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Dave Decamp On Nordstream, Kakhovka Dam, Ukraine, US-Korean Tensions & China

Dave Decamp returned to the program for the 2nd time, this time to discuss the developments in Ukraine in more detail. We discussed the ongoing reports about the Nordstream story, the Kakhovka Dam, Western escalations and Russia's response. We also spoke about Ukraine's counter-offensive, US-South Korean provocations towards North Korea, ongoing tensions with China and signs the US is isolated in Europe towards China.

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Ex-CIA director says Russia is 'most likely suspect' for alleged Nord Stream sabotage Natalie Musumeci Sep 29, 2022 Business Insider

European security officials observed Russian Navy ships in vicinity of Nord Stream pipeline leaks Katie Bo Lillis Natasha Bertrand Kylie Atwood By Katie Bo Lillis, Natasha Bertrand and Kylie Atwood, CNN September 29, 2022

How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline The New York Times called it a “mystery,” but the United States executed a covert sea operation that was kept secret—until now SEYMOUR HERSH FEB 8, 2023

THE COVER-UP The Biden Administration continues to conceal its responsibility for the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines SEYMOUR HERSH MAR 22, 2023

Intelligence Suggests Pro-Ukrainian Group Sabotaged Pipelines, U.S. Officials Say By Adam Entous, Julian E. Barnes and Adam Goldman March 7, 2023 NYT

U.S. had intelligence of detailed Ukrainian plan to attack Nord Stream pipeline THE DISCORD LEAKS | The CIA learned last June, via a European spy agency, that a six-person team of Ukrainian special operations forces intended to sabotage the Russia-to-Germany natural gas project By Shane Harris and Souad Mekhennet June 6, 2023 WAPO

Dutch intelligence warned CIA about alleged Ukrainian plot to attack Nord Stream pipelines, Netherlands’ public broadcaster reports Mick Krever Alex Marquardt Sarah Dean Sugam Pokharel By Mick Krever, Alex Marquardt, Sarah Dean and Sugam Pokharel, CNN Tue June 13, 2023

U.S. Warned Ukraine Not to Attack Nord Stream CIA pressed Kyiv weeks before explosions sabotaged the natural-gas pipelines bringing Russian gas to Europe By Bojan Pancevski Follow , Drew Hinshaw Follow , Joe Parkinson Follow and Warren P. Strobel Follow Updated June 14, 2023 WSJ

"Europe itself has taken very significant steps to both decrease demand but also look at ways to pursue the transition to renewables at the same time. And ultimately this is also a tremendous opportunity. It’s a tremendous opportunity to once and for all remove the dependence on Russian energy and thus to take away from Vladimir Putin the weaponization of energy as a means of advancing his imperial designs. That’s very significant and that offers tremendous strategic opportunity for the years to come, but meanwhile, we’re determined to do everything we possibly can to make sure that the consequences of all of this are not borne by citizens in our countries or, for that matter, around the world."

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly At a Joint Press Availability REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

Nord Stream 1: Gazprom announces indefinite shutdown of pipeline

Norway, Poland open new gas pipeline amid Nord Stream leaks France 24 27/09/2022

H.R.4346 - Chips and Science Act 117th Congress (2021-2022) - AUGUST 09, 2022 FACT SHEET: CHIPS and Science Act Will Lower Costs, Create Jobs, Strengthen Supply Chains, and Counter China White House

JUNE 06, 2023 Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby

Why the Evidence Suggests Russia Blew Up the Kakhovka Dam A dam in Ukraine was designed to withstand almost any attack imaginable — from the outside. The evidence suggests Russia blew it up from within. By James Glanz, Marc Santora, Pablo Robles, Haley Willis, Lauren Leatherby, Christoph Koettl and Dmitriy KhavinJune 16, 2023 NYT

"Kovalchuk considered flooding the river. The Ukrainians, he said, even conducted a test strike with a HIMARS launcher on one of the floodgates at the Nova Kakhovka dam, making three holes in the metal to see if the Dnieper’s water could be raised enough to stymie Russian crossings but not flood nearby villages. The test was a success, Kovalchuk said, but the step remained a last resort. He held off." Inside the Ukrainian counteroffensive that shocked Putin and reshaped the war By Isabelle Khurshudyan, Paul Sonne, Serhiy Morgunov and Kamila Hrabchuk December 29, 2022 WAPO

Conflicts of Interest: Ukraine Plotted to Destroy Dam Months Before Its Destruction by Conflicts of Interest Posted onJune 14, 2023 On COI #431, Kyle Anzalone covers the destruction of The Nova Kakhovka Dam

U.S. to send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, in major reversal The tanks won’t arrive in Ukraine for many months. Biden announces U.S. will send Abrams tanks to Ukraine Politico By LARA SELIGMAN 01/25/2023

