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UN Security Council activity doesn't correspond long ago to the UN Charter. Not ability of members of council of Safety of the UN to make the collective decision on the world tragic events which have happened for the last three years, does this international institute senseless for the Peace in the opinion of the world community.

 
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Putin: USA orchestrated Ukrainian crisis


30.04.2014
   

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Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Kiev to establish a dialogue within the country, rather than point fingers at other countries. According to Putin, the new Kiev authorities need to take actions to equally treat the rights of those residing on other territories of Ukraine. "First of all, I mean the east and southeast. They need to establish a dialogue to find a compromise. This is what one must do. Looking for the guilty ones outside is wrong. Pies on Maidan - this is a road to the crisis. One needs to understand that the situation is serious and look for serious approaches to its solution," he said.

The President also said that the government proposed to introduce retaliatory sanctions against the U.S. and the EU, but he has not given permission for it. "The Russian government has already proposed some steps in response. I believe that this is not necessary," he stressed. However, Vladimir Putin said that "if something like this continues,then, of course, we'll have to think about who works in the Russian Federation in the key sectors of the Russian economy and how, including in the energy sector." "We really do not want to resort to any steps in response," said the president of Russia.

Vladimir Putin expressed confidence that the United States was originally behind the events in Ukraine. "I think what is happening there now shows us who was actually orchestrating the process from the beginning. But at first, the United States preferred to keep a low profile," he said.

According to Putin, the fact that the U.S. has come out to the forefront in resolving the crisis in Ukraine shows that it was the USA that was originally at the head of the process. "They have now manifested themselves as the leaders of this whole process," said Vladimir Putin.

The Russian President also said that in Ukraine there are no Russian troops, " Interfax reports. "We hear that there are our special forces and instructors in Ukraine. I responsibly affirm that there are neither Russian instructors nor special forces and troops there. There's nobody there!"

Speaking of OSCE military observers, whom local militia hold in Slavyansk, Vladimir Putin expressed a hope that the conflict would be resolved and they would be able to freely leave the territory, in which they currently stay. According to him, all participants of the process should draw conclusions from the situation and think twice about it. If the government or those who now call themselves the government invited observers, especially military observers, it means that they are experienced people, who understood that they were going to the conflict zone of ​​the country that does not recognize the legitimacy of the authorities. "One should have foreseen that and negotiate with the people who control the area, to avoid such mistakes," said Putin.

Meanwhile, the U.S. authorities may waive the sanctions against Russia if the Russian administration takes steps to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Brent Hartley said.   

Hartley, speaking at a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives, confirmed that the Obama administration still intended to use both diplomacy and sanctions in its current relations with Russia.

According to him, America is aware that all issues related to the crisis in Ukraine only be resolved by diplomatic means.

"However, the scale of the sanctions can be changed. They are flexible," Hartley said. "If the Russians decide they want to ensure de-escalation of the situation and behave in accordance with international standards again, then we can lift the sanctions." "But, even as we tighten our approach to solving these issues, we want to leave the door open for a diplomatic solution," the official said.   

According to the most recent opinion poll conducted by Levada Center, as many as 82 percent of the Russian population support the activity of Vladimir Putin as President. Fifty-eight percent of the polled said that affairs in the country are going in the right direction, 26 percent said that the country was moving in the wrong direction, while 60 percent said that Russia was moving in the right direction.

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Russia and China actually agreed about construction of new International space station. Most likely the new space station will take place on the Moon.

 
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Leaders of the European Union countries stated unanimous approval of a retaliatory action of the Kiev Junta in the southeast of Ukraine. The number of victims of the Ukrainian nazis exceeded 80 people the killed and 300 people wounded only in one day of retaliatory operation. But what leaders of EU will speak when the number of victims of nazis will exceed tens of thousands of people? Words of approval of Angela Merkel, the state leader of the homeland of the German Nazism guilty of death of tens of million people in days of World War II are especially blasphemous. The Jewish riots in Kiev and burning of 40 people in Odessa - all these awful crimes are approved by Frau Merkel.

 
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The UN Secretary General is silent. The UN Security Council doesn't wish to condemn the Ukrainian nazis who have arranged new Khatyn in Odessa. The UN doesn't wish to carry out the duties even formally. Barack Obama and Angela Merkel who hastened to approve the Ukrainian nazis, are silent. Leaders of the European Union are silent and don't wish to state a formal condolence even. The Odessa tragedy became the truth moment, shown who is who in the Ukrainian tragedy.

 
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The United Nations should hurry up with the establishment of an international tribunal for all war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the territory of Ukraine.

 
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Ukraine: Another US mission gone wrong


06.05.2014


By Ali Ashraf Khan

The hawks in the US government this time led by Victoria Nuland decided that the former arch enemy has to be put into place and all efforts to re-establish the Soviet Union in another form have to be prevented. For that much money was invested to support and push anti-Russian forces in Georgia and Ukraine and to bring them into power giving them the impression that the West would support them and their inclusion into NATO was possible and even wanted. As in Georgia previously this mission went totally wrong as well. After the rebels dislodged the elected government and installed a right-wing nationalist one in Kiev that was immediately recognized by the US and European Union it turned out that the people in Ukraine themselves refused to follow suit. While they might not have been too happy with the previous elected government the history of their struggle against German fascism during the Second World War that was fought against Ukrainian fascists as well is still quite vivid in their collective memory and prevents them now from being lenient towards right nationalist Ukrainian forces.

