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⚓️ Pacific Fleet warships begin deployment at sea as part of Vostok 2022 exercise
▫️More than 50 warships, boats, submarines and auxiliary vessels are already operating in tactical groups at sea training ranges in the Sea of Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk at this stage.
▫️As part of the exercise, the Pacific Fleet, in cooperation with long-range aviation of the Russian Air Force and PLA naval forces, will carry out anti-ship, anti-air and anti-submarine defence tasks in the Sea of Japan and east of the Kamchatka Peninsula.
▫️The ships will conduct missile and artillery firing against surface and air targets, practice air defence, and search for and destroy enemy submarines.
Jens #Stoltenberg: “As you know NATO allies provide an unprecedented level of military support to Ukraine, actually NATO allies, NATO has been there since 2014, trained, equipped and supported Ukrainian armed forces.” pic.twitter.com/cySdT0GvCG
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) August 31, 2022
China is aggressively reselling Russian gas to Europe and Europe pretends it has no idea what’s going on. So much for the effectiveness of US sanctions. Americans and Europeans are hurting as prices for everything go up, directly impacting their wallets. https://t.co/1K5Kg6Tcnq
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) August 31, 2022
Mikhail Gorbachev dies at 91.
In reality, it makes no change. Excepting in the heart. I fell for Glasnost and Perestroika, while the USSR and the US were waging proxy battles and I lost my own country. Nothing more to say about this except that I think he meant well and did not understand who he was dealing with. All it is is the end of an era.
They seem to have brought children with them to a war zone. I see 2 kids with the delegation. Do you see that?
Major clashes in Iraq and tense scenes in the Green Zone – Iraq has seen an unstable night following the retirement from politics of popular Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Protests led to clashes leaving a number of people dead and injured.
Just a while ago, Iraqi Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr gives his supporters an hour to leave Iraqi Parliament building and “Green Zone” (housing government institutions) in Baghdad, saying that he is very tired of what is happening in Iraq, asking for forgiveness from people.
Rocket Attacks Hit Iraqi Gasfield – US Contractors Flee As Fighting Intensifies
The crucial Khor Mor gas field in northern Iraq has been hit by a series of rocket attacks, forcing US contractors to flee after two Turkish subcontractors had already left, and hitting the source of 85% of the Kurdish region’s revenue as regional debt sits at around $38bn.
Texan company Exterran Corp had returned after rockets in June forced them out, but have left without a planned return according to local authorities, leaving plans to double production in one of the country’s largest fields.
The latest is that Iran has closed its border with Iraq.
Of course we see iconic pictures and videos being taken of US staff evacuting from the roof of the embassy by helicopter.
— خالد اسكيف (@khalediskef) August 29, 2022
Commenting from Global Times: After Saigon and Kabul, now a ‘Baghdad moment’ comes into sight
Ukraine is shelling coastline of Energodar in order to disrupt IAEA mission to Zaporozhye NPP – TASS citing local media
There is not much enthusiasm for the visit of the UN nuclear inspectors: https://www.rt.com/russia/561791-un-nuclear-inspectors-arrive-kiev/
In a major development, Venezuela and Colombia have restored full diplomatic relations.
Turkish media is claiming American companies that have left Russia are now seeking to circumvent the sanctions imposed by offering Turkish companies commission to conduct trade on their behalf with Russian counterparts.
— The Sirius Report (@thesiriusreport) August 30, 2022
(I believe this one 100% even though it comes from Turkish media – we’ve seen this type of action before.)
The use of the Dollar continues to be hollowed out:
Argentina became the first country in Latin America that is interested (https://www.wionews.com/india-news/argentina-shows-interest-in-indias-tejas-fighter-aircraft-wants-to-trade-in-local-currencies-too-510664)in acquiring an Indian fighter jet TEJAS. What is important, the countries agreed to settle accounts in their national currencies instead of the dollar.
The Foreign Ministers of Argentina and India held talks during which they aimed to strengthen ties in the trade and defense spheres. Thus, the Latin Americans expressed interest in the Indian single-engine lightweight multipurpose supersonic fighter of the fourth generation TEJAS. Previously, such countries as Australia, Egypt, the United States, Indonesia and the Philippines were interested in this aircraft.
Today, more and more states are seeking to conduct mutual settlements in national currencies. Trade is increasingly taking place without the use of a third currency – the dollar. This weakens not only the dominance of the US currency in the world market, but also the supremacy of the US itself among other significant and powerful countries. However, we have already written (https://t.me/soroka_belaya_en/48) about this a couple of months ago, and the situation continues to gain momentum.
The Solomon Islands which was written about in the previous Here Comes China newsletter:
The Solomon Islands have officially banned American warships from entering local ports. This is reported by the US Embassy.
A couple of years ago, the Solomon Islands passed into the sphere of influence of China, having concluded a cooperation agreement with the PRC (in various areas – part of the local economy was actually bought by the Chinese), and also withdrew recognition of Taiwan. Also, the security agreement gives China the right to deploy troops in the Solomon Islands “to ensure law and order.”
In addition, the issue of establishing a Chinese naval base in the Solomon Islands is being discussed with might and main, although the local government denies this. The U.S. rightfully fears that if China establishes a full-fledged Djibouti-style base there, it will change the balance of power in the region and directly challenge U.S. control. The Pentagon sees this as a critical blow to the strategy of blocking China with the “island lines” system.
In addition, the Solomon Islands potentially provide opportunities for China to strike at US bases in Australia.
The Australian government has already labeled a potential PRC base in the Solomon Islands as a “hostile power base,” comparing it to Imperial Japanese bases during World War II.
Last year in November, the US and Australia tried to outplay the Chinese by organizing mass unrest in the country’s capital with an attack by rioters on Chinatown (3 killed). On the sly, they tried to push through the entry of Australian troops into the Solomon Islands. This method has already been used in Iraq to combat Iranian influence. But the occupation of the Solomon Islands by Australia did not work out (peacekeepers from Fiji were sent to the capital), and China does not forget anything. Now the American warships have been asked not to dock. At the same time, China now has the right of free entry of its warships to ports on the Solomon Islands.
I bet that the United States will soon find problems with democracy in the islands.
Pakistan – if you read any daily news, you will be aware of the devastating floods and mudslides in Pakistan. Sometimes the mind goes to conspiracy theories. There is no real way for the western-backed government to keep Imran Khan out of the government of the country. The last we heard is that he was under house arrest with made-up charges. And with the next news, the country is expriencing a massive natural weather emergency. Strange coincidence.
Nordstream1 shuts down for maintenance from tomorrow, and Russia has just declared no more gas for France’s Engie.
The Chinese spox Zhao Lijian went on a tear this morning regarding Syria and Afghanistan among other issues.
It is appalling to see the sheer scale of US plundering in Syria, which has been going on as the country tries to emerge from a crisis that has dragged on for over a decade and a grave humanitarian crisis facing its people. There is no greater injustice than the world’s wealthiest country robbing one of the poorest.
The US needs to listen to the strong voice of the Afghan people and the international community, immediately return the assets of the Afghan central bank, take real action to heal Afghan people’s wounds, and show accountability to the world.