Friday, August 19, 2022

[RT] 2022-08-19: Ukrainian forces shell nuclear plant city – official

Original article can be found here: https://www.rt.com/russia/561123-energodar-zaporozhye-nuclear-shelling/

The reported artillery strike comes hours after UN chief warned against such “suicide” attacks
Ukrainian forces shell nuclear plant city – official

Ukrainian forces once again targeted Energodar with artillery on Thursday night, according to Vladimir Rogov, a member of the local administration.

Rogov claimed at least seven shells hit the Russian-controlled city that hosts the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the largest such facility in Europe. In a Telegram post, Rogov claimed that heavy artillery fire targeted the city around 10:50pm local time.

The Zaporozhye NPP suffered no damage in the strike, local authorities later told Russian media. There were also no immediate reports of any casualties or damage to civilian infrastructure.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres voiced concern about the situation around the nuclear facility earlier on Thursday, during his meeting with Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Lviv.

While he stopped short of blaming either side, Guterres has once again called to demilitarize the area, insisting that an agreement was “urgently needed” to establish Zaporozhye as a “purely civilian infrastructure” to ensure the plant’s safety.

“Common sense must prevail to avoid any actions that might endanger the physical integrity, safety or security of the nuclear plant,” the UN chief said, adding that the facility “must not be used as part of any military operation” and that any damage to the plant would be “suicide.”

Moscow has repeatedly called for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission to the plant, which Guterres said could only happen with Kiev’s approval. Zelensky reiterated on Thursday that any such mission can only take place via Kiev-controlled territory, while calling for an “immediate and unconditional withdrawal” of Russian forces from the area.

However, removing Russian troops “would only make the nuclear power plant more vulnerable,” according to Russian Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman, Ivan Nechayev, who on Thursday cited repeated “provocations” from Kiev’s forces and dismissed the idea of a “demilitarized zone” as “unacceptable.”

The Russian Defense Ministry also warned on Thursday morning that Ukraine might carry out artillery strikes on the Zaporozhye NPP amid the visit by Guterres and Erdogan – and then accuse Moscow of causing a disaster at the site. Ukraine’s military intelligence responded by saying that Russian forces might stage a nuclear “provocation” in the territory they control.

Russian troops took control of the Zaporozhye NPP early on in the course of military operations in Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry denies deploying any heavy weapons at the nuclear site, insisting that only Russian troops at the facility are lightly armed guards providing physical security against “provocations.”

Moscow has repeatedly accused Kiev of conducting frequent drone and artillery strikes against the nuclear plant and the city of Energodar since mid-July. Kiev has denied responsibility and said Russian forces were attacking the plant to discredit Ukraine, while also claiming that Russia is using the facility as a military base.

[RT] 2022-08-18: Russia warns of another Chernobyl

Original article can be found here: https://www.rt.com/russia/561091-ukraine-zaporozhye-nuclear-contamination/

Kiev’s shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant could result in a worst-case scenario, Moscow warns
Russia warns of another Chernobyl

Ukraine’s ongoing attacks on the Russia-controlled Zaporozhye nuclear power plant may cause a far worse disaster for Europe than the current energy crisis, a Russian Defense Ministry official has warned.

Igor Kirillov, who heads Russia’s Nuclear Biological and Chemical Defense Troops, illustrated the likely worst-case scenario of a direct hit on Europe’s largest nuclear plant, during a briefing on Thursday. He showed journalists a map, with plumes of radioactive material from the site reaching Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Moldova, Belarus and even Germany.

He blamed Ukraine's Western backers for trying to downplay the danger of targeting the atomic plant, and forgetting the lessons of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and the 2011 Fukushima nuclear incident.

According to Kirillov, both disasters involved “the failure of support systems, the disruption of power supply and partial and complete shutdown of the cooling systems, which led to overheating of nuclear fuel and the destruction of the reactor”.

The fallout of the Chernobyl disaster affected some 20 countries, while causing 4,000 deaths, a major spike in cancer cases, and the permanent relocation of around 100,000 people. The effects of the Fukushima nuclear incident might seem “insignificant” at first glance, but up to 500,000 people have abandoned their homes because of it, he noted.

