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Ukraine is a burp of what USA did in Syria


The XI Paralympic Winter Games are opening in Sochi today, March 7th. As many as 600 athletes from 45 countries will take part in the competitions. For the first time in the history of Paralympic Winter Games, athletes from Brazil, Turkey and Uzbekistan will be presented. Within ten days, they will compete for 72 sets of medals in alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing   ice sledge hockey, and wheelchair curling.

Paralympics always create a special atmosphere - because unlike the Olympics, this is not just a sports festival, but also a proof of the power and resilience of human spirit.   According to Vladimir Putin, it is important that "people should see unlimited possibilities of athletes with disabilities."

Indeed, the Paralympic Games execute several tasks at once. On the one hand, they pay public attention to the presence of people with disabilities in our society and push governments to take more care of such individuals. On the other hand, Paralympic sports achievements prove that man is capable of any accomplishment, and there are no barriers for that. One can say that in this case, sport is only a pretext for Paralympians to show what a human being can do even in the most difficult and, how many might think, hopeless situation.

Nevertheless, officials from several countries have announced that they will not take part in the Paralympic Games in Sochi. Thus, government delegations from the United States and Britain announced that they would not go to Sochi because of the political conflict in Ukraine, as Russia, in their opinion, escalates conflict in the region and plans a military operation.

In an interview with, three-time Olympic fencing champion, President of the Russian Union of Athletes, Galina Gorokhova said:

" I'm negative to this boycott... there is no war, nor are there any threats from our side, this is all fiction. And if they limit the participation in the Paralympics, they will harm the athletes, as they will not be able to show what they can do. People with disabilities were preparing for these Games, this is a unique opportunity for them to participate, and, perhaps, they will not have another one. I just feel sorry for the people with disabilities - they have taken so much effort to take part in the Games. And if they are already there, it can be a tragedy for them."

President of the Football Federation of Russian Disabled Individuals, Georgy Lunacharsky, told that he wrote a protest note on his behalf to the Paralympic Committee of Ukraine, after it was reported that the Ukrainian team would not participate in the Paralympic Games in Sochi."

"This is outrage, cynicism and rudeness, I believe. They all mix with politics. Then take lawlessness in Ukraine to annoy Russia." - said Lunacharsky. Also, in his opinion, events in modern Ukraine and the Middle East are interconnected and affect the Paralympics in Sochi.

"Everything that happens in Ukraine today is a burp of what happened in Syria, Egypt and all other countries, starting from Iraq. All this is performed by American special services. So I think that this protest and boycott is not an act to boycott the Paralympic Games. This is an act to boycott the politicians, who make such decisions."

As it was at the Olympic Games in Sochi, a number of countries make every effort to use sport, which is beyond politics, strife and war,   "to try to inflict a painful blow on Russia. Prior to the Sochi Games, they used the myth about the oppression of gays. Now they convince the world of "Russia's aggression."

Russia is not going to pay attention to such tricks. Western politicians strike a blow on athletes, spectators and people with disabilities.

Arthur Avakov, Pravda.Ru      
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создано: 08/03/2014 @ 16:07
Russia calls not to regard it as party to Ukrainian conflict

8 March 2014, 13:07

Russia is calling on its partners not to regard it as a party to the conflict in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. "We are ready to continue the dialogue on the understanding that the dialogue must be honest, partnership-like, without attempts to show us almost as a party to the conflict," he told a press conference in Moscow on Saturday.

Current Ukrainian govt depends on radical nationalists - Russian FM

The current government in Kiev is not independent, being heavily dependent on radical nationalists, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"The so-called interim government is not independent; to our huge regret, it is dependent on the radical nationalists who seized power in an armed attack," he told a press conference on Saturday, responding to a question posed by Interfax on whether Moscow was ready to maintain contact with representatives of the current Ukrainian government over the situation in Ukraine.

Latest reports about Kiev 'snipers' affair' cannot be 'swept under carpet' - Lavrov

Russia is calling for an inquiry into the crimes committed during the unrest in Kiev, including the "snipers' affair," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"There has to be an inquiry, and the latest reports about the so-called snipers' affair, I think, can no longer be 'swept under the carpet'," he told a press conference after talks with the Tajik foreign minister.

Russia says US sanctions over crisis in Ukraine would "boomerang"

Russia said on Friday any US sanctions imposed against Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine would boomerang back on the United States and urged Washington not to damage bilateral ties.

In a phone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov "warned against hasty and reckless steps capable of causing harm to Russian-American relations, particularly ... sanctions, which would inevitably hit the United States like a boomerang", the Foreign Ministry said.

Moscow hopes EU will refrain from discrediting Ukraine moves – Russian Foreign Ministry

Russia has expressed the hope that the European Union will refrain from any moves over the Ukraine crisis that might risk damaging trust in the EU as a strategic partner.

"We hope that common sense will, on the whole, prevail in the European and Euro-Atlantic organizations and they will be able to realize their key role in achieving greater European unity. We also hope that the European Union, which has been seeking, not always successfully, to play a leading role in Ukraine, will refrain from moves that risk undermining trust in the EU as a strategic partner," the ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

OSCE should condemn all violent actions committed by Maidan participants and declare the coup d'etat in Kiev illegal - Russia

The OSCE should condemn all violent acts committed by participants in events on Maidan and declare the coup d'etat in Kiev illegal, the Russian Foreign Ministry has stated today.

"A number of the member states and executive bodies of the OSCE have behaved in the worst traditions of double standards with respect to the situation in Ukraine. Despite their mandate, they said nothing about the rise of nationalist and neo-Nazi sentiments, and, of course, "did not notice" the forceful activities of extremist forces, the Ministry says. "Ill-disguised attempts to turn a blind eye to crimes committed in Kiev and Western Ukraine are accompanied by a desire to strictly track the activities of the legitimate Crimean authorities aimed at independent determination of their future, and all this is being done in contravention of the OSCE’s basic principle of consensus, without taking into account the opinions and recommendations of the Russian side, without waiting for official invitations from the authorities of Crimea."

Moscow is sure that "international assistance aimed at stabilization of the situation in Ukraine may be useful, but only if it is objective".

Moscow will retaliate against possible anti Russia sanctions – Russian Foreign Ministry

Moscow will respond should the European Union decide to impose sanctions against Russians. "Russia will not accept the language of sanctions and threats, but, in the event of their implementation in practice they will not be left without a response," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary posted on its website.

"At this delicate moment when the international community is doing all it can to find a solution to the Ukrainian crisis, the EU has taken an extremely unconstructive stance by refusing to cooperate with Russia in areas important to our countries' citizens and business circles, including visa liberalization and the signing of a new basic agreement," the statement said.

"An enormous amount of joint work has been done in these areas, and substantial progress achieved on contentious issues. However, if officials in Brussels believe that Russia's need for the work to be completed is greater than that of the EU, they are wrong," the ministry said.

UN Security Council does not consider Crimea referendum illegitimate – Russian Foreign Ministry

Allegations that the UN Security Council regards the upcoming referendum on the status of Crimea as illegitimate do not correspond to reality, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

"In response to allegations in mass media that the UN Security Council considers the Crimean referendum illegitimate, we would like to state that discussions held at the UN secutity council on March 6th were informal and that no decision was passed.

UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, who briefed the Security Council's members via a video conference from Kiev, did touch upon the referendum's legitimacy. What's more, the UN Secretary General's official spokesperson underlined ahead of the discussions that questions related to recognition of the legitimacy of referenda are within the competence of UN member states. Thus, allegations that the Security Council considers the referendum on the status of Crimea illegitimate do not correspond with reality," the ministry said.

Moscow shocked by Ukrainian media misreading statements by Russian UN envoy

Moscow is shocked by the way Ukrainian media interpreted statements made by Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, especially their allegations about the severance of diplomatic relations between Russia and Ukraine.

"The Russian Foreign Ministry is appalled, even shocked, by how many Ukrainian media outlets have grossly misrepresented statements made by the Russian permanent representative to the UN regarding Russia's contacts with the authorities in Kiev. The allegation that Moscow has decided to cut diplomatic ties with Ukraine is particularly provocative," the ministry said.

Ukrainian mass media propaganda methods could worsen Ukrainian crisis – Russian Foreign Ministry

Ukrainian mass propaganda methods could worsen the Ukrainian crisis, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry this Friday.

"These methods of propaganda are unacceptable as they could worsen the Ukrainian crisis in different regions of the country, considering the obvious anti-Russian attitude of the Ukrainian government," the Russian Foreign Ministry stated. The ministry was referring to false comments by Ukrainian mass media outlets about a statement by Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

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создано: 08/03/2014 @ 20:12
Man-portable air defense systems could be stolen in Ukraine amid turmoil

Published time: March 08, 2014 13:14

Highly dangerous type of weaponry – man-portable air defense systems (MANPADs) – have gone missing from two Ukrainian military units, according to a high-ranking official in Kiev.

Several, and maybe even several dozen 9K38 Igla (Needle) air defense systems (SA-18 Grouse in NATO's classification) have been stolen, a Ukrainian military official, who wished to remain anonymous, told RIA Novosti.

