The Russian-Turkish plan to pipe Russian gas through Turkey and then on to Macedonia and thence into southern Europe has long been opposed by the West, which is seeking to block the Russians at every turn. Now the Western powers have found an effective way to stop it: by overthrowing the pro-Russian government of Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.
The original plan was for the pipeline to go through Bulgaria, but Western pressure on the government there nixed that and so the alternative was to pipe the gas through Macedonia and Greece. With the Greeks uninterested in taking dictation from the EU – and relatively impervious, at the moment, to Western-sponsored regime change – the Macedonians were deemed to be the weak link in the pro-Russian chain. That was the cue for the perpetually aggrieved Albanians to play their historic role as the West’s willing proxies.
Kiev Coup Junta violating Minsk Agreements - Moving Grad multiple rocket launchers near separations line ~ link ~
"The DPR army intelligence continues to register facts of the Ukrainian Army military equipment and personnel movement towards the separation line," Basurin is quoted by the Donetsk news agency. "Heavy weapons’ concentration near the Romanovka village has been observed - the Osa anti-aircraft missile systems are deployed there, and the Grad multiple launch rocket systems that are prohibited by the Minsk agreements, are secretly being moved to the area of the Maryinka village."
These facts, Basurin said, "testify to the Ukrainian leadership’s unwillingness to comply with the Minsk agreements."
Will China purchase the Russian Naval Mistrals? ~ link ~
The United States is sure to be alarmed by the circulating but as of yet unconfirmed rumors that China could be thinking about buying the two Mistral ships built in France for Russia, according to the Diplomat.
Purchasing the assault ships makes sense, the news magazine noted. "China has both the use scenarios and the military infrastructure necessary to make effective use of the ships," the Diplomat said.
US Senator Bernie Sanders: "Too Big To Fail Banks are Too Big To Exist" ~ link ~