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Of Men and doormats

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 22:13
The second missile attack against Syria, by an increasingly de-civilized West, took place on April 13, about a week after Damascus was falsely accused of a new chemical attack against the Syrian population. Falsely, because Assad's Syria has never used chemical weapons against its own people. Not even against that tiny party that has rebelled against the government and still fights against it with Western aid, of Israel and of the Gulf monarchies. These chemical attacks always occur when government forces are winning an important battle. In this particular case, in completing the liberation of the Damascus Ghouta area. Curiously, the chemical agents used are little or nothing persistent and preferentially hit innocent children and civilians, never militiamen jihadists, nor all those other people who rush to the site immediately after: doctors, nurses, drivers, journalists, all pro-rebels, and the inevitable belonging to that organization called "White Helmets". In the West, the great media present these attacks as truthful and incite a dutiful armed response, in an impetus of vindictive justice of biblical memory. The trivial observation that a pair of simple latex gloves and a rinsed with water certainly can not be enough to safely manipulate people contaminated with nerve agents. The immediacy of the image overcomes the wisdom of certain observations and a false message is thus easily conveyed to the gullible and absent-minded people. But this time it was different: the new occupant of the White House is likely less inclined to shoot missiles of his predecessor Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize that destroyed Libya. And when he shoots them, only a few go on target, including the "newest and smartest" ones. The week of difference between staging the fake attack and Western reaction has also served to unmask the media operation. Russians did not limit themselves to defending Syria militarily but, this time, also mediatically: Hasan Diab, the child who was supposed to move the world because he was presented as a victim of the chemical attack, was found and shown on television again. It immediately emerged that he was not a victim of the Damascus government but, rather, of the jihadists who kidnapped him on the street and forced with fear to play a lie. Interviewed, he told the true version of the facts. Hasan has shown exceptional courage, worthy of a true Man. Perhaps it is not clear how many risks there are for those who testify to the truth in this way but, personally, I hope nothing happens to this beardless hero. Little Hasan is a Man. The others, those who have staged this horrible farce, those who have been seeking the destruction of Syria for seven eternal years, are only the doormats, useful to the most to clean their feet.

Why economy aspires to dissolve family

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 14:34
The message is difficult to pass. The conscience is widespread controlled by the consensus industry, whose sole purpose is to strengthen the dominant order. And, no less, it is necessary to insist. The insisting, Adorno said, should be the figure of philosophy. Therefore, we "insist": we insist that today the ongoing process of family disintegration has nothing of "emancipatory", unless this adjective refers to the capitalist market economy; who aspires to free himself from the family in order to dominate our lives even more massively. by Diego Fusaro If the family involves, by its very nature, stability, emotional and sentimental, biological and working, being Hegelianly the foundation of "ethicality", its destruction is fully consistent with the process in progress today of precariousness of lives conducted ruthlessly by the neoliberal order. It is not difficult to understand.

Nobel Peace Prize for Kim, Moon... and Lula

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 14:12
Nobel Peace Prize for Kim, Moon... and Lula It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of what Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in achieved last week in a new world order without the stain of US hegemony Let us start with Lula da Silva, ex-President of Brazil, now sitting in a prison after a politically motivated case and trial removed him from certain victory in this year's Presidential election. In any civilized country with a civilized legal system which implements and respects due legal process, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva would today be a free man contesting the elections this October, for what would be his third Presidency. Not in Brazil.

Why does Trump ignore Europe, but not Russia?

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 14:46
Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel returned home from the United States empty-handed. Donald Trump made it clear to the leaders of France and Germany that he was determined to keep the promises that he gave to his electors. The game of the good cop and the bad cop did not help the Europeans. Why does Trump ignore the European Union, but not Russia?The European Union is not the center of powerGermany's Die Welt believes that Trump told German Chancellor Angela Merkel the same thing that his new Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, told NATO foreign ministers in Brussels: the alliance for Europe is more important than for the US, so the Europeans should support it. The newspaper notes that Donald Trump will not listen to Europe's request not to impose duties on their steel and aluminum. Instead, he will ask them to allocate two percent of GDP on their defense, given the fact that the EU has a positive trade balance with the United States. According to Die Welt, the Europeans will do their best not to let the trade war with the USA unfold. In addition, they will support the USA's tough stance on Iran. The European Union during Merkel's chancellory is even more untenable to be an influential power than it was during the times of Russia's friend Gerhard Schroeder, the newspaper concludes.According to another German publication - Sueddeutsche Zeitung - Trump manipulates both Merkel and Macron and all other Western allies and sets the agenda. The Trump administration introduced punitive tariffs, questions the deal with Iran, withdraws the US from the Paris Climate Agreement and threatens to withdraw US troops from the Middle East, the newspaper believes. Macron tried to flatter Trump, but it did not bring any results. Merkel's "sober approach" does not work either," the newspaper wrote. According to Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Europe suffers from the lack of one negotiator. This is a drawback of the lack of political integration, and Donald Trump will use it to his advantage, the newspaper assumes. Political analyst Leonid Krutakov believes that America can not offer anyone a mutually beneficial project. "The US takes a destructive position being interested in the destabilization of Europe. If the world policeman loses power and no longer acts as the consolidator of world market and space, it means that he has only one goal not to let anyone else take his place," the political scientist told Pravda.Ru. "We can see the Americans using Emmanuel Macron to their own benefit. France took part in the recent missile attack on Syria. Macron appears to be a new European leader because the UK is exiting the EU. Germany is traditionally prone towards working with Russia, so the alliance between Germany and Russia is unacceptable. Therefore, the US needs a counterbalance in Europe in the face of France," Leonid Krutakov said in an interview with Pravda.Ru. Director of the US Roosevelt Foundation at the Moscow State University, Yuri Rogulev, believes that Macron obviously wanted Trump to like him. "Macron is a cunning man who wants to play the place of the main mediator, because the UK is leaving the European Union. This is a traditional political move for the French. France is a country that connects Europe and America, the West and the East. Macron wants to become a more influential person in the EU, he wants to compete with Merkel," the expert told Pravda.Ru. According to Yuri Rogulev, Trump postponed the introduction of punitive measures against the European companies that hold shares of Russia's aluminium giant Rusal and buy its products. "One can say that he is meeting the wishes of the Europeans, but in return Angela Merkel pledged to increase spending for military needs up to two percent of GDP," the political analyst told Pravda.Ru.The report about Russia's alleged interference in the US presidential election, which was published on April 27, did not reveal any evidence of Trump's collusion with the Russian authorities. Trump does not have to prove that he is an agent of the Kremlin's influence. Instead, he keeps saying that he has been extremely tough on Russia like none of his predecessors. Angela Merkel also said that no one is interested in having bad relations with Russia. Is anything going to change for the better or will it get worse even though the worst cannot be achieved? Lyuba Lulko Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Russia to parade her aircraft-carrier killer sub in St. Petersburg

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 13:56
Nuclear-powered submarine of Project 949A Antey will take part in the main naval parade in St. Petersburg for the first time.The Antey submarine is known as a "killer of aircraft carriers." The underwater missile cruiser will take part in the Day of the Navy in St. Petersburg, sources at the Russian Navy said.Project 11356 Admiral Makarov frigate will be another participant of the parade in Russia's northern capital. The frigate will be used for the parade fo the second time. Russian Defense Minister, Army General Sergei Shoygu, earlier said that more than 40 warships, including 18 new, as well as 25 aircraft and helicopters would take part in the naval parade in St. Petersburg this year. Project 949A Antey nuclear submarines were developed in the Soviet Union. In total, eleven of such submarines were built, now there are eight of them left in the Russian Navy. The displacement of each such submarine reaches 24,000 tons. The sub is equipped with 24 launchers of Granit cruise missiles and six torpedo tubes.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Japanese engineers create gigantic robot that can transform into real sports car. Video

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 12:26
Japanese company Asratec, a division of Softbank telecommunications corporation, together with several start-ups, presented a prototype of a robot capable of transforming into a sports car very quickly, the website of the J-deite RIDE project said. The electric robot 3.7 meters tall and weighing 1,600 kilograms can move on two legs with a maximum speed of 100 meters per hour. It the robot one minute to transform into a two-seated sports car that can accelerate to 60 kilometres per hour.One can control the vehicle both manually when sitting inside and remotely via a remote control. At the same time, one does not need to leave the driver's seat during the transformation. The creator of the transforming robot were inspired by "Transformers" franchise. The developers of the Japanese transformer robot are not going to stop there: by 2020 the plan to create an improved five-meter model. The idea is to use such robots in theme parks and at exhibitions of automotive and robotic equipment.Pravda.Ru

The Russian ruble crushed, smashed and struck to the ground

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 11:46
The police of the city of Syktyvkar, the capital of the Komi Republic in the north-west of Russia, investigate a case of vandalism after unknown individuals literally destroyed the monument to the Russian national currency, the ruble. The monument was erected by the national bank of Komi Republic in 2015.The vandals crushed the pedestal, smashed the glass and struck the iron symbol of the national currency to the ground.City crews cleared the site of the attack from glass fragments and took the ruble to a safe place. It remains unknown who wanted to destroy the monument and what moved those people when they committed the offence. Pravda.Ru Source: Twitter/Julius_ALF

Russia's liquified natural gas becomes major threat to USA

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 11:17
American experts believe that by the middle of the next decade, Russia will make the United States move from its position as the world's third largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG).A report from the Center for Global Energy Policy at New York's Columbia University titled "A Changing Global Gas Order" said that Russia's LNG project in Yamal would give  Russia the title of the world's fourth largest LNG exporter. In this case, Russia will follow Qatar, Australia and the United States, before it starts competing for the third place with the USA, the report says. The demand for natural gas has been growing in the world as thermal power plants operating on other fuels are removed from service. The depletion of the Groningen gas field in the Netherlands also affects the situation. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the development of the liquefied natural gas market is one of Russia's priorities in the field of energy policy.It is worthy of note that in 2016, Russia broke the post-Soviet record for daily oil production. The average daily oil and condensate production in Russia in December increased to 11.21 million barrels. Earlier, Bloomberg noted that oil production in Russia in September exceeded the mark of 11 million barrels per day for the first time in the post-Soviet period since 1991.Oil production in Russia in December 2016 amounted to 47.4 million tons. Average daily oil exports from Russia in December increased by 3.86% and amounted to 5.36 million barrels.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Ukraine wants to own the Crimean Bridge that Russia is building

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 18:03
Ukrainian MP Refat Chubarov suggested establishing a "special international consortium" for the exploitation of the Crimean bridge that Russia is currently building. According to the MP, Russia should deliver the bridge to the "consortium" as compensation for the "occupation" of the Crimea.Chubarov stressed that "the bridge is part of the large contribution to repay the damage that Russia has caused Ukraine."Refat Chubarov, the leader of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people* is known for his anti-Russian statements. Chubarov was one of those who organised energy and food blockade of the Crimea.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Western “humanitarian” bombing of Syria: Yugoslavia redux

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 16:02
By Michael Pravica, Ph.D On the morning after the allied/colonial powers (i.e. the US, Britain and France) bombed Syria over one week ago (US time zones), I happened to glance at a Sunday morning television interview of Tim Kaine who ran with Hillary Clinton and lost.  I did a double-take when I heard him say these words:    "Trump not a 'king,' he can't go to war without Congressional authorization..,,".  And then, all of the horrible memories of everything bad that was the Western "humanitarian" intervention in Yugoslavia - particularly NATO's vicious bombing of Serbia in 1999- horrible flashbacks - flooded into my mind.  I honestly wondered, watching this apparently serious politician as he muttered these words and further commented on the need to obtain UN authorization and to work within our Constitutional framework, if he was just plain dumb, mad, or was just a straight faced liar.  His former running mate's husband (Bill Clinton) did just what Donald Trump did almost 20 years ago:  viciously bomb Yugoslavia for 78 days straight without UN approval and without Congressional approval, violating a slew of international and domestic laws including the War Powers Act of 1973 which specifically states that the President does not have the right to declare war on a sovereign nation without the approval of Congress.  For the sake of distracting the American public from the "frosted dress"/Monica Lewinsky scandal and at the encouragement of his wife, President Clinton viciously bombed Serbia, our historical WWI and WWII Orthodox Christian ally and the world hasn't been the same ever since. 