US dismisses Polish plan to provide fighter jets to be sent to Ukraine Pentagon says plan for Poles to give Soviet-era jets to US ‘not tenable’ as Ukraine cities await promised Russian ceasefire Russia-Ukraine war: latest updates Julian Borger in Washington and Patrick Wintour in London Wed 9 Mar 2022 The Guardian

Slovakia joins fellow NATO member Poland in sending fighter jets to Ukraine Updated March 17, 2023 NPR

US signals to allies it won’t block their export of F-16 jets to Ukraine Natasha Bertrand Kylie Atwood Oren Liebermann By Natasha Bertrand, Kylie Atwood and Oren Liebermann, CNN May 19, 2023

Exclusive: Ukraine has cultivated sabotage agents inside Russia and is giving them drones to stage attacks, sources say Natasha Bertrand Zachary Cohen Kylie Atwood By Natasha Bertrand, Zachary Cohen and Kylie Atwood, CNN June 5, 2023

Militias used US armoured vehicles in attack over Russian border on twitter (opens in a new window) Militias used US armoured vehicles in attack over Russian border on facebook (opens in a new window) Militias used US armoured vehicles in attack over Russian border on linkedin (opens in a new window) Save current progress Christopher Miller in Kyiv, Felicia Schwartz in Washington and Polina Ivanova in Berlin MAY 23 2023 FT

Minister backs Ukraine carrying out Russia strikes with British weapons Tue 26 Apr 2022 The Guardian

U.S. Set to Approve Depleted-Uranium Tank Rounds for Ukraine The armor-piercing ammunition has raised concerns over health and environmental effects By Michael R. GordonFollow and Gordon LuboldFollow June 13, 2023

Nuclear Weapons in Europe: Mapping U.S. and Russian Deployments By Jonathan Masters and Will Merrow March 30, 2023 The CFR

U.S. doubts Ukraine counteroffensive will yield big gains, leaked document says It’s a marked departure from the Biden administration’s public pronouncements about the vitality of Ukraine’s army and is likely to embolden critics calling for negotiations to end the war By Alex Horton, John Hudson, Isabelle Khurshudyan and Samuel Oakford April 10, 2023 WAPO

Washington Post: Leaked document reveals US doubts about Ukraine's counteroffensive Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share via Email by The Kyiv Independent news desk April 11, 2023

France ‘backs Ukraine’s Nato bid’ to pressure Russia into peace talks Emmanuel Macron, the French president, reportedly hopes the about-turn in policy could help end the war By Henry Samuel IN PARIS 20 June 2023 The Telegraph

America Still Leads the World, But Its Allies Are Uneasy In the global struggle between the Eurasian “Heartland” and the US-led "Rimland," there's trouble ahead. Goodbye to all that? Goodbye to all that?Photographer: Stefan Rousseau/Getty Images ByNiall Ferguson June 18, 2023 Bloomberg

Ukraine Recovery Conference 2023 On 21 to 22 June 2023, the UK and Ukraine jointly hosted the international Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC 2023) in London. Organisations: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

South Korea and US begin largest war games in years amid North threats Protesters stage a rally to oppose the joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea in front of the presidential office in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 22, 2022. By Euronews with AP • Updated: 22/08/2022

North Korea fired more than 100 artillery rounds - South military Reuters November 2, 2022 Reuters

A US nuclear-powered sub arrives in South Korea, a day after North Korea resumes its missile tests BY HYUNG-JIN KIM AND KIM TONG-HYUNG Published 4:51 AM BST, June 16, 2023 AP

DOD BASE STRUCTURE REPORT - FISCAL YEAR 2015 BASELINE - 587 admitted overseas bases Page 7

Europe must resist pressure to become ‘America’s followers,’ says Macron The ‘great risk’ Europe faces is getting ‘caught up in crises that are not ours,’ French president says in interview BY JAMIL ANDERLINI AND CLEA CAULCUTT APRIL 9, 2023 Politico

We don’t want to decouple from China, but can’t be overreliant Germany will seek cooperation where it lies in our mutual interest, but we will not ignore controversies either BY OLAF SCHOLZ NOVEMBER 3, 2022 Politico


Biden: No Nord Stream 2 pipeline if Russia invades

Victoria Nuland Nordstream

FIRESIDE CHAT with Hon. Robert C. O’Brien at the 2023 Global Security Forum Global Security Forum - Min 11

Seth Moulton Milken Institute Clip - Full Video 2023 GLOBAL CONFERENCE The United States and China: Navigating Strategic Competition (Invite only) Tuesday, May 2, 2023 Beverly Hilton - International Ballroom Min 35

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