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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

NATO vs. Russia, Explained In One Picture

The Netherland's Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, a graduate of secretarial school
Germany's Ursula von der Leyen





‘Stay away from Russian borders or keep transponders on’: Russian MoD on US spy planes in Baltics

https://www.rt.com/news/341495-russi...fense-baltics/

“The RC-135U reconnaissance plane is frequently trying to sneak up to the Russian border with the transponder off. Our anti-aircraft defense has to order our fighters off the ground simply to visually identify the type of aircraft and its ID number,” Konashenkov explained.

A Russian Sukhoi Su-27 performed a barrel roll within 25 feet from the US plane, with the Pentagon describing the move as “dangerous” and “unprofessional.”

“We are already starting to get used to insults coming from the Pentagon regarding the alleged “unprofessional” maneuvers when our fighters intercept the US spy planes near Russian borders.

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Old 04.05.2016, 21:47
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Spain has issued arrest warrants for senior Russian government officials close to Vladimir Putin following a decade-long investigation into the activities of the Russian mafia.

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Other senior Russian government officials not so far indicted feature in Spanish court papers.
They include Russia’s deputy prime minister, Dmitry Kozak, former prime minister Viktor Zubkov, and former defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov, Zubkov’s son-in-law.
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Putin Ally's Venture With Discovery to Broadcast CNN in Russia

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articl...-cnn-in-russia

new CNN Russia Headquarters

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lubyanka_Building

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President Vladimir Putin signed a law last year requiring that foreign ownership in Russian media be limited to 20 percent by 2016

Turner has had to sell its Russian assets in order to comply with Russia's media ownership law which came into effect on Jan. 1.
Putin controls the media in Russia. But that's nothing really new. Foreign and independent media has been getting squeezed out more and more lately. I wonder how CNN's broadcasts will now be affected in Russia? Will they be forced now to only make reports praising Putin and demonizing the West, like all the other Russian propaganda outlets?
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In contrast to Carter, outgoing NATO commander General Philip Breedlove appeared to have a more positive view of Russia's current leadership.
Breedlove described Russian President Vladimir Putin as "more reasonable" than other possible alternatives in Russian leadership circles, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on May 2.


"We have a very strong leader who is surrounded by a small group of people who make the decisions. Most of those decisions are focused on the preservation of the regime. We believe that that group will be with us for some time," Breedlove said.


"And we're not sure that we might be in a better place if we saw a change," he said. "We are unsure that we would be in a better place if Mr. Putin was not there. He may be a more reasonable voice in the middle of that group," he said.
http://www.rferl.org/content/us-mili.../27714591.html

Interesting comments from out-going NATO commander Breedlove. I'm sure he would like to see a more Western-friendly leader in Russia, but also seems to think the alternatives might be even worse.

Putin is pushing his military might against the West (invading Ukraine/Crimea, military flights close or into NATO space, etc.) but still wants to do regular business with Western countries (investments, trading, banking, etc.). He doesn't seem to think one will affect the other. But it does. Putin is isolating Russia. Not yet to Cold War isolation, but it's moving more and more in that direction. I wonder if he will wise-up and reverse course, or if his machismo will drive the wedge with the West even deeper. As Breedlove said:
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Russia has manly men leading it, riding bare back maginicificent stallions - this make them very popular although it carries risks which could be avoided using certain precautions.

Russian jets have turned off their transponders before, even assuming the U.S jet's transponders were off - that doesn't give the russians the right to fly they way they did (record on film). The also buzzed the U.S navy - can't blame the transponders there.
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Russia has manly men leading it, riding bare back maginicificent stallions - this make them very popular although it carries risks which could be avoided using certain precautions.
Provocative women certainly are and have always been more popular. how do you manage those risks? pms is nothing to mess around with
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Spain has issued arrest warrants for senior Russian government officials close to Vladimir Putin following a decade-long investigation into the activities of the Russian mafia.

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Other senior Russian government officials not so far indicted feature in Spanish court papers.
They include Russia’s deputy prime minister, Dmitry Kozak, former prime minister Viktor Zubkov, and former defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov, Zubkov’s son-in-law.
Wow, it's the first European country to investigate Russian mafia activities and actually issue some arrest warrants. (not that we will see any extradition)

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The arrest warrants follow a major, multi-stage investigation by prosecutors and Spain’s intelligence services into Russian mafia activity. Russian criminals began using Spain as a base of operations back in the mid-1990s. They laundered profits from illegal activities in Russia and invested them in Spanish real estate.