The shortage was, according to him, registered in Ukraine’s 80th airmobile regiment, which had 54 MANPADs, and the 27th airmobile brigade, stationed 45 km away from Lvov, which possessed 90 Iglas.

The new leadership of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry is, according to the RIA source, taking measures to “camouflage the grave situation” by adding old and experimental items of the weapon to the stockpile.

The Igla MANPADs are designed to strike down low-flying targets. Their distribution is regulated by a number of international agreements since it’s highly undesirable that this type of weapon gets into the hands of terrorists. Russia and the US have an agreement on MANPADs’ distribution.

A large number of such weaponry was reported stolen from a military base in Benghazi, Libya in 2012, following the coup, which saw Muammar Gaddafi overthrown and killed.

There later appeared reports that Libyan MANPADs could have been obtained by insurgents, fighting against Assad in Syria.

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создано: 09/03/2014 @ 07:20
Violent events that led to change of power in Ukraine must be investigated - Russia's UN envoy

9 March 2014, 04:07

Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin called for a thorough investigation of the events that led to the overthrow of the president and government in Ukraine. Churkin said he had raised this question at a meeting of the UN Security Council and brought to his colleagues’ attention the transcript of the phone call between UN Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, who had discussed the events in Kiev, including sniper fire.

"Things started moving faster after that," Churkin told Sergei Brilev’s Vesti v Subbotu news programme (News on Saturday) on Russian television on Saturday, March 8.

"As provided for in the February 21 agreement, which some are trying to forget now, all events that led to the forcible change of power in Kiev, especially all manifestations of violence, must be properly investigated. When such an investigation is conducted, we will learn very many interesting things that opposition snipers shot not only their targets but also law enforcers," he said.

"We can learn many interesting things about how the gunmen were trained for weeks, who trained them and sent them over to provoke the use of force in Ukraine," Churkin added.

In his opinion, such an investigation is necessary also because "many people, say, in America are not aware of this at all because they saw a totally different kind of images on their television."

He did not rule out that his call for the investigation may be vetoed.

"Such a probability theoretically exists. For example, the Security Council may make the decision to conduct a special investigation, but, given the position of our Western colleagues, I think it would be unrealistic to expect this," Churkin said.

As an example he cited the fact that "some time ago Russia, with the support of Serbian friends, raised in the UN Security Council the question of investigating horrible incidents with the unlawful procurement of human organs [in Kosovo]. Unfortunately, this proposal was blocked by Western members of the Security Council. So I think that the UN is unlikely to be able to adopt such a decision on the investigation," he said.

However, Churkin believes that it is possible to influence "international minds and thus the Ukrainian authorities and all those in Ukraine who may be involved in such an investigation."

"It is important to conduct the investigation in such a way as to produce a real result and find those responsible for the dramatic events we all saw in Kiev," he said.

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создано: 09/03/2014 @ 12:42
Russian Defence Ministry to stop receiving US inspectors under New START Treaty

March 08, 21:09 UTC+4

“We are ready to take this step in reply to the Pentagon’s statement on the suspension of cooperation between the defence ministries of Russia and the United States,” a highly-placed source said

MOSCOW, March 08 /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Defence Ministry will stop receiving foreign inspectors under the New START Treaty and the Vienna Document of 2011, a highly-placed source in the ministry told ITAR-TASS on Saturday, March 8.

“We are ready to take this step in reply to the Pentagon’s statement on the suspension of cooperation between the defence ministries of Russia and the United States,” he said.

“Since such inspections are a confidence-building measure, there can be no normal regular bilateral contacts on compliance with the treaty now that the U.S. has basically announced ‘sanctions’,” the source said. “We take the unjustified U.S. and NATO threats against Russia over its policy with regard to Ukraine as an unfriendly gesture that allows us to declare force majeure,” he added.

New START that entered into force on February 5, 2011 allows each country to have 1,500 deployed warheads and 700 intercontinental ballistic missiles, sea-based ICBMs and bombers on combat duty.

The new START Treaty was signed by President Obama and then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Prague on April 8, 2011. The previous Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) expired on December 5, 2009.

The main instrument for mutual control over compliance with the treaty is inspections, during which inspectors have to confirm the declared number of strategic offensive weapons.

The Vienna Document on Confidence and Security-Building Measures and Disarmament in Europe was adopted by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in November 2011. It calls for inspections of specific areas and units in order to oversee military activities and make annual assessments of information provided by each member state. The U.S. is a member of the OSCE since 1973, Russia since 1992.

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создано: 10/03/2014 @ 14:08
China's Xi Jinping urges US to show restraint over Ukrainian crisis

10 March 2014, 09:52

China feels that all parties related to the situation in Ukraine should show restraint to avoid fomenting tension, the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, said in a statement. "China has taken an unbiased and fair stand on Ukraine’s issue. The situation in Ukraine is involved, so all parties should retain composure and show restraint, to prevent tension from making another upward spiral”, the Chinese leader said in a telephone conversation with his US counterpart Barack Obama.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the crisis should be settled politically and diplomatically. He said he hoped that all the parties interested would be able to reconcile their differences in a proper way, through contact and consultation, and would bend every effort to find a political solution to the problem.

President Xi said the situation in Ukraine is "highly complicated and sensitive," which "seems to be accidental, (but) has the elements of the inevitable."

He added that China believes Russia can "push for the political settlement of the issue so as to safeguard regional and world peace and stability" and he "supports proposals and mediation efforts of the international community that are conducive to the reduction of tension."

"China is open for support for any proposal or project that would help mitigate the situation in Ukraine, China is prepared to remain in contact with the United States and other parties interested”, the Chinese President said.

The Xinhua news agency said earlier in a comment that Ukraine is yet another example for one and all to see of how one big country has broken into pieces due to the unmannerly and egoistic conduct of the West.

The comment also pointed out that in the situation in and around Ukraine Russia has been defending its legitimate interests, while Ukraine is on the verge of chaos and disintegration, provoked by the West. The news agency emphasized that the western nations have underrated Russia’s readiness to defend its basic interests in Ukraine, while the Russian leaders have again displayed their authority and shrewdness in preparing and taking effective countermeasures.

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создано: 10/03/2014 @ 23:50
Moscow denounces gun attack on pro-Russian activists in Eastern Ukraine

March 10, 2014 10:00

The Russian Foreign Ministry has criticized western governments and media for turning a blind eye on alarming incidents in Ukraine, including a gun attack on a pro-Russian rally in the city of Kharkov.

According to eyewitness reports, some seven or eight masked people drove a mini-van to a Saturday rally in central Kharkov, which was demanding a regional referendum on whether it should follow Crimea’s suit and seek joining Russia.

The men armed with bats and handguns ambushed three activists, who were returning from the rally.

“They threatened to kill us. I covered my head so they hit me on the hands. We barely realized what was happening,” one of the victims told Live News tabloid.

The attackers fired several shots in the scuffle, wounding one of the pro-Russian activists in the back. The injury was not life-threatening.

The aggression is one of several incidents, which, according to the Russian foreign ministry, are overlooked in the west. It also cited the detainment and deportation of seven Russian journalists from Ukraine over alleged biased reporting.

There is also the blockade of border travel for Russians living near it, which was recently reported by the Ukrainian border guard service. The service said it banned some 3,500, including 16 journalists, from entering the country, which amounts to about 500 people each day.

“The shamefaced silence of our western partners, rights groups and foreign media is baffling,” the ministry statement said.

Russia considers the government in Kiev, which was imposed following an armed coup last month, illegitimate and heavily influenced by radical forces, which played a key part in the coup.

Several regions in Eastern Ukraine share the view, while the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is to hold a referendum this Sunday over whether it should seek greater independence from the capital, or apply to join Russia.

The Crimean authorities have denounced the self-proclaimed government in Kiev and declared that all Ukrainian law enforcement and military deployed in the peninsula must take orders from them. The Crimea authorities have asked Russia to provide assistance to ensure peace and order in the region.

Crimeans began protesting after the new Kiev authorities introduced a law abolishing the use of other languages for official purposes in Ukraine. More than half the Crimean population is Russian and uses only this language for their communication.

Under the Russian-Ukrainian Partition Treaty determining the fate of the military bases and vessels in Crimea – signed in 1997 and prolonged in 2010 - Russia is allowed to have up to 25,000 troops, 24 artillery systems (with a caliber smaller than 100 mm), 132 armored vehicles, and 22 military planes, on the peninsula’s territory. The Russian Black Sea fleet is allowed to stay in Crimea until 2042. Moscow annually writes off $97.75 million of Kiev’s debt for the right to use Ukrainian waters and radio frequencies, and to compensate for the Black Sea Fleet’s environmental impact.

