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Let's all hear what Putin has to say about the NSA Spying, sense he knows about this topic quite well being a KGB officer B-4 Russia's fall from it's former Soviet groups of States.


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Putin: NSA surveillance needed to fight terrorism

Putin: NSA surveillance needed to fight terrorism, but must follow rules and norms

Like there are rules to Spying on an enemy. Yet he is right about this gone wrong HSA Spy Program. 2 things need to be known.

1. They {NSA} can't show where they found one possible enemy plot.

2. This NSA Spy Program has now been given new rules and isn't the same any more. See: "The Constitution & The Judicial Branch" Topic Section and look for this title: "The NSA’s rough week just got even worse"

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MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that National Security Agency surveillance is necessary to fight terrorism, but added that the U.S. government must "limit the appetite" of the agency with a clear set of ground rules.

Putin's comment was surprising support for President Barack Obama's administration, which has faced massive criticism over the sweeping U.S. electronic espionage program.

The Russian leader was speaking at his tightly choreographed annual press conference, a televised affair that stretched on for just over four hours and attracted hundreds of journalists from Russia's far-flung regions to a giant hall in a central Moscow business center.

The Kremlin sees the event as key in burnishing Putin's father-of-the nation image. Some journalists held signs — or in one case a stuffed polar bear mascot for the Winter Games in Sochi — in an effort to get called on for a question that could get special attention for their region.

Putin, a 16-year KGB veteran and the former chief of Russia's main espionage agency, said that while the NSA program "isn't a cause for joy, it's not a cause for repentance either" because it is needed to fight terrorism.

He argued that it's necessary to monitor large numbers of people to expose terrorist contacts. But "on political level, it's necessary to limit the appetite of special services with certain rules," he said.

Putin added that the efficiency of the effort — and its damage to privacy — is limited by the sheer inability to process such a huge amount of data.

Asked about former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, whom Russia has granted asylum, Putin insisted that Moscow isn't controlling him.

He argued that any revelations published by Snowden must have come from materials he provided before landing in Russia, and reaffirmed that Moscow made providing refuge to Snowden conditional on his halting what he called ant-American activities.

Putin said he hasn't met with Snowden. He insisted that Russian security agencies haven't worked with him and have not asked him any questions related to NSA activities against Russia.

Putin dismissed a report claiming that Moscow stationed its state-of-the art Iskander missiles in its Kaliningrad exclave region that borders NATO and EU members Poland and Lithuania, but added that he continues to consider such a move a possible way of countering the U.S.-led missile defense system in Europe.

Both Poland and Lithuania have expressed concern about such a possibility, and Washington warned Moscow against making destabilizing moves. Putin said Russia has long considered it, but added that "we haven't made the decision yet" on deploying them.

Turning to Ukraine, Putin insisted that Russia's $15-billion bailout of the economically struggling country was driven by a desire to help a partner in dire straits and wasn't linked to its talks with the European Union.

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a few days and on page two... The Russian's are giving a lot of arms to aid Syria in it's civil war.

Which to me proves they haven't changed colors as they have on the outside.


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Exclusive: Russia steps up military lifeline to Syria's Assad - sources

By Jonathan Saul 23 hours ago

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Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad walk with their weapons in the Aleppo town of Naqaren, …



By Jonathan Saul


LONDON (Reuters) - In recent weeks Russia has stepped up supplies of military gear to Syria, including armored vehicles, drones and guided bombs, boosting President Bashar al-Assad just as rebel infighting has weakened the insurgency against him, sources with knowledge of the deliveries say.

Moscow, which is trying to raise its diplomatic and economic influence in the Middle East, has been a major provider of conventional weapons to Syria, giving Assad crucial support during the three-year civil war and blocking wider Western attempts to punish him with sanctions for the use of force against civilians.

The new Russian supplies come at a critically fluid stage of the conflict, with peace talks scheduled for next week in Switzerland, the factious opposition losing ground, and Western support for the rebellion growing increasingly wary of the role played by foreign militants. Syria has even said some countries formally opposed to Assad have begun discussing security cooperation with his government.

