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Russian MoD: Il-20 downed by Syrian missile after attacking Israel’s F-16s used it as cover

Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces.

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Russia has stated that it “reserves right to response” after claiming that Israel’s actions led to downing of Il-20 by Syrian S-200 missiles.

The Russian military accused their Israeli counterparts for causing the downing of a Russian Il-20 plane by the Syrian air defense forces, which were responding to an Israeli air raid on Latakia.

Via RT


The Russian military say the Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events, which led to the shooting down of a Russian Il-20 plane by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile. Moscow reserves the right to respond accordingly.

On Monday evening four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked targets in Syria’s Latakia after approaching from the Mediterranean, a statement by the Russian defense ministry said on Tuesday. The Israeli warplanes came at a small altitude and “created a dangerous situation for other aircraft and vessels in the region”, it said.

The military said the French Navy’s frigate “Auvergne” as well as a Russian Il-20 plane were in the area of the Israeli operation.

“The Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces. As a consequence, the Il-20, which has radar cross-section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by an S-200 system missile,” the statement said.

The Russian ministry stressed that the Israelis must have known that the Russian plane was present in the area, which didn’t stop them from “the provocation”. Israel also failed to warn Russia about the planned operation in advance. The warning came a minute before the attack started, which “did not leave time to move the Russian plane to a safe area,” the statement said.

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Joe
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Joe

Russia reserves the right to respond by inviting Israel to their next victory day parade.

Manon
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Manon

Hey “Joe,” — we hear you. Was it your grandpa Kaganovich who stood next to Stalin during the parades in Moscow? Or you are from Frenkel’s (of GULAG fame) family? Your “Holocaust survivors” prefer to kill by millions, see the Holodomor and GULAG. Nothing pleases your treacherous tribe of whiners more than the exercises in sadism and mass slaughter. Your “Holo-biz” Nuland-Kagan even has installed a Jewish Groysman in Ukraine to finish the job started by Lazar Kaganovich.
Your tribe is cursed not for nothing but for dishonesty, pettiness, and bloodthirstiness. Parasites.

Joe
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Joe

Hey Manon, clearly, speaking in jest is a level of comprehension above your intellectual level. Why are you having a go at me?

Andre
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Andre

Yes, I understood your cynical remark, and a pity it was not understood.

Cheryl Brandon
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Cheryl Brandon

The way to respond is to give Syrians the most up to date equipment to defend themselves the Israhelli terrorist; That is the only way Syria will be safe; Lebanon has to stop assisting Israhell?? as well!! Russia must now arm Hezbollah!!

A.F.
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A.F.

Russia sponsors ISIS allready

Hes
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Hes

Try harder, my “selfchosen” friend. Ask your Hasbara supervisor for some extra Shekels.

mikhas
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mikhas

This is bs since Russian and Syrian defences are meshed, the plane would appear as “friend” not for.

Hes
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Hes

??????? What?

spike
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spike

all aircraft are fitted with an IFF (identifier friend or foe) beacon. but in their haste to launch as many missiles as possible the syrian operators didn’t even bother to look for friendly aircraft in the vicinity of their targeting vector

Hes
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Hes

I see you know exactly nothing about it.

Andre
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Andre

Time for Russia to respond seriously to this provocation and deception.

voza0db
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voza0db

Not a chance!

Hes
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Hes

Evil Khazarian joohole called IsraHell is a pure evil. They can only lie, steal and kill.

Jane Karlsson
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Jane Karlsson

This is shocking. Did Netenyahu order it? I can’t imagine he didn’t know. If he did, he’s openly challenging Putin.

Netenyahu despises ‘weak’ people. He seems to be itching to start WW3 to eliminate the weak people, which of course means the Palestinians among others.

Harris
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Harris

Dont Come an whim or mon here, Russia is ripping is treacherous benefit for its weak stance on Syrian aggressor, even the French Can now slap Russia military and suffer no consequence. Here Will just scream our western Partner! Russia is just à Paper tiger ! Why Syria shouldn’t have an S300 missile to defend itself against immoral action like that is unbelievable ! Now if ont was m’y family member on the Russia IL-20 crew I will Ask Putin to resuscitate my loved one killed in this incident ! The Real culprit us PUTIN, full stop!

Tom
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Tom

Moron!