South and North Koreas united: Daydreaming in an ivory tower

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:59
The summit of the two Koreas began on Friday, April 27, in the border village of Panmunjom in the House of Peace, where the South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-un met, Yonhap reports.The two leaders sat at the table of negotiations with two people sitting near them on both sides. To Kim Jong-un's left, one could see his own sister, Kim Yo Jong, who has visited South Korea before  for the opening of the Winter Olympics. To his left, there was Deputy Chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Workers' Party, Kim Yong Chol. Moon Jae-in was sitting in the company of the head of his administration, Im Jeong Sok and the head of the national intelligence service, So Hong.The historical event was broadcast live. Prior to the talks, Kim Jong-un exchanged a handshake with Moon Jae-in; the handshake lasted for about 30 seconds.South Korean President Moon Jae-in started talking first. He urged the North Korean leader to reach results during the talks. Kim Jong-un spoke next. He said that the DPRK delegation arrived for the talks "with the feeling of the start of a new historical process on the road to peace and prosperity." "We have arrived here with a hope of opening a new page in the history of the two Koreas. I am sure that we will be able to hold constructive talks with President Moon Jae-in that will lead to positive and significant results," he said.Moon Jae-in, in his turn, noted: "At the time when Chairman Kim crossed the military demarcation line, Panmunjom became a symbol of peace, not segregation." I would like to once again express my respect to Chairman Kim Jong-un, who made today's meeting possible."The President of South Korea also called on the leader of the DPRK to bring peace and prosperity to the Korean Peninsula together. "I realize the responsibility on our shoulders, and I am grateful to you for the determination and courage that you showed having arrived for these talks, so let us together show courage and determination and bring peace and prosperity to the Korean Peninsula. The demarcation line is no longer a symbol of discord, it has become a symbol of peace," said Moon Jae-in.The two leaders also said that they would strive for the total denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. After the two leaders exchanged official statements, journalists were asked to leave the room. Later, a representative of the South Korean administration told reporters that during the talks, Kim Jong-un came up with a proposal to hold such summits more often "to build peace." He also said  that he had arrived for the talks "to put an end to the confrontation on the Korean Peninsula."The official noted that Kim Jong-un expressed his willingness to visit Moon Jae-in's residence in Seoul, if he received such an invitation. For his part, Moon Jae-in said that he would like to visit the sacred mountain of Paektusan in North Korea.During the talks, the President of South Korea suggested joining the railways of the two countries, a representative of the South Korean administration said.After a brief conversation between the two leaders, the morning part of the talks ended. The North Korean leader left the territory of South Korea and returned to the DPRK on his limousine.The leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea brought buckwheat noodles from Pyongyang as a treat for President Moon Jae-in at the inter-Korean summit.Observers noticed that during the handshake on the border, the two leaders were standing on their own territory. However, after they shook hands, Kim Jong Un invited Moon Jae-in to move to the North Korean territory, which he did. Afterwards, the leaders returned to the territory of South Korea.The summit opens a way to stabilise the crisis and reducing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. It is the third such event in the history of South Korea and North Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953.Kim Jong Un is the first North Korean leader to have visited the South. Moon Jae-in became the first South Korean leader to step on the territory of North Korea too. The two leaders were holding hands as they stepped over the demarcation line to the territory of South Korea.However, the form of the greeting, which military members of the South Korean delegation demonstrated to DPRK's Kim Jong-un, shows that they consider the war between the two countries not over, South Korean media reported. The South Korean military simply gave Kim Jong-un a slight nod and a handshake. At the same time, military representatives of the North Korean delegation saluted South Korean President Moon Jae-in.According to Yonhap agency, the behavior of the South Korean military showed that it was a clear  reminder of the fact that the North technically still remains an enemy of South Korea since the time of the Korean War in 1950-1953." As a result of the war, a truce was concluded between the two countries, but the peace treaty was never signed. During the talks with the South Korean president, Kim Jong-un suggested leaving critical moments in relations between the two countries in the past, a representative of the South Korean administration told reporters.The North Korean leader called for developing exchanges between the citizens of the two countries."The border line is not so important, it can eventually be erased if more people cross it," said Kim Jong-un. Pravda.Ru

The Swamp Monster

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:54
When Donald Trump won the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, many Americans cried, especially liberal types, while most Russians celebrated his winning, uncorking the best champagne, even those who usually didn't drink. Trump promised in his campaign to improve relations with Russia.  He promised many other attractive things - like bringing U.S. troops home from every base, shutting down NATO, jailing Hillary Clinton and working to "Make America Great Again".  Along with his other voters, I value President Trump and still deep inside I have great hopes he will take the peaceful path his declared on his campaign trail.  His slogan 'drain the swamp' gained followers from all different backgrounds.  He also promised to keep the Second Amendment, drop the Obamacare and get rid of illegal immigration. 

North and South Koreas prepare a gift to the whole world

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:28
The head of the DPRK, Kim Jong-un, apologised to his South Korean counterpart for nuclear tests that did not Seoul sleep well last year. The North Korean leader apologised to South Korean President Moon Jae-in  for the fact that North Korea's nuclear test made him wake up at dawn."We will not interrupt your morning sleep," said Kim Jong-un. The media immediately assumed that the DRPK thus pledged not to conduct any other nuclear tests. South Korean President Moon Jae-in assessed the talks with his North Korean counterpart as positive and said that the negotiations could become a "gift to the whole world."Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Europa League Semi-Finals First Leg Marseille and Atlético have advantage

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 23:47
Europa League Semi-Finals First Leg Marseille and Atlético have advantage Marseille beat Salzburg by a comprehensive two goals to nil in France, while Arsenal allowed Atlético to equalize in London. Arsenal 1                                           Atlético 1

Putin: Russia's young scientists build world's most powerful arms system in 7 years

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 17:49
According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, it took a team of young scientists seven years to develop new arms systems, which he presented to the world during the Annual Address to the Federal Assembly. At a plenary meeting of the Russian Union of Rectors, Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a few details about how the new Russian weapons were created. According to Putin, Russia could develop the world's most powerful arms system in only seven years. It was young scientists who developed all the new arms, he added. "Like I said in my address to the Federal Assembly, we create second-to-none and state-of-the-art arms systems. One of those systems was created by a team of very young scientists. I asked them where they came from and how they could invent such things. They said that they united into a scientific group after graduation and developed the world's most powerful arms system in seven years," said Putin. During his address to the Federal Assembly in March 2018, Putin spoke about the development of new Russian weapons. He said that such a presentation would sober up any aggressor. Pravda.Ru

Two women fall victims to Moscow plastic surgeons in two weeks

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 16:06
A 29-year-old woman died after a plastic surgery in Moscow. A criminal case was filed into the provision of services that did not meet safety requirements and resulted in the death of a person through negligence.The woman started feeling unwell on April 25 after she received plastic surgery in one of the private clinics in Moscow. She was rushed to hospital, where she died despite life-saving efforts. It was said that the woman was diagnosed with "atypical hemolytic-uremic syndrome, a condition after repeated rhinoseptoplasty." Her cause of death is to be established after forensic examination. Another woman died on April 15 during a plastic surgery in Moscow. The 32-ear-old woman died right on the operating table. Pravda.Ru

Chernobyl could have killed 40,000 people

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 15:52
On April 26, Russia remembers victims of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident. Events in memory of the disaster and those who lost their lives liquidating its consequences will be held throughout the country. The largest disaster in the history of the world nuclear power industry occurred on April 26, 1986, when an explosion took place at the fourth power unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.The explosion of the nuclear reactor released a large amount of radioactive substances into the environment. The area of radiation pollution in Ukraine amounted to 50,000 square kilometres covering the territory of 12 regions. In 2012, the Russian authorities established the Day of participants of liquidation of consequences of radiation accidents and disasters in memory of the tragedy.It is believed that the explosion at the nuclear reactor occurred in the course of an experiment, when engineers of the nuclear power plant were trying to turn the cooling of the reactor off. Not to interrupt the experiment, the engineers deactivated automatic protection of the reactor. In fact, on April 26, 1986, preventive maintenance works were planned. According to Gosatomnadzor nuclear watchdog, the accident took place because RBMK reactors were designed incorrectly. Everyone knew about the drawback but did not attach proper importance to it. The explosion of the Chernobyl reactor hardly produced any gamma radiation, but emissions of radionuclides into the atmosphere were equivalent to the explosion of about 40 modern nuclear bombs or 400 bombs that the Americans dropped on Hiroshima. The people who started liquidating the consequences of the nuclear explosion had to spend a lot of time next to radionuclides, and it was them who suffered most from the Chernobyl accident. Radiation sickness affected 134 people, of whom 28 died. According to the official investigation of the World Health Organisation, the consequences of the accident could have killed 40,000 people.Vyacheslav Grishin, chairman of the All-Russian Union of Public Associations "Chernobyl Union" told that he took part in the liquidation of the consequences of the disaster twice. "I was not among the first liquidators. The entire process took 4.5 years, and people called those years a period of war. Those who were going to Chernobyl for the second or third time would say that they were going to war. It was like a real war for them, even though there was a war in Afghanistan going on at that time." Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Russian Air Force shows how NATO ships can be destroyed. Video

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 13:28
On April 15, during a joint exercise of the Russian Army and the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic, a target ship was destroyed.A video from the exercise shows a target ship, an outdated frigate of the Syrian Navy, being destroyed by a Russian Su-30SM aircraft. The Su-30SM fired an X-35U missile at the ship destroying it instantly. The ship sank a few minutes later. The X-35U missile was designed and manufactured by Tactical Missile Armament Corporation. This is an airborne tactical anti-ship missile designed for the destruction of combat (amphibious) surface ships and transport vessels.Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Ukraine loses nearly 4,000 military men killing fellow Ukrainians in Donbass

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 12:44
Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoly Matios said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces lost 3,800 servicemen since the beginning of hostilities in the Donbass."The status of combatant was granted to almost 326,000 people, 8,489 of them suffered injuries, 3,784 servicemen were killed, at least 554 committed suicide," Matios wrote on his Facebook page. In 2018, due to the lack of regulatory documents in Ukraine, there were no centralised measures taken for the psychological rehabilitation of military men. This may explain 554 suicides. It is worthy of note that veterans of the so-called anti-terrorist operation in Ukraine may often get attacked by unknown individuals, who do not feel grateful for their efforts to kill fellow Ukrainians in the Donbass for money. Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

USA readies to bring Russian ruble down further

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 12:14
In the United States, the yield of US Treasury securities exceeded the 3-percent mark, which may speed up inflation and increase deficit.Experts believe that events on the debt market have brought down the American stock market and may cut the value of the Russian ruble further. The current situation may be caused by inflation expectations and prospects for the monetary policy of the US Federal Reserve System to tighten further.As explained by investment analyst at Global FX Vladimir Rozhankovsky, nothing stops the Federal Reserve from raising the key interest rate. BCS Broker analyst Oksana Holodenko added that a sharp increase in yields of government bonds means a tightening of financial conditions, which may put pressure on the stock market. This is especially unpleasant for dividend-paying sectors, such as telecommunications and energy.Against the backdrop of news from the debt market, US stock indices showed a negative trend. The Dow Jones index fell by 1.7%, S&P 500 lost 1.3%, Nasdaq fell by 1.7%.According to Valery Mironov, Deputy Director of the Center for Development of the Higher School of Economics, investors will most likely continue withdrawing their capitals from Russia against the backdrop of possible new sanctions and weak exports.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Champions League Semis: Real with advantage

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 00:12
Champions League Semis: Real with advantage Simply the best. Real Madrid once again came from behind to beat Bayern 2-1 in Germany. The logical conclusion would be a Real vs. Liverpool final. Bayern Munich 1       Real Madrid 2 

Israel can learn many lessons with the help of Russia's S-300 air defence systems in Syria

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 19:05
Israel likes to bomb Syria and get away with it. However, with S-300 air defence systems deployed in the war-torn country, Tel Aviv will have to negotiate with Bashar Assad, military expert Andrei Koshkin believes.On April 25, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would respond accordingly, if Damascus uses S-300 systems against Israeli Air Force. Would it be better for Israel to stop bombing Syria given that S-300 systems are purely defensive weapons? According to political scientist Andrei Koshkin, head of the department of political science and sociology at the Plekhanov Russian Economic University, Israel was worried in 2010 as well, when Russia and Syria agreed on the supplies of S-300 air defence systems. Russia subsequently canceled the deal after Western countries insisted Moscow should not ship its air defence systems to Damascus. These days, however, it has become obvious that the Western coalition likes to invade sovereign states with impunity and punish those who want to stop the West from acting so," Andrei Koshkin said. Israel does not have a peace treaty with Syria, so Tel Aviv feels like it can attack those that pose a threat to the security of Israel. Russian President Putin described the missile attack on Syria on the night of April 14 as an act of aggression. Syrian air defences destroyed 70 out of 100 missiles that the coalition launched. Undoubtedly, Israel's attack on Syria's T-4 base, where people were killed, should be considered an aggressive act as well, the political scientist told Pravda.Ru.According to him, the S-300  Favorit modified complex can destroy all carriers, including missiles. In a nutshell, it allows to neutralise any aggression from air. According to the expert, the statement from Russia's Defence Ministry about the supplies of S-300 systems to Syria forces aggressive states, like Israel, to bethink themselves and negotiate. "The situation inspires optimism, because it translates armed confrontation into diplomatic negotiations." It is S-300 systems that can make reason prevail over lawlessness. Just one statement from Russia was enough to make everyone in the Middle East quiet," Andrei Koshkin told Pravda.Ru. Interestingly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a briefing in Beijing that the question about the shipment of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria had not been resolved yet. However, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said that S-300 missile systems had been delivered to Syria last month. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

UN to say amen to aggression against Syria

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 18:19
Western countries will use a precedent to bypass USSR's veto at the UN Security Council to send a military contingent to Syria. This could be a smart move to make, because in this case military aggression against Syria will be conducted under the guise of international assistance. Donald Trump has already called upon Saudi Arabia and Qatar to send their military to Syria as well. Is Syria doomed? The implementation of such a scenario will be a good punishment for Russia's support of Bashar Assad's regime, The Guardian wrote. The newspaper referred to "Uniting for Peace" Resolution of the UN General Assembly from November 3, 1950. If the resolution receives agreement from nine out of 15 members of the UN Security Council, it will make it possible to bypass the veto right of a permanent member of the Security Council and submit the discussion of a certain issue to the UN General Assembly. "If the Security Council, because of lack of unanimity of the permanent members, fails to exercise its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security in any case where there appears to be a threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression, the General Assembly shall consider the matter immediately with a view to making appropriate recommendations to Members for collective measures, including in the case of a breach of the peace or act of aggression the use of armed force when necessary, to maintain or restore international peace and security. If not in session at the time, the General Assembly may meet in emergency special session within twenty-four hours of the request therefor. Such emergency special session shall be called if requested by the Security Council on the vote of any seven members, or by a majority of the Members of the United Nations," the resolution says. The Korean precedent The reason for the resolution was the conflict between North and South Koreas, when the fall of the pro-American regime of Seoul seemed inevitable. The USSR had blocked the UN resolution on sending UN's armed assistance to South Korea three times. After appropriate "recommendations," the decision was made, and military contingents from the United States, Australia, New Zealand made the northerners retreat from Seoul and developed an offensive against Pyongyang.However, after China, with the support of the USSR, deployed its troops to the DPRK, the border between the opposing sides was set on the 38th parallel. The resolution had been used about ten times in different versions, including in 1956, when Moscow sent an army to Hungary to suppress the anti-government uprising. We see that the outcome of the "hybrid" war between the USSR and the West in both cases was decided by the use of military force.

