Putin Just Ignored Obama Admin’s Desperate Pleas In A Huge Way- ‘Russian Strikes Will…’

Russia plans to continue airstrikes against Syrian villages despite a direct appeal by Secretary of State John Kerry and the UN for a ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to starving civilians.

Fox News reports not only has the Putin-led government refused the ceasefire, it has escalated its involvement, introducing four of its most advanced fighter jets to assist in the airstrikes. Some of the Russian targets include CIA-backed rebel fighters who oppose the Assad regime.

“The decision to send the Su-35S jets poses yet another hurdle for Kerry’s efforts to proceed with peace talks. The Su-35S is Russia’s most advanced warplane, capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions,” one official familiar with the jet told Fox News

Russia’s move comes despite two UN resolutions calling for a ceasefire and caused peace talks in Geneva to derail Wednesday.

“[T]here will be a ceasefire,” Kerry predicted Tuesday in Rome. “We expect a ceasefire. And we expect adherence to the ceasefire. And we expect full humanitarian access.”

Kerry said he was assured by Russia’s foreign minister the airstrikes would end. “I talked to Foreign Minister Lavrov a couple of days ago and I specifically discussed a ceasefire with him, and he said they are prepared to have a ceasefire,” the secretary of state said.

Two days later, the bombing missions continue.

“Russian strikes will not cease [in Syria] … I don’t see why these airstrikes should be stopped,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday in Oman.

Hours later, the UN talks fell apart, according to Fox. 

The top U.S. general in Iraq made it clear that America wants to avoid a confrontation with Russia, despite Putin’s strikes against the U.S.-backed rebels.

“I wouldn’t characterize it as a proxy war. I would say that we are pursuing different goals,” Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland told reporters, speaking from Baghdad earlier this week.

The U.N. chief humanitarian coordinator says close to 500,000 Syrians are cut off from food assistance, surrounded by Bashar Assad’s forces, Fox reported. 

“We saw people who are clearly malnourished, especially children, we saw people who are extremely thin, skeletons, that are now barely moving,” Yacoub El Hillo, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Syria, told Reuters.

Kerry said Tuesday that some besieged Syrians have been reduced to eating leaves and grass. “Starvation as a tactic of war is against the laws of war and it is being used every single day as a tactic by the Assad regime,” he said

The Washington Post editorial board blamed Kerry’s willingness to compromise with Putin for the unfolding humanitarian crisis. “Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s handling of the Syrian crisis appears to be enabling those very war crimes,” the paper wrote.

The Post charges the administration is only offering strong rhetoric, but nothing to back it up. “On that, Mr. Kerry has had exactly nothing to say. Expect the sieges, the bombing, the starvation — and the statements — to continue.”

Russia Just Made A Bold Military Move Toward The U.S.- American Officials Furious

A Russian Fighter jet sped within several feet of a U.S. spy plane over the Black Sea on Monday according to the Pentagon.

“An RC-135 aircraft flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” said Navy Capt. Daniel Hernandez, chief spokesman for the U.S. European Command.

“US defense officials claim the an aggressive banking turn was performed and the thrust of the SU-27 ‘disturbed the controllability’ of the RC-135 (a modified Boeing 707), the Express reported.

Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza told Fox News outlet that the incident is being investigated. 

“The Pentagon held a video conference Thursday with Russian military officials to discuss flight safety over Syria ‘to avoid accidents and unintended confrontation between coalition and Russian forces whenever the two sides operate in close proximity,’ according to Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook. There was no mention of the ‘unprofessional’ intercept in his statement.” Fox reported.

Earlier this week, Japan’s Defense Ministry revealed that Japanese interceptor jets were scrambled to chase two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers that approached the northern end of Japan,” according to the Express. 

Putin has been taking increasing aggressive moves towards the United States and Western powers over the last several months. Last July 4th, the United States scrambled fighter jets to intercept Russian bombers coming close the the coastlines of Alaska and California.

As reported by Western Journalism, U.S. Navy officials revealed in the fall that they have been tracking Russian naval activity near vital underseas communication cables in the Atlantic. The Navy is concerned that the Russians may be searching out secret locations of special cables used by the U.S. government for military operations. 

Ben Carson Just Called Out Putin In A Big Way On The GOP Debate Stage

Responding to a hypothetical foreign policy question during Thursday evening’s GOP presidential debate, Ben Carson explained what his approach would be to a Russian invasion of Estonia in the event that the invaded nation invokes Article Five of the North Atlantic Treaty, which states an attack on one is an attack on all NATO nations.

The retired neurosurgeon replied that the next president must “recognize that [Russian President] Vladimir Putin is an opportunist and he’s a bully and we have to face him down.”

