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(RepublicanWire.org) – The Kremlin is claiming that an audacious attack by two drones was carried out on Wednesday night with the aim of assassinating Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the country’s presidential administration.

Describing the incident as a “planned terrorist attack” and “assassination attempt on the president of Russia,” the Kremlin is now threatening to take “retaliatory measures.”

The attack reportedly took place on Wednesday at around 2 a.m. local time, with residents in Moscow reporting two explosions and a subsequent power outage. Footage captured by locals shows smoke filling the sky over the Kremlin. The Russian government has alleged that the attack was orchestrated by Ukraine, with both drones having been destroyed before they could cause any harm. No injuries have been reported.

The timing of the reported drone strike, which took place just days before Russia’s Victory Day parade on Red Square, has raised concerns about the potential for further drone attacks. To guard against such a reoccurrence, Putin has ordered patrols on the streets of Moscow in search of any bombs or drones ahead of the event.

The reported drone strike follows upon Russia launching missile attacks on Kyiv in late April. Ukrainian defenses activated air defense systems and issued air raid alerts. Explosions were heard in the region, prompting the Kyiv regional administration to issue a message on Telegram stating, “Air defenses are at work!”

(RepublicanWire.org) – Former US President Bill Clinton has admitted he regrets his role in Ukraine’s nuclear disarmament in the 1990s. He suggested that Russia would not be able to start a war against a nuclear Ukraine.

As Clinton said in an interview with the Irish broadcaster RTÉ , he feels personally involved in the fact that Ukraine was persuaded to give up nuclear weapons.

“I feel personally involved, because I made them (Ukraine) agree to give up nuclear weapons. And none of them believe that Russia would agree to this (invasion) if Ukraine still had its weapons “, Clinton said.

The former US president emphasized that Vladimir Putin, unlike his predecessor Boris Yeltsin, would not support an analogue of the Budapest Memorandum – a document that provided “security guarantees” for Kiev in exchange for renunciation of nuclear weapons.

“They (Ukrainians) were afraid to give it (nuclear weapons) because they thought that this was the only thing that protected them from expansionist Russia. Putin, when he saw an opportunity, violated the agreement and first seized Crimea. And I from “I feel terrible about this, because Ukraine is a very important country,” he stressed.

In 1991, Ukraine had the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world. However, the country has acceded to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and has pledged to eliminate all nuclear weapons. 

In 1994, the so-called Budapest Memorandum was signed between them, which was supposed to be a guarantee that the country would be protected from encroachments on its independence, sovereignty and borders after losing its nuclear status. The signatories were the United States, Great Britain and Russia.

In 2021, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky opposed the return of nuclear weapons to Ukraine.  He said “this is wrong”. Then he also noted that if Ukraine had nuclear weapons, Russia would not have dared to seize Crimea and start a war in the Donbass.

In February 2022, a few days before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Zelensky spoke at the Munich Security Conference and returned to the issue.

“For the rejection of the world’s third largest nuclear potential, Ukraine received security guarantees. We do not have these weapons. As well as security,” he said. 

(RepublicanWire.org) – China and Saudi Arabia are becoming close allies after joining together to form a political, security and trade alliance with Russia, India and Pakistan as they consider using the Chinese Yuan over the U.S. dollar.

China’s growing influence in the Middle East has alarmed lawmakers in Washington, D.C., despite cautiously welcoming the agreement while trying to downplay China’s mediating role. 

As President Joe Biden continues to isolate the U.S. from foreign countries, China, Russia, India and Saudi Arabia will become the strongest they ever have been as they choose to diversify their global partnerships. 

Collin Rugg, co-owner of Trending Politics, pointed out the damage Biden has done to the United State’s relationship with Middle Eastern countries. 

“In an attempt to isolate Russia from the rest of the world, Joe Biden has only isolated the United States. China, Russia, India and Saudi Arabia are the strongest they have ever been and together they will overpower the United States,” Rugg tweeted. “This is what you get when you install someone with dementia and expect them to go toe to toe with heavy hitters like Xi and Putin. This is irreparable damage that future presidents can’t fix.”

In addition, earlier this week the Brazilian government announced that China and Brazil have agreed to trade using their own currencies, bypassing the need for the U.S. dollar as a mediator. Another warning from China that they are attempting to challenge the U.S. economically. 

