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RUSSIA SAYS PYONGYANG WANTS DIRECT TALKS WITH WASHINGTON

RUSSIA SAYS PYONGYANG WANTS DIRECT TALKS WITH WASHINGTON

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that North Korea's leadership wants direct talks with the United States to seek guarantees on their security from Washington, Russia's RIA news agency reported.

 

Lavrov said he had passed on Pyongyang's desire for direct talks to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when the two men met on the sidelines of a conference in Vienna on Thursday, the news agency reported.

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Polish counterintelligence chief questioned over alleged deal with Russia

Polish counterintelligence chief questioned over alleged deal with Russia

The former director of Poland’s military counterintelligence agency has been questioned by the country’s military police, over allegedly illegal cooperation with Russian intelligence.
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Mueller’s Russia Investigation Is “Entrapment”

Mueller’s Russia Investigation Is “Entrapment”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee made some salient points Sunday, noting that the entire investigation of Trump-Russia collusion is most likely based on “a phony dossier”.

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John Lehman: China, Russia, Iran threaten ‘New Pearl Harbor’

John Lehman: China, Russia, Iran threaten ‘New Pearl Harbor’

The former US Navy Secretary insists that the main weakness in Navy preparedness is a painfully slow weapons procurement system

By DOUG TSURUOKA
ATimes.com

NOVEMBER 30, 2017

Former US Navy Secretary John F. Lehman has warned in an exclusive interview with Asia Times that the US faces the danger of a “New Pearl Harbor from growing cooperation between China, Russia and Iran that is marked by increased military and technology sharing.

“China, Russia and Iran are doing joint naval exercises and they are sharing anti-aircraft and antisubmarine technology,” Lehman said. “They don’t have to be allies. They figure if they carry out their designs in co-ordinated fashion that this will stretch the US so thin that we can’t deal with it — and that is the worry right now.”

But as the US military confronts a three-way alignment that Lehman compares to the Tripartite Alliance between Germany, Italy and Japan before World War II, Lehman says the chief danger isn’t from anti-ship missiles or supercavitating torpedoes. Rather, the main threat to American preparedness, he says, (more…)

Russia loses contact with new weather satellite

Russia loses contact with new weather satellite

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Press TV

Russian space agency Roscosmos says it cannot establish contact with a weather satellite just hours after it was launched from a new spaceport.

“During the first scheduled communication session with the space vehicle, contact has not been established because it is not on its planned orbit,” Roscosmos said in a statement on Tuesday, referring to the Meteor weather satellite.

“Information is currently being analyzed,” the statement added.

No further details were provided.

The Soyuz rocket carrying the Meteor satellite took off at 2:41 pm (0541 GMT) on Tuesday from Russia’s new Vostochny cosmodrome in the country’s far east.

“All the initial stages of the rocket’s flight went according to plan,” the space agency had said after the liftoff.

According to Roscosmos, the rocket also carried 18 other satellites from Canada, the United States, Japan, Germany, Sweden, and Norway.

The rocket was the second to be launched from Vostochny. The first launch from the new spaceport took place in April last year.

The new spaceport was built to ease dependence on the Baikonur cosmodrome (more…)

Russia Warns Washington: Confiscating Gold Reserves Would Be “Declaration Of Financial War”

Russia Warns Washington: Confiscating Gold Reserves Would Be “Declaration Of Financial War”

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com

Nov 29, 2017

In a surprising, and unexpected warning – which seemingly came out of nowhere – Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov cautioned Washington yesterday that “If our gold and currency reserves can be arrested, even if such a thought exists, it would be financial terrorism.”

The comment appears to have been prompted by consideration of escalating US/EU sanctions which could ultimately impact Russia’s offshore held gold and reserves. If sanctions include the freezing of foreign accounts of the central bank, it would be equal to declaring financial war on Russia, Siluanov said, although he added that he considers such a scenario unlikely (for now).

After making the point that Russia’s budget is prepared for the possibility of tougher US/EU sanctions, RT reports that Siluanov warned if the west include the seizure of Russia’s foreign exchange reserves, it would be regarded as a “declaration of a financial war.”