First consequences from ultra-nationalists in power have been that the use of Russian language has been discouraged which has enraged the Russian speaking local population in East Ukraine. For the last couple of weeks they have staged a civil disobedience movement in the Eastern regions by storming the local government buildings and bringing the Ukrainian state to a virtual collapse. Armed with weapons the origin of which may also be the money sent by Miss Victoria they have started a civil war demanding a referendum on Eastern Ukraine about the status of the region: should it secede and become part of Russia or should it be given the status of an autonomous region within Ukraine.

As the puppet regime in Ukraine tries to contain this pro-Russian insurgency convulsing its eastern region, a perhaps more significant struggle for the country hinges on what happens beneath the ground here in a placid woodland in the far west, on the border with Slovakia from where the Russian gas pipeline supplies at least one third of European Union's requirement worth $20 billion dollars every year after a 4400 km long route from Siberia, frustrated Western adventurers are trying to make a misadventure as they believe, Ukraine has a chance to stabilize its unity by breaking its dependence on Gazprom, a Russian state-controlled gas company. In a bid to achieve this objective Ukraine has for many months been trying hard to push a plan for reverse-flow provisioning of gas from Europe via Slovakia to Ukraine, which naturally Russia will certainly not allow the US and EU-backed financial exploiters. An agreement has been inked last week between Slovak and Ukrainian pipeline operators for temporary reverse-flow deliveries of gas from Europe at a lesser price than Russian gas, while the fact remains that EU themselves are importing worth $20 billion gas from Russia every year. So once the IMF manipulators get their Octopus jaw set on Ukraine then the cost of living in Ukraine will push them into a Greece- or Spain- like situation looking towards an already collapsing European Union's financial system.

The new government in Kiev has trouble to deal with the situation and is going berserk. In several towns and cities including latest in Odessa massacres have been committed against the local population by Kiev-related troops. Speaking at a news conference, Mr. Yatsenyuk cast aspersion on the police, suggesting that if they had done their jobs instead of concentrating on soliciting bribes at an outdoor market, influence of "these terrorist organizations would have been failed." There were dozens of casualties resulting from a well-prepared and organized action against people, against Ukraine and against Odessa, Mr. Yatsenyuk said, speaking at the news conference on Sunday morning, western and Ukrainian news media reported. He continued to denounce Russia's claim that Ukraine was not seeking a compromise with its Russian-speakers. "The process of dialogue had begun, only it was derailed by the sound of shooting from automatic rifles of Russian production," he alleged. Mr. Yatsenyuk said the violence showed that Russia wanted to kindle unrest in Odessa, as it had in eastern Ukrainian cities. Odessa is a major port at the black sea coast between the Crimean Peninsula that acceded to Russia in March and the separatist enclave of Transnistria - Another break-away region that wants to join Russia-and Moldova on Ukraine's western border. President Vladimir V. Putin, in a speech last month, hinted at a claim to an entire arc of Russian-speaking regions in the east and the south of Ukraine by calling these provinces of steppe and Black Sea coastline Novorossiya, or New Russia, as they were known after Catherine the Great's conquest of the region in the 18th century. Russia has said it does not intend to invade Ukraine and has withdrawn its troops from the border region after the end of military exercise.

The new government in Kiev has trouble to deal with the situation and is going berserk. In several towns and cities including latest in Odessa attacks have been committed against the local population by Kiev-related troops. Instead of pressurizing Kiev to stop violence the US dominated IMF has announced 17billion dollar aid to Ukraine during the next two years thus trying to bolster the anti-Russian coup government. Again the IMF is true to its image of being an instrument of the US and the West in extending their influence in regions far from home.

Pakistan has had the same experience and we are on our way into direct ownership of our facilities of World Bank, another financial instrument of the West for their influence and interference. In Ukraine the need of the hour is talks between Kiev and the Eastern regions of the country. In Pakistan it is to rethink our alignment with the West that has been harming our economy, our political system and our national fabric. The world is changing and it is changing fast. After only thirty five years the position of the US as the sole world power is coming to an end; already China is said to have overtaken the US as the largest economy. A more diversified power structure is in the making and Russia and China are surly decisive players in this regard. New alliances are coming into existence; one of the most powerful seems to be the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Pakistan should understand the writing on the wall: the future in our region belongs to regional powers. Let's not miss the train. God bless Pakistan.

Ali Ashraf Khan

Karachi. May 5, 2014


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Ukraine Crisis Accelerating the Restructuring of the World
   
   
by Pierre Charasse      
   
The Ukrainian crisis has not radically changed the international situation but it has precipitated ongoing developments. Western propaganda, which has never been stronger, especially hides the reality of Western decline to the populations of NATO, but has no further effect on political reality. Inexorably, Russia and China, assisted by the other BRICS, occupy their rightful place in international relations.   
   
The Ukrainian crisis has highlighted the magnitude of Western public opinion manipulation by major media, TV channels like CNN, Foxnews, Euronews and many others as well as the entire printed press powered by Western news agencies. The manner in which the Western public is misinformed is impressive, yet it is easy to have access to a wealth of information on all sides. It is very worrying to see how many citizens of the world are being lured into a russophobia never seen even in the worst moments of the Cold War. The image that enters the collective unconscious through the powerful Western media machine is that Russians are "barbaric and backward" compared to the Western "civilized" world. The very important speech that Vladimir Putin delivered on March 18, after the referendum in Crimea, was literally boycotted by Western media (1), as they alotted a large place to Western reactions, all negative of course. However, in his speech Putin explained that the crisis in Ukraine was not triggered by Russia and he presented, with great rationality, Russias position and the legitimate strategic interests of his country in the post- ideological conflict.   
   