Manon
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Manon

From now on, each Russian aircraft should carry a Jew as a passenger. Otherwise, the former bouncer Avi ( a Moldovan thug and felon of Turkish appearance) and the former furniture peddler Bibi would not understand the value of life. The Jewish Bolsheviks are unredeemable.

Manon
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Manon

Ukraining accent was detected. Is this you, Groysman?

Tom Welsh
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Tom Welsh

This bears many of the same hallmarks as the cynical assassination of the Su-24 by Turkish F-16s. It was carefully planned, and took every possible advantage of the Russians’ efforts to coordinate and avoid misunderstandings. Just as the Turkish fighter that shot down the Su-24 had been in the air for several hours, just waiting for the chance to stab the Russians in the back, this Israeli attack was obviously designed to make the Syrians shoot down their ally’s aircraft. Unless, of course, it was not a Syrian missile at all. In which case either Israel, France or some other… Read more »

Cicero
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Cicero

The Israelis were sneaky they knew launching an attack close to the spy plane would result in Syrian air defences responding. They used it as cover & unfortunately the servicemen paid the price. This is what happens when you let an aggressor get away time & time again with provocations without doing anything. Israelis took advantage knowing Russia has never responded to any of its numerous attacks. Russia needs to take a firmer stance & impose a no fly zone & shoot anything which is attacking Syria.

Manon
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Manon

Let’s see if there any victims related to Jews in Israel.

spike
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spike

then the blame clearly lies at the feet of the anti-air missile operators…to just launch without checking the area the weapon is launched into is tantamount to deciding to deliberately shoot down the russian a/c

Hes
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Hes

LOL!!! Say shalom to your Hasbara supervisor.

spike
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spike

israel used it as cover and the incompetence of the syrian ad operators did the rest

Hes
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Hes

Shalom, shalom. I love your pathetic Hasbara jooshit.

Mike
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Mike

Jeee! Russia should traget Syria as they are the one that shot down their plane, not Israel!!! What a complete non sense from Russia!

Hes
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Hes

OK, “Mike”. Now you can go to steal something or just suck some blood from goyim child instead of posting this jooshit.

Cat Pillar
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Cat Pillar

Wrap it in plastic – like Kaliningrad. And Crimea.

Cheryl brandon
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Cheryl brandon

My condolences goes out to the 14 pilots/soldiers who were up by Israhell terrorists; They illegally flew into Syrian airspace, attacked Syrians; When the Syrians tried to defend themselves, the Irsahelli criminals placed a Russian jet in harms way; Willfully got 14 pilots killed like they did with the USS Liberty in 1967. RIP UN/International Laws/ ICC!! the Criminals/Bullies defiantly LIE on Arabs again!!

Martha
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Martha

The U.N. (or ‘the one’) and ‘International Laws’ and ‘International con-ventions’ exist to protect the guilty, never the innocent.

7.62x54R
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7.62x54R

How many more times are Russian servicemen going to die because of US-Saudi-Israeli underhandedness and criminality?

A.F.
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A.F.

Lets hope and pray thousands more!

Gazza
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Gazza

Ukropi clown alert…

Hes
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Hes

Glory to Ukraine! Glory to retards!

A.F.
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A.F.

Great news, Assad downed Russian plane, out of humanity! Downed by Russian weapons!

7.62x54R
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7.62x54R

Underhanded Israeli-US deviants have killed another 14 Russian personnel. Too bad the Russians have not realized that they are dealing with lairs and thugs and have not exterminated the US-Israeli invaders’ aircraft. Time to declare that Syrian airspace is closed to NATO and Israeli invaders.

michael
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michael

after this last event….all Israeli aircraft will be shot down immediately….any missiles launched towards Syria will be met with an equal response on military installations in israel….let the war begin….

A.F.
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A.F.

Russians love war, like in Donbass and Crimea.

john vieira
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Pot/kettle…a***hole!!!

Hes
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Hes

Yes, you ukie joos are really funny imbeciles. Now just fuck off!

A.F.
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A.F.

The U.S. Air Force and eight other nations will participate next month in independent Ukraine’s largest aviation exercise, which aims to promote regional security and improve that country’s cooperation with NATO members, the military said Tuesday.

TEP
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TEP

The IL-20 wasnt an ordinary aircraft and these were not ‘crewmen’. This is a huge loss to Russia and Syria – these were highly trained (over 10 years) electronic warfare specialists and the plane included some of the most advanced EW capability on the planet. The Russian military are furious and demanding a response, as are most Russians whilst Putin is trying to calm it all down … there could be a serious rift. So the empire of chaos will be thrilled at such a big Russian EW loss and any rift between Putin and his military and/or electorate would… Read more »

Hes
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Hes

Those devils from IsraHell did it intentionally.

