Russia Warns Turkey to Stay Out of Syria

Russia has told Turkey to let the Syrian government take back areas vacated by US troops with Ankara preparing to clear Kurdish fighters from a town in the war-torn country.

The Kremlin’s Foreign Ministry said it expects the territory to be handed to Assad’s forces after US president Donald Trump announced a pullout from the country last week – a move that surprised allies and sparked the resignation of two of his top aides.

Turkey has said it is working with Washington to coordinate the withdrawal of US forces but remains ‘determined’ to clear US-allied Kurdish fighters from Manbij in northern Syria. Pictures have emerged today showing Turkish armoured military vehicles and troop carriers being dispatched to the border with Syria.

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Expert: Threat of Nuke War With Russia Greatest in 50 Years

Geopolitical expert Stephen F. Cohen says that the threat of nuclear war with Russia is the greatest it has been in over 50 years as a result of President Trump not being able to talk properly with Vladimir Putin due to the Russiagate allegations.

Speaking with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson last night, Cohen, author of War With Russia, said that the recent cancellation of Trump’s official meeting with Putin in Argentina was another disturbing indication that the president is being prevented from engaging in crucial diplomacy.

“For the first time since President Eisenhower, a president of the United States, Donald Trump, is not free to keep us from war with Russia,” said Cohen, adding that Trump’s cancelled meeting with Putin in Argentina would have been “very important”.

“We are embroiled with crises that are fraught with hot war not just cold war,” he added, opining that the recent clash between Russia and Ukraine in the Black Sea was a “provocation to disrupt the meeting between Trump and Putin.”


US Gives Russia 60 Days to Comply With Nuclear Treaty

The United States delivered Russia a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday to come clean about what Washington says is a violation of a arms control treaty that keeps missiles out of Europe, saying only Moscow could save the pact.

NATO allies led by Germany pressed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a meeting in Brussels to give diplomacy a final push before Washington pulls out of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, fearing a new arms race in Europe.

“Russia has a last chance to show in a verifiable way that they comply with the treaty … but we also have to start to prepare for the fact that this treaty may break down,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters.

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Trump Wants to End “Uncontrollable Arms Race” With Russia, China

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday proposed talks with the leaders of China and Russia aimed at halting what he described as an “uncontrollable” arms race.

Trump’s comment follows an October announcement in which he said he would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a Cold War deal with Russia to cut missile numbers.

Critics say the move, which has not been finalized, would spark a new arms race with Russia. Trump at the time said he would build up America’s nuclear stockpile “until people come to their senses.”

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The Latest Russia Collusion ‘Bombshells’ Are Big, Fat Duds

A recent blitz of “bombshell” headlines initially appear to show there might actually have been some collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russia.

First, there was The Guardian claiming that Paul “Manaford” (oops, the source meant Manafort) met with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks in spring 2016, with the obvious implication that it was done to plan or coordinate WikiLeak’s Hillary Clinton email dump.

Mollie Hemingway ably pointed out holes in the story by mentioning, among other issues, that Manafort would have entered the Ecuadorian embassy to meet Assange in the heart of London, which is blanketed by the most robust network of video cameras in the world. There would be video and it would have leaked. It hasn’t.

Margot Cleveland followed up with a nice article showing that The Guardian’s anonymous sourcing doesn’t pass muster against on-the-record denials from both Assange and Manafort, especially in light of the pattern of the media’s several false starts with other competing collusion theories.

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Facebook And Russia: U.K. Seizes ‘Thousands’ Of Emails

Internal emails flagged by a U.K. lawmaker as evidence Facebook Inc. knew Russian-linked entities were harvesting data earlier than previously thought, have become the latest battleground between the social media giant and U.K. lawmakers.

Following a public hearing Tuesdaybetween international lawmakers and a senior Facebook executive, the U.S. company released a heavily redacted internal email chain from late 2014, that showed concerns over large volumes of data requests appearing to originate from Russian-based IP addresses.

A later email, from a redacted sender, said that the requests instead came from Pinterest servers, and may be evidence of a technical error. Competing internet companies routinely build tools that let developers of one platform request data from another, to help users share content between both sites or see which of their friends have recently signed up.

The email chain, two pages-long, is part of a trove of documents that potentially number in the thousands, currently held by U.K. lawmakers and likely to be released early next week, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

A committee of U.K. lawmakers obtained the documents after it compelled the founder of a U.S. software company, Six4Three, to hand over a large cache during a business trip to London. The Six4Three founder had obtained the documents as part of a legal discovery process in a U.S. lawsuit against Facebook that his company has brought against the social network in California.

Facebook has previously asked the judge at the San Mateo County Superior Court, to levy sanctions against Six4Three and its founder for violating his order sealing the documents. A hearing has been set for Friday in San Mateo, where the judge is set to hear an explanation of the leak.