Humiliated by its treatment by the West since 1989, Russia woke up with Putin and began to reconnect with a great power policy by trying to reconstruct the lines of the traditional historical strength of Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union. Geography often controls strategy. Having lost much of its "historical territories", in the words of Putin and his Russian and non-Russian population, Russia has set a great national and patriotic project for recovering its superpower status of "global" actor by first securing the safety of its land and sea borders. This is exactly what the West wants to prevent in its unipolar worldview. Good chess player that he is, Putin is several moves ahead thanks to a deep knowledge of history, the real world and the aspirations of a large part of the population of the territories formerly controlled by the Soviet Union. He knows the European Union to perfection, its divisions and weaknesses, the real military capability of NATO and the state of Western public opinion reluctant to see an increase in military spending in times of economic recession. Unlike the European Commission, whose project coincides with that of the United States to strengthen the Euro-Atlantic political-economic-military bloc, European citizens in their majority do not seek more eastward enlargement of the EU, neither with Ukraine nor with Georgia, nor with any other country of the former Soviet Union.   
   
With its posturing and its threats of sanctions, the EU, slavishly aligned with Washington, shows that it is powerless to "punish" Russia seriously. Its actual weight is not up to its ambitions always proclaimed to shape the world in its image. The very responsive and malicious Russian government applies "gradual ripostes," deriding Western punitive measures. Putin, haughty, even allows himself the luxury of announcing that he will open an account at the Rossyia Bank of New York to deposit his salary! He has not yet mentioned limiting the supply of gas to Ukraine and Western Europe but everyone knows he has this card in hand, which has already forced the Europeans to think about a complete reorganization of their energy supply, which will take years to materialize.   
   
Western Errors and divisions put Russia in a position of strength. Putin enjoys exceptional popularity in his country and in the Russian communities in neighboring countries, and we can be sure that his intelligence services have penetrated deeply into countries formerly controlled by the Soviet Union, abundantly supplying first-hand information on internal power balances. Its diplomatic apparatus gives strong arguments to remove the monopoly of interpretation of international law from the "West", particularly on the thorny issue of self-determination. As might be expected, Putin does not hesitate to cite the precedent of Kosovo to vilify the double standards of the West, its inconsistencie , and the destabilizing role it played in the Balkans.   
   
While Western media propaganda had been in full swing after the referendum of March 16 in Crimea, Western shouts have suddenly dropped a tone and the G7, at its summit in The Hague on the sidelines of the conference on nuclear safety, has not threatened to exclude Russia from the G8, as it had trumpeted a few days earlier, but simply announced that it "would not participate in the Sochi summit ." This allowed it the opportunity to reactivate at any time this privileged forum for dialogue with Russia, established in 1994 at its express request. First retreat of the G7. Obama in turn hastened to announce that there would be no military intervention by NATO to help Ukraine, but only a promise of cooperation to rebuild the military potential of Ukraine, composed largely of obsolete Soviet equipment. Second retreat. It will take years to put a Ukrainian army worthy of the name on its feet, and one wonders who will pay considering the plight of the countrys finances. In addition, we do not know exactly what is the status of the Ukrainian Armed Forces after Moscows inviting, with some success, it seems, the Ukrainian military, heirs of the Red Army, to join the Russian army while maintaining individual rank. The Ukrainian fleet is already fully under Russian control. Finally, another spectacular reversal on the part of the United States: there would have been very advanced secret conversations between Moscow and Washington to adopt a new constitution in Ukraine, to install a coalition government whose neo-Nazi extremists would be excluded in Kiev on the occasion of the May 25 elections and, especially to impose a neutral status on Ukraine, its "Finlandisation" (recommended by Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski) (2), which prohibits its entry into NATO, but allows economic agreements with both the EU and with the Eurasian customs Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan). If such an agreement is reached, the EU will be faced with a fait accompli and will have to resign itself to pay the bill of the Russian-US head-to-head. With such guarantees Moscow could consider its safety requirements are met. It will have regained its footing in its former sphere of influence with Washingtons agreement and will refrain from fomenting separatism in other Ukrainian provinces or in Transnistria (Moldova province populated by Russians ) while reaffirming its strong respect for European borders. The Kremlin will at the same time have offered an honorable exit to Obama. A master stroke for Putin.   
   
