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Ukrainian leadership is a party of war, and it will continue as long as they’re in power – Putin

“We care about Ukraine because Ukraine is our neighbor,” Putin said.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has branded the Ukrainian leadership a “party of war” which would continue fueling conflicts while they stay in power, giving the recent Kerch Strait incident as an example.

“When I look at this latest incident in the Black Sea, all what’s happening in Donbass – everything indicates that the current Ukrainian leadership is not interested in resolving this situation at all, especially in a peaceful way,” Putin told reporters during a media conference in the aftermath of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This is a party of war and as long as they stay in power, all such tragedies, all this war will go on.

The Kiev authorities are craving war primarily for two reasons – to rip profits from it, and to blame all their own domestic failures on it and actions of some sort of “aggressors.”

“As they say, for one it’s war, for other – it’s mother. That’s reason number one why the Ukrainian government is not interested in a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” Putin stated.

Second, you can always use war to justify your failures in economy, social policy. You can always blame things on an aggressor.

This approach to statecraft by the Ukrainian authorities deeply concerns Russia’s President. “We care about Ukraine because Ukraine is our neighbor,” Putin said.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been soaring after the incident in the Kerch Strait. Last weekend three Ukrainian Navy ships tried to break through the strait without seeking the proper permission from Russia. Following a tense stand-off and altercation with Russia’s border guard, the vessels were seized and their crews detained over their violation of the country’s border.

While Kiev branded the incident an act of “aggression” on Moscow’s part, Russia believes the whole Kerch affair to be a deliberate “provocation” which allowed Kiev to declare a so-called “partial” martial law ahead of Ukraine’s presidential election.

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Normski

It appears President Putin has the measure of the Ukrainian Government and what they’re up to. Thankfully Putin is a very level headed individual and several steps ahead of Poroshenko!.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

We saw how they care, They invaded ukraine, killed 20.000 Ukrainians since 2014.

Tom
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Tom

More lying Bs from yet another Ukronazi shill.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

Truth hurts, boy, Russia must stop kiling Ukraianians

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

WHEN RUSSIA DECLARED WAR ON UKRAINE, YOU SMILED! THIS LATEST TERRORIST ATTACK BY THE RUSSIAN JUNTA IN UKRAINIAN WATERS WAS THE LATEST OF HIS DAILY CRIMES!

Ton
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Ton

Idiot Ukronazi! I know you morons haven’t much intelligence, but your comment is absolute, lying Bs.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

wE SAW WHEN HE ORDERED THE DOWNING OF mh17………..

Olivia Kroth, author and journalist
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President Putin cares about Ukraine as a neighbour but he knows that it is a failed state.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

Russia declared war on Ukraine in 2014. The Russians invaded Donbass and CRIMEA…………………5200 Russian Army soldiers kiled in Donbass, 20.000 Ukrainians. MH17 DOWNED BY THE rUSSIAN nAZZIES…WHAT A CARE!

Tom
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Tom

Moron! When did Russia declare war on the Ukraine? Give dates, evidence, please.

therevolutionwas
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therevolutionwas

ignore him, Tom. The guy is a total loser who doesn’t know what he is talking about and will not accept the truth if it hit him in the mouth -which I hope it does.

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

Ditto

TEP
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TEP

Never feed a troll .. just downvote & move on.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

The Russian Army invaded Donbass in 2014, moron. remember mh17 downed by Russia! 5200 Russian Army soldiers killed in Donbass since 2014, offical figures.

graeme pedersen
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graeme pedersen

A.F. Veth get’s his news from Bellingcat. You know the authors of Alice in wonderland, Pinnochio etc.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

