14/01/2014

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Russian/Chinese prevention of Syrian invasion: historic event – Rick Rozoff

Russian/Chinese prevention of Syrian invasion: historic event – Rick Rozoff

January 13, 2014

On the surface it appears that US/NATO lost in Afghanistan. But did they? According to US/NATO’s own assessments and statements Afghanistan has proven to be the testing ground for developing interoperability between NATO members and over 50 nations which provided military forces for the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the consolidation of an international military strike force. Heroin production has also increased 40 fold and has devastated the peoples of many countries while providing black monies for secret operations. There are reports that there is a possible drug route from Afghanistan, through the air base in Manas in Kyrgyzstan and into the Balkans, probably Kosovo, which is used to get Afghan opium and heroin to market with Hashim Thaçi directly implicated. According to Voice of Russia regular contributor Rick Rozoff, the lack of oversight of US military installations, such as Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, makes it possible, if the US wants, to place even tactical nuclear weapons closer to the Russian or Iranian border. In part 2 of a 2013 year end summary Mr. Rozoff discusses those issues and more and cites Russian and Chinese moves to prevent an invasion of Syria as a major historical turning point.

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This is John Robles, you are listening to an interview with Rick Rozoff, the owner and manager of the stop NATO website and international mailing list. This is part 2 of an interview in progress. You can find the rest of this interview on our website at voiceofrussia.com

Robles: Two points I’d like to make and then you can continue any way you’d like. You said you wanted to speak about the human toll, the heroin wreaks on the world. The US taxpayers have spent, as far as I know, the figures I saw were about $7 billion in fighting narcotics production; opium production, heroin production – in Afghanistan. I believe that figure is correct, if I’m wrong, please, tell me. So, they weren’t there to stop heroin production. They weren’t there to get rid of the Taliban, while making secret deals with them and they are going to come back in power even more powerful than they were before. So, what was the real point of 12 years in Afghanistan then?

Rozoff: Well, I mean, I know what the answer to that is, but it is not what generally is offered as an explanation for the invasion, the occupation, of Afghanistan. To read between the lines slightly all one needs to do is read Anders Fogh Rasmussen or any other NATO official on their website. I invite people to visit the NATO website, this is where you are going to find out the truth but you may have to decipher it a bit.

And what you hear again and again is that Afghanistan has proven the testing ground or the training ground for developing interoperability between NATO members and partners. Again, over 50 nations provided military forces for NATO in the ongoing war in Afghanistan. And what NATO walks away from… the Afghans, of course, have suffered a disastrous period, the region likewise and the world security has certainly not gained in any manner from this, but  NATO has walked away by having fused or integrated military units from 50 different countries.

People without any sense of history may not appreciate the significance of that fact, but for a moment, active belligerents, even in WW II, for example, I’d be surprised if formally there were more than 20 on the side of the Allies and now you’ve got 50 serving in one country, under one military command – NATO. That’s what NATO used Afghanistan for. It was simply a training ground for consolidating an international military strike force, what is referred to as the NATO Response Force, the nucleus of which will be this 50-nation alliance that NATO was able to put together inside Afghanistan.

On the question of the human toll of heroin, I’ll be brief on that but I’ll be personal. I worked in the past as a substance abuse counselor. I worked at methadone maintenance clinic. I know what heroin addiction does to people. I’ve seen young women out prostituting themselves. I’ve seen young babies left in their own feces and so forth as their parents are hunting down a fix. I know what heroin does to people. And if you multiply that on the level of hundreds of thousands or millions, and this is what is happening, this is the untold cost of the Afghan war.

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08/11/2013

Latest News: Syria, Russia, China to activate cooperation in tourism

November 7, 2013

Damascus, (SANA) – Minister of Tourism, Bisher Yazigi, discussed with Ambassador of Russia in Damascus, Azamat Kulmuhametov, relations between the two friendly peoples and exchanged viewpoints on  developing these relations in the field of tourism.

Minister Yazigi stressed in a press release that the two sides agreed to exchange experience in the field of training Syrian human cadres to develop the tourism sector.

For his part, the Russian Ambassador said that the radical solution to develop tourism in Syria lies in finding a political solution to the crisis as soon as possible, adding that Syria is rich with tourist and historical monuments.

He pointed out that Russia is committed to developing friendship relations and cooperation with Syria in various fields.

Minister of Tourism discusses with Chinese Ambassador means of developing cooperation

In the same context, Minister Yazigi discussed with Chinese Ambassador in Damascus, Zhang Xun, the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and means of developing these relations in the field of tourism.

Minister Yazigi stressed after the meeting the importance of cooperation with the Chinese tourist organizations to launch several tourist activates, adding that a number of Chinese businessmen will pay a visit to Syria soon.

The Chinese ambassador pointed out that friendship ties between the Syrian and Chinese peoples are deep-rooted and there is always need to communicate among them.

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27/10/2013

Syria: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhael Bogdanov

Oct 26,2013

Moscow, (SANA) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhael Bogdanov, discussed with Grand Mufti of the Republic Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun in Moscow the developments in Syria and the region.

A source at the Russian Foreign Ministry said the two sides exchanged viewpoints on the latest developments in Syria and they noted that viewpoints were identical on the risks of attempts aimed at deepening the conflict through fueling confrontations on religious and ethnic bases.

The source added that the two sides stressed their rejection of such attempts and highlighted the importance of developing cultural, social and religious relations between the two countries.

Mufti Hassoun: Syria's return to forefront of international position serves peace

With its return to the forefront of international position, Syria will serve peace, and its victory will mark a victory for peace in the world, Grand Mufti of the Republic, Dr. Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun said.

Mufti Hassoun was speaking during a lecture he delivered at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations on Saturday, attended by Syria's ambassador to Russia, Riyad Haddad.

''Syria's enemies want the scheme played out in Iraq repeated in Syria,'' Hassoun said. ''But Syria won't succumb to this as it realizes the partition they caused in Lebanon twenty years ago. At that time, Syria feared that partition, that's why it went to Lebanon to preserve it as an undivided state.''

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02/09/2013

Latest News Syria: Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, South Africa, Iraq

Russia says US proof of chemical attack in Syria 'unconvincing' as international opposition to US strike mounts

Sep 2, 2013

 

Capitals, (SANA) –Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed support to the Russian Parliament's initiative to send a parliamentary delegation to discuss the crisis in Syria with the U.S. Congress.

"There is no better way than direct dialogue and presenting attitudes publicly," Russian Itar Tass news agency quoted Putin as saying on Monday.

Chairman of the Russian Duma Council, Sergei Naryshkin, and President of the Russian Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, asked President Putin to use parliamentary ties between Russia and the US to encourage dialogue with Washington on Syria. 

Lavrov: Military strike against Syria will delay international conference, hinder resolving crisis

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed that directing a military strike against Syria will delay holding an international conference on the crisis in Syria and hinder its resolution.

In a joint press conference with South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Lavrov said that if the operation announced by the US President, then the international conference will be delayed for a very long time if not forever.

He said that the political solution will prevail in the end, but the more we forestall it and the more those who influence the opposition delay, they will find that they will be unable to coerce the opposition to participate in the conference, and there will be more civilian victims.

Lavrov hoped that the proponents of the military solution for the crisis in Syria will take into consideration the answers provided by experts on the baseless allegations of the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons in Syria.

He pointed out that the agenda of the upcoming G20 summit in St. Petersburg doesn't include discussing the Syrian issue, but any participating president can pose any issue, and Russia is prepared to discuss the crisis in Syria during the summit.

Lavrov stressed that Moscow is committed to the agreements reached during the G8 summit, and that it affirmed that the use of chemical weapons in Syria by any side is unacceptable, but all information on its used must be investigated and the results must be submitted to the Security Council, noting that despite recent statements, Washington hasn't abandoned the international conference on Syria.

He warned that any attempt to legitimize the violation of international law will lead to chaos and destroy international legitimacy, saying that if some people think that chaos would eb better than international law, the Security Council and the UN, then Russia cannot agree with this at all, asserting that Russia will do its best to defend international law, the UN charter and the Security Council's role.

Lavrov said that the situation in Syria in the Middle East affects Russia's interests directly, and that the negative effects of the growing international terrorism has been felt for a long time, asserting that the situation in Syria affects other countries' national security, adding that terrorists have increased their activities recently and have become very comfortable.

He stressed that the common priority in national security must be preserving citizens' lives, taking precedence over procuring oil and gas.

Lavrov: US evidence on Syria's alleged use of chemical weapon intangible, unconvincing

Earlier, Lavrov Lavrov stressed that the evidence presented by the US to Russia on the Syrian authorities' alleged use of chemical weapon "are intangible and did not convince the Russian side."

