R-SOCC Special Forces Command New NATO Initiative in Balkans – What it Means from a Geopolitical Prospective

Defense ministers from Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia singed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) creating a regional command of special operations. The signing of the MOU took place in the NATO headquarters in Brussels.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949. There is a possibility Austria can join in the future. Austria is not a NATO member. There are five countries which declared their non-alignment with NATO, including Finland, Ireland, Sweden and Malta. Although Austria is not a NATO member and a neutral country, they have a robust strategic military budget, and they share a physical border between Russia and NATO.

Does Ukraine Have its Own Assange? Perhaps Russian Meddling?

On October 9, 2019, the Interfax-Ukraine conference center held a press conference for journalists. The Interfax-Ukraine News Agency is a Kiev-based Ukrainian news agency founded in 1992. The company belongs to the Russian news group Interfax Information Services. The press conference allowed for the release of supposed facts pertaining to the US embassy influence on the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies meddling in the US democratic elections process.

Trump Urges Ukraine, China to Investigate Bidens

US President Donald Trump is in the midst of a political storm and is risking an impeachment because, in a telephone interview, he allegedly called for— and perhaps even tried to pressure— the President of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, but that has not caused Donald Trump to abandon the idea. Trump is also now calling on China to investigate the former Vice President and his son, Hunter’s business.

The Dark Ukrainian Maneuvers of Rudy Giuliani

Donald Trump places all his trust in his family. In to that narrow, intimate circle also enters Rudy Giuliani. He is the personal lawyer of the President of the United States, his main shield before the multitude of legal fronts that stalk him. He was also known as “America’s Mayor”— he was the Mayor of New York City during 9/11. Now, Giuliani is a key piece in the impeachment process that could remove the Republican president from the White House for having asked his counterpart from Ukraine this summer, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, now a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 2020 elections.

Report: Trump Repeatedly Urged Ukraine President to Investigate Biden’s Son

In late July, Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The circumstances of this conversation so alarmed an employee of one of the American intelligence services that they became the subject of an internal investigation. The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has been requesting details, but the Trump administration has so far refused to provide them. Much of this story is classified, and most of the information is reported by the American media with reference to anonymous sources.

Has Ukraine Turned into Europe’s Afghanistan?

A new Ukrainian media campaign could be a provocation to the United States. Last week a documentary aired on Ukrainian TV Channel News One with an agenda to discredit US efforts at democracy in Ukraine.

The scenario resembles Afghanistan and recent statements by the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai who claimed the US is trying to meddle in the upcoming September 28, 2019 presidential elections there. The former Afghan president is insinuating that Afghan citizens have no influence over who the US installs into the executive office.

Benjamin Netanyahu Implicitly Confirms Israel’s Role In Iraq Airstrike

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tacitly endorsed his involvement in the attack on Islamic Republic-backed Hezbollah centers in Iraq, saying “Iran has no immunity, anywhere.” Netanyahu stressed that Israel would take military action whenever needed. Israel is believed to have conducted recent attacks on Iranian-backed predominantly Shiite militia bases and warehouses in Iraq known as Hashdal-Shaabi.

Ben and Sarah Netanyahu Visit Ukraine – News Media Attacks Sarah’s Actions

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah made a visit to the Ukraine.  The purpose of the trip was to discuss the expansion of economic cooperation between the two nations.  He met with President Volodymyr Zelensky and together they signed three bi-lateral financial agreements. In a joint statement Zelensky said that the two had discussed the establishment of joint trade and technology offices in Jerusalem and Kiev to jump start both economies.  He also thanked Israel for backing Ukraine’s territorial integrity after Russia’s annexation in 2014 of Crimea.  It is well known that the father of Zelensky is Jewish.

Is Former Ukrainian President Poroshenko on the Run?

Last Week, President Petro Poroshenko left Ukraine with his family. Interestingly enough, he refused government protection services during his travel. A former president is eligible for such protection and it is very uncommon to refuse it. In the US, the Secret Service is the one responsible for protecting the nation’s leaders, former leaders and their families. Poroshenko’s refusal could be an indication of his planned defection. He would be the second president to leave Ukraine. Former elected president Viktor Yanukovich went into exile in Russia in the midst of the “Orange Revolution” which started in 2004.

Ukraine Seizes Russian Tanker in Black Sea – Russia Warns

Ukraine announced on Thursday that it had chained a Russian tanker in one of its ports. Moscow immediately gave Kiev a warning.

The tanker in question is suspected of having been involved in a shipping incident between the two countries. According to Kiev, in November last year, the tanker participated in the seizure of Ukrainian warships by Russia off the coast of Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow.

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