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Brian Whitmore today described Russian behavior as hyperactive, but a much better label is politically inept.

Sean Spicer yesterday pointed out in no uncertain terms that Amb Haley’s statement is indeed the position of the Trump Administration “President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to de-escalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea,”.

The Russian reaction has been toxic in extremis, they are indeed playing the escalation game against POTUS, in the belief that The Donald is no different to Obama. Well, POTUS has a history himself of playing escalation games, and he does it better than any Russian can, and in this instance, POTUS has many escalation options, while Russia’s will simply drive it down the abyss of bankruptcy ever faster.

Russian behavior is clearly being driven by their own domestic political and propaganda imperatives, as it has been since they invaded Crimea, and damn the rest of us. The bizarre dimension to their play is that they genuinely seem to believe they can win an escalation game against the West.

The stupidity of trying to play POTUS, and try to insult and humiliate him, defies reason, but it is consistent with the Groupthink driven environment Putin has created for himself. Believe what you want to believe, and do not let reality get in the way.

Russian behavior since Crimea has been defined by “Russian Exceptionalism, and playing grand scale extortion games no different than the leadership of the DPRK does.

Goble’s digest of Dmitry Olshansky’s essay on the seven things Russians need to understand captures Russia’s reality, and explains all of the inane and destructive behavior we observe. QED.

The abyss awaits – DPRK 2.0

 


Trump expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine: White House – To Inform is to Influence Lo and behold, Trump has thrown a curveball into the very basis for much of the distrust of Trump and has offered forth a fairly reasonable position.  What is shocking, however, is the unemotional response from the Russians.  Trump expects to return Crimea to Ukraine (Translated from Russian) Trump Expects Russia to ‘Return Crimea’ to Ukraine…

White House: Trump expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine – U.S. News – Haaretz.com U.S. president also ‘expects and wants to get along with Russia,’ says spokesman Sean Spicer.

Trump expects Russia to ‘return Crimea’ – White House — RT AmericaUS President Donald Trump has been tough on Russia and expects Moscow to “return” the Crimea peninsula to Ukraine, the White House spokesman told reporters.

Russia’s Grand Strategy FUBAR – To Inform is to Influence Anonymous expert – compilation, analysis, and reporting.  Russia messed up.  Big time.  Perhaps they are starting to realize their mistake. Russia did not take Candidate Trump seriously and now President Trump is shoving them back – hard.  All Russia’s expectations of a compliant and subservient President Trump, all their fantasies and all their investments -…

Russia reacts to Trump’s words on Crimea: Unrealizable as return of Alaska Chairman of Russia's Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Viktor Ozerov has commented on U.S. President Donald Trump's statement on the return of Crimea to Ukraine, claiming it is as unrealizable as the return of U.S.-held Alaska to Russia, according to the Ukrainian news outlet Novoye Vremia. News 15 February from UNIAN.

Out of Question: ‘Crimea Cannot Be Subject of Bargaining Between Russia and US’ Following the claim that US President Trump is expecting Moscow to return Crimea to Kiev, a Russian lawmaker said that the peninsula is an integral part of Russia and cannot be “subject of bargaining” between Russia and the United States.

Russian foreign ministry says Crimea will not be returned to Ukraine Russia said in a response to comments from the White House that the United States expected the Black Sea peninsula to be returned.

Russian foreign ministry says Crimea will not be returned to Ukraine | Reuters Russia will not hand back control of Crimea to Ukraine, Russia’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday, responding to comments from the White House that the United States expected the Black Sea peninsula to be returned.

Moscow refuses to return Crimea | JerusalemOnline Moscow has responded to the White House statement about the Crimean Peninsula: “We don’t intend return part of our territory.”

Russia: ‘We’re not returning our territory’ Crimea to Ukraine – KRCR Russia’s Foreign Ministry has indicated that it intends to keep Crimea and not return it to Ukraine because it considers it to be part of Russia.

