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Moscow's ears in Germany

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Germany is an important spy target for Moscow. Russia also uses the country as a base for satellite espionage - the platform for this are diplomatic missions and a cultural centre. There are a few interesting details 1/12
Russian #SIGINT activities in Germany have increased significantly in the last decade. In the middle of Berlin, on the edge of the government district, surrounded by government administration buildings, lies the Russian Embassy 2/12
On the roof of the property you can see the classic HF "Cage dipole" as well as other receiving antennas bild.de/politik/inlandā€¦ 3/12
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#avgeek #aviation #ColdWar #USAF #WW2 - Birmingham, Alabama's Southern Museum of Flight has DC-3, F-14, Beechcraft Starship, F-4N Phantom II, A-4F, T-33, F-86D/F-86L, D-21, Mi-28, Tuskegee trainers, model ships, and much more! Please follow me! 1/ ImageImageImageImage
2/ There are exterior displays right next to the museum's main building and also a bunch at a field a couple of blocks away. Here are Bell-UH-1H Huey, A-7E Corsair II, F-4N Phantom II, A-4F Blue-Angel, T-33 and an F-86D/F-86L Sabre.
3/ The first remote lot is two blocks from the museum and behind a chain-link fence. Still, it's impressive and includes a A-12, F-84F, F-101, F-102A, F-104, F-105, F-111A, CH-54B, T-28, MiG-21U, T-2C, etc.
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1/ As suggested by @PopovaProf, I'd like to comment on the recent remarks by the #Brazilian president-elect, @LulaOficial, on the #Russian war of aggression in #Ukraine. Needless to say, many were struck by the ignorance and brutishness of these utterances. A šŸ§µ...
2/ But what lies behind this? Many European/US observers seem dumbfounded by the fact that a leader who is widely (and correctly) believed to have bravely stood against dictatorship in his own country would support a genocidal warmonger such as #Putin on the international stage.
3/ The sources of Lula's (and #LatinAmerica's more widely) attitudes towards the war are many, and differ widely between countries, contexts, and social strata. The probably most often mentioned one is anti-Americanism, stemming from a variety of sources, but often relevant...
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1/ #TankTuesday #tanks #USA's #ColdWar M103A2 w/ L/60 120 mm main gun. This supersized tank used the M48/M60 power plant but 7 road wheels, 120mm gun, very thick armor, etc. This was overkill for Soviet tanks, underpowered, susceptible to breakdown.
2/ #Military Is the M103 the biggest gun and biggest tank #USArmy ever put into production? In fact, M1A2's 63 to 73 short tons bracket the M103's 65 short tons, but the M1A2's L/44 120 mm is shorter than the M103's L/60!
3/ #USA #military #history ā€“ The M103ā€™s 120mm x L/60 = 7200mm=7.2 meters or 23.6ā€™! In comparison, the King Tigerā€™s 88 was merely 20.5ā€™ and the Jagdtigerā€™s 128mm=23.1ā€™. Did anyone make a longer tank / tank destroyer gun?
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#USAF #avgeek #aviation #avgeeks - The SR-71 is the world's fastest jet airplane and air-breathing airplane. I only recently realized THIS SPECIFIC SR-71 at Warner Robins Museum of Aviation @MOAatRAFB IS THE WORLD'S FASTEST JET AIRPLANE* EVER!!! 1/
@MOAatRAFB 2/ In 1965, SR-71 Blackbird, S/N 61-7958, was the #USAF's 1st production model SR-71. On July 27, 1976, for the Bicentennial, Capt. Pat Blesdoe and Maj. John Fuller rocketed her at 2,092 mph in a 1,000-km closed-course loop... @Sylvia70485099 @kadonkey
3/ ... breaking the #USSR's MiG-25 Foxbat interceptor's astonishing 1,852 mph world-speed record set by Mikhail M. Komarov on October 5, 1967. Note: this was 10 years and 1 day after Sputnik 1 first flew into space on October 4, 1957!!! #ColdWar
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South Carolina, Civil War and Gamecock trend. Charleston, SC is home to USS CLAMAGORE (SS-343). Sheā€™s a WW2 Balao-class / Cold War GUPPY II then GUPPY III submarine now being scrapped. Let me show you her today and take you on boardā€¦ 1/ #WW2 #Submarines #Coldwar #CivilWar
2/ #USNavy #ships #shipping #shipspotting - #VirtualTour of USS CLAMAGORE (SS-343), a WW2 Balao-class / Cold War GUPPY II then GUPPY III submarine being scrapped. @USN_Submariner @CovertShores @submarines4ever @RLitwiller
@USN_Submariner @CovertShores @submarines4ever @RLitwiller 3/ I only toured Clamagore once. It's by the #WW2 / #ColdWar aircraft carrier CV-10 Yorktown. As we approach, note the smaller sail of USS Drum (top), which Clamagore would have resembled as first built in 1945 and the GUPPY III conversion sail (bottom).
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The announcement by #Russian Defence Ministry on Tuesday on Vostok-22 strategic command post exercises during August 30-September 5 gives a big message to the West in political and military terms.

