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Posted 14 November 2019 - 04:16 PM

We have more verification of the obvious.

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A Dutch-led team of independent prosecutors has released a damning new set of audio recordings that it says captures conversations between separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine and top Russian officials that took place just days before Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in July 2014.

The recordings appear to prove that the separatist units accused of shooting down the plane were in almost daily contact with senior Kremlin and Russian military officials at the time.

Russia has denied any involvement in the fatal disaster, which took place over a Russian-held region of eastern Ukraine in July 2014.

Investigators say the jet, which was carrying 298 people, was brought down by a Russian BUK missile system deployed by the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade, which was based in the western Russian city of Kursk.

The calls, which were caught on tape, allegedly capture talks between Alexander Borodai, the self-proclaimed prime minister of the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Igor Girkin, the group’s defense minister, and Russian officials Sergei Aksyonov and Vladislav Surkov. Aksyonov was appointed by Russia as the leader of Crimea after Russia annexed the peninsula in March 2014. Surkov is Putin’s aide in the Presidential Executive Office and a chief adviser.

The Moscow Times English-language Russian news outlet and AFP report that in three of the calls, the Donetsk separatists are overheard admitting they are protecting Russian interests. They also say they are acting on orders of Russia’s intelligence agencies.

“I’m carrying out orders and protecting the interests of one and only state, the Russian Federation,” Borodai is heard saying. “That’s the bottom line.”

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 01:58 PM

Trump's foreign "policy" now sees Turkey providing Russia with tests of their air defense systems against U.S. built jets with U.S. trained pilots. Trump, of course, continues fawning over the strongman who so firmly put him in his place over attacking the Syrian Kurds.

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Turkey conducted military tests using a Russian air defense system and an American-made fighter jet on Monday, in a move US officials described as "concerning."

Turkish F-16 jets flew over the capital of Ankara as part of a test of the S-400 missile defense system, which the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan purchased from Russia for $2.5 billion.

The purchase scuttled plans for Turkey to acquire the latest-generation F-35 Lightning II jet from the US, due to concerns that the Russian anti-aircraft system could exploit the US's most advanced stealth technology. The purchase effectively nixed plans for Turkey to buy the US's Patriot missile system.

One US diplomat said there was a chance that Russia had the ability to access Turkey's S-400 remotely, and use a potential backdoor to observe on NATO allies, according to Defense News.

US lawmakers threatened to mount a campaign to levy sanctions against Turkey after it received delivery of a second battery in August. The 2017 Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act allows Trump to sanction Turkey for conducting business with Russia.

It remains unclear if Trump will impose sanctions against Turkey, NATO's second-largest military after the US. In 2017, Trump described the sanctions act as "seriously flawed" and said he signed it into law "for the sake of national unity."

"Erdoğan is thumbing his nose at Trump, the US [and] NATO, and crossing another red line on S-400s," Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said on Twitter.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday told reporters that the tests were "concerning," but added he remained optimistic on resolving the impasse.

"We are hopeful. We are still talking to the Turks, still trying to figure out our way through this thing," Pompeo said.

Despite objections on the S-400, President Donald Trump, who met with Erdoğan on November 13, described his broader conversations with the Turkish president as "wonderful."

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 05:26 PM

Operation Infektion: A three-part video series on Russian disinformation

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Russia’s meddling in the United States’ elections is not a hoax. It’s the culmination of Moscow’s decades-long campaign to tear the West apart. “Operation InfeKtion” reveals the ways in which one of the Soviets’ central tactics — the promulgation of lies about America — continues today, from Pizzagate to George Soros conspiracies. Meet the KGB spies who conceived this virus and the American truth squads who tried — and are still trying — to fight it. Countries from Pakistan to Brazil are now debating reality, and in Vladimir Putin’s greatest triumph, Americans are using Russia’s playbook against one another without the faintest clue.

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