Russian special forces brag of seizing Crimea under guise of local residents. VIDEO 15.02.17 12:01 – TV network Zvezda, which is owned by the Russian Ministry of Defense, in its program of March 22, 2015 unveils the details of a special operation by the Russian military to seize Ukrainian Crimea. As reported by Censor.NET, Russian propagandists do not hesitate to call “little green men” soldiers of the Russian army, when it comes, for example, to the proclamation of Special Operations Forces Day in Russia. “These Russian soldiers, let’s say, have earned their own professional holiday with their hands. The president signed a decree to make Feb. 27 Special Operations Forces Day. On this day, at 4 a.m., armed men in masks enter the parliament of Crimea, … hang a Russian flag, take control of all the important strategic facilities on the peninsula,” the Kremlin’s propagandists say. The program also unveils the details of an operation to block the Ukrainian fleet in the Bay of Donuzlav, confrontation with Ukrainian pilots at the airfield Belbek and the seizure of Ukrainian air defense system in Crimea. Russian Defense Ministry Shoigu, summing up the results of the operation, plainly speaks about Russian President Vladimir Putin controlling the seizure of Crimea. “Of course, we were saved from many worries and troubles thanks to the confidence and determination of the supreme commander. We always felt and knew he kept watching and monitoring the progress in strengthening the security of both the population of Crimea and, of course, our units,” Shoigu said.

“Crimea united Russia around the idea of swiping something from its neighbor,” – State Duma MP Voronenkov 14.02.17 16:50 – Crimea united Russia around the idea of swiping something from its neighbor, – State Duma deputy Voronenkov Former deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Denis Voronenkov claims he did not vote for the accession of Crimea to Russia in 2014. View news.

Russia’s former MP compares RF with Nazi Germany, calls occupation of Crimea blunder Former Russian State Duma MP Denis Voronenkov has compared the Russian Federation (RF) with Nazi Germany, calling the occupation of Crimea a blunder. Latest UNIAN news from 14 February.

The Morning Vertical, February 15, 2017 ON MY MIND Russian missile deployments in violation of the 1987 INF treaty. Russian aircraft buzzing a U.S. naval destroyer in the Black Sea. A Russian spy ship spotted off the U.S. eas…

With Michael Flynn Gone, Russia Sees a Different Trump – The New York Times Moscow seems to be cooling to the new president. Some warn darkly that he may be the next target of a Russophobic American establishment.

Kremlin, Russian lawmakers play down Flynn’s resignation The Kremlin on Tuesday played down the resignation of U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a sign that Russia is already looking ahead to talks with the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to improve the nations’ strained ties.

How the Trump administration is playing into Russia’s hands | TheHill OPINION | It’s better to get along with Russia, Trump says. But for whom?

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence – The New York Times The contacts in the year before the election were revealed by intercepted communications, according to four current and former senior American officials.

Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign – CNNPolitics.com High-level advisers close to then-presidential nominee Donald Trump were in constant communication during the campaign with Russians known to US intelligence, multiple current and former intelligence, law enforcement, and administration officials tell CNN.

Trump campaign had repeated contact with Russia before he won the White House: report – Times LIVE Latest news from South Africa, World, Politics, Entertainment and Lifestyle. The home of The Times and Sunday Times newspaper.

Trump Team Talked With Russian Intelligence During Election Campaign (Report) – Houston Chronicle Members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and their associates had repeated contact with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the presidential election, according to phone records and intercepted calls, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The communication was detected by American law enforcement and intelligence agencies around the time it came to light that Russia was trying to hack the Democratic National Committee, three officials said, according to the Times. The agencies also investigated whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians and had a hand in the hacking to influence the election, but so far there is no evidence of that. Speaking anonymously, the officials said they also intercepted communication from other of Trump’s associates and members of the Russian government outside of the intelligence services. Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign chairman who had also worked as a political consultant in Russia and Ukraine, was one of those named on the communication records. “I have never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers, and I have never been involved with anything to do with the Russian government or the Putin administration or any other issues under investigation today,” he continued. “It’s not like these people wear badges that say, ‘I’m a Russian intelligence officer,” Manafort added. The FBI also closely examined at least three other people connected to Trump’s White House bid: businessman and former foreign policy adviser Carter Page, Republican operative Roger Stone, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Did Trump Aides Speak With Russian Intelligence Before the Election? – The Atlantic According to The New York Times, the FBI found that several associates of the president had been in contact with Kremlin intelligence officials, despite months of official denials.

Trump Administration Caught In Lie About Campaign Contacts With Russians Top administration officials have denied that there were any contacts between the campaign and the Russian government.

Clinton Officials Denounce Alleged Trump Campaign Officials’ Contacts With Russia – NBC News The comments come after The New York Times reported that Trump campaign officials had contacts with Russian intelligence a year before the election.

