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China accuses US of oil theft
American “occupation troops” stationed in Syria are “looting” the country’s resources, Beijing said
China has blasted the United States for its “banditry” in Syria, claiming that Washington’s years-long military occupation and the “plundering” of Syrian resources have placed the country on the brink of a “humanitarian disaster.”

Addressing reporters during a press briefing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin was asked to comment on recent reports in Syrian media that US forces had transported a large quantity of “looted oil” from Syria to Iraq earlier this month. 

“We are struck by the blatancy and egregiousness of the US’s plundering of Syria… Such banditry is aggravating the energy crisis and humanitarian disaster in Syria,” he said, citing Syrian government statistics purporting that “over 80% of Syria’s daily oil output was smuggled out of the country by US occupation troops” in the first half of 2022.




The level of US greed in stealing resources from Syria is as striking as its “generosity” in giving out military aid often in the amount of billions or even tens of billions dollars.

“Whether the US gives or takes, it plunges other countries into turmoil and disaster, and the US gets to reap the benefits for its hegemony and other interests,” he added. “This is the result of the US’s so-called “rules-based order.””

On January 14, Damascus’ state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that “a convoy consisting of 53 tanks loaded with stolen Syrian oil” were brought from the country’s Hasakah province to US “bases in Iraqi territory,” noting the operation was carried out alongside local Kurdish militants which have long received American backing. The outlet also stated that 60 additional trucks smuggled stolen oil and wheat into Iraq earlier this month.

“The Syrian people’s right to life is being ruthlessly trampled on by the US. With little oil and food to go by, the Syrian people are struggling even harder to get through the bitter winter,” Wang added, demanding that “the US must answer for its oil theft.”

US forces were first sent to Syria in 2014, beginning with a contingent of special operators followed by more conventional ground troops the next year, most embedded with Kurdish fighters in the country’s oil-rich northeast. Though then-President Barack Obama maintained the deployment was focused only on combating Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists, Washington had long intervened in Syria’s war against jihadist groups, sending and overseeing countless arms shipments to rebels seeking to overthrow the government in Damascus beginning as early as 2013.

Though American involvement in the conflict slowed under the next administration, in 2019 President Donald Trump said some US troops would remain in Syria “for the oil,” openly suggesting Washington would simply “keep” the energy resources. 

Subsequent reporting in 2020 would later reveal that the Trump administration had approved a deal between a US energy firm and Kurdish authorities controlling northeast Syria to “develop and export the region’s crude oil” – a contract immediately condemned as “illegal” by Damascus. However, while that particular deal would later fall through after President Joe Biden took office, Syrian authorities have continued to accuse Washington of plundering its resources and some 900 US troops remain in the country illegally.








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Russia launches espionage case against US citizen
The American is suspected of gathering data on “biological topics,” Russia’s Federal Security Service sA criminal case on espionage has been launched against a US citizen, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) announced on Thursday.

“The American is suspected of collecting intelligence data on biological topics, directed against the security of Russia,” the agency said in a short statement.

The FSB didn’t reveal any further details about the case.

Espionage charges may carry a penalty of between 10 and 20 years behind bars, according to Russian law.

Former US Marine Paul Whelan is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence in Russia after being found guilty of espionage. He was sentenced in 2020 after being arrested two years earlier with a USB device containing sensitive information on him.
READ MORE: Trump fumes over ‘embarrassment’ for US

The American’s defense claimed he was set up by the FSB and given a flash drive, on which he expected to see photos from a tourist trip. Besides his US citizenship, Whelan also holds British, Canadian, and Irish passports.






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が米国政府 (NED) から資金を受け取っていること、およびその CEO であるルース スミースが「ジェレミー コービンに対するキャンペーン」を行っていることを非難しました。



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ラブロフ握手会 / ポーランド大統領、ウクライナの存続を疑問視 / 台北を「スケープゴート」にする可能性

Arab League defied Washington on photo op – Lavrov
The Russian FM claimed diplomats flocked to take pictures with him against US wishes
The US government pressured other nations to diplomatically isolate Russia, but many pushed back, sometimes directly defying instructions from Washington, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

Moscow's top diplomat shared a story from his visit to Egypt last July to speak before the Arab League. The US and its allies unsuccessfully attempted to prevent his appearance, or stage a concerted condemnation of Russia by member states over the conflict in Ukraine, Lavrov claimed, citing Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the secretary general of the organization.