Several sources told Reuters that Assad's forces had since December received deliveries of weaponry and other military supplies, including unmanned spy drones known as UAVs, which have been arranged by Russia either directly or via proxies.

"Dozens of Antonov 124s (Russian transport planes) have been bringing in armored vehicles, surveillance equipment, radars, electronic warfare systems, spare parts for helicopters, and various weapons including guided bombs for planes," a Middle East security source said.

"Russian advisers and intelligence experts have been running observation UAVs around the clock to help Syrian forces track rebel positions, analyze their capabilities, and carry out precision artillery and air force strikes against them," said the source, who declined to be identified.

Vyacheslav Davidenko, spokesman for Russia's arms export monopoly Rosoboronexport, said they could not comment on arms deliveries to Syria.

Russia has said it violates no international laws with its military supplies to Syria and does not sell Damascus offensive weapons.

Syrian officials could not be reached for comment.

The U.S. State Department said it had no independent confirmation that Russia had increased military supplies to Syria but said such actions would be concerning if true.

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said she discussed the Reuters report with Secretary of State John Kerry earlier on Friday.

"His view is that if these reports are true that would certainly raise great concerns about the role that Russia is playing in continuing to enable the Assad regime of brutalizing the Syrian people," said Psaki, adding: "We don't have independent confirmation of the reports."

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I have been following this story on the BBC America News. And do feel Russia is a false friend to the West. He is trying to grab back as many of their former states with force. And to understand this read the entire news story.

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Putin aide warns U.S. on Ukraine, says Russia could act

By Alastair Macdonald 21 hours ago.


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KIEV (Reuters) - A senior Kremlin aide accused the United States on Thursday of arming Ukrainian "rebels" and, urging the Kiev government to put down what he called an attempted coup, warned Russia could intervene to maintain the security of its ex-Soviet neighbor.

Sergei Glazyev, an adviser to President Vladimir Putin with responsibility for relations with Ukraine, told a newspaper that U.S. "interference" breached the 1994 treaty under which Washington and Moscow jointly guaranteed Ukraine's security and sovereignty after Kiev gave up its Soviet-era nuclear arsenal.

And we do have right in this. Which over 90% of the population want to be part of the EU.

His characteristically confrontational comments, on the eve of an expected meeting between Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich at the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics, could add to tensions with Washington, and within Ukraine.

Asked by Kommersant-Ukraine daily whether Russia might "actively intervene" if the country's crisis deepened, Glazyev recalled the Budapest Memorandum of 1994: "Under the document, Russia and the USA are guarantors of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and ... are obliged to intervene when conflict situations of this nature arise.

"And what the Americans are getting up to now, unilaterally and crudely interfering in Ukraine's internal affairs, is a clear breach of that treaty. The agreement is for collective guarantees and collective action."

He did not specify what action Russia might take.

Washington, which has urged Yanukovich to share power with a unity government to end a violent standoff in the streets, has accused Russia of pressuring the leadership in Kiev to prevent Ukraine joining a trade pact with the European Union.



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Yanukovich sparked the protests in November when he turned down the EU accord and took financial aid instead from Moscow.

"The United States is committed to working with both the Ukrainian government and the opposition to help de-escalate this crisis," White House spokeswoman Laura Lucas Magnuson said when asked about Glazyev's comments.

"We condemn the use of violence by any party in Ukraine. Russian officials should be doing the same," she said. "Russia should not view the desires of the Ukrainian people for greater democracy and a closer relationship with Europe as a zero-sum game."

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I am spending less time here and the demand is getting to large for me to handle alone. Plus the members don't read or for the most part post in these threads I started.

It is so stupid as one can click page 1 and read it. While what they had posted at that time is long gone.

I have two links to add to the page with all of the links. Plus this bit of news.