Lecturing at the International Relations University affiliated to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday, Lavrov said "Yes, they presented some things but they do not contain any tangible things and do not contain geographical coordinates and names and there is no evidence that the samples were taken by professional specialists."

He added that what our US, British and French partners have previously and recently offered for us absolutely didn't convince us as there are no facts but a mere talk about what we surely know and if you asked them about a detailed evidence they say that it is characterized by secrecy, asserting that it means that there are no such facts.

He said that the foreign players are applying double standard policy regarding the events in the Middle East and North Africa.

He reiterated that Russia and China agree on the need of solving the crisis in Syria through dialogue.

The Russian Minister expressed doubts over the possibility of convincing the Syrian opposition to participate in the upcoming international conference on Syria if a strike was directed against Syria.

Lavrov described the statements of his US counterpart, John Kerry, as "odd" regarding what Washington said that it had offered "irrefutable evidence" to Moscow on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

He pointed out that Russia seeks to hold a conference for the establishment of zones free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, asserting that Syria was one of the countries which called for the establishment of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

Russian Foreign Ministry: Western attempts to justify potential strike against Syria 'rejected'

The Russian Foreign Ministry's envoy for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov, criticized as 'flawed' the US attempts to justify a potential aggression on Syria to ''protect civilians''.

''This kind of argument is flawed by all accounts,'' Dolgov said on his Twitter page on Monday, citing previous interventions in in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya proved in the past, which proved invalid.

Dolgov said that the best way to safeguard human rights is through a political settlement process based on negotiations and dialogue.

''We can see this kind of 'protection' in Afghanistan where the warplanes are snuffing out hundreds of lives, which they dub as collateral damage,'' he pointed out.

China emphasizes importance of respecting UN Charter in any military action against Syria

China affirmed that any measure about Syria must respect the UN Charter and the principal rules of international relations, expressing grave concerns over US threats of taking a unilateral military action against the country.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, was quoted as saying that China is gravely concerned about a possible unilateral military action against Syria. ''Any measure should avoid causing more complications to the Syrian issue and more catastrophes in the Middle East," he pointed out.

There should be no rushing to prejudge the results of the UN investigation into an alleged chemical weapons use in Syria, Hong pointed out, calling on the UN to conduct an independent and professional probe into CW use allegations.

UN, Iran stress need to political solution to crisis in Syria

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, expressed rejection of any military intervention in Syria, asserting the necessity of finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

In a phone call with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday, Zarif expressed his country's readiness to reach a peaceful solution to get out of the crisis in Syria.

He condemned the use of chemical weapons.

For his part, Ki-Moon reiterated the need for finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Iran denies as "distorted" statements attributed to Rafsanjani on using chemical weapons in Syria

Iranian Foreign Ministry refuted as " distorted" the statements attributed to head of the Expediency Council Hashemi Rafsanjani about the use of Chemical weapon in Syria.

"Rafsanjani's statements have been distorted and the issue has been rejected by his office as well,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said in a statement on Monday quoted by ISNA News Agency.

Afkham said that the head of the Expediency Council has always described Syria as a ‘firm stronghold’ to confront Zionist regime which is seeking strike on Syria under the pretext of using chemical weapons.

Earlier, some tendentious mass media, as part of their campaigns which rely on disinformation and fabrication, quoted statements attributed to Rafsanjani in which he said that the Syrian government has launched chemical attacks against the population.

The statements were issued the Iranian Labour News Agency.

Venezuela rejects military strike against Syria

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called upon US counterpart Barack Obama to resort to peace and not take any military action against Syria

In a letter sent to Obama, Maduro affirmed that his country joins the forces which oppose any military attack by the US against Syria.

On a relevant note, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua Milano and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif affirmed during a phone call their opposition to the use of force and waging war in Syria instead of resorting to political methods and dialogue.

Cuba denounces any US attack on Syria, calls for protests to prevent it

The Cuban Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning any military action the US may take against Syria, saying that such an action violates international law and the UN charter, will cause further bloodshed and destruction, and escalate the crisis in Syria.

Cuba called upon the Security Council to prevent any such violation, demanding that the UN General Assembly convene urgently to prevent any aggression against Syria.

The statement hoped that the US Congress will follow the example of the British House of Commons, calling on opinion leaders in the US to be reasonable and refrain from launching illegal attacks against other countries.

Cuba also called upon religious, youth, student, labor, artistic and intellectual activities and all those who reject war in Syria to organize protests to stop this war, stressing the need to respect Syria's sovereignty, independence and safety and Syrians' right to self determination, affirming the need for supporting a peaceful solution through dialogue without further violence.

South Africa stresses role of UN in solving crisis in Syria

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, criticized the US threats to launch a military aggression on Syria, adding that the UN is the sole side authorized to intervene militarily in any country in case all other means have been exhausted.

In a speech before the 59th session of the Commonwealth parliamentary conference, Zuma said "we believe that the UN Security Council cannot be misused to carry out agendas for other country, referring to the US threats to launch a military aggression on Syria.

He stressed that the UN is the only side authorized to military interfere in any country.

Iraq reiterates support to political solution to crisis in Syria

Iraqi Foreign Ministry reiterated Iraq's stance in supporting the political solution to the crisis in Syria through the international conference due to be held in Geneva.

In a statement released on Monday, the Ministry stressed that the Iraqi delegation to the ministerial meeting of the Arab league had reservation and opposed many parts of the resolution draft on Syria, particularly the ones regarding the foreign intervention.

Baghdad reiterated Iraq's stance in support of the will of the Syrian people and calling for a political solution to the crisis in the country.

Earlier on Sunday, Iraqi representative to the Arab League, Qais al-Azzawi, stressed his country's rejection of any military aggression on Syria.

He stressed that "It is wrong for the Arabs to give a green light to a military strike on Syria. Iraq will never allow using its soil to launch a strike on any Arab country."

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02/07/2013

Latest News Syria: Iran and Russia

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Iran, Russia presidents to negotiate Syria, Caspian Sea in Moscow

June 30, 2013

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to discuss regional issues, including the Syrian crisis, with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when he travels to Moscow on Monday.

Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday that the negotiations between Ahmadinejad and Putin will also focus on the ongoing developments in Central Asia and Caucasus as well as the Caspian Sea.

Araqchi noted that Iran and Russia have persistently held “constructive” talks in different domains.

Araqchi also expressed hope that the Iranian president’s upcoming visit to Russia will further deepen Tehran-Moscow relations.

President Ahmadinejad will head to Russia at the head of a high-ranking delegation to attend the second summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) on July 1. The two-day summit will kick off on the same day in the Grand Kremlin Palace and will be chaired by the Russian president.

On June 24, Kremlin’s top foreign policy aide, Yuri Ushakov, said the first day of the summit will be devoted to leaders’ meeting and bilateral discussions are planned to be held among experts from the member states on the second day of the event.

The first GECF summit was held in the Qatari capital, Doha, in 2011, bringing together 12 permanent members and three observer countries. The Islamic Republic is to host the third summit of the organization, according to Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi.

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum is an intergovernmental organization comprising Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

The GECF was founded in 2001 in the Iranian capital, Tehran, and its members control over 70 percent of the world's natural gas reserves, 38 percent of the pipeline trade, and 85 percent of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) production.

The three largest reserve-holders in the GECF - Russia, Iran and Qatar - together hold about 57 percent of global gas reserves.

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21/06/2013

Russia: US, UN undermining Geneva peace talks on Syria

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Lavrov slams US, UN for undermining Geneva peace talks on Syria

June 21, 2013

The US must choose whether it wants to stage a peace conference on Syria or keep fueling the rebels’ hopes of victory as it’s impossible to do both things at the same time, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said.

Lavrov told Bloomberg that Russia wants to understand if their partners in America and the United Nations are really consistent with the idea of the Geneva 2 conference on Syria as their actions keep sending the wrong message to the country’s opposition. 

The US and its European allies are considering arms supplies and a no-fly zone over Syria to help the rebels in their fight against the forces loyal to president, Bashar Assad. 

“The message the opposition is getting: ‘Guys, don’t go to Geneva. Don’t say that you are going to negotiate with the regime. Soon things will change in your favor.’ So, that’s what we want to clarify. It’s either the conference or the instigation of the opposition not to be flexible. I don’t think it’s possible to do both at the same time,” Lavrov said. 

The Foreign Minister reminded that Russia has been pushing for the peace solution “irrespective of the situation on the ground,” while the West started speaking of a conference only after Assad’s forces began advancing on the rebels.   

“They weren’t ready to discuss it when many people believed that the opposition would take Damascus in recent weeks,”
 he stressed. “If now they’ll be moving in the direction of what some opposition leaders are saying – namely, let’s first restore military balance on the ground and then we’ll go the conference. This’ll be a disaster for all diplomatic efforts because this would never end.” 


