Russia to Supply Syria with S-300 Air Defense Systems?

Russia to Supply Syria with S-300 Air Defense Systems?



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



Russian air defense systems are unmatched by any other countries. Its S-400s are the most  sophisticated systems of its kind in use.



Its more advanced S-500s are scheduled for delivery in 2020, able to destroy incoming ICBM warheads, low-flying satellites, and up to 10 supersonic ballistic missiles at distances up to 500 km.



S-300s can intercept and destroy hostile aircraft and ballistic missiles. Its sophisticated capability has Washington and Israel concerned.



According to Russia’s Kommersant broadsheet, citing anonymous military sources, the Kremlin intends supplying Syria with S-300s.



Sergey Lavrov suggested it following April 14 US, UK, French aggression on Syrian sites on, explaining no decision was made so far, adding:



“We’ll have to wait to see what specific decisions the Russian leadership and representatives of Syria will take.”



S-300s protect Iranian airspace. It’s vital for Moscow to help Syria defend itself the same way.



The Kremlin never should have hesitated in the first place. After the joint US/UK/French attack, it should expedite delivery.



Syria has a right to defend itself against foreign aggression, especially US, UK, French and Israeli attacks.



Without sophisticated air defense systems installed, aggression on the country is sure to continue, likely escalate, perhaps heading toward full-scale war.



In 2010, a Moscow/Damascus agreement was struck to supply Syria’s military with S-300s. US and Israeli pressure got Russia to back down, a foolish mistake at the time, vital to reverse straightaway.



“According to Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies director Ruslan Pukhov, Moscow “most likely chose the option of providing demonstrative support to Bashar Assad after the April strike, which required a certain response from Russia due to the US and its allies.”



Russia’s upper house Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security chairman Viktor Bondarev believes “the presence of efficient defense equipment in any sovereign country will sober up some loose cannons not just among NATO military and high-ranking officers,” but likeminded others in other countries.



Kommersant said S-300s are coming to Syria, Russian military advisors to coordinate use with their Syrian counterparts, adding if the systems are attacked, the consequences “will be catastrophic for all sides.”



More ahead on this important issue as new developments warrant.



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Keep calm & blame Russia: RT’s story of inconvenient facts surrounding Skripal saga (VIDEO)

It is “highly likely” that Russia deployed a deadly weapons-grade toxin to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal. Porton Down, the UK’s leading chemical research lab, says there is “no doubt” the toxin was Novichok-class nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union. And Russia surely did it, because the very word ‘Novichok’ is Russian for ‘newcomer.’

RT’s Murad Gazdiev examines the stunning discrepancies that emanate from the Skripal case, as the blame game against Moscow continues.

READ MORE: Novichok – toxic questions about chemical at center of Skripal saga

The report includes commentary from renowned chemical weapon experts, both Russian and Western-based, who told RT the formula of Novichok-class agents is actually an open secret as any – yes, you heard it right – laboratory in the world may produce the same substance with the same degree of purity. Moreover, the pace at which the UK authorities identified the poison used on the Skripals raises even more questions.

Watch RT’s report in full here.

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Russia Sponsoring Terrorism?

Russia Sponsoring Terrorism?



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



The Russophobic NYT featured neocon hardline Senator Cory Gardner disgracefully asking: “Is Russia Sponsoring Terrorism?”



You can’t make this stuff up. The self-styled newspaper of record gives yellow journalism a bad name – featuring Big Lies, suppressing hard truths on major issues from its editions.



Gardner’s hate-mongering/trash talk op-ed turned truth on its head, accusing Putin of “causing grievous harm to international peace and stability.”



Let’s see if I’ve got this straight. The greatest serial aggressor in world history, America, is responsible for more mass casualties and vast destruction over a longer duration than any previous or current rogue state.



The Russian Federation never attacked another country, never waged an aggressive war. Under Putin, it’s the world’s leading peace and stability champion.



Its agenda is polar opposite US ruthlessness, its permanent war on humanity, its rage for global dominance, no matter the human cost.



For supporting all of the above, Gardner through his House and Senate voting record is an unindicted war criminal, belonging in prison, not high office.



Yet the Times gave him feature op-ed space to lie, deceive, and otherwise suppress hard truths – a NYT specialty, featured in daily editions, notably on vital geopolitical issues, virtually anything about Russia.