In 2004 Spanish prosecutors created a formal strategy to “behead” the Russian mafia. The Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, an expert on Russian organised crime, helped the police investigation. It was Litvinenko who, according to US diplomats, coined the phrase “mafia state”.
You won't see this repeated in any other country.
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Putin is pushing his military might against the West (invading Ukraine/Crimea, military flights close or into NATO space, etc.) but still wants to do regular business with Western countries (investments, trading, banking, etc.). He doesn't seem to think one will affect the other. But it does. Putin is isolating Russia. Not yet to Cold War isolation, but it's moving more and more in that direction. I wonder if he will wise-up and reverse course, or if his machismo will drive the wedge with the West even deeper. As Breedlove said:
Indeed. But how is he isolating Russia? From all I see mainstream Western media is pretty much infested by the pro-Russia lobby, far right anti-EU parties receive donations from Russia etc etc. Don't forget we have Mogherini as the High Representative of Foreign Affairs.... I am ready to bet that the EU will lift the sanctions pretty soon because it ultimately affects their economies..soon they'll be talking less and less about the implementation of Minsk agreement, same way as with the Turkey's commitment to fulfil the accession conditions...
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Russia has manly men leading it, riding bare back maginicificent stallions - this make them very popular although it carries risks which could be avoided using certain precautions.

Russian jets have turned off their transponders before, even assuming the U.S jet's transponders were off - that doesn't give the russians the right to fly they way they did (record on film). The also buzzed the U.S navy - can't blame the transponders there.
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Russia has manly men leading it, riding bare back maginicificent stallions - this make them very popular although it carries risks which could be avoided using certain precautions.
Hehe, Erdogan tried to imitate Putin. And fell off the horses back (see the Erdowie video).

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Russian jets have turned off their transponders before, even assuming the U.S jet's transponders were off - that doesn't give the russians the right to fly they way they did (record on film). The also buzzed the U.S navy - can't blame the transponders there.
Yeah, the west would never ever do something something that reckless.

Western hypocrisy at its best.
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Hehe, Erdogan tried to imitate Putin. And fell off the horses back (see the Erdowie video).



Yeah, the west would never ever do something something that reckless.

Western hypocrisy at its best.
The west is not without it's faults - but the russian army (and government) are a much less reliable information source. Perhaps the very short life expectancy of whistle blowers (and independant journalists) has something to do with that.
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Hehe, Erdogan tried to imitate Putin. And fell off the horses back (see the Erdowie video).



Yeah, the west would never ever do something something that reckless.

Western hypocrisy at its best.
The US "spy plane" has advanced radar systems built in, so it can detect all planes in the area of it, so a chance of crashing into a commercial plane by accident is very small. And it was flying in international air-space, not in Russia's. Russia has said themselves:
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russian airspace has not been violated even once in the recent years thanks to a high state of combat readiness of its Aerospace Forces, Vice Commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Gumenny said Friday.
...now let's compare to Russian fighter jets and bombers, with no advanced radar systems built in, and actually flying into other countries air-space...and very nearly colliding with a commercial jet over Sweden....
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NATO officials have reported a list of violations by Russian military aircraft trespassing in European airspace. According to those statistics, there were six incidents with Estonia, three with Finland, and one each with Denmark and Poland. Against Sweden there were ten in 2014, up from eight in 2013, and seven in 2012. While there were no violations of Latvian airspace, there were over 180 incidents in which the Russian air force flew close to the borders in 2014. The Russian intruders turned off their transponders, electronic devices most aircraft are required to operate to make it easy to track them, in nearly all of the cases.
NATO fighters policing Baltic airspace were scrambled 68 times along Lithuania’s borders [in 2014], by far the highest count in more than 10 years. Estonia has said its sovereign airspace had been violated by Russian aircraft five times this year.
http://www.turkishweekly.net/2015/10...s-experts-say/

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For the second time this year, a Russian military aircraft turned off its transponders to avoid commercial radar and nearly collided with a passenger jet over Sweden, officials have said.
Swedish authorities said that on Friday, a Russian military aircraft nearly collided above southern Sweden with a commercial passenger jet that had taken off from Copenhagen in Denmark.
Sweden’s air force chief, Major General Micael Bydén, said the aircraft’s transponders, which make the plane visible to commercial radar, were shut off. Swedish fighter jets were sent up to identify the aircraft, and Hultqvist later identified it as a Russian intelligence plane.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ircraft-sweden
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I'm surprised as your and especially esto's posts indicate exactly the contrary.