When the lobbying effort failed, Western nations asked Arab delegates “to at least not to take pictures with Lavrov – and I am not joking,” he said.

“For the record, after my speech, which took over an hour, each of the envoys asked me to pose for a picture,” Lavrov concluded.





Polish president questions if Ukraine will survive
The West must send Kiev more weapons to stave off defeat, Andrzej Duda said in Davos
Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda pleaded for more deliveries of heavy weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, saying the country may not continue to exist otherwise.

“I am afraid that now, maybe in a few months, maybe weeks, there will be a decisive moment of this war. And this moment is the answer to the question: if Ukraine will survive or not,” Duda told the gathering.

The weapons the US and its allies have provided to Kiev are not enough to stave off a possible pending offensive by Russian forces, he said, so “it is critically important to send additional military support now.”

Duda added that missiles and modern tanks were the most important thing, and that Ukraine needs help because it “wants to become part of the Western community” including the EU and NATO. “But above all, they want to survive,” he said.

The Polish president’s plea comes a week after Duda announced that Warsaw would send Ukraine a number of Leopard 2 tanks, only to run into objections from Germany. 

Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, who now serves as the deputy chairman of the national security council, has speculated that Poland’s “tank coalition” is but a back door to the partition of Ukraine “long-awaited” in Warsaw. This was a reference to the “Eastern Borderlands” controlled by Poland between the two world wars, which include four regions of modern Ukraine – Lviv, Volyn, Ivano-Frankovsk and Tarnopol.

“But in this case one shouldn’t create a coalition, but instead draw up a collective document about the surrender of the rotten Kiev regime in order to save people; and about the future configuration of what will remain of Ukraine,” Medvedev said Tuesday on his Telegram account.

Moscow has repeatedly warned the West that sending weapons to Kiev only prolongs the fighting and increases the risk of a direct confrontation between Russia and NATO. The US and its allies insist they are not a party to the conflict, but their political leaders have repeatedly said in public that “Russia must lose” and committed to working towards that goal.
欧米は敗北を食い止めるためにキエフにもっと武器を送るべきだとダボス会議でAndrzej Dudaは言った。








Taiwan warns of ‘worst-case scenario’
Beijing might make Taipei its "scapegoat" if it fails to notch other wins, the foreign minister claims
Beijing is now "more likely" to attack Taiwan in the years to come, Joseph Wu, the foreign minister of the self-governed island, warned on Wednesday. And were President Xi Jinping to do so, it might be an attempt to take the public's eye off domestic problems, he added.

Speaking to Sky News, Wu noted that the situation around the island "in the last year compared to the two previous years is much worse." However, he also pointed out that "to me, 2027 is the year that we need to watch out for."

The minister explained '27 is the year Xi Jinping would likely enter his fourth term. "If in his previous three terms he cannot claim any achievement during his office, he might need to think about something else for him to claim as his achievement or his legacy," Wu explained.

Against this backdrop, Wu is fearful that "Taiwan might become his scapegoat." According to the minister, Xi "might want to resort to a use of force or creating a crisis externally to divert domestic attention or to show to the Chinese that he has accomplished something."

The Taiwanese Foreign Minister also stated that the "worst-case scenario" in terms of the standoff with Beijing had become "more likely," citing the increased Chinese military activity around the island. "Very often, you see how the sum of a tiny little accident might spark into a major war," he admitted.

The minister’s remarks come as last month Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen announced that the island would extend compulsory military service from four months to a year starting in 2024, blaming Beijing’s "intimidation and threats against Taiwan" for the decision.

China denounced the move, warning that it would only lead to the island’s population being used as "cannon fodder" to support Taipei's "separatist" ambitions.

In October, Xi stated that, although Beijing seeks peaceful reunification with Taiwan, it "will never promise to give up the use of force," while reserving the option to "take all necessary measures" to achieve this goal.

Beijing considers Taiwan to be sovereign Chinese territory under its One China policy. The island has been ruled by nationalists since 1949, when they fled the mainland with US help after losing the Chinese Civil War to the communists.

