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The Sevastopol amphibious assault ship of the Mistral class at the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire.

Russian diplomats have added their say to the halted sale of French-built Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia: they posted a funny puzzle picture on their Twitter featuring two packs of buckwheat, a toy construction model of a Russian attack helicopter and a book, “100 Great Diplomats”, but what do these have to do with the vessels?

The employees of Russia’s diplomatic mission to Tajikistan have mocked the pending deal between France and Russia.

They posted a funny puzzle picture in their Twitter featuring two packs of buckwheat, a toy model of a Russian attack helicopter and a book: “100 Great Diplomats”.


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US combat vehicles parade near Russia's border in Narva, Estonia on February 24, 2015.

US combat vehicles parade near Russia’s border in Narva, Estonia on February 24, 2015.

The United States has sent a number of combat vehicles to an Estonian city near the Russian border for military maneuvers in a move to show muscles to Moscow.

Amid the escalating tensions between the two powers, the armored personnel carriers and other US Army vehicles rolled through the streets of Narva on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported.

A group of American soldiers participated in the parade with 1,300 Estonian soldiers to mark the country’s Independence Day.

The border city of Narva that is separated by a river from Russia has a majority of ethnic Russian residents.

The relations between Washington and Moscow have been strained over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s mainly Russian-speaking regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russian forces and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence pro-Moscow protests in mid-April 2014.

The United States accuses Russia of sending troops into eastern Ukraine in support of the pro-Russian forces. Moscow, however, denies any involvement.

In November, US tanks paraded through the streets of Riga for Latvia’s Independence Day.

The US military has sent hundreds of troops to countries in the Baltics since the conflict began in Ukraine.

In an article over the weekend, former US congressman Ron Paul said last year’s incidents that overthrew the legally-elected government of Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovych “was not only supported by US and EU governments — much of it was actually planned by them.”

Pentagon chief warns President Putin

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has accused Russia of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, threatening Russian President Vladimir Putin with responses.

During his confirmation hearing, Carter told senators that the Pentagon has many options against Russia, including active defenses to counter intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missiles; counter-force capabilities to prevent intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missile attacks; and countervailing strike capabilities to enhance US or allied forces.

“US responses must make clear to Russia that if it does not return to compliance, our responses will make them less secure than they are today,” he said.

Washington says Moscow violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.

However, Russia denied the allegation and said the testing of a ground-launched cruise missile in July 2014 was in compliance with the INF treaty.

Russia says the US missile plans across the globe are a real threat not only to Russia but also to the whole world, adding the missile systems harm the strategic balance of forces across the globe.





The Saker

Over a million people – Muslims and Orthodox Christians – have taken to the streets of Grozny to protest against the caricatures of Prophet Mohammed by the Charlie Hebdo magazine:

Their slogans were:

“We love Prophet Mohammed”
“No to Mohammed cartoons”
“Islam is a religion of peace and creation”
“Violence is not the method”

Orthodox priest from Chechnia and other regions joined the demonstrations.

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The Russians called the EU’s bluff by pulling out of the project instead of accepting the EU’s conditions and are cutting deals with China and Turkey instead.

By Alexander Mercouris ~ Russia Insider

The reaction to the cancellation of the Sound Stream project has been a wonder to behold and needs to be explained very carefully.

In order to understand what has happened it is first necessary to go back to the way Russian-European relations were developing in the 1990s.

Briefly, at that period, the assumption was that Russia would become the great supplier of energy and raw materials to Europe.   This was the period of Europe’s great “rush for gas” as the Europeans looked forward to unlimited and unending Russian supplies of gas.  It was the increase in the role of Russian gas in the European energy mix which made it possible for Europe to run down its…

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Khodorkovsky spent 10 years in prison for fraud and tax evasion until he was pardoned in December 2013.

