Russia holds military exercise off Azerbaijan

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16-10-20 08:50:00,

The Russian army began a military exercise on 16 October 2020 in the Caspian Sea, north of the Abşeron peninsula, near the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.

This “exercise” comprises six warships, seven aircraft and 400 special forces men.

Four of the ships, frigates Dagestan and Tatarstan and corvettes Uglich and Veliky Ustyug, are equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles.

These maneuvers do not pose a threat to neighbouring states, the Russian Defense Ministry pointed out.

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Russia calls on Erdoğan for an explanation

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14-10-20 08:24:00,

On 13 October 2020, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu gave a call to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

After reminding him of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s condemnation of Turkey’s active support of Daesh in November 2015 during the G20 summit in Antalya and on the sidelines of the Paris climate conference, he enjoined Turkey to respond to the charges levelled against her: the transfer of Syrian and Iraqi jihadists to Libya and Azerbaijan.

Russia already views the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with trepidation, but especially with anger at the arrival of jihadists in its area of influence.

Long before being president, as leader of the nationalist militia Millî Görüş, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had provided a rear base in Chechnya for terrorists of the Islamic Emirate.

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Russia ready to defend Armenia

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07-10-20 06:41:00,

On 7 October 2020, during a televised interview with General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, President Vladimir Putin confirmed that his country would uphold its commitments in the event of an attack on Armenia.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is the Russian equivalent of NATO. It brings together Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. Unlike NATO, a kind of Foreign Legion at the service of the United States and the United Kingdom, the CSTO places all its members on an equal footing.

Turkey, which arms and protects Azerbaijan, is a member of NATO.

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Russia Could Never Discredit The US Empire The Way These Guys Just Did

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30-09-20 08:11:00,

Well.

Wow.

I mean, wow.

So in case you missed it, the first US presidential debate was everything the US empire deserves and a fair reflection of everything the US empire is.

If Vladimir Putin were every bit the election-meddling demon the Democrats say he is, and if he had unlimited time and unlimited resources to create the perfect ninety-minute propaganda video to discredit the US-led unipolar world order, he could not have designed one more effective than the performance that was just delivered by President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden with the help of moderator Chris Wallace.

Trump after being asked to condemn white supremacists: ‘Proud boys, stand back and stand by’ pic.twitter.com/4Pw2z3FsUO

— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 30, 2020

I mean, it had everything. Both candidates yelling over each other the entire time, Biden telling the sitting president of the United States to shut up on live television, Trump at one point saying the Proud Boys should “stand back and stand by“, Chris Wallace literally shouting to be heard over the unceasing interruptions, Biden getting confused and arguing that the Green New Deal would pay for itself and then turning around saying he does not support the Green New Deal, mountains of lies and nonsense, both candidates trying to out-right wing each other, and absolutely no meaningful discussion of policies that will actually help ordinary Americans at all.

It was crazier than any of Trump’s debates in 2016. It was crazier than any presidential debate that has ever happened. You seriously could not have designed a more perfect display to do everything we’ve been told for years that Russian propagandists are trying to do: depress the vote, encourage support for third parties, weaken public trust in America’s institutions, and humiliate the United States on the world stage.

The world is going to be talking about this for a while now. Clips from this debate are going to share widely all across the planet. It will be translated in many languages. Articles will be written about it for days. And people who’d never thought to question whether this is the government that should be leading the world into the future are suddenly going to find themselves contemplating that question.

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Russia demands Washington explains whether US facilitates terrorist attacks against Crimeans after NBC report

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18-09-20 12:41:00,

Russia’s embassy in the US has demanded clarification after an unnamed American official was cited in a report stating that US forces are providing weapons to militant units in Crimea as they launch attacks on Russian troops.

The embassy said it treated the statement with “grave concern” in a social media post on Thursday, asking Washington to provide further details as to whether American weapons were being passed to Ukrainian fighters carrying out clandestine operations in Crimea.

“Unnamed US officials speak about their country’s support of terrorist activities in third countries. In this case, they talk specifically about Russia,” the embassy said on Facebook.

“If it is true… we then demand the US side to clarify whether or not Washington directly or indirectly has facilitated the SBU [Ukrainian security services] in organizing terrorist attacks against the people of Crimea.”

Published by NBC News on Monday, the report in question centered on allegations that Moscow had paid “bounties” to Taliban fighters who killed American troops in Afghanistan, a claim that first surfaced in a June New York Times story. However, buried in the article’s 12th paragraph, an anonymous official, as is customary in US media, is cited as saying that US intelligence had assumed a “bounty program” existed, as it believed it was “a proportional response to the US arming of Ukrainian units fighting Russian forces in Crimea.”

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Though Washington has openly provided tens of millions of dollars in weapons and other military gear to Kiev in 2020 alone, the Donald Trump administration has never discussed support for military operations against Russian forces in Crimea.

The peninsula returned to Russia in 2014 following a referendum in which 95 percent of Crimean voters supported reunification, with turnout surpassing 80 percent. It was prompted by the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich by opposition forces supported by Washington – some, such as the Azov Battalion, affiliated with hardline far-right extremists. 

Known as the ‘Euromaidan’, the pro-Western protests in Kiev sparked unrest in Ukraine’s ethnic-Russian enclaves,

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