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Fresh update on "russian federation" discussed on John Batchelor
"Of the I. C. He most recently in Kiev. About provocations by the Russian Federation off the borders of the fractured Ukraine these many years since 2014 Ukraine has been divided roughly into thirds, one third of it the East coast of the eastern side of the country is in the hands of what appears to be rebels or people defying he f. Closely linked with the Russian Federation. The other two thirds make up a population that is partial to Kiev partial to the west Western Europe. And partial to the United States. The new president, Mr Zelinski, making remarks in these last days and weeks about Russian aggression in what is called the Donbass, the eastern part of the country. However, there's much news. We need to attend this with Paul Gregory because he has posted a column looking at the likelihood that Russia is seeking the false flag operation Tow launch. Large scale military operations in Ukraine, and we have news in these last days and hours, for example. In Brussels, the secretary of state, Mr Blanketing traveling overseas. Expresses his concern about Russia's deliberate actions so called to escalate tensions with Ukraine. This is a quote from the State Department, including through its aggressive rhetoric and disinformation, increasing cease fire violations. And movement of troops and occupied Crimea and near Ukraine's borders. Occupied Crimea is provocative language from Moscow's point of view, one other detail within these last days and hours. The U. S. Has dispatched is announcing the dispatch of 500 troops to Western Europe to Germany. This is including cyber troops and other support troops. 500 additional Certainly, NATO is expressing concern about the Russian troops along the Ukraine border and in the Crimea. Paul, this information updates information that you've had these last days. We best start with what The concern is in Kiev. Mr. Zalinsky, the president is touring the front lines in battle gear. What is the concern in Kiev? Why? Why are they now? Freshly concerned after all these years of Russian abuse. Good evening to you, Paul. Good evening, John the territory the occupied territory in Don bus. Eyes, supposedly a cease fire area peacekeeping coops monitor events. Their, uh their reports are ignored because the reports show constant shelling. And most of it is from the Russian side and even from across the border from Russia itself. So you crazy? It's been living with this low level warfare for quite a while, eh? So why they worried? Uh, now the answer is that Russia, under the guise of a military exercise has moved extraordinary numbers of troops. In the border. Of Ukraine, uh, possibly $40,000 in occupied Crimea of 40 50,000 on the Dunbar's border. So this goes well beyond any military exercise. So what is it about His preaching up to Putin is a risk taker, but cautious risk taker. Clearly won. Hope for all this exercise is to challenge the Biden to test by this Brydon, all talk and no action, which is probably Putin's guest right now. But the real danger and I think the Ukrainians understand that's better than we do. Is that Putin will probe and when he encounters no resistance will just keep on going. That is what happened in Crimea and what has happened in done, boss. There is a very tempting target there, which is the so called land bridge. Between the Donbass and Crimea. Currently, Crimea is in island basically reliant on Ukraine for a number of things such as water, so it also along this land bridge to Crimea is the heart of Ukraine's metallurgical industry. So my personal theory is treating will probe encounter No resistance and keep on going. The the statements by Mr Zelinski are grave. Are they newly grave? Is there something different now that he sees, In other words, there can be a lot of information flowing back. Some of it well informed some of it meant to be provocative. Certainly the picture misters Lansky and of combat helmet in the front lines. He's walking through a trenches. What CNN is showing tells me that that's the conduct of a man who sees that this is a moment. To engage the world before he's overrun. Is that what we're supposed to see Paul? I mean, you've been watching this story for years. Is this different now? Well, it's different in the TV that Zelinski is making the same calculation that I just went went through. Don't know, too, that Zelinsky, who was a political unknown Was voted in as president because he promised peace. Right. So the symbolic symbolism of this the symbolism of what we're seeing is Dolinsky telling the Ukrainian people Sorry. We're not gonna have peace. In fact, we may have war. So, uh, that's the way I sais that this up. Vladimir Putin at this moment. There's a lot to lose Paul the break up the break with the past the peace efforts these last years would put into jeopardy all the work that he's done to knit together with Germany in Western Europe, especially over energy. Is that worth the risk to Moscow to regain. I understand that Moscow is attached to some of the ceremony of Ukraine. But is that worth the risk giving up their attachment to Western Europe? Well, I asked myself what more can Russia do to run the risk that you just mentioned? They have poisoned attempted to kill through poison. Putin's on Lee up opposition. Huh? Mr Navalny? Uh, they have engaged in military exercises that they're much more than military exercises. They've done everything in the in the book. To antagonize the Western Europe, and so far, the price has been minimal. I think they're they're counting on the fact that if they play the long game, for example, They do something that causes a moratorium on the construction of the dark stream to pipeline. Though, this place six months the West will forget about it, and it'll be business is usual. If I were including shoes, I would make the same calculation. Well, right now the U. S. Is committing 500 troops to Germany. That does not seem significant. Given the thousands you've recounted in these 30 seconds. Do you believe the Biden administration sees Russia as a threat in Ukraine, or is it Engaged elsewhere. Your measure if The Biden administration does not understand the Russian threat. As of this moment, we're in real trouble. Paul Gregory of the Hoover Institution posting in the Kiev post about his concerns over the provocation of the Ukraine border by the Russian Federation. I'm.
Polar Vortex causes extreme freezing globally in February
"Polar vortex was responsible for the freezing conditions in the state of texas at last month. Your weather experts of said before warning of a worrying increase in global carbon dioxide levels spokesperson cleanliest from the world meteorological organization. Wmo told journalists during a regular briefing in geneva that the united states shiver through its coldest february since one thousand nine hundred nine thanks to the natural phenomenon to do with vortex. This is an area of low pressure cold air surrounding the polls. It normally keeps that the optic woman air and lower latitudes weakened this winter that meant that he called egg Sitting out the object woman by contrast went into pods of the optic minnelli's added that no less than sixty two all time. Daily called minimum temperature records were broken in the united states from february. The eleventh to this extinct. According to the national oceanic and atmospheric administration february temperatures were also well below the one thousand ninety one to twenty twenty average over much of the russian federation and north america. But they were well. Above average over parts of the arctic and from north west africa to southern europe and china the un agency also cautioned that although february was a relatively cold month. This does not negate the long-term warming trend from climate change. Cold records are becoming rarer in contrast to heat temperature records and heat waves. We expect this trend to continue. Wmo said in a statement
Russia Gets Its Doping Ban Reduced But Will Miss Next 2 Olympics
"Russia's banned from international sports for doping offenses has been cut in half. Russia appealed the decision by the world anti doping agency. The country will be banned from next. Summer's postponed tokyo olympics. And the two thousand twenty. Two beijing winter games russian athletes will still be allowed to compete as neutral athletes. If they're not under suspension their uniforms cannot display the flag of the russian federation but they can include the word. Russia critics of the ruling say authorities have been too lenient
Australian coal exports reportedly banned by China
"Chinese state. Media is reporting today. That china has made official severe restrictions on the import of coal leaving hundreds of millions of tons of the stuff parked haplessly off the chinese coast in ships. That won't be talking. It is a severe and clearly symbolic expression of china's accelerating annoyance with australia. The two countries had long been profitably bound by china's fullness of australia's mineral resources the current episode of monocle. Twenty fours the foreign desk takes a broader look at the china. Australia spat in it. I speak to former australian. Prime minister and former australian diplomat to china kevin rudd. I began by asking him. Just how bad things are got most of us who have been but analysts said -ticipant in its relationship of the last several decades would site that in the near fifty year period since diplomatic relations were established in nineteen seventy two. This is the worst stage that the relationship is raised beds against all measures political diplomatic economic security human rights united. It's all gone right down. The too many contributing factors to this but indirect to question. It's a fifty year low. I think the way to analyze what's unfolding in. The of china relationship is to see it in terms of the normal outworkings all a great cow on the rise in this case but abnormally in this case the rise of a pow which is a one party state with an authoritarian political system. Fewing somewhat mckendall is taken on ole sees as well as seeking to adjust boundaries with its nighters maritime and land by his boundaries that is part of the reality but it does impact not just a straight but other american allies like japan the republic of korea in south southeast asia those in central asia even the russian federation bubble miata hand. What you've had is. An australian government said somewhat incapable differentiating between what i would describe as the operational characteristics of effective china's strategy and confusing that deliberately or otherwise on a continuing basis with a declaratory strategy which ends up being driven by domestic political imperatives. So it is. In fact the call these factors. In imprecise kerr relation with each other which actually produces the net result and frankly. It's an ungodly miss. The time for circuit breaker has well and truly come to prison. The mood for such circuit breaker has not yet arrived. But if you are not just necessarily this australian government but an australian government is there no grounds at all for concern about sinister designs. China may have on australia at this point. In recent months and years we've seen detention of australian journalists in china. There's been varies. Influence peddling scandals strode in michael burgess the director general of aco claims. There's more espionage. Dwayne australia right now than there was during the cold war. The key point here is what we conclude domestically in australia as constituting real threats to try national security by giving janis actions whether it's in state basis cyber cyber-attacks influence operations against his train. Politicians will the media or other such activities in dealing effectively. With each of those challenges it is not necessarily mandated that she didn't take out a mega fan every second day and proclaimed that from the rooftops is the constant differential i seek to explain between an operational strategy as opposed to a declaratory strategy. My advice to premise morrison repeatedly has been do more. Silas do more is in fact. A series of concrete measures enhancing on national security pows enhancing now intelligence assets enhancing fundamental economic cow enhancing out calculation growth in strengthening our alliances and relationships with countries. Around the world of just the united states but in southeast asia and beyond as well and that is gonna separate matter from proclaiming. I said every second tuesday morning. The original There's about two landing bondi beach by the chinese amphibious force. It's quite a different matter. Intelligent mature national strategy. Understand the difference between the two and the owners say practical example. The difference between the two look for example japan on a daily basis weekly bi assists in the last several years handled its relationship with china relatively stable notwithstanding the fact that japan is a annella. United states. Big is a liberal. Democracy see has tonners single loudest economic D has american military bases on its soil and e as a rolling territorial dispute with china chinese china sea of caucus data yet. Despite that the japan china economic relationship prestige relatively unmolested. Why because by the albay and supersonic plaisted looney eternal shall we say eastern virtue of shutting up from time to time as opposed to simply proclaiming everything from the rooftops that's effective strategy as opposed to opening your mouth full of time which is primarily driven ministries case by range of domestic political imperatives. Which in turn complicate the foreign policy agenda is saving to prosecute.
UN urges 'independent' Russian probe of Navalny poisoning
"Russian Federation has been urged by you and rights chief Michelle. BASCH, layer to carry out or cooperate with a rapid and transparent criminal investigation into the poisoning of opposition activist Alexei navalny citing German specialists who said they had unequivocal proof that Mr Navalny was poisoned with Nova Chalk nerve agent, the U. N. High Commissioner for human. Rights also highlighted other cases. Of poisoning and targeted assassination of Russian citizens in the past twenty years, this patent was profoundly disturbing. The high commissioner said in a statement adding that it was deeply regrettable that in many cases, perpetrators had not been held to account in Geneva misbash leads spokesperson Rupert Colville condemned the poisoning. He also explained that nerve agents and radioactive isotopes such as Novi Chalk polonium ten are sophisticated substances that are extremely hard to source. Not Materials that you can buy a pharmacy or A. Shop. Hardware store as the High Commissioner says, this raises numerous questions why use substances like these who is using them have it they acquired prior to his reported poisoning Mr Navalny had been repeatedly harassed arrested and assaulted either by the authorities or by unknown assailants according to the High Commissioner. Novelli was clearly someone who needed state protection. Even he was a political thorn in the side of the government she said adding that it was not good enough to simply deny he was poisoned nor the need for a thorough independent, impartial and transparent investigation into this assassination attempt.
Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers
"Everybody from the British. Ask this week's interview. Episode has any Greenberg senior writer at wired. He just SORTA book called Sand Worm New Era of cyber war in the hunt for the Kremlin's Miss, dangerous hackers, it is all about hacking group inside of the Russian government called San Worm. They were responsible for the most damaging cyber warfare attacks over the past year there behind not PECI. The hackers took out in the mayor shipping line hospitals across the U. K San has totally escalated. What we think of Cyber War, and he's book gets all into how they were discovered how they were flushed out the. The intricacies of these various hacks. It's super interesting. The book is a thrill ride. If you're looking for something that isn't the virus. This is like a thriller, a highly recommended. It was really fun to talk to her about the stuff. one thing I. WanNa know we're all at home so during this in every might hear some kids in the background. I asked you just be a little forgiving that we're all. We're all dealing with it and he was a great interview. Check Out Sandy Greenberg of sand worm, a new era of cyber war and the hunt for the Kremlin's most dangerous hack. Any Greenberg your senior writer at wired you're also the author of Sand Worm, new era of cyber war in the hunt for the Kremlin's most dangerous. Welcome glad to be here so even writing about cybersecurity frontier I think you just said two thousand six and writing about Cybersecurity, but this book sand worm as I was reading it. It seems like it's called the new era of cyber war. It seems like there's been a huge turn in sort of state-sponsored. Particularly Russians sponsored cyber attacks. How did you come onto that notion? How did you begin reading this book I'm I'm very curious how you see. See that turn happening well. In late twenty sixteen, my former colleague Kim Zetter she had been the one who really covered state sponsored hacking in cyber war stuff, but she left wired, and this was also at the time. When you know Russian hackers were meddling in the US election, they'd hacked the democratic. National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Clinton Campaign, so my editors were really primes on face, mantra hacking all of a sudden, but what they? They really what they told me they wanted was a actually like a big takeover of the whole magazine. All about cyber war, but cyber war to me is different than those kinds of espionage election, meddling tactics so I went looking for no real cyber war story, which means to me like a actual disruptive cyber attacks, and as I looked around. It seemed like the place where that was really happening was in Ukraine not really in the US in fact maybe. Maybe what was happening in? Ukraine seemed to me like it was in some ways, the only real full blown cyber war that was actually occurring where Russian hackers were not just attacking the election which they had done, they tried this spoof the results of a presidential election, but they had also attacks media and destroyed their computers. They had attacked government agencies and tried to like destroy entire networks, and then they had turned off the power for the first time. In December of two thousand, fifteen, the the first actual blackout triggered by hackers, and just as I was look into this happened again the the effect, the seem hacker group caused a blackout this time in the capital of Kiev so I wince looking in Ukraine for this cyber war story that. Turned into a cover story for wired that kind of gave editors what they wanted, but then also kept unfolding This cyber war kept growing in scope and scale and. The original story written for wired was kind of about the fact that you could look to Ukraine to see the future of cyber war that will what was happening. There might soon spread to the rest of the world. And that is actually what happens to like just after we publish that cover story to same hackers released this climactic terrible cyber attack in Ukraine. Called Not Petiot that spread beyond Ukrainians became the worst cyberattack history cost ten billion dollars, so when that happened, that was when I saw that there was potential to do a book about this that it was not just a kind of case study about Ukraine or even kind of predictive story, but a an actual full story arc about this one group that had carried out the what I would say was not only the first. First Real Cyber War, but the worst cyberattack in history and the you know I wanted to capture the the Ark of that story in the effects, the real experience of cyber war. Yeah, so the group is called sand worm in this is just one of the the sort of opening arcs of the book is how they've come. They come to be named this because references and code walk people through just like it's so. relatable that like even these hackers are using using this language that leads them recalled Sandwich Tell people about it. So when I started to look into the origins of this group after that second blackout attack I I found that this this company called eyesight partners which have been acquired by fire I I, said partners was the first to find these hackers in twenty, fourteen, basically using fishing in kind of typical espionage tactics, plant malware in the networks of typical Russian hacking targets like groups across Eastern, Europe and NATO in a look like what they were doing was just kind of typical espionage. They were planning. This by wear calls lack energy buds will first of all they could see that they were rushing, because they had this server that they were using to administer some of these attacks and they. They left the server, so anybody could look at it in. There was a kind of Russian language to file for how to use black energy on the service, so these guys seem like they were rushing, but even more interesting in some ways. was that they to track each victim each instance of black energy? This malware has little campaign code in each campaign was a reference to the science fiction novel Dune and you know so like one of them was something about Iraq is, and then one of them is about the sutter cars, these like imperial soldiers in in that SCI FI universe so I said partners named this group sand worm, because well just because it's a cool. Name associated with doing, but it turned out to me. It became this very powerful because a sandwich miss this monster that lies beneath the surface, and occasionally arises from underground to do terribly destructive things. partners didn't know that at the time, they they soon afterward realized what sand. was doing was not just espionage, but they were actually doing reconnaissance for disruptive cyberattacks. They were also hacking power grids. They were planning black energy, not only in the European Eastern European targets in the US power grid networks as well. The Ultimately Syndrome was the first twenty fifteen to cross that line in use black energy as the first step in a multi step attack that led to a blackout. So this was not just espionage really was kind of like you know this monster that rises from under the ground to do terrible acts of mass destruction that came to pass so one of the things that comes up over in the book. Is this growing sense of dread from security researchers and analysts? Oh this is an imminent threat to the united. States just Ukraine, but like this is happening here and then there's a sense that the United States actually open the door to this kind of warfare with stuxnet. which was an attack on Iran? How how did those connect for you that it seemed like there's a new rule of engagement new set of rules of engagement for cyber warfare that actually the United States implicitly created with with stuxnet by attacking Iran. Yeah, I mean I tried to highlight. Clearly sand worm are the real bad guys in the story, they are the actual hacker group that did these terribly reckless destructive attacks that actually in some cases put people's lives at risk, the kind of in some parts of the story they actually shutdown medical record systems and I. Think may have cost people's lives with cyber attacks today they are the actual antagonist here, but I also want to highlight the ways that the US government is is partially responsible for the state of Cyber War, and there are a few ways that that's true. I The US! Open the Pandora's box of cyber war with stuxnet. This piece of now where that. That was used to destroy Iranian nuclear enrichment centrifuges that was the first piece of our that actually have caused that physical disruption destruction, and we now see Sandra doing the same thing in Ukraine. In in fact, in some ways around the world, also the the US hordes, these kind of zero day, secret hacking techniques, some of which were stolen and leaked and used by sand worm, but then I think the in fact, the biggest way that I tried to highlight that the US is responsible or complicit or negligent. Here is that we did not call allows what Santorum was doing in Ukraine and say to Russia. We know what you're doing. This is unacceptable. Nobody should be turning out the lights. Two civilians with cyber attacks. There wasn't a message like that I. mean the Obama White House sent a message to Russia over this kind of cyber hotline to say your election hacking is not okay. We see what you're doing and we want you to stop, but they said nothing about a tube blackout attacks in Ukraine, and that was kind of implicit signal to Russia. They could keep. Keep escalating, and even as all the cyber security, researchers and Ukrainians were warning that what was happening to Ukraine, would soon spread to the rest of the world, the US government ignore this both Obama, and then the trump administration until that prediction came to pass and a sand worm cyberattack did spread to the rest of the world, and it was too late, and we all suffered globally as a result, so let's talk about patch it. WAS CATASTROPHIC IN SCOPE, right? It took out the mayor shipping line, which is a massive business. It took out some hospitals in UK like it was huge in scope. I don't think people really put it all together. Talk about how it started and how big it grew. Yeah, so not too was kind of like big apotheosis sandwich, where all of these predictions of the terribly destructive things they were doing to the rest of the world came to pass but it did it started in Ukraine. They hijacked this. The the software updates of this accounting software called me doc that is basically used by everybody in Ukraine. The quicken turbo tax of Ukraine. If you do business in Ukraine, you have to have this installed, so sanborn hijack the updates of that news to push out this worm to thousands of victims mostly in Ukraine, but it was a worm, so it's spread the mmediately end quickly kind of carpet bombs. The entire Ukrainian Internet's every computer at spread to would encrypt permanently. You could not recover the computer, so it very quickly took down pretty much every. Every Ukrainian government agency twenty two banks multiple airports for hospitals in Ukraine that I. could count and in each of these cases. What is eight took them down. I mean it destroyed essentially all of their computers, which requires sometimes weeks or months to recover from, but then as you know, this is a worm that does not respect national borders. So even though it was, it seemed to be an attack intended to disrupt Ukraine. It immediately spread beyond Ukraine's borders. Borders to everybody who had this accounting software installed? That was doing business in Ukraine and some people who didn't so that includes Maersk. The world's largest shipping firm and Fedex and Mondelez, which owns cadbury, NABISCO and ranking manufacturing firm that makes tylenol in Merck. The Pharmaceutical Company in New Jersey on each of these companies lost hundreds of millions of dollars. The scale of this is kind of difficult to capture but I in the book I tried to. To I focused in part Maersk because it is just a good company to look at because you can. They had this gigantic global physical machine that is they have seventy six ports around the world that they own as well as these massive ships that have tens of thousands of shipping containers on them. And I told the story of how on this day seventeen of their terminals of were entirely paralyzed by this attack with ships arriving with just. Piles of containers on them. Nobody could unload. Nobody knew what was inside of nobody knew how to load or unload them with around the world of seventeen terminals, thousands of trucks, Semitrailers, carrying containers were lining up in Lyons miles long because the gates that were kind of checkpoints to check in the these trucks to drop something off or pick it up. They were paralyzed as well. This was a fiasco on a global scale is responsible for a fifth of the world's lable shipping capacity. They were truly just a rendered brain dead by this attack, but yeah displayed out at all of these different victims MERC had to borrow their own each vaccine from the Center for Disease Control because they're manufacturing. Manufacturing was disrupted by this, and it ultimately spread to a company called nuance, nate speech to text software. They have a service that does this for hospitals across the US to dozens of our possibly hundreds of American hospitals at this backlog of transcriptions to medical records that were lost because of this, and that resulted in patients, being do for surgeries or transfers, other hospitals in nobody knew their medical records were updated. I mean this was scale where hundreds of hospitals each of which has thousands of patients missing changes the medical records. We don't know what the effects of that work, but very well could've actually harmed people's health. Our lives I mean the scale of not petty is very difficult to. Get your mind around, but we do know that you know monetarily cost ten billion dollars, which is by far the biggest number we've ever seen, but it also had this this kind of harder to quantify toll on people's lives, so it it you know you read about it at length and wired. Obviously these companies go down of ripples in mainstream sort of general press, but I don't feel like people really not like Oh. This Russian group called San Worms sponsored by the Russian government. Unleash this attack in it caused this cascading effect of failure and disaster cost in that because we know what we can attribute it to the government, our government. I don't feel like that connection got made for people. What is the gap between other as a hack and Oh, this is actually a type of warfare engagement, because that that connection seems very tenuous. I think for a lot of people. Even as sort of the more general mainstream press covers this stuff. Yeah, you know. I don't think that that's is just like the nature of. Of Cyber War I think that was a failing that that lack of connection is a failing on our government's parts, and on you could say even on the part of some of these victims like these large companies I mean I at the time did not pitch it happened. I was fully on the trail of standard within days. I was talking to cyber security researchers who? Who had piece together? Some of the forensics to show the not petiot was Sandra that it was a Russian state-sponsored attack in yet none of those companies that I mentioned mercker Mondelez or Maersk or Fedex, or any of them wanted to say the Russia had done this to them and know governments were talking about either like the Ukrainian government was. They're always willing to point. Point the finger at Russia, but the US government was not, and you know that to me seemed to be just kind of I mean I felt like I was being gas. Let's at that point. I had watched Russia due to Ukraine for a long time at that point tonight. I sort of understood that NATO in the West. We had this kind of cruel logic that. Ukraine is not us. Russia can do what it likes to Ukraine because they're not NATO not e you. They are Russia's sphere of influence or something I think that that's very wrongheaded, but at least it made sense. You know to have that that viewpoints, but now this attack had spread from Ukraine to hit American soil American companies in many cases and yet still the US government was saying nothing I just thought this was bizarre and you know so i. For months I was like. Trying to get any of these companies to tell the story of of their experiences, not Peta I was trying to figure out why the US government wasn't talking about the fact that this was a Russian cyberattack and ultimately I. Think it was I. think it was kind of I know partly disorganization negligence. I think it may have something to do with the fact that the. The? Trump administration doesn't like talking about Russian hackers for obvious reasons, but eight months after it took eight months ultimately for the US government to finally say not that it was a was Russia it was the worst cyberattack in history, and then a month later. The White House impose consequences in put new sanctions on Russia and response, but it took nine months and more importantly it took. Multiple years this without was the first time this was twenty eighteen, and the Russian cyber war in Ukraine had started around the fall of Twenty fifteen, so that's just incredible span of negligence when the US government said nothing about these escalating unfolding. Acts, of Cyber Award that there should have been unacceptable from the very beginning I mean these are the kind of quintessential acts of state sponsored cyber attacks on civilians, trying out the lights. You know that's the kind of thing that I believe that the US government should have called out and drawn a red line across at the very beginning took ears, so I do think it was a big failing. Of of diplomacy, it just seemed like that part of the problem, and this is kind of an expression is it's so hard to describe like if the Russian government sent fighter jets to America and live their support. Okay, like everyone understood, you can see it. You can understand what happened there. In the you know, there's like a however many decades of movies about how to fight that war. This is a bunch of people in a room typing. Like it there's just an element of this where the dangerous Oh federal where the attack is invisible, and while the effects might be very very tangible, the causes are still sort of mysterious people so. My question is who is sandwich. What what do we know about them? Where do they work? What are they like? Do we have a sense of how this operation actually operates? In some ways the the biggest challenge of reporting this book, and I spent essentially the third act of the book, the last third of the reporting of the book, trying to answer the question of who is in worm, who are these people? Where are they located? What motivates them and I guess to partially spoil the ending here. They are a unit of the year you. They are a part of Russia's military intelligence agency, which is responsible for you know, this is not a coincidence. They are responsible for election meddling responsible for the attempted assassination of You. chemical weapons in the United Kingdom they're responsible for the downing of a seventeen as commercial passenger jet over Ukraine were three hundred innocent people died on the