William spence
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William spence

The Israeli complicity in the death of Russian personnel makes Putin look very bad. What can he do to redeem himself!

William spence
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William spence

What next? A false flag poison attack by terrorists in Idlib.

An attack by terrorists across the demilitarized zone of Putin-Erdogan?

Or maybe in Ukraine across that demilitarized zone. They don’t work do they?

Cat Pillar
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Cat Pillar

Israel is directly responsible for the deaths of 15 Russian servicemen and what’s the Russian official response….. “This was reckless.” —- Like they’re naughty adolescent boys! If the pension reform cost Putin 20 points in the polls, what will “reckless and tragic circumstances” do? Another 20? 50? Down to rockbottom? Oh well, his problem but who woulda thought it …. Putin is Netanyahoo’s bìtch. Way to go Little Izzie – obviously there’s more to that upstart postage stamp than I ever thought. Somehow, you have the Russian Federation by the short and curlies. I wonder – will The Duran be… Read more »

Zina
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Zina

Putin je već reagovao, Izrael može nastaviti obarati Ruske avione.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

I wonder why the Defence Secretary from the ‘UK’ section of FUKUS, was over in Ukraine, conversing with the Far Right Savages, whilst the ‘F’ section of ‘FUKUS’, was launching missiles on Syria? What have the got planned, over in ‘Hilary’s Mercenary Land’? LUNACY: Kiev’s Plan To Reconquer Crimea – Create Floating Base In Sea Of ​​Azov… https://www.fort-russ.com/2018/09/lunacy-kievs-plan-to-reconquer-crimea-create-floating-base-in-sea-of-%E2%80%8B%E2%80%8Bazov/ UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson the latest Western official to visit the frontline of the war in eastern Ukraine. Photos Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation… https://liveuamap.com/en/2018/19-september-uk-defense-secretary-gavin-williamson-the-latest I do wonder if the UK Government, is just some franchise of the Clinton Foundation? They seem… Read more »

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

Backfired!! Along come the s-300’s for sovereign anti-terror pro-democracy Syria.

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Ukraine Wants Nuclear Weapons: Will the West Bow to the Regime in Kiev?

Efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation are one of the few issues on which the great powers agree, intending to continue to limit the spread of nuclear weapons and to prevent new entrants into the exclusive nuclear club.

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The former Ukrainian envoy to NATO, Major General Petro Garashchuk, recently stated in an interview with Obozrevatel TV:

“I’ll say it once more. We have the ability to develop and produce our own nuclear weapons, currently available in the world, such as the one that was built in the former USSR and which is now in independent Ukraine, located in the city of Dnipro (former Dnipropetrovsk) that can produce these kinds of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Neither the United States, nor Russia, nor China have produced a missile named Satan … At the same time, Ukraine does not have to worry about international sanctions when creating these nuclear weapons.”

The issue of nuclear weapons has always united the great powers, especially following the signing of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The decision to reduce the number of nuclear weapons towards the end of the Cold War went hand in hand with the need to prevent the spread of such weapons of mass destruction to other countries in the best interests of humanity. During the final stages of the Cold War, the scientific community expended great effort on impressing upon the American and Soviet leadership how a limited nuclear exchange would wipe out humanity. Moscow and Washington thus began START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) negotiations to reduce the risk of a nuclear winter. Following the dissolution of the USSR, the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances persuaded Ukraine to relinquish its nuclear weapons and accede to the NPT in exchange for security assurances from its signatories.

Ukraine has in recent years begun entertaining the possibility of returning to the nuclear fold, especially in light of North Korea’s recent actions. Kim Jong-un’s lesson seems to be that a nuclear deterrent remains the only way of guaranteeing complete protection against a regional hegemon. The situation in Ukraine, however, differs from that of North Korea, including in terms of alliances and power relations. Kiev’s government came into power as a result of a coup d’etat carried out by extremist nationalist elements who seek their inspiration from Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera. The long arm of NATO has always been deeply involved in the dark machinations that led to Poroshenko’s ascendency to the Ukrainian presidency. From a geopolitical point of view, NATO’s operation in Ukraine (instigating a civil war in the wake of a coup) follows in the footsteps of what happened in Georgia. NATO tends to organize countries with existing anti-Russia sentiments to channel their Russophobia into concrete actions that aim to undermine Moscow. The war in the Donbass is a prime example.

