The FRN Daily News Brief 2019-06-20

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This Daily FRN News Brief is a summary of 18, articles about Anglo-5, Headline-News, Iran, Mena, United-States, Defense, Eurasia, Russia, Nato, Opinions, World, Crimea, France-Eurasia, Syria, Latin-America, Venezuela, Donbass, Malaysia, Netherlands, Ukraine, Turkey, China, North-Korea, Eu, Brazil, Philippines.

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Tags in this brief: Drone, Iran, US, Defense, Russia, Weapons, NATO, Downing, Hormuz, Persian Gulf, Provocation, USA, S-350, Crimea, France, Mayotte, Zelensky, S-400, Drago Victorien, Idlib, Nebenzya, Syria, UN, UNSC, Maduro, Venezuela, Coup, Erdogan, Gulen, Turkey, JCPOA, US Imperialism, MH17, RT West, Ukraine, China, DPRK, Economy, PRC, Socialism, NASA, RD-180, Rockets, Sanctions, Science, Space Program, Technology, Global Hawk, Brazil, BRICS, Putin.

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Iranian commander: U.S drone downing was our ‘clear message’ to Washington

Published 2019-06-20 23:11:47 by Paul Antonopoulos in Anglo-5, Headline-News, Iran, Mena, United-States

TEHRAN – The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Major-General Hossein Salami said Thursday that the downing of the US drone  is “a clear message” to Washington over Tehran’s readiness to react in case of aggression. “The downing of the American drone was a clear message for [the United States of America] … our borders are the red line of Iran and we will react strongly against any aggression,” Fars news agency quotes Salami as saying. At the same time, Salami said his country “is not seeking war” against other nations, but is ready to defend itself. Earlier,… Continue ->

Tags: Drone, Iran, US


With modest spending, Russia is a leader in the creation of modern weapons

Published 2019-06-20 22:29:14 by Paul Antonopoulos in Defense, Eurasia, Headline-News, Russia

On Thursday, during the direct line with citizens, Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on various issues of the country’s internal and external situation. According to Vladimir Putin, Russia occupies only the seventh position in terms of military spending in the world, while the US occupies the first position, and China – the second. According to the Russian leader, despite modest spending on defense, compared to other countries, Russia ensures not only nuclear parity, but also maintains two or three steps ahead of others. “Notwithstanding relatively modest military spending, we guarantee not only military and nuclear parity, but we are two… Continue ->

Tags: Defense, Russia, Weapons


Is it really just a case of freedom of movement? Details of NATO exercises at Russia’s border

Published 2019-06-20 21:52:22 by Paul Antonopoulos in Eurasia, Headline-News, Nato, Russia

Around the western border of Russia, NATO troops can be seen carrying out maneuvers. Poland is hosting the largest exercises of recent times NATO, Dragon 2019. Almost simultaneously, the Baltic countries and the Baltic Sea, the BALTOPS maneuvers began. These military events count on the participation of 18,000 troops and 2,500 military equipment that cover land, water and air. In this way, the Russian region of Kaliningrad is again surrounded by troops from the Atlantic Alliance. War fire According to Polish generals, Dragon 2019 is exclusively defensive in nature and aims to improve operational interaction with NATO military personnel. In… Continue ->

Tags: NATO, Russia


Why might have America wanted Iran to down its drone?

Published 2019-06-20 21:29:34 by Curwen Ares Rolinson in Headline-News, Iran, Mena, Opinions, United-States

Way back in the late 1990s, it is alleged by then-serving US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, General Hugh Shelton, that he was approached by a high-ranking member of the Clinton Administration’s Cabinet with a request that he allow an American U-2 spy-plane to be shot-down over Iraq as an effective pretext for starting a war to ouster Saddam Hussein. . General Shelton did not name the Cabinet member in question when detailing the encounter in his 2010 memoir; however, it is speculated based on various elements in the text and elsewhere that the requestor may have been then-Secretary of… Continue ->

Tags: Downing, Drone, Hormuz, Iran, Persian Gulf, Provocation, USA


Military expert reveals main purpose of Russia’s brand new S-350 anti-aircraft system

Published 2019-06-20 20:57:40 by Paul Antonopoulos in Eurasia, Headline-News, Russia

MOSCOW – The development of the brand new S-350 Vityaz air defense system has been completed, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu recently reported. The military expert spoke about the importance of this system. Sergei Khatylev, a military specialist and former chief of anti-aircraft missile troops of the Special Forces Command of the Russian Air Force, revealed the details of the S-350 systems . “The S-350 system is characterized by its increased quantity of ammunition, with a maximum of 16 missiles of different modifications, which will be used to create a multiscale antiaircraft defense. We used to have S-200, S-300, S-75… Continue ->

Tags: Russia, S-350


France has its own Crimea — in the Indian Ocean

Published 2019-06-20 20:42:45 by Tom Winter in World, Crimea, France-Eurasia, Headline-News

RT France Headline: France denounces “Annexation” of Crimea by Russia; Moscow reminds France of its history in Mayotte Paris recalled its opposition to the “annexation” of Crimea. Moscow told her to look to the case of Mayotte, maintained in France by referendum after its declaration of independence from the Comoros archipelago it was part of. “The annexation of Crimea by Russia is illegal. France repeats it on the occasion of the official visit of President Zelensky” — it is the message published by the English Twitter account of the French diplomacy on June 17, day of the visit of the… Continue ->

Tags: Crimea, France, Mayotte, Zelensky


What is the real reason the US fears Russia’s POWERFUL S-400?