Russia's only aircraft carrier to receive new weapons

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 15:49
Russia's Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier will be equipped with new sea-launched Pantsir (NATO reporting name - Greyhound) anti-aircraft missile and gun complexes, as well as new power equipment, deputy commander of the Russian Navy Victor Bursuk told reporters. "The works will commence in May. The air defense capacity of the aircraft carrier will thus be improved. New sea-launched Pantsir complexes will be installed, and the power equipment will be replaced - new boilers and new pumps will be installed," he said.According to Bursuk, the Admiral Kuznetsov will resume its service in the Russian Navy after the modernization by 2021. Currently, the Russian Navy has only one aircraft carrier, or rather, a heavy aircraft carrying cruiser  Admiral Kuznetsov. She was put into operation in 1991 before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Pravda.Ru

Western media still horrified about Russia's Doomsday weapon

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 15:33
Western media continue discussing the Russian Status-6 arms complex known as the Doomsday weapon. According to Business Insider, the Status-6 unmanned submarine has enormous destructive power and can carry warheads with a capacity of 50 megatons. Nuclear weapons of this capacity can produce an underwater explosion, the consequences of which will be comparable to the 2011 tsunami in Japan.According to experts, such an underwater explosion may cause giant 100-meter waves. It was earlier reported that the US military came to conclusion that the Russian underwater Status-6 vehicle was a challenge to which the United States had no answer.Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Thomas Callender, a retired US Navy officer, said that given the maximum speed of the Status-6 of more than 29 meters per second and the depth of submersion of more than a kilometer, this makes the new Russian submarine a difficult target to destroy with the help of active weapons, The National Interest wrote. The United States currently has Mark-48 torpedoes, which, with a maximum range of 55 kilometers and a submersion depth of 800 meters, are incapable of destroying the Status-6.Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Russian Defense Ministry shows fragments of 'smart missiles' shot down in Syria

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 14:56
The Russian Defense Ministry has shown fragments of "smart missiles" that the Western coalition used in the attack on Syria on April 14. The missiles were shot down by Syrian air defences, chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoy said. "Fragments of the cruise missiles found in areas of interception have characteristic holes from damaging elements of guided anti-aircraft missiles. There are markers on the missiles indicating serial numbers, dates, manufacturers and other data." Rudskoy said. Rudskoy stressed that specialists will easily identify the origin of those fragments. He also said that at least 8.5 tons of explosives should have detonated in the area of the Syrian research center in Bazreh, but the scale of the damage speaks otherwise. The United States, Great Britain and France fired 105 missiles, but only 22 of them reached their targets. Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

World War Three is near? The West wants to bypass Russia's veto at UN Security Council

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:20
Western countries have decided to resort to a mechanism that will let them bypass Russia's veto at the UN Security Council. This means that news stories on television may soon look like war-time reports. It goes about the UN resolution that will make it possible to submit the question of the investigation of the alleged chemical attack in Syria to the UN General Assembly, The Guardian says. UN ambassadors have already discussed the crisis in Syria in Sweden and intend to continue discussing it this week as well. OPCW experts are staying in Syria now, but the organisation does not have the authority to establish those responsible for the alleged attack in Syria's Douma, the newspaper wrote. It will be up to the UN Security Council to name the guilty. Russia has the veto right, and Moscow has already blocked more than a dozen resolutions against the Syrian authorities. In particular, Russia vetoed a US resolution on the development of a new mechanism for investigating chemical attacks in Syria.Therefore, UN countries want to use "Uniting for Peace" resolution from November 3, 1950. If nine of fifteen members of the UN Security Council agree, it will enable them to bypass Russia's veto and put the issue to the vote at the General Assembly. The resolution presumes a disputed issue is submitted to the General Assembly, if the Security Council, for example, is unable to maintain security and peace in the world. In this case, the UN General Assembly can give the Security Council any recommendations on peace-maintaining issues. To agree on a mechanism for establishing responsibility for the alleged chemical attack in Syria, two-thirds of the votes of the members of the UN General Assembly - all UN members - will be required."Uniting for Peace" Resolution has been used several times since it was adoption in 1950. In particular, it was used in 2006 on the issue of Israel's actions in East Jerusalem.Pravda.Ru requested an expert opinion on the subject from Mikhail Sinelnikov-Orishak, an American political analyst."UN Resolution 377 from 1950, "Uniting for Peace," which Western countries want to use to put maximum pressure on Russia, does not conform to the UN Charter. According to Paragraph 3 of Article 27 of the Charter, issues other than procedural matters shall be deemed accepted if they receive "concurring votes of all permanent members of the Council.""Consequently, a vote from a permanent member of the Security Council submitted against a pending decision shall be considered a vote of veto. Resolution 377, which states that the veto of a permanent member of the Security Council can be overcome under certain circumstances is known in the expert community as one of the most "contradictory acts of international law." It has been used several times in the history of the United Nations, but most often unsuccessfully."For example, in 1980, the UN General Assembly unblocked a resolution, which the USSR vetoed at the Security Council demanding an immediate withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. Nothing happened. Finally, what is the difference between a resolution of the General Assembly and a decision of the Security Council on the same issue? A decision of the Security Council is binding, and a resolution is recommendatory," the expert told Pravda.Ru. Earlier, representatives of 114 countries supported the idea of a possible restriction of the use of the veto right by permanent members of the UN Security Council. Such a statement was made by Liechtenstein's Foreign Affairs Minister, Aurelia Frick.In 2013, France put forward a similar proposal, but Russia and the United States did not support the initiative. Currently, the veto right is a privilege for the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States, China and France.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

UK's Lehram fails to challenge the sale of Kuzbass mine

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 10:04
The Arbitration Court of the Kemerovo region dismissed the suit from British company Lehram Capital Investments LTD that was disputing the deal to sell its former asset - Kuzbass mine Gramoteinskaya, which, as the company believes, had been concluded under pressure, TASS reports. Before October 2013, Gramoteinskaya coal mine was a part of Evraz, but then it was sold for 10,000 rubles ($160 according to the current exchange rate - ed. note) to Britain's Lehram. In December 2013, the coal company, as reported by the administration of the Kemerovo region, went under the control of entrepreneur Alexander Schukin (he was involved in the case as a third party). At the same time, Lehram CEO Igor Rudyk, a national of Kazakhstan, was detained in Kemerovo for violating migration legislation. Two years later, the British company filed a lawsuit against the Mining Equipment Repair Plant to recognize the 2013 sale of the mine null and void. "The court has decided to dismiss the claim," Judge Larisa Belyaeva said.

Champions: Klopp set to take Liverpool Kop to top

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 00:00
Champions: Klopp set to take Liverpool Kop to top It is not any team that takes apart FC Porto and Roma 5-0, although tonight Roma took advantage of the final minutes and came back with a brace. Jurgen Klopp has brought Liverpool FC to the very top of European soccer and it seems that while he is there, the Kop is set to stay at the Top.   

UK's Lehram fails to challenge the sale of Kuzbass mine

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 20:14
The Arbitration Court of the Kemerovo region dismissed the suit from British company Lehram Capital Investments LTD that was disputing the deal to sell its former asset - Kuzbass mine Gramoteinskaya, which, as the company believes, had been concluded under pressure, TASS reports. "Before October 2013, Gramoteinskaya coal mine was a part of Evraz, but then it was sold for 10,000 rubles ($160 according to the current exchange rate - ed. note) to Britain's Lehram. In December 2013, the coal company, as reported by the administration of the Kemerovo region, went under the control of entrepreneur Alexander Schukin (he was involved in the case as a third party). At the same time, Lehram CEO Igor Rudyk, a national of Kazakhstan, was detained in Kemerovo for violating migration legislation. Two years later, the British company filed a lawsuit against the Mining Equipment Repair Plant to recognize the 2013 sale of the mine null and void. "The court has decided to dismiss the claim," Judge Larisa Belyaeva said. 
The current owner of the mine - the Mining Equipment Repair Plan - is under control of Kuzbass businessman Alexander Schukin.  About the dispute The proceedings on the case started in December 2015. According to court materials, a representative of the plaintiff insisted the sale of the mine was "concluded in the absence of special approval from a participant and under the influence of violence and threat." The actual situation was widely covered in the russian media. The mine was bought from Evraz, owned by Russian oligarch Abramovich. The mine was not bringing any profit after a mining accident in 2012. It required considerable investment to relaunch the mine, so Evraz was ready to get rid of the non-performing asset for the symbolic $160. Evraz even paid for the new owner to take on obligations for development. Evraz sold the mine for 23 million rubles cash ($370,000), remaining on Gramoteinskaya accounts to pay salaries and taxes. As reported, Lehram Capitals Investments did not pay salaries to coal miners for two months. A pre-strike crisis was declared. The trade union of the mine intended to withdraw the miners who had not been paid for their work. The mine is the city's primary taxpayer for settlements nearby. Therefore, Lehram's salary and tax debts led to social tensions in the region. The new owner wired 23 million from company accounts within a week and did not start any repairs at the mine. The owner decided not to invest in development as was originally planned. Eventually, Lehram decided to assent the asset to another owner without returning 23 million rubles. In fact, the deal earned over 200,000% of profit to the British fund. However, Lehram turned out to be a British entity only owing to the place of its registration. There is no British national among directors and founders of Lehram, although it has Colombian, Russian nationals, as well as a citizen of Kazakhstan.Alexander Schukin's representatives confirmed to that after purchasing the Gramoteinskaya mine from Lehram Alexander Schukin spent over 200 million rubles ($3.3 million) in 2014 for repairs and covering salaries and taxes. KPMG estimated the Gramoteinskaya mine assets as 9 million US dollars in 2015, after the mine finally started working at full capacity as a result of Schukin's investment. 
In mid-March 2016, the court of arbitration suspended the proceedings after Lehram sent documents to a court of general jurisdiction and tried to appeal against the actions of a notary who had certified the sale of the mine. Representatives of the British company obtained a waiver, and then refused to appeal. In December 2017, The Financial Times reported that Lehram addressed to the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation seeking $500 million in compensation for damages. The company plans to go to a court of international arbitration, should the parties fail to reach an agreement. The Russian media - Komsomolskaya Pravda, and others - saw a political context in the statement. As the relations between the Russian Federation and Great Britain continue worsening, Lehram tries to take advantage of the anti-Russian sentiment in the commercial arbitration in order to claim the investment that was one million times (!) the size of the original investment. 
Opinion of the parties Representatives of the plant, the mine, the notary and the entrepreneur said at a court session on Wednesday that the statute of limitations of the transaction, which was allegedly concluded under pressure, had expired. According to Yegenia Shokhorieva, a representative of the plant, the statute of limitations in such cases is one year. The transaction was concluded on December 18, 2013, and the lawsuit was filed on December 7, 2015. In addition, representatives of the parties noted that the materials of the case lacked the original decision of Lehram's sole shareholder. The decision limited the powers of the CEO of the British company to conclude deals. Previously, Lehram representatives, when challenging the transaction, claimed that Rudyk had no authority to conclude a contract for the sale of the mine. The defendant and representatives of third parties questioned the fact that it had been drawn up before the transaction - on October 31, 2013 - and demanded the original document should be presented.  The document was not provided. In addition, under the UK law, the general director is entitled to make any decision on the current situation in relation to the company's business. In accordance with documents on the website of the British registry, Igor Rudyk was dismissed from the position of the general director soon after the transaction was concluded. However, he is still listed as one of Lehram's acting directors. This indirectly proves the fact that the sole founder - Daniel Rodriguez - apparently has no claims to his employee. Pravda.Ru

Silk Road To Germany: New Molotov-Ribbentrop-Mao Pact

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 19:00
By Jim Jones There has been a changing of the guard in world hegemony that has been underway for the last decade; it has been clandestine as befits the scenario, least it is exposed before the trap is sprung. To understand what is happening, one needs to step back in time and follow the leads that have been given by the various players. The players in this game of world one-upmanship chess are; Germany, Russia and China. It would be easy to say that three more unlikely bed mates would be harder to find; at first superficial glance this may well be so.  Germany and Russia hardly have had the best of relationships over the last 200 years and China may well be perceived as a major threat to Russia in the Far East.  But if we examine the strategic benefits of such an alliance, we see major benefits to the parties.