According to Lavrov, Russia, the US and the UN are currently working on the list of invitees to the Geneva 2 conference, with two key issues currently being unsolved. 

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08/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Russian peacekeepers to Golan Heights

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Russia may send 300 peacekeepers to Golan Heights

Russia may dispatch around 300 peacekeepers to the Golan Heights to the zone of separation between Syria and Israel to replace the Austrian peacekeepers being withdrawn from there.

This was announced by Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin, emerging from closed UN SC consultations on the peacekeeping mission of the UNDOF.

“A number of countries–UN Security Council members took note of our initiative, reiterating what we have already noted: that a concerted agreement of all interested sides is required”, - stressed Churkin.

According to him, UN legal advisers shall be looking into whether adoption of a special Security Council resolution is required for implementing Russia’s offer.

The fact is, the protocol of the disengagement agreement between Israel and Syria bars permanent members of the Security Council from the U.N. observer mission there.

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06/06/2013

Latest News Syria: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

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Russia refutes US reports on Syria power handover agreement

June 6, 2013

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called a US State Department report that Russia, the US and UN agreed that Syrian authorities should pass their power to a transitional government as a “strong distortion of information”.

The top Russian diplomat commented on the statement made earlier this week by the Department of State spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

In particular, the State Department representative stated that Russia, the United States and the United Nations agree that the goal of the new conference in Geneva must be the forming of a new transitional government in Syria. This really matches with what was written down last year. But, if the reports that I have received are true, the State Department went on to add that this should be a transitional government to which the current authorities in Damascus would hand over all their powers. If this was really said by the State Department, this is a very strong distortion of what the talks were about,” Lavrov told reporters at the press conference connected with the Baltic States’ conference of foreign ministers.

The Russian Foreign Minister said the agreement reached at his meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry was that the “forming of a government on the basis of consent between the authorities and the opposition is one thing and forming it through handing over the power from the government to the opposition – is something completely different. "Therefore, I expect that the US negotiators will observe what we have agreed upon with John Kerry,” he noted. 

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30/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Russia

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Lavrov: Opposition Coalition Doesn't Want Dialogue, Seeks Foreign Intervention 

May 30, 2013

MOSCOW, (SANA)- Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said that 'Doha Coalition' does not want dialogue and launching a political process to resolve the crisis in Syria but it seeks foreign intervention in Syria.

Lavrov said in a press conference in Moscow that the Doha Coalition's call for President Bashar al-Assad's departure as a precondition to take part in the international conference on Syria scheduled to be held in Geneva are " impracticable and aim to hinder the conference and pave the way for military intervention in Syria."

"No one has the right to throw threats and ultimatums around," Lavrov told the press conference following talks with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez.

"This coalition doesn't have any positive program and it is busy with sharing positions, especially the position of the presidency," he said, adding that "the only thing they are united about is the demand for President Bashar al-Assad's immediate stepping down."

"But everyone including our Western partners understands that this condition is unrealistic," Lavrov said.

He went on saying that the opposition coalition and its regional sponsors are doing everything to hinder the start of a political process by any means, including "being dishonest with the public opinion in the West to bring military intervention in Syria."

The Russian Official described the opposition coalition's approach as "unacceptable", adding that "regardless of what they said or did, we believe that the opposition coalition is not the one and only representative of the Syrian people as they try to depict."

He stressed that there are "other serious forces inside Syria" that are ready to participate in an international conference on Syria without preconditions, adding that those forces have presented a constructive base in the framework of contributing to the talks for implementing the agreements reached in the Geneva communiqué issued last June 30th.

He also indicated other "main opposition groups who have taken positions that are not in line with the hostile stances nor with the national stances," referring particularly to the opposition National Coordination Body.

"The leaders of those opposition groups did not leave to any foreign country…and probably they are entitled no less than others to represent those who seek reform in Syria today and those who are ready to participate in this national dialogue," said Lavrov.

Gatilov: Russia to Take Part with High-Level Delegation in Meeting on International Syria Conference

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that Russia will take part with a high-level delegation in Geneva meeting due next week to discuss preparations for the international conference on Syria.

RT website said that Gatilov had not ruled out that the UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi might take part in the meeting.

Russian Foreign Ministry: Russia, US and UN Representatives to Meet on June 5 to Discuss Preparations for Int'l Syria Conference

A source at the Russian Foreign Ministry said that representatives of Russia, US and UN will meet on June 5 in Geneva to discuss the preparations for the international conference on Syria 'Geneva 2'.

RT website quoted the source as saying that it is likely that the UN Under-Secretary-General, Jeffrey Feltman will be president of the UN delegation.

The US Department of State spokeswoman, Jen Psaki announced earlier that the US and Russia will hold talks on Syria next week in Geneva, indicating that the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman and Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Elizabeth Jones will be representing the USA.

A Russian diplomatic source said that Russia's deputy foreign minister, Mikhail Bogdanov will represent Russia in the Russian-US talks.

The Russian source mentioned that ''the agreement on holding talks came during the latest contacts between the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart, John Kerry.''

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich stressed that the U.S. statements on the possibility of imposing a no-fly zone on Syria raise doubts about the U.S. intentions for political solution to the crisis, expressing Moscow's hope that the U.S. respects its agreement with Russia on Geneva 2 Conference.

Lukashevich added that Russia intends to cooperate with the U.S. in the Syrian track for a political solution based on Geneva Communiqué.

Russian Defense Minister: Russia Might Reconsider Commitments on Sending Arms Shipments to Syria

Russia's Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu said that Russia is disappointed over the EU decision to lift the arms embargo on sending weapons to the Syrian opposition, indicating that Russia might reconsider its commitments on the restrictions imposed on sending arms shipments to this war-torn country.

Novosti News Agency quoted Shoigu as saying during a joint press conference with his Finnish counterpart in Finland's capital, Helsinki that ''If one party decides to lift the restrictions, the other party might deem himself free of earlier commitments.'' 

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06/05/2013

Israel declares war on Syria: Russia

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Al-Moallem to Lavrov: 'Syria Has the Right as Per International Law and UN Charter to Respond to Israeli Aggression'

May 6, 2013

Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moalled discussed in a phone call with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Monday the volatile situation in the region following the Israeli aggression on Syria which took place on Sunday.

Minister al-Moallem pointed out that the criminal Israeli aggression on Syrian sites shows the nature of the goals that link Israel with the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

He also said that the aggression confirms Israel's involvement along with its supporters in the US and western Europe in shedding Syrian blood and preventing a cessation of violence and terrorism, all of which aims to weaken Syria and undermine its regional and international standing.

Al-Moallem stressed that Syria has the right to respond to such aggressions as per international law and the UN Charter.

For his part, Lavrov affirmed Russia's commitment to Syria's stability, voicing concern over the violation of its sovereignty and territories and warning over the increasing chances of developments that cannot be controlled in the region.

Lavrov also briefed al-Moallem on the communiqués made by Russia to halt the deterioration in the region caused by the Israeli raid on Syria, affirming that international and regional efforts are joined in preventing escalation of tension.

The two Ministers concluded their talks by agreeing to continue communiqués to deal with any potential developments.

Bogdanov Discusses with Ambassador Haddad Latest Developments in Syria

MOSCOW, (SANA) - Russian President's Special Representative to the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov discussed with Syrian Ambassador in Russia Riyad Haddad the latest development in Syria and region.

In a statement issued on Monday, the  Russian Foreign Ministry said that the two sides discussed the latest developments in Syria, adding that the Russian side stressed the necessity of respecting Syria's sovereignty and territorial  integrity.

The statement also stressed on finding immediate solution to the crisis in Syria on base of the national dialogue among the Syrian themselves.

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29/04/2013

Latest News Syria: Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov

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April 29th, 2013

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, warned of the gravity of using the pretext of the chemical use to fulfill geopolitical interests for foreign powers and states against Syria.

In a press statement in Moscow on Monday, Lavrov renewed the Russian stance that calls for solving the crisis in Syria through dialogue and halting violence.

Lavrov said that there are states and foreign powers that consider all means are good for toppling the regime in Syria, but the issue of using weapons of mass destruction is very dangerous and unacceptable.

The Russian Foreign Minister stressed that such geopolitical game hinders investigations of the use of chemical weapons near Aleppo on 91th March, blaming the states that want the UN Secretary-General not to reply directly to the demand raised by the Syrian government to the UN to investigate the issue of a terrorist group's launching a missile loaded with chemicals in Khan al-Asal near Aleppo.

On the western demands of investigating in other areas in Syria, Lavrov stressed "the supporting evidence of such allegations were not given to any side or by any side in whatever time before, but rather intelligence circles including ours talked about the non- existence of any facts that support these allegations."