G. R.. You are this incredibly reckless callous out military intelligence agency, but they act like kind of almost just cut through mercenaries around the world. Doing Russia's bidding in ways that are very scary, so I threw essentially like a combination of excellent work of a bunch of security researchers who I was speaking to combined with some confirmation from US intelligence agencies, and then ultimately some other clues from the investigation of Robert Muller into meddling all these things combined created the trail that led to one group within the JERE. You that were you know I? Eventually had some names and faces even address of this this group, and all that was actually only finally fully confirms After the book came out Justin in recent months when the White House finally actually was the State Department's. End as well as the UK on Australian and other governments together finally said yes, sand worm is in fact that this unit of the year you so this theory that I developed in positive near the end of the book was finally basically confirmed by governments just in recent months. So one thing that strikes me at that is I, think of the Russian military things. Gru is being foreboding being obviously, they're very very good at this other a buttoned up in then they have like a incredible social media presence that kind of POPs up throughout the book that distracts from what doing. They set up Gucci for two point Oh when they were doing the DNC hacks that fed to wikileaks in the. That account insisted it was just guy. They set up the shadow brokers which was. I read. It is just like your some goof-balls like they wanted to seem a lot dumber and a lot smaller than they were. They were very effective at it to people I. Talk About those that strategy, and then I guess my question have is like a re better at seeing that strategy for what it is well. You make a really interesting point. The uses these false flags like throughout their recent history that we I should say we don't know that they were responsible for shadow brokers. In fact, nobody knows who shot a brokers. The shadow brokers truly are, and they are in some ways the biggest mystery in this whole story, this one group that hacked the NSA apparently and leaked a bunch of their zero day hacking techniques, or maybe they were even say insiders. We still don't know the answer to that question, but the other other incidents you mentioned. That are you are responsible for this Guja for two point zero fake hacktivists leaked a bunch of the Clinton documents. They're responsible for other false flags like they at one point to call themselves the Cyber Caliphate pretended to be Isis. They've a pretended to be like patriotic pro. Russian Ukrainians at some point they they're always like wearing different masks ends. They're very deceptive. in the a later chapter of the book, some of the biggest one of the biggest attacks they. They did was this attack on the twenty thousand Olympics where they not only wore a false mask, but they actually had layers of false flags where as cyber security researchers W. This melwert was used to destroy the entire back end of the two thousand eighteen winter Olympics. Just as the opening ceremony began, this was a catastrophic events. The aware had all of these fake clues made look like it was Chinese or North Korean or maybe Russian. Nobody could tell it was like. It was this kind of confusion bomb almost designed to to just make researchers throw up their hands. Give up on attributing mallards. Any particular actor was only through some amazing detective work by some of the analysts that I spoke to the able to cut through those false flags identify that sand was behind this essentially, but yeah, it's it is a one very real characteristic of the jury you that they are almost they seem to almost take pleasure or like be showing off their deception capabilities to and their evolving those capabilities they are getting more deceptive over time as fake gets more, destructive aggressive. Advertising content when I say Utopia what comes to mind? Birds Chirping lush natural beauty dialed up and vibrant technicolor. Is it within reach. Your world. World. explained. You are an essential part of the Pathak social body. Everybody in that place. Everybody happy now. While the peacock original series brave new world takes place in a scientific futuristic utopia. The concept is nothing new Sir Thomas more. 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Not Connected Right, but the way they throughout the book the way they execute East campaigns they're deeply connected, and that seems like not only just a new kind of warfare, and you kind of craft, but some just consistently seems to work in surprising ways like the tech press is GonNa. Be Like Gucci. I says this and we're. There's never that next step of also we think it's Russian government, and that seems like first of all I'm dying. I imagine the meeting right. I would love to be a fly on the wall of the meeting where they decide what their twitter name is going to be today. I'm very curious how they evolve those attacks in such a way that it just seems to be more and more effective time. Yeah, I mean. I also love to have been those meetings in. It's my one kind of regret in this book that I never actually got. Interviews, it's almost an impossible thing to do. They liked find defectors from the R., you or something. He will tell those stories at a knock it murdered I mean. It's kind of a possible, but but. In some cases? I think your earlier points. They almost seem kind of bumbling in these things they do them in a very improvisational way. for two point Oh seemed almost like it was a justice thing they invented on the spot, tried to cover up some of the the accidental ups like they had left russian-language formatting errors in the documents that they had leaked from the DNC, so they admitted this guy who appeared the next day and started. Talking about being a Romanian. Friends as motherboard Lorenza, Franceschi decry he started this conversation. Align with with Guja for two point, oh basically proved at the guy could not actually properly speak Romanian. BE Russian speaker. In fact, it was. It was almost comical at the same time. They're using very sophisticated hacking techniques doing destructive attacks on a massive scale, but they're also. They seem like they're kind of making it up as they go along. They do things that don't actually seem very kind of strategically smart. They kind of seem like they're trying to impress their boss for the day. Sometimes with just like some sometimes, it's just seems like the Jere. You wakes up in asks themselves. Like what can we blow up today? Rather than thinking like? How can we accomplish the greater strategic objectives of the Russian Federation? So they are fascinating in that way and very stringent colorful group. That's I think one of the biggest questions I have here is. We spend a lot of time trying to imagine what flat and Mirror Putin wants. You know when he grows up, but it. None of this seems targeted like what is the goal for Russia to disrupt the Winter Olympics right like. Is there a purpose to that? Is that just a strike fear? Is it just to? EXPAND THAT SUV influenced. Is it just to say we have the capability furious is there? has there ever really been the stated goal for this kind of cyber warfare? That one is particularly mystifying. I mean you can imagine why Russia would want to attack the Olympics. They were banned from the two thousand Eighteen Olympics doping, but then you would think that they might want to attack the Olympics and send a message maybe like eight deniable message a message that you know if you continue to ban us. We're GONNA. Continue to attack you like like any terrorists would do, but instead they attacked the winter. Olympics in this way, that really seemed like they were trying not to get caught, and instead like make it look like the was Russia North Korea? And then you have to like what is the point of that was? The could kind of. Sit there in Moscow and kind of like rub their hands together in gleefully. Watch this chaos unfolds. It almost really does seem like it was petty vindictive thing that they just for their own emotional needs wanted to make sure that nobody could enjoy the Olympics if they were not going to enjoy them I that was, but that one is i. think outlier in some ways for the most part you can kind of see. The Russia is advancing. The G. R. You that sand worm is advancing something that does generally make sense which is that. In Ukraine for instance, they're trying to make Ukraine look like a failed state. They're trying to make Ukrainians. Lose faith in their security. Services are trying to prevent investors globally from funneling money into Ukraine trying to create a kind of frozen conflict, as we say in Ukraine where there's this constant perpetual state of degradation. They're not trying to conquer the country, but they're trying to create a kind of permanent war in Ukraine and would cyber war. You can do that beyond the traditional front end. It is in some ways the same kind of tactic that they used in other places like the US which. which here we saw more than influence operation that they were hacking leaking organizations like democratic campaign organizations and anti doping organizations to kind of so confusion to embarrass on their targets. They're trying to influence like the international audiences opinion these people, but in Ukraine, it is in some ways, just a different kind of influence operation where they're trying to influence the world's view of Ukraine. Influence Ukrainians view of their themselves under government to make them feel like they are in a war zone even when their kid hundreds of miles from the actual fighting. That's happening on the eastern fronts in the eastern region of. Of Ukraine so in a book you you you go to Kiev. You spent time in Ukraine. Is there a sense in that country that while sometimes light goes out sometimes our TV stations. Their computers don't boot anymore. Because they got rewritten, the Hydros got Zeros like. Is there a sense that this is happening? Is there a sense the defy back is there does Microsoft deploy you know dozens of engineers to to help fight back. How does that play out on the ground there? Yeah, I mean to be fair. Ukrainians are very stoic about these things and regular. Ukrainian citizens were not bothered by you know. Know a short blackout. They didn't particularly care you know. This blackout was the first ever. Hacker induced blackout in history but Ukrainian cyber security. People were very unnerved by this end, people in these actual utilities were traumatized I mean these attacks were truly like relentless sins very kind of scary for the actual operators at the controls I mean in the first blackout attack. These poor operators Ukrainian control room in western Ukraine they were locked out of their computers, and they had to watch their own mouse cursor. Click through circuit breakers, turning off the power in front of them I. Mean They watched it happen? At these kind of Phantom hands to control of their mouse movements, so they took this very very seriously, but yet Ukrainians as a whole I mean they have seen a lot. They are going through an actual physical war. They've seen the seizure of Crimea and the invasion of the east of the country. You know the the date hits. A Ukrainian general was assassinated with a car bomb in the middle of Kiev, so they have a lot of problems, and I'm not sure that cyber war is one of the top of their minds, but not patio I. Did, actually reach Ukrainians normal. Ukrainian civilians to it. It shook them as well. I talked to two regular Ukrainians. who found that they couldn't swipe into the Kiev Metro. They couldn't use their credit card at the grocery store. All the ATM's were down The Postal Service was taken out for every computer that the postal service had was taken out for more than a month. I mean these things really did affect people's lives, but it kind of. A until that kind of climactic worm. Not Patio for I think for this to really reach home for Ukrainians. who have kind of seen so much. How do you fight back? I, mean I one of things that struck me as I was reading. The book is so many of the people you talked to people who are identifying the threat. They're actually private companies. Eyesight was the first even detect it. they are contractors to intelligence agencies the military in some cases, but they're not necessarily the government right like it's not necessarily Microsoft. Who has to issue the patches from the software not necessarily GE which makes simplicity, which is the big industrial controls talk about a lot. How does all that come together into a defense because that seems like harder problem of coordination? Yeah, I mean defense in Cyber. Security is in an eternal problem. It's incredibly complicated, and when you have a really sophisticated determined adversary, it know they will win eventually ends I. think that they're absolutely lessons for defense in this book about you know. Maybe you need to really really think about software updates for instance like the kind that were hijacked to a with this medoc accounting software. As a vector for terrible cyber-attacks. Imagine that like. Any of your insecure apps that have kind of updates can be become a a piece of Malware, really unique to signature networks need to think about patching on. There are just an endless kind of checklist of things to every organization needs to do to protect themselves so. In some ways that just like a Sisyphean task and I don't. I don't try to answer that question in the book because it's too big, and it's kind of boring as well, but what I do really hammer on is the thing that the government's really could've done here. which is to try to establish norms tried to control attackers through diplomacy through kind of disciplinary action through things like kind of Geneva Convention for Cyber War if. If you think about a kind of analogy to say like chemical weapons, we could just try to give everyone in the world a gas mask that they have to carry around with them at all times, or we could create a Geneva. Convention norm that chemical weapons should not be used in if they are than crime, and you get pulled in front of the Hague. Hague and we've done the ladder and I think that in some ways should be part of the the answer to cyber war as well we need to establish norms and make countries like Russia or like organizations like the G. Are you understand that there will be consequences for these kinds of attacks, even when the victim is not the US or NATO or the? The EU and I think we're only just starting to think about that. One of the questions I had as reading is it seems like a very clear red line for almost everyone you talk to is attacks on the power grid right? That is just unacceptable. You should not do it if you do it. You've crossed a line and there should be some consequence. Is, that clear to governments. Is that something that our government says? It's something that the says it has been established. It seems like it's it's the conventional wisdom wants to salvage, but I'm not unclear whether that is actually the line that exists. It definitely has not been established, and when I kind of did these I managed to get sort of interviews with the top cyber security officials in the Obama ends trump administration Jay Michael Daniel was the cyber. Cyber Coordinator for the administration was the kind of cyber coordinator boss in the The Homeland Security Adviser for trump and both of them when I asked him about like wiped. Why didn't you know to put it bluntly like? Why didn't you respond? When Russia caused blackouts in Ukraine? Both of them essentially said well. You know that's not actually the rule that we want to set. We want to be able to cause blackouts in our adversaries networks. In their power grids when we are in a war situation or when we believe it's in our national interest, so you know that's the thing about these cyber war capabilities. This is part of the problem that every country. Absolutely the US among them isn't really interested in controlling these weapons, because we in this kind of Lord of the rings fashion, we are drawn to them to like we want to maintain the ability to use those weapons ourselves and nobody wants to throw this ring in the fires, of Mount Doom. We all wanted maintain the ring and imagine that we can use it for good in out. So that's why neither administration called that Russia for doing this because they want that power to. Make the comparison to to nuclear weapons but Negotiated drawdown and treaties with Russia in the past we count warheads where aware that the United States stockpiles can destroy the world. Fifty Times over today maybe tomorrow one hundred hundred like what we have a sense of the the measure of force that we can. Put on the world when it comes to nuclear weapons, there's a sense that Oh, we should never use these right like we have them as a deterrent, but we've gained out that actually leads to his mutually assured destruction like there's an entire body of academics. There's entire body of researchers. Entire body is got scenario planning with that kind of weapon. Does that same thing exist for for cyber weapons. There are absolutely. Know community is of academics. Policymakers who are thinking about this stuff now, but I don't think it's kind of gotten through to actual government decision. that. There needs to be kind of cyber deterrence in how that would work. In in the comparison to nuclear weapons is like instructive, but not exactly helpful. In fact, it's kind of counter-productive because we cannot deter cyber-attacks with other cyber-attacks i. don't think that's GonNa work in part because we haven't even tried to establish it yet. There are no kind of rules or read lines, but then I think more importantly. Everybody thinks that they can get away with cyberattacks that they can. They're going to create a false flag. That's clever enough that that when they blow up a power grid, they can blame their neighbor instead, so they think they're. They're gonNA. Get Away with it, and that causes them to do it anyway. A not fear the kind of assured destruction so I think that the the right response, the way to to deter cyber attacks is not with the promise of a cyber attack in return. It's with all the other kind of tools we have, and they've been used sometimes, but but they were not in the case of Sand Werman. Those tools include like sanctions which came far too late in the story indictments of hackers. In some cases, we still haven't really seen syndrome. Hackers indicted for the things that they did in Ukraine or or even not petty. And then ultimately just kind of messaging like calling out naming and shaming bad actors, and that has happened to some degree with Sandra, but in some cases there have still been massive failures there there has still been no public attribution of the Sandwich attack on the twenty eighteen Olympics I mean. My Book has been out for months. I think show pretty clear evidence that syndrome is responsible for this attack. The very least it was Russia and yet the US and Korean War, These Olympics took place at UK, none of these governments have named Russia as having done that. That