Israel vows to destroy Russia's S-300 in Syria in case of danger

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 18:24
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems if Syria uses them against Israeli aircraft. The Israeli army will destroy Syrian S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems if they act against aircraft of the Israeli Air Force, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in an interview with Ynetnews."If these weapons are used against us, we will act against them. One thing must be clear: if someone shoots down our aircraft, we will destroy them," Lieberman said."It is important for us that the defensive weapons that the Russians are transferring to Syria should not be used against us," Lieberman said.The minister added that Israel did not interfere in Syria's internal affairs. At the same time, the official added, Israel will not allow Iran to inundate Syria with modern arms systems that would be directed against Israel. According to Lieberman, Israel's problem is not Russia, because Russian air defence systems had already been deployed in Syria and they had never been used against Israel. "We have an open line, we do have a communication channel. Sometimes it's a complex discussion, but it's open," he explained. "We have been constantly in coordination for several years and we can avoid friction with the Russians," concluded Lieberman.On April 23, the Kommersant newspaper said that Russia could start delivering S-300 systems to Syria already in the near future because the question had been resolved. Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the information. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the decision on this matter had not yet been taken.It is worthy of note that Israel regularly strikes the territory of Syria. The country conducted the last attack on April 9, when Israeli F-15 fighter aircraft fired missiles at the Syrian airbase in Homs after it was reported that an Iranian air defence system had been delivered there. WSJ said that the Iranian air defence complex was destroyed before it was brought into ready-to-use condition. The Israeli aircraft also destroyed the hangar, where Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles were stored. Pravda.Ru

Oil prices ups and downs: Russia wins if Iran loses

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 17:41
Oil will continue growing in price, and even Donald Trump's incompetent tweets are not going to change this trend, expert Igor Yushkov believes. Who will be dictating conditions on the commodity market and who will lose?Oil prices will continue growing, Bloomberg reports with reference to hedge funds that invest in "black gold." Oil will hit the mark of $80 per barrel already in May, the news agency said. The criticism from Donald Trump, who tweeted that the OPEC was artificially inflating the prices, will not change the situation. Donald Trump has doubts about the extension of the "nuclear deal" with Iran at the time when Saudi Arabia has been speculating on the bull market, Venezuela has been cutting its oil production, the situation in Syria and in the Middle East in general has been exacerbating. All these factors will contribute to the growth of oil prices. Igor Yushkov, a leading expert at the National Energy Security Fund, told Pravda.Ru that there are two factors that contribute to the growth of oil prices. The first one is the OPEC+ deal on limiting production by exporting countries and geopolitical destabilisation, including the threat of a military confrontation between major producers and exporters of oil."Trump does not understand the situation in the oil market, where it is production output that forms  the balance of supplies and demand and, consequently, the price. "For example, in Russia, the Energy Ministry does not have the authority to instruct companies how much oil they need to extract, but the president can turn to them with an offer to conclude an agreement, and they meet halfway," Igor Yushkov said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.In fact, the rise in oil prices shows a positive effect on the growth in the production of shale oil in the United States that has a high production cost of $40-50 per barrel. These days, OPEC is not the monster that used to produce most of oil in the world - today it accounts for about 40 percent. "These days, the price of $60-70 per barrel of oil is very good for those who produce oil and those who process it - it goes about the growth of the industry and jobs - that's what Trump always talks about," Igor Yushkov told Pravda.Ru. The expert believes that Donald Trump will not extend the nuclear deal with Iran. During Obama's presidency, the prime goal of lifting sanctions from Iran was to give Europe an alternative to Russian gas. Yet, Trump's goal is different: to drive Russia into a corner with sanctions and make Europe buy liquified natural gas from the USA. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Russia's S-300 systems against Tomahawk missiles flying towards Syria

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 15:43
Russia can supply S-300 Favorit anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria for free. However, the Russian Defense Ministry has not commented on the information. Are S-300 systems efficient against Tomahawk missiles? Will Russia's assistance to Syria cause damage to relations with Israel? Pravda.Ru asked these questions to expert at the Association of Military and Political Scientists, Andrei Koshkin."Russia's decision to ship S-300 systems to Syria will make Israel worry a lot. We understand the  situation that has been developing between the countries of the Middle East, and we know difficulties that Syria is experiencing in cooperation with Israel.Israel protects the sky from the direction of Golan Heights because there is no peace treaty  experience, and everything can be solved through hostilities. We all remember that prior to the missile attack on Syria, two F-15 fighters attacked the territory of Lebanon. It turned out that they were Israeli fighters. After the missile strike, nine missiles were launched - the Israelis believe that they have the right to attack whenever they want to, because there is no peace treaty with Syria. They keep the Arab Republic in an iron grip, because Iran has been building up its forces in the region. "Of course, Israel takes the side of the United States, the UK and France after the missile attack. Therefore, Russia wants to help Syria protect its sky with the help of anti-aircraft missile systems, even if Israel is against it. After all, the world could see a group of nuclear powers committing an act of aggression against a sovereign state. Damascus found itself under the protection of diplomatic measures only. Russia needs to ship S-300 systems to Syria to put an end to this unbridled aggression."Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Putin to sign new decree to spend ten trillion rubles on social needs

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 14:03
President Putin may sign a new decree after his inauguration on May 7 about the development of healthcare system and infrastructure in Russia. It is believed that the decree will stipulate the budget of nearly ten trillion rubles for these purposes, Bloomberg said. The number can be revised. Most of the spending is scheduled for the period after 2020, although it was said that in order to increase spending on social needs, the authorities will cut expenditure in other areas and will look for other sources of income. In particular, it is planned to raise taxes and introduce a new 4% sales tax, although these measures have not been approved yet. The new decree is part of Putin's assignments that were promulgated following the results of the president's message to the Federal Assembly. The presidential administration is to prepare decrees on "improving the living standards of citizens, ensuring the sustainable growth of their real incomes, increasing the level of pensions above the inflation rate and halving the level of poverty in the country."In addition, by analogy with 2012 decrees, new "national goals" are to be elaborated to target such issues as education, health, housing, roads and small businesses.The chief of the Accounting Chamber, Tatyana Golikova, noted that to achieve the above-mentioned goals, the Russian economy needs to grow by four percent a year. "The programs that we have today do not embrace resources of the regions," she said. The authorities are not going to expose the sources, from where they are going to find the funds for Putin's new ten-trillion ruble decree. Some of the costs will be realized by reducing spending, for example, on defense or by redistributing budget funds. Conducting a tax maneuver for the entire economy for 2019-2020 could increase budget revenues by almost 450 billion rubles. Another possible source of income is raising the retirement age. Depending on how significant it will be, the budget may save 0.1-0.2% of GDP by 2050.The vectors of increasing Russia's spending have been chosen correctly, the head of the Center for Economic Studies of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements, Vasily Koltashov told Pravda.Ru. "Social spending and improving the financial situation of Russians who work for the state is a very important goal to pursue. It, in fact, determines the future of the domestic market and, probably, the society in general. Therefore, the redistribution of funds for such purposes is the right move to make. The problem that arises immediately after such a decision is called the liberal bureaucratization of such departments as health care, education, and the entire social sphere."It goes about a lot of paperwork, formalities and reports, especially for science and education workers. If we talk about tax reforms, then we do not have a progressive tax. There are very large taxes on salaries - the Russians pay 13 percent of this tax. Plus, there are a lot of fiscal deductions that make poor people even poorer. I believe it would be reasonable to take some from defense. The state needs to pay more attention to social needs and send positive signals to the private sector."Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Horror chambers in Douma

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 23:26
They were not moderate rebels, those barricaded in Douma. They were jihadists who aimed to eliminate from Syria every minority - no matter whether Muslim or Christian - and to impose a "sharia-dominated emirate". Jaysh al Islam, or the Army of Islam, was the nightmare of the citizens of Damascus. The militia of this group were not so different from the men of the Caliphate or from those of Al Qaida. Yet Zaharan Alloush, the founder of the group, was held in high esteem by those who, at least on paper, are the allies of the West. by Matteo Carnieletto For years, Army of Islam's missiles rained on the houses of the Syrian capital, causing thousands of victims, especially civilians. Through a system of precise coordinates, the rebels were able to hit the targets and make the most victims. In the eastern Ghouta, moreover, there were several tunnels that allowed jihadists to move in the shadows. Nobody could see them or hit them.

Armenia's velvet revolution: Sold

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 19:05
Armenia's Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, without fanfare and with very little noise, has done the things that Ukraine had done by means of an armed Maidan revolution. When serving as President, Sargsyan sold Armenia to the West, having abandoned the country's national identity and social policy. The rallies in Yerevan stated as demonstrations in support for the pro-Western course, but then evolved into "pro-Russian" meetings. What can they change and why does Russia take the position of an observer?On Monday, April 23, Serzh Sargsyan, the head of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, was forced to resign amid protests against his election as the prime minister. After the constitutional reform of 2015, Armenia switched from the presidential republic to a parliamentary one. As many said, Sargsyan, as president, conducted the reform to his own benefit only to keep power in his hands as long as possible. Protests in Armenia began on April 14, when contrary to his promises not to nominate himself for the post of the prime minister, ex-president Serzh Sargsyan was approved on the position at a meeting of the coalition government.The protests were led by opposition association Elk ("Exodus"), which calls for expanding relations with the West and stands against Armenia's membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). It was the head of the Elk faction at the parliament, Nikol Pashinyan, who initially became the leader of the protests.Prior to the threat of losing control over the rallies, Sargsyan held talks with Pashinyan on Sunday, April 22, at which the prime minister said that "the political force that won seven to eight percent at the parliamentary elections had no right to speak on behalf of the people." However, on Monday, April 23, the prime minister resigned.Arman Boshyan, President of the Yerevan Geopolitical Club, shared his vision of the situation with Pravda.Ru."What is happening in Armenia?""The protests were growing in size through the involvement of students and schoolchildren. On Sunday (April 22 - Ed.), according to my calculations, there were 40-50 thousand people on the square, the city of Yerevan was paralysed. Many of those who are not interested in politics also joined the rallies.""Pashinyan called it a "velvet revolution." What are its causes and what do people want?""It is believed that the Armenian government is pro-Russian, whereas the opposition is pro-Western, but this is not true. The sitting government is the most pro-Western government in the history of Armenia. Last year, the Armenian authorities signed the Istanbul Convention, which stipulates for the total rejection of national culture, the introduction of juvenile justice and gay pride parades. Armenia signed a document that Bulgaria and Hungary did not sign when being EU members. If these laws are put into practice, they may spark a civil war.The authorities of Armenia also signed an agreement with the EU on comprehensive partnership, and the parliament ratified it. It goes about the closure of nuclear power plants, about the need to rename cognac to brandy, even though that's a national trademark of ours that we have left after the collapse of the USSR and deindustrialization. In a nutshell, Poroshenko did all that after the Maidan revolution in Ukraine, but the Armenian authorities did all those things quietly and underhandedly. Armenia, as the EU advised, switched to the parliamentary form of government. Our president now is a British citizen, who has business and property there. The first person, who congratulated him on his election was the Queen of England. Not a single minister can now be appointed here without her generous permission. Armenian oligarchs keep their money in Western banks. There is a Russian army base in Armenia, in Gyumri, but this is all that the Russian influence is limited to in Armenia. There are also close ties between Armenia and Russia, of course, and they cannot cut them.""How do you think events are going to develop?""Regardless of how the situation develops, Armenia will continue running the pro-Western destructive course. The opposition uses the strong social discontent as its primary weapon of struggle. The Armenian government refused to provide material assistance to families with many children, but adopted a law that implies financial support for those who take children away from families. It just so happens that they have money for terror, but no money for family support. The rallies should have put pressure on the acting authorities, so that Armenia keeps the pro-Western course, but everything developed differently. The people are now opposed to this course, the situation has gone out of control and organisers of those protests did not expect so many people to show up. Yet, the rallies do not propagate any anti-Russian slogans - the protested wanted Sargsyan to step down."First deputy chairman of the CIS committee in the Duma, Konstantin Zatulin, said in an interview with Govorit Moskva radio station that Russia in Armenia is "an observer who does not want destabilisation there." "An observer should use political means to support legal authorities, but we are not going to send our lawmakers there. Russia does not have such plans, let along the fact that such plans are unacceptable for Armenia." Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Where does Russia keep her gold?

