KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump’s main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic.
Their aims were profit, not politics. This circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Giuliani and Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine’s massive state gas company. Their plan was to then steer lucrative contracts to companies controlled by Trump allies, according to two people with knowledge of their plans.
Is the Radical Left’s Stephen Lendman Spear Heading Trump’s Defense? (ODT)
Tony Abbott was ready to go to war with Russia to protect these neo-Nazis. He was busting his chops to help these guys. (ODT)
Around 3,000 Ukrainian nationalists came out into the streets of Kiev carrying torches to celebrate the 107th anniversary of the birth of controversial WWII figure and nationalist leader Stepan Bandera, who collaborated with Nazi Germany.
Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, laughs with Australia’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, during their meeting in Melbourne on Thursday.
Prime minister tells Ukraine’s president exports from Australia could help secure Ukraine’s energy sources
Australia is considering exporting coal and uranium to Ukraine it was announced, as the leaders of the two countries met for a historic state visit.
President Petro Poroshenko became the first Ukrainian leader to visit Australia, after accepting an invitation from the Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, to discuss security issues in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July.
“The MH17 atrocity has brought our countries together in a remarkable way,” Abbott told reporters on Thursday.
“I want to say thank you to you, Petro, for the help and assistance that Ukraine and your government gave to Australia and our citizens in the aftermath of that terrible atrocity. And coming from this tragedy, I believe will be a strong and lasting friendship between the Australian people and the Ukrainian people,” Abbott said.
A permanent Australian embassy is due to open in Kiev in February, and Poroshenko has invited Abbott to Ukraine for a state visit, saying he is one of the most popular foreign leaders in the country. “It’s nice to be popular, even if only in Kiev,” Abbott quipped.
Abbott and Poroshenko attended an ecumenical church service on Thursday to honour the nearly 300 victims of the MH17 disaster, 38 of whom were Australian.
“I should acknowledge the part that faith has played in our culture and in our public life, in the culture and public life of civilised countries,” Abbott said.
“There would hardly be a country on Earth so subject to existential threat as Ukraine is. If the freedom of one country is diminished, the freedom of all is diminished. I have come to know Petro Poroshenko quite well over the last few months. And I want to say that not just Ukraine, but freedom has a great champion in Ukraine’s president.”
Australia is part of an International Monetary Fund contribution aimed at stabilising Ukraine, which has been in a precarious security situation since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March. Russia sides with rebels in eastern Ukraine, but denies providing them with the arms that brought down the Malaysia Airlines flight.
Abbott and Poroshenko acknowledged the importance of securing energy sources for Ukraine, and said that Australia would consider the export of coal and uranium to the country.
Russia has threatened to take Ukraine to the international court if it fails to pay the more than $3bn it owes the Kremlin in unpaid energy debt. Shipments of natural gas from Russia to Ukraine started again after a six month suspension, ending an energy crisis in the country.
Abbott also announced that Australia would give $2m to the Ukrainian military, but skirted the issue of whether Australia was taking sides in the conflict.
“The side we take is the side of freedom, democracy and self-determination,” Abbott said, adding that he had frank discussions with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, when the leader was in Australia for the G20 conference in Brisbane last month. “We seek freedom and dignity for every person in every country and that’s not taking sides.”
Abbott wants Putin to keep his promises on promoting peace in the region. “I say to president Putin, who obviously I’ve got to know reasonably well over the last few months, that this is an opportunity for him to be a statesman as well as a patriot,” Abbott said. “And I appeal to everyone to heed the better angels of their nature here because… we will all advance together or none of us will advance at all.”
Poroshenko wants those responsible for the shooting down of MH17 to be deemed a terrorist organisation and said Ukraine was “making war for peace” to defend its borders. “The truth is with us,” Poroshenko said. “The whole world is with Ukraine, and Russia stays in isolation.”
Russia has denied sending troops to the eastern parts of Ukraine, saying that Russian fighters stationed there are volunteers who feel empathy with Crimeans, many of whom look to Moscow for leadership.
Australia has condemned the annexation of the area, and has called for tougher sanctions to be imposed on Russia until peace talks are successful.
It seems these days, not an hour passes where the Western vassal presstitutes regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot contain themselves from attacking him. Neither do the MSM sock puppets have any compunction from heaping more vitriol on a principled man and the great leader of his people. Moreover, the Western backed purveyors have harangued both he and Russia with their outright lies and fabrications for nine months running. Their drivel now is tiresome.
By Montresor, November 8, 2014.
