has voiced support for Russia’s leadership and “its conflict in South Ossetia”:
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed solidarity on Wednesday with Russia and its conflict in South Ossetia. Upon his arrival in Moscow and meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Erdogan said that he is here to express solidarity with the Russian leadership during this crisis. The Turkish Prime Minister added that his country is ready to exert all efforts to help end the crisis and conflict in South Ossetia. For his part, Putin said that his country is keen to ensure Turkey’s stability, describing their relations with Turkey as a guaranteed and friendly partner.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s stated commitment to “Turkey’s stability” would, of course, be guaranteed if Russia stopped arming and providing haven for the Marxist Kurdistan Workers’ Party.
Blogger’s Note: We’re Outta Here!
Although the world is falling apart around us, we are leaving on a much-needed summer vacation. We will have limited Internet access during that time and therefore do not expect to post much, if at all, until September 2. If the world is still here at that point, then please drop by again. Georgia could very well be under total Soviet occupation and the world in the midst of a nuclear holocaust at that time.
>WW4 File: Georgian authorities: Russian military sets up illegal checkpoint in strategically critical city of Gori
August 13, 2008Posted by on
>Shortly after midnight on August 14 the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted the following information at its Blogger.com site:
According to the recent information received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the appropriate authorities of Georgia, on 13 August 2008, the Russian military have established an illegal checkpoint on the main highway at the city of Gori. All cargo vehicles passing through this checkpoint are being stopped and thoroughly searched by the Russian military, and being allowed the free passage only under condition of payment of ransom.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is assessing this act as a grave violation of international law and sovereignty of Georgia.
By introducing illegal armed formations and groups of bandits who are now blocking Georgian highways, looting peaceful population and disrupting trade, the Russian Federation again clearly demonstrates that its aim is the full occupation of Georgia.
>WW4 File: First C-17 Globemaster transport lands in Tbilisi with "humanitarian aid," second shipment to come Thursday; Saakashvili exaggarates US aid
August 13, 2008Posted by on
>Barely hours after President George W. Bush pledged to send humanitarian aid to the besieged “former” Soviet republic of Georgia, the first US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft arrived in Tblisi. Bush characterized the assistance as “vigorous and ongoing,” a decision that will no doubt infuriate but secretly delight the Soviets as Moscow’s Leninist masterminds seize upon any pretext to attack the Western Alliance. Fox News reports that a second C-17 will arrive tomorrow. Speaking from the White House Rose Garden earlier today Bush stated:
We expect Russia to honor its commitment to let in all forms of humanitarian assistance. We expect Russia to insure that all lines of communication and transport, including seaports, airports, roads and airspace, remain open for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and for civilian transit. The United States stands with the democratic government of Georgia and insists that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia be respected. The United States strongly supports France’s efforts as president of the European Union to broker an agreement to end this conflict.
He revealed that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will leave for Tblisi tonight, stopping in Paris along the way to confer with European/French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Rice warned today: “This is not 1968 when Czechoslovakia was invaded and Russia felt it could threaten its neighbours, occupy a capital, overthrow a government and get away with it. Things have changed.”
Bush’s announcement was reportedly interpreted by Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili to mean that the US military would be taking control of Georgia’s sea and airports, but the US Department of Defense denied that was the case. “We are not looking to, nor do we need to, take control of any air or sea ports to conduct this mission,” Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell explained. In view of Saakashvili’s exaggaration of US support for Georgia, we strongly suspect that the Georgian president is colluding with the Moscow Leninists to draw the USA into some sort of confrontation with Russia that will permit the Kremlin to launch a preemptive strike against the Western Alliance and retain the approval of the international community.
Pictured here: Early on Wednesday Sarkozy visited Tblisi where he encouraged Saakashvili to abide by the EU-brokered peace plan that requires the Russian and Georian militaries to assume their pre-invasion positions.
Although unknown to the post-boomer generation, the Berlin Blockade, which was the first major incident in the First Cold War (1945-1991), serves as precedent for the USA’s current support for a country under Soviet occupation. In 1948 the Soviet Union prevented the Allied Powers–USA, Britain, and France–from accessing West Berlin via land routes, prompting these nations to organize the nearly year-long “Berlin Airlift” of food and fuel to residents in the western sectors of the city.
On Monday the US military transferred 2,000 Georgian troups from the battlefield in Iraq to Tblisi where they were deployed to fend off the Russian invasion, which began last Friday in concert with South Ossetian and Abkhazian separatists. Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin swiftly denounced the USA for its logistical role in airlifting Georgian soldiers. Pictured below: Russian helicopter gunship over Georgia, August 2008.
Meanwhile, Kremlin-run Russia Today continues to portray “post”-Soviet Georgia as little more than a “US client state” with the obvious intent of justifying Russia’s onslaught against the small Caucasus country: “The United States has been providing military and technical support to independent Georgia for almost 15 years. During this period, the overall amount of annual aid from Washington has increased by more than several hundred times, and reached its peak in the financial year till 2006.” In like fashion, the pro-Moscow United Communist Party of Georgia has disengenuously denounced the regime of President Sakaashvili as “fascist,” “criminal,” and “genocidal.”
August 12, 2008
(43) 09:30 – 10:55 Russian air forces bombarded Central Square and Market in the city of Gori.
August 11, 2008
(42) 07:15 Senaki airport runway and Senaki military base were bombed by Russian jets.
(41) 06:10 Gori tank battalion is bombed. A civilian apartment building nearby has been hit.
(40) 05:00 Shiraki airfield in Dedoplistskaro District on the east of the country is bombed by Russian jets.
(39) 04:37 Civilian radar station in the village of Leninisi in 5 kilometers from downtown Tbilisi was partially destroyed by Russian jet.
(38) 04:30 The Central Command Center of Georgian Air Forces was bombed.
(37) 03:26 Russian jets bombed Kodori Gorge (Upper Abkhazia).
(36) 03:12 Territory adjustment to military base in Khelvachauri (near Georgian-Turkish border) was bombed.
(35) 03:05 Villages of Sharabidzeebi, Kapandichi and Makho near Batumi (Georgian-Turkish border) were bombed by Russian planes. Graveyard and villagers’ backyard have been hit. No casualties reported.
(34) 00:31 Russian jets bombed Kodori Gorge (Upper Abkhazia).
(33) 00:30 Civilian radar station in the village of Shavshvebi west of Gori is bombed by Russian planes.
August 10, 2008
(32) 20:25 Two jets bombed Kodori Gorge (Upper Abkhazia).
(31) 19:35 Two jets bombed Senaki (West Georgia).
(30) 19:10 “Tbilaviamsheni” aviation factory was bombarded by Russian aviation again.
(29) 19:05 Russian aviation dropped bomb on Tbilisi Civil Airport.
(28) 16:10 Russian aviation bombarded only remaining bridge on the Highway linking eastern and western parts of the country. There was a fire on the bridge. Fire is extinguished. The traffic is restored.
(27) 16:05 Gori is being bombed by Russian aviation.
(26) 15:10 Russian troops and Abkhaz separatists launch ground attack on Upper Abkhazia. The region is being bombed by Russian aviation
(25) 15:00 Russian aircrafts bomb the village of Knolevi in the northern Kareli district.
(24) 11:15 The village of Shavshvebi between Gori and Kareli have been bombed by Russian aviation.
(23) 08:45 Ten Russian jets attack Upper Abkhazia. One jet has been downed by Georgian Government troops.
(22) 07:40 Russian jets bomb village of Urta in Zugdidi district.
(21) 05:45 Russian jet entered Georgian airspace from Dagestan and dropped 3 Bombs on Tbilisi airplane factory.
August 9, 2008
(20) 22:30 Russian air forces bombarded Chkhalta, administrative center of Upper Abkhazia. No Casualties reported.
(19) 16:35 Oni was bombarded by Russian aviation
(18) 14:00 Russian air force attack Upper Abkhazia (Kodori gorge) in several places, including the airdrome in the village of Omarishara
(17) 12:40 Kopitnari airdrome is bombed again
(16) 10:22 Russian air force continues to bomb Gori, located 60 kilometers northwest from Tbilisi and is outside the conflict zone.
(15) 10:00 Russian air force bomb Kopitnari airdrome in several kilometers from Kutaisi.
(14) 01:20 Gatchiani in the Gardabani districts was bombarded, which is 20 kilometers southeast of Tbilisi and outside the conflict zone and is also close to the BTC pipeline, but the pipeline is not damaged.
(13) 01:00 Poti was bombarded a second time, which is located on the Black Sea coast, 260 kilometers west from Tbilisi, is outside the conflict zone and is a pure civilian target.
(12) 00:20 Vaziani airfield is bombed again, which is 2-3 kilometers from Tbilisi International Airport and is located outside the conflict zone. Two air bombs didn’t explode.
(11) 00:17 Lightening bombs are dropped on Senaki military base, which is 213 kilometers west of Tbilisi and is outside the conflict zone. 1 serviceman and 5 reservists were reported killed. The railway station in Senaki is also bombed and eight are killed.
(10) 00:12 Poti port, which is located on the Black Sea coast, 260 kilometers west from Tbilisi, is outside the conflict zone and is a pure civilian target, is bombed heavily. One hydrographic vessel has been sunk.
August 8, 2008
(9) 18:45 Georgian Gori artillery brigade is bombarded by 5 Russian airplanes.
(8) 17:35 Marneuli military airbase, 20 kilometers south of Tbilisi and outside the conflict zone, is bombed for the third time resulting in 1 death and 4 injured. As a result of three bombings, three grounded AN-2 type planes and military vehicles stationed there are destroyed.
(7) 17:00 Marneuli military airbase is bombed for the second time causing casualties.
(5)(6) 16.30 Russian aviation bombs Marneuli and Bolnisi military airbases, 20 kilometers and 35 kilometers south of Tbilisi respectively. Two aircrafts were destroyed on ground. Also several buildings were destroyed and there are casualties.
(4) 15:05 Russian military plane enters Georgia from the direction of Tedzami, just south of Gori, and drop two bombs on the Vaziani military airport and turned back.
(3) 10:57 Two of the six Russian aircraft drop three bombs in Gori. One of these fell near the stadium, the second near Gorijvari slope and third near a artillery brigade.
(2) 10:30 Russian Su-24 bombs the village of Variani in the Kareli district, 75 kilometers west of Tbilisi and outside the conflict zone. Seven civilians were injured as a result.
(1) 09:45 A Russian military fighter plane drops about 3-5 bombs near the village of Shavshvebi, on the highway between Poti and Tbilisi and is 300-500 meters from Georgian military radar.
Source: Georgian Ministry of Defense (link unreliable)
>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Russia: Ukrainian crews manned air defense batteries that downed Tu-22M bomber, Su-25 combat jets over Georgia
August 13, 2008Posted by on
>With such propaganda as disseminated by state-run Interfax, below, the Soviets are clearly determined to: 1) implicate the “pro”-Western regime in Kiev in America’s “plan” to surround Russia with military installations and NATO member states, and 2) build a case for “legitimately” retaliating against the Not-So-Former Soviet republics and, possibly, their new benefactor, the USA.
Russian planes were downed by Georgian systems operated by Ukrainian crews – Russian military
12:59 GMT, Aug 13, 2008
DUSHANBE. Aug 13 (Interfax-AVN) – Russian planes which flew missions in the peace enforcement operation in Georgia were shot down with air defense systems supplied by Ukraine and other countries, members of a Russian military delegation said on Wednesday after a meeting of the Air Defense Coordinating Council of the CIS Council of Ministers in Dushanbe.
“According to information available to us, a Tupolev Tu-22 long-range supersonic bomber and several Sukhoi Su-25 jets were shot down with S-200 and TOR surface-to-air systems, supplied to Georgia by Ukraine. Ukrainian crews were operating the air defense systems,” a member of the Russian military delegation said.
In a related story, the Russian Foreign Ministry today condemned a decree issued by “pro”-Western Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko requiring prior notification of movements of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, which is based in Sevastopol, as a ‘new serious anti-Russian step.’” Yushchenko signed the document after returning from Tbilisi yesterday in a show of support for the Georgian government and people. It should be pointed out that Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is a Komsomol graduate, while Yushchenko is a former KGB border guard whose dioxin poisoning episode in 2004 will no doubt ensure that he carefully follows Moscow’s line in the Caucasian War. The potential for a superpower showdown between the USA and neo-Soviet Russia increases by leaps and bounds every day, but the shopping mall regimes slumber on, distracted by the useless fluff emanating from the MSM.
As the communist-scripted drama in Georgia unfolds, we encourage all concerned visitors to this blog to monitor: 1) Russian and Belarusian military movements along their borders with NATO countries, 2) Russian strategic aviation missions over the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, and 3) the military activities of Russia’s client states in Latin America, chiefly Communist Cuba, Red Venezuela, and neo-Sandinista Nicaragua.
>WW4 File: Treacherous Soviets scrap day-old truce, journalists witness Russian tanks leave Gori, head for Tbilisi, despite Kremlin denials
August 13, 2008Posted by on
>- US President George W. Bush Accuses Russia of Failing to Uphold Cease-Fire, Orders Military to Deliver Humanitarian Aid to Georgia
- Washington Sends Warning to Moscow: Minuteman 3 ICBM Launched from Vandenberg AFB, Strikes Target in Marshall Islands Early Wednesday Morning
- Russian Forces Dig In Around Deserted, Strategically Critical City of Gori; Abkhazian Separatists Stake Claim to Territory in Georgia Proper
- Presidents of “Ex”-Communist Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia Attend Press Conference with Saakashvili in Tblisi
- Estonia’s Computer Emergency Response Team Aids Georgians in Countering Russia’s Cyberwarfare Offensive
Pictured above: A column of Russian rocket launchers enters central Tskhinvali in South Ossetia yesterday.
Under the fog of international diplomacy, Georgian accusations, and Russian counter-accusations, the treacherous Soviets have breached the day-old cease-fire brokered by the European Union and dispatched a column of tanks in the direction of Georgia’s capital Tblisi, allegedly to secure an abandoned military base six miles east of Gori. “This is the kind of cease-fire that, I don’t know, they had with Afghanistan I guess in 1979,” complained Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, a former Komsomol cadre who appears to be covertly serving Moscow’s largely over-looked strategic goals against the West. “There is no cease-fire, they [Russian forces] are moving around.” CNN correspondent Matthew Chance stated: “The Russians’ final destination and objective were unclear.”
That the Russians have no intention of honoring the cease-fire is evident in their determination to accuse the Georgians of breaking the same, as BBC News reports today: “Meanwhile, Russian defence officials said the Russian military had shot down a Georgian spy drone over Tskhinvali, overnight and accused the Georgians of continuing military activities despite the ceasefire deal.” Vladimir Lenin is believed to have approvingly quoted Jonathan Swift when the first Soviet leader declared: “Promises are like pie crust, made to be broken.” This principle of deceit has undergirded Soviet diplomacy to this very day.
Sporadic fighting between Russians and South Ossetians in the one camp and Georgian troops in the other are occurring in various pockets of the country. Today Abkhazian separatists planted a flag on a bridge over the Inguri River, in the territory of Georgia proper. “This is Abkhazian land,” one rebel fighter proclaimed.
Pictured below, from left to right: Estonian President Toomas Ilves, Polish President Lech Kaczynski, Saakashvili, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, and Latvian Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis attend joint news conference in Tbilisi, on August 13, 2008. Kaczynski was advisor to secret police informer Lech Wałęsa, who led the communist-controlled Solidarity trade union in Poland. Like Saakashvili, Godmanis is an alleged KGB agent. Although Ilves is not known to be a communist, Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip is a former member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Similarly, Adamkus is not known to be a communist, but Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas is also “ex”-CPSU.
Bush accuses Russia over Georgia cease-fire
August 13, 2008
TBILISI, Georgia (CNN) — President George W. Bush said Wednesday that the United States has received reports of Russian actions that are “inconsistent” with Moscow’s statement it had halted military operations in Georgia.
Pledging support for Georgia, Bush said he was concerned about reports that Russian units had taken positions outside the conflict-hit Georgian city of Gori and the port city of Poti. He said Georgian citizens were not being protected from attack.
The remarks by Bush, who said he was sending Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to France and Georgia to discuss the violence, came after a Russian military convoy advance sparked fears of a major breakdown to a day-old cease-fire agreement.
A spokesman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry bristled at reports that Russia had breached the cease-fire, and said they “are not reflecting the real situation.”
“We as the Russian Federation are (sticking) to the agreement which (has) been made in Moscow yesterday and we hope that the other side will show its readiness to do the same,” Andrei Nesterenko told CNN.
Russia says its convoy was merely on a short-range demilitarizing mission on the road to the Georgian capital Tbilisi, but both sides in the conflict have traded accusations that the cease-fire was being violated.
President Bush also said U.S. Defense Robert Gates will oversee a “vigorous and ongoing” humanitarian mission to Georgia involving aircraft and Naval forces. It was not immediately clear when the mission will begin.
CNN correspondent Matthew Chance, who was riding with the Russian convoy, said there was no resistance from Georgian soldiers, and it was possible that the Russians were on a scouting mission to choose a buffer zone between the breakaway region of South Ossetia and Georgian territory. Chance described the flag-waving Russians as relaxed.
He said most soldiers refused to comment, but one told him: “We have come here with the approval of the Georgian people.”
Earlier Wednesday, a Georgian official told CNN the troops were headed to the abandoned military base Uplistsikhe, which they intended to destroy. The base is six miles (10 kilometers) east of Gori.
A cease-fire agreement reached Tuesday between Georgia and Russia through the mediation efforts of France called for both forces to return to the positions they held on August 6.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili told CNN Wednesday that Russian forces “are encroaching upon the capital” in violation of a cease-fire agreement. He said the Russians never intended to hold up their end of the truce agreed to Tuesday.
“This is the kind of cease-fire that, I don’t know, they had with Afghanistan I guess in 1979,” Saakashvili said. “There is no cease-fire, they [Russian forces] are moving around.”
The column of Russian military vehicles, including armored personnel carriers and trucks carrying Russian troops, had been traveling slowly toward the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, and was about 30 miles away, Chance said, before it turned. The convoy was about 10 miles from Gori, he said.
The Russian General Staff in Moscow accused the Georgians of not honoring the cease-fire, saying Georgia troops should return to their barracks.
Saakashvili told CNN Western leaders had “failed to analyze Russia’s intentions” before it invaded Georgia and “are partly to blame” for the current situation.
“The response has not been adequate,” Saakashvili said. “Not only those people who are committing all those atrocities are responsible, but those who don’t react to that, I think they also share responsibility.”
The six-point deal agreed between the sides was meant to end the fighting over the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
However Saakashvili, flanked by the leaders of Lithuania, Poland, Estonia and Latvia in a media briefing early Wednesday, said Russian tanks were attacking and “rampaging” through the Georgian town of Gori despite the cease-fire.
However journalists in Gori, the birthplace of former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, said they had seen no Russian tanks. Residents there told the journalists they had earlier seen “some,” but not in large numbers.
A Russian military official said its forces were at an abandoned Georgian artillery base near Gori, but not inside the town itself.
“I tell you with full responsibility that there are no Russian tanks in Gori today and there is no reason to be,” because Gori authorities have fled the city, said General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of the Russian General Staff.
Nogovitsyn said the conflict had killed 74 Russian troops, wounded 171 and left 19 missing in action. Officials have estimated at least 2,000 civilians were killed in South Ossetia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called for international observers to help ensure peace and “prevent any aggressive ambitions on the part of the Georgian leadership.”
Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus said an international force would be the only way to stop violence and ensure Georgia’s territorial integrity.
“Let the world finally wake up and take the action and provide the real security for the region,” Adamkus said.
Fighting has raged since Thursday when Georgia launched its crackdown on separatist fighters in autonomous South Ossetia, where most people have long supported independence.
Russian troops and tanks moved into South Ossetia on Friday and quickly pushed back the Georgian forces. Russian forces also moved into Abkhazia, another breakaway Georgian region.
Russia called a halt Tuesday to its military incursion, insisting it had been aimed at stopping Georgian military actions against its peacekeepers and citizens in the breakaway regions.
In a development that possibly reflects Washington’s attempt to warn Moscow to not overplay its hand in Georgia, the US Air Force test-launched a Minuteman 3 ICBM from Vandenberg AFB early this morning. The missle hit a target near the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
The U.S. air force says it has successfully tested an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile. The ICBM was launched at 1:01 a.m. from a base in California today. Its three unarmed re-entry vehicles travelled about 6,800 kilometres over the Pacific Ocean to targets near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The missile was launched under the direction of the 576th Flight Test Squadron. The air force says squadron members installed tracking and command destruct systems on it to collect data and meet safety requirements.
Meanwhile, the face of 21st-century combat has manifested itself in the offer by computer experts from two former Soviet-occupied countries, Estonia and Poland, to assist the government of Georgia in countering Russia’s cyberwarfare assaults, which began some weeks before Soviet troops invaded South Ossetia on August 8. “It appears that large groups of hackers are working together to take down the Web sites, but the attacks have been so intense that it will take a while to analyze,” commented David Tabatadze, a security officer in the employ of the Georgia Research and Educational Networking Association, as well as the Georgia Computer Emergency Response Team. ComputerWorld reported yesterday:
Update: Estonia, Poland help Georgia fight cyberattacks
August 12, 2008 (IDG News Service)
In an intriguing cyberalliance, two Estonian computer experts are scheduled to arrive in Georgia by evening to keep the country’s networks running amid an intense military confrontation with Russia.
And Poland has lent space on its president’s Web page for Georgia to post updates on its ongoing conflict with Russia, which launched a military campaign on Friday to eject Georgian troops from South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two renegade areas with strong ties to Russia.
The cooperation between the former Iron Curtain allies is aimed at blunting pro-Russian computer hackers, who have been blamed over the last few years for cyberattacks against Estonia, Lithuania and Georgia in incidents linked to political friction between those nations and Russia.
Two of the four experts that staff Estonia’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) were waiting Tuesday morning in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, seeking permission to drive into Georgia, said Katrin Pärgmäe, communication manager for the Estonian Informatics Center. The two officials are also bringing humanitarian aid, she said.
Estonia is also now hosting Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Web site, which has been under sustained attack over the last few days.
“Let’s just say we moved it,” Pärgmäe said. “I know that there are interested parties who read media so it’s not good to say exactly where the hosting is.”
The Web site for Georgia’s president, Mikheil Saakashvili, remained up on Tuesday morning. That site was knocked offline around mid-July after a DDOS attack from a botnet, network experts said.
The botnet was based on the “MachBot” code, which communicates to other compromised PCs over HTTP, the same protocol used for transmitting Web pages. MachBot code has been known to be used by Russian bot herders, according to the Shadowserver Foundation, which tracks malicious Internet activity.
Shadowserver said Monday that hackers had at one point defaced the Web site for Georgia’s parliament. “The attackers have inserted a large image made up of several smaller side-by-side images of pictures of both the Georgian president and Adolf Hitler,” the group wrote.
Georgia is now also hosting some sites in the U.S., a logical move to better defend the sites against attacks, Pärgmäe said. Shadowserver wrote that the presidential site appeared to have been moved to an IP address belonging to Tulip Systems Inc., an ISP in Atlanta.
The country is also looking to other ways to keep information flowing. A Georgian news site was also up, but the site warned it was under “permanent DDOS attack.” That Web site has set up a group in Google‘s Groups service, where subscribers can get the news stories it regularly posts.
Georgia’s banking sites also suffered attacks that caused them to shut down their online systems, said David Tabatadze, a security officer with the Georgia Research and Educational Networking Association and Georgia’s CERT. Some of those systems are still down, he said.
Tabatadze said that the majority of Georgia’s Internet traffic is routed through Turkey, with some of it going through Russia. Although some news reports indicated Georgia’s Internet traffic may have been shifted through Russia, Tabatadze said that’s not the case.
“We have checked the traffic route on Ripe.net…and we did not see any traffic re-routing via Russia,” Tabatadze said.
It appears that large groups of hackers are working together to take down the Web sites, but the attacks have been so intense that it will take a while to analyze, Tabatadze said.
Other CERTs around the world have been helping to provide information on the attacks, Tabatadze said.
The last few days have been a nerve-racking time for Georgians, said Tabatadze, who said he heard explosions on Sunday when Russian planes bombed air-traffic control stations near Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital.
“You can’t even imagine the situation,” Tabatadze said. “This is a terrible end for Georgia.”
On Tuesday morning, Russia announced it would stop military operations in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, saying the safety of its peacekeepers in the region had been secured.
On Tuesday morning, Russia announced it would stop military operations in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, saying the safety of its peacekeepers in the region had been secured.
>USSR2 File: Russian communists, potemkin parties, Gorbachev back Kremlin on Georgia invasion; Havana lauds suppression of Tblisi’s sovereignty
August 12, 2008Posted by on
>The Communist Party of the Russian Federation/Soviet Union, which is in reality the power behind the throne in that country, and its potemkin front parties like United Russia, Just Russia, and the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, are unanimous in their support for the Russian military offensive in Georgia and their condemnation of President Mikhail Saakashvili as a “fascist” and “another Adolf Hitler.” Referring to the Russian invasion force in Georgia, Putin toady and Just Russia leader Sergei Mironov insisted “That is not a military contingent. We have only increased the contingent of peacekeeping forces.” Pictured above: United Russia ideologist and “former” GRU operative Vladislav Surkov and Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev at the Kremlin yesterday. State-owned Kommersant Daily reports:
All Parties behind the Leaders
August 12, 2008
The parliamentary parties fully support Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s line in the Russian-Georgian conflict. The parliamentary party leaders met with Medvedev yesterday and thanked them “for showing responsibility, for a firm, consolidated position to support the decisions of Russian authorities that were made under such difficult conditions.” The party leaders had a few things to say themselves. Speaker of the State Duma and head of the United Russia faction Boris Gryzlov opined that Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia “can be compared to Hitler’s attack on the Soviet Union.”