Geopolitical consequences of the Ukrainian crisis   
   
The G7 had not calculated that, by taking steps to isolate Russia, besides the fact that it will have applied to itself a "sado-masochistic punishment" in the words of Hubert Vedrine, former French Minister of Foreign Affairs, it, in spite of itself, precipitated a process, already well under way, of deep restructuring of the world for the benefit of a non-Western group led by China and Russia under the aegis of BRICS. In response to the G7 communiqué of March 24 (3) , the foreign ministers of BRICS have expressed their rejection of any measures to isolate Russia and they immediately took the opportunity to denounce the U.S. practices of espionage against their leaders and for good measure they demanded that the United States ratify the new distribution of voting rights at the IMF and the World Bank as a first step towards a "more equitable world order" (4). The G7 did not expect such a quick and virulent reply from BRICS. This episode may suggest that the G20, of which G7 and BRICS are the two main pillars, could traverse a serious crisis before the next summit in Brisbane (Australia) on November 15 and 16, especially if the G7 continues to marginalize and punish Russia. It is just about certain there will be a majority in the G20 to condemn the sanctions on Russia, which will in fact have the effect of isolating the G7. In their statement to the press, the ministers of BRICS felt that to decide who is a member of the group and what is its purpose is up to all its members "on an equal footing" and none of its members "may unilaterally determine its nature and its character." The Ministers call to resolve the current crisis in the context of the United Nations "with calm, high road vision, by renouncing hostile language, penalties and sanctions against". A snub to the G7 and the EU! The G7, which alone put itself in a bind, is warned that it will need to make significant concessions if it wants to continue to have some influence in the G20.   
   
Moreover, two important events are to occur in the coming weeks.   
   
First, Vladimir Putin will pay an official visit to China in May. The two giants are about to sign a major energy deal that will substantially affect the global energy market, both strategically and financially. Transactions will no longer be in dollars, but in the national currencies of the two countries. Turning to China, Russia will have no problem selling its gas production in case Western Europe decides to switch supplier. And in the same rapprochement, China and Russia could sign an industrial partnership agreement for the production of the Sukhoi 25 fighter, a highly symbolic development.   
   
Elsewhere, during the BRICS summit in Brazil in July, the Development Bank of the group, whose creation was announced in 2012, could take shape and offer an alternative to financing by the IMF and the World Bank, ever reluctant to change their operating financing rules to give more weight to emerging economies and their currencies beside the dollar.   
   
Finally there is an important aspect of the relationship between Russia and NATO which is sparsely commented in the media but is very revealing of the state of dependence in which the "West" finds itself as it withdraws its troops from Afghanistan. Since 2002, Russia agreed to cooperate with Western countries to facilitate the logistics of troops in the Afghan theater. At the request of NATO, Moscow authorized the transit of non-lethal equipment for the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) by air or land between Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Uzbekistan and Estonia, via a multimodal platform at Oulianovk in Siberia. This is nothing less than conveying all supplies for thousands of men operating in Afghanistan, among which are tons of beer, wine, pies, burgers, fresh lettuce , all transported by Russian civilian aircraft, since Western forces do not have sufficient air assets to support military deployment of this magnitude. The NATO-Russia October 2012 agreement extends cooperation to the installation of a Russian airbase in Afghanistan with 40 helicopters where Afghan personnel are trained in the anti-drug fight which the West has abandoned. Russia has continued to refuse to allow transit through its territory of heavy equipment, which poses a serious problem for NATO at the time of withdrawal of his troops. Indeed they cannot travel via Kabul-Karachi land because of attacks on convoys by the Taliban. The Way North (Russia) being impossible, heavy equipment is flown from Kabul to the United Arab Emirates, then shipped to European ports, which quadruples the cost of withdrawal. For the Russian government, NATO intervention in Afghanistan has been a failure, but its precipitate withdrawal before the end of 2014 will increase chaos and affect the security of Russia and may cause a resurgence of terrorism.   
   
Russia also has important agreements with the West in the field of armaments. The most important is probably the one signed with France for the manufacture in its arsenals of two helicopter carriers for $ 1.3 billion euros. (5) If the contract is canceled under the sanctions, France must repay amounts already paid as well as more contractual penalties and will lose thousands of jobs. The worst is probably the loss of market confidence in the French armament industry as noted by the Russian Ministry of Defence.   
   
Lets not forget that without the intervention of Russia, Western countries would have never been able to reach an agreement with Iran on nuclear non-proliferation, or with Syria on chemical disarmament. These are facts about which the Western media are silent. The reality is that because of its arrogance, its lack of knowledge of history, its clumsiness, the Western bloc has precipitated the systemic deconstruction of the unipolar world order and offers on a platter to Russia and China, supported by India, Brazil, South Africa and many other countries, a "window of opportunity" to strengthen unity of an alternative block. The evolution was moving forward, but slowly and gradually (nobody wants to give a kick in the anthill and suddenly destabilize the global system), but all of a sudden everything is going faster and interdependence is changing the rules of the game.   
   
Regarding the Brisbane G20, it will be interesting to see how Mexico positions itself, after the G7 summits in Brussels in June and BRICS in Brazil in July. The situation is very fluid and will evolve quickly, which will require great diplomatic flexibility. If the G7 persists in his intention to marginalize or exclude Russia, the G20 could disintegrate. Mexico, caught in the nets of TLCAN and the future TPP, must choose between sinking with the Titanic of the West or adopting an independent line, more in harmony with its interests as a regional power with global ambitions, by drawing nearer to BRICS.   
   
Pierre Charasse
   
   
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1. Vladimir Putin speech to Russian lawmakers on Crimea , by Vladimir Putin, Voltaire Network, 18 March 2014.   
   