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The announcement said, ā€œIn addition to the troops (forces) of the Eastern Military District, units of the Airborne Troops, Long Range Aviation and Military Transport Aviation, as well as military contingents from other states, will be involved in these manoeuvres.ā€

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If there is going to be participation by #China, it will be highly significant in the present context of global politics, especially in the Far East.

#Vostok2022 #Russianarmy
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šŸ§µA lesson from the last #ColdWar. In the 80s, one of the results of China's opening up to the outside world was that many underground movie studios popped up in neighborhoods, showing pirated western movies.
When my friends and I saw images of happy and well-nourished people and fully-stocked grocery stores through these movies, we began to question whether capitalism was really as evil as we were taught .
To our young and simple mind, if Marxist revolution means constant starvation and material shortages and capitalism leads to a full belly and material abundance, we would rather have capitalism.
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NEW: US-#China cold war?

"Cold war is a tragedy...when ppl speak of cold war they think abt estrangement, division, confrontation & conflict" #China Ambassador to the US Qin Gang told #AspenSecurity

"Your question itself indicates that ppl are worrying"
"Why are ppl worrying about #ColdWar coming back? Bcs some ppl have a cold war mentality" per #China's Amb Qin Gang

"Some ppl are mistakenly taking China as the former Soviet Union, as a threat...China is not the former Soviet Union" he says
"China is a peace-loving country... China has never been engaged w/foreign expansion & the invasion" #China's Amb Qin Gang insists

"Taking China as a threat is like to pick up a wrong fight" he says
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With #Chinaā€™s rise and #Russiaā€™s war, the Pax Americana is over. @FukuyamaFrancis Five scenarios for a new #worldorder are now conceivable. ips-journal.eu/topics/foreignā€¦
1 liberal world order survives end of unipolar American moment 2 wars and revolutions lead to collapse of order 3 great power concert could bring relative stability but fail to tackle global challenges @FESinAsia @fesnewyork @FESonline
4 new cold war partly blocks rule-based multilateral system, but allows for limited cooperation 5 an illiberal order with Chinese characteristics. @CharlesKupchan
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Happening now: @NATO SecGen @jensstoltenberg news conference in #MadridNATO22

Says Madrid Summit reinforces an alliance and world view "based on norms & values instead of brute violence" Image
#Indo-pacific countries at #MadridNATO22 - "We appreciate very much the partnership with them" per @NATO's @jensstoltenberg, asked abt #China

China's coercive behavior "matters for every country concerned abt the freedom of navigation" & trade in the region
"It's #Russia that has walked away from this attempt to build more trust, more partnership" per @NATO's @jensstoltenberg

