Turchynov: Zakharchenko’s declaration shows Putin’s aggressive plans

The statement by leader of Russia-backed separatists Oleksandr Zakharchenko, about the creation of Malorossiya testifies to the Kremlin’s aggressive plans and the lack of intention to follow the peaceful resolution of the conflict in the east of the country and is an argument in favor of Ukraine’s adoption of the law on de-occupation of Donbas, […]

Turchynov: Zakharchenko’s declaration shows Putin’s aggressive plans | KyivPost


Angela Merkel becomes the star of G20 with epic eye roll at Putin.

Angela Merkel becomes the star of G20 with epic eye roll at Putin.

Whether it was mansplaining or Putin just being an ass or an idiot (or both) doesn’t matter, this clip is absolute gold!

And as a bonus, Angela doing what all of us with both brains and souls do in our minds every time King Cheeto speaks….

Putin Preferred Clinton? Let’s Test Trump’s Theory 

Putin doesn’t care whether the U.S. standing army exceeds half a million or not, or whether the U.S. Navy has more ships. Even during the Cold War, when the Soviet Union was a much bigger country than today’s Russia, it couldn’t outspend the U.S. on defense. Today, the U.S. military vastly outnumbers the Russian one, and once other North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries are added in, Russia is dwarfed, frankly.

…Trump is doing roughly what Clinton intended to do to defeat Islamic State. He intensified the U.S. air campaign and stepped up support for rebels opposing Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. …Clinton, who established herself as a Syria hawk, likely would have acted along the same lines. 

…The biggest question is whether Putin prefers the chaos, unpredictability and amateurishness of Trump’s administration or the predictable, unimaginative formulas and cliches Clinton offered during her campaign and probably would have stuck to as president. 

…At some point, even laughing at the panic of U.S. political elites, as Putin’s circle has been doing for months, can get pointlessly repetitive. If Putin is learning anything from the chain of events following Trump’s election, it’s probably a deepening conviction that he can’t get any traction with the U.S. because its institutions are inherently hostile toward someone like him.

Putin Preferred Clinton? Let’s Test Trump’s Theory – Bloomberg


Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet 

The coalition said it had shot down the Syrian Su-22 after it bombed US-backed fighters in Raqqa province on Sunday.

Moscow says it will track US-led coalition aircraft as targets, and halts a communications system …aimed at preventing air incidents.

Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet – BBC News

Jeezus Christ… Russia and the US unofficially – officially now in a proxy war with each other Syria? Man is this WH ever weak and incompetent! Just on the losing side of everything.

CNN Exclusive: US suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis 

US investigators believe Russian hackers breached Qatar’s state news agency and planted a fake news report that contributed to a crisis among the US’ closest Gulf allies, according to US officials briefed on the investigation.

…US officials say the Russian goal appears to be to cause rifts among the US and its allies. In recent months, suspected Russian cyber activities, including the use of fake news stories, have turned up amid elections in France, Germany and other countries.

…The Qatari government has said a May 23 news report on its Qatar News Agency attributed false remarks to the nation’s ruler that appeared friendly to Iran and Israel and questioned whether President Donald Trump would last in office.

…Partly in reaction to the false news report, Qatar’s neighbors, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have cut off economic and political ties, causing a broader crisis.

The report came at a time of escalating tension over accusations Qatar was financing terrorism.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted criticism of Qatar that mirrors that of the Saudis and others in the region who have long objected to Qatar’s foreign policy. He did not address the false news report.

Comey told lawmakers that one reason he decided to bypass his Justice Department bosses in announcing no charges in the probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email server was the concern about an apparent fake piece of Russian intelligence. The intelligence suggested the Russians had an email that indicated former Attorney General Loretta Lynch had assured Democrats she wouldn’t let the Clinton probe lead to charges.

The FBI came to believe the email was fake, but still feared the Russians could release it to undermine the Justice Department’s role in the probe. [emphasis: mine]

: CNN Exclusive: US suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis – CNNPolitics.com

So Comey prioritized the reputation of the Justice Department over the fabric of our Democracy and a free and fair election for the President of the United Freaking States?????!

What the hell?

If that is the judgment he used on the job than thank heavens the myopic fucktard was fired.

Way to bury the lead in a totally unrelated story CNN