Carson said he would “face [Putin] down in the whole Baltic region,” citing a potential need for intervention in Latvia and Lithuania in addition to Estonia.

“I think we need to put in some armored brigades there,” he said.

Other possible actions Carson mentioned include giving the Ukraine “offensive weapons” and opposing Russia economically by becoming energy independent.

“Putin is a one-horse country,” the candidate concluded, ” — oil and energy.”

He recommended domestic drilling to keep energy prices low.

“That’s what is keeping [Putin] contained,” Carson said.

Addressing the initial question directly, he affirmed that America under a President Ben Carson “would definitely protect all of our allies.”

Watch: What Hillary Just Said About Putin And Russia Has Many In Disbelief

When Hillary Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with a toy-like “reset button” in 2009, Clinton got it wrong.

The oversized prop was supposed to have “reset” written in Russian, but the translation actually means “overcharged.” And ironically, overcharged is the relationship the White House seems to have had with the Putin administration throughout Obama’s presidency.

 

At Sunday’s Democratic presidential debates, Lester Holt brought up the tension between the U.S. and Russia by asking, “Secretary Clinton, you famously handed Russia’s foreign minister a reset button in 2009. Since then, Russia has annexed Crimea, fomented at war with Ukraine, provided weapons that downed an airliner, and launched operations, as we’ve just discussed, to support Assad in Syria. As president, would you hand Vladimir Putin a reset button?”

Apparently claiming to have made progress with Russia, Clinton responded, “Well, it would depend upon what I got for it. I can tell you what we got in the first term. We got a New START Treaty to reduce nuclear weapons between the United States and Russia. We got permission to resupply our troops in Afghanistan by traveling across Russia. We got Russia to sign on to our sanctions against Iran, and other very important commitments.”

Clinton’s comments seemed to downplay the brink of war to which Russia went with the Ukraine, a NATO ally. Her response also deflected attention away from the fact Obama’s war against Al Assad has the Obama administration staring down the barrel of a Russian gun as Syria’s main ally is now Russia.

Clinton implied that Putin was re-elected through fraudulent elections and that her relationship with Putin is likened to a relationship one has with a bully. Clinton went on to say the U.S. and Europe need to join together to stand up to Putin or he’ll take as much as he wants until someone does stand in his way.

Revealed: What Putin Said He Could Do To America In Just 30 Minutes Or LESS Will Give You Chills

The authors of the book The Russia-China Axis claim that in late 2011 the then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stated that his country could annihilate the United States in a “half-hour of less.”

Putin made the remarks before guests at a lavish banquet at the New Century, Moscow’s richest equestrian club, MSN reported.

The former and soon-to-be president addressed his guests on topics ranging from the “Russian government’s loss of public trust to his own indispensable leadership,” according to the book’s authors, Douglas E. Schoen and Melik Kaylan.

He went on to express his displeasure with U.S. plans to build a missile defense system in Eastern Europe: a Bush administration initiative, which Obama nixed shortly after taking office in 2009.

Putin also addressed the Americans in attendance, “You ask me whether we are going to change,” he said. “The ball is in your court. Will you change?”

In his view, the U.S. only has interest in Russia because it is the only nation that could “destroy America in half an hour or less.”

The authors contend, “It would be a difficult to find a statement more revealing about Putin’s true position regarding the United States.”

As reported by Western Journalism, last month the Russia president made a similar seemingly off-hand remark, with dire consequences, regarding the use of nuclear weapons. Following the successful launch of submarine-based cruise missiles against Syrian targets, Putin said, “Now we know it for sure – precision weapons that can be equipped with both conventional and special warheads, which are nuclear.”

“Naturally, this is not necessary when fighting terrorists and, I hope, will never be needed,” he added.

L. Tood Wood, writing for the Washington Times, noted that Putin has a pattern of employing bellicose words and actions in recent years to maintain support with the Russian people. The collapse of the crude oil market has placed an incredible strain on the nation’s economy and government. He writes:

The next step to prevent Russian social unrest could be additional military steps internationally. The axis of Iran, Russia, and Syria in the Middle East is an extremely interesting new development. As Russian military power and influence grows in the region, all bets are off the table as to how this power could be used. Could Russia acquire different oil production regions in the Middle East militarily? Could they stir the fires of conquest in an attempt to spike the price of crude?

The one thing the world should have learned over the last decade about Mr. Putin is that he is unpredictable and not afraid to use military force when he thinks it’s necessary for Russia (and the men who run it) and he can win.

The West is feckless against Russian aggression with no leadership whatsoever. Putin must know a new American president will be much stronger and will embark on a program to rebuild American geopolitical power. Russia therefore has twelve months to get what it wants to protect the Kremlin’s hold on power domestically. These are dangerous times indeed.

h/t: MSN