Gardner compounded his Russophobic maliciousness saying “(t)he State Department should consider adding the country to its list of state sponsors of terrorism, alongside its close allies Iran and Syria,” adding:



“The moral case for such a designation is sound. Russia has invaded its neighbors Georgia and Ukraine, it supports…Bashar al-Assad and our enemies in Afghanistan, and it is engaged in active information warfare against Western democracies, including meddling in the 2016 United States elections.”



Fact: All of the above are despicable bald-faced lies, voiced numerous times before by other neocon lunatics and supportive media scoundrels like the Times, Gardner repeating them, the Times disgracefully publishing what no responsible editors would touch.



More Gardner Big Lies followed, falsely accusing Moscow of poisoning the Skripals, calling it “officially responsible for a chemical weapons attack against a NATO member state on its own soil – a brazen violation of sovereignty of our closest ally,” adding: 



“It requires a serious American response.” Does he have WW III in mind?



Lunatics like Gardner infest Washington. He’s arrogant, over-the-top and imbecilic claiming:



“There is also evidence that Russia is playing both sides of the conflict in Syria – defending…Assad…but also fueling the radical insurgency against it.”



Sources he cited are illegitimate putschist/state-controlled “Ukrainian news outlets,” turning truth on its head, claiming “Russia has provided material support to the Islamic State, including assistance in recruitment,” according to Gardner.



He piled on more fabricated accusations, adding he intends “introduc(ing) legislation that would require the State Department to determine within 90 days whether the Russian Federation meets the criteria to be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism.”



Numerous other extremist lunatics like Gardner infest Washington.



It’s why belligerent interventionism is longstanding US policy – why self-styled American exceptionalism leaves world peace hanging by a thread!



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The Rape of Russia: Saker blog interviews geopolitical analyst William Engdahl on Russia in the 90s

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Introduction by Pepe Escobar:

William Engdahl is one of the world’s top geopolitical analysts. His books – from Century of War to Full Spectrum Dominance – are absolutely essential to understand how the self-described exceptional nation created and expanded its global hegemony tentacles.

A measure of his influence is that as much as Engdahl may be dismissed or derided across the Beltway, the usual suspects do read him – and are incapable of finding conclusive arguments to prove him wrong.

This extensive interview by financial journalist Lars Schall is largely centered on Chapter 3 – The Rape of Russia – of Engdahl’s new book Manifest Destiny: Democracy as Cognitive Dissonance.

Here you will find all you need to know about the genesis of the 1990s Russian oligarchs; the dirty deals of the Yeltsin mafia; everything from the plunder of Soviet gold to the dodgy operations of the elder Bush’s brother; the incredible Yamashita gold story; the “privatization coupon” scam; the way the Harvard mafia run the Russian economy – all the way to Putin’s uphill battle throughout the 2000s to turn Russia into a functioning economy as NATO kept marching east.

As Engdahl notes, if we don’t understand what happened in Russia in the 1990s it’s absolutely impossible to contextualize the neocons and US Think Tankland’s deep hatred and 24/7 demonization campaign of Putin’s Russia.

So sit back, relax, enjoy the crash course and keep it as an essential reference you will find nowhere else.

The Rape of Russia (full transcript)

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DNC Just Filed a Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks and Russia for Causing Hillary to Lose 2016 Election

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Washington, DC — (ZH) The Washington Post reports that The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump.

The lawsuit alleges that in addition to the Russian Federation, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Wikileaks and Guccifer 2.0, top Trump campaign officials, including Donald Trump Jr, Roger Stone, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and pretty much everyone else who has been mentioned in the same paragraph as Trump….

… conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and help Trump by hacking the computer networks of the Democratic Party and disseminating stolen material found there.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement…

“During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign,”

“This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery: the campaign of a nominee for President of the United Statesin league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency,”

The lawsuit asserts that the Russian hacking campaign – combined with Trump associates’ contacts with Russia and the campaign’s public cheerleading of the hacks – amounted to an illegal conspiracy to interfere in the election that caused serious damage to the Democratic Party.

We look forward to Trump’s tweeted response to this farce; we also look forward to the Democrats collecting millions of dollars in damages from Putin.

As a reminder, the president has repeatedly rejected any collusion or improper activity by his campaign. This week, he referred again in a tweet to the “phony Russia investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems).”

The Washington Post  notes that the lawsuit echoes a similar legal tactic that the Democratic Party used during the Watergate scandal.

In 1972, the DNC filed suit against then President Richard Nixon’s reelection committee seeking $1 million in damages for the break-in at Democratic headquarters in the Watergate building.