" No change has taken place in the Russian stance regarding the crisis in Syria," he said replying the allegations published by some Lebanese media outlets after Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov's visit to Lebanon on a change in the Russian stance.

He clarified that his country has worked since the very beginning on calling everybody and all those who have influence in the situation not to support any particular side, as it also asked all parties to halt violence and start deliberations without any pre-conditions, reminding that this stance was present in Geneva Statement.

R. Milhem / Ghossoun

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/04/29/479772.htm

27/04/2013

Russia Will Not Leave Syria Alone

 

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April 27, 2013

MOSCOW, (SANA)- Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Ilyas Umakhanov said Moscow's stance on the crisis in Syria is firm, stressing that Russia will not leave Syria alone in this ordeal.

"Russia's stance is that the Syrian people alone have the right to solve their problems without foreign interference," Umakhanov said during his meeting with Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi in Moscow Saturday.

He added that a solution to the crisis in Syria can be reached through the dialogue table.

He hailed the long history of cooperation and ties binding Russia and Syria that has never been broken, stressing that Moscow hopes that Syria reaches the path of peace and that bloodshed stops as soon as possible.

Al-Zoubi: American Hysteria on Chemical Weapons Prompted by teh Syrian Army's Successes

For his part, Information Minister al-Zoubi pointed out that the American hysteria that has been going on for days regarding the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government is prompted by the successes achieved by the Syrian Arab Army against the terrorists.

He noted that the primary structure of the armed opposition in Syria consists mainly of foreign mercenaries who have come to Syria not only from neighboring countries but also from Britain, Australia and France among others.

Al-Zoubi said that the Syrian government has information that the gunmen fighting on the Syrian ground have come from 29 countries, pointing out that more than 5000 gunmen have come from Yemen alone.

He added that the flow of foreign fighters to the country continuously increases, stressing that the foreign interference element through sending those gunmen is the main obstacle to finding a solution to the crisis.

The Minister said the Syrian side is interested in Russia's participation in the reconstruction process in Syria after the crisis comes to an end.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/04/27/479525.htm

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11/12/2012

China and Russia issue joint communique

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December 7, 2012               

MOSCOW, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- China and Russia on Thursday issued a joint communique on wide-ranging cooperation and coordination between the two countries.

The document was released after the 17th regular meeting of the two countries' heads of government, co-chaired by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

The two leaders spoke highly of the important role the mechanism of regular meeting between Chinese and Russian prime ministers has played in the development of China-Russia relations.

They reviewed the achievements and experience in bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on further expansion of cooperation in politics, economy and trade, energy, science and technologies, culture, and also in major international and regional affairs.

The two sides stressed that bilateral relations have made major progress.

The two countries witnessed frequent high-level exchanges, firmly supported each other on issues concerning the other's core interests such as sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, and solved their border disputes, which has laid a solid legal foundation for bilateral ties.

China and Russia have witnessed steady and rapid development of pragmatic cooperation in various areas, as the social basis of bilateral ties has been enormously consolidated and the two countries have moved in coordination on major international and regional issues.

China and Russia always make developing relations with each other a priority of their foreign relations and see each other as major cooperation partner.

The two prime ministers pledged commitment to further deepening the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination based on equality and trust, expand pragmatic cooperation in all fields so as to promote sustainable development of the two countries and contribute to the peace and stability of the region and the whole world as well.

TRADE AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION

Amid a fluctuating world economy and international trade, China and Russia have maintained sustained and stable development in bilateral trade and economic ties, the two premiers said.

To keep this positive momentum, they proposed that the two countries will constantly optimize their trade structure, strengthen investment cooperation, intensify communication in border areas and at local level, expand cooperation in high-tech and innovation, and promote contacts between the two countries' businesses.

The two sides agreed to take Russia's accession into the World Trade Organization (WTO) as an opportunity to further develop bilateral economic and trade cooperation and enhance coordination within the framework of the WTO.

They will diversify the variety of traded goods between the two countries and scale up export of advanced mechanical and high-tech products, help the two countries' enterprises to build partnerships and bring the role of institutions supporting export into full play.

They will seek to bring bilateral investment cooperation to a higher level, with a focus on large-scale cooperation projects. They will also improve investment environment and increase related communication.

The two sides also agreed to speed up efforts to draw up a cooperation plan on the utilization of forest resources and prepare a solid ground for China-Russia cooperation in the intensive processing of timber inside Russia.

The two countries will support their enterprises in cooperating in the production and processing of aluminum in accordance with business principles, and promote exchanges between the two countries' pharmacy industries.

They will also strengthen agricultural cooperation and expand technology cooperation in priority sectors such as new energy, energy efficiency, information and telecommunication, nano industry, new materials, sustainable use of natural resources, agricultural technologies, modern manufacturing, bio-technologies, among others.

They will continue to coordinate in the implementation of cooperative projects on civil aircraft manufacturing and enhance bilateral cooperation in astronautics.

The two countries will also work jointly to improve cross-border transportation infrastructure in a bid to boost bilateral trade volume. The two sides will also have discussions on the further development of ties between their aviation industries.

ENERGY COOPERATION

Wen and Medvedev spoke highly of the results of bilateral energy cooperation and expressed the willingness to conduct further cooperation in areas such as natural gas, oil, electricity, coal, the peaceful use of nuclear energy and renewable resources.

The two sides said they support authorized companies in carrying out dialogue on natural gas so as to start transporting Russian gas to China at an early date and ensure the long-term stable and safe operation of China-Russia oil pipelines.

They are also willing to expand cooperation in the exploitation and processing of oil and gas.

The two prime ministers welcomed a revised roadmap of coal cooperation between the two countries and noted with satisfaction that Russia's electricity export to China grows continuously.

The two countries will mull further expansion of their cooperation on electricity, including the construction of power plants in Russia.

They also expressed support for further cooperation between the two countries in the comprehensive and peaceful use of nuclear energy, under the precondition of ensuring nuclear safety and based on the principle of mutual benefit and reciprocal accommodation of each other's interests.

The two sides also emphasized the need to intensify bilateral cooperation in environmental protection. They pledged to promote joint efforts in monitoring water quality in cross-border water systems, preserving bio-diversity in cross-border natural zones, and to prevent pollution and eliminate impacts of environmental disasters in a timely manner.

CULTURAL COOPERATION

The prime ministers were satisfied with the rapid development of China-Russia cooperation in culture, and approved the implementation of the action plan for cultural cooperation between the two countries.

Both sides stressed that they have great significance to enhance communications between the two countries' youths and make it a long-term mechanism. Big thematic and sports activities involving the two countries' representative youth groups will be held in the next five years.

The leaders spoke highly of the Tourism Year of Russia held in China and pledged to work closely to ensure the success of the Tourism Year of China to be held in Russia next year.

The two sides will step up education cooperation, receive more students from the other country, enhance the joint training of high-level talents, and successfully carry out programs celebrating each other's culture or promoting languages.

The two sides will also strengthen cooperation in the fields of infectious disease control, recuperation, traditional medicine and disaster medicine.

The two sides will encourage participation of local movies in international film festivals hosted by each other, and the two countries' film making institutions will co-produce films in the subjects of common interests.

The two sides will continue to boost cooperation in archives, including supporting the joint survey research programs on the two countries' history and bilateral relations.

While on border issues, the two leaders believed the first joint inspection of the China-Russia border, which started in 2011, is conducive to ensuring the stability of bordering areas and has further enhanced the two countries' good-neighborly relations.

The two sides agreed to start formal negotiation in the first half of 2013 on a navigation pact of Chinese and Russian ships in the surrounding water of Heixiazi Island (Tarabarov Island and Bolshoi Ussuriysky Island).

The two premiers stressed that China-Russia strategic cooperation has a great significance for the promotion of world's peace and development, against the backdrop of profound changes in the global landscape.

As responsible members of the international community, Russia and China will continue to safeguard the fruits of World War II and the postwar political order, comply with the U.N. Charter and the basic principles of the international law, push the international political and economic order toward a fair and equitable development.

The two leaders reiterated that China and Russia have the same or similar stance on a wide range of global issues and will increase coordination on urgent international issues and in multilateral mechanisms such as the United Nations, Group of 20, Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS, the grouping of major emerging economies.

They also expressed willingness to increase coordination in Asia-Pacific and jointly push for the establishment of a new concept of security featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit, and equality.

They called on countries in the region to adhere to the principle of non-alliance and abide by basic norms of the international law, to be open and tolerant and treat each other as equal and not to damage interests of other countries while safeguarding its own.