However, Ukraine has been unable to subdue the rebels in the Donbass region, the conflict freezing into a stalemate and the popularity of the Kiev government falling as the population’s quality of life experiences a precipitous decline. The United States and the European Union have not kept their promises, leaving Poroshenko desperate and tempted to resort to provocations like the recent Kerch strait incident or such as those that are apparently already in the works, as recently reported by the DPR authorities.

The idea of Ukraine resuming its production of nuclear weapons is currently being floated by minor figures, but it could take hold in the coming months, especially if the conflict continues in its frozen state and Kiev becomes frustrated and desperate. The neoconservative wing of the American ruling elite, absolutely committed to the destruction of the Russian Federation, could encourage Kiev along this path, in spite of the incalculable risks involved. The EU, on the other hand, would likely be terrified at the prospect, which would also place it between a rock and a hard place. Kiev, on one side, would be able to extract from the EU much needed economic assistance in exchange for not going nuclear, while on the other side the neocons would be irresponsibly egging the Ukrainians on.

Moscow, if faced with such a possibility, would not just stand there. In spite of Russia having good relations with North Korea, it did not seem too excited at the prospect of having a nuclear-armed neighbor. With Ukraine, the response would be much more severe. A nuclear-armed Ukraine would be a red line for Moscow, just as Crimea and Sevastopol were. It is worth remembering the Russian president’s words when referring to the possibility of a NATO invasion of Crimea during the 2014 coup:

“We were ready to do it [putting Russia’s nuclear arsenal on alert]. Russian people live there, they are in danger, we cannot leave them. It was not us who committed to coup, it was the nationalists and people with extreme beliefs. I do not think this is actually anyone’s wish – to turn it into a global conflict.”

As Kiev stands on the precipice, it will be good for the neocons, the neoliberals and their European lackeys to consider the consequences of advising Kiev to jump or not. Giving the nuclear go-ahead to a Ukrainian leadership so unstable and detached from reality may just be the spark that sets off Armageddon.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and International Affairs and Security Analyst via Moscow, Mark Sleboda take a look at Mike Pompeo’s shocking Brussels speech, where the U.S. Secretary of State took aim at the European Union and United Nations, citing such institutions as outdated and poorly managed, in need of a new dogma that places America at its epicenter.

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Speaking in Brussels, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unwittingly underscored why nobody takes the United States seriously on the international stage. Via The Council on Foreign Relations


In a disingenuous speech at the German Marshall Fund, Pompeo depicted the transactional and hypernationalist Trump administration as “rallying the noble nations of the world to build a new liberal order.” He did so while launching gratuitous attacks on the European Union, United Nations, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund (IMF)—pillars of the existing postwar order the United States did so much to create. He remained silent, naturally, on the body blows that the current administration has delivered to its erstwhile allies and partners, and to the institutions that once upon a time permitted the United States to legitimate rather than squander its international leadership.

In Pompeo’s telling, Donald J. Trump is simply seeking a return to the world that former Secretary of State George Marshall helped to create. In the decades after 1945, the United States “underwrote new institutions” and “entered into treaties to codify Western values of freedom and human rights.” So doing, the United States “won the Cold War” and—thanks to the late President George H. W. Bush, “we won the peace” that followed. “This is the type of leadership that President Trump is boldly reasserting.”

That leadership is needed because the United States “allowed this liberal order to begin to corrode” once the bipolar conflict ended. “Multilateralism has too often become viewed as an end unto itself,” Pompeo explained. “The more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are. The more bureaucrats we have, the better the job gets done.” What is needed is a multilateralism that once again places the nation-state front and center.

Leave aside for the moment that nobody actually believes what Pompeo alleges: that multilateralism should be an end in itself; that paper commitments are credible absent implementation, verification, and enforcement; or that the yardstick of success is how many bureaucrats get hired. What sensible people do believe is that multilateral cooperation is often (though not always) the best way for nations to advance their interests in an interconnected world of complicated problems. Working with others is typically superior to unilateralism, since going it alone leaves the United States with the choice of trying to do everything itself (with uncertain results) or doing nothing. Multilateralism also provides far more bang for the buck than President Trump’s favored approach to diplomacy, bilateralism.

