Everyone knows by now that Russia is a top exporter of energy. In 2021, 43% of total exports were mineral fuels, and Europe was the primary buyer. Let us take a look at Russia’s other tools of trade:
Mineral fuels including oil: US $211.5 billion (43% of total exports)
Gems, precious metals: $31.6 billion (6.4%)
Iron, steel: $28.9 billion (5.9%)
Fertilizers: $12.5 billion (2.5%)
Wood: $11.7 billion (2.4%)
Machinery including computers: $10.7 billion (2.2%)
Cereals: $9.1 billion (1.9%)
Aluminum: $8.8 billion (1.8%)
Ores, slag, ash: $7.4 billion (1.5%)
Plastics, plastic articles: $6.2 billion (1.3%)
This list accounted for 68.8% of all global shipments last year. Iron and steel exports rose 80.4% from 2020 to 2021, and fertilizer saw a 78.5% gain. Granted, the pandemic prevented much trade in 2020. Fuel is still in high demand and Asian and Middle Eastern countries have not ceased purchases. We have been braced for the fertilizer shortage that will disrupt food production internationally. Fertilizer is absolutely essential for agriculture, despite the climate zealots’ propositions to reduce its usage.
Interestingly, we see a number of important building materials on this list, such as iron, steel, and wood. These materials are crucial for building, and with the global housing shortage, they are needed more than ever. Russia is also one of the top exporters of gold and is a commodity-rich nation. Expect Russia to sell these items to nations that are not imposing sanctions only for those nations with sanctions to repurchase them at a premium.
Highest generating trade products for Russia (2021):
Mineral fuels including oil: US$209.2 billion (Up by 49.2% since 2020)
Gems, precious metals: $30.4 billion (Up by 3%)
Iron, steel: $23 billion (Up by 87%)
Fertilizers: $12.3 billion (Up by 79.1%)
Wood: $10.9 billion (Up by 44.3%)
Cereals: $8.9 billion (Down by -1.6%)
Aluminum: $7.3 billion (Up by 66.7%)
Ores, slag, ash: $5 billion (Up by 111.3%)
Copper: $4.2 billion (Up by 4.1%)
Fish: $3.7 billion (Up by 26.1%)
Here is where Russia falls short, noting their top ten trade deficit products (2021):
Machinery including computers: -US$43.6 billion (Up by 25.1% since 2020)
Electrical machinery, equipment: -$30.7 billion (Up by 18.6%)
Vehicles: -$23 billion (Up by 46.7%)
Pharmaceuticals: -$11.3 billion (Up by 15.2%)
Optical, technical, medical apparatus: -$7 billion (Up by 5.2%)
Plastics, plastic articles: -$6.4 billion (Up by 15.5%)
Fruits, nuts: -$5.3 billion (Up by 4.1%)
Ships, boats: -$3.8 billion (Up by 170.9%)
Knit or crochet clothing, accessories: -$3.7 billion (Up by 32.4%)
Clothing, accessories (not knit or crochet): -$3.6 billion (Up by 1.1%)
If you look at this list, there is a clear opportunity for Russia’s trading partners. While the West is providing Ukraine with machinery, equipment, and military vehicles, other nations are condemned for doing so. Vehicles are down globally, with the semiconductor shortage as one of the culprits. Fruits, nuts, clothing, and knitting accessories can all be easily obtained from Russia’s Eastern trading partners. Pharmaceuticals could present a problem, however, Russia can turn to India for this need. India became one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical exporters in 2021, and they seem more than willing to use their neutral position in this war to benefit economically.
Russia’s exports seem to hold more importance on a grand scale than the products they must import. Sanctions always fail. The winner will be those who remain neutral
Even Jeffrey David Sachs, an American economist, has come out and said on TV, as the journalists go nuts, that the US destroyed Nord Stream. Everyone I have spoken to from around the world, including high levels, all believes the US did this and I know there is a think tank that has recommended the US now take out the South Stream through Turkey. This was a formal act of war. Russia sees it that way, as does most of the world. This is an attempt to destroy the economy of Russia where energy accounts for 50% of its GDP. The Biden Administration poses the greatest threat to the United States for this reckless behavior. I’m sure I will get the hate mail from the Democrats. At least lower your COVID mask, and take a deep breath just for once.