© RIA Novosti. Ramil Sitdikov

20:48 17.10.2014(updated 16:51 05.11.2014)
Alexander Mercouris

There is a certain type of Russian liberal who holds to particular beliefs with the same stubborn commitment as followers of a religious sect do. For these liberals, three of such beliefs are paramount and to question them is heresy.

LONDON, October 17 (RIA Novosti) — There is a certain type of Russian liberal who holds to particular beliefs with the same stubborn commitment as followers of a religious sect do. For these liberals, three of such beliefs are paramount and to question them is heresy. The liberal catechism is as follows:”:

1. Vladimir Putin is Lucifer’s Viceroy on Earth. Everything he does is evil. Everyone who opposes him, almost by definition, is therefore good.

2. The United States is God. Its actions are wise and good especially when targeting Putin, the embodiment of evil.

3. Mikhail Khodorkovsky is God’s representative in Russia and is a saintly figure, martyred for his beliefs.

Of these three it is the third that is the strangest.

Khodorkovsky is an unlikely hero. Through a series of ruthless manipulations he managed to capture control of a large part of the Russian oil industry becoming Russia’s richest man.  His methods included setting up an intricate web of companies through which, according to the Russian courts, he defrauded his investors and minority shareholders and by which, according to both the Russian courts and the European Court of Human Rights, he systematically cheated the Russian state of billions in unpaid taxes. There have been darker rumours as well – of methodical bribery and intimidation of officials and parliamentary deputies and even of contract killings, though since these have never been proved in court, it is perhaps better to avoid placing weight on them.  After all, what has already been proved is bad enough.

That Russian liberals ever rallied to the cause of this man is in itself a sign of their blindness to reality. That they have persisted in doing this, whilst the European Court of Human Rights has opposed him is testimony both to the fanaticism of their beliefs and to the extent of their blindness.
Given the extent to which liberal belief in Khodorkovsky stands reality on its head, it was however inevitable following his release at the end of last year that his actions would test this belief system to the breaking point.

Khodorkovsky first dismayed his liberal followers by saying that he did not intend to engage in politics.  However, he then appeared to contradict himself when in March he turned up at Kiev’s Maidan Square and made a vitriolic speech supporting the seizure of power that had just happened there.

Russian liberals seem to contend that the Euromaidan movement was therefore good, despite what the facts might say, just like they contended that Mikheil Saakashvili, the pathologically Russophobic former President of Georgia who launched the US-backed 2008 South Ossetia war, was also good for the same reason.

In March and September Russian liberals marched through Moscow waving Ukrainian flags and chanting their support for the present Ukrainian regime.  Of course for such people it is Putin, not the Maidan movement, who must be blamed for Ukraine’s problems despite what the facts might say; after all, the United States says he is.

Having pleased his Russian liberal followers by supporting the Maidan movement, Khodorkovksy then pleased them further by announcing that he was going to involve himself in Russian politics after all.

The subsequent horror for these same Russian liberals when Khodorkovsky, in a series of tweets, that first avoided giving a straight answer and then categorically confirmed that he would not hand over Crimea to Ukraine, is easy to imagine.  God’s representative in Russia, the martyred Khodorkovsky, is contradicting God, i.e., the United States, and appears to be siding with Putin and evil against Maidan and good.

Khodorkovsky’s refusal to return Crimea makes perfect sense. Crimea is a historic Russian land that only found itself part of an independent Ukraine as a result of an accident. Its people overwhelmingly consider themselves Russians and overwhelmingly want to be in Russia. The vast majority of Russians agree and support Crimea’s reunification with Russia.  No political figure, not even Khodorkovsky, who wants Russia to be taken seriously, can argue otherwise.

If one thing has however become abundantly clear, it is that Russian liberals simply do not think in a serious political way. In order to remain firm in their beliefs, however factually wrong or even absurd they may be, and however much this distances them from the Russian people, is always more important.  More important still, is retaining the favour of the United States, whose good opinion is of immeasurably greater value to them than is that of their own people, whom they hold in contempt.

