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Maria Zakharova places Russiagate blame squarely on press [Video]

Zakharova: “When you say the right rests with those who are strong, you imply that the strong is also smart.”

Seraphim Hanisch



During this last week, most of the reaction from Russian news media to the conclusion of the Russiagate (hoax) investigation was rather factually based, simply with reports on what happened, and the reactions of people within the United States.

However, there certainly is a reaction to this mess from the halls of power in Russia, and on March 27, Maria Zakharova, the Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, gave hers on Russia One’s Vesti News’ program 60 Minutes. She had a lot to say:

Her response in a nutshell, encapsulates the scope of what will come – even more discussion and investigations, because each side did not get a total win.

While the summary report written by AG William Barr and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein does clear the President of any culpability in any sort of wrongdoing, the sore losers want to reverse the course of this outcome in any way possible. But Mrs. Zakharova gives the proper reaction to this whole mess at about [01:38] when she simply begins laughing at the whole mess about how now Mueller himself may become the target of the investigation.

The rest of the report is a montage of American media in their efforts to impugn the American President at whatever cost.

The reaction of the Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman is priceless.

“They are a team of the best people in the country. They are the American propagandists as they are. No more, no less. Now, you can [know] how it is done. The entire team, headed be Fareed Zaharia, by the way… we are talking about propagandists. We are talking about the people who pretend to be journalists… they probably should all apologize now.

And then, this:

“This information, pardon my French, riff-raff [according to the translation], has been making the anti-Russian information agenda for two years already. They should apologize for that. Even more than that – we are not going to let them get away with this.

We are going to analyze all of this. We are going to cut out those quotes from those wonderful TV programs where they tried to convince the audience that there was collusion between Trump and Russia. All these propagandist words, gestures, methods, will be cut out, formalized and sent to where they are supposed to [be sent] – to the international agencies… I mean the OCSE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe). We will present this to a wider audience.

And then some wit and not a little sarcasm:

I think the world should recognize its heroes. Even more than that, Fareed Zakaria, after the American audience got rid of Charlie Rose… who fell victim to an anti-harassment campaign; I mean, after they got rid of the man who knew as much as Charlie Rose did, Fareed Zakaria is the best they have now in the field of international journalism, because he surely knows how names of different countries are pronounced.

We used to work with this man, about seven or eight years ago when the events in Syria only started to unwind, and those same people were accusing Russia of all sorts of evils… Sergey Lavrov gave an interview to Fareed Zakaria in New York concurrent to the (on the margins of [sic]) the UN General Assembly.

[And,] what do you think? One would think that Syria was the central topic and Russia was accused of everything about it. There was no Trump or election at that moment; this was about seven or eight years ago. What do you think happened to the interview?

All of the crucial points representing the Russian stance toward Syria were cut out by Mr. Zakaria. The propaganda machine crashed on its own iceberg of this very propaganda… They have not yet [said sorry to anyone], but believe me, we are not going to leave it like this.

All of this has been put into the annals of history, and I think all of this should be published and presented to a broader audience.

And then, waxing sarcastic again, Mrs. Zakharova suggest that all of the quotes and excerpts of, presumably the Mueller event, probably Syria too, would make a nice yearbook.

The anchors of 60 Minutes also noted that Russian journalists and Russia itself have a bad reputation, as if they were the main violators of international law, and there is a fascinating rundown of the matters of President Trump recognizing the Golan Heights as part of Israel, and the concurrent thought that this would lead to a recognition of Crimea’s being part of the Russian Federation.

One of Maria Zakharova’s most salient points is that while the Americans constantly accuse Russia of trying to interfere with the USA’s foreign policy, that policy itself is not consistent from presidential term to presidential term. President Obama had the opposite stance on the Golan Heights as does Mr. Trump. But before Obama, each president had his own take and they were not consistent. Her question, “What does Russia have to do with this?”

It is interesting that Zakharova fingers Fareed Zakaria as a main culprit in the propaganda attack. It is unclear why she thinks he takes a leading position in this, but it is possible that she is using his deliberate scrubbing of the Syria interview as an example of how the American press works. She IS correct, for they do indeed use whatever supports the narrative they wish to brainwash their readers and viewers with. Perhaps that is the point.

