While the West snoozes and fails to take the Moscow threat seriously, Russia has initiated the civilian phase of its nuclear protocol – a massive civil-defense drill involving 40 million of its citizens, Emergency Services preparation of a readiness report on bomb shelters beneath Moscow, and the second call is issued by Putin for all Russian citizens to return to the Motherland.
October 2016 – MOSCOW/WASHINGTON – Vladimir Putin has cancelled a trip to Paris next week after the French government accused Russian and Syrian government forces of committing war crimes in Aleppo, amid a deepening diplomatic rift over the conflict there. “The president has decided to cancel this visit,” Dmitry Peskov, Mr. Putin’s spokesman, said on Tuesday. “From the very start of his exchanges with his French colleague, President Putin noted that he is ready to visit Paris when it is comfortable for President Hollande. So we’ll wait for when that comfortable time comes,” he added.
Mr. Putin had been due to visit Paris on October 19 to open a new Russian Orthodox cathedral and visit a Russian art exhibition in the French capital. French diplomatic sources said the Kremlin pulled out after Mr. Hollande refused to discuss anything at a planned bilateral meeting other than the Syrian crisis. “There were contacts between the Kremlin and the Elysee this morning to offer to Putin a working visit on Syria, but excluding all other events that President Hollande could have taken part in,” a source told Reuters.
On Monday Mr. Hollande said he had not yet decided whether to host Mr. Putin, saying that pro-government forces in Syria troops had committed a “war crime” in the city of Aleppo with Russian support. “I asked myself the question… Is it useful? Is it necessary? Can it be a way of exerting pressure? Can we get him to stop what he is doing with the Syrian regime?” Mr. Hollande said in a television interview. Jean-Marc Ayrault, the French foreign minister, said on Monday that France would ask prosecutors at the International Criminal Court in the Hague to consider an investigation into suspected Syrian and Russian war crimes. Mr. Ayrault visited Moscow last week for talks with Sergei Lavrov, his Russian counterpart, in an attempt to win support at the UN for a French draft resolution for a ceasefire in Aleppo.
Russia vetoed the French resolution on Saturday, putting forward its own alternative resolution. It marked the fifth time Russia has used its veto to block UN action to end the war in Syria. Mr. Hollande said was prepared to meet Mr. Putin “at any time… to further peace” after the cancellation. “Dialogue is necessary with Russia but it must be firm and frank,” Mr. Hollande said in Strasbourg. The diplomatic confrontation over the Syrian civil war has plunged relations between Moscow and Western governments to their lowest point since the end of the Cold War. Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, warned on Monday that the crisis has brought the world to a “dangerous” point. – Telegraph
Russia calls all children home: In Europe, when it gets serious, you have to lie… at least if you are an unelected bureaucrat like Jean-Claude Juncker. In Russia, however, when it gets serious, attention immediately turns to the children. Which is why we read a report in Russian website Znak published Tuesday, according to which Russian state officials and government workers were told to bring back their children studying abroad immediately, even if means cutting their education short and not waiting until the end of the school year, and re-enroll them in Russian schools, with some concern. The article adds that if the parents of these same officials also live abroad “for some reason,” and have not lost their Russian citizenship, should also be returned to the motherland. Znak cited five administration officials as the source of the report.
The “recommendation” applies to all: from the administration staff, to regional administrators, to lawmakers of all levels. Employees of public corporations are also subject to the ordinance. One of the sources said that anyone who fails to act, will find such non-compliance to be a “complicating factor in the furtherance of their public sector career.” He added that he was aware of several such cases in recent months. It appears that the underlying reason behind the command is that the Russian government is concerned about the optics of having children of the Russian political elite being educated abroad, while their parents appear on television talking about patriotism and being “surrounded by enemies.” People note the hypocrisy of having a centralized state and cultivating patriotism and anti-Western sentiment, while children of government workers study abroad. You cannot serve two gods, one must choose.” –Zero Hedge
The drama The Americans (about Russian sleeper spies in the U.S.) depicts the real angst of the Cold War.
Gorbachev, former Russian president warns of nuclear war: Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned of the risks of nuclear war – and his fears about tensions between Russia and America. As the two nations face off in Syria, Vladimir Putin suspended an agreement with the United States for disposal of weapons-grade plutonium because of ‘unfriendly; acts by Washington, the Kremlin said. Gorbachev said in an interview with Ria Novosti, ‘I think the world has approached a dangerous threshold. We need to stop. Dialogue should be resumed. Stopping the dialogue has been the biggest mistake. –Metro
While America is asleep, distracted by the mudslinging of the U.S. presidential election, or just caught up in secular hedonistic pursuits and pleasures; the world’s two super-powers have drifted dangerously close to the brink of a nuclear confrontation. This is more than just saber-rattling. The Kremlin actually believes the West in trying to destroy Russia. In the absence of constructive diplomatic dialogue, this is an extremely dangerous notion for any nuclear-armed country with thousands of lethal warheads at its disposal to be pondering. As the divide between Russia and the U.S. widens, it also becomes easier and easier for a miscalculation to lead to a full-scale nuclear exchange. What should really keep us up at night is the fact that we are ticking ever closer to the most dangerous and perilous midnight hour in human history.