Vladimir Putin has completed his 2-day state visit to Greece, where he met with Greek PM Alexis Tsipras and Greek president. At the airport Putin was lavishly greeted, complete with red carpet, honorary guard and 3 jets flying overhead in his honor.
Putin arriving to Greece:
Greece, much like Italy, Cyprus, Hungary and France, as well as Germany, is trying to find a way to bypass sanctions and to increase trade with Russia. If you ask me, the easiest way to ‘bypass’ sanctions is to simply end them. But Brussels and Berlin play games, and this is what gets the rest of Europe in trouble.
One area for both Italy and Greece that may shine is Russian tourism, especially after Russian tourism left Turkey and Egypt. Another area could be investments. As I mentioned before, Italians are active at investing in Crimea, and so are Germans. Russian companies would be glad to invest in EU, should the opportunities present themselves. Russian energy is always of great interest for Greece, Italy and most of Europe. However, the political games being played make it difficult for businesses to make deals based on reason and necessity.
In view of the EU sanctions, Russia works with certain separate countries, such as Greece and Italy.
The clear three reasons Italy and Greece are at the forefront of friendly relations with Russia are:
- Their economy is more dependent on trade with Russia and, therefore, they have much more to lose from bad relations with Russia;
- Club Med countries suffer more than Germanic countries from EU’s economic downturn and their need for additional markets is much stronger than for some Western European counties;
- Greece and Italy are traditionally some of the most friendly to Russia countries in the EU.
Greek PM Tsipras talked about the pressing need to remove sanctions and proposed to serve as an intermediary between Russia and EU.
During the visit, Putin mentioned that it was time to translate the great relations between Greece and Russia into mutual economic benefit.
Putin – Tsipras meetup video: Russia and Greece sign various documents re. improving trade relations, energy, tourism and other cooperation agreements.
Notice the important symbolism and body language on the above video image!
Putin and Tsipras are clearly leaning towards each other. This always denotes mutual trust and affinity. In fact, Tsipras is leaning towards Putin more.
Now, let’s look at Putin’s arms. They are open, which means he has nothing to hide. But Tsipras arms are folded, which means he is guarded or isn’t as open as he’d like to be. The reason for this regrettable (as Tsipras is, no doubt, considering – just look at his pensive face) guardedness is revealed by the flag situation to the right of the image. Greek flag is there next to the EU flag, sort of juxtaposing itself to the Russian flag on the other side.
Here is the hidden message conveyed:
‘We, Greece are talking to Russia, but haven’t forgotten that we are a member of the EU, whether we like it or not.’
In fact, as revealed by the combination of Tsipras’ body language, the fact of Putin being met as a very special guest upon arrival to Greece, and the added symbolism of the flags, there is a dissonance being present.
Tsipras hidden message is: we would love to have tighter and more intimate relations with Russia; in fact, that would be our preference, but we are confined by our membership in EU, which imposes severe limitations on who and to what degree we can be friends with.
During his visit to Greece, Vladimir Putin also visited the Sacred Mount Athos (RUS: Гора Афон), the so-called Republic of the Monks, housing 20 Orthodox monasteries, including a 1000-year-old Russian monastery. During service, the monks put Putin in the emperor’s place. Since you can’t sit during an Orthodox service, on visits to Mount Athos Byzantium Emperors of old would stand in a specially constructed, gilded honorary portico.
Putin in Byzantium emperor’s portico. Photo says: ‘Greece treats Putin like king during visit’:
Brief video – Putin on Mount Athos:
This is a longer, 25 min video of Putin’s visit to Mount Athos:
The monks recall a story of this good omen: during Putin’s first visit to Mount Athos in 2005, a donkey appeared on the road, and it ran in the center of the road in front of, and then next to, Putin’s car all the way down hill. On Putin’s way back, the donkey waited for him and again ran in front of his car, this time all the way uphill. The monks interpreted that as a fortunate sign from the Holy Mother, the patroness of Mount Athos.
