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Putin Addresses Russian Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives

https://youtu.be/l3XHFlyL2jo

We see that there are forces in the US that are willing to sacrifice Russia-US relations to promote their ambitions amid the political strife in America. One of our famous satirical writers once wrote about such 'miserable, wretched people.' But this is not quite so, at least when it comes to this case. These are not miserable or wretched people. No, they are powerful, strong people who can force unbelievable and illogical stories into the faces of their citizens. Yes, they can really do this. I say this not to scold or commend anyone. Absolutely not. I am saying this so that we take this into account in our practical work in the American direction. These are simply the facts of life..."

NDPP

Here's The Real Reason The US Must Talk To Russia

http://www.atimes.com/article/heres-the-real-reason-the-us-must-talk-to-...

"A new book details why future historians may well identify Putin's landmark March 1, speech as the ultimate game-changer in the 21st century new great game in Eurasia..."

 

Russia Threatens 'Response' if Sweden, Finland Join NATO

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/07/25/569170/Russia-Sergey-Shoigu-Sw...

"Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says Moscow would 'take response measures' if Sweden and Finland joined  the NATO military alliance..."

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The Plot Thins:   -  by George Galloway

https://on.rt.com/9ayw

"How gel became a liquid and the whole Novichok affair began to smell to high heaven...'It was Ukraine."

The Novichok fiasco is just one small example of how pernicious a problem Russophobia has become. The government narrative may have completely unravelled but the Russophobe still studiously clings to the strange tale and  bogus charges carefully averting his eyes from any  evidence which threatens foregone conclusions. Notice thus how effectively  Russophobia negates analysis or logic, rendering victims effectively brain dead, receptive only to unfounded smears, stupidities and the paranoid fantasies they increasingly crave and media increasingly provides. It's an old disease, a serious disease and lots have caught it in the current epidemic. The pathogens are carried by the corporate msm mostly. The NYT, Washington Post and The Guardian are three purveyors of particular note but there are many others.  Of course pointing it out or trying to counter it with reality, debate or contradictory evidence only results in more hysteria and delusionary allegations that you, yourself are part of this dark Kremlin conspiracy. It's quite harmless even hilarious when you're dealing with an obvious  loon  like Louise Mensch, or others I won't name...But if it's a political party, a foreign minister or military alliance , well then you're into some very dangerous territory. An ancillary component of  Russophobia disease, especially amongst liberals of a certain class, is a kind of cowardice, a tendency to play along,  by those who recognize the malady, don't have it, but won't speak up to those that do. It's an all too common Canadian trait this unfortunately.  A need for acceptance perhaps or a lack of character sufficient to think and act independently of the herd. A certain spinelessness and tendency to 'go along to get along' perhaps. A wish 'not to get involved'. And so the thing grows, expands and deepens. And all based on figments and concoctions just like the 'highly likely military-grade Russian nerve-agent Novichok.'

I was glad to read that few in Salisbury believe the state's story. Saddened to find some here still do...

 

'Yesterday upon the stair I met a man who wasn't there he wasn't there again today I wish I wish he'd go away...'  - whm-

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Big Bad Vlad! The Demonization of Russia (and vid)

https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/433989-world-cup-russia-scaremonge...

Author, journalist and broadcaster John Wight interviewed.

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CrossTalk Bullhorns: Criminalizing Diplomacy

https://youtu.be/YwBohX0tIv0

"On this edition of CrossTalk we discuss whether detente is possible, even desirable. Why isn't it a good time to get along with Russia."

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Russia To Treat Further US Sanctions As An Open Declaration of Economic War - PM

https://on.rt.com/9c3v

Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev has warned the US that any sanctions targeting Russian banking operations and currency trade will be treated as a declaration of economic war and retaliated against by any means necessary. 'Our American friends should make no mistake about it..."

 

'Unacceptable & Unlawful': Russia Slams New US Sanctions Imposed Over Poisoning Of Skripals

https://youtu.be/vwj4hFC_dkU

"Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin, says the use of a Russian link to recent UK poisoning incidents to justify fresh US sanctions against the Kremlin is a violation of international law..."

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Russia May Ditch Dollar in Oil Trade As It Is Too Risky - Finance Minister

https://on.rt.com/9c8t

"We have significantly reduced our investments in US assets. In fact, the dollar, which is considered to be the international currency, becomes a risky tool for payments. Siluanov said the sanctions are 'unpleasant' but nothing fatal. 

In response Moscow will continue to minimize investment in the US economy and securities and will push for payments in rubles and other currencies, including the euro..."