While recalling an array of documents signed between China and Russia during the 17th regular meeting of prime ministers, Wen and Medvedev approved results achieved by various bilateral cooperative platforms and praised their improving efficiency.

The two leaders agreed that the next regular meeting between the two countries' heads of government will be held in China in 2013. The specific date will be decided through diplomatic channels.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-12/07/c_124059533.htm

Photo: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (Lmeets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in SochiRussiaDec 6, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]

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09/12/2012

Russia Rules Out Libyan Scenario in Syria

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MOSCOW, December 9 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will not allow a repetition of the Libyan scenario in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday.

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20121209/178024186.html

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If the Americans want a world war, then they will get it

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Russia Keeps Black Sea Fleet Ships In Mediterranean

December 7, 2012

Return of Black Sea Fleet ships to base postponed – General Staff

MOSCOW: The return of Russian Black Sea Fleet ships from their Mediterranean cruise has been suspended until further instructions from the General Staff, a sources at the General Staff has told Itar-Tass.

“In view of the changed situation in the region the group has been ordered to stay in the Aegean Sea before the zone of straits until further instructions,” the source said.

“The decision to keep the Black Sea Fleet group near the straits is due to the unstable situation in the Mediterranean Sea. The Russian ships may get more instructions soon. For the time being they will stay in the Aegean Sea until further notice. It is not ruled out that they may return to the previous region of the active service mission,” the source said.

He recalled that the Black Sea Fleet’s flagship – the missile-carrying cruiser The Moskva – was expected to pass through the Black Sea straits first to head for Sevastopol. The other combat and support ships of the group were to follow.

“However, on Thursday the cruiser was ordered to stay in the Aegian Sea. The same instructions were given to the other ships,” the source said.

Itar-Tass

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/russia-keeps-black-sea-fleet-ships-in-mediterranean-due-to-syrian-crisis/

07/12/2012

Syria: Hillary Clinton concerned about 'Russia’s growing influence'...

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"There is a move to re-Sovietise the region"...

As reported by the Financial Times, on Thursday, hours before meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a news conference that the US is to prevent Russia from integrating more closely with its neighbors in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

"There is a move to re-Sovietise the region," said the US Secretary of State. "It’s not going to be called that. It’s going to be called a customs union, it will be called Eurasian Union and all of that. But let's make no mistake about it. We know what the goal is and we are trying to figure out effective ways to slow down or prevent it."

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/hillary-clinton-thwarting-re-sovietization-or-imposing-americanization/

“There is a move to re-Sovietise the region”
http://www.infowars.com/clinton-vows-to-thwart-new-soviet-union/

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'The U.S. is extremely concerned by Russia’s growing influence within Eastern Europe'

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NATO is an Alliance that consists of 28 independent member countries.
Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Rep, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States,

http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/index.htm
http://www.nato.int/cps/en/SID-133A9AE7-AB7F1783/natolive/nato_countries.htm

http://www.economywatch.com/in-the-news/us-warns-of-russian-efforts-to-resovietise-eastern-europe.07-12.html

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On October 6, 2012, the Spanish government has agreed to participate in NATO's anti-missile shield that will see specialized United States warships based at a Spanish base already used by the U.S. Navy.

Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Spain and the U.S. had sealed the deal Friday to use the base in southwestern Spain as part of the shield, enabling four U.S. Navy destroyers and some 1,400 operators to be deployed at the base.
Moscow has long opposed the shield and called for binding guarantees from the U.S. and NATO that it will not target Russia.
The Pentagon also has units at Moron air base in southwest Spain, with a presence of some 4,250 military personnel and 1,000 civilians in the country.
 

NATO Expansion into the Middle East, Confronting Russia, Systematic Surrounding of China
http://www.globalresearch.ca/nato-expansion-into-the-middle-east-confronting-russia-systematic-surrounding-china/5314536


27/11/2012

Syria: Speech of S.V. Lavrov, Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs

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November 14, 2012

Speech and answers of S.V. Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, to mass media questions in the course of joint press conference with Kh. Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, summarizing the results of the Second Ministerial Meeting of Russia - CCASG strategic dialogue, Riyadh.

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

We had very important meeting. As strategic partners we fully and frankly discussed number of issues, focusing on the Syrian crisis for obvious reasons. We agree that it is necessary to ensure the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, to ensure settlement of the crisis by the Syrians through inclusive dialogue without any external interference. I shall emphasize that these principles are set in two resolutions, which were approved by the UN Security Council on the basis of consensus.

We proceed from the fact that it is necessary to cease bloodshed in Syria. Terrible things are happening there. We receive reports from non-governmental organizations involved in the observation of human rights ensuring, which state that both warring parties in Syria commit outrages. There are violations of international humanitarian law both by the government and by the opposition. We worry about this very much. Russia believes that the most important priority is to stop the bloodshed. The Geneva communique which is the basis for further work, as we all agree today, directs exactly at this.

We are convinced that it is necessary to search for agreement on the structure of the transitional governing body which was recommended to be created at the meeting in Geneva. The Geneva document contained the appeal to the government and opposition to sit down at the negotiating table and agree on the structure of such transitional governing body. We have a strong belief that, in addition to preserving of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, it is necessary to provide such arrangements, which will ensure social and economic rights, security, worthy place in the political system of the country for all Syrians, all ethnic and religious groups.

Of course, not all our points of view concerning the aspects of current situation coincide – it is natural. Few people exactly know what shall be done. Our colleagues say that probably it is necessary to adopt a resolution of the UN Security Council in furtherance of the Geneva document, but to do it with some specific deadlines after which nobody knows what is going to happen. We believe that, above all things, all external players shall try to force the Syrians to fulfill the Geneva document – nobody tried to do this. If we bring pressure on all those who make war in Syria to fulfill the Geneva arrangements, we will need no resolution, as the communique contains all the components necessary for settlement.

It is pleasant that our colleagues (in CCASG) consider the Geneva document to be good basis for further work. We will continue to consult, share our estimations and opinions on how to make all the Syrians take destiny of their country into their own hands and agree among themselves, because they still have to live in this country together.

It was confirmed at the meeting today that the relations within the strategic dialogue between Russia and the CCASG are multifaceted. No matter how acute the Syrian crisis is, it shall not repress the acuteness of other problems, primarily, the problem of Palestine. What is happening today in the region and in the Palestinian territories worries us very much. We believe that it is necessary to cease fire, attacks and any kind of violence immediately. We are sorry that the Middle East “Quartet” in the previous months, when negative potential already accumulated, was not able to get together and take a clear stand in favor of the early creation of the conditions for the revival of direct negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Now we pay for that missed opportunity, rather, not we, but those who suffer directly on that territory. We are still convinced that the “quartet” shall resume their work as soon as possible, and to act in close cooperation with the League of Arab States. It becomes difficult and ineffective to work separately.

We do not want to forget about the important issue of decision fulfillment of the Review conference of participant-states of the Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty, namely on the necessity to summon a conference till the end of this year, in order to discuss the tasks of creation of Middle East area free from the mass destruction weapon and means of its delivery. Russia as one of depository states of the NWNPT is directly engaged in this work. We also consider the aspiration of some our partners to protract the convocation of such conference to be unjustified.

We are all interested in the building of the ways to ensure security and stability in the Persian Gulf together. In the framework of previous contacts with the CCASG states Russia passed their ideas as for this subject. We are grateful to colleagues from the Cooperation Council who expressed positive attitude to our proposals - Bahrain was among them. We are interested in promoting of this topic which is equally important for the whole region.

We are unified by the commitment to fight against the new threats such as terrorism, drug traffic and piracy. I am convinced that this meeting will allow us to develop specific measures on all these directions, which will strengthen our partnership and help to resolve massive problems that have accumulated in the region and around it.

Certainly, we are always open to the expansion of economic and investment cooperation. We have agreed to develop mutually beneficial projects in the field of peaceful application of nuclear power, space exploration and other high-technology industries with a number of the Gulf countries. We stand for the investments from here to Russia and from Russia to the region. It is not as urgent as the crisis settlement, but the more we increase the economic cooperation, the greater benefits will get people of the region, and the fewer opportunities will remain for the extremists to recruit supporters.

I would like to express my appreciation to the hosts for this meeting once again and special thanks to Kh. Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, the CCASG Chairman, my friend and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain.

Question: Taking into account the developments in the region, especially the Syrian crisis, unification of different groups of Syrian opposition, may Russia once again raise the question in the UN Security Council without using priority of veto which blocks the adoption of the resolution? Is it condition for transition process, in Russia’s point of view, that B. Assad stays in power?