“Facebook have broken the seal on the documents now,” said Damian Collins, head of the committee investigating the impact of fake news. “We intend to do that too. It’ll be interesting to see if the court in California also decides to do the same.”

Pinterest didn’t immediately respond to a request to comment.

Collins, who has been repeatedly calling on Facebook to hand over data regarding Russian influence on its platform, said in a hearing Tuesdaythat he had reviewed an email from a Facebook engineer highlighting suspicious Russian-linked data harvesting on Facebook two years before 2016.

Previously, Facebook has said it was unaware of the sort of Russian activity it has been accused of allowing to take place on its platform, until after the 2016 election.

Facebook said that the document cited by Collins was taken out of context. “The engineers who had flagged these initial concerns subsequently looked into this further and found no evidence of specific Russian activity,” the company said in an email to Bloomberg, adding that the incident related to “legitimate” data requests from Pinterest.

Lawmakers from the U.K. and other nations lambasted Facebook during the hearing for abusing public trust and failing to provide honest answers to questions about the misuse of user data.


Ukraine Declares Martial Law After Russia Fires On Ukrainian Ships

Ukrainian Parliament has approved the call for martial law after Russia fired upon and seized their ships on Sunday, November 26th.

Will this provoke a heavy response from the US?

Will the President be pushed to sanction Russia in an attempt to prove that he isn’t a Russian puppet?


George Papadopoulos Says He Was ‘Set Up’ By Foreign Intel Agents As A Pretext For Russia Probe

Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos believes he was “set up” by foreign intelligence agents from Britain, Israel and Australia as a pretext for the FBI to launch their Russia witch hunt.

From Fox Insider:

Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos told Martha MacCallum on “The Story” that it increasingly evident he was “set up” through a series of foreign meetings in order to create a pretext for a U.S. probe into alleged Russian collusion.

Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in prison in connection to the Mueller probe, but also posted a cryptic tweet reading “there is a lot to come.”

Papadopoulos had met abroad with Joseph Mifsud, a shadowy professor from Malta, who told him the Russians had thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

He said that he was later “lured” to a meeting in London with Australian diplomatic official Alexander Downer.

Trace Gallagher reported that Papadopoulos told Downer the Russians may have compromising information on Clinton.

Papadopoulos told MacCallum that in hindsight, the meetings with officials prior to Downer seem “incredibly suspicious.”

He said the meeting with Downer at a bar seemed “completely controlled” and that it was not a simple offer by the Aussie for the American to “invite me for a drink.”

All these nations are so-called “allies” which work directly with US intelligence. All the evidence points to them conspiring with the US intelligence to set up and spy on candidate Trump and his campaign.

Papadopoulos laid out more on Twitter:

Charging Papadopoulos merely for “lying” to the serial liars at the FBI just shows Mueller has to manufacture fake charges to extort convictions out of his victims.

Piling on charges to extract plea deals is the most despicable act any prosecutor can take part in — and that’s all Mueller’s done this entire time.

The conflict of interest this criminal “special prosecutor” has should be enough to throw out all his convictions.

With Trump dropping the declassification hammer on Monday all this is likely to come out soon.

The deep state criminals infesting out intelligence agencies are already in panic mode as Devin Nunes and Tom Fitton laid out Wednesday on Fox News.


Russia Deploys 25 Warships to Med

Russia’s defence ministry announced the deployment of the vessels – along with at least 30 warplanes including long range bombers – amid rising tensions with the US.

Moscow has accused the US of planning to attack Syria, alleging a chemical attack will be staged in bid to bring them into the war against dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Vladimir Putin’s latest announcement comes following the arrival of ten Russian warships and two submarines in the region – which was already the largest Russian deployment of its kind since the start of the Syrian Civil War.


LGBT World Cup fans headed to Russia advised to be cautious

LGBT fans who are going to Russia to support England in the World Cup have been warned against displaying affection in public places. Homosexuality is not illegal in Russia, but there are no laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. The 2018 Fifa World Cup begins in Russia on 14 June. ‘Negative attention’ The Foreign Office advice to LGBT travellers reads: “Public displays of affection may attract negative attention. The republics of the North Caucasus are particularly intolerant to LGBT+ issues. Since April 2016, reports continue to be received of state persecution of the LGBT+ community in Chechnya.” In Chechnya, a Russian republic, it has been reported that more than one hundred gay men have been detained on suspicion of homosexuality. “In 2018 Russia was ranked 45th out of 49 European countries for LGBT+ rights by ILGA-Europe,” according to the advice. “There are no laws that exist to protect LGBT+ people from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.” Moscow Pride banned In 2012, Moscow Pride was banned for 100 years. The following year, the country passed a law banning the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations” to under-18s. This has led to reports of harassment, threats and acts of violence towards the LGBT community. No foreign nationals have been charged or convicted under the law. The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) said the crackdown in Chechnya has extended to other areas of the North Caucasus and advised LGBT fans to avoid this area. No World Cup matches will take place in this region.

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