“The idea of an international court is important,” he continued, “that would evaluate the actions of Mr. Saakashvili… He should sit in prison. There is no other place for him.” Speaker of the Federation Council and head of the Just Russia Party Sergey Mironov also compared Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to Hitler and promised a parliamentary investigation into genocide in South Ossetia.
Communist deputy Duma speaker Ivan Melnikov, attending the meeting in place of vacationing party leader Gennady Zyuganov, said that the Communist Party had received many letters and telegrams from people who also called the Georgian President’s actions “fascistic.”
LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky expressed the hope that Russia will do more to explain its position to the world.
After the meeting with the president, a special session of the Federation Council was held at which a “special message to the parliaments and peoples of the world” was adopted. It called Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia a “war crime” and suggested the creation of an international military tribunal to judge the actions of Georgia in regard to South Ossetia. A message to the foreign press was also planned requesting that it cease its informational war against Russia.
There is no need to call an emergency meeting of the full federal assembly, Mironov noted, since there is no need for it approval of the forces in Georgia. “That is not as military contingent,” Mironov explained. “We have only increased the contingent of peacekeeping forces.”
Meanwhile, former Soviet Tyrant Mikhail Gorbachev articulated his support for the Putinist/Medvedevist regime’s assault on Georgia and denounced US involvement in the conflict on the side of Tblisi in the accommodating pages of the Washington Post.
Over the past few days, some Western nations have taken positions, particularly in the U.N. Security Council, that have been far from balanced. As a result, the Security Council was not able to act effectively from the very start of this conflict. By declaring the Caucasus, a region that is thousands of miles from the American continent, a sphere of its “national interest,” the United States made a serious blunder. Of course, peace in the Caucasus is in everyone’s interest. But it is simply common sense to recognize that Russia is rooted there by common geography and centuries of history. Russia is not seeking territorial expansion, but it has legitimate interests in this region.
The venerable Soviet communist was unable to resist pointing out that “Georgian armed forces were trained by hundreds of U.S. instructors, and its sophisticated military equipment was bought in a number of countries. This, coupled with the promise of NATO membership, emboldened Georgian leaders into thinking that they could get away with a ‘blitzkrieg’ in South Ossetia.”
As usual, the Soviet communists can count on their loyal yapping dog in Havana to second Moscow’s motions. On Sunday Cuban President Raul Castro vilified Georgia’s August 7 attempt to reassert its sovereignty over South Ossetia: “It’s false that Georgia is defending its national sovereignty. The request for a previous withdrawal of the invaders is just and our government supports it. The Autonomous Republic of South Ossetia historically formed part of the Russian Federation.” In contrast to his ready defense of Russian military action in Georgia, the Cuban head of state had no comment last month when the Kremlin media floated plans suggesting that Russian generals were considering the deployment of strategic bombers on the island gulag to counter US National Missile Defense plans in Central Europe. Castro’s sycophantic statement on the Caucasian War follows a visit to Cuba last week by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin and former Federal Security Service chief Nikolai Patrushev, in which the publicly stated goal was to “reactivate” the Cold War-era linkage between the two communist states.
Despite the Kremlin’s promise to promptly withdraw its regular troops from Georgia, articulated in the presence of European/French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who visited Moscow earlier today, Russian and Abkhazian troops expelled the last Georgian forces from the hotly contested Kodori Gorge.
>WW4 File: Medvedev orders halt to invasion even as Soviets bombard Gori, Tbilisi, Supsa pipeline; Abkhazian separatists launch offensive
August 12, 2008Posted by on
>- Warning to Western Europe in Advance of Russian-Belarusian War Game Slated for Fall: Soviets Used Caucasus Frontier 2008 Military Exercises and Tu-22M Bomber Drills in Late July-Early August to Position/Prepare Forces for Georgia Invasion
- Kremlin Oil Politics in the Caucasus: Moscow-Backed Kurdistan Workers’ Party Bombs Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline in Turkey on August 7, Two Days Before Russian Warplanes Attack Same Pipeline in Georgia
- Georgia: Russian Warplanes Bomb Supsa Pipeline Today; Moscow’s Objective Accomplished: Regional Instability in Caucasus Forces British Petroleum to Shut Down Multiple Pipelines, Drive Up Oil Prices
- Moscow’s Man in Tblisi: President Saakashvili Announces Georgia Will Withdraw from Commonwealth of Independent States, Urges Ukraine to Follow
- United Nations: 100,000 South Ossetians and Georgians Displaced in Five Days of Combat
Pictured above: South Ossetian soldiers enter Tskhinvali, the capital of Georgia’s breakaway enclave, on August 11, 2008. A billboard of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, with the slogan “Putin is our President,” looms in the background.
The Moscow Leninists have apparently accomplished their geopolitical goals in ordering a cessation to Russia’s invasion of Georgia five days after Georgian troops began shelling South Ossetian positions. Even if the Russians have no intention of re-occupying all of Georgia, the former Soviet republics have been duly warned: Do not arouse the Soviet Bear by fraternizing too closely with or seeking membership in the Western Alliance. “The purpose of the operation has been achieved…. The security of our peacekeeping forces and the civilian population has been restored,” “President” Dmitry Medvedev intoned, but warned that future conflict was possible if the Georgian government launched new attacks. In such cases, Medvedev cautioned, the Georgian armed forces would be “liquidated.” Georgia, he explained, had been “punished” for the “genocide” that President Mikhail Saakashvili’s regime allegedly carried out on its own territory against Russian passport-holders.
In spite of Moscow’s proclamation of a cease-fire–two days after Georgia appealed for a cessation of hostilities–on Tuesday morning Russian warplanes continued to pound the deserted city of Gori–killing six–positions around the national capital Tblisi, and the Baku-Supsa oil pipeline. Simultaneously, Moscow-backed separatists in Abkhazia launched a military offensive to force Georgian troops out of the upper part of the disputed Kodori Gorge, near the boundary between Georgia proper and Abkhazia.
“Russia has turned Gori into a second Grozny,” lamented President Saakashvili in response to Russia’s latest bombing campaign. “Those people who are bombing us want to restore the Soviet Union, but the people of Georgia do not want to return to the past and will never surrender,” he also stated to journalists today. Saakashvili, like many national leaders in the “post”-Soviet space including Medvedev, was by his own admission a member of the Soviet Komsomol at least until the late 1980s, when he was a freshman law student at Kiev State University. “We shall have a new team of young ministers,” he revealed in a 2003 interview, adding: “I was accused of having a communist past. The nomenclature expelled me from the Komsomol in the first year of my studies.”
In the early 2000s Saakashvili was a protege of “former” Georgian Communist Party boss Eduard Shevardnadze, who took over the country in 1992, after a Moscow-backed coup deposed democratically elected President Zviad Gamsakhurdia. He is also an alleged KGB agent, recruited during his stint at Kiev State, which is not the first time that the KGB has recruited from the Komsomol. General Sergei Lebedev, Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Independent States, followed this career path. As such, it may be that Saakashvili was not “expelled” from the Komsomol but, rather, “promoted.” In short, per the warnings of KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn, the Georgian president appears to be hamming up his role as Kremlin foe for Western consumption, which answers the question posed by mystified Western analysts: “Why did Saakashvili overplay his hand in South Ossetia?” Answer: He was under Party orders, meaning the still-active Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
Meanwhile, the AFP news agency, below, reports today that European/French President Nicolas Sarkozy is prepared to curry the Russian’s favor by gushing: “It’s perfectly normal that Russia would want to defend the interests both of Russians in Russia and Russophones outside Russia.” Eurocratese translation: Georgians should expect no substantial help from the West to fend off Soviet re-expansionism. Pictured above: Global peacemaker Sarkozy visits “President” Medvedev in Moscow today; pictured below: A dead body lies in the central Georgian city of Gori, which was again bombed this morning.
Russian president halts attacks on Georgia
August 12, 2008
MOSCOW (AFP) — President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday ordered a halt to Russia’s military offensive against Georgia saying it had been punished but could be hit again.
“The aggressor has been punished and suffered significant losses,” Medvedev told defence chiefs at a meeting on the South Ossetia conflict, which Russia says has left at least 2,000 civilians dead.
“I have taken the decision to end the operation to force Georgian authorities into peace.”
Russian troops and tanks poured in to Georgia after the Georgian army launched an offensive last week to bring South Ossetia, the Russian-backed region which broke away in the early 1990s, back under government control.
The United Nations estimated that more than 100,000 people have been displaced by the fighting.
“The purpose of the operation has been achieved…. The security of our peacekeeping forces and the civilian population has been restored,” Medvedev added while insisting any new Georgian attacks would be “liquidated.”
A senior Russian military commander General Anatoly Nogovitsyn also said the halt in the Russian advance into Georgia would not stop reconnaissance and other operations.
Georgia, which had offered a ceasefire, said several Georgian villages were bombed after the announcement. Russia’s military angrily denied the claim and said Georgian soldiers were still firing at its troops.
In a show of defiance, 100,000 people crammed onto the main Rustaveli avenue of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, where a sea of red and white flags hung above the crowds.
People handed out free T-shirts reading: “We are together, we are united.”
President Mikheil Saakashvili told the crowd that Georgia would quit the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a grouping of former Soviet states, and urged Ukraine to follow suit.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the “only way” to end fighting in Georgia was with a total Georgian withdrawal from South Ossetia. He also said Saakashvili should leave office.
“It would be best if he left,” Lavrov told a news conference. “I don’t think Russia will feel like talking with Mr. Saakashvili after what he did to our citizens.”
The Russian announcement was welcomed by the international community though the United States remained wary.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Moscow to press a peace plan and told Medvedev the ceasefire was “good news” but that it had to be implemented.
“It’s perfectly normal that Russia would want to defend the interests both of Russians in Russia and Russophones outside Russia,” Sarkozy said.
“It is also normal for the international community to want to guarantee the integrity, sovereignty and independence of Georgia,” he added.
The French plan — already accepted by the Georgian leader — calls for an immediate truce, respect for Georgia’s territorial integrity and a return to the status quo that prevailed before fighting erupted in South Ossetia.
Russia had already criticised it as being unbalanced in Georgia’s favour.
NATO ambassadors voiced serious concern at the Georgia conflict, with many saying it could not be “business as usual” with Russia, the US NATO ambassador, Kurt Volker, said.
But the US ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, called the ceasefire a “positive” development.
“Now we have to see whether the Russians are not only stopping military operations but redeploying … and withdrawing the troops that have been brought into Georgia on August 6 and accept international monitoring of the ceasefire agreement.”
US President George W. Bush, Georgia’s main Western ally, on Monday issued his strongest condemnation yet of the Russian assault in Georgia.
“Russia has invaded a sovereign neighbouring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people,” he said. “Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century.”
Before Medvedev’s ceasefire, Russian forces had already struck new blows.
Warplanes bombed the key city of Gori, Georgia’s security council said. The city’s central square was hit and a Dutch cameraman and a Georgian journalist were killed, officials said.
The Russian air force also attacked the key Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline near Rustavi, but it was not known if it was damaged, security council chairman Alexander Lomaia told AFP.
British energy giant BP said that it had closed the Baku-Supsa oil pipeline and the South Caucasus gas pipeline in Georgia because of the ongoing conflict.
Saakashvili said Monday that “the majority of Georgia’s territory is occupied” and that the Russian military threatened Tbilisi.
Before Medvedev’s dramatic announcement, Russia had resisted international calls for a ceasefire.
Its forces moved briefly into the western city of Senaki on Monday and destroyed a military base, officials said. They also entered Georgia’s main Black Sea port of Poti.
Abkhaz forces had surrounded Georgian troops in the Upper Kodori Gorge, a sliver of the breakaway region still held by Georgian forces, reports said quoting Abkhaz separatists.
The United Nations refugee agency stated today that 100,000 people, including 30,000 South Ossetians and 56,000 residents of the Georgian city of Gori, have been displaced in five days of fighting between Russia and Georgia.
Western analysts should take stock of the fact that during the latter two weeks of July the neo-Soviet leadership used the Caucasus Frontier 2008 military exercises to mobilize troops and armor near Russia’s border with Georgia. On July 15 we posted, citing state-run Novosti: “Russia began the active stage of large-scale military exercises in several regions of the Southern Federal District, which includes the highly volatile North Caucasus republics, a senior military official said. The exercise, dubbed Caucasus Frontier 2008, involves units of the North Caucasus Military District, mainly the 58th Army, the 4th Air Force Army, Interior Ministry troops, and border guards.”
Under the guise of these war games and drills Russia poured men and weaponry into Abkhazia and South Ossetia to establish beachheads on Georgian territory. On August 8 the Russian 58th Army spearheaded the assault on South Ossetia. Two days later the Georgian media reported that 58th Army Commander General Anatoly Khrulev was wounded after his convoy was attacked in South Ossetia by Georgian troops. He was hospitalized in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia, with non-critical injuries.
On August 2 we also posted information regarding live-firing drills to be conducted by Tu-22M Backfire bombers in the Novgorod and Saratov regions between August 4 and 8, exercises that were no doubt preparations for the aerial bombardment of Georgia. Georgian air defenses, as previously blogged, shot down a Backfire bomber after the ground invasion began.
Here we see a perfect example of the Soviet Bear morphing war games into a real attack on another state. It is therefore worth noting that Russia and Belarus, which borders Poland, intend to hold joint military maneuvers on the territory of the second country this fall. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, especially true patriots in the “post”-communist regimes of Central Europe that have joined NATO, should carefully assess Moscow’s recent ruse and take appropriate action to protect their countries against the power-hungry Moscow Leninists.
Neo-Soviet Russia has in the recent past revealed its determination to hold Europe and the world hostage to the services and commodities provided by its energy entities Gazprom, Rosneft, and Lukoil. However, in the current Caucasian War it appears that Moscow would like to partly sever the flow of oil and natural gas to the West. The Kremlin has done this by attacking oil and natural gas pipelines with its warplanes over the Georgian theater of military operations and through its Marxist proxies in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which operate with impunity on Russian soil.
On August 7, one day before Russia launched its ground invasion of Georgia through South Ossetia, the PKK bombed the Turkish section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline (map above), compelling the operator, British Petroleum, to close a section of the pipeline running through Turkey’s Erzincan province, which in turn boosted world oil prices. Voice of America reported: “The pipeline stretches from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, through Georgia and to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. It carries an estimated 1.2 million barrels of oil a day and is the world’s second longest oil pipeline after the Russian pipeline Druzhba.”
Two days later and one day after the Russian ground invasion began, the government of Georgia accused the Russian military of targeting the BTC pipeline, although Russian bombs failed to damage the facility. “This clearly shows that Russia has not just targeted Georgian economic outlets but international economic outlets in Georgia,” Georgia’s Economic Development Minister Ekaterina Sharashidze declared on Saturday.
On August 12, in spite of Russia’s official imposition of a cease-fire, Georgia accused Russia of bombing but again failing to damange the mid-sized Baku-Supsa oil pipeline which terminates at the Black Sea port of Supsa without causing serious damage to it, but the general staff denied any such attack took place. Not surprisingly, Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsyn of the Russian General Staff insisted that Russia has never targeted any pipelines on Georgian territory.
In the wake of the Caucasian War and the terrorist operations of the PKK, British Petroleum has not only shut down the critical BTC pipeline, but also the Baku-Supsa link, which is also known as the Western Route Export Pipeline “As a precaution we have stopped pumping oil through that earlier this morning,” a BP spokesman confirmed today, adding that the South Caucasus Pipeline was also shut on Tuesday. These closures leave BP with only Russia’s Black Sea port of Novorossiisk and Georgia’s Black Sea ports of Batumi and Kuleva as the only available export options. How convenient for the Moscow Leninists and the Communist Bloc plan to trash the Western economies with super-high oil prices.
Soviet adventurism in the Caucasus, however, does not appeared to have yielded the expected results in Western commodities markets. The Canadian media reports today: “Crude oil prices fell to $112.50 U.S. a barrel this morning in New York, the lowest level since May, after Russia called a halt to fighting in Georgia.” A continuation of Moscow-provoked regional wars on the periphery of the “post”-Soviet space should therefore be expected
>WW4 File: US Deputy National Security Advisor confirms: Russia deployed SS-21 tactical missiles to South Ossetia on first day of Georgia invasion
August 12, 2008Posted by on
>During an August 10 press briefing in Beijing US Deputy National Security Advisor Jim Jeffrey confirmed to reporters that Russia deployed two road-mobile SS-21 tactical ballistic missile launchers in South Ossetia on the first day of its invasion of Georgia, which was August 8. Present with Jeffrey during the press meeting was White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and the National Security Council’s Senior Director for Asian Affairs Dennis Wilder. An excerpt from Jeffrey’s comments follows:
In terms of how we’ve responded to this, the President was informed immediately on Friday, when we received news of the first two SS-21 Russian missile launchers into Georgian territory. He immediately — this was at the Great Hall — he immediately met with President Putin. They had a discussion. The President then engaged with his national security staff continuously over the last two days. He has spoken with — again with Putin that evening. He then talked with President Medvedev yesterday evening, as well as President Saakashvili. Secretary Rice has spoken repeatedly with President Saakashvili, as well as with her Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Lavrov, and many European leaders.
The SS-21 can be fitted with a chemical or 100-kiloton nuclear warhead, electromagnetic bomb, or fragmentation filling, while the most recent variant of the missile, Scarab C, has a range of 185 kilometers. One of the first known uses of the SS-21 in combat occured in October 1999, during the Second Chechen War, when US military satellites tracked the trajectory of five or six short-range missiles that were launched within Russia and which landed in the Chechen capital of Grozny. Since the Russian Army now occupies the Georgian city of Gori, Tblisi is now easily within range of Russia’s SS-21 missiles.
>WW4 File: Soviet troops amass in Abkhazia, S. Ossetia, push into Georgia proper, capture Poti, Senaki, Gori; Kremlin wages cyberwar against Tbilisi
August 11, 2008Posted by on
>The Georgian army is retreating to defend the capital. The government is urgently seeking international intervention to prevent the fall of Georgia and the further loss of life.
– Government of Georgia representative
This is a classical full-scale invasion. This is an occupation … half of Georgia is under Russian control. Our aim now is to to build up our troops and to create a defensive line in front of Tbilisi. We will fight defending Tbilisi.
– Irakli Batkuashvili, Chief of Georgia’s Military Planning Division
Saakashvili must go.
– Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in statement to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, August 10, 2008
Pictured above: Under fire from Russian forces, Georgian soldiers escape burning armored vehicle on the road to Tbilisi, on August 11, 2008.
CAUCASIAN WAR HIGHLIGHTS
- Soviet Army Holds Down Georgian Positions in South Ossetia (source) as Russian Troops and Armored Vehicles Amass in Abkhazia, Push into Western Georgia
- Moscow Confirms Military Base Seized in Senaki, Interior Ministry Building in Zugdidi After United Nations Monitors Leave Town (source); Georgian Prime Minister: Russian Troops Occupy Bomb-Damaged Port of Poti (source)
- Russian Army Units in South Ossetia Move into Central Georgia, Capture City of Gori, Critical East-West Transportation Hub 60 Miles West of Tbilisi (source, also below)
- Russian Air Force Continues Widespread Bombing Campaign Across Georgia (source); Admits to Downing of Three Su-25 Frogfoot Strike Aircraft, One Tu-22M3 Backfire Bomber to Georgian Air Defenses (source)
- Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet Sinks Georgian Guided Missile Ship Yesterday (source)
- US Military Completes Redeployment of 2,000 Georgian Troops from Iraq to Tbilisi Today; Putin Lashes Out at America’s Support for Georgia, Pentagon Denies Hostile Intent (source)
- Azerbaijani Media, Citing Israeli Source Maariv: USA Shipped Weapons to Georgia Via Jordan on August 8
- Kremlin/Red Mafiya-Linked “Russian Business Network” Cripples Georgian Government Websites; Presidential Website (Ironically) Finds New Hosting Facility in Atlanta, Georgia
- NATO Agrees to Emergency Session of NATO-Russia Council Tomorrow to Resolve South Ossetia Crisis (source)
- Just in Time to Be Captured by Soviet Forces: Presidents of Five “Ex”-Communist States–Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Ukraine–to Visit Tbilisi Today or Tomorrow to Show Solidarity with Georgia (source)
In view of the present Caucasian War the big bad Soviet Bear is evidently back, on the prowl, and hungry for revenge and re-aggrandizement. No one should deny this fact. This “war,” however, is not so much a war between two comparably matched states, but a brazen push by the Soviet Bear to reclaim its satellite Georgia and resecure its political-military-economic position north of the oil-rich Middle East. Communist Bloc propaganda emanating from Moscow, Havana and other ideological “friends” in the West are portraying diminutive Georgia as a perpetrator of “ethnic cleansing” against South Ossetia and aggressor against giant Russia, while openly denouncing US, Israeli, and Ukrainian military aid for President Mikhail Saakashvili’s regime.
Accusations, and counter-accusations are freely traded between Moscow and Tbilisi, both of which are controlled by the Red Team, and thus the truth is hard to discern. Various news reports, for example, indicate that the central Georgian city of Gori is again under fire by Russian artillery and warplanes, while The Times, below, reports that the city has already fallen to Soviet troops. “Russia seems intent on overthrowing the democratically elected government of Georgia and occupying the country,” affirmed Alexander Lomaia of Georgia’s National Security Council. Today, too, in a classic case of Kremlin propaganda, Russian authorities assert that the Federal Security Service (FSB/KGB) arrested 10 Georgian intelligence officers who were allegedly planning to commit acts of terrorism on Russian soil.
Georgia today claimed that Russian forces had overrun the strategic city of Gori as troops prepared to defend the capital Tbilisi from what one official called a “total onslaught”.
Georgian soldiers fled Gori, 17 miles from the border with rebel South Ossetia, in panic and disarray, clinging to the sides of cars and vehicles as they sped out of town. A Georgian armoured personnel carrier was in flames on the street, a victim of an apparent sudden rout.
Alexander Lomaia, secretary of the Georgian security council, said that the Georgian army had been told instead to concentrate its efforts on holding Mtskheta, 15 miles from the capital.
“Russian forces are occupying Gori. Georgian armed forces received an order to leave Gori and to fortify positions near Mtskheta to defend the capital. This is a total onslaught,” Mr Lomaia said.
Just hours before the retreat Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and France’s foreign minister Bernard Kouchner had been forced to dive for cover in Gori when an unidentified helicopter flew overhead.
Georgia was facing a Russian push on two fronts as as the Kremlin continued to ignore international pressure for a ceasefire five days into the conflict.
In the west, Russian troops entered Georgia from the breakaway region of Abkhazia on the Black Sea, while in the north, intense shelling continued in and around South Ossetia.
Moscow confirmed that its soldiers had swept from Abkhazia into the town of Senaki, 40 km inside Georgia.
The Defence Ministry in Moscow claimed that the raid on Senaki was intended to prevent Georgian troops from regrouping for “new attacks on South Ossetia”.
The admission marked a dangerous new phase in the conflict as Russia advanced into Georgian territory with no indication of when its offensive might cease, despite a claim from President Medvedev that much of the operation was complete.
President Saakashvili told Georgians in a televised address that Russia was attempting to occupy the whole country. He said: “This provocation was aimed at occupying South Ossetia, Abkhazia and then all of Georgia.”
He claimed that Russian tanks were rampaging through the countryside while Russian troops were carrying out summary killings and human rights abuses.
In the hours before the claimed fall of Gori, The Times witnessed Russian MiG fighter jets bombing Georgian positions about 9 km from the border with South Ossetia, and there were sustained exchanges of artillery fire.
Soldiers on the ground claimed that Russian and South Ossetian forces had established artillery positions inside the border on the Georgian side. Georgian tanks and heavy weaponry ringed the outskirts of Gori in anticipation of a Russian advance.
The prospects for a negotiated ceasefire were dealt a blow when Russia’s ambassador to Nato declared that Mr Saakashvili “is no longer a man that we can deal with”. Dmitri Rogozin said: “He must be punished for breaching international law. He is responsible for many war crimes.”
President Sarkozy of France is preparing to fly to Georgia and Russia tomorrow on a peace mission, following a round of shuttle diplomacy by his foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, who is due in Moscow tonight carrying a draft ceasefire proposal signed by Mr Saakashvili.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian Prime Minister, said that Russia would continue its military operation until “its logical end”.
He hit out at the United States in particular for transporting 800 Georgian soldiers from Iraq, some of whom were deployed in Gori.
Russia warned the West that “the Georgian side was preparing aggression,” said Mr Putin. “Nobody was listening. And this is the result. We have finally come to it. However, Russia will of course carry out its peacekeeping mission to its logical end.”
Russia’s incursion into Georgian territory follows a rapid troop build up, as thousands of Russian troops have poured into Georgia’s breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Nato’s Secretary-General today criticised Russia over its “disproportionate” use of force. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer was “seriously concerned” about Russia’s response and its “lack of respect for the territorial integrity of Georgia,” a spokesperson said.
The statement followed President Bush’s comments in Beijing, where he was watching the Olympics. He said he had spoken “firmly” to Mr Putin, who was directing the Kremlin’s actions in Georgia.
Gordon Brown today made his first direct comments on the crisis, saying there was “no justification” for Russia’s military action in Georgia, and that there was a “clear responsibility” on Moscow to agree a ceasefire and bring a swift end to the conflict which threatened a “humanitarian catastrophe”.
Pictured here: A US military transport aircraft arrives in Tbilisi and unloads the first contingent of Georgian soldiers to be withdrawn from the battlefield in Iraq, on August 11, 2008.
Although the Russian air campaign has reportedly reduced the number of operational airfields in Georgia, including a near hit at the Tbilisi International Airport, the US military has nearly completed its redeployment of Georgian troops to their homeland today. These troops have already been deployed to Russian-occupied Gori, reports The Times. “We will drink Russian blood,” vowed Badri, one of Georgian soldiers newly arrived from Iraq.”