QUESTION: Martin, I am now becoming confused as to who or what is the instigator of the major global war that is transpiring. You have made the point that the Climate Change Zealots and their claims to end fossil fuels are the cause for inciting WW III. However, you have also made claims that the Neocons in the Deep State and their hatred of Russia are the instigators of this same conflict. Are these two forces one and the same or are they two different factions fighting for the same outcome?
Thanks for any clarification on this,
ANSWER: John McCain, who was the leader of the pack of Neocons, was promoting Nuclear Power for climate change to end the US dependence on oil and that of Europe. McCain used climate change to cut off Russia whose 50% of GDP was energy. Thus, McCain could care less about the climate. He used it as a weapon against Russia.
McCain just simply hated Russians and that was before Putin as Politico documented back to 1996 – three years before Putin. McCain used climate change as a weapon to undermine Russia. We must understand that there are Neocons in America, Russia, and China. They may be small in number, but they tend to be very manipulative. What we have is the Climate Zealots who want to end all fossil fuels, where their goals support the Neocons who want to annihilate their enemies – Russia and China.
The information that is circulating is that the real instigator behind the pipeline destruction was the Ukrainian Neo-Nazis. Putin on September 7th, 2022 threatened to turn off the gas tied to lifting the sanctions. It was certainly not Russia who destroyed the pipeline for they no longer have that threat to turn it off. The Neo-Nazis have been supported by the Neocons from day one. The destruction of the pipelines benefited the Neo-Nazis for now they have eliminated any possibility that the EU will agree and lift the sanctions. Based on their actions in the past, the information pointing to them I believe makes them the most likely actor.
The waters are now polluted and the impact on fishing will be considerable. This was not the brainchild of the Climate Zealots yet it sparks a few champaign toasts in celebration. Russia has come out and said that the slaughter of civilians in Bucha was fake and propaganda. Based upon information and belief, this was also a staged event by the Neo-Nazis. There are even videos confirming that which are in the possession of NATO. It does not end there. The Neo-Nazis shot down the Malaysian Flight M17 using an old BUK Russian missile that was no longer in use in an effort to get the US to send in troops claiming it came from the Donbas. The Neo-Nazis are really willing to do anything to quench their thirst for the hatred of Russians.
The 2014 Massacre of Russian-speaking Ukrainians in Odessa where they killed them grabbing them on the streets was a Neo-Nazi event. That was the turning point. It revealed that the Donbas had to separate for the Neo-Nazis wanted their death, not their submission. That began the civil war. They set fire to the building and burned all the Russian-speaking Ukrainians alive. For the first time in history, an organized massacre of civilians was carried out and even filmed by numerous people. This has been documented in extraordinary detail and the Neo-Nazis did not even fear of any negative consequences in world opinion.
The Neo-Nazis have manipulated the news to foster hatred of all Russians. You see it in forums like on eBay how can any Russian be allowed to sell anything? This is the same hatred that Hitler inspired against the Jews. You constantly demonize a group and it works. I personally knew people there in Kyiv during Maidan. I also know people personally from Donetsk. You could never bring a simple bottle of Russian vodka to dinner in Kyiv – that was an insult.
Most have no understanding of the hatred in that entire region. It was a Serb who assassinated the Archduke in 1914 and that single act resulted in the death of about 7% of the entire world population during World War I. Those spouting out the hatred of Putin are simply brainwashed and they better turn and look at your family for there are always more civilians who die in these large-scale wars than soldiers.
Before the breakup of Yugoslavia, I was there and told how their opposition killed 600 and threw them and threw them in a mass grave. I thought I had missed something in the news. When I asked: When did this happen? I was expecting a matter of days, but I was told: “Oh, about 500 years ago.” I responded, oh yes – that one. The hatred runs so deep throughout that region, it will never be resolved.
