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Arrow President Vladimir Putin says Russia and China don't need a military alliance now but

President Vladimir Putin says Russia and China don't need a military alliance now but a future one can't be ruled out
By: The Associated Press & ABC News - 10-22-20

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin says Russia and China don't need a military alliance now but a future one can't be ruled out.


But now look at this thread from Europe:

'Possible to imagine': Putin says Russia-China military alliance can't be ruled out
By: Brisbane Times - AU - 10-23-20
Re: 'Possible to imagine': Putin says Russia-China military alliance can't be ruled out

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is no need for a Russia-China military alliance now but the idea of a future one can't be ruled out.

Putin was asked during a video conference with international foreign policy experts Thursday if a military union between Moscow and Beijing was possible. He replied that “theoretically, it’s quite possible to imagine it.”

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Russia and China have hailed their “strategic partnership,” but so far rejected any talk about the possibility of their forming a military alliance.

Putin noted that Russia has been sharing highly sensitive military technologies China that helped significantly bolster China's defence capability, but didn’t mention any specifics, saying the information is sensitive.

“Without any doubt, our cooperation with China is bolstering the defence capability of China’s army,” he said, adding that the future could see even closer military ties between the two countries.

“The time will show how it will develop, but we won’t exclude it,” the Russian president said.



Another story:

Russia accused of mysterious 'Havana Syndrome' attacks on CIA officials visiting Australia
By: Latika Bourke & Anthony Galloway - Brisbane Times News - 10-22-20

London: Russia is being accused of carrying out mysterious "Havana Syndrome" attacks against two CIA officials visiting Australia last year using microwave weapons.

The attacks, first reported by GQ magazine, have been confirmed by senior Australian government sources.

But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to state if foreign actors were involved with the peculiar cases of US diplomats and spies around the world falling ill with brain damage. He cautioned that the government has not reached a definitive conclusion about what is behind the so-called Havana Syndrome.

Havana Syndrome refers to the curious symptoms first reported by American diplomats stationed in Cuba in 2016 and 2017. US diplomats in China reported the same set of symptoms. Now comes the report of attacks as recently as last year on Australian soil.

GQ also reported an instance of a similar attack targeting US President Donald Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton in London and his aide as well as attacks against CIA agents in Moscow and even in the United States.

The New York Times has cited diplomats, CIA officers and scientists as suspecting a weapon producing microwave radiation capable of damaging victims' brains.

However this year two experts, Robert Baloh, a professor in neurology, and Robert Bartholomew, a lecturer in psychological medicine at the University of Auckland, said the illness was akin to "shell shock".

Their book Havana Syndrome concluded that the reported concussions and brain damage had been misdiagnosed with the real cause being stress.

Asked if the United States believed a foreign actor was responsible, Pompeo who was director of the CIA at the time the attacks began in Cuba, said there were still "multiple theories" about what was to blame.

"I don't want to add anything here," Pompeo told reporters at the State Department. "It is a very complicated situation and there is not yet any complete US government analysis which definitively tells us precisely how this all came to be."

"There are significant government resources, now three-plus years on, devoted to getting to the bottom of this and then holding those responsible accountable should we determine that that's required."

*** But Ben Rhodes, a former adviser to Barack Obama, said the Trump administration was deliberately overlooking Russia as the culprit because of President Donald Trump's cozy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. ***

"Many of us who worked on Cuba in the Obama administration suspected Russian involvement from the beginning," Rhodes said.

He revealed that when he conducted secret negotiations with the Cubans he was occasionally tailed by the Russians, including being followed to a Canadian hotel where he held meetings with Cuban officials in 2014.

"There were apparently similar attacks happening in Russia and China. While we heard a lot about the attacks in Cuba we heard nothing about these other attacks that harmed people serving the US government," he said.

"Trump can't find a single bad word to say about Vladimir Putin and lavished praise on Xi Jinping in futile pursuit of a trade deal, ignoring all of the other US interests that were suffering vis-a-vis China."

Retired CIA agent Marc Polymeropoulos said it was difficult for him to speak out about the attack he experienced in 2017 while stationed in Moscow but said that since speaking to GQ, he had been inundated by messages of support from former CIA colleagues.

Polymeropoulos spoke out because he believed the dozens of US officials left ill by the attacks have been abandoned by the Trump administration, which has expelled Cuban diplomats over the issue but never pointed the finger at Russia.

"This was a very difficult decision to speak out [sic]; I only wish for the United States Government to do the right thing and provide proper medical care for patriots who have suffered what is no doubt a combat injury," Polymeropoulos said.

Pompeo insisted all officials who had reported being harmed were receiving care.

Asked about the incident at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age's National Security Summit on Thursday, Department of Home Affairs Secretary Michael Pezzullo said "I don't have any comment to make on that story".

"And I won’t confirm or deny whether I’ve got classified briefings on that matter," he said.

Talking about weapons being used outside war, Pezzullo warned "we have to be expansive in our use of the term weapons".

"Think about things like disinformation, misinformation. Yes, that does include espionage and it touches on the matter that you raised that I neither spoke in confirmation or denial about," he said.

About these writer(s):

Latika Bourke is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, based in London.

Anthony is foreign affairs and national security correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.


Personal note: The Russia entanglement is still present and more noticeable to many. Trump and Putin are pretty thick. Putin may have set Trump up to get what he wanted. Gullible Trump walked in a money laundry connection plus a few hotels and maybe even a Golf Club. After he's out of office I would assume the the dirt under the carpet will be pulled out for future reference. Every one in NATO knows more than we are actually getting to hear. Once he's out of power he's open season to the FBI and IRA and a few other investigations - may just open up a can of worms?

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