Europe and the United States are concerned about Russia's recent actions to strengthen its borders.German publication the Focus states that the Russian authorities continue their efforts to enhance the defence of the Crimea after the region returned to the Russian Federation. Russia has been turning the Crimean Peninsula into an "impregnable fortress," the publication said. The Vyshniy Volochek small missile ship equipped with Caliber missiles arrived on the peninsula. There are also two divisions of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems on the Crimea, along with coastal artillery systems, whereas the fleet received several new frigates and submarines.The head of the Committee on Defence and Security of the Council of Federation, Viktor Bondarev, earlier explained such moves with NATO's growing activities in the Black Sea and the excessive attention that the alliance has been paying to the peninsula lately. According to him, S-400 Triumf and Pantsir-S complexes make the Black Sea region completely protected from a potential enemy.Russia has been conducting similar activities in her westernmost region - the Kaliningrad enclave. Italian publication Il Giornale admitted that the Kaliningrad region has powerful defence even though the region is isolated from Russia's main territory. The powerful defence system that the region has may create a no-fly zone above a third of Poland's territory.The deployment of three fully-equipped elite brigades in Kaliningrad, the deployment of state-of-the-art military technologies (S-400 Triumf and Iskander-M missile complexes), caused the commander of the US Air Force in Europe, General Frank Gorenc, call the situation "extremely dangerous."Thus, the regions that used to be considered weak owing to their geographical peculiarities, have been strengthened highly reliably owing to the new Russian strategy.
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The United States intends to continue naval operations in the Pacific region, Christopher Logan, an official spokesman for the US Department of Defence said.According to him, US Navy ships conduct operations in the Pacific region on a regular basis in accordance with international law and demonstrate the ability to move around at sea and carry out sorties.At the same time, Chinese officials said that two ships of the US Navy made a serious violation of sovereignty as they passed in the area of the Paracel Islands area in the South China Sea on May 27.China has had a dispute with a number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region about the territorial affiliation of several islands in the South China Sea. The Paracel Islands are claimed by Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan.Chinese officials stated that the actions of American seamen came as "a serious infringement of China's sovereignty" and a violation of international norms. The People's Republic of China takes steps to restrict navigation of other countries in the disputed area. The American ships were only 19 kilometres from the Paracel Islands.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
Ankara plans to buy Russian Su-57 fighters instead of American F-35 fighter aircraft, Yeni Safak said with reference to sources. Turkey does not plan to refuse from its June purchase. The acquisition of Russian fighter aircraft comes as a backup option that the country will resort to if Washington refuses to sell F-35 to Ankara. US officials announced such a probability after Turkey bought S-400 anti-aircraft from Russia.Washington and NATO voiced their non-acceptance of the situation with Turkey's decision to purchase weapons from the Russian Federation. Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell said that the acquisition of S-400 system would deprive the Turkish military of F-35 fighters. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that Turkey would take adequate measures in response should the US make its threat real. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
Chinese experts said that China still does not have intercontinental strategic bombers in service. To date, the Chinese Air Force is armed with Xian H-6K (variant of Tu-16) strategic bombers, designed to deliver nuclear munitions. Yet, China regrets the failed deal to deliver Tu-160 aircraft.Beijing Times wrote that China was about to sign the deal to acquire strategic Tu-160 bombers during the late 1990s, but the US and Russia did not let the deal materialise. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine inherited 19 new strategic Tu-160 bombers, but was expecting to sell them being unable to exploit the aircraft. Russia did not want China to obtain the aircraft. In 1999, Ukraine had to return eight Tu-160 strategic bombers to be able to pay debt for shipments of Russian natural gas. In addition, the United States and the European Union signed an agreement with the new Ukrainian government to destroy strategic weapons that Ukraine inherited from the Soviet Union. The United States provided Ukraine $15 million for the purpose. As a result, China failed to buy Tu-160 bombers from Ukraine.China had to prepare its own base for the construction of new intercontinental strategic bombers equipped with nuclear and conventional weapons, the publication wrote. At the same time, Tu-160 could have improved China's defence capability a lot easier and cheaper.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
Experts of the Russian Defence Ministry study the version of the involvement of Free Syrian Army fighters in the attack on the Russian military. It was said that the fighters of the Free Syrian Army were trained at a US base in Syria. Earlier, a group of fighters of the Free Syrian Army allegedly went to the Deir-ez-Zor region to provide assistance to Kurdish formations. They are based in At-Tanf in the province of Homs. The base was established by US special services in 2014. The Russian Ministry of Defence believes that the US-led coalition provides military training for representatives of the "moderate opposition" in Syria.At the US base, radical fighters are also trained to struggle against the army of Syrian President Bashar Assad. An armed classо with them took place last week. About ten Russian professional soldiers of the 200th artillery brigade of the Eastern Military District took part in the skirmish. They were supposed to coordinate actions of the Syrian troops.On May 23, Syrian military groups were being stowed, when the militants attacked. The Russian military repulsed the attack by taking on the command. The russian deployed artillery weapons and opened fire within the shortest period of time possible. As a result, 43 militants were killed, six vehicles were destroyed. Officials with the Russian Defence Ministry confirmed the death of four Russian military men in Syria and the wounding of three others.In February, it was reported that the United States destroyed a large group of Russian mercenaries in Syria. The number of victims still remains unknown and varies from four to dozens. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
What would you do if you were Kim Jong-un?
The big option facing Kim Jong-un, Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is whether or not he can trust the West. Is the USA good for its word?
In studying topics such as the North Korea issue, one has to see the big picture. And that inevitably revolves around the e-word, economics. And this is where the heart of Washington, the champion of the market-oriented economy, pulsates. The policy of Washington is not dictated by the President of the United States of America, it is dictated by the $inister $ix $isters, or the BARFFS lobbies (Banking, Arms, eneRgy, Finance, Food, pharmaceuticalS and drugS) which in turn shape the policies of the FUKUS Axis (France-UK-US) and the ASS (Anglo-Saxon Syndicate). NATO is involved.
One of the slogans hyperbolized by the racist, narcissistic, venal, inept, sociopathic, demagogic fraud who now occupies the White House is "Make America Great Again." One question this slogan fails to answer is "For Who?"
I'm certain that the southern plantation owners who made fortunes through the use of forced, unpaid labor thought America was pretty great. But the slaves, not so much. I'm certain that the people who profited from the violation of treaties, displacement of populations, and massacres to steal land and resources thought America was pretty great. But Native-Americans, not so much. I'm certain the robber barons who enriched themselves by forcing people to work long hours, under arduous conditions, for substandard wages thought America was pretty great. But the workers, not so much. And I'm certain that Rutherford B. Hayes thought America was pretty great when he stole the presidency by agreeing to condemn African-Americans to second-class citizenship. But the millions who suffered under the yoke of segregation, discrimination, humiliation, and lynching, not so much.
I mention Hayes because, within a twelve-year period during the late 1800s, both he and Benjamin Harrison became presidents even though they lost the popular vote.
Lisbon: The Expo that changed the city of the Spice Boys
Twenty years ago, Lisbon remained for many people a vague reference in the history book. Expo 98 changed all that and re-placed Lisbon on the map.
However ridiculous it may seem, twenty years ago, people were sending letters to residents of Portugal addressed "Lisbon, Portugal, Spain"; in 2007, in the midst of the Madelaine McCann story, the Economist magazine presented a map with Praia da Luz marked in a rectangle entitled "Algarve" and north and east of that, in capital letters, "Spain".
On the second day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a plenary meeting was held, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and IMF head Christine Lagarde took part.During his welcoming speech, President Putin said that such meetings, which have already become traditional events held in a very friendly and warm atmosphere, are especially important now, against the background of highly intense international relations. "Such a discussion, informal dialogue is especially important today, when the system of international political, economic and trade relations is undergoing a serious test of durability. Conditions for doing business, the share of investments, and everyday life are changing dynamically," Putin said. Until recently, he said, the core of the world economy was based on two most important principles. "First off, it is the freedom of entrepreneurship, trade and investment - an integral part of the rules in international relations. Secondly, it is sustainability and predictability of these rules, secured by legal mechanism. However, today we are witnessing not just erosion, but the demolition of these grounds. This system is breaking down. Today's rule is to violate rules. One thing is clear: violations have become an official tool for many countries, and many countries are forced to take mirror measures and adapt themselves," Putin said. "Today, it is impossible to agree even on symbolic steps in the world economy. The era of global "free trade" is coming to an end. Today, it goes about a new version of protectionism. Protectionist measures and trade restrictions are taken under the guise of national security references. The twisted spiral of sanctions and restrictions continues spiralling further, affecting an increasing number of countries and companies, including those that were certain that the regime of trade restrictions will never affect them. Yet, arbitrariness and lack of control inevitably leads to the temptation of using instruments of restriction again and again, broader and broader, to the right and to the left, at any occasion, regardless of all talks about political loyalty, solidarity, previous agreements and long-term cooperative ties. On a global scale, such behaviour of centres of power is fraught with negative, if not catastrophic, consequences. This confluence of factors may lead to a global systemic crisis, which humanity has never encountered yet. "Such a system of global mistrust may take the world market to a state of subsistence economy. Rules should be uniform and transparent and legitimate for all players of the world market. We do not need trade wars today, we need full-fledged trade peace. It is important to maintain respect for each other: Russia stands for freedom of trade and world integration, for free dialogue on the way to development. We encourage our partners from Europe, America, Asia and other regions of the world to move together towards sustainable development," Putin said. French President Emmanuel Macron spoke next. Macron supported Vladimir Putin's initiatives and called to be even more flexible and bolder in economic cooperation. He quoted a few excerpts from "War and Peace," and then stated that "in France courage returned to us in our minds. Let us be as flexible as in judo. We need to fight what Solzhenitsyn called the dawn of boldness ... one must be brave!" Macron said. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was more reserved, but more specific. He spoke in favour of Japan's participation in the project of creating a transport infrastructure for the delivery of Russian liquified natural gas to Asian markets via the Sea of Japan. He also made a subtle allusion to the issue of the Kuril Islands dispute. Abe ended his speech by saying that Asia should become a peaceful, prosperous and developing region, noting that one needs to address the North Korean question accordingly. Vice Chairman of the People's Republic of China, Wang Qishan, also devoted his speech to the "economy of trust." "One needs to respect each other to create the atmosphere of trust," Mr. Qishan said. He strongly condemned the "baton of sanctions", because such a policy poses a threat to the global market.The head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, also said that the rules and transparency of trade and economy were indeed in jeopardy. She said that Russia was coping with difficulties and achieved an incredible breakthrough. However, she called for greater integration of Russia into the world economy and said that Russia needs to abandon the "raw material economic model". Christine Lagarde also spoke about the danger of globalisation and said that it was not a fair process at all times. That was an unprecedented statement for the head of the IMF to make.
British singer Robbie Williams performed in Russia on May 24 at a closed party for guests and participants of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2018).For wealthy representatives of the Russian public, Williams performed his hit song "Party Like a Russian", written in 2016 as a travesty of rich and powerful Russians (сlick here for a few videos).Robbie Williams asked the audience: "Is it Germany? Is it England? Is it Spain? No? It is Mother Russia?" before proceeding to the song. Attendance to the party with the Robbie Williams concert in it was exclusive. Every guest was supposed to have a person invitation to be able to attend the evening and enjoy the concert of the British musician. Many praised Robbie for singing live very well. Those who were at the concert later said that the singer was happy to be on stage in Russia. Champagne was flowing like water at the party. Organisers purchased 600 bottles of expensive Moët champaign, and all the bottles were empty several hours into the party. Famous guests, among them former presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, entrepreneur Mikhail Prophorov and many others, were treated posh dishes like octopus with potatoes, veal calf with tuna sauce, risotto and julienne.
US policy makes the European Union and Russia discuss joint economic projects, rather than issues related to the crisis in Ukraine, manager for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the German Foreign Policy Society, Stefan Meister, said in an interview with Swiss TV channel SRF.According to him, the Trump administration calls fundamental values of transatlantic relations into question. At present, interests of Europe and Russia overlap at least on the Iranian issue. Russia interfered in conflicts in the Middle East for the sake of and within the confrontation with the West as a result of the Ukrainian crisis. As for the crisis in Syria, Russia used to defend its position on the matter, but then Putin went on the attack, the German official said. Russia has established itself as an influential player in the Middle East, which one has to negotiate with. The United States has left vacuum and anti-American sentiments in the region, Meister said.Earlier, the Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten newspaper wrote that EU countries did not support sanctions against Russia, but would extend them for another six months being under the thumb of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who obeys the United States.It was noted that most EU states initially rejected the sanctions, but US Vice President Joe Biden openly stated that the US would force the EU to participate in it.
