Russian Bombers Fly Near U.S. on July 4th

PHOTO: Tupolev Tu-95 Bear, a large, four-engine turboprop-powered strategic bomber in Voronezh region, Russia, September 20, 2014.

As Americans were celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, four Russian long-range bomber aircraft flew close enough to the US shores that they were intercepted by military fighter jets. The first set of two bombers flew near Alaska and just 30 minutes later a separate set flew far off the west coast of California.

According to officials at NORAD the flights stayed within international airspace and at no time did any of the Russian bombers enter or get close to entering sovereign North American boundaries.

The first incident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. EDT on July 4, when Alaskan-based NORAD F-22 fighters intercepted and visually identified two Russian TU-95 “Bear” long-range bomber aircraft flying off the coast of the Aleutian Islands within the Air Defense Identification Zone (an area of international waters that stretches 200 miles from US coastline), officials at NORAD said in a statement to ABC News.

Then at approximately 11 a.m. EDT, NORAD F-15 fighters from the Continental NORAD Region intercepted and visually identified two additional Bear bombers flying off the central California coast, well away from U.S. sovereign airspace.

While Northcom is not saying precisely how far out the California intercept occurred, one official said it was on the outer lines of the ADIZ, meaning it could have been as far out as 200 miles. US airspace begins 12 miles from the coasts. The US asks military aircraft from other countries operating in that space to identify themselves and will make sure they’ve changed course away from US shores before backing away.

While intercepts of Russian aircraft off Alaska occur frequently, intercepts off California are less common. In June last year a two long-range Russian bombers flew within 50 miles of northern California.

US to pay salaries of Governor Saakashvili’s team in Odessa, Ukraine

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The US government will pay the salaries to the staff of Georgia’s former President Mikhail Saakashvili, who is now serving as a new governor of Odessa Region, Ukraine, Saakashvili said, adding that California police will also train Odessa’s officers.

“Within the framework of Odessa’s anti-corruption pressure, the US government agreed to provide funds for the salaries of the new team of [Mikhail] Saakashvili,” Saakashvili wrote on his Facebook page after the meeting with Geoffrey Pyatt, the US Ambassador to Ukraine.

He added that American police officers from California “will train new Odessa police.”

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Pyatt has repeatedly voiced his support for Saakashvili. Earlier in July he said that Washington “fully supports Mikheil Saakashvili and his team, and we will do everything so that they can succeed.”

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US authorities have recently been sending other instructors to train local forces in Ukraine. In April, paratroopers of the US 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vicenza, Italy, arrived in the western Ukrainian city of Lvov to provide training for Ukrainian government troops. Pyatt then posted on Twitter several pictures of the US paratroopers marching through the airport in the city.

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Saakashvili became governor of Odessa Region back in May. He was personally appointed by President Petro Poroshenko.

He was also given Ukrainian citizenship under Poroshenko’s personal decree, published on his website, as the Ukrainian constitution says that only a citizen can become an official at governor level.

Saakashvili left Georgia in autumn 2013, days before his presidential term expired. He has been living abroad ever since.

In spring 2014, Georgia’s new ruling coalition accused Saakashvili of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state budget. Georgia’s prosecutors have started an investigation into the case. However, Saakashvili denies the charges against him, saying the funds went towards attracting foreign investors to the country.

Apart from embezzlement, Saakashvili has several other cases ongoing against him. He is accused of abuse of power during the crackdown on anti-government protests in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, on November 7, 2007. He was also allegedly involved in the attack on the opposition TV station Imedi, which was seized by Georgian special forces on the same day, and the appropriation of the founder’s assets.

In February 2015, Tbilisi issued an extradition request for Saakashvili, but Kiev authorities rejected it.

Moscow summons Belgian envoy over seizure of state assets, threatens retaliation

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Moscow has summoned the Belgian ambassador to lodge a protest over the freeze of its state assets. It said that Moscow may consider retaliatory measures against Belgium if the assets are seized, including against Belgium diplomatic property in Russia.

This comes after Belgian bailiffs notified Belgian, Russian and other international companies of the seizure of assets belonging to Russia at the behest of the Isle of Man-based Yukos Universal Limited, a subsidiary of the Russian energy giant, which was dismantled in 2007. They have given the target companies a fortnight to comply.

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Russia will appeal the court’s arrest of Russian property, Russian presidential aide Andrey Belousov said. According to the official, “the situation with the arrest of the property is politicized, [and] Moscow hopes to avoid a new escalation in relations.”

Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it could consider retaliatory measures against Belgium if the assets are seized.

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A letter accompanying the notice, reportedly drafted by the law firm Marc Sacré, Stefan Sacré & Piet De Smet, accused Moscow of a “systematic failure to voluntarily follow” international legal judgments.

