(FreedomWire.org) – Russia and Belarus are being pushed to “accelerate the unification processes” in response to political pressure and sanctions from the “collective West,” Russian president Vladimir Putin said Friday.

The Russian president vowed to strengthen the technological, industrial, agricultural and cultural ties between the two allied neighboring countries, who have collaborated in launching attacks on Ukraine. Both Russia and Belarus have faced sanctions from the west, as Belarus has facilitated and supported the invasion.

“After all, together it is easier to minimize the damage from the illegal sanctions imposed, easier to launch the manufacturing of popular products, develop new competencies and expand cooperation with friendly countries,” Putin said at the Forum of Russian and Belarusian Regions.

The comments come days after NATO formally invited Finland and Sweden to join the military alliance on Wednesday. Putin responded to the historic expansion, threatening to respond in kind if military infrastructure or NATO troops are placed in the two Nordic countries.

On Saturday, Russian bombers fired cruise missiles from Belarus for the first time, hitting Chernihiv, Sumy and Kyiv oblasts, Ukrainian intelligence claimed.

Later that day, Putin pledged to give Belarus a missile system capable of launching nuclear missiles.

“Within the next several months, we will transfer to Belarus the Iskander-M tactical missile systems, which are known to use both ballistic and cruise missiles, both conventional and nuclear,” Putin told Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko in a meeting at St. Petersburg.

Belarusians voted in February, days after Russia invaded Ukraine, to allow the country to host nuclear weapons and Russian troops permanently.

(FreedomWire.org) – In a joint military exercise Russia and China flew nuclear-capable bombers through the Sea of Japan, continuing through the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea on Tuesday, during President Biden’s trip to eastern Asia.

The joint patrol lasted 13 hours and involved Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers and Chinese Xian H-6 jets.  

Planes from the Japanese and South Korean air forces shadowed the Russian and Chinese jets for part of the exercise.

Tokyo conveyed “grave concerns” to both Russia and China through diplomatic channels, Kishi said at a news conference.  He characterized the incident as a likely provocation by both Beijing and Moscow on a day when Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australia’s newly elected leader, Anthony Albanese, were meeting in Tokyo. 

The drills, are the most significant cooperation between the two countries since Russia invaded Ukraine three months ago. Bomber exercises such as this cannot be planned quickly, and was likely planned well in advance by both countries . Chinese naval vessels also likely participated.

This is a sign that China has decided that they’ll continue to closely align themselves with Russia as it brutalizes Ukraine. While many other countries are trying to isolate Russia, it is also a sign that Russia will stand with China in the East & South China Seas.

(FreedomWire.org) – While on the road in California this week, Vice President Kamala Harris made a stop at Vandenburg Space Force Base north of Los Angeles to announce a new U.S. policy that again handicaps U.S. defense capabilities when it comes to ensuring foreign threats are able to be deterred or destroyed. 

As ABC7 reported, “the vice president announced that the United States is committing to a ban on destructive, anti-satellite missile testing, and calling on other countries to do the same.” The Biden administration’s ban comes after Russia and China have already carried out such tests in the past and are unlikely to heed the Biden administration’s request that they stop pursuing offensive space capabilities. 

If the U.S. sticks to Harris’ commitment, that puts America at a disadvantage in space against foreign foes who may seek to take out critical satellites and now know there won’t be a retaliatory hit from the United States. So, not exactly the “peace through strength” that’s necessary to deal with nations like China and Russia. 

Harris also, in the course of her remarks to Space Force Guardians, attempt to explain…space. In a section of her remarks delivered Monday, ones that were reminiscent of her comments on the “significance of the passage of time,” she really went for it:

“I think everyone here recognizes how extraordinary space is,” Harris said. “Whether it is satellites that orbit the earth, humans that land on the moon, or telescopes that peer into the furthest reaches of the universe, space is exciting,” she told the Space Force Guardians who presumably were already aware of what space is. “It spurs our imaginations, and it forces us to ask big questions,” Harris added. “Space, it affects us all — and it connects us all.” 

Thank you, space cadet Harris. 

(FreedomWire.org) – The fatigue of war is beginning to set in for the Russian military. They are tired of fighting and want to return home. But their wacky leader will not let them come until he has achieved a victory or a total defeat. His relentless push has led several of his men to act out and sabotage their equipment and even shoot down their aircraft.