The International Joint Investigation Team (JIT) stated on May 24 that it was a Russian Buk missile that shot down Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines in July 2014 over Ukraine. The accusation was based on photos and videos that people had uploaded on social media shortly after the disaster. In other words, the statement from the JIT is nothing but another portion of groundless accusations to demonise Russia in the face of the world. The conclusion made by JIT experts is not the first one of the kind. In 2016, there was an "interim report," when it was said that the commission would not provide all the materials of the caae because it could harm the investigation. In addition, it is not the first time, when foreign investigators accuse Russia of downing Flight MH17 aircraft without providing any facts at all. Experts have serious doubts about the quality of the work of the investigating team and ask questions about the real goal of that work. Here is a comment on the subject that we received from Honoured Pilot of the USSR, Oleg Smirnov."This version is not the first, but just the next one in the absolutely mediocre and unprofessional investigation into the causes of the grave tragedy. This is part of the information warfare against Russia, because it lasts for three years already and there is a great deal of gross violations of international aviation regulations in this investigation."On the second day after the tragedy, I compared the facts that had emerged by that time, and they made me believe that the country that shot the Boeing down was Ukraine. Contrary to strict requirements to close airspace for the flight of civil aircraft over the territory where military actions were taking place, Ukraine ignored that international regulation. Ukraine actually allowed the Malaysian Airlines Boeing to fly over war zone. "The co-author of this disaster is the Dutch government, which did not find either strength or desire to save the lives of its citizens who were flying on that plane. The Dutch authorities did not demand Ukraine to comply with international aviation regulations. Therefore, the Dutch government pushed those people into that aircraft. "Interestingly, Russia also conducted its investigation into the MH17 disaster, but the JIT ignored the conclusion of the Russian side. In particular, it goes about the fact that there was an unexploded Buk missile found on the site of the tragedy. The missile hardly had any damage on it. The plane was shot down, but then there was a whole missile found on the site. How can this be possible? "The Russian company Almaz-Antey, the maker of Buk missile systems, conducted an experimental launch of the missile under similar conditions. Of course, the missile was torn into pieces. However, the international commission ignored those findings. It is also curious that JIT experts talk about the Buk missile and accuse Russia of the disaster, simply on the basis of something that they found on the Internet. Yet, Dutch prosecutors say that they do not know yet who shot the Boeing down. However, it still remains questionable whether it was a Buk missile that shot down Flight MH17. "As JIT representatives said during their press conference, they had a whole range of photos and video materials, on which the Buk anti-aircraft system was seen. During the analysis of those images, the experts found a number of distinctive features. The combination of those features was so unique that they could be considered as "fingerprints", the investigators explained. Allegedly, the only Buk missile system, on which such a unique combination of distinctive features was found, was the self-propelled Buk SAM, which was repeatedly captured on photo and video materials as the system was traveling in a column of the 53rd brigade on June 23-25, 2014."In addition, there is no certainty that the fragments of the nozzle and the engine of the Buk anti-aircraft missile that were presented to the public during the press conference on May 24 were actually the fragments of the missile that shot down MH17. It is worthy of note that missiles of this type were withdrawn from the Russian armed forces in 2011, but JIT investigators did not comment on the matter. "To crown it all, the international commission decided to make the statement now for political purposes, during the first day of the international economic forum in St. Petersburg, where, contrary to all the rhetoric about "Russia's isolation", delegates from 72 countries of the world are present."Therefore, all these announcements come as an attempt to "refresh the topic," and demonise Russia further. The very phrase "based on data from social networks"makes one only snort a laugh. The prosecutors in charge of the case clearly distance themselves from making such ridiculous accusations. "In a nutshell, this endless investigation will last for many more years. The JIT will continue presenting "revealing reports" every time when it is politically advantageous. However, every new report from this group of investigators already starts producing the opposite effect discrediting their work entirely."
The Netherlands and Australia issued an official statement, in which they accused Russia of involvement in the crash of the Malaysian Boeing over the Donbass in July 2014. The two countries informed Russia about their position.On May 24, the international Joint Investigating Team (JIT) announced the findings of the investigation, according to which the Buk missile system, from which the aircraft was allegedly shot down, belonged to the 53rd air defence brigade of the Russian Armed Forces based in Kursk. According to JIT, the Buk system arrived in Ukraine from Russia, and experts studied the route that the SAM had traveled from Russia to the Donbass.The JIT findings point to Russia's direct involvement in the disaster, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said. Earlier, commenting on new information on the progress of the criminal investigation, the Dutch Foreign Minister said that he was impressed with the collected evidence and was extremely grateful for the work that Dutch prosecutors, police and JIT partners had done. Based on the conclusions of the JIT, the Netherlands and Australia are now convinced that Russia is responsible for deploying the Buk anti-aircraft system which attacked the passenger airliner. The Government of the Netherlands is taking the next step, officially calling Russia responsible for the air crash, the statement in the document said.The two countries addressed Russia with a request to enter into negotiations aimed at finding a solution related to the search for the perpetrators. Afterwards, the matter is likely to be submitted to an international court for a final decision. Holding Russia responsible for her involvement in the crash of the passenger aircraft over the Donbass on the basis of international law is a separate process that shall not be connected with the criminal investigation and the trial into the persons guilty of the plane crash, the statement adds.
Elon Musk and Pravda
So Elon Musk wants to launch a website named Pravda to get at the truth and to rate journalists. But who judges whom, with which rights, based on what?
Elon Musk...who? You know, Rocket man, the guy who sent David Bowie into space...has announced that he wishes to use the name "Pravda" (truth) for his website which will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but, and also rate certain journalists. I would say wow, what a great idea, but on second thoughts if people want the truth they only have to click on this here Pravdareport (in its three versions, Russian, English and Portuguese) and they will have the goods they are looking for.
Yulia Skripal's video address that was aired on Russian TV on May 23 raised doubts as to whether she spoke as a free person. Many Russian native speakers found some of her expressions strange to their ears. It appears that the original speech was written in English before it was translated into Russian and given to Yulia.
The Kremlin also believes that the British authorities put pressure on Yulia Skripal.
"The British authorities continue violating the Vienna Convention, because Russia has never been able to have consular access to Yulia Skripal. We do not know any details about her current condition, whether she is subjected to pressure, we do not know her whereabouts, nor do we know whether she made those statements at her own will," Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
A representative of the International Investigation group officially announced that the Buk anti-aircraft missile system, which shot down the passenger Boeing airliner of Malaysia Airlines above the Donetsk region on July 17, 2014, belonged to the Russian military.
As it was said at a news conference about the results of the investigation, the Buk system belonged to the 53rd SAM missile brigade of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Investigators came to such a conclusion having analyzed photos and videos from social networks showing the route of the Buk system on June 23-25, 2014, from the Kursk region, where the 53rd Brigade is deployed.
The total international blockade of Russia is impossible, Dmitry Peskov, an official spokesman for President Putin said.
Peskov said in an interview with NTV channel that the real international blockade of Russia is impossible, and "it has never existed." "The total international blockade of Russia has never existed, because the Russian Federation is a system-forming state in international relations," Peskov said.
According to him, economic interests sooner or later begin to prevail over politics.
Elon Musk, world-famous American entrepreneur, the head of SpaceX and Tesla suddenly became concerned about the reliability of information on the Internet.
He announced his intention to create a news service called "Pravda," which means "truth" in Russian. According to the idea, the new service will help people evaluate the reliability of any journalistic material and monitor journalists' rating.
According to Musk, he is going to create a website where people will be able to evaluate the degree of truth of any article and track the trust rating of every journalist, editor and publication.
Ukraine virtually ended its participation in the work of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in 2014. Recent statements from the Kiev authorities on the termination of Ukraine's activities within the CIS was only made for a show to impress the West, representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry said. According to Maria Zakharova, an official spokeswoman for the department, the procedure for Ukraine to formally exit the CIS will take about a year and will affect primarily Ukrainian citizens. Yet, experts believe that the process will take more than just one year, whereas Ukraine will have to suffer multi-billion losses."After the coup d'état in 2014, Ukraine refused to assume the functions of the chairing state in the organization. The country called off its ambassador to the CIS, as well as officials working at the CIS Executive Committee. Kiev did not sign any decisions made by the highest statutory bodies of the CIS and minimized its participation in their meetings. Since 2017, when the chairmanship in the organization passed to Russia, Ukraine stopped sending its representatives to meetings," Maria Zakharova said. In addition, Ukraine has not paid "a kopek" to the unified budget of CIS bodies, thus creating significant financial difficulties in the work of the organization. The total amount of money that Ukraine has not paid to the CIS makes up more than 300 million rubles."One does not have to talk about Kiev's participation in the work of CIS statutory bodies, which Ukrainian President Poroshenko intends to end. In practice, this decision of the Ukrainian authorities is reduced to the closure of the country's permanent office at CIS headquarters in Minsk and the withdrawal of two diplomats working there," the Foreign Ministry spokesman said."It is unfortunate that ordinary citizens of Ukraine will be affected with the obviously politicized actions of the Kiev authorities. For them, the withdrawal from the Commonwealth is served as the only opportunity to move on the path to the cherished dream of integration with the European Union. At the same time, the CIS was not stopping the Ukrainian side from doing this. However, the current Ukrainian authorities, apparently, disregard all this and follow the geopolitical intent to completely terminate Ukraine's ties with Russia and the CIS," Maria Zakharova said. It is worthy of note that Ukraine had not ratified the Agreement on the establishment of the CIS from December 8, 1991 and was an associated member of the Commonwealth only.
Official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, criticised a number of foreign recommendations for foreign tourists intending to come to Russia for the World Cup."Our partners can't sleep at night because of the World Cup that Russia is hosting this summer. We, putting it mildly, are enjoying these brochures, recommendations and warnings that they release in this or that country. These are enchanting recommendations," she said at a press briefing.According to Zakharova, she very much appreciated the recommendation to beware beautiful women in Russia. Such a warning appeared in Argentina. Ukraine, Zakharova added, is intimidating people by warning them that they can be kidnapped, whereas the British authorities issued special instructions on how fans should drink alcohol in Russia. "They were advised not to compete with the Russians," Zakharova said. At the same time, Zakharova added, people still work on having their documents ready for a trip to Russia for the World Cup. Zakharova also paid attention to the brochure that the Norwegian Helsinki Committee prepared for journalists planning to attend the World Cup in Russia.The brochure contains a set of anti-Russian stereotypes, not related to journalism. The brochure itself was designed with images of barbed wire against the background of stadiums. Calling the initiative "another Russophobic approach," Zakharova said that Moscow viewed the publication of such a brochure as an unfriendly move by the Norwegian side.The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15 in 11 cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod and Yekaterinburg.
On May 22, US Air Force drones conducted reconnaissance operations off the coast of the Crimea and the Krasnodar Territory.It was established that the reconnaissance was conducted by strategic unmanned aerial vehicle RQ-4B Global Hawk. The UAV flew along the south-western and southern coast of the peninsula, as well as above the Kerch Strait.The US Navy P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft conducted another operation near Sevastopol and the southern coast of the Crimea. Another US drone made a reconnaissance flight along the line of demarcation in the Donbass, and also explored the border between the Kharkov region and Russia.Experts note that the main purpose of the flights of US Navy aircraft over the Black Sea near the coast of the peninsula is to study the present-day military infrastructure of the Crimea.As Ivan Konovalov, director of the Center for Strategic Studies explained, the goal is obvious - the reconnaissance of the modern military infrastructure of the Crimea. "It is obvious that the military infrastructure of the Crimea is powerful, and the Russian leadership does not hide it. There is a mixed division on the peninsula that includes land, antiaircraft, anti-missile, aviation troops. In a nutshell, the Crimea has been fortified and turned into a fortress," the specialist said. Military expert Alexander Drobyshevsky earlier said that "the purpose of such flights is to obtain information about the radio-electronic environment in order to establish the forces and means of Russian air defences, to determine coordinates of anti-aircraft missile systems and their radars, to intercept information from radio relay communication lines between headquarters and assess capabilities of the layout of troops in various regions of the country.""It has long been understood that the West has been trying to subject Russian borders to total control. We have not seen such activity even during the Cold War. The zones of reconnaissance aircraft are clearly defined - the locations of defence plants, air defence and missile defence systems, the layout of ground and naval groups," he said. Nevertheless, it would only be a matter of paperwork for Russia to shoot down the curious aircraft only if they violated Russia's airspace. "American pilots are not willing to claim the laurels of Francis Gary Powers," Alexander Drobyshevsky said.
The Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation has released a video of the underwater launch of Bulava ballistic missiles.The Yuri Dolgoruky submarine (Project 955 Borey) had successfully launched four Bulava missiles from the water area of the White Sea. The missiles successfully struck the targets located on the Kura range on Kamchatka Peninsula. The video shows the submarine going to sea and the crew working until Captain Vladimir Shirin, the commander of the submarine, gives a combat alert order. After the countdown, the commander is informed of the successful launch of the missiles."The ballistic missile has been launched, all went normal," the commander of the submarine reported to members of the state commission.According to the press service of the Northern Fleet, it was the first time when such a number of ICBMs has been launched from a Borey submarine. The Yuri Dolgoruky submarine is the main strategic missile carrier of the new series. The series of fourth-generation nuclear submarine cruisers armed with Bulava ICBMs are to become the basis of Russian strategic naval nuclear forces for the coming decades. The Yuri Dolgoruky is 170 meters long and 13.5 meters wide. The maximum immersion depth of the sub is 450 meters; it develops the underwater speed of 29 knots. Following the Yuri Dolgoruky, Russia started the construction of Alexander Nevsky, Vladimir Monomakh and Prince Vladimir submarines, all named after prominent figures in Russia's ancient history.
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on 12 basic requirements for Iran, which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced earlier. Peskov said that it was important to see how Tehran was going to assess the 12 requirements for the nuclear deal, which the USA proposed. "The question is what Iran thinks of the 12 requirements. This is much more important," Peskov said, when asked whether Kremlin considered Pompeo's plan realistic.The Kremlin spokesman added that Moscow, Tehran and European countries reaffirmed their commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding the nuclear deal with Iran.Russia and other countries have repeatedly expressed their hope that Tehran would stay within the framework of the said treaty, Peskov said adding that it was only the United States that pulled out from the agreement with all ensuing negative consequences."Russia and the leaders of European countries, including France and Germany, have an understanding of the need for joint work to minimize the negative consequences caused by Washington's withdrawal from the Iran deal," Peskov said in response to a question of whether the leaders of Russia, France and Germany were seeking a joint decision in connection with the USA's pullout from the deal.On Monday, May 21, Pompeo listed 12 "basic requirements" for Iran, which should be included in the new agreement. Thus, Tehran should "stop enriching" uranium, provide access to all nuclear facilities throughout the country, release all detained US citizens and citizens of US allies, stop supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen and the Shiite Hezbollah movement in Lebanon, withdraw its forces from Syria and stop threatening Israel. Otherwise, the US would impose most stringent sanctions on Iran in history.