The desertion from the dollar has begun...

NDPP

Sophie & Co: Oliver Stone Interview (and vid)

https://www.rt.com/shows/sophieco/411832-putin-interview-stone-russia/

"We caught up with the director himself in Moscow..."

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Sanction Mania vs Russia (and vid)

https://www.thenation.com/article/sanction-mania-vs-russia/

"Broadly understood, sanctions have been part of US policy toward Russia for much of the past 100 years. The new bout of sanctions mania is in response to Russia's alleged 'attack on American democracy' during the 2016 presidential election. In reality, there was no 'attack'..."

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US Congress Publishes Entire Text of Russia Sanctions 'Bill From Hell'

https://on.rt.com/9cdp

"The full text of Congress' latest sanctions bill has been released, revealing a punitive piece of legislation that aims to undermine Russia economically - and even suggests designating Moscow a state sponsor of terrorism. Moscow has vowed to respond to any new sanctions..."

https://youtu.be/A69w4RGHwBg

 

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Is this what is meant by 'Nero fiddled while Rome burned'?

Russia prepares for ‘largest war games’ since Cold War

Military exercises will include Chinese troops for the first time in what is being viewed as a major geopolitical shift

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-war-games-2018-mi...

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Time Has Come to Finally Ditch US Dollar  - Foreign Ministry

https://on.rt.com/9czb

"The time has come when we need to go from words to actions, and get rid of the dollar as a means of mutual settlements, and look for other alternatives,' said Deputy FM Sergei Ryabkov. 'Thank God, this is happening and we will speed up this work,' Ryabkov said, explaining the move would come in addition to other 'retaliatory measures' as a response to a growing list of  US sanctions. 

The world's second largest economy, China, has also been taking steps to challenge the greenback's dominance with the launch of an oil futures contract backed by Chinese currency, the petro-yuan. China and Iran have already agreed to stop using the dollar for global trade."

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Latest Batch of US Sanctions Against Russia Comes Into Effect

https://on.rt.com/9d4g

"The latest set of sanctions against Russia, introduced by the US in response to Moscow's alleged involvement in the Skripal poisoning in the UK, has come into effect. Moscow has already promised a proportionate response. 

'As usual, Washington provided no evidence or justification while only throwing out vicious innuendos,' Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said last week. 'We will counter the US slow-witted, blinkered and aggressive approach with sober-minded, orderly work and a constructive agenda,' he continued..."

Where are the Skripals? The msm swiftly abandoned the story with no questions asked. Clearly whenever Russia is involved, no proof is necessary and any unfounded accusation is permitted.

NDPP

Savchenko, Sentsov & Udaltsov...

https://on.rt.com/9cv9

"Blatant hypocrisy makes Russians deeply cynical about the West."

bekayne

+ Someone recently asked me to describe what I mean by the Sputnik Left and I said you’ll know it when you see it. The best definition I could come up with was: political activists who rigorously apply Chomsky’s lens to the NYT, WashPost, and the Guardian, but regurgitate as gospel whatever they read or hear on RT or Sputnik.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/24/roaming-charges-waiting-for-my-man/

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The American Hysterics at the Meeting of Bolton and Patrushev

https://youtu.be/hfDtJuiUsE4

"Sound like idiocy? Oh, no. This is the new Washington diplomacy...Basically, we are dealing with sick people."

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Russian Foreign Ministry Briefing (and vid)

https://youtu.be/JDTOcg2gosM

"The Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesperson, Maria Zakharova is giving her weekly news briefing in Moscow..."

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Back in the (Great) Game: The Revenge of the Eurasian Land Powers  -  by Pepe Escobar

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/08/29/back-in-the-great-game-the-revenge...

Get ready for a major geopolitical chessboard rumble: from now on, every butterfly fluttering its wings and setting off a tornado directly connects to the battle between Eurasia integration and Western sanctions as foreign policy..."

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The Love that Dare not Speak its Name - the Secret in the Clinton-Yeltsin Papers which the Kremlin Spokesman Regrets to See Exposed is the Love of Submission

http://johnhelmer.net/the-love-that-dare-not-speak-its-name-the-secret-i...

"The reality of the relationship between President Boris Yeltsin and President Bill Clinton, declassified for public reading..."

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Defence Minister Shoigu Interview (and vid)

https://youtu.be/6SghqvJdbQY

"When they see how capable our armed forces are, I think it helps to curb their enthusiasm a little."