In conclusion: Dmitry Medvedev has dropped a sanctions bombshell
Dmitry Medvedev has announced that Russia intends to extend her anti-EU/US food and agricultural embargo (aka, return sanctions) till the end of 2017. This is what Russian domestic agricultural producers ask us to do, said Medvedev.
Recall that I predicted this outcome from the beginning of the 2014 events. I said that EU’s anti-Russian sanctions are a blessing in disguise and that Russia will use them to strengthen domestic agricultural producers, as well manufacturers, who will be able to occupy the shelves with their products, previously entirely filled by imports.
I also said that the longer EU continues with sanctions, the more European products will find themselves squeezed out of the Russian market.
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An employee of a military airfield near #Dnepropetrovsk named Alexander, came forward to reveal what he witnessed on the day of the #MH17 downing in Eastern Ukraine. The identity of the whistleblower is protected for the time being due to fear of revenge attacks against whistleblower’s family still in #Ukraine. The identity is expected to be revealed once family is out of harms way.
The whistleblower approached one of the leading and most reputable Russian newspapers, Komsomolskaya Pravda. Komsomolskaya Pravda was around well before I was born. After the breakup of the USSR, it rebranded itself, preserving the well-known name, and becoming influential in its new incarnation.
Initial video interview with whistleblower was taken by Editor in Chief of Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP) Vladimir Sungorkin and two leading journalists (that would be an equivalent of editor in chief of NY Times or Wall Street Journal taking this kind of interview). All three confirm authenticity of the source and evidence provided.
Interview, in which the witness told his story, was recorded by KP and shown on Russian TV.
Notice the dead silence around these massive news in Western MSM!
The Ukrainian whistleblower described what he witnessed on July 17, 2014: the airfield in question is a dual usage civilian/military airfield near Dnepropetrovsk. It’s presently being used as one of the military bases for ATO against Donbass – as a pad for war planes and helicopters. From here, daily sorties are flown into the Donbass rebel-controlled zone, in other words, into the area of the #MH17 crash.
That day, July 17, 2014, three SU-25 military jets flew out, one carrying air-to-air missiles. When the jets came back, missiles were gone. The pilot of the plane named Captain Voloshin looked very shaken and scared when he descended from the plane. Pilot uttered: “it was the wrong plane.” Later in the day, witness observed the following exchange between Voloshin and another pilot: “So, what happened to that plane?” “It was in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Ukraine military confirmed they had a Captain Voloshin, but denied Kiev junta planes flew sorties that day.
We will remember that this statement by Ukraine contradicts data released immediately after the tragedy by the Russian military: Russian radar registered a Ukrainian jet flying in the vicinity of MH17 at the time of the catastrophe.
Ukraine’s Snowden: Witness of MH17 interview by KP (English Subtitles):
It appears the pilot was given orders to shoot down a plane passing through the airspace he patrolled. The question becomes: was the pilot led to believe he was shooting at a different kind of plane? Was he deliberately misled into firing his missiles into a passenger plane in order to present Russia as aggressor so that to make EU change its stance towards adopting tough sanctions against Russia. Or was it something else?
It is clear who benefitted from MH17 catastrophe: USA and Ukraine, but USA – more than Ukraine. It is also clear who didn’t benefit from it: Russia and Donbass. The EU at large, and individual countries within it, didn’t benefit either.
I wrote about MH17 downing in several articles, which may be useful to review:
Especially pay attention to this one, which I wrote immediately upon first hearing about the downing in Ukraine (I don’t know about you, but for me, the first thought is often the truest one): Blatant #FalseFlag: #Ukraine Missile Targeted #Putin’s Plane – Hit Malaysia #MH17 Instead!