“The expectation is that this will reduce costs… promote even greater bilateral trade and facilitate investment,” the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency said. 

China is slowly but surely attempting to destroy the U.S. dollar, suggesting that the country wants to create a world economy that is less reliant on the U.S. dollar and expand its communist influence internationally. 

If China is successful with their plan against the U.S., it could lead to a decrease in demand for U.S. Treasury bonds and a rise in borrowing costs for the U.S. government, making it harder for America to fund its budget deficits and maintain its current levels of government spending.

“While our adversaries are waging economic war on the United States, Biden is busy talking about chocolate chip ice cream & the media is busy defending a trans killer,” Rugg added. 

(RepublicanWire.org) – On Saturday, President Donald Trump gave an electric rally in Waco, TX where he railed on the political establishment.

At one point, he said that establishment politicians like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are bigger threats than foreign adversaries like China and Russia.

“I was asked the other day, and I took a little heat for it, they said, who’s our biggest threat? Is it China, sir? Or is it Russia? I said, no, our biggest threat are high-level politicians that work in the United States government, like Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Schumer, Biden, Justice Department, because that’s poisoning our country,” Trump said.

At another point in his speech, he said “Either the deep state destroys America or we destroy the deep state”.

(RepublicanWire.org) – During a three-day visit this week to Moscow, Chinese President Xi Jinping told Russian President Vladimir Putin that “change is coming” to the global stage.

“Change is coming that hasn’t happened in 100 years. And we are driving this change together. Please take care, dear friend,” Xi said via his interpreter to Putin at the tail end of his visit on Wednesday.

According to CNN, the two are trying to build a new “multipolar world” that’s “not led by so-called Western values and rules.”

In other words, they want to create a world that isn’t dictated by the wishes of the West, particularly the “woke” wishes of the United States.

Speaking with CNN, international relations expert Alexander Korolev of the University of New South Wales in Australia said that this demonstrates an “overall convergence of Chinese and Russian world views and approaches to many international issues.”

“It’s very explicit and clear in terms of identifying the United States as a major security threat,” he said.

During the meeting between the two leaders, they also “referred to each other as dear friends, promised economic cooperation, and described their countries’ relations as the best they have ever been,” according to NBC News.

“They shared the view that this relationship has gone far beyond the bilateral scope and acquired critical importance for the global landscape and the future of humanity,” a statement by the Chinese government reads.

“We are working in solidarity on the formation of a more just and democratic multipolar world order, which should be based on the central role of the U.N., its Security Council, international law, the purposes and principles of the U.N. Charter,” a statement by the Russian government likewise reads.

In a joint statement, the two also “accused the West of undermining global stability and NATO of barging into the Asia-Pacific region, but asserted the close partnership between China and Russia did not constitute a ‘military-political alliance,’” according to NBC News.

Regarding Ukraine, Putin reportedly praised Xi for a peace plan he’d proposed a month earlier and slammed both Ukraine and its Western allies for rejecting it.

The plan “calls for formal respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty, protections for Ukrainian civilians, an end to interference with the flow of humanitarian aid into the country, and condemnation of the possible use of nuclear weapons,” as reported by Time magazine.

“The plan also reflects the views of those around the world whose primary interest in the war is economic, by calling for a ceasefire, an end to sanctions, and the opening of peace talks that might help ease pressure on food and fuel prices,” according to Time.

However, though Putin is reportedly a big fan of the proposal, it has zero chance of being adopted because it doesn’t say anything about all the Russian troops already in Ukraine. Nor does it say anything about Russia returning commandeered land to the Ukrainian government.

“An immediate ceasefire would freeze Russian gains in place, forcing Ukraine to try to persuade Vladimir Putin to voluntarily give back land. In truth, no peace plan is likely to succeed at this stage of the war because neither the Russian nor Ukrainian governments can afford to lose,” Time magazine explains.

Despite China and Russia’s cozy relationship, one thing China hasn’t done yet is provide any weapons to its friend, likely because U.S. officials are watching closely. This suggests that “serious consequences will come if China” does at some point decide to start supplying weapons to Russia.

The irony of course is that virtually the entire West has been providing weapons to Ukraine.