Russian law enforcers will not allow riots during the World Cup, which Russia is hosting this summer, representatives of the Russian Interior Ministry said. Russian law enforcement agencies do not think that mass fights, similar to those that took place during the European Championships in France in March 2016, can be possible during the World Cup in Russia, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Zubov, said.Zubov's statement came as a comment from The Daily Star publication, which earlier said that British fans of several football clubs, in particular Millwall, West Ham, Manchester United, Manchester City and others, were going to come to Russia to unleash WWIII for Russia fans and show them "hell." "This is a very bold statement. Yet, those fights that one could see happening during the European Football Championship in 2016 in France, are not going to happen in Russia," he said. The official also said that all those instigating riots would be deported from Russia. "We will not allow any mass fights. We can do this," he summed up.The World Cup 2018 is going to happen in 11 Russian cities - in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod and others from June 14 to July 15. In connection with the tournament, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to introduce special security measures in the country.
Russia intends to respond accordingly to tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, which the United States is introducing. It goes about the imposition of tariffs on US goods worth $538 million.Russia notified the Council of the World Trade Organisation about its readiness to take equivalent measures against the US in response to the introduction of import duties on aluminum and steel.Earlier, Russia applied to the WTO with a requirement to hold consultations with the US regarding Washington's move. Under WTO rules, the countries that introduce protective measures should agree on compensating their effect through trade compensations. As a rule, compensations can be made in the form of trade concessions or concessions on other groups of goods. Since the US has not conducted negotiations with Russia through the WTO, Moscow announces single-handed protective measures.Russia thus intends to initiate special protective measures and may increase duties on American goods by $537.6 million. This is the amount that the US will gain from duties on Russian steel and aluminum, representatives of the Russian mission to the WTO said.All exports of Russian goods made of steel and aluminum in the US are estimated at $3.158 billion. USA's introduction of 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and 10 percent duties on aluminum imports will cut Russian exports by $537.6 million.The US tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum came into force on March 23, 2018. The United States did not notify of such measures in accordance with the rules of the WTO Agreement on Safeguards (according to which a country should report on intentions of protectionist measures), and Russia intends to appeal specifically to this agreement.
Students of UC reinvent the consumption of legumes
Increasing the range of alternatives to animal protein consumption in the market was the objective that led four students of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC) in Portugal to develop the innovative "Legutê" - legume in pâté.
The "Legutê" range consists of three varieties of pâtés - beans, peas and lupins - 100% natural, rich in protein, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants and with low fat and zero cholesterol.
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on remarks in the US media about failures in launching nuclear-capable missiles in Russia. Peskov advised journalists should give more trust to what President Putin says instead: "Listen to Russian President Vladimir Putin and believe him!" Peskov stated. CNBC reported that according to US intelligence, the tests of a Russian nuclear-capable cruise missile failed during its test in late 2017 and in early 2018. US journalists assumed that all the launches ended with a failure. It was reported that the longest of those tests lasted for over two minutes, when a missile flew for over 35 kilometres before coming out of control.
More than 5.8 million people voted for Nicholas Maduro at the presidential election in Venezuela. This is more than a quarter of registered voters. Why did those people vote for the man, who, as Western media write, took Venezuela to the brink of collapse? The United States has already announced that it will take action against Maduro. The US does not recognise the Venezuelan presidential election and may declare Maduro a drug dealer. In this case, Washington may launch a special military operation, similar to the one in Panama in 1989. On May 20, Nicholas Maduro of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won the presidential election in Venezuela having earned 5.8 million votes (68 percent). The turnout was 46 percent, according to the National Electoral Council of Venezuela. The second-placed oppositionist Henri Falcon won 1.8 million votes, the other one - Javier Bertucci - 950,000. Compared to the 2013 election, the turnout declined by 30 percent. Back then, Maduro defeated the candidate from the Movement of Democratic Unity (MUD), Enrique Capriles, with a margin of several percent. The world press was divided into two camps when covering the news. Neoliberal publications wrote that the election was unrepresentative, illegitimate and fabricated. A very small part of the left Latin American press, such publications as TeleSur, Brasil 247, Granma, Hispantv, defined the election as the move proving the right course of the people of Venezuela in response to attempts to ignore the country's political system.How does Venezuela's socialism work?Let's try to understand why about six million people came to the polls and voted for Maduro, if, according to Western publications, hunger, devastation and corruption have plagued the country from top to bottom. It's no secret that the Venezuelan economy has been in crisis in the last four years because of declining oil prices. In November, Standard&Poor's and Fitch announced the partial default of Venezuela due to serious liquidity problems. Problems related to interest payments on government bonds in 2019 and 2024 are looming. The IMF believes that this country will complete 2018 with an inflation of 14,000 (!) percent, while the Venezuelan economy may drop by 15 percent, El Pais said. The phenomenon that explains the re-election of Maduro is related to the well-established system of subsidies for the poor in several social programs. One of them is the distribution of food at subsidised prices through local purchasing and production committees (CLAP). This is a basket of essential food products weighing 14 kilograms for registered families - this is enough for a family of three for two weeks. One basket costs 10,000 bolivars (one dollar costs 69,000 bolivars).The second program, Hogares de la Patria ("Household of the Homeland"), distributes cash subsidies and covers about four million families. Maduro promised to bring this amount to five million families and raised the subsidy by 56 percent (up to $7.6 for a family of two), EFE wrote. There are also benefits for pregnant women, workers, etc.Maduro's electors are ideological chavistas who believe that their country has fallen a victims to a conspiracy of imperialists and traitors, whose ultimate goal is to ruin the Bolivarian revolution. Some of them budget themselves to two dollars a month, but they will vote for Maduro anyway. Is there a "humanitarian crisis" in Venezuela? According to Correo del Orinoco, a UN official Alfred de Sayas conducted a systematic study of Venezuela's economy and social sphere in November 2017-January 2018 and concluded that there was no humanitarian crisis in the country. He admitted that there was a shortage of food, anxiety among the population, but for those who work at the UN for years and are familiar with the state of affairs in Africa, Asia and other countries of Latin America, it becomes obvious that there is no question of a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.According to him, Venezuela lives under the pressure of an economic war and suffers from a financial blockade and smuggling. For example, the shortage of medications is caused by the actions of Colombia, which blocks the supply of medications to Venezuela, forcing the country to purchase them mainly from India.The expert also complained that his research hardly received any coverage in world's leading media that actually announced a "boycott of silence" around the UN-led inspection.Since March 2015, the United States has considered Venezuela "a threat to the national security." Washington imposed numerous sanctions on many Venezuelan officials, including Maduro. They are accused of corruption and illegal drug trafficking.In 1989, for the "restoration of democracy" in Panama, the US decided that President Manuel Noriega was a member of an organised criminal group that was extorting and transporting drugs. The president was arrested as a result of the US-led military operation, and he was convicted. Washington can also declare an embargo on supplies of Venezuelan oil. This will open the way for oil trade with Russia and China, and sanctions can be circumvented through swap supplies. A mechanism is in place to sell oil to Russia, which subsequently sells it to Cuba. It is worthy of note that Maduro maintains the Venezuelan army well. Russia benefits from the victory of Nicholas Maduro. In more than 15 years of close ties with the chavistas, Russia has signed more than 260 agreements in such areas as medicine, tourism, agriculture, mining, oil production and arms trade. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Caracas has given about four billion dollars to the Russian treasury in exchange for weapons.Director of the Institute of Latin America of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Davydov told Pravda.Ru that the election in Venezuela was highly contradictory. "The Venezuelan authorities have mopped up the opposition in an unconstitutional way. Eighty percent of the parliament consisted of opposition activists, so the chavista dissolved it and created another one that was beneficial to them. The turnout was low because the people were tired of their very hard life, of constant clashes and street violence. A half of Latin America turned away from Maduro," the expert said adding that the economy of the country was a total mess.
Russia, when signing documents for the sale of Alaska to the United States, was realizing her objective benefit, deputy director of the Historical and Documentary Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Doctor of Historical Sciences Artyom Rudnitsky said.According to him, the deal between Russia and the United States on selling Alaska was fair and aligning with international norms of that time.Rudnitsky noted during the Russian-American international conference "Dialogue of Fort Ross - Meeting in Russia" that the sale of Alaska by Russia was due to several reasons, including the fact that the colony was unprofitable. There were objective difficulties in protecting it in the event of an attack, he added. At the same time, Russia expected to make $5 million from the sale, but managed to obtain more $7 million in the end, which was considered a great achievement for that historical period. Moreover, the Alaska deal became an expression of relations between Russia and the United States. Strengthening relations with the US was important for the Russian Empire, which was in international isolation after the lost Crimean War."Do you think Russia would concede part of its territory to a country that was aggressive and hostile agains it? They treated the Americans well back then and believed that this would in no way infringe upon Russia's interests," concluded Rudnitsky.
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The British authorities intend to stop the flow of "dirty money" from Russia and cease the use of the British financial system to launder corrupt revenues, a report from the Committee on International Affairs of the House of Commons said.
The authors of the report titled "Moscow's gold: Russian corruption in the UK" say that business conditions in the UK remain favourable for Russia, despite London's tough stance on Moscow. According to British MPs, President Putin and his allies continue hiding their corrupt revenues in London.Gazprom managed to place its bonds worth 750 million euros on the London Stock Exchange despite sanctions. Oleg Deripaska's En+ placed shares worth a billion pounds in November 2017. The operations were legal, but they were conducted with the help of loopholes in the legislation, the report said. According to the document, Russian "dirty money" would be invested in elite real estate in London, as well as luxury goods and shares. Transparency International said that there was 4.4 billion pounds of "dirty Russian money" invested in the British real estate market.In early May, members of the British parliament voted to pass a law requiring disclosure of names of those holding monetary accounts in offshore zones on Britain's Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands. London-based NGO Global Witness said that Russian citizens keep $47 billion at British offshore banks.
According to Crimea Bridge information center, many Russians traveling on the bridge connecting mainland Russia and the Crimean Peninsula massively violate traffic rules. The most common violation is making a stop for taking a selfie. Most frequently, drivers make a stop on the bridge for a selfie in the area of the archway and entrance from the Taman shore. It was said that the traffic police were already addressing the issue to prevent such incidents. The Crimea Bridge was launched on May 16, 2018. The first traffic violation was recorded the same day, when tens of vehicles stopped on the archway for taking pictures. The Crimea Bridge is 19 kilometres long. It runs across the Kerch Strait and presently remains the longest bridge in Europe. Many Ukrainian politicians did not believe that Russia would be able to build the Crimean bridge. Predicting the failure of the venture, they referred to "earth break ups," "unfit seafloor," "the lack of technology and money," and so on.
The Royal Wedding and the Silly Season
...and the Silly Season 2018 gets off the starting blocks with a Royal Wedding and soccer madness. As for news, who cares anyway?
OK ladies and gentlemen, forget the outbreak of Ebola in the DR Congo which threatens to become a major international event, forget the constant violations of the peace agreements by Ukrainian fascists, forget the involvement with the West and its minions with terrorist groups in Syria, forget the responsibility borne by the FUKUS Axis in Libya, in which the State with the highest Human Development Index in Africa was trashed, destroyed, bombed to the stone age and left crawling with terrorist filth.
Interview: Oliver Stone on Venezuelan Election
In an exclusive interview with Pravda.Ru, US filmmaker talks to Edu Montesanti on the presidential elections in the Caribbean country, and its importance to Latin America. "The left will come back in Latin America, more likely sooner than later," says Oliver Stone
Edu Montesanti: Great Oliver Stone, Pravda and I personally would like to thank you so very much for the honor of interviewing you, and congratulate you for your matchless contributions for peace, and social justice all over the world.
