The BRICS members have kicked off consultations on an alternative to the global SWIFT system that processes about 1.8 billion financial messages annually, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.
The BRICS system for the transmission of financial information is expected to protect the member countries from any possible disruptions, and provide better security. Continue reading
Which is precisely one of the main reasons why Russia took Crimea from Ukraine, and quite possibly the rest of Ukraine soon. They are pushing an area access denial strategy in the region. This was mentioned in a previous post. Although they can apparently shut off U.S. Navy ships off like a TV, they still need the land grabs to project power. Meanwhile, Western powers merely sit back, warn and send the usual non-weapon supplies along with hollow promises of protection. Because of this, Russia smells blood and will likely continue.
NATO’s top military commander has warned that Russian militarisation of the annexed Crimea Peninsula could be used to exert control over the whole Black Sea.
NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, US General Philip Breedlove, has accused Russia of keeping forces in Ukraine to help separatists, and has expressed fears that Russia may be marshalling resources to push for more territory.
“The capabilities that are being installed in Crimea will bring an effect on almost the entire Black Sea,” General Breedlove said. Continue reading
Even Vladimir Putin himself expressed doubt that Syria would get rid of its chemical weapons. Although Putin has expressed his doubt, his statements were calculated. It’s all only a big game for buying time and political positioning with the aim of making the West look like the bad guy — and America is falling for it. Expect a revival of the forced war against Syria.
Russian leaders finally picked apart the Kerry-Lavrov understanding for Syria’s chemical disarmament – less than a week after it was unveiled in Geneva last Saturday. Thursday, Sept. 19, they slapped down a string of coordinated obstructions. One knockout blow came from President Vladimir Putin, who commented dryly that he could not be 100 percent certain that the plan for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons would succeed. “But everything we have seen so far in recent days gives us confidence that this will happen. I hope so,” he said.
To dispel that hope, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu followed up with a denial of any plans to destroy the Syrian chemical stocks on Russian soil.
Then, in an interview to Fox News, Syrian President Bashar Assad, in sync with Moscow, asked mockingly: “It [the destruction of poison chemicals] is very detrimental to the environment. If the American administration is ready to pay this money and take the responsibility of bringing toxic materials to the United States, why don’t they do it?”
Since Russia and the US are the only countries with the industrial-scale capacity to destroy chemical munitions, and their import is banned under US law, Assad’s chemical arsenal is safe. Continue reading