The FRN Daily News Brief 2019-06-07

UAE's photographs of damage to four tankers.
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This Daily FRN News Brief is a summary of 9, articles about Headline-News, Iran, Mena, Uae, Eurasia, Germany, Russia, Donbass, Ukraine, Anglo-5, United-States, Defense, Finance, Latin-America, Venezuela.

Tags in this brief: Iran, Sabotaged Tankers, UAE, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Bombardment, Donbass, Ukraine, Arctic, Russia, US, Pacific, S-400, S400, Bomber, Missile, Dollar, Gold, Maduro, Putin, Trump, Venezuela.

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UAE now says four tankers were sabotaged by a foreign intelligence agency

Published 2019-06-07 23:49:42 by Tom Winter in Headline-News, Iran, Mena, Uae

Probably several teams with divers had attached explosives to the ships in such a way that they did not sink, but only became non-maneuverable. In addition, it needed fast boats, which had penetrated with detailed knowledge of the region in the waters of the United Arab Emirates.   Der Spiegel June 7: Attacks on oil tankers: Emirates assume sabotage by an enemy intelligence agency After explosions on several oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, the first findings are published:  investigators now assume that an intelligence service must have been involved. [Translator comment: this quadruple event was… Continue ->

Tags: Iran, Sabotaged Tankers, UAE


St Petersburg international Economic Forum: German businesses growing restive under the US anti-Russian sanctions

Published 2019-06-07 23:11:51 by Tom Winter in Eurasia, Germany, Headline-News, Russia

Handelsblatt Main points: The sanctions are shaky, Germany is again seeking proximity to Russia Germany wants to improve its relationship with Russia,  Some are already talking about lifting the Crimean sanctions. This is also due to Nord Stream 2. Russia’s president can again hope for less criticism and resistance from Germany.  Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president can again hope for less criticism and resistance from Germany. St. Petersburg: German politicians again seeking rapprochement with Russia. Leading politicians from the CDU and SPD are calling for an end to the sanctions. Meanwhile, doubts about the timely completion of Nord Stream 2 are getting louder…. Continue ->

Tags: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum


New president, same old war crimes; bombing of Donbass civilians continues

Published 2019-06-07 20:32:09 by Tom Winter in Donbass, Headline-News, Ukraine

Erwan Castell in Alawata Ukrainian bombing on Yasinovataya on June 6, 2019 The terrorist attacks of the Ukrainian army against the population of Donbass continue: During the previous day, 29 Ukrainian ceasefire violations were observed, firing 420 shells at 29 villages and urban districts located on the front line (shells of 12.7 mm and over), mostly 82 mortar shells and 120mm. In a bombing of residential areas in Gorlovka (north of the Donetsk Republic) a 33-year-old civilian resident at 5 Yasnaya Street was injured by shrapnel and evacuated to hospital No. 2. During yesterday’s Ukrainian bombardments, at least one Republican… Continue ->

Tags: Bombardment, Donbass, Ukraine


Fighting Russia for Resources: What are US goals in the Arctic?

Published 2019-06-07 18:00:56 by Paul Antonopoulos in Anglo-5, Eurasia, Headline-News, Russia, United-States

MOSCOW – Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the United States is trying to intensify tensions in the Arctic. The deputy director of the Russian National Institute of Development of Modern Ideology, Igor Shatrov, comments on the actions of the United States in this region. Russia’s Foreign Ministry official Maria Zakharova commented on statements by US National Security Adviser John Bolton noting that the US intends to turn the Arctic into a theater of war and intensify tension in the region. Recently, Bolton, at a conference at the Coast Guard Academy, stated that Washington intends to challenge Russia in the Arctic. According… Continue ->

Tags: Arctic, Russia, US


MAJOR: US ship almost causes collision with Russian navy

Published 2019-06-07 17:30:51 by Paul Antonopoulos in Anglo-5, Eurasia, Headline-News, Russia, United-States

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VLADIVOSTOK, Russia – A Chancellorsville cruiser of the US Navy crossed the path of a Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov, the Russian Pacific Fleet’s press office said. According to a statement from the Russian Pacific Fleet, a USS Chancellorsville cruiser suddenly crossed the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov’s course in the East China Sea. The incident occurred at 3:35 GMT. The American warship changed course and suddenly passed 50 meters from the Russian military ship. To avoid collision, the crew of the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov carried out emergency maneuvers. “By the international radio wave, the command of the North American ship… Continue ->

Tags: Pacific, Russia, US


FAKE NEWS: Russia has not received sale request from Iran to buy S-400 systems

Published 2019-06-07 17:00:55 by Paul Antonopoulos in Eurasia, Headline-News, Iran, Mena, Russia

MOSCOW – Russia has received no request from Iran to supply its S-400 air defense systems, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said on Friday. When asked if Moscow had received a relevant request from Iran, Borisov denied it in a clear and straightforward manner. “Let them continue to spread [fake news],” Borisov said when asked to comment on Western media speculation and cooperation between Russia and Iran. In late May, Bloomberg wrote that Russia refused to sell S-400 anti-aircraft defense systems to Iran. According to the agency, Russia would have decided not to sell the possibility of increased tensions… Continue ->

Tags: Iran, Russia, S-400, S400


Russian bomber could be extremely ‘nasty’ for US, magazine admits

Published 2019-06-07 16:20:25 by Paul Antonopoulos in Defense, Eurasia, Headline-News, Russia

MOSCOW – Recently, the Russian Ministry of Defense released images of the much awaited strategic bomber Tu-22M3M in action. In the disclosure it is possible to see the bomber in takeoff, flight and landing maneuvers. Tupolev’s press office said the aircraft had 80% of its avionics replaced, which will improve navigation accuracy and automation level, and optimize technical maintenance and pre-flight, according to The National Interest magazine . The aircraft will also feature the integration of GLONASS navigation system, integrated digital interface, glass cabin and electronic warfare countermeasures (ECM). Russia makes clear that it is updating its models with the… Continue ->

Tags: Bomber, Missile, Russia


‘Gold Fever’: Central banks launch offensive against U.S Dollar

Published 2019-06-07 15:14:02 by Paul Antonopoulos in Eurasia, Finance, Headline-News, Russia

In the first quarter of 2019, gold demand from central banks has peaked in the last six years. At the same time, more and more countries are reducing the share of the dollar in their international reserves. What lies behind this strategy and how it could influence the existing financial order? According to the World Gold Council (WGC), last year central banks around the world bought 651.5 tonnes of gold – a 74% increase compared to 2017. The trend continued in 2019: in the first three months of this year central banks around the world bought 145.5 tonnes of gold,… Continue ->

Tags: Dollar, Gold, Russia


PUTIN DEFENDS MADURO: Trump had it wrong, Russia may send more military specialists to Venezuela

Published 2019-06-07 14:41:39 by Paul Antonopoulos in Eurasia, Headline-News, Latin-America, Russia, Venezuela

MOSCOW – Russia is ready to increase the number of military specialists in Venezuela to fulfill contractual obligations if necessary, a senior representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Aleksandr Schetinin, head of the Latin American Department of Russian MRE, said on the sidelines of the International Economic Forum in St Petersburg that Russia stands ready to expand the presence of military specialists in Venezuela. “If we need more, we will send more [military specialists], as much as it takes,” said the Russian diplomat. “If the quantity [present in Venezuela] is not necessary, they will all come back. This is… Continue ->

Tags: Maduro, Putin, Russia, Trump, Venezuela


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