Denying the truth haha

Olivia Kroth, author and journalist
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Mrs. or Mr. Veth, Russia never declared war on Ukraine. Ukraine is Russian territory, it has been Russian territory since the times of the tsars. Russia will never declare war on its own. That is absolute nonsense. In 2014, the poor Crimeans finally managed to join the Russian motherland via a referendum. Since then, Crimea’s economy has been getting better and better, while the poor Ukrainians are still starving under the US-Poroshenko regime. Mrs. or Mr. Veth, whoever you are, do not write nonsense on the site of the Duran. It is one of the few good English-language news sites… Read more »

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

Crimea is Ukraine. OccupATION DOES NOT CHANGE THAT. Crimean economy is down, hardly light, gas….and drinking water..and no tourims, just the truth. Tatars are arrested daily and tortured.b Duran is a neo-fascist website supporting the Russian Hitler.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

Ukraine is not Russia, Only nazzies think so.Today there are still 10.000 occupation troops in Donbas, 700 tanks and 600 grad en buk-systems. As drones shows. Ukraine is a independemt state. Crimea and Donbass are Ukraine by law.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

And there was no referendum in Crimea,at least no valid one. Voting at gunpoint is never valid. Firs tinvasion, then fake vote. By the way, fake journalist: the choice stay with Ukraine was not even on the ballot. Kiss your Russian Hitler, Sich Heil!

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

Don’t waste your time on this sad figure. He’s probably not very well paid for this (he’s evidently not the brightest pebble on the beach), but our rulers cannot be too choosy in their choice of trolls.

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

He’s at least persistent and does provide some contrast, even if it is a deeper shade of shite.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

You support fascism…………..haha

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

NATO increases military presence in Black Sea region, – Stoltenberg
Earlier, President Poroshenko said that calling of several NATO ships would be one of the possible ways to help Ukraine in this situation

graeme pedersen
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graeme pedersen

A.F. Veth get’s his news from Bellingcat. You know the authors of Alice in wonderland, Pinnochio etc.

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

Graeme! Stop deriding great literary works such as Belling… I mean Alice in Wonderland 😉 🙂

Bill
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Bill

Ukraine deserves to be liberated.

Smokingeagle
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Smokingeagle

He also knows which war parties gave rise to the war party in Ukraine.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1543754176

Can you read, fake journalist?!

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

Caring like the invasion of Donbass and CRIMEA showed……………

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

It’s difficult to know what Putin should do. If – as seems likely – he’s faced with Timoshenko after the elections next year, things are unlikely to change unless there is a big upheaval in European politics. I imagine Putin has given up on the US (he certainly should have) where Trump has proved to as weak as Obama – both probably started out with good intentions. There’s a good article by James Jatras detailing all the levers Trump has failed to use against his tormentors – http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/december/01/sayonara-america-first-we-hardly-knew-ye/. I can only guess that they’ve got dirt on him that has… Read more »

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Shows the stupidity of the people of Ukraine if they vote in the ‘Gas Princess’, who the US wish to install. I still remember her ‘nuke the 8 million Russian speaking people of Ukraine’. Not the greatest Presidential Campaign, tag line.

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

A bit harsh on the wretched Ukrainians, who are no more stupid I fear than the inhabitants of most western “democracies”, who continue to vote in governments that make them pay for perpetual war, ris Armageddon and steadily replace the native population with those from Arica and Asia. Alas most people are easily gulled when they are let down by a corrupt and degenerate elite and given no real choice. Even when they do vote for ‘change’ – as with Brexit and Trump – they are baulked. The struggle will never end.

therevolutionwas
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therevolutionwas

Pessimist! I agree though. But, as that turd Churchill said – Never give up!