The suit was denounced at the time by Nixon’s attorney general, John Mitchell, who called it a case of “sheer demagoguery” by the DNC. But the civil action brought by former DNC chair Lawrence F. O’Brien was ultimately successful, yielding a $750,000 settlement from the Nixon campaign that was reached on the day in 1974 that Nixon left office.

The suit filed today seeks millions of dollars in compensation to offset damage it claims the party suffered from the hacks. The DNC argues that the cyberattack undermined its ability to communicate with voters, collect donations and operate effectively as its employees faced personal harassment and, in some cases, death threats.

As a reminder, Senate investigators and prosecutors for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III are still investigating whether Trump associates coordinated with the Russian efforts. Last month, House Intelligence Committee Republicans said they found no evidence that President Trump and his affiliates colluded with Russian officials to sway the election or that the Kremlin sought to help him — a conclusion rejected by the panel’s Democrats.

On Thursday, Bloomberg reported that Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein told Trump that he wasn’t the target of the Mueller probe.

Meanwhile, as Glenn Greenwald summarized it:

18 months after their crushing defeat at the hands of a game show host, the Democrats have still published no public autopsy about why they lost or have collapsed at all levels. They did, though, just file a lawsuit blaming Russia & WL for their loss

Another hot take makes sense in the context of the the Dems’ growing fundraising gap:

And if someone still thinks this is some elaborate prank, here is the actual lawsuit:

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2 killed as light aircraft crashes in Siberia, Russia

A pilot and a passenger of a light airplane were killed as it crashed in the town of Kaybaly in the Republic of Khakassia, the Russian Investigative Committee said on Saturday. The aircraft’s nose was severely damaged in the incident. The plane is partly in the water and the victims have not been removed yet, according to RIA Novosti, citing a local monitoring service. An investigation into the incident is being conducted.

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ISIS terrorist plotted bombing of local security service HQ in Russia, killed by FSB

The FSB operatives attempted to arrest the suspected terrorist in the southern Russian region of Stavropol on Saturday. The perpetrator, however, resisted and engaged in a firefight with law enforcement, receiving a fatal wound, the FSB press service said.

The terrorist plotted an attack on a local office of the FSB and a Stavropol government building, “using firearms and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).”

The agents recovered a sawed-off 16-gauge shotgun, a large knife, IED components, and an Islamic State flag (IS, formerly ISIS). A written pledge of allegiance to IS and plans regarding the government and FSB HQ buildings were also found at the scene.

The FSB did not provide any details on the terrorist’s identity, stating only that an investigation was underway.

In a separate development, a large-scale counter-terrorism operation was launched in the town of Derbent, in the Russian republic of Dagestan, media reports, citing local law enforcement. A group of militants was reportedly blocked by FSB and police operatives in a building. The militants refused to surrender, and several of them were killed in a firefight.

The counter-terrorism operations came only a few days after another major terrorist cell was busted by the FSB in Rostov Region. Three IS-linked terrorists, who plotted gun and bomb attacks, were captured. The leader of the cell, however, blew himself up with a homemade bomb when law enforcement tried to detain him.

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Iraq ‘Joins Forces’ with Turkey, Syria, Russia, & Iran Creating Dangerous New Alliance

Iraq’s ~ Russian Sukhoi Su-25 attack aircraft

IRAQ launched airstrikes against ISIS in Syria on Thursday in coordination with the Syrian army, triggering fears a new anti-western Alliance was being created in the region. The Iraqi government is working alongside Russia, Turkey, & Iran in support of the Syrian government – a new and bigger threat to the interests of the US, UK and French Axis.

The Iraqi military has previously largely targeted [US Israeli] ISIS jihadists in Iraq in coordination with a US [false] backed coalition and Russia, Kurdish, Hezbollah] Iran, following lengthy conflicts including the Battle of Mosul.

Their latest missile campaign comes after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi indicated he may engage more heavily in military interventions against ISIS in Syria, threatening the already volatile geopolitical relations between the US [French, British Axis] and [Russia, Hezbollah, Turkey, Kurds, &] Iran.

Prime Minister Abadi commented on the airstrikes, saying:

“Our heroic armed forces carried out deadly airstrikes on Thursday against positions of [US Israeli] ISIS terrorist gangs in Syria by the Iraqi border.

“The strikes against [US Israeli] ISIS gangs were conducted due to the risk posed by these gangs against Iraqi territory.

The Iraqi military has targeted US Israeli ISIS fighters in Syria with backing from the Syrian government.

