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Zelensky: negotiations with Russia will resume after the withdrawal of its troops from the territory of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called the condition under which it is possible to resume negotiations between Moscow and Kiev . The policy is quoted by RIA Novosti .

According to the Ukrainian leader, in order to resume the negotiation process, Russia needs to withdraw its troops from the territories of Ukraine controlled by it.

“In order to start peace talks, Russia must first leave the occupied territories,” the Ukrainian leader said after a meeting with Turkish President Taip Erdogan and UN Secretary General António Guterres in Lvov .

Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Andrei Rudenko , in an interview with Lente.ru, said that the chances of resuming negotiations were reduced. According to him, Kiev continues to say that they will be ready to negotiate only after they "recapture" Crimea and Donbass, and this reduces the chances of their resumption to zero.

After the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, several face-to-face rounds of talks between contact groups took place. Representatives of Moscow and Kiev have repeatedly met in Belarus, and the last meeting of the delegations was held in Istanbul on March 29. Before that, talks were also held between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Russia and Ukraine Sergey Lavrov and Dmitry Kuleba. In July, Kuleba stated that Kiev would negotiate with Moscow only after Russia's defeat on the battlefield. Other conditions for Ukraine, he believes, are unacceptable.

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Releasing affidavit may be only way to save FBI reputation

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If we believed the malpractice mainstream media two years ago, we should have seen four men go to prison for the plan to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

These four men were part of the Wolverine Watchmen, a militia-style group who were not happy with Whitmer’s heavy-handed restrictions during the COVID scare.

But when a jury heard the case earlier this year, it became apparent that an FBI informant was trying to convince the men to carry out the attack, and two of the men were found not guilty while a mistrial was declared on two others.

Clearly, this was not the open-and-shut case the media had told us it was, and clearly the FBI informant was not playing by the rules in trying to convince these men to break the law.

Combine that with FBI agent Peter Strzock who sent a text to FBI lawyer Lisa Page that they would “stop” Trump from becoming president, and if he somehow he became president there as an “insurance policy” that would cripple Trump’s presidency.

While the FBI plays a crucial role in law enforcement, actions like these also show another side of the agency, one that is less noble and more targeted, and in almost every case their target is a conservative.

After the raid on Mar-a-Lago, a resort owned by Trump and Trump’s Florida home, conducted by 30 armed FBI agents, it comes as no surprise that the population is questioning the actions. It’s not against these particular agents. They were simply doing what they were ordered to do.

The outrage is targeted at those who give the orders and whether those orders are politically motivated or legitimate legal actions.

When former FBI agents make derogatory statements about one political party, and agents are planted in groups to try to encourage illegal behavior, it brings into question the entire organization.

Today, a court will be hearing whether or not the affidavit that led to the raid on Trump’s home will be released, and while the Department of Justice is fighting to prevent its release, that same resistance might be what is scaring many Americans.

Without explanation agents can get a sympathetic judge to allow the pillaging of any home in the nation, looking for God knows what. 

In the United States, investigations follow criminal actions in an effort to find the person responsible, they do not find an individual they don’t like and try to find a crime.

The FBI and the DOJ have more to lose than Trump does by sealing the affidavit, even if it shows weak grounds for performing the raid. 

While the DOJ contends the affidavit release would harm their ongoing investigation, how could that be since the raid already took place and the DOJ is in possession of 20 boxes of material. Whatever the affidavit contends, the evidence they wanted is supposed to be in those boxes, which has already been viewed by DOJ officials months ago.

Letting Trump know what they are attempting to find at this point does less harm than the American people believing the government agencies have been abused for political purposes. The benefit of the doubt no longer exists after a history of abuses.

Another point to consider here is the belief that Trump would have kept something incriminating at his residence. If he is the evil mastermind the left believes him to be, what incriminating documents were they expecting to find lying around in the one place the DOJ has already shown an interest? Even if the left believes Trump isn’t that smart, he is surrounded by the best and brightest.

Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.” That also applies to striking at your political enemies.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has taken ownership of this raid, and so he has taken the shot at the king. Once the affidavit is released, it had better be able to topple Trump, not only in the eyes of the left, but his crime has to be so egregious that the American people turn on the man who is currently leading most polls as becoming president in 2024.

Just seeking the return of federal documents won’t fly. To have asked the FBI to carry out this raid had better net much more than that to justify such use of force.

Simply put, either Trump goes to prison in disgrace, or Garland resigns. If Trump does not go to prison, and Garland remains, then the FBI will be no different than the Soviet KGB, and only a new president can fix it.

