German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock bluntly stated in fresh remarks that Western allies are fighting a war against Russia. The remarks came during a debate at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Tuesday amid discussions over sending Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
While Baerbock’s words were largely ignored in mainstream media, a number of pundits on social media noted with alarm that the German foreign minister just essentially declared war on Russia.
Ironically other German officials have long sought to emphasize their country is not a party to the conflict, fearing uncontrollable escalation.
Contradicting this official stance, Baerbock said the quiet part out loud, and introduced the comments with: “And therefore I’ve said already in the last days – yes, we have to do more to defend Ukraine. Yes, we have to do more also on tanks.”
And that’s when she asserted: “But the most important and the crucial part is that we do it together and that we do not do the blame game in Europe, because we are fighting a war against Russia and not against each other.”
Interestingly, both Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his former defense minister who recently resigned, Christine Lambrecht, have been seen as weak on arming Ukraine – repeatedly declaring an unwillingness to get pulled deeper into the proxy war aspect to the conflict. But now it seems the more hawkish Baerbock is willing to at this point be much more open with the reality of what’s happening.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova seized on the comments, saying this is yet more proof that the Western allies were planning a war on Russia all along…
“If we add this to Merkel’s revelations that they were strengthening Ukraine and did not count on the Minsk agreements, then we are talking about a war against Russia that was planned in advance. Don’t say later that we didn’t warn you,” Zakharova said.
One thing is for sure, things are moving fast…
“Not An Offensive Threat”: Biden Downplays US Tanks In Ukraine As Russia Warns Decision Is “Extremely Dangerous”
Update(1242ET): Biden in the remarks while flanked by his top defense officials unveiled an international tank coalition of nations in support of Ukraine, including that the US will send 31 Abrams tanks.
“Today, I’m announcing that the United States will be sending 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, the equivalent of one Ukrainian battalion,” Biden said from the White House.
“Today’s announcement builds on the hard work and commitment from countries around the world, led by the United States of America, to help Ukraine defend its sovereignty and its territorial integrity,” Bided continued. “That’s what this is about, helping Ukraine protect and defend Ukrainian land. It is not an offensive threat to Russia. There is no offensive threat to Russia. If Russian troops return to Russia … where they belong, this war would be over today.”
He emphasized Germany’s central role in its own decision to send and authorize Leopard 2 battle tanks, and thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The name Germany was invoked consistently throughout the brief speech, leading to a reporter asking whether Germany “forced” the US take action on the Abrams. Biden responded “no” – Germany did not force him to change his mind. “We wanted to make sure we’re all together,” he said.
So the tank coalition is formed. Everyone who doubted this could ever happen sees now: for Ukraine and partners impossible is nothing. I call on all new partners that have Leopard 2 tanks in service to join the coalition and provide as many of them as possible. They are free now.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) January 25, 2023
Biden sought to emphasize that the new Ukraine aid is not an offensive threat to Russia. However, we doubt that Moscow is going to see it that way. Per AFP:
President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the delivery of 31 US tanks and other large-scale military aid is to help Ukraine defend itself, but poses no “offensive” threat to Russia.
“That’s what this is about: helping Ukraine defend and protect Ukrainian land. It is not an offensive threat to Russia,” he said in televised remarks.
Ukraine in follow-up said that Western tanks “will determine our future victory”. Biden went through a litany of allies which are standing by to ship both tanks and anti-air defenses to Ukraine.
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Watch Live: President Biden is expected to address the Ukraine conflict in remarks from the White House scheduled for 12 eastern time. It’s likely he’ll formally announce Abrams M1 tanks for Ukrainian forces in a major escalation.
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As expected, Russia is furious over the decision of the United States and Germany to authorize Western-manufactured advanced tanks for Ukrainian forces, calling it “extremely dangerous” and pointing out the unprecedented decision blows past Kremlin “red lines”.
The Russian Embassy in Berlin communicated to the German government that the dangerous move “takes the conflict to a new level of confrontation.” The statement asserted that it “contradicts the statements of German politicians about the unwillingness of the FRG [Federal Republic of Germany] to be drawn into it [the war]. Unfortunately, this happens over and over again.”
According to the latest media statements by US officials, the Pentagon is preparing plans to send approximately 30 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine as part of a $400 million deal. While the official White House announcement of the tank transfer is likely imminent, it’s unlikely the tanks will be seen on the battlefield anytime soon.
It takes multiple months to over six months or more to train crews to effectively operate the Abrams. The same could also go for Germany’s Leopard 2 tanks which will be provided. Both are considered sophisticated main battle tanks.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz confirmed his country’s decision to send 14 tanks at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Crucially Germany will also allow other countries to send theirs, which is likely to provide the bulk of Leopard tanks. According to the latest from Politico:
Germany and its European partners plan to “quickly” send two Leopard 2 tank battalions to Ukraine — suggesting about 80 vehicles — the government in Berlin announced Wednesday, adding that Germany would provide one company of 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks “as a first step.”
Other countries likely to send Leopards to the war against Russia include Poland, Spain, Norway and Finland.
Alongside the Abrams, the initial transfers is also expected to include special recovery vehicles which assist in repair of tanks on the battlefield, or else which are capable of removing stalled tanks.