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Russia isolated in UN vote on Crimea’s future

The U.S.-sponsored resolution would have reaffirmed the council’s commitment to Ukraine’s “sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity.”


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Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin (C) votes against a resolution on Ukraine during a UN Security Council emergency meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York on March 15, 2014.

By: Edith M. Lederer The Associated Press, Published on Sat Mar 15 2014


Russia has vetoed a U.N. resolution declaring Sunday’s referendum on the future of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula illegal, but its close ally China abstained in a show of Moscow’s isolation.


Supporters of the U.S.-sponsored resolution knew that Russia would use its veto. But they put the resolution to a vote Saturday morning to show the strength of opposition to Moscow’s takeover of Crimea. The 13 other council members voted “yes.”


The resolution would have reaffirmed the council’s commitment to Ukraine’s “sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity.”


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Supporters of Ukraine’s territorial integrity had hoped to demonstrate the strength of opposition to Russia’s takeover and possible annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in the vote.


The resolution would also have declared that Sunday’s referendum on whether Crimea should become part of Russia “can have no validity, and cannot form the basis for any alteration of the status of Crimea.”


U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said the resolution is aimed at “showing the extent of Russia’s isolation as it pursues a non-peaceful path.”


The draft resolution also urged all parties “to pursue immediately the peaceful resolution of this dispute through direct political dialogue,” to protect the rights of minorities in Ukraine.


China is very sensitive to the issue of territorial integrity because of Tibet and other restive areas, and China’s U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi reiterated Beijing’s support again Thursday for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for not interfering in other countries’ internal affairs.


The Security Council has held six meetings on Ukraine in less than two weeks but has been unable to take any action because of Russia’s veto power.


A six-hour meeting in London Friday between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to delay the referendum.


Lavrov said Moscow will make no decisions about Crimea’s future, including whether to embrace it as a new territory, until after Sunday’s vote, but Kerry said the results are all but a foregone conclusion, and urged Russia’s parliament against accepting any offer to claim Crimea as its own..................................
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These are the major links for Asia and the Middle East.. As well as other regions.


Middle East News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Asia News Headlines - Yahoo! News

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NEW: The Moscow Times | Russia's only daily English-language newspaper

New: Afghanistan News - Afghanistan News Coverage |Top Stories | Afghanistan News.Net

NEW: A world wide Paper from Canada: thestar.com | Toronto Star | Canada's largest daily

And from one of my Threads, Violence & Crime in America, Post # 415. Which has plenty of links plus one has so many online Newspapers from each American city. Now some have been disabled and others have been added. Plus unlike this it isn't in Quotes.

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Well I guess Obama & his Adviser was just hoping it might come to this (which yet it hasn't, BUT) to play Russian Roulette with the people who it is named after is a real stupid move.

Besides Putin & company have the Crimera and talk isn't going to change this at all. So all of the fools in the Western Leadership wake up and let it go. Do what you can do. Yet don't drag it out with talks.

When action is what is needed you resolve the problem with a swift move to allow what is now the Ukraine into the Western sphere & into NATO, while weeding out the many new spies Putin has sent while all of this was going on.

Just go to the very bottom of this bite of news once you have read the rest of this. And look at what is left under UKRAINE.

Or not.. It is your choice.


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Russia’s Ace in the Hole: a Super-Missile It Can Sell to Iran

It’s Washington’s nightmare scenario: an aggressive Moscow deciding it’s time to arm Tehran with sophisticated weapons. And it may be closer to reality than you think.

Was this even considered? Since it is called BLOW BACK.

Tensions between Russia and the West are hitting a new peak. And in this face-off, Moscow has an extraordinary piece of leverage: a super-sophisticated, bomber-killing missile that it once threatened to sell to Iran.

Last week, Reuters first reported Russia was preparing an oil-for-goods deal with Iran worth up to $20 billion. An unnamed Iranian official told the news service that the barter would include Russian weapons.