2. Kissinger thinks Ukraine should be more like Finland, Voltaire Network, 9 March 2014.   
   
3. Joint G7 statement about Russia, Voltaire Network, 24 March 2014.   
   
4. Conclusions of the BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting, Voltaire Network, 24 March 2014.   
   
5. Will France sell its warships to Russia? , Voltaire Network, 22 March 2014.   
   

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Today the Russian Federation established response sanctions concerning the USA and EU. According to the Russian tradition, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs doesn't disclose contents of sanctions. Persons and the organizations subjected to the Russian sanctions, learn about it only during their practical activities.

 
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The Russian Federation can leave joint American-Russian space programs of earlier declared terms as the Russian-Chinese space cooperation is more perspective and favorable both for two countries, and for all mankind.

 
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UN report on Ukraine's situation is totally biased - Moscow


16 May 2014, 13:02


Moscow believes that the latest report compiled by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) concerning the situation in Ukraine serves to fulfill an order to "whitewash" the self-proclaimed authorities in Kiev, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

"We have to note that this report has little in common with the actual state of affairs with human rights in Ukraine. The total absence of objectivity, blatant discrepancies and "double standards" leave no doubt that its authors fulfilled a political order to "whitewash" the self-proclaimed authorities in Kiev," ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a commentary published on the ministry's website.

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Old and sick Britain's Prince Charles has the right to voice any of his thoughts during private conversations. Words of Britain's Prince Charles about comparing Hitler and Vladimir Putin will not have any consequences for Russian-British relations. Vladimir Putin respects the opinion of the elderly. Meanwhile eavesdropping and disclosure on private conversations of Prince Charles, as well as other old persons, is disgusting and immoral act.

   
      
 
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Ukrainian radicals' theats to disrupt gas transportation arouse concern - President Putin


24 May 2014, 14:50


Russia is worried by Ukrainian radical elements' threats to disrupt the transportation of Russian natural gas further to Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "I won't deny that we are seriously worried by Ukrainian radicals' statements and open threats to hinder gas transit. We still hope common sense will prevail there," Putin said at a meeting with managers of leading energy companies at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Saturday, Interfax reports.

Russia is accurately fulfilling its contractual obligations on shipping energy resources to other countries and expects the same approach on the part of the consumers and the countries across which these energy resources are transported, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"I'd like to stress: we favor fulfillment of contractual obligations in good faith. We expect that the consumers and the transiting countries will take just as responsible approach," Putin said at a meeting with top managers of leading energy companies on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Saturday.

It stands to reason that, "even in the periods of loud remarks on the need to reduce energy dependence on Russia, shipments of our energy resources to Europe were growing steadily," he said.

Russia is not inclined to over-dramatize its partners' plans to increase the number of suppliers of natural gas to Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin says.

"Yes, we know about our partners' plans to expand the number of gas suppliers to Europe, but we are not over-dramatizing the situation. We have no doubts that the EU perfectly understands that supplies from Russia help diversify the European Union's energy balance," Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with top managers of leading energy companies.

Such supplies help reduce the EU energy balance's dependence on the extremely unstable Middle Eastern region, Putin said.

Russia retains sovereignty over the national energy resources but is interested in drawing long-term foreign investment in its fuel and energy sector, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"Certainly, we stick to the principle of sovereignty over our national resources. At the same time, Russia is interested in drawing long-term foreign investments in its fuel and energy enterprises. Longstanding practice shows that this is mutually beneficial," Putin said at a meeting with top managers of leading energy companies on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Not only does such cooperation promote the development of the Russian national fuel and energy sector, but it also helps expand Russia's presence on international energy markets, he said.

"Which also fully meets consumers' interests," he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes the European Commission should assume an active position on projects of direct routes for energy exports to Europe, including the South Stream project.

"The situation in Ukraine yet again confirms the relevance of our initiatives on direct routes of energy exports to Europe. Including the South Stream gas pipeline that we are building now. We believe the European Commission should also assume an active position on the matter," Vladimir Putin said.

Russian President Putin has branded calls for reducing Russia's foreign partners' dependence on Russian energy supplies as "stupid."

"The talk on the need to reduce energy dependence on Russia, in my view, is absolutely stupid, because unilateral dependence never occurs in such instances," Putin said.

"This dependence is always mutual, and therefore, it promotes reliability and stability in the world economy and energy sector," Putin said.

Even amid "loud remarks on the need to reduce such dependence on Russia, supplies of our energy resources, for instance, to Europe have been growing steadily," he said.

Protection of European energy consumers' interests is among the European Commission's top priorities, Putin said.

President Vladimir Putin agrees that the commercialization of shale gas deposits in the United States would increase the offer of gas on the international market. At the same time, to arrange exports of this type of gas from North America to Europe, "major investments will be needed, as it is necessary to build the essential infrastructure on both sides of the Atlantic," Putin said.

The prices for this type of gas "in the Asia Pacific region are 60 percent more than the European ones," he said.

"The prices for Russian pipeline gas are quite competitive and, what is the most important, predictable, as they are based on time-tested and efficient pricing instruments," he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin doubts that the US could become Russias rival on the European energy market because the US is better off selling its gas to Asian consumers.

"It is true that our friends and US partners are planning to become net exporters of gas in the foreseeable future, which is only an advantage for the world market and for us as well, at the end of the day. However, it is essential to create an infrastructure on both sides of the Atlantic to get liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports going between North America and Europe. Im sure that all experts and businessmen sitting in this room are aware of this. Large-scale investments and a considerable amount of time will be required. In addition, LNG prices in the Asian-Pacific Region are 1.6 times European ones", Putin said at a meeting with energy companies executives on Saturday during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

"It is as plain as daylight that US LNG producers are better off dealing with the bonus-bearing Asian market. No one will operate at a loss. More than that, everyone and you in the first place aim at making profit, which is absolutely logical in the market economy," Putin said.