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 17:24
Last week, it was reported that the Central Bank of Turkey withdrew the national gold reserve from the US Federal Reserve System. Given the fact that the United States has been imposing whole packages of sanctions on Russia one after another since 2014, why does Russia still keep its gold and other assets in the USA? If it is not in the USA, then where does Russia keep her gold? Turkey's "American gold" was partly returned to Turkey and deposited to European banks, particularly in England and Switzerland. Ankara's gold reserve totals 564.6 tons.Accumulating physical gold by central banks has become a trend lately. Even such a small European country as Hungary returned three tons of its gold from London in early 2018. Venezuela, Holland, Austria and Germany did the same - the countries that feel pressure from the part of the Washington consensus. For example, both the European Union and the Western world have been criticizing Hungary heavily. The nation's gold reserve gives Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban a reason to feel more confident.What about Russia? She has been the main "whipping girl" in the eyes of the "civilized world" lately. Yevgeny Fedorov, a member of the State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes, told Pravda.Ru, that the information about the location of Russia's gold is classified." "Some of Russia's gold used to be stored in the USA, but we do not know whether Russia has returned that gold," the MP said. According to Yevgeny Fedorov, the Central Bank of Russia "is a branch of the US Federal Reserve, so I would not be surprised if we still keep some of our gold in the United States," he said. "If we don't keep our gold in the USA, then we do keep some of our assets there - i.e. we support the US economy, which is a very bad phenomenon," Fedorov told Pravda.Ru. This policy, the MP added, is stipulated in Article 15 of the Constitution, the system of international treaties and the status of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. To change such a state of affairs, Russia needs to conduct revolutionary reforms. "It is only now, when the law on counter-sentences raises the need to remove US managers from Russian ministries and the Central Bank. If Putin wins with his policy to end the subordination to the American unipolar world, then everything may work out well," Yevgeny Fedorov told Pravda.Ru. In turn, researcher Mikhail Khazin told Pravda.Ru that Russia does not keep its physical gold in the US. "We keep our assets in US government securities, but we have been recently reducing the share of these assets significantly. There is a probability that the Americans will not give them back, so we need to get rid of those bonds," the expert told Pravda.Ru. Pavel Salin, director of the Center for Policy Studies of the Finance University, also said that Russia does not keep its physical gold in the United States."The Russian gold reserve is stored in Russia, and the foreign exchange reserves are kept at US Treasuries. We tend to reduce their amount, but it is impossible to do it instantly, because it will look like an attempt to collapse the US debt market with all ensuing consequences. It could also trigger a major conflict with China that holds $1 trillion 200 million in these bonds and Japan - about one trillion dollars," the expert told Pravda.Ru.According to the US Treasury, the Central Bank of Russia sold US government bonds worth 11.9 billion dollars from December to February, having this reduced the volume of assets by 11.2 percent ($93.8 billion). It is worthy of note that immediately after the introduction of sanctions against Russia in March 2014, the Central Bank of Russia withdrew about $115 billion from the US Federal Reserve System (FRS). However, two weeks after the incident, the Russian Central Bank returned the funds to Fed accounts, Reuters says. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Large lake of boiling water found on Mars

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 13:35
Russian radio enthusiast Valentin Degterev found a huge lake full of boiling water on pictures of Mars. The photos, taken by NASA, show a body of water two kilometres in diameter in the area of the south pole of Mars, says. The lake is located in a meteorite crater. Having "discovered" so much water on Mars, Degterev assumed that scientists conceal a lot of information about the existence of water on Mars saying that Mars is an anhydrous planet. Like on Earth, the water in the newly-discovered lake on Mars is blue and liquid. The radio enthusiast also assumed that the water in the lake boils all the time and produces a lot of steam. The researcher provided the coordinates of the site, where the lake was found, and said that the discovery was extremely valuable, because nothing like that was ever found on the Red Planet. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Poland defends its airspace with the help of Soviet systems made during the 1940s

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:53
Polish officials said that in the event of a "war with Russia," the country would use Soviet weapons to defend itself against Russian missiles and aircraft.According to the National Interest, Poland still uses Soviet weapons along with national developments to protect its airspace.  The Polish army still has Soviet-made S-60 anti-aircraft systems developed in the 1940s.The Polish military also use ZU-23-2, adopted in the USSR in 1960. Nevertheless, Poland is expecting to receive USA's Patriot missiles, which will be difficult to integrate with the existing air defence system of Poland. Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz announced the agreement on the supply of Patriot air defence systems in Poland in early July.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

G7 wants to hold Russia responsible for everything

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:35
Foreign Ministers of G7 countries intend to release a tough statement about their policies in relation to Russia's foreign politics. According to sources, the ministers will point out the need for dialogue with the Russian Federation in a number of important international problems. Nevertheless, the issues of Syrian and Ukrainian  crises remain open, Interfax reports.German Foreign Ministry Heiko Maas appealed to Russia to help regulate the Syrian crisis. According to him, the Syrian conflict cannot be solved without Russia's participation. In return, however, one needs constructive proposals. G7 foreign ministers will gather for a meeting to discuss issues of cooperation with Russia, efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, the crisis in Syria and the state of affairs in the Middle East region, including the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Russia to deliver S-300 air defence systems to Syria for free

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:02
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge, the Kommersant newspaper wrote adding that Russia is determined to take a swift effort to create the echeloned air defence system for Syria. The question about the transfer of S-300 systems to Syria remains "mostly political" and has been practically resolved. Components of S-300 systems, including radar stations, transport vehicles, command posts and missile launchers, will be delivered to Syria by military transport aircraft or vessels of the Russian Navy. It is possible that Russia will deliver the systems that have already been used in the Russian Armed Forces. On April 14, the Western coalition fired 103 missiles on Syria, but Syrian air defence forces shot down 71 of those missiles. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Defending the Social Media with the four-letter word

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 22:16
Defending the Social Media with the four-letter word An attack is under way against the truth-seeking social media practising data democracy. What is unacceptable is that the liars accuse the truthseekers of lying Today's news headlines speak against Russian bots "spreading false news" and querying the institutions which produce results favorable to the west and unfavorable to Moscow. The insinuation is that of course the western sources are right because they are staffed by righteous and honorable people who would never invent a lie in their lives and anything that dares to question their words is automatically spreading lies. A four-letter word in respose: Iraq.

USSR shot down Korean passenger Boeing 40 years ago. Chronicles

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:37
Forty years ago, Soviet pilots shot down a Korean passenger aircraft after it invaded Soviet airspace. On April 20, 1978, Boeing 707-321B passenger aircraft of Korean Air Lines (South Korea) was flying from Paris to Seoul with an intermediate stop in Anchorage. There were 97 passengers and 12 crew members on board. The flight route was lying over the northern part of Greenland and Canada, and then the airliner was supposed to fly over Alaska and head to Anchorage. However, instead, the Boeing allegedly deviated from the course due to a piloting error and headed through the Svalbard archipelago towards the Finnish-Soviet border. In April 1978, the USSR was conducting large-scale exercises on ​​the Kola Peninsula. The exercises were held around the city of Severomorsk. The city had the reputation of one of the most closed settlements in the USSR as it was a key location for a number of naval bases and command centers. In addition, many of Soviet strategic bomber planes and reconnaissance aircraft were based on the Kola Peninsula as well.

The aims of the criminal bombing of Syria by the Transnational Elite and globalization

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:16
By Takis Fotopoulos The dramatic events of the past weeks and days, which came to a head with the criminal NATO bombing of Syria during the early hours of Saturday 14th April (so as not to create unwanted disturbances in the stock market!), are very likely to have major consequences on the international stage. Furthermore, they were also aimed at the 'populist' movements, as the elites call the movements for national and economic sovereignty which are presently spreading rapidly throughout Europe and beyond. Therefore, the relatively narrow extent of the bombing is not the real issue, as the mouthpieces of the Transnational Elite (TE) claim in order to minimize its importance. It is the fact that the TE now assert that might is right and that they can therefore bomb Syria at will (on the pretext of false flag attacks), until they have enforced their own participation in negotiations on its future, so as to secure its full integration into the New World Order. The NATO criminals have struck again, exactly as they did in Iraq 15 years ago (minus France back then, which was not yet another offshoot of NATO) - ignoring not only the UN and the International Law which they have had the nerve to invoke, but even the very people whom they supposedly represent. This was made clear through a poll on the eve of the Syria bombings, which showed that less than a quarter of British people approved of this action, while neither of the three ridiculous 'leaders' of the campaign dared to request the opinion of their own parliamentary/Congressional bodies. In other words they have deliberately acted before the OPCW could reach Syria, thus ignoring the very UN committee which they themselves sent there and which was due to begin its investigation on the same day. This had been to establish whether Assad's alleged chemical attack had indeed taken place, as the international mass media under the TE's complete control have been parroting. The immediate aim behind NATO's attack was most likely to pre-empt any decision of the UN body not to their liking, if not to obstruct the OPCW's fact-finding mission, as the Russians accused them of doing. And of course the supposed attempted murder of the double agent Sergei Skripal by Russian spies had already been staged in Britain, based on "evidence" that a Russian nerve agent had been used. In fact, according to Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, the toxin was never produced in Russia, but was in service in the US, UK, and other NATO states.

War between USA and Russia will break out only if Americans cross Russia’s red lines

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:46
Director of the Institute of the USA and Canada Valery Garbuzov compared the qualities of the commanders-in-chief of Russia and the United States. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, as well as the military of the two countries, will never let a military confrontation spark. "Getting back to the question of risks of a military confrontation, I am 100% certain that the military will not allow it, and, of course, neither President Putin nor, I'm sure, President Trump will allow it. They are the leaders elected by their peoples, and they are responsible to their people for peace and tranquility," Lavrov said in an interview with RIA Novosti. Director of the Institute of the USA and Canada, Valery Garbuzov, suggested in an interview with Pravda.Ru that Lavrov's optimism is based on one argument: "The United States and Russia are nuclear powers. "We saw from the Cold War experience that the confrontation was tough, but it had not developed into direct confrontation," the expert told Pravda.Ru.

Russia may interrupt regular flights with USA

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:42
The United States creates visa problems for pilots of Russia's Aeroflot, even though Aeroflot is the only airline that makes regular flights between Russia and the USA. "It is possible that Russia and the United States of America will be left without air service. Aeroflot, the only company that makes regular flights between Russia and the United States, is likely to be forced to stop them, as their crews experience increasing difficulties with obtaining US visas," a statement from the press department of the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov admitted that regular flights between Russia and the USA could be stopped, although the Russian administration would not want such a development.

Russia deprives Pacific Fleet of legendary submarines

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:58
Russia will withdraw two legendary underwater cruisers of Kalmar Project from the structure of the Pacific Fleet. It goes about Georgy Pobedonosets and Podolsk submarines that will be replaced with nuclear-powered submarines of the Borei class armed with Bulava missiles. Two of the three Kalmar Projects subs are to be decommissioned before 2020.

Russia to introduce criminal responsibility for those implementing anti-Russian sanctions

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:17
Vyacheslav Volodin, the Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, spoke in favor of a legislative act to impose responsibility, including criminal liability, on those who implement anti-Russian decisions made by foreign countries in their activities on the territory of the Russian Federation, the press service of the lower house of the parliament said, RIA Novosti reports. "On April 20, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, at a meeting with representatives of business and expert circles, during the discussion of the bill about responsive measures to US sanctions against Russia, spoke in favor of imposing a ban on the implementation of US sanctions in the Russian Federation. He explained that it would be correct to introduce measures of responsibility in relation to those who execute anti-Russian decisions of foreign states in their activities on the territory of Russia. Mr. Volodin did not rule out measures of criminal responsibility either. In Russia, we must live according to Russian laws," the press service of the State Duma said in a statement. Pravda.Ru  

Russia delivers S-300 air defense systems to Syria?

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:56
Several cargo ships that arrived to Syria's Tartus from Russia were unloaded under the guise of smokescreen Several cargo ships entered the Syrian port of Tartus, where the Russian naval base is located. It is believed that the vessels have arrived from the Russian port of Novorossiysk, but nothing is known about the cargo that the ships are carrying on board, reports with reference to sources in Syria. It was said that the ships were unloaded secretly, under the guise of a smokescreen. In addition, there was special gas sprayed in the unloading area of the port to jam satellite and UAV tracking systems.

