Russia’s Top Anchor Shows Map of US Targets Russia Can Now Hit With Impunity

28-02-19 04:31:00,

This post first appeared on Russia Insider

Russia’s top newsman, Dmitry Kiselyov, recently showed a map of potential targets in the US that Russia could strike in the event of nuclear war.

This announcement is an indirect threat to US leaders, as Kiselyov is something of an unofficial government spokesman. He is a close confidant of President Putin and other Kremlin insiders, and his show, Vesti Nedeli is broadcast on the state-owned channel Rossiya-1.

It’s no surprise that Russia’s targets include the Pentagon and the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland. But Kiselyov did give some other insights into how a nuclear Armageddon could play out.

His comments come in the wake of President Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the long-standing Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

-RI

Transcript:

Vladimir Putin raised the issue of justice in the final part of his Address to the Federal Assembly, devoting it to security. It was about international justice, meaning that only equal security is fair. And since the United States has decided to unilaterally withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and is going to deploy such missiles in Europe, Putin made it clear what dangers such a step poses for Russia, given that such missiles will be able to reach Moscow within 10-12 minutes.

Vladimir Putin: “This is a very serious threat for us. In this case, we will be forced, I would like to emphasize this, we will be forced to respond with equivalent or asymmetric actions. What does this mean? Russia will be forced to create and deploy weapons that can be used not only against the territories that we are directly threatened from, but also against the territories where the decision-making centers are located for the missile systems threatening us.”

Decision-making centers. This is a fundamentally new step towards justice. Until now, America has been lying low overseas, only putting its allies under retaliatory fire, allies who foolishly agreed to host, for example, medium-ranged missiles launchers. Who are they? For example, Romania. MK-41 units have already been deployed there. Poland agreed as well. Maybe Georgia will do so too. What’s up with Poland? Anyway, Poland will get its bitters if a launch occurs on its territory.

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What the Heck Is Russia’s Central Bank Doing?

21-12-18 09:41:00,

In the US money is way to easy but in Russia it’s way too tight, argues Tom Luongo

  • “I’m all for a cautious central bank that does not inflate massive bubbles but I’m also not for a central bank to do the bidding of a country’s adversaries either by undermining growth with needless austerity.

     

  • “Nabiullina should stop tinkering with rates to please foreign ratings agencies that will downplay Russia’s fiscal position anyway for political purposes.”  

I continue to wonder who Bank of Russia President Elvira Nabiullina works for.  Seriously.  On Friday, in response to solid growth in Russian economic statistics over the past few months, Nabiullina again raised interest rates 0.25%. 

She still adheres to idiotic IMF-style ‘inflation targeting’ dogma.

Price inflation in Russia finally got off the roughly 2.5% mat in August steadily rising to 3.8% in November.  This prompted Nabiullina​​​​​​​ to raise rates again, stifling growth which itself was stifled by her overly-cautious rate cutting earlier in the cycle.

The recovery in Russia after the Ruble crisis of 2014/15 was exasperated by her holding interest rates too high for too long.  The Russian bond market took way to long to normalize because of this lack of liquidity.

In 2017 and early 2018, every time the Bank of Russia cut rates the Ruble would strengthen, that’s how high demand was for them.  The Russian yield curve was approaching normalcy.

And Nabiullina​​​​​​​ is now, again, undermining it by trying to control price inflation as opposed to letting the market regulate itself.  

The short-term Russian bond market is screaming for some relief and the Bank of Russia won’t accommodate.  Remember, inflation in Russia is running just 3.8%, so we’re talking a positive real yield on overnight money of 4%.  This is not making it easy to liquefy a growing economy.  Real yields of 4% on 3 to 5 year money?  Ok. 

But overnight?   I’m all for a cautious central bank that does not inflate massive bubbles but I’m also not for a central bank to do the bidding of a country’s adversaries either by undermining growth with needless austerity.

Central Bank Fallacies

Inflation targeting is not the role of the central bank,

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Russia’s Nuclear Doctrine Is Being Distorted Once Again

27-06-18 08:09:00,

Authored by Vladimir Kozin via Oriental Review,

On June 13, 2018, the Washington Post published an original piece by Paul Sonne that describes America’s potential use of the low-yield nuclear warheads that are to be installed on the future US B-61-12 nuclear bombs, as well as on the ballistic missiles carried by the Trident II submarines in the form of W76-2 warheads, in accordance with Washington’s 2018 nuclear doctrine.

The article claims that the introduction of low-yield warheads and the idea of their potential use is being justified by the Pentagon as necessary due to the fact that Russia is allegedly prepared to use similar warheads against NATO countries, based on that nation’s current nuclear doctrine and because a purported strategy of “escalate to de-escalate” has apparently been “approved” by Moscow.