In first under Trump, Russian jets buzzed a U.S. destroyer at close range – The Washington PostIt is unclear if the jets were armed.

Russian president reacts to US’ sacking of Flynn PRESIDENT Putin appears displeased at losing his man in the Trump administration: Russian warplanes have buzzed a US navy destroyer and a spy ship has appeared off the US coast.

The Kremlin is starting to worry about Donald Trump Trump’s ouster, Kremlin insiders argue, is bound to unleash a virulent and bipartisan anti-Russian campaign in Washington.

‘No incidents over Black Sea’: Russian MoD denies ‘unprofessional & unsafe’ flyby of USS Porter — RT News The Russian Ministry of Defense has denied any unusual incidents or encounters with a US destroyer after the Pentagon accused Moscow of “unsafe and unprofessional” piloting in the vicinity of the USS Porter “patrolling” the Black Sea.

Russian jets harass the destroyer Porter In three separate incidents on Feb. 10, Russian fighter jets and a maritime patrol aircraft flew close to the Porter, which the ship deemed unsafe and unprofessional, according to a Reuters report.

Russian jets buzz US destroyer in Black Sea | TheHill

Russian jets in ‘unsafe’ encounters with destroyer: U.S. official | Reuters Multiple Russian military aircraft came close to a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Black Sea on Feb. 10, incidents considered “unsafe and unprofessional,” a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

Russian spy ship spotted off US coast | New York Post A Russian spy ship was spotted patrolling off the coast of Delaware on Tuesday — the same day it emerged that the Kremlin <a href=“http://nypost.com/2017/02/14/russia-secretly-deploys-cruise-missile-violating-arms-treaty/”>secretly deployed new cruise missiles </a>and buzzed a US Navy destroyer, according to a report. The Russian ship SSV-175 Viktor Leonov was in international waters, 70 miles from Delaware, as it sailed north at 10 knots, a US official <a href=“http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/02/14/russian-spy-ship-off-east-coast-us-officials-say.html”>told Fox News</a>. It was not immediately clear where it was headed. Russia deployed ground-launched cruise missiles to two locations inside the country in December, a US official told Fox News later Tuesday.

Russian spy ship spotted off the coast of United States | Business Insider  The US Navy spotted a Russian spy ship about 70…

Almost half of Russians praise Stalin – poll – World news | UNIAN In Russia, the number of people sympathetic to the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin broke the 16-year historical maximum,&nbsp;according&nbsp;a survey by Levada Center, RBC reports. News 15 February from UNIAN.

Paul Goble | Seven things Russians need to understand about their country and themselves now | EUROMAIDAN PRESSEuromaidan Press | Many of the problems Russians now face are rooted in their firmly-held misconceptions about the nature of Russia and Russian national identity. To help them out, Dmitry Olshansky, a columnist for “Komsomolskaya pravda,” identifies seven things that he says Russians must recognize about Russia and themselves.

Paul Goble | The American style of identity Moscow fears to seek for Russians | EUROMAIDAN PRESSEuromaidan Press | Those in Moscow who want Russians and non-Russians within the borders of the Russian Federation to give up their ethnic identities in favor of a political identity as ‘Rossiyane‘ often suggest that they are doing no more than copying the kind of political identity the United States has promoted. But a Ukrainian portal has pointed out how wrong they are because Americans are and even are encouraged to be proud of their ethnic heritage and instead of shifting from their ethnic identities in becoming Americans combine the two and proudly declare that they are both ethnic and American. Unfortunately, ethnic Russians continue to be denied this opportunity because to speak of their ethnic origins is to highlight their diversity and the fact that the word “Russian” is an adjective rather than a noun that modifies but doesn’t replace the underlying ethnic communities it has been applied to. “In the US,” the portal says, “live more than 300 million people who speak 322 languages. Those who are citizens call themselves Americans but at the same time they clearly recall their roots, know about their origin and do not forget their ancestors.” They will tell you that they are “American Jews or Ethiopians or Irish or Poles or Chinese.”

I’ve been visiting Russia for nearly 30 years. I’ve never seen Russians prouder than under Putin. – Vox This is how Vladimir Putin has made Russians feel great again.