“Our experts believe that the actions of the Ukrainian armed forces may cause a similar situation at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant,” Kirillov said.

Strikes by the Kiev forces could render the plant’s cooling systems and other support infrastructure inoperable, which would lead “to overheating of the core and, as a result, the destruction of reactor units at the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, with the release of radioactive substances into the atmosphere and their spreading for hundreds of kilometers,” he warned.

“Such an emergency will cause mass migration of the population and will have more catastrophic consequences than the looming energy crisis in Europe,” the military official added.

Moscow has accused Kiev of carrying out 12 attacks on the nuclear facilitity, which provides energy to both Russian- and Ukrainian-controlled areas, since mid-July.

Ukraine insists that Russian forces are shelling the site, while accusing them of stationing military hardware at the plant. The Russian side has denied both accusations, while also urging International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts to visit the Zaporozhye facility to see what is actually happening.

Monday, August 01, 2022

[Sputnik] 2022-08-01: Pelosi May Visit Taiwan and Meet Leadership on August 2, Reports Suggest

 https://sputniknews.com/20220801/live-updates-pelosi-may-visit-taiwan-and-meet-leadership-on-august-2-reports-suggest-1097994950.html

BEIJING (Sputnik) - US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may arrive in Taiwan on August 2 and meet with the island's leader, Tsai Ing-wen, the next day, the China Times newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources.
The US official is also expected to hold a meeting with other high-ranking officials while in Taiwan and leave the island on Wednesday, the newspaper said.
The Taiwanese foreign ministry has not confirmed these plans yet, the news outlet added.
The House speaker has embarked on a trip to the Indo-Pacific which includes visits to Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea. Pelosi did not mention if Taiwan is on her schedule, amid escalating tensions between China and the US. Beijing has previously issued several warnings, saying that a trip to Taiwan would be a violation of the One China policy.
At the same time, China's People's Liberation Army started military drills on Saturday, conducting a firing exercise in the southeastern province of Fujian across the strait from Taiwan and closing the designated maritime area.

[RT] 2022-08-01: Taiwan’s media makes prediction on Pelosi visit

 Original article can be found here: https://www.rt.com/news/559984-pelosi-taiwan-visit-hotel/

Hotel reservations for the House speaker and her people have been made, a journalist with TVBS News said
Taiwan’s media makes prediction on Pelosi visit

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may arrive in Taiwan on Tuesday, a local TV news station claimed on Monday. Reservations for the US delegation headed by one of the most senior officials in the country have been made at a five-star hotel, TVBS News said, citing sources.

According to the report, Pelosi and her entourage are to stay at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipei’s eastern governmental Xinyi District. Relevant security arrangements have been taken to ensure her safety, the outlet said.

Reservations have also been made in a different hotel in the Zhongshan District, the report added, citing rumors.

Pelosi’s possible visit to the self-governed Chinese island has triggered angry reaction from Beijing, which said Washington was “playing with fire” and may “get burned” as a consequence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taiwan has been self-governed since 1949, but never officially declared independence from China, with Beijing considering it a part of its territory under its One-China policy.

Despite agreeing with the One-China policy on paper, the US maintains strong unofficial ties with the island of 23.5 million, selling weapons to Taipei and backing its push for sovereignty.

The list of destinations for her Asian tour that the Speaker shared with the public did not include the island. Taiwan’s government would not comment on any plans to welcome Pelosi.

Beijing launched a military exercise near Taiwan as Pelosi departed from mainland USA for Hawaii last weekend. Some Chinese media have speculated that her plane may declare an emergency to provide a pretext for landing in Taipei.



Thursday, June 23, 2022

[RT] 2022-06-22: Russia needs ‘golden ruble’ – report

Original link to this article can be found here: 

https://www.rt.com/business/557611-russia-golden-ruble-sanctions/

A cryptocurrency backed by gold would be immune to sanctions, according to VEB.RF analysts
Russia needs ‘golden ruble’ – report

Russia needs a new mechanism for international settlements to be able to operate under Western sanctions, a report by the country’s development corporation VEB.RF says.