In response, Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin denounced US logistical support for the Georgian military. Putin rumbled: “It is a shame that some of our partners are not helping us but, essentially, are hindering us. I mean … the transfer by the United States of a Georgian contingent in Iraq with military transport planes practically to the conflict zone. The very scale of this cynicism is astonishing – the attempt to turn white into black, black into white and to adeptly portray victims of aggression as aggressors and place the responsibility for the consequences of the aggression on the victims.”
The Pentagon denies hostile intent in the redeployment. “We are fulfilling our agreement with the Georgian government that in an emergency we will assist them in redeploying their troops. We are honoring that commitment,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman explained and then specifically refuted Putin’s assertion that US military aircraft were directly airlifting Georgian troops into the combat zone.
According to the Azerbaijani media, citing Israeli source Maariv, the USA is also transporting weapons to Georgia via Jordan: “The US established air bridge between Jordan and Georgia and sent ammunitions to Georgia, APA reports quoting Israeli newspaper Maariv. Four transports flew from Akaba, Jordan to Georgia on August 8. Georgian army has not used new weapon in the war and wants to make surprise to Russian servicemen, said in a report. U.S transport planes have sent 800 Georgian peacekeepers from Iraq to Georgia.”
Today US President George W. Bush delivered a statement on the Caucasian War from the Rose Garden:
The military crackdown has substantially damaged Russia’s standing in the world. And these actions jeopardize Russia’s relations with the United States and Europe. It is time for Russia to be true to its word and to act to end this crisis. I just met with my national security team to discuss the situation in Georgia.
I am deeply concerned by reports that Russian troops have moved beyond the zone of conflict, attacked the Georgian town of Gori, and are threatening Georgia’s capital of Tiblisi. If these reports are accurate, these Russian actions would represent a dramatic and brutal escalation of the conflict in Georgia. The actions would be inconsistent with assurances that we have received from Russia that its objectives were limited to restoring peace in separatist pro-Russian areas.
Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatened a government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century. Russia’s government must respect Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Russia’s government must reverse the course that it appears to be on as a first step toward resolving this conflict.
In summary, Soviet animosity toward US intervention in the Caucasion War portends a superpower showdown between Washington and Moscow but the US President in his Rose Garden statement gives no indication of this reality. Journalist David Blair at The Telegraph rightly observes: “. . . Putin has demonstrated that the Kremlin will use force to protect the 25 million Russians who inhabit the Soviet Union’s successor states, well beyond the mother country’s borders.” Indeed.
Meanwhile, in a recapitulation of the Kremlin’s cyberattack against Estonian government computer networks in April 2007, an incident that occured after the Estonian parliament voted to relocate a Soviet war monument, Moscow has unleashed electronic warfare against Georgian government websites to support its military assault on the “former” Soviet republic. In this case, the Kremlin is again employing the services of the shadowy Russian Business Network, which reportedly relocated from St. Petersburg to China last year, to disrupt Tbilisi’s computer network. This development proves that neo-Soviet Russia planned its re-invasion of Georgia well in advance of the military action and should serve as notice to the Western Alliance that any Russian military assault on NATO-NORAD states will be accompanied by Kremlin-sponsored cyberwarfare.
Pictured below: The President of Georgia’s official website was hijacked by Russian hackers on or before August 8, the day neo-Soviet Russia launched its invasion against the Caucasian republic. Today Tbilisi arranged for a US hosting facility based, ironically, in Atlanta, Georgia, to maintain the presidential website.
Russia has been accused of attacking Georgian government websites in a cyber war to accompany their military bombardment.
By Jon Swaine Last Updated: 4:12PM BST 11 Aug 2008
The official website of Mikheil Saakashvili, the Georgian President, was been under external control since shortly before Russia’s armed intervention
Several Georgian state computer servers have been under external control since shortly before Russia’s armed intervention into the state commenced on Friday, leaving its online presence in dissaray.
While the official website of Mikheil Saakashvili, the Georgian President, has become available again, the central government site, as well as the homepages for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence, remain down. Some commercial websites have also been hijacked.
The Georgian Government said that the disruption was caused by attacks carried out by Russia as part of the ongoing conflict between the two states over the Georgian province of South Ossetia.
In a statement released via a replacement website built on Google’s blog-hosting service, the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “A cyber warfare campaign by Russia is seriously disrupting many Georgian websites, including that of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
Barack Obama, the Democratic US Presidential candidate, has demanded Moscow halt the internet attacks as well as observing a ceasefire on the ground.
Last April the computer systems of the Estonian Government came under attack in a co-ordinated three-week assault widely credited to state-sponsored Russian hackers. The wave of attacks came after a row erupted over the removal of the Bronze Soldier Soviet war memorial in Tallinn, the Estonian capital. The websites of government departments, political parties, banks and newspapers were all targeted.
Analysts have immediately accused the Russian Business Network (RBN), a network of criminal hackers with close links to the Russian mafia and government, of the Georgian attacks.
Jart Armin, a researcher who runs a website tracking the activity of the RBN, has released data claiming to show that visits to Georgian sites had been re-routed through servers in Russia and Turkey, where the traffic was blocked. Armin said the servers “are well known to be under the control of RBN and influenced by the Russian Government.”
Mr Armin said that administrators in Germany had intervened at the weekend, temporarily making the Georgian sites available by re-routing their traffic through German servers run by Deutsche Telekom. Within hours, however, control over the traffic had been wrested back, this time to servers based in Moscow.
As in the barrage against Estonian websites last year, the Georgian sites are being bombarded by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, in which hackers direct their computers to simultaneously flood a site with thousands of visits in order to overload it and bring it offline.
The Shadowserver Foundation, which tracks serious hacking, confirmed: “We are now seeing new attacks against .ge sites – http://www.parliament.ge and president.gov.ge are currently being hit with http floods.”
Mr Armin warned that official Georgian sites that did appear online may have been hijacked and be displaying bogus content. He said in a post on his site: “Use caution with any web sites that appear of a Georgia official source but are without any recent news … as these may be fraudulent.”
The Baltic Business News website reported that Estonia has offered to send a specialist online security team to Georgia.
However a spokesman from Estonia’s Development Centre of State Information Systems said Georgia had not made a formal request. “This will be decided by the government,” he said.
>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Superpower showdown looms as US military transports Georgian troops from Iraq to their homeland to counter Russian invasion
August 10, 2008Posted by on
>The Associated Press reports that US military aircraft are transporting Georgian troops based in Iraq back to their homeland to counter the Russian invasion.
The U.S. military began flying 2,000 Georgian troops home from Iraq on Sunday, military officials said, after the Georgians recalled the soldiers following the outbreak of fighting with Russia in the breakaway province of South Ossetia. The decision was a timely payback for the former Soviet republic that has been a staunch U.S. supporter and agreed to send troops to Iraq as part of the U.S.-led coalition. Georgia was the third-largest contributor of coalition forces after the U.S. and Britain, and most of its troops were stationed near the Iranian border in southeastern Iraq.
This decision by the Pentagon has the potential to push the world’s two nuclear superpowers into an open confrontation with each other, but who’s paying attention?
>WW4 File: Russian troops seize Tskhinvali, Georgian troops withdraw from S. Ossetia; second front opens in Abkhazia as Russian Navy imposes blockade
August 10, 2008Posted by on
- Russian Warplanes Widen Bombing Campaign Throughout Georgia Proper, Attack Residential Areas, Military Infrastructure, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline
- Second Front Opens in War: Abkhazia’s Unrecognized Government Mobilizes Against Georgian Forces in Region
- Eight Warships from Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet Dock at Abkhazian Port
- Book by Former KGB Major Anatoliy Golitsyn Explains Role of Caucasus Republics in Soviet Deception Strategy
The manufactured “war” between Russia and Georgia, which serves the strategic interests of the still-active Communist Party of the Soviet Union, is widening. Both “sides” are trading accusations: Russia accuses NATO aspirant Georgia of orchestrating genocide in South Ossetia, which Tblisi denies, while Georgia accuses Russia of broadening its aerial bombing campaign throughout the country, which Moscow denies.
Georgia Pulls Troops From South Ossetia After Losses (Update3)
Bagapsh said Abkhaz warplanes and artillery are being deployed against Georgian positions in the upper part of the Kodori Gorge, as the Abkhaz refer to Upper Abkhazia, Interfax reported. Abkhaz forces will continue operations to “restore order” on both sides of the border with the rest of Georgia, Interfax cited Bagapsh as saying.
Even before the latest fighting began, increasing tension and violence in Georgia’s rebel regions, which Saakashvili’s government has consistently blamed on Russia, made the former Soviet republic a flashpoint in Russia’s relations with the West. Georgia’s push to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in particular has caused friction. The U.S. strongly backs the bid, while Russia considers further eastward expansion of NATO a security threat.
Russia increases bombing blitz
In effect, Saakashvili, in collaboration with Moscow, is establishing a scenario for the Fourth World War. NATO intervention in the South Ossetian crisis may be nearing as news reports yesterday indicate that NATO member Turkey has stationed its warships off the Georgian port of Batumi. Meanwhile, the shopping mall regimes slumber, oblivious to Soviet strategy and disinterested in the Russian strategic bombers once again probing NATO-NORAD airspace.
- Second Front Opens in War: Abkhazia’s Unrecognized Government Mobilizes Against Georgian Forces in Region
- Eight Warships from Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet Dock at Abkhazian Port
- NATO Intervention Looms: Turkey Stations Warships off Georgian Port of Batumi
- Book by Former KGB Major Anatoliy Golitsyn Explains Role of Caucasus Republics in Soviet Deception Strategy
The manufactured “war” between Russia and Georgia, which serves the strategic interests of the still-active Communist Party of the Soviet Union, is widening. Both “sides” are trading accusations: Russia accuses NATO aspirant Georgia of orchestrating genocide in South Ossetia, which Tblisi denies, while Georgia accuses Russia of broadening its aerial bombing campaign throughout the country, which Moscow denies.
Pictured above: Resident of the Georgian city of Gori stands near dead relative on Saturday, after Russian warplane dropped a bomb on this apartment block.
On Saturday Russian troops assumed control of the Georgian city and South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali, previously the charge of a joint peacekeeping force consisting of Georgian, South Ossetian, and Russian soldiers. In the process of taking over the provincial capital, the Russian Army repelled Georgian forces, which have now withdrawn entirely from South Ossetia. “The Russians have taken South Ossetia, they are in Abkhazia and they’re looking to take control of the entire country,” Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili declared earlier today. “They have a massive military.”
Meanwhile, the Russian military is opening a second front in Georgia’s other breakaway region Abkhazia, which has a shore on the Black Sea. The unrecognized government in Sukhumi is mobilizing its forces against Georgian positions as the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet establishes a naval blockade against Georgia. Eight Russian warships docked at an Abkhaz port today. Even though ethnic Russians constitute a minority in both South Ossetia and Abkhazia, more than 70 percent of South Ossetians and 90 percent of Abkhazians have Russian citizenship.
Yesterday Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin arrived in North Ossetian city of Vladikavkaz, which is located in Russia, and justified his country’s invasion of diminutive Georgia: “From a legal point of view our actions are absolutely well-founded and legitimate and moreover necessary,” Putin ranted, adding: “Georgia’s NATO drive is an attempt to draw other countries and other nations into its bloody, reckless schemes.” Russia’s ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, claimed 1,500 South Ossetian civilians were killed in the burning of villages in just one day of Georgia’s offensive.
For their part, the USA and the European Union are resorting to the usual, ineffective hand-wringing, candle-clutching, and pleading about “regional stability,” while Moscow’s communist allies in Beijing shed huge crocodile tears over the peace that has vanished in the Caucasus region. “We have urged an immediate halt to the violence and a stand-down by all troops. We call for an end to the Russian bombings,” US President George W. Bush opined, tossing in his two cents’ worth. “China is seriously concerned about the worsening situation and armed conflict in South Ossetia,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang lamented in a written statement. “We call on the relevant parties to keep restraint and cease fire immediately.”
“The European Union strongly states its commitment to the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Georgia and its internationally recognised borders and urges Russia to respect them,” Brussels blathered. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who reports to self-anointed world peacemaker European/French President Nicolas Sarkozy, flies to Tbilisi today and to Moscow tomorrow to urge a cease-fire between Russia and Georgia.
Georgian sources insist that a cease-fire has been declared in the region, but Russian source refuse to confirm the claim. Pictured below: Abkhazians aim rocket launcher at Georgian positions, in this televised image grab from August 10, 2008.
Georgia Pulls Troops From South Ossetia After Losses (Update3)
By Emma O’Brien and Lyubov Pronina
Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) — Georgia withdrew its troops from the separatist region of South Ossetia after four days of fighting with Russian and Ossetian forces as casualties rise “into the hundreds,” a government official said.
“Casualties are very heavy in many places,” Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said by telephone from the capital Tbilisi. “We are withdrawing from South Ossetia.”
Anatoly Nogovitsyn, Russian deputy chief of the General Staff, confirmed that a Georgian withdrawal has begun. He told reporters in Moscow that most of the regional capital Tskhinvali is controlled by Russian peacekeepers.
Heavy fighting began on Aug. 7 in South Ossetia, which broke from Georgia in a war in the early 1990s. Russia sent troops and tanks into the disputed region the next day in what it said was a response to Georgia’s assault on Russian citizens and peacekeeping forces. Most residents of South Ossetia hold Russian passports.
Georgia said Russian warplanes bombed targets in the country in an offensive President Mikheil Saakashvili called a “well-planned invasion.”
A “temporary” cease-fire has been declared in the region, to which the Russians have agreed, Utiashvili said.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry “has no such information,” a spokesman said on condition of anonymity, citing ministry rules. “I can neither confirm nor deny it.”
A second front has opened in the four-day-old conflict as eight Russian warships docked in a second breakaway region, Abkhazia, Kakha Lomaia, head of Georgia’s Security Council, said by telephone. “They’ve been bombing Upper Abkhazia,” he said. “They hit two villages overnight” in addition to the border town of Zugdidi, he said. Upper Abkhazia is a Georgian- controlled area within Abkhazia, which also broke away from the Black Sea country in a war in the early 1990s.
Nogovitsyn said Russian naval ships are not involved in the fighting.
Kristian Bzhania, a spokesman for Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh, said Russia increased its naval presence off Abkhazia at the request of the regional leadership after four Georgian warships tried to enter its territorial waters, the Interfax news service reported.
Bagapsh said Abkhaz warplanes and artillery are being deployed against Georgian positions in the upper part of the Kodori Gorge, as the Abkhaz refer to Upper Abkhazia, Interfax reported. Abkhaz forces will continue operations to “restore order” on both sides of the border with the rest of Georgia, Interfax cited Bagapsh as saying.
The Abkhaz leader ordered an urgent mobilization of reserves, Interfax said, citing Bzhania.
The Russians “have taken South Ossetia, they are in Abkhazia and they’re looking to take control of the entire country,” Utiashvili said. “They have a massive military.”
Georgia’s parliament last month approved an increase in the size of the country’s military to 37,000 troops. Russia has an army of 1.13 million.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “alarmed” by the spread of the conflict to Abkhazia, the UN said.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner flies to Tbilisi today and to Moscow tomorrow to seek and end to hostilities between Georgia and Russia, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said. He will be accompanied by Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb, the current chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
In signs of an economic blockade, Russian warships prevented a Ukrainian ship carrying grain and an unidentified oil tanker from docking in the Georgian port of Poti, Economic Development Minister Eka Sharashidze said by telephone. Azerbaijan stopped sending oil to Georgian ports for export because of the clashes, AFP reported, citing Rovnag Abdullayev, head of SOCAR, the country’s state oil company.
“This is suffocation of the country,” Lomaia said. “An economic blockade like this is very close to genocide.”
Nogovitsyn said Russia hasn’t imposed a naval blockade on Georgia. Ships leaving the Black Sea country’s ports are “under greater control,” he said.
Georgia is a key link in a U.S.-backed “southern energy corridor” that connects the Caspian Sea region with world markets, bypassing Russia. The BP Plc-led Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline to Turkey runs about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Tskhinvali.
U.S. President George W. Bush said yesterday the fighting was a “a dangerous escalation” and called for an “immediate halt to violence.” The State Department issued a travel advisory to discourage Americans from visiting the region.
Even before the latest fighting began, increasing tension and violence in Georgia’s rebel regions, which Saakashvili’s government has consistently blamed on Russia, made the former Soviet republic a flashpoint in Russia’s relations with the West. Georgia’s push to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in particular has caused friction. The U.S. strongly backs the bid, while Russia considers further eastward expansion of NATO a security threat.
“We always fight for our friends,” U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on July 10 in Tbilisi of Georgia’s NATO bid. While NATO refused to grant Georgia fast-track status for membership in April, Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said the alliance agreed that Georgia and another aspirant, Ukraine, “will become members of NATO.”
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said yesterday that the fighting in South Ossetia makes clear that Georgia’s NATO drive is “an attempt to draw other countries and other nations into its bloody, reckless schemes.”
Meanwhile, the Russian Air Force, which first penetrated Georgian airspace on Friday, continues to bomb selected targets in Georgia proper. On Saturday Russian warplanes bombed the port of Poti and city of Gori, reportedly killing civilians, and also damaged the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, which begins in Azerbaijan, crosses Georgian territory, and terminates in Turkey. Israel has a vested interest in the security of this pipeline and thus the presence of nearly 1,000 Israeli military advisers in and Israeli military support for Georgia, facts which we believe have Biblically prophetic significance for near-future relations between Russia and Israel. Yesterday AFP news agency reported:
Russian warships headed for the Georgian coast, Foreign Minister Eka Tkeshelashvili said after air raids on the port of Poti and the city of Gori, where inhabitants said scores of people were killed. The leaders of Russia and Georgia also stepped up their war of words. “What they are doing is nothing to do with conflict, it is about annihilation of a democracy on their borders,” Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said in an interview with the BBC. Saakashvili declared a “state of war” in his country on Saturday but also offered a ceasefire to Russia.
Georgia said a Russian air raid had “completely devastated” the Black Sea port of Poti in attacks that the country’s UN ambassador likened to “a full-scale military invasion”. This was followed up with air raids on Gori, the main Georgian city closest to South Ossetia. Georgia’s prime minister said another attack targeted the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline but did not damage it. Azerbaijan still suspended its oil exports through Georgia. Apartment blocks in Gori were left in flames and residents said scores of people were killed. Georgian television showed images of the body of a pilot from a Russian jet shot down.
The same source reported yesterday for the first time that a second front, involving the movement of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet towards Abkhazia, was beginning to open in Georgia’s other breakaway region:
The conflict spread to Abkhazia, another breakaway region of Georgia, where the separatist government said its forces had launched attacks on Georgian troops. Georgia accused Russia of staging the attacks in the Kodori Gorge region, the only part of Abkhazia controlled by Georgia. The United States has been informed that Russia plans to move parts of its Black Sea fleet towards Abkhazia, a US official in Washington said on condition of anonymity.
Today the Russian Air Force continued to target Georgian infrastructure and Tblisi, although on Friday Russian warplanes hitVaziani , a military base near the Georgian capital, to which 130 US servicemen are currently assigned and at which only one week ago 1,000 US soldiers were present for a joint military exercise with troops from the Caucasus republics. Until 2006 Vaziani was the site of a Russian garrison. A factory on the eastern outskirts of Tbilisi that builds Su-25 jet warplanes was damaged by Russian bombs, the story below reports.
Russia increases bombing blitz
August 10, 2008
Russia expanded its bombing blitz against Georgia, targeting the country’s capital for the first time.
Heavy Russian shelling forced Georgian troops to pull out of the capital of the contested province of South Ossetia.
Russian jets, which have been roaming Georgia’s skies since Friday, bombed a factory on the eastern outskirts of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi that builds Su-25 jet warplanes.
The attack inflicted some damage to the plant’s runways but caused no casualties, said Georgia’s Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili.
Georgia’s Security Council chief Alexander Lomaia said the Georgian troops had to move out of Tskhinvali, the provincial capital of separatist South Ossetia, because of heavy Russian fire.
“Russia further escalated its aggression overnight, using weapons on unprecedented scale. In these conditions our forces conducted redeployment,” Lomaia said.
Georgia, whose troops have been trained by American soldiers, began an offensive to regain control over South Ossetia on Friday, launching heavy rocket and artillery fire and air strikes that pounded Tskhinvali.
In response, Russia, which has granted passports to most South Ossetians, began overwhelming bombing and shelling attacks against Georgia and Georgian troops.
The Georgian president proposed a ceasefire on Saturday but Russia said it wants Georgia to first pull its troops from South Ossetia and sign a pledge not to use force against the breakaway province.
The UN Security Council planned to meet for the fourth time in four days to try to resolved the situation.
Pictured here: The Kremlin’s rent-a-mob youth groups rally outside the Georgian embassy in Moscow, on August 10, 2008.
As we have previously documented, the conflict between Moscow and Tblisi is contrived and related to the Soviet deception strategy, implemented in 1960 at the Eighty-One Party Congress. The main objectives in this manufactured war probably include: 1) perpetuating the ruse that the “post”-Soviet states are disunited and weak, 2) portraying the government of alleged KGB agent Mikhail Saakashvili as a Washington-backed puppet regime, 3) providing a pretext for the Soviet Army to re-occupy Georgia, from which it formally withdrew in 2006, and thus maintain its position near strategically important ally Iran and the Persian Gulf, and 4) distract NATO-NORAD commands from possible Russian preemptive strike against Western Europe and North America.
In The Perestroika Deception (1995, 1998) former KGB Major Anatoliy Golitsyn describes the secret channels of control that bind the “post”-communist Caucasus republics to Moscow, as well as explains the communist strategy behind the “national forms” promoted in the Not-So-Former Soviet republics:
The present Communist strategists are concealing that it is they who are now creating “independent” Republics–repeating on a much broader scale Lenin’s experience with the Far Eastern and Georgian Republics, and also Stalin’s deceptive dissolution of the Comintern in 1943. The strategists are concealing the secret coordination that exists, and will continue to exist, between Moscow and the “nationalist” leaders [like Saakashvili] of these newly “independent” Republics. There has been ample time, and every opportunity, to prepare for this coordination in advance. Given such coordination, the fragmentation of the Soviet Empire will not be real or lasting, as the West assumes, but fictional. This is not true self-determination, but the use of “national” forms in the execution of a common Communist strategy along lines pioneered by Lenin.
The central domestic purpose of the strategy and the final phase of “perestroika” is to renew the regimes of the Soviet Union and other Communist countries, and to convert them into states of “mature socialism with a human face” in order to promote the external strategy of “convergence.” These regimes must be “acceptable” to the West for “convergence” purposes. Thus the strategy goes far beyond domestic political restructuring, since it is aimed at the “restructuring” or “re-shoeing” of the West–the “reform” of Western attitudes and policies–and ultimately the peaceful conquest of the United States and Western Europe from within [pages 204-205].
“NATO-friendly” President Saakashvili described the Russian incursion as a “well-planned invasion.” Indeed. As Moscow’s man in Tblisi, he was no doubt briefed on the attack through secret channels well in advance of the military action. Saakashvili is thus playing his part well as leader of a small country victimized by the Big Bad Russian Bear and is already attempting to drag the Western Alliance into the Caucasus conflict with pleas for intervention. On August 8, the first day of the Russian incursion into South Ossetia, the Georgian president appealed to the international community, including the USA:
Our troops are being attacked by thousands of troops from Russia. Right now, we have 150 Russian tanks, and other armoured fighting machines, coming into Georgian territory. The movement started last night and throughout the day Russian planes have been continuously attacking Georgian towns outside the conflict zone. We have no chance of defeating the might of Russia. The outside world must step in and halt Moscow’s blunt aggression.
In effect, Saakashvili, in collaboration with Moscow, is establishing a scenario for the Fourth World War. NATO intervention in the South Ossetian crisis may be nearing as news reports yesterday indicate that NATO member Turkey has stationed its warships off the Georgian port of Batumi. Meanwhile, the shopping mall regimes slumber, oblivious to Soviet strategy and disinterested in the Russian strategic bombers once again probing NATO-NORAD airspace.
>End Times File: Russian warplanes bomb Georgian military base to which 130 US servicemen are assigned, Israeli advisers accompany Georgian troops
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A senior Georgian security official was quoted by Reuters as saying that Russian warplanes bombed the Vaziani military base near the capital Tblisi today. “No one was wounded but some buildings have been destroyed,” explained Kakha Lamaia. “They [the Russians] have declared war against us.”
Pictured above: Russian armored column approaches Georgian city/South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali today.
This is an interesting development because visiting US forces, in collaboration with Ukrainian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, and Georgian troops, wrapped up a joint military exercise called Immediate Response 2008 at the Vaziani base only one week ago. More than 1,000 US soldiers were present at this site at the time, but this number appears to have dropped to 130 as American servicemen returned home or transferred to new assignments. “They are not involved in any way in this conflict between the Russian military and the Georgian military,” revealed Lieutenant Colonel John Dorrian, spokesman for the US European Command. “We have upwards of 100 military trainers who are in Georgia now. We’ve been able to account for all of them.”
“We have forces in Georgia, so obviously the secretary is interested in the situation there,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman stated, referring to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates. “What they do in a situation like this is contact the embassy, contact our troops there, assess the situation, and begin to receive any information or request for support from the embassy, or any reports about US citizens being in danger. At this point we are early in the hostilities. The situation is sort of dynamic at this point.”
An anonymous US military official was quoted as saying: “We’re obviously very concerned. We are watching it closely. We are looking at the situation, and how it develops. It’s still early.”