It should be kept in mind that the Military Doctrine of the Russian Federation, which has sections covering the potential use of nuclear weapons, says nothing about the power of the nuclear weapons that might be utilized, nor is there any mention of warheads with either high or “low” yields in TNT equivalents. Those sections of the official doctrine do not even categorize Russian nuclear weapons into strategic vs. tactical varieties.

Only one term is specified in Russia’s military and strategic posture: “nuclear weapons.” And only two circumstances are listed as a basis for their potential use: the first — only in response to the use of nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction against the Russian Federation and/or its allies; and the second — in the event of aggression against Russia that employs conventional weapons to the point that “the very existence of the state is threatened.” In other words, only reciprocal actions are permitted in either case.

Nor does the Russian nuclear doctrine list the countries or alliances against which nuclear weapons can be used.

It seems odd that the US still does not understand the basic tenets of Russia’s nuclear posture. And it must be said that this is not the first time that Western analysts have taken such an unprofessional approach. This has become especially glaring in the run-up to the next NATO summit,

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Russia’s Putin and Israel’s Netanyahu negotiate about what?

07-06-18 09:07:00,

Russia’s Putin and Israel’s Netanyahu negotiate . . . about what?

Russia's Putin and Israel's Netanyahu negotiate . . . about what?
Russia’s Putin and Israel’s Netanyahu negotiate . . . about what?

“Russia has friendly relations with Israel, and more than a million Russian Jews emigrated to Israel, but Iran is a strategic ally of Russia.”
Last week major state and corporate news outlets reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had met and agreed on removing Iranian troops from Syria and/or Iran’s border with Syria. Then, on June 3rd, Haaretz and other outlets reported that Israel had, for the first time, participated in a NATO “exercise” near the Russian border. I spoke to Rick Sterling, an investigative journalist specializing in Syria, about what could be behind these reports.
Ann Garrison: I’d like to go through some of these disparate reports about Russia and Israel one by one, but first, what do you think of Israel’s first ever participation in NATO war games near the Russian border?
Rick Sterling: The head of NATO recently confirmed that NATO would NOT get into a war involving Israel because Israel is not a NATO member. But Israel is a “partner,” and in 2014 the US Congress designated Israel as a “major strategic partner.” So I think Israel may be participating in the war maneuvers to demonstrate that it’s a good partner. Of course, Russia sees the NATO military exercises on its border as provocative. They are countering with their own military exercises, so it’s just a continuation in the wrong direction away from peace and mutual acceptance.
AG: OK, now to these reports about negotiations between Russia and Israel. Just before the news that Israel had participated in NATO war games near Russia, Bloomberg News reported that Israel was campaigning to break the alliance between Iran and Russia. What do you think of that?
RS: It’s certainly true that Israel is playing the diplomatic game and trying to drive a wedge between Russia and Iran, but the stories are highly exaggerated. They contain both contradictory information and outright disinformation. Russia has friendly relations with Israel, and more than a million Russian Jews emigrated to Israel. But Iran is a strategic ally of Russia.
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Russia’s Lack of Reaction to Israel’s Strikes on Syria Is Disgusting

11-05-18 10:20:00,

“There is no doubt in my mind that Netanyahu has just publicly thumbed his nose at Putin and that Putin took it”

There have been major developments this week, all of them bad, including Putin re-nominating Medvedev as his Prime Minister, and Bibi Netanyahu invited to Moscow to the Victory Day Parade in spite of him bombing Syria, a Russian ally, just on the eve of his visit. Once in Moscow, Netanyahu compared Iran to, what else, Nazi Germany. How original and profound indeed! Then he proceeded to order the bombing of Syria for a second time, while still in Moscow. But then, what can we expect from a self-worshiping narcissist who finds it appropriate to serve food to the Japanese Prime Minister in a specially made shoe? The man is clearly batshit crazy (which in no way makes him less evil or dangerous). But it is the Russian reaction which is so totally disgusting: nothing, absolutely nothing. Unlike others, I have clearly said that it is not the Russian responsibility to “protect” Syria (or Iran) from the Israelis. But there is no doubt in my mind that Netanyahu has just publicly thumbed his nose at Putin and that Putin took it. For all my respect for Putin, this time he allowed Netanyahu to treat him just like Trump treated Macron. Except that in the case of Putin, he was so treated in his own capital. That makes it even worse.

[Interestingly, while whining about “Nazi Iran” Netanyahu did say something truly profound and true. He said “an important history lesson: when a murderous ideology emerges, one has to push back against it before it is too late”. That is indeed exactly what most people across the world feel about Israel and its Zionist ideology but, alas, their voice is completely ignored by those who rule over them. So yes, it sure looks to me like it is becoming “too late” and that the consequences for our collective cowardice – most of us are absolutely terrified from speaking the plain truth about our Zionist overlords – will cost us all a terrible price.]

Then, of course, there is Donald Trump pulling out of the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in spite of Iran’s full compliance and in spite of the fact that the US does not have the authority to unilaterally withdraw from this multilateral agreement.

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