According to Siluanov, the budget takes into account the risk of income shortfalls. (more…)

Russia Warns Of Possible “Apocalyptic Scenario” On Korean Peninsula

Russia Warns Of Possible “Apocalyptic Scenario” On Korean Peninsula

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com

Nov 27, 2017

Russian deputy foreign minister Igor Morgulov said on Monday that “an apocalyptic scenario of developments” on the Korean Peninsula is possible, but Russia hopes that a common sense would prevail among the involved parties.

“A scenario of the apocalyptic development of the situation on the Korean Peninsula exists and we cannot turn our blind eye to it,” Morgulov said speaking at the opening of the eighth annual Asian Conference of the Valdai discussion club in Seoul. “I hope that a common sense, pragmatism and an instinct of self-preservation would prevail among our partners to exclude such negative scenario,” the Russian diplomat said, quoted by Russia’s Tass.

Fire and brimstone aside, Morgulov noted that a phase of calm appeared to be returning as North Korea’s current pause in provocations – the longest since last winter – indicates a step toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. “I think North Korea’s restraint for the past two months is within the simultaneous freeze road map” (more…)

Russia confirms 6,000mph HYPERSONIC Zircon missile ready for war ‘as of TODAY’

Russia confirms 6,000mph HYPERSONIC Zircon missile ready for war ‘as of TODAY’

RUSSIA has confirmed it now has hypersonic weapons in its arsenal – with missiles capable of reaching more than 6,000mph.

By Henry Holloway
DailyStar.com

24th November 2017

Vladimir Putin’s defence bosses confirmed “as of today” its military has weapons which we can supposedly fly up to eight times of the speed of sound.

Head of the defence council Viktor Bondarev confirmed the Zircon cruise missile is now available in Russia’s arsenal while speaking on Tuesday.

The weapon – which Russia boasts is capable of Mach 8 – was last tested back in June.

Hypersonic weapons are the at the centre of the next arms race between the US, China and Russia.

And it appears Moscow have taken an early lead as they boast the weapons can beat NATO missile interceptors.

The Zircon – also known as Tsirkon – has been in development for over 20 years since first being unvieled in 1995.

Russian warships, submarines, missile launchers and planes will be armed with weapon capable of manoeuvring around defence systems.

It is designed to blast enemy ships out of the water (more…)

Russia’s MiG-41 Stealth Interceptor Aircraft: All What You Need To Know – Veterans Today

Russia’s MiG-41 Stealth Interceptor Aircraft: All What You Need To Know – Veterans Today

…from SouthFront Developed in the 70s, put into service in the 80s, the MiG-31 fighter jet will soon be replaced by its successor. The purpose of the MiG-31 is the detection and destruction of ballistic and cruise missiles, various aircraft, ranging from the low-flying UAVs to low-orbit satellites. Although this interceptor was developed over 40 […]Source: Russia’s MiG-41 Stealth Interceptor Aircraft: All What You Need To Know – Veterans Today

Why Russia and China’s Navies Are Drilling Together More Than Ever

Why Russia and China’s Navies Are Drilling Together More Than Ever

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Lyle J. Goldstein

During the “Golden Era” of Sino-Soviet relations, in the 1950s, naval matters formed some of the most pressing issues on the agenda of that erstwhile alliance. Mao Zedong was counting on the Kremlin to provide Beijing with the fleet (or at least the relevant know-how) that would finally enable the conquest of Taiwan. China’s navy received some impressive platforms, such as a cutting-edge ballistic-missile submarine, for good measure, illustrating the coziness of this relationship. Yet Soviet leaders also expected strategic benefits from the bargain, including renewed access to the old Russian base at Port Arthur (旅顺港), the building of transmitters for naval communications with submarines operating across the vast expanses of the Pacific and even the prospect of commanding Chinese ships within a “joint fleet” construct. Of course, these ambitious plans all came to a crashing halt in the early 1960s, broken on the rocks of outsized leadership personalities and nationalist dogma.

Are we back in the 1950s today? Hardly—but the growing closeness (more…)