S.V. Lavrov: If you take a look at the merits of the case, with all the short history of this issue, you will know that the Russian Federation was the first who suggested the UN Security Council to get on with the Syrian crisis. It was done at the beginning of August 2011, when the UN Security Council approved by consensus the Statement by the Chairman, which conceived all the approaches that are unchallenged now, namely retention of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, inter-Syrian dialogue, non-interference in the internal affairs of the SAR, etc. Later two resolutions on the K. Annan plan and on the deployment of a UN Observation Mission in Syria were adopted. Those who did not want to calm the situation disrupted the mission activity, having created unbearable conditions for the stay of observers, who were forced to leave that place.

As for the current situation, after the achievement of consensus in Geneva, we suggested to approve by the resolution the communique of the UN Security Council adopted there. Our partners were not ready for this. They wanted to include in the resolution the provisions, which were absent in the Geneva arrangements, including demand of the regime change, the prospect of sanctions, establishment of false deadlines, after which some threats will be activated.

You understand that it was impossible to negotiate on this basis. But, again, Russia proposed to approve the Geneva consensus in the UN Security Council. We also offered to get together the “Action Group” in New York in August of this year, which met in Geneva and draw out the communique. But our partners, unfortunately, escaped the continuation of the “Action group” work.

As for the last part of your question, I can say that Russia is not engaged in regime change and does not dictate what to do to any heads of states. Russia does not hold on to any regime, does not protect B. Assad - nothing like that. We are on the side of the Syrian people. If destiny of B. Assad is the most important thing in this story for someone, then it is necessary to realize that the blood will continue to shed. He publicly stated his intention to stay and die in his own country, to continue the fight, not because someone makes him do it, but because it is his decision, which he said about. I shall repeat if the most important thing is the destiny of B. Assad, the cost of this priority will be a lot of new victims in Syria. Our main priority is to avoid these victims.

As I have already said, the Geneva communique contains all components which may be used by external players (if everyone acts fairly) to give a chance to cease the fire and start the political dialogue on formation of transitional body to agree on the content and terms of the transitional period.

The Syrians themselves shall negotiate, but nobody shall prescribe and impose arrangements for them. In such case, they will not be efficient.

Question: You have always wanted the Syrian opposition to be consolidated. Now it has happened. What is the official position of Russia on the formation of the corresponding coalition of the Syrian opposition?

S.V. Lavrov: As we stated at the meeting today, not all the Syrian opposition is consolidated yet. Certain groups, which were presented at the meeting in Doha, are consolidated. But leading intra-Syrian opposition structures did not go there. As they claim that they have difference of opinion on ways of the Syrian crisis solution. First of all, these differences relate to the attitude to the external military actions.

We inevitably stand for consolidation of the Syrian opposition and meet all its representatives - both internal and external opposition. Contacts take place in Moscow, in places where the relevant groups are represented, whether it is Damascus, Istanbul, Paris, London, and the United States. We call up all the oppositionists to consolidate and to form a negotiation team. But they have to be consolidated on the platform of readiness for negotiations and dialogue.

We still have to analyze the results of the meeting in Doha. But cursory examination of the document adopted there leaves a lot of questions. For example, it says that the consolidation took place on uncompromising base of the regime overthrow and destruction of all the institutions of this regime; and only when all the institutions will be dismantled, the need for nationwide conference, which will decide what to do next, will be discussed. There was a moment in our national history when Bolsheviks sang after the European revolutionaries that “we will raze the whole world, and then we build our world”. So first of all, it is necessary to destroy everything.

I do not think that this way will allow avoiding the chaos. The document adopted in Doha states that all oppositionists, who got together there, flatly refuse to be engaged in dialogue with the government. Hence, the consolidation took place not on the basis that was laid down in the Geneva document, adopted by consensus.

Of course we will have to understand what stands behind the formulations adopted in Doha.

Question: Will the second meeting of the “Action group” with the participation of the Persian Gulf countries take place? If yes, when?

And yet, the Syrian opposition coalition did not include “internal opposition”. How, in your opinion, is it possible to stop the bloodshed and start the dialogue without the group representing the majority of the Syrian opposition forces?

S.V. Lavrov: When the agreement on the text of the communique was reached in Geneva, we proposed to hold another meeting of the “Action Group” in New York, to discuss practical ways of work with all opposition groups and the government in order to implement the Geneva compromise. Our partners were not ready for this. As you can see, they now have a slightly different course to influence the situation.

The internal opposition for the most part was not represented in Doha and had disagreement with some participants of the meeting concerning the reliance on military intervention from outside. I think that without internal opposition and its involvement in the process it is difficult to expect that it will be inclusive and all-Syrian as written in the decisions of the UN Security Council.

We stand for the fact that internal opposition shall be included in the constructive processes rather than those based on the rejection of dialogue.

Question: Russia has lost the Arab people due to its position in support of B. Assad. What else do you want to lose?

S.V. Lavrov: It is obviously not a question, but the statement, and you made it. I respect your point of view. But since I live in Russia and regularly meet the representatives of the Arab states, I would say that I do not feel that they consider us to be lost for them. This also applies to each and all groups of the Syrian opposition, which we met. All of them are interested in presence of Russia in the region, emphasize the balancing, compensating role of the Russian Federation and understand well that the region problems are not limited to the Syrian crisis. When it is overcome (and it will be overcome), these problems break out with new urgency. It is already happening.

Look at what is happening in and around the Gaza Strip. Arab people know the history of all these problems, as well as our consistent position, including in favor of respect for the principles of international law. Among them is the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states, including respect for the prerogatives of the UN Security Council, which is destined to deal with the settlement of disputes and which among its authority has no ability to maintain the revolution and regime change. Do not make decisions instead of the Arab people, they are wise, they see and understand everything. 

http://www.mid.ru/brp_4.nsf/0/780921019C81C6CE44257ABD00291CF0

http://www.mid.ru/bdomp/brp_4.nsf/main_eng

21/11/2012

Gaza: Russia proposes resolution

Russia Ready to Propose Resolution on Gaza - UN Envoy

UNITED NATIONS, November 20, 2012 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is ready to propose a draft UN Security Council resolution to help efforts to settle the conflict between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.

“Russia is ready… to submit a draft resolution focusing on three key components,” Churkin said on Monday as the UN Security Council was holding consultations on the Gaza conflict on Russia’s initiative.

Churkin said the components were the following: an end to violence to negotiate a ceasefire, support of international and regional efforts to settle the crisis peacefully and a call for resumption of talks between Palestinians and Israelis on a wider range of problems.

About 100 Palestinians, including dozens of civilians, have been killed since Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense against the Palestinian enclave of 1.7 million began on November 14 with an airstrike that eliminated the head of the military wing of the Hamas Islamist group, Ahmed Jabari. The airstrike came after a reported surge in rocket attacks on Israeli border towns from Gaza, which has been governed by Hamas since 2007. Three Israeli civilians have been killed since the operation start by rockets fired from Gaza. http://en.ria.ru/world/20121120/177596396.html 

UN resolutions blocked by Washington

1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

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16/11/2012

Gaza: Russia calls for immediate halt of violence

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Russia, Iran, China Condemn Israeli Aggression on Gaza

Nov 15, 2012 - CAPITALS, SANA - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for immediate halt of the shooting , shelling or any other type of violence in Gaza Strip.

"What has happened on the Palestinian territories arouses serious concern, Lavrov told a news conference in Saudi Arabia.

The Russian Foreign Minister regretted that the Quartet International Committee failed to convene and take a clear stance to create appropriate conditions to resume direct negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Lavrov said we are now paying the price for that missed opportunity," or in more precise words "Those who are really paying the price are those who are suffering on the ground."

He added that "We are convinced that the Quartet should resume the work as soon as possible".

Iran Condemns Israeli Aggression on Gaza as Organized Terrorism

Iran also condemned as "an organized terrorism" the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip.

Fars News Agency quoted Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying that Iran firmly condemns the organized terrorism committed by the occupying entity against the Palestinians and called upon the non-aligned countries to shoulder their responsibilities towards what the Palestinians are being exposed to, particularly those who live in Gaza, and to sever their relations with the Israeli entity.

He denounced the Israeli occupation's crimes against the innocents in Gaza, regretting the silence of the international organizations which claim defending human rights over the Israeli entity's crimes.

15 Palestinians were martyred and over 124 were injured in a series of air strikes launched by the Israeli occupation forces against several cities and camps in Gaza Strip.

China Voices Grave Concern over Large-scale Israeli Military Operation in Gaza

China voiced "grave concern" over the large-scale Israeli military operation on Gaza, urging Israel to maintain "maximum restraint".

Xinhua news agency quoted the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei in a comment on the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip as saying that "We are deeply concerned over the operation and strongly condemn any action that causes civilian casualties."

Hong called upon all relevant parties, especially Israel, to maintain maximum self-restraint to avoid an escalation of the tense situation.