In May, many people in Russia and other countries honor the memory of those who were killed in World War Two. Since the end of the bloodiest war in the history of mankind, a lot has been made to enhance security systems and prevent armed conflicts in the world. However, those systems were not perfect, but the balance was working. Today, however, it is collapsing rapidly. Presently, there are several international agreements that prevent worst-case scenarios, although it seems that they have been completely forgotten. Nevertheless, no one would have thought that May 2018 would be the time, when the world was standing on the brink of World War Three. This is terrible, of course, but this is the time that we're living in. I would say that this is the most intense time since the end of the Cold War. Here are the signs of the impending war On 2 May, NATO launched its military drills in Estonia and Latvia. The drills were the largest that NATO has held since 1991: as many as 3,000 troops from 16 countries took part in the event that closed on May 14. Estonia and Latvia share a border with the Russian Federation. In May and June, five military exercises will be held in Latvia. This activity is quite intense, and it gives Moscow every reason to believe that NATO is preparing for war right at Russia's doorstep. In June, the Baltic States will hold BALTOPS and Saber Strike 2018 drills. A US Armored Brigade will be deployed in Europe for the purpose - no less than 4,000 soldiers, nearly 90 Abrams tanks, Bradley combat vehicles, 18 self-propelled Paladin howitzers and other vehicles.This summer, Poland will host the largest event in the history of NATO - Anaconda 2018. This is going to be the largest exercise that the alliance is going to hold since the end of the Cold War:100,000 troops, 5,000 vehicles, 150 aircraft and helicopters and 45 warships are said to take part. Such an army so near will, of course, make Russia wary. This year, the alliance will hold 80 joint exercises in Europe, mainly to train its preparations for war with Russia.Meanwhile, the conflict in the Donbass is getting hotter. Tensions escalate continuously, and the United States adds more fuel to the fire by deliberately supplying Javelin anti-tank systems for the Ukrainian army. This is the first incident, when the transfer of deadly weapons took place. On May 1, the US State Department released a statement saying that the US military was moving to a new stage of operations in Syria. The US-led coalition includes the Syrian Democratic Forces and their mysterious "local partners." Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon ere also mentioned. The Islamic State* was not a big problem for Beirut, but now Lebanon is likely to become a battlefield that will be used by many countries, especially Israel and Iran.Officially, the mission is to destroy the remnants of the Islamic State*, but one should take this reason with a grain of salt. The terrorist group has been practically destroyed, and one does not require a major international coalition to counter the problem that has been practically solved by someone else. The situation in Syria is explosive, and the conflict may spark again after the recent missile attack on Syria.The above-mentioned military preparations take place at the time when Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu accuses Tehran of alleged fraud in the nuclear deal. The United States immediately stated that the evidence was "convincing." The Israeli parliament voted to give the prime minister the powers to declare war and launch a major military operation without the prior approval of his security cabinet.Donald Trump decided to pull out from the nuclear deal with Iran. The USA is to announce new sanctions that it is going to impose on Iran - the country that cooperates closely with Russia and Syria. All events taking place in Europe and Syria directly affect the security of Russia. A small spark is enough today to start an unstoppable flame of war. Such sparks have already appeared here and there. The so-called "Skripal case" is one of them. If you think you can add up to our list of signs of imminent war, you are welcome to speak your mind in the comments section below. Unlike in WWII, when the USSR was not the first country that Hitler attacked, today's Russia shares common border with NATO countries and those who dream of becoming its member. Pyotr Yermilin Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
Why should Russia "keep quiet" during arguments between the European Union and the United States? Hungarian political scientist Gabor Stier believes that Europe is ready to lift sanctions from Russia. In addition, the scientist believes, European leaders put pressure on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to force him to implement the Minsk Accords, albeit covertly, not to make it look like a gift for Russian President Putin. On May 18, Vladimir Putin had a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Sochi, where the leaders discussed Trump's ultimatum to Europe. Representatives of the Trump administration, at a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel a month ago, "asked" her to pull out from the Nord Stream-2 project and promised not to raise import duties on European steel and aluminum products.The European Commission proposed abolishing those duties and increasing supplies of American LNG in return. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday, May 17, that the European Commission would take "decisive steps" to protect the interests of the European Union.Pravda.Ru requested an expert opinion on the subject from Hungarian political scientist Gabor Stier."Why does Trump talk ultimatums?""It is not actually Trump who talks that way. In US foreign policy, it is the State Department, the Pentagon and influential circles that decide what to do, and Trump only serves them to carry out their orders. At the same time, he does not mind ultimatums much, because in domestic politics he promised to strengthen the American economy. Therefore, it remains in the interests of his electorate to increase pressure on Germany, to raise duties on European imports and sell US liquefied gas to Europe."Unfortunately, there are big disagreements about the Nord Stream 2 project within the European Union. On the one hand, Europe is interested in steady supplies of cheap Russian gas that counts for 30-40 percent of Europe's gas consumption. On the other hand, there are EU countries that are interested in Nord Stream 2. This pipeline is advantageous mainly to Germany and the Netherlands as direct consumers. The project will make them feel more secure, because Ukraine is an unreliable transit partner.Yet, ten countries of the European Union - central and southern ones - signed a letter to the European Commission, in which they objected to the domination of the Nord Stream 2 project. The implementation of this project would close the pipe from Ukraine, and the fuel for those countries will become more expensive as they would become dependent on Germany. The objecting countries want to receive natural gas through the Ukrainian pipe, whereas the Nord Stream could supply the fuel to the north of Europe.""Can Europe buy liquified natural gas from the USA?" "Central Europe is 70-80 percent dependent on the Russian gas. If Germany can afford buying US gas, then the economy of weaker and smaller EU states will not be able to take it up. Wealthy EU states do not want to purchase LNG from the USA, but weaker states simply cannot afford it.""The head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said that the EC would take "decisive steps" to protect the interests of the European Union. What kind of steps do you think they can be?" "It depends primarily on Germany and France that defend economic European interests in the transatlantic competition. The European Union is opposed to USA's decision on Iran because major EU companies have major projects in Iran. Europe does not want to impose more sanctions on Iran, since it is not beneficial for Europe to support American sanctions. These are semi-political and semi-economic steps. The policy of Europe is changing in light of new economic interests. Slowly but surely, Europe comes to realise that it has its own interests that should be defended. The EU does not have too much will to start a major fight with the United States. Yet, if German businesses insist on lifting sanctions from Russia, Merkel and Macron may listen.""What is Russia's role in such complicated relations between Atlantic partners?""For Russia, it would be best to sit and watch. If Russia intervenes, the USA will say: "Here, we warned you that Russia is trying to divide Europe." America always raises the issue of the Russian threat when it comes to the need to put more pressure on Europe."Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
The countries, whose armed forces are illegally staying in Syria must leave the region, Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on May 18. Russia deployed its troops in Syria in accordance with the request from the legitimate government of the country. The forces of all other countries are staying on the territory of a sovereign state without any legal rights and grounds. In doing so, they violate international law, Peskov said. Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the United States, France and their allies should stay in Syria to build the new Syria after the destruction of the Islamic State terrorist organization (banned in Russia).
Representatives of the Chechen parliament submitted amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation with a suggestion to extend the powers of the Russian president for three consecutive terms.Submitting the proposal to the State Duma, Chechen MPs said that such amendments would be required on account of the complex international situation. According to them, the amendments will not harm Russia's democratic foundations of the state - they will give the people an opportunity to choose their future for themselves. The Russian Constitution provides for only two consecutive presidential terms. Vladimir Putin took office as President of Russia in 2000. His second term ended in 2008, and Putin nominated his old-time associate Dmitry Medvedev, who at the end of his term proposed his predecessor to run for president again. Putin took over again in March 2012. In March 2018, he took part in the presidential election for the fourth time to gain a record 76.6% of the electors' support.In 2008, amendments to the Constitution came into force to extend the presidential term from four to six years.
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was discharged from the Salisbury hospital, officials said. It was said that Mr. Skripal was feeling well enough to be discharged from hospital."While these patients have now been discharged, their right to patient confidentiality remains and limits us from giving detailed accounts of the treatment these individuals received. However, treating people who are so acutely unwell, having been poisoned by nerve agents, requires stabilising them, keeping them alive until their bodies could produce more enzymes to replace those that had been poisoned," a hospital representative said.
Sergei Skripal's daughter Yulia was discharged from the same hospital in April. Russian diplomats never managed to arrange a meeting with her. They later claimed that London was violating the rights of Russian citizens Sergei and Yulia Skripal. The latter was taken to a military hospital, where she is reportedly staying for security and health reasons. Yulia herself made a rather abstract statement on the subject, and her whereabouts remain unknown.
As the Skripal case was gathering pace, most experts believed that Sergei and Yulia Skripal would never be able to recover completely after they were exposed to a never agent. However, it now appears that they have recovered quickly.
Amnesty International (AI) warned that the arrival of Western politicians for the 2018 World Cup in Russia would give Moscow an opportunity to use this fact for propaganda purposes.AI Germany General Secretary Markus Beeko told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung publication that against the backdrop of massive restrictions of freedom of the press, speech and meetings in Russia, the annexation of a Ukrainian territory and Russia's involvement in international law violations in Syria, foreign politicians need to think twice before making a decision to come to Russia for the World Cup tournament. When Beeko was asked whether German Chancellor Angela Merkel or Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier should go to Russia for the purpose, the official did not give a direct answer.At the same time, Beeko reminded that governments of different countries traditionally use sports competitions to appear in favourable light to the public and demonstrate their greatness and recognition.It is worthy of note that prior to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Western human rights defenders stirred international media hype over the issue of "harassment" of LGBT people in Russia. However, the topic quickly faded away as soon as the Games started.
The import of liquefied natural gas from the United States will not grow, even if Germany exits the Nord Stream-2 project, German Minister of Economy and Energy Peter Altmeier said. "The US is looking for sales markets. We can understand this, and we are prepared to take effort to ensure this gas reaches Germany easier. Presently, however, it remains much more expensive than the gas delivered via the pipeline," the minister told ARD.In addition, if the US does not change its tactics of behaviour and continues thinking only of its economic interests, then Europe will act similarly, the minister added. Earlier, Us officials said that the United Stats may impose sanctions on the companies involved in the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project. US Assistant Secretary of State Sandra Oudkirk said that Washington could consider retaliatory measures within the framework of Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. She explained the US position as follows: the construction of the gas pipeline will strengthen Europe's dependence on the Russian natural gas.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany regards the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a safe economic project for Europe.Nord Stream is an offshore natural gas pipeline from Vyborg in the Russian Federation to Greifswald in Germany that is owned and operated by Nord Stream AG. The project includes two parallel lines. The first line was laid by May 2011 and was inaugurated on 8 November 2011. The second line was laid in 2011-2012 and was inaugurated on 8 October 2012. At 1,222 kilometres (759 mi) in length, it is the longest sub-sea pipeline in the world, surpassing the Langeled pipeline. It has an annual capacity of 55 billion cubic metres (1.9 trillion cubic feet), but its capacity is planned to be doubled to 110 billion cubic metres (3.9 trillion cubic feet) by 2019, by laying two additional lines.
Draft Dodger in Chief Dodges "Historic" Opening of US Embassy, Jerusalem.
It was NBC's Cal Parry who summed up the obscenity of Donald Trump's ignorant and igniting decision to move the US Embassy to West Jerusalem, then to celebrate the inauguration on Monday, 14th May: "Well dressed American and Israeli officials on one side of the screen: desperation, death and fires on the other."
The peaceful touch of Ramadan has once again lovingly descended on Russia, home to 23 million Muslims. Although many people think that Ramadan is only a holy month of Muslims, it is also a great blessing for Christians and Jews, who also believe in one God. As a representation of this fact, people from different faiths frequently attend packed iftar and festival dinners to celebrate this beautiful time alongside Muslims.
This spirit of solidarity is everywhere. For example, when Moscow Cathedral Mosque was opened by President Putin with the participation of President Erdogan in late 2015., the grand opening was celebrated not only by the four million Muslims of Moscow, but by the entire Russian nation. During his speech, President Putin quoted the 148th verse in the second surah of the Qur'an and emphasized the significance of 'outdoing each other in goodness' and referred to Russia's multi-ethnic, multi-confessional character and how its strength came from that spirit of union.
Many people in the world don't know that shortly after President Putin took office, he brought upon significant spiritual changes in the Russian national anthem. For example, the phrase " Хранимая Богом родная земля!" (this native land protected by God) was added to the national anthem of Russia, which had no references to spiritual values before Putin. This is a clear example of President Putin's reverence for the common sacred values of all Russian nationals, be they Christians, Muslims or Jews.
Europa League: Atlético 3 Marseille 0
Marseille hoped to be the first French side to win the Europa league but it was not to be. Atlético blew the game away with a 3-0 victory.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced plans to create territories with a special legal status already in the near future. The territories are to be established on Russky Island in Vladivostok and on Oktyabrsky Island in the Kaliningrad Enclave, TASS reports. "In Russia, there are already territories of advanced development with a special legal regime. There are quite a few of them, including the Free Port of Vladivostok. We are planning to create special regions with a special legal status and a special tax regime in the Far East Region (Primorsky Krai) and in the the Kaliningrad Enclave," Medvedev said. Best practices of advanced legal regulation, when tested in experimental areas, can subsequently be applied for the Russian economy in general, he added. The news about the plans to create special offshore zones in Russia surfaced on April 10. The government views this approach as a measure of support for Russian oligarchs and their companies that have fallen under Western sanctions. Later, Deputy Prime Minister and Putin's aide in the Far East, Yuri Trutnev, said that offshore zones should be established for all companies, rather than for those that have been sanctioned.
A video of Russian nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruky passing through ice in the Arctic was uploaded on there Twitter page of Krasnaya Zvezda TV channel. The footage shows the nuclear-powered submarine passing near the Ruslan icebreaker. The K-535 Yuri Dolgoruky submarine is the leading sub of Project 955 Borey. The submarine is an element of the Russian nuclear triad: the Yuri Dolgoruky is armed with Bulava ballistic missiles. The submarine is 170 meters long and 13.5 meters wide.
Employees of the Russian Federal Security Bureau detained several migrants, who were preparing a series of terrorist attacks during the World Cup in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the Komsomolskaya Pravda reports. FSB searched several apartments that the migrants were renting and found homemade high-power explosive devices there stuffed with destructive elements. Assault rifles, guns and grenades were seized as well. The detainees, the newspaper said, planned to conduct a series of explosions in places of mass congregation of people to disrupt the arrival of thousands of football fans to Russia. The migrants admitted that they were acting under the command of the Islamic State* terrorist organization (banned in Russia) in the Middle East and their accomplices in Russia and abroad, FSB said. On May 11, it was reported that a group of militants were plotting terrorist attacks during the "Immortal Regiment" march in Moscow, when thousands of people took to the streets to pay tribute to their relatives who ere killed during the Great Patriotic War.
*terrorist organisation, banned in Russia
Ukraine will suffer direct losses from the construction of the Crimean Bridge across the Kerch Strait worth about 19 million dollars a year (500 million Ukrainian hryvnias). Indirect losses are evaluated at billions of hryvnias, Ukraine's Minister of Infrastructure Vladimir Omelyan said. Ukraine will suffer direct losses due to the forced reduction of the tonnage of vessels that will have to navigate under the Crimean Bridge to enter the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk. The passage of ships across the Kerch Strait is likely to be ceased because of the bridge as well, the Ukrainian official said. "This bridge is a tool of economic and political pressure on Ukraine. This is a tool to block the Kerch Strait for ships sailing under the flag of Ukraine and all other countries," the minister said. Ukraine's Foreign Affairs Ministry sent inquiries to international judicial instances. Ukrainian companies also calculated the losses that they are going to suffer because of the Crimean Bridge, and they are going to bill Russia accordingly. Russian President Putin launched the Crimean Bridge on May 15. He drove a KamAZ truck along the bridge in about 16 minutes. The next day, automotive traffic on the bridge was launched from the side of the Crimea and the Taman Peninsula. The Crimean Bridge became the longest bridge in Russia - it is 19 kilometers long. The project cost Russia 228 billion rubles - the funds were assigned from the federal budget.Pravda.Ru
By Paul Craig Roberts
I have explained Russian President Valdimir Putin's Christian practice of turning the other cheek to Western provocations as a strategy to convey to Europe that Russia is reasonable but Washington is not and that Russia is not a threat to European interests and sovereignty but Washington is. By accommodating Israel and withdrawing from the multi-nation Iran nuclear-nonprolifertion agreement, US President Donald Trump might have brought success to Putin's strategy.