We are only involved because our Neocons hate Russians. The CIA protected the Ukrainian Neo-Nazis. They were NEVER put on trial like the Germans ONLY because they hated Russians. They are still supported by the US Intelligence agencies just as McCain would openly meet with the Neo-Nazis. We are now paying the price for they have never been told this is even a violation of human rights. I support the common people, not government propaganda from either side. We are the people who gain absolutely NOTHING from war. The ONLY benefit is to survive – that’s it. So those cheering to unleash the dog of war, please, go volunteer to fight in Ukraine and put your actions where your mouth is. It is always easy to cheer on someone else’s death.
This will be a war not to end all wars, but to end civilization and our age of peace since World War II.
Human nature cannot be changed. There will always be wars.
Reuters Published originally on Rumble on September 30, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday (September 30) denied seeking to revive the Soviet Union, moments after announcing Moscow would annex four Ukrainian provinces following what it called “referendums”, votes that were denounced by Kyiv and Western governments as illegal and coercive.
COMMENT From Europe: Message: have any connections with either Russia or Ukraine and do not care if Donbas and Crimea belong to Russia or any other nation. Europeans just want to go on with their lives in peace but now have to pay a high price for the sanctions. People are starting to question the sanctions and want the gas to flow again. So the anger is turned against our own political leaders over the sanctions.
By destroying the pipelines people no longer can complain. So that also points to the climate zealots in the west being responsible for the sabotage and not Russia. How it was presented in the media also points to the west. It was a ready media package with the Danish air force taking pictures of the leak and Swedish seismologic data to show it was an explosion. The information was intended for us in the west. Look they have blown up the pipelines. And Germany was fast to say that the pipelines were destroyed forever and can not be fixed. Without any facts. Then the day after a spokesperson from the Nordstream company said they would investigate the damages after the gas has run out. Regards MS
REPLY: This is why being a student of history, I am not supporting Putin, or being a Republican against Democrats, or whatever other explanation some may try to apply. I am warning that we are being manipulated into war for ulterior purposes. Hermann Goring was asked at the Nuremberg trials WHY DID THE PEOPLE FOLLOW HITLER? His response was perfectly correct, despite the fact that many just preferred that the German people were inherently evil and different from the rest of the world. As he said, the very best outcome is you get to return home unharmed. He stated the truth “it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along.”
This is simply the way it is. The leaders create all wars, NEVER the people. War is merely a continuation of politics that moves to violence. Like two guys arguing in a bar. Many times, one becomes so infuriated unable to win the argument verbally, so they begin to throw punches. What do we have to gain from war? Absolutely NOTHING other than hoping to return in one piece and we still have a home and family to return to.
The Prince of Savoy was one of the greatest generals who fought for many kings. He was the inspiration behind our Second Amendment – the right to bear arms. Why? He concluded that kings maintained standing armies at great expense. He argued that kings waged war simply to use their armies. Hence, he proposed that we all have the right to bear arms and that we have a militia military, not a standing army for that would lead to endless wars. He is correct. How many times has the US invaded some country under some honorable pretense? From the Weapons of Mass Destruction that never existed in Iraq to defeat Communism in Vietnam, where as many as 2 million civilians on both sides and some 1.1 million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters died for an economic system that was collapsing all by itself.
Indeed, the French King Louis XIV’s last words on his death bed – “I have been too fond of war.”
We are plagued by world leaders who played too much with their toy soldiers. These are the real-life consequences of their games. They welcome war and have no desire for peace. There is not a single leader willing to even say – Hey, wait a minute!
Our computer has been pointing to 2023 as an absolute MAJOR crisis point in global geopolitics. The risk of international war is very real. These climate zealots are destroying our way of life the very same way that Karl Marx did which led to the death of over 200 million people between Russia and China. This time, it will be in the billions. The destruction of these pipelines may be cheered in private gatherings celebrating their victory over destroying the energy lifeline for Germany ahead of winter. They are counting on the people to pick up a gun and invade Russia. It most certainly looks to be civil unrest is coming and make no mistake about it, this was NOT Putin but intended to defund his ability to wage war.