Meanwhile, in an interesting twist to the unfolding, communist-scripted war drama unfolding in Georgia, Debkafile reveals that as many as 1,000 Israeli military advisers are accompanying Georgian troops into South Ossetia. According to Debkafile, Israel’s stake in the conflict between Russia and South Ossetia in the one camp and Georgia in the other derives from the plans of Israeli and other Western energy companies to ensure that oil pipelines from Azerbaijan and gas pipelines from Turkmenistan, transit through Georgia and Turkey, rather than Russia. In 2007, the Israeli intelligence source also reveals, President Saaskashvili commissioned up to 1,000 military advisers from private Israeli security firms to train the Georgian armed forces in commando, air, sea, armored, and artillery combat tactics. “They also offer instruction on military intelligence and security for the central regime,” Debkafile reports, adding: “Tbilisi also purchased weapons, intelligence and electronic warfare systems from Israel.” This source concludes:
These advisers were undoubtedly deeply involved in the Georgian army’s preparations to conquer the South Ossetian capital Friday. In recent weeks, Moscow has repeatedly demanded that Jerusalem halt its military assistance to Georgia, finally threatening a crisis in bilateral relations. Israel responded by saying that the only assistance rendered Tbilisi was “defensive.” This has not gone down well in the Kremlin. Therefore, as the military crisis intensifies in South Ossetia, Moscow may be expected to punish Israel for its intervention.
On August 5 the Jerusalem Post confirmed the political-military link between Tblisi and Jerusalem with the following news: “Israel will continue to sell Georgia defensive arms, but not offensive weapons, defense officials said Tuesday amid reports that Israel decided to halt the sale of military equipment to Georgia because of objections from Russia, Georgia’s bitter rival.”
From the vantage of Bible prophecy, the Israeli military presence in Georgia-South Ossetia may possibly be setting the stage for the mid-tribulation Russian-Arab invasion of Israel, predicted by Ezekiel nearly 2,500 years ago. “And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,” Ezekiel prophesies in 38:4, “and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.” Later, in 38:18, the prophet says: “And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.” Still later, in 39:11, Ezekiel says: “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamon-gog.”
Some Bible prophecy experts point out that the origin of the word Caucasus can be traced to the ancient Chaldaic language, in which “Gog-chasan” meant “Gog’s fortress”:
Going back in history, prior to the writing of the book of Ezekiel, we find Hesiod, the father of Greek didactic poetry and literature, identifying Magog with the Scythians and with southern Russia in the 7th century BC. Hesiod likely derived this identity from the Colchians or Colchi people (a Thracian tribe) where, in their ancient Chaldaic language, described the region of southern Russia as “Gog-chasan” or “Gog-hasan” (Arabic “Gog-i-hisn”) meaning “fortress of Gog” or “Gog’s fort.” There are scholars who suggest that Gog and Magog, as a region, is where the name “Caucasus” originated. Scholars speculate the name “Caucasus” was derived from “Gog-chasan” which the Greeks translated as Gogasus or Caucasus.
“Moscow may be expected to punish Israel for its intervention [in Georgia],” Debkafile observes. Indeed, and God will punish Russia on the mountains of Israel (39:4). In a related story portending the nearness of Daniel’s seventieth week (D70W), secular Jews are joining Orthodox groups in advocating the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem, a structure that will be defiled by the Antichrist during D70W. Today Arutz Sheva quotes Ahuvyah Tabenkin, a left-wing kibbutznik, as saying: “There are many religious authorities, including Maimonides, who say that the Temple must be rebuilt, and so I think it should be done… As a first step, we must show that we control the Temple Mount… I call upon all of Israel to come to the Mount on [Tisha B'Av] and show that it belongs to the Jewish nation.” Christian, look up, for your redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28).
>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Russian forces invade, bomb Georgia as Tbilisi reasserts control over South Ossetia; Saakashvili alleged KGB agent
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The manufactured crisis in the Caucasian republics exploded into full-blown war yesterday as Georgia launched a major offensive to reassert control over the breakaway region of South Ossetia. This region and Abkhazia, another rebellious microstate, are both legally part of Georgia. During Thursday’s offensive 10 Russian peacekeepers stationed at a barracks in the regional capital of Tskhinvali were reportedly killed as a result of Georgian shelling, providing the pretext required by Moscow to dispatch its troops and tanks into South Ossetia today.
All of the actors in this red-scripted drama are “ex”-cadres of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, graduates of the Soviet Komsomol, proteges of some communist official, or “ex”-KGB or “ex”-GRU types. This includes South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity, Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev. In June Kokoity attended a low-profile meeting in North Ossetia with Communist Party of the Russian Federation Chairman Gennady Zyuagnov, whom we consider to be one of the powers behind the throne in “post”-communist Russia. According to Georgian dissident Irakli Kakabadze, “pro”-Western Saakashvili is a long-time KGB agent, while it is more commonly known that his political career was jumpstarted under the auspices of former Georgian Communist Party boss and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze.
Pictured above: The “one clenched fist” of the Moscow-Bejing Axis personified: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao meet in Chinese capital on the occasion of the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony; pictured here: US President George W. Bush (center) walks with his bud Putin (left) to a banquet at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing; pictured below: A Russian fighter jet attacks a Georgian position near the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali, 100 kilometres from Tbilisi; pictured at bottom: Russian tank column moves toward Tskhinvali, in this image grab from Russian Channel 1. All of these pictures were taken on August 8, 2008.
Georgia surrounds capital in rebel province
August 8, 2008 – 8:19PM
Georgian forces surrounded and shelled the capital of the breakaway South Ossetia province on Friday, drawing warnings of retaliation from Russia which supports the separatist administration.
Amid spiralling tensions, reports said Russian forces on peacekeeping duty in South Ossetia had been killed and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned his country would respond to Georgia’s offensive in the Caucasus trouble spot.
A Kremlin spokesman said President Dmitry Medvedev was considering “emergency measures” in response to the Georgian attack.
Georgia said Russian warplanes had bombed targets in its territory but this was denied by the Russian foreign ministry.
At least 15 civilians were killed in the fighting and Georgian shelling and air raids on the separatist capital Tskhinvali, South Ossetian officials and reports said.
The European Union, United States, NATO and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) all called for a halt to the fighting in South Ossetia — which broke away from Tbilisi’s control in the early 1990s.
The International Committee of the Red Cross appealed for a “humanitarian corridor” to be set up to evacuate the wounded from the province.
The United Nations expressed concern but failed to agree on a Russian statement urging Georgia and the rebels to halt the fighting.
Georgia accuses Russia of seeking to take over South Ossetia.
An AFP reporter saw Georgian forces fire over a dozen missiles towards South Ossetia from a position inside Georgia and witnessed helicopters and hundreds of soldiers in trucks moving towards the region.
A large plume of smoke rose from Tskhinvali shortly after dawn and explosions and heavy weapons continued regularly as they had all night.
“As a result of the Georgian artillery shelling there are fatalities among the peacekeepers,” a representative of the Russian command was quoted as saying.
Three Russian Sukhoi-24 aircraft entered Georgian airspace and one dropped two bombs near the border village of Kareli, a Georgian interior ministry spokesman told AFP.
The Georgian defence ministry said Russian planes dropped four bombs near Gori, the main Georgian city near South Ossetia.
A Russian foreign ministry spokesman told AFP the Georgian claims were “nonsense” and “rubbish”.
Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili said “Most of South Ossetia’s territory is liberated and is controlled by Georgia.”
He added in televised comments that Russia was conducting flights over Tskhinvali and declared: “I demand Russia stop bombardment of peaceful Georgian cities.”
But Putin, the former Russian president who is now its influential prime minister, condemned Georgia’s “aggressive actions” and said his country would have to retaliate.
“It is regrettable that on the day before the opening of the Olympic Games, the Georgian authorities have undertaken aggressive actions in South Ossetia,” said Putin in Beijing.
“They have in effect begun hostilities using tanks and artillery,” he added. “It is sad, but this will provoke retaliatory measures.”
Putin said he had discussed the crisis with Chinese leaders and with US President George W. Bush. “Everybody agrees — nobody wants to see a war.”
Russia called a special meeting of the UN Security Council which expressed concern over the fighting but could not agree on a Russian statement urging the warring sides to renounce the use of force and return to the negotiating table.
The European Union, NATO and United States all called on both sides to stop the fighting and hold talks.
South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoity said earlier his forces still controlled Tskhinvali.
“We fully control our capital. The battle is continuing on the outskirts of Tskhinvali,” Kokoity was quoted as saying by Interfax. “The situation is completely under control.”
“Georgian SU-25 planes are dropping bombs on innocent civilians in the Republic of South Ossetia,” a statement on the official website of the South Ossetian authorities said.
The offensive was described by General Mamuka Kurashvili, who leads Georgia’s contribution to the peacekeeping mission in South Ossetia, as an attempt to “restore constitutional order” in the region.
In recent months, Moscow and Tbilisi have sparred repeatedly over South Ossetia and another breakaway Georgian region, Abkhazia.
Georgia’s pro-Western government accuses Moscow of seeking to annex the two regions and derail its efforts to join the transatlantic NATO alliance, which Russia vehemently opposes.
The Georgian offensive came within just hours of reports that Georgia and South Ossetia agreed to meet Friday for talks and the declaration of a unilateral ceasefire by the Georgian president.
Two days ago communist organ Pravda quoted President Kokoity, with reference to earlier Georgian “provocations,” as saying: “Georgia has declared a sniper war on the Republic South Ossetia and again undertook an attempt to unleash a large scale war. The Ukraine and the USA bear responsibility together with Georgia. The Ukraine transmitted to Georgia 40 units of sniper armament, 120 units were transmitted from the USA. Those countries bear responsibility together with Georgia in supporting the pseudo-democratic image of Georgia.”
Keeping in mind the disengenuous nature of the Sino-Soviet border clash of 1969, which was portrayed by Moscow and Beijing as evidence of disunity within the Communist Bloc, the nationalistic dispute between Moscow and Tblisi should be viewed as part of the ongoing Soviet strategy to portray the Commonwealth of Independent States as a target of Western subversion and NATO aggression. The “pro”-Western regimes in both Georgia and Ukraine have sought admission to NATO, prompting no end of fulminations from Moscow.
The Great Chess Game of Geopolitics
Meanwhile, we must consider the following questions in light of the current geopolitical situations unfolding in the world today: Is the USA using the Olympic Games and the Caucasus conflict to divert world attention from its plans to impose sanctions upon Iran? Or, are Russia and China using the Olympic Games and the Caucasus conflict to divert world attention from their plans to attack the West?
The US, British, French, and Brazilian navies have just wrapped up the two-week joint maneuver Operation Brimstone in the Atlantic Ocean. The geopolitical analysts at Debkafile expect that the first three countries that participated in this drill are preparing to implement a naval blockade against Iran should Tehran fail to terminate its “peaceful” nuclear power program, following the ultimatum produced by an international meeting in Geneva on July 19.
Yesterday American blogger “Lord Stirling” rightly observed that Russia and China will oppose a naval blockade against Iran and, intriguingly, suggests that a “strategic diversion has been created for Russia” by the Western Alliance in the form of Georgia’s offensive against South Ossetia. However, Lord Stirling rightly concluded that “The Russians are great chess players and this game may not turn out so well for the neo-cons.” Indeed. Washington may believe that it is using Tblisi to advance its own interests in Central and Southern Asia when, in fact, Tblisi is doing Moscow’s bidding.
The large and very advanced nature of the US Naval warships is not only directed at Iran. There is a great fear that Russia and China may oppose the naval and air/land blockade of Iran. If Russian and perhaps Chinese naval warships escort commercial tankers to Iran in violation of the blockade it could be the most dangerous at-sea confrontation since the Cuban Missile Crisis. The US and allied Navies, by front loading a Naval blockade force with very powerful guided missile warships and strike carriers is attempting to have a force so powerful that Russia and China will not be tempted to mess with. This is a most serious game of military brinkmanship with major nuclear armed powers that have profound objections to the neo-con grand strategy and to western control of all of the Middle East’s oil supply.
A strategic diversion has been created for Russia. The Republic of Georgia, with US backing, is actively preparing for war on South Ossetia. The South Ossetia capital has been shelled and a large Georgian tank force has been heading towards the border. Russia has stated that it will not sit by and allow the Georgians to attack South Ossetia. The Russians are great chess players and this game may not turn out so well for the neo-cons.
In a possibly related story, two supersonic Tu-160 Blackjack bombers, which are comparable to the US Air Force’s B-1 Lancer bomber only larger and faster, completed a 12-hour mission over the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans today as part of the Russian Air Force’s revived regular overseas bomber patrols. As usual, reports state-run Novosti, neo-Soviet officialdom denies that Russia’s strategic aviation violated international rules of flight. The Blackjack is the heaviest combat aircraft ever built.
>End Times File: Rick Warren, National Association of Evangelicals leader Leith Anderson endorse Yale statement promoting Christian, Muslim unity
August 6, 2008Posted by on
>The New Testament predicts that prior to the fulfillment of the Hebrew prophet Daniel’s seventieth week (D70W) an apostasy from sound Bible doctrine will occur among professing Christians (see 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and 2 Timothy 4:3). D70W includes the rapture of the church followed by the seven-year tribulation period and the glorious return of Jesus Christ to earth. The religious trend toward ecumenical/interfaith compromise has in fact been ongoing for some decades now but is finally reaching its denouement in the so-called “Yale statement” promoting “peace” between Christianity and Islam.
There should be no surprise that the pro-communist National Council of Churches (NCC) climbed on board this invitation by the Muslims to betray the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, the endorsement given by “America’s Pastor” Rick Warren and National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) president Leith Anderson to this rapprochement with a religion at war with the West should serve as a wake-up call to faithful Christians everywhere that the physical translation of the saints to heaven is just around the corner.
The article below reports that: “The gathering is a direct response to a letter signed by 138 Muslim leaders last fall that called for peace between Muslims and Christians for the sake of world peace.” From the Muslim point of view, however, there will be no peace on earth until every Christian, Jew, and “infidel” has bowed the knee to Islam, or offered his neck to the jihadist’s sword. Noteworthy attendees also included: Jordanian Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad; former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi of Sudan; Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO and international director of the World Evangelical Alliance, to which the NAE belongs; Antonios Kireopoulos, representing the NCC; and leftist US Senator John Kerry, who was slated to deliver the keynote address. Pictured above: Warren with bud Barack Hussein Obama, presidential nominee for the communist-infiltrated Democratic Party.
Christians, Muslims Seek ‘Common Ground’ at Historic Conference
By Katherine T. Phan
Christian Post Reporter
Sun, Jul. 27 2008 10:28 AM EDT
Top Christian and Muslim leaders have convened at Yale University for a historic conference that is expected to promote understanding and peace between Christianity and Islam on an unprecedented level.
The conference, “Loving God and Neighbor in Word and Deed: Implications for Muslims and Christians,” will officially be held July 28-31 but leaders from both faiths have initiated dialogue on peace during closed-session workshops since Thursday.
The gathering is a direct response to a letter signed by 138 Muslim leaders last fall that called for peace between Muslims and Christians for the sake of world peace.
The letter, entitled “A Common Word Between Us and You,” urged followers of the two faiths to find “common ground” in the love of God and engage in more sincere discussions on peace rather than simply just “polite ecumenical dialogue” between certain religious leaders.
Yale scholars responded with a statement that pledged more open dialogue to “reshape” the two communities to “genuinely reflect our common love for God and for one another.” Some 500 Christian leaders – including prominent Christians including Saddleback pastor Rick Warren, theologian John Stott, National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson – endorsed the Yale statement.
But several withdrew their names from the letter following criticism by respected theologians.
R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, disagreed with key points raised in the letter because he felt they compromised the Christian faith. Among them, he said that amid calls for love in a common God, the letter “failed to clearly define the Christian understanding of God as the trinity.”
Participants at the “Common Word” conference will explore ways to “rectify distorted perspectives Muslims and Christians have of each other and repair relations between the Middle East and the West,” according to the Yale Center for Faith & Culture.
Notable leaders at the event include Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan; former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi of Sudan; Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO and international director of World Evangelical Alliance; Leith Anderson, president of NAE; and Antonios Kireopoulos of the National Council of Churches. A handful of Jewish leaders will also attend the conference.
On Tuesday, Senator John Kerry is scheduled to give a keynote address.
“Christians and Muslims have gone through periods of good relations and bad relations over the centuries,” said Kireopoulos, senior program director for NCC’s Faith and Order and Interfaith Relations.
“Recent history has reinforced ill will between the two communities, so this interfaith initiative can make progress toward mutual understanding.”
The “Common Word” conference at Yale is one of a series of interfaith workshops and events. The other conferences will take place in October (Cambridge University), November (the Vatican), March 2009 (Georgetown University), and October 2009 (Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute, Jordan).
This blog’s Christian visitors might be aware of the fact that the tribulation saints, according to Revelation 20:4, are martyred by decapitation. This is an intriguing prophecy, the fulfillment of which appears to be looming in the near future. It is very likely that Islam, which is seeking through the United Nations to criminalize Christianity, will be part of the ungodly one world religion that will persecute true believers during D70W. As we have posted before, the murder of “infidels”–meaning Christians, Jews, and other non-Muslims–by beheading is sanctioned in the Koran.
>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Russia seizes US NMD plans as pretext, prepares for multi-theater war in Europe, Asia, Americas; shopping mall regimes sleep
August 6, 2008Posted by on
>- Retired General Ivashov: Ex-FSB/KGB Chief Patrushev’s July 30-31 Visit to Cuba Included Discussions on Renewing Russia’s Military Presence on Island; Soviet Naval Port in Vietnam May Be Reactivated
- Russian Ambassador to Minsk: Kremlin Brass Seriously Considering Deployment of Bombers and Iskander Missiles in Belarus
- Russian Air Force to Hold Joint War Game with Belarus, Multi-Branch Exercise with Russian Navy in Indian Ocean this Fall
- Russian Military to Implement Unified Missile Defense System Throughout Commonwealth of Independent States
Pictured above: Russian Air Force commander Colonel-General Alexander Zelin.
Missile Day is fast approaching. Over the last 20 years the Soviet strategists have carefully developed a pretext for launching a preemptive strike against the Western Alliance. By withdrawing their troops and overt political influence from Eastern Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was lured into the “old” Soviet Bloc, enabling the Kremlin to portray the US-led military coalition as the aggressor. Now, as Russian generals consider the possibility of stationing their strategic bombers and ballistic missiles in Belarus, where they can rapidly “neutralize” the US National Missile Defense interceptor missiles and radar installation that are planned for Poland and the Czech Republic, the Union State of Russia and Belarus has announced its intention to hold a joint war game this fall in Belarus, which borders Poland. State-run Novosti reported yesterday:
The Russian Air Force is ready to contribute Su-27 Flanker or MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jets to an upcoming drill in Belarus, the Air Force commander said Tuesday. “Russian ground attack, fighter and army aviation assets are expected to take part in a comprehensive tactical exercise by the Belarusian Armed Forces,” Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said, confirming Russia’s willingness to provide Su-27 or MiG-29 aircraft and Mi-24 or Mi-8 helicopters for the Fall-2008 exercises. However, he said Belarus had yet to make a formal request. The Belarusian Air Force and Air Defense Forces command earlier said that the country would send a formal invitation to the Russian Armed Forces to take part in the drill.
We posted several days ago, citing the independent Belarusian media well before the MSM picked up the news, on Moscow’s stated intention to deploy offensive weapons in Belarus, on the frontlines with NATO. Reuters quotes Russia’s ambassador to Minsk Alexander Surikov as saying today in a news conference: “Once Poland has signed an agreement with the American side on deployment of elements of the missile defense there, we will be able to discuss some additional aspects of our military and technical cooperation with Belarus. The Russian military are talking of strategic bombers and Iskander systems. Probably, some actions will be taken, albeit without Belarus regaining its nuclear status.” Surikov ruled out the possibility of deploying Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus.
Reuters notes: “Military experts in Moscow have also said Russian strategic bombers would not even have to cross the borders of Russia or Belarus to successfully launch cruise missiles and reduce the planned missile defense in Eastern Europe to rubble.” Russian “military experts,” the reader should be advised are often connected to Kremlin-run think tanks, so such observations should be interpreted as subtle warnings from neo-Soviet officialdom.
In addition to staging a joint war game with Belarus this fall, the Russian Air Force has announced its intention to conduct exercises in the Indian Ocean, in conjunction with the Russian Navy. This is not the first time that Russian bombers have completed missions over the Indian Ocean. In 2003 Russia and India conducted a joint military exercise in this region in which Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95 Bear bombers flew a 12-hour mission that included firing cruise missiles at targets in the Indian Ocean. However, the return of Russia’s strategic bombers portends ill for the US-British naval support facility on Diego Garcia, which is home to 1,700 military personnel and 1,500 civilian contractors. “Since August 2007, Russian strategic bombers have carried out about 150 patrol flights with tactical interference of foreign aircraft, which accompanied our planes on their missions and in some instances jeopardized the success of these missions,” air force commander Colonel-General Alexander Zelin explained. Novosti reports:
Russia to conduct military exercises in Indian Ocean this fall
MOSCOW, August 5 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers will join the Russian navy in a series of exercises in the Indian Ocean, the Air Force commander said on Tuesday.
“We are preparing the flights of our strategic aircraft to the Indian ocean to practice interoperability with the Russian navy task force in the region,” Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said.
A Defense Ministry source later confirmed that a joint exercise involving Russian strategic bombers and combat ships had been scheduled for the fall 2008.
The AF commander said that the Air Force had received orders to increase joint training with the Navy and the number of patrol flights across the world’s oceans to ensure the security of Russian shipping in strategically and economically important zones.
Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans last August, following an order signed by former president Vladimir Putin.
“Since August 2007, Russian strategic bombers have carried out about 150 patrol flights with tactical interference of foreign aircraft, which accompanied our planes on their missions and in some instances jeopardized the success of these missions,” Zelin said.
The patrols allowed the crews of Russian strategic bombers and aerial tankers to gain experience in mid-air refueling, flights in northern latitudes and the use of forward landing airfields, the general said.
The Russian Air Force is also presently coordinating the operation of the separate missile defense systems of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States. “The practice of military cooperation in missile defense systems illustrated expediency to further develop the United Missile Defense System of CIS members on regional basis,” Colonel-General Zelin announced. He continues: “In general, the established system of control ensures coordination of forces and means that are parts of the United Missile Defense System as well as the interchange of data on air situation, combat alertness and results of combat actions of missile defense forces of member states.” This development should be a big heads up to the Pentagon and “allies” in NATO, but will dot.gov correctly interpret the war signals transmitted to the West during an election year in the USA? State-owned Kommersant Daily reports:
Russia to Set Up Missile Defense Sites in Caucasus, Middle Asia
Aug. 05, 2008
It is necessary to create in the near term united regional systems of missile defense in the Caucasus and Middle Asia, Russia’s Air Force Commander-in-Chief General-Colonel Alexander Zelin announced August 5.
“The practice of military cooperation in missile defense systems illustrated expediency to further develop the United Missile Defense System of CIS members on regional basis,” Zelin specified.
“Active work is underway to create the United Regional Missile Defense System of Belarus and the RF in the East European Region of Collective Security, and it appears expedient to proceed in future to establishing the respective systems in Caucasus and Middle Asia.”
The United Missile Defense System, Zelin reminded, currently consists of the Missile Defense Force of Armenia, Air Force and Missile Defense Force of Belarus, Air Defense Force of Kazakhstan, Air Defense Force of Kyrgyzstan, Air Force of the Russian Federation, Air Force and Missile Defense Force of Tadjikistan, Missile Defense Force and Air Force of Uzbekistan, and Air Force of Ukraine.
“In general, the established system of control ensures coordination of forces and means that are parts of the United Missile Defense System as well as the interchange of data on air situation, combat alertness and results of combat actions of missile defense forces of member states,” Zelin concluded.
While it is very possible that the Fourth World War will be underway at the time, Colonel-General Zelin stated that between 2011 and 2015 the Russian Air Force expects to receive more than 100 new helicopters, including Mi-28N Night Hunter and Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters, and Mi-8MTB5 Hip multi-purpose helicopters. In addition, Zelin revealed, Russia will upgrade its fleet of Mi-24PN Hind gunships and Mi-26 Halo heavy transport helicopters. “Helicopter regiments equipped with new aircraft must become the backbone of air mobile special purpose reserves and mountain brigades,” the general explained. “The Mi-26 helicopter is the heaviest and most powerful helicopter in the world,” Novosti boasts.
Pictured here: Cuban President Raul Castro speaks at an event marking the 55th anniversary of the start of the Cuban Revolution at the former Moncada military barracks in Santiago de Cuba, on July 26, 2008.
In the wake of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin and ex-FSB/KGB chief Nikolai Patrushev’s “business” trip to Havana on July 30 and 31, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his sidekick “President” Dmitry Medvedev are calling for the restoration of “ties” with Cuba, not that those political linkages ever totally evaporated after the phoney fall of Soviet communism in 1991. Clearly, however, the Soviet strategists are confident that the shopping mall regimes of the West are too distracted by the deceptions of the Hollyweird freakshow and news of economic doom and gloom to care about a revitalized Russian presence in the USA’s backyard, Latin America.
The hoary old communist regime in Cuba, oil-rich Venezuela, and cash-strapped neo-Sandinista Nicaragua are high on Moscow’s list for reactivating Cold War-era alliances. “We need to rebuild our positions in Cuba and other countries,” Putin intoned at his weekly Presidium meeting, the independent Moscow Times reports. “Russia and Cuba will put their long record of mutually beneficial across the board cooperation to the service of building a new and just world order,” Medvedev chimed in a greeting to his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro. The Russian head of state, a Soviet Komsomol graduate, called for “close” bilateral relations in the production and processing of oil and natural gas, energy, transportation, information technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and joint investment projects.