According to the report, the introduction of financial sanctions against Russia, which, despite state measures, results in economic losses for the country, also indicates that a transition to a completely different national financial and monetary system is in order.

VEB.RF analysts suggest that Russia should create a gold-backed stablecoin under the working title ‘golden ruble’. According to their research, Western countries will have no opportunity to block operations carried out in such a currency, since its exchange rate will be pegged to the gold rate on the world market, not to the dollar, the euro or, for that matter, the fiat ruble itself. Gold backing would ensure the currency’s immunity to sanctions, and the ‘golden ruble’ could be used freely in external transactions, including those between third countries without the participation of Russia.

Analysts have also proposed launching a mechanism for working with cryptocurrencies for sanctioned companies on crypto exchanges in friendly states, or the creation of a national crypto exchange to facilitate ‘golden ruble’ trading.

VEB.RF suggests that the Bank of Russia should develop a system of international settlements with friendly countries in their national digital currencies based on distributed ledger technologies, and introduce a hedging system for eliminating currency risks.

Besides diving into the digital currency world, analysts say Russia’s new financial system could incorporate large-scale use of barter schemes and new offshore zones, especially with China. Further on, they suggest creating a blockchain unit within the BRICS framework, which would mirror the IMF special drawing rights system, albeit in digital form.

The VEB.RF report also draws attention to Russia’s MIR payment system (a Visa and Mastercard analogue) and SWIFT-like SPFS interbank messaging mechanism, and suggests that they should be expanded outside of Russia, at least within the CIS bloc and China.

[RT] 2022-06-22: BRICS developing new global reserve currency – Putin

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https://www.rt.com/business/557627-brics-developing-global-reserve-currency/

It will be based on a currency basket of the five-nation bloc, according to the Russian president
BRICS developing new global reserve currency – Putin

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – are currently working on setting up a new global reserve currency.

“The issue of creating an international reserve currency based on a basket of currencies of our countries is being worked out,” he said at the BRICS business forum.

According to the Russian president, the member states are also developing reliable alternative mechanisms for international payments.

Earlier, the group said it was working on establishing a joint payment network to cut reliance on the Western financial system. The BRICS countries have been also boosting the use of local currencies in mutual trade.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

[RT] 2022-06-22: Lithuania ready to expand Kaliningrad blockade – president

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https://www.rt.com/russia/557626-lithuania-president-kaliningrad-blockade/

The country is prepared to face retaliatory steps by Russia, Gitanas Nauseda has said
Lithuania ready to expand Kaliningrad blockade – president

Vilnius is ready to expand the list of goods banned from transit to Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad should the European Union introduce new sanctions against Moscow, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Wednesday. The country is also ready to face any potential retaliatory measures Russia might introduce, he told Reuters in an interview.

“We are ready and we are prepared for unfriendly actions from Russia, such as disconnection from the BRELL [power grid] system, or others,” Nauseda said.

The president stressed that the transit restrictions were not a sovereign move by Lithuania, but merely the implementation of the EU sanctions against Moscow introduced over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. “We feel the support of the European Union, because this is a decision made by the European Union,” he said, adding that the country was ready to expand the list of banned goods should the bloc introduce new restrictions against Russia.

“We are looking forward to implementing the next stages of the sanctions, and it would be very good if the European Commission explains their content to the Russian authorities. It could remove some of the current tensions, which are not in the interest of either the European Union or Russia,” Nauseda stated.

Over the weekend, Lithuania’s national railway operator banned the flow of sanctioned goods between the region and the rest of Russia, citing guidelines from the European Commission. The restrictions have also affected road traffic into the exclave, according to Kaliningrad officials. Both Vilnius and the EU insist that the restrictions do not amount to a “blockade” of the exclave.

Moscow, however, has unequivocally branded Vilnius’ move as an “economic blockade” of Kaliningrad Region, stating that it violated the country’s international obligations to ensure the uninterrupted transit of goods to the exclave. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Vilnius’ decision was “unprecedented” and in “violation of anything and everything.”

The head of Russia’s Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, warned that the “blockade” might invoke a response from Moscow that would “have a serious negative impact on the people of Lithuania.”