Published 2019-06-20 18:35:19 by Paul Antonopoulos in Anglo-5, Defense, Eurasia, Headline-News, Russia, United-States

MOSCOW – The US National Interest magazine explained the reasons why the US and its NATO allies should be alert to the Russian S-400 air defense systems. The publication stresses that the main reason is due to its potential use as a means of struggle in the economic war, in addition, of course, to a number of strategic advantages. First is the profit from the sale of these systems, as current and potential buyers are China, India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. This contributes to the diversification of the economy and creates a basis for the modernization of Russian armament…. Continue ->

Tags: NATO, Russia, S-400


Russian Foreign Ministry: U.S is intentionally ruining the situation in Persian Gulf region

Published 2019-06-20 18:00:50 by Paul Antonopoulos in Anglo-5, Eurasia, Headline-News, Iran, Mena, Russia, United-States

MOSCOW – The United States is consciously aggravating the situation in the Persian Gulf with Washington trying to make the situation worse,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. “It reflects the line aggravation aware of the situation. We have no doubt that the military leaders and US policy not hold on any action to make the hardest possible situation and, more importantly, to increase pressure on Iran,” Ryabkov told reporters. According to the vice chancellor, this completely contradicts Russia’s understanding of what should be done in such situations, because Russia deems it necessary to double diplomatic and political efforts… Continue ->

Tags: Iran, Russia, US


VIDEO – SYRIA – Nebenzya gives his Western colleagues a reality check

Published 2019-06-20 16:19:20 by Drago Victorien in Eurasia, Headline-News, Mena, Russia, Syria, United-States

During a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Idlib, the Russian Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, had to call out his Western colleagues on their double standards and ”distortion of the situation on the ground”, presenting a number of examples that they have ignored and its lack of priorities regarding hospitals shelled by terrorist affiliations. It was a reality check that they needed. – Drago Victorien https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jXy479MKrY

Tags: Drago Victorien, Idlib, Nebenzya, Russia, Syria, UN, UNSC


Venezuela considers Moscow key ally in fight against hybrid attacks

Published 2019-06-20 15:43:05 by Paul Antonopoulos in Eurasia, Headline-News, Latin-America, Russia, Venezuela

CARACAS  – General Pasqualino Angiolillo Fernández said that Venezuela considers Russia the main allied country in efforts to combat the current hybrid conflict. “I want to note that, as a general rule, the countries targeted by hybrid attacks are those where certain hegemonies or large and influential countries have some interests. Venezuela is one of those countries because its wealth and resources are of interest to other nations,” the general said on the sidelines of a security forum in the Russian city of Ufa. When questioned whether Moscow shared its experience of hybrid threats with Caracas, Fernandez said that clearly… Continue ->

Tags: Maduro, Russia, Venezuela


Malaysian Prime Minister says MH17 charges are a “Ridiculous Conspiracy” against Russia

Published 2019-06-20 15:20:31 by Joaquin Flores in Donbass, Eurasia, Headline-News, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine

This question, he believes, was initially politicized, and the Netherlands, before they got the case, accused Russia of taking down the Malaysian Boeing. Among the victims of the disaster were 44 Malaysian subjects, according to “RBC”. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad complained about the interim results of the investigation of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which is investigating the causes of the downing of the Malaysian Boeing 777 in the skies over the Donbas in 2014, and called it a political conspiracy against Russia. Yesterday as covered by FRN, the Netherlands and Ukrainian blamed three Russians for what happened, among… Continue ->

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Turkish Courts hand down Life Sentences to Plotters of Failed 2016 Coup – Gulen still at large

Published 2019-06-20 13:13:29 by Joaquin Flores in Eurasia, Headline-News, Turkey

ANKARA – The Turkish High Court issued 141 life sentences against 17 defendants, including the leader of the failed coup of 2016, Akin Ozturk.  The leading figures of the failed 2016 coup d’état in Turkey were sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday without the right to be released in a macro trial against 224 defendants.   Read more: ‘Washington was directly involved in the coup in Turkey’ Among the condemned are those formerly with high positions of the Armed Forces. The High Court issued 141 life sentences without parole against 17 indictees, including the former commander of the Turkish Air Force and leader of the coup, Akin Ozturk.  Of… Continue ->

