Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Nuclear Weapons decree on June 2. The decree titled “On The Basis Of The State Policy Of The Russian Federation In The Field of Nuclear Deterrence” is a document regulating the conditions under which Russia has the right to launch a nuclear strike against an aggressor (or a pack of aggressors). The main goal is to legalize the use of nuclear weapons in limited local conflicts.
Consultations on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas area should begin with the participation of Ukraine, the US and the UK according to the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olexii Reznikov. On March 4 the Ukrainian Parliament approved the country’s new Cabinet of Ministers. Due to his appointment as Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, Reznikov has ceased his partnership in Asters law firm.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the date of the all-Russian vote on amendments to the Constitution. The vote will be held on July 1 the President said at a meeting with the working group on preparing amendments. Putin said that there are 30 days needed from that date in order to work out the mechanisms for protecting citizens from the coronavirus pandemic. Russia has the third highest number of cases in the world.
Chinese Authorities are considering a law pertaining to the State Security of Hong Kong meant to strengthen China’s control over the area. The law includes a strict ban on separatist activities and a requirement to report regularly to the Central government of the PRC. The consequences for Hong Kong of the adoption of the national security Law in Beijing:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia responded on May 27 to the statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry about the unwillingness of the Georgian and American sides to allow Russian representatives to check the office of medical research of the US Army-Georgia operating in the Richard Lugar Center BioLAB.
This Saturday the body of Ukrainian MP Valery Davydenko was found by the toilet. The cleaning lady who found his body stated that he appeared to have a gunshot wound to the head. The location was the office of the European Solidarity party, a political party in Ukraine. It has its roots in a parliamentary group called Solidarity dating from 2000 and has existed since in various forms as a political outlet for Petro Poroshenko.
The US officially notified the parties to the Open Skies Treaty of its withdrawal, after which they will be released from their obligations under this document six months later. The announcement came on May 22. The US government cited Russia’s alleged non-compliance with the terms of the agreement as the reason. At the same time, US President Donald Trump did not rule out that the decision may be changed if Moscow begins to follow the document. Russia has denied US accusations of violating the Treaty.
Journalists from CCTV showcased new rapid-fire machine guns. China Central Television (CCTV) is the predominant state-owned television network in Mainland China. CCTV has a network of 50 channels broadcasting different programmes and is accessible to more than one billion viewers in six different languages. China’s aggressive propaganda of its pseudo military might continues.
China officially opened a base in Djibouti in August 2017. Djibouti is a strategic country bordered by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. On the approach-the entrance to the base, there is a sharp turn and exit from the road. There is an automated gate on the 90 degree turn. There are additional control points. It is almost impossible to scale the wall, as the perimeter has multi-level protection.
Information was leaked pertaining to the F-3 sixth-generation fighter jet. Japan is expected to start development of the F-3 in 2021. Currently, Japan needs to protect themselves from China. Japan always had tumultuous relations with China. Conflicts between Beijing and Tokyo go back centuries.
Weibo published the first ever images of the Chinese Nanchang Ship. Weibo is China’s version of twitter Earlier this year, China announced that Nanchang would be joining the Chinese Navy fleet. China’s military is undergoing a massive technological overhaul as part of Xi’s military ambitions to mirror Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agenda. The ship is designed for long-range air defense, anti-submarine defense, electronic warfare, destruction of surface and ground targets, escort, long-range patrol and surveillance.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is restructuring the Russian government. In January, he proposed amendments to the Russian constitution. It is highly likely due to the coronavirus that the amendments will be approved without the proposed popular vote. Putin continues to carve out a new Russian power model. The style of governance for the Kremlin has been more of a dictatorship.
Nordic Monitor published classified information about surveillance operations by the Turkish intelligence services in the US and other nations around the globe. According to the documentation, the Turkish President has been authorizing intelligence operations to spy on critics of Turkey. The documentation seems to have a stamp from the Turkish government agency established in 2016 under the Turkish National Security Agenda.
There are reports of the fire that started inside the ventilation system in the Polish National Center of the Nuclear Research in the city of Svierk, 30 km from Warsaw. Th Center has been Poland’s top location for nuclear research since 1955. Over the decades several Swierk institutes formed the core of Poland nuclear ambitions, creating four of Poland’s five nuclear research reactors and critical assemblies, all but one of which is still at service.
US President Donald Trump’s special envoy for arms control, Marshall Billingslea, stated that the strategic treaty with Russia should include new weapons systems. Trump appointed Billingslea on April 10 as Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control. In this role, Billingslea will lead arms control negotiations on behalf of the US government. Previously, he served as the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing in the United States Department of the Treasury.