Of course, stooges that they are, at the butt of their non-stop anti-Russian rhetoric are the threat of more sanctions. Just what the wider world needs; doesn’t bother them a bit though that the accusers as well are all mired in a deep recession. The sanctions pendulum swings both ways!
No surprise either that the vast majority of the Russian people continue to support their President in this conflict between East-West perceptions for the world; some ‘experts’ call it the renewed ‘cold war’ or re-set. And despite what the West claims, Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings eclipse 80 per cent and continue to climb. Imagine that: Russians collectively on down from the President won’t capitulate to the Western propaganda!
Early on, some of that vitriol was to be expected given that Ukraine, long since a failed state after the bloody and murderous Maidan coup d’état in February had fallen deeper into the abyss after 298 lives were lost aboard the crashed civilian jet MH17 over East Ukraine during the genocidal and still ongoing civil war. Right on cue, the West was quick to blame Russia; even before an official, and international investigation was launched.
Yet in the absence of real proof against Russian complicity in Ukraine’s internal affairs, one would hope that at least one courageous editor-chief had the modicum of intelligence to understand and report the truth: that continued U.S./IMF/EU/NATO meddling in Ukraine’s internal sovereign affairs was more the causative factor in the country’s slide into total collapse; more so than from any ‘perceived’ Russian involvement.
The naysayers here and elsewhere will be quick to trot out their usual suspect objections: Putin invaded Crimea, he did the same in East Ukraine, he has now targeted all of Europe, and his expansion plans for the Russian empire include the Baltic States. The new ‘Stalin’ has even set his sights on the Holy Grail: England. What nonsense! Let us examine the real context, shall we.
A revolution by any color pales when juxtaposed to the real truth: the Maidan Protests and subsequent coup d’état was hatched by America; and for America. Washington’s sole aim was to install a puppet government whereby the proxy illegal Kiev government would preside over Ukraine with only America’s (IMF/CIA/NATO) best interests at heart. How dumb is that!
Did these treasonous collaborators really think that Russia would stand idly by; watch their navy dislodged from the Black Sea Sevastopol port in Crimea? And did the Western scoundrels equally believe that Russia would grovel before this illegal junta to acquire a new lease? Why should America and the world be surprised that Crimea legally voted and quickly to secede and join Russia? Any real sovereign nation would have acted in similar fashion to Russia; full stop.November 8, 2014.
Well, many from America bought the lies; and still do. Senator John McCain (who will now probably chair the U.S. Senate Defense Policy Committee) is a prime example. After he returned from Ukraine while addressing colleagues and the press, warmonger McCain was dismissive of Russia. And his description possibly born of ignorance, ‘Russia is a giant gas station’ was altogether disrespectful. Uh, yes Senator, Russia is that now. What you are remiss to understand is that Russia is not Moscow. Neither is it St. Petersburg nor Sochi. Russia is however that vast tract of territory from the Polish border on the west to Vladivostok and Siberia in the east. In fact, Russia contains the world’s largest land mass replete with many natural resources.
And with the oil and gas proceeds, President Putin is committed to building the infrastructure for a better tomorrow; for all Russians. And in case McCain also forgot, Putin’s Russia, inherited from his predecessor Yeltsin was still antiquated and more so corrupted. The economy, barely free from the Communist era was in the throes of transformation to the Western, ‘capitalist’ model. Free markets and ‘privatization’ were all very nascent principles for not only the common people but for the bureaucrats and politicians as well; but not to the oligarchs. Criminals like Khordokovsky stole shares and then cashed in at expense of the people. Spot the difference?
Instead of lecturing Russia and its leaders on how to comport themselves in the real, broader multi-polar world, the decadent West should take some time to read more; learn the lessons of history.
William Shakespeare’s play Henry V would be a good start. The scene is Agincourt in northern France during the 15th century.
Yet, God before, tell him we will come on, Though France himself and such another neighbor Stand in our way. There’s for thy labor, Montjoy. Go bid thy master well advise himself: If we may pass, we will; if we be hinder’d, We shall your tawny ground with your red blood Discolor: and so Montjoy, fare you well. The sum of all our answer is but this: We would not seek a battle, as we are; Nor, as we are, we say we will not shun it: So tell your master.
Like England’s King ‘Harry’ who rallied his countrymen to help him lay claim to that which was rightfully his (French crown) but denied him by the bogus Salic Laws, President Putin’s cause, is equally just. What business is it of the West if he protects Russia’s own interests and people from foreign aggressors who have amassed their encircling military forces right at Russia’s borders?