Sky Newsの取材に応じた呉氏は、島を取り巻く状況は「過去2年に比べ、昨年はずっと悪くなっている」と指摘した。しかし、"私にとっては、2027年が気をつけなければならない年である "とも指摘した。







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米ロのスパイトップの会合はありうる / 西側諸国におけるロシア資産の没収 / バイデンの要請によるスパイ長官会議

New meeting with CIA’s Burns ‘possible’ – Russian spy chief
Heads of two countries' intelligence services previously held talks in mid-November

Sergey Naryshkin, who heads Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), said he is willing to have a face-to-face with his counterpart from the CIA, Director William Burns. The two previously held a meeting in Ankara in mid-November.

The top Russian spy said on Tuesday that a new engagement with Burns was “possible” provided that the parties agree to it, the news agency TASS reported.

Türkiye’s National Intelligence Organization hosted the previous meeting on November 14 last year, which reportedly lasted for about two and a half hours. The senior officials discussed nuclear threats arising from the Ukraine conflict and ways to mitigate them, according to the American side. Then, Burns reportedly traveled to Kiev to meet Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov lamented last month that the event in Türkiye became publicly known, blaming a leak in Washington.

“The Americans themselves told us ten times that this channel of communication was absolutely confidential and should not be disclosed … so that it would not be tainted by some propagandistic spin,” he told journalists.

“We agreed. But as soon as they landed in Ankara, [the news] got immediately leaked. I don’t know where from, whether it was the White House or the Department of State,” he added.

In his interview with TASS on Tuesday, Naryshkin discussed the Ukraine crisis, and Russia’s cooperation with China and Iran.








Ivan Timofeev: Why the West's new anti-Russia sanctions are a total game changer
The creation of mechanisms for the confiscation of Russian property will have long-term consequences for both the West and the whole world
Since the start of Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine, Western countries have frozen the assets of Russian state and private structures under so-called “blocking sanctions." They have also discussed the option of seizing them and transferring the proceeds to Ukraine. Presently, the only country with the necessary legal mechanism for this is Canada. Which will make it the first world country to practically implement the procedure.

How does this system work? What does the first attempt at its implementation look like, and what are the consequences that may follow?
Prohibited techniques and who uses them

In countries that impose financial sanctions, a loss of control over assets has become rather widespread. Blocking sanctions have been frequently used by US authorities over the past decades. The EU, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and some others have also adopted the practice. Russia and China have the power to impose sanctions, but Moscow and Beijing rarely use it. For the West, however, this form of economic war has become common practice. 

Along with the ban on financial transactions with individuals and legal entities included on the blocked persons list, sanctions also imply the freezing of their assets in the jurisdiction of the initiating countries. This means that a person or organization under blocking sanctions can no longer use their bank accounts, real estate, and other assets. Since February 2022, Western countries have imposed such sanctions on more than 1,500 Russian individuals and organizations. Considering the subsidiary structures, the number is even greater. The frozen assets are huge and include $300 billion in gold and foreign exchange reserves. And that’s not counting $30 billion worth of Russian-owned assets blocked by the G7 countries. Yet asset freezing is not the same as asset seizure. In case of the former, the person in question is not able to dispose of their assets, but formally, it’s still their property. At some point, the sanctions may be lifted, and the person may regain access to their property. Even following years of restrictions, a chance to recover the assets remains.

Some Western officials have spoken in favor of seizing the frozen assets and handing them over to Ukraine. Forfeiture mechanisms have existed for a long time. For example, property can be forfeited according to a court order as part of the criminal persecution of sanctions law violators. However, this procedure is hardly applicable for the mass seizure of property. Blocking sanctions are a political measure and don’t require the same proof of guilt that a criminal trial supposes. In other words, hundreds of Russian officials and entrepreneurs were put on lists because of their support of the special military operation but have not committed any criminal offense worthy of asset forfeiture. Sanctions have prompted a search for crimes like money laundering or other illegal operations. But the funds gathered this way would be a mere trifle compared to the volume of frozen assets. In order to seize and transfer the frozen assets, another plan is needed.
Unique Canadian Experience

