Lithuanian blockade of Kaliningrad

I had the misfortune of stumbling upon a BBC news piece regarding Lithuanian’s illegal blockade of Kaliningrad. It went on for about five minutes, had plenty of footage of right-wing Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte blabbering on about how they’re just implementing EU sanctions, repeatedly, without the point being challenged. It also briefly mentioned how “Russia annexed Kaliningrad during World War 2”, I’ll ignore such a laughable simplification of history. Simonyte was quoted saying:...

Monday, 27 June 2022 · 3 min · Paul Smith

Experts warned us against NATO expansion

As the Western media goes into full war propaganda mode, any notion that we had any hand in the Russo-Ukraine conflict must be dismissed out of hand. However various foreign policy experts and strategic experts warned for years that NATO enlargement would result in war. Many have also warned specifically about our policy towards Ukraine since 2013 and how it will lead to conflict, below are some examples. Henry Kissinger US Secretary of State....

Sunday, 6 March 2022 · 7 min · Paul Smith

What's Putin after in this war?

A lot of the mainstream media caught up in some sort of wave of Russophobia are claiming that Russia is out to either destroy Ukraine or at least occupy it indefinitely. That’s frankly absurd. Prior to the war starting, it was estimated that Russia had amassed approx. 120,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders. That might sound a lot to the general public, but Ukraine’s forces are, according to Wikipedia, made up of 245,000 active personal and a further 220,000 reservists....

Wednesday, 2 March 2022 · 7 min · Paul Smith

Timeline of NATO expansion

To be better understand the current conflict happening between Russia and Ukraine, it’s probably advisable to try and see things from the Russian perspective - too often the narrative in western media lacks any historical context and without that context it’s impossible to understand what’s going on in the world. 1949 NATO founded, original members include Canada, Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal the United Kingdom and the United States of America all agree that an attack on one is an attack on all, essentially a defensive alliance excluding any attacks on colonies....

Sunday, 27 February 2022 · 4 min · Paul Smith

Liz Truss' Russia trip a complete embarrassment

Back in January, the UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss requested a photo-op meeting with Russian Foreign Secretary Sergey Lavrov to discuss the current situation around the Russian Federation asking for security guarantees from NATO - which in the west is portrayed as Russian aggression against Ukraine. As you can expect from any member of current the British government, Liz Truss was completely out of her depth, hadn’t read her brief (or at least understood it) and had the usual total lack of understanding regarding the Russian position....

Saturday, 12 February 2022 · 3 min · Paul Smith