Our models are definitive. I am merely the messenger – not the author. This gives me no pleasure whatsoever. This was the 2011 World Economic Conference held in Philadelphia that was filmed as part of the movie – The Forecaster. We were projecting it would all begin in 2014, which marked the Ukrainian Revolution and the US installation of the “temporary” UNELECTED government, which started the civil war invading the Donbas. So the people did not vote to even start that civil war. The West set that all in motion. Our computer had even targeted Ukrain would be where WWIII would begin. That was published back in 2013.
It is impossible for ANY individual to forecast such events CONSISTENTLY for decades. We are all human and just because someone was correct on one forecast based upon an “opinion” does not mean that they can forecast the future consistently. They have done everything they can to shut these forecasts out. The mainstream press will NEVER cover this because they how do they keep the line of talking heads? They have been told – do not report on this model – thank you! They never will. The governments must win. They exist to manipulate us stupid slobs to accomplish their goals.
As Goring said:“the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism.” There are no peacemakers left anymore!
The sabotage of the Nord Stream Pipelines was most likely accomplished with US intelligence. Not only is the Biden Administration intent on ending fossil fuels, but this was a strategic maneuver on how to wage war. Just as adversaries would counterfeit each other’s currencies in a desperate measure to undermine their economy to strip them of the ability to fund the war, blowing up these pipelines was a deliberate blow to inflict a death blow to the Russian economy they believe they have Putin on the ropes. Ending Russia’s #1 income, energy, they believe will undermine Putin and lead to a domestic revolution. The problem for the Russian people is that the West will NEVER accept Russia as an equal member. They indeed want to kill the bear completely.
Naturally, there are those claiming Russia blew up the pipelines. Just before this sabotage, Putin said to lift the sanctions and he will return the gas flow as reported on September 7th, 2022. There was NO POSSIBLE WAY that Putin sabotages those pipelines for that was his bargaining chip. That is now gone. He cannot now say lift the sanctions and I will turn on the gas. This was done by the climate zealots who have control of most Western governments. To even blame Russia is in reality proof that they know that this was a strategic play by the West most likely carried out with US intelligence.
The Minsk Agreement brokered by Germany and France was to allow the Donbas to vote on their separation from Ukraine. The West has totally renigged on all of that and this is intentional for the objective here is this Great Reset and the end of fossil fuels. Khruschev grew up there in the Donbas and was in charge of Kiev rebuilding it after World War II before he rose to the leadership of Russia. His successor was Brezhnev who was also born there in the Donbas. This has been occupied by the Russian people since the days of the Tsars. The border of Ukraine was NEVER Ukraine as a nation state. It was Drawn solely by Khruschev for administrative purposes. The Donbas and Crimea were always predominantly Russian
The West simply refuses to recognize that the people in that region are Russian and would naturally vote to join Russia for they are hated by the Ukrainians. In 2014, it was the West that installed a “temporary” government in Ukraine which was UNELECTED and they immediately upon orders from the USA, launched a civil war and attacked the Donbas.
This is so unnecessary and I cannot imagine any world leader before Biden would have DELIBERATELY set the stage for war with Russia. The problem is, Biden is not mentally competent. The climate zealots are running the White House. All they care about is destroying the world’s capacity to produce and utilize fossil fuels.
Unfortunately, our computer has NEVER been wrong on these major trends. It is the ONLY unbiased means of seeing the future for it is not based upon any human opinion for that is all any analyst has at his disposal right now. There is no question that these climate change zealots are out of control. They will kill more people than Marx could ever have imagined. World War III is materializing if we like it or not. We so desperately need a political revolution and vote these people out of their offices to overthrow all of these climate zealots controlling world leaders from behind the teleprompters to even hope to reduce the amplitude of what is on the horizon.
I have met and advised many world leaders. NEVER in my 40-year career have I EVER witnessed such an absurd group of world leaders who are just hurling the world into a major global war all over fossil fuels. There are no peacemakers. Like Biden, all they are doing is reading the word written by someone else. Biden is incompetent and will lead the world into disaster and the real sad part about it, he is clueless as to the risks he is putting the entire population of the world in over fossil fuels.
There is a serious question as to why the Western press has been putting out nothing but one-sided propaganda. I have been warned that my sources in Russia are concerned that the hardliners behind the scene have been critical of Putin for NOT being more aggressive. Of course, there is the youth protesting over the war and the Western press has been happy to project only that image.