Death throes of Russia’s iconic countryside | Russia | Al Jazeera Rapid urbanisation and industrial farming has led to a catastrophic situation in Russia’s poverty-stricken hinterlands.

bne IntelliNews – STOLYPIN: Belarus tests limits of Russian confidence If he gets away with it, this will be a useful indicator to just how confident the Russians really are behind their façade of cynical bombast.

The Daily Vertical: Russia’s New Western Front (Transcript) Well, here we go again. The campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has accused Russia of &quot;hundreds, if not thousands of hacking attacks&quot; against it.&nbsp; Th…

Macron Urges EU Pressure on Russia as Campaign Suffers Cyber Hit – Bloomberg Emmanuel Macron is calling for the European Union to stand firm against Russia as his French election campaign is targeted by computer hackers.

Russia denies targeting French presidential contender | France News | Al Jazeera Party chief of frontrunner Emmanuel Macron accuses Russia of targeting the campaign of the centrist politician.

Why Trump Is Right on Russia – The New York Times Better relations between the United States and Moscow are necessary but not inevitable.

Now sites can fingerprint you online even when you use multiple browsers – To Inform is to Influence Online tracking gets more accurate and harder to evade. DAN GOODIN (US) – 14/2/2017, 04:10 Researchers have recently developed the first reliable technique for websites to track visitors even when they use two or more different browsers. This shatters a key defense against sites that identify visitors based on the digital fingerprint their browsers leave…


The Daily Vertical: Why Minsk Failed The Minsk agreement was fatally flawed from the outset. It was flawed because it was negotiated, signed, and implemented based on the fiction that Russia was a mediator in a conflict in which it was, in fact, the aggressor and the instigator. It was flawed because it placed impossible demands on Ukraine to implement constitutional reforms with a gun to its head. And it was flawed because it established an internationally recognized political mechanism for the Kremlin to continue meddling in Ukraine’s affairs. Two years after Minsk one can still hear ridiculous arguments over whether Moscow or Kyiv is to blame for its failure. But this misses the crucial point that there would never have been a need for a Minsk agreement in the first place if Russia had not effectively invaded Ukraine. Minsk failed because, for the Kremlin, is was never a peace agreement at all.It was a tool to dominate a neighbor.

52 attacks registered over past day. No losses reported among Ukrainian troops, – ATO Staff 15.02.17 11:10 – 52 attacks registered over past day. No losses reported among Ukrainian troops, – ATO Staff Russian occupation forces continue attacks on Ukrainian positions in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area. View news.

Russian war criminals, Putin’s Federal Guards exposed around Avdiivka’s industrial zone. PHOTOS 14.02.17 18:30 – Russian war criminals, Putin’s Federal Guards exposed around Avdiivka’s industrial zone. PHOTOS Russia’s internal security troops, also known as Russian Guards, gain experience in the hot spots of the Ukrainian Donbas. View photo news.

“Tanks for Peskov”: InformNapalm found Russian MBT modifications in occupied area of Donbas. PHOTOS 14.02.17 15:26 – Tanks for Peskov: InformNapalm found Russian MBT modifications in occupied area of Donbas. PHOTOS Recently, Russian president’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said no Russian tanks were in the Donbas. His words have been since quoted as a refutation of Russian troops’ presence in Ukraine. Ukrainian civil volunteers have found real proofs (documents… View photo news.

Tanks for Peskov: Russian MBT modifications found in the occupied territories of Donbas – InformNapalm.org (English) InformNapalm presents documented evidence and investigations identifying a whole range of Russian-made main battle tanks (MBT) in Donbas

Events in Donbas not civil war but aggression by another state, – Mingarelli 14.02.17 13:32 – Events in Donbas not civil war but aggression by another state, – Mingarelli Ukraine is faced with Russia’s aggression rather than a civil war. View news.

Blast rocks chemical factory in occupied Donetsk, – self-styled administration. PHOTOS+VIDEO 14.02.17 15:36 – Blast rocks chemical factory in occupied Donetsk, – self-styled administration. PHOTOS+VIDEO The explosion occurred this morning at the Donetsk State Chemical Products Factory. View news.