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создано: 11/03/2014 @ 13:54
Russia fed up with Western boorishness
It has not been that long after the burial of the victims of the Maidan, and the recent history of the Ukrainian tragedy is already being rewritten by the supporters of Kiev junta and biased Western experts. They are doing it without any regard to the generally known facts and witnesses. What myths are used in the information war?   
Myth 1: President Viktor Yanukovych is illegitimate. The issue of the legitimacy of Yanukovych is considered by a British political scientist and researcher of fascism Roger Griffin in simple terms: "from the moment when he ordered security forces to open fire against demonstrators, he ceased to be the legitimate president. Then he escaped from the country and created the so-called power vacuum," the expert told Pravda.Ru.   
First, the United States shot at protestors several times, but no president became illegitimate because of it. During an FBI operation in 1993 by order of President George Bush a religious community "Mount Carmel" in Waco, Texas was shot and burned. 79 people, including three children, were killed. Second, Yanukovych gave the opposite order - not to open fire, which is why he is now in hiding. Third, the president did not escape, but as he claims, went on a business trip to Kharkov, and probably has a supporting document that can be presented to the court.   
Myth 2: the opposition takeover was not a coup. "Yanukovych's lavish lifestyle (reminiscent of Ceausescu), corruption of his regime, the inability to solve problems in a democratic way and find compromises took away his legitimacy and provoked the seizure of power by the opposition," said Griffin. But Yanukovych was elected by the Ukrainian people and the election results were recognized by the international community. There was no impeachment procedure described in the Constitution of the country, including the Constitution of 2004. Therefore, his removal from power was illegitimate.   
Myth 3: Russian citizens in Ukraine are not threatened. The U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said that there was no evidence that ethnic Russians were in danger. In contrast, the new Ukrainian government has given priority to reconciliation in the country and the participation of all political forces in its life. She said that President Turchinov, the Interim President, has clearly stated his opposition to any restrictions on the use of the Russian language. However, President is not the legislature, and the Rada has not cancelled the law on de-Russification of Ukraine.   
Now let's talk about threats. Blogger Arsen Avakov (also known as the acting Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine) the next day after the establishment of "the order Kiev has never seen before" admitted the following. In the capital and its suburbs, it turns out, there are groups of people in masks, helmets, armed with batons, firearms and traumatic weapons. They identify themselves as representatives of the "Right Sector," "left wing ", "Freedom" party, "Self-Defense of the Maidan." They act on their own, stopping and checking everyone who looks suspicious to them, and make decisions on the basis of revolutionary expediency. As a result, there were cases of arsons, looting, robbery, Pravda.Ru correspondent in Kiev reported. Revolutionary expediency of Sashko Biloi who received a Ukrainian award for killing Russian soldiers in Chechnya is very obvious.         
Myth 4: Ukrainians should integrate Russians. "The integration of Russian-speaking Ukrainians in the nation is a major issue that must also be addressed through a democratic dialogue and through democratic structures (as it was with the French-speaking Italians)," said Griffin, demonstrating a complete ignorance of history and detachment from reality. In fact, the Ukrainian nation is a concept brought to life by the Soviet national policy. "Historically it is correct to speak about the Great Russians in relation to the current Russia and Ruthenia, and Little Russians in relation to those who are now called the Ukrainians. Even after Rus has split into sovereign principalities, the cultural, political, mental, religious, and community mentality has remained. It was strong for several centuries, until the 15th century. Since late 15th - early 16th century the branches began to gradually diverge - the West-Russian and East- Russian, but in the framework of an all-Russian culture, all-Russian view. "It was formed in both parts of the divided Russia - Moscow Russia and Western Russia absorbed by Lithuania, and then - Poland, Rzeczpospolita. All-Russian consciousness was cultivated based on literature. If we talk about the western lands, it was polemical church literature, and if we talk about Moscow Russia, it was political tracts. This all-Russian consciousness allowed holding Pereyaslavska Rada," told Pravda.Ru Andrei Marchukov, Ph.D. (Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences). The division between Russian and Ukrainians was created under Lenin and was consolidated by Belovezhsky agreements, the expert added.   
Myth 5: Russia is the aggressor, it has already occupied Crimea. Here is an excerpt from the statement of the U.S. Embassy: "Russian troops moved out of their bases to seize political objectives and infrastructure in Crimea." Let's write if off to a misunderstanding. For example, Euronews correspondent asks a soldier in unmarked uniform: "Who are you?" The answer: "I am Russian." "Ah, you are from Russia!" concludes the Western correspondent. He has no idea that this is how Crimeans refer to themselves. According to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, "publication of photos and videos with military equipment with Russian military plates is a provocation." Commenting on the video, in which the military say they are Russians, Shoigu said: "This is complete nonsense." Russian troops are present in Crimea as a military contingent located not only in Sevastopol, but also in other places of deployment, according to the agreements between Ukraine and Russia.   
Myth 6: There is a democratic government in Kiev, and there are no fascists in power. The Rada is operational and is issuing laws. "The Rada is the most representative institution in Ukraine, and recent legislation has passed with large majorities, including from representatives of eastern Ukraine," says the U.S. Embassy website. However, those in power are units from Maidan, and their roofless actions are described above. As for the Rada, the deputies of the Party of Regions voted as they were told in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine because of threats to their lives or the lives of their loved ones. This is the opinion of the chairman of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration Mykhailo Dobkin expressed during the congress of deputies of all levels of the south- eastern regions of Ukraine and Crimea. "They burn houses, cars, take family members hostages. They hold deputies' children hostage and threaten to cut them into pieces if the deputies protest," told Pravda.Ru MP from the Party of Regions Vadym Kolesnichenko. Furthermore, even the BBC reported "fascist patrols" in the streets of Kiev, publishing video clips from there.   
Myth 7: International law does not provide for the use of force in response to the regional authorities. "It's odd that when the West goes against these (international) rules, then that's fine and good, but when Russia does it, it is an illegal aggression. This, in my opinion, is double standards. If the local authorities call on the Russian authorities and say that for us, the situation is very complicated, that the extremists are trying to organize a local orange revolution, in my opinion, this is an emergency. In this situation I think that Russia has the right to bring its troops and should do it," told Pravda.Ru. a Norwegian political scientist.   
But the main objection is that Russia has not applied force, and if it has to do it, not at the request of the regional authorities but the legitimate president Yanukovich, the West will consider it illegitimate (see Myth 1). The unfortunate loop of misunderstanding is closed.   
What do you think about the latest news and events and the situation in Ukraine? What will happen to Ukraine? What will happen to Crimea? What do you think about the deployment of Russian troops in Crimea?   
Lyuba Lulko, Pravda.Ru         

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создано: 11/03/2014 @ 23:38
Yanukovych: Dark forces in Kiev want to unleash civil war


Anarchy in Ukrainian grows, while Kiev wants to unleash a civil war in the country, said Viktor Yanukovych. At a press conference on Tuesday, March 11, Yanukovych announced that he was the only legitimate President of Ukraine.

"The towns are patrolled by masked men with armbands. They fire top army officers - those who show resistance and do not want to use armed forces in the south-east of the country against the civilian population. Just think about it - they want to put the army under the banner of Bandera and launch a civil war," he said at the press conference.

According to Yanukovych, "dark forces in Kiev want to have armed forces of militant nationalist organizations involved, they want to give them weapons."

Viktor Yanukovych gave the press conference in Russia's Rostov, but said that he was going to return to Ukraine as soon as there was such an opportunity. He assured everyone that he was not going to resign. Moreover, Yanukovych will remain the Supreme Commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Yanukovych said that the presidential vote in Ukraine, which is to take place on May 25th, was illegal. He also referred to US laws that prohibit the funding of illegal governments. He is going to address to the US Congress, Senate and Supreme Court of the United States with a suggestion to assess illegal actions of American authorities.

"The usurpers of power will hold me, or even Russia accountable for what is happening. But I have nothing to do with that. Cutting pensions, wages and allowances is unbelievable. We are having hard times these days, the Crimea is separating, but we can survive this mess, and the fooled people will come to their senses," he concluded his speech.
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создано: 12/03/2014 @ 09:59
People expressing their opinion horrify Ukraine’s coup-installed govt – Russia’s Upper House chair