Canada is the first country to legally implement the forfeiture mechanism. The 2022 revision of the Special Economic Measures Act gives Canadian authorities the power to seize property located in the country that is owned by a foreign state, any person or entity in that state, as well as a national of that foreign state who does not ordinarily reside in Canada. Such measures may be applied if “a grave breach of international peace and security has occurred that has resulted in or is likely to result in a serious international crisis.” The final decision is made by a judge after receiving a corresponding petition from a relevant representative of the executive authorities. Following that, the law says that the authorities, at their own discretion, may decide to transfer the proceeds from the confiscated property in favor of a foreign state affected by a grave breach of international peace and security, towards the restoration of international peace and security, and to compensate victims of a grave breach of international peace and security, gross human rights violations or acts of corruption.
ロシアによるウクライナへの軍事攻撃が始まって以来、欧米諸国はいわゆる "ブロッキング制裁 "でロシアの国家機関や民間企業の資産を凍結している。 また、これらの資産を差し押さえ、その代金をウクライナに送金するオプションも検討されている。現在、そのための法的な仕組みを持つ国は、カナダだけである。これは、この手続きを実質的に実行する世界初の国になります。




欧米の高官の中には、凍結された資産を押収してウクライナに渡すことに賛成する声もある。没収の仕組みは以前から存在していた。例えば、制裁法違反者の刑事迫害の一環として、裁判所の命令に従って財産を没収することができる。しかし、この手続きは、財産の大量差し押さえにはほとんど適用できない。制裁の阻止は政治的な措置であり、刑事裁判が想定するような有罪の証明は必要ないのだ。つまり、何百人ものロシアの高官や企業家が、特殊軍事作戦を支持したという理由でリストに載せられたが、資産没収に値する犯罪行為を犯していない。 制裁によって、マネーロンダリングなどの犯罪や違法操業の摘発が進められている。しかし、このようにして集められた資金は、凍結された資産の量に比べれば、ほんの些細なものに過ぎない。凍結された資産を押収・移転するためには、別のプランが必要なのです。

カナダは、没収の仕組みを合法的に実施した最初の国である。2022年の経済特別措置法の改正により、カナダ当局は、外国、その国の個人または団体、およびカナダに通常居住していないその外国の国民が所有する、国内にある財産を差し押さえる権限を持つようになりました。このような措置は、"深刻な国際的危機をもたらした、またはもたらす可能性が高い国際平和と安全の重大な違反が発生した場合 "に適用されることがあります。 最終的な判断は、行政当局の関連する代表者から対応する請願書を受け取った後、裁判官によって行われます。その後、当局は自らの裁量で、国際平和と安全に対する重大な侵害の影響を受けた外国のために、国際平和と安全の回復に向けて、また国際平和と安全に対する重大な侵害、重大な人権侵害、汚職行為の被害者への補償のために、没収財産からの収益を移転することを決定できるとしています。

Biden asked Putin for meeting between spy chiefs – Moscow
William Burns and Sergey Naryshkin met in Ankara in November

A recent meeting of the top spies from Russia and the US was requested by President Joe Biden of Vladimir Putin, according to Moscow. The gathering took place late last year.

Sergey Naryshkin, the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), and CIA Director William Burns met on Turkish soil in mid-November. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov mentioned the event during a press conference on Wednesday, as he was discussing the lack of peace talks on Ukraine. The US has yet to make a “serious proposal” on resolving the situation, he said.

There were “no revelations” during the Burns-Naryshkin negotiations, Lavrov stated. “In general, during sporadic contacts with Russia on various levels, the West says nothing that would go beyond its public stance,” he remarked.

The top Russian diplomat previously lamented that information about the meeting between the two intelligence chiefs had been leaked to the media.

“The Americans themselves told us ten times that this channel of communication was absolutely confidential and should not be disclosed… so that it would not be tainted by some propagandistic spin,” he told journalists last month.

“We agreed. But as soon as they landed in Ankara, [the news] was immediately leaked. I don’t know where from, whether it was the White House or the Department of State,” he added.

Naryshkin this week indicated that he would be ready to meet Burns again, provided that both sides agree to such contact.
バイデン氏、プーチン大統領にスパイ長官会談を要請 - モスクワ







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Japan rearms for war: What it means for Asia
Tokyo is working to assert itself as a global military power and could destabilize its entire region in the process
By Timur Fomenko, political analyst
Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida commenced 2023 with a tour of G7 countries, having visited France, Italy, the UK, the US and Canada. Holding the Presidency of the US-centric group for this year, Kishida will host its summit in Hiroshima in May.