At the same time, the Russian president pointed out that prices for Russian pipeline gas are competitive and predictable because they are based on well-tried and effective pricing instruments also used by other natural gas exporters.

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Prince Charles, Hitler and ignorance
                                                         
                                                         
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If the reported remark by Prince Charles on a visit to Canada, comparing the actions of President Putin to Hitler are true, then it speaks volumes not only about Prince Charles' capacity to be a future monarch but also, the background to such a classic example of sheer ignorance. Let us see why.

For a start, the remark in a private conversation with Marianne Ferguson by Prince Charles on a visit to the Canadian Museum of Immigration, reportedly "And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler" speaks volumes about Prince Charles' ignorance of history and current affairs, and demonstrates that the man who is first in line to the throne after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, is shockingly shallow, gullible to the point of being mentally challenged, offensive, Russophobic and incompetent to hold the position of Head of State.

Firstly, it should be admitted that very few public figures are immune from making gaffes, given that they are in the spotlight 24 hours a day 7 days a week, are often tired, feeling ill or jet-lagged yet are expected to look and act like Superman, flashing smiles and being diplomatic. True enough, but no excuse.

Secondly, the remarks have not been officially confirmed or denied, but the "no comment" from the British part goes in line with their "no comment" that British Special Forces were being deployed in Libya, against UNSC 1970 and 1973 (2011), when it is now evident that they were.
   
Thirdly, the reaction from the British political elite, namely Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Milliband and Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, that the Prince is entitled to his private opinions and only reflects what the public in general is feeling, underlines that something is seriously wrong in Britain. Probably also within its NATO allies.

It is quite clear that not one of them is aware of the facts in Ukraine, nor indeed do they have any idea of how loathed Hitler is in Russia. If they are aware, and one suspects that some of them, or the lobbies pulling their strings, might be then we are speaking of something far more sinister, which places in question whether the British public have any idea what they vote for, or what their Establishment represents.

And why? Yet again we get to the root cause of western ignorance about current affairs, and here we refer to the mass media, which, on the back of soccer and reality shows, presents a neat and tidy package of bullshit on a daily basis, making people feel safe and believing that their authorities are looking after them. It is a paternalistic approach which engenders security, and a secure person is less likely to stand up and make demands.

Just as a two-syllable title, boy-meets-girl and good-over-evil themes are the three recipes for a successful movie, creating the image of an eternal foe, a "them" to justify the notion of "us", rather like a soccer match in which the Reds are the arch-enemies of the Blues, is a blueprint for implementing political control.

Basically, they say what they like and these days it is not about presenting news, it is about presenting spin. And so blatant has it become that all you have to do to get the truth is turn whatever they say 180 degrees. Let's give it a go.

Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. He didn't.

We know where they are. They didn't.

Gaddafi was bombing his people. He wasn't.

The people of Libya are rising up. They weren't. They were and are shocked at the barbarity of western-backed terrorists.

Assad is unpopular and must go. He is supported by well over half his people, so why should he go?

Russia invaded Ukraine. Bullshit!

And so on, and so forth. You can apply the precept to domestic politics as well. Beware of the politician who rises to power claiming he will not raise taxes. He does. Or the energy corporation that raises its bills 19 per cent, says it cannot operate any other way and is not making a profit, then six months later declares a year-on-year growth rate of 20 per cent, translated into a gross profit of some hundreds of millions of USD.

The question is, the people have a right to be gullible and swallow this sort of nonsense hook, line and sinker as they slouch home from the bus or railway station, throw a pile of crap into the microwave, then sit back in their cushion on the sofa, grunting as the kids shuffle home and wander off to their rooms, trying to look invisible when the wife asks who is going to take the dog for a walk, before they gape open-mouthed, dribbling beer down their chins at Cheaters, or Mandy and Mike making out in the shower in Celeb Big Whatever, or these days more likely Peter and Mike making out on the sofa in front of the entire household. Then comes the soccer match.

Yet when it comes to political leaders and future heads of state, such ignorance is as startling as it is unacceptable. We have not yet heard a word from the Establishment in the UK about the illegal nature of the Fascist coup which placed in power the clique of self-seeking criminals and traitors they support in Kiev, they have not said a word about the breaching of the Ukrainian Constitution in the ousting of the democratically elected President, Yanukovich. They have said nothing of the anti-Russian edicts this Junta issued once in power, they have said nothing of the anti-Russian and anti-Jewish slogans on the streets of Kiev. They have said nothing of neo-Nazi skinheads torturing Russians. They have said nothing of NATO's more sinister aims, to seize Russia's Crimea bases on the back of this "Revolution". They have said nothing of the Fascist massacres of Russian speakers in Mariupol or Odessa, where over 40 people, maybe as many as 200, were hacked to death and burned alive.

As for Putin's actions, all he did was obey the Russian Constitution, as Britain does with its nationals abroad (remember the referendum in the Falklands?). The Kiev Putsch being illegal, the Ukrainian Constitution rendered meaningless, the governing authority in Crimea was its Assembly, which organized the vote in which the vast majority of the citizens wished to return to Russia. Putin acted. Democracy spoke.

