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US Warships Ordered To Stay In Mediterranean As Ukraine-Russia Tensions Grow

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered U.S. warships to remain in the Mediterranean Sea as tensions grow between Ukraine and Russia, according to a new report from The Hill.

“Austin directed the USS Harry Truman carrier strike group to remain in European Command’s area of operations instead of transiting to Central Command’s area of operations — which includes Northeast Africa across the Middle East to South Asia,” The Hill reported.

The change “reflects the need for a persistent presence in Europe and is necessary to reassure our allies and partners of our commitment to collective defense,” the official told the outlet.

Russia claims it does not intend to invade Ukraine, however, earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded the U.S. and its European allies prevent Ukraine from joining NATO as Russia has massed an estimated 175,000 troops near the Ukrainian border in apparent preparation for an invasion.

U.S. and Russian officials are set to meet on January 10 for negotiations, and on January 12 there will be a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council.

“The Truman strike group left Naval Station Norfolk, Va., and Mayport, Fla., on Dec. 1 for a regularly scheduled deployment and has been in the Mediterranean Sea. Last week, the group conducted multiple tactical operations and exercises with the Tunisian Navy,” The Hill reported. “The group includes the flagship USS Harry Truman aircraft carrier, as well as the cruiser USS San Jacinto and the guided-missile destroyers USS Bainbridge, USS Cole, USS Gravely, and USS Jason Dunham.”

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  1. Scott

    January 1, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    Yes I’ll bet the Russians are really worried about that☹️

  2. vinnie

    January 1, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    Biden warns, schwarns, his weakness is so obvious that no one is going to pay attention to his “warnings” that are virtually “Toothless” Afghanistan was his failure and a very obvious move that he was weak, taking an adversaries word and pronouncing they were very businesslike? and that was a Signal for Russia, Iran, and China to “Beef up” efforts to dismiss his warnings that didn’t mean anything other than ignorance of dealing with adversaries and inability to show Strength where and when it was necessary

  3. Philly

    January 1, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    I sure hope “Brandon” doesn’t give us wars with China and Russia for a “New Year’s surprise”.

  4. Gennaro

    January 1, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    What makes this “standoff” especially dangerous is that the Democrats are experts at getting the US in a military action.
    They are far behind in public polls, and a military action is a good attention getter. Careful folks, the LBJs, Clinton’s and a RINO named Bush are trigger happy.

  5. CLAY HERBERT

    January 1, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    It’s another deceptive move by the XiBiden handlers! The deal is already done, and Russia will be handed the Ukraine. Next will be Taiwan! This administration is limp as a wet noodle, and the world knows it. Meanwhile the border remains WIDE OPEN, 90% of our prescriptions and 98% of vitamins also come from China. WAKE UP, our main enemy is eating our lunch!

  6. Al Johnson

    January 1, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    There seems to be something wrong with the reporting or the Navy. Austin is SECDEF, which is a step above SECNAV, so why isn’t the Secretary of the Navy giving the orders to operational forces? Is SECNAV Carlos Del Toro out to lunch, incompetent like the rest of the Brandon administration, or is he so competent that AUSTIN has to override him to screw things up and make things par for Brandon? And since when do orders to fleet units tell them to “stay out” any place but in port rather than telling them where to go and what to do when they get there?

  7. Dagney Taggert

    January 1, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    The United States has been WITHOUT a PRESIDENT since 1/20/2021 when an INCONTINENT, INCOMPETENT FORMER VP “assumed” office”. Since that day, there has not been even ONE COMPETENT PERSON in this administration, they are TRAITORS ALL, and SHOULD FACE FIRING SQUADS.

  8. Steven

    January 2, 2022 at 12:14 am

    I’m not sure how this can change things. Certainly the Europeans and Ukrainians wouldn’t depend on Biden to back them up in any kind of invasion and the only thing Putin has been threatened with are sanctions, but many countries are being threatened with sanctions and actually it seems to be forming a league. Economic sanctions would likely harm NATO allies more than Russia and China and Russia are forming economic relationships bypassing the US and Western European nations anyway.
    Will Ukraine return to nuclear status considering that the agreement with Russia, US, and UK in return for giving up nuclear weapons has turned out to be worthless in the face of incursions and incorporation by Russia?
    Ukraine might as well become a Russian protectorate because the US and UK haven’t done anything to uphold the agreement and Russia has blatantly violated it on a continuous basis.

  9. Al Johnson

    January 2, 2022 at 7:06 am

    There seems to be something wrong with the reporting or the Navy. Austin is SECDEF, which is a step above SECNAV, so why isn’t the Secretary of the Navy giving the orders to operational forces? Is SECNAV Carlos Del Toro out to lunch, incompetent like the rest of the Brandon administration, or is he so competent that AUSTIN has to override him to screw things up and make things par for Brandon? And since when do orders to fleet units tell them to “stay out” of any place but a port rather than telling them where to go and what to do when they get there?

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U.S. Commerce Department: Chinese firms are supplying Russian entities

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On Tuesday, the United States Commerce Department said several companies in China are supplying Russia’s military. The announcement was made alongside a “new round of blacklist restrictions for foreign firms aiding Moscow’s war against Ukraine” reports National Review.

“These entities have previously supplied items to Russian entities of concern before February 24, 2022 and continue to contract to supply Russian entity listed and sanctioned parties after Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine,” stated an official Commerce Department notice posted to the Federal Register.

“Commerce also blacklisted several Chinese companies and Chinese government research institutes for their work on naval-technology and supplying Iran with U.S. tech in a way that harms America’s national security” adds National Review.

Six companies that are helping further the Russian invasion are also based in Lithuania, Russia, the U.K., Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

National Review reports:

The Commerce Department stopped short of blaming the Chinese government for the sanctions-evasion activity it identified today. Commerce secretary Gina Raimondo previously said that there doesn’t appear to be any “systemic efforts by China to go around our export controls.” The Biden administration has publicly and privately warned Beijing against supporting the Russian war, with White House officials even leaking to the press about an effort to present China’s ambassador in Washington with information about Russian troop movements ahead of the invasion.

While Beijing has not expressed outright support for the invasion, it has used its propaganda networks to back Moscow’s narrative. Meanwhile, top Chinese and Russian officials have moved to solidify the “no-limits” partnership they declared in early February. General secretary Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin held a call this month, marking the construction of a new bridge between their two countries, during which they reiterated their support for the burgeoning geopolitical alignment.

National-security adviser Jake Sullivan said last month that the U.S. has no indications that Beijing has provided Russia with military equipment. A Finnish think tank, the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, estimated on June 12 that Chinese imports of Russian oil since the outset of the conflict have amounted to $13 billion, making China the biggest consumer of the country’s oil exports. Previously, it was Germany. “While Germany cut back on purchases since the start of the war, China’s oil and gas imports from Russia rose in February and remained at a roughly constant level since,” the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission noted.

Official advisor Anton Gerashchenko tweeted incredible video of Ukrainian soldiers sweeping through fields, writing “this is how our fields are de-mined so that farmers can harvest crops.”  On Monday a Russian missile struck a mall in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, where over 1,000 civilians were inside.

“Almost two dozen people were still missing Tuesday one day after a Russian airstrike struck a Ukrainian shopping mall and killed 18 civilians inside…On top of the 18 dead and 21 people missing, Ukrainian Interior Minster Denis Monastyrsky said 59 were injured. Several of the dead were burned beyond recognition” reported the New York Post.

 

 

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