Roving Soviet propagandist Leonid Ivashov, retired general and president of the Academy of Geopolitical Sciences and panelist for the Paris-based leftist think tank Axis for Peace, warned on August 4 that Russia might not only renew its military presence in Cuba in the form of strategic bomber bases, but also renew its naval presence in Communist Vietnam. Ivashov was chief of the Department for International Defense Cooperation of the Russian Defense Ministry between 1996 and 2001.
“It is an open secret that the West has been establishing a buffer zone around Russia during the recent years, getting European, Baltic states, Ukraine and the Caucasus involved in the process. The expansion of the Russian military presence abroad, particularly in Cuba, could become a response to US-led activities,” Novosti quoted Ivashov as complaining. “There are convenient bays for reconnaissance and battleships and a network of so-called forward staging posts in Cuba. We can resume the operation of the radar center in Lourdes upon the agreement of the Cuban administration. A shipment of new radar equipment will be necessary for it, though.”
Ivashov emphasized the imperative nature of Russia modernizing its naval support facility in Tartus, Syria, as well as resuming talks with Hanoi in order to redeploy Russia’s battleships to the Cam Ran port, which was closed down in 2002. “Cam Ran,” communist organ Pravda reveals, “used to play the key role in the plans of the Russian Navy, because it was the only base that was capable of providing the presence of Russian vessels in the Indian Ocean and in the Persian Gulf area. The annual rent made up $300 million. The technical support center for the Russian Navy in Syria’s Tartus still operates free of charge.”
Meanwhile, lost in the shuffle of international affairs, state-run Voice of Russia reports that 60 Russian mine clearing specialists have arrived in Serbia, a staunch ally of the neo-Soviet state while maintaining a “pro”-European Union stance, to remove unexploded bombs dropped by NATO aircraft in 1999. The Russians defused an explosive device at an airfield near the city of Nis and will resume their demining project next year in other parts of Serbia. This news item is significant since it suggests that the Soviets may be using “demining” as a cover story to explain away the presence of Russian military personnel in Serbia. Moscow has stood shoulder to shoulder with Belgrade on the issue of Kosovar independence, another potential flashpoint for war with the West, and earlier this year even offered to deploy nuclear weapons to the Balkan country in order to preserve its territorial integrity.
Lastly, Voice of Russia also reports that the Kremlin is rotating the personnel of a Russian helicopter group attached to the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan, where an insurgency is active in the region of Darfur: “The Russian helicopter group was founded in Sudan in April 2006. The rotation of the personnel, which comprises 120 officers, takes place twice a year. Among other things, the group`s task is to transport observers of the UN Mission, to deliver cargoes and carry out rescue operations. The Russian pilots do not take part in the fights and there are no weapons on board of the helicopters.” However, in July the Kremlin media admitted that Darfur rebels shot down a MiG-29 fighter jet in May, killing the Russian pilot. Thus, we see that neo-Soviet Russia endeavors to exert its baleful influence in Africa to this very day.
>Grey Terror File: Islamic terror comes to Canada: Gruesome Greyhound bus killing carried out by Chinese Muslim, CBC retracts information
August 4, 2008Posted by on
- Ex-Muslim Website: Islamic Practice of Beheading in Accord with Koran
- Police Officer: Alleged Killer Vince Li Ate Victim’s Flesh; China, Perpetrator’s Country of Citizenship, Sanctioned Cannibalism During Cultural Revolution
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, otherwise known as the Communist Broadcasting Corporation by freedom-loving Canadians, unwittingly released incriminating information about the perpetrator of a gruesome Greyhound bus killing in Manitoba, Canada on July 30, before deleting the information from its website. The accused killer, 40-year-old Vince Weiguang Li, is accused of repeatedly stabbing his sleeping victim, 22-year-old Tim McLean, with a hunting knife, before decapitating the young man and, according to a police officer who witnessed Li’s activities on board the bus, cannibalizing the corpse’s flesh. Meanwhile, the other passengers fled, the driver disabled the bus, and bystanders barricaded Li in the vehicle until the Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrived. A several-hour stand-off with the perpetrator ensued before he was arrested.
Li is apparently a Chinese Muslim who was motivated to commit the atrocity by the teachings of Islam. The original CBC report, screenshots of which are preserved at various Internet forums discussing this incident, stated: “Posted by: CBC News Aug 1 2008, 10:53 AM: RCMP announced Friday morning that they have charged Vince Weiguang Li, 40, of Edmonton with second-degree murder. He is scheduled to appear at the Manitoba provincial court in Portage la Prairie. A Chinese Muslim, Li expressed to investigators that his actions were motivated by the Koran.” An excellent analysis of Canadian officialdom’s reportage of the event can be found here.
Li had no previous criminal record and his employer, an independent contractor who distributes newspapers in Edmonton, Alberta, noticed nothing unusual about the perpetrator’s character or lifestyle. In addition to delivering newspapers, Li was formerly custodian at Grant Memorial Church in Winnipeg. The church’s minister Pastor Tom Castor hired Li soon after the man immigrated from China in 2004. Pastor Castor describes Li as a “quiet, hard-working immigrant.”
On the one hand, it is possible that this information is not true and CBC retracted it accordingly. However, there is good reason at this time to believe that Li is a Muslim since the international terrorist group Al Qaeda recently renewed its call for the murder of Westerners, including Canadians. On July 7, the third anniversary of the Al Qaeda-sponsored London bombings, a posting under the nom de guerre Abu Hajar Abdul Aziz al-Moqrin appeared at the password-protected al-Ekhlaas.net forum, calling for the killing of Jews, Christians, Americans, Canadians, and other enemies of Islam. In 2007 Al Qaeda issued a call to its jihadists to attack Canadian oil facilities since America’s northern neighbor is the largest provider of petroleum to the USA.
As the murder of American Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002 and a 2007 plot by Canadian Muslims to behead Prime Minister Stephen Harper remind us, Muslims are not averse to decapitating their victims. The ex-Muslims at FaithFreedom.org insist, by appealing to quotations from the Koran, that beheading “infidels” is in accord with mainstream Islamic teaching.
By contrast, Islamic scholars insist that their religion forbids the consumption of human flesh, which apparently occurred in the Greyhound bus killing. That being so, it should be pointed out that cannibalism is not unknown in Communist China, Li’s country of origin. Officially sanctioned cannibalism occurred during the Cultural Revolution and, although such reports are dismissed as “urban legends” by Sinophiles, the eating of dead babies, of which there are many in China due to Beijing’s one-child and forced abortion policies, is also practiced, openly and on the sly.
Expect the politically correct media and government agencies in Canada to spin this story big time in order to hide or downplay Li’s immigrant status and alleged Muslim beliefs. Last night, I was reflecting on this incident and duly noted its terrorist-like qualities, but will anyone else in Ottawa?
>USSR2 File: Cuban Missile Crisis 2: United Russia politician renews talk of bomber deployment in Cuba; Patrushev, Sechin meet Raul Castro in Havana
August 3, 2008Posted by on
Today, more than a week after the Russian Defense Ministry denied that it was planning to station nuclear-armed bombers in Cuba, Andrei Klimov, deputy head of the State Duma International Affairs Committee and a member of the crypto-Stalinist United Russia party, affirmed that such a plan accorded well with Russia’s national security.
“It’s possible Russia could use this to react to US plans for a missile defence system in Central Europe,” Klimov intoned. “We must defend our national interests – also in the area of security.” The original story about potential Russian bomber deployments in Cuba, Venezuela, and Algeria appeared in Izvestia, which is owned by Gazprom Media, a subsidiary of state-owned Gazprom, suggesting that the publication of the story was not accidental but, rather a carefully contrived leak to “stir the pot” in Washington.
Pictured above: Russian Deputy Prime Minister, or Vice Premier, Igor Sechin and “President” Dmitry Medvedev meet at latter’s Gorki resident on July 18. After graduating from Leningrad State University in 1984 Sechin worked as a translator/interpreter at the Soviet embassy in the African communist states of Angola and Mozambique. From 1991 to 1996 Sechin worked in the St. Petersburg Mayor’s Office and since 1994 as Chief of Staff of then First Deputy Mayor Vladimir Putin, Russia’s KGB-communist dictator. Sechin is chairman of Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft, which purchased the assets of bankrupt Yukos in 2007.
The article notes below that accompanying Vice Premier Sechin in the Russian delegation to Havana was current Russian Security Council member and former Federal Security Service chief Nikolai Patrushev. Together Sechin and Patrushev swapped notes with Cuban President Raul Castro. According to Comrade Klimov, President Castro and Patrushev concurred that Russia and Cuba should “expand their traditional relationship.” Um, hello, Earth to shopping mall regimes, Earth to shopping mall regimes?!? Got CD?
Russian official renews talk of military presence in Cuba
Aug 2, 2008, 21:10 GMT
Moscow – A week after Russia’s defence ministry denied it planned to send nuclear-armed bombers to Cuba, a high-ranking Russian elected official renewed the idea of military cooperation, according to a report Saturday.
Andrei Klimov, the deputy head of Russia’s International Affairs Committee in the Duma, said Russia intended to become more involved in Cuba. He did not rule out the possibility of a military presence on the Caribbean Island just off the US coast, according to the state news agency RIA Novosti.
‘It’s possible Russia could use this to react to US plans for a missile defence system in Central Europe,’ the member of the United Russia Party said.
But Klimov, who was speaking at the end of a Russian delegation’s visit to Cuba, said that such plans would not involve pointing Russian rockets at the US.
He emphasized that Russia must build a presence in as many regions as possible, in both economic as well as military affairs.
‘We must defend our national interests – also in the area of security,’ he said.
Cuba’s location has geopolitical importance, he noted.
Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s Security Council and former head of domestic security, met over the past week with Cuban leaders. According to Klimov, Cuban President Raul Castro and Patrushev agreed that Russia and Cuba should ‘expand their traditional relationship.’
After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia cut back on its Cold War programme of supporting the communist island economically and militarily.
Russia’s defence ministry last week denied a report in the state newspaper Izvestia that it was considering basing nuclear-armed bombers in Cuba to warn against US plans to base a missile defense shield in Europe.
The United States had refused to comment on the anonymously- sourced report but welcomed Moscow’s denial of the intentions to resume bomber flights to Cuba.
In a related development last week, Alexander Pikayev of the Institute for World Economic Sciences raised the possibility of reactivating a radar facility on Cuba in response to US plans for a missile defence shield based in the Czech Republic and Poland.
Meanwhile, neo-Soviet Russia continues to prepare for the Fourth World War in the latest round of live firing drills in Central Russia, carried out by the Russian Air Force’s fleet of Tu-22M3 Backfires, which are used primarily, as the story below relates, to protect the country’s southern flank. At least 141 Backfires are in service with the Russian Air Force.
Strategic bombers to hold live firing drills in central Russia
18:46 | 01/ 08/ 2008
MOSCOW, August 1 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire strategic bombers will participate in a series of exercises involving live firing drills in central Russia on August 4-8, an Air Force spokesman said on Friday.
The Tu-22M3 Backfire-C is a supersonic, swing-wing, long-range strategic bomber that Russia uses mainly to patrol the skies over its southern borders, Central Asia and the Black Sea region.
“During the exercises the crews will practice simulated bomber runs at testing grounds in the Novgorod and the Saratov regions,” Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said.
There are at least 141 Tu-22M3 bombers in service with Russian Air Force.
The Tu-22M3 has a flight range of 6,800 km (4,300 miles) and can carry a 24,000 kg (52,910 lb) payload, including nuclear bombs and cruise missiles fitted with nuclear or conventional warheads.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russia test-fires SLBM in Barents Sea; generals want to deploy bombers in Belarus; Russians hold key posts in Minsk
August 1, 2008Posted by on
The world is trembling on the brink of the Fourth World War after many decades of Leninist plotting in Moscow. The Soviet communists carefully laid a trap for the USA and its few remaining allies by feigning their demise on Christmas Day 1991, by inviting the Western Alliance to aborb “post”-communist states into the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, by infiltrating its agents into the highest levels of decision-making authority in the EU and NATO, by “capitalizing” on the West’s dependence on fiat money and cheap oil, food, and consumer trinkets, by promoting a strategic political-military-economic alliance with the Chinese communists, by arming the Islamist radicals in Tehran, Damascus, Beiruit, and Ramallah, and by facilitating the transformation of Latin America’s jungle guerrillas into suit-and-tie-wearing “social democrats.”
Today the Kremlin media reports that the Russian Navy successfully test launched a ballistic missile from the nuclear-powered submarine Ryazan, deployed in a submerged position in the Barents Sea. The missile’s target was located in the Kura test range in the northern Kamchatka Peninsula. “Russian Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky has congratulated the submarine crew on the successfully accomplished mission,” Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo crowed. Dygalo added that the Ryazan was under the command of submarine Capt. 1st Rank Igor Stepanenko.
In a related story, the Kremlin media reports that that the RS-20 Voyevoda (SS-18 Satan) ICBM will remain in service with the Strategic Missile Forces until 2014-2016. “A spokesman for the forces,” states Novosti, “said the missile remains the most powerful ICBM in the world.” As of 1992 88 S-18 missile launchers were deployed in Russia, most of them at the Dombarovsky missile base in the Orenburg Region, in the southern Urals. The SS-18 can deliver a MIRV-able nuclear warhead 6,800 miles. Flush with oil and natural gas profits, Moscow also plans to allocate 127 billion rubles (US$5.42 billion) to a program dedicated to producing the next generation of nuclear energy technology, a scheme that will no doubt provide covert support for Russia’s plans to wage war against the West.
Following several weeks of controversy surrounding reports in the Kremlin media that Russian military brass were considering the deployment of their strategic bombers to Cuba, Venezuela, and Algeria, the independent Belarusian media reports today that “Russian generals want to deploy missiles and bombers in Belarus.” General-Major Viktar Esin, first vice president of a Kremlin think tank, warns that Moscow is discussing the option of transporting Iskander-M missiles from Russia to Belarus to “neutralize” the US National Missile Defense “anti-missile elements” that will shortly be constructed in the Czech Republic. Esin also suggests that the Russian Air Force might forward deploy some bombers to the Machulishchy air base near Minsk for the same purpose. He reminded his interviewer that Topol mobile missiles were deployed in Soviet Belarus during the First Cold War. Belarus, which has stagnated politically and economically under the 14-year dictatorship of “ex”-communist President Alexander Lukashenko, shares a border with Poland, a “post”-communist state that is technically part of the Western Alliance but in reality serves the long-range objectives of the Soviet communists.
In a related story, the same source quoted above reports that Russians and Ukrainians are being promoted to key positions in the Belarusian military and security apparatus, including Major-General Yuri Jabodin, Ukrainian-born head of the Belarusian State Security Committee (KGB); Russian-born Vladimir Naumov, Minister of Internal Affairs; and Russian-born Andrei Utsyuryn, chief of President Lukashenko’s personal security service. These people,” observes Charter 97, “have a common feature of being injured by USSR collapse.” Indeed, this phenomenon is yet more proof that the death of Soviet Union is a sham propagated for the purpose of confusing Western analysts and the shopping mall regimes.
Apparently in anticipation of the next world war and Iran’s pending full membership in the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Moscow is planning to deploy a Russian-led military force to protect a new railway corridor between the Persian Gulf and Europe. In this amazing revelation, state-run Voice of Russia reports: “The post-Soviet Collective Security [Treaty] Organization is putting together a Russian-led joint force to protect rail lines in a planned railed corridor from the Persian Gulf to Europe. The announcement is from the Russian Rail Force. The Collective Security [Treaty] Organization brings this country together with Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Armenia.”
Yesterday we posted on Moscow’s latest move to keep Tajikistan within its orbit through an existing bilateral defense agreement that permits Russia to maintain a military base in the Central Asia republic. Today state-run Itar-Tass reports that a similar process of centralized control is taking place between the “ex”-communist leaders of Russia and Kyrgyzstan: “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held a telephone talk with Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev on Friday. The talk was initiated by the Russian side, the Kremlin’s press service said. The Russian president warmly congratulated Bakiyev on his birthday. The heads of state discussed plans of bilateral contacts, including at the top level, that are planned at many multilateral international functions.” Bilateral relations between the Soviet republics after a staged collapse of communism were predicted by former KGB Major Anatoliy Golitsyn in his two books New Lies for Old (1984) and The Perestroika Deception (1995, 1998).
In yet another move to ensure that its “ex”-satellites remain obedient to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s long-range plan for world communist domination, Moscow plans to establish a new federal agency that will coordinate its relations with the other countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States, Russian nationals residing in the “former” Soviet republics, and international humanitarian cooperation. Valery Mikhaylov, deputy head of the CIS States First Department outlined the proposed body’s mission in the following manner: “The financing of the agency must be stipulated in the state budget separately. As to the amount of the money which will be allocated for its needs, it’s the Finance Ministry that is to address this issue. It’s an attempt to strengthen our policy in the CIS in terms of practical projects we had no opportunity to carry out earlier. We must help the countries of the Commonwealth and address their challenges under the auspices of Russia.”
A “high-ranking” official in the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed: “We’ll reach a new level of relations with the CIS states with the help of the agency. The time of threats has gone for good. Now we have every resource to expand its influence in the Commonwealth using peaceful methods – via support of friendly NGOs, and targeted financing of educational, humanitarian and cultural programs for the Russian-speaking.” State-owned Kommersant Daily reports that Valery Loshchinin, Russia’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Office in Geneva, and Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman of the Duma International Affairs Committee, have been offered the post that will direct the proposed agency.
Neo-Soviet Russia continues to aggressively build up its military and commercial alliances with communist regimes in Latin America, such as Cuba and Venezuela. In the midst of Vice Premier Igor Sechin’s visit to Havana, Russia’s leasing company Ilyushin Finance and Cuban Aviaimport S.A. have finalized an agreement to supply a mid-range Tu-204SE to Cubana de Aviacion in the third quarter of 2008. This is the seventh jet that Ilyushin Finance will deliver to Cuba since 2005. Cubana de Aviacion, Kommersant Daily reports, operates three long-range Il-96-300 passenger jets, two mid-range Tu-204-100 passenger jets, and a Tu-204SE cargo plane. A cener for maintaining Russian-built aircraft has been established in Cuba too. Voice of Russia also reveals that Moscow and Caracas are forming a joint venture in which the regime of Hugo Chavez will purchase two Il-96-300 planes, four or five Tu-204-100CM planes, and as many as 10 regional An-148 planes.
Aeroflot, which was partly privatized following the “collapse” of communism and has now become a profitable enterprise, is also upgrading its venerable fleet of commercial aircraft with the new Sukhoi Superjet 100 and Tupolev Tu-334. Not surprisingly, Russia’s de facto national airlines retains the hammer and sickle logo of the “old” Soviet Union to this very day, but not out of nostalgia, we are assured by Aeroflot execs.
Finally, official persecution of Russian capitalists continues with the in absentia conviction of former Yukos executive Leonid Nevzlin with life in prison for orchestrating the murders of the mayor of Nefteyugansk, a bodyguard, and a Moscow businesswoman. Nevzlin lives in exile in Israel, where authorities refuse to extradite the oligarch. In another related story, Money Week reports that the legal dispute between British Petroleum and its Russian partners in the joint venture TNK-BP has taken another twist, in which the venture’s chief executive, Robert Dudley, has fled Russia, “citing uncertainty over the status of his work visa and ‘sustained harassment of the company and myself.” The same source continues: “While the government has said it will not intervene, the upshot of this latest ‘bear bites man story’ is that a ‘Kremlin-backed energy giant’ is likely to take control of the venture, says The Wall Street Journal. Prime minister Putin has previously shunted aside other big players, such as Yukos’s Mikhail Khodorkovsky – he was imprisoned and the company broken up – in his quest to ‘Kremlinise’ oil and gas wealth.” In Putin’s Russia, Kremlinization means nationalization, which means communism.
>USSR2 File: Kremlin wraps up Vostok-2008 exercise; CSTO advocates convergence with NATO; Vice Premier Sechin in Cuba; Libyan PM in Moscow
July 31, 2008Posted by on
>- How the Communist Bloc Drove Up the Price of Oil: 75% of World’s Reserves Controlled by State-Run Monopolies
- Cat’s Outta the Bag: Russia’s Citizen-Slaves Inform Pollster: Putin, Not Medvedev, Real Leader of Country
Today the Russian military’s multi-stage Vostok-2008 command-and-staff exercise entered its final stage in the Siberian Military District. The drill, carried out as an “anti-terrorist” operation, involved 8,000 servicemen and over 650 machinery units and was supervised by Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces General Nikolai Makarov. State-run Itar-Tass reports:
Vostok 2008 command post exercise in Siberia enters final stage
ULAN-UDE, July 31 (Itar-Tass) – The Vostok 2008 strategic command post exercise of the Russian Armed Forces in Siberia, on Thursday entered the final stage. The command bodies of the Siberian Military District at all levels are drilling the fulfilment of tasks aimed at ensuring security of transportation of hydrocarbons, prevention of terrorist attacks against civilian navigation, as well as tasks to liquidate terrorist groups, their bases and depots, the temporary press centre of the exercise told Itar-Tass.
“A number of units of the Siberian Military District of various forces have been involved in guarding security of important facilities and in settlement of non-standard situations on the ways of cargo transportation in eastern regions of Russia,” an official of the press centre noted. In addition, a number of new methods of moral-psychological support of troops with the participation of military psychologists are being practiced in complex.
Taking part in the Vostok 2008 exercise are more than 8,000 servicemen and over 650 machinery units. The strategic command post exercise in Siberia is conducted in accordance with the plan of training of the Russian Armed Forces. The exercise will last until August 1. Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces General Nikolai Makarov is in command of the exercise.
“The task of the exercise is to practice the issues of planning and organisation of measures aimed at counteracting terrorism, as well as neutralizing the aftermath of ecological and manmade disasters on the territory of the Siberian Federal District,” Ilshat Baichurin, the acting chief press officer of the Russian Defence Ministry told Itar-Tass earlier.
The exercise involves the staffs of branches and services of the Armed Forces, military units and army drafting/reserve management offices in Russia’s eastern regions.
In a related story, today Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov travelled to the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, where he met President Emomali Rakhmonov to address bilateral defense cooperation in Central Asia and the maintenance of Russia’s military base in the Not-So-Former Soviet republic. State-run Voice of Russia reports: “According to Serdyukov, the two leaders approved a bilateral defense cooperation plan for 2009. During his visit the Russian defense minister will visit the 201st Russian military base in Tajikistan. Russia’s Defense Ministry is planning to supply the base with new Russian-made military equipment and hand over the old weaponry to Tajikistan.”
In another related story, the neo-Soviet leadership is again showing its duplicitous adherence to a double-pronged strategy that consists of preparing for war against the NATO even as it holds out the prospect of peaceful East-West convergence. We have documented in recent days how Russia is using the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which is the military pact that undergirds the Commonwealth of Independent States, to establish a counterweight to NATO. For example, the neo-Soviet leadership is proposing joint military exercises with the communist-infiltrated Western Alliance, to take place in Armenia, site of the current CSTO exercise Rubezh-2008. State-run Voice of Russia reports again:
The post-Soviet Collective Security Treaty Organization sees NATO as a potential cooperation partner and has no objection against plans for joint wargames of NATO and Armenia on Armenian territory in October. Senior CSTO executive Valeri Semerikov was speaking about this for the press on Wednesday. Together with Russia, Armenia is full member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The other members are Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
This two-faced policy is particularly deceptive in view of the back-to-back, communist-led protests against the NATO-Ukraine naval exercise Sea Breeze-2008. Pictured above: CSTO heads of state meet in Dushanbe in October 2007.
Meanwhile, the Moscow Leninists continue to bolster their revitalized links with Havana and Tripoli. Vice Prime Minister Igor Sechin is currently leading a delegation to Cuba, where the Russians were received by de facto Cuban Prime Minister Carlos Lage Dávila (pictured here), who also sits on the Politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba. Sechin also met Cuban government minister Ricardo Cabrisas. Together the two men co-chair the Soviet-Cuban intergovernmental commission, proving that ties between Moscow and Havana remain firm, despite the phoney collapse of Soviet communism in 1991. “Cuba is one of the key partners of Russia in Latin America,” intoned Sechin after meeting Cabrisas, and added: “The trading and economic relations of the countries should be brought to the height equal to political ties.” No doubt, too, notes were swapped over Washington’s reaction to reports in the Russian daily Izvestia–which is controlled by Gazprom Media–that Moscow is contemplating deploying its strategic bombers to Cuba. State-owned Kommersant Daily reports:
Russia to Step Up Trade, Investments in Cuba
July 31, 2008
Russia’s Vice Premier Igor Sechin, who is in Cuba on a working visit now, and his Cuban colleague Ricardo Cabrisas have deliberated on extending the trade and economic ties and investments of the countries, Granma edition reported. Sechin and Cabrisas co-chair the intergovernmental commission of Cuba and Russia.
Cuba is one of the key partners of Russia in Latin America, Sechin said after the talks, pointing out that the trading and economic relations of the countries should be brought to the height equal to political ties.
Oil, tourism, public health, nickel production, telecommunication and nanotechnology are the most promising fields for cooperation of Cuba and Russia, according to Cabrisas.
Russia’s turnover with Cuba was $363 million past year. It stepped up by 20 percent to above $207 million in the first half of this year. In 2006, Russia granted to Cuba the loan of $355 million to buy vehicles and fund the progress in energy infrastructure. In return, Havana undertook to buy three Il-96-300s and three Tu-204s in Russia.
During his tour to Cuba, that started yesterday, Igor Sechin will visit a number of facilities of that country’s economy and meet with Cuban leadership.