To compare Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, which together with the USSR lost 26 million souls in fighting the Fascists, to Adolf Hitler is not only insulting, but speaks volumes about the sheer ignorance, stupidity and lack of culture from the part of those who make such statements. It is also a telling statement on the measure of the person, or dullard, who iterated them.

Who, or what?


Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey, Pravda.Ru

 
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Russias Rise to Global Power


Paul Craig ROBERTS | 22.05.2014 | 00:00

Western propaganda about events in Ukraine has two main purposes. One is to cover up, or to distract from, Washingtons role in overthrowing the elected democratic government of Ukraine. The other is to demonize Russia.

The truth is known, but truth is not a part of the Western TV and print media. The intercepted telephone call between US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt reveals the two coup plotters discussing which of Washingtons stooges will be installed as Washingtons person in the new puppet government. The intercepted telephone call between Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and EU foreign policy official Catherine Ashton revealed suspicions, later confirmed by independent reports, that the sniper fire that killed people on both sides of the Kiev protests came from the Washington-backed side of the conflict.

To summarize, when Washington orchestrated in 2004 the Orange Revolution and the revolution failed to deliver Ukraine into Western hands, Washington, according to Victoria Nuland, poured $5 billion into Ukraine over the next ten years. The money went to politicians, whom Washington groomed, and to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that operate as educational, pro-democracy, and human rights groups, but in fact are Washingtons fifth columns.

When President Yanukovych, after considering the costs and benefits, rejected the invitation for Ukraine to join the European Union, Washington sent its well-funded NGOs into action. Protests broke out in Kiev demanding that Yanukovych change his decision and join the EU.

These protests were peaceful, but soon ultra-nationalists and neo-nazis appeared and introduced violence into the protests. The protest demands changed from join the EU to overthrow Yanukovych and his government.

Political chaos ensued. Washington installed a puppet government, which Washington represented as a democratic force against corruption. However, the ultra-nationalists and neo-nazis, such as the Right Sector, began intimidating members of Washingtons stooge government. Perhaps in response, Washingtons stooges began issuing threats against the Russian speaking population in Ukraine.

Areas of southern and eastern Ukraine are former Russian territories added to Ukraine by Soviet leaders. Lenin added Russian areas to Ukraine in early years of the Soviet Union, and Khrushchev added Crimea in 1954. The people in these Russian areas, alarmed by the destruction of Soviet war memorials commemorating the Red Armys liberation of Ukraine from Hitler, by the banning of Russian as an official language, and by physical assaults on Russian-speaking people in Ukraine broke out in protests. Crimea voted its independence and requested reunification with Russia, and so have the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Washington, its EU puppets, and the Western media have denied that the votes in Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk are sincere and spontaneous. Instead, Washington alleges that the protests leading to the votes and the votes themselves were orchestrated by the Russian government with the use of bribes, threats, and coercion. Crimea was said to be a case of Russian invasion and annexation.

These are blatant lies, and the foreign observers of the elections know it, but they have no voice in the Western media, which is a Ministry of Propaganda for Washington. Even the once proud BBC lies for Washington.

Washington has succeeded in controlling the explanation of the Ukrainian crisis. The unified peoples in Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk have been branded terrorists. In contrast, the Ukrainian neo-nazis have been elevated to membership in the democratic coalition. Even more amazing, the neo-nazis are being described in the Western media as liberators of the protest regions from terrorists. Most likely, the Russophobic neo-nazi militias are becoming Washingtons stooge governments army, because so many units of the Ukrainian military have been unwilling to fire on peaceful protestors.

The question before us is how will Russias leader, President Putin, play this game. His hesitancy or reluctance to accept Donetsk and Luhansk again as part of Russia is used by the Western media to make him look weak and intimidated. Within Russia this will be used against Putin by Washington-funded NGOs and by Russian nationalists.

Putin understands this, but Putin also understands that Washington wants him to confirm their demonized portrait of him. If Putin accepts requests from Donetsk and Luhansk to return to Russia, Washington will repeat its allegation that Russia invaded and annexed. Most likely, Putin is not weak and intimidated, but for good reasons Putin does not want to give Washington more propaganda to employ in Europe.

Washingtons press for sanctions against Russia has an obstacle in Germany. The German Chancellor, Merkel, is Washingtons vassal, but Germanys foreign Minister, Frank Walter Steinmeier and German industry are no friends of sanctions. In addition to Germanys dependence on natural gas from Russia, thousands of German companies are doing business in Russia, and the employment of several hundred thousands of Germans is dependent on economic relations with Russia. Former German Chancellors, Helmut Schmidt and Gerhard Schroeder, have slammed Merkel for her subservience to Washington. Merkels position is weak, because she has stupidly put herself in the position of sacrificing the interests of Germany to Washingtons interests.

Putin, who has demonstrated that he is not the typical dumb Western politician, sees in the conflict between Washingtons pressure on Germany and Germanys real interests a chance to break up NATO and the EU. If Germany decides, as Yanukovych did, that Germanys interests lie in its economic relations with Russia, not in being a puppet state of Washington, can Washington overthrow the government of Germany and install a more reliable puppet?

Perhaps Germany has had enough of Washington. Still occupied by Washingtons troops 69 years after the end of World War II, Germany has had its educational practices, its history, its foreign policy, and its membership in the EU and euro mechanism coerced by Washington. If Germans have any national pride, and as a very recently unified peoples, they might still have some national pride, these impositions by Washington are too much to accept.