The addressees included not just local offices of Russian companies, but international banks, a local branch of the Russian Orthodox Church, and even Eurocontrol, the European air traffic agency headquartered in Brussels. Only diplomatic assets, such as embassies, were exempt.

The situation was not unexpected, and Russia is considering a number of measures to deal with possible asset seizures both in Belgium and in other countries, said Andrey Belousov, an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The situation is very politicized,” Belousov said. “Let’s hope that common sense prevails and we don’t sink deep in this story, that there won’t be a new round of retaliatory escalation.”

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Russia has not accepted the ruling, saying it disregards widespread tax fraud committed by Yukos, and constitutes a form of indirect retribution for Russia’s standoff with the West over Ukraine. Earlier this month, the Russian ministry of justice said it would take “preventative measures” to avoid property confiscation, and challenge each decision in national courts.

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A separate ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) last summer awarded Yukos shareholders €1.9 billion in compensation. Russia’s Dozhd channel quoted ECHR representatives as saying that the reported seizures are not related to its legal decision as several media reports have previously suggested.

Neither Belgium, nor Russia have yet released official statements about potential asset seizures.

Russia spent much of the 1990s embroiled in legal squabbles with several foreign creditors, who attempted to seize its property abroad, but each time the dispute was settled without asset confiscation.

Putin: 40+ ICBMs targeted for 2015 nuclear force boost

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Over 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles will be delivered to Russia’s strategic forces in 2015, President Vladimir Putin announced at the opening ceremony of the Army-2015 Expo, an international military forum held near Moscow.

This year, our nuclear forces are going to get more than 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of penetrating all existing, even the most advanced missile defenses,” the Russian president said, adding that the state would persist in paying specific attention to realization of a massive military rearmament program and modernization of the defense industry, Putin said.

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Vladimir Putin also said that tests of a new radar station capable of beyond-the-horizon aerial target detection will start soon in Russia. The system will be directed westward. A similar radar station is also due to be deployed eastward. And in April a new radar station started operations in the city of Armavir, in southern Russia.

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Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov says that NATO is provoking Russia into an arms race. Antonov’s statement was made referring to US plans to put its F-22 jets in Eastern Europe.

I believe the statement must be looked at together with other similar statements, which have recently been numerous,” the deputy defense minister said. “A few days ago, reports started to turn up about certain [American] missiles put in a certain location and about certain ammunition depots in Eastern European countries and the Baltic. It looks like our colleagues from NATO member states are pushing us into an arms race,” he said.

WHY DOES PENTAGON NEED LABORATORIES IN UKRAINE?

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Why? – in order to ‘protect us against terrorists’ of course. And that is the greatest fear of the inhabitants of the village Shelkostantsia where the US will be fighting with ‘the danger of the spread of biological weapons’. What does that mean? – probably that the US, as in case of the ‘defense against terrorists’ will create this bioweapon itself – read: a Virus. The residents who protest against these laboratories smell a rat.

Of course by mere coincidence, all the countries in which the US has taken this caring mission are post-Soviet countries. Using the slogan ‘fight against terrorism’ the US has created: a National Biological Defense Program (NBD), which incorporates such countries as Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. In 2013 in Ukraine alone, the US created laboratories in Vinnytsia, Ternopil, Uzhhorod, Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk, Simferopol, Kherson, Lviv and Lugansk.

‘We do not want to be used as guinea pigs’

In the Kharkiv region, a laboratory to study the behavior of very dangerous animal pathogens was built. Recently a Ukrainian journalist Alexandr Rogers wrote about this. The American company Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. (Bv.com) is behind the project and is financed by the US Department of Defense. According to the obtained data, the plant is located in the basement of the Institute of Experimental Medicine and Veterinary Department (zoovet.kh.ua/en), all of its employees are foreigners, mostly Americans. Under the guise of laboratory tests experiments based on the use of lethal pathogens on the battlefield are carried out there. As a result of the residents’ protests, a few years ago the bacteriological laboratory in Merefa was suspended. However, that changed after the entry of US troops on the territory of Ukraine. Planned laboratory is only about 70 meters from the nearby houses.

…The small river Rzhavchik which falls into the Mzha and then into the Seversky Donets which supplies with drinking water all East Ukraine and then falls into the Don in Russia is 500 meters from it. Nearby there passes the route “Simferopol — Moscow”… said Yuri Grebenuk, one of the Ukrainian activists.
According to the published information, the project is implemented on the basis of the agreement between the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the US Ministry of Defense concerning the cooperation in preventing the spread of technology, pathogens and expertise that can be used to develop biological weapons signed on 29 August 2005.The Pentagon (not a civil agency, but the Defense Department itself) is responsible for this programme. According to a journalist Jeffrey Silverman A number of labs, strewn across Eastern Europe, are umbilically linked to the Biological Weapon Proliferation Prevention (BWPP) program and various projects within it, which is a cover for what is most likely an offensive program.