It seems clear that the Russian government is not interested in just taking all this abuse any more than President Trump is. If Maria’s thoughts get put into reality, while Western Europe is likely to try to block Russia’s statements about all this, there is a good possibility that the Russian viewpoint will be understood and accepted – not by the political élite, but by the regular people of Germany, Greece, Turkey, other countries that have been gradually softening their stance towards their eastern neighbor, and, despite NATO membership, have been entering into business arrangements with Russia.

It does seem like there is some justice to this. Russia has been the scapegoat of the West for a very long time, and during that time it both took the criticism, politely refuting it, but all the while slowly getting stronger. It may be that the time has come for the Bear to speak out loudly and firmly, that the time for this mistreatment is over.


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Vera Gottlieb

And how many more sequels to this sordid happening??? What better way to distract the people from what is really ailing the country. Is today’s American MSM really so blind? Or is it a fast way of making a buck without much effort?

Sewraj Awmee
Sewraj Awmee

God knows best His plan for humanity in 2019.

John Nolan
John Nolan

It is ia pity that a lot more citizens would read His Book, the Bible, and realize what He says, prophies, for the Unwanted Slaves of Amazia! America has become the enemy of this world, all life on this planet, is the most hated nation on earth, by those who follow the real news we get through this and other sites, but, the rest don’t really give a damn. We are seeing Amazian politicians, the power brokers, arms manufacturers preparing for an assault on Venezuala, to start another of ther wars to ‘FREE’ the citizens, of their democratic rights, their… Read more »


Reminds me of the saying “Speak softly but carry a big Stick”
But seriously the Western propaganda machinery has been working overtime and it is way past time that it was exposed.

john vieira

Has definitely been working overtime on their own “constituents”…the “one” narrative leading to the OWO???


Ms. Zakhorova’s comments are very much on point. From the very beginning I’ve admired her factual and analytical capabilities, especially given her solid experience, in contrast to the morons like Psiaki, Harf and Kirby, and later Nauert, presently Palladino that the State Department have employed as its spokespersons. Also, while I trust no government or government sponsored (or aligned) media – I must credit Russia Today and Sputnik News for the breadth, clarity and credibility of their coverage on matters the MSM never touch, and for providing a platform to some of our finest investigative journalists who have otherwise been… Read more »


Peace on Korean Peninsula within reach, if only Trump can remove Pompeo & Bolton (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 152.

Alex Christoforou



RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss the results of the Putin-Kim summit in Vladivostok, Russia, aimed at boosting bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries, as well as working to contribute to a final peace settlement on the Korean peninsula.

Putin’s meeting with Kim may prove to be a pivotal diplomatic moment, as North Korea continues to work towards normalizing ties with the U.S. amidst ongoing denuclearization talks with the Trump White House.

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Via the BBC…

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un needs international security guarantees if he is to end his nuclear programme.

Such guarantees would need to be offered within a multinational framework, he added, following talks near Vladivostok in Russia’s far east.

Mr Kim praised the summit as a “very meaningful one-on-one exchange”.

Mr Putin said North Korea’s leader was “fairly open” and had “talked freely on all issues that were on the agenda”.

The meeting followed the breakdown of talks between the US and North Korea in February, when Mr Kim met US President Donald Trump in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

Those talks reportedly stalled over North Korea’s demand for full economic sanctions relief in return for some denuclearisation commitments – a deal the US was not willing to make.

Speaking after the talks on Thursday, Mr Putin said he wanted to see full denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula.

But he said this could only be achieved through respect for international law.

“We need to restore the power of international law, to return to a state where international law, not the law of the strongest, determines the situation in the world,” he said.

Mr Kim greeted Russian officials warmly when he arrived in Russia on Wednesday.

The North Korean leader was entertained by a brass band in Vladivostok before he got inside a car flanked by bodyguards, who – in now familiar scenes – jogged alongside the vehicle as it departed.