What should be the West’s strategy in Ukraine? Today, when Europe suffers from disunity and uncertainty, it is reassuring to know that behind its eastern border there is a big nation whose people died for freedom under European flags. Throughout European history, people have fought and died for their respective states and nations, but never for the European idea. It happened only at EuroMaidan. Ukraine is a strong nation able to defend itself, which contained a potential refugee crisis of a scale greater than the Syrian one. Ukraine may even teach Europe how to be efficient: the Ukrainian public procurement platform, ProZorro, won the most prestigious international awards showing it to be more advanced than existing European projects. I have to emphasise that there are many people in Ukraine aspiring to bring change. These people have not enough resources, and the West can help them by using the right strategy, without spending more. Europe needs Ukraine as a big market and a pool of labour. Europe needs Ukraine as a source of new energy and values. Europe needs Ukraine as a shield against Russian hybrid aggression, which is more evident to people in Central Eastern Europe than in those Western countries who are farther away from the threat. But there are no borders and distances as far as cyberwar and information war are concerned. Ukraine is too big and too critical a neighbour to be forgotten. A failing Ukraine will undermine the whole of Europe. A successful Ukraine will strengthen the continent in terms of security and economic development. But to conduct a successful Ukrainian policy, the West has to treat Ukraine as an adult, not a child. Today the West chides and reproaches, makes threatening gestures at times, but in the end forgives the pranks and gives a candy. Adults sign contracts and demand their fulfilment. This would be a much more rewarding strategy.

Lower House of Canada Parliament ratifies FTA with Ukraine The Lower House of the Parliament of Canada has ratified the free trade agreement with Ukraine, according to Ukraine&rsquo;s Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko. News 15 February from UNIAN.

New ‘Locomotive’ Powering Ukraine as Economy Retools After War – Bloomberg Ukraine is starting to live up to its reputation as Europe’s breadbasket.

State Statistics: Ukraine’s GDP growth accelerated to 4.7% in October-December 2016 – 14.02.2017 12:42 — Ukrinform News 14.02.2017 12:42. The State Statistics Service estimates Ukraine&rsquo;s GDP growth in October-December 2016 at the level of 4.7% compared with same period in 2015.

Energy Minister Nasalyk says Ukraine can get rid of anthracite coal dependence in 2.5 years – 14.02.2017 09:35 — Ukrinform News 14.02.2017 09:35. Ukraine will need 2-2.5 years to stop purchasing anthracite coal produced in temporary occupied territories in Donbas. 

UK university denies any part in Russia’s latest alleged excavations linked with Crimean War14.02.17 21:30 – UK university denies any part in Russia’s latest alleged excavations linked with Crimean War Bristol University says UK academics currently taking part in meetings and propaganda media shots in Russian-occupied Crimea have nothing to do with it. View news.

Bobby Ghosh | Trump should realise protecting Ukraine works in America’s interest | columns | Hindustan Times Why is it in American interests to protect Ukraine? There are many reasons — political, military and economic. But the simplest is this: the US owes Ukraine. Washington led the effort, after the fall of the Soviet Union, to persuade Kiev to give up its stockpile of nuclear weapons, in exchange for guarantees of protection from Russia. To President Barack Obama’s eternal shame, he betrayed Ukraine in 2014, allowing Russia to grab Crimea. Trump has an opportunity to redeem America’s honour, as well as to reassure other former Soviet states that Washington will not allow them to go the way of Crimea. It will be hard for Trump to undo the damage done by Obama, and immediately restore Crimea to Ukraine: that will likely take years of difficult negotiations. But the President can immediately signal to Putin that Russia’s territorial expansion must stop right now, on pain of even harsher sanctions than Obama had imposed. He can demand that Moscow’s troops return to its own side of the border, and its surrogates give up their weapons and make peace with Kiev. If they don’t, the US and NATO should supply Ukraine the firepower it needs to protect itself. While talking tough with Putin, Trump must also pressure Poroshenko to give the Donbas separatists not only amnesty, but a fairer share of political power.


This Is How NATO Ends | Foreign Policy This Is How NATO Ends « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas

A NATO of the Mind Limits Putin’s Sphere of Influence – Bloomberg View Negative attitudes toward NATO may define the Kremlin’s potential sphere of influence.

Why NATO needs a European pillar – POLITICO If Europe tries to protect the alliance only by ‘buying’ American commitment through increased defense spending, it will fail.

Trump Puts NATO Allies in the Crosshairs Over Military Spending – WSJ Germany, long criticized by U.S. administrations as a reluctant warrior, starts to ramp up its defense budget.