Washington's three main European vassal states, Britain, France, and Germany have objected to Trump's unilateral action. Trump is of the opinion that the multi-nation agreement depends only on Washington. If Washington renounces the agreement, that is the end of the agreement.
El Sabor Del Sahara Camp: A Precious Gem in the Middle of the Sahara Desert
By: Saleh ElBachra
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a specialist in terror and urged him not to lecture Israel. "Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is among Hamas's biggest supporters and there is no doubt that he well understands terrorism and slaughter. I suggest that he not preach morality to us," Netanyahu tweeted. Earlier, Turkish President Erdogan discussed recent violent clashes events in the Gaza Strip in a telephone conversation with Mahmoud Abbas. On Monday, more than 50 Palestinians were killed in clashes with the Israeli military, more than 2,400 people were injured. Erdogan and Abbas also discussed possible responses to Israeli actions.On Monday, Erdogan called Israel's actions against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip an act of genocide. Ankara decided to recall ambassadors from Washington and Tel Aviv in connection with Israel's actions in the Gaza Strip.Violent clashes on the border of the Gaza Strip began against the backdrop of the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
Russia will not be the only country to use the Crimean Bridge which President Putin is opening today, on May 15. Ukraine and European countries will be able to use the bridge for profitable transit to Asia, Senator Sergei Tsekov of the Republic of Crimea said. On May 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the opening ceremony of the automotive section of the Crimean Bridge - a super 19-kilometre-long construction from mainland Russia to the Crimean Peninsula. The state contract for the construction of the bridge provided for the launch of the automotive section in December 2018, but the first stage of the project has been delivered six months ahead of the deadline. For motorists, car traffic on the bridge will be opened on May 16 at 05:30 MSK. Local residents - Crimeans and Kuban residents - will be the first to drive through it.Sergei Tsekov, Senator from the Republic of Crimea, a member of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, told Pravda.Ru that the bridge has established direct connection with Russia. "Crimea has now been linked to Russia. This gives us additional opportunities in economy, social sphere, logistics," the official said. Indeed, the construction of the bridge to the Crimea removes the transport blockade of the Crimea, which will be broken completely when the railway section of the bridge is launched in 2019. "This is a major event for the country after Russia's reunification with the Crimea," Sergei Tsekov said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.According to the senator, Russia has showed itself as a highly developed technological country having built the bridge. Russia used state-of-the-art technologies for the construction of support structures installed deep into the seafloor. This bridge is not only the longest one in Russia, but also in Europe.Sergei Tsekov is convinced that the bridge will be protected accordingly from saboteurs. A special service will be established to protect both the surface and the underwater elements of the bridge. "The bridge is important for both the Crimea and Russia. It is important for Ukraine, it is important for Europe, and I am confident that over time the bridge will be used by various economic structures of Ukraine to transport products to the territory of the Crimea. When the relationship between Ukraine and Russia becomes normal - and it will become normal - both the territory of the Crimea and the bridge itself will be used for the transit of goods from Ukraine and Europe to Asia. Therefore, the opening of the Crimean Bridge is a landmark event in the life of the European community," the official told Pravda.Ru. The construction of the Crimean Bridge, connecting the Crimea and Russia's Kuban region, began two years ago. The bridge is 19 kilometres long: 11.5 km on land and 7.5 km across the sea. The bridge across the Kerch Strait consists of parallel road and railway sections. The bridge has four lanes, the maximum speed of movement is 120 kilometres per hour. The railway consists of two paths. The estimated speed of passenger trains along the bridge is 120 kilometres per hour, the speed for freight trains is 80 kilometres per hour.Lyuba LulkoPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
Photodynamic Therapy: the light for a new era in the treatment of dental infections
A study led by researchers from the Dental Medicine Area and the Institute of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, and the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC), University of Coimbra (UC), revealed that Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is effective in the treatment of dental infections.
One of the major current problems of endodontic treatment, commonly known as tooth devitalization, is to ensure the complete destruction of microbial biofilms - complex populations of microorganisms that form inside the root canal of the tooth and cause infection - in order to ensure the success of the intervention. Therefore, the study developed in the PhD work of Patrícia Diogo, already published in the magazines Frontiers in Microbiology and Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy, the official journal of the European Platform of Photodynamic Medicine, focused on exploring new therapeutic strategies and comparing them with conventional techniques.
By David Pear
If you want to know the untold history of the U.S.A., then a good place to start is with the history of US imperialism in Asia from the mid-19th century until today. Not only will that reveal the history of the criminality of US foreign policy, but it will also reveal the true nature of U.S. capitalism, imperialism, fascism and U.S. wars of aggression: past, present and future.
For centuries the U.S. has preached that it believes in democracy, freedom and self-determination, but its actions towards other countries speak louder than words. Internationally the U.S. is a predator and a bully. It subjugates small countries, corrupts them by backing right-wing dictators, and enables death squads to commit mass murder of all suspected dissidents. During the First Cold War leftists, anti-colonialists, nationalists and intellectuals were called "communists" and imprisoned, tortured and executed. Now they are called "terrorists".
Libresse, a world-famous maker of women's hygiene products, has launched an educational campaign in Ukraine titled "This is normal," the purpose of which is to remove taboo from the topic of menstrual cycle. The company released a commercial, in which the widely recognised blue liquid, with the help of which TV ads traditionally demonstrate the absorbency of hygiene products, to the red liquid. The campaign sparked a storm of indignation among female audience. The video shows common situations, in which young woman are too embarrassed to ask their friends for a pad, because there are men around them at parties or classes. The company offers to cast stereotypes aside and make no taboo of the subject. "Periods are normal. Talking about them should be too" the slogan of the video says. However, many female viewers found the demonstration of the red liquid in an advertisement of women's hygiene products offensive. Many assumed that the topic of women's hygiene has already received too much exposure and does not need to be promoted further. One needs to talk about it, but one does not need to trumpet about it, Ukrainian bloggers believe. Others noted that the campaigned evoked disapproval among women only. They explained women's negative reaction with patriarchy lifestyle and inner misogyny, when women feel aversion to other women and maintain stereotypes about women who represent other women in a negative light.Libresse launched "Blood normal" campaign internationally in 2017.
By Harun Yahya
All those who are true friends of God, who are loyal to Him by heart and who rejoice by striving on His path, are the bright faces of this world. Regardless of their beliefs, religions and ethnicities, the friends of God are the force that keeps the world standing. If it were not for the existence of people who have a respectful fear of God, submit to His will and love Him more than anything, the world would be plunged into darkness. The earth would be left without love, friendship, mercy and compassion. The woe, pessimism and the oppression encouraging aspects of disbelief would lay waste to all mankind.
For these reasons, people who love God and who don't want the world to face such darkness came together on April 28, 2018 at the Istanbul Fairmont Quasar Hotel for the Third International Conference on the Origin of Life and the Universe. Scientists and theologians from the USA, Italy, Austria and Germany contributed to a historical meeting. Co-hosted by The Technics and Science Research Foundation, The Foundation for the Preservation of National Values and The Foundation of National Values, the speakers once again announced to the whole world that science shows universe and life were created out of nothingness and proved that there was no further tolerance for Darwinist dictatorship. During the conference, which had two coffee and one lunch break, eight esteemed speakers offered breathtaking details about God's beautiful creation of the universe and life. In between the sessions, Istanbul Dance Factory displayed an amazing dance performance, and famous percussionist Onur Seçki stunned the attendants with his spectacular show. The Third International Conference on the Origin of Life and the Universe was a success not only with the topics it dealt with or in its impeccable organization, but also with an elite lineup of speakers and its modern and sophisticated attendants. The flawless organization, which saw close to 500 guests, was praised by guests from the scientific, political and artistic communities.
Mass clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers took place on May 14 on the border of the Gaza Strip and Israel on the eve of the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. The number of killed and wounded people is constantly growing. According to most recent information, the death toll has reached 40 and is still counting. The number of the wounded nears 1,700 people, at least 74 of them are teenagers under 18 years of age. There are women and journalists among the wounded too. Most of the wounded and the killed received gunshot wounds. A 14-year-old teenager and a woman are among the dead, Tass reports.Several thousands of Palestinians, residents of the enclave, take part in the protests. According to Al Jazeera, it goes about 10,000 people. According to incoming information, the protesters are making attempts to break through the border of the Gaza Strip in several places, where the protests are taking place. Enclave residents are trying to destroy the barrier and break into the territory of the Jewish state.Mass actions of protest in Gaza are being held within the framework of the so-called "March of Return." These actions having been taking place regularly since the end of March, when the Palestinians celebrated the Land Day in memory of six Arabs, who died in 1976 during protests against the alienation of hundreds of land plots by the Israeli authorities. Violent clashes on the border have already claimed nearly 60 lives of Gaza residents. The protests resumed on Monday morning in connection with the upcoming opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, where the embassy will be relocated from Tel Aviv in accordance with Donald Trump's decision from December 2017. The protests are expected to reach their peak when millions of people are to march from the Gaza Strip to the border on May 15, when the Palestinians mark the Day of the Catastrophe (An-Nakba) the day after the anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel.Israel's actions have drawn criticism from members of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is an executive body of the United Nations Organization. They issued a statement calling on the Israeli authorities to immediately put an end to the disproportionate use of force against Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza Strip, refrain from any action that might lead to further human casualties and ensure the rapid and unhindered access of wounded Palestinians to medical assistance.Experts also believe that Israel should initiate an "impartial and independent investigation of the use of force against Palestinian demonstrators in accordance with international standards" and bring those responsible to justice. The Committee expects that all Palestinians shall be provided with the opportunity to enjoy their rights in Israel-controlled territories in accordance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.Meanwhile, the leader of Al-Qaeda* terrorist organization Ayman al-Zawahiri, urged his supporters to continue the jihad against the United States, reports The Guardian.In a five-minute video called "Tel Aviv is also a Muslim land," Al-Zawahiri, who led the terrorist group after the assassination of Osama bin Laden in 2011, condemned the conciliation policy of the Palestinian administration and called it representatives "traders of Palestine." Al-Zawahiri called on his followers to take up arms.In his statement, Al-Zawahiri noted that Trump has showed the true face of modern crusaders, and one needs to fight with them through mobilization and Jihad. He reminded that Bin Laden had declared the US "the prime enemy of the Muslims", and swore that he would not rest until all infidels leave the "land of Prophet Muhammad."Pravda.Ru
*Al-Qaeda is a terrorist group banned in Russia
Russian ground-based radar systems outperform US F-22A fighters depriving them of strategic advantage.Russian radar stations detected US Air Force aircraft that approached Tu-95MS bombers over the neutral waters of the Pacific Ocean last Friday, the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper wrote. According to commander of long-range aviation of the Russian Air Force, Lieutenant-General Sergei Kobylash, Russian ground-based radars, having detected US fighter aircraft approaching Russian strategic bombers notified the Russian pilots of the manoeuvre in advance.Commander of the group of bombers, Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Manyagin, stressed that the pilots of F-22A fighter aircraft were behaving in a proper way without showing aggressive intentions.Kobylash also said that the American pilots were accompanying the Russian aircraft for about 48 minutes.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
The Chinese authorities opened railway communication with Iran, despite the position of the United States.Beijing opened a new railway line to Iran, while the US calls on its companies to wrap up their interaction with Tehran.As long as US President Donald Trump tightens his confrontational attitude toward Tehran by terminating the 2015 nuclear deal and calling for a new sanctions regime, China is more than willing to take advantage of an opportunity for trade by opening a new international railway linking Tehran and Bayannur, a city in China's Inner Mongolia region. The route of the railway has not been revealed yet, as there are several large railway projects underway. Given the fact that Bayannur is located near the Chinese border and the existence of the international railway to Kazakhstan there, one may presume that the new trade route passes through the territories of the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.According to The Washington Post, China sent the first train from Bayannur with 1,150 tons of sunflower seeds, as Bayannur is the largest area for the production of sunflower seeds in China. China exports about 180,000 tons of sunflower seeds every year. The new railway will shortens the delivery time by about 20 days, and the sunflower seeds from China will reach Tehran in two weeks - twice as fast as before.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
A recent opinion poll conducted by Levada Center targeted such an issue as the effect of Western sanctions on Russia. The survey was conducted in different parts of the country among 1,600 people aged 18 years and over.It turned out that 80% of Russian citizens do not experience serious inconveniences because of the sanctions. Eighteen percent acknowledged that they had experienced difficulties, which they associated with sanctions against Russia. As many as 33% of respondents did not notice even slightest difficulties, whereas 45% did not suffer serious damage. Three percent of the polled saw "very serious problems", and 15% - "quite serious problems" in the effect of economic sanctions of the West against Russia. The political and economic pressure of the West caused by Russia's position on Ukraine, does not bother 26% of the polled. Forty-two percent said that they were "not too worried" about the pressure that Western countries have been putting on Russia.Twenty-one percent of respondents said that they saw the attitude of the West to the Russian Federation as alarming. Nineteen percent are sure that the same word can describe Russia's attitude to Western countries. A quarter of respondents are convinced that the West fears Russia. At the same time, the Russians are calmer in their attitude to the West than vice versa. 40% of Russians believe that in our country the West is perceived without any special feelings, 14% see similar attitude of the West to Russia.More than a half of Russians feel that Russia is being isolated from other countries. Fifteen percent of the polled answered positively to this question, while 41% responded "most likely, yes." Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
The coverage of Spanish television on Korea
By Mikel Vivanko, Official Delegate of the Korean Friendship Association (KFA).