While a lot of his trips focused on preparing ground for the summit, Kishida notably signed scores of defence deals along the way, showing how the visit ties in with Japan’s ultimate ambition right now: Rearmament.

Since the end of World War II, Japan’s military power has been limited by its constitution to be strictly defensive. The country renounced the right to settle disputes via armed conflict and ruled out having an army or fighting a war abroad. This has posed limitations on defence spending, but also made Japan reliant on the United States for its security. However, now these limitations are all but defunct, even if they still exist on paper. Tokyo has the well-equipped Japan Self-Defense Forces, effectively a standing defensive army, and has recently pledged to double its defence spending by 2027 and to attain “second strike” capabilities with an eye on both China and North Korea, spurring on a regional arms race.

In 2022, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated. While he passed away, his ideas of Japanese military revisionism remained. The climate of geopolitical competition in respect to the rise of China and North Korea’s nuclear missile program has served as a platform for Japan to effectively end its pacifist epoch. These changes have allowed the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), despite unfavourable economic results for decades, to perpetually stay in power amongst its key coalitions and thus force through this revisionism, despite opposition from some members of the Japanese public.

While the United States has always seen Japan as the bulwark of its power-projection in Asia, a position it consolidated during the Korean War, it is now allowing Japan to “escape the leash” of its post-war military limitations, hoping it will help in the containment of China. The Biden administration has established a strategy of creating coalitions to target Beijing, such as for example, the Quad and AUKUS. The US aims to counter the rise of China through granting allies extended military capabilities and capacity that they did not have previously. Such as, for example, allowing Australia to gain nuclear submarines through AUKUS or, in this case, giving leeway for Japan to expand its military reach, such as building new air bases in Okinawa.

In doing so, Washington increasingly understands Japan as a critical asset in a Taiwan-related contingency with China, with Japanese territory being effectively 100 kilometers or so east of the island itself. Thus, Japan now recognizes the island as a critical variable in its own defence policy, because if Taiwan falls to mainland rule, Japan will be militarily ‘checkmated’ by China, which will subsequently change the balance of power in Asia against the US. A missile unit is now being built on a Japanese island close to Taiwan itself. While Tokyo does not officially recognize Taiwan’s independence and maintains a position of strategic ambiguity on the matter, its very close relations with the US and the fact that its constitution was amended in 2014 to allow for military action in defence of allies both increase the possibility of Japan directly intervening in a Taiwan conflict.

What is notable is how Japan is not just turning to the United States for its own military expansionism, but to other countries too. This includes deeper relationships with the UK, Canada and Australia, amongst others. For example, Japan will build a “next generation fighter jet” with the UK and Italy which will involve the use of AI. While it is clear that the United States is pushing its allies to work together to try and contain China, on the other hand such moves also set out how Japan is attempting to reassert its own strategic independence with a view to establishing itself again as a military power in its own right, something it has not attempted since the 1940s.

All this, however, brings a new dynamic of danger to Asia. First of all, in the geographic region of northeast Asia, Russia and China both see Japan as a potential military opponent, and will likely align greater in respect to this dynamic. Second, Japan’s militarism is escalating an already tense situation with North Korea, who, facing a stronger Tokyo, is motivated to increase its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, finding greater justification to do so. Third, the sentiment of anti-Japanese nationalism in China will rise, meaning tensions between the two will increase. And, finally, despite a common ally in the United States, what will South Korea do in the face of an increasingly stronger Japan? It may feel militarily dominated or isolated, which will also force the country to arm itself further amid a myriad of challenges. As such, the rearmament of Japan will have a massive destabilizing effect on Asia, and it’s something Washington is happy to see occur in order to retain its clout over the region.