attack which almost just invites them to do it again whenever our next Olympics are going to be, I guess maybe not this year, but if you don't send that message than you're just essentially inviting Russia to try again so I think might my big question is what happens now? I mean right we you write about. The NSA has tailored access operations, which is their elite hacking group. We are obviously interested in maintaining some of these capabilities. We've come to a place where people are writing books about how it works. What is the next step? What is the next? does it just keep getting worse or does this kind of diplomacy you're talking about? Is that beginning to happen I? Think there is some little glimmers of hope about the diplomacy beginning to happen I mean this year in February I think it was the State Department's called out a sand worm attack on Georgia, where a worms hackers basically took down a ton of Georgian websites by attacking the hosting providers as well as a couple of TV's broadcasters in the US. State Department with a few other governments not. said this was sand. Worm named the unit of the GRU. That's is that was confirmation that I've been looking for for a long time, but they also made a point of saying that we're calling this out is unacceptable, even though Georgia. Georgia is not part of NATO or the U. so that's that's progress. That's essentially creating a new kind of rule. That's state-sponsored. Hackers can't do certain things, no matter who the victims and that's really important. Also, it was kind of interesting because federal officials like gave me a heads up about that announcement before happened, which they have very very rarely do and I think they were trying. To say was in we. We read your book and we. Got The message okay like Stop attacking us about this like we're trying. We're doing something different here I. Don't want flatter myself that I actually changed their policy, but it did seem interesting that they wanted to tell me personally about this so i. I think that like maybe our stance on this kind of diplomacy is evolving, and we're learning lessons, but at the same time we also see the attacks evolving to. To and their new innovations in these kinds of disruption happening, we've seen since some of these terrible Sandra attacks. You know other very scary things like this piece of our called Triton or crisis that was used to disabled safety systems in a oil refinery in Saudi Arabia on that was you know that could have caused an actual physical explosion of petrochemical facility? The the attacks are evolving to okay final last real question. Tell people where they can get your book. You can find all kinds of places by on indie Greenberg Dot net. Written another book as well previously, yes. That's right. I wrote a book about wikileaks. Cypher punks and things like that. That's right well. I'm a huge fan. It was an honor to talk to you. Thank you so much for coming on I know it's. It's a weird time to be talking about anything, but the coronavirus I was very happy to talk about something else, which is that it seems a little bit more in control Even if it is quite dangerous, a thank you for the time. I appreciate it. Yeah, I'm glad to provide people with a different kind of apocalypse as a distraction.
Flynn and Russian ambassador transcripts released
"Congressman Devin Nunes twenty two California ranking on the house intelligence comment on documents just tap now in the last hour these are the trends of the conversations between lieutenant general Michael Flynn retired U. S. army in December of twenty sixteen when he was on the trump transition scheduled to be the national security adviser come the twentieth and the inauguration the conversation with the then Russian ambassador Kislyak the conversations were said to be pertinent to the background that the Obama administration at the issued sanctions against the Russian federation having to do with the election interference and other bad acting by players that subsequently we learned were not directly attached to the Russian government that would be the internet trolls of Petersburg but in any event there was a lot of noise at the time that these conversations contained violations of certain obscure laws like a Logan act or perhaps a tip A. as a in exchange promises that were not Michael Flynn's to give or perhaps it had something to do with the allegation of collusion between the trump administration the trump campaign and Russia we didn't know because we didn't have the transcripts Devin you've now read these transcripts which were denied to you when you were conducting the investigation that led to your memo of the winter of twenty eighteen that is the gold standard for what we know about russiagate you've eggs you've read the transcripts now what do you make of them what surprises do you find here well I would just say this the briefing that we received shortly after the F. B. I. agents when an unannounced unprecedented into the White House to interview general plan just red flag one big problem right there at the beginning of all this weeks later we get into we get debriefed by the F. B. I. D. F. B. I. says look at the agents there that didn't think of when was lying about anything what will now we know why there wasn't anything to lie about John if if you read the the transcript they are you know as a river when president trump when during the Ukrainian impeachment hopes that you know trump had a call with the with the president and then when the call got released there was really nothing in the car when trump president trump you say was the perfect phone call well John this is not only a perfect phone call it's a very boring phone call and it fax it back it just looks like clothes that I have with with diplomats it doesn't look anything like anything different than what a a member of Congress has whenever I go overseas and meet with my fellow colleagues in the the and whether it be the foreign minister or the defense ministers or the intelligence leadership of foreign countries or even the prime ministers or presidents of countries it looks like a normal call that anybody that's in in the U. S. government or general Flynn's case the incoming national security adviser it looks like a normal perfect phone call and John you know what's missing we don't talk about sanctions in the call all this time suppose a we were led to believe that Flynn was having these long conversations about sanctions and no bother sanctions that the Obama it ministration president Obama put on to the Russian government John it's kind of hard to find in there if you go through you have to read really really close you know within a microscope to find where exactly they were talking about sanctions because the word sanctions doesn't even come up well there was a you know the the if anything it looks like a a normal conversation the only thing that that even gets close is general plan saying you know Hey we still want to work together you know don't hold this against us paraphrasing but that's about it yes the quote that I like here is general Flynn reminds ambassador Kislyak of his status he says remember ambassador you're not talking to a diplomat you were talking to a soldier I'm a very practical guy it is all about solutions a very humble statement from a man who is about to be national security adviser at the general also says we need cool heads to prevail and we need to be very study about what we're going to do because we have absolutely a common threat in the Middle East this is boilerplate very sensible and for general Flynn to say he's not an ambassador at not a diplomat I would say that's the most diplomatic of language there was no threat there was no exchange there were no promises this almost is a polite way of saying here I am you can call me up if you have
Trump administration to roll back restrictions on land mine use: report
"The trump administration is planning to loosen restrictions on the use of weapons that have been banned by more than a hundred and sixty countries land mines the new policy is set to be announced tomorrow and the state department has already informed its embassies and here's Michele Kelemen reports according to a diplomatic cable first reported by the news website vox the trump administration is re sending president Obama's two thousand fourteen directive on land mines that was a policy that came out of long discussions with the department of defense says Robert Shinseki who served on Obama's National Security Council DOT came to the position that other than with respect to very specific circumstances on the Korean peninsula they are not of military utility and and thus it agreed with what became the Obama administration policy which was not to use these weapons outside of Korea CNN reports that the trump administrations change in approach followed a Pentagon review the new policy is expected to allow the military to use land mines anywhere as long as they have a self destruct mechanism wyshynski says even those types of land mines are dangerous because there's no person involved to make a distinction between enemy fighters or child who thinks it's a toy like a rifle where there's a person deciding to pull the trigger or it's our own for that matter where there's someone watching the video feed and deciding whether to fire the weapon or not these are at the end of the day so called dom munitions even those that self destruct after after thirty days time a former commander of US army Europe lieutenant general Ben Hodges though says the US has to be realistic especially after Russia's military aggression in Ukraine so as you start thinking about the possibilities not the probabilities but the possibilities of a conflict with the Russian federation forces up along NATO's eastern flank the need for land mines they can stop large armored formations is still valid the U. S. is not a signatory of the treaty banning landmines the Obama administration didn't go that far Hodges now with the center for European policy analysis says the U. S. would need Russia and China on board for that I've seen nothing in the last in my study of Russian or Chinese history they give me any confidence that they would respect international also this is about being able to protect allies to protect our own troops the former Obama official Brzezinski doesn't buy that we've been engaged in two decades of persistent conflict and DO decently haven't used these weapons that's because they're not particularly useful on a modern military battlefield and land mines continue to be a danger to civilians around the globe Michele Kelemen NPR news the state
Despite doping ban, Russian athletes prepare for Olympics
"The politics in sports you can reverse into politics and sports rims sports and politics about Russia being banned from the Tokyo games yeah for four years for over four years for doping so the world anti doping agency said Nenana it's not happening forget about it you are out my friends and the Russian athletes will still be allowed to compete at the Olympics next year in the twenty twenty Beijing winter Olympics but only as neutrals it if they can prove that they were not part of a state sponsored system of doping so there you have to go through a bunch of hoops on on that and Russia Russian Olympic programs are saying no there's no we we we shouldn't be nailed for this that's it's not right they're denying it they're denying that they had anything to do with with coping so I I think it's you know that the Russian flag the anthems like avail added events like the Tokyo games the Paralympics the twenty twenty two World Cup in Qatar then it's not going to happen there band and that means that the that's it and they're not happy about it but Russia or the Russian federation has competed at the modern Olympic Games as a lot of different in a lot of different occasions but there's different nations in six appearances Russian athletes have won a total of four and twenty eight medals at the Summer Olympic Games another hundred and twenty at the Winter Olympic Games so are they Olympic officials they want you know their outrage that Russia's efforts to cheat the system they're not happy about this at all and they voted unanimously to
News in Brief 17 October 2019
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations Afghanistan has seen record high levels of civilian casualties in the third quarter of two thousand nineteen stemming mainly from the violence between rival political party supporters the UN assistance mission in the country unum revealed in a report published Thursday which number of civilians injured or killed at zero a staggering one point five million people died from tuberculosis. TB last year Nigeria Pakistan the Philippines and South Africa highlighting some good news. Who also pointed out that Brazil China and the Russian Federation in July the mission documented the country's bloodiest month on record with the highest number of civilian casualties in a single month since the UN began systematic documentation alien casualties two thousand five hundred sixty three killed and five thousand six hundred and seventy six injured similar to figures in the corresponding labor market policies such as training and career advice with income support for job seekers the analysis found that while income support and government assistance program
Language is key to a brighter future for region that inspired Tolkien, says ethnic speaker at UN talks
"This is Matt Wells at U.. N. News career in the Russian Federation is a land of Lakes rivers and forests whose culture inspired Lord of the Rings Author J R token the community proudly says but is at risk from climate change you big industry and a language that is in danger of dying out in an interview with Daniel Johnson Alexi carry off from the Center for support of indigenous peoples in Karelya maintains that indigenous languages and centuries old practices need phone greater protection. We'll begin by hearing some poetry from Alexei in his mother tongue. One had I in Noel Vinyl are color Evelyn Conquer Hilla lowly viansa loudly by Livy Lower Light Bevan backs Houston. Yeah we see a lot of consequences of climate change for example the snow's melting earlier and I remember that when I grew up in my childhood dates we had snow snow already in October and I will have snow only in December December sometimes when January and it impacts the legs for example the ice on the lakes and the fishing it impacts forestry it impacts digital's people's hunting and many other other ways of life which indigenous peoples excise so we see also more wins than we saw before because of the intensive forest industry in Australia and of course the impact of industries which operate in the area for example mining. In or paper industry polluting the air polluting the rivers so this is big concern for indigenous peoples. How many Caribbeans are there then in this part of northwestern Russia and how many other ethnic groups and indigenous groups are they in part of the world in office Russia? We have quite many indigenous people so and we should understand that in Russia we have two types of indigenous peoples recognized a small number indigenous peoples which are people's with the population less than fifty thousand and big groups like mine for example Caribbeans so enough west we have bigger groups as Caribbeans commies and some others and small number does nets Asami vep science and also very very small number North Koreans who are only to sixty people our audience they are only eighty three people left goodness me so really much more needs to be done to raise awareness about the vulnerabilities of indigenous peoples and I know that in your part of the world take the protection of your language is very important and also the fact that there aren't enough caribbeans being born. You've got a demographic gap. That's really building up how you hoping to address those challenges so right. Now we are advocating for the proclamation of the international decayed indigenous languages because we feel that just one year one International Year of indigenous languages is not enough to accomplish our goals and action plan which UNESCO has created in collaboration with indigenous peoples and festival. First of all in my community for example with think that we need to rebuild confidence of indigenous peoples in their own languages because many parents for example don't want the kids to even speaker and because they think this is not necessarily it's not pragmatically useful and we should rebuild this mode to speak on language and we have some good projects community based projects how to do it and we need more support from the international community because as long as the international attention is in place the decision the Russian government for example and the Republican government and even local governments but even more attention to indigenous languages seem also good practices from other regions. Maybe you could tell me about one interesting traditional practice that really is struggling the moment mm two. That's reindeer breeding and herding practice of the brilliant people tell me that a bit about its history and why it's important to the region and how it might be perhaps a chance for re growth and rebirth for the Caribbean people. Yes another grill exercise reindeer herding in the past. Unfortunately this is not the case anymore because of some consequences of the Second World War of occupation of many Koreans in the region's when it came back to guerrillas so they settled in completely different places and the already lost the livestock of the reindeer and of course it would be great to revitalize this tradition because it goes deep to the roots of the cultural traditions to the cultural identity and the coat of these people and it's connected. Very much with the traditional songs for example with the Kalevala epic point which is well known in the world inspired even token to to create his own the rinker how Lord of the Rings to jail token he was inspired by the Kalevala epic epic poem which is our chameleon biggest hit big yeah of course <hes> I mean reindeer herding but also it's important but also of course fishing you cannot imagine millions without fish fish is the main dish for Caroline's and they have a lot of different dishes types of fish for example smelly fish smelly fish dish. What is a smelly fish? Is that a type of fish yeah. It's soccer you know take fish in springtime so then the story in the barrels and they can not only for example in August. It's a little bit smelly but you can still it. It's very tasty and some of the guests are afraid to eat it but it's very tasty I like see I can't say you're selling it to me but I'll come and check it out. Absolutely if you invite me over to Karelya certainly taste it. Maybe just one final question. Just set the scene for me. You step out of your house in the morning. What is it that you see? What is it that you think of in your mind's eye? Now you're speaking to us in Geneva. What is it that you what's the image that comes to mind? Guerrilla is the land of off lakes rivers the forest and that's what I see every single when I wake up and I would like to preserve this for future generations for my kids for everybody who lives in guerrilla or comes to career as a tourist or as.
