Biden avoids diplomacy with Russia

8 July 2021 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross enters the Black Sea to participate in Sea Breeze 2021 exercises, June 26, 2021

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov exhorted today in an extraordinary statement that the state authorities and the society at large must mobilise their resources amid the West’s pressure. Addressing an audience in Vladivostok, Lavrov said,

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Black Sea: NATO drill practiced strafing Russian ships

4 July 2021 — Anti-Bellum

Author: Rick Rozoff

NATO reports that it conducted what is described as air defense exercises in the Black Sea on July 2. Evidently the maneuvers were independent of the 32-nation Sea Breeze naval and air exercises occurring simultaneously. And of the recent port visits and participation in exercises by the HMS Defender guided-missile destroyer and the HNLMS Evertsen frigate in the same sea, the first almost triggering an international incident if not a war on June 23.

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Warmongering British Actions in the Black Sea

24 June 2021 — Craig Murray

The pre-positioning of the BBC correspondent on HMS Defender shatters the pretence that the BBC is something different to a state propaganda broadcaster. It also makes plain that this propaganda exercise to provoke the Russian military was calculated and deliberate. Indeed that was confirmed by that BBC correspondent’s TV news report last night when he broadcast that the Defender’s route “had been approved at the very highest levels of the British government.”

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Talk of Western intervention in the Black Sea is pure fantasy By Pepe Escobar

16 January 2019 — Asia Times

Crimea is essential to Russia strategically and economically, but speculation over Ankara helping to boost the US presence in the Black Sea is far-fetched given Turkey’s energy deals with Moscow

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The frigate Admiral Essen from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet returns to the permanent naval base in Sevastopol, Crimea. It was part of Russia’s Mediterranean taskforce from August 2018, spending about 300 days at sea. Photo: AFP/ Alexey Malgavko / Sputnik

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Vlad the Bad steals a march on the West By Eric Margolis (USA)

8 March 2014 — Eric Margolis

thumbSoviet leader Josef Stalin used to shrug off critics by his favorite Central Asian saying: “The dogs bark; the caravan moves on.”

Russia’s hard-eyed president, Vladimir Putin, is following the same strategy over Ukraine and Crimea. Putin swiftly moved his knight into the empty chess square of Crimea, thereby regaining full control of one of Russia’s four strategic port regions: Sevastopol, Murmansk, St Petersburg and Vladivostok.

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Foreign Office: How not to handle a Black Sea crisis By Mark Almond

7 March 2014 — Crioxblog

Foreign Office: How not to handle a Black Sea crisis“All the assumptions on which… this  policy [was]
based turned out to be wrong….  British  domestic
opinion would prove hard to persuade that seeking
the return… of a fortress on the Black Sea merited
the risk of a war with Russia.”
William Hague on the Anglo-Russian Crisis (1791)

Oxford historian, Mark Almond, recalls the lessons from history once taught by Foreign Secretary, William Hague, in his study of Pitt the Younger’s mishandling of what he called the “Ochakov fiasco” in 1791.

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Stop NATO News: February 27, 2012: Qatari Prime Minister: Arm Syrian Rebels, Intervene Militarily

27 February 2012 — Stop NATO News

  • Turkey Says Military Intervention In Syria Discussed In Tunis
  • Civilians Flee As Turkish Artillery Pounds Northern Iraq
  • Russian Bombers Over Black Sea Amid Syria, Iran Crises
  • Drones, Anti-Aircraft, Missile Defense: $1.6 Billion Israeli-Azeri Deal
  • U.S. Soldier, Afghan Civilian Killed As Protests Grow
  • Germany Pulls Advisers Out Of Afghan Ministries
  • Afghan Officials Cancel U.S. Visit: Pentagon
  • Russia Concerned About U.S. Creating New Military Bases In Central Asia
  • Qatari Prime Minister: Arm Syrian Rebels, Intervene Militarily
  • Russia Dismisses “Friends Of Syria” Meeting In Tunisia

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