March 12, 2014 03:23
The West is advancing its plans and geopolitical interests by playing the Ukraine card to the detriment of Russia's interests, but these bad actors disregarded quite a few factors, the chair of the Russian Upper House Valentina Matvienko told RT.   
RT: Ms. Matvienko, in a few hours you are going to Tajikistan on an official visit. A lot of expectations are pinned on it - not least because Central Asia is turning into an area of a new Great Game involving Russia, Europe, China, and the US. Why is this region so important for Russia?   
Valentina Matvienko: Some official visits are supposed to iron out differences, while others are aimed at securing progress, fostering constructive and mutually-beneficial cooperation. And this is exactly the case today. A Russia-Tajikistan Intergovernmental Committee met recently to agree on a number of very important decisions. Overall, the cooperation between Russia and Tajikistan has been quite fruitful. When he met with his Tajik counterpart in Sochi, President Putin reaffirmed that our ties are of strategic importance for Russia. Now the MPs need to take over. After a pause in our inter-parliamentary contacts, we decided to arrange this visit in order to hold talks on a wide range of issues with the bicameral Tajik parliament.   
Russia and Tajikistan have around 230 agreements, the most-significant being the Agreement on Allied Cooperation in the 21st Century - and a whole array of other economic, political and humanitarian documents. Lately we have made progress in many areas. The Russia-Tajikistan agreement on migration control is expected to have a positive effect on regulating the flow of immigration into Russia. We've also signed an agreement to extend the timeframe for registration of Tajik residents in Russia. We are also working now on an additional protocol to this agreement, under which Tajik nationals will be able to stay in Russia for up to three years without having to leave the country.   
We also have ratified an agreement on the presence of Russian military base 201 in Tajikistan until 2042. Later this year, we are going to see the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan, so the situation in the region is highly likely to get shaky, with a major threat of growing terrorism looming ahead. Also remember that transnational drug trafficking routes run through Tajikistan.   
Tajikistan lies at the heart of Eurasia. It plays an immense role in securing peace, harmony and cooperation region-wide. This complies with Russia's national interests as well. We are also keen to develop economic cooperation with Tajikistan. As of today, our turnover amounts to 1.2 billion dollars; two years ago it was less than one billion. This, of course, is only the beginning. Russia is a major investor into Tajikistan: 50% of all the investment comes from Russia. Russia is interested in developing joint projects with Tajikistan, a country that is rich in natural and labor resources.   
In other words, both countries are deeply interested in cooperation, which plays an important role in stabilising the region. We work together in the Collective Security Treaty Organization and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, as well as the EurAsEC and the CIS. I believe that the inter-parliamentary track is a major area of cooperation with Tajikistan. Right now we are planning to hold a Russia-Tajikistan forum for inter-regional cooperation. We would like to support Russian schools in Tajikistan. This time we'll be bringing along lots of course books and teacher's books in Russian for schools. We have a lot more on our agenda. So I do believe this is going to be a highly pragmatic and business-like visit.   
RT: Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin recently spoke of the need for Russia to introduce visas for citizens of Central Asian countries. You've just talked about ironing out differences. Do you back his view?   
VM: I don't. I think it would be inexpedient to introduce visas for travellers to the CIS countries. That would look like an attempt to fence ourselves off from the CIS. There are indeed some problems with labor migrants from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. But we should solve them in a different way. We should be guided by our bilateral agreements to regulate this influx of immigration into Russia and making our immigration laws more detailed and transparent. There are a lot of other ways to tackle these issues.   
RT: Ms. Matvienko, you spent your younger years in Ukraine, and your surname also seems to have a Ukrainian origin. You know the region very well, too, so I would really love to hear your opinion on the recent events in Kiev. Were they caused by internal or external reasons?   
VM: I'm Russian. Matvienko is my husband's family name. But it doesn't matter. I do love Ukraine a lot.   
RT: You lived there?   
VM: I lived there as a child. And I think every Russian now feels very deeply about what's happening now. If we look at how many relatives and friends Russians have in Ukraine and Ukrainians have in Russia, it becomes crystal clear that we are genetically interconnected. We are one nation; we share one Orthodox Christian faith and a long common history. We come from the same cradle.   
Why civilians started a peaceful protest is easy to understand. The people were angered by the low living standards and high unemployment, including youth unemployment. Over 3 million Ukrainians are known to be working in Russia, and still more have jobs in other countries. Their discontent was understandable. But that discontent was manipulated by armed nationalists to take the power into their own hands. These are the internal reasons. As to the external reasons, the US is now clearly trying to achieve its geopolitical goals by playing the Ukraine card. We know of the first attempt it took during the Orange Revolution, when in violation of international law, the third round of the elections was announced to get into power the president they supported. This put Ukraine under Yushchenko ten years behind in terms of economy. That made the people so angry that, at the next election, Yushchenko made it to barely 10% of the votes. That’s how Ukrainians made it clear what they thought of such a policy.   
In 2008, the US said it was ready for Ukraine's accession to NATO. This was in line with attempts to draw Ukraine into the EU and NATO as soon as possible, imposing a certain path on Ukraine while disregarding Ukrainians' own opinion. No one asked the people. But the people felt very differently about it! That's why Victoria Nuland said they had spent 5 billion dollars to promote democracy in Ukraine.   
RT: Just how acceptable is it to spend such enormous funds on democracy in a foreign country and to speak publicly about it?   
VM: This is called meddling in another country's domestic affairs, which runs counter to international law. And we can see what this "democracy" ended up in, with radical nationalists setting the tune in Ukraine and preaching a Nazi ideology under slogans like "Ukraine for Ukrainians only". They don't even realize what a potentially explosive situation they’ve been creating. There are millions of Russians and other ethnicities there. Ukraine is a multiethnic state. So repealing the law on language caused a lot of outrage in the Russian-speaking regions in the east of the country - and that doesn't boil down to Russian speakers only. Annulling the law against Nazi propaganda was just as bad, even unthinkable. In fact, Yanukovych did hand in his power, like the opposition asked him to.   
RT: You mean the 21st February agreement?   
VM: Before that, he annulled the laws that did not sit well with the opposition, dismissed the Prime Minister and offered that post to Yatsenyuk, signed the agreement of February 21 and pulled the police out of Kiev. He never gave any orders to use force. We could see that clearly. Unfortunately neither the Western nor the Ukrainian media have shown any of this to their audiences, breaking the people's right to free information. They never showed the Berkut units who stood up for the constitutional order of the country without using any weapons, bravely resisting the gunfire, the Molotov cocktails, the stones hurled at them. Yanukovych fulfilled all the obligations. That's why it's fair, like President Putin said, to ask: Why stage an anti-constitutional coup? Why take power by force? Why didn't they choose the path of peace and democracy? What happened was a breach of every democratic rule there is. Disbanding the constitutional court and bringing criminal charges against its judges is totally unprecedented in world history - not to mention the violent seizure of public buildings and deposing a legitimate government, as well as the vehement Russophobic propaganda targeting Russia, their own neighbor...   
RT: I can't help agreeing with you here: we've seen a lot of bad press from Ukraine, so to say.   
VM: It should be objective, rather than good or bad.   
RT: But unfortunately it's bad press.   
VM: There is no unbiased coverage whatsoever! Instead, we can hear hysterical claims that Russia has allegedly declared a war on Ukraine! But that's not true.   
RT: This takes us to my next question. Propaganda is one thing, but high-level contacts are another. Why does the West blame Russia for "dividing" Ukraine? What is their reasoning? Anything apart from servicemen in civvies in Crimean streets?   
VM: Those who orchestrated the coup in Ukraine are bad conductors. They disregarded quite a few factors. First, Ukraine is no third-class country. It is a large European country of 45 million people. Ukraine's eastern, central, southern regions view the situation differently from its western part. The intimidation and terror in Ukraine, the media hype and the ban to speak Russian brought the population of Eastern Ukraine to the streets. They said they won't recognize the government, which is illegitimate, and they disagree with where it is taking the country. But their voices remained unheard. This was followed by groundless claims that Russia is allegedly stoking the situation. That's not true! It's enough to attend one of the peaceful protests in eastern and southern Ukraine, where Russians were so scared the gunmen and militants might interfere with their peaceful life, that they asked Russia to protect them. "We're so tired of all the revolutions, chaos and anarchy," that's what they said as they addressed Russia. We tried to stand by for quite some time. So no one can accuse us of meddling into Ukraine's domestic affairs.   
RT: Do you think that we stood by for too long?   
VM: I guess we should have spoken up earlier. But we did our diplomatic best in line with international law as a civilized nation. But now Russia cannot tell millions of Russians in Ukraine that it doesn't care or won't offer any protection. The time has come. The Russian President, for his part, can see hundreds of thousands rallying across Russia and saying, "We must protect the Russians, and we cannot leave them to their own devices!" We felt that genocide was looming and the ban on the Russian language would be soon followed by the slogan "Ukraine for Ukrainians" brought to life. That would mean lots of refugees coming to Russia. We don't want this to happen! We would like all ethnicities, including Russians, to co-exist peacefully in Ukraine.   
So when Crimeans learnt that the militants were about to come to Crimea and start another Maidan-like massacre right next to the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which has been based there for 220 years under an international agreement - do you think we should have waited for the first drop of blood to fall?   
That's why the President asked us for help. The developments were so rapid and unpredictable that we decided to give him the right to send troops as the last resort in an emergency.   
RT: When the MPs authorized Putin to use military force, it had a bombshell effect.   
VM: Our consent...   
RT: Ms. Matvienko, while it's clear that war won't be starting any time soon, what do you think should happen to spur Russian troops to cross the border into Ukraine?   
VM: Our consent to deploy troops if needed sent a clear message to all the hotheads in Ukraine to stop in their tracks and sober down, to consider the opinion of the eastern regions and remember Ukraine is a multiethnic country, to embark on a constitutional path and abide by the February 21 agreement, which suggested a step-by-step action plan and a snap presidential election. Why didn't they do it? Why didn't they set themselves apart from the radicals, disarm the militants and show to Ukraine that the current government IS taking action? They should have included representatives of the southern and eastern regions into the cabinet as well, to make their voices heard. But they didn't do any of that! Instead, they chose to take the path of threats and violence.   
I am entirely convinced, however, that no troops will be sent. I hope that there are many more sensible people than radicals in Ukraine. Everyone understands the possible consequences. A war between Ukrainians and Russians is plain unimaginable – we are two brotherly nations.   
RT: So that declaration was merely a political move?   
VM: It was a warning that Russia won't leave millions of Russians alone in trouble in case of genocide.   
RT: Speaking of the future, how do you think the Crimeans will vote at their referendum: in favor of the Constitution that gives them broader autonomy or in favor of joining Russia?   
VM: I've already told you why the Crimeans were so frightened by the ongoing crisis and why they pushed the legitimate Crimean government into asking President Putin for help and protection. It was the Crimeans who scheduled the referendum for March 16, not the Russians. There are no Russian troops in Crimea. We've got our Black Sea Fleet under enhanced guard just in case there is a conflict - which I hope will never happen.   
Crimeans have a right to self-determination. Even in the Soviet era, Crimea had a broad autonomy. The 1992 Constitution gave Crimea lots of powers. However, over time they shrank to zero and Crimea was stripped of all the autonomous rights. Now Crimeans are told how many Russian schools they should have and there is a ban on using the Russian language! That's what made them go for one of the two options: either to go back to the 1992 Constitution with a broader autonomy, or to join Russia. That is an absolutely legal action in line with international practice - just like the Scottish independence referendum, just like it was in Kosovo and so on. Only the Crimeans have the right to decide. So let us not speculate. I've got my own thoughts on this, but I'd like to stay away from predictions. And may their idea of their own future come true.   
The present Ukrainian government has already spoken of its intention to enter the EU and NATO, but they should have asked their own people first! They should hold a referendum and ask the people that question, so that they could express their own opinion. But the authorities won't do it because they're afraid most people will not support this abrupt swing to the West, as it will be no good for the Ukrainian people. Those who stirred the chaos in Ukraine understand that Ukrainians are not to be cut off from Russia. They made up the Ukrainians' mind without even asking them. So let's wait for the Crimeans' decision. Then we'll be able to build our own policy.   
RT: If the Crimeans vote to join Russia at the referendum on Sunday, it will usher in a new Cold War, according to influential political analyst Dmitry Trenin. I disagree. I think the Cold War never ended. How would you comment on this?   
VM: Political analysts can say what they please. The Cold War, which lasted for forty years, saw the conflict of two political, social and military systems. Fortunately, that Cold War is over. But judging by the Western press, many politicians in the West have kept the Cold War mentality. Russia is accused of every imaginable sin. There is absolutely no objective information to be heard. The country has changed; it has a completely different political form of governance. But they choose to ignore this. I am strongly opposed to any wars, including cold wars. Russia will do its best to avert such a scenario. And I hope that the US and Europe understand what consequences there may be, should anyone attempt to start a new Cold War. We all must put every effort into avoiding it.   
RT: You mean that the Cold War will be over once its last soldier is dead? One of them is Zbigniew Brzezinski, by the way.   
VM: He must be very happy now to see his scripts being staged!   
RT: Certainly. So according to the so-called Brzezinski plan, the fire that started in Kiev will soon reach Russia. Would you agree that the events in Kiev are a testing ground for what is to happen in Russia?   
VM: One thing is clear: the West is advancing its own plans and geopolitical interests by playing the Ukraine card to the detriment of Russia's interests. Imagine having NATO troops in Ukraine at our border running over 2,000 km! This is unacceptable. Besides, with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the USSR we got all the guarantees that NATO would never move any closer to Russia's borders.   
RT: And what has happened ever since?   
VM: And now these guarantees have proved to be worthless. Look, a whole of three European governments promised security to Yanukovych and the implementation of these agreements.   
RT: And what has happened to him?   
VM: Look what has happened to him and to those guarantees! There is only so much hypocrisy you can have, sorry. There are legal and political solutions to these problems. And we have been looking for a political solution to the Ukrainian crisis from the very beginning.   
RT: Ms. Matvienko, sadly, we're running out of time. Thank you very much for this interview. I wish you all the best.   
VM: My pleasure.   
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US drafted Ukraine coup scenario for 2015 presidential vote – Ukrainian ex-security chief