News in Brief 17 July 2019
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations. More corporations needed to secure the arrest of fugitives charged with war crimes such as genocide said the U._N.. Prosecutor forts known as the international residual mechanism for criminal tribunals says bromate's told security city council members on Wednesday the first priority is office remains to quickly wrap up the trials and appeals of alleged war criminals from the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and genocide against tootsie in Rwanda which fall under the mechanisms jurisdiction with eight people still on the. Run he said that we're not yet. Receiving the corporation needed to secure arrests will he noted a general lack of national capacity in the difficulties of tracking down international fugitives in the mocking the twenty fifth anniversary of the genocide against the tootsie and others Mr Brennan said the victims of waited for too long for justice with some fugitives remaining a threat to international peace and security today we will utilize all tools available to us to address the challenges we face he said including former reports of non-cooperation cooperation to the Security Council if needed expressing deep concern of a how migration and migrants themselves are being politicized and scapegoated in Hungary and independent U._N.. Human Rights expert on Wednesday urged the government to immediately end its crisis approach to the. Issue migrants arbitrators dangerous enemies in both official and public discourses said Felipe Gonzalez Morales the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of migrants in a statement released following the end of an official visit he called on Hungary to reevaluate Erato current reality in relation to migration terminate immediately the so-called crisis situation and lift relevant restrictive measures he edged the government to reassess its security oriented narrative when it comes to migrants and move towards a human rights based approach coach adding that security concerns could not justify human rights violations to Geneva where indigenous peoples from around the world gathered on Wednesday to discuss how to protect their unique cultures and traditions in the face of challenges including climate. Change from Cornelia in the Russian Federation which is home to nearly two hundred different ethnic groups Alexi psychotic told you a news how warmer global temperatures had threatened centuries old practices the snow's melting earlier earlier and I remember when I grew up in my childhood dates we had snow already in October. Now have snow only in December December sometimes when January and it impacts legs for example the ice on the lakes and efficient it Kim box forestry it impacts digits people's hunting and many other ways of life which indigenous peoples exercise in addition to the threat from climate change Mr Psychotic who's from the sense of support of indigenous peoples in Karelya maintains that.
"russian federation" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM
"You, you used an obscure accounting policy, George to, to basically transition, the US government from a Republic to a group of secret people, you know, to a deep state. Let's go to the phones. Tom in LA Hoya California to get started Thomas. Go ahead. Hi, george. Thank you for taking my call or Catherine. You're doing magnificent work with Solari my question while comment, and that a question, Catherine the rest of the world, I wanna speak about the bricks countries and bricks is acronym for Brazil, Russia and DEA, Iran shaina and South Africa. And you might say that there's this dynamic so to speak between the Anglo American is Rayleigh had Gemini and the bricks con countries, they have to know what's going on. And I'm sure that they read your reports, you know, like the Russian federation China that cetera. And what I'm wondering is, is this money that is missing. I think it's perhaps going into weapons of mass destruction secret space directed energy. And as you say mercenary armies, but the rest of the world has to know. And I'm wondering what the response is. I mean, for example, Putin and the Russian federation has to have intelligence services accountants and that analyzing what's going on within that American, you know, Anglo American Isreaeli Gemini and the missing money of twenty one trillion. And yeah. So I was wondering if you would comment on that. Well, clearly, the the rest of the world knows that remember for the for, for say the first part of that wave ninety to the financial crisis two thousand eight. Asia was absolutely beneficiary free investment of some of this money. So clearly, some of this was capitalizing the globalization process and Asia was beneficaries, one of the reasons I've always believed they globalized winning as they did with the creation of WTO in the Uruguay Round of GATT is, I think the speed of globalization was triggered by a desire to become a multi planetary civilization and to do that. You needed to you needed to globalize and you needed to bring the capacity of Asia, into the space program, which clearly if you look at what Indian China doing in space, it's quite remarkable. In what aid is doing and space with satellite. So so Asia was the beneficiary of this. And yeah, they knew what was going on because they were part of the play now, I also think they're looking at the extraordinary debasement of currency. That's happening by the US dollar. And you see the whole g twenty and the bricks struggling with the sort of the, the harvesting of subsidy by the US system. And so the Bredon was system for this. A variety of other reasons is breaking down, and we're going from a unipol roll to multiple world. China now rather than financing..
At odds on many fronts, US and Russia hope for better ties
"Was sunny and warm in the Russian resort city of sulky today secretary state, Mike Pompeo travel there to meet with his Russian counterpart and with President Vladimir Putin. Unlike the city where they met the US Russian relationship is probably better described as overcast and chilly in any case Pompeo was looking on the bright side, he told reporters I am here today because President Trump is committed to improving this relationship, but as the world's Matthew bell reports actually resetting US. Russia ties is a long shot when Putin wants to host foreign guests in relaxed atmosphere. He meets them in Sochi where Russia hosted the twenty fourteen Winter Olympics, ladies and gentlemen, the president of the Russian federation. Putin. Putin spends a good amount of time in this city that was rebuilt in part to glorify his presidency. It's the perfect setting for Putin's first meeting with a high level American official in nearly a year. It is important that Mike Pompeo is visiting. He was as a director of the CIA one of the first officials from Trump administration to actually pay visit to Russia, and then he hosted Russian intelligence, insecurity. Chiefs in Washington semen, Sarah, John is director of the Russia matters project at Harvard's Kennedy School of government. He says Pompeo has an established relationship with the Russians and the timing for this meeting is good too. With the Muna report already published this. Duck clout has looked dissipated, but has has changed color, and Sarah, John says there are areas where the US and Russia want to work together counter-terrorism is one both governments want to lower the threat posed by international terrorist groups like. Isis arms control is another one neither country wants nuclear war, and Sarah, John says extending the new start treaty aimed at preventing an arms race between the US and Russia is something that's achievable.
What Happened at America's Secret Atomic City?