Deborah Haynes is a Sky News reporter. She wrote that “Demoralized Russian soldiers in Ukraine have accidentally shot down their aircraft, sabotaged their kit and refused to carry out orders. The @GCHQ director will also say Wagner, the Russian private military company, is understood to be prepared to ‘send large numbers of personnel into Ukraine to fight alongside Russians.’ They will likely be used as ‘cannon fodder’ to limit Russian military losses.”

Vladimir Putin started the war off wrong. His arrogance and pride got in the way of his ability to think through exactly what was needed to win a war before the rest of the world could react and intervene. The crazy Russian president miscalculated his enemy, and now his troops are done and ready to come home.

Putin never informed his soldiers about their mission and why they were massing at the border. He told them that it was for training, but instead, it was an invasion. They were told to cross the border and start shooting. He could not bring his troops up to speed with a battle plan or even a concept to motivate them to fight. There even appears to be no long or short-term goals.

Putin did not count on significant credit companies and financial centers to pull out of the country. He failed to save up enough money to complete the path to victory, and now that Russia’s economy has collapsed, he is finding out how hard it is to wage an effective war without having a foundation to build from.

Haynes reported that “Sir Jeremy is also set to say the risks are greater for China than Russia of the two authoritarian states being too closely aligned with each other. And he will reveal indications that Russian cyber attackers are ‘looking for targets’ in countries opposed to Russia’s war in [Ukraine]. The @GCHQ director will say Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth about what is unfolding in Ukraine, according to an advance copy of the speech, which is taking place at the Australian National University in Canberra.”

Putin’s advisors are afraid to give an accurate report of what is taking place with the war effort. The man has changed, and people are unsure how he will take the terrible news that he is losing the war.

The soldiers from Russia are struggling to fight. The Daily Wire has noted that some of the invaders are without weapons, and some of them have refused to obey the orders of their superiors. They have resorted to destroying their equipment and even shooting down their planes.

And what is even worse than Putin’s men fighting him is that, as the Daily Wire noted, some of his men ran over Colonel Medvechek because of the number of people he led to their death. His troops’ losses under his command were enough for his men to execute their commander. The total number of general deaths stands at seven for the Russian troops.

Putin is a president that does not care about his men. All he can see and wants is a victory. But when there is no plan to achieve any goals, a victory will never happen.

The Ukrainian people know what it takes to defend their country. They have targeted the key people running the war. They figure that if no commanders or generals are left to fight, the war will stop, and the Russians will go home.

After a failed left-wing cover-up campaign, the mainstream media has conceded that Hunter Biden’s laptop and its content have been “authenticated.”

Fact-checkers wrongfully buried the story, labeling it “false” and “misleading,” just months before the 2020 presidential election.

The laptop not only contains disturbing images and videos of Hunter’s crack cocaine use and sex escapades, but it also implicates his father’s participation and abuse of power by being involved in Hunter’s corrupt overseas business dealings.

Hunter is accused of receiving millions of dollars from various sources in Ukraine, Russia, and China while his father was serving as vice president under Barack Obama.

These incoming wire transfers were flagged by big banks as “potential criminal activity,” which triggered an ongoing U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Hunter’s activities. A federal grand jury is currently considering possible criminal charges against Hunter.

Here are the eight scandals involving Joe Biden via The Federalist:

1. Pay-to-Play in Ukraine

While former Vice President Joe Biden oversaw foreign policy in Ukraine, his son Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma Holdings, the largest gas company in the country.

Hunter’s laptop contains emails and text messages that show he leveraged his dad’s position while working for Burisma. In exchange, Hunter received $50,000 per month despite having no experience in energy and no connection to Ukraine as a private U.S. citizen.

In a desperate attempt to continue the massive cover-up effort, liberal fact-checkers like USA Today continue to say such allegations are “unproven” and “lack context.”

Joe Biden was caught on video footage openly admitted that he participated in pay-to-play schemes in Ukraine. Biden leveraged $1 billion in aid to persuade Ukraine to remove its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, in March 2016.

Fact-checkers are quick to point out that Shokin was not investigating Burisma. The important point is that Biden clearly had a massive conflict of interest. He was actively abusing his power and position to make demands on Ukraine. Hunter’s own emails and texts allege that his father was aware and involved in these dealings.