“It was a mistake, they got the wrong plane.” In this piece you will see the drunk Oligarch Kolomoysky, governor of Dnepropetrovsk where the airfield in question is located and whose air traffic control led MH17 into the war zone. Unsuspecting Kolomoysky confirms to the prankster he believes to be one of the leaders of Novorossia Pavel Gubarev, exactly what the new witness is saying: Pranks to Die For: US General Admits Help for Ukraine, Oligarch Kolomoysky – MH17 Downing
After the testimony was taken, whistleblower went through a lie detector test, which he passed with no problem. The conclusion of experts: he is telling the truth. Russian Central Investigative Commettee and KP confirmed that witness provided proof and documents which were undeniable.
Incidentally, the old Soviet R-60 air-to-air missile named by the witness has been decommissioned in the Russian army for quite some time. However, in Ukraine’s army it is still a staple. Russian authorities announced their readiness to share all the materials and details passed to them by the whistleblower with the international MH17 investigation commission.
MH17 witness passes lie detector test, Ukraine denies jet in crash area. Russia’s Investigative Committee has confirmed the claims by a Ukrainian, who said he witnessed the deployment of a Ukrainian warplane armed with R-60 air-to-air missiles.
According to Russia 1 TV channel this is suspect Captain Vladislav Voloshin:
This Russia 1 news segment shows him at 2:22 and 2:53.
This investigative news report also shows what kind of person Voloshin is: very ambitious and career oriented. At one point he was looking for a job as a military pilot in the West, asking for advice on how to go about it RUSSIAN(!!!) social media: “Military pilot is looking for a career in EU or US. Any advice?” – video proof at 3:30. At 3:43: exactly 2 days after the Malaysia MH17 Boeing downing Voloshin suddenly received Ukrainian Medal For Courage “for heroism in defending Ukraine” – date of award July 19, 2014.
It’ll be interesting to see how the EU and US will get out of this one. The usual? Pretend it never happened, disregard it, continuing the habitual anti-Russian propaganda?
As we know, to this day Ukraine, UK, where the black boxes were taken, and the Netherlands haven’t disclosed any meaningful details of the tragedy in Ukraine. Moreover, upon the insistence by Ukraine, countries that are part of the investigation signed a non-disclosure agreement. Signatories to the non-disclosure agreement are Ukraine, the Netherlands, US, UK, Australia and other EU countries.
Malaysia refused to sign this agreement, which essentially is the truth-gagging document. In conjunction with this, see my yesterday’s report on the latest Malaysia-related plane disaster: THIRD Malaysian Airliner Disaster! AirAsia flight QZ8501 Goes Missing!
To this day, Russia and Donbass are blamed for the MH17 downing. Let’s also remember that based on assigning the blame for MH17 to Russia, US and Ukraine managed to coerce the reluctant EU to push through the biggest and most damaging to EU and Russian economies round of anti-Russian sanctions.
I also want to draw attention to the curious fact that a large and influential country like Germany tried repeatedly to get its gold back from the US and failed. Germany wasn’t even allowed to inspect its gold properly. At the same time, a small country like the Netherlands apparently managed to get its gold back from the US simply upon asking. We also know that the Netherlands recently refused to give the Crimean Scythian gold back to its owner, the Crimean Museum. Scythian gold was taken out of the Amsterdam museum where it was on exhibit and transferred to an undisclosed location in violation of rules, which state that representatives of the owner-museum must be present during transfer.
How are the MH17, return of the Netherlands gold, and disappearance of the Crimean Scythian gold related?
Here is a logical scenario: The Dutch government is told that if they keep quiet about the real reasons for the MH17 catastrophe, which they are bound to discover in the course of the investigation, and if they sabotage the return of the Scythian gold, they can have back their gold stored at the NY FED.
Now, attention! As most specialists concur, foreign gold US is supposed to hold in custody for various sovereign countries at the NY FED is all but gone, or severely diminished. In order to fill gold deliveries on futures contracts, or to return gold reserves to foreign countries, US oftentimes has to buy gold in the open market. Hence the impossibility of fulfilling USA’s fiduciary duty of returning the German gold. How did Dutch gold get returned? USA had to BUY that amount of gold in the open market. In other words, it was a bribe to manipulate the Netherlands.