What this bizarre episode therefore shows is the difficulty even Khodorkovsky will have if he tries to reach out beyond his liberal core supporters by challenging their beliefs. Since Khodorkovsky’s actual chances of attracting widespread support are in fact non-existent, the probability is that he will fall back onto his liberal supporters and that this “lapse” will be forgotten. That Russian liberals cannot accept reality even as it stares at them in the face, even when someone like Khodorkovsky tries to point this out to them, shows why they are doomed to remain a politically isolated, marginal force.

This episode also teaches an important lesson for the United States and for the West. If even someone like Khodorkovsky realizes that the handover of Crimea to Ukraine is an impossibility, then it is never going to happen. That is the simple truth, and the sooner the United States, the West and Kiev accept it, the better.

Alexander Mercouris is a London-based lawyer. The views expressed in this article are the author’s and may not necessarily represent those of RIA Novosti.



00 Vitaly Podvitsky. A Crimean Salute. 2014




2014/12/09 • Op-ed

Article by: Sam King

New Zealand designer Sam King made a video depicting the top 75-fakes of Russian propaganda. His reasons are that he has been to Ukraine many times and found it very difficult to accept there could be any kind of legitimate reason for an invasion, therefore he was appalled at the lies being churned out by Russian Media:

“I have traveled throughout Russia even to as far east as Kamchatka and many places in between. And to most places in Ukraine too. I’ve also worked in Donetsk and Mykolayiv for a year as well as various trips. So to see these events happening obviously caught me by extreme surprise to say the least.I couldn’t say that by living in Donbas for 6 months makes me an instant expert in this war but I can say that it has motivated me to dig for the truth to the point where I have both evidence and reason behind what I believe.

It annoys me to see the vast range of false Russian Media and Troll reports with no people in the forums questioning anything. And in forums where StopFake type ideas are presented, there are no arguments from Russians presented. Just ranting about junta and fascists.

I think that these StopFake reports are very important because the range of reports from both Russian and Western Media can be quite confusing and while it may be easy for some to understand how actions are being played out by Kremlin control to create news and confuse, well to see these StopFake cases at least shows 100% Evidence that the Kremlin is actively lying.

You will see there is no way that well funded Media Channels can make these mistakes by accident. Companies such as RT, Channel 1, Zvezda etc are deliberately creating false news and they are elegible for War Medals for the best reports to help the war effort. Such facts have been admitted by medal recipients and Putin himself has publicly declared that lies are a credible part of their invasions.

When the average person looks at reports that claim Russia has historical rights to Ukraine and that the majority of Russians support this, they are completely unaware of just how Russians minds are so easily bent to believe such stuff.

I notice in discussions about this war and Russian history that Russians tend to be incapable of discussing the facts, they only provide links to other fake reports or then make offensive comments as if they are defending their right to patriotism but have no interest in the truth.

There are many other topics I’d like to make a movie report on but lack time and funds. In particular, to expose “Russian Media Traps”. From my observation of many foreign correspondents and the interviews they conduct, it’s blazingly obvious they are unaware of what has been planned around them and somehow they feel they have captured the essence of events.

I think also in media reports there is a lack of reviews that present a basic form of events to simplify the truth. For example, in Donbas to simply portray the before, during and after of places like Sloviansk. I may sound hopeful but maybe such a report could change the mind of some Russians to understand who is responsible for the terror. At the very least a Russian version targeted at people of Donbas so they are more aware of whats really happening around them is essential and something the Government should be actively involved in.

For me, well it’s fairly obvious to me that the trouble in Donbas didn’t come from within. In the space of 6 months of walking past the main square twice each day, I rarely saw Russian/Soviet demonstrations but when I did, there were no more than 2 or 3 people showing interest. Almost everyone walked past and made negative comments or laughed.