Concern is rising over reports of Russian Armed Forces deployment of Resonans-NE radar systems near the Israeli border. The Resonans-NE radar system is designed for long-range detection, tracking, determination of coordinates and movement parameters of a wide class of modern and promising targets, including cruise and ballistic missiles, hypersonic aircraft, even those manufactured using stealth technology.
On Monday May 4, Reuters published leaked information pertaining to a classified report compiled by the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, a think tank affiliated with the Ministry of State Security, China’s top intelligence body and key intelligence structure of the PRC. The report was told to Reuters by sources familiar with the contents of the document.
Coronavirus continues to be on the forefront of the news. The number of infected surpassed 3.5 million around the world. However, Belarus never acted to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The borders are open, there is no social distancing, no stay at home orders or any precautionary measures, period. Because the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko knows it is his last year in power, does he simply not care?
China launched a new propaganda campaign over the weekend. The campaign is timed with the start of the Russian holidays associated with May 1st celebrations. In 1918, a year after the Russian Revolution, May 1 became an important public holiday, known as the Day of the International Solidarity of Workers in the Soviet Union. Most Soviet cities had parades and obligatory workers’ marches on this day until 1990.
Coronavirus continues to be the main topic of discussions around the world. Currently, there are over 3.3 million infected and over 234,000 deaths around the globe. US intelligence agencies are investigating the origin of the Coronavirus and are not ruling out that the coronavirus leaked from the lab in Wuhan. A French Nobel prize winner and virologist already made an educated statement proving the COVID-19 is a man made virus and that Chinese scientists were working on the AIDS vaccine (since the virus does have some of the HIV particles) and the virus was released.
China continues to suppress vital information and critical data pertaining to the origin of coronavirus in Wuhan. The Chinese scientists that published the genome sequence disappeared and their lab was immediately shut down. According to a French virologist and Nobel Prize winner the coronavirus is indeed a man made virus from a Chinese lab. It is in line with the findings of an Indian Lab, but they were pressured to abandon their findings back in February of this year.
Currently there are over 3 million cases of coronavirus and over 211,000 dead around the globe. In the US there are over 1 million cases of the infected documented at present. Many nations are starting to reopen, including Italy. In the US some of the first states to reopen are Oklahoma and Georgia. However, many other states plan to open soon too, but with restrictions. The restrictions include wearing masks and people asked to be 6 feet apart. The US Guidelines on the reopening three phases here.
Many countries are slowly opening their economies and borders after dealing with the coronavirus. In the US, the State of Georgia is already reopened and slowly other states are following, with the exception of California and New York at this time. The Czech Republic opened its borders for all international travel with a caveat that visitors must provide a health certificate upon entry or re-entry.
As coronavirus continues to be on the forefront of the news, many nations and their citizens are wondering what comes next from an economic prospective. Many workers have been laid off and one of the hardest hit is the service industry. Additionally, it is highly likely the European Union will have a lasting recession, which will turn into hyperinflation by fall.
Coronavirus created a lot of challenges from the economic and security prospective. China’s failure to provide accurate data and contain the virus caused a lot of losses. The virus is claimed to be man made and such findings are corroborated by a Nobel Prize winning French virologist. China is facing a backlash for being the cause of the coronavirus pandemic spread around the world. Japan recently announced funding to aid their companies in moving manufacturing out of China and back to Japan or alternatively to another country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared on his regular scheduled program over the weekend. The program is titled Moscow, Kremlin, Putin and the main plot of the program is to provide updates to the nation by Putin himself. TV channel Russia-1 offers the program every week to viewers who care about the fate of Russia.
Coronavirus has been on the forefront of the majority news outlets around the world. Currently, there are over 2.4 million cases around the world and over 165,000 deaths.
A majority of countries are starting to slowly reopen their economies and ease their state of emergency restrictions. US President Donald Trump announced over the weekend a reopening strategy with phase 1 and phase 2. In the US governors are the ones who will decide when to reopen individual states for business. Japan is quite the opposite and only now declared a State of Emergency and a mandatory quarantine.
Cyprus is celebrating the lifting of the arms embargo by the United States. The motivation behind lifting the embargo is to prevent Turkey’s expansion in the Mediterranean. It is not a surprise, since Turkey escalated the conflict in one of the Syrian regions. Additionally, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can not be trusted by the West. Even though Turkey is a part of NATO, it is a wild card.