Putin has warned of his own consequences if the West keeps supplying Ukraine weapons and even worse consequences if they start supplying depleted uranium shells as well:

“It seems that the West really has decided to fight Russia to the last Ukrainian – no longer in words, but in deeds. But in this regard, I would like to note that if all this comes to pass, then Russia will have to respond accordingly. What I mean is that the collective West is already starting to use weapons with a nuclear component,” the Russian leader said during this week’s joint meeting.

(RepublicanWire.org) – The former senior FBI counterintelligence official who played a lead role in the Trump-Russia investigation has been arrested and charged over his own alleged ties to a sanctioned Russian oligarch.

“Charles McGonigal, the former Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Counter intelligence Division in New York, who retired in 2018, is accused of violating U.S. sanctions by agreeing to provide services to Oleg Deripaska, a sanctioned Russian oligarch. He is charged alongside Sergey Shestakov, a former Soviet and Russian diplomat who later became a U.S. citizen and a Russian interpreter for courts and government offices, through a five-count indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court Monday,” Fox News reported.

“McGonigal and Shestakov both were arrested Saturday. The indictment is a rare move by federal prosecutors to bring charges against a senior former FBI official before a federal grand jury. Though not referenced in or related to the indictment, McGonigal, while serving as chief of the cybercrimes section at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., was one of the first bureau officials to learn of allegations George Papadopoulos, a campaign adviser for Donald Trump, boasted that he knew Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton, launching the investigation into alleged Russian election interference known as Operation Crossfire Hurricane,” the outlet added.

McGonigal and Shestakov “both previously worked with Deripaska to attempt to have his sanctions removed, and, as public servants, they should have known better,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams said in a statement. “This Office will continue to prosecute those who violate U.S. sanctions enacted in response to Russian belligerence in Ukraine in order to line their own pockets.”

Fox News reported: “Both men are charged with one count of conspiring to violate and evade U.S. sanctions, in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”), one count of violating the IEEPA, one count of conspiring to commit money laundering, and one count of money laundering, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Shestakov is also charged with one count of making false statements, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, prosecutors said.”

It was then-President Barack Obama who in 2014 issued Executive Order 13660, which declared a national emergency with respect to the situation in Ukraine following the annexation of Crimea.

On April 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) designated Deripaska as a Specially Designated National (“SDN”), sanctioning him for acting on behalf of a senior official of the Russian Federation’s government and for operating in the Russian energy sector.

In 2021, the two defendants agreed to and did investigate a rival Russian oligarch of Deripaska in return for concealed payments from Derispaska, in violation of sanctions the United States imposed in 2018, the indictment says. McGonigal and Shestakov allegedly knew their actions violated U.S. sanctions because, among other reasons, while serving as special agent in charge, McGonigal received then-classified information that Deripaska would be added to a list of oligarchs considered for sanctions.

“The FBI is committed to the enforcement of economic sanctions designed to protect the United States and our allies, especially against hostile activities of a foreign government and its actors,” FBI Assistant Director in Charge Michael J. Driscoll said. “Russian oligarchs like Oleg Deripaska perform global malign influence on behalf of the Kremlin and are associated with acts of bribery, extortion, and violence.”

“After sanctions are imposed, they must be enforced equally against all U.S. citizens in order to be successful,” Driscoll added. “There are no exceptions for anyone, including a former FBI official like Mr. McGonigal. Supporting a designated threat to the United States and our allies is a crime the FBI will continue to pursue aggressively.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – Retired Marine Paul Whelan is speaking out after the release of WNBA player Brittney Griner from Russian prison.

Whelan has been detained in Russia since 2018 after Russian authorities claimed he was involved in an intelligence operation.

“I am greatly disappointed that more has not been done to secure my release, especially as the four year anniversary of my arrest is coming up. I was arrested for a crime that never occurred,” he said in an exclusive phone call with CNN from the Russian penal colony where he is being held.

Whelan added, “I don’t understand why I’m still sitting here.”

While Whelan said he was happy for Griner’s release, he explained he was “led to believe that things were moving in the right direction, and that the governments were negotiating and that something would happen fairly soon.”

When asked whether it surprised him that he was not included in the swap for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, Whelan said he was.

According to Whelan, he was told because the Russians claimed he was a spy, “They’ve put me at a level higher than what they did with Trevor (Reed) and Brittney.”

