A discussion with Fred Weir on Iran’s Press TV: latest Russian developments

As I have observed based on my participation in live broadcasts dealing with current Russia-related events on Iran’s Press TV, the productions are good professional journalism and the guests are notable.  A couple of days ago this impression was further substantiated when I joined the Christian Science Monitor’s man in Moscow, Fred Weir, in analysis of the accession of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the Lugansk People’s Republic and the Kherson and Zaporozhie oblasts to the Russian Federation.


4 thoughts on “A discussion with Fred Weir on Iran’s Press TV: latest Russian developments

  1. Had no trouble finding the post, but your mic is picking up a great deal of echo from what sounds like a bare room.


  2. Found it. Good, if quick, discussion. I’m afraid the conflict won’t be finished in this year as the Ukraine is still making some territorial gains around Lyman with, as insignificant as they are, are already being touted in the MSM as bringing the Ukrainian army close to victory…. There are reported advances in Kherson Oblast as well.

    To my thinking, none of this really matters. The Russian Duma has yet to ratify the incorporation of the four Oblasts into Russia and, until that happens, Russia will simply play on the defensive. Once the legalities have completed, the Russian army will come into play in force and the land lost will very likely be regained rather quickly.


  3. Of 25 most frequently active opinion makers on Flemish and Dutch international relations generally, and the Ukraine crisis specifically, the most candid one, an Antwerp University professor, has communicated complot theories rather that facts that are supported by sources. I wrote a piece on the issue, see


    The professor suggests that the Russians destroyed their own pipelines, reports that “a nuclear train” was spotted on its way to the Ukrainian border, and that the Russians make nuclear threats by dispatching their Belgorod attack submarine. Most importantly, the professor accuses the Russians of making nuclear threats now that they are “cornered in the war”, an accusation he does not substantiate by the Russian nuclear doctrine that precludes any first use.

    In the current affairs programme ‘Terzake’ on Flemish public television channel VRT yesterday, the presenter was visibly concerned about a pan-European nuclear war. It apparently did not occur to her that all these messages are pure American and British propaganda. Academic opinion makers, who undoubtedly know the truth but who also propagate the mainstream narrative, bear great responsibility.

    The first commenter compared the professor’s media performance with the shame Germans felt of their parents’ and grandparents’ turning a blind eye to the Nazi persecution. “They would have admired them, had they been braver”…


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