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- but the russian army (and government) are a much less reliable information source.
As things stand, I agree. But without the checks and balances I have not even a shade of doubt western military (government in general) would soon look the same. For instance, where is the proof of who shot down MH17 the US immediately claimed to possess? It's almost two years since.
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Perhaps the very short life expectancy of whistle blowers (and independant journalists) has something to do with that.
There's still a search warrant outstanding on Snowden, who is still alive. Kathleen McFarland, former advisor to Nixon, Ford and Reagan, demanded the death penalty for Assange on Fox News, other well-known people called for a drone strike.

Bin Laden is dead, as are thousands of others mostly killed by drone and without due process, without getting a fair chance to defend themselves. See Guantanamo prisoners with respect to reliability/validity of the accusations.

I'm not saying Russia (or other countries) are saints, far from that. But contrary to what media are trying to tell us, neither are the western countries.
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I'm not saying Russia (or other countries) are saints, far from that. But contrary to what media are trying to tell us, neither are the western countries.
It's not even close. Russia is a dictatorship turn mafia-state. Putin's pals were all over the Panama papers, and now (even worse) his top ranking ministers are wanted on organized crime charges in Spain. And you want to talk about Snowden and Kathleen McFarland (who?)? LOL, ok

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The National Court of Spain issued arrest warrants for several Russian citizens, including top officials allegedly close to President Vladimir Putin’s circle and linked to the Russian organized crime in Spain.

St. Petersburg, RussiaSt. Petersburg, Russian FederationJudge Jose de la Mata said that each of the suspects, for whom the fresh warrants were issued, have “very serious evidence against them,” El Mundo reported. The arrest warrants were issued in January but were only publicly announced to the press May 2, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). It lists high-level current or former Russian officials.

Among those wanted are United Russia party member, Vladislav Reznik, who is also chair of the State Duma Committee on Credit Organizations and Financial Markets; Nikolai Aulov, currently deputy director of the Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation; Igor Sobolevsky, a former deputy of Russia’s Investigative Committee according to OCCRP partner Novaya Gazeta.
https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/5195-...sian-officials

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As things stand, I agree.
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Bin Laden is dead, as are thousands of others mostly killed by drone and without due process, without getting a fair chance to defend themselves. See Guantanamo prisoners with respect to reliability/validity of the accusations.

I'm not saying Russia (or other countries) are saints, far from that. But contrary to what media are trying to tell us, neither are the western countries.
Bin laden was an illegal combatant,he (and plenty of other terrorist) aren't soldiers or even criminals, who deserve "due process".

While the U.S (almost the only western country with meaningful military capability) may commit war crimes - Russia is committing war crimes as a matter of policy (see Chechniya, Syria).

Yesterday we celebrated V.E day - a victory which the Russian people enabled and paid a very heavy price. It's a shame that the Russian army is today involved in crimes and lies which could be avoided without any negative impact on Russia.
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Yesterday we celebrated V.E day - a victory which the Russian people enabled and paid a very heavy price. It's a shame that the Russian army is today involved in crimes and lies which could be avoided without any negative impact on Russia.
Today? They occupied countries right after the second world war, what are you talking about?
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Haaaaa, classic, some Apparatchik is going to the Gulag for this



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President Vladimir Putin traveled to the Black Sea city of Sochi on May 12, where he met with military officials and weapons suppliers eager to show off some of Russia's latest technology and equipment.

the entourage walked to the front passenger-side door and Putin tried to open the door. An officer appearing to be Shevchenko went to help him, pulling on the door handle -- until he pulled it off.

As Putin appeared to smirk, and with Gerasimov visibly appalled, video showed Shevchenko tossing the broken handle through the open window onto the passenger seat, and then reaching in and struggling to open the door from the inside.

After failing to open the front door, Shevchenko then goes to the rear passenger door and opens it
http://www.rferl.org/content/putin-m.../27731168.html
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Haaaaa, classic, some Apparatchik is going to the Gulag for this

http://www.rferl.org/content/putin-m.../27731168.html
And these idiots have nuclear weapons!
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And these idiots have nuclear weapons!
Well, on the bright side, maybe they are made by the same company that made the door handle (Angry Putin: "I keep pressing the red button, but nothing is happening!" )
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