NATO chief backs Trump as pressure builds on member states to increase defense spending Defense ministers from NATO are under pressure to raise contributions to the security group as conflicts grow across the world and as the new U.S. administration urges more compliance from member states.

Many Hope Trump’s NATO Criticism Will Lead To A Safer Europe : NPR Many agree that most NATO countries don’t pay their fair share for defense. Some countries face such economic challenges that they might not be able to meet spending goals even if they wanted to.

Trump’s Defense Pick Mattis to Focus NATO Members on Spending – Bloomberg U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis heads to his first NATO meeting on Wednesday, with his European counterparts seeking reassurance of the U.S.’s commitment to trans-Atlantic cooperation. The alliance is struggling to boost defense spending in the face of U.S. criticism that Europe isn’t pulling its weight.

Nervous NATO allies seek reassurance from Trump’s defense chief | Reuters European allies will tell the United States’ new defense secretary on Wednesday that NATO is not the weak alliance U.S. President Donald Trump has accused it of being, at one of the most anticipated NATO meetings in years.

Europe’s NATO spending rises, says Britain meets goal | Reuters NATO’s European allies and Canada increased defence spending by 3.8 percent last year, or $10 billion more than 2015, the alliance said on Tuesday, and said Britain was keeping up with its target after a report said London missed its goal.

NATO chief: Four robust battle groups to be deployed in the Baltics, Poland NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announces four robust multinational battle groups will be deployed on the Alliance's eastern flank in June in response to Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels. News 14 February from UNIAN.

NATO Deploys Troops in 4 Former Soviet Satellite Nations | Hana Levi Julian | Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | JewishPress.com Secy-Gen. Stoltenberg to Lithuanian PM:

Moldovan President: Planned NATO Office In Chisinau ‘Provocation’ CHISINAU — Moldova's pro-Russian President Igor Dodon has told RFE/RL he thinks the planned opening of a permanent NATO liaison office in Moldova would amount to a provocation. Moldova'…

U.S. position on Montenegro accession to NATO is early test of Trump willingness to defy Putin’s Russia – MarketWatch Formal U.S. backing for the Balkan nation’s admission could emerge as the first flashpoint between Washington and Moscow since Trump took office.

Montenegrin PM Warns Russia To ‘Keep Hands Off’ NATO Bid Montenegro's prime minister, Dusko Markovic, has told Russia and its allies within Montenegro to stop destabilizing the country as part of their opposition to Podgorica's NATO membership bid….

Montenegro to Russia: ‘Keep your hands off’ our NATO bid – The Washington Post Montenegro’s prime minister told Russia and its allies in the tiny Balkan state on Tuesday to stop destabilizing the county while opposing its NATO bid.

Central Asians See NATO More as Threat than Protection | EurasiaNet.org

More Than HALF of Royal Navy’s Attack Submarines Docked After CRACK Found In Reactor (excerpt)

Munich Security Conference calls 2017 crucial for EU, Ukraine The international security environment is arguably more volatile today than at any point since World War II, according to the Munich Security Report 2017. News 14 February from UNIAN.

Mogherini concerned over possible loss of global leadership by U.S. High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini is concerned about the United States possibly losing global leadership, &nbsp;she said following her two-day visit to Washington, Die Welt reports. News 15 February from UNIAN.


STATEMENT BY SASC CHAIRMAN JOHN McCAIN ON RUSSIA’S DEPLOYMENT OF CRUISE MISSILES IN VIOLATION OF INF TREATY – Press Releases – United States Senator John McCain

U.S. official: Russia deployed missile in violation of treaty A Trump administration official says U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia has deployed a cruise missile in violation of a Cold War-era arms control treaty.

Russia Has Reportedly Deployed Treaty-Breaking Cruise Missiles The SSC-8 cruise missile is prohibited under a 30 year old arms control treaty.3M-54 Klub – Wikipedia

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Russia Deploys Missile, Violating Treaty and Challenging Trump – NYTimes.com

U.S. Says Russia Tested Cruise Missile, Violating Treaty – The New York Times The United States has concluded that Russia violated a landmark arms control treaty by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile, according to senior American officials.

Russia Deploys Missile, Violating Treaty and Challenging Trump – The New York Times Moscow is believed to have two battalions of the ground-based missile, and it has moved forward despite U.S. protests, administration officials say.