"Putin. Today's episode was brought to you by the new Capital One saver card with which you can earn four percent cashback on dining and entertainment. That means four percent on checking out that new restaurant everyone's talking about and four percent on watching your team win at home. You'll also earn two percent cashback at grocery stores and one percent on all other purchases. Now when you go out you cash in what's in your wallet? Welcome to brain stuff. Production of iheartradio. Hey, brain stuff loin Vogel bomb here in September of nineteen forty two US army, Lieutenant General Leslie groves commander of the Manhattan project. Those secret US crash effort to develop the atomic bomb faced a critical decision. The project needed to produce uranium-235 an isotope of uranium who's unstable nucleus could be easily split trigger efficient chain-reaction and release enormous amount of destructive energy, but that would require a massive complex manufacturing process involving tens of thousands of workers which needed to be kept secret to thwart interference from spies and saboteurs. But the question was where those priscilla's possibly be hidden U S officials had already identified potential sites in several parts of the country, but all of them had drawbacks Shasta dam in California. For example, was too close to the Pacific coast and this Volna rebel air attack in several locations in Washington state would have required construction of long power lines to provide the massive amounts of electro. Needed for the work site in Illinois near Chicago was also out officials didn't want to be close to a big population centers since the potential health risks of the work were not clear, and it would have been easier for enemy Asians to blend in around a city. So instead groves quickly settled upon fifty two thousand acre. That's twenty one thousand Hector site in rural eastern, Tennessee later expanded slightly not only would it be inconspicuous to anyone outside of the sparsely populated area. But it was also close to hydroelectric plants operated by the Tennessee valley authority, which could supply the enormous amounts of electrically that the plans would require it was the perfect place to build both the Clinton engineer works, which would be the atomic complex and secret city to house the workers the government decided to call the secret city oakridge because it sounded quote, sufficiently bucolic and general according to an article in a nineteen sixty nine government review of the project, not long after choosing the area, the US government quietly started moving small farmers who had land on the site paying them compensation, but not telling them why then came trainloads full of construction equipment and building materials construction crews quickly erected the buildings that would comprise the nondescript we named campus as well as. Thousands of houses for scientists and workers. Many of the homes were be one flat tops, a designed fashion from prefabricated panels and roofing to save construction time building the secret industrial facilities and housing for workers cost around one point three two billion dollars. That's about eighteen point five billion in today's money that amounted to sixty percent of the Manhattan, project's total budget over the next few years oakridge grew into a community of seventy five thousand people. We spoke with de Ray Smith, a retired historian for the UAE twelve national security complex who also is the historian for these city of Oak Ridge and a columnist for the Oak Ridge or a local newspaper Smith explained people came from all over the world. Many of the scientists were Hungarians a lot came out of Germany and Great Britain. He explains that others were recruited for the Clinton engineering works by big US companies working on the Manhattan project who scoured campuses if US colleges and universities for bright students with needed science and technical skills. For example, a young chemist named Bill Wilcox who was approached by an Eastman Kodak recruiter in nineteen forty-three later recalled that he was only told that the job was some sort of secret war work. He said I asked where I'd be working. He wouldn't say it was secret. I asked what sort of work. I'd be doing. He wouldn't say it was secret Wilcox eventually ended up at the Clinton engineer works. According to Smith, those who turned down jobs might end up being drafted into a special engineering detachment of the US army. And sent to Tennessee anyway. Those atomic workers arrived at a place shrouded in secrecy, locals knew something mysterious was going on at the site. But only those who are part of the mission were allowed inside past. The guarded gates on the access roads, the atomic facilities themselves were surrounded by digital security. The work itself was highly compartmentalized. So that most people knew only about the small portion of the effort that they themselves were working on. And only a select few new. The overarching mission was to help make the atomic bomb access to buildings other than the one you were working in was highly restricted to keep information from getting out oakridge became a self contained community with most everything that its workers needed secret city had stores movie houses, a high school a Bank, a three hundred bed hospital, tennis and handball courts and even its own Symphony Orchestra led by a Manhattan project. Scientists people who live there tended victory gardens raised families, and led what was pretty much normal American existence. That is except for the secrecy that surrounded them in their work. A billboard reminded workers. Let's keep our traps shut. They knew they had to be cautious. Not to say anything about their jobs to anyone even their own spouses, a young scientists told one of the first reporters tried about the subject when Louis Feldstein would sit around the dinner table, and the strain was terrible. But it was all in the difficult effort of producing uranium-235. There's only a tiny amount of the stuff zero point seven percent in uranium or most of which is uranium two thirty eight which doesn't fit in as easily and above such as little boy. The one dropped on Hiroshima required. One hundred and forty one pounds. That's sixty four kilograms of uranium-235. You have to separate a lot of material to get that much to thirty five to solve that problem. The Clinton engineer works y twelve plant used special devices called Cal trans which utilized the electromagnetic separation process developed by Nobel winning physicist Ernest Lawrence, the university of California, Berkeley, the Cal trans used heat and powerful magnets to separate the two isotopes and then to collect just the uranium-235 isotope because it's so much lighter in weight together. Enough uranium-235 for the projects purposes, the y twelve facility employed twenty two thousand workers to run one thousand one hundred fifty two Kalua trans literally around the clock. Meanwhile, another part of the works. The x ten graphite reactor. Used neutrons emitted from uranium-235 to convert uranium two, thirty eight into an isotope of a different element. Plutonium two thirty nine another easily fissionable material suitable for making Tomek bombs as myth explains after x ten demonstrated that the process could work the actual plutonium used to make Fatman the bomb dropped on Nagasaki was produced in the b reactor at the Hanford engineer works near Richmond, Washington. Finally on August. Sixth nineteen Forty-five the world witnessed the results of the secret cities. Labor's when the United States dropped an atomic bomb containing uranium-235 produced there on the Japanese city of Hiroshima the Knoxville, Tennessee, new sentinels front page headline proudly proclaimed atomic super bomb made it oakridge strikes Japan that wasn't completely correct though, the uranium-235 came from Tennessee parts, the bomb were made it three different plants. So that none of them would have the complete design the destruction at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was horrific, and it was a or perhaps the turning point of the war. After the war. The various parts of the once secret, Tennessee, atomic complex were split up part eventually was reborn as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which helped pioneer the field of nuclear medicine present isotopes for use intriguing cancer and as diagnostic tools in addition to doing cutting edge research areas ranging from nanotechnology to wireless, charging of electric vehicles and other portion became the twelve national security complex, which produced components for tens of thousands of thermonuclear weapons in the us arsenal during the Cold War and leader helped disassemble US and former Soviet nuclear weapons third part is now the site of the east Tennessee technology park, though, there's no evidence that German or Japanese spies ever managed to infiltrate the Clinton engineer works. A Soviet spy named George co Ville did manage to get a job there. And apparently passed along information about the atomic work to the Soviets in two thousand seven he was honored posthumously with a hero of the Russian federation medal. The nation's highest honor I Russian President
"russian federation" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"And I think Jeremy and Frank both hit the nail right on the head is we know that Russia tried to interfere with our elections and this president because either he was compromised or he felt like maybe the result of the election was called into question was unable to acknowledge Russian meddling Russian interference and his taken. No steps to shore up the safety of our. Elections which are really managed at local government levels at county levels and yet nothing is being done to assist. Those units of government in conducting elections with integrity from from further Russian interference, Jeremy bash. I have a hunch that proper names like WikiLeaks and Assange are gonna come back into the national conversation. Right. Quick. How should in your view Americans think of those two proper names? Well, I think they should think about them as agents of the Russian federation, which is how our intelligence community thinks of them, and there are multiple points where the Russian federation went to the Trump campaign, beginning April twenty sixteen you asked about the origins, and they said we have dirt on Hillary Clinton than the Russian government went to the Trump Tower and had the meeting then a Russian intelligence officer met with Paul Manafort and talked about polling, and proprietary data. And then, of course, Rogers still served as a conduit between the rush the Trump campaign and the Russian Federation's intelligence assets. So You. you have multiple points of contact. And again, I think the prudent question here for the congress as we move into this new phase of the investigation is okay. Maybe no laws were broken with respect to those relationships. But was there an abusive power was there a compromise of American foreign policy because that ultimately goes to whether or not the president remains fit for office. Frank is it something else entirely to try to bring Assange or WikiLeaks to any American style. Or American notion of Justice. Oh, I don't think people are getting up on that. In Washington are inside the F B I R inside the department of Justice. I think it's quite possible. I was part of early discussions on how to handle Wicky leaks and Assange, and I can tell you those those agents, those prosecutors are still working its there's clearly something very significant going on in the eastern district of Virginia involving WikiLeaks and Assange, perhaps he's already been indicted, and I think the key gap in our knowledge, Brian is tying him to to plot to release the Russian hacked emails with a deliberate intent to mess with the election. Did they understand they were an agent of Russia? Did they understand they were going to damage the electoral process in the United States? My gut tells me yes, they did. The question is how to prove that. And if that can be proven every tenth will be made to get Assange back here for Justice. Choice fans. I watched between twelve and fourteen hours of cable news coverage at occurs to me just today, and I don't like to brag I did hear it theorized that when we woke up this morning. The most important American alive was Robert Muller by tonight. It's William bar. The attorney general has had that job before do you? Concur. I'm not sure if I agree. You know, I think what's really important, and I'm gonna just say this at the risk of sounding silly. And patriotic, please do I'd do it all the time. The most important person in America. It's not as the average American citizen who should be paying attention who should be reading the indictments who should be watching what William bar does. He should be a student of Bob Miller's work because in twenty twenty. We're going to all have the most important decision of our lives to make in the ballot. And when we vote in the election, and whether congress acts no matter what their conclusions are Bob Muller's were each of. Us has Noblet Gatien as American citizen to determine whether this president is fit for office. Sometimes it's a matter of knowing which quote to end the conversation on and I think we just heard it, Jeremy bash. Joyce vance. Frank Figliuzzi long day's journey tonight. Much obliged to your help.
Football player, 16, reveals why he killed pregnant cheerleader
"Baby. He pleaded not guilty in court today and new back for another hearing next week, David Alex Perez, Alex, thank you to the expected guilty plea now from that Russian woman, we have reported on here before Maria Boutin Tina, she'd been accused of being a secret agent of the Russian government. It's believed she is now flipped agreeing to plead guilty to conspiracy and to cooperate with US prosecutors in any investigation, here's ABC's Phillips tonight. She's accused of being a glamorous and manipulative secret agent sent here by Russia, but tonight Maria Boutin has agreed to cooperate with the Justice department in a draft agreement obtained by ABC news, the Russian gun rights activists pleads guilty to conspiracy admitting she sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over US politics for the benefit of the Russian federation. Prosecutors say she did it with the help of an. American Republican operative Paul Erikson with whom she had a romantic relationship. They even recorded this video together. Boutin says Ericsson helped her cozy up to conservative leaders and top NRA officials. She acknowledges that in two thousand fifteen she told a Russian official.
"russian federation" Discussed on Jesse, Jordan, GO!
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"russian federation" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"Lukashenko was ignored by Russia. He wasn't invited to the grand opening, and that was a real international snub because Russia very much sees that that Belarus is is effectively a part of it. Indeed, in twenty eleven President Putin may speech saying that actually, we should incorporate Belarus into the Russian federation. It should become another subject to the Russian federation. So I think you've, you've got this interesting game. I agree with everything that Begnaud has said as well. We particularly since two thousand fourteen and it is it was the seizure of Crimea and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia that had President Lukashenko on the one hand worried on the other hand, seeing an opportunity because he was the one who put forward minutes case capital as the place for the talks on resolving the Ukrainian situation. And there have been a couple of supposed- agreements which haven't had a great deal of effect, but they're still called the Minsk agreement. So so been a Bruce has got its name on the map as it were. But I think Lukashenka does see a concern from from Russia. If Ukraine is fifty million people bene- Russa's ten million in if Russia's decided they wanted to take Bela Reuss and make it part of Russia. It'd be very difficult for him to to stop them militarily. And so he his biggest advantage is geography. It's the fact that Bill Rouge is this country that sits between Russia and not only Europe, but now the European Union potent borders on it. And so I think he's he's trying to play something of a clever game, but also he's, he's wary and the Russians are getting very annoyed by this because as far as I concerned bellarusse is there's despite that irritation what is the relationship like between President Lukashenko in Belarus and Vladimir Putin, and it's become pretty frosty I, it was. It was pretty good at first because again, as I said, I mean, you know, at a Reuss return back to the Soviet past one of the symbols. For example, one of the first thing Lukashenko did after he became president in nineteen. Ninety four was that he replaced the post Soviet, built a Russian flag with the Soviet era of yellow, Russian flag as a sign that we're. Those are all routes really. And I, of course, he he's been there longer than President Putin. President Putin came to power was elected president in two thousand. And at first he saw pro Putin. So Lukashenko's a reliable ally. And there'll be a Russian friends, but because of the attitudes Lukashenka's taken since twenty fourteen that personal relationship has become frost. And as I say this ignoring him, the time of these big military exercises was a real public slap in the face been. So again, in Zurich, it has been Belarus has been called Europe's last dictatorship. Do you think that's a fair label for the country? And do you think that that is is perhaps nearing some sort of change. Well to to begin with the most famous person to utter those words was Condoleeza Rice, George W Bush's foreign minister, and she's probably not the least biased person in the world. So to be honest better is is not a dictatorship. It may feel very eerie if you walk through the streets of Minsk because that's few people very wide boulevards all everything is very neatly tidy, but it's certainly not dictatorship. It is authoritarian as in the president has very large power and democracies false, but look is not the state. The state is not entertain a huge propaganda machine there. Awesome. Free media particularly online that can criticize the government and even though there are certain repression, so freedom for semblance. Certainly not a thing. There are no political prisoners, for example, and people are free to travel there. Actually the Schengen champions in the world when it comes to Schengen visa per capita. But there there are small signs of change. I guess sometimes when in two thousand sixteen that you lifted all sanctions..