2. China Gets in the Game

In emails and text messages, Hunter repeatedly refers to his father as “the big guy.”

Hunter Biden’s joint global equity firm, the Bohai Harvest Equity Investment Fund, coordinated a purchase by a Chinese mining company of the world’s largest cobalt source in the Congo.

This was a significant deal because it gave China control over a huge chunk of the world’s known cobalt supplies. This ingredient is necessary to make electric car batteries.

Again, Biden has no experience in Chinese mining or cobalt supplies. He also has no connection to the Congo and China as a private U.S. citizen.

Nonetheless, Hunter finds himself involved in a transaction that connects directly to his father. Less than two weeks after Joe Biden traveled to China on Air Force Two along with his son, Hunter Biden’s company Bohai followed through with its corrupt scandal.

Hunter’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski provides further proof that this scandal reaches the top of the Biden family.

3. Moscow, Kazakhstan, and More

While Ukraine and China likely hold the most significant revelations, once those threads are pulled, investigators should move on to Moscow, which according to a Senate report, holds another possible scandal. That report documents that Hunter also received a combined $3.5 million from the wife of the former Moscow mayor, a Kazakhstan investor, and several other individuals. After all, there is no reason to think that a person willing to let his son sell access to the vice president of the United States would close the money train to just a few countries.

4. Ukraine’s Firing of the Prosecutor Investigating Burisma

With the elite media now deigning coverage of Hunter’s laptop appropriate, the public knows the Burisma scandal was real and threatened to be spectacularly devastating to the elder Biden. That makes questions concerning then-Vice President Joe Biden’s demands that Ukraine fire the state prosecutor who was reportedly investigating Burisma ripe to revisit.

That prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was fired, according to statements Joe Biden made during a 2018 event, after Biden threatened to withhold a billion-dollar loan guarantee if the Ukrainian government refused to ax Shokin. A video of the event captured Biden recounting the event:

I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, you’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours.’ If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a b-tch. He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.

5. Obama-Biden Administration Ignoring Conflicts of Interest

Biden also needs to answer questions about his decision to ignore the clear conflicts of interest involved with him negotiating with the same countries Hunter was shaking down. Of course, since “the big guy” was in on the scam, bowing out over conflicts of interest is the lesser of the evils, but it is still worth investigating to assess how Biden handled the concerns raised by the Obama administration’s State Department.

Here, the testimony of the State Department official charged with issues related to Ukraine again proves significant. Kent told lawmakers that after learning Hunter sat on the board of Burisma, he raised concerns with the vice president’s office about the relationship.

“I raised my concerns that I had heard that Hunter Biden was on the board of a company owned by somebody that the U.S. Government had spent money trying to get tens of millions of dollars back and that could create the perception of a conflict of interest,” Kent testified before House members in October of 2019. “The message that I recall hearing back was that the vice president’s son Beau was dying of cancer and that there was no further bandwidth to deal with family-related issues at that time … That was the end of that conversation.”

6. The Intelligence Community’s Briefing of Biden

Another scandal reaching President Biden concerns his interactions with the intelligence community after the FBI, and presumably the CIA and other such agencies, learned in December of 2019, that Hunter Biden believed Russians had stolen Hunter’s laptop, rendering the Bidens susceptible to blackmail.

Here, it is important to understand that there are two separate Hunter Biden laptops at issue. The most-discussed laptop was actually the second laptop. That laptop was the one Hunter had abandoned at the Delaware repair shop. Then, after the repair shop owner discovered concerning material on the MacBook, the store owner handed it to the FBI in December of 2019. The owner of the repair shop, however, had first made a copy of the hard drive, which resulted in The New York Post’s coverage in October 2020.

7. Possible Collusion to Interfere in the 2020 Election

An honest press should also investigate whether now-President Biden or anyone connected to his then-presidential campaign pressured reporters, media outlets, or companies such as Twitter and Facebook to censor the Hunter Biden story. And what about the “fifty former intelligence officials” who publicly declared the laptop resembled a Russian disinformation campaign—something clearly untrue? Did Biden or his campaign coordinate with those individuals, several of whom had endorsed the Democratic candidate, in the release of the letter?