U.S. believes Russia deployed new missile in treaty violation: NYT | Reuters Russia has deployed a new cruise missile despite complaints by U.S. officials that it violates an arms control treaty banning ground-based U.S. and Russian intermediate-range missiles, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing unidentified officials.

Russia has secretly deployed a cruise missile that US says violates an arms treaty, report says American officials argue that the missile violates a key arms treaty, The New York Times reports.

Russia secretly deploys cruise missile, violating arms treaty | New York Post Russia has deployed a new cruise missile despite complaints by US officials that it violates an arms control treaty banning ground-based American and Russian intermediate-range missiles, <a href=“https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/world/europe/russia-cruise-missile-arms-control-treaty.html”>the New York Times reported</a> Tuesday. The US concluded in 2014 that Russia had violated the 1987 treaty banning ground-launched intermediate-range missiles by testing the experimental new cruise missile, Reuters reported. US officials have now concluded the SSC-8 missile is operational and has been secretly deployed, the Times reported. The deployment presents a major challenge for President Trump, who has vowed to improve relations with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and to pursue future arms accords. The Russian action also comes as the Trump administration is struggling to fill major policy positions at the State Department and the Pentagon — and to <a href=“http://nypost.com/2017/02/14/top-contenders-to-replace-michael-flynn-as-national-security-adviser/”>find a permanent replacement</a> for Michael Flynn, <a href=“http://nypost.com/2017/02/13/michael-flynn-resigns-as-trumps-national-security-adviser/”>the national security adviser who resigned Monday</a>. He stepped down after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other US officials over conversations with Moscow’s ambassador to Washington.

Russia deploys missile in apparent treaty violation – CNNPolitics.com Moscow has deployed a cruise missile in an apparent treaty violation, a senior military official told CNN Tuesday.

Russia deployed missile, defied treaty:US | The Mercury A Trump administration official says US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia has deployed a cruise missile in violation of a Cold War-era arms control treaty.

TASS: Military & Defense – Iskander system’s designer doubts Ukraine capable of making its analogue The Ukrainian defense-industrial complex has problems with human resources as well

Israeli Spy Satellite Photos Confirm Russian Iskander Nuclea There is no reason for the nuclear capable missiles to be in Syria.

Here’s what to look out for when Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Business Insider For Netanyahu, the gathering is an opportunity to reset ties after a frequently combative relationship with Democrat Barack Obama.

UNSC passes Ukraine resolution on infrastructure protection from terrorist attacks The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has approved Ukrainian-drafted resolution No. 2341 designed to strengthen the protection of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks. News 13 February from UNIAN.

When Trumpism Met the East Asian Wall | Nippon.com

U.S. Navy Planning More ‘Freedom of Navigation’ Operations in South China Sea – Breitbart Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is considering a plan to sail warships more often in the South China Sea, a defense official said Monday.

What’s Different About North Korea’s Latest Missile Test A new missile, and a strange new offroad launcher.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un’s Brother Killed in Malaysia – WSJ North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother Kim Jong Nam was killed under mysterious circumstances in Malaysia, the South Korean government and Malaysian police said, eliminating a reform-minded member of the dynasty.

Malaysia Arrests Female Suspect in Death of Kim Jong Un’s Brother – WSJ Malaysian authorities arrested a suspect in the killing of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s half brother, as they zeroed in on the two women who police said fatally attacked him.

Myanmar woman reportedly detained in relation to death of Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother – 9news.com.au Malaysian authorities have detained a woman from Myanmar in connection with the investigation into the death of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Malaysian state news agency Bernama has reported.

Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam ‘assassinated by female North Korean agents’ in Malaysian airport – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is dead after being reportedly assassinated by two chemical-wielding female North Korean agents in Kuala Lumpur airport.

Kim Jong Un’s Estranged Brother Murdered in Malaysia – Bloomberg The oldest half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was murdered in Malaysia on Monday, according to a South Korean government official.

North Korean leader’s half-brother killed by ‘poison needles’ in Malaysia, reports claim – The Washington Post The reports, if true, will fuel speculation about a leadership challenge in North Korea.

Q&A: Lambie calls for Sharia Law supporters to be deported A slanging match between independent senator Jacqui Lambie and engineer and author Yasmin Abdel-Magied erupted on live television after the key crossbencher said the young social commentator was playing the victim when talking about possible immigration restrictions for Muslims.