Yulia Skripal received toxic chemical injection while in a coma, Russian embassy officials say

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 20:11
The Russian embassy in the United Kingdom said that there were high chances that a toxic chemical was injected into the blood of Yulia Skripal before her blood samples were collected. The Russian Embassy demanded the UK should let Russian medical specialists access the woman. "Russian citizen Yulia Skripal has been illegally detained by the British authorities since March 4, 2018, and her contacts with us have been blocked," a press secretary of the embassy said. He added that Russian diplomats are concerned about the state of the woman's health and the lack of official information about her. The official added that all statements that British official had made so far could not be considered reliable.According to the embassy spokesman, Russian specialists, having only the OPCW report, do not have a real picture of the situation and can not analyze the events that have happened in Salisbury. They can not assess the possible involvement of British intelligence services in the Salisbury incident either. Russian specialists ask more and more questions. For example, it remains unclear how a non-decomposed toxic chemical established by Porton Down was found in a blood sample of one of the victims 18 days after the contact, even though the other victim, who suffered a more serious poisoning, did not show such a phenomenon. According to him, such an observation was not typical of nerve agents, which may indirectly mean, with a high degree of probability, that a chemical agent had been injected into the blood of Yulia Skripal before her blood samples were collected when she was in a coma.Pravda.Ru

Chinese experts point out to huge drawback of F-22 versus Su-57

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:14
Chinese experts conducted a comparative analysis of Su-57 and F-22 aircraft and came to curious conclusions. According to satellite images, the Russian military did deploy Su-57 fighter jets at Khmeymim airbase in Syria. Even though the Su-57 is a fifth-generation fighter, there were no special conditions provided for the airplane. Like all other aircraft, Su-57 fighters were parked in the open air, Chinese analysts noted. At the same time, F-22 fighters are very often kept in air conditioned hangars. Chinese specialists wondered whether US fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft need to be kept in air conditioned hangars indeed. Originally, the F-22 was the first type of US stealth aircraft that can be serviced at the forefront. However, 50% of maintenance time for the F-22 has to be spent on the exploitation of radio-absorbing coating. Therefore, the F-22 turns out to be inferior to other traditional fighter aircraft in terms of maintenance works. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

USA highly concerned about Russia's cold-blooded silence in response to missile attack on Syria

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 18:38
The United States is concerned about the current crisis in the relations with Russia and suggests returning to reasonable policies to avoid a nuclear war, military expert Sergei Sudakov believes.A recent report from the US Congressional Research Center said that if the United States conduct an "instantaneous global strike," the missiles would most likely fly over the territories of Russia or China." "Many possible targets lie south of Russia and China, and the United States has historically planned to launch its ballistic missiles over the North Pole."The authors of the report believe that in such a situation, Moscow and Beijing may use nuclear weapons without having time to assess the threat. To prevent "misunderstanding" between Moscow and Washington, it is proposed to notify Russia of the planned launch and maintain constant contacts between the military of the two states.Sergei Sudakov, a member of the Academy of Military Sciences, political scientist and Americanist, told Pravda.Ru, that "the concept of sovereignty provides for certain conditions, when aerial weapons can fly over foreign territories only if the route has been coordinated with the countries that own those territories." "Otherwise, the missiles will be destroyed, and this is what the Russian military nuclear doctrine says," Sergei Sudakov said. If one reads the report "between the lines," "the US wants to resume the system of full-fledged control over airspace," Sergei Sudakov believes. The Americans were very much surprised with Russia's cold-blooded silence in response to their attacks on Syria. They clearly understand that Russia is not going to withdraw its earlier statements, they know that Russia will respond accordingly," Sergei Sudakov said. "The Americans indirectly speak of their intention to return to the system of coordinated launches and flights and warn each other to avoid a catastrophe. This is a policy of fear that leads to a policy of reason. Pre-emption and a constant classic hotline for prevention should always be present for any missile launches - this is the only thing that can save us from the war," the expert told Pravda.Ru. It is worthy of note that Russia had preliminary coordinated the flights of its Caliber missiles over the territories of Iran and Iraq when Russia was striking terrorists in Syria from the south-western area of the Caspian Sea.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Turkey withdraws its gold from USA

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 17:00
The administration of the Central Bank of Turkey has withdrawn the national gold reserve from the US Federal Reserve System.According to Trend news agency, the Central Bank of Turkey had 220 tons of gold at the US Federal Reserve.At the same time, two other Turkish banks - Ziraat and Vakifbank - also started withdrawing their  gold reserves from the United States. Their "gold assets" are evaluated at 95 tons.As of March 2018, the gold reserves of the Central Bank of Turkey amounted to $25.3 billion.Analysts believe that Turkey has made such a move against the background of worsening relations between Ankara and Washington. Earlier, Want China Times wrote with reference to Duowei News that China's enormous gold reserves give the People's Republic of China an opportunity to cause the US national currency to collapse. The publications also noted that Russia had doubled her gold and currency reserves since 2005.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Unexploded Western missiles in Russia's hands: Russian air defenses to get even better

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:41
Russian military men received two unexploded cruise missiles from Syria. The missiles were found after the attack that the Western coalition conducted on Damascus on April 14. The Syrian military noted that the two missiles were in a good condition, and they were handed over to the Russian military on April 17. The United States, Britain and France launched more than a hundred missiles on Syria on April 14 in response to the alleged chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta even though there was no evidence to prove the fact of the attack. Political scientist Yevgeny Satanovsky believes that Russia should put as much pressure on the US as possible and suspend dialogue with the United States on the official level. This will make the Americans panic and they will finally start looking for ways to bring the relations back to normal. "There are many of those who witnessed the provocations in Ghouta, there are many fragments of the missiles that were shot down above Syria, but Trump says that none of his missiles ere intercepted. Russia should press the Americans as much as she can - we should punch them in the fact, and it would be the right thing to do." "We should use shock therapy to sober up the Americans. In this case, the Americans will speak about the need to resume dialogue. There is no other option," Satanovsky said. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Syrian air defense forces intercepted 71 of 103 missilesMember of the expert council of the board of the Military-Industrial Commission of the Russian Federation, Viktor Murakhovsky, said that the unexploded missiles that Russian now has at its disposal will give Russian specialists an opportunity to improve domestic air defenses and electronic warfare. Some of the missiles used in the attack on Syria were not new, but some others were used for the first time. Russian specialists are particularly interested in USA's Tomahawk Block IV and JASSM-ER, as well as in new missiles used by France and the UK. PolitonlineRead article in Russian 

The Geo-political board game: Predicting the next move

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:03
The Geo-political board game: Predicting the next move Back to the two blocs, the question today is which one represents humankind and which one walks in tandem with our hearts and minds... If we can take a board game as an analogy of the current geo-political setting, what will we see? We will find two players sitting on opposite sides of the board, "partners" only insofar as they are both playing the game. In front of them, there is a large board with squares and plastic counters but no dice, only two sets of situation cards in front of each player, one entitled ATTACK and the other, DEFENSE. Covering the squares is a map showing geo-political regions: Americas, divided into North, Central and South; Arctic, Antarctic, Europe and Scandinavia; Middle East; Africa, divided into North, Central and South; Oceania, Asia, divided into Central, South-East and Far East and at the top, one word: Russia. One player sits to the left of the Americas, facing eastwards, the other sits to the right of Asia, Far East, facing westwards.

George W. Bush, who saw Putin's soul in 2001, says what US attitude to Russia should be like

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:36
Former US President George W. Bush said in an interview with Fox News that Vladimir Putin was an intelligent tactician, and relations with him must be forceful.Bush said that he managed to "see a soul" when he looked Putin in the eye, but that was during the time when Russia was broke. These days, Bush added, Putin has changed and turned into a very aggressive person, whose ultimate goal is to reinstate Soviet influence. "His attitude on most issues is: "I'm going to win and US is going to lose," Bush said. "Therefore, I always believed that it is important for the United States to be forceful when dealing with Putin, not belligerent, but forceful. He is good," the former US president said.When speaking about Putin's popularity in Russia, George W. Bush said that he would have been popular in the USA too if he had owned a major television network. Bush believes that Putin is very strong inside Russia, even though the Russian economy is not strong enough and the demographics is not that positive. In 2001, George W. Bush said the following about Putin: "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight forward and trustworthy and we had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul. He's a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country and I appreciate very much the frank dialogue and that's the beginning of a very constructive relationship."Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Germany begs USA for release

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:33
The German authorities will ask the United States to free German companies from participating in the sanctions against the Russian Federation. During his visit to Washington, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz intends to seek special conditions for German businesses in relation to sanctions against Russia.German Chancellor Angela Merkel also intends to raise this issue at a meeting with US President Donald Trump in late April.German industrial giants, including Siemens, Daimler and Volkswagen, which do business in Russia, also lobby this approach because they do not want to suffer losses against the backdrop of the crisis in the US-Russian relationship.According to leaders of German companies, new sanctions may cost Germany hundreds of millions of euros. The former head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, a member of the European Parliament, said that the policy to isolate Russia was a serious geopolitical mistake, especially after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Russia is a European country, and the EU needs to have not only partnership, but also privileged relations with Russia, the official said. The European economy suffered 17.6 billion euros of losses in 2015.A study conducted by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) said that the economic  damage caused by the sanctions against Russia amounted to 17.6 billion euros, whereas 400,000 EU citizens lost their jobs. An analysis of the economic state of 27 countries, Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Poland have suffered from the imposition of sanctions against Russia most. For example, Austria, where exports to Russia in 2015 decreased by almost 40% compared to the previous year, lost 550 million euros and about 7,000 jobs. In Germany, as many 97,000 people were fired, whereas economic losses amounted to six billion euros. France lost 1.63 billion euros, Italy - about one billion euros, Poland - 1.36 billion euros, the Czech Republic - 760 million euros.Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Trump's two 'nice and smart missiles' delivered to Russian military

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:45
Syrian military men handed over two unexploded cruise missiles to Russia. The missiles were found after the recent US-led missile strike on Syria. According to the source, the Syrian military found two cruise missiles that did not explode during the US missile strike on Syria on the night of April 14. The two missiles were delivered to the Russian military men on April 17. A representative of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Kenneth McKenzie, said earlier that all the targets in Syria were struck in a "precise, overwhelming and effective" way. The targets were the Center for the Development and Research of Chemical Weapons in Barzeh near Damascus (76 missiles, 57 of them were Tomahawks), a chemical weapons depot near Homs (22 missiles) and a chemical weapons bunker in Him Shinshar (7 Scout missiles). According to McKenzie, none of the aircraft and none of the missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defence systems, although Syrian officials said otherwise.Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Geopolitics of water

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 23:05
At the center of the earthly paradise is the Tree of Life. From its roots are born four rivers whose branches, according to St. John Damascene, are to be identified respectively with the rivers Nile (Gihon), Tigris (Hiddekel), Euphrates (Prath) and Ganges (Pison). No coincidence that the four lines along which some of the most important civilizations of antiquity evolved. Geopolitics of water by Daniele Perra The water of these rivers has a sacred value that exceeds the function of source and sustenance of life of which they are carriers. From the floods of the Nile, to which a divine character was attributed, depended on the prosperity or otherwise of the ancient Egyptian dynasties. And on an island of Lake Tana, at the source of the Blue Nile, it is said that it was kept, before its transfer to Axum (ancient spiritual center long disputed between Fascist Italy and Britain in the previous century), the Ark of the Covenant, given, according to the Ethiopian national poem The glory of Kings, from King Salomon to Menelik I, the son he had with the Queen of Sheba. And again in 2009, the then patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church of Coptic Rite, Abuna Paulos, said: Ethiopia is the throne of the Ark of the Covenant.

Putin must sue UK because of Skripal case lies

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:09
The OPCW has failed to name both the formula and the country of origin of the substance that poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury. Can Russia hold British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson accountable for libel?On 18 April, during the second closed meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, Peter Wilson, the representative of Great Britain at the OPCW, said that the organisation could not determine the country of origin of the substance that poisoned  former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.One should bear in mind the fact that the OPCW has not publicly announced the name of the substance, which the British authorities identified as "Novichok" - a nerve gas that was allegedly developed in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and was at the disposal of Russian special services.On the basis of the above-mentioned unfounded statements, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson accused Russia and her president of involvement in the poisoning of the Skripals, which subsequently resulted in another portion of sanctions from Western countries. The leaders of several other Western countries supported Johnson, having released similar statements. Swedish Prime Minister, for example, stated that Russia was supposed to explain how a man was nearly murdered with the use of a nerve gas in the UK. "We share the assessment that, clearly, Russia is responsible," Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Lofven said. Sweden expelled one Russian diplomat in solidarity with the UK. Can Russia bring Johnson and the Swedish prime minister to trial? Vladimir Olenchenko, a senior researcher at the Center for European Studies at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Pravda.Ru that one can raise the issue at an international court and seek compensations.""It seems to me that our Prosecutor General's Office is on the right track. The Office has published documents where many things don't come together. Those documents support the idea that it is the British authorities that staged the attempted assassination of the former Russian spy. The problem is that the UK does not respond to our requests," the expert told Pravda.Ru. "We must not let this topic fade away. Russia must raise more and more questions on the subject and ask for answers, attach international attention to the issue," Vladimir Olenchenko said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.It is worthy of note that there is criminal responsibility for libel in Western countries. In the United States and Great Britain, libel is understood as dissemination of deliberately false information of defamatory nature. Russia needs to prove that London's allegations were based on deliberately false information that shattered the reputation of the Russian president. Why don't  Russian lawyers prepare such a lawsuit on behalf of Putin and sue the UK?A few days ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggested that Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned with BZ gas, which was not developed in Russia.According to Lavrov, Russia received the information on the basis of confidentiality. It contains data that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) received from the Center for Radiological and Chemical-Biological Analysis in Switzerland. "It is only up to the OPCW to comment on the statement, but we can repeat what was said ten days ago: we have no doubt that Porton Down (the British laboratory) identified "Novichok." Their working standards are so strict their conclusions can not be questioned," the Swiss lab tweeted. At a meeting on Wednesday, April 18, OPCW experts did not confirm the presence of BZ substance in the samples collected in Salisbury."The precursor of BZ that is referred to in the public statements, commonly known as 3Q, was contained in the control sample prepared by the OPCW Lab in accordance with the existing quality control procedures. Otherwise it has nothing to do with the samples collected by the OPCW Team in Salisbury. This chemical was reported back to the OPCW by the two designated labs and the findings are duly reflected in the report," the head of the OPCW Ahmet Uzumcu said.As they say, one barber shaves another gratis. Lyuba LulkoPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Washington officials claim Russia attacked American military men in Syria