Today, for the very first time, the New York Times has actually reported what I have been reporting for weeks:
I am concerned that if Putin is overthrown, the propaganda of the Western press makes it sound like everything will be back to normal. That is so far from the truth, it is not even funny. The Pi Target from the fall of the Soviet Union will be April 6th, 2023. Zelensky stood up on February 23rd, 2022 and said he wanted to restore nukes in Ukraine in direct violation of all the agreements since 1991. The next day Putin invaded.
John McCain was there at Maidan promising US supportto overthrow Yanukovich and to create a revolution against Russia. It was John McCain who was pushing to fund the proxy way against Putin in 2014. In December 2016 after Trump was elected, he traveled to Ukraine promising military support to wage war on Russia backing the neo-nazis. Trump rejected that and that is why McCain hated Trump. McCain has been pushing war with Russia all along. It was the US-installed “interim” government in 2014 that began the civil war attacking the Donbas and the Minsk Agreement was brokered by Germany and France to allow the Donbas to vote on their separation from Ukraine. Zelensky has refused to recognize that agreement.
Zelensky promised peace and the end of corruption. He has done the exact opposite. He rejected Henry Kissinger’s advice to let the Donbas vote. Zelensky would rather destroy his entire country than yield “one inch” to Russia.
I am deeply concerned that if Putin falls for any reason, we are looking at significant risk and our computer’s forecast back in 2013 that Ukraine will be the hot sport, is exactly on track. Russia has its hawks just as we have had to endure John McCain who has supported endless wars for his personal vendetta. Despite his death, other has taken up the agenda and are working hard for war with Russia and the Hawks are doing in Russia and China right now. The smartest play they can make is to attack Taiwan and go fully into Ukraine simultaneously. The West is economically too weak to support a war on two fronts simultaneously. I cannot believe our world leaders are this stupid.
Allow the Donbas to vote and monitor it by independent observers from both sides. The people are predominantly Russia and they are Russian Orthodox, which Zelensky has also outlawed their religion. It will be hands down that they vote for their independence. The alternative is not something we really want to head into cheering for our own destruction on both sides.
Posted originally on the conservative tree house on September 25, 2022 | Sundance
GREAT NEWS – Looks like the Italians have decided to Make Italy Great Again and voted overwhelmingly to support Giorgia Meloni and the nationalist coalition. With an anticipated 45% of the exit polls, this outcome will almost certainly make Giorgia Meloni the first female prime minister in Italy.
Giorgia Meloni’s electoral alliance is holding a wide lead in Italy’s national vote. Exit polls on state television are putting the ‘Brothers of Italy’ result around 45%, with an alliance of League leader Matteo Salvini and conservative former Premier Silvio Berlusconi resulting in a solid majority in Parliament.
Rai state broadcaster said the closest contender, the center-left alliance of former Democratic Party Premier Enrico Letta, has apparently garnered only 29.5% of the vote.
ROME, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Giorgia Meloni, head of the nationalist Brothers of Italy party, said on Monday Italian voters had given a clear mandate to the right to form the next government and called for unity to help confront the country’s many problems.
“If we are called upon to govern this nation, we will do so for all Italians, with the aim of uniting the people, of exalting what unites them rather than what divides them,” Meloni told reporters. “We will not betray your trust.” (link)
Lega (League) leader Matteo Salvini, Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi and Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni
The European Union bureaucrats have lots of sad tonight.
Posted originally on the conservative tree house September 25, 2022 | Sundance
Appearing on CBS Face the Nation today, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan proudly boasted of the $15 billion in weapons the U.S. has shipped into Ukraine, while restating the official position of the Biden administration that the U.S. will never permit Russia to hold the eastern part of our proxy state.
Ukraine is to the United States as North Korea is to China. WATCH:
[Transcript] – MARGARET BRENNAN: We turn now to White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. Good morning to you, Jake. Thank you for joining us.
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR JAKE SULLIVAN: Thanks for having me.
MARGARET BRENNAN: President Zelenskyy told us that if this annexation happens, it will make diplomatic talks with Vladimir Putin impossible. They need artillery in Ukraine, he says, more air defense systems and tanks. Will they get it? And how significant of an escalation is this?
