The killing of Qasem Soleimani on US’s whim means that Russia’s hands are free to act as it wants. Donald Trump’s “life hack” gives Russia, the greatest military power in the world, truly unlimited opportunities. For example, now the Kremlin can send its special forces to Lithuania and kidnap Lithuanian judges and prosecutors who convicted Soviet military officers in the criminal case over the clashes by Vilnius TV tower on the 13th of January 1991. Of course, the Lithuanian authorities would start loud protests and even claim that this would be enough to declare a war against Russia, but NATO would only express its deep concern over this case.
There are serious doubts even in expert circles that Iran accidentally shot down the Ukrainian plane. There are five peculiarities around the incident:
- The fact that Iran quickly admitted responsibility […] gives rise to thoughts that Iran took responsibility consciously. Maybe to prevent an even more serious problem.
- The quality of the first video is too high; as if they intentionally make it to later introduce it [to the world] – as proof that Iran is guilty.
- The weird behaviour of Canadian intelligence. Canada itself believed at first that the crash had happened because technical issues and only changed the story once Donald Trump said he did not believe it had been caused by a mechanical error.
- The demonstration on 12 January at the Amirkabir University in Tehran, where protesters demand the government to resign. Even though this was not close to anything similar to Maidan in Ukraine, but certainly worthy of attention.
- It is incomprehensible why Iran would give the flight recorders, the black boxes to France instead of inviting French experts to Iran.
The plane might have been shot down by the equipment of the Iranian Air Defence Forces, but it cannot be excluded that some external forces had an influence on the air defence equipment of the Islamic Republic. The US has the technical prerequisites for such influencing efforts.
A collection of unfounded claims, attempting to depict the United States as the culprit in the tragedy.
Iran admitted its guilt after several days, as more and more details on the incident appeared. There is no evidence whatsoever that Iran wanted to prevent any potential future "more serious problem" and there is no proof that the first video was prepared in advance to use it as evidence against Iran. The Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, when announcing that the plane might have downed by Iran, said that Canadian intelligence received input from allies and had their own sources as well. Intelligence-sharing is commonplace among Western allies.
The article hints that the demonstrations in Tehran was influenced by outside forces, "similar to the Euromaidan". The protests in Ukraine was caused by a deep popular discontent with the then President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.
Finally, Iran has not handed over the flight recorders to French authorities. The Iranian government has backtracked on a promise to send the so called black boxes to Ukraine.