The West though still doesn’t get it. Now the real question is ‘who blinks first’. Hard to believe let alone accept that the world’s at this juncture. Forget peace. The blast of war is in the air, everywhere; really, this is all too tragic.
GERMAN intelligence has pointed the finger of blame at pro-Russian rebels for shooting down a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine using missiles captured from government forces, a media report said Sunday.
Kiev and the West have previously charged that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was blown out of the sky in July by separatist fighters using a BUK surface-to-air system supplied by Russia.
Moscow has denied the charge.
But the head of Germany’s BND foreign spy agency Gerhard Schindler said intelligence gathered by his network indicated the rebels had captured a BUK system from a Ukrainian base and fired a missile that exploded directly next to the plane, Spiegel magazine reported.
American intelligence officials had in July said that the plane could have been shot down mistakenly by ill-trained separatists.
Pravda writer compares Abbott to Hitler, Pol Pot
Mr Abbott’s comments have prompted another scathing rebuke from Russian newspaper Pravda.
In an email exchange with the ABC’s AM program, Pravda journalist Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey said Mr Abbott’s comments were “the most blatant example of shit-faced ignorance and pig-headed arrogance the world has seen since the likes of Hitler or Pol Pot”.
Bancroft-Hinchey was speaking after penning an editorial for Pravda, in which he wrote of Mr Abbott that: “It is difficult to find a more blatant example of childishness, incompetence for the position, criminal intent, downright nastiness and an indication of a disturbed mind crying out for therapy. Don’t the Australian people deserve better?”.
Pravda is historically associated with the Russian Communist party and was an official government mouthpiece during the Soviet era.
“While I do not speak for President Putin, if someone ‘shirtfronted’ me, then I would throw the perpetrator over my shoulder, slam him onto his back on the floor behind me, place my boot on his face and ask ‘What was that you were saying?’ before I saw him scurry away snivelling to his sister’s for a clean pair of Y-fronts,” Bancroft-Hinchey wrote.
Treasurer Joe Hockey, speaking in London where he had been holding preparatory meetings for the G20, said he would not get into commentary about the words used by the Prime Minister, but said his comments echoed the “deep-seated anger across the Australian community about what happened to the 38 poor souls who were Australians that died on the Malaysian plane”.
“I think the Prime Minister is reflecting the anger and understandable emotion of many Australians about what happened,” Mr Hockey said.
Earlier a spokesman from the Russian embassy in Canberra described Mr Abbott’s comments as “immature”.
Alexander Odoevskiy said the comments were indicative of the fact that “Russian/Australian relations are at historic low”.
Thirty-eight Australian citizens and residents were among the 298 passengers and crew killed when MH17 went down on July 17 over territory held by Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Kiev and the West have accused the Moscow-backed separatists of shooting down the jet with a surface-to-air missile supplied by Russia.
Moscow denied the charge and pointed the finger at Kiev.
Mr Peskov said in Russia’s view, the investigation into the tragedy “is not active and effective enough”.
He said “lots of data” from Ukrainian air traffic control had not been submitted to the investigators.
Russia, he said, insisted that this data was submitted.
Consider the number of shouts and whispers we heard after MH17 went down.
First the crime, then the cover-up. The criminals will be brought to justice. Putin will be held personally responsible for this act of evil. The worst peacetime atrocity in modern history. Putin ‘not welcome’ in Brisbane. Putin to be denied permission to come to Australia. Putin, if he comes here, will be ‘brought to justice’. Hundreds of millions to be spent ‘bringing them home’. A war should be suspended so we can recover the bodies. Hundreds of millions spent while we wait for the war to be suspended. A national day of mourning. A multi-faith service in a Melbourne cathedral for the innocent dead.
None of this, after Gaza, ISIS and Ebola, seems very proportionate any more.
What was clear from the start, that it was an unintended shooting down of a plane that was foolishly in air space over a war zone and mistaken for another plane, seems the case now, like a six-car pile-up on New Year’s Eve, or a Mediterranean ferry sinking in a storm.
And now we have Putin coming to Brisbane. How will he be treated? As a murderous neo-Communist dictator the ICC should put on trial for crimes against humanity? Or as what he is, the world’s most powerful man, one we should treat pretty gingerly?
The politics of the exclamation mark make it difficult for us either to greet him or to shun him. Did he personally order the shooting down of the plane? Of course not. Is his war on Ukraine illegal? Absolutely. Was his takeover of Crimea constitutional? Possibly. Will we be selling him our uranium and beef again soon? Of course we will.