And I’d like to do a report on Sloviansk as the before, during and after really does show the truth about what’s happening elsewhere in Donbas and Crimea. The simple story of how quickly the terror ends immediately after the invaders leave. There in Sloviansk is a massive uncovering of the truth where people are now free of terror and able to connect the dots. However, I have already noticed some previous Russian news about Sloviansk have been withdrawn because they are target to locals being able to identify it as fake. One such example is a particular hole in the side of a particular building seen on most Media channels with claims of ATO responsibility. However, people connected with that building in Sloviansk have quite a different story about that hole in the wall.

It’s one thing to expose StopFakes but it would go a step further to be able to make more thorough investigations of some of these cases that affect real people. And go into these places and talk with everyone. Certainly nobody from Russian media asked anyone from that building about the events. They just were instructed where and when the hole would appear to go and take the photos. Some foreign correspondents took videos and made similar stories under the advice of people disguised as locals who appeal on the spot.

Someone also needs to produce a simple but comprehensive overview of Russia and Ukrainian History – both distant and more recent. And to show the events that contributed to factors that made Crimea and Donbas targets for Putin. We know the Crimean referendum results are fake and irrelevant but the situation where Russian ethnicity is the majority there has been seen by some international viewers as a potential justification. To me, when connected with history it’s quite the opposite. We see isolated reports about things like a few Russian historians opposing this or that. Most don’t see it.

Only those with a heightened interest for truthful information about Ukraine will see all reports and piece everything together. Nobody else will and especially Russians or those enraged about Ukraine by the Save the Donbas fake news. Only simple and well presented reports that compare the facts are likely to reach a wide audience. One well presented short documentary should be sufficient to connect information to make it impossible for people to argue that most of Russia’s history is a construction. Such a project would require a lot of research. And I haven’t seen a simple report that collects various simple statements by Putin and others that show a clear picture of Russia’s involvement and their admission of guilt. It would be difficult though to present as a documentary rather than a comedy show.

I’m sure lots of people are frustrated about the lies of this war and have ideas they would like to present.”


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Putin confirms support for Palestinian statehood

PressTV ~ Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged continued support for Palestinians’ legitimate right to establish an independent state.

« Russia has consistently advocated in favor of the earliest execution of the legitimate rights of the Palestinians for establishment of an independent, contiguous and viable state,” Putin said in a letter sent to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Saturday.

“We believe that Palestine’s acquisition of national sovereignty on the common international legal base will be an important factor in ensuring comprehensive, just settlement in the Middle East,” he added.

Russian Ambassador to Palestine Alexander Rudakov delivered the letter to Secretary-General of the Palestinian Presidency Al-Tayeb Abdul Rahim.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed annually on November 29 since 1977.

Palestinians are seeking to create…

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© Sputnik. Mikhail Klimentiev
06:05 17.11.2014(updated 06:22 17.11.2014)
Russian President Vladimir Putin in his interview to German channel ARD said that there is a good basis for the Russia-Europe relations, though the reaction of the West to Crimea’s reunification with Russia inappropriate.

MOSCOW, November 17 (Sputnik) – There is a good foundation for development of relations between Russian and Europe and the harmonization of relations in the world, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with German channel ARD.

In response in a question about mistakes, Putin said that people always make mistakes but the question is that a rapid, timely and effective response to the consequences of such mistakes should always follow. The mistakes should be analyzed and corrected in order to move on toward the solution of problems rather than an impasse.

“It seemed to me that this is the way we acted in our relations with Europe as a whole and the Federal Republic of Germany in particular over the past decade. Look at the friendship that has been established between Russia and Germany in the past 10–15 years,” Putin said.

“I see it as a very good base, a good foundation for the development of relations not only between our two countries, but also between Russia and Europe as a whole, for the harmonization of relations in the world. It will be a pity if we let it go to waste,” he added.

Relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated significantly amid the crisis in Ukraine, as Western politicians and media have repeatedly accused Russia of meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs and aiding independence supporters in Ukraine’s southeast. Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Over the past few months, the United States and a number of its allies introduced several rounds of economic sanctions against Russia. The sanctions have particularly targeted the country’s banking, defense and energy sectors.

Putin Considers Western Reaction to Crimea Reunification With Russia Inappropriate

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the reaction of the West to Crimea‘s reunification with Russia inappropriate as the move did not violate international law.

« We consider that this sort of reaction to be completely inappropriate to what happened. Whenever I hear complaints about Russia violating international law I am simply amazed, » the Russian president said.

International law is first of all the United Nations Charter, international practice and its interpretation by relevant international institutions, reminded Putin.

« Moreover, we have a clear recent precedent – Kosovo, » the Russian leader added.

The president noted that the people do not need the approval by the government to take the necessary measures for self-determination.

« And what was done in Crimea was not in any way different from what had been done in Kosovo. I am deeply convinced that Russia did not commit any violations of international law, » he said.

« Yes, I make no secret of it, it is a fact and we never concealed that our Armed Forces, let us be clear, blocked Ukrainian armed forces stationed in Crimea, not to force anybody to vote, which is impossible, but to avoid bloodshed, to give the people an opportunity to express their own opinion about how they want to shape their future and the future of their children, » Putin added.

Kosovo declared its independence by parliamentary decision alone, while people in Crimea held a referendum, the Russian president said.

Crimea cut ties with Ukraine and reunited with Russia on March 16 as its Russian-speaking population,which  refused to recognize the new coup-imposed authorities in Kiev. The move was preceded by a referendum, in which the reunification with Moscow was backed by over 96 percent of voters.

Following Crimea’s reunification with Russia, the United States and the European Union have introduced several rounds of economic sanctions against Russia, blaming Moscow for meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs.

To Inform is to Influence

Sorties of combat aircraft send a message.  They send a message of provocation, a reminder that the potential of these actions leading to a confrontation can quickly accelerate into war.

Yesterday’s headline « German Typhoons have intercepted 7 Russian Air Force combat planes over the Baltic Sea today » states that there has been a recent increase in provocative actions and numbers by Russia’s Air Force, resulting in increasing launches of the Quick Reaction Alert from NATO aircraft.  Increasing tensions, increasing angst that Russia is not in control of its own momentum.

Russia clearly understands this dangerous game.  Russian diplomats are speaking more provocatively, refusing to back down.  Their language feels like words leading to a hostile actions.  Once again, this information war may lead to conventional actions.

Russian actions are not limited to the air, however. « Estonia: Russian border incidents signal new divide » indicates increased air incursions resulted in the…

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Originally posted on Voices from Russia:

00 A los heroes de Malvinas. 06.12Argentina, the second-largest country in South America, agreed to allow Russian military bases on its territory. Whilst the USA and the whole world were fixated on the events taking place in the Ukraine, Russia stepped up its diplomatic efforts in the Western Hemisphere. President Putin discussed the idea of ​​military bases in South America with Defence Minister S K Shoigu in February. Russia is considering establishing military bases in Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Argentina. In recent years, all these countries were active Russian allies. Argentina’s OK to Russian military bases seriously strengthens Moscow’s position in South America. According to the publication Guardian Liberty Voice, the USA actually slept through the appearance of Russian military bases. A Russian military presence in the Western Hemisphere confronts the USA with a difficult task and marks a reduction in Washington’s influence. The USA has never had sufficient funds for missile defence along…

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To Inform is to Influence

Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) arrested a Russian General, Nikolai Grechishkin, in the Federal Security Service FSB of the Russian Federation.

General Grechishkin was responsible for transferring military equipment, mercenaries and volunteers from Russia to the East Ukraine areas controlled by Russian militants. He was also responsible for the Cargo 200 shipments of dead Russian soldiers back to Russia.