Olivia Kroth, author and journalist
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I do not believe that President Putin has given up on President Trump. Their body language tells me that they are trying to find common ground as much as they can, under the difficult prevailing circumstances. I further believe that Trump is a much stronger personality than Obama. Obama was or is a CIA asset, just like Hillary Clinton. Trump is certainly not working for the CIA; he used to be an independent and successful businessman, before he was elected President of the USA. Now he is learning that you cannot escape the fangs of the CIA, no matter who… Read more »

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

You’re probably right on Putin not giving up on Trump as he’s an eternal optimist, but I think he’ll be disappaointed. Trump did not make his money without kowtowing to the worst elements of the New York property magnates (including the family of his son in law). There are certainly links to unsavoury Russian-Israeli oligarchs. Trump’s instincts may be right as regards Amercan interests, but he’s not independent by any stretch. If he was strong he wouldn’t constantly back track on improving relations with Russia over every staged incident. My guess is that it’s his association with Geoffrey Epstein that… Read more »

Jane Karlsson
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Jane Karlsson

Exactly. He can’t drain the swamp because as a friend of Epstein he absolutely has to be (or have been) a swamp creature himself.

Bill
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Bill

The Russians should push for freedom in Ukraine. And wait for a humanitarian crisis and then intervene to stop the killing.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Well said President Putin and so true. Not just Ukraine it applies to.

Why were the US advertising for mercenaries to go and work in Ukraine, before the Kerch Strait incident?

US Defense Contractor Posts Job Offering For “Classified Contingency Operations” In Ukraine… https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-01/us-military-contractor-hiring-personnel-support-classified-contingency-operations

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

pUTIN IS AN NAZZI, tHE rUSSIAN hITLER.

Tom
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Tom

Idiot!

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

wHEN rUSSIA INVADED UKRAINE, THE SANCTIONS STARTED AGAINST THE JUNTA! DONBASS IS DESTROYED BY RUSSIAN ARMY, 2,5 MILLION REFUGEES……………..IT THAT CARING……………HAHAHAHA

Tom
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Tom

Moron!

Ray Joseph Cormier
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If the US didn’t start the regime change in Iraq, Libya and Syria, there would not be so many Refugees seeking safety in Europe.

All the evidence shows US MEDDLING/regime change in other Nation’s affairs, leaves only failed terrorist States in their place, and still doubles down on failed policies.

Iran is the last target for US regime change, following the 2001 US WAR PLANS brought out within weeks of 9/11, to change the regimes of Iraq, Libya, Syria, and at THE END, Iran.

Smokingeagle
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Smokingeagle

The US also meddled in Brasil and is now meddling in Nicaragua (since 2014), and also in Venezuela.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

cENTRAL cOMMAND OF THE rUSSIAN aRMY IN OCCUPIED DONBASS IN FULL ALERT AFTER MARTIAL LAW IN UKRAINE!

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

Are you being paid for posting this garbage? I hope its not coming from our taxes. Back to fairyland, my friend.

Smokingeagle
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Smokingeagle

Anyone who doesn’t know how to use the Caps Lock key must be deficient in brain function.

Joe
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Joe

He’s a Ukronazi: what else would you expect?

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And as long as the US backs Ukraine, the danger of war will continue to exist. And Europe is guilty by association…continuously imposing restrictions which end up hurting both sides.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

Anoter Hitler lover aka Putler lover.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

On Sunday, the RQ-4B Global Hawk, a strategic unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV of the US Air Force carried out an eight-hour reconnaissance flight near the Black Sea coast of Russia, flying near the Crimea, the Kerch Strait and Kuban, Interfax reports, citing the monitoring data of Western aviation portals. Later in the afternoon, a US Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol plane joined it. Both aircraft took off from Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily, Italy. Both aircraft which can conduct electronic intelligence operations hundreds of kilometers inside the enemy’s territory carried out flights at 35 to 45 km from Russian… Read more »

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

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The Russian Border Guard Boat very damaged after it illegally attacked the small Ukrainian vessel..hahahaha

graeme pedersen
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graeme pedersen

A.F. Veth get’s his news from Bellingcat. You know the authors of Alice in wonderland, Pinnochio etc.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

Your Russians love Putlers daily warcrimes………….