In North Africa Moscow guards its relationship with Tripoli, as demonstrated by Libyan Prime Minister al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi’s current visit to Russia, where he met counterpart Vladimir Putin. After securing assurances of Libya’s loyalty to the Communist Bloc, Putin declared: “We are committed to continuing cooperation in the military-technical sphere, among others, especially since the Libyan leadership has confirmed its interest in buying quality products from the Russian defense industry.” For his part, Al-Mahmoudi noted that the Libyan National Oil Corporation enjoys a “special relationship” with Kremlin energy giant Gazprom, a fact that we have previously reported, and invited Putin to visit Libya a second time. State-run Novosti reports:
Libya seeks arms deals, closer energy ties with Russia
17:55 31/ 07/ 2008
MOSCOW, July 31 (RIA Novosti) – Libya’s prime minister told his Russian counterpart on Thursday that his country plans to buy more Russian arms, and wants to step up cooperation in nuclear power as well as and oil and gas production.
Vladimir Putin said after hosting talks with Libya’s al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi: “We are committed to continuing cooperation in the military-technical sphere, among others, especially since the Libyan leadership has confirmed its interest in buying quality products from the Russian defense industry.”
The Libyan premier said the sides had agreed on specific forms of bilateral cooperation aimed at “strengthening the Libyan Armed Forces.”
The premiers discussed Libya’s plans to build a nuclear power plant and linked desalination facility, as well as Russian investment in the North African state’s oil and gas sector.
Al-Mahmoudi said the Libyan National Oil Corporation enjoys a “special relationship” with Russian energy giant Gazprom, and that the sides are engaged in active consultations.
He invited Putin to visit Libya in August to attend the launch of a $2.2 billion railway construction project.
The strategic role of the Communist Bloc’s state-owned oil and natural gas monopolies, like Gazprom and the Libyan National Oil Corporation, in dethroning private enterprise and sinking capitalist economies worldwide is evident in the following Time article. Journalist Tim Padgett writes: “From Mexico to China, more than 75% of the world’s oil reserves are controlled by national oil companies today. Of the world’s top 20 oil-producing firms, 14 are state-run. A blogger at the Heritage Foundation analyzes the effects of nationalization (socialism) on oil production and prices: “Another reason that nationalization can drive prices up is that state-owned companies tend to under-produce private ones, creating additional risk that long-term output will be lower. Finally, consolidation of oil companies into just a few nationalized firms, especially when those countries form cartels rather than competing freely on the market, will also drive up prices.”
Finally, in a public opinion poll, the results of which are no surprise to this blogger, Russians reveal that they are unconvinced that President Dmitry Medvedev is the real leader of their country. Responding to a question posed by the Yuri Levada Center–”Who holds the real power in the country?”–36 percent stated Prime Minister Putin, while only nine percent stated Medvedev. In short, even neo-Soviet Russia’s citizen-slaves are not fooled by the deception foisted on them and the world by Moscow’s Leninist masterminds. Tragically, they are powerless with respect to dislodging the shape-shifting, 90-year-old KGB-Red Mafiya-communist conspiracy in the Kremlin.
>End Times File: CSTO begins second stage of Rubezh-2008 drill, Syria feigns peace with Israel, Olmert resigns, Sarkozy’s dreams of grandeur
July 30, 2008Posted by on
>At Once Upon a Time in the West we chronicle, almost on a weekly basis, neo-Soviet Russia’s preparations for war against the Western Alliance. The Collective Security Treaty Organization, which embraces the “post”-Soviet space, has begun the second stage of its Rubezh-2008 command and staff military exercise in Moscow. State-run Voice of Russia reports today:
In Moscow a second stage of Rubezh-2008 command and staff military training exercises begins in the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The participants are expected to elaborate on matters of giving military and military-technical assistance to the Organization’s member subjected to outside attack. Involved in the training exercises are some 4,000 servicemen, armoured troop carriers, heavy guns, aircraft, anti-missiles and communication units. The Collective Security Treaty Organization comprises Russia, Armenia, Belorussia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Since all political decisions carried out by the Russian government are subordinated to the long-range strategy of the still-active Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the recent appointment of Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak as ambassador to the USA should be analyzed in that light. Comrade Kislyak is Moscow’s tough-talking pointman on US National Missile Defense plans in Central Europe. On July 14 he was quoted as saying: “If we see the development of systems that could reduce our deterrent potential, our military will have to take steps to neutralize the threat. This will be decided by military specialists. We would prefer not to have to do this.” A week later Russian daily Izvestia citing an anonymous “high-placed” source in Moscow’s military-industrial complex warned that the Kremlin was contemplating the deployment of its strategic bombers to Cuba, Venezuela, and Algeria. These revelations provoked a sharp response from a top US Air Force commander and an unsettling “no comment” from Havana’s venerable communist dictatorship.
Pictured above: Ehud says “Salamat.” Israeli Prime Minister Ehud (“Land for Peace”) Olmert leaves the July 30 press conference in Jerusalem in which he announced, under the shadow of an official corruption probe, his impending departure as head of government.
Meanwhile, Soviet ally Syria, according to Voice of America, continues to feign interest in a peace deal with Israel following the participation of both countries at the kick-off summit of the Union for the Mediterranean (UM) on July 13. The prime mover behind the new international organization is European/French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has presented himself to the world as the preeminent Middle East peace broker. The UM was formerly called the Mediterranean Union and embraces the European Union, North Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean states, including Israel, a territory that encompasses the expanse of the ancient Roman Empire, and then some. The restoration of the Roman Empire, as we have repeatedly pointed out, is prophesied by Daniel and John in Revelation.
Israel, Syria Set to Resume Indirect Talks
By VOA News 29 July 2008
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has sent two envoys to Turkey for more indirect talks with Syria.
Israel and Syria first began communicating through Turkish mediators in May, and officials expect the fourth round of talks to begin Tuesday.
While officials say envoys from the two long-time enemies have yet to meet face-to-face, they say that could change in the near future.
Syria’s ambassador to the United States, Imad Mustafa, said Monday it is time to end the state of war with Israel, and that a peace deal with Israel, Syria and Lebanon is possible.
Meanwhile, Israeli officials have told an Israeli newspaper, Ha’aretz, that Syria has taken “tangible” steps to show it is serious about making peace.
The talks center on the fate of the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau that Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war.
Syria demands that Israel withdraw fully from the Golan. Israeli leaders have not said if they will agree to such a move, but have spoken of the need to make tough concessions.
The United States has classified Syria as a state sponsor of terrorism and accuses Syria of destabilizing both Iraq and Lebanon.
The U.S. State Department canceled plans to meet with a Syrian delegation last week because of scheduling concerns.
The Syrian delegation was in the U.S. for a meeting sponsored by a non-governmental group that promotes conflict resolution.
Syria’s interest in pursuing peace with Israel is obviously feigned because Damascus, with the help of Russia, is arming itself and Hezbollah in Lebanon to the teeth for a future confrontation with the Jewish state. According to the Jerusalem Post article below, in May a Syrian military delegation travelled to Moscow, where it presented its Soviet masters with a shopping list of weapons, including submarines, anti-aircraft missiles, MiG fighter jets, and advanced surface-to-surface ballistic missiles.
Israel: Russia may be selling Syria arms
May 21, 2008 6:12 Updated May 21, 2008 12:05
By YAAKOV KATZ
Fearing that Damascus is acquiring advanced military platforms, Israel is closely following meetings being held in Moscow this week between a high-level Syrian military delegation and Russian Defense Ministry officials.
Senior government officials in Jerusalem said they have been aware for several days of the Syrians’ upcoming visit to the Russian capital but that it was not yet clear which military platforms Damascus was requesting.
According to reports in the Russian media, the delegation, led by Syrian Air Force commander Gen. Akhmad al-Ratyb, will be in Moscow for five days and meet with Russian Defense Ministry and Air Force officials, as well as visit several military bases and units.
According to the reports, the talks will focus on arms sales – including submarines, anti-aircraft missiles, the latest model MiG fighter jets and advanced surface-to-surface ballistic missiles.
Israel is particularly concerned with a Syrian request for long-range S-300 surface-to-air missiles that could threaten IAF jets flying on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.
The S-300 is one of the best multi-target anti-aircraft-missile systems in the world and reportedly can track 100 targets simultaneously while engaging 12 at the same time. Syria recently received 36 Pantsir S1E air-defense systems from Russia. Iran is believed to have already procured several S-300 systems to protect its nuclear facilities.
Israeli defense officials expressed grave concern over the possibility that Syria would obtain these new military platforms. Damascus, the officials said, had dramatically increased defense spending recently. In the past three years, Syria has spent more than $3 billion on weapons, up from less than $100 million in 2002.
Officials said that Israel was working diplomatically with Moscow to prevent the sales, but that for the right amount of money, Russia would likely approve the sales in any case.
According to the reports, Syria is also discussing a purchase of MiG 29SMT fighter jets.
Currently, the Syrian Air Force is extremely weak, so advanced long-range MiGs would give it a significant boost.
Israel is also extremely concerned about a possible sale of the Iskander surface-to-surface missile system. The Iskander, Israeli weapons experts said Tuesday, was the heir to the Scud and was far superior to the ballistic missiles currently in Syria’s arsenal. The Iskander is propelled by solid fuel and has a range of 300 kilometers, with accuracy of about 20 meters.
“This would without a doubt be a major threat to Israel,” one Israeli expert said.
Lastly, Syria is also reportedly interested in buying two Amur-1650 submarines from Russia.
The Amur 1650 is a diesel-electric operated vessel and reportedly can strike salvo missile blows at multiple targets simultaneously.
Syria has a navy but does not have operational submarines.
In view of Russia’s military alliance with Syria and Iran, Moscow’s participation in the Middle East Diplomatic Quartet, which also includes the USA, the European Union, and the United Nations, is deceptive and serves only to camouflage Soviet machinations in that part of the world.
Today, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced that he will not contest the Kadima Party leadership on September 17 and will resign, to battle official corruption charges against him, after a new party leader is chosen. US billionaire Morris Talansky has testified in an Israeli court that Olmert accepted US$150,000 in illegal campaign contributions from him during Olmert’s term as mayor of Jerusalem and later as cabinet minister prior to becoming PM in 2006. According to Haaretz today: “Opposition leader and Likud Party Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu is the Israeli public’s preferred choice to replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, according to a survey released on Wednesday by Channel 10.” Netanyahu’s best bud in the European Union is the man whom we suspect will fulfill the Biblically prophetic role of Antichrist.
In the midst of the famine, pestilence, war, economic collapse, and moral confusion that the Bible prophesies will characterize the end of the age, one man will stride onto the stage to solve the world’s problems, resurrect the Roman Empire, and present himself as Israel’s coming king and messiah. This man goes under many different names and titles, but the most well known is that of the Antichrist. Even the secular media is recognizing the need for a strong, wise ruler to bring peace and prosperity to the world. Under the title “World Needs Strong Leader to Prevent Doomsday,” Thomas Thompson, who makes no claim to be a Christian, on July 19 editorialized in the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier of Waterloo, Iowa: “We need a wise and benevolent absolute despot who rules over the nations in order to tame catastrophic threats and create citizens, not of nations, but of the world. But I have no idea how to manage the transition. And I am all too aware of Lord Acton’s warning that absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
In past posts we have documented many reasons why European/French President Sarkozy’s character and career match those of the Antichrist prophesied in Holy Scripture. For example, Sarkozy’s Hungarian surname can be traced to ancient Assyria, where it meant “Prince of Darkness” or “Prince of Tribulation.” (The Hungarian language, incidentally, is unrelated to the Indo-European tongues and can be traced to the Middle East.) Moreover, Sarkozy traces his Syrian Jewish roots in part to Salonika, Greece, from which his mother’s family hailed. In the seventeenth century Salonika was the home of false Jewish messiah Sabbatai Zevi. Followers of Sabbatai were known as Sabbateans. For at least 12 years Sarkozy’s spiritual mentor has been neo-Sabbatean Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Dovid Zaoui. Lubavitchers, along with some other Orthodox Jewish groups, are actively involved in plans to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem and view the election of Sarkozy to the presidency of France as an important step toward the establishment of their expected messiah’s kingdom on earth.
Salonika was once known as Thessalonica. In his first letter to the church in Thessalonica, the apostle Paul warns that before the day of the Lord, which refers to the Second Advent of Jesus Christ, there will be a mad scramble to secure peace in the world, but to no avail: “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” Intriguingly, Paul’s second letter to the church in Thessalonica warns the Christians of the coming Antichrist who will desecrate the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem shortly before the return of Jesus. When visiting Greece in 2006, Sarkozy declared: “My roots are in Salonika.”
According to Pastor Mark Biltz the next sequence of blood-moon and solar eclipses, spanning the sabbatical years of 2007-2008 and 2014-2015 and aligning with the Hebrew feasts of Passover and Tabernacles, suggest that “Daniel’s seventieth week of years” might be upon the world. This prophetic seven-year time span is also referred to as the Great Tribulation by Jesus in His Olivet Discourse. Holy Scripture testifies that Jesus fulfilled the four spring feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost in His death, burial, resurrection, and the sending of the Holy Spirit, while the fall feasts of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles apparently await fulfillment in the rapture of the church (which will be announced by the “trump of God”), Jesus’ return in glory, and His millennial reign. Biltz’s hypothesis is certainly interesting, but if it has any credence it is only because of the prophetic signs that are already visible with respect to the nations, Israel, and the church. Pictured above: Total lunar eclipse over the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, on February 21, 2008.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian Army drills in Siberia; ship docks in French Guiana w/ supplies, 250 Russian technicians to build launch pad
July 28, 2008Posted by on
In preparation for the Fourth World War, the Russian armed forces continue their back-to-back drills, disguised as “anti-terrorist” operations, with the latest exercise in Siberia called Vostok-2008. State-run Voice of Russia reports: “Commander-Headquarters exercises of the Russian army code-named Vostok-2008 start in Siberia on Saturday. They will be engaged in planning and organizations of anti-terrorist operations and the elimination of consequences of economic and industrial disasters. Thee exercises end on Friday.”
Pictured above: Russian-built rocket booster Soyuz- U with Progress M-64 cargo ship, bound with supplies for the International Space Station, blasts off a launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on May 15, 2008.
In a related story Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has established a program to ensure that components for military hardware are produced domestically. Putin stated that “The implementation of a program to manufacture strategic materials would ensure independence from imports for firms fulfilling orders in the military-technical sector.” State-run Novosti reports:
Putin vows to back domestic production of military hardware parts
16:58 28/ 07/ 2008
MOSCOW, July 28 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian government will work out a specially targeted federal program to ensure that components for military hardware are produced domestically, the Russian prime minister said Monday.
Vladimir Putin visited the Avangard machine-building plant in Moscow, which is part of the Almaz-Antei defense company. “We will speak on it at today’s meeting of the Russian government presidium,” he said of the government support program.
The Almaz-Antei company specializes in developing and producing small, medium and long-range air defense missile systems, radars and automated control systems.
Putin also said the implementation of a program to manufacture strategic materials would ensure independence from imports for firms fulfilling orders in the military-technical sector.
That issue was also due to be discussed at the meeting of the presidium, also known as the inner cabinet.
Meanwhile, the first shipment of components to build Russia’s new space base in French Guiana arrived today at France’s overseas department, destined for the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou. The shipment consists of 161 containers, including the service module. As many as 250 Russian technicians will shortly follow to begin construction of the launch pad, which host the Soyuz launch vehicle and assorted payloads, between August 10 and 15. The Guiana Space Centre is owned operated by the French space agency Centre National d’Études Spatiales and the European Space Agency.
State-run Itar-Tass reports that “The first Soyuz launch from Kourou is planned for spring 2009.” Kourou is located at a latitude of 5°3′, or 500 kilometers north of the equator, which makes it ideally situated for launches into geostationary transfer orbit. It is not impossible, too, that Russia’s Kourou space base will have a secret military capacity. On November 21, 2007 then President Putin authorized the construction of the Kourou launch site.
Currently, Soyuz, Cosmos-3M, Rokot, and Tsyklon are launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia, while the heavy Proton and Zenit rockets can only be launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome. A modernized Soyuz-2 carrier rocket blasted off from Plesetsk on July 26 to deliver a Kosmos military satellite into orbit.
Russia to start assembly works at future Soyuz Kourou launch pad in mid-Aug.
MOSCOW, July 21 (Itar-Tass) — Assembly works on the prospective Soyuz launch pad at the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana will begin in the middle of August, First Deputy Director General of the General Machine Building Design Bureau Vladimir Klimov told Itar-Tass.
The company is a key participant in the Soyuz Kourou project.
“Assembly works will start on August 10-15, as soon as the equipment is brought to the Guiana Space Center,” he said.
Meanwhile, a Federal Space Agency source told Itar-Tass that the Flinterland container vessel carrying the Russian equipment departed from the St. Petersburg seaport on July 8. It is due to reach the Cayenne seaport on July 24-25. Once the Russian cargo is cleared at customs, it will be brought to the Guiana Space Center.
“Several teams of Russian specialists will go to French Guiana starting from late July. They will represent the General Machine Building Design Bureau, the Federal Space Agency and CSKB-Progress [the producer of Soyuz ST, a modification of the Soyuz 2]. There will also be a group of 50 workers. The workers will operate by shift for three to six months, depending on their profession,” Klimov said.
The Soyuz Kourou project is based on a Russian-French intergovernmental agreement signed in November 2003. The total cost of the project is 344 million euros, including 130 million for Russia. European companies will provide the infrastructure, while Russia will assemble technological systems and produce Soyuz ST launch vehicles.
The first Soyuz launch from Kourou is planned for spring 2009.
Europe’s spaceport is situated in the northeast of South America in French Guiana, an overseas department of France.
According to the European Space Agency (ESA) website, in 1964 the French Government chose Kourou, from 14 other sites, as a base from which to launch its satellites.
Kourou lies at latitude 5°3′, just over 500 kilometers north of the equator. Its nearness to the equator makes it ideally placed for launches into geostationary transfer orbit as few changes have to be made to a satellite’s trajectory.
It covers an area of 750 square kilometers, almost as much as the city of New York. Surrounded on two sides by equatorial forest, to the east it has a 50 kilometer coastline bordering the Atlantic Ocean and to the south lies the town of Kourou.
Launchers also profit from the ‘slingshot’ effect, that is the energy created by the speed of the Earth’s rotation around the axis of the Poles. This increases the speed of a launcher by 460 m per second. These important factors save fuel and money, and prolong the active life of satellites.
Thanks to its geographical position, Europe’s spaceport offers a launch angle of 102°, enabling a wide range of missions from east to north. In fact, Europe’s spaceport is so well placed that it can carry out all possible space missions.
Safety is equally important. French Guiana is scarcely populated and 90% of the country is covered by equatorial forests. In addition there is no risk of cyclones or earthquakes.
Meanwhile, Russia is launching its space vehicles from several locations, among them Baikonur, Plesetsk and Kapustin Yar. Earlier in the month the Federal Space Agency Board approved a work plan for the new Vostochny spaceport in the Amur region.
On November 21, 2007, then President Vladimir Putin signed a decree authorizing the construction of the new launch facility. It is planned to start the construction in 2010 when the exact location of the spaceport is approved. The first unmanned launches may take place in 2015, while manned launches may begin in 2018.
The new facility will initially reduce Russia’s dependence on the Baikonur spaceport located in Kazakhstan and eventually replace it.
The Baikonur spaceport is the world’s oldest and largest operational space launch facility. The Soviet government ordered the construction of the Baikonur spaceport in the 1950s. Baikonur was founded on June 2, 1955. It was originally built as a long-range-missile center and later expanded to include launch facilities for space flights.
On December 22, 2004, Kazakhstan and Russia signed a contract establishing the “Russia-Kazakhstan Baiterek JV” joint venture, in which each country holds a 50-percent stake. The goal of the project is the construction of the Baiterek space launch complex, to facilitate operations of the Russian Angara rocket launcher. The site is scheduled to be completed in 2009.
Russia also has a spaceport in Plesetsk in the Arkhangelsk region, about 800 kilometers north of Moscow and south of Arkhangelsk. It was originally developed by the Soviet Union as a launch site for intercontinental ballistic missiles. Construction started in 1957 and it was declared operational for R-7 rockets in December 1959. Plesetsk is used especially for military satellites placed into high inclination and polar orbits since the range for falling debris is clear to the north, which is largely uninhabited arctic and polar terrain. It is situated in a region of taiga. Plesetsk is not ideally suited for low inclination or geostationary launches because of its high latitude.
Currently, the Soyuz launch vehicle, Cosmos-3M, Rokot and Tsyklon are launched from the Plesetsk spaceport. The heavy Proton and Zenit rockets can only be launched from Baikonur.
Another Russian rocket launch center is Kapustin Yar in the Astrakhan region, between Volgograd and Astrakhan in the town of Znamensk. It was established on May 13, 1946. The first rocket was launched on October 18, 1947. Numerous test rockets for the Russian military, satellite and rocket launches were also carried out at the site.
The Federal Space Agency is the government agency responsible for Russia’s space science program and general aerospace research. The agency headquarters are located in Moscow, the main mission control enter is located in Korolev and the Cosmonauts Training Center is in Star City. Since his appointment as General Director in March, 2004, Anatoly Perminov has led Russia’s efforts to consolidate its space program.
We last posted about the Russian presence in French Guiana in January 2006. The Kremlin’s involvement in the Guiana Space Centre is seemingly part of a wider move by neo-Soviet Russia back into Latin America, including and especially Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Brazil.
Finally, the compulsive secrecy of the neo-Soviet leadership was lately manifested when the British ambassador to Russia Anthony Brenton was prevented from visiting a nuclear fuel storage facility in Murmansk. The site is operated by Atomflot but partly funded by the United Kingdom under the G8′s Global Partnership Program. “The diplomats were not admitted to the restricted-access facility. Why? That is not a question for us. It is not our prerogative, but one for the competent authorities, they decide whom to admit and whom not to,” an Atomflot spokesentity intoned. Translated from Sovietspeak, Atomflot is saying: “So long and thanks for the money.” The chilly reception for Ambassador Brenton represents a continuation of the frosty relations between London and Moscow following the poisoning murder of FSB defector Alexander Livtinenko. State Duma deputy Andrei Lugovoi is the British government’s top murder suspect.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Collective Security Treaty, Shanghai Cooperation Organizations review "coordinated response" to US NMD plans
July 25, 2008Posted by on
>The SCO development is given priority in Russia’s foreign policy, this is our strategic permanent course.
– Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov; statement made at Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, Dushanbe, on July 25, 2008
The nations are moving ever more closely to a nuclear confrontation between the Communist Bloc and the remnants of the Free World, but few citizens are taking serious notice.
The biggest bone of contention is the USA’s National Missile Defense strategy in Central Europe. The neo-Soviet leadership has worked itself up into a lather over the issue. Moscow contends that these interceptors will in fact be nuclear warhead-tipped medium-range ballistic missiles that will be trained on Russian targets. An agreement between Washington and Prague to install a radar base in the Czech Republic has already been signed. Citing “NATO expansionism,” the dangerous criminals who rule Russia under the leadership of KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin, Communist Party Chairman Gennady Zyuganov, and August 1991 coup mastermind Oleg Shenin, have already threatened to nuke cities in Western Europe and Ukraine.
We have previously documented the growing military coordination between the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which embraces most of the “post”-Soviet space, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which emobies the Moscow-Bejing Axis, as well as the “post”-communist Central Asia republics. We have also specifically documented the memorandum of mutual understanding endorsed by both organizations last October. State-owned Kommersant Daily reports today that the CSTO will deploy a “new military infrastructure” on its periphery and form a military alliance with the SCO to counter Washington’s plans to install missile interceptors in Poland and a radar base in the Czech Republic.
SCTO Creates Military Infrastructure on Borders
July 25, 2008
The states of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will set up a new military infrastructure on borders in response to deployment of the U.S. missile-defense shield in the Czech Republic and in Poland, CSTO General Secretary Nikolay Bordyuzha told reporters Friday.
“As to the third position site, I would like to say that it is one of elements of work carried out on borders of CSTO member-states to create a new military infrastructure and revive certain elements of the time of the Soviet Union,” the official specified.
One of the current highlights for CSTO is building up friendly and strategic relations with the states of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
“We have reached rather high level of cooperation with SCO and our main task is to consolidate efforts for ensuring security,” Bordyuzha pointed out.
Another concern of CSTO is NATO’s plans to expand eastward.
“In view of allied cooperation of CSTO, we coordinate our strategic positions for global and regional security,” the official said, adding that it is also true for evaluating the plans for NATO expansion and counter-terrorist activities.
Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tadjikistan are the CSTO members, while SCO unites Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tadjikistan and Uzbekistan.
State-run Voice of Russia also reports on the acceleration of coordinated military activity between the CSTO and SCO:
The Shanghai Six and the post-Soviet Collective Security Organization are considering a coordinated response to American plans for missile defences in European countries. Executive head of the CSO Nikolai Bordiuzha told this to our radio in an interview on Friday. The Americans say they need a radar in the Czech Republic and interceptor silos in Poland for warding off potential missile threats from Iran. Russia perceives threats to its security instead.
The importance that the Moscow Leninists attach to their alliance with the Communist Party of China and the “ex”-c0mmunist regimes in Central Asia was again indicated by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the current SCO summit in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. “The SCO development is given priority in Russia’s foreign policy, this is our strategic permanent course,” Comrade Lavrov declared, all but admitting to the existence of the Soviet long-range strategy for conquering the world for communism. Observer state Iran has applied for full membership in the SCO. State-run Itar-Tass reports:
Russia gives priority to SCO development in foreign policy–Lavrov
DUSHANBE, July 25 (Itar-Tass) – The SCO foreign ministers did not discuss the SCO expansion, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the member-countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Friday.
“We agreed on practical steps that will allow all observers to take part in SCO activities that evoke their interest, – Lavrov said. – I hope that the leaders of the SCO countries will consider this proposal and after it is approved, we will move further on”. The foreign ministers of the SCO states agreed on an accord for dialogue partnership on Friday.