He also organized the illegal demonstration by soldiers of the Ukrainian National Guard in Kyiv recently, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

During a search of Grechishkin’s residence, agents found a Russian-made RPG-26 “Aglen” disposable anti-tank rocket launcher, a grenade and small arms ammunition, a Russian Federation passport, several documents under different names, and identity documents as assistant deputy of the Russian State Duma and as deputy editor of RussianNews. Agents also removed business cards of Russian officials in the Russian Defense Ministry and the Federal Migration Service of Russia, the agency reported.

The SBU report…

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00 dead junta soldiers. Novorossiya. 17.08.14

All those who march on Russia will be put to death… dead junta pigs in Novorossiya

There are new replacements from the Lvovshchina now in the Donbass. They have shiny new American uniforms… and little else. They have, on average, only 3-4 weeks of “training”… in short, these clueless Galician Uniate hillbilly incompetents aren’t soldiers… they’re an armed mob incapable of carrying out the most basic combat evolutions. Galicia is the only solid area for the junta left… and there’s been antiwar protests there, too! The clueless Minoborony Ukrainy (it’s under an unmilitary cop, after all) put these untrained drafts into an “Airborne Brigade”, which means that a once-first-rate unit is now a band of ragtag volunteers. It smells like a repeat of Langemarck and the human wave attacks of the Revolutionary Guards in the Iran-Iraq War is in the offing. The butcher’s bill will be horrendous. Note well that S Yu Shevchuk smiles and blesses the slaughter. None dare call it demonic…



Reuters Philippe Wojazer

Le PDG de Total, Christophe de Margerie, est mort ce lundi 20 octobre, dans le crash de son avion privé à l’aéroport de Moscou. Il était âgé de 63 ans.

Selon le site d’informations russe Life News, ce tragique accident aurait eu lieu lors du décollage du Falcon 50 du PDG de Total aux alentours de 00H10 (Heure de Moscou) sur l’aéroport de Vnukovo. Immédiatement après le décollage, un signal de détresse aurait été déclenché par le pilote.

En raison des dommages, le pilote aurait alors décidé de faire demi-tour mais ne maîtrisant plus l’avion, le jet se serait violemment écrasé sur la piste avant de s’enflammer, tuant tout le monde à bord. Signe de la violence de l’impact, les débris du Falcon seraient éparpillés sur plus de 200 mètres.

“Un esprit libre et volontiers provocateur”

Issu d’une famille d’ambassadeurs et d’entrepreneurs, celui qui était surnommé “Big moustache” était une personnalité à part dans le monde de l’industrie. Ce libéral authentique n’hésitait pas à déclarer que “le vrai problème qu’on a en France, c’est l’Etat”. Dans un portrait publié en 2009,  Libération raconte que de Margerie avait proposé au service de communication de son groupe de “lancer une grande campagne avec distribution gratuite de paillassons siglés Total sur lesquels les Français pourraient s’essuyer les pieds à loisir et décharger ainsi leur agressivité contre le groupe pétrolier” encore marqué par le naufrage de l’Erika ou la dramatique catastrophe d’AZF.


CEO of French oil giant Total dies in jet crash at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport

Published time: October 20, 2014 21:14
Edited time: October 21, 2014 05:00

The CEO of France’s oil and gas giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, was among four people killed in a business jet crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow after the aircraft hit a snowplow on take-off.

Total’s chairman and CEO was the only passenger in the Falcon 50 business jet besides three crewmembers who were also French citizens.


Лавров: Мы не можем потерять Украину

Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Lavrov: We cannot lose Ukraine


Ukraine to Russia – are a brotherly people, Lavrov assured.

Moscow hopes that the national dialogue in Ukraine will start the next phase of the Minsk agreement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with NTV television on Sunday, October 19, the TASS news agency reports.

“We cannot lose Ukraine, in as much as it is not a group of individuals who have committed a coup and seized power, not those Nazis who continue to march in Kyiv and other major cities, resorting to acts of vandalism, destroying monuments and glorifying Hitler’s henchmen. Ukraine is for us – the same close, brotherly people who have shared with us historical, cultural, philosophical and civilizational roots, not to mention language and literature,” – said Lavrov.