The observers are concerned about the secrecy of works on the creation of such institutions and about the fact that Pentagon – but not a civilian agency – stands at the head of this project. Certain fears are also associated with the need for construction of large storage facilities for pathogens that are required in the laboratory under the contract.

Frequent accidents

However this time, a fairly new idea is that the US creates these laboratories in a country that is at war,Ukraine, and relatively close to the front line. What would happen if a bomb was dropped on such a laboratory? – which is only about 500 meters from the mentioned river.

We recently learned how the Pentagon cares about the protection of the population (and its own people) against biological weapons when the information spread around about the specialists working at the military base in Utah who for about a year sent out active anthrax to a number of destinations in the US and to South Korea . The military were convinced that the bacteria were already dead and harmless. Only the recipients of the mail figured out they were dealing with a deadly biological weapon.

In the US such cases occur more frequently. In February 2009 Bloomberg reported that Baxter accidentally send vaccine material containing both live Avian bird flu and seasonal influenza to multiple laboratories worldwide. It must be noted that Baxter already made a mistake like this. Blood products produced by Baxter once contained HIV. Thousands of haemophiliacs died due to this, and many went on to infect their spouses.

An interesting case concerns also swine flu in Ukraine. The story begins when the so-called Professor Moshe had called a live radio show by Dr. A. True Ott, broadcast on Republic Broadcasting claiming to be a microbiologist who wanted to supply evidence to a States Attorney regarding tainted H1N1 swine flu vaccines being produced by Baxter’s Ukraine facility – a bio-weapon disguised as a vaccine. He said that Baxter’s Ukrainian lab was in fact producing a bio-weapon disguised as a vaccine. He claimed that the vaccine contained an adjuvant (additive) designed to weaken the immune system, and replicated RNA from the virus responsible for the 1918 pandemic Spanish flu, causing global sickness and mass death.Then Officially Joseph Moshe was arrested for calling the authorities and threatening to blow up the White House. During his arrest he sustained four rounds of tear-gas from the police, after which he was implied to be a member of the Mossad with specialised training. Moshe revealed this information in August, a full two months and more before the Ukrainian ‘flu’ epidemic broke out. You can see on this record what happened to him after that.

Another interesting example related to American laboratories and post-soviet countries is dealt with in 2012 during the outbreak of swine flu (ASF) which outbreaks in Russia. Gennady Onishchenko, the head of Russia’s Federal Service on Surveillance for Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor), the country’s chief public health official said then something like that.

ASF came to us from Georgia – first to the Republic of Ossetia and then to the Krasnodar and Stavropol regions. There are signs that this has been artificially injected. It is economic sabotage. The Krasnodar region has already been battling this problem for three years.

In one o his articles investigative journalist Wayne Madsen reported that the A/H1N1 virus is human-engineered pathogen that could result in a widespread global pandemic.

In this context, the crux of the welds may well give a quote from this article.

For example, that activity of the USA on construction of numerous laboratories in the different countries, possibly is connected with development of the biological weapon directed on a concrete genotype, the concrete nation. The existence of a dense network of laboratories allows to define an individual reaction of the population to a throw of a concrete virus and to find the most pathogenic options of infections to which the local population possesses the smallest immunity. Or that the American experts approve – 100 kg of spore of anthrax, sprayed over the city, will bring more victims than the nuclear bomb with the capacity of 1 mega ton.

.. But why then not only simple inhabitants, but also even many high officials from Ministry of Health and Veterinary service don’t know about this saving project?…

If this project according to B.T.Stegny’s statements has great national value why it was known nothing of it, why its implementation was planned in a full secret?

Accidental outbreaks are fairly well correlated with the occurrence of US labs on their areas – at least when it comes to the west coast of Africa. On the map developed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Centers for Disease Control -CDC), you can see where are the US laboratories – in the center of the Ebola epidemic, on the west coast of Africa.

Ukraine in barely a year since American democracy started to roll there, has achieved a lot in terms of its helpers overseas. The minimum wage is lower than in Zambia and Ghana. Voluntary battalions formed by the followers of Stephan Bandera and Adolf Hitler control vast areas. Undemocratic journalists and politicians are eliminated. Civilians, recruits and others who just cannot flee the country are killed massively.

There is censorship of social media and the society. And finally Ukraine has become one of the best places in terms of organ trade. Taking the above into account, the next stage of development of Ukrainian democracy might be an accidental outbreak of some kind of virus.

GDP of BRICS could surpass G7 in 2-3 years – senior Duma MP

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The GDP of the BRICS countries may surpass that of the G7 within two or three years, as it has already hit $32.5 trillion and rising, claims State Duma Foreign Relations chief Aleksey Pushkov.