What do we know about the summit?

According to the Russian presidential spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin believes the six-party talks on North Korea, which are currently stalled, are the only efficient way of addressing the issue of nuclear weapons on the peninsula.

Those talks, which began in 2003, involve the two Koreas as well as China, Japan, Russia and the US.

“There are no other efficient international mechanisms at the moment,” Mr Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.

“But, on the other hand, efforts are being made by other countries. Here all efforts merit support as long as they really aim at de-nuclearisation and resolving the problem of the two Koreas.”

What do both sides want?

This visit is being widely viewed as an opportunity for North Korea to show it has powerful allies following the breakdown of the talks with the US in February.

The country has blamed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the collapse of the Hanoi summit. Earlier this month North Korea demanded that Mr Pompeo be removed from nuclear talks, accusing him of “talking nonsense” and asking for someone “more careful” to replace him.

The summit is also an opportunity for Pyongyang to show that its economic future does not depend solely on the US. Mr Kim may try to put pressure on Moscow to ease sanctions.

Analysts say the summit is an opportunity for Russia to show that it is an important player on the Korean peninsula.

President Putin has been eager to meet the North Korean leader for quite some time. Yet amid the two Trump-Kim summits, the Kremlin has been somewhat sidelined.

Russia, like the US and China, is uncomfortable with North Korea being a nuclear state.

How close are Russia and North Korea?

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union (of which Russia is the main successor state) maintained close military and trade links with its communist ally, North Korea, for ideological and strategic reasons.

After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, trade links with post-communist Russia shrank and North Korea leaned towards China as its main ally.

Under President Putin, Russia recovered economically and in 2014 he wrote off most of North Korea’s Soviet-era debt in a major goodwill gesture.

While it is arguable how much leverage Russia has with the North today, the communist state still regards it as one of the least hostile foreign powers.

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Putin meets Kim for the first time (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 151.

Alex Christoforou



The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at the historic meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the city of Vladivostok in the Russian Far East.

The meeting marks the first ever summit between the two leaders.

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Via RT…

Leaders of Russia and North Korea sat down for a historic summit in Vladivostok, expressing hope it will revive the peace process in the Korean Peninsula and talks on normalizing relations with the US.

The summit on Russky Island, just off Vladivostok, started a little late because President Vladimir Putin’s flight was delayed. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had made the trip by train, arriving on Wednesday.

In brief public remarks before the talks, the two leaders expressed hope the summit will help move forward the reconciliation process in the Korean Peninsula. Putin welcomed Kim’s contributions to “normalizing relations” with the US and opening a dialogue with South Korea.

Kim said he hoped the Vladivostok summit would be a “milestone” in the talks about denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, but also build upon “traditionally friendly ties” between Russia and North Korea.

The North Korean leader also made a point of thanking Putin for flying all the way to Vladivostok for the meeting. The Far East Russian city is only 129 kilometers from the border with North Korea.

The historic summit takes place less than two months after Kim’s second summit with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi fell apart without a breakthrough on denuclearization. The US rejected North Korea’s request for partial sanctions relief in return for moves to dismantle nuclear and missile programs; Washington insists on full disarmament before any sanctions are removed.

Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the main subject of the Kim-Putin summit, but there will also be talks about bilateral relations, trade, and humanitarian aid. The first one-on-one meeting is scheduled to last about an hour, followed by further consultations involving other government officials.

Following the summit, Putin is scheduled to visit China.


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Kim And Putin: Changing The State Of The Board In Korea

The future of Korea could be decided by these two men today.




Authored by Tom Luongo:

Today is a big day for Korea. The first face-to-face summit of Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un takes place.

At the same time the 2nd annual Belt and Road Forum kicks off in Beijing.

This meeting between Putin and Kim has been in the works for a while but rumors of it only surfaced last week. But don’t let the idea that this was put together at the last minute fool you.

It wasn’t.

The future of Korea could be decided by these two men today.

I know that sounds bold. But hear me out.