According to him, what is happening now in the relations between the presidents (Poroshenko and Putin – Ed.), confirms that the way out of the current crisis will be found and that Russia will help their “Ukrainian brothers to agree on how they equip their own country.”

“We will support all efforts to implement the agreements reached, including Minsk, which began to be implemented, as well as those achieved with the participation of Russia, the USA and the EU in April in Geneva,” – the head of Russian diplomacy assured.

Earlier, Lavrov said that Russia contributes to the Minsk agreement not in order to get rid of anti-Russian sanctions. According to him, peace in Ukraine is in Russia’s national interests, and Western sanctions are illegal.



' 4th Caspian Sea Summit. ' September 28 – Iran President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday flew to Astrakhan, in Russia, where he will participate in the 4th Caspian Sea Summit.


Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are the five littoral states of the Caspian Sea, which acquired special geopolitical significance following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the emergence of newly independent countries.

Rouhani flew to Russia following a trip to New York, where he attended the 69th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.





cuba intelligenceWASHINGTON, July 17 (RIA Novosti) – The agreement between Russia and Cuba to reopen a Soviet-era intelligence facility in Lourdes near Havana is a way for Russia to « get back at the Americans » in light of Moscow’s strained relations with Washington, Tom Wheeler, an independent political expert and former South African diplomat, told RIA Novosti.

“The reached agreement indicates that Russia is intent on extending and increasing its interests and influence in the backyard of the US – in Latin America,” said Wheeler, former South African ambassador in Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkey.

“In the context of the US sanctions over Ukraine, this is a way of ‘getting back at the Americans,” he said.

Russia’s Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the deal during his visit to Cuba last week. Putin denied the information.

The USSR’s largest facility of this kind opened in 1967 and allowed to control American radio and telephone communications. The facility shut down in 2001 due to financial issues and a request by the US.

“The tense relations between Russia and the US over Ukraine make such an agreement with Cuba as a near neighbor of the US unsurprising,” Wheeler said.

“[The fact that] the US has not restored normal relations with Cuba after nearly 60 years makes such an agreement even more likely,” he added.

The former diplomat added that stories of nations spying on each other have become commonplace since the case of the National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, who published secret US government documents last year, gained publicity.

“If anything, this could raise the temperature between the US and Russia even more,” he said, adding, “Everybody is doing it. Why should anyone be surprised?”

Cuba remains one of Russia’s key allies in the region, with trade between the two nations topping $200 million last year. Last week, Putin also signed a law writing off 90 percent of Cuba’s unpaid Soviet-era debt.

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A British frigate was dispatched to track a mysterious battleship that covertly sneaked in close to Denmark’s coast. The ship turned out to be Russian stealth corvette conducting a complex checkout of battle systems, according to British media.

Russian naval drills in the Baltic Sea drew some heat after British HMS Montrose (a type 23 frigate) had to establish line-of-sight range with an unidentified warship cruising off the territorial waters of NATO-member Denmark on June 19.

In harsh conditions of 30 knot winds, British sailors identified the warship as Russia’s 104-metre-long RFS Soobrazitelny (Project 20381), Steregushy-class stealth corvette, armed with a vast arsenal of anti-ship and air-defense missiles, and anti-submarine torpedoes.

Steregushchy lead ship (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Danichev)

Steregushchy lead ship (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Danichev)

“We picked up a vessel on our radar that was not showing any of the normal behavior expected of merchant vessels or allied warships,” said Lieutenant Chloe Lea, HMS Montrose’s watch officer, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

« We have seen the Russians operate a lot in this area, but this is the closest we have seen them,” she said.

The Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose, based in Plymouth, has a crew of 205 and is armed with Sea Wolf missiles, Harpoon missiles, and Sting Ray torpedoes.