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:56
US Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell stated that "Russian mercenaries" attempted to attack American military men in Syria. "Russia's reckless intervention in Syria and support for the Assad regime has raised the risk of confrontation with the West. The failed attack on U.S. forces by Russian mercenaries recently in Syria was one sobering example of this behavior; Moscow's aggressive rhetoric in the period leading up to and after the recent U.S. - led strikes is another," his testimony reads. Mitchell added that Washington did not seek a confrontation with Moscow in Syria, but admitted that the US was ready to use force if necessary. "We do not seek a confrontation. But our forces will not hesitate to use necessary and proportionate force to defend themselves as they are in engaged in operations to defeat ISIS and degrade al-Qa'ida," he wrote. Mitchell also said that the conflict in Syria can only be resolved through negotiations in Geneva. "This solution can only be achieved through a UN - led Geneva process to fully implement UNSCR 2254. We are pushing Russia to be a constructive participant in this process and to bring Assad to the negotiating table. So far, Russia has ignored these calls and instead been a spoiler to Geneva," west Mitchel believes.Meanwhile, the Security Service of Ukraine published a video of the interrogation of a man who claimed that he had witnessed the transportation of a group of people without identification signs to Syria on board Russia's Varyag cruiser. Representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry said that the warship never visited the port of Tartus.The Security Service of Ukraine alleges that the Varyag cruiser delivered a group of Russian mercenaries - employees of PMC Wagner - to Syria."Before telling these fables, they should consult the command of the Ukrainian Navy or their Western curators," official representative of the Ministry of Defence, Major-General Igor Konashenkov said. The Varyag missile cruiser has never stopped by the port of Tartus in Syria, because there are no "appropriate berths" there for mooring warships of such displacement. Konashenkov also pointed out that a cruiser ship is not suitable for the transportation of military equipment and other large-sized military cargo. "The Varyag lacks suitable cargo holds," he explained.The video from the Security Service of Ukraine shows the interrogation of the man who introduced himself as Nikolai Kovalenko. He served on the Varyag missile cruiser as a "space communications mechanic." He and a citizen of Ukraine tried to "illegally cross the border," where they were detained.Pravda.Ru

The Provocateur - Israel The Big Loser

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:45
By Jim Jones Strange rumblings in the Middle East. I sincerely doubt that even the big players in this game really know the full story and the machinations of nations in this game without rules which is being played out. I wrote previously [] about the possible interpretation(s) that could be placed on the recent unholy Alliance strike on Syria; about possible "False Flag" operations by the Alliance.  Praise God, the USS Donald Cook was moved from close proximity to the Syrian coast and the Russian Naval Base at Tartus, to a location between Cyprus and Crete close to the Turkish coast and out of range of the Russian coastal defence missiles.  At least that provocation was removed by the US.  If the Donald Duck had launched missile from a distance of 100 km from the Naval Base, the reaction time for the Russian AD units based at Tartus would have been very small and I suspect they could not have taken a chance as to where the missiles were ultimately headed. Most likely, they at least would have been engaged and shot down - it begs the question, would a counter-attack have been launched against the Donald Duck?? Well, we're not to know as it would have depended on whether or not the Donald Duck was destined by the US as a target. To my thinking it would have been foolhardy to have launched from that location and I suspect that words were exchanged between Russia/US on the location of the Donald Duck - thus prompting the relocation to an area whereby the possible trajectory of the missiles launched could be verified. [Trust but verify].

SWIFT refuses to cut Russia off, even if Washington insists

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:57
The SWIFT system, which ensures the transfer of financial messages between all banks of the world, will not disconnect Russia despite Western sanctions. In the political conflict between Russia and the West, SWIFT takes a neutral position, SWIFT CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt said. The SWIFT system will thus stay neutral in the conflict between Russia and the West and will not disconnect the country from the system of financial payments because of the sanctions, CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt said at the SWIFT business forum in Moscow, RBC reports. "The question of disconnecting Russia from the SWIFT financial reporting system is not worth it, and our position remains unchanged: we are a neutral party that provides for the interconnection of users and whose purpose is to service the global financial industry," Mr. Leibbrandt said. SWIFT declared its neutrality back in 2014, when the question of disconnecting Russia from the system was raised for the first time following the coup in Ukraine and Russia's reunification with the Crimea. "Our mission is to be a global and neutral service provider," the company said in a statement back then. The European Parliament and the EU Council discussed such a possibility against the backdrop of sanctions in connection with the Ukrainian crisis, but the SWIFT management considered Russia's possible disconnection highly challenging to the reputation of the company and stressed that it would not make such decisions under the influence of political pressure. Nevertheless, the West still believes that disconnecting Russia from the interbank messaging system is possible. In August 2017, the Russian National Commercial Bank (RNCB) and Tempbank were disconnected from SWIFT, after the owner of the relevant software refused to cooperate with them because of US sanctions. RNCB, which works in the Crimea, said that the move would not affect its work as the bank operated only inside Russia. In January, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich acknowledged that disconnection from SWIFT could create great problems for the Russian banking system. If it happens, he said, Russian banks would have to switch to an outdated technology, but Western companies would face serious problems too. In early April 2018, the United States adopted a new package of anti-Russian sanctions, which has become the most stringent one since 2014. Shortly thereafter, Washington announced its readiness to prepare new sanctions in the near future to punish Russia for supporting the Syrian authorities. It was said that Moscow was getting ready for a series of tough measures, including disconnection from SWIFT. The financial reporting system itself is based in Belgium and does not comply with US law. However, chances for Washington to succeed in cutting Russia off remain high.To counter such a threat, Russia has been developing its own analog to SWIFT that would be used inside the country. The system is called the Financial Communications System of the Bank of Russia (known for the Russian initials as SPFS). On April 13, Rosteс (State Corporation for Assistance to Development, Production and Export of Advanced Technology) announced that it was switching to SPFS. SWIFT stands for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications. The system was established in 1973. Today, SWIFT unites more than 10,000 banking and financial organisations in 210 countries and processes about 1.8 billion messages a year.Pravda.Ru

Russia to launch new minesweeper made of fibreglass

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:54
Russia is launching new Ivan Antonov minesweeper of Project 12700 on April 25 in St. Petersburg.Project 12700 designates the construction of large vessels, the hulls of which are made entirely of fiberglass. Sea mines very often react to metal objects. Therefore, minesweepers had to be made either of wood, which was not very practical, or steel. Steel hulls had to be demagnetised to make vessels invisible to mine detonators, reports. Fiberglass lacks such drawbacks. Russian engineers also developed a unique vacuum infusion technology which makes it possible to use composite materials in ship-building. At the same time, minesweepers need to be able to detect mines. The new Ivan Antonov vessel comes  equipped with state-of-the-art hydroacoustic systems. The systems have been installed both on the vessel itself and on underwater robotic vehicles that the ship also carries on board. The Ivan Antonov is armed with a light-weight six-barreled 30-millimeter gun to destroy mines floating on the water surface. Pravda.Ru

Russian Prosecutor General speaks about mystery of Berezovsky's death

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:59
Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika said that late Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky could not obtain polonium to poison Alexander Litvinenko, although Berezovsky was working together with British special services. According to Chaika, Berezovsky forfeited for his life when he decided to return to Russia. Yuri Chaika said during his report to the Council of Federation that Litvinenko died in November 2006 shortly after receiving British citizenship. A significant amount of radioactive polonium-210 was found Litvinenko's body after his death."Although Berezovsky played a key role in this provocation, it was not him who wrote the script. For all his criminal talents, Berezovsky simply could not get the polonium, it was not his level," Chaika said."Special services could not let the carrier of secrets about the act of nuclear terrorism that was committed against Litvinenko, go outside the UK, as it would have come to the knowledge in Russia," Chaika said. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Putin presents his condolences to George H. Bush

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:14
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian president sent a message of condolences to former US President George H. Bush in connection with the death of his wife Barbara Bush."The president sent a telegram with condolences to George H. Bush in connection with the passing of his wife," Peskov said.US President Donald Trump also expressed his condolences to Mr. Bush. Trump pointed out Barbara Bush's contribution to the struggle against illiteracy throughout the world and her devotion to the concept of American family. Barbara Bush died in her home in Texas at the age of 92. Pravda.Ru 

Bridge of stupidity in St. Petersburg claims 146th victim

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:28
Another car accident with the participation of GAZelle vehicle took place in St. Petersburg. The accident happened underneath the bridge, on which a large banner was attached warning drivers that GAZelle vans would not be able to pass underneath the bridge. The message on the banner says: "Dangerous! Low bridge! GAZelle will not pass!" in large lettering, but GAZelle drivers still mange to ram their vehicle into the low bridge. It has thus become the 146th accident that has occurred on one and the same site. The site is located on the overpass at the intersection of Sofiyskaya Street and Lensovetovskaya Road. The distance between the road and the bridge above it is only 2.7 meters. The bridge was built in 2011. The bridge is equipped with all warning signs, which does not prevent GAZelle drivers from crashing into it over and over again. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

A selective genocide is consummated through women's bodies. A new market eugenics.

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:05
A selective genocide is consummated through women's bodies. A new market eugenics. By Evald Manes. Now, a time after going to the feminist strike on the International Working Women's Day, we are still waiting for data after the emergency rescue of the male group.- Nothing. It does not seem to mean any analysis with enough relevance.

Iran strongly determined to fight for Golan Heights

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:02
The Trump administration is looking for a replacement for the American military contingent in the north of Syria. If the United States agrees with Saudi Arabia, the situation in the south of the country will become a lot more intense as Iran and Israel stand on the brink of war. Does it all depend on Putin's decision, who still remains angered with the most recent bombings of Syria? Israel bombs, Iran warns On the night of April 17, Syrian Shayrat air base in Homs was shelled again. Pentagon officials said that the United States was not conducting military operations in the region. Iran held Israel responsible and threatened with "an appropriate response," Haaretz newspaper reported citing a statement from official representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Bahram Ghassemi.Iran has thus made another "unworkable threat." The previous one was made after the air raid on the T4 base on April 14, when, according to the Syrian media, 14 people were killed, including the Iranian military and the commander of Iranian "unmanned" troops. Israel covertly confirmed the attack, The New York Times reported. "The Zionist entity will sooner or later be struck for attacking the T4 airfield in Syria," said Bahram Gassemi. The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, described the bombing of Syria as a "crime committed by Israel. He said that Israel's actions "will not remain unanswered," Lebanese TV channel Al-Mayadin reports. No less threatening remarks come from the administration of Hezbollah movement. Vladimir Fitin, an expert at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, told Pravda.Ru, that "the exchange of such rhetoric between Israel and Iran has become commonplace." "The Israelis also periodically fire missiles at the territory of Syria, claiming that they will not allow Iranian bases to appear, nor will they tolerate the buildup of Iranian military hardware near Israeli borders. Yet, neither Iran nor Israel want a major war to happen. Most likely, the whole matter will be limited to another portion of bellicose statements," the expert said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.However, Tim Lister, an analyst at CNN, believes that it is Russian President Vladimir Putin who holds Iran back. "President Putin has long had a good relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but this week warned him against further military action in Syria, following airstrikes against Iranian militia last weekend that were attributed to the Israelis," the author believes. After the Islamic revolution of 1979, Iran terminated diplomatic relations with Israel and still does not recognise the legitimacy of the existence of the Jewish State, claiming that Israel is a threat to Iran's national security.Since the very beginning of the Syrian conflict, Tehran has been increasing its military presence in Syria, preparing for a protracted military conflict with Israel, and possibly for a battle for the Golan Heights that Syria lost in 1967. Even if this war is waged indirectly through Hezbollah, missile strikes against Iranian bases show that Tel Aviv is ready for a direct military confrontation with Tehran too. Saudi Arabia will deploy contingent to Syria? Other countries could be involved in the conflict. According to The Wall Street Journal, the United States offered Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to send "their troops" and "billions of dollars to Northern Syria to help restore the region." As Vladimir Fitin told Pravda.Ru, it does not go about assistance for the official government of Syria - the Americans want to take care of  what they have been supporting in Syria with the help of their armed forces. Arab countries of the Arabian Peninsula are very unlikely to invest money as soon as Washington tell them to, as they have too many problems of their own. It is worthy of note that Iran accuses Saudi Arabia, with which Tehran does not have diplomatic relations either, of "supporting the Zionist regime and terrorism."Lyuba Lulko (Stepushova)Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Will Americans sacrifice one of their warships to start a major war?

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:08
By Jim Jones For many years now, I have been watching and commenting on events in the Middle East; particularly so now as I see the unfolding of events prophesied in Scripture as End Time Events occurring before my eyes.  No, this is not a Bible Study! However, even the most stubborn atheist would be hard pressed to explain away all current world events as having no relevance to Scripture. The Middle East has perked my interest as there are so many players and permutations involved as to present a venerable chessboard of possibilities. But here I want to focus just on the current events unfolding in this melodrama around the false flag chemical attack carried out by the White Helmets in Syria and the buffoon response of the West.