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速報: スコットランドの性別認識法は、前例のない動きで英国政府によって阻止されました。
スコットランド高等法院のアリスター ジャックは、この法律が成立するのを阻止する「セクション 35 命令」を提出しました。


スコットランド、性別変更手続きを簡易化 イギリス政府は懸念






London vetoes Scotland’s new transgender law
PM Rishi Sunak’s government has vowed to stop Edinburgh’s new gender recognition legislation from enactment
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ヴィクトル・メドヴェチュク論文 / ポーランド世界大戦論 / ゼレンスキー暗殺計画 / デイヴィッド・L・フィリップス論評

Viktor Medvedchuk: Total Western support for Zelensky tells us that the US and NATO don't want peace in Ukraine
The West must shoulder blame for the conflict, as it has pushed KieListening to many Western politicians, it seems completely impossible to understand the essence of the current conflict in Ukraine, and the mechanisms which led us here.

Take US President Biden: He denies that American troops are directly involved in the conflict but at the same time he consistently emphasizes his country’s multi-billion dollar weapons supplies. If such huge sums are diverted for military purposes in Ukraine, it should mean that Ukrainian interests are extremely important for the US.

However, there is no desire for the US army to fight there. Thus, Kiev’s concerns are probably not so vital, after all. And do these weapon supplies, worth billions of dollars, amount to donations? A profitable business? Investments? Or are they for political purposes?

There are no clear answers.

Take the most recent revelations, from former German Chancellor Merkel, that the Minsk Agreements were just an attempt to give Kiev time to re-group. This revelation means that no one was ever going to establish peace in Ukraine. Which means, of course, that Russia was deceived.

But why? For the west to protect Ukraine or to to take it for themselves? And why did they need this deception if they could simply implement what was recommended by Germany? Or did Berlin deliberately suggest something that could never have been implemented? We could go as far as asking if political swindlers ought be held to account but it seems much more relevant today to start clearing the smoke from around the current situation.

What were the root causes? And how can we get out of a situation that is becoming ever more dangerous? Well, let us begin this analysis with the ultimate origins of the crisis.v into this catastrophe
Viktor Medvedchuk: ゼレンスキーに対する西側の全面的な支持は、米国とNATOがウクライナの平和を望んでいないことを物語っている。



しかし、米軍がそこで戦うことを望んでいるわけではありません。従って、キエフの懸念は、結局のところ、それほど重要ではないのだろう。そして、何十億ドルもするこれらの兵器供給は、寄付金に相当するのだろうか?儲かるビジネス?投資か? それとも政治的な目的なのだろうか?



しかし、なぜ? 西側がウクライナを守るため、あるいは自分たちのためにウクライナを手に入れるためか?また、ドイツが提案したことを実行に移すだけでよいのなら、なぜこのようなごまかしが必要だったのでしょうか。あるいは、ベルリンが意図的に実行不可能なことを提案したのだろうか。政治的詐欺師の責任を問うことまではできても、現在の状況の周辺から煙を取り除くことの方が、今日的であるように思われます。


Ukraine’s defeat may lead to WWIII – EU state's PM
The prime minister of Poland has urged Germany to send tanks to Ukraine
Ukraine’s defeat may lead to a Third World War, meaning Germany and other NATO countries must step up and send Kiev more weapons, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki claimed on Monday.

Speaking in Berlin at a celebration of German politician Wolfgang Schauble’s 50-year career, Morawiecki insisted that Germany must allow the delivery of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. Poland and Finland have promised Kiev the tanks, but need formal German permission to actually hand them over.

“Today Ukrainians are fighting not only for their freedom, but also in defense of Europe,” Morawiecki insisted. “I call on the German government to act decisively and deliver all types of weapons to Ukraine.”

“The defeat of Ukraine may become a prelude to World War III, so today there is no reason to block support for Kiev and postpone matters indefinitely,” he added.

The Polish PM also spoke of “Ukrainian blood being shed” to prevent what he claimed could be a Russian attack on other EU countries. Last week, Ukrainian Defense Minister Aleksey Reznikov said in an interview that Ukraine was shedding blood to carry out “NATO’s mission,” so the US-led bloc ought to supply it with weapons.

Germany has about 110 Leopard tanks that it could potentially hand over to Ukraine – 88 of which are the old Leopard 1s – but actually making them fit for service would cost hundreds of millions of euros and take about a year, Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger claimed in an interview over the weekend. 