Abbott and Newman are in a fix of their own making. They are accustomed to dealing with semi-fictional enemies — the wicked people-smuggler, the homegrown crucifying terrorist, the furtive criminal unionist, the heinous Kevin Rudd who personally sent boys into roofs where they were electrocuted — and faced with actual, complex, powerful humans with agendas of their own, they are at a loss as to what to do or say, lest the bad guy … answer back.
It is not beyond the bounds of likelihood that Putin will want to debate Abbott in a public place and Abbott will flee from the encounter. It is not beyond the outskirts of possibility that he will persuade some delegates that Kiev did the shooting-down and doubts will be officially articulated on this score.
But because Abbott, who deals only in menacing fictions, is unprepared for the real Putin and not just a huffing muppet he wanted not to come here, Abbott, the hyperbolist, will have no words to deal with him face to face, as Bob Carr might have done, and engage him in actual conversation. And will look, as he usually does, a fool.
The Abbott adventure gets worse and worse. Kobane will fall and Abbott will be shown to have been forbidden by Baghdad to send help there. Baghdad will fall and ISIL command the former Mesopotamia. The Budget will be rejected and Palmer demand that Hockey be sacked before any more negotiation take place. Abbott will be too weak to sack him and Turnbull will move against him.
It is no joke to say, as I have every other day for eighty-four days, that this is the worst free-elected government in a thousand years on this planet.
And, daily, it gets worse and worse.
“Tony Abbott strides large on stage after MH17 disaster”
Even god’s archangel doesn’t blow a louder trumpet than Andrew Bolt.
“Tony Abbott strides large on stage after MH17 disaster”
- There’s an underlying truth to this trumpet of praise delivered about Abbott by toady, creep, crawler, fawner, flatterer, flunkey, truckler, groveller, doormat, lickspittle, kowtower, obsequious person, minion, hanger-on, leech, puppet, spaniel, Uriah Heep; bootlicker, yes-man; arse-licker, arse-kisser, brown-nose;suckhole Andrew Bolt. It’s all just smoke and mirrors.
- Australia’s position as the only elected member of the UN Security Council with citizens on board flgt MH17 inevitably made our PM the logical spokesperson for both the Dutch Malaysia the world. If Julie Bishop and TonyAbbott had done nothing they would have embarrassed themselves and us. So please Andrew Bolt theirs was no heroic act of leadership but merely two people doing what was expected of them in the situation.
- However it’s a job they didn’t want. They ridiculed and derided Labour for their efforts to get a ‘ seat on the Security Council’ in the first place.They criticised it time and time again in parliament declaring it not to be in the national interest. There was no Churchhillian moment for here for Abbott as Andrew Bolt makes out.
- “Abbott’s “coalition of the grieving”according to lickspittle Bolt is “a small army” cobbled together by our Tony. It includes 230 Australian police and soldiers, plus hundreds of soldiers from other nations. However Andrew they are led by the Dutch not Tony. Bolt paints an image of Tony the super hero wearing his budgie smugglers over his tights leading the world against Vlad. It’s such an embarrassing article.
- “Abbott, as a Catholic and student of past battles with totalitarianism, understands evil.” Bolt claims to be a rational humanist. Well brother Bolt you sound little more than tent preacher totally irrational but ready to bathe in the light of the mad monk, Hallealujah
- Abbott did bark when he blamed Russia and Putin but then immediately backed off and shut up when he found himself alone. With nobody to back him he lost his teeth. However Bolt never one to miss an opportunity says “The problem is that Obama is weak and Europe even weaker, dependent on Russia for a third of its oil and gas as well as billions in contracts, like ones France signed to supply amphibious assault ships. The world has no moral clarity.” It’s Why plain speaking Tony Abbott is “electric” and will come back after we have brought our people home.
- “True, Abbott has for now stopped talking” However he hasn’t lost focus according to Andrew it’s to “get Russia out of Eastern Ukraine” even though Abbott said “Our sole concern is to claim our dead and bring them home.” According to bootlicker Bolt “That is untrue. When our dead are back, expect Abbott to fight what he from day one identified as the true cause of this disaster — nationalist Russia’s war to reconquer parts of Ukraine.””Abbott has seen such a film before, starring Czechoslovakia in 1938. This time an Australian leader plans to help change the ending.”
- “Angela Merkel is now pushing the European Union “to intensify the sanctions” In here lies the truth Abbott is a coal pusher which is well documented in the world press when he made a fool of himself on his “We are open for business” campaign. He would dearly love to see the EU sanction Russia and for Russia to retaliate by cutting oil and gas to the EU why? We have coal lots of it and the dirty energy business is in our national interest.
- ” this shows him to be the arse- licker that he is.