The UK has been making unwise moves in an effort to ruin its relations with Russia with the help of the far-fetched Skripal case. Due to the reduction of gas production in the North Sea and declining home reserves against the backdrop of the nation's exit from the European Union, London may find itself in dire need of the Russian liquified natural gas (LNG). However, British lawmakers intend to ban the supplies of energy carriers from Russia. The UK will have to choose between its political ambitions and economics.
A recent article published on oilprice.com under the headline "Why Russian gas is critical for the UK" tries to explain that the energy system of the UK will be deprived of the funding from the EU. Great Britain can satisfy its needs in natural gas only on the level of 40 percent. The United Kingdom imports 75 percent of natural gas from Norway's North Sea fields with about ten more percent accounting for Qatari LNG.
It is worthy of note that Scotland, which is unwilling to exit the EU, is determined to dispute the North Sea deposit.
While Russia is preparing for the World Cup this summer, an Argentine sports channel released a video mocking the Russian law that bans the propaganda of homosexual relations.
On Thursday, May 10, Ad TyC Sports broadcast a video addressing the decision of the Russian government to ban "gay propaganda" in the Russian Federation. The video is made with humor and makes references to various situations, whether it is a reaction of football fans to a goal or a protest against a decision of a referee.
"Mr. Putin, we found out that your country does not admit displays of love among men. So we are in trouble!" the video says.
Europe is trying to resist Donald Trump's decision to pull out from the "nuclear deal" with Iran, but the EU will have to surrender to the mercy of the winner. Nevertheless, one should bear in mind the fact that politics, as a rule, serves the interests of business leaders, and the Rothschilds are a European family.
The European Union did not support Donald Trump's decision to exit the "nuclear deal" with Iran. Nevertheless, the Europeans (and not only them, but the whole world), will have to end their business relations with the Islamic republic within the next few months, or they may come across brutal US sanctions otherwise.
"The European Union is ready to challenge any unilateral action that would affect the interests of European companies and respond in accordance with WTO rules," a representative of the French government Benjamin Griveaux said.
"Death to America". Iranian MPs in Parliament in Tehran shout these words as they burn a US flag. This is one of the first reactions to the announcement of the exit from the Washington nuclear agreement. Anger, yes, but also fear. Fear of an economy that gets worse day by day. For a currency that is falling. For those prices that in cities are literally crushing the citizens of the Islamic Republic. The crisis that crosses Iran is a profound evil that does not spare even the countryside, devastated by a drought that has been going on for five years.
by Eugenia Fiore Bennati
A lifeline. This was how President Hassan Rohani presented the nuclear deal to the country. An agreement that should have finally opened the doors of the West to the Iranian economy - limiting gradually the isolation of the country - and bringing huge foreign investments, jobs, opportunities. Now, what remains is just a big question mark.
Syrian air defence systems intercepted and destroyed more than a half of missiles of the Israeli army, representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry said commenting on the recent development in the Middle East. On the night of May 10, Iranian armed forces operating in Syria fired about 20 missiles at positions of the Israeli army on the Golan Heights. In response, Israel attacked tens of military facilities of the Iranian forces in Syria.The data on the damage caused to the Iranian armed forces, as well as military and civil infrastructure of the Syrian Arab Republic are yet to be clarified, Russian officials said. It was reported that 28 Israeli F-15 and F-16 aircraft took part in the attack on the territory of Syria. They fired about 60 missiles, whereas more than ten tactical missiles were launched from the ground.It was also said that the official representative of Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), Jonathan Conricus, said that Israel had informed Russia before striking Syria in response to missile attacks on the territory of Israel. On May 9, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin the missile strikes that the Israeli military had repeatedly inflicted on strategic targets in Syria in recent months. According to Netanyahu, the conversation with the Russian leader made him believe that Moscow would not continue restricting Israel's actions in Syria.Syrian air defences currently consist of weapons of Soviet or Russian production - anti-aircraft complexes S-75, S-200, Buk, Pantsir, but Russia may ship S-300 systems to Syria in the near future and free of charge. Pravda.Ru
Russia is about to finish the construction of the bridge to the Crimea. The automotive part of the bridge has already been delivered to the customer.The bridge is to be launched for automotive transport later this May. It was said that the works were carried out in accordance with required levels of quality, the established estimate and ahead of the contract period. The construction of the bridge has been completed in early May 2018 instead of December 2018. Workers are currently installing road signs and safety systems while continuing the work on the railway part of the Crimean bridge. The construction of the 19-kilometer long bridge consisting of parallel automobile and railway sections started in February 2016.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
The Israeli military have struck missile blows on the positions of Iranian troops in Syria. According to Haaretz, some of the missiles struck deep into the Syrian territory. Earlier, representatives of the Israeli army reported about the launch of 20 missiles from the Syrian territory on those positions.As a result of the Israeli missile attack, several people were injured among the Syrians and the Iranians. Israel attacked the missile launchers that were supposedly involved in the attacks of Israeli positions and ammunition depots.Israeli officials said that the air force of the country did not suffer any losses during the attack, and all Israeli aircraft returned to the airfields. Israel also notified Russia of the attack in advance. One radar station was destroyed in the attack. Syria's SANA news agency said that Syrian air defences successfully reacted to Israel's attack, although several Israeli missiles reached their targets. Israel also targeted military facilities and radar stations in the Syrian provinces of Quneitra and Homs.Representatives of the Israeli army said that the Israeli Air Force was attacking the Iranian positions in Syria, and any attempt that Syria would take to respond to those actions would come across a tough reaction on the part of Israel.On May 10, representatives of the Israeli army said that the positions of its army on Golan Hiehgts were attacked. The military of the Jewish state accused Iran's Al-Quds forces of the attack (the forces are deployed on the territory of Syria). Thus, Israel views the shelling of Iranian positions in Syria as an act of self-defence.Experts note that Israel's most recent attack on Syria was the most massive one since the signing of the Agreement on the separation of troops of the two countries in 1974. It is worthy of note that Iran accuses Saudi Arabia, with which Tehran has no diplomatic relations either, of "supporting the Zionist regime and terrorism."Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
If we speak of liberalism, or neoliberalism, in today's society, it's usually in a negative sense. And that is remarkable, because liberalism was originally intended to 'liberalize' the citizen, that is, to free him from the ruling elite. How then did modern liberalism become a new instrument of oppression? And why is it time to take a new look at this prevailing system?
As much freedom as possible
Liberalism is more or less a product of the French Revolution, in which both the middle and lower classes revolted against the oppression of the nobility. A revolt that, considering the absolutist power of the latter, was fully justified. Freedom, equality and brotherhood, that's what it was about.
In his inaugural speech, Vladimir Putin spoke about such things as "deep protection" and "bureaucratic deadness" that Russia needs to struggle with. There were other highly important things in his speech that deserve attention.
In particular, Putin spoke about the need for a comprehensive breakthrough in many areas and said that the decisions that the authorities are going to make during his current term as president will determine the future of the country for decades to come.
Everything is more or less clear about the Russian conservatism and traditional values. However, Putin's message about the need for a breakthrough and the need for freedom as the basis for this breakthrough appeares as a new and fresh feature in Putin's public appearances. It seems that the president spoke about it for the first time during his most recent Address to the Federal Assembly. He reiterated those theses in a more concise form in the inaugural speech.
By Jim Jones
Israel, that terrorist state who openly defies UN resolutions, persecutes the Palestinian peoples and claims the right to bomb anybody while denying the right of any sort of retaliatory action, has once again embarked on a most serious provocation in the Middle East.
On 29th April, Israel launched an attack full of duplicity, on an Iranian weapons depot in Syria, the depot said to be one of the biggest in the country, is located in Mount Azzan near Aleppo and was reportedly being used by Iran's Lebanese proxy Hezbollah and other Iranian militias in Syria.
President Petro Poroshenko said at a ceremony during the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation that Ukraine should not have any common military holidays with Russia.
According to Poroshenko, Ukraine put an end to the "long-standing and strange tradition" to celebrate the main military holiday in unison with Russia.
"Our military calendar must not contain anything in common with the aggressor," Poroshenko said.
Former musician Alexey Lebedinsky, for example, bluntly stated that "it is high time to shoot." "It is about time people should resort to terror to respond to terrorism of the state against people to eliminate the bastards that have seized power," the singer said.
In an interview with a Ukrainian publication, Lebedinsky said: "We can not ask the civilized world to save the Russian people from its tyrants, we can't admit to ourselves that we don't have the guts for it, because those in power are strong, unpunished and merciless."
According to him, "peoples deserve their rulers, and I'm increasingly sorry for the herds of people on the whole. I'm also increasingly sorry for certain people who understand their helplessness in trying to change anything."
Dave Lewis of Canada has resigned as the head coach of the Belarusian national ice hockey team after Russia thumped Belarus 6:0 at the group stage of the World Ice Hockey Championship. Russian specialist Sergei Pushkov, 54, will lead team Belarus until the end of the tournament.
The press service of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation said that the parties decided to end cooperation by mutual consent. Lewis, who has coached the team since 2014, believes that his departure from the team in the middle of the highly important tournament will give players a necessary impetus to improve their performance.
On Monday, the Belarusians missed six goals in a match with Russia and scored zero. Earlier, they also managed to lose to the Swedes (0:5) and even the French (2: 6). Team Belarus takes the last, eighth place in Group A.
When capitalism finds out it gives free meals
by Maurizio Blondet
There are still too many true believers in liberalism, who are inculcating its primary dogma: that "the market" and private initiative can allocate capital better than the wasted and corrupt state.
The situation in the Middle East is about to reach a new level of watch due to the approaching of the May 12 deadline when, if no different factors are involved, the Trump administration could really announce the unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA treaty, the nuclear agreement signed by Washington with Teheran. Davood Abbas of ParsToday gives us here the Iranian point of view, at the light of the sentence of guilt issued to the Islamic Republic by a federal court in New York and the latest diplomatic message released by the Iranian Foreign Minister, Dr. Zarif . If, on the one hand, a federal judge in New York recognized a part of guilt to Iran in the attacks of 11 September 2001 and sentenced it to compensate the families of the victims, on the other hand, Dr. Zarif clarifies once and for all that the unjustified withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA will not open the way for new diplomatic negotiations in this regard. In the background there are the unheard oppositions of the other Nations guaranteeing the agreement and the powerful example of North Korea, whose determination to equip itself with the atomic weapon seems to have changed in its favor the geopolitical situation on the entire Korean peninsula.
Q) Mr. Abbasi, why did Iran sign the nuclear treaty with the United States?
A) Iran has signed a nuclear treaty with six Nations, i.e. with Russia, China, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as with the United States. It would never have signed an agreement with Washington alone. The Iranian political world does not believe the American government is reliable. The announced withdrawal of Donald Trump from the agreement, scheduled for May 12 and the failure to implement the commitments made on it by the White House, testifies that Iranian politicians cannot be blamed. The signing of the agreement with the group of 5 + 1 countries was probably an opportunity, that the highest Office in Iran, the Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, wanted to give to the front of the reformists, who had won the elections in 2013 with Rohani and that believed that, with the negotiation, it was possible to solve the problems with the West. It is bitter to admit it but, today, the behavior of President Trump shows that this was just a chimera and that diplomacy and the civil solution of the nuclear problem, wanted by Iran, is not a language that Americans understand.
Emmanuel Macron warned of the possible beginning of World War Three should the United States withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran. Let us imagine how events may develop if Donald Trump torpedoes this agreement on May 12.The UN Security Council has been developing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as Iran's nuclear program, for more than a decade. The plan says that Tehran should refuse from attempts to either build or possess nuclear weapons. In return, the international community undertakes to gradually lift international and national sanctions from Iran in trade, technology, finance and energy. However, President Donald Trump considers the "nuclear deal" with Iran insane and threatens to withdraw from it unilaterally.
Trump has a personal aversion to Iran
"The elimination of the symbolic nuclear agreement with Iran from 2015 would open a Pandora's box - this could mean war," Macron told the German newspaper Der Spiegel. European leaders used to reject the position of the United States on the subject. These days, however, they are ready to consider a few aspects that the deal does not embrace, such as, for example, the development of ballistic missiles - a weapon designed to deliver nuclear bombs to their targets. Dmitry Abzalov, President of the Center for Strategic Communications, told Pravda.Ru that Donald Trump would most likely torpedo the Iran deal on Saturday. "Trump has an aversion to Iran, and Mueller's investigation brings to light a few of those close to him. Secondly, Israel's Netanyahu actively supports Donald Trump. The two politicians will try to take advantage of the Iranian issue to switch public attention to questions of foreign, rather than domestic policies," the expert told Pravda.Ru. As for the Europeans, they have economic interests in Iran, Abzalov believes. It goes about colossal investments in the Iranian fuel and energy complex and the joint German-French project to supply Airbus aircraft to Iran. "Torpedoing the Iran nuclear deal would strike a serious blow on European businesses that will fear secondary sanctions on the dollar market. USA's unilateral withdrawal from the Iran deal will lead to higher tensions in the region," Dmitry Abzalov told Pravda.Ru.