Lavrov noted that Iran couldn’t become a SCO associated member. “There is no such status, there is only an observer status. Iran is one of SCO observers,” he said.
On the whole, the SCO has already turned into “an authoritative multipartite structure,” Lavrov pointed out.
“The SCO development is given priority in Russia’s foreign policy, this is our strategic permanent course,” the Russian foreign minister remarked.
>Latin America File: Cuban Missile Crisis 2: Russian bomber crews recently visited Cuba to inspect possible refueling site; air crews spying on USA
July 25, 2008Posted by on
>The conflicting messages emanating from Moscow with respect to the Kremlin’s alleged plans to forward deploy strategic bombers to Cuba, Venezuela, and Algeria in response to US National Missile Defense plans in Central Europe continued yesterday with a second article published in the Russian daily Izvestia. Citing sources in the Russian Defense Ministry, which officially denies such reports, Izvestia revealed that crews of Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95MS Bear bombers have already visited Cuba to inspect the site and facilities of a possible forward landing airfield that could be employed as a refueling stopover.
Another Russian publication, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, refuted such revelations by insisting that the Kremlin is engaging in “saber-rattling in empty air.” State-run Novosti reports that “At present the Russian military is considering the possibility of establishing so-called ‘jump-up’ bases in various regions of the world to provide refueling and maintenance support for the patrolling bombers.” Nezavisimaya Gazeta contends, however, that “The Russian defense budget simply does not have sufficient resources to ensure the implementation of these plans.”
Russia could place bombers in Latin America, N.Africa – paper
14:2724/ 07/ 2008
MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti) – Russian strategic bombers may soon be deployed at airbases in Cuba, Venezuela and Algeria as a response to the U.S. missile shield in Europe and NATO’s expansion, Russian daily Izvestia said on Thursday.
Moscow has strongly opposed the possible deployment by the U.S. of 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and an accompanying tracking radar in the Czech Republic as a threat to its national security. Washington says the defenses are needed to deter a possible strike from Iran, or other “rogue” states.
Moscow has also expressed concern over NATO’s expansion to Russia’s borders and pledged to take “appropriate measures” to counter the U.S. and NATO moves.
Izvestia cited sources in the Russian Defense Ministry as saying that crews of Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers recently visited Cuba and conducted an inspection of a site and facilities for a possible forward landing airfield that could be used as a refueling stopover for Russian strategic bombers.
Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans last August, following an order signed by former president Vladimir Putin.
At present the Russian military is considering the possibility of establishing so-called “jump-up” bases in various regions of the world to provide refueling and maintenance support for the patrolling bombers.
“The flight to the U.S. [from southern Russia where the bombers are based] takes about 10 hours and even with two mid-air refuellings the aircraft can spend only 1.5 hours near the U.S. coast,” said Gen. of the Army Pyotr Deinekin, former commander of the Russian Air Force.
The use of forward landing airfields in Latin America would practically erase the time constraints for the Russian bombers and make their presence near the U.S. borders almost permanent, the general said.
If a political decision is made, Cuba will most likely host Russian Il-78 aerial tankers, which will provide nuclear-capable strategic bombers with mid-air refueling, sources in the Defense Ministry told Izvestia.
Both Tu-160 and Tu-95MS bombers have been recently modernized and fitted with new X-555 cruise missiles with a range of over 3,500 km (2,200 miles). Therefore, the bombers do not have to be permanently based near the U.S. borders to hit any target on U.S. territory in case of a potential conflict.
In the meantime, the bombers may be primarily used to spy on the United States using electronic means, much like the former Russian SIGINT station at Lourdes near Havana, which was closed in 2002.
However, another Russian publication, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, said on Thursday that the ambitious plans of Russian politicians and some military commanders may be nothing more than “saber-rattling in empty air.”
The prospect of maintaining refueling posts for Russian bombers all over the world would require an enormous amount of investment in construction of infrastructure, fuel supplies and re-supplies.
The Russian defense budget simply does not have sufficient resources to ensure the implementation of these plans, the newspaper said.
Russian bombers with nuclear missiles on board policing the globe would only harm Russia’s image in the international arena, and it is unlikely that their presence near the U.S. borders will scare the Americans.
The U.S. military consider long-range bombers an obsolete and highly vulnerable component of the nuclear triad. The Pentagon stopped strategic bomber patrols almost two decades ago.
It should be more and more evident to even the most benighted citizen of the shopping mall regime that the collapse of Soviet communism in 1991 was a ruse, designed to lure the Western Alliance into the “post”-Soviet Bloc and thereby create a pretext for a Russian preemptive strike.
Meanwhile, according to the same source, the construction of a new generation of nuclear-powered ballistic missile and attack submarines is a “top priority” for the Russian Navy. The fourth-generation Borey-class submarine is armed with 16 Bulava missiles, each of which can deliver up to 10 nuclear warheads about 5,000 miles, and will form the core of Russia’s fleet of “modern strategic submarines.” The first submarine in the series, Yury Dolgoruky, was assembled at the Sevmash plant in the Arkhangelsk Region and will soon join the navy.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian Tu-142, Il-38 ASW aircraft test new EW gear, weapons over Barents, Norwegian Seas; NATO fighter jets shadow
July 24, 2008Posted by on
>Neo-Soviet Russia continues to project its power over the polar region with the latest mission over the Barents and Norwegian Seas. In this incident NATO fighter jets shadowed a Tupolev Tu-142 Bear maritime reconnaissance/anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft, which is a variant of the turboprop Tu-95 Bear bomber, and an Ilyushin Il-38, which is also an ASW aircraft (pictured above). The two Russian military planes were testing new electronic warfare (EW) equipment, according to the Novosti report below.
Russian Navy aircraft test new weapons in Arctic
20:3124/ 07/ 2008
MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Northern Fleet Tu-142 Bear and Il-38 May anti-submarine aircraft have tested new electronic equipment and precision-guided weapons over the Barents and Norwegian Sea, a Navy spokesman said on Thursday.
“Advanced onboard electronic equipment and weapon control systems were tested during the flights. The tests have shown their high effectiveness,” Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said.
He added that at some stage of the flights, Russian aircraft were accompanied by NATO warplanes, stressing that all such flights are conducted strictly in accordance with international agreements and the norms of international law.
Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans last August, following an order signed by then-president Vladimir Putin. Russian bombers have since carried out over 80 strategic patrol flights and have often been escorted by NATO planes.
Air Force commander, Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said in April that Russia would drastically increase the number of strategic patrol flights over the world’s oceans to 20-30 a month in the near future.
The Arctic is becoming an area of increasing international focus due to the potentially large deposits of natural resources, including oil and natural gas, located there.
This month the Russian Navy resumed a permanent presence around Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, where the Kremlin maintains a coal mining settlement, established by international treaty. Last month we reported that the Kremlin is preparing to wage Arctic warfare to back up its claims to the natural resources, namely, oil, under the polar seabed.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Chavez wraps up Moscow trip with call for Soviet-Venezuelan military alliance, reaffirmation of 2001 agreement
July 24, 2008Posted by on
During his seventh trip to Moscow since becoming elected tyrant of Venezuela in 1999, Hugo Chavez submitted a progress report and a weapons shopping list to Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin and rubbed elbows with Putin’s mini-me, “President” Dmitry Medvedev. On Tuesday Comrade Hugo called for a strategic alliance between Russia and Venezuela that would protect the latter from “US imperialist” plots to overthrow his incipient neo-communist regime. The USA halted arms shipments to Red Venezuela in 2006, forcing Caracas to travel cap in hand to Moscow. For his part, Medvedev declared that “Russian-Venezuelan relations are one of the key factors of security in the [South American] region,” a rather ominous comment when linked to the Kremlin propaganda swirling around possible bomber deployments to Cuba.
The Russian military-industrial complex echoes Kremlin policy in South America: oil-rich Venezuela, like oil-rich Iran, needs Russian S-300 air defense systems. “Needless to say, should S-300s be delivered to Venezuela, they would effectively strengthen its defense capability, and it would not be easy for its possible adversaries to punish the country by striking at its oil fields,” insisted former Russian Air Force commander General Anatoly Kornukov, adding: “As an oil-rich country Venezuela has to protect its natural resources. It is difficult to say how many air-defense systems Venezuela would need, since it has to protect not separate sites, but its entire territory. Ten S-300 battalions, each comprising six launchers, should be enough.”
In addition to ordering more fighter jets, diesel-powered submarines, Tor-M1 air defense systems, and possibly tanks, Chavez’s blessed three separate deals between state-run oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA and Russian energy companies Gazprom, Lukoil, and TNK-BP. Pictured above: Putin and Chavez in Moscow, on July 22, 2008.
Venezuela’s Chavez calls for alliance with Russia
By MANSUR MIROVALEV, Associated Press Writer
Tue Jul 22, 12:35 PM ET
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, visiting Moscow to pursue weapons and energy deals, on Tuesday called for a strategic alliance with Russia to protect his country from the United States.
Chavez has repeatedly accused Washington of plotting an invasion to destabilize his government, despite U.S. denials.
The alliance would mean “we can guarantee Venezuela’s sovereignty, which is now threatened by the United States,” Chavez told reporters shortly after his arrival in Moscow.
Chavez is in Russia to broker a number of deals involving weapons purchases, oil exploration and possibly the creation of a joint financial institution.
Welcoming Chavez at Meiendorf Castle, his residence outside Moscow, President Dmitry Medvedev said Russian-Venezuelan relations “are one of the key factors of security in the (South American) region.”
It is the presidents’ first meeting since Medvedev took office in May.
Venezuela’s state-run oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA signed separate deals with three Russian energy companies — Gazprom, Lukoil and TNK-BP — during the first day of Chavez’s visit.
In addition, Russian media have reported that Chavez is expected to reach a number of agreements for purchasing Russian military hardware while in Moscow, with one paper reporting the deals could be worth up to $2 billion.
The newspaper Kommersant, generally regarded as reliable, reported Tuesday that Chavez is looking to order Ilyushin jets, diesel-powered submarines, Tor-M1 air defense systems and possibly tanks. It did not specify its sources.
“We want peace, but we are forced to strengthen our defense,” Chavez said when asked about the potential deals upon his arrival.
Rosoboronexport, Russia’s state-owned arms trader, declined to comment on potential deals.
Venezuela, which spent $4 billion on international arms purchases between 2005 and 2007, mostly from Russia and China, has a defense budget of $2.6 billion, according to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.
The U.S. stopped supplying arms to Venezuela in 2006.
The three energy agreements involve exploring new oil fields in Venezuela. Chavez said they signified the “creation of a new strategic energy alliance” between Russia and Venezuela.
The deal with TNK-BP was particularly striking given the company’s ongoing dispute between its Russian and British shareholders.
“For TNK-BP it is a positive sign that the shareholders’ conflict has had no effect on the business,” said Valery Nesterov, an analyst at Troika Dialog, an investment bank.
On Tuesday BP announced it would recall 60 technical specialists from Russia.
Chavez also wants to discuss the possibility of creating a joint bank, according to Alexis Navarro, Venezuela’s ambassador to Moscow.
The Venezuelan president also met Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and was to meet Russian military and business leaders.
Commercial trade between Venezuela and Russia reached $1.1 billion last year, almost double the $517 million in trade during 2006, according to statistics cited by Venezuela’s state-run news agency.
Chavez’s call for a Soviet-Venezuelan military alliance is somewhat disengenuous since the two states actually established an anti-USA strategic parternship in early 2001. Then President Putin described the new partnership between Moscow and Caracas as “an important element of Russia’s cooperation with Latin America,” long regarded by Washington as the USA’s “backyard.” Comrade Hugo was quick to aid Russia’s re-penetration of Latin America: “We will help Russia’s presence in the Caribbean region. We believe in democracy, but not the kind of democracy forced on us. A strategic alliance has began, a joint path.” All communists believe in democracy, by which they mean, of course, communism. Today, while visiting Lisbon, the third stop on his overseas trip after Moscow and Minsk, Chavez denied reports that he welcomed the installation of a Russian military base in Venezuela. Such a prospect, however, would surely not fall outside the parameters of the well-established Soviet-Venezuelan partnership.
Lastly, while conferring with Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko yesterday, the two leaders pledged solidarity against US foreign policy. “Tell us what we need to do, and we will do it,” Lukashenko gushed to his Venezuelan comrade. “It would have been unthinkable for us not to pay a visit to Minsk on our tour to confirm the deep feelings of friendship we have toward the Belarusian people,” Chavez emoted.
>Latin America File: Cuban Missile Crisis 2: Castro’s cryptic remark: No apologies for Russian bomber report; Kremlin think tank: Reopen Lourdes base
July 24, 2008Posted by on
>Cuba is a unique place to gather intelligence on the United States. I believe that the reopening of this station [Lourdes] is both possible and necessary amid the threat that the Americans are creating for Russia. Russia has every right to respond.
– Alexander Pikayev, World Economics and International Relations Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences; quoted by Novosti, July 23, 2008
In response to this past Monday’s article in the Russian daily Izvestia, related to the Kremlin’s alleged plans for stationing or refueling its strategic bombers in Cuba, former Cuban president Fidel Castro, who is still communist party chief, issued a cryptic comment to the effect that his country owes no apologies to Washington over the report. “We need not offer any explanations or excuses nor ask forgiveness,” he wrote at cubadebate.cu. Under the title “Macciavelli’s Strategy,” Castro asserted that the USA has adopted the following strategy with Cuba: “If you say yes, I’ll kill you. If you say no, it doesn’t matter, I’ll kill you anyway. That is the Machiavellian strategy the United States uses with Cuba.” In short, Castro neither denies nor confirms the accuracy of the story, which the Russian Defense Ministry officially rejects. Fidel’s younger brother Raul became president of Cuba in February.
Pictured above: Then President (now Prime Minister) Vladimir Putin and Castro stand together during the former’s official welcoming ceremony outside Havana’s Palace of the Revolution on December 14, 2000.
Bloomberg reports today that the original Izvestia story included references to Venezuela and Algeria, as well as Cuba: “‘Bombers can be deployed to bases in Cuba, Venezuela or Algeria at any time,’ Izvestia said. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky denied . . . [the] Izvestia report. ‘There’s no truth in it,” he said by telephone, calling the report ‘a fairy tale.”’
As we previously posted, US General Norton Schwartz, nominated to be the air force’s chief of staff, responded on Tuesday to the Izvestia story, which cites a “highly placed” source in the Russian military aviation establishment, by declaring that if the Kremlin pursues this course, then “I think we should stand strong and indicate that is something that crosses a threshold, crosses a red line for the United States of America.” The AFP news agency reports below:
Fidel Castro says no excuses from Cuba on Russian bomber issue
July 24, 2008
HAVANA (AFP) — Fidel Castro said Havana owed no apologies to Washington over reports that Russia might start flying long-range bombers to Cuba, and warned that his country “had nerves of steel in times of genocide”.
It was the first official comment from the Americas’ only one-party communist government since a US general responded to a report in a Russian newspaper, warning Russia against basing nuclear-capable bombers in Cuba.
“What we need are nerves of steel in times of genocide, and Cuba has them. The United States knows that,” he wrote, in what appeared to be a reference to previous Cold War era confrontations between the two countries.
The flights, although they have not yet been officially announced by Moscow, have already sparked tensions reminiscent of the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s.
The ailing Fidel Castro, 81, who in February handed over power to his 77-year-old brother Raul, made his comments in a letter to cubadebate.cu on Wednesday.
“Raul did just the right thing by maintaining appropriate silence on statements published Monday July 21 by Izvestia, related to potential installation of strategic Russian bomber bases in our country,” he wrote.
Fidel Castro said the news arose from “hypotheses developed in Russia due to Yankee (US) stubbornness about the idea of setting up radar and a missile shield near the border of that great power.”
US General Norton Schwartz, nominated to be the air force’s chief of staff, said in Washington Tuesday that if Russia “did, I think we should stand strong and indicate that is something that crosses a threshold, crosses a red line for the United States of America.”
The elder Castro has been sidelined by a major intestinal illness two years ago and now spends a lot of his time writing political essays.
In his latest, headlined “Macciavelli’s Strategy”, he said that with the United States: “if you say yes, I’ll kill you. If you say no, it doesn’t matter, I’ll kill you anyway. That is the Machiavellian strategy the United States uses with Cuba.
“We need not offer any explanations or excuses nor ask forgiveness,” he wrote.
The newspaper Izvestia has reported that the Russian military is thinking of flying long-range bombers to Cuba on a regular basis, citing an unnamed senior Russian air force official, as saying such flights were under discussion.
The plan was in response to US plans to install missile defenses in eastern Europe, it reported.
But it was unclear whether they would involve permanent basing of nuclear bombers in Cuba, or just use of the island as a refueling stop.
Meanwhile, at least one Russian military expert is rightly questioning whether, from a military-technical point of view, the deployment of strategic bombers to Cuba, which is a mere 90 miles from Florida, is even necessary since both Tu-160 Blackjacks and Tu-95 Bears can launch cruise missiles from a distance of 2,200 miles. “I believe that stationing Russian bombers in Cuba would be a destructive step [for Russia] because the advantage of these bombers is that they may launch missiles from outside the effective range of an enemy’s air defenses,” insisted Colonel General Viktor Yesin, former commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces, to state-run Novosti. “There is no need to deploy bombers 145 km from the U.S., where they would be easy targets for US air defenses, if they are capable of hitting targets on US soil from a distance of more than 3,500 kilometres.”
That being the case, one must ask: Why did the Kremlin media broadcast reports about possible bomber deployments to Cuba, which prompted a heated response from the Pentagon and a cryptic comment from Havana? As we previously suggested, it would appear that the Moscow Leninists are carefully gauging Washington’s tolerance factor for a superpower showdown over National Missile Defense in Central Europe.
Even as the Russian Defense Ministry pours “cold water” on the Izvestia “trial balloon,” the Kremlin media is once again, only four days later, raising the specter of a Russian military presence on Cuba, this time in the form of a revitalized electronic spy base, Lourdes, which was formally closed by then President Vladimir Putin one month after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The operational connection between Lourdes and the 911 skyjackers is considered in a previous post. The Lourdes facility covers a 28 square-mile area and until early 2002 employed as many as 1,500 Russian engineers, technicians, and military personnel. Novosti reports:
Moscow must answer U.S. shield with Cuban ‘spy’ site – analyst
18:2023/ 07/ 2008
MOSCOW, July 23 (RIA Novosti) – Russia should respond to U.S. missile defense plans for Central Europe by reopening a ‘spy’ facility in Cuba to gather intelligence on the United States, a Russian analyst said on Wednesday.
The electronic monitoring and surveillance facility near Havana at Torrens, also known as the Lourdes facility, the largest Russian Sigint site abroad, was shut down in October 2001 by then- president Vladimir Putin.
“Cuba is a unique place to gather intelligence on the United States. I believe that the reopening of this station is both possible and necessary amid the threat that the Americans are creating for Russia,” Alexander Pikayev, head of the disarmament and conflict resolution department at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ World Economics and International Relations Institute, told a news conference at RIA Novosti.
“Russia has every right to respond,” he added.
Moscow has strongly opposed the possible deployment by the U.S. of 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic as a threat to its security. Washington says the missile shield is needed to deter possible strikes from “rogue states.”
A Russian military source was earlier quoted as saying that Russian strategic bombers could be stationed again in Cuba, only 90 miles from the U.S. coast, in response to the U.S. missile shield plans for Central Europe.
The Lourdes facility reportedly covered a 28 square-mile area, with 1,000-1,500 Russian engineers, technicians, and military personnel working at the base.
The complex was capable of monitoring a wide array of commercial and government communications throughout the southeastern United States, and between the United States and Europe.
Lourdes intercepted transmissions from microwave towers in the United States, communication satellite downlinks, and a wide range of shortwave and high-frequency radio transmissions.
In October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. to the brink of nuclear war when Soviet missiles were stationed in Cuba.
The crisis was resolved after 12 days when the Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, backed down and ordered the missiles removed.
The drum beats of war emanating from the Kremlin are becoming increasingly frantic and may disguise the chilling fact that Russian missiles and other military hardware possibly never left Cuba after the First Cold War ended. After all, the Izvestia article admits that Russian military transports fly to the island gulag on a regular basis to this very day. It has now become very apparent that beginning with the fake collapse of Eastern European communism between 1989 and 1991 the Moscow Leninists purposely lured NATO and the USA into the former Soviet Bloc states for the purpose of building a seemingly legitimate case for striking the West first.
July 23, 2008Posted by on
>Once Upon a Time in the West is approaching its 50,000th “hit.” Many thanks to our visitors and those who have left comments since the inception of this blog in January 2006. Although the shopping mall regimes have for the most part ignored the warnings of former KGB Major Anatoliy Golitsyn and other Soviet Bloc defectors, more and more citizens are alert to the threat posed by the twenty-first-century communist conspiracy. May God be with you in whatever private, grass-roots preparations you are making to defend your country and family.
>Middle East File: Russia to ship S-300 air defense batteries to Iran via Belarus as early as September, operational by 2009
July 23, 2008Posted by on
>With the September delivery by Russia to Iran of an “unspecified number” of S-300 air defense sytems, the timetable for the Third World War has been established. Robert Hewson, editor of Jane’s Air-Launched Weapons, reveals below that “The Iranian S-300 deal is being conducted via Belarus to afford discretion for Russia, which is already under Western scrutiny for helping Iran build a major atomic reactor. Belarus is the proxy route whenever Russia wants to deny it is doing the sale. But nothing happens along that route without Moscow saying so.” We have already reported on Minsk’s middleman role between Moscow and client regimes in Caracas and Khartoum. Iran already deploys Russian-built TOR-M1 surface-to-air missiles.
Pictured above: In early June 2008, apparently in anticipation of a strike against Iran’s nuclear reactors, the Israeli Air Force carried out a large-scale drill over the Mediterranean Sea and NATO member state Greece, which is one of the few countries to have bought and deployed S-300s (pictured above). The Greek S-300s were deactivated during the Israeli maneuver.
Iran to get new Russian air defences by ’09 -Israel
23 Jul 2008 15:32:52 GMT 23 Jul 2008 15:32:52 GMT
By Dan Williams
TEL AVIV, July 23 (Reuters) – Iran is set to receive an advanced Russian-made anti-aircraft system by year-end that could help fend off any preemptive strikes against its nuclear facilities, senior Israeli defence sources said on Wednesday.
First delivery of the S-300 missile batteries was expected as soon as early September, one source said, though it could take six to 12 months for them to be deployed and operable — a possible reprieve for Israeli and American military planners.
Iran, which already has TOR-M1 surface-to-air missiles from Russia, announced last December that an unspecified number of S-300s were on order. But Moscow denied there was any such deal.
Washington has led a diplomatic drive to deny Iran access to nuclear technologies with bomb-making potential, while hinting that force could be a last resort. Israel, whose warplanes have been training for long-range missions, has made similar threats.
But the allies appear to differ on when Iran, which denies seeking atomic arms, might get the S-300. The most sophisticated version of the system can track 100 targets at once and fire on planes 120 km (75 miles) away.
“Based on what I know, it’s highly unlikely that those air defence missiles would be in Iranian hands any time soon,” U.S. Secretary of Defence Robert Gates said in a July 9 briefing when asked about the S-300 — also known in the West as the SA-20.
An Israeli defence official said Iran’s contract with Russia required that the S-300s be delivered by the end of 2008. A second source said first units would arrive in early September.
The official agreed with the assessments of independent experts that the S-300 would compound the challenges that Iran — whose nuclear sites are numerous, distant, and fortified — would already pose for any future air strike campaign by Israel.
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Israel does not have strategic “stealth” bombers like the United States, though the Israeli air force is believed to have developed its own radar-evading and jamming technologies.
“There’s no doubt that the S-300s would make an air attack more difficult,” said the official, who declined to be named.
“But there’s an answer for every counter-measure, and as far as we’re concerned, the sooner the Iranians get the new system, the more time we will have to inspect the deployments and tactical doctrines. There’s a learning curve.”
Israel, which is assumed to have the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal, carried out a large-scale air force drill over the Mediterranean last month which was widely seen as a “dress rehearsal” for a possible raid on Iran. Some analysts also described it as a bid to pressure the West to step up sanctions.
The exercise involved overflying parts of Greece, which is among a handful of countries to have bought and deployed S-300s. But Greek media quoted Athens officials as saying that the system’s radars were “turned off” during the Israeli presence.
According to the Israeli official, it would take a year for Iran to deploy the S-300s and man them with trained operators.
Robert Hewson, editor of Jane’s Air-Launched Weapons, said: “The minimum work-up time to be comfortable with the system is six months, but more time is preferable.”
Hewson said the Iranian S-300 deal was being conducted via Belarus to afford discretion for Russia, which is already under Western scrutiny for helping Iran build a major atomic reactor.
“Belarus is the proxy route whenever Russia wants to deny it is doing the sale. But nothing happens along that route without Moscow saying so,” he said.
>EU File: Sarkozy activates "Gallic charm offensive" during Lisbon Treaty rescue trip in Ireland; Senegal: Med Union will split African Union
July 22, 2008Posted by on
>European/French President Nicolas Sarkozy, architect of the revived Roman Empire of Bible prophecy–otherwise known as the Mediterranean Union–and, in our assessment, top candidate for the post of Antichrist, has launched a “Gallic charm offensive” against the Irish, denying earlier reports in which he apparently insisted that Ireland hold a second refendum favorable to the Lisbon Treaty. “I never said that Ireland had to organise a second referendum,” Sarkozy insisted at a news conference with Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, adding: “I did not in any way meddle in Irish domestic affairs.” However, the EU Observer reveals that in private discussions Sarkozy urged Cowen to hold a second referendum on the same day as elections to the European Parliament next June. Thus, we see that European federalists like Sarkozy will not be deterred by popular or government opposition to their socialist project, carried out in collaboration with the Moscow Leninists. The European/French president’s charming smiles veil a totalitarian heart. Sarkozy and Cowen are pictured above in Dublin, on July 21, 2008.