I want to stress again: there is nothing new about the manipulation by the US in order to pit neighbors against each other. In 2008, US manipulated Saakashvili of Georgia into attacking S. Ossetia. Georgia attacked S. Ossetia and killed eight Russian peacekeepers. Subsequently, US and Georgia manipulated EU into anti-Russian sanctions and anti-Russian Western MSM hysteria, painting Russia as aggressor. Just imagine what would have happened to Georgia if they killed any US military! Iraq was attacked by the US, destroyed, looted and hundreds of thousands of its citizens killed based on a false claim of weapons of mass destruction.
The 2008 Georgia conflict was pre-arranged in such a way that US puppet, Georgian president Saakashvili, was on CNN and BBC 24/7, proclaiming that big, mean Russia attacked little innocent Georgia. Proof to the contrary was presented by the Russian side immediately. It was ignored by US and EU. After EU’s own commission a year later confirmed that Saakashvili lied, and in fact it was Georgia that attacked first, NO APOLOGY CAME FROM US OR EU; NO WESTERN MSM APOLOGIZED OR RETRACTED THEIR ANTI-RUSSIAN STORIES.
I called the striking geopolitical parallels between 2008 and 2014 in one of my first articles about Ukraine crisis: Striking Geopolitical Similarities: Georgian War – Beijing2008 and Ukraine – Sochi2014. In that piece I also made some predictions, many of which have already materialized. The main prediction is still to come true. It is this: it’s extremely stupid and short-sighted to try to attack, squeeze and malign Russia to this degree. The long-term result it always the opposite the aggressor and liar anticipates.
These are some additional long-term predictions:
The present neo-con/neo-liberal elites will eventually lose influence everywhere in the US and EU. Large parts of Europe will get extremely disgusted with present governments. Not only Ukraine, but a number of other countries will want to join in Eurasian Union. Some countries will want to exit EU, unless EU starts behaving differently towards Russia.
US behavior towards Russia will lose them a lot of allies in the EU and around the world.
General tendency: Russia’s influence around the world will continue rising very year this decade. Russia’s reputation will continue rising in China, India, Latin America, Africa, as well as in certain EU countries, plus among thinking and reasonable people in the Anglo-American world. Reputation of the US will continue suffering, reaching an all time low by the end of the decade.
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The new Western sanctions, including defence and oil sectors, hit Russia despite ceasefire in Ukraine, the exchange of prisoners, the Minsk meeting between Putin and Poroshenko, and Putin’s peace plan for Ukraine that is being implemented, albeit with a limited success. Putin called the new sanctions “odd.” Odd indeed, as EU still insists Russia must change its policies in Ukraine, as if all the above never happened. At this point it is clear that nothing short of Russia becoming a slave to the West, or happily self-destructing to please the maniacal NWO Western “leaders,” will stop the sanctions.
Many are scratching their heads why these non-sensical sanctions are being implemented now. Instead of encouraging the peace process in Ukraine, they are bound to discourage it. It is also being pointed out that the Kiev regime is using the ceasefire in order to regroup, build-up defenses in strategic points, and to bring fresh troops in order to restart the offensive against Donetsk and Lugansk this fall. Meanwhile, NATO is conducting joint NATO-Kiev exercises in western (pro-ukronazi) Ukraine. These have already been dubbed a “provocation.” However, I think the reason is deeper: these exercises are done to camouflage the transfer to Kiev of the Western military technology, munitions, specialists and money. The Kiev junta has been charged to continue conducting the civil war, devastating its territory and population. It would have been possible to stop this madness if Kiev offered broad autonomy to Donbass back in the spring, but the prevailing fascist/western-dependent element in the Kiev government wouldn’t do it as they obviously don’t have their citizens’ best interests at heart.