13 March 2014, 12:43

Ukraine's former National Security Chief Alexander Yakimenko has said that the scenario we saw play out in Ukraine had been brought out of mothballs by Washington who had planned to use it during presidential elections in 2015.

Mr. Yakimenko said in an interview with Rossia 24 channel that the Ukrainian coup had unfolded according to the US scenario laid out ahead of the 2015 vote. "The West wasn’t happy with President Yanukovych. So they did everything to convince him of their loyalty. They assured [Yanukovych] that Europe would stand by his side, while at the same time preparing for a regime change in 2015."

The ex-SBU chief said the West had been stalling for time in their talks with the EU to give Yanukovych and Putin a chance to strike all necessary deals that would let Russia prop up Ukraine socially, politically and economically – and then bring Ukraine into the EU fold at Russia’s expense.

He noted that the President’s decision to put the EU association agreement on hold came as a shock to the US. "Europe was ready to amend some articles of the deal during negotiations and even considered Ukraine’s role as a mediator between Russia and the European Union, a move the United States strongly objected to."

"So, of course, they were forced to enact this protest scenario [earlier than planned]," Yakimenko concluded.

Ukraine’s ex-security chief accuses US, Poland of nipping peace effort in the bud

The United States and Poland have played a force multiplier role in the Ukrainian coup, where Washington was reluctant to let the conflict de-escalate into a peaceful settlement. This is according to Ukraine’s former Security Chief Alexander Yakimenko.

The United States and Poland have played a force multiplier role in the Ukrainian coup, where Washington was reluctant to let the conflict de-escalate into a peaceful settlement. This is according to Ukraine’s former Security Chief Alexander Yakimenko.

"At Maidan, there were several political parties and movements who then joined forces to build the Right Sector, plus Western patrons, of course," the former head of Ukraine’s National Security Service said in an interview with the Rossia 24 TV channel.

"Poland and the United States played a special role in it. Poland was represented by EU’s envoy in Ukraine [Jan Tadeusz] Tombiński. He is a national of Poland, which regards its participation in the EU, NATO and all manner of blocs and organizations as a means to boost its leverage."

Mr. Yakimenko said Poland “pulled every string,” using the EU and NATO as its vehicles to "subjugate Ukraine."

According to the disgraced security chief, Washington wasn’t content with EU's peace initiative in Ukraine. "They weren’t all too happy about EU’s intent to go ahead with peace negotiations and peace policy [in Ukraine]. They weren’t happy about the attitude of EU leaders and of [EU’s High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy] Catherine Ashton, who held talks with Yanukovych as the country’s legitimate president."

Snipers shot people from buildings, controlled by Maidan protestors - Ukraine's ex-security chief

Snipers, who were killing people during the Euromaidan, were situated in the building of philharmonic society. At a point in time, the building was controlled by Andrey Parubiy, commandant of the Euromaidan, Alexander Yakimenko, former Head of the Security Service of Ukraine, told Rossiya 1 Russian TV channel. He thinks that Parubiy contacted with the US intelligence representatives.

"Snipers shot people from the building of philharmonic society, which was controlled by commandant Andrey Parubiy. These people attacked Ukrainian law enforcers, who were demoralized and fled, because snipers were shooting them," Alexander Yakimenko said.

"The law enforcers were chased by armed people with different types of arms. At the very moment, snipers began to shoot the pursuers. When the first wave of shootings ended, witnesses saw 20 people, leaving the building of philharmonic society. These people had a special uniform, cases for sniper rifles and the AKMs rifles. The fact is that not only law enforcers saw these people, but the Maidan protestors, including representative of Svoboda, Right Sector, Batkivshchyna and UDAR parties as well.

According to Yakimenko, during the massacre the opposition leaders contacted him and asked him to deploy special force unit to scoop out the snipers from buildings in central Kiev, but Parubiy made sure that won't happen.

"The Right Sector and Freedom Party have requested me to use the Alpha group to cleanse these buildings, stripping them from snipers," Yakimenko said. According to him Ukrainian troops were ready to move in and eliminate the shooters.

"I was ready to do it, but in order to go inside Maidan I had to get the sanction from Parubiy. Otherwise the 'self-defense' would attack me in the back. Parubiy did not give such consent," Yakimenko said noting that the Maidan leader had full authority over the access to weapons on Maidan, and not a single gun including a sniper rifle could get in or out of the square.

The latest developments in Ukraine were the result of an accelerated implementation by external forces, first of all, the United States, of a scenario that was to be used in the country in 2015 during presidential elections, the former head of the Ukrainian Security Service, Alexander Yakimenko, said in interview to Rossiya 24 Russian TV station.

He said Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was out of favor in the West, adding that a number of countries were conducting work aimed at bringing to power representatives of other political forces at the 2015 presidential elections.

He said Western countries "flirted" with Yanukovich saying Europe was supporting him, and planned "to protract the negotiating process" for Kiev to sign an association agreement with the European Union "for Russia to help reinforce the social and political structure in Ukraine."