The last thing Germany wants is a confrontation, economic or military, with Russia. Germanys vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, said that Merkel was certainly not smart to create the impression in Ukraine that it had to decide between Russia and the EU.

If the Russian government decides that Washingtons control of Ukraine, or whatever part remains after secession, is an unacceptable strategic threat to Russia, the Russian military will seize Ukraine, historically part of Russia. If Russia occupies Ukraine, there is nothing Washington can do but resort to nuclear war. NATO countries, with their own existence at stake, will not agree to this option.

Putin can take the Ukraine back whenever he wants and turn his back on the West, a declining corrupt entity mired in depression and looting by the capitalist class. The 21st century belongs to the East, to China and India. The enormous expanse of Russia sits above both of these most populous of all countries.

Russia can rise to power with the East.

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Americas dirty hands behind crisis in Ukraine: Analyst


Sat May 31, 2014 8:43AM


Press TV has conducted an interview with Stephen Lendman, author and radio host from Chicago, about reports that Western-backed militants in Syria are now fighting in Ukraine.

The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Press TV: The link here between Syria and Ukraine, was that something that you as an observer and analyst was expecting to see? I mean there is a long distance - How did these insurgents in Syria end up fighting in Ukraine or if indeed these reports are true?

Lendman: Absolutely, I expected it. There are so many horrendous things going on and the instigator of what is going on is my own country.

I said off-camera just privately before I came on here that if you take America out of the picture all of this stuff would just vanish. It would dissipate. It would go away none of it would be happening.

But this is going on, seeing extremists that were fighting the Assad government in Syria being shifted over to commit atrocities against ordinary people in eastern Ukraine...

And it is worse than that. Youve got American mercenaries, the so-called Black Water types, these trained killers, Special Forces from the US military and from militaries of other countries there are hundreds of these people in eastern Ukraine.

And Saudi Arabia I wrote about this and Ill be writing more about this today Saudi Arabia is bringing Takfiri fighters from Syria and maybe other extremist fighters from Syria to Ukraine to fight these freedom fighters.

These glorious people who only want democracy, democratic rights, theyre not usurpers. Theyre not militants. Theyre not separatists. They just want basic and human and civil rights. Democracy, the real thing what everyone deserves and because of this America opposes them sending these horrid people to fight them and to murder them and to commit atrocities. It is going on every single day and I will be writing another article about this today.            

Press TV: Well, were seeing a protracted war in Syria; do you think were going to say a similar situation in Ukraine?

Lendman: Very, very possible. The freedom fighters are so courageous I cant find the words to express my feelings about them. Literally they are factory workers, they are farmers, they are shop keepers, they are ordinary people just wanting their basic freedoms and they are putting their bodies on the line.

They are being mauled. They are being killed. They are being injured. I mean, just imagine, these people are lightly armed to defend themselves and helicopter gunships and tanks and jet airplanes and artillery and mortars are being fired on these people including in civilian neighborhoods.

Residential areas are being targeted. A school was hit a hospital was hit. Imagine fighting a dirty war like this against ordinary people and Washington absolutely told the Kiev putsches to do this when John Brennan, the CIA head, went to Kiev in mid-April followed by Joe Biden, the US vice president, telling the Ukrainians there to fight this kind of a dirty war against these people in eastern Ukraine, which is the reason I say Americas dirty hands are behind all of this thats going on.

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Video: Interests of the USA in the Ukrainian conflict

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The hope of Europeans for the fastest termination of the Ukrainian crisis is doomed to a failure. The Ukrainian crisis organized by the European Union for the sake of geopolitical interests of the United States of America, will reach a peak situation not really soon. The Ukrainian economy is scattered and the present Ukrainian government won't be able already to provide gas transit to Europe in some months. With all evidence now it is possible to claim that South Stream will be the only way of ensuring energy security for many countries of the European Union.

 
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Blast hits gas pipeline in Ukraine, no impact on EU supplies-source
   
   
(Reuters) - An explosion on Tuesday rocked the main pipeline carrying Russian natural gas to the rest of Europe but a source at Russian gas producer Gazprom said the blast in central Ukraine has not disrupted the gas flow.   
   
"At 14.20 (1120 GMT) we received information about an explosion on the pipeline in a field between two small villages," a police spokeswoman in the central Ukrainian region of Poltava said by telephone.   
   
"Action to put out the fire is coming to an end," she said, adding that there were no casualties.   
   
Police said the affected pipeline was the UrengoyPomaryUzhgorod, a major supply route for gas being transported through Ukraine to the European Union.   
   
"We cannot say anything at the moment, because it is an area of responsibility of Ukrtransgaz (Ukraine's state gas transport monopoly)," Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said.   
   
But a Gazprom source said: "Exports have not been cut. There is a parallel pipeline."   
   
Ukrtransgaz did not immediately comment.   
   
The pipeline is an area that is far from the violence that has rocked east Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have risen up against central rule. Russia has cut off Ukraine's gas supplies in a pricing dispute but Kiev has said it will keep gas flowing to the rest of Europe.   
   
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, additional reporting by Denis Pinchuk in Moscow, Editing by Timothy Heritage)   
   
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Video: Blast hits gas pipeline in Ukraine, no impact on EU supplies-source

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