Yesterday evening.

Rathgar, Dublin 6.

The Russian Ambassador to Ireland Yury Anatoliyevich Filatov hosts a press conference in the embassy over the current situation in the Ukraine and Russia’s plans to hold naval exercises 240km off the southwest coast of Ireland.

Ambassador Filatov complained of a “propaganda campaign” about a Russian threat to Europe and he said there are no plans for Russia to attack Ukraine or anybody else.

He said:

“It looks like the topic of the exercises fits in the ongoing propaganda campaign led by the US and its NATO to create an illusion over Russian threats to Europe.”


Russian exercise off coast ‘not a threat’ to Ireland – Ambassador (RTE)

Yesterday: Keeping An Eye On Russia

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27 thoughts on “Cuddly Bear

    1. DNA and Dan

      Would you suggest a replacement?
      A Turnip Trump or Cauliflower Clinton?
      How about an under-cooked sprout… there’s loads to choose from.

        1. Nigel

          Very popular amongst Trump supporters because his covid policies left 64,000 Floridians dead. Not sure that translates outside the Trump rump, though. He’ll be gerrymandering and vote-supressing with the rest of the Republicans to hold on to power.

          1. SOQ

            According to World of Meters, Florida ranks 18th in deaths per million which given it’s aged population is pretty good- it’s not called the retirement state for nothing.

            New York- with all their leper passes and vaccine mandates is number 6 while Texas is only 29th.

          2. Nigel

            New York is at 63,000 deaths, and most of them were at the start of the pandemic – New York was pretty much the first place hit in the US, and Trump was fecking about with the pandemic response, with much lower peaks during delta and now with omicron.

            New York population is about 20m
            Florida is about 22m.

            And Florida’s reporting of deaths is seriously flawed, while DeSantis is following the Trump Pandemic Method. Why the hell would you want this man running the US?

          3. hmmm

            ‘Member when Trump sent a massive hospital ship to NY at the start of the so-called Pandemic and it left after a month cos it was mostly empty and unused?

            Revisionist Potato Historian calls that “Trump fecking around”.

          4. Nigel

            Aw, someone trying to pretend Trump was competent by pointing out one of the things he did that turned out to be utterly useless. Bless.

          5. Nigel

            Yes, all the hospitals were completely empty, all the staff were inside giggling and shushing each other.

          6. Nigel

            Trump sent a potato to New York to help with the pandemic because he thought PPE stood for Potato Potato Emergency.

    2. Darrens

      … so he pretended to amass an army on the border of Ukraine and arranged the assistance of buddies in the belerus. .. wud ya stop… potato… ?

  1. Micko

    COLD WAR II – Operation Green Wolf

    This time it’s not personal! (but merely a training exercise that happens on a regular basis and no one should be worried about)

    Ummm… ok

    Did anyone check to see if the Russian ambassadors fingers were crossed during that interview?

    Rookie mistake guys…

  2. Verbatim

    Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukraine president blasts Biden for evacuating US citizens and encouraging his country to democratize – ‘but being the first to leave when Russia turns up temperature’
    ‘Quite frankly these Americans are safer in Kiev than they are in Los Angeles … or any other crime-ridden city in the U.S.’

    It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, there are really only two scenarios, or three, everything will fizzle out.

  3. bisted

    …so much for the Russians doing the comradely thing of informing the nearest country of their intention to hold exercises in international waters…

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