Six steps to WWIII: Trump torpedos Iran deal
Let us assume that Donald Trump will not extend the deal. This is the first step. Step two - Tehran will immediately resume uranium enrichment works. This was announced by the chief of Iran's Atomic Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani himself. Step three - Washington will reinstate the sanctions, while Russia and China fail to pass resolutions condemning Washington through the UN Security Council because of the silence of the Europeans. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and Turkey say that they also launch uranium enrichment operations to protect their people from the insanity of the Iranian regime. Most likely, Israel has had nuclear weapons for a long time already. As a result, we will see four nuclear powers in the Middle East in a few years, where ISIS* is still struggling to survive. North Korea will be willing to revisit its nuclear ambition as well, and the principle of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons will go down in history forever.The United States may prefer to start bombing Iranian nuclear facilities immediately after receiving a signal about the resumption of uranium enrichment works (step four). However, Iran keeps those objects hidden in mountains, and even a massive attack on the Islamic Republic will not be able to break Iran's nuclear potential. The appearance of the bomb will be delayed, but the reaction to the attack will follow immediately.Step five - Iran will block the Strait of Hormuz - a transport corridor for almost one-third of global oil trade. Oil prices will skyrocket. Step six - Hezbollah will strike Israel, and the conflict will start snowballing with Syria and possibly, Lebanon and Palestine joining in. Iran can also help the Houthis in their struggle against Saudi Arabia, and the war on the Arabian Peninsula will erupt with a vengeance, which, in fact, will lead to the grand finale as Emmanuel Macron described it. The US will benefit from such a development: USA's shale oil and LNG will not be too expensive for Europe against the background of high world prices on oil. A new war in the Middle East will bring new loans and orders for the US defence industry. This would contribute to the growth of the American industry and create jobs, jobs, jobs, as Trump promised. Preparations for a war with Tehran are in full swing: an American court ordered Iran to pay billion-dollar compensations to victims of 9/11 attacks; Benjamin Netanyahu promulgated intelligence materials to prove that Tehran had retained its military nuclear program after the conclusion of the nuclear deal. The ayatollah regime in Iran may collapse, unless, of course, Iran shows consolidated resistance. Can Iran count on support from Russia and China? The two countries will most likely refuse to join international sanctions against Iran. However, such a humble move will not save Iran in the dollar-pegged global economy. Moscow may thus lose a landmark ally in the region. This could be another long-term goal of the United States and Israel. Lyuba Lulko (Stepushova)Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
The Russians will remember Vladimir Putin's third presidency for the efforts that led to the revival of Russia as a superpower. At the same time, however, the distribution of income still remained unfair. Are the Russians ready to make sacrifices endlessly? According to recent polls conducted by WCIOM and Levada public opinion research centres, 45-47 percent of Russians consider the retrieval of the status of a great power to be the main achievement of Putin's presidency from 2012 to 2018. About 45 percent of respondents, that is the same number, believe that the head of state failed to ensure "a fair distribution of income in the interests of ordinary people."President of the Institute of Regional Projects and Legislation, Boris Nadezhdin, told Pravda.Ru that Russia has two signs of a superpower: a strong army and membership in the UN Security Council. "In terms of prosperity, economic development and life expectancy, we, unfortunately, are not among the world leaders. This is what people pointed out," the political scientist said in an interview with Pravda.Ru. Russia has become a superpower in military terms. Putin made Russia become larger as a result of the Crimean referendum. Yet, there were certain failures in Putin's presidency as well - for example, economic stagnation."Most Russians support Russia's reunification with the Crimea and efforts to modernise the army. Those people are happy and are ready to endure hardships further. On the other hand, the educated part of the population does not like the fixation on Armata tanks and Iskander missile systems. A lot of people prefer to leave Russia and move to the territory of a probable enemy," Boris Nadezhdin concluded in an interview with Pravda.Ru.The head of the fund for electoral processes and politics, Andrei Mironov, told Pravda.Ru that against the backdrop of sanctions and an aggressive information war, the Russians always begin to unite, but the bulk of the population wants social reforms to take place. Mr. Mironov does not think that the population is ready to endure hardships in favour of maintaining the status of a great power. "If it were a real war that would imply military actions, then the population of Russia would be prepared for privations. Yet, I do not think that people will be willing to look into their fridges and see less food there now. They do not want worse healthcare and worse education either. In a nutshell, people want their fridges to be full," Andrei Mironov said. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
The United States wants China to willingly turn into a third world state. The USA and China conduct a dialogue with each other that is hidden from public attention. An American delegate, however, has recently unveiled five points of Trump's ultimatum to China, which the Americans presented to the Chinese side.Washington demands China should again agree to become a weak and technologically backward state. In return, the USA will give China an opportunity to make profit on American markets.In particular, the USA wants China to: 1. Reduce tariffs to the level of corresponding American tariffs;2. Remove restrictions on US investment in certain sectors of the Chinese economy;3. Stop cyber attacks on the United States;4. Strengthen the protection of American intellectual property;5. Eliminate state subsidies for enterprises in the sphere of high technology.According to the Global Times writes, the USA deliberately shows its arrogant attitude towards Beijing, and China is not going to tolerate it. According to the Chinese administration, the US authorities continue to believe that China still needs lessons from the Americans, who feel that they can resort to any sort of unilateral measures against China. The USA does not accept any resistance on the part of China, as it would cause damage to Washington's dignity. Meanwhile, a threat of sanctions forced Beijing to demonstrate the power of its navy in the South China Sea. On April 5, China launched large-scale naval exercises. The drills came in response to the appearance of three aircraft carrier groups of the US Navy in the region. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
The US Department of Defence signed a contract for the installation of an integrated laser gun on US Navy destroyers.It goes about a high energy laser weapon outfitted with an optical surveillance system (HELIOS). It was said that the Department of Defence awarded Lockheed Martin a contract worth $150 million with options for an additional $942.8 million to produce several HELIOS units before 2020.US warships will also receive Phalanx MK-15 system, which is a 20-mm cannon with radar guidance that ensures "protection against anti-ship missiles, aircraft and threats of coastal warfare."A Phalanx system automatically detects, evaluates, monitors, engages and evaluates killings against ASM and high-speed aviation threats, Lockheed experts say.Thus, as fears of WWIII have moved from the Korean Peninsula to the Middle East, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Pentagon will order more and more new weapons to wage war against its next adversary.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
Ukrainian theatre and film actor Bogdan Iusypchuk received the status of the most handsome man in the world at Mister Sea World 2018 pageant, which was held in Latin America, Ukrainian news agencies report."Do you know the expression "A man can do no more than he can?" This is not true ... a man can do anything. We are first in the world !!! Thank you all for the massive support !!!!!! Everyone have a good start of the week! Mister Sea World 2018," the actor wrote on May 6 on his Facebook page.In 2014, Iusypchuk won the title of "Mr. Ukraine." The same year, at the international competition among men in the UK, Mr World, he was awarded the title "Mr. Congeniality" and was ranked third in extreme sports competitions. Pravda.Ru
Turkey is seriously considering withdrawing from NATO, as the relationship with the alliance continues to worsen. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu warned of retaliatory actions if the American bill about sanctions against Turkey becomes law.At the end of last week, US lawmakers published information about the annual funding of defence in the amount of $717 billion. The document temporarily bans selling weapons to Turkey. In an interview with CNN, Cavusoglu cracked down on the decision by saying that it would be wrong to impose such a restriction on a NATO ally. In addition, he said that Turkey allowed the United States to use Incirlik airbase for air strikes on Syria. "If the United States imposes sanctions on us or takes such a step, Turkey will respond to it," Cavusoglu said adding that the United States should refuse from such an intention. The controversial bill targets 116 fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter-bombers, which Washington promised to sell to Ankara. A hundred of those bomber planes are ready for shipment.The US bill largely comes as a response to Turkey's recent purchase of S-400 air defence systems from Russia. Although Turkey's relations with Russia are far from friendship, the deal raised many concerns at NATO and the United States. The Russian arms systems, as experts say, are incompatible with NATO defence systems.In April, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Cavusoglu that the US was "seriously concerned" about Turkey's move to purchase S-400 air defence systems from Russia, meaning, of course, that US defence contractors of air defence systems were not enthusiastic either.Cavusoglu criticised NATO's fears over the purchase of Russian weapons and accused the alliance of trying to control Turkey and infringe on its sovereignty."Turkey is not accountable to you, this is an independent country ... Dictating what we can and can not buy, is not the right approach nor does it comply with the rules of our alliance," he said.Last year, Turkey and the United States temporarily restricted issuing visas to their citizens after Turkey arrested an employee of the American consulate in Istanbul.If Turkey leaves NATO, it will become a sign of NATO's entry into the state of collapse. US President Trump has repeatedly criticised NATO and most of its members for not paying their fair share for defence.Pyotr YermilinPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
The inauguration ceremony for President Putin was held in the Moscow Kremlin on May 7. This has been Putin's fourth inauguration. A few minutes before noon, the president left the First Building of the Kremlin, where his office is located, and went to the parade residence of the head of state - the Grand Kremlin Palace - to take the oath. Putin went to the inauguration on a "Cortege" project vehicle.At the Grand Kremlin Palace, Putin ascended the Grand Main Staircase and strolled through the halls of the palace - Georgievsky, Aleksandrovsky and Andreevsky - to the sound of a counter march and fanfare. Putting his right hand on the Constitution, Putin said the text of the oath. The chairman of the Constitutional Court of Russia announced that the head of state was sworn in. Putin received the symbols of power and a duplicate of the president's standard was raised over the residence to the music of the Russian anthem.Then Putin addressed the citizens of the Russian Federation. In his speech, Putin called Russia a country of "grandiose victories and accomplishments" and thanked the Russians for their support at the last presidential election. "In this support, there is faith and hope that Russia will continue to strengthen its power, and people will live better," he said.The president also assured that, when taking office as president, he "particularly keenly" realises his "enormous responsibility to everyone" in Russia. Serving Russia is "above everything else to me," he said. "It is my duty and meaning of life to do everything for Russia, for its present and future, peaceful and prosperous." "There is no time for swinging," Putin concluded.Vladimir Putin noted that Russia has been able to achieve a lot recently. Russia has learned to defend her interests and managed to revive the pride of the Fatherland. The country also ensured its security and defence capability. These areas will be given first priority attention in the future, he assured, but the main purpose now is associated with settling domestic issues, ensuring safety and health of Russian citizens. "Our guide is Russia for people," Putin said. "We need breakthroughs in all spheres of life," he said. Improving the quality of life of Russians, including education and healthcare, as well as protecting motherhood and childhood would be his prime objectives as president, Putin said adding that he would make every effort to achieve those goals.At the end of the ceremony, artillery weapons fired 30 solemn volleys from the side of the Kremlin embankment. Afterwards, Putin walked through the inner passage of the Grand Kremlin Palace to Sobornaya Square to see the parade of the Presidential Regiment, where more than 2,000 guests were waiting for Putin to appear. Vladimir Putin refused from the traditional passage of the presidential motorcade along Moscow to the Kremlin, which became a peculiarity of the ceremony. As for the list of foreign guests, who were invited to attend the inauguration, there was temporary charge d'affaires of the Lithuanian Embassy in Moscow Giedrius Galkauskas and American actor Steven Seagal, who received Russian citizenship in 2006. Seagal came to the inauguration with his wife.Pravda.Ru
The champion of the current "velvet revolution" Nikol Pashynian (editor of the liberal newspaper Haykakan Zhamanak - The Times of Armenia) instigated riots and protests that led him first to the inaction and then to the detention on charges of premeditated actions aimed at laying siege to the buildings of the State government. In 2015 (not by chance after the country's accession to the Eurasian Economic Union) another wave of protests from the high-sounding name Electric Yerevan invested the capital of Armenia due to the increase in electricity supply costs. Not achieved the desired result with the "peaceful" protest, even then, paramilitary groups appeared on the streets accusing the government of a too soft attitude regarding the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh (or Armenian Artsakh). In fact, in July 2016, an armed group broke into a barracks in Yerevan demanding the release of their leader Jirair Sefilan; prominent military commander during the conflict of the late eighties and early nineties, joined in 2015 to the opposition group New Armenia by Raffi Hovanisian closely linked to the US Embassy in the country.
by Daniele Perra
Armenia, from the moment it gained independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union, has been forced to live in both economic and geopolitical difficult conditions. Closed in a narrow space dimension (and extremely reduced considering the extent of the territory in which the Armenians lived in the past), crushed between two hostile nations (Turkey and Azerbaijan) and landlocked, Armenia chose to lead a policy called of the "double track" linking both to Russia, historically responsible for its security, and to the West through the role of the diaspora (active especially in France and the United States) and the clearance to the massive presence of foreign NGOs in the national territory .