Doug Woodard

Russians mock implausible spy duo:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45591103

I'm reminded of the public attitude to the regime of Nicholas II. An interesting development.

NDPP

UK Nerve Agent Case Against Russia Collapses (and vid)

http://theduran.com/uk-nerve-agent-case-against-russia-collapses-video/

"Suffice it to say the whole strange Skripal saga just got a lot more bizarre."

Doug Woodard

Oppositiion leader Navalny detained again:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/24/russian-opposition-leader-...

Tyranny gets more cunning all the time.

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

The Yale-educated lawyer has faced a string of charges since he became the leading opposition figure in Russia, campaigning against Putin’s rule at mass demonstrations in 2011 and 2012.

Given his background, I am surprised they haven't arrested him for spying yet. Opposition leader is a stretch. He has never been elected to anything and his party conventions can meeet in a medium sized dining hall.

On 1 February 2015, the Progress Party held a convention that was attended by 62 delegates from 50 regional branches.

So what do you think of his party's platform? In this country we would see it as a far right libertarian party. It seems that it gets less traction amongst Russian voters than any of the real contenders. With a platform that basically calls for a replay of the carpet bag era after the USSR desolved I can see why average Russians would not be interested.

The party's platform stood for the decentralization of power in Russia, cutting the number of government officials, lustration for those responsible for political repressions, reducing the president’s powers, possibly switching to a parliamentary republic, and ensuring the independence of the judiciary. It also stipulated "drastically reducing" government interference in the economy, ending censorship, prohibiting the government from owning media outlets, and abolishing conscription.

voice of the damned

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The Love that Dare not Speak its Name - the Secret in the Clinton-Yeltsin Papers which the Kremlin Spokesman Regrets to See Exposed is the Love of Submission

http://johnhelmer.net/the-love-that-dare-not-speak-its-name-the-secret-i...

"The reality of the relationship between President Boris Yeltsin and President Bill Clinton, declassified for public reading..."

One of the valid points made against the anti-Putin crowd is the homphobic nature of some of the Trump/Putin bromance humour.

But explicitly calling Clinton and Yeltsin "the Gay Gordons" and "Gay Cavaliers" on Harlequin romance covers? I swear to God, some of this pro-Russia stuff has to be CIA black-ops, designed to obliterate whatever moral high-ground the Russia lobby has been able to claim for itself.

NDPP

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov 

https://youtu.be/Ime6Vokaei0

Speech to 73rd Session UNGA, Sept 28, 2018

"We are witnessing the onset of militant revisionism of the modern international legal system. At the same time, our Western colleagues try to replace the rule of law in world affairs with a certain 'rules-based order'..."

 

Russian FM Lavrov Press Conference, Q&A

https://youtu.be/04FVIyf0sKU

Final press conference on sideline of 73rd UNGA

 

Drop the Diktats, Try Diplomacy: Major Takeaways from FM Lavrov's UN Speech  (and vid)

https://on.rt.com/9ffu

"At the UN, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov lashed out at the West's 'political blackmail and brute force', says diplomacy should not give way to diktats and unilateral sanctions."

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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One of the valid points made against the anti-Putin crowd is the homphobic nature of some of the Trump/Putin bromance humour.

But explicitly calling Clinton and Yeltsin "the Gay Gordons" and "Gay Cavaliers" on Harlequin romance covers? I swear to God, some of this pro-Russia stuff has to be CIA black-ops, designed to obliterate whatever moral high-ground the Russia lobby has been able to claim for itself.

Progressives typically support equal rights, and equal marriage.  But since as long as I can remember, they've also granted themselves permission to use gay jokes and gay metaphors to mock what they see as "excessive" co-operation, or perhaps excessive subservience or whatever.

I'm pretty sure that if I said "Trudeau was on that free trade deal like a black man on a watermelon" that wouldn't fly here, and should not.

But if I said "Trudeau bent over the table and let Trump have his way", that actually might pass under the radar.  Crap like that certainly used to.

I suppose it's an open secret that I came back, back in the day, under a different name.  I came back (and even claimed to be gay!) because I was nauseated by the amount of homophobic rhetoric that was passing for reasonable comment by the left and I was curious to see if, by "identifying" as gay, my protests against the dude-bros would hold water.

Not my proudest moment, I guess, but not especially shameful either, because evidently if someone purporting to be gay asks why it's OK to refer to Stephen Harper fellating George Bush, people at least took that mostly seriously instead of asking why I'm doing the bidding of Harper and Bush and defending them and such.  At least we got close to what's wrong with that.