“In 2014, the total gross domestic product of BRICS countries reached 30 percent [of the world’s GDP – Ed.]. This is less than that of the G7, but the difference is seven or eight percent. The combined GDP of the BRICS countries, according to the International Monetary Fund is $32.5 trillion [by purchasing power parity – Ed.]; the G7’s is $34.7 trillion. Given that the BRICS members mostly show much higher growth rates than the G7, we can assume that in the next two or three years the aggregate GDP of the BRICS countries will exceed the G7’s,” said the head of the State Duma Foreign Relations Committee, Aleksey Pushkov, speaking to reporters at the first BRICS Parliamentary Forum in Moscow.

He went on to say that BRICS should make this Forum regular, preferably annual, and when that happens, it would help to make the world more equitable and multipolar, based not on the superiority of one country over the other, but on the balance of interests.

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The economic center of the world is changing, the developed West will have to share its influence and authority in the global arena with players like BRICS, said Pushkov.

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Speaking about Western counter-efforts to consolidate and integrate, he mentioned the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US that aims at tariff reductions and the elimination of regulatory barriers to business.

If signed, it would turn Europe into the branch of the US economy, said Pushkov.

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Pushkov’s comments were made as G7 leaders were meeting in Kruen in the Bavarian Alps. Russia was expelled from the group last year over reunification with Crimea.

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Since being established in 2006, the BRICS group has proposed many projects aimed at enhancing business relations between the members.

In July 2014, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa agreed a $100 billion BRICS New Development Bank intended to rival the IMF and World Bank and sponsor business projects of the group.

Russia expects to launch the bank as well as a currency reserve pool worth another $100 billion at the July BRICS summit in Ufa, said Russian President Vladimir Putin. Among other projects is a special business travel card which will simplify visa procedures and boost business between members.

BRICS account for more than 40 percent of the world’s population and about 30 percent of the world’s GDP.

Obama: More G7 sanctions against Russia if Ukraine conflict continues

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The G7 states are ready to implement additional Russia sanctions over Ukraine, US President Barack Obama said at the G7 summit in Bavaria on Monday.

“There is strong consensus that we need to keep pushing Russia to abide by the Mink agreement,” Obama said. He added that the Western partners also need to encourage Kiev to stick to the Minsk deal.

“There was discussion of additional steps,” if Russia “doubles the aggression on Ukraine”, however they were on a technical and not political level, he added.

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“Our hope is that we don’t have to take additional steps,” he said.

Obama said that the sanctions are hurting the Russian economy. He added that President Vladimir Putin would have to make a decision.

“Does he continue to wreck his country’s economy and continue Russia’s isolation in pursuit of a wrong-headed desire to recreate glories of the Soviet empire, or does he recognize that Russia’s greatness does not depend on violating the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other countries?” Obama said.

The G7 summit gathered world leaders for two days in southern Germany, with the crisis in Ukraine and the Greek economy topping the agenda.

On Monday, the G7 issued a joint communiqué summing up the results of their meeting. In regard to the Ukrainian crisis, the leaders agreed “that the duration of sanctions should be clearly linked to Russia’s complete implementation of the Minsk agreements and respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty.”

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Investigative journalist Tony Gosling told RT that it seems Western politicians are being driven by the US into rhetoric about uniting against Russia.

“This is our old Cold War talk, that is really driven by the Americans, and it certainly does not represent the views of European people or business, which is a bit worrying,” he said.

Speaking to reporters Monday, French President Francois Hollande said that “there are currently no reasons” to lift sanctions against Russia. He added that the sanctions are “likely” to be extended until the end of 2015, and that the issue will be reviewed by the European Council in June.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that negotiations with Russia are taking place, adding that “international crises can be solved with the Russian Federation.”

At the opening of the G7 on Sunday, European Council President Donald Tusk said that “all of us would prefer to have Russia around the G7 table.”

However, Tusk also backed tougher sanctions against Russia, saying that he hoped they would be put in place at a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels in the end of June.

There has been a recent escalation of violence as residential areas were shelled in eastern Ukraine’s rebel-held territories. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitors have reported violations of the Minsk ceasefire agreements by both sides in the conflict.

Moscow has urged the implementation of the ceasefire, connecting the recent escalation with the upcoming EU summit in Brussels.

“Yes, indeed, in the past Kiev had already heated up tensions amid some large international events. This is the case, and now we are seriously concerned about the next repetition of such activity,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

At the UN Security Council meeting on Saturday, Russia’s UN envoy, Vitaly Churkin, said that Ukraine’s “flagrant violation and blunt ignorance of the Minsk agreements” caused frustration even among the Western states “loyal to Kiev.”