Greece and Turkey rattle sabers as Russia readies to pounce. An update.

Cutting down olive groves? Moving armaments to the border? Conflict between Turkey and Greece is escalating once again and may lead the U.S. to have to take sides should a war break out. Who else will join in the fray? Will the Turks press on until the Ottoman empire rises again? Russia may get involved as a Greek ally, further complicating any conflict. Brad Johnson, former Senior CIA Operative and President of Americans for Intelligence Reform, brings us up to date on what many in the States overlook that could bring deadly consequences.

 

Brad Johnson it is Saturday June the
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13th of 2020 on the last update we did
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about Turkey and Greece week there were
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some very interesting movement toward
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well conflict in terms of Turkish
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drilling for resources and and Russian
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assistance for Greece which is kind of a
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surprise to everybody I think and now
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it’s only been a couple of days since
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that update and there there’s more
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developments can you catch us up on that
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yes there is there is an interesting
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aspect to this and yeah it is kind of an
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interesting bedfellows situation where
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you see Russia kind of stepping in being
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very supportive supportive of Greece but
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Russia and Turkey have long been at odds
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and have been competitors in that area
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of the world for power and certainly
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have had multiple wars in the past in
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conflicts so I mean they’re they like
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each other and so yeah it’s a it’s a
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natural situation where Russia would do
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something to stop turkeys expansion
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efforts so it just happens to be Greece
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in this situation so they’re cooperating
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now what Greece has done is they’ve just
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moved a whole bunch of equipment up onto
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the border with Turkey and and I’m
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talking leopard tanks armored vehicles
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artillery ground-to-air missiles very
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important and very significant because
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air power and air superiority will need
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to be established immediately if if the
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conflict comes so all significant
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equipment that’s being moved up there
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and of course tanks are are something
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that would be used in grassley you know
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to to counter attack quarter or to stage
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an attack so the Greek Minister of
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Defense has come out and said that
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Greece is getting ready for war now
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that’s a pretty belligerent comment to
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make and so I think that’s what we’re
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out Greece views this now Turkey’s out
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there saying no no we’re going to
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negotiate we don’t have that
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and a problem we’re not going to war
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there’s been long conflicts between
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Greece and Turkey again many many you
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know a history of long periods of
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conflict and war and aggression and
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let’s not forget Turkey basically
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invaded Cyprus took over half of the
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island and now maintain control of that
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turkeys view of everything that Greece
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has and its resources particularly those
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in the Aegean Sea to be there and that’s
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just their view of it this is something
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we’ve talked about before but it’s part
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of the the belief system that they have
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being former Ottoman empires and Islamic
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it’s part of the Islamic belief system
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that all of those resources that are in
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greek territorial waters that greece is
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exploiting is being stolen by greece
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because they turkey views it as
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belonging to them because that was once
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conquered conquered territory once
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conquered it belongs to them so everyone
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needs to understand and looking at this
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that greece understands everything I’ve
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just said perfectly there’s no question
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in their mind that that is precisely the
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situation turkey has said they’re gonna
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go in and start exploiting those
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resources and Greek territorial waters
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and they’re gonna do it well that’s an
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act of war by everybody standard except
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for Turkey turkey views that as well
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that’s part of negotiations so that’s
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turkeys perspective on this but as we
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noted in our previous discussion they’re
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aggressively expanding and looking to to
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to grow any way they can and you see the
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fighting in Yemen and Libya and Syria
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and the border disputes with Greece and
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let’s not forget they have been taking
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refugees of which many end up in Turkey
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and sending them in waves into Greece
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and these are Muslim refugees who don’t
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like Greece and part of what they’ve
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done and we’ve had there’s many pictures
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of this out on the internet is they’ve
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done things like just gone gone into all
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of orchards at night olive tree orchards
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at
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and just wipe them out cut them down to
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Nub’s on the ground so that they’ll die
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now again this is something that doesn’t
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mean much to us in America without that
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background but that’s deeply significant
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in an emotional way for Greeks but it’s
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also in an economic way because all of
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trees are a huge cash crop very you
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economically easy to grow and make money
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on but it takes a long time for trees
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olive trees to grow and become
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productive so if you come in and cut
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down somebody’s orchard and huge swathes
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of these things you’re essentially
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destroying the economy for a generation
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and probably meaning that many of those
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people are going to have to move away
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which of course is the objective to
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brand that’s why Turkey is sending these
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waves of people in so we’re seeing
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Greece put under a lot of stress and
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threat from Turkey turkey refusing to
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acknowledge that that’s what they’re
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doing because in their opinion that’s
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not what they’re doing so this is this
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is one of those things where the world
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is going to be essentially on the Greek
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side of this but here in the United
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States we’ve got a bit of a problem
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because turkeys much larger military far
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more strategic and economically
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important than Greece who’s been in free
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flow economically as we’ve talked about
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before so the inclination for the United
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States and and the powers that be
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politically here the United States is to
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come down on the side of Turkey so
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that’s something we’re gonna have to
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figure out and I’ve been warning for
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about a year now that these problems are
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growing and there’s a good chance that
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turkeys behavior could spark at least a
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limited war in that region where you
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begin to have other players and that’s
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dangerous the thing to do would be to
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nip it in the bud now if we were smart I
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don’t know how smart we are I don’t
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think that most of the people are
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advising the White House that that’s the
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direction they need to go but by
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allowing things to continue what you do
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is you start to raise the chance of
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conflict in the area and of course once
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a conflict explodes under the scene
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other players are going to start to come
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in and
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when that happens I mean that’s more or
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less how world where one got kicked off
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yet an assassination of an individual
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and it more people on different sides
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started to come into it till it grew out
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of control and that’s my fear with these
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sorts of things and why I would much
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rather see a policy of where you see
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somebody who’s getting sobre festive
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like turkey that you begin to take steps
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to curb those those expansionist
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tendencies on their part well if I could
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be so bold as to make a prediction if
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there is a kinetic war between Turkey
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and Greece I predict that the middle to
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long term consequence is that all
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European Union members will see how
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useless the European Union is because
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they will do nothing about it
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probably the Euroskeptic nations
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possibly the UK but probably hungry and
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countries in that region will come in to
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help Greece and a new union will form a
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new European Union full form of
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Euroskeptic Nations
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there’s my long-range prediction well
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some of that would be to the good I hope
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it I hope not the fighting kinetic stuff
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but a reformation of a European
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organizations I think would be
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fundamentally a positive change so it
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separately step right one one that isn’t
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socialist it would be terrific Brad
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Johnson thank you very much for that
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update thank you
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you

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2 thoughts on “Greece and Turkey rattle sabers as Russia readies to pounce. An update.

  1. Is more important othoman mullah,Uighur from s.china than Greece,democratia,istoria,maths,grams,fysiki,microeconomia,arhitectoniki,philosophia,theatra,musiki,logiki,klassiko,psychologia,phono,fotos,zoo(zoa),lycea,academies,athletica centra, Olympic?Theologia and spirit? Only oil(ladi,a Greek word too),money and blood is important? Othomans are murderers and genocidal state worse than Serbian Milosevic! If US and Trump thinks that barbars are very important they should change history! West has Greek values!Not Mongolian! I think we are very very important! If Turks wants empire and Erdogan read Hitler,all of you(and Russia) are responsible for his crimes!

  2. Hi Mr Johnson

    Thank you for all your incite and expertise. I am from Canada and usually what your interviews on Vlad Tepes blog. As of yesterday I can no longer access that site, was wondering if Vlad was aware and if so is he moving his server?

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