Turkey GRANTS PERMISSION for U.S. Warship to Enter Black Sea via Bosporus Strait

March 5, 2014 -- (TRN) -- *** BREAKING NEWS *** The government of Turkey had GRANTED PERMISSION for a United States Navy warship to enter the Black Sea via the Bosporus Straight at Istanbul. The vessel is one ship from the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group which arrived in the Aegean off the coast of Greece yesterday. It will enter the Black Sea within the next 48 hours, likely at night for security reasons.

Turkey is not saying which ship was given permission, but did say that it was NOT the George H.W. Bush. That means, at the very least, a U.S. Navy Destroyer or Guided Missile Cruiser will enter the Black Sea within the next 48 hours via the Bosporus Strait. Either type of vessel would bring enormous firepower to the region, and afford the United States the ability to respond quickly to developments on the Crimean peninsula - or elsewhere in the Ukraine.

Our previous story, reporting that the U.S. had dispatched an aircraft carrier strike group to the region, can be viewed HERE. Confirming source: HERE.

In related news, NATO has suspended all military cooperation with Russia over the situation in the Ukraine.

At NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters that the international body had decided to "put the entire range of NATO-Russia cooperation under review" to send "a clear message Russia's actions have consequences."

Planning for the first NATO-Russia joint mission -- the maritime escort of a U.S. ship involved in neutralizing chemical weapons -- has been suspended, though the decision will not affect the destruction of chemical weapons, he said. And no staff-level civilian or military meetings with Russia will take place "for now," Rasmussen said.

NATO Council decided today, to expand practical cooperation with Ukraine, including joint exercises. On March 5, said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on the results of an extraordinary meeting of the NATO Council in Ukraine.

He stressed that the decision on Ukraine's accession to NATO "belongs to the people of Ukraine," while "NATO's door remains open."


Eighteen countries of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have decided to send their military observers to Ukraine.

The OSCE press service said the group would be made up of 35 unarmed military experts.

The matter was discussed at a joint meeting of the Permanent Council and the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) in Vienna on March 4, 2014.

The visit is taking place under Chapter III of the Vienna Document 2011, which allows for voluntary hosting of visits to dispel concerns about unusual military activities. Ukraine has requested all OSCE participating States to send military representatives from 5 to 12 March 2014, starting in Odessa. This is the first time this mechanism has been activated.

As of now, eighteen OSCE participating States have responded positively to the request sending up to two representatives each. Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States. One representative from the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre will also be participating. The military visit participants are on their way to Ukraine now.

Also today, the Polish Parliament adopted a resolution of. solidarity with Ukraine, which stressed the territorial integrity of Ukraine, and also said that political and military actions of Russia against Ukraine, especially Crimea, are a violation of the rights of a sovereign state.

Lastly, The Pentagon has announced plans to more than double its commitment of aircraft to joint NATO-policing missions in the Baltics.

U.S. Satellites Detect Planes at Russian Nuclear Weapons Storage Facility 

March 5, 2014 10:36 PM EST -- (TRN) -- U.S. Department of Defense satellite imagery has detected the arrival of more than thirty (30) Russian nuclear bombers to the airfield adjacent to Russia's Borisoglebsk national level nuclear weapons storage facility (Voronezh-45) and has observed numerous transfers from the storage facility to the aircraft, which are now standing-by along the two runways at the airport.

As shown on the map below, the Borisoglebsk national level nuclear weapons storage facility is located at latitude 51°21'47"N Longitude 41°55'38"E near the cities of Peski, Uryupinsk, Balashov, about 590 miles east of Kiev, Ukraine. (Map Here).

According to sources from the National Reconnaissance Office, yesterday there were only two Bomber aircraft at the airport to the east of the storage facility. This is typical for this facility and those aircraft can even be seen on old images used by Google Earth, HERE.

Early on March 5, U.S. satellites captured an image showing many bomber aircraft had arrived at the base. Later on March 5, a U.S. stealth surveillance drone, flown over the Russian base, showed more than thirty (30) such nuclear bomber aircraft had arrived at the airfield. Numerous transfers were observed by U.S. satellites, between the nuclear storage facility and the newly arrived aircraft. Those aircraft remain on the runway at the local airport at this hour, several with what appear to be Auxiliary Power Units (APU's) attached, indicating the aircraft are on 'stand-by" for immediate deployment.

When challenged as to how a drone could fly over a Russian military base without being detected and shot down, TRN was told "not all of our drones are detectable by radar and besides, the people at that base are often drunk."

(1st drone pass upper portion)

(2nd drone pass lower portion)

Clearly, Ukraine poses no threat whatsoever to Russia, which begs the question: What is Russia preparing for? They certainly are not going to bomb Ukraine with 30 nuclear bombs, so what other targets do they have in mind; western Europe?

Just days ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made clear to the west that Russia would retaliate if the west imposes sanctions upon Russia, and in a cryptic message, Lavrov stated that such retaliation "would be asymmetric." The definition of "asymmetric" is: having parts that fail to correspond to one another in shape, size, or arrangement; lacking symmetry. Launching multiple nuclear attacks against multiple countries in western Europe would certainly be asymmetic.

Perhaps this is why ham radio operators have been reporting a very unusual number of Emergency Action Messages (EAM's) being broadcast to U.S. Naval Vessels worldwide today, on frequency 8992.0 KHz.

From the May 1995 "Monitoring Times" magazine, the "Utility World" column on Page 33, "Several issues ago (Dec 94) we talked about the U.S. military's Emergency Action Messages (EAM) broadcast. Here is an interesting explanation, taken from a U.S. Air Force manual, of what an EAM is: 

"Joint Chiefs of Staff Emergency Action Messages (EAMs) contain key instructions or information from high level authority and have predetermined formats (pro forma). Such messages are transmitted by various communications systems and normally carry FLASH precedence. They are vital messages of an extremely time-sensitive nature, and rapid processing is mandatory to obtain the fast reaction required by their content. Usage and handling procedures are of the highest classification and have been issued by the JCS only to those who have a need to know." (AFM-01-1-18, sub 3, amended 01 Jan 1990)."

The EAM's are, of course, encrypted, so we do not know what Emergency Messages are being FLASHED to U.S. military around the world, but we now have a sense of what the subject matter may be and it is frightening. More details if they become available . . . .