Much of Pompeo’s address was a selective and tendentious critique of international institutions that depicts them as invariably antithetical to national sovereignty. Sure, he conceded, the European Union has “delivered a great deal of prosperity to the continent.” But it has since gone badly off track, as the “political wake-up call” of Brexit showed. All this raised a question in his mind: “Is the EU ensuring that the interests of countries and their citizens are placed before those of bureaucrats and Brussels?”

The answer, as one listener shouted out, is “Yes!” The secretary, like many U.S. conservative critics of European integration, is unaware that EU member states continue to hold the lion’s share of power in the bloc, which remains more intergovernmental than supranational. Pompeo seems equally unaware of how disastrously Brexit is playing out. With each passing day, the costs of this catastrophic, self-inflicted wound are clearer. In its quest for complete policy autonomy—on ostensible “sovereignty” grounds—the United Kingdom will likely have to accept, as the price for EU market access, an entire body of law and regulations that it will have no say in shaping. So much for advancing British sovereignty.

Pompeo similarly mischaracterizes the World Bank and IMF as having gone badly off track. “Today, these institutions often counsel countries who have mismanaged their economic affairs to impose austerity measures that inhibit growth and crowd out private sector actors.” This is an odd, hybrid critique. It combines a shopworn, leftist criticism from the 1990s—that the international financial institutions (IFIs) punish poor countries with structural adjustment programs—with the conservative accusation that the IFIs are socialist, big-government behemoths. Both are ridiculous caricatures. They ignore how much soul-searching the IFIs have done since the 1990s, as well as how focused they are on nurturing an enabling institutional environment for the private sector in partner countries.

Pompeo also aims his blunderbuss at the United Nations. He complains that the United Nations’ “peacekeeping missions drag on for decades, no closer to peace,” ignoring the indispensable role that blue helmets play in preventing atrocities, as well as a recent Government Accountability Office report documenting how cost-effective such operations are compared to U.S. troops. Similarly, Pompeo claims, “The UN’s climate-related treaties are viewed by some nations simply as a vehicle to redistribute wealth”—an accusation that is both unsubstantiated and ignores the urgent need to mobilize global climate financing to save the planet.

Bizarrely, Pompeo also turns his sights on the Organization of American States (OAS) and the African Union (AU), for alleged shortcomings. Has the OAS, he asks, done enough “to promote its four pillars of democracy, human rights, security, and economic development?” Um, no. Could that have something to do with the lack of U.S. leadership in the Americas on democracy and human rights? Yes. Might it have helped if the Trump administration had filled the position of assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs before October 15 of this year? Probably.

Equally puzzling is Pompeo’s single line riff on the AU. “In Africa, does the African Union advance the mutual interest of its nation-state members?” Presumably the answer is yes, or its members would be headed for the door. The AU continues to struggle in financing its budget, but it has made great strides since its founding in 2002 to better advance security, stability, and good governance on the continent.

“International bodies must help facilitate cooperation that bolsters the security and values of the free world, or they must be reformed or eliminated,” Pompeo declared. Sounds reasonable. But where is this “free world” of which the secretary speaks, and what standing does the United States today have to defend, much less reform it? In the two years since he took office, Donald Trump has never expressed any interest in defending the international order, much less “returning [the United States] to its traditional, central leadership role in the world,” as Pompeo claims. Indeed, the phrase “U.S. leadership” has rarely escaped Trump’s lips, and he has gone out of his way to alienate longstanding Western allies and partners in venues from NATO to the G7.

When he looks at the world, the president cares only about what’s in it for the United States (and, naturally, for him). That cynicism explains the president’s deafening silence on human rights violations and indeed his readiness to cozy up to strongmen and killers from Vladimir Putin to Rodrigo Duterte to Mohammed bin Salman to too many more to list. Given Trump’s authoritarian sympathies and instincts, Pompeo’s warnings about “Orwellian human rights violations” in China and “suppressed opposition voices” in Russia ring hollow.

“The central question that we face,” Pompeo asked in Brussels, “is the question of whether the system as currently configured, as it exists today—does it work? Does it work for all the people of the world?” The answer, of course, is not as well as it should, and not for nearly enough of them. But if the secretary is seeking to identify impediments to a better functioning multilateral system, he can look to his left in his next Cabinet meeting.