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Многополярный мир и деградация доверия: о чем говорил Шойгу на открытии MCIS-2022

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Donald Trump's offers to help 'reduce the heat' are 'pure malice and a threat,' former White House special counsel says

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  • Trump is "dripping with crocodile tears" as he offers to help reduce anger, Norm Eisen told Insider.

  • It is "a threat that he has the power to unleash more violence," Eisen said.

  • Trump has been attacking the FBI for searching his Mar-a-Lago home rather than pacifying allies.

Former President Donald Trump is "dripping with crocodile tears" as he offers to help reduce the country's temperature, all while attacking law enforcement for searching his Mar-a-Lago home, Norm Eisen, a former White House special counsel, told Insider.

Trump has been making offers to "help the country" in recent days while also issuing warnings about the anger he has helped incite with baseless claims about the FBI, accusing them of breaking into Mar-a-Lago and alleging that they could have "planted anything."

Instead, two legal experts, including Eisen, told Insider that Trump's offer to help, which came after agents recovered top secret and other classified documents at his home, should be viewed as a threat.

"This is no genuine offer to help," Eisen, a special assistant to the president for ethics and government reform during the Obama administration, wrote in an email. Eisen more recently served as special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee from 2019 to 2020, including for Trump's first impeachment trial.

"If it were he would not be fanning the flames simultaneously. It is pure malice and a threat that he has the power to unleash more violence," Eisen said.

Former US Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Joyce Vance agreed. "I view those as threats, not offers of help," said Vance. Given Trump's communications in the past, she said, "this really smacks of the suggestion that DOJ should back off if it wants him to tamp down on the violence that's developing."

The Department of Justice is investigating whether Trump broke three federal laws, including the Espionage Act.

Since the Mar-a-Lago search, federal officials have reported a spike in violent threats against federal agents and their families as well as the federal judge who issued the search warrant. Armed Trump supporters have protested outside an FBI office in Phoenix, Arizona, and a gunman was killed in Cincinnati, Ohio, after trying to breach an FBI building.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that a person close to Trump had reached out to a Justice Department official because Trump wanted to convey a message to Attorney General Merrick Garland: "The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?"

If Trump really wanted to pacify his supporters, Vance said, he didn't need to communicate with Garland. He could have simply just used his platforms to independently tell his supporters to never resort to violence

"That's what gives it the tinge of a threat," she said. "If it was something heartfelt and legitimate then one suspects he would have just gone ahead and quashed the violence. He knows like everyone else, after we've lived through the January 6th committee hearings, that everyone believed that on January 6, he was the guy who could end the violence. Well, that same thing is true here."

On Monday, Trump went on Fox News Digital with a warning about angry people: "Whatever we can do to help— because the temperature has to be brought down in the country. If it isn't, terrible things are going to happen."

Even during that interview, he lashed out at the FBI, accusing them of breaking into his home in a "sneak attack," though their search warrant came after months of federal inquiries. He kept up the attacks hours later against "gun toting FBI Agents," the Department of Justice, and the federal judge, and called for the release of the unredacted search warrant affidavit "pertaining to this horrible and shocking BREAK-IN."

And Trump's lawyer Alina Habba said on Newsmax Monday that if Trump is charged, convicted, and disqualified from running for president, "that would cause so much mayhem. That would be a monstrous mistake."

A former Special Assistant to the President during the Trump administration, who asked to speak on background but whose identity is known to Insider, described Trump's actions as "only a power play to make the AG look small and highlight Trump's talking point that the search was unnecessary."

Barbara McQuade, a former US attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, suggested that the message to Garland "could be a request to 'let this thing go' in the interest of public safety." But, she said, it's hard to say what Trump intended.

Given the context of the January 6 insurrection on the US Capitol, "none of this is happening in a vacuum," Vance said, adding: "This is all happening to a former president who appreciates his ability to animate his followers to violence with his words."

"He's turning the temperature up instead of down," Vance said.

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Putin’s ‘Loyal’ Friends Host Rendezvous With His #1 Enemy

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The Biden Administration has begun holding military exercises with countries that are a part of a Russian-led military alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

Tajikistan is hosting the drills, called “Regional Cooperation 22,” while U.S. Central Command organized them, according to the State Department. Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan—each members of Russia’s collective defense organization, akin to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)—are all participating.

“Regional Cooperation is an annual exercise aimed at strengthening multinational stability operations, counter-terrorism, and developing cooperation and joint combined capabilities among the states of Central and South Asia, the United States and other participating countries,” the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan said in a statement.

Mongolia, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan are also joining in on the exercises, which are set to last until August 20.