TheCelotajs
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TheCelotajs

Sorry to say but President Petro Poroshenko thinks he is the reincarnation of Germany’s Adolf Hitler during the 1930’s and his rise to power. He is doing the same thing Hitler did when he invaded other countries at first. President Petro Poroshenko wants Donbas first then it will be Crimea next, then who will be next after that?

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

Nazzi troll, Donbass and CRIMEA ARE uKRAINE. ITS OCCUPIED BY RUSSIAN TROOPS……..PUTIN DOWNED MH17……………..HOW CAN UKRAINE INVADE THEIR OWN COUNTRY, HITLERLOVER

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

nato fleet enters Black Sea, ukraine agreed!

Bill
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Bill

A party of war should get their wish. So give it to them.

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BARR: No collusion by any Americans

Trump never used his powers to interfere with Mueller, and thus had no “corrupt intent” in the matter.

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Attorney General Barr found no one in the Trump campaign colluded with “Russia” to meddle in the 2016 US election.

A devastating blow to Democrats and their mainstream media stenographers.

Trump reacted immediately…

Via RT…

With the full report on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into claims President Donald Trump colluded with Russia about to be released, Attorney General William Barr is giving a press conference about its findings.

Barr maintains the allegation that the Russian government made efforts to interfere in the election through the Internet Research Agency, an alleged Kremlin-control “troll farm”, as well as “hacking efforts” by the Russian intelligence agency GRU.

The bottom line, Barr says, is that Mueller has found Russia tried to interfere in the election, but “no American” helped it.

Barr explained the White House’s interaction with the Mueller report, whether Trump used executive privilege to block any of its contents from release, as well as on how the Justice Department chose which bits of the 400-page paper to redact.

On the matter of obstruction of justice, Barr said he and his deputy Rod Rosenstein have reviewed Mueller’s evidence and “legal theories”, and found that there is no evidence to show Trump tried to disrupt the investigation.

He said Trump never used his powers to interfere with Mueller, and thus had no “corrupt intent” in the matter.

Most of the redactions in the report were made to protect ongoing investigations and personal information of “peripheral third parties”.

Barr said that no-one outside the Justice Department took part in the redacting process or saw the unredacted version, except for the intelligence community, which was given access to parts of it to protect sources.

Trump did not ask to make any changes to Mueller’s report, Barr said.

Trump’s personal counsel was given access to the redacted report before its release.

A number of Trump-affiliated people, as well as Russian nationals, have been indicted, charged or put on trial by Mueller over the course of the past two years, but none for election-related conspiracy. Still, Democrats in Congress as well as numerous establishment media personalities have been insisting that Barr, a Trump pick for AG office, is somehow “spinning” its findings in order to protect and exonerate Trump, and are calling to see the full report as soon as possible.

They have equally condemned Barr’s decision to hold a news conference before the report is release, claiming he is trying to shape the public perception in Trump’s favor.

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Moscow’s Strategy: To Win Everywhere, Every Time

The main feature of Moscow’s approach is to find areas of common interest with its interlocutor and to favor the creation of trade or knowledge exchange.

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Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


Important events have occurred in the Middle East and North Africa in recent weeks that underline how the overall political reconfiguration of the region is in full swing. The Shia axis continues its diplomatic relations and, following Rouhani’s meeting in Baghdad, it was the turn of Adil Abdul-Mahdi to be received in Tehran by the highest government and religious authorities. Among the many statements released, two in particular reveal the high level of cooperation between the two countries, as well as demonstrating how the Shia axis is in full bloom, carrying significant prospects for the region. Abdul-Mahdi also reiterated that Iraq will not allow itself to be used as a platform from which to attack Iran: “Iraqi soil will not be allowed to be used by foreign troops to launch any attacks against Iran. The plan is to export electricity and gas for other countries in the region.”