SULLIVAN: Well, Margaret, not only will they get it, but they’ve been getting it. The United States at this point alone has provided more than $15 billion in weapons, and that’s included air defense systems, hundreds of artillery pieces, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of rounds of artillery. And we facilitated the transfer of tanks from NATO allies who have the Soviet era tanks that the Ukrainians have trained on, we will continue to do all of that. As President Biden made clear on Friday, nothing that Russia has done with this mobilization of troops, with the sham referenda in the occupied regions, is going to deter us from providing Ukraine with the necessary means and technologies they need to defend themselves. And what Putin has done is not exactly a sign of strength or confidence, frankly, it’s a sign that they’re struggling badly on the Russian side. And we’re going to help the Ukrainians be able to take advantage of the gains they’ve made, and to continue to push back against the Russian forces that are brutally occupying portions of their country.
MARGARET BRENNAN: Yesterday, Putin replaced one of the top logistics generals with a man who’s known as “the Butcher of Mariupol.” Are we seeing the beginning of the collapse of the Russian army?
SULLIVAN: I think it’s too soon to make comprehensive predictions like that. I think what we are seeing are signs of unbelievable struggle among the Russians, you’ve got low morale, where the soldiers don’t want to fight. And who can blame them because they want no part of Putin’s war of conquest in their neighboring country. You’ve got Russia having depleted its stores of prec- precision guided munitions. You’ve got Russia disorganized and losing territory, to a capable Ukrainian force. And you’ve got a huge amount of infighting among the Russian military leadership, and now the blame game has started to include these replacements. So Russia is struggling, but Russia still remains a dangerous foe, and capable of great brutality, as we’ve seen with these mass graves outside of Izium. So we continue to take that threat seriously. And we continue to see our obligation, being providing Ukraine all that it needs to be able to effectively defend itself and defend its country and defend its freedom. That’s what we’re intent on doing. And we are not taking our eye off the ball.
MARGARET BRENNAN: Vladimir Putin will carry out this annexation of eastern Ukraine within the next few days. If Russia is expanding its nuclear umbrella over this part of the country. Does that put the US in more direct conflict with Russia? And does a nuclear weapon being used there, p-put Russia in conflict directly with the US and NATO?
SULLIVAN: We have been crystal clear up to and including President Biden that we will not recognize the sham referenda, they in no way represent the will of the Ukrainian people. And we will treat this territory for what it is – Ukrainian territory, not Russian territory. And we will continue to support the Ukrainians as they seek to deoccupy this territory. So we’ve been clear, we’re not going to stop or slow down our support to the Ukrainians, no matter what Putin tries to do with these-these fake elections and fake referenda and annexation. Now, when it comes to the question of nuclear use, President Putin’s been waving around the nuclear card at various points through this conflict the last few days are not the first time–
MARGARET BRENNAN: –But he hasn’t been as cornered as he is now.
SULLIVAN: It’s true, and it is a matter that we have to take deadly seriously because it is a matter of paramount seriousness – the possible use of nuclear weapons for the first time since the Second World War. We have communicated directly, privately, at very high levels to the Kremlin, that any use of nuclear weapons will be met with catastrophic consequences for Russia, that the United States in our allies will respond decisively. And we have been clear and specific about what that will entail. We have, in public, been equally clear, as a matter of principle, that the United States will respond decisively if Russia uses nuclear weapons and that we will continue to support Ukraine in its efforts to defend its country and defend its democracy.
MARGARET BRENNAN: Russia has been talking about this nuclear power plant rather than nuclear weapons just for the past 24 hours. Where does that fall? Is this an escalating threat?
SULLIVAN: So, for your viewers, there is a nuclear power plant that is in Russian occupied portions of Ukraine. It has been put into cold shutdown to make it less likely that there’s some kind of catastrophic incident at the plant. It is actually still being operated by the Ukrainian operators who are essentially at gunpoint from the Russian occupying forces. And the Russians have been consistently implying that there may be some kind of accident at this plant. We’ve been working with the International Atomic Energy Agency and with Ukrainian energy regulators to try to make sure that there is no threat posed by a meltdown or something else from the plant. We will continue to do that, but it’s something we all have to keep a close eye on.