“This demonstrates the increased capabilities of our valiant armed forces in the pursuit and elimination of [US Israeli] terrorism.”

The Prime Minister praised the Iraqi army for saving lives and helping to reduce the threat of terror.

He said: “Our heroic forces and fighters, in their pursuit of terrorist gangs, saved many lives and thwarted [US Israeli] ISIS plans, dismantling its terrorist death machine.

“These strikes will help speed up the elimination of these gangs in the region after we eliminated them in Iraq.”

However Iraqi Brigadier General Yahya Rasool reported the airstrikes were coordinated fully with the Syrian government, which is supported by the US’s foes [Turkey, Hezbollah, Kurds,] Russia and Iran.

pResident Trump Pays Homage To The Remnants Of The Destroyed Earthly Temple Prophesied By Jesus The Christ. The Destruction Of The Temple Was The End To The Earthly Promised Land And The Continuum Of The Promised Land In Heaven Through Jesus.

US pResident Donald Trump recently made his opposition to Russia and the Syrian government clear, tweeting:

“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria.

“Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’

“You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

US Defeated By Syria

The US [bullshit] supports Iraq’s military campaign against [US Israeli] ISIS, but opposes any collaboration with the Syrian government which it has [false flag] accused of engaging in war crimes, including the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma.

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Its Called “Greater Israel”

This Is Rothschild’s Present Day Resurrection Plan To Control The Middle East Oil Hub. The Banking Cabal Uses A False Biblical Narrative Of A Promised Land That Needs To Be Returned To The Old Testament Jew. The Promised Land Was Fulfilled And Ceased To Be After 70 A.D.

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George W. Bush: U.S. should be tough on Russia — 'not belligerent, but forceful'

Former President George W. Bush said on Monday that he has “always felt” the United States should be tough in countering Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

“He’s a very smart tactician,” Bush said in an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. “The problem is, his whole attitude on most issues is, ’I’m going to win and U.S. is going to lose.’”

“He is a very aggressive person who wants to reinstate Soviet influence,” Bush continued. “And therefore I always felt it was very important for the United States to be very forceful in dealing with Putin — not belligerent, but forceful.”

Bush’s comments come as President Trump is reportedly weighing new sanctions on Russia to respond to Moscow’s ongoing support of Syrian President Bashar Assad and his government’s chemical weapons attacks against the Syrian people. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the administration was poised to impose fresh sanctions on Russia — which drew the ire of Trump, according to the New York Times.

Trump has long been criticized for his reluctance to publicly denounce Putin, fueling speculation, mostly among Democrats, that the Kremlin may have compromising information about him.

Bush refused to criticize Trump when asked whether he felt the United States is “being forceful enough” on Putin.

“I don’t know,” the former president said. “I’ve made it a point not to second-guess my successors. You know, we’ll just have to see.”

Bush did not always talk tough about Putin. In 2001, he praised the Russian leader after a meeting with him.

“I looked the man in the eye,” Bush said at the time. “I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul — a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.”

On Wednesday, he elaborated on those remarks.

“When I looked in his eyes and saw his soul, Russia was broke,” Bush said. “Short-term broke. And the price of oil goes up and then Putin changed.”

Bush was also asked to weigh in on global threats, including ISIS-inspired attacks on the United States.

“People are forgetting the lessons of 9/11,” Bush said. “And one of the major lessons of 9/11 is the human condition elsewhere matters to our national security.”

“It’s in our nation’s interests for women to be successful in the Middle East, for example, or for civil society to take hold,” he added. “Because it’s with civil society and people having a say in the future of their governments that the foundation for peace is laid.”

The live interview was conducted from the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas a day after the death of his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, at her home in Houston. She was 92.

Bush said he visited his mother in the hospital on April 7, when he was able to say goodbye.

“We had a wonderful visit,” Bush said. “She was strong, lucid, funny. She and I were needling each other. The doctor came in, and she turned to the doctor and said, ‘You want to know why George W. is the way he is?’ And the doctor looked somewhat surprised, and she said, ‘Because I drank and smoked when I was pregnant with him.’”

“She had great faith,” he added. “She truly believes that there is an afterlife, that she will be wonderfully received in the arms of a loving God, and therefore did not fear death. As result of her soul being comforted on the deathbed, my soul is comforted.”

(Cover tile photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Brandon Wade/AP, Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool via Reuters)

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Lavrov– ‘US attack on Syria has changed the rules, and now Russia’s moral obligation to not sell air defense to Syria is over

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