President Vladimir Putin considers an attempt to restore relations between Russia and the West, but his maneuver is limited to one man only - Alexey Kudrin, The Financial Times believes. An article in the authoritative newspaper about the upcoming reshuffling in the upper echelons of the Russian authorities after Putin's inauguration says that Putin considers appointing ex-Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin to an important position to make him responsible for the economic strategy and efforts to establish contacts with Europe and the United States.Western leaders would see such an appointment as a sign of Russia's desire for compromise, although it remains unknown when Mr. Kudrin managed to become a symbol of this desire, let alone the assumption that Putin was considering such an option. References to "an unnamed official of the Russian government" and "a former official from the Cabinet" are not very convincing.However, the article gives the name of one expert - economist Yevgeny Gontmakher. "If Kudrin joined the administration or government, it would indicate that they have agreed on a certain agenda of change, including in foreign policy, because without change in foreign policy, reforms are simply impossible in Russia," he said, the newspaper wrote, adding that "it would be a powerful message, because Kudrin is the only one in the top echelons with whom they will talk in the west and towards whom there is a certain trust."Why is Kudrin the only one? Why is there "a certain trust" to him in the West? There are no answers to these two questions either. It is worthy of note that Mr. Gontmakher is a member of the Kudrin Committee of Civil Initiatives. During the recent election campaign, he was a confidant of presidential candidate Grigory Yavlinsky, whose electoral program was built around the need to come to terms with the West as soon as possible. It is an open secret that Mr. Kudrin, who was dismissed from the post of the Finance Minister in 2011, is still a part of the Kremlin. He participates in the development of economic programs. In 2012 and 2015 he was offered to head a relevant department at the presidential administration, but it did not go any further. Of course, it never occurred to anyone to assume that Mr. Kudrin was perhaps the last chance for Russia to restore relations with the West.Judging by the article in The Financial Times, the idea is about the effectiveness of Western sanctions, which began to influence both the domestic political situation in Russia and personnel decisions. Mr. Kudrin believes that it is impossible for Russia to adapt to them now. In general, the motives behind the hypothetical appointment of Mr. Kudrin seem very doubtful, just like the sources that substantiate such a development. Oleg ArtyukovPravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
French historian Hélène Carrère d'Encausse said that the current policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin are based on the disparaging attitude that the West had towards Russia in the 1990s.Carrère d'Encausse stressed that the NATO bombing of Belgrade played a big role in Russia's attitude to foreign policies of the West. In an interview with Basler Zeitung, a Swiss publication, it was the West that pushed Russia towards forming the outlook that the country has today, because the West was ignoring Russia's views on international issues.According to her, when NATO countries decided to bomb Belgrade, they should have convened the UN Security Council, but decided not to do it. That was a turning point for Putin, the French historian concluded. She also said that Putin perceives Russia as a great power and the Russian president has done everything to prevent its from collapsing further. "He is certainly not a good fellow, otherwise he wouldn't stay in power for so long, but he loves his country and does what he thinks is right in order to protect it preserve its unity," the historian summed up.Western sanctions will not achieve their goal, Carrère d'Encausse said. The sanctions push Moscow to making reforms, and Russia may extricate from the crisis as a stronger economy, she added. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
The US State Department decided to stop funding White Helmets non-governmental organisation in Syria.According to CBS, a third of the budget of the organisation accounts for the money allocated from Washington. Now the organisation has been left without the American financial support, even though it was said that the White Helmets were not notified about the completion of their funding.Predictably, representatives of the organisation were alarmed by such a development. According to them, the news will negatively affect the "ability of humanitarian workers to save other people's lives."The US State Department declined to comment on the situation. It was said that the United States was looking for alternative sources of funding for humanitarian projects in Syria.White Helmets persistently accuses Syrian government troops of conducting air strikes against civilians. Russian officials also say that it was the White Helmets that played a big role in staging a chemical attack near Damascus, Syria, to give the Western coalition a reason to start bombing the country without an approval from the UN Security Council. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
Russian citizens prefer to spend their summer holidays inside the country, and this trend has been getting stronger every year, specialists of Rostourism (Federal Tourism Agency) noted.Most of the tickets for May holidays in Russia were sold for domestic destinations. According to the agency, this is the highest level since 2011.Rostourism chief Oleg Safonov said that traveling around Russia became more comfortable in light of infrastructure development and improvement of the tourist environment. According to Aviasales, at least two-thirds of Russian travellers opted for Russian destinations this year with Moscow, Sochi, Simferopol, Krasnodar, St. Petersburg, Mineralnye Vody, Makhachkala and Kaliningrad being among the leaders. At the same time, Russian tourists spent $31 billion abroad in 2017, which is $7 billion more (+13%) than a year earlier, according to the World Tourism Organisation at the United Nations.Chinese and American tourists spend most during their trips abroad. Tourists from China spent slightly less than $260 billion in overseas trips. US tourists spent 135 billion dollars, which was 12 billion more than a year earlier.The largest number of foreign tourists to Russia come from China. Germany comes second. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
Europa League: Atlético against Marseille
Atlético resisted pressure from Arsenal in the second half to win the tie 2-1 as Arsène Wenger bows out as Arsenal boss. Marseille come back to the top of European soccer with an aggregate win over Salzburg.
Trump's trade war with China is a way of putting pressure on Beijing for its behavior in the South China Sea. Xi Jinping, in response, has "covertly" deployed air defense systems and missiles on the disputed Spratly Islands, making it clear that he will stick to guns. A lot will depend on the behavior of the countries of Southeast Asia, but their leaders are not offering fresh solutions.During the recent month, China has covertly deployed anti-ship cruise missiles and an anti-aircraft missile system on three islands of the Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea, CNBC reported. These islands are disputed between China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei.China's YJ-12B cruise missiles are capable of striking ships within a radius of 295 nautical miles (about 546 kilometres), as well as air targets at a distance of 160 nautical miles (approximately 296 kilometres). According to Business Insider, there are about 27 advanced bases on the islands equipped with "runways for airplanes, lighthouses, tourist resorts, hospitals and farms."It was in early April, the publication said, when intelligence services found that China was moving radar and communication equipment to the Spratly Islands. Many assumed that the United States was going to counteract to that. Beijing has become very strong in its control over the controversial South China Sea, and only an armed conflict can stop China, US lawmaker Philip S. Davidson, commander of the US Navy, believes.Davidson asserts that the Chinese army will be able to use these bases "to challenge the American presence in the region." He warns that the forces deployed on the islands will easily surpass the forces of any other adversary from the South China Sea region. Thus, China can now control the South China Sea under any circumstances, except for the war with the United States," he said.Chinese military officials claim that China has the "natural right of a sovereign nation" to deploy troops and military equipment built on the reefs of the Spratly Islands.Director of the Ho Chi Minh Institute, Professor of St. Petersburg State University, Head of the Department of History of the Far East, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Vladimir Kolotov, told Pravda.Ru that the countries of Southeast Asia are trying to resolve territorial disputes with China through negotiations based on international law, but China does not agree to that. Legally, these are not islands, but reefs, the expert said. China makes them larger, builds facilities there, including military ones, and populates them. Afterwards, China claims that other countries can not fish in those waters, nor can they engage in mineral exploration, as well as oil and gas production activities. The Vietnamese, Vladimir Kolotov said, say that "Chinese border guards attack fishing boats, use water cannons, wash sailors overboard or conduct ram attacks." Yet, China's armed confrontation with the Philippines or Vietnam is unlikely. However, the United States has become an active advocate for freedom of navigation lately, and the trade war unleashed by the Trump administration is another measure of putting pressure on Beijing, the expert believes. "Therefore, another round of tensions may lead to an armed conflict, when the Chinese sink an American or an Australian ship - the Australians also try to play these games," Vladimir Kolotov told Pravda.Ru.The way out of the crisis is possible: China and the countries of Southeast Asia should agree with each other without any help from the outside. "The Americans will be manipulating the situation in a way beneficial to them, rather than to complainants from among the countries that have territorial disputes with China.In July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled that China had no grounds for territorial claims in the South China Sea. The court decided that the disputed territories of the Spratly archipelago were not islands and could not form an exclusive economic zone. Beijing did not recognize the ruling. Lyuba Lulko (Stepushova)Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
Russia's representatives at the UN issued a statement against the current trend to force the Russian language out from the United Nations.According to Russian diplomats, it is necessary "to prevent the development of a situation in which the knowledge of English turns into a "pass" to the UN world, as it undermines the very fundamental principle of the worldwide coverage of the Organization." "Any steps taken to the detriment of language parity are unacceptable," the message posted on the Twitter account of Russia's mission to the UN said. A statement from representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maxim Buyakevich, also said that the Russian side continues to "expect the Department of Public Information (DPI) of the UN to provide an adequate level of funding for translation services in Russian, as well as efforts to prevent the reduction of their quality."Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
By Hans Vogel
Any educated person with a smattering of legal understanding can see that the Washington regime and its clients at London and Paris are guilty of war crimes. Just look at the latest piece of evidence: by launching a missile attack against Syria (13 April), a full-fledged UN member state with a legitimate and recognized government, US president Donald Trump and his partners in crime, Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron have violated the sixth Nuremberg Principle. These principles were formulated at the end of World War II in order to provide a legal basis for the prosecution of Nazi politicians and soldiers.
The least one can expect of the very nations that established these principles, is that their rulers adhere to these rules. Of course, since 1945, they have generally been doing quite the opposite, but today's circumstances are not those of previous decades, if only because many people all over the world are realizing they are being misled and lied to systematically. Trump and his faithful followers in London and Paris have also violated articles 1 and 2 of the UN Charter, which in 1944 was also drawn up by the US and its allies. Moreover, the US has violated its own laws, namely the War Crimes Act of 1996, but that should not be a matter of concern to the rest of the world.
Vladimir Putin signed a decree to dismiss five generals of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Military District, as well as prosecutors of Udmurtia and the Tula region. Sixteen people received new jobs as part of personnel reshuffling. President Putin signed the decree on personnel reshuffling at the Ministry for Internal Affairs, the Investigative Committee and prosecution authorities. The document dismissed five generals and two prosecutors.In accordance with the decree, the heads of investigative departments of the Perm region and the Ryazan region, lieutenant general of justice Olga Zabbarova and Major General Vladimir Mahleidt, the head of the Central Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Perm region, Lieutenant-General Victor Koshelev, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Murmansk region, Major Igor Batalov, and first deputy head of the forensic center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Major-General Ivan Lukin, were dismissed from their positions. Putin also fired deputy head of the Central Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Krasnodar Territory, Colonel Yuri Kuznetsov.Prosecutors of the Tula region and the Republic of Udmurtia, Alexander Kozlov and Sergey Panov, also lost their posts.Previous mass personnel rotation at law enforcement agencies was carried out in early April, when eleven generals from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry for Emergency Situations, the Investigative Committee and the Federal Penitentiary Service were fired, whereas 15 high-ranking officers received new posts. A source at the central apparatus of the Ministry for Internal Affairs said that the personnel was reshuffled due to the fact that the generals reached the age of 60 and were "simply sent off to retirement."Pravda.Ru
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that preparations for the World Cup were nearly finished. "The preparation for the World Cup, which our country is hosting this year, is almost complete. Russia is ready for the tournament," Putin said at a meeting of the supervisory board of the organizing committee of the 2018 World Cup.FIFA's chief Gianni Infantino said earlier that nothing was threatening the 2018 World Cup in Russia. "We guarantee that the 2018 World Cup in Russia would be completely clean with regard to doping cases," the FIFA president said.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
According to German experts, military spending in the world reached its peak in 2017 since the end of the Cold War.
A report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) says that global defense spending in 2017 made up $1.7 trillion, which was 1.1 percent higher than in 2016.
China was ranked first on SIPRI's list as Beijing increased its defense spending by 12% at a time to $228 billion. The United States decided to increase its spending on military needs to $700 billion in 2018.
The Inviolability of the President's Private Parts
Alleged sex scandals and the White House are not exactly a surprise. They say they leave the light on to give Washington's homeless a free sex show...
Oh deary me, today's headlines are an alleged affair and subsequent cover-up by the President of the United States of America with an ex-pornstar, denial of/lying about the affair and money exchanged for a promise of silence. I repeat, alleged. To to hell with the millions of people starving around the globe, to hell with the millions of people whose lives have been ruined because the FUKUS Axis (France-UK.US) invaded their countries and bombed their infrastructures to oblivion (it's good for the economy, you know).
Representatives of Russia's Council of Federation believe that a direct military conflict between the United States and Russia may spark only in two places of the world.
Alexei Pushkov, a member of the Council of Federation, said that there are two places in the world, where Russia and the USA may start a direct military conflict with each other.
"There are two zones of potential confrontation between the USA and Russia - Syria and the Baltic region. USA's military activities in the Baltic may trigger a serious crisis," the senator wrote.
The Chinese military covertly deployed anti-ship cruise missiles and an aircraft missile complex on the disputed islands in the South-China Sea. The weapons were deployed on several locations of the Spratly Islands.The systems that China has deployed on the disputed islands give the country an opportunity to attack vessels in the radius of 295 nautical miles (546 km) and strike air targets at a distance of up to 160 nautical miles (296 km). Earlier, it was reported that China deployed jamming equipment on one of its strongholds on Spratly Islands. This territory is currently disputed between China, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines. The countries disagree on maritime borders and areas of responsibility in the South China and East China Seas.There United States believes that China builds artificial islands and makes them military objects to thus expand its territorial waters. China refutes these accusations claiming that the disputed islands in the South China Sea are natural islands owned by China. Therefore, the regime of Chinese territorial waters and the explosive 200-mile economic zone is only a question of time. Opponents believe that the Chinese build artificial islands on the site of sunken reefs, which means that China can only control a 500-meter security zone there in accordance with international law. Pravda.Ru
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A Su-30SM fighter jet of Russia's Air Force crashed in the morning of May 3 in Syria killing two pilots, officials with the Russian Defense Ministry said. The air crash occurred at about 9:45 a.m. MSK above the water area of the Mediterranean Sea after the aircraft took off from Hmeymim airbase. According to specialists, the aircraft was gaining altitude when it crashed. It is believed that the crash of the Sukhoi Su-30 occurred after a bird flew into one of its engines. The Sukhoi Su-30 is a twin-engine, two-seat supermaneuverable fighter aircraft developed by Russia's Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. It is a multirole fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions.Russia launched the military operation in Syria on September 30, 2015. According to official data, the Russian Federation has lost 13 aircraft and helicopters since that time. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
Champions League Semis: Real through with Liverpool
Bayern drew 2-2 with Real on Tuesday night and is eliminated from the Champions League. Tonight, Liverpool passed Roma in a wonderful tie with 13 goals.
Unaccredited Diplomas and the waste of public money is what young people from Laayoune received in Western Sahara after 1700 hours of training period:
The first signs of the development program in the Sahara after its announcement in 2015, a scandal of the heavy caliber started as a big fraud begun on a group of young Saharawi people who were given forged diplomas and after finishing a training that proved to be faked.
To unfold the story, This is about the vocational training diplomas handed over to young people by Amideast Laayoune in the field of meat production, after the end of a training program that they benefited from.