“Principled realism” is the label Pompeo has given Trump’s foreign policy. Alas, it betrays few principles and its connection to reality is tenuous. The president has abandoned any pursuit of universal values, and his single-minded obsession to “reassert our sovereignty” (as Pompeo characterizes it) is actually depriving the United States of joining with others to build the prosperous, secure, and sustainable world that Americans want.

“Bad actors have exploited our lack of leadership for their own gain,” the secretary of state declared in Belgium. “This is the poisoned fruit of American retreat.” How true. Pompeo’s next sentence—“President Trump is determined to reverse that”—was less persuasive.

 

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The West’s pass for Mr. Poroshenko may blow up in NATO’s and the US’s face if the Ukrainian President tries to start a war with Russia.

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Russia called on Washington not to ignore the Poroshenko directives creating an active military buildup along the Ukrainian-Donbass frontier, this buildup consisting of Ukrainian forces and right-wing ultranationalists, lest it “trigger the implementation of a bloody scenario”, according to a Dec 11 report from TASS.

The [Russian] Embassy [to the US] urges the US State Department to recognize the presence of US instructors in the zone of combat actions, who are involved in a command and staff and field training of Ukraine’s assault airborne brigades. “We expect that the US will bring to reason its proteges. Their aggressive plans are not only doomed to failure but also run counter to the statements of the administration on its commitment to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine by political and diplomatic means,” the statement said.

This warning came after Eduard Basurin, the deputy defense minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic noted that the Ukrainian army was massing troops and materiel for a possible large-scale offensive at the Mariupol section of the contact line in Donbass. According to Basurin, this action is expected to take place on 14 December. TASS offered more details:

According to the DPR’s reconnaissance data, Ukrainian troops plan to seize the DPR’s Novoazovsky and Temanovsky districts and take control over the border section with Russia. The main attack force of over 12,000 servicemen has been deployed along the contact line near the settlements of Novotroitskoye, Shirokino, and Rovnopol. Moreover, more than 50 tanks, 40 multiple missile launcher systems, 180 artillery systems and mortars have been reportedly pulled to the area, Basurin added. Besides, 12 BM-30 Smerch heavy multiple rocket launchers have been sent near Volodarsky.

The DPR has warned about possible provocations plotted by Ukrainian troops several times. Thus, in early December, the DPR’s defense ministry cited reconnaissance data indicating that the Ukrainian military was planning to stage an offensive and deliver an airstrike. At a Contact Group meeting on December 5, DPR’s Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova raised the issue of Kiev’s possible use of chemical weapons in the conflict area.

This is a continuation of the reported buildup The Duran reported in this article linked here, and it is a continuation of the full-scale drama that started with the Kerch Strait incident, which itself appears to have been staged by Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko. Following that incident, the president was able to get about half of Ukraine placed under a 30-day period of martial law, citing “imminent Russian aggression.”

President Poroshenko is arguably a dangerous man. He appears to be desperate to maintain a hold on power, though his approval numbers and support is abysmally low in Ukraine. While he presents himself as a hero, agitating for armed conflict with Russia and simultaneously interfering in the affairs of the Holy Eastern Orthodox Church, he is actually one of the most dangerous leaders the world has to contend with, precisely because he is unfit to lead.

Such men and women are dangerous because their desperation makes them short-sighted, only concerned about their power and standing.

An irony about this matter is that President Poroshenko appears to be exactly what the EuroMaidan was “supposed” to free Ukraine of; that is, a stooge puppet leader that marches to orders from a foreign power and does nothing for the improvement of the nation and its citizens.

The ouster of Viktor Yanukovich was seen as the sure ticket to “freedom from Russia” for Ukraine, and it may well have been that Mr. Yanukovich was an incompetent leader. However, his removal resulted in a tryannical regíme coming into power, that resulting in the secession of two Ukrainian regions into independent republics and a third secession of strategically super-important Crimea, who voted in a referendum to rejoin Russia.

While this activity was used by the West to try to bolster its own narrative that Russia remains the evil henchman in Europe, the reality of life in Ukraine doesn’t match this allegation at all. A nation that demonstrates such behavior shows that there are many problems, and the nature of these secessions points at a great deal of fear from Russian-speaking Ukrainian people about the government that is supposed to be their own.

President Poroshenko presents a face to the world that the West is apparently willing to support, but the in-country approval of this man as leader speaks volumes. The West’s blind support of him “against Russia” may be one of the most tragic errors yet in Western foreign policy.

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