Considering that these two countries were mortal enemies during Saddam Hussein’s time, their rapprochement is quite a (geo)political miracle, owing much of its success to Russia’s involvement in the region. The 4+1 coalition (Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria plus Hezbollah) and the anti-terrorism center in Baghdad came about as a result of Russia’s desire to coordinate all the allied parties in a single front. Russia’s military support of Syria, Iraq and Hezbollah (together with China’s economic support) has allowed Iran to begin to transform the region such that the Shia axis can effectively counteract the destabilizing chaos unleashed by the trio of the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

One of the gaps to be filled in the Shia axis lies in Lebanon, which has long experienced an internal conflict between the many religious and political currents in the country. The decision by Washington to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel pushed the Lebanese president, Michel Aoun, to make an important symbolic visit to Moscow to meet with President Putin.

Once again, the destabilizing efforts of the Saudis, Israelis and Americans are having the unintended effect of strengthening the Shia axis. It seems that this trio fails to understood how such acts as murdering Khashoggi, using civilian planes to hide behind in order to conduct bombing runs in Syria, recognizing the occupied territories like the Golan Heights – how these produce the opposite effects to the ones desired.

The supply of S-300 systems to Syria after the downing of the Russian reconnaissance plane took place as a result of Tel Aviv failing to think ahead and anticipate how Russia may respond.

What is surprising in Moscow’s actions is the versatility of its diplomacy, from the deployment of the S-300s in Syria, or the bombers in Iran, to the prompt meetings with Netanyahu in Moscow and Mohammad bin Salman at the G20. The ability of the Russian Federation to mediate and be present in almost every conflict on the globe restores to the country the international stature that is indispensable in counterbalancing the belligerence of the United States.

The main feature of Moscow’s approach is to find areas of common interest with its interlocutor and to favor the creation of trade or knowledge exchange. Another military and economic example can be found in a third axis; not the Shia or Saudi-Israeli-US one but the Turkish-Qatari one. In Syria, Erdogan started from positions that were exactly opposite to those of Putin and Assad. But with decisive military action and skilled diplomacy, the creation of the Astana format between Iran, Turkey and Russia made Turkey and Qatar publicly take the defense of Islamist takfiris and criminals in Idlib. Qatar for its part has a two-way connection with Turkey, but it is also in open conflict with the Saudi-Israeli axis, with the prospect of abandoning OPEC within a few weeks. This situation has allowed Moscow to open a series of negotiations with Doha on the topic of LNG, with these two players controlling most of the LNG on the planet. It is evident that also the Turkish-Qatari axis is strongly conditioned by Moscow and by the potential military agreements between Turkey and Russia (sale of S-400) and economic and energy agreements between Moscow and Doha.

America’s actions in the region risks combining the Qatari-Turkish front with the Shia axis, again thanks to Moscow’s skilful diplomatic work. The recent sale of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, together with the withdrawal from the JCPOA (the Iranian nuclear agreement), has created concern and bewilderment in the region and among Washington’s allies. The act of recognizing the occupied Golan Heights as belonging to Israel has brought together the Arab world as few events have done in recent times. Added to this, Trump’s open complaints about OPEC’s high pricing of oil has forced Riyadh to start wondering out aloud whether to start selling oil in a currency other than the dollar. This rumination was quickly denied, but it had already been aired. Such a decision would have grave implications for the petrodollar and most of the financial and economic power of the United States.

If the Shia axis, with Russian protection, is strengthened throughout the Middle East, the Saudi-Israel-American triad loses momentum and falls apart, as seen in Libya, with Haftar now one step closer in unifying the country thanks to the support of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, France and Russia, with Fayez al-Sarraj now abandoned by the Italians and Americans awaiting his final defeat.

While the globe continues its multipolar transformation, the delicate balancing role played by Russia in the Middle East and North Africa is emphasized. The Venezuelan foreign minister’s recent visit to Syria shows how the front opposed to US imperialist bullying is not confined to the Middle East, with countries in direct or indirect conflict with Washington gathering together under the same protective Sino-Russian umbrella.

