In the news –
1 – Russia And NATO Agree – The War In Ukraine Will Continue
NATO chief says Ukraine’s ‘rightful place’ is in the alliance
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) 20 April 2023— NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg defiantly declared Thursday that Ukraine’s “rightful place” is in the military alliance and pledged more support for the country on his first visit to Kyiv since Russia’s invasion just over a year ago.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Stoltenberg, who has been instrumental in marshaling support from NATO members, to push for even more from them, including warplanes, artillery and armored equipment.
Kremlin says NATO encroaching on Russia’s security
Yeni Safak – 21 April 2023 – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that NATO sees Russia as an opponent and encroaches on its security.
“We are dealing with an aggressive bloc that views our country as an opponent and encroaches on the security of our country,” Peskov said.
Commenting on Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s remarks that NATO members agree Ukraine should eventually join the military alliance, Peskov said: “NATO continues its policy of absorbing and drawing Ukraine into the alliance.”
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2 – It’s over and NATO is finished – Redacted with Clayton Morris
According to this report, NATO is looking for a way out of Ukraine. These claims come on the heels of mysteriously timed document leaks showing the war in Ukraine is unwinnable for NATO unless it wants to launch WW3. The news also follows recent independent reports showing that Russia just destroyed a heavily fortified underground bunker that housed over 300 top NATO and Ukrainian leaders.
The perpetual commerce through perpetual war is also discussed in the video – The Banksters will make money off reconstruction.
3 – It’s Really Turning into a Global Conflict
Russia and China continue to prepare.
Russian nuclear-powered subs deploy to Pacific waters in large-scale drills – TASS – 18 April 2023
“As part of the Pacific Fleet’s sudden combat readiness inspection being carried out by decision of Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces Vladimir Putin, strategic nuclear-powered missile-carrying submarine cruisers and multi-purpose nuclear submarines have deployed to the designated areas in the Pacific waters,” the ministry said in a statement.
The sweeping drills are aimed at raising the preparedness of the Russian forces for “repelling a potential enemy’s aggression from oceanic and maritime directions.” The exercise will also focus on operations by strategic nuclear-powered missile-carrying submarines.
Chinese, Russian defense ministers hold meeting in Moscow, emphasizing military cooperation, respective core interests
Close ties, military cooperation, respective core interests emphasized in talks
by Liu Xuanzun and Yu Xi
The Chinese and Russian defense ministers held an official meeting in Moscow on Tuesday, in which they highlighted the high level of China-Russia military-to-military relations, agreed to deepen military cooperation, and stressed mutual support in respective core interests.
Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Li Shangfu and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu agreed in the meeting that under the strategic guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin, the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era between China and Russia has continued to develop at a high level, with the two militaries having closely cooperated and coordinated, fruitful results achieved in many fields, and strategic connotation continuously enriched in the development of the bilateral ties, reads a press release from China’s Ministry of National Defense on Tuesday.
The two sides agreed to fully implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, continue to maintain close high-level communication, improve the mechanism for military exchanges, expand cooperation between theaters, military services and academies, and make new contributions to promoting high-quality development of China-Russia relations, safeguarding world and regional security and stability, and serving the building of a global community with a shared future, the Chinese Defense Ministry said.
Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Tuesday that by expanding cooperation between theaters, military services and academies, the meeting between Li and Shoigu has elevated the two countries’ military cooperation.
Cooperation between theaters means that the two militaries could jointly tackle emergencies in a particular direction, while cooperation between military services means that the armies, navies and air forces of the two countries could share their experiences and enhance their capabilities, Song said.
Zhang Hong, an associate research fellow at the Institute of Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Tuesday that more military services could start to have exchanges, like strategic rocket forces.
Russia previously announced that it is helping China developing a missile early warning system, Zhang said.
In terms of cooperation between military academies, the two countries could expand personnel exchanges in officer training as well as studies in military theory, experts said.
China and Russia have held many joint drills and patrols, and such activities are expected to continue and expand, observers said.
During the talks, Li and Shoigu reiterated that they will firmly support each other when it comes to safeguarding the two countries’ respective core interests, first and foremost those concerning sovereignty, territorial integrity, security and development, and resolutely oppose external forces interfering in internal affairs.
China and Russia are both facing suppression attempts from the US and the US-led NATO, as the US sees the two countries’ development as threats to its hegemony, Song said.
Both China and Russia oppose power politics and global hegemony, and that is why the two countries stressed safeguarding their respective core interests. Russia supports China in the Taiwan question, and China support Russia in its national security, Song said.
On the Ukraine crisis, China’s position will remain the same, and that is to promote peace and negotiations, and not to provide weapons to either side of the conflict, Zhang said.
Li said during the meeting that the first place he chose to visit since his appointment as defense minister was Russia in order to demonstrate the high level of development of China-Russia relations as well as the firm determination to strengthen the strategic cooperation of the two countries’ armed forces, according to a press release from the Russian Ministry of Defense on Tuesday.
The Russian press release quoted Shoigu as saying that the interaction between Russia and China has a stabilizing effect on the situation in the world and helps to reduce tension. He also stressed that the two countries are coordinating their actions in preparing joint sea and air patrols, military exercises both on a bilateral basis and in multilateral formats.
During Li’s visit to Moscow on Tuesday, he laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, RT reported.
The location is a war memorial dedicated to Soviet soldiers killed during World War II, and Li’s visit showed the Chinese and Russian people’s traditional comradery and friendship by remembering their joint efforts in fighting fascism in World War II, observers said.