German foreign minister declares war on Russia pic.twitter.com/C4cAqnZXhD
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 25, 2023
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated that this development shows that Ukraine and the West “has unequivocally stated its desire to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia.” A ministry statement echoed his words in the following:
“There is a hybrid war going on against our country, which Foreign Minister [Sergei] Lavrov spoke about in detail just recently. Arguments about the red lines are a thing of the past,” the foreign ministry told state news agency Tass, in comments translated by Google.
“The United States has unequivocally stated its desire to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia. It is impossible not to notice the reality,” the ministry added, Tass reported.
And separately Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov underscored the “absurdity” of plan by NATO allies to send tanks. He said in a Wednesday briefing, “now we can only state that there are currently no prospects for entering the diplomatic path.”
“Unfortunately, we see a lot of manifestations of the conviction of a number of politicians, a number of experts, the military and so on, who believe that it is by continuing the war that the security of the continent can be ensured. This is an absurd belief,” Peskov added.
Specifically addressing the US and German tank escalation, he said: “I am convinced that many experts understand the absurdity of this idea too. It’s just that, in terms of technological aspects, this plan is quite a failure, and most importantly, it is a clear overestimation of the potential that it will add to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
A Russian Navy ship in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda, conducted a simulated launch of a ZIRCON Hypersonic Missile against a “nautical target 900km away.” The Simulated launch involved the use of Electronic Warfare that actually JAMMED U.S. radar, cellular phones in the Mid-Atlantic USA, and even disrupted digital internet traffic for 34 seconds!
The Russian Navy Frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” tested the strike capabilities of Russia’s much-hyped Zircon hypersonic missile in the western Atlantic Ocean.
People in the mid-Atlantic region of the US experienced electronic warfare jamming of civilian devices like cellular phones and Internet for 34 seconds.
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One source reports via COVERT INTEL “In accordance with the training situation, the frigate practiced arranging a ZIRCON hypersonic missile strike against a maritime target at a distance over 900 kilometers away.”
I found this – in Spanish
From RIA Novosti
Frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” worked in the Atlantic missile strike”Zircon”
“Адмирал Горшков” отработал нанесение удара ракетой “Циркон”
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Interview with Viktor Bout | The real truth behind the case of Viktor Bout
On episode 20 of the show we are joined by Viktor Bout, a man whose life story is quite worthy of a film adaptation. A polyglot, entrepreneur, graduate of the Soviet Military Institute of Foreign Languages. In the West Viktor is portrayed as the “lord of war” and the “merchant of death”. A Russian businessman, a case against whom was fabricated by the American intelligence services on the basis of a provocation they carried out against him in Thailand in 2008. After extradition to the United States, Bout was sentenced to 25 years in a maximum security prison. He was eventually released back to Russia in December 2022, in a prisoner exchange between US and Russia. Upon his return to Russia, Viktor had decided to start a political career joining the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR).
Dmitry Rogozin’s Blood-Soaked Reply to Macron
Russian politician & senior official Dmitry Rogozin was gravely injured and nearly died in a targeted attack in a hotel in Donetsk by Kiev Regime forces using a French Caesar Howitzer. Rogozin sent the blood-soaked shrapnel ripped from his body back to Macron with a message. -The Real Politick with Mark Sleboda Full transcript in article form on substack with hyperlinked sources & citations:
From Russian media
The successes of PMC Wagner around the world are already so obvious that the United States has declared an unspoken war on Yevgeny Prigozhin. And other forces are already calling for him to be killed.
The whole point of the confrontation between the United States and the Wagner PMC becomes noticeable if you look at how Yevgeny Prigozhin fends off attacks from the other side of the ocean. And, which is typical, relations between the “Washington regional committee” and the Russian military group did not work out from the very beginning. What is the reason for such a dislike of Americans for the brainchild of Prigogine? The answer is very simple – Washington received in his person not just a competitor, but a force that successfully opposes the New World Order. Yevgeny Prigozhin himself said that he always and everywhere stands on the positions of local residents and the truth. This is where the conflict of interest comes in.
Truth vs New World Order
Relations between the United States and PMC Wagner can be described as follows: Washington accuses Prigozhin’s offspring with strange and ornate formulations, and he answers them in his own way, in Russian. That is, sorry for the harshness, a sledgehammer on the head. And the Americans, receiving blows from the founder of Wagner, constantly go into the mire. For example, it was when the coordinator of strategic communications at the US National Security Council, John Kirby, said that Wagner PMC is a transnational criminal organization. And then Prigozhin tritely asked to name the crimes committed by “Wagner”.
State Department spokesman Ned Price had to take the rap for him:
We explained our concerns about the Wagner group… I note that the letter from Mr. Prigozhin to my colleagues at the White House was discussed immediately following the declassification by the White House of additional information about the activities of the Wagner group inside Ukraine, about the support they receive from the DPRK.
The American official also noted that “the Wagner Group” is involved in “destabilizing activities, including in Africa.”
This is how Evgeny Proigozhin’s communication with the Americans is based on ornate formulations and evasions of answers.
The activities of PMC “Wagner” in the NVO in Ukraine are especially noticeable. That is why Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is asking the Americans to kill Yevgeny Prigozhin at all costs. And this is more important for him than all the sanctions against Russia that one can imagine. This information was previously announced by the chairman of the Zaporozhye movement “We are together with Russia” Vladimir Rogov.
In general, the cumulative West has already felt how it is being pressed by the Russians from the Wagner group. But the complexity of the relationship between Yevgeny Prigozhin and the United States does not end there. What else is prepared for the Russians in Washington, read in the exclusive material of Tsargrad.
From Syriana Analysis