And that was before further signs of Russia’s shadow invasion of Ukraine emerged Monday, when crowds spontaneously appeared in three major eastern cities to welcome the troops amassed over the border.

The Daily Beast reported that associates of Viktor Yanukovych, the deposed and Kremlin-friendly Ukrainian president, were meeting with pro-Russian activists. One keen-eyed photographer captured a man wearing a Russian Airborne forces tee-shirt at one of the protests.

The trade between Moscow and Tehran would alleviate the economic pressure on Iran that the White House has said helped bring the Islamic Republic to the bargaining table. It may even sink the talks President Obama is hoping will persuade Iran to defang its nuclear program.

If those talks fail, then Russia has the leverage to equip Iran with the missile that could defend its centrifuges and reactors from allied air strikes, the S-300.

And this could have been avoided if America would realize it is messing with so many countries & each citizen lives, while trying to play the leader.
Now there is more, the American people want this liar (prove me wrong) who on the first run at P.O.T.U.S. never said one thing about the reality we face in him today. DEBATES DON'T WIN **** IN THIS GAME, that so many in this world of evil play at.

This is why the Progressives under Wilson died off. And why today we are in a world that see us with a leadership in a bubble which is at best NO Leadership.

Yea he promised each their moon and about none of that came true either. And he pulled it off for the second time. talk about stupid or that (besides the Progressive/Liberals Power Broker's) way to many of these VOTER'S had their hands out wanting more free govt., give always.

These in blue are just my opinions and doesn't relate to the news at hand
So if it is needed re-start a thread in PW's Off-Topic, Bizarre, Jokes & Games (
. By quoting what bothers you and I will reply there. As I won't reply to anything but this news in this thread.. I posted & started this thread and these are my rules in any thread I offer my opinions that might conflict with the news being posted.


“I could see as part of this deal [between Tehran and Moscow] that they would agree to transfer advanced missiles to Iran,” said Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the hawkish Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and an expert in the Iran sanctions. “If [Russian president Vladimir] Putin became angry enough over the West’s financial punishment of Russia, he could put in play the S-300 deal.”

The S-300 has long been Moscow’s top-of-the-line air defense system. The current model is comparable to U.S. Patriot missile batteries. The S-300 deploys sophisticated radars, launch vehicles and missiles to shoot aircraft and even ballistic missiles out of the sky. Russia has also threatened to sell the system to Syria, whose hapless air force was hacked by Israel in 2007, rendering its anti-aircraft defenses useless when Israel bombed the al-Kibar nuclear facility.

In the second term of the George W. Bush, Russia came close to selling and training Iran’s military on how to use the sophisticated S-300 system. But then in 2010, the Russians pulled back from the sale during negotiations over U.N.

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This is from a newer site I have been using of late. It has plenty of World news.

And this is from the very bottom of Page #1. You will need to left click the on what I placed in bold at the site.

And is just part of my last post above done in the same day.


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Crisis in Ukraine


Russia’s Riot-Backed Diplomacy

by Anna Nemtsova Apr 8, 2014 4:28 PM EDT

Moscow is offering a six-point plan for peace on its terms. The pro-Russian protestors who took buildings in Eastern Ukraine are part of that game.

On Tuesday, the website of Ukrainskaya Pravda published a video address by the Russian-speaking activists who have occupied the state security service building in Luhansk. In the video, several militiamen armed with Kalashnikov rifles and wearing black balaclavas denied there were any Russians among them. Their commander introduced their unit as the “South-East Headquarters of Afghan Veterans and Border Control Unit.” The only demand they had was to hold a referendum, the commander said, “But if you are preparing to storm the building against us, war veterans trying to run a referendum, welcome to hell.

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This is a bit late yet by hitting the home page this is another good source for International information.


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April 8, 2014

Russia's Ace in the Hole: a Super-Missile for Iran

Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

It’s Washington’s nightmare scenario: an aggressive Moscow deciding it’s time to arm Tehran with sophisticated weapons. And it may be closer to reality than you think.

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