MARGARET BRENNAN: Jake, you’re a busy man watching the world right now. There’s a lot I want to ask you, but I have to ask you about Iran. And these protests led by women after the death of this 22-year-old woman who didn’t have her hair covered properly in the view of the morality police. She died. How significant is this, and is it making you reassess the offer you put on the table to lift sanctions on Iran in regard to its nuclear program?
SULLIVAN: Well, first, Margaret, the fact that we are in negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program is in no way impacting our willingness and our vehemence in speaking out about what is happening on the streets of Iran. President Biden went to the floor of the UN General Assembly and said that we stand with the brave citizens and the brave women of Iran as they stand for their rights and their dignity. We have in fact taken tangible steps to sanction those morality police –
MARGARET BRENNAN: Right.
SULLIVAN: – who caused the death of Mahsa Amini. We’ve taken steps to make it easier for Iranians to be able to get access to the internet and access to communications technologies that will allow them to talk to one another and to talk to the world. So, from our perspective, we will do all that we can to support the brave people the brave women of Iran –
MARGARET BRENNAN: – I was asking you, though, about the offer to lift sanctions off of Iran in regard to its nuclear program, because that would allow for the regime to have a financial lifeline.
SULLIVAN: Well, I think it’s important for everyone to understand that at the height of the Cold War, as Ronald Reagan was calling the Soviet Union “the evil empire” –
MARGARET BRENNAN: Right. Arms control.
SULLIVAN: – he was also negotiating an arms control with Russia. So that’s– that is what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about diplomacy to prevent Iran from ever getting a nuclear weapon. If we can succeed in that effort, and we are determined to succeed in that effort, the world America and our allies will be safer. And that will not stop us in any way from pushing back and speaking out on Iran’s brutal repression of its citizens and its women. We can and will do both.
MARGARET BRENNAN: Okay, so I understand the offer is still on the table. Strategy hasn’t changed. Jake, thank you very much for your time. We’ll be right back with a lot more Face the Nation. Stay with us.
Vladimir Putin’s recent speech is making headlines as people falsely claim Russia is about to launch an all-out nuclear attack. Putin is sticking to his same plan and says it in his opening statement: “The subject of this address is the situation in Donbas and the course of the special military operation to liberate it from the neo-Nazi regime, which seized power in Ukraine in 2014 as the result of an armed state coup.” Russia must now play defense as they are no longer simply battling Ukraine.
Putin stated that in 1991 the West prided itself on dividing the USSR, and believes “now is the time to do the same to Russia, which must be divided into numerous regions that would be at deadly feud with each other. They decided these plans years ago.”
Putin knows that he is fighting a NATO offensive and not simply Ukraine and directly calls out Washington, London, and Brussels. He correctly stated that the West first set out to demonize Russia and spread “Russophobia,” as they did during the Cold War. NATO and the West are now the opponents of Russia in this proxy war, while the Ukrainian people are merely cannon fodder used to usher in this new world.
Putin has been trying to reclaim land since 2014. He had no plan to seize Ukraine, but did want to reclaim the Donbas. This is much bigger than Russia v Ukraine as he fears he must act on the offensive against most of the world’s superpowers who want to seize Russia. They are shoving endless funds into Ukraine because they expect a prize in the end. Putin stated that he attempted peace talks, but the West shot them down because they craved war.
“After the start of the special military operation, in particular after the Istanbul talks, Kiev representatives voiced quite a positive response to our proposals. These proposals concerned above all ensuring Russia’s security and interests. But a peaceful settlement obviously did not suit the West, which is why, after certain compromises were coordinated, Kiev was actually ordered to wreck all these agreements.
More weapons were pumped into Ukraine. The Kiev regime brought into play new groups of foreign mercenaries and nationalists, military units trained according to NATO standards and receiving orders from Western advisers.”
This will not end well; the West made it clear that peace would not be an option. Zelensky is simply the face of a much larger plan at play that involves an ongoing plot to seize Russia, which has been happening behind the scenes for decades.