He explained, “That raises a lot of concerns because none of it is true. And they’re trying to get out of United States, what the United States may not be able to provide, but this is basically political extortion.”

Acknowledging he has been placed in a different category than Griner, Whelan said, “They’ve always considered me to be at a higher level than other criminals of my sort and for whatever reason, I’m treated differently than another individual here from a Western country that’s also on a charge of espionage. So even though we’re both here for espionage, I’m treated much differently than he is, and my treatment is also much different than others held for espionage at other prisons.”

Additionally, Whelan expressed his hope that President Joe Biden and his administration “would do everything they could to get me home, regardless of the price they might have to pay at this point.”

He added, “I would say that if a message could go to President Biden, that this is a precarious situation that needs to be resolved quickly.”

Twitter users expressed disappointment and felt Whelan should have been included in the trade.

(RepublicanWire.org) – New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got more than she bargained for at a recent town hall where she was confronted by furious constituents. The constituents hammered her for voting to send funds to Ukraine and, in their opinion, push the United States closer to nuclear war.

“None of this matters unless there’s a nuclear war, which you voted to send arms and weapons to Ukraine,” one of the protesters said on Wednesday. “You ran as an outsider, yet you’ve been voting to start this war in Ukraine. You’re voting to start a third nuclear war with Russia and China. Why are you playing with the lives of American citizens?”

“Tulsi Gabbard has shown guts where you’ve shown cowardice,” another protester said. “I believed in you, and you became the very thing you sought to fight against.”

“I believed in you, and you became the very thing you sought to fight against. That’s what you’ve become,” he said. “You are the establishment.”

The representative argued back but it is tough to hear in the video. But she did vote to send $40 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine in May.

Being “war hawks” was one of the reasons that former Democrat Rep. Gabbard left the Democrat Party, but not the only one.

Gabbard, who has been critical of the party in recent times, has finally had enough of the “wokeness” and “warmongers” in the party, calling it an “elitist cabal.”

“I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue & stoke anti-white racism, actively work to undermine our God-given freedoms, are hostile to people of faith & spirituality, demonize the police & protect criminals at the expense of law-abiding Americans, believe in open borders, weaponize the national security state to go after political opponents, and above all, dragging us ever closer to nuclear war,” she said on Twitter while not elaborating on whether she would join another Party.

“I believe in a government that is of, by, and for the people. Unfortunately, today’s Democratic Party does not. Instead, it stands for a government of, by, and for the powerful elite,” the former representative said.

“I’m calling on my fellow common sense independent-minded Democrats to join me n leaving the Democratic Party. If you can no longer stomach the direction that so-called woke Democratic Party ideologues are taking our country, I invite you to join me,” she said.

It was a brutal statement that took down the entire Party and its leaders.

(RepublicanWire.org) – On Thursday, at a Democrat fundraiser in New York City, President Joe Biden claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “not joking” about his “potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons.”

Biden suggested the reason for Putin’s alleged willingness to risk a nuclear confrontation with the West is that “his military is, you might say, significantly underperforming.”

The president told Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee donors at James Murdoch’s house, “We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis.”

Biden on Friday, literally, ran away from reporters asking about his ominous warning that the US is on the brink of nuclear Armageddon with Russia over Ukraine.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre felt the need to clean up President Biden’s ‘Armageddon’ comment from Thursday night’s fundraiser speech.

“Russia’s talk of using nuclear weapons is irresponsible, and there’s no way to use them without unintended consequences. It cannot happen… We won’t be intimidated by Putin’s rhetoric,” Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One during President Joe Biden’s short flight to Hagerstown, Maryland, where he is to speak about the economy.

KJP also downplayed Joe’s talk of armageddon.

“We have not seen any reason to adjust our own nuclear posture, nor do we have indications they are preparing to use them, but Putin can de-escalate this at any time and there is no reason to escalate.”

In his September 22 speech to the United Nations, Biden condemned Russia, suggesting it stood as the chief threat to global peace. He characterized Putin’s previous warnings as “irresponsible nuclear threats.”

Biden stated, “A nuclear war cannot be won … and must never be fought.”

On September 21, Putin stated, “I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction, and for separate components and more modern than those of NATO countries.” Putin may have been referring to Russia’s hypersonic missiles, which can fly up to fifteen times faster than the speed of sound, its quiet-running submarines or its modernized nukes.

