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European Leader Heads to Moscow in Hopes of Preventing Kremlin Catastrophe

But is Russia in the mood to listen?

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Russia still appears very well-poised to invade Ukraine, and the disastrous decision come come any day now according to US intelligence officials.

But still the Kremlin is dragging their feet, insisting that the entire world has the wrong idea about the situation, and that they should mind their own business.

This is the “official” stance, at least.  Through his media puppets, Vladimir Putin has suggested that those who wish to try to stop his invasion of Ukraine do so at the risk of being “turned into radioactive dust“.

Now, in what could be one of the final, desperate attempts to talk some sense in Moscow, French President Emmanuel Macron is pleading with the Kremlin.

French President Emmanuel Macron flies to Moscow on Monday in bid to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to dial down tensions with Ukraine, where Western powers fear the Kremlin plans an invasion.

Moscow gave the visit a guarded welcome, saying it would listen to Macron’s ideas, but played down expectations of a breakthrough.

Russia has deployed more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders. It denies planning an invasion, but says it could take unspecified military measures if its demands are not met, including a promise by NATO never to admit Kyiv.

It appears as though Russian officials were blowing him off before he even arrived.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia was aware of Macron’s plans to ease tensions. But he added: “The situation is too complex to expect decisive breakthroughs in the course of one meeting.”

“In recent days there has been nothing new on the topic of security guarantees for Russia, our Western interlocutors prefer not to mention this topic,” Peskov added.

This attitude of unwillingness being displayed by the Russians appears to be their tactic for deflecting criticism and moving ahead with their invasion plans, and no amount of ennui from Emmanuel Macron is going to change their minds.

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US Air Force Reveals Successful Hypersonic Missile Test

This could put the US back in the driver’s seat as far as missile tech goes.

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Much like the global arms races that came before, the superpowers of the world are now looking to add a terrifying new doomsday machine to their arsenals in 2022:  Hypersonic missiles.

The missiles, which could be loaded with nuclear or traditional munitions, fly several times faster than the speed of sound and are said to be unstoppable by current defense technologies.  (The US has played coy with this claim, however, suggesting that our nation is well-defended against them).

Russia and China already possess such weapons.  North Korea keeps insisting that they do too, but the claim is dubious.

The United States, who previously admitted that they were a bit behind in developing these projectiles, made a major announcement on the subject this week.

UPI reports a B-52H Stratofortress aircraft successfully released a AGM-1831 Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) over the weekend that achieved speeds five times greater than the speed of sound.

The test was conducted somewhere off the coast of Southern California, it said.

“This was a major accomplishment by the ARRW team for the weapons enterprise and our Air Force,” Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Air Force program executive officer for weapons, said in a statement.

“The team’s tenacity, expertise and commitment were key in overcoming the past year’s challenges to get us to the recent success.”

The news comes just months after China secretly test launched a hypersonic missile that circumnavigated the globe before hitting its target.

 

Much like the global arms races that came before, the superpowers of the world are now looking to add a terrifying new doomsday machine to their arsenals in 2022:  Hypersonic missiles. The missiles, which could be loaded with nuclear or traditional munitions, fly several times faster than the speed of sound and are said to be unstoppable by current defense technologies.  (The US has played coy with this claim, however, suggesting that our nation is well-defended against them). Russia and China already possess such weapons.  North Korea keeps insisting that they do too, but the claim is dubious. The United States, who previously admitted that they were a bit behind in developing these projectiles, made a major announcement on the subject this week. UPI reports a B-52H Stratofortress aircraft successfully released a AGM-1831 Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) over the weekend that achieved speeds five times greater than the speed of sound. The test was conducted somewhere off the coast of Southern California, it said. “This was a major accomplishment by the ARRW team for the weapons enterprise and our Air Force,” Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Air Force program executive officer for weapons, said in a statement. “The team’s tenacity, expertise and commitment were key in overcoming the past year’s challenges to get us to the recent success.” The news comes just months after China secretly test launched a hypersonic missile that circumnavigated the globe before hitting its target.  

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