TL;DR:  progressives cannot use homosexuality as a shorthand for "too close" or "too chummy" or "subservient to", nor use oral sex for the same.  Why would we go there??

Mobo2000

Agree with you on this 100% Magoo.

voice of the damned

TL;DR:  progressives cannot use homosexuality as a shorthand for "too close" or "too chummy" or "subservient to", nor use oral sex for the same.  Why would we go there??

I basically agree, though I think it's okay to use sexuality or romance in general as a metaphor for excessive chuminess, as for example in this poster(which I once had hanging on my bedroom wall)...  

https://tinyurl.com/y7hu6gey

Granted, given the existing social animosity toward homsexuality, doing the same thing in regards to, say, Bush/Blair, might be a little more problematic, even if you didn't directly mock the homsexual aspect of the metaphor.

I did think it was basically okay for people to laugh about Trump saying recently that he had "fallen in love" with Kim Jong Un after "reading his beautiful letters", since regardless of gender, it's a pretty bizarre thing for a world leader to say about another world leader, especially when that world leader represents a political party that's supposed to be so hardcore against the other country.

(FWIW, I'm genuinely delighted with the ongoing Trump-Kim romance, and hope it keeps blossoming for as long as possible.)  

 

 

NDPP

Yes, I do as well, and it's an objectionable and unnecessary practice to use 'fucked up the ass' , 'raped' etc  to describe political situations which have nothing to do with these descriptors.

josh

Putin, apparently now taking lessons from Trump, calls Skripal a scumbag.

https://t.co/Ot6MpWbnhM

NDPP

CrossTalk on Russia & the West: Cutting the Gordian Knot

https://youtu.be/jfqfQ-G4JPo

On this edition of the program we discuss Russia's relations  with the west, Ukraine and a lot of history. CrossTalking with professors Nicolai Petro and Geoffrey Roberts.

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Crimea in Mourning, Kerch College Shooting Leaves 21 Killed, Up to 70 Injured 

https://youtu.be/N4oTzwYp_FQ

"Three days of mourning are being observed in Crimea after a student carried out a bloody attack in the city of Kerch."

18 year old male student, appeared to mimic Columbine shooting. 

NDPP

Kudrin Offers To Surrender To the West For the Lifting of Sanctions (and vid)

https://thesaker.is/kudrin-offers-to-surrender-to-the-west-for-the-lifti...

Never mind the pathetic ultranationalist Navalny, much more popular in the West than he will ever be in Russia, where his ratings and prospects are negligible. For the true Russophobic wet-dreamers, the West's man in the Kremlin, Alexei Kudrin, is the real deal...

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Putin Attends Valdai Plenary Session in Sochi

https://youtu.be/kYTZgcfgvfU

"Russian President Vladimir Putin is attending the 15th annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi...The club, established in 2004, has become an internationally recognized platform for interactions between leading world experts, Russia scholars, politicians and government officials..."

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Kudrin Offers To Surrender To the West For the Lifting of Sanctions (and vid)

https://thesaker.is/kudrin-offers-to-surrender-to-the-west-for-the-lifti...

Never mind the pathetic ultranationalist Navalny, much more popular in the West than he will ever be in Russia, where his ratings and prospects are negligible. For the true Russophobic wet-dreamers, the West's man in the Kremlin, Alexei Kudrin, is the real deal...

But who is the left's man in the Kremlin? Which opponent of the right wing Putin would a true lefty (to be distinguished from the fakes like me here on babble) support? Or is Putin as good as it gets?

NDPP

I haven't the foggiest notion. Perhaps you'd be better occupied searching for the left's man in Ottawa, although the prospects are probably equally dismal. 

Inconvenient Thoughts on Cold War and Other News (and vid)

https://www.thenation.com/article/inconvenient-thoughts-on-cold-war-and-...

"Stephen F Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at Princeton and NYU, and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russia Cold War. 

'National intelligence agencies have long played major roles, often not entirely visible, in international politics. They are doing so again today, as is evident in several countries, from Russiagate in the US and the murky Skripal assassination attempt in the UK, to the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi..."

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dp omitted.

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Putin: Russia Getting Rid of Dollar Matter of National Security (and vid)

https://youtu.be/4fECrSQ9ifM

Evil Russian dictator on problem of 'the American partners'

(or who's  really been stealing our 'precious bodily fluids?')