Given that polls show that 17 percent of Joe Biden voters would not have voted for him in 2020, if they had known about the Biden family scandals, the collective burying of the laptop scandal represents the most significant interference in elections ever seen in our country. So, “Did Biden or his campaign have anything to do with the decision to kill the New York Post’s reporting on Hunter’s MacBook?” And “What about the ‘fifty former intelligence officials?’

8. Joe Biden Is a ‘Lying Dog-Faced Pony Soldier’

The final Joe Biden scandal the press should push President Biden to answer concerns his lies to the American public. While there are too many to count, two merit further questioning.

First, the media should demand Biden answer for lying to the country when he seethed, “I have never discussed, with my son or my brother or with anyone else, anything having to do with their businesses. Period.” The evidence overwhelmingly shows that Biden not only knew of the family business deals but was part of them.

(FreedomWire.org) – In apparent retaliation for President Joe Biden announcing just hours ago that he was issuing an executive order stopping all purchases of Russian energy products by American companies, Russian President Vladimir Putin has now ordered that the import and export of products and raw materials that Russia requires to “ensure the security of the Russian Federation.”

Details are currently sketchy as the Russian state-owned domestic news agency, RIA, says that Putin has not announced what will be on the finalist of restricted imports and exports.

However, national security experts indicate that Putin will look to stop the export of products that the United States – and much of the West – rely on from Russia as a means of hurting the West economically, just as the West’s sanctions are hurting Russia.

One of the first products mentioned by experts is fertilizer, as much of the world’s fertilizer is manufactured in Russia.

(FreedomWire.org) – Joe Biden is being picked on by the bullies of the world. They want to see which one of them he’ll take a swing at first, or if he has the courage to fight back at all. They’re also aware of how ganging up on the old guy spins his brain like a toy top. Biden is an old-school one issue at a time kind of guy whose slow and steady approach no longer wins any races. In their combined efforts to melt Biden’s brain, Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea are relentlessly tag-teaming him, and they’re pretty sure it’s starting to come to a rolling boil.

Joe Biden made the unpopular decision to put 8,500 US troops on high alert for deployment to Ukraine while they’re still catching their breath from the last fight. Putin isn’t fond of there being a Western presence in the worthless neighboring country of Ukraine that once flew the flag of Russia. Ukraine’s largest exported product is animal fat which provides a mere .02% of what the US uses. Only the size of Texas, it’s hardly worth fighting over.

Whether to sacrifice more US troops on foreign soil for small amounts of animal fat is but a portion of Biden’s many woes. He’s still sipping Saki with the Chinese while Noth Korea is waving new rockets in his face and Iran is going all willy-nilly with its nuclear program.

As bad as Russia wants to reclaim Ukraine, China wants its rebellious Taiwan back. While Putin is stacking his soldiers on top of one another for a land assault, China has no other option than to approach its island target by land and sea.

Beijing has been flexing its muscles with warplane flyovers and small skirmishes at sea as all eyes are on Putin. If and when the Russian madman waves the starting flag causing Biden to unleash the American soldiers on standby, the fortune cookie will fall to the Chinese who’ll have an easy go of getting what they want.

This becomes even more complex considering how North Korea’s rocketman won’t speak to Biden, but he will listen to the Chinese who his hermit nation has come to rely on. This places the prez in a precarious position. He needs the Chinese to do him a solid by talking some sense into Kim Jong Un, while at the same time threatening them over Taiwan. Oh, the tangled web…

Then there’s the ever-messy Middle East the US can’t leave well enough alone. Their centuries-old battles should be of no concern to the US, but alas, they are. US forces based in Abu Dhabi just recently shot down some missiles fired at the Gulf emirate compliments of Iranian-funded Houthi rebels operating out of Yemen.

By the US having somewhat of a friendly association with Saudi Arabia, all bets are off the table for renewed nuclear talks with Iran. The question is who will they turn to for assistance? China? Russia? At any rate, things are once again heating up as they will continue to do until earth one day explodes.

With the rumor going around of how the US is quickly becoming a retreating world superpower, where does this leave us? The quick answer is nobody knows. This is frightening in and of itself considering how this is inclusive of our seemingly dementia-laden president who’s getting worse by the day.