Moscow has repeatedly warned the West that sending weapons to Kiev prolongs the conflict but will not change its outcome. German tanks “will burn like the rest” of Western weapons, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

Morawiecki’s visit came on the same day German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht confirmed she was stepping down. Germany has pledged to begin the deployment of a Bundeswehr-operated Patriot air defense battery to Poland. That move was arranged after a Ukrainian missile struck a Polish village in November, killing two civilians. Warsaw ended up having to debunk Kiev’s claims that the missile had been Russian. 



"ウクライナの敗北は第三次世界大戦の前奏曲となる可能性があり、今日、キエフへの支援を阻止し、問題を無期限に延期する理由はない "と彼は付け加えた。





CIA director made secret trip to Kiev prior to Ukraine conflict – media
Bill Burns reportedly warned Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelensky that he might be assassinated
CIA chief Bill Burns reportedly made a secret visit to Ukraine in January 2022, a month before Russia’s offensive against Kiev started, and told President Vladimir Zelensky that Moscow was plotting to assassinate him.

The clandestine meeting between Burns and Zelensky came to light in a soon-to-be-released book by author Chris Whipple on Joe Biden’s presidency, Business Insider reported on Monday. The trip came at a time when the Ukrainian president was publicly dismissive of US claims that Russia was poised to attack Kiev and was arguing that the warnings were creating “panic.”

“Burns had come to give him a reality check,” Whipple wrote in his book, ‘The Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden’s White House’. Biden had instructed the US spy chief to “share precise details of the Russian plots.”

While Zelensky had been reluctant to believe US intelligence assessments of a likely Russian offensive, he was immediately “sobered” and “taken aback” by the claim that he personally might be targeted. As it turned out, the assassination claim was apparently false, inasmuch as there have been no confirmed Russian attempts to kill Zelensky. Russian forces presumably had ample opportunities to take shots at the Ukrainian leader, especially as he ventured out of hiding increasingly, visiting such locales as Bucha and the front-line city of Bakhmut.

Whipple claimed that US intelligence was so detailed that it helped Ukrainian security forces foil two Russian attempts to assassinate Zelensky. Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov denied media reports in April that Moscow wanted the Ukrainian president dead, adding that regime change wasn’t among the goals of Russia’s military operation.

Burns, who served as US ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008, also provided Zelensky with details of the plans for Russia’s military offensive, according to Whipple’s book. The author didn’t identify his sources, saying his interviews were done on condition of anonymity. 

While Biden’s administration has tried to take credit for its warnings about the conflict, US intelligence agencies haven’t been altogether accurate in their Ukraine assessments. For example, they reportedly told the White House that Russia would overwhelm and defeat Ukrainian forces within a few days. The CIA’s plan was to support an insurgency against Russian occupiers.

BurnsとZelenskyの密会は、作家Chris Whippleが間もなく発売するJoe Bidenの大統領時代に関する本の中で明らかになったと、Business Insiderが月曜日に報じました。ウクライナの大統領が、ロシアがキエフを攻撃する用意があるというアメリカの主張を公に否定し、警告が "パニック "を引き起こしていると主張している時に、この出張は行われたのである。

バーンズは彼に現実を確認させるために来たのだ」と、ウィップル氏は著書『人生の戦い:ジョー・バイデンのホワイトハウスの内側』で書いている。バイデンはアメリカのスパイ主任に "ロシアの陰謀の正確な詳細を共有するように "と指示していた。





US and NATO mistakes led to Ukraine conflict – ex-State Department adviser
The Biden administration’s policy of “constraint” invited Russia to “test the boundaries of its bellicosity,” David L. Phillips argues
The West had “many options” to deter Russia from sending its military into Ukraine last February, but failed to avail of them and responded weakly when it happened, according to former US State Department adviser David L. Phillips, writing in the National Interest.

In an article published on Friday, Phillips, who worked with the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations, argued that Russian President Vladimir Putin had “telegraphed his plan to attack Ukraine long before the first shot was fired.”

“By exercising unilateral constraint and making unforced concessions, the Biden administration invited Russia to test the boundaries of its bellicosity,” Phillips wrote.

He argued that, with the US fearing Russia could put its nuclear weapons to use if the West interfered, Biden responded to the conflict “carefully with half-measures.”