Tags: Coup, Erdogan, Gulen, Turkey


BREAKING: U.S confirms drone was shot down by Iranian missile

Published 2019-06-20 12:04:56 by Joaquin Flores in Anglo-5, Headline-News, Iran, Mena, United-States

WASHINGTON DC – Jun 20, 2019 – The US military has  confirmed that their surveillance drone has been shot down by Iranian forces while flying over what they claim was the Strait of Hormuz. Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), to the contrary, said the drone had violated Iranian airspace. Given that Iran has been actively looking to avoid a confrontation, and the US has meanwhile indicated a desire for such a pretext, the Iranian claims bear closer resemblance to what is likely to have transpired. IRGC commander-in-chief Maj-Gen Hossein Salami said the downing of the drone sent a “clear… Continue ->

Tags: Drone, Hormuz, Iran, JCPOA, Provocation, US Imperialism


Of Black Boxes, Dark Arts & Geopolitics – A good time to revisit MH17

Published 2019-06-20 11:02:04 by Ronald Thomas West in Eurasia, Headline-News, Nato, Opinions, Russia, Ukraine

With reports that one of NATO’s lapdogs is gearing up to prosecute individuals over MH17, now’s a good time to recall what a phony job this was all together – J. Flores * Updates appended at article’s conclusion, particularly noting the 27 January 2019 update concerning recent Russian propaganda concerning the Ukrainian Buk surface to air missile – This article sorts through the initial waves of disinformation in the days immediately following the downing of MH 17. The ‘BUK’ surface-to-air missile shoot-down scenario is closely scrutinized and ultimately discarded as a propaganda ruse; by the end of July, 2014, inside… Continue ->

Tags: MH17, RT West, Russia, Ukraine


“We Strongly Support DPRK’s Socialist Construction” – China’s Xi Jinping arrives in North Korea

Published 2019-06-20 09:30:59 by Joaquin Flores in China, Eurasia, Headline-News, North-Korea

PYONGYANG – Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in North Korea, his first visit since becoming head of state in 2013. This is, as BBC notes, the first visit by any Chinese president to Pyongyang since 2005. Chinese President Xi Jinping  has arrived to visit the capital of North Korea where he will spend two days. Ahead of his arrival, he published a column in North Korean daily Rodong Sinmun stating that China supports the “right decision” of Pyongyang on its course of socialist development.  He arrived accompanied by wife Peng Lijuan and several officials of the Communist Party, the AP… Continue ->

Tags: China, DPRK, Economy, PRC, Socialism


NATO Countries to buy Russian Rockets despite U.S ban – U.S also seeks loophole to self-imposed sanction

Published 2019-06-20 09:03:54 by Joaquin Flores in Eu, Eurasia, Headline-News, Nato, Russia

MOSCOW – A number of countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are interested in acquiring Russian engines for space launch vehicles, said the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin. “Now there are other states (besides the US), including the NATO countries that are interested in acquiring rocket engines in Russia,” he said, TASS reports. Rogozin called it a good indicator that “under the conditions of sanctions, pressure, nevertheless, Russia’s high-tech exports exist, particularly in the area of ​​rocket and engine construction”. “We still maintain world leadership. This must be valued, because it brings the country a profit, ” added the… Continue ->

Tags: NASA, RD-180, Rockets, Russia, Sanctions, Science, Space Program, Technology, US


US stays silent over Tehran’s downing of spy drone

Published 2019-06-20 08:11:18 by Joaquin Flores in Anglo-5, Headline-News, Iran, Mena, United-States

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) stated that early in the morning the American unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down by an air defense system, Press TV reports . This was a Global Hawk drone and it was destroyed during the flight over the Persian Gulf in the southern borders of Iran. This happened in the area of ​​Kueh Mubarak in the province of Hormozgan. Ali Shamkhani , secretary of the Supreme Council for National Security (VSNB) of the Islamic Republic, expressed confidence that there would be no direct armed confrontation between Iran and the United States. Fears about a possible US military conflict with Iran began to… Continue ->

Tags: Drone, Global Hawk, Iran, USA


BRICS: Bolsonaro and Putin plan mutual trips as Brazil’s VP speaks against Russia

Published 2019-06-20 08:01:30 by Paul Antonopoulos in Brazil, Eurasia, Headline-News, Latin-America, Philippines, Russia

BRASILIA – Brazil, which will host the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit later this year, expects Russian President Vladimir Putin to take part in the event, the Brazilian ambassador in Moscow, Silva Nunes, said. “The presence of President Putin at the BRICS summit in Brazil has already been confirmed,” said the diplomat. He said that the increasingly intense relationship between Brazil and Russia and “aided by BRICS priorities” will make the two countries “partners even stronger and more deeply connected.” The Brazilian government chaired by Jair Bolsonaro confirmed in a “fast and record time”, according to… Continue ->

Tags: Brazil, BRICS, Putin, Russia


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