 

Vladimir Putin on Nuclear War

https://youtu.be/xLT2UwDiFRg

"Russia does not have the notion of 'preventive strike' in its nuclear doctrine We are only prepared to use it in response. But a potential aggressor should know that there will be retaliation..."

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'Has the Eagle Eaten All the Olives?' Putin Jokes With Bolton About US Belligerence (and vid)

https://on.rt.com/9h3o

"As far as I can remember, the US coat of arms features a bald eagle that holds 13 arrows in talon and an olive branch in another, which is a symbol of a peace loving policy,' Putin said in a meeting with Bolton in Moscow on Tuesday. 

'I have a question,' the Russian president added. 'Looks like your eagle has already eaten all the olives. Are the arrows all that is left?"

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Arms Races Increase Arsenals Raising the Risk of Nuclear Winter (and vid)

https://therealnews.com/stories/arms-races-increase-atomic-arsenals-rais...

"The current arsenals of the US and Russia could still produce nuclear winter..."

 

What of a Future Canada-Russia Relationship?

http://globalbrief.ca/blog/2018/10/30/what-does-a-future-canada-russia-r...

"Canada is fully able to conceive of and construct a comprehensive bilateral agenda with the US and, to a far lesser extent with China. Yet when it comes to Russia - also a great power at Canada's borders - a serious bilateral policy framework is largely absent..."

NDPP

TRNN: Russian 'Doomsday Machine' an Answer to US Decaptiation Strategy - Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (and vid)

https://therealnews.com/stories/russian-doomsday-machine-an-answer-to-u-...

"The US military still thinks that a nuclear war can be won by targeting Russian leadership in a bizarre Dr Strangelove logic; it's a recipe for unmitigated catastrophe, says Daniel Ellsberg..."

 

For the First Time Since the Cuban Missile Crisis Nuclear Threat is Real 

https://youtu.be/OpQuUMURex8

Prof Stephen Cohen, Russian Studies, Princeton, NYU

 

We Call On Canada To Work With Europe To Save the INF Treaty

http://www.ceasefire.ca/call-canada-work-europeans-save-inf-treaty/

"Under the malign influence of US national security adviser John Bolton, who views international law as a tool of the weak, President Trump has recently announced his intention to 'terminate' the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The decision is an unnecessary and self-defeating wrong turn that could lead to an unrestrainted and dangerous nuclear arms competition with Russia..."

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Russian Diplomacy is Winning the New Cold War (and vid)

https://www.thenation.com/article/russian-diplomacy-is-winning-the-new-c...

"Washington's attempt to 'isolate Putin's Russia' has failed and had the opposite effect. The notion of 'isolating' a country of Russia's size, Eurasian location, resources and long history as a great power is vainglorious folly. It reflects the paucity and poverty of foreign thinking in Washington in recent decades, not the least in the US Congress and mainstream media..."

NDPP

CrossTalk on Ukraine vs Russia: Dire Straits

https://youtu.be/sGPiEfRgLgM

"It's Ukraine vs Russia again. A minor maritime incident on the Kerch Strait is said to be anything between a major international crisis to a cheap campaign trick as Ukraine enters an election cycle. Take your pick..."

 

Another Batch of S-400 Systems Sent to Crimea After Kerch Incident

https://youtu.be/mlfCMKfOMXk

"A large column of Russian military hardware, including anti-ship missiles has been spotted moving towards tCrimean city of Kerch, after Russian border guards faced off with Ukrainian ships violating Russia's border."

 

Force Talks

http://johnhelmer.net/force-talks-an-approach-with-hostile-intent-to-the...?

"An approach with hostile intent to the Russian frontier by aircraft, ships at sea, or troops in the field, will be shot..."

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US Navy Sends Ship To Russia's Far East, Reportedly Prepares to Enter Black Sea

https://on.rt.com/9jw9

"An American destroyer sailed off the Russian coast, near the Pacific Fleet base in Vladivostok, in a first such stunt since the Cold War. Another US ship is expected in the Black Sea soon, amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

The US Navy calls such stunts 'Freedom of Navigation Operations' (FONOP). The last time a FONOP was conducted in this area was 1987, at the peak of Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union.

Peter the Great Bay was named after the first emperor of Russia, and is dotted with  bases of the Russian Pacific Fleet. The presence of a US destroyer in the area is comparable to a Russian sail-by of San Diego, California, or Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.

The US has also repeatedly sent ships to the parts of the East China Sea claimed by Beijing..."

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Chief of General Staff, Army General V Gerasimov Briefs Foreign Military Attaches 

https://youtu.be/EE1piUkN2oU

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