Trump’s “America First” policy, coupled with the conviction of American exceptionalism, is driving international relations towards two poles rather than multipolar ones, pushing China, Russia and all other countries opposed to the US to unite in order to collectively resist US diktats.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party’s stunning rise in the latest UK polls, which show Tory support splintering and collapsing to new lows. Theresa May’s Brexit debacle has all but destroyed the Conservative party, which is now seeing voters turn to UKIP and The Brexit Party.

Corbyn’s Labour Party is not finding much favor from UK voters either, as anger over how Britain’s two main parties conspired to sell out the country to EU globalists, is now being voiced in various polling data ahead of EU Parliament elections.

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The Guardian reports Tories Hit by New Defections and Slump in Opinion Polls as Party Divide Widens.

The bitter fallout from Brexit is threatening to break the Tory party apart, as a Europhile former cabinet minister Stephen Dorrell on Sunday announces he is defecting to the independent MPs’ group Change UK, and a new opinion poll shows Conservative support plummeting to a five-year low as anti-EU parties surge.

The latest defections come as a new Opinium poll for the Observer shows a dramatic fall in Tory support in the past two weeks and a surge for anti-EU parties. The Conservatives have fallen by six percentage points to 29% compared to a fortnight ago. It is their worst position since December 2014. Labour is up one point on 36% while Ukip is up two points on 11%.

Even more alarmingly for the Tories, their prospects for the European elections appear dire. Only 17% of those certain to vote said they would choose the Conservatives in the European poll, while 29% would back Labour, and 25% either Ukip (13%) or Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party (12%).

YouGov Poll

A more recent YouGov Poll looks even worse for the Tories

In the YouGov poll, UKIP and BREX total 29%.

Polls Volatile

Eurointellingence has these thoughts on the polls.

We have noted before that classic opinion polls at a time like this are next to useless. But we found an interesting constituency-level poll, by Electoral Calculus, showing for the first time that Labour would get enough constituency MPs to form a minority government with the support of the SNP. This is a shift from previous such exercises, which predicted a continuation of the status quo with the Tories still in command.

This latest poll, too, is subject to our observation of massively intruding volatility. It says that some of the Tory’s most prominent MPs would be at risk, including Amber Rudd and Iain Duncan-Smith. And we agree with the bottom-line analysis of John Curtice, the pollster, who said the abrupt fall in support for Tories is due entirely to their failure to have delivered Brexit on time.

The Tories are facing two electoral tests in May – local elections on May 2 and European elections on May 23. Early polls are show Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party shooting up, taking votes away from the Tories. If European elections were held, we would expect the Brexit party to come ahead of the Tories. Labour is rock-solid in the polls, but Labour unity is at risk as the pro-referendum supporters want Jeremy Corbyn to put the second referendum on the party’s manifesto.

Tory Labour Talks

The Tory/Labour talks on a compromise have stalled, but are set to continue next week with three working groups: on security, on environmental protection, and on workers’ rights. A separate meeting is scheduled between Philip Hammond and John McDonnell, the chancellor and shadow chancellor. The big outstanding issue is the customs union. Theresa May has not yet moved on this one. We noted David Liddington, the effective deputy prime minister, saying that the minimum outcome of the talks would be an agreed and binding decision-making procedure to flush out all options but one in a series of parliamentary votes.

May’s task is to get at least half of her party on board for a compromise. What makes a deal attractive to the Tories is that May would resign soon afterwards, giving enough time for the Tory conference in October to select a successor before possible elections in early 2020.

This relative alignment of interests is why we would not rule out a deal – either on an agreed joint future relationship, or at least on a method to deliver an outcome.

Customs Union

A customs union, depending on how it is structured, would likely be worse than remaining. The UK would have to abide by all the EU rules and regulations without having any say.

Effectively, it will not be delivering Brexit.

Perhaps May’s deal has a resurrection.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock

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