The result is this: Ukraine’s economy is destroyed, and will be destroyed even more; grivna is losing value every day. Citizens don’t have electricity, hot water, experience severe gas shortages; come winter, they will be freezing in their apartments. Poverty and lack of resources is visible clearly in villages and smaller cities all over Ukraine. By the end of fall, these will be visible in the largest cities. By the end of winter serious poverty will strike Kiev. I previously predicted another maidan by next spring. In fact, big and small maidan after maidan will be occurring for a while. The territory once called Ukraine will be experiencing shocks and tremors until it comes into balance. This balance cannot be achieved through this corrupt to the core government and while the country is a de-facto US occupied territory.
Billions upon billions invested into the destabilization of Ukraine by the US are paying off in the most gruesome fashion. This is yet another country added to the long list of victims in the US fight for global hegemony. But all this is done on borrowed time, not to mention, on borrowed money.
The reason for anti-Russian sanctions isn’t Ukraine, or Novorossia (Donetsk – DNR, Lugansk – LNR). The West could care less about them. In fact, they would LOVE to destroy Ukraine as much as they possibly can because they know that they won’t be able to hold on to it forever. The grand plan is to leave the territory known now as Ukraine in ruins, so the future generations of Ukrainians and Russians would take a long time and lots of resources to put it back together, and to make it work again. Meanwhile, why not use Ukraine as their cannon fodder, as they had done to so many others before. The worst thing is that Ukrainians are happily assisting their Western puppet masters, walking blindly into the trap they can’t see because of their ignorance, misguided hatred and short-sightedness.
The global West is the excessively yang – in other words, aggressive, male, extroverted, loud, superficial, materialistic, expansive, initiating, go-getter, ego-driven, individualistic – culture, as opposed to the global East and South, which have been traditionally yin – introverted, deep, female, submissive, nurturing, quiet, spiritual, collective, selfless – cultures. There are degrees of yin-ness and yang-ness, and these may change in time and space.
Russia is the Great Balancer of our planet. It is the only global yin-yang (in other words fully balanced, comprised of both yin and yang sides) culture. It is on the shoulders of Russia that the balance of our planet rests fully. This is why Russia has such wide and spread-out territory. The territory of Russia used to be much, much larger if we look very deep into history. I am talking 1000 years and more. However, the true history of that time was suppressed and deleted, and a false history was created; this happened at the time when the yang global West started rising. Such large territory has always been necessary for Russia to keep the world in balance. I write about it in Predictions, and I’ll write more on this topic going forward.
When Russia was weakened tremendously after the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the world, as it happened so many times before, tilted into a gross imbalance. In fact, 199os were the culmination of the yang imbalance that started about 1000 years ago, and kicked into high gear 300 years ago. That said, the sheer explosion of the yang imbalance occurred in the past 30-40 years. The yang West and excessively yang USA in particular, were allowed to accumulate too much power. Historically, it has been the specialty of the global West to expand, invade, destroy, steal, pillage and kill. No one in history has ever done destruction and invading on such grand scale, so systematically and so…SUCCESSFULLY.
Examples are: the looting and destruction brought by the Crusades (incidentally, this is what started the rise and riches of Western Europe; before that, Europe was a hell hole); the looting and genocide of the indigenous population of the Americas (American Indians) – by Spain/Portugal/England/France, and later, by the most democratic country in the world, USA (more ill-gotten riches); India’s brutal occupation by England (India’s and other countries’ looted riches created the “mighty Anglo-Saxon empire”); Europe’s slavery and colonialism in Africa; Western Europeans started both WWI and WWII. USA’s infamous wars and other “good deeds:” slavery and racial inequality that existed in the US legally till late 1800s and de-facto till 1960s, Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Serbia and Libya bombings, attempts to invade Iran and Syria, crippling Cuba embargo, countless bloody CIA coups executed globally, bloody regime changes engineered all over the world by US/UK… And so many more examples.