According to Yakimenko, this was done in order "to bring Ukraine to Europe for Russian money" later by replacing the Ukrainian president.

Ukrainian President Yanukovich left Ukraine in February after a coup in his country. He told reporters in southern Russia on Tuesday that he remained the legitimate Ukrainian leader despite "an anti-constitutional seizure of power by armed radicals." Russia considers Yanukovich the legitimate Ukrainian president.

The coup came on the wave of mass anti-government protests in Ukraine that started in November 2013 when the country's authorities refused to sign an association agreement with the EU at a Vilnius summit, opting for closer ties with Russia instead.

Yakimenko also said some representatives of the new Kiev authorities are now still actively implementing the will of their American patrons who "need a Ukraine that would fulfill what they believe necessary."

He said he believes the West will continue its policy aimed at destabilizing the situation in Ukraine's southeastern regions and then in Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Voice of Russia, RT, Vesti, TASS

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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia


On March 11, 2014 , speaking in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk allowed himself a series of false and frankly provocative statements regarding the situation in the Republic of Abkhazia.

Referring to information clearly derived from questionable sources Yatsenyuk argues that in Abkhazia on the background of economic dislocation and unemployment are rampant corruption, lawlessness, banditry and arms trafficking.

This is exactly how Yatsenyuk draws the future of the Republic of Crimea in the case of withdrawal from Ukraine. In the civilized world it is indecent to show your own ignorance in public. However, in this case, it is no surprise for anyone, since Yatsenyuk exists in a special system of coordinates defined by illegitimate armed coup that brought his government to power. In this system of coordinates are actually encouraged rampant extremism and acts of fascist thugs, including those who fought in the composition of Georgian armed gangs against the people of Abkhazia in 1992-1993. In Kiev violation of the constitution and laws has become a commonplace, as well as making decisions based on "revolutionary expediency."

Notorious "information" by Yatsenyuk is suspiciously similar to the malicious lie that is circulated about Abkhazia by the former apology for a president Mikhail Saakashvili. Probably there is no coincidence that this discredited and despised everywhere, including his native Georgia, person joined the "revolutionary" government of Ukraine as an adviser. In this regard, I would like to remind Arseniy Yatsenyuk that the Republic of Abkhazia is a small, but established state where power is generated by legitimate constitutional way through free and democratic elections, and not as a result of armed coups and "Maidans".

After the recognition of the Republic of Abkhazia by the Russian Federation the annual economic growth in the country became 13%, foreign trade turnover increased almost by 300%, incomes of the population increased by 450%. Recovery of social infrastructure destroyed by Georgian militias is at full speed. That is why Abkhazia is becoming more attractive to migrant workers from other countries, including Ukraine, Moldova and the Baltic countries - part of the European Union. The Republic of Abkhazia is annually visited by more than a million tourists from around the world. New hotels, restaurants, cafes and other tourist and recreational infrastructure are brought into operation. In 2013 the state border of the Republic of Abkhazia was crossed in both directions by about seven million people. Unlike the Kiev authorities, ethnic and linguistic diversity in our country is treated carefully. Chauvinistic principles of state policy are unacceptable in Abkhazia.

Therefore, no matter how Yatsenyuk was trying to prove the opposite, Abkhazia is a modern, dynamic and democratic country. The Republic of Abkhazia is confidently moving towards international recognition of its independent statehood and has no intention to turn away from this path.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk should have been advised to consider more carefully what he is going to speak on behalf of the government in Kiev. It is unworthy of a man claiming to occupy a high public office to distribute deliberate falsehood and blackening in respect of a whole country, no matter how small it is.

Returning to the events in Crimea, we believe that in these circumstances the citizens residing in the territory of the autonomous republic have the right to make self-reliant choice of their fate and political status of the peninsula in accordance with the universal right of peoples and nations to self-determination.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia
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Russia will mirror any sanctions - deputy economy minister

MOSCOW, March 13   Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:24am GMT

(Reuters) - Russia will impose symmetrical sanctions if the United States and European Union impose their own, Deputy Economy Minister Alexei Likhachev said on Thursday.

"We are ready for any eventuality," Likhachev told journalists. "We will mirror (any actions)."

He also said the ministry hoped that any sanctions would be political not economic. "One would like to wish that if the European Union decides to impose any sanctions they will not restrain business cooperation," Likhachev said.

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Two people dead and two injured in Ukraine's Kharkov clashes
15 March 2014, 04:41
Two people died and two were injured in a conflict between the residents of Kharkov and militants from the Right Sector (radical Ukrainian group), Mayor of Kharkov Gennady Kernes reported today.   
An Itar-Tass correspondent reports that 40-50 militants are in the building hosting the Right Sector headquarters. The police cordoned off the building, and a special operation is underway. The mayor is holding talks with radicals.   
A representative of the local movement against Maidan protests told an Itar-Tass correspondent earlier today that clashes were underway between Kharkov residents and militants reportedly from western Ukraine on Rymarskaya Street (in downtown Kharkov).   
The activist said Kharkov defenders were standing against militants, presumably from the Right Sector, who were shooting from assault rifles. Reports also said fire was delivered and stun grenades and Molotov cocktails thrown from the windows of the building hosting the Right Sector headquarters.   
Maidan is the name for downtown Kiev's Independence Square, which is the symbol of Ukrainian protests. The word “Maidan” is also used as a collective name for anti-government protests in Ukraine.   
Right Sector activists were reportedly involved in clashes with police in Ukraine’s anti-government protests that started in November 2013 when the country’s authorities refused to sign an association agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.   
The Ukrainian protests led to a coup in the country in February. President Viktor Yanukovich had to leave Ukraine citing security concerns. Yanukovich told reporters in south Russia on Tuesday that he remained the legitimate Ukrainian president despite “an anti-constitutional seizure of power by armed radicals.   
Clashes erupt in Ukraine's Kharkov, 3 anti-Maidan activists injured      
Clashes have occurred in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov between city residents and militants reportedly from western Ukraine, a representative of the local movement against Maidan protests said.   
“Clashes are underway on Rymarskaya Street [in downtown Kharkov]. Kharkov defenders are standing against militants, presumably from the Right Sector. The visitors are shooting from assault rifles,” the activist told an Itar-Tass correspondent.   
Fire is delivered from the windows of a building hosting the headquarters of the Right Sector radical organization. Stun grenades and Molotov cocktails are being thrown from the second floor of the building. Three people from among anti-Maidan activists are reported to have been injured.   
Donetsk clashes: 22-year-old victim identified, 28 injured      
One person was killed and 28 injured in a clash between participants of a pro-Russia rally and the For United Ukraine protesters on Lenin Square in Donetsk on Thursday night, the health department of the Donetsk Regional State Administration reports. The victim was identified by local media as Dmytro Chernyavskiy, an activist with the local branch of the Svoboda nationalist party.   
Two victims were provided with medical assistance on the scene, they later chose to go home. Two others were transported to a regional accident hospital, one was brought to municipal hospital №17, 11 people now remain in the neurosurgery department of the Kalinin hospital. One person was killed, a male resident of Donetsk who died in an ambulance from knife wounds. 22-year-old Dmitry Cherniavsky was an activist and former spokesman for the Donetsk regional organization Svoboda.   
The acting President of Ukraine, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Aleksandr Turchynov gave the Interior Ministry an urgent order to immediately arrest and punish those responsible for the murder and inflicting bodily injuries in Donetsk on March 13.   
Crisis in Ukraine: one killed in Donetsk in clashes between rival rallies   
A 22-year old citizen of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk was killed in clashes that erupted between Maidan protesters armed with batons and peaceful demonstrators chanting pro-Russian slogans. More than a dozen were injured as violence ensued after participants broke through a police barrier in the centre of the city. Tensions swelled in the Ukrainian industrial center of Donetsk on Thursday, where the Russian-speaking population has been rallying in support of creating an eastern Ukrainian autonomy and against the decisions of the controversialy appointed caretaker government in Kiev.   
According to hospital sources the 22-year-old man was stabbed. News media reports, the man was just a passerby who didn't participate in demonstrations. This is the first death reported outside the capital during the recent violence triggered by the political crisis in Ukraine.   
It was unclear who started the clashes, as protesters broke through a police cordon keeping the two sides apart.   
According to local media reports pro-Maidan activists started provoking the pro-Russian crowd, by shouting far-right slogans “Glory to Ukraine” and “Glory to heroes”, loudly demanding respect for Ukrainian territorial sovereignty.   
"According to preliminary conclusions by doctors, a man has been stabbed," the local branch of Ukraine's health ministry said, as regional authorities spoke of 17 wounded in the clashes.   
Donetsk is the Ukrainian industrial center. A rally of Ukraine’s integrity supporters was taking place in the city at the same time and place as the anti-government protest.   
According to the newspaper Novosti Donbassa ("The News of Donbass City"), three people were taken to a hospital neurosurgery department after the clashes. The 22-year-old male died in the ambulance. Seventeen people were administered first aid on the scene, and 11 were taken to intensive care at a local hospital, according to the newspaper.   
Authorities in Donetsk are requesting a referendum to widen the eastern industrial region's autonomy. Donetsk has a large Russian-speaking population.   
Euromaidan protestors start fight with pro-Russia activists in Donetsk   
Euromaidan protestors started a fight with pro-Russia activists during their mass-meeting in Donetsk. A peaceful mass-meeting turned into a clash, that was hardly controlled by Ukrainian law enforcers.   
Euromaidan protestors suddenly appeared, witnesses say. In the very beginning they behaved calmly, but then began to throw petards.   
Police tried to arrest several pro-Russian activists, but had to set them free due to the crowd's pressure.   
The police is trying to establish order, but pressure from the part of provokers is growing. The latter throw stones and steel bars. Someone urges to turn over the busses, where the police keep arrested people. The activists reached the buss with arrested people and called upon the police to set these people free. The police reinforced a defensive formation around the buss, but they can hardly contain the activists.   
There is no medical staff on the square, LifeNews journalists says. Wounded people can't get any medical aid. People use gas sprays. The number of wounded people is unknown.   
Ambulances have just arrived at the square. Activists begin to leave the place. There is no threat of serious disorders.   
Members of two mass-meetings – the Euromaidan supporters and pro-Russian activists gathered on the Lenin Square in Donetsk. Pro-Russian activists claim that the Euromaidan protestors came on the mass-meeting with particular purposes.   
The police has created a reinforced cordon and protect the order thoroughly. Both parties of the mass-meeting comprises one thousand people, the source reports.   
"This is an evident provocation. They could have organized a mass-meeting somewhere else," pro-Russian activist says.   
Evgeni Dinyanskiy, Head of the non-governmental organization "South-Eastern initiative", told about the members of the pro-Ukrainian mass-meeting.   
"In fact, there is no pro-Ukrainian party as it's very small. This is an evident provocation, as someone has sent students there. These students were imposed a condition –whether they go on the mass-meeting or they will be sent down from their universities.   
Voice of Russia, TASS, Interfax, RT, Euronews, Reuters, DPA   