The exercises have been occurring annually since 2004, barring some interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the State Department. But the news of the collective table-top exercise comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies have been imploring the CSTO member states—including those participating in the exercise—to better back up Russia as it faces off with NATO and western allies in the war in Ukraine, and to better defend their own turf against NATO influence. Just this May, Putin held a summit with CSTO members, during which his cronies berated member nations to back up Moscow more, warning of what Russia has long considered to be NATO’s increasing sphere of influence.

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“Russia should not fight alone against the expansion of NATO,” Belarusian leader and longtime Putin ally Alexander Lukashenko said then.

In a show of how important Tajikistan’s support is to Putin, Putin made Tajikistan his first visit since invading Ukraine. The summertime visit was meant to allow Putin and his counterpart, Tajikistan’s president, Emomali Rahmon, to discuss “issues related to military cooperation.”

The exercises, in Russia’s proverbial backyard, could appear to run counter to Putin’s goals to shore up his collective defense bloc against NATO—U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan John Mark Pommersheim said the goal of the exercises is to “strengthen relationships with our partners in the region.”

The Pentagon doesn’t intend for the exercise to be inflammatory.

“Multi-lateral, U.S. Central Command exercises like this happen over 30 times a year and aren’t planned with the interest of being regionally inflammatory but rather to improve the ability of the [United States] and our allies and partners to respond to a myriad of contingency events, as well as enhance the participants overall interoperability,” a U.S. Central Command spokesperson, Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn, told The Daily Beast.

In previous years the training has consisted of convoy operations, close quarter battle trainings, raid execution, improvised explosive device detection, and mounted movements, according to the Pentagon. This year includes training on military decision-making processes and other training, according to the National Guard, which in June and July had soldiers work on countering improvised explosive devices in Tajikistan.

Pommersheim urged the nations and soldiers participating in the exercises to focus on “peaceful responses to global challenges, information sharing, and security cooperation” in the coming days.

And after the collective exercise concludes, the United States will conduct exercises one-on-one with just Tajikistan in Fakhrabad Training Center, according to U.S. Central Command.

In recent days Putin has also been working to spread the narrative that he and his allies are united in their vision that a unipolar world—in which the United States leads—can no longer be the status quo.

But Putin’s grip on global influence has appeared shaken in recent days. Russia faces a European Union ban on crude imports in the coming months, which could pinch its oil revenues. Just in the last several days the EU’s ban on Russian coal went into effect. Latvia announced its parliament had moved to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terror, to which Russian lawmakers and officials responded with outcry.

In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, nations around the globe have slapped round after round of sanctions on Moscow targeting key Russian industries and oligarchs, isolating Russia on the world stage. And as the consequences settle in for Russia’s defense industrial base, Putin has been working to portray Russia’s weapons supply as just fine. Earlier this week, Putin claimed his country’s weapons were cream of the crop on the world stage and that nations around the world are clamoring to import Russian weapons, which he claimed were decades ahead of other nations’ supplies.

And just as the exercises between the United States and some of Russia’s key military allies kick off, Putin has been working to spread the narrative that Russia maintains “truly” strong relationships with countries around the world.

“Russia sincerely cherishes historically strong friendly, truly trusting ties with the states of Latin America, Asia, Africa,” Putin said at an arms trade show earlier this week.

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Record traffic jam at Crimean bridge as Russians leave peninsula after explosions

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Read also: Ukrainian army reveals what Russians kept near Dzhankoy in Crimea

Savchenko said Russian invasion forces set up a checkpoint in front of the bridge to Russia, and are checking everyone who leaves the occupied peninsula.

Read also: Russian military unit, ammo depot on fire after blasts in occupied Crimea

The traffic jam on the way to the Kerch bridge broke records,” Savchenko said. “It’s about 38,000 cars. Last time, after Novofedorivka (the Russian air base attacked on Aug. 9), about 37,000 cars left the territory of the Crimean peninsula in the direction of Russia. The occupying authorities set up a checkpoint at the entrance to the Kerch bridge. All those who leave Crimea are checked there. In particular, they check documents, cars and personal belongings.”

Read also: Huge explosions rock airfield in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea

Explosions were heard again in Russian-occupied Crimea on Aug. 16. In the morning, an ammunition depot exploded near the village of Azovskoye in Dzhankoy District, and a fire broke out at an electricity transformer station in Dzhankoy itself. Later, explosions hit an air base near the Crimean capital Simferopol.

Russia blames the explosions on “accidents,” but the evidence points to these being attacks by Ukraine – either by long-range missiles or rockets or, as some Ukrainian officials have hinted anonymously, by Ukrainian special operations sabotage groups working behind enemy lines.

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