The Ukraine Crisis has reached an important juncture. Germany, France and Kiev are all attempting to implement the Minsk peace agreements from February. At the same time, ultra-nationalist groups are scheming to thwart the process and restart a hot civil war.
Last evening's program began with a 9-minute monologue and summary from Mr. Batchelor in which he brings everyone up to speed on recent events but also discusses the pending NATO "training exercises" in The Black Sea and across the Russian frontier. After that, John and Steve offer a terrific discussion and summary of the conflict inside and outside of the Ukrainian parliament back on Monday.
The conversation then turns to American and Ukrainian politics and it was funny to hear John and Steve openly ponder why Joe Biden has always taken such a keen interest in Ukraine. Hmmm...let's see. Do you think that this might have anything to do with it? https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-13/farce-complete-joe-bidens-son-...
The program concludes with Professor Cohen mentioning a "powerful group in Washington that wants Kiev to attack the Donbass in order to prompt a full Russian invasion". Isn't it interesting that America's neo-nazi and ultra-nationalist "allies" in Kiev seem to be scheming for the same result?
This NYTimes article is mentioned frequently in the discussion: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/world/united-states-russia-arctic-exp...
And news of renewed sanctions just hit this morning: https://www.rt.com/news/314085-us-hits-russia-sanctions/
As always, you simply must stay on top of this ever-changing and dangerous situation. These weekly podcasts are the single best way I've found to accomplish just that.