“Of course, Russia will respond to hostile actions. Appropriate measures are in the works, and will be adopted in the near future,” Patrushev told reporters during a visit to Kaliningrad on Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

[RT] 2022-04-26: Russia moving closer to a gold standard – official

 Original article can be found here:

https://www.rt.com/business/554553-russia-ruble-gold-standard/

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Moscow is working on linking the price of the ruble to bullion and other commodities, security council says
Russia moving closer to a gold standard – official

Russian experts are working on a project to create a two-loop monetary and financial system in the country, Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Patrushev said on Tuesday, in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

He explained that the project involves the provision of the Russian currency with both gold and a range of goods representing a currency value. As a result, the ruble exchange rate would correspond to its real purchasing power parity, he said.

To ensure the sovereignty of any national financial system, it is necessary that its means of payment have intrinsic value and price stability, and is not tied to the dollar, Patrushev said.

Another important condition for Russian economic security is the restructuring of its economy based on modern technologies, he added.

“We are not against a market economy … but … the West allows other countries to be its partner only when it is beneficial for it,” Patrushev stressed, noting that Russia’s development should be based on its internal potential.

On March 25, the Bank of Russia announced a fixed price for buying gold with rubles. It set a price of 5,000 rubles ($59 at the time) for a gram of gold.

The security secretary also stressed that Washington was trying to solve its problems at the expense of the rest of the world, thereby creating a “human-induced global crisis.” And its European allies would be the first to suffer from those actions, Patrushev said.

While the White House is discussing a possible default by Russia, the situation is such that “it’s time for them to declare their own default,” Patrushev said, pointing out that the US’ external debt has exceeded $30 trillion.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

[Recreating Balance] 2018-01-21: Triangle Groups of Light

The original post written by Untwine on the Recreating Balance blog is no longer available. Below is a copy of the post.

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In order to strengthen the Light grid around the planet, as well as strengthen protection and harmony among Lightworkers, we can form triangle groups which will be connected together energetically from the Soul level.
For this, first 3 people should know each other and be in contact with each other, physically and/or via internet, and all 3 should agree to form a triangle of Light. It is recommended if possible to have at least one man and one woman in each triangle.
And then, do the meditation below, preferrably at least once a day, for at least 2-5 min. If you do it all at the same time it will be stronger, but you can do it in your own time also. It's better to form a triangle even if you don't do the meditation on certain days, or if you do it only for 2 minutes.


1. Bring your thoughts, emotions, energy field, physical body, into calm and relaxation.

2. Say this mantra or a similar one, out loud or silently :

I Am the Soul
I Am Divine Light
I Am Divine Will
I Am Divine Love
I Am fixed design by me, the Soul

While you say it, visualize your Soul Star chakra getting brighter and bigger, and pouring Light down along your central channel.

3. Visualize a ray of brilliant white Light emanating from your Soul Star chakra and connecting with the Soul Star chakra of the other two members of your triangle, forming a triangle of Light within which Light is flowing.

4. Visualize a vortex of brilliant white Light pouring down from the Soul Star chakra, spinning down clockwise into the body and aura. Visualize this for yourself and the other two members of your triangle.

5. Visualize the Light of your triangle expanding around the planet, connecting with other triangles of Light and other points of Light throughout the planet, forming and completing a network of Light. Visualize other Light beings from above and below the surface of this planet, sending rays of brilliant white Light from their Soul Star chakras, connecting with our network of Light on the surface of this planet.

6. If you wish, you can say the Great Invocation :


You can replace 'Men' by Humanity, and 'God' by Source if you want. This invocation helps to bring Light from higher spiritual planes into the lower planes, and manifest the Event/Golden Age.

The Light of Soul Star chakra is an emanation of the Soul which is not really subject to personality distortions and therefore can be trusted and used to safely connect with each other.
You can be part of several triangles at the same time if you want. You can also merge several triangles, forming a group of 12 or 24 people, when all of them know each other. Ideally, if possible, these groups will be composed of half men and half women. 12 groups of 12 people could also merge to form a group of 144 people.


Through this process we can support and protect each other, learn to work together and connect together as Soul family more and more, and strengthen the Light on the planet.

Victory of the Light