Biden’s early pledge that NATO troops would not be deployed in Ukraine was “unnecessary,” claimed Phillips, who directs the Program on Peacebuilding and Human Rights at Columbia University.

When it comes to sanctions on Russia, these were “implemented so incrementally that Putin was able to cushion their impact on Russia’s economy,” he added. Philips also suggested Ukraine should have been provided with “state-of-the-art NATO weaponry” from the outset.

Had the West taken “proactive preventive measures” before Russia launched its offensive in February last year, this could have "changed Putin’s calculus,” he claimed. For instance, if NATO had set up a war crimes tribunal for Ukraine, the “prospect of accountability" would act as a deterrent, he argued.

Once the conflict began, however, Phillips suggests NATO could have “deployed more troops to frontline states like Romania” to demonstrate “resolve and readiness.” It could also have implemented a no-fly zone over certain beleaguered cities – a step the NATO decided against, fearing it would bring the bloc into direct conflict with Russia.

Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, 2022, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”

Shortly before the hostilities broke out, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. Last September, Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, were incorporated into Russia following referendums.


"一方的な制約を行使し、無理な譲歩をすることで、バイデン政権はロシアに好戦性の限界を試すように誘った "とフィリップス氏は書いている。

彼は、西側が干渉すればロシアが核兵器を使用する恐れがあるため、バイデンは "中途半端な手段で慎重に "紛争に対応したと主張した。





ロシアは2022年2月24日、キエフがミンスク合意を履行していないとして、ウクライナに軍を派遣した。ミンスク合意は、ドネツクとルガンスクにウクライナ国家内での特別な地位を与えることを目的としたものである。ドイツとフランスが仲介したこの議定書は、2014年に初めて署名された。ウクライナのピョートル・ポロシェンコ前大統領はその後、キエフの主な目的は、停戦を利用して時間を稼ぎ、"強力な武装勢力を生み出すこと "だったと認めている。

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Asian country aims to ramp up arms sales to UAE
South Korea’s president has arrived in Abu Dhabi for trade talks at a time when the Emirates are cutting reliance on US weaponry
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol traveled to the UAE on Sunday seeking to capitalize on new opportunities for weapons sales. Seoul is deepening its defense ties with Abu Dhabi as the Emirates pivot away from relying on Washington for military support in the wake of the botched US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Yoon arrived in Abu Dhabi for a state visit and was welcomed at the presidential palace with an honor guard and military air show. UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced plans to invest $30 billion in South Korea, telling Yonhap News, “We decided to make the investment with confidence in the Republic of Korea that keeps its promises under all circumstances.”

South Korea is already building a massive nuclear power plant in the UAE and has been sending commandoes to the Emirates since 2015 to provide military training. The two governments signed agreements on Sunday to deepen ties in such areas as technology and energy, including an oil-stockpiling deal, as well as defense.

“The atmosphere is extremely ripe for security or military cooperation between South Korea and the UAE involving the arms industry,” a presidential office official in Abu Dhabi told Yonhap.

That ripening reportedly began after the chaotic US exit from Afghanistan in August 2021. “The mishandling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan raised doubts in the region not only about the US willingness to honor its defense commitments, but also its capacity to do so,” according to the Middle East Institute, a Washington think tank.

A few months after the Afghan debacle, in December 2021, the UAE suspended deals to buy $23 billion in US-made F-35 fighter jets and attack drones. A month later, Abu Dhabi agreed to purchase an M-SAM air-defense system from South Korea for $3.5 billion. The M-SAM was developed in cooperation with Russia, based partly on technology used in S-350E and S-400 missile systems.

US officials had reportedly imposed demands on the UAE to win approval for the F-35 deal, including halting a Chinese company’s construction of a logistics port, refusing to use 5G telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei, backing away from technology partnerships with Beijing and agreeing to remote monitoring of the fighter jets by Washington.






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NATO はウクライナで敗北している今、核兵器に訴える?

NATO は、ウクライナで敗北している今、核兵器に訴えるでしょうか?



Syrian Girlは、シリアの出身で海外に在学中の地政学研究者。シリアは、欧米に支援されたテロリストと2011年以来戦っています。英米、NATOの戦争への関与はよくわかっています。多くの人がNATOが核兵器を使う危険性を心配しています。
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