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Israeli retired officers train members of the Kiev Jewish community for more successful opposition during the Jewish pogroms. The fascists who have seized power in Kiev with military and financial support of the USA and EU, proclaimed the slogan "Ukraine Only for Ukrainians". Threats of physical violence over Jews, attacks on rabbis is the ordinary in modern life of the Ukrainian capital.   
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создано: 16/03/2014 @ 00:11
Putting the Crimea into context


A referendum (Latin: Referring back to the people), an act of pure democracy in which the people choose what they want to do, in which people express their desires governing their own future in a free and fair manifestation of public will. Those shouting eternally about freedom and democracy do not accept it in Crimea, yet use it as a tool elsewhere. Let us put the Crimea into context.

Historically, the Crimea was Russian until February 19, 1954, when the Supreme Soviet of the USSR decreed its transfer from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the peninsula is populated largely by Russians and the majority are Russian speakers, have ties to Russia, feel Russian, are Russian and wish to remain so. Rather like the Falklands Islanders wish to remain British.

Speaking of referendums, the British recently and very proudly held a referendum in the Falklands Islands, asking the population whether they wished to remain British or whether they would like to join Argentina. Where were the British objections to the holding of this referendum, where were the objections of their NATO allies?

Speaking of referendums, what was NATO's reaction when Colonel Muammar Gaddafi offered to hold one in Libya for his people to choose whether he should remain as Brother Leader or whether there should be a change? Because it was patently obvious that most Libyans would vote for the former option, NATO brushed the offer aside.
Speaking of referendums and invasions, did the United States of America and the United Kingdom hold a referendum in Iraq before they invaded? Before they attacked civilian structures with military hardware, before they strafed children with depleted uranium weapons, rendering swathes of territory uninhabitable (contrary to the Geneva Conventions)?

Speaking of carving territories off countries and declaring them "states", NATO was happy to invade Kosovo militarily and bomb Serbia for three months before declaring Kosovo an independent state because as they said, the ethnic composition of Kosovo was leaning more towards independence than to remaining part of Serbia. The fact is that Crimea is far more Russian than Kosovo is independent, because the Serbian nation was founded at Kosovo Polye. Kosovo is, was, has been and always shall be, under international law and covenants that the west signed, Serbian territory.

Did Britain and France hold referendums as they invaded countries and destroyed cultures during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? And speaking of referendums, is the United Kingdom not holding a referendum in Scotland this year?

So, quite apart from the fact that the Crimea is a Russian issue and not a British or American one, or French for that matter, and quite apart from the fact that these countries have a history of meddling in the affairs of sovereign states, let us examine the question from a legal viewpoint.

There was a Putsch in the Ukraine, when in February a motley bunch of Fascists, oligarchs and populists seized power on the wave of an armed uprising in Kiev, in which the same agents provocateurs were firing at the police and on the crowds to incriminate the police. During this Putsch, the legitimate President of the Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovich, empowered in office in a free and fair election in 2010, left the capital to avoid bloodshed, then was illegally exonerated from office by a hastily-summoned Parliament which did not have the presence of all the Party of Regions deputies (Yanukovich's party), and in which, illegally, multiple voting using absent members' cards was conducted. None of the four precepts for the removal of a President were possible to invoke because they did not exist and apart from all this the Constitution was bypassed. The current "Government" of Ukraine is unconstitutional and under Ukrainian and international law, holds no power at all.

Therefore in the absence of a constitutional legal situation in Ukraine, the authority of the authorities in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea are as legal as, if not more legal than, those forces stating they have no right to hold a referendum, in which case, and given the west's own history on referendums, nobody has any right to oppose it. For those supporting democracy, then the will of the people of Crimea, if they vote massively to apply for citizenship of the Russian Federation, then saying it is illegal or unconstitutional is nonsense.

Finally, on the question of annexation, let us be crystal clear here. Russia has made it very apparent from the beginning that once the political situation normalizes, there will be no troops in Crimea and anyway those that are, are either governed by the treaty between Ukraine and Russia on the naval base in Sevastopol or else are constituted by local militia, with ties to Russia, agreed, but not members of the Russian Armed Forces.

Add to this the fact that the first thing the Putsch leaders in Kiev did was to remove the status of Russian as official language, and to include members or high-profile supporters of government who had formerly vowed to murder Russians and Jews, given the climate of hatred against Russians and acts of violence against them in western Ukraine, given the ties of some members of government to al-Qaeda, yes, al-Qaeda, why the surprise that Crimea is about to vote, in a referendum, where it wishes to lie and that Russia would obviously consider their application as a territory in the Russian Federation, just as Britain "assimilated" the Falkland Islanders and just as NATO carved off Kosovo and declared it is not part of Serbia.

In summary, Russia has a case and the west does not. Decision: Crimea shall be a territory in the Russian Federation. Get used to it.
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey, Pravda.Ru
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создано: 16/03/2014 @ 11:06
Former Soviet borders are being reconsidered


The Crimea precedent will make us look differently at similar issues in the Former Soviet Union. The problem was incited by Soviet authorities who loosely drew administrative boundaries between different regions. There are many of those who "suffered" from such actions, including, primarily, Transnistria, Karabakh, South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The situation where ethnic enclaves are trying to reunite with their homeland has developed in the Moldavian Republic, Nagorno-Karabakh that legally belongs to Azerbaijan but de facto is controlled by Armenia, and South Ossetia and Abkhazia (their independence is not recognized by most countries, but South Ossetia and Abkhazia are subsidized from the budget of the Russian Federation). Similar situation is seen in the Fergana Valley with its territorial disputes between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan for the enclave Shahimardan in the Batken region populated by Uzbeks. What about the areas of compact residence of Russians in Latvia, where non Latvian Russian communities began to consolidate?
In Kazakhstan, in turn, the question of the potential inclusion of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan into Kazakhstan on the rights of autonomy is discussed. "Most of the borders in Central Asia are not natural. In the future there will be a situation when they will be reconsidered. We have to be ready for it. Borders should be without enclaves. The existing controversies will once be resolved. This may be true for Kazakhstan. As evidenced by the experience of Yugoslavia, everything can always be divided if there is such a desire," Kazakh political analyst Marat Shibutov told portal
Potential conflicts in the CIS are numerous, and they are all caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union that occurred in violation of international law. For example, autonomous regions were not given the right to determine their state affiliation.

This explains why not a single leader of the CIS gave a formal approval of the actions of Russia in the Crimean conflict. It has been reported that on March 11, President Vladimir Putin discussed his actions with the Customs Union partners, President Alexander Lukashenko and Nursultan Nazarbayev. Official statements on the results of these meetings are vague and sound something like "the situation should be resolved in the interests of the Ukrainian people and all people living in Ukraine."

Belarusian MFA continues to insist on the importance of preservation of Ukraine as "stable, territorially integral and independent state" in their statements. Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that Kazakhstan, as a strategic partner, was sympathetic with the position of Russia defending the rights of national minorities in Ukraine, as well as its security interests.

All these are vague words that allow interpreting them both as support of the actions of the Russian Federation in terms of reunification with the Crimea and condemnation of these actions. Experts from different countries in the former Soviet space commented for Pravda.Ru on their real concerns in the CIS countries in connection with the precedent in Crimea.