Sarkozy charms Irish on EU rescue meeting: Commentators
‘A French kiss for an Irish Taoiseach’
Andrew Bushe, AFP
Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2008
DUBLIN – French President Nicholas Sarkozy won over the Irish with a Gallic charm offensive on a brief visit following Dublin’s shock rejection of a key European Union treaty, press commentators said Tuesday.
“Relief as Sarkozy charms without a single faux pas,” said the Independent, while the Examiner headlined its main story “Shaken and stirred by Gallic charm” and the Irish Times called the visit “constructive.”
The positive coverage was in stark contrast to the days in the run up to the visit Monday, when the trip was dismissed as a “French farce”.
Ireland’s Prime Minister Brian Cowen, left, and France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy in Dublin July 21. Sarkozy, whose country holds the rotating European Union presidency, has the task of finding a way out of the crisis sparked by Ireland’s rejection of the EU’s reform treaty.
Even the protests were deemed as muted with an estimated 1,400 to 1,800 turning up, and some of those were supporting Sarkozy, particularly Irish farmers who had arrived with tractors painted in the French colours.
There was only one public order incident when a 35-year-old man tried to pelt Sarkozy’s car with eggs as he arrived at government buildings in the centre of the city.
However the man turned out to be a French waiter, named as Michael Audron, who has lived in Ireland for three years, according to the court press service. A judge threw out charges of “threatening, insulting and abusive behaviour” after Audron paid 150 euros ($238) to charity.
Irish voters dealt a blow to the European Union last month by rejecting the Lisbon Treaty by 53 percent in the only popular vote on the text anywhere in the 27-nation bloc.
The French leader sparked outrage last week by reportedly suggesting that Ireland should vote again after the crushing rejection of the treaty in a June 12 referendum.
But Sarkozy dismissed the report during his visit. “I never said that Ireland had to organise a second referendum,” he told a news conference with Prime Minister Brian Cowen.
“I did not in any way meddle in Irish domestic affairs.”
The Examiner says he soothed the Irish by saying that he knows “what it feels like to be isolated” – a reference to French voter’s rejection of the forerunner to Lisbon, the Constitutional Treaty.
The paper warns that his reiteration of the fact that 26 countries still intend to press ahead “may well turn out to be an iron fist in a velvet glove”.
The Irish Times praises Sarkozy for a “good day’s work” and making a “worthwhile start” to finding out how the political crisis can be tackled and resolved.
“Mr. Sarkozy’s energetic engagement with the issues impressed the political leaders and activists he met”.
Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein the only mainstream party to oppose the treaty, said a round-table meeting with Sarkozy was “useful”.
“It is worth noting that Mr. Sarkosy did what the Irish government have failed to, he has met with and listened” treaty opponents.
Green Party Senator Deirdre de Burca was also full of praise for Sarkozy saying she was struck by the fact he spent “a lot of the time with us winning us over and being very personable and good-humoured.”
“I must say that he did appear to listen carefully to all that was said to him and to take our concerns on board. I was pleasantly surprised, as I was expecting him to be quite different,” she said.
Irish Times writer Miriam Lord described Sarkozy as being “very touchy-feely” and said he had caressed the hand of Cowen, sometimes known in the press as Biffo.
“The Taoiseach (prime minister) put them (his hands) behind his back in case it happened again. Then, the French president made a lunge for Biffo and kissed him on both cheeks.
“Biffo air-kissed gamely, making a disconcerting sloshing noise, but you could see he was mortified.
“A French kiss for an Irish Taoiseach on the steps of government buildings. That’s Europe for you,” Lord wrote.
Meanwhile, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has articulated his objections to Sarkozy’s new Mediterranean Union (MU), instituted on July 13 by the EU states in cooperation with the countries bordering the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, including Israel. Only Libya has refused to join the MU. Like Muammar al-Qaddafi, Wade believes that the MU will divide the African Union into two zones, one consisting of North Africa that will enjoy close economic support from Europe, and another consisting of impoverished sub-Saharan Africa. As a result, Senegal’s president concludes, “Black Africa” will be forced into organizing a “United States of Africa.”
With North Africa turned towards the north, the Sahara will become just what we were fighting against, a wall that politically separates our continent into two parts. Europe is offering North African states infrastructure and roads as part of a basket of wedding gifts for the union. We’ve been asking for that in vain for a long time. Sub-Saharan Africa, black Africa, to call it by its name, is witnessing a “two-speed cooperation” by Europe which favours the Arab north of the world’s poorest continent. If we were all on the ground floor anyway, North Africa has just been moved up a floor. Black African states had little choice but to pursue more vigorously the goal of political and economic unity. We don’t have any other way than that of the United States of Africa which we can construct with the immense natural riches of our soil and sub-soil.
The North African countries must clearly choose, as Gaddafi has done, because evidently you can’t belong to two unions at the same time.
Wade is secretary-general of the ruling Senegalese Democratic Party, which was organized in 1974 under the auspices of the long-ruling, authoritarian Socialist Party of Senegal.
Among those states that have checked into the European/French president’s “Club Med” is Turkey. Turkish company Calik Holding is now seeking financial support from the MU secretariat for MedStream, a pipeline that will supply Israel with Caspian Sea natural gas and oil, as well as water and electricity, via Turkey:
Turkey’s Calik Holding is seeking French backing for a pipeline to carry oil, gas and water from Turkey to Israel. Calik has approached the Union for the Mediterranean, led by the French, to finance the feasibility study of the multi-purpose pipeline.
Calik executives met the French President’s special envoy at the Mediterranean Union summit held on July 13th, and sought investment funds from the union for the project. The project, known as MedStream, was well received by French officials and the prospective feasibility study was found eligible for funding. A final decision will be made following a September meeting to be attended by ministers of the European Union and Mediterranean countries.
The MedStream initiative, in collaboration with the corrupt regime of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, will further consolidate Eurostan’s hold over Israel. The Jewish nation will be reduced to a mere vassal state, like the ancient Roman province of Judea.
>EU File: Serbian authorities arrest Radovan Karadzic, Bosnian Serb leader on the run since 1995; Zyuganov denounces arrest in harshest terms
July 22, 2008Posted by on
>Long-time fugitive from international justice and alleged war criminal Radovan Karadzic was arrested by Serbian authorities yesterday. On the run since 1995 the 63-year-old Bosnian Serb leader was, like Slobodan Milosevic, a protege of Yugoslav communist politician and writer Dobrica Ćosić. The willingness of the crypto-communist regime in Belgrade to arrest Karadzic signals Serbia’s intention to join and infiltrate the European Union, itself characterized by Mikhail Gorbachev as the “new European Soviet.” Karadzic awaits trial under a United Nations tribunal in The Hague. Karadzic’s former military commander and hardened communist Ratko Mladic is still at large and now the most wanted fugitive from the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. Pictured above: Karadzic, then and now.
Europe Hails Karadzic Arrest in Belgrade
By Sonja Pace London
22 July 2008
“It clearly demonstrates that nobody is beyond the reach of the law, and that sooner or later all fugitives will be brought to justice,” she said.Karadzic remains in custody in Belgrade as legal requirements are fulfilled to allow his transfer to the U.N. tribunal.
Source: Voice of America
By Sonja Pace London
22 July 2008
European politicians have welcomed the arrest of former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who is wanted for war crimes committed in Bosnia during the 1990′s. VOA’s Sonja Pace reports from London Karadzic is expected to be extradited to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague. After being on the run for more than a decade, Radovan Karadzic was arrested by Serb security forces and is in custody in Belgrade.
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said the arrest shows the Serbian government’s readiness to move closer to the European Union.“We have always believed that Serbia has a place in the European family and a place in the European family depends on economics, it depends on culture, it depends on politics, but it also depends on the European values of justice and human rights,” he said.
There has been increasing pressure on Belgrade from the European Union and the United States to track down accused war criminals. Karadzic and his one-time military commander Ratko Mladic topped the list. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer also welcomed the arrest and said it shows the new government in Belgrade is cooperating.
Bosnian Serb Leader Radovan Karadzic in an April 1996 file photo during and on the right, Karadzic in an undated photo released by Belgrade’s “Healthy Life” magazineFormer British foreign secretary and Balkans peace negotiator David Owen says the EU approach of supporting democratic forces in Serbia by opening a dialogue with Belgrade on possible EU membership has borne fruit.
“I think the political judgment was you had to show more warmth and more recognition of the problems they face if you were going to get results and they have now got results,” said Owen. Owen was interviewed on British radio. He said that while Belgrade has taken an important step in arresting Karadzic, it faces an even more daunting task of tracking down and arresting Mladic.
Speaking for the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, prosecution spokeswoman Olga Kavran said the arrest of Karadzic should serve as a warning to others.
“It clearly demonstrates that nobody is beyond the reach of the law, and that sooner or later all fugitives will be brought to justice,” she said.Karadzic remains in custody in Belgrade as legal requirements are fulfilled to allow his transfer to the U.N. tribunal.
Source: Voice of America
Not surprisingly, Communist Party of the Russian Federation Chairman Gennady Zyuganov has condemned Karadzic’s arrest, comparing the Bosnian Serb leader’s “plight” to that of deceased communist dictator Slobodan Milosevic, another “victim” of Western imperialism. Zyuganov also has choice words for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, describing the United Nations tribunal as a “punitive body, which is carrying out reprisal against the Serbs.”
The Russian Communist Party categorically condemns the actions taken by the Serb authorities, which, giving in to the blackmail of the West, intend to extradite Karadzic to the biased court in The Hague. A number of Western countries have used all forms of political, economic and media pressure on the Serb authorities on this matter [and] the pro-Western government of Serbia has taken this unseemly step. The possible extradition of Karadzic to the ICTY is a desecration of the idea of international justice.
The Hague tribunal has turned into a punitive body, which is carrying out reprisal against the Serbs. This is confirmed by the death of former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic in a ICTY prison, and also the deaths of two other Serb leaders, who died in ICTY prisons or during arrests. The same is indicated by the years-long imprisonment of Vojislav Sheshel in an ICTY prison. Karadzic’s arrest is especially outrageous with the background of the rulings issued in the cases involving Croatian and Albanian criminals responsible for the gruesome killings of civilians, ethnic cleansing, and the destruction of Yugoslavia, who have been cleared by the ICTY.
The ICTY is to stop its operation before the end of this year under a decision made by the UN Security Council. This leads us to believe that Karadzic’s arrest is aimed at creating a pretext for the resumption of the operation of this illegitimate body, which costs up a quarter of a billion dollars each year to maintain.
It is clear from Zyuganov’s comments that Karadzic played an important role in the wider Soviet strategic deception, designed to propagate the falsehood that world communism in general and Yugoslav communism in particular is dead. The Soviet communist leader’s comments are also disengenuous because the UN is a communist project while Serbia’s new “pro”-Western government is comprised in part by Milosevic’s Socialist Party of Serbia, which was formerly known as the League of Communists of Serbia.
>USA File: Air Force General Schwartz’s reply to Kremlin warmongering: Russia will cross "red line" if bombers deployed in Cuba, USA to "stand strong"
July 22, 2008Posted by on
>US Air Force General Norton Schwartz, whose nomination to become that branch’s top military officer is being considered by the Senate, has issued a stern warning to Russia following the Kremlin’s arms-length threat in the neo-Soviet media to station strategic bombers in Cuba. Gen. Schwartz rumbled during a meeting of the Senate Arms Service Committee: “I certainly would offer best military advice that we should engage the Russians not to pursue that approach. And if they did, I think we should stand strong and indicate that that is something that crosses a threshold, crosses a red line for the United States of America.” If the Senate wants to contribute to US national security and preserve its own existence, its members should seriously consider Gen. Schwartz’s nomination. Schwartz and freedom-loving patriots like him are the sort of military leaders the West needs to counter Communist Bloc aggression.
U.S. general warns against Russian bombers in Cuba
Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:44pm EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. Air Force officer warned on Tuesday that Russia would be crossing “a red line” if it were to use Cuba as a refueling base for nuclear-capable bombers.
Gen. Norton Schwartz, whose nomination to become the Air Force’s top military officer is being considered by the Senate, was asked at his confirmation hearing how he would advise U.S. policymakers if Russia were to proceed with such a plan.
Russia’s Izvestia newspaper this week quoted a “highly placed source” as saying Russia could land Tu-160 supersonic bombers nicknamed “White Swans” in Cuba as a response to a planned U.S. missile defense shield in Europe, which Moscow opposes.
“I certainly would offer best military advice that we should engage the Russians not to pursue that approach,” Schwartz told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“And if they did, I think we should stand strong and indicate that that is something that crosses a threshold, crosses a red line for the United States of America.”
Russian Defense Ministry officials have tried to pour cold water on the report, saying the newspaper story was written under a false name and quoted a source at an organization that did not exist.
The suggestion of Russian nuclear weapons in Cuba is reminiscent of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis that followed the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the Caribbean island.
The two-week crisis appeared to draw the Cold War to the verge of World War III, as President John F. Kennedy responded to the threat by authorizing a naval blockade of Cuba.
In the end, the Soviets agreed to dismantle the missile sites in exchange for a U.S. non-invasion pledge and a secret deal to remove American missiles from Turkey.
>EU/USSR2 Files: Putin orders Transneft to guarantee oil supplies to Czech Republic, exposes Prague’s deceptive role in US NMD agreement
July 22, 2008Posted by on
>Today the independent Moscow Times reported that Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin “ordered” state-owned Transneft to restore “full oil supplies” to the Czech Republic, even though the faux rightist regime in Prague is ostensibly pro-Washington by virtue of the deal that it has cut with the USA to host a “European Midcourse Radar Base” on its soil. This is more than just a business decision because the neo-Soviet leadership fulminates on a weekly basis over US NMD plans in Central Europe and yesterday went so far as to leak into the Kremlin media a warning to the West to the effect that Russia will station its bombers in Cuba in response to “US aggression.”
In addition to the shady links that Czech President Vaclav Klaus and Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek have with the old communist regime in Prague, this latest development actually reveals that the Czech leadership is still beholden to Moscow for political guidance under the shadow of natural resources blackmail. Klaus and Topolanek are obviously doing something right from the vantage of the Moscow Leninists. Meanwhile, the Czech Republic’s open communists rant and rave over Prague’s military alliance with the USA. Pictured above: Putin visits Klaus in Prague in 2006.
Putin Says Oil Supplies Must Reach Czechs
22 July 2008
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the guarantee of full oil supplies to the Czech Republic and sought to deny that disruptions in July were linked to Prague’s role in a U.S. missile-defense shield.
“I’m calling on you to treat this matter carefully and work out [the measures] with all the partners so that there are no interruptions,” Putin told government officials, Interfax reported. “[Disruptions] are not directly linked to Russian oil suppliers,” Putin added after being briefed by Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, who blamed trading intermediaries for lower supplies.
State officials have said the cuts in flows to the Czech Republic via the Druzhba pipeline were of a technical nature after analysts said they suspected it could have been a retaliation by Moscow to Prague’s decision to host a radar station as part of a U.S. missile shield.
Traders have been more skeptical about the political context of the cut, saying they believed that it could be linked to a fight by the new management of pipeline monopoly Transneft to change the key coordinator on the route, trading firm Fisotra.
Sechin indirectly confirmed it. “Russian oil supplies are being made based on agreements between Russian firms and Czech consumers via intermediaries, which are registered in offshore zones,” he said, Interfax reported.
“The overwhelming majority of Russian companies don’t have direct long-term supply deals with Czech consumers,” he said, adding that the presence of intermediaries “was not guaranteeing implementation of agreed export volumes.” Russia opposes the missile-shield plan involving its Soviet-era satellite countries, saying it poses a direct threat to its own security.
Moscow has in the past cut gas supplies to Ukraine in a pricing dispute and subsequently reduced deliveries of gas to the European Union, prompting the United States to call on Russia to stop using energy as a tool of blackmail. Sechin criticized Ukraine’s plans to reverse the direction of the Odessa-Brody oil pipeline this year, citing concerns over stability of Russian crude supplies to Europe.
Ukraine now uses the pipeline in the opposite direction to ship Russian crude to the Mediterranean. “This is a concern for Russian companies supplying crude to Central Europe. These companies will have to look for other delivery routes,” Sechin said, Interfax reported.
Yesterday the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance released the following story: “Last Friday evening in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States for the first time, successfully integrated and validated four diverse tracking and discriminatory sensor radars against a three stage, long range ballistic missile dispersing countermeasures and decoys over the Pacific Ocean.” In attendance for the test at the Missile Defense Integration and Operating Center at Schriever Air Force Base was the Czech Defense Minister Vlasta Parkanova as well as high-ranking US officials.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian Defense Ministry denies bombers to be stationed in Cuba, Chavez takes arms shopping list on 7th Moscow trip
July 22, 2008Posted by on
Yesterday the Kremlin media warned the West that the Russian Air Force would deploy its strategic bombers to communist ally Cuba to counter US National Missile Defense plans in Poland the Czech Republic, two countries that remain under Moscow’s covert influence. Today the Russian Defense Ministry “poured cold water” on the report, which cited a “highly placed source” in the military aviation complex and which initially appeared in the Russian daily Izvestia. However, the initial report with its cover of plausible deniability has served its purpose and now the Moscow Leninists can sit back and watch how the story plays out in Washington. Pictured above: Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev welcomes Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Moscow today.
Russian military scoffs at Cuba refuelling report
Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:18pm BST
By Dmitry Solovyov
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Defence Ministry officials on Monday poured cold water on a newspaper report that suggested Moscow could use Cuba as a refuelling base for nuclear-capable bombers.
Izvestia newspaper quoted a “highly placed source” as saying Russia could land Tu-160 supersonic bombers nicknamed “White Swans” in Cuba as a response to a planned U.S. missile defence shield in Europe which Moscow opposes.
“Will the White Swan settle on the Island of Freedom ? Russian military aircraft may return to Cuba,” it said in a front-page headline.
The newspaper cited a “highly placed interlocutor in the headquarters of strategic aviation” as saying the possibility of using Cuba for landing the supersonic bombers had been discussed but no political decision had been taken on this.
The Kremlin declined immediate comment. The Defence Ministry questioned the story, saying it was written under a false name and quoted a source at an organisation that did not exist.
“Were our strategic bombers ever deployed in Cuba before?” a Defence Ministry official said when contacted by Reuters by telephone and asked whether bombers would be “returning” to the Caribbean island, 90 miles (150 km) from the U.S. coast.
Izvestia editor-in-chief Vladimir Mamontov stood by the story and said several of his journalists had worked under a pseudonym because of the story’s sensitivity.
“The first remark was really made by a very competent person,” Mamontov told Reuters.
Russia says U.S. plans to place parts of a missile defence shield in Poland and the Czech Republic threaten its security and that it will take unspecified retaliatory measures.
Former Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Moscow to pull out from a Cold-War listening post on Cuba in 2001 but ordered the military last August to resume Cold War-era flights of strategic bombers around the globe.
Pictured here: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin welcomes Chavez to Moscow today. This is Comrade Hugo’s seventh trip to the neo-Soviet capital since becoming president of Venezuela in 1999. Chavez, who enjoys a close friendship with both Putin and Communist Party of the Russian Federation Chairman Gennady Zyuganov, once again brought a shopping list of military hardware and joint economic projects to present to his Soviet masters. He pledged to deepen bilateral cooperation between Caracas and Moscow, promising to buy more Russian combat aircraft, helicopters, and diesel submarines. Thus far, Red Venezuela has purchased more than 50 combat helicopters, 24 Su-30MK2 fighter jets, and 100,000 Ak-103 rifles. The Bolivarian Republic also holds a license for the production of the same rifles. All together Comrade Hugo has blown more than US$4 billion at the Moscow arms bazaar, and plans to blow another US$30 over the next four years.
Kremlin-run Novosti, citing Cuba’s Prensa Latina news agency, quoted Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro as saying that the “Caracas-Moscow partnership was significant for the whole of South America, not just Venezuela.” Indeed, Hugo is merely following in Fidel’s bloody footsteps, although sustained by the revenue of Petróleos de Venezuela S.A.
Venezuelan president arrives in Moscow – 2
12:4822/ 07/ 2008
MOSCOW, July 22 (RIA Novosti) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for “strategic” talks on political, economic and defense cooperation.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will receive Chavez later on Tuesday. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is also expected to meet with the Venezuelan leader.
Upon his arrival in Moscow, Chavez called for Russia and Venezuela to become strategic partners in oil and defense, something he said would “guarantee Venezuela’s sovereignty, which is currently being threatened by the United States.”
Ahead of his two-day visit, Chavez thanked Moscow for its recent support, including the provision of loans for the modernization of Venezuela’s armed forces.
He also pledged to develop further bilateral cooperation with Moscow, saying that
Venezuela would continue to buy Russian military hardware, including combat aircraft and helicopters.
Venezuela has bought over 50 combat helicopters, 24 Su-30MK2 fighters, and 100,000 Ak-103 rifles from Russia. It also holds a license for the production of the aforementioned military hardware. The current contracts are worth about $4 billion.
“I hope we will sign a number of contracts we have been working on over the past few years, including in the energy sphere and on defense cooperation,” the Venezuelan leader said.
Moscow plans to start supplying Venezuela with at least ten Mi-28N helicopters in the second half of 2009.
The two countries have also negotiated the delivery of three Russian Project 636 Kilo-class diesel submarines and at least 20 Tor-M1 air defense missile systems to Caracas. Contracts for these two deals, if signed, may be worth another $1 billion.
The Spanish news agency Efe earlier said the potential acquisition of tanks by Venezuela could be discussed during the talks.
The Venezuelan leader will also hold a meeting with officials from the Il aircraft manufacturer, and defense contracts are also expected to be signed. The Latin American country is interested in purchasing about 20 Il-114 patrol aircraft, some Russian sources said.
In line with the state program for the modernization of the armed forces until 2012, Venezuela is planning to spend about $30 bln in the next four years on the purchase of weaponry abroad.
The deals may see Russia become the main supplier of military equipment to Venezuela. Chavez, an outspoken critic of Washington, has focused his foreign policy on bolstering ties with countries outside the U.S. sphere of influence since coming to power nine years ago.
Chavez also plans to discuss the establishment of a Russian-Venezuelan bank to finance joint projects. The Venezuelan government has already made amendments to the law on the Central Bank for the purpose.
The Prensa Latina news agency earlier quoted Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro as saying that the Caracas-Moscow partnership was significant for the whole of South America, not just Venezuela.
The Russian military continues to prepare for the Fourth World War in the latest round of live-fire missile drills in East Siberia. Although the Novosti report below refers to the Tu-22 Blinder tactical bomber, the picture provided on that webpage is the variant known as the Tu-22M Backfire. The Blinder was first commissioned for the Soviet Air Force in 1962 but was gradually phased out of service in favor of the more capable Backfire, which forms part of the current Russian Air Force. It appears, therefore, that Novosti probably means the Backfire, rather than the Blinder.
Five Russian Tu-22 Blinder bombers will fire live missiles at a test range in East Siberia’s Irkutsk Region during tactical exercises starting on Wednesday, the Air Force said on Tuesday. Spokesman Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said the three-man crews will receive training in combat flight theory and enhance their aviation weaponry skills. “The exercises will last until July 25, and five Tu-22 aircraft will take part in them. The bomber crews will also master interoperability with other Air Force branches and Air Defense units,” he said. The Tu-22 supersonic bomber was designed by the Tupolev aerospace and defense company and entered service in the Soviet Air Force in 1962. The jet has been used by the air forces of several countries including Libya and Iraq.
As previously reported, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (flag below), which is the military pact undergirding the Commonwealth of Independent States, is beginning the first stage of a command-and-staff exercise that will bring together troops from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. The scenario envisioned by the Rubezh-2008 planners depicts a defensive operation in which one member of the CIS is under attack by a hostile external state. State-run Itar-Tass reports: “During the first and second stages a procedure of drafting some proposals to the Collective Security Council in order to give military and military-technical assistance to a CSTO country, which was attacked. The second stage of the exercise will be held in Russia at the CSTO joint headquarters. At the third stage the CSTO states will train a military operation for the protection of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the ‘attacked’ country. The fourth stage envisages a defense operation.” CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha is a career Chekist.
MOSCOW, July 22 (Itar-Tass) – The first stage of the joint complex command-staff exercise Rubezh (Border) – 2008 of the member-countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) began in Armenia on Tuesday.
“The first and second phases of the exercise are political ones, during which a situation will be modelled to outline the steps of the CSTO member-countries and the organisation on the whole in order to alleviate tensions fanned up in the collective security region as a result of the actions undertaken by the destructive third forces, and the political settlement of the conflict will be practiced,” the press service of the CSTO Secretariat told Itar-Tass.
“The first and second stages for the CSTO Secretariat as a political body of the organisation are more interesting than the next stages, at which only military actions are planned,” CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha believes. According to the CSTO Secretariat, Bordyuzha will attend personally the first stage of the exercise on Tuesday.
The exercise Border-2008 is held under the decision taken by the CSTO supreme body – the Collective Security Council.
The exercise will be held in four phases in Armenia and Russia. During the first and second stages a procedure of drafting some proposals to the Collective Security Council in order to give military and military-technical assistance to a CSTO country, which was attacked. The second stage of the exercise will be held in Russia at the CSTO joint headquarters. At the third stage the CSTO states will train a military operation for the protection of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the ‘attacked’ country. The fourth stage envisages a defense operation.
The exercise will have a purely anti-terrorist and command-staff thrust, “so, no major troop transfers are planned,” Bordyuzha told reporters earlier.
The CSTO brings together Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.