Let’s not forget the presently existing system of Western neocolonialism, in other words, the sucking of the life and wealth from the rest of the world through the worthless dollar dominance. This is a more subtle and invasive aggression, which the victims often don’t see. This global slavery system is ensured and strictly guarded by the American guns, and its life span needs to be prolonged at all cost to postpone the unavoidable implosion of the US economy based on unsustainable debt, and by extension, of the UK/EU economy as we know it.
Anti-Russian sanctions aren’t about Ukraine. Oh no, the reasons are so much bigger and all-encompassing.
Here are the real reasons for these sanctions:
1. The power is slipping away from the US and NWO. It is moving to the East. Russia is the singular arch-rival they always had, the only one capable of uniting the yin, non-aggressive, East and Global South against the cabal. The West/NWO want to stop, or at least slow down, Russia.
2. The West sees that despite the engineered 1991 demise of the USSR; despite the wholesale sabotage of the Russian economy and Soros/NGO/fifth column infiltration; despite the 300 years+ (yes, it’s been this long) of the blatant anti-Russian propaganda by the West, Russia has yet again recovered and is making new heights and new friends. This is yet another desperate attempt to sabotage Russia, making black seem white and vice versa.
3. The anti-Russian propaganda stopped working. I showed it in my previous piece: Why US/EU/NWO Can Never Defeat Russia.
4. Russia is getting stronger; Russia’s policies of peace and cooperation around the world are accumulating allies. Despite the West’s attempts to isolate Russia, more and more people see that the ‘king’ is naked:
a. Last week’s SCO Summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, saw several new breakthroughs. A new strategic triangle is forming: Russia – Mongolia – China due to the world’s largest pipeline from Russia to China. Read more in Predictions Coming True! Russia Pivots to Asia: Putin goes to Mongolia and Opens Power of Siberia Pipeline to China. SCO is growing – the new members to be accepted soon: India, Iran and Pakistan. Many more are knocking on SCO’s door, including Afghanistan, Turkey, Egypt. Russia returns to Central Asia – Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan.
b. Russian cooperation and trade with Latin America is growing by leaps and bounds, following Putin’s week-long Latin American visit. Read: New Predictions! Putin Goes to Latin America: US Creates Wars – Russia Extends a Hand of Cooperation.
c. Russia – China gas mega-deals and transitioning to trade in national currencies. Watch: Russia’s #GMO Ban & Russia-China Holy Grail Gas Deal and Predictions: Russian Gas and Russia-China Deals.
d. Russia and China pushed through the BRICS Bank formation to counter IMF.
e. Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan announced the official formation of the Eurasian Union (EAU), with new members to be accepted soon. Read/watch: Global Consequences: Russia Announces Eurasian Union and New Currency Altyn
f. Many small countries and break-away regions are knocking on Russia’s door and the doors of the EAU. More in Why US/EU/NWO Can Never Defeat Russia. Also: LRL3: Sold-out EU Politicians vs TRUTH, and LadaRayLive 2. Explosion Coming! Moldova/Transnistria – Eurasian Union vs EU.
g. Russia successfully countered West’s previous sanctions with own food/agriculture sanctions. The queue of the alternative suppliers to the Russian market is growing. Russia can pick and choose who to buy from. Read: Predictions: Russia Hits West With Return Sanctions and Russia’s Sanctions: Who Wins, Who Loses?
All this makes the West only angrier, and therefore, more dangerous. The control is slipping away and nothing is really working the way it used to. The world is changing, and the leader of this change – its litmus test – is Russia. This is why they want to damage Russia as much as possible. Trouble is, the energy used to move in favor of the West; now the energy is moving towards Russia and the East, and away from the West.
In the past 5-6 months, I have made a number of predictions about the West’s sanctions. I said that any sanctions against Russia long-term will be beneficial for Russia and will prove to be a disaster for the West. I said that sanctions will consolidate the Russian society; that Russia needs the kick in the rear in order to start reforms of the Western-infested government, legal, financial, trade, business, education and social spheres. I also said that Russia would be pivoting more and more to the East (and the Global South).
My predictions are coming true every day!
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