The problem of revising post-Soviet borders of the Russian Federation was identified earlier in 2008 in Georgia, said Alexander Iskandaryan, a Yerevan political analyst, the director of the Caucasus Institute. The Crimean events, in addition to the internal situation, are caused by the fact that, since 2008, there has been a certain revisionism in relation to the former Soviet republics. "The recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia independence has opened a Pandora's box." But even earlier Kosovo developments in Europe took place that played a decisive role, the role of demandeur of separatism, the expert said.
"The events in Crimea once again evidenced that the boundaries drawn by the Soviet Union are not satisfactory for everyone. Karabakh held a referendum on independence over 20 years ago, and Karabakh residents have long formed their own authorities. But I do not think that we will see a domino effect after the events in Crimea. It has not happened after South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Kosovo, or Cyprus. Each case has its own local political reasons," summed up Alexander Iskandaryan for Pravda.Ru.
His Azerbaijani counterpart Eldar Guliyev has a different opinion, although he sees the same acute points. "If the referendum leads to Crimea departing from Ukraine, it may encourage some other conflicts. First of all, this is the situation around Karabakh and Transnistria, told Pravda.Ru executive director of the All-Russian Azerbaijani Congress Eldar Guliyev, former Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the UN. "The Crimean factor may lead to unpredictable consequences, because the conflicting parties do not rule out military action, so this precedent may spark severe tensions."

"Certainly, Transnistria, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Karabakh also need to be addressed, and a calm decision is necessary," said Sergei Musienko, Belarusian head of the analytical center ESOOM (Minsk). "Today, leaders and people living in these areas are watching the events to develop. I think a precedent has been created before our eyes, so now there are such powerful negotiations, foreign ministries of different countries are involved, there is a dialogue. The dialogue needs to be more serious because while diplomats are working, there is no war. "
The expert explained that the official Minsk could not assess the situation because "for us many positions in this case are not clear. Unfortunately, we are not involved in this dialogue and use the same information that you do, from the press, which is certainly sad," Sergei Musienko complained about the lack of a normal dialogue within the CIS.

The difficulty of the situation is evidenced by the fact that Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia have expressed unequivocal support for self-determination of Crimea and the actions of the Russian Federation in Ukraine. Transdniestrian authorities, despite the fact that earlier they regularly applied for recognition referring to the will of the people expressed at a referendum on independence in 2006, banned a meeting of the "National unity" in support of "self-organization of pro-Russian forces of Crimea and south-east of Ukraine and Russia's decision to protect its countrymen" scheduled for March 9. Could the reason be that the new Kiev government, in the situation of the economic blockade, is already discussing with Bucharest an expeditious solution to the Transnistrian problem, taking into account direct interest in Romania?

This is the next challenge for Russia. How will the Kremlin act in Transnistria?
Lyuba Lyul'ko, Pravda.Ru

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создано: 16/03/2014 @ 22:23
Right Sector leader threatens to sabotage Russian pipelines in Ukraine

16 March 2014, 17:20

The head of the Ukrainian nationalist movement Dmitry Yarosh has threatened to explode the gas pipeline through which the Russian gas is supplied to Europe, aiming to deprive it of its financing source.

Yarosh voiced his threats as part of his "address to the Ukrainian government and his compatriots" in which he is accusing Moscow of having plans to seize Ukraine . The text of his address was cited by the UNN news agency.

"We are well aware of the fact that Russia is earning money by transporting its oil and gas to the West through our pipe. Therefore, we'll destroy this pipe in order to deprive Russia of its financing source."

Yarosh threatened to 'destroy the pipe', because with its help 'Russia is making money, distilling oil and gas.' He also demanded the Ukrainian government to immediately form a Supreme High Command General HQ, declare a levy en masse, take weapons inland, ensure the supply of arms from NATO countries. Some incidents have already been reported around the gas transportation system. Group of persons, who claimed to be the staff of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine tried to damage the pipeline on Arabatskaya arm in the Crimea, but self-defense forces have prevented the diversion.To avoid such attempts, the gas-distributing plant was placed under protection, the Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksenov said.

Yarosh previously addressed to the leader of the Chechen terrorists Doku Umarov for support on the page of his syndicate in the VKontakte social network. Basmanny Court of Moscow on Wednesday authorized Yarosh's arrest in absentia. The head of the ultranationalist Ukrainian organization publicly calls on anti-Russian forces to initiate extremist actions and acts of terrorism against Russia, the investigators said. Yarosh was also put on international wanted list. The Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly urged the de facto authorities in Kiev and Western politicians to 'close the road to power for neo-fascist Yarosh and his supporters.'

Yarosh previously announced his intention to participate in the presidential elections in Ukraine. The change of government that happened in Ukraine on February 22, has signs of a coup. The Supreme Council ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from power, changed the constitution and appointed new elections for May 25. Yanukovych said that he had been forced to leave Ukraine under threat of violence, but remains the legally elected head of state. Moscow believes that the legitimacy of the Verkhovna Rada decisions is doubtful. A number of areas in eastern and southern Ukraine, as well as the Crimea, refused to recognize the legitimacy of the parliament and decided to hold a referendum on the future fate of regions.

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создано: 17/03/2014 @ 17:35
Democracy, a Referendum, Russia and the West


In a stunning display of arrogance, sheer hypocrisy and total disrespect for a democratic vote, the European Union and its puppet-master across the sea shun the free and fair referendum in Crimea, in which a turnout of 85% voted to join Russia by 96.9%. How much clearer could the message be and why can't the West accept a democratic vote?

The foreign policy pursued by the West is impossible to understand in terms of logic, coherence, credibility and ethics but very easy to comprehend if we approach it from a viewpoint that it is owned and controlled by the lobbies which pull the strings of its political class. These lobbies hold a vice around the testicles of the US Congress, its President and each and every one of the many echelons of "jobs for the boys" in the European Union (Google up "EU agencies and organisms" and multiply these by exponential figures taking into account drivers, advisors and the like).

The difference between the Western and Russian policies is simple to explain: one is illegal, flouts international law, bases itself on a cynical manipulation of UN Security Council Resolutions, or indeed ignores the Council altogether and the other follows international law, is coherent, logical and fundamentally, ethical.
Western foreign policy is based upon a demonic ABC of arrogance, blackmail, bullying, belligerence and chauvinism; Russian policy is based upon crisis management through the UN Security Council, and debate, discussion and dialogue, the fundamental precepts underpinning what is called Democracy.

The West uses the word Democracy ad nauseam yet the difference between words and deeds is staggering. Upon what basis does the European Union consider imposing sanctions on Russia, after a turnout of eighty-five percent of the Crimean citizens who voted by ninety-seven percent to join Russia? How much more democratic could that be? And what is the European Union's problem with democracy?

The United Kingdom recently held a referendum in the Falklands Islands and proudly announced that the islanders had expressed their opinion and presented their will in a free and fair democratic vote. The Crimeans have just expressed their opinion and presented their will in a free and fair democratic vote. Nobody except the Argentinians complained about the Falklands referendum.

The European Union and the USA were quick to take sides with the "new Government" in Kiev, which was and is a bunch of imposters who staged a Putsch and which includes in Government or near to it Fascists, people who have boasted of links to al-Qaeda and Chechen terrorists and those who have vowed to murder Russians and Jews. The Chief Rabbi of Kiev advised the Jewish community to leave the city during the February riots in which snipers were firing at the police and at the crowds, to incriminate the police.

The Ukrainian Constitution was not followed, therefore this "new Government" is illegal or as legal as a drunk proclaiming himself King of Planet Zog after a skinful on a Friday night. Why should Russia negotiate with a group of Fascists who staged a Putsch and whose first acts were to issue anti-Russian edicts and who seized power in a pre-planned anti-Russian wave of hysteria? Leaked messages between the USA and chief wannabe bedmate in Europe, France, allegedly point towards a NATO plan to encroach further east from several years ago (despite repeated assurances over the years that NATO would not move eastwards. But who believes a serial liar?).

Did the West follow the norms established under the UN Charter and under the Helsinki Accords, based upon precepts dating back to Westphalia, when it invaded Iraq? Did the West adhere to international law by strafing civilian structures with military hardware, in leaving swathes of territory in Iraq and in Kosovo radioactive, in murdering hundreds of thousands of civilians, in destroying a State, in carving off Kosovo and taking it away from Serbia, in its spectacular mission creep in Libya where UNSC Resolutions 1970 and 1973 (2011) were disregarded?

Let us go further and see what the west did in Libya:

And now let us ask if they have any moral high ground to stand on, in disrespecting the collective will of the Crimean population to come back home to Mother Russia, which they should never have left.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey, Pravda.Ru

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создано: 18/03/2014 @ 17:30
The Russian Federation has no regrets about the termination of its membership in the G8 and believes that the format of the meeting of leaders of several developed countries exhausted completely. Seven countries - members of the G7   hand over positions of captains of world economy for developing countries and these countries represent Club of misfits with a withering economy and promptly degrading public morals.

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