Research shows increased skin cancer risk among U.S. military members
"Frontlines of freedom and. We'll start with the news leader Josh President Trump promised warmer relations with Russian President Putin but the head of, the US central command had few kind words for Russian forces operating in Syria army general Joseph voters said quote Russia's support and protection has allowed the, Syrian regime to escape bull accountability for their use of chemical weapons, and the horrendous violence against their own people and has exacerbated the human. Suffering for hundreds of thousands in the western part of the country and quote shortly after arriving at the presidential palace and. Finland's capital Trump said he, believed Russia and the US will end up having an extraordinary relationship this runs counter to the rhetoric of US military leaders who've. You, Russia along with China as a high priority military, threat for the past several years the. US has bolstered its military presence in Europe to reassure its NATO allies after, Russia's annexation of Crimea in two thousand, four Eighteen general voters said he has received no new guidance as a. Result of the Helsinki summit the general said for us right now it's kind of steady as she goes adding that US. And coalition forces continue communication. And deconfliction with the Russian federation commanders to ensure safety of our forces while conducting airstrikes on ISIS forces and operations in Syria The national defense authorization act, prohibits US forces from coordinating synchronizing and collaborating with Russian forces so that does guide our activities Vogel said the nature of our interactions with Russian commanders is in the area of deconfliction and communication and the principle purpose of that is insuring safety of our forces safety of flight and of our aircraft and. Our people on the ground and quote, general voters said that any space for. Additional cooperation with the Russians in Syria would have to be created by congress or a waiver that they would have to approve to allow us to do something like that General Vogel is correct in his description of the Russian forces and activities and the danger they are to our nation and our goals however the president. Is correct in seeking to find, new ways to work with Russia as we do in space all that said Russia is our enemy. General voter also said that the recent ceasefire between Afghan forces and the Taliban maybe a. Signal that both sides are ready. For peace, although fighting continues voters said there is cause for cautious optimism and evidence that the president's. South Asia strategy is working the most dramatic evidence of this manifested recently when our conditions based approach allowed Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and the Afghan national, defense and security forces to set up the conditions for the first ever nationwide ceasefire although the ceasefire was temporary all parties respected the terms and quote the ceasefire which began June ninth and concluded on June thirtieth Did actually have a few breaches according to air. Force Brigadier General Lance bunch assistant to the. Deputy, commander for air bunch said that in late June that the Afghan air force had to conduct a number. Of self defense, strikes during the designated. Ceasefire period in response to Taliban hostility following the ceasefire u s and coalition, forces conducted increased kinetic strikes in support of the Afghan. National security forces targeting of Taliban revenue generating mechanisms according to general Votto he stressed that much work in fighting lie. Ahead but that the ceasefire demonstrated the increase desire for peace not only from the Afghan people but also from the belligerents in the conflict general voters said quote this is an Afghan owned and led. Process and quote Taliban have continued, to refuse to participate in direct talks with the Afghan government demanding instead to negotiate with Washington. General Votto believes that Ghani's orchestration of the three. Week ceasefire, may, change, the Taliban stance Votto said quote his offer to move, forward with the ceasefire and to meet with the Taliban under a no conditions based approach is very courageous and quote Clearly if there's going to be peace in that region it will require, participation, of all the parties involved that's a good sign a good first step but it's a long way. To go for peace to break up Dr Kelsey Raymond Schneider from Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee and. Her, colleagues conducted a systematic literature review to identify studies of melanoma and non melanoma skin cancer in military. Personnel the researchers dented nine studies describing skin cancer incidence in the US military with four studies specific to melanoma overall there was, an increased risk, for melanoma associated with service in, the military or prisoner of war status there. Was an increased incidence, of both melanoma and non melanoma skin cancer among World War Two soldiers who served in tropical environments increased melanoma risk maybe branch dependent with two. Studies, finding the highest rates among the air force the, authors wrote quote several of the reviewed studies implicated. Increased sun exposure during, military service and lack, of sufficient sun protection as the causes of higher rates of skin Cancer among US military and veteran populations as compared with among the nonmilitary population in the US It does make sense that. Exposure to the sun and a lack.
"russian federation" Discussed on 600 WREC
"A public service announcement brought to you by, the Ad Council One of, the, issues, President. Trump and, Putin discussed at their summit in. Helsinki Finland last week was the war in. Syria securing America Defense Secretary Jim. Mattis told reporters the US. And, Russia will continue to conduct separate campaigns for now we, do with Russian federation conflict for operation not coordinate the Russia wants embattled Syrian President Bush are. Stay in power while the US wants him ousted secretary of state. Mike Pompeo has confirmed President Trump and President Putin discussed. Cooperating on Syrian. Refugees while in Helsinki. But. Doing so would require permission from congress in Washington, Rachel Sutherland Fox News after the big controversy over separating families at the border earlier this year when parents were charged with coming here illegally today is the court ordered deadline for the Trump administration to reunite as many as twenty five hundred children with their families the government says it's done so with more Than a thousand so far meanwhile a New York City an. Illegal immigrant attained delivering a pizza has been freed by a judge Pablo v of Asensio speaking from. The Long Island home eat not seen since early June said he feared he would. Lose his wife and daughter when he, was arrested he, was. Taking a pizza into, an army post when guards asked for I d a background checks. Showed he was ordered to, leave the US, eight years. Ago a federal judge. Ended. V of Asensio stay in jail after two months saying although he. Came here illegally. He has been a model citizen since then the judge says he can stay in the US, as he attempts to gain legal status the cases captured, wide attention in the midst of a federal crackdown on illegal immigration Goodall Scott Fox News on, Wall Street stock futures are mixed so is trading in markets overseas the.
Russian government: Telcoms face cost hike from new security law
"There are new details in the case of this Russian national arrested and accused of being an illegal Kremlin agent. Maria Boutin, ah, made her first court appearance today, new court documents allege. She took orders from a Russian official with close ties to Putin, and from the looks of her apartment, she appears to have been getting ready to skip town at the time of her arrest. Before we talk about this with our next guest, we get some quick background tonight from NBC news, Justice correspondent Pete Williams. The FBI says during the two years, Maria Boutin was making a name for herself as a Washington DC college student and gun enthusiasts, hoping to further relations with Russia. She had a dark secret prosecutors, say her every move was directed by a Russian government official. Alexander torsion, close ally of lot Amir. Putin investigators say she hid in plain sight, joining the NRA to get close to influential Republicans, unaware, law enforcement officials, say that the FBI. Hey, I was watching her the Russians for decades have been trying to penetrate Washington circles. This is very reminiscent of the ten, Russian illegals. The sleeper agents who were arrested several years ago, but this was a speed version of that, but at twenty fifteen Trump event in Las Vegas. She asked the candidate question. If you Alexa discipline incident, what will be a phone in polish politics, especially in the relationships that with my country court documents, say she offered six for access to an unnamed political group, the FBI arrested her last weekend when she was packing up to move in court today, she pleaded not guilty. Prosecutor said she should be jailed pending trial because she could slip into the Russian embassy in the FBI couldn't stop her. But her lawyer says, she's no flight risk and is known for months that she was under investigation. She's not it'd into the Russian government, the Russian federation, innocent of the charges brought against her. Most importantly, she's young students seeking to make way in America. She's not charged. With being a spy. But the FBI says she was part of a covert Russian campaign to influence American politics. Pete Williams, NBC news at federal court in Washington, should she worry that her lawyer is reading off a piece of paper. We don't know. The boot Tina case is not a Muller case Muller's office. As we've been talking about did just indict those twelve Russian intelligence officers. And tonight notably, President Trump was asked again, whether he's willing to meet with Muller team. Would you send any more likely to sit for an interview now. My lawyers are working on that. I've always wanted to do an interview because. Look, there's been no collusion. There's been no talk of Russia has been no phone call. There's been nothing and it's a call it a witch hunt. That's exactly what it is. Well, let's talk about this and with us to do that former US attorney, Joyce Vance who spent twenty five years as a federal prosecutor, Joseph, this isn't crazy. It'll do till crazy gets here as they say, what do you make?.
Maria Butina: accused spy was in contact with Russian intelligence ...
"For his trip to Europe and probably defend his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and a Russian woman accused of acting as an agent on the Kremlin on US soil is due in federal court today in DC, prosecutors claim, Maria Boutin was secretly sent by the Russian federation to infiltrate American politics for alleged targets. US politicians and political candidates. And the NRA FBI says, Bettina cozied up to NRA officials and politicians trying to gain influence ABC's Pierre. Thomas says that Maria Boutin actually got close enough to candidate Donald Trump to pose a question back in two thousand fifteen. I, know Putin and. I'll tell you what we get along with. And she, also met Donald Trump junior at an. NRA convention between denies that she's a Russian plant we have seventy nine. Degrees on Peachtree street a mix of clouds and sun today going to be. Warm afternoon highs around ninety one only a slight chance of, a pop-up storm this afternoon Kirk Mellish's full forecast is coming up it is a mystery but, an autopsy may shed some light on the. Death of a Cherokee county woman and her baby a two year old was found unharmed in the acworth home the sheriff's offices there's no evidence of Phalle, play breaking news I I this is w SP twenty four.
Russia's Trump takeaway: Putin basks in post-summit glow
"IP dot com Slash save HD two Ashman from ABC news Michelle Franzen President Trump Tuesday steady supports the intelligence communities conclusion that, Russia, meddled in the, presidential election however the president added. It could have been someone, else the comment after the president cast doubt on the intelligence findings while standing alongside Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki upon reviewing. The transcript and a video clip the president now says he misspoke when discussing Putin's denial that Russia was involved in election interference saying he should have said wouldn't instead. Of would sentence should have. Been I don't see any reason why would it be Russia Sort of a double negative so you can put that in and. I think that probably clarifies. Things pretty good by itself The, reviews and responses. Are mixed. Fired FBI director. James Comey is responding to tweeting and calling, on Americans to vote for Democrats sane policy differences, don't matter it echoes comments. He made in April two ABC's start here podcasts that although the once. Called himself a Republican that's not. The case anymore Republican party has left me and many others I need no better. Evidence than, their new website which I think is lion Komi maybe attacking me I, just think they've lost their way and I. Can't be associated with. A twenty nine year old Russian gun rights activists has been indicted in federal court on charges she acted as an agent of, foreign government officials say Maria Tina as due in court, tomorrow federal prosecutors indicting Maria, Boutin a- a twenty nine year old, Russian gun. Right's advocate accusing her. Of trying to infiltrate an undermined the American political. System the FBI claims Boutin has been cozying up to US politicians and political, candidates and top. Officials of. The NRA to. Secretly advanced the interests of the Russian federation, and according to sources briefly met with Donald Trump, junior.
"russian federation" Discussed on WSB-AM
"To the average reader out, there they're saying well maybe that does it doesn't, and even the, people involved some perhaps. Told MS stories or. In one case the FBI said there was no lie there was no line somebody. Else said. There was we ran a brilliant campaign, and that's why I'm president thank you Who's to be believed after the who's not to. Be believed Did you can trust no one if you where did you get this idea President Trump trusts me or I trust him she shaking tedious defense the interest. Of the United States? Of America. Do defend, the interests of the Russian federation We do have interested that Goldman we are looking points of contact Mubarak's threat issues where our, very diverse and we are looking for. Ways to reconcile our differences how, to make our meaningful should not From the immediate political interests that guy Certain powers in. Our countries they should be guided by could you name a single fact that What Improve the. Collusion This is nonsense Just like president recently mentioned Yes the public at large in the United States had a certain perceived of the candidates during the campaign was there's. Nothing you'll extraordinarily. About it that's usual thing President Trump. When he was a candidate you mentioned the need, to restore the rushing relationship and it's clear that American society felt sympathetic about it and different people could express their sympathy in different ways isn't that isn't the natural to be sympathetic towards the person who is willing to restore the relationship with our country who. Wants to work with us we heard the. Accusations, about the Concorde country well as far as I know this company hired American lawyers and the accusations doesn't have a bucket He, doesn't have a fighting chance in the American courts so there's no evidence when it comes to the actual so we have to be guided by facts and not by rumors now let's get back the show this twelve alleged intelligence officers of Russia I don't know. The full extent of a situation but the. President, Trump mentioned this issue and I will look into it so far I can say the following Louis Blues but thinks he's offered over my, head we have an acting an existing agreement between the United States of America and..
"russian federation" Discussed on KBOI 670AM
"The way through the russian federation to the european markets and vice versa that wouldn't take away the one belt one road that china's developing expensively but it would give it competition and therefore weaken the chinese claim to power throughout the whole region greg correct me if i've misstated but that is the general theory that i've understood these many months years so now that we have kim after singapore beckoned to beijing how's the contest going good evening greg good evening john good evening gordon at the contest is getting interesting what we saw for the last ten or twenty years was the people's republic of china meeting little or no opposition at all to x expansion of its dominance say the euro asia and southeast asia and parts of the pacific and of course down through south asia middle eastern sought that pose an existential threat to the security of japan south korea and the republic of china taiwan because the psa was able to limit or constrain or even totally cut off the vital trade lines to those those northeast asian countries in the south china sea in the indo pacific region and so on so what's happening now is with the big pushback initiated by president trump which gave notice of even in the run up to the election in two thousand sixteen was the this pushback is now setting that is that look we're not gonna let north east asian clients down the buying will be subject to you know the same sort of conditions which britain was subject to in world war two for example so they're basically saying we're going to get new supply lines to and from japan south korea taiwan to europe so basically it certainly gives the us continued presence in in the region about but china no longer is the unquestioned supreme power in the region xi jinping has now accepted that it was it took six months eight months before president she actually got the message that the trump pushback was comprehensive it was gonna be unrelenting and it would broaden continue to broaden not just with regard to north korea but with regard to a whole lot of other things we're seeing that now with massively increased us support for taiwan for example we seeing the russia japan us access develop with seeing britain now committing and it's looking at to the post brexit stage of committing military pause again to the pacific already to counter.
"russian federation" Discussed on Inside the Hive with Nick Bilton
"May very well swung this this this election and to you know a president who appears to be under the thumb of the of the russian federation and that that's a very serious error that i think is yet to really deal with and watching him do it in public watching them flail in public is not terribly interesting spectacle to me i think that he should have titled as book not a higher loyalty but i'm sorry then i would give them money for that i would i would i would listen to that argument but the even the title a higher loyalty you know it just has sanctimony to it that just isn't earned so okay so one of the things that you've written about i've talked about a lot is the where this all begins in problems in this country and it all starts with education right and i would argue that we probably have the worst secretary of education in office right now certainly the most dangerous most than we've ever had in maybe ever because you know there are people out there are stories who may correct me on that record but i think betsy devos in i've written as much is the most dangerous cabinet member that trump has appointed i'm gonna go with scott pruitt but i'll hear you this trying to kill the he's trying to kill him i get it it so tell us why what what what is it with devos.