Under the new Saudi- Russo oil deal, Saudi Arabia and Russia lead the record for oil cuts as part of the agreement committed by 23 countries to withhold 9.7 million barrels a day from markets. Western publications, including The New Yorker, ran articles this week with headlines such as “How the Russian-Saudi Oil War Went Awry—for Putin Most of All.”
At present, the number of infected with coronavirus passed the two million mark around the globe. Fortunately, stock markets are slowly rising around the world, which is a bit of a positive during the current difficult economic times. Meanwhile, the US is in the midst of a presidential election campaign scheduled for this fall. As of this week, Russia has ramped up its efforts to use social media propaganda and increase its internet presence.
Coronavirus continues to the major issue facing the world, with Spain reopening its economy and China as well. However, China is reporting new cases of so called reinfection, but claims the virus has been reimported. At this time there are claims of three types of coronavirus roaring around the globe. The numbers of infected is close to 2 million with over 100,000 deaths reported.
In reaction to the coronavirus quarantines, Canada and the US are implementing emergency funds to help with large numbers of unemployment. The quarantine continues in the most US states and in Canada. As of April 6th there are 1.3 million cases and over 74,000 deaths around the world. In the US nearly 400,000 are infected. The states that have the largest numbers of infected are New York. Louisiana and Michigan.
The world is trying to fight the coronavirus pandemic. In North America, both the US and Canada extended directives of social distancing until the end of April. Russian President Vladimir Putin just gave everyone who is not considered essential business a week off with pay. However, as much as US President Donald Trump tries to be upbeat and claim by June 1st the economy will jump start, this is not feasible for a myriad of reasons and it is highly unlikely it will rebound by the fall of 2020.
The Kremlin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‘s government accuse the United States of using humanitarian aid to supply rebels. The interdepartmental coordination headquarters of Russia and Syria said that the US, against the background of the situation with the spread of COVID-19 in the world, plans to transfer cargo to the militants under the guise of humanitarian assistance.
Russia de-facto now owns Venezuela, taking advantage of the country’s extended suffering. The economy is depleted and the country is in severe turmoil. It does not help that coronavirus has effected economies around the globe.
Additionally, the US unsealed indictments against 14 officials and government-connected parties. Currently, there is a reward offered of $55 million for Nicolas Maduro and four others according to US Attorney General William Barr. He called the regime “corrupt.” One of the indictments is out of New York, where prosecutors allege Maduro and socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello (the head of the constitutional assembly) of conspiring with Colombian rebels and members of the military to support the drug trade including cocaine trafficking into the US. Sixty nations including the US do not recognize Maduro as the President of Venezuela. At this time the US only recognizes Juan Guaidó as the Venezuelan leader.
The situation around the globe pertaining to coronavirus continues to escalate. The number of infected continues to rise, including the death toll. At this time, even high ranking politicians are testing positive for COVID-19, the latest being Senator Rand Paul in the US, who tested positive on March 22. As everyone is aware by now, the coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China. Due to the Chinese regime’s failure to identify and contain the virus immediately, the virus spread around the world. Additionally, nations around the globe did not suspend travel in time and it became a full blown pandemic.
The US Department of Energy is urging the administration of US President Donald Trump to form an alliance with Saudi Arabia in an attempt to regulate world oil prices, which could lead to Saudi Arabia withdrawing from OPEC. This information became available via The Wall Street Journal which claims that supporters of the US oil Alliance with Saudi Arabia are calling for stabilizing energy prices and preventing their collapse, which occurred after the OPEC talks in Vienna in early March.
The Russian State Duma member from Crimea, Andrey Kozenko, reiterated the necessity to “strengthen” so called support for the Donetsk People’s Republic, including for the region to be fully integrated into the Russian Federation territory. The Donetsk People’s Republic is a Russia backed proto-state in the eastern Ukrainian Oblast of Donetsk. The proto-state is recognized only by the partially recognized South Ossetia and Luhansk People’s Republic. The capital city is Donetsk and it was founded in 2014. This is the same year Russia orchestrated the farce of the referendum to annex Crimea.
An astonishing announcement was made on Russia Channel 1 on the evening of March 18 during a live show by the chief editor of Nazavisimaya Gazeta Konstantin Remchukov. He claimed to have directly received an email from China requesting a stop to any information related to coronavirus originating in China. Since the Russian government owns Russia Channel 1, it is an unprecedented comment that was made live. Especially, when Russia and China tend to collaborate on propaganda efforts against the US and the West.