"The current regional situation highlights the importance of urgent solution to the Palestinian issue. The international community should attach high importance and make greater efforts to this end," Hong said.

R. Raslan / Ghossoun

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/11/15/452650.htm 

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Israel is 'deeply grateful to the United States'


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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

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14/11/2012

Russia calls Washington to choose for a political dialogue

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Russia asks Washington to choose for political dialogue rather than to undermine by military force, the souvereignity of other countries

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Nov. 14, 2012 - MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday stressed that the solution to the crisis in Syria is through dialogue along with guaranteeing Syria's sovereignty, affirming that the priority is putting an end to violence according to the Geneva declaration which forms the basis for future work.

After meeting the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Lavrov said that all foreign players must work to apply the Geneva declaration and pressure all sides in Syria to apply it, saying that if this is done, then there's no need for a Security Council resolution on Syria.

The Russian Foreign Minister said that the meeting that took place in Doha didn't unify the entire opposition because there are opposition groups inside Syria that didn't participate in it.

He pointed out that Russia meets all opposition representatives and seeks to unify them on the basis of dialogue, not on the basis of the Doha meeting which was built on rejecting dialogue and destroying the institutes of the Syrian state completely.

Lavrov affirmed that Russia is defending the Syrian people, and that its priority is not make sure that no more victims fall in Syria, adding that it was the one to suggest issuing the Geneva declaration as a Security Council resolution, but western countries foiled this by seeking to insert  articles that weren't in the declaration, in addition to their rejection of holding a meeting in New York for the work group which convened in Geneva.

H. Sabbagh

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(The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't want a political solution and doesn't stop its financial and military aid to terrorist groups.
C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries to Syria.)

12/11/2012

Latest News Syria: Moscow wants a political process

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Nov 12, 2012 - MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich  reiterated on Monday that linking the future of Syria to those who depend on violence and terrorism is unacceptable.

In statements quoted by Russia Today website,  Lukashevich   pointed out that Moscow has recently expressed rejection of the gunmen's threats of downing civil planes in the Syrian airspace, adding that now there are threats against foreign diplomatic missions and citizens.

He said that Russia rejects the behavior of the fundamentalists in the Syrian armed opposition.

He also reiterated the call on all sides if the crisis to stop violence and launch a political process as soon as possible, calling on foreign players to support progress in this regard according to Geneva agreement endorsed last June.

Lukashevich affirmed that those who are thinking of modernizing Syria democratically in a manner that respects its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity should work through the framework of the Security Council resolutions and the Geneva Declaration.

He  said that Russia believes that its primary task is working to end violence, save lives and launch a political process in Syria.

Regarding the efforts of international and regional sides to create new coalitions and alliances among the so-called Syrian opposition, Lukashevich said that as far as Moscow is concerned, this issue depends on whether the members of these coalitions are prepared to settle the crisis by the Syrians themselves without foreign military intervention and through dialogue and negotiations as per the framework of the Geneva declaration.

He also noted that Moscow is maintaining communication with the Syrian government and all sides of the opposition to convince them to adopt such a constructive position.

In turn, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said via Twitter that the efforts for unifying the Syrian opposition will only be useful in case they are prepared to launch political dialogue with the Syrian government as per the Geneva declaration.

Russian Military Official: Moscow Implements all Military Agreements  with Syria

Head of the Air Force Department at the Rosoboronexport Establishment, Sergei Kornev, stressed on Monday that Russia is implementing all agreements in the field of military cooperation with Syria.

In a statement quoted by Russia Today website, Kornev said that Russia is implementing all agreements signed with Syria already, adding that all exports to Syria are stipulated by these agreements.

He added that Russia's military sales to Syria do not violate the international agreements or the Russian laws.

Kornev is heading the Rosoboronexport Establishment delegation to the China Air Show 2012 exhibition which will be opened tomorrow in China.

English Bulletin

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Photo: Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov

Support to Syria: Russia and Sweden

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Nov 12, 2012 - MOSCOW, STOCKHOLM, (SANA) – Syrian students and community members in Russia and the League of Independent States, in addition to a number of Russian organizations, gathered on Sunday at the Martyrs Square in Moscow to stage a solidarity stand with Syria against the terrorist campaign hatched against it.

The event was organized by the Syrian Students National Union and the Russian Anti-Globalization Organization in coordination with the Syrian community in Russia.

Participants in the stand waved Syrian and Russian flags and placards saluting the Syrian Arab Army, voicing chants against foreign interference in Syria's affairs and against the terrorist bombings which took place in Syria, expressing their support to Syria under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad.

The participants condemned the criminal bombings carried out by the armed terrorist groups, calling for punishing the criminals harshly.

They pointed out that the kingdoms and sheikhdoms of the Arab Gulf and Turkey along with Europe and the US are funding the armed terrorists and are sending mercenaries from all over the world to destroy Syria, expressing gratitude to Russia for its honorable stances at international forums .

They said that the armed terrorist groups fighting in Syria are a part of a US scheme to destroy Syria, adding that the sanctions imposed by the enemies of Syria harm the Syrian people and children in the first place.

In a statement, the Syrian Students National Union expressed support to the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian Arab Army.

In a similar statement, the Syrian League in Russia and the Independent States expressed support to the Syrian leadership.

Syrians in Sweden Stress Support to Homeland

Syrian students and community members in Sweden stressed their support to their homeland in the face of the plots carried out by Gulf States and the Zionist West.

In a march in the city of Jonkoping Jonkoping, the participants, holding national flags and solidarity placards, underscored their pride in their country and people who foiled the plot by their adherence to national unity.

They highlighted the need to enhance the national unity, expressing their loyalty to their country.

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The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't stop its war propaganda and its financial and military aid to terrorist groups.

19/10/2012

Russia warns NATO

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Russia warns NATO of ‘unpleasant response’

Russia has warned that it may deliver an unpleasant “technical response” to NATO over the planned deployment of a NATO missile system in Europe.

"The Russian response is currently mostly virtual, political, and diplomatic in character, but under certain circumstances we would be forced to deliver a technical response, which I don't think you'll like," UPI quoted Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin as saying at a meeting with NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Moscow on Thursday.

The United States and NATO agreed to establish a missile system during a summit in Lisbon in 2010, but negotiations between Russia and the Western military alliance have foundered on NATO’s refusal to give Russia legal guarantees that the system would not target the country’s strategic nuclear deterrent.

Moscow has also called for the shared control of any missile system. Washington, however, refuses to share the system’s control with any third party.

In return, Russia has threatened to aim a new generation of missiles at military targets in Europe and to deploy its own missile interceptors in the Kaliningrad region on the Baltic Sea coast.

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called NATO “a Cold War atavism,” saying the alliance should turn into a political organization. 

"Why it (NATO) still exists in modern times, is just not clear. It is to a significant extent a throwback to the times of the Cold War," Putin said. 

"I have always believed that NATO is a Cold War atavism. It was set up at a time, when there was a bipolar system in international relations. Today, that situation has changed therefore, it is hard to understand or justify why an organization such as NATO should be existing today,” the president added. 

Russia has repeatedly objected to the establishment of the NATO missile system, saying the country is the main target of the system as it possesses a significant number of nuclear weapons. It is clear that NATO is not a military defense system but a war machine in service of the American-European Empire.

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On May 7, 1999, during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia (Operation Allied Force), five US JDAM guided bombs hit the People's Republic of China embassy in the Belgrade district of New Belgrade, killing three Chinese reporters and outraging the Chinese public.  It is clear that NATO is not a military 'defense system' but a war machine that threatens World Peace.

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18/10/2012

Syria, Russia and NATO

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Chinese leaders also have well understood that they must do something before they are totally surrounded by American missile platforms...

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October 18, 2012

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Putin calls for taking military-technical cooperation with BRICS to new level

NOVO OGAREVO: President Vladimir Putin called for raising military-technical cooperation with partner countries from the BRICS Group – Brazil, India, China, and South Africa – and also with Vietnam to a new level.

“We will develop cooperation with our partners from the BRICS Group and with Vietnam,” Putin said at a meeting of the Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation on Wednesday, October 17.

“Given the growing technological, industrial and scientific potential of these countries, military-technical cooperation with them can and should be raised to a qualitatively new level,” the president said.

He said he meant “deep industrial cooperation and joint research, creation of effective maintenance and after-sale service systems, and joint access to third countries”.

Putin recalled that “the BRICS countries have been dynamically gaining political, economic and technological momentum over the last several years, and showing high and stable growth rates. BRICS countries account for 43 percent of the world’s population and their combined GDP is makes up about one-fifth of the global”.

He believes that Russia has “built a constructive dialogue” with these countries, and it has been successfully coordinating actions with them on a wide range of global and regional issues.