"russian federation" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"The body charged with the maintenance of international peace and security the council nasty unite in the face of this continuing threat the council mesler for let's responsibilities to do otherwise or simply to do nothing is to accept tacitly or otherwise that such a challenge is insurmountable the use of chemical weapons cannot become the status quo nor can we continue to fail the victims of such weapons just over one year ago responding to the tech on hon shaken the secretary general called for those responsible to be held accountable stating that they can be no impunity for such a rafic acts just over one week ago speaking on behalf of the high representative for disarmament affairs i noted that unity in the security council on a dedicated mechanism for accountability provided the best foundation for success in this regard i reiterate that belief here as well as the radius of the secretary general of the office for disarmament affairs to assist i think if you're changing i think mr mccrum for his briefing i now give to those council members who wished to make statements i begin by giving the floor to the representative of the russian federation the russian ambassador is specifically events thank you sir sir if you believe it is a great pleasure for me to speak about the issue that we will talk about now at to make a statement on side then you are mistaken but unfortunately the situation is such that i will have to stay a great deal today and it and it will be incumbent upon you to listen to what i have to say we are grateful to mr jimmy stewart for his breathing as well as to mr mark ron the russian federation demanded called for this meeting to be held on the agenda item threats to international peace and security in so far as we are deeply alarmed at the fact that in a number of capitals above all in washington and those blindly following it london and paris there was a deliberate policy undertaken to stoke international tensions the leadership of the united states of the united kingdom and france without any justifications and without considering the consequences have engaged in a confrontational policy against russia in syria and they are prompting others to follow suit or broad arsenal of methods is being leveraged slander insults hawkish rhetoric barack blackmail sanctions and threats to.
"russian federation" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Monocle Daily
"In washington state the northwestern alaska sought to do business in the newly opened russian federation so how much of how much of the of seattle's dna is is russia and russians and russian life now sewn in because given the description that you've just given okay you have this almighty great nuclear awesome down the road but it seems that russian seemed to have been living quite happily in rubbing along with everybody else for quite a while now yes i i would say that the russian community is not not the largest ethnic presence quote unquote in in greater seattle but certainly part of the fabric of the city i mean i can think of the russian grocery store in the summer of bellevue that i go to get you know pickled beets and things of that nature but i think the the blow is really not to russians locally as much as to all of the rush sion's living on the west coast the the russian consulate in san francisco was closed by in the waning days of the obama administration move that the the trump administration did not reverse so the ninety thousand russian nationals living in california have been trekking up to seattle for the last year and a half for consular services and now they're going to have to go somewhere else there were a number of folks who had appointments yesterday or rushed in because they heard the news to try to pick up a passport or renew a passport that sort of thing and local media was reporting many disappointed russians turned away at the door as the place immediately closed for business so now they'll have to track all the way to houston new york or washington dc at least for the time being as those consulates remain open said that is a practical challenge for anybody who wishes to do the administration nearby but in terms of the way that russia now in russians now deal within the city you'll madge any duck and his his supported the move to to close the cones.
"russian federation" Discussed on KHNR 690AM
"About the state department you have served their until recently keno what he's talking about i don't i look forward to hearing what he's talking about i will tell you though margaret that during the ukraine crisis in two thousand fourteen and fifteen chris deal had a number of commercial clients who you were asking him for reports on what was going on in russia what was going on in ukraine what was going on between them uh chris had a friend at the state department any offer to us that reporting of free so that we could also benefit from it it was one of you know hundreds of sources that we were using to try to understand what was going on uh then in the middle of july when he was doing this other work and became concerned the dossier the dossier uh he passed uh two to four pages of short points of what he was finding an hour immediate reaction to that was this is not in our purview this needs to go to the fbi if there is any concern here that one candidate or the election as a whole might be influenced by the russian federation that's where the something for the fbi to investigate uh and that was our reaction when we saw this it's not our aren't we can evaluate this uh and frankly if every member of the campaign who the russians tried to approach and tried to influence had gone to the fbi as well in real time when i might not be in the mess we in today oh or choose something was christopher steel during russia's bidding why would he go to the russian apparatchiks for opposition research handed to mccain and his people push it out to the media like buzzfeed among others pushed it out that the state department in summary form pushed it out to other media outlets bush they're out directly to.
"russian federation" Discussed on WSB-AM
"Right well i our democrats gonna want to shut the government down again because they can't get amnesty for people i mean look they tried out three weeks ago it only got went so well so uh they're gonna wanna say oh we're not going to fund the troops give our troops the pay raise that they deserve for the full year because we think it's more important to do and the state i'll take that debate at that's what they want to do um but i think this makes sense to give our military what it needs to protect this great country and then let's do the right kind of uh immigration policy one that is consistent what the election was about twenty six and lastly i just got handed this we just got some sampras victory neuland uh she was on face the nation and she talked about the next phase it could be coming out and that's a look at what the justice department and state department were doing here's what he had to say about house relates to the dossier and then in the middle of july when he was doing this other work and became concerned dossier the dossier uh he passed uh two to four pages of short points of what he was finding and our immediate reaction to that was this is not in our purview this needs to go to the fbi if there is any concern here that one candidate or the election as a whole might be influenced by the russian federation that's where the something for the fbi to investigate so steel past two four points to the state and they could you to be a priori yeah well well we will be if if if if that's what happened but it's still trying to pass things off to the state department that's interesting like he's supposed to be working with the fbi and that that that was his that was the relationship that they had its source there early he was the source.
"russian federation" Discussed on WSRQ Talk Radio
"The kremlin because it makes no sense for what we're doing we're putting you know cabinet officers in the uae i have no knowledge of the department there put in charge you off there was an interesting um article that i came across recently and it was talking about if assad trump's chaos is actually straight out of the kremlin's playbook mature alluding dijon here vladimir putin had a very high level strategic advisor by the name of vladislav surkov who steve bet would've equated to and uh basically the kremlin propaganda machine carried out something with what was called in handling your war what they did is they well it was basically what they do with crimea crimea's parliament local population voter whether the russian federation than surkov the kremlin carefully orchestrated an elaborate political spectacle decreed the appearance of strong support for annexation it's what's known in russian as theater craft the aircraft interesting hot kind of an interesting nam right what are we see with trump all the time right the man comes from the world of reality tv any he loves to craft all this stuff constantly but is it there's lau laura when you keep talking about with the russians pulling the strings on one of the stuff that the cronin and putin all did in trump doing you know of course other autocrats and dictators and tyrants have done the same get we've talked about this before you know the espousal of fake news alternative facts purposely wind reporters political adversaries changing minds midstream and change in your mind minstry pointing out confusing our rhetoric constantly you know one hours one thing the next stories tweeting something else let's basically white now what what's happening as a result ofof all this chaos that could be actual strategy he you you keep a house in those around john it could be an actual strategy yeah and we're seeing it where it sabotaging obviously our democracy our republic and its in its undercuts any any attempts at any kind of analysis or coherent investigation into the administration at this point there's just he's such a distract her in chief in this self perpetuating charade is a perfect cover while.
"russian federation" Discussed on KOMO
"The campaign and agents of the russian federation that there was some cooperation some synchronisation of activity between the campaign the russians and working lake know where there is collusion or criminal a completely different matter but there is some there there what's struck me about the president's comments his he needs he wants he should be pursuing closure and he doesn't get closure until he talks to bob muller and here he made that very ambiguous as to whether or not that wherever happen and one of the other things as he tried to make it all just about collusion where it seems clear from what we know about the muller investigation in terms of information he has sought and interviews he is conducted as it he is at least looking into whether or not president trump obstructed justice either through the statement he helped dictate in which donald trump jr did not was not forthcoming about the real reason for that meeting with the russian lawyer or firing james colmey or whether or not he knew the general flynn had lied to the fbi and on and on but bob mowers very conscientious he is very thorough and you can see the increasing concentric circles moving outward in the investigation from criminal collusion whatever that might mean to obstruction of justice perhaps even two other and so larry kinds of activities like the transfer of money and and with whom you cooperator don't cooperate if you work for president trump well you know what let me let me let me let me let me rewrite this question do you think president trump politically can't avoid sitting down with robert muller if robert muller insists on sitting down with him again the president i'm really trying to speak here on behalf of the president's best interests right the president is served by closure this is a cloud over the administration whether or not he is responsible for it is a separate matter the cloud exist and the only way to get out from under the cloud is closure that this has been as complete an investigation as possible and i don't see how that happens if bob woolmer wants to talk to the president and the.
"russian federation" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Rent police i'm guests good afternoon i'm well we undertook this report based on a general assembly resolution that recognizes on crime is a territory of ukraine temporary on june ten preoccupied by the russian federation and we still working nine with another resolution ten temperature integrity of ukraine and hence we was specifically asked to put together a report that looked at the human rights situation but also made reference to international humanitarian law which governs situations look pation so what are the russians been doing and crime eh the term you find subjection of oil well we team has record it it on a series of violations particularly into its individuals that include on enforced disappearances illtreatment torture on following other trade attention but we've also seen more broadly the impact of then the requirement to for individuals living in crimea too adopt russian federation citizenship if a individual that doesn't have russian federation citizenship then they are unable to access basic services such as health care they would have problems with employment also putin's property rights and will say with regard to political issues as well and also arm following on the fact that russian federation legislation is now in place in crimea we've seen a number of cases that have been brought to court that this is being applied retroactively so before on occupation actually i'm took place which is actually not in line with international humanitarian law how did you come by the information in the report because i assume your team weren't allowed access to crimea yes unfortunately we turn half arm currently access to crimea that we have been following the situation there since march two thousand fourteen and we continue to two interview arm individuals who move in and out of on crime there we will sir have communications with those people who continue to live in crimea we on to take on a number of missions down to what's known as the arbitrary the admininstrative boundary line between mainland ukraine and cry crimea and through that we talked mentioned records inflammation i briefly ms raza have you made this report available to the russian government to them have you had any kind of response the report was made available to the russian federation government as we also mehta report available to the government of.
"russian federation" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"Your time we appreciate it thank you for the call and no surprise russia and the 2016 elections front and center for the confirmation hearing of utah former utah governor and former us ambassador to china jon huntsman who is expected to recede easy senate confirmation he is the president's pick to serve as our on voice to russia well i'm confident that my previous experience does prepare for the sensitive diplomatic mission i'm under no illusion that serving as the us ambassador to the russian federation we'll be easy or simple our relationship with russia is among the most consequential and complex foreign policy challenges we face as a nuclear superpower a permanent member of the un security council we have no choice but to deal with russia on a range of vicious touching on global stability and security yet we also need to recognize the today contrary to helsinki final act principles and international law russia continues to threaten stability in europe including by violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours russia are also restricts the human rights of its own people there is no question underlined no question that the russian government interferes in the us election last year and moscow continues to meddle in the democratic processes of our friends and allies finally russia is disregarding its arms control applications and commitments as we work to balance he's multiple challenges i appreciate the leadership and the insight that this committee has demonstrated on russia and if confirmed i welcome the opportunity to collaborate with all of you in the months and years ahead in short if confirmed i will focus on four primary approaches first i will engage russian government officials from the highest cheers to local levels to advance american interests the comments of jon huntsman the president's choice to serve as the us investor to russia and the full testimony and questions from the senate foreign relations committee available online anytime at seats dan dot org also here in washington family members.
"russian federation" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"This is reser eightball with knees ally from the bbc the world of athletics has as we all know been attempting to deal with the scholar of doping both at the individual level and in the highprofile case of russia of alleged statesponsored doping at the world championships in london there and nineteen russians competing but they are described as authorized neutral athletes stats because russia is still banned from the sport they were allowed to take part of the game through a strict vetting process in which they had to prove they operated outside russia's doping system during the competition they must show no sign of being russian annex cap stake reports in the past the russian national anthem has been play frequently at will championship medal ceremonies that is until statesponsored doping was uncovered our recommendation is the uh the russian federation be suspended all of this could not have happened and continue to happen without the knowledge often either actual redeployed consent of the street thors it was dick pound was reported in 2015 that led to the country's banned from international athletics of the sports were later implicated at the igc aa f was the only federation to take such an uncompromising approach we suspended them four four monumental levels of cheating i'm proud the authorisation took a tough stance athletics ball sebastian coe but he didn't want to stop every russian from competing we needed to find a solution a situation where where where possible we were able to bring russian.