Since March 16, Russian Channel 1 has been actively spreading the false narrative of the coronavirus being brought to China by the US. Channel One has a viewer base of over 250 million worldwide. It is the first television channel to broadcast in the Russian Federation. Its headquarters are located at the Ostankino Technical Center near the Ostankino Tower in Moscow. It is Kremlin owned and the main channel.
NATO ships approaching Russia’s Maritime borders, specifically the Black Sea region, are unable to conduct reconnaissance due to the counteraction of coastal electronic warfare (EW) Russia is currently testing.
There are three areas of the Electronic warfare:
1) Radio-electronic defeat is a set of measures and actions for functional defeat, radio-electronic suppression and defeat of radio-electronic objects of the enemy by homing weapons for radiation.
On March 13th, the Chinese government released a report pertaining to so called “abuse of human rights” in the US. Seven chapters of this disingenuous report contain claims of human rights violations in the sphere of civil, political, social and economic rights, issues of discrimination against minorities, violence against women, violations of the rights of migrants etc. The report is meant to create a divide and try to meddle into the upcoming US elections. The trajectory has been in line with Russia’s agenda. The Kremlin has been actively trying to cause divide within the US Democratic Party and to stir up racial tensions.
This week, one of the main topics around the world is the so called “oil war” between Russia and Saudi Arabia. A myriad of publications are claiming the Russian economy will tank during this oil price war. According to the various economic models, the Russian economical crises is supposed to reach its peak in 2025. That is another reason, beside Putin’s personal aspirations, why he wants to remain in control of Russia. At that point, it could be possible for the West to weaken Russia.
The official verbatim of the Russian Constitution proposed amendments became available. Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed the amendments to the Russian Constitution on January 15, 2020. In the new amendments, the Russian working class again is shorted. Instead, Russian politicians divide the powers between them for their personal goals and gain.
Instead of legislative and planned development of science and culture, it focuses on religion and national ideas for ordinary workers and their families. It is done purely for social engineering propaganda. During the Soviet Era religion was frowned upon, as communism does not have a place for religion. Now the new amendments dictate to Russians what religion they should follow. Seventh Day Adventists and similar religious groups are pretty much banned in Russia. If one follows that religion, the children can be taken away by the government. During divorce, if one parent is a follower of such a religion, it would be an automatic termination of their chance at custody.
On February 7, 2020 the National Interest published an article, sourcing US Military reports, pertaining to Russian electronic warfare equipment deployed in Syria that caused serious damage to two of the most expensive US fighter jets – the F-35 and F-22. The systems of the latter came under powerful electronic influence and, most likely, became completely unusable, since they could not accurately determine the location in the airspace over Syria.
A voluminous 300-page report released last month by the RAND Corporation released titled “Turkey’s Nationalist Path-Implications For The US-Turkish Cooperation Strategy And The US Army” indicates that the Turkish government’s decision to dismiss hundreds of army officers after the failed 2016 coup in Ankara caused widespread discontent in the country’s armed forces.
Russia and Turkey have been at war for awhile. However, it is a proxy war. Pro Turkish Syrian fighters supported by the Turkish military are fighting Pro-Russian Syrian fighters, who are supported by the Russian Army and the Kremlin. It is a war fought by using others to reach their objectives. Nevertheless, the war will turn into full blown conflict; at this time Turkey can’t afford blatant war with Russia.
Coronavirus has become a global scare. The World Health Organization considers coronavirus “High Risk.” The emergence of an economic storm could be inevitable. Kondratiev cycles predicted economic slowdown. Kondratiev explained the existence of large economic cycles by the fact that the duration of functioning of various created economic goods fluctuates. Similarly, they require different time and different means to create them. Large cycles can be seen as disrupting and restoring the economic equilibrium of a long period. The main reason for them lies in the mechanism of accumulation, accumulation and dispersion of capital sufficient to create new elements of infrastructure.
This week there was a discussion in Russia about the possible countermeasures the US is planning against China’s One Belt One Road Initiative. Interestingly, due to the coronavirus and China, the stock markets are experiencing a turmoil.
The reason for the discussions is to develop additional strategies between Russia and China pertaining to the One Belt, One Road initiative, despite the virus outbreak. US Secretary Mike Pompeo also announced that US President Donald Trump has invited Southeast Asian leaders for a meeting in Las Vegas next month. The summit is supposed to take place March 12, 2020.
Russia blocked the Citibank account of Google’s Russian Division. The account was officially blocked on February 7, 2020. This means that banks do not have the right to open accounts for organizations and grant the right to use new corporate electronic means of payment for transfers. The decision was made by the IFNS of Russia No. 5 in Moscow (inspection code 7705).