India and China are “traditional key partners” of Russia in military-technical cooperation. “We see broad prospects for relations in this field with Brazil and South Africa,” he said.

Putin said Vietnam is “one of the trusted partners of Russia” with which “we are intensifying military-technical cooperation after some pause in the 1990s”.

As an example, Putin cited India with which “we do not limit ourselves to the supply of finished products only and give more and more attention to join R&D work and licensed production, including for supply to other countries”.

“Benefits are obvious: joint production allows us to reduce production costs, obtain and introduce new technologies, including dual purpose ones, and organise rational transfer of technologies from the defence indsutry to civilian sectors,” the president said.

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Washington is responsible for terrorist acts and death of Syrian civilians

Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

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06/10/2012

Russia warns NATO

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Russia warns NATO against military intervention in Syria

September 29, 2012. 

The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned NATO against seeking “pretexts for carrying out a military scenario” in Syria.

“In our contacts with partners in NATO and in the region, we are calling on them not to seek pretexts for carrying out a military scenario or to introduce initiatives such as humanitarian corridors or buffer zones,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told reporters in Moscow on Tuesday. 

Moscow has always advocated a resolution to the Syrian crisis through diplomatic and political means, defying imposition of any political transition on the country.


Gatilov also called for more restraint between Turkey and Syria, following Ankara’s repeated complaints against shells and artilleries that landed on its territory. 

“We believe both Syrian and Turkish authorities should exercise maximum restraint in this situation, taking into account the rising number of radicals among the Syrian opposition who can intentionally provoke conflicts on the border.” 

In August, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also rejected the idea of imposing no-fly zones over Syria. 

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. 

The anti-Syria Western regimes have been calling on President Bashar al-Assad to step down, but Russia and China oppose the Western drive to oust the Syrian president. 

On February 4, Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed draft resolution on Syria at the UN Security Council. The two countries rejected the draft as “unbalanced.” They also blocked a European-drafted UN Security Council resolution against Syria on October 5, 2011. 

President Assad said on August 1 that the country is engaged in a “crucial and heroic” battle that will determine the destiny of the nation. 

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29/09/2012

Russia Calls to Unite Efforts to End Violence in Syria

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Lavrov Calls on International Community to Unite Efforts to End Violence in Syria and Launch Negotiations

Sep 29, 2012

NEW YORK, (SANA) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held the countries, that reject the implementation of Geneva agreement on Syria, responsible for pushing Syria even deeper into internecine strife and continue militarizing the crisis as they only call the Syrian government to stop violence and encourage the opposition to continue the acts of violence.

Speaking at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly on Friday, Lavrov said "The international community should unify efforts to coerce all sides of the Syrian crisis to end violence immediately, launch dialogue and reach a middle-ground solution on the reforms that satisfy all spectrums of the Syrian people."

"Russia resolutely condemns all kinds of violence, from wherever source it comes from, and is convinced that there is still an opportunity to undertake collective actions," Lavrov added, asserting that extremist organizations including al-Qaeda have become more active in Syria and carried out terrorist acts against the inhabitants and the public infrastructure.

He underscored that practical steps to overcome the crisis need to begin through halting violence, releasing of prisoners and hostages and supplying of additional humanitarian aid, as this will create conditions to start an inter-Syrian dialogue.

He expressed Russia's support to the efforts of the UN envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, asserting that his country will exert all efforts to make his mission a success.

Lavrov said that Russia supports the peoples' right to determine their own future and move to the most effective ways of state governance, stressing the importance that these changes take place away from violence and foreign interference.

Lavrov stressed the importance that the unfolding situation in the Middle East won't push the Palestinian cause to the peripheries, calling for a just and comprehensive settlement that leads to establishing a viable Palestinian state.

''States have to protect themselves from provocations and abusing religious feelings, but terrorist acts are unjustifiable, and so are attacks on diplomats and the UN staff,'' Lavrov added.

He added that slapping sanctions is, according to the UN Charter, the prerogative of the UN an such decisions are taken unanimously. H. Zain/ M. Ismael/Mazen 

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Who's responsible for terrorist acts in Syria ?

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1) Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

2) British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

3) An official source told a SANA reporter that the seized arms included Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles, explosive devices of various weights, devices for remote control detonation and an amount of batteries and electrical wires.

4) Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium. 

5) The Swiss Authorities announced that they are investigating into information published by Sonntags Zeitung newspaper about hand grenades used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.

6) The weapons and military equipment recently discovered and seized by the Syrian Army in Idlib province proves NATO's arms and logistic support for terrorists in Syria.

7) The seized weapons in Salqain district in Idlib included 7.26 guns along with other weapons as well as boxes of gunshots with the words "NATO BALL" carved on them.

8) The Lebanese army intelligence has seized a large quantity of wea Lutfallah II container pons hidden inside cars aboard an Italian ship at Tripoli port, north of Lebanon, Lebanese security sources told Al-Manar TV.

9) This comes just days after the Lebanese Army Marines confiscated Lutfallah II arms shipment off the Lebanese port of Batoun while it was carrying 300,000 pounds of weapons within three containers. Reports said the cargo ship, which was flying the flag of Sierra-Leone, had left Libya and was bound to Syria.

10) Lebanese terrorist Mohammad Hussein Fares confessed to participating in smuggling weapons, militants and journalists into Syria and committing terrorists acts against Syrians.

11) Fares said that they smuggled assault rifles, RPG rounds, sniper rifles, LAW missiles, machineguns and cases of ammo, delivering them to Amoun, with al-Jarban coming later to distribute them among terrorists.

12) US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are arming AL-QAEDA Terrorists to commit Terrorism in Syria.

13) Over 30,000 various weapons have been channelled to Syria since unrest flared up there in April last year, Amin Khteit says. The overall amount of explosives makes up 300 tons. The deliveries were made by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They depend on the United States, which is making every effort to overpower Syria.

14) The authorities seized weapons smuggled from Turkey in Tal Abyad area on the Syrian-Turkish borders in Raqqa countryside.

15) A Turkish parliamentarian has stressed that Turkish ambulances are transporting weapons to terrorist groups in Syria, expressing their opposition to Ankara's policies on the Syrian case.

Photo: State Lunch - Obama with his friend UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who has been posted twice to the Republic of Korea embassy in Washington, D.C. and served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–1992

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28/09/2012

Russia, China, Cuba Vote against UNHRC Decision

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GENEVA, (SANA) - Russia, China and Cuba voted on Friday against a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) decision to extend the mandate of the , International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, while India, Uganda and Philippines abstained.

Syria's Representative at UNHRC, Faisal al-Hamwi described the decision as shameful, politicized and selective, and ''highly tolerant with al-Qaeda terrorists.''

In his statement on September 17 before the UNHRC in Geneva, al-Hamwi said that the International Commission of Inquiry report lacks accuracy and objectivity and disregards facts, especially the role of international and regional parties in stoking the crisis in Syria through media instigation, funding and training terrorists and al-Qaeda members to send them to Syria.

M. Ismael

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27/09/2012

Moscow: 'Western powers create chaos in Syria'

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Sep 27, 2012
 

MOSCOW, SANA - Russian President Vladimir Putin said the West is now spreading chaos in Syria as it did in a lot of countries. 

" Our Western partners are creating chaos and can't stop. Having wreaked havoc in many areas, they continue the same policy in other countries, including Syria," Putin added in a meeting with residents of the Russian province of Ryazan (200 km south-east of Moscow) on Thursday.

About his position on the events in the Middle East, including Syria the Russian President said:" "Our position is to encourage change for the better in all countries. We are not imposing, especially by force, what we believe in, but we want to stimulate the internal development," said Putin.

He went on to say "We have warned that we must act with caution, without imposing by force in order not to cause chaos. And what do we see today is a chaotic condition."

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26/09/2012

Syria: Russia wants respect for UN Charter

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Sep 26, 2012
 

MOSCOW, (SANA)- President Vladimir Putin of Russia stressed that the use of forces through overstepping the UN Charter is not allowed.

Russia Today website quoted President Putin as saying during accepting the credentials of foreign ambassadors that the attempts at replacing the UN Charter's comprehensive principles with unilateral conduct or alliances-based agreements, particularly the use of force without referring to the UN Charter, will not lead to good results.

The Russian President considered that such conduct involves threatening stability and spreading chaos.

Bogdanov: Brahimi Tends to Start Work Based on Geneva Statement

In another context, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, announced that the UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, stressed to Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, that he will start his work regarding solving the crisis in Syria based on Geneva statement.

In statements reported by Russia Today website, Bogdanov said Brahimi, who met with Lavrov on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's meetings on Tuesday night, considers that Geneva statement is constructive and hopes to come out with several useful things from it.

H. Said

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