Russia: The scandal Trump can’t shake – BBC News A top Trump aide quitting over contact with Russia is just the latest element of a major controversy.

Donald Trump Says Michael Flynn’s Scandal Is Less Important Than Who Leaked It Flynn resigned Monday over allegations that he broke the law in conversations with Russia.

Why Donald Trump let Michael Flynn go – POLITICOInside Donald Trump’s national security adviser’s final days in the White House.

Flynn Was Paid By Russia for 2015 Trip

Face the Nation transcript January 15, 2017: Pence, Manchin, Gingrich – CBS News Guests included Mike Pence, Joe Manchin, Newt Gingrich, David Ignatius, Ruth Marcus, Ben Domenech, John Heilemann and Ed O'Keefe.

Did Michael Flynn break the law? (opinion) – CNN.com His discussions with Russia ambassador may have put him on the wrong side of he Logan Act and the crime of making false statements, writes Page Pate. But political realities make it unlikely he’ll face charges.

Don’t Trust Trump’s Vows to Keep Sanctions on Russia | Foreign Policy Don’t Trust Trump’s Vows to Keep Sanctions on Russia « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas

The Fog of Trump | Foreign PolicyThe Fog of Trump « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas

Who Can Right Flynn’s Dysfunctional National Security Council? | Foreign Policy Who Can Right Flynn’s Dysfunctional National Security Council? « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas

Michael Flynn: US legislators seek deeper probe into Russia ties after Trump’s security aide quits – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) US legislators, including leading Republicans, call for a deeper inquiry into the White House’s ties to Russia after national security adviser Michael Flynn is forced out in President Donald Trump’s biggest staff upheaval to date.

Flynn’s ouster deepens questions about Trump’s relations with Russia – LA Times Michael Flynn’s ouster as President Trump’s national security advisor over his postelection conversations about sanctions with Russia’s ambassador did not

Mike Flynn, the Logan Act, and Russia’s Influence on the United States – The Atlantic A senior American official was compromised by his relationship with a foreign government. Who else has ties to the Russian state?

Flynn’s Departure Adds Fuel As Trump’s Russia Problem Smolders : Parallels : NPR Russia is at the center of recurring controversies swirling around the president. Yet he has consistently taken a softer line on Russia and hasn’t spelled out his plans on a range of critical issues.

FBI questioned Flynn about Russia talks just days after Trump took office | New York Post Michael Flynn, who<a href=“http://nypost.com/2017/02/13/michael-flynn-resigns-as-trumps-national-security-adviser/”> stepped down as national security adviser</a>, was interviewed by FBI agents in the early days of the Trump presidency <a href=“http://nypost.com/2017/02/13/trump-evaluating-the-situation-involving-flynn-russia/”>about his talks with the Russian ambassador</a>, according to a report Tuesday. Citing current and former officials, <a href=“https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/us/politics/fbi-interviewed-mike-flynn.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news”>the New York Times said the interview</a>, conducted days after he was sworn in as national security adviser, could escalate a political scandal into a felony charge against the former Army general if he wasn’t honest in what he told the agents. Flynn had told White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, that he didn’t talk about sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and Pence went on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Jan. 15 to vouch for him. But shortly after the FBI interview, on Jan. 26, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates <a href=“http://nypost.com/2017/02/13/flynn-could-be-vulnerable-to-russian-blackmail-doj/”>warned the White House that Flynn had been giving them misleading information</a> about his contact with Kislyak and could be open to blackmail, the Times reported.

GOP donor Ana Navarro: ‘Fully investigate’ Trump, Russia | Washington Examiner Ana Navarro, a longtime Republican donor who supported Jeb Bush for president, said congressional Republicans should open a full investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to the Russian government. Writing Tuesday on Twitter, Navarro cited her donations to the GOP and said the party should not play dumb. Dear GOP, I supported/donated to you for decades, she said. Don’t play dumb on Trump and Russia. Not a good look. Fully investigate! Happy Valentines Day. Navarro, a CNN contributor, is one of President Trump’s most outspoken critics on cable news. The White House is under heightened scrutiny following the late Monday night resignation of national security adviser Mike Flynn. Flynn resigned amid new reports that top White House officials were warned that the Russian government may have information to blackmail him.

Emily Ratajkowski defends Melania Trump against ‘hooker’ commentNot OK.

 

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