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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Pentagon Chieftain Advised to Learn Russian History

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Deputy Chairman of the Gosduma Committee on Defence Yu N Shvytkin advised Pentagon head James Mattis to learn Russian history before making statements about the need to speak with Moscow from “a position of strength”. He told RT:

We’ll never allow anyone to talk to our country from “a position of strength”. I’d advise [Mattis] to remember the lessons of history, and specifically become acquainted with Russian history.

Earlier, the Pentagon chieftain told a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers that the USA is committed to restoring relations with Russia, but are only ready to talk from a position of strength. Later, Defence Minister S K Shoigu said that Moscow is still waiting for an explanation from the Pentagon about such statements.

16 February 2017

TV Zvezda

http://tvzvezda.ru/news/vstrane_i_mire/content/201702161117-9eg0.htm

Editor:

Yuri Nikolayevich is a former serving officer in both the DVD and MVD. In short, he’s qualified to upbraid the loudmouth Mattis. It seems that the former Marine is just another “perfumed prince”…

BMD

Minoborony Rossii Told Pentagon Shill to “Temper His Zeal”

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Minoborony Rossii spokesman Major-General I Ye Konashenkov told US Defence Department shill Peter Cook to “temper his zeal”. Konashenkov’s commentary appeared on an official video posted on YouTube. At a Minoborony media briefing on a Russian-American agreement on a forthcoming ceasefire in Syria, he said:

A few days ago, for some reason, Mr Cook said that a ceasefire in Syria would be a test for the Russian authorities. I advise Mr Cook to temper his zeal and focus on activities related to the organisation that he represents, that is, the Pentagon. Unlike his predecessors, he doesn’t have knowledge of military affairs, so I’m sure that’s difficult for him. Therefore, he seeks to compensate for his deficiencies but only comes out with shrill howlers. He should be reasonable… yes, and professional.

According to published statements released on Monday, on 27 February, a joint US-Russian agreement stipulates a ceasefire between government forces and armed opposition groups in Syria. However, attacks on ISIS, al-Nusra, and other parties recognised as terrorist entities by the UN will continue.

25 February 2017

RIA Novosti

https://ria.ru/world/20160225/1380054199.html

Editor:

General Konashenkov used the word ляпами, which is rather colloquial, so I tried to capture the flavour of that in my Englishing of his commentary. Cook is a clueless journalist with NO MILITARY EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER. He’s an Obama holdover. Igor Yevgenyevich skewered him, well and truly. It shows you the difference between the American and Russian approaches… the Russians appoint people with real relevant knowledge… the Americans appoint blowsy blowhards with no relevant experience (but who look good on camera).

Kudos to Igor Yevgenyevich… it shows you what sort of people that the Yanks put into responsible positions. They’re talking from “a position of strength?” I think not…

BMD

25 February 2017. From the Russian Web… It’s Maslenitsa! For ALL Of Us!

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I used the original caption from the original post I saw on vK. Maslenitsa is the last fling before the onset of the Great Lent. It’s our Russian Mardi Gras… it lasts the whole week before Clean Monday, the beginning of the fast. You party hearty until the cannon goes off at midnight… then, “Maslenitsa’s over! It’s Lent! It’s time to fast”. As everyone knows, “A house is not a home until there’s a cat in it”… such is our Russian folk wisdom. Therefore, even our cats and our other animals share in our festive mood, too. Maslenitsa has pagan roots, like so much else in traditional Christianity, but don’t let that make you drop it. That’s crackbrained… the Church has “baptised” many things, and Maslenitsa is one of them (besides being tonnes o’ fun). The last day of Maslenitsa coincides with the Sunday of Forgiveness on the formal Church calendar. We ask forgiveness of others and extend it to those who ask it of us. Besides this, the women of the family go to visit the family graves, asking forgiveness of the departed, laying blini on the grave (and sometimes pouring out some vodka, too). In country parts, many people do kindnesses to animals.

Christ came to transfigure and redeem the WHOLE world… not just mankind and not just “religious” things. Think on that…

BMD

25 February 2017. A Thought from A N Radishchev… Russian People are Very Patient

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Click here for a bio of A N Radishchev, a novelist and poet of the late 18th-century. I M Born said of Aleksandr Nikolayevich:

He loved truth and virtue. His humanity made him ardently long to illumine all of his brethren with the radiant light of eternity.

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