And while no one seems to think this meeting is important or that anything of substance will come from it I do. It is exactly the kind of surprise that Putin loves to spring on the world without notice and by doing so change the board state of geopolitics.

  • Russia’s entrance into Syria in 2015, two days after Putin’s historic speech at the U.N. General Assembly
  • 2018’s State of the Union address where he announced hypersonic missiles, embarrassing the U.S. Militiary-Industrial Complex which accelerated the Bolton Doctrine of subjugating the world
  • Flying 2 TU-160 nuclear-armed bombers to Venezuela, creating panic in D.C. leading to the ham-fisted regime change operations there.
  • Nationalization of Yukos.
  • The operation to secure Crimea from U.S. invasion by marines aboard the U.S.S Donald Cook during the Ukrainian uprising against Viktor Yanukovich.

Both Putin and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping are angry at the breakdown of the talks in Hanoi back in February. It was clear that everyone expected that meeting to be a rubber stamp on a deal already agreed to by all parties involved.

In fact the two meetings between Kim and Trump were only possible because Trump convinced them of his sincerity to resolve the ‘denuclearization’ of North Korea which would clear a path to rapid reunification.

It’s why they went along with the U.S.’s increased sanctions on North Korea as administered through the U.N. in 2017.

That John Bolton and Mike Pompeo destroyed those talks and Trump was unwilling or unable (who cares at this point, frankly, useless piece of crap that he is) to stop them embarrassed and betrayed them.

They are now done with Trump.

He’ll get nothing from either of them or Kim until Trump can prove he’s in charge of his administration, which he, clearly, is not.

And they will be moving forward with their own agenda for security and Asian economic integration. So I don’t think the timing of this meeting with that of the Belt and Road Forum is an accident.

And that means moving forward on solving the Korea problem without Trump.

It is clear from the rhetoric of Putin’s top diplomat, the irreplaceable Sergei Lavrov, that Russia’s patience is over. They are no longer interested in what Trump wants and they will now treat the U.S. as a threat, having upped their military stance towards the U.S. to that of “Threat.”

If Bolton wants anything from Russia at this point he best be prepared to start a war or piss off.

This is also why Russia took the gloves off with Ukraine in the run up to the Presidential elections, cutting off energy and machinery exports with Ukraine.

To put paid Putin’s growing impatience with U.S. policies, he just issued the order to allow residents of Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics to apply for Russian passports.

This will send Bolton into apoplexy. Angela Merkel of Germany will be none too pleased either. Putin is now playing hardball after years of unfailing politeness.

It’s also why Lavrov finalized arms and port deals all over the Middle East in recent weeks, including those with Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and India.

Bolton, Pompeo and Pence are ideologues. Trump is a typical Baby Boomer, who lives in a bubble of his own design and believes in an America that never existed.

None of them truly understand the fires they are stoking and simply believe in the Manifest Destiny of the U.S. to rule the world over a dim and barbaric world.

Putin, Xi, Rouhani in Iran and Kim in North Korea are pragmatic men. They understand the realities they live in. This is why I see Putin willing tomorrow to sit down with Kim and flaunt the U.N. sanctions and begin the investment process into North Korea that should have begun last year.

Putin would not be making these moves if he didn’t feel that Bolton was all bark and no bite when it came to actual war with Russia. He also knows that Germany needs him more than he needs Germany so despite the feet-dragging and rhetoric Nordstream 2 will go forward.

Trade is expanding between them despite the continued sanctions.

Putin may be willing to cut a deal with President-elect Zelensky on gas transit later in the year but only if the shelling of the LPR and DPR stops and he guarantees no more incidents in the Sea of Azov. This would also mollify Merkel a bit and make it easier for her politically to get Nordstream 2 over the finish line.

There are moments in history when people go too far. Bolton and Pompeo went too far in Hanoi. He will pay the price now. Putin and Kim will likely agree to something in Vladivostok that no one is expecting and won’t look like much at first.

But the reality is this summit itself marks a turning point in this story that will end with the U.S. being, in Trump’s transactional parlance, a “price taker” since it has so thoroughly failed at being a “price maker.”

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