"Our relationship w/#Russia is at the lowest level since the #ColdWar but there is no doubt that the responsibility for that is Russia"
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#TankTuesday #ColdWar #Tanks #History - While Germany's Leopard 2 MBT differs from Leopard 1, it's the longest production tank "brand" I know. Leopard 1 debuted ~1965. 55+ years later, Leopard 2 is still in service. Not sure when production ended. Great clip from @PhilLoder!
@PhilLoder 2/ Germany's stunning 65-ton #Leopard2PL modernizes 142 slab turret L/44 120mm Leopard 2A4 #tanks inside and out for Poland. Dziękuję @r116440 @RyszardJonski @1WBPanc.
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An amazing analysis of the current #Ukraineļø #war
@kamilkazani takes us back to Cold War and evolution of Russian war machine based on those weapons/tactics.
Question: Will this op prove to be as much a watershed for #Russianarmy as it was for #UkrainianArmedForces in 2014?
In addition, the entire situation raises further questions
1-As mentioned in the tweet above, would this stimulate transformation of military affairs in the #RussianArmy in particular and #RussianArmedForces forces in general?
Especially considering the points @kamilkazani made?
2-Actually, and retrospectively, this raises more questions. And these questions are based on President #Putin own past career in particular and the post #SovietUnion combat experience of the #RussianArmedForces in general
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I took an interview with "Talk with World Leaders" of Phoenix TV, and here is the link to the interview. china-embassy.org/dshd/202203/t2ā€¦
WhetherĀ China-USĀ relationsĀ canĀ returnĀ toĀ theĀ trackĀ ofĀ healthyĀ andĀ stableĀ developmentĀ dependsĀ onĀ whetherĀ theĀ USĀ sideĀ canĀ honorĀ itsĀ commitments.
ChinaĀ andĀ theĀ USĀ haveĀ maintainedĀ closeĀ communicationĀ onĀ theĀ #UkraineCrisis,Ā andĀ weĀ haveĀ commonĀ understandingĀ onĀ realizingĀ #ceasefireĀ &Ā peaceĀ andĀ providingĀ #HumanitarianAid.Ā ButĀ weĀ haveĀ differentĀ viewsĀ onĀ howĀ toĀ promoteĀ #peacetalksĀ andĀ realizeĀ lastingĀ securityĀ inĀ Europe.
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@ggreenwald Yesterday, I could listen to @OksanaBoyko_RT's 2014 interview on #YouTube with former Australian PM #MalcolmFraser. Today, I can't. His sagacity and courage are sorely needed.#censored #NATO #insiders #LNL #RNBreakfast #mediawatch #abc730 #4corners @phbarratt
@OksanaBoyko_RT @phbarratt In 2015, a year after the coup in Kiev, Tom Switzer, from @RadioNational's #BetweenTheLines, wrote about Malcolm Fraser's views on #NATO, the #US, Russia, Ukraine, Crimea.
Wise observations, still.
@CISOZ @LowyInstitute @RodgerShanahan
lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreteā€¦
@OksanaBoyko_RT @phbarratt @RadioNational @CISOZ @LowyInstitute @RodgerShanahan Last week, anticipating #Youtube would censor RT, which would mean @OksanaBoyko_RT's #WorldsApartRT interview would be unavailable, I transcribed it.

Until the full interview is once again available, I'll tweet some of what the former prime minister said.
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#UkraineRussianWar

There are 3 main scenarios how this conflict could evolve going forward. Each of those scenario has certain probabilities of it occurring. Lets examine each one of them and their implications to the world in general:
Scenario 1 - (P:60%) #Ukarine & #Russia agree a ceasefire. Ukraine agrees to cede #Crimea and #Donbass to #Russia. #Putin withdraws #RussianArmy. #Europe over a period of time removes #sanctions. In a year, World becomes normal & everyone lives happily. Best outcome possible.
Scenario 2 - (P:30%) The conflict escalates. stalemate ensues. #Putin reaches #Dniper, takes over Kyiv. #Ukraine is bi-furcated in two - #EastUkraine under #Russian control, #WestUkraine aligned with #NATO. #SanctionsRussiaNow continue for long. #Europe consolidates with #USA
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No estamos en el escenario que nos acostumbrĆ³ la guerra frĆ­a, no es blanco y negro, sin embargo; hay una bifurcaciĆ³n en curso, el #DragonBear vs OTAN. A partir de allĆ­ habrĆ” no alineados pero de una forma diferente y mĆ”s compleja, que en la 1ra #ColdWar, de intereses sobrepuestos
La realidad multipolar y de relaciones, dĆ³nde hay un evidente choque de civilizaciones y la irrupciĆ³n de una nueva geometrĆ­a ideolĆ³gica (globalismo) impulsada desde occidente, y enfrentada a otros regĆ­menes autoritarios, y tambiĆ©n totalitarios; nos obliga a cambiar los paradigmas
No se puede analizar la situaciĆ³n actual en base a los mismos paradigmas geopoliticos del siglo xx. Eso no significa dejar atrĆ”s la lectura analĆ­tica de aquellos dĆ­as sino, tomarla como base para repensar y tratar de proyectar, es decir; saber hacia dĆ³nde vamos y que enfrentar.
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While I continue to hope for regime change in #Russia, I worry about what may come in the weeks ahead absent more Western military intervention. If it comes down to some form of a settlement, a #thread of #maps to contemplate in the days ahead / 1
First, #geopolitics of Russia. Southern and Eastern border protected by mountains. Ural mtns separate Moscow from inner lands. Hard to navigate Northern seas in the Artic. Historically, least protected on Western or S. Western border (Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Nazis) / 2
In thinking about historical Russian view of security on Western borders, consider a ā€œlineā€ from St. Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don during 4 periods: (1) the Russian empire in 1914 /3
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Yesterday, a Telegram channel associated with the #WagnerGroup posted a call for recruits:

"The Wagner Philharmonic has decided to take part in the Great World Concert and is holding auditions to select for its touring musical troupe."

A šŸ§µ on #Wagner & what the post reveals.
1. Some background: Russian #VDV Airborne #Spetsnaz commander Dmitry Utkin adopted the callsign "Wagner" in the first Russian incursion in #Donbas in 2014, a triple entendre indicating his position as "conductor" of off-book scouts and saboteurs now known as the #WagnerGroup.
2. Much has been made of Wagner's affiliation with neo-Nazi movements in #Russia. But the cultural weave of Russian mercenaries is more nuanced.

"Wagner" also refers to the German composer's valorization during the #ThirdReich by Adolf Hitler & Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
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"This is not the outcome we sought to prevent," said #US State Department spokesman on the current #Ukraine war. Just a slip of the tongue?
Former Representative Tulsi Gabbard might have told the truth: "President Biden could end this crisis and prevent a war with #Russia by doing something very simple, guaranteeing that #Ukraine will not become a member of #NATO, Ā·Ā·Ā·
because if #Ukraine became a member of NATO, that would put US and NATO troops directly on the doorstep of Russia, which as Putin has laid out, would undermine their national security interest. Why doesn't President Biden and NATO leaders actually just say that and guarantee it?
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What is this #war about, how to make it infeasible for #Russia, and what consequences could it have? Here's what I see.
First let's talk about why the #UkraineInvasion happened. Obviously, none of the things said by #Russia are the true reason.

After all art has been stolen, assets removed, people displaced or killed, and infrastructure destroyed, what is left? Land, buildings, natural resources.
The long term spoils of #Russia's invasion on #Ukraine are the dismantling of the old ruling class and installing of a new one which has sponsored this war. Make no mistake, Putin is representing not his own interests, but the interests of a group of people behind him.
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1. #NixonMao #rapprochement 50th ANNIVERSARY: SOME FACTS & LESSONS.
In only 50 years, everything changes. Strategic interests of two great powers aligned then as much as they clash today.
I hate threads but my blog is not out yet: here some disorderly thoughts.
2. In 1972, China needed to avert a terrestrial invasion from #USSR. The #UnitedStates was keen to gain a heavy-weight partner to checkmate #Moscow; but the long-term objective was to bring the most populous country into a rising US-led global economic order for the US to profit
3. In the following decades, the relationship was not void of tensions. However, strategic interests were important enough to save it from #TaiwanRelationsAct, #Reagan anti #communism and support for #Taiwan; #TiananmenSquare; #StraitCrisis 1995-1996; #Belgrade bombing
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1. Some rambling thoughts that occur to me as I ponder the #UkraineCrisis: A Geopolitical Tweet Thread of Uncertain Proportions.

I really fail to understand the number of people I see actually defending #Russia re: #Ukraine.
2. #Russia has security concerns. I agree. History and geography necessitates they are going to be wary of being attacked, particularly across the North European Plain.
3. But if you want to keep your neighbors out of a rival alliance, invading, seizing territories, ignoring security guarantees previously given, interfering with their internal affairs, and massing hundreds of thousands of troops on their borders doesn't seem like the best method
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