“When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal,” he said.

Putin added, “This is not a bluff. And those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the weathervane can turn and point towards them.”

Putin’s emphasis that he was not bluffing was likely in reference to the following remarks made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in March: “I think that the threat of nuclear war is a bluff. It’s one thing to be a murderer. It’s another to commit suicide. Every use of nuclear weapons means the end for all sides, not just for the one person using them.”

On Thursday, Zelenskyy told an Australian policy-focused think tank that NATO should “eliminate the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons,” recommending “preemptive strikes, so that they’ll know what will happen to them if they use nukes, and not the other way around.”

Zelenskyy added, “Don’t wait for Russia’s nuclear strikes, and then say, ‘Oh, since you did this, take that from us!'”

Zelenskyy’s office later indicated that the Ukrainian president was not calling for a “preemptive” nuclear strike on Russia. Nevertheless, the Kremlin interpreted that to have been his meaning.

A Kremlin spokesman said Zelenskyy’s comments “are nothing but a call to start a world war,” which would result in “unforeseeable disastrous consequences.”

A subsequent statement from Zelenskyy’s office reiterated “only the terrorist state Russia can afford to blackmail the world with explosions … and hint at the use of nuclear weapons, and Ukraine will never make such calls.” The statement also indicated that “the US administration, together with its partners, is discussing a response plan in the event of the use of nuclear weapons by the Russian federation.”

The U.S. government is taking preparatory steps in the event diplomacy fails. On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it was purchasing a supply of the drug Nplate, which has been FDA-approved to “treat blood cell injuries that accompany acute radiation syndrome in adult and pediatric patients.”

Acute radiation syndrome occurs when a person’s “entire body is exposed to a high dose of penetrating radiation” — the kind resulting from a nuclear explosion or a dirty bomb. Nplate serves to reduce radiation-induced bleeding by stimulating the body’s production of platelets. The drug can reportedly be used in both adults and children.

Ukraine is similarly preparing in the eventuality that nuclear weapons are used in the war. Its capital city of Kyiv is readying evacuation centers and ensuring sufficient stock of potassium iodine pills are on hand. Such pills help protect against radiation absorption.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Three deep-water explosions destroyed the Nord Stream pipelines under the Baltic Sea last week on Monday.

Swedish seismologists reported that one of the three explosions measures 2.3 on the Richter Scale of earthquake intensity, but this was no earthquake. It was explosion, like a gigantic undersea mine.

The explosions guarantee Germany and the EU won’t go wobbly with regard to sanctions against Russian energy imports. The damage to pipelines will take months repair, and repairs are unlikely to begin until next summer. Even if Germany were to cry “uncle” as civil unrest intensifies over lack of heat and energy, even if Russia decided to turn the power back on, the conduit for Russian gas to Europe is broken.

No country has yet taken responsibility for the blasts that took out the Nord Stream pipelines to Europe. Only one country benefits. 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that the attacks on the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines that connect Russia to Germany offer a “tremendous opportunity” to end Europe’s dependency on Russian energy.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to once and for all remove the dependence on Russian energy and thus to take away from Vladimir Putin the weaponization of energy as a means of advancing his imperial designs,” Blinken said at a joint press conference with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly.

“That’s very significant and that offers tremendous strategic opportunity for the years to come,” Blinken added.

Blinken made the comments when asked what the US and Canada are doing to ease Europe’s energy crisis in the wake of the Nord Stream sabotage. Blinken said that Washington had been working for some time to provide Europe with more energy, and as a result, the US is now Europe’s biggest supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

“And we’re now the leading supplier of LNG to Europe to help compensate for any gas or oil that it’s losing as a result of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine,” Blinken said.

Trump reminds the nation what Biden said before suspicious Nord Stream explosion in a recent Truth Social post.

His post included a video of Biden in February saying, “If Russia invades … then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it.”

“How will you do that, exactly, since the project and control of the project is within Germany’s control,” the reporter who asked Biden the original question queried.

“We will, I promise you, we will be able to do it,” Biden responded, with a small smirk.

Trump headlined his post with the question, “World War III Anyone?”

Seven months after Biden’s ominous statement and a Russian invasion of Ukraine, Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines suffered from an apparent sabotage attempt.