Donald Trump must address American people

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:55
Trump does not believe his assistants and hopes to have a personal meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Afterwards, Donald Trump should address the American people,  Americanist Edward Lozansky believes. Even though US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that the US would impose another package of sanctions on Russia already on April 16, White House spokespeople said that Haley either misspoke or incorrectly expressed her thoughts. However, Nikki Haley is known as a highly disciplined woman, who simply cannot say such things. American analysts have two versions to explain the situation. One of them says that Trump first gave the go-ahead for the new sanctions, and then changed his mind. It is also believed that Donald Trump could be in collusion with the Kremlin.President of the American University in Moscow, Eduard Lozansky, told Pravda.Ru, that Trump was furious about the fact that his assistants were deceiving him. For example, it was reported that Donald Trump was supposedly enraged after he was informed that European countries had expelled  fewer Russian diplomats than the United States (60 people). There were other conflicts with the advisers, "who advised him not to congratulate Putin on his reelection, but Trump called Putin to congratulate him anyway. "It probably came to the boiling point, and Trump decided to rethink the situation that has reached a very dangerous point. A lot of people in the world thought that the USA was going to launch another world war on Friday at night when the Americans fired missiles at targets in Syria," Lozansky told Pravda.Ru. In his opinion, it is very important that Trump confirmed a meeting with Putin after he was "literally forced" to insult the Russian president. "If the two leaders meet and look each other in the eye, they will be able to find a common language," the political scientist said in an interview with Pravda.Ru. The expert is not sure whether Congress will support Trump after the meeting. "The president will then have to address the American people to ask them to choose between war and peace. Of course, people will choose peace, and Congress will have to listen. It is highly important Trump and Putin should meet as soon as possible," Eduard Lozansky told Pravda.Ru.Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Russia refuses to transport NATO's military hardware

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:16
Russian transport company Volga-Dnepr decided not to work with NATO cargoes.The management of the company specialising in the transportation of large-tonnage and supersize cargoes informed the North Atlantic Alliance command that An-124 Ruslan super-heavy jumbo aircraft would no longer be used for the transportation of NATO cargoes.It was reported that the company made such a decision in response to the missile attack on Syria conducted by the United States, France and the UK on April 14.NATO member countries would frequently use the services of the Russian Volga-Dnepr company and Antonov Airlines of Ukraine to deliver heavy military hardware to the sites of military operations or joint exercises of the alliance.During the early 2000s, An-124 Ruslan aircraft had flown to Afghanistan more than 200 times. Now the Ukrainians may count for the number of commercial shipments to increase. Interestingly, the American C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft, which is similar to the An-124 Ruslan, remains in service with the US Air Force, but does not carry out cargo transportation activities for the benefit of other NATO member countries.Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Russia wants to be prepared for most severe sanctions that Washington is working on

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:58
The Russian administration believes that the United States will soon announce most severe sanctions against Russia. Russia will be prepared for such a turn of events, RBC reports. The Kremlin believes that the US may impose sanctions on Russia's public debt and disconnect the country from SWIFT payment system. It is also believed that Washington may impose strict sanctions on Russia's two largest banks - Sberbank and VTB. According to two federal officials, whose names were not exposed, the Russian authorities started developing countermeasures to respond to the most negative scenario long before the USA published the infamous Kremlin report in January. Previously, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that the United States would impose new sanctions against Russia on Monday, April 16. It was assumed that Washington would take restrictive measures against the companies linked to Syrian President Bashar Assad. However, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said later that the decision about the new sanctions against Russia had not been made yet. The Russian authorities supposedly consider two options for possible US sanctions against Russia's sovereign debt. According to the first one of them, the USA will prohibit investing in Russia's federal loan bonds for American investors only. For a more stringent option, the ban on the purchase of the Russian national debt will be extraterritorial in nature extending to foreign (including Russian) legal entities. Currently, foreign investors hold more than a third of the Russian national debt.As protection measures, Russia considers a possibility of creating a special bank for the purchase of the Russian national debt, as well as taking certain steps that will "close" the names of those who buy the Russian national debt. Russia should be prepared for the introduction of US restrictions on investment in the Russian national debt, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said on the sidelines of the Krasnoyarsk economic forum.Russia already has a special bank to service the state defence order, whereas Russian banks classify some of their public information in an attempt to protect themselves against sanctions. Another measure - "attracting people's money" through the sale of federal loan bonds to citizens - was discussed in January, the source said.In addition, the Russian administration believes that Washington may disconnect the country from SWIFT payment system. This question has been discussed for several years already, after Russia reunited with the Crimea. Russia's disconnection from SWIFT may cause the Russian banking system to collapse. Russia may not be able to make external payments, especially for gas supplies. However, Moscow believes it can be possible to make external payments through agents, so-called bridge companies (intermediary companies).The Kremlin is also highly concerned about the possible blockage of Russia's largest banks, such as Sberbank and VTB. The two banks already operate under sectoral sanctions. However, a ban on correspondent accounts in the US or inclusion on the SDN (Specially Designated Nationals) list is a much more stringent measure that will make international operations virtually impossible.Pravda.Ru

Here we are... Insouciance rules the roost; maybe the entire world

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:30
Here we are... Insouciance rules the roost; maybe the entire world "THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge." Some of you recognize that famous line. It is from the renowned short story, 'The Cask of Amontillado', by literacy master, Edgar Allan Poe. Moreover, there is no better opening sentence than that one. Let us explore ...

Russia accuses British special services of staging Douma chemical attack

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:05
Reports on the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma  (in Eastern Ghouta) are a provocation arranged by intelligence services of the UK and probably the US to justify the aggression of these countries against Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian Ambassador to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Alexander Shulgin said, RBC reports."We have not just a "high degree of confidence", as our Western partners claim in a carbon-copy fashion, but we have incontrovertible evidence that there was no incident on April 7 in Douma. We have evidence to prove that all this was a planned provocation by British intelligence services, possibly with the participation of their senior allies from Washington," the official said during the session of the OPCW executive board.The diplomat stressed that Russia had already conducted its investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Douma and did not find either a single sign of the chemical attack or witnesses. There were no poisoned patients at the hospital, nor were there any traces of chemical munitions found. Shulgin also referred to two individuals, who appeared in the videos, which was allegedly filmed after the attack in Douma. Western policy-makers claimed that those videos were irrefutable evidence of the chemical attack. "They showed live interviews with those people on television, they showed the footage with their participation in the staged video, both participants have medical education, they are ER doctors working in the city of Douma," Shulgin said. The Russian Federation Permanent Representative to the OPCW reiterated the official version of the Russian authorities, according to which the chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta was extremely disadvantageous to the Assad regime, because the region had been practically liberated from militants, and there was an agreement reached with extremists about their departure from Douma. "If the outcome of the military confrontation in Douma was predetermined, why should the Syrians suddenly use chemical weapons to invoke the wrath of the world community? Only a madman can think of this, but they still promote this heavily at the highest political level and repeat these words cleverly in capitals of a number of countries," Shulgin said. On April 13, official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, accused the UK of organising a provocation with a "chemical attack" in Douma. "We know for certain that from 3 to 6 of April London put powerful pressure on representatives of the so-called White Helmets for the speedy implementation of the provocation that had been prepared in advance," explained Konashenkov.Both London and Washington shrugged those remarks off and simply called them blatant lies. Pravda.Ru

USA's 'stupid missiles' ensure major victories for Russia on many fronts

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:06
The US-led missile attack on Syria was dubbed as "tripartite aggression" in Arab mass in reference to the invasion of Egypt by France, Israel and Britain in 1956 after Abdel Gamal Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. During the Suez crisis, the Egyptians, with the help of the Soviet Union, ensured a huge political victory to Nasser.On Saturday, April 14, the West took great risk to exacerbate the confrontation with Russia. The risk was unjustified, as the West could wait for the conclusions of the OPCW commission on the use of chemical weapons in Syria's Douma. As of Friday evening, April 13, the US had no evidence to prove the chemical attack, other than guarantees from interested parties. It looked like the tripartite alliance was in a hurry to strike Syria, because Washington, London and Paris did not ask their parliaments for permission to use military force against the Arab Republic. The US is obviously revisiting the Iraq crisis from 2003, when the Americans launched the invasion of the country after they said that they knew where Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction. In 2003, France and Germany were opposed to the operation in Iraq, but it did not stop the US from attacking Hussein. Today, Macron, who has Total SA behind his back, probably decided that he should not lose Syrian oil, gas and transport interchanges just as ineptly. Most likely, Macron looked at the example of British Petroleum, which signed a memorandum of understanding with Iraq on the development of oil fields in the province of Kirkuk. US-based ExxonMobil has been very active in the region as well. Yet, there are other strong regional players in Syria: Israel, Turkey, Iran and monarchies of the Persian Gulf. There were no such players in 2003, when the Americans invaded Iraq. All these countries also want to grab pieces of Syria, its raw materials, territories and zones of influence. The West had to do something urgently, regardless of the conclusions of the OPCW. Something went wrong, though. It was either inability to analyze or pure cowardice, but the cruise missile attack on Syria had a purely political outcome that would not affect the outcome of the Syrian conflict. The attack yielded no geopolitical victory for the West at all. On the contrary, Washington has once again showed the world that America violates international law by striking a sovereign country without the approval from the UN and by violating its own constitutional restrictions, because there was no consent received from the parliament in the absence of a threat to national security.Donald Trump has also angered his voters, who want their president to stop spending money on useless wars. In August last year, when Trump announced his intention to send more troops to Afghanistan, he received thousands of tweets from people who wanted to know who was going to pay for that and what prospect the USA could have to win the war in Afghanistan. Many rightfully noted that the USA failed to achieve anything in Afghanistan with the 100,000-strong contingent, so it would be utterly useless to send a 4,000-strong military contingent there. A similar reaction followed last year's missile strike on Shayrat airbase in Syria. When Trump ordered to strike Shayrat, many were outraged about the fact that Trump, just like his predecessors, was continuing the line of devastating regime-changing wars, contrary to many of his pre-election promises. Pro-American militants in Syria were left dissatisfied with the bombings too. "These bombardments were ineffective. They did not destroy any of the bases, from where military aircraft took off to drop barrels (with chlorine) on civilians in Eastern Ghouta," an Islamist "activist" Khazem al-Shami told Al Jazeera. Representatives for Israel, Turkey and Persian monarchs showed no enthusiasm about the missile attack either. Soon after the US-led missile strike on Syria, the world could see thousands of Syrians supporting their President Bashar Assad in the streets of Damascus. Many people in Syria were thrilled about the fact that Assad could shoot down Tomahawk missiles. A couple of days later, it was revealed that Russia was going to supply its state-of-the-art air defense complexes to Syria and promised to increase pressure on "good" militants.Russia knows that the Trump administration has no strategy in Syria. The US, just like before, seeks to sow more chaos that would increase the number of refugees to Europe. According to Al Jazeera, Trump had coordinated the attack with Putin, because United Russia chairman Turchak was staying in Damascus on the night of the attack. However, it  can also be interpreted as a warning against reckless strikes. Most likely, the USA and Russia did not coordinate anything, as Russian diplomats would not have been so active several days before the attack. As one can see, the missile attack on Syria ended with major victories for Moscow on military, diplomatic and image-building fronts. The above-mentioned Suez crisis ended with huge popularity of then-Egyptian leader Nasser, who became very popular in the whole Arab world and in many countries of Latin America and Asia. That was a victory in the war against colonial and imperialist powers. The outcome of the Suez crisis inspired many nations to fight for freedom, political and economic independence. It would be very interesting to see how the Syrian crisis is going to end. Lyuba LulkoPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

US wants to urgently invest $65 million in Donbass

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:22
The US authorities are to allocate up to $65 million through the Agency for International Development (USAID) for the "economic recovery" of the Donbass.The funds are believed to be used to strengthen trade ties of the region with Western Ukraine and the European Union to decrease its dependence on Russia.The contract says that Donetsk and Luhansk regions appear as priority areas for the implementation of the project. USAID analysts noted that the Donbass was in decline before the armed conflict sparked in Ukraine because of the lack of funding, but Russia exacerbated the situation in the region even more. Technically, a US contractor will thus have to establish ties between Donbass, Western Ukraine and the international market.In the United States, it is believed that stabilising the Donbass economy and providing assistance to small and medium-sized businesses will entail an increase in the number of private entrepreneurs and investors who will be ready to invest in this region.Thus, the US authorities intend to return the region to Ukraine and eliminate self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. Moscow said many times before that Russia was not a party to the conflict in Ukraine, but a guarantor of the implementation of the Minsk Accords. The Minsk Accords, which envisage the reintegration of the People's Republic of Donetsk and the People's Republic of Luhansk into Ukraine, are doomed to failure, many specialists believe.Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

US official says Russia could cover traces of chemical attack near Damascus

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:57
A US representative at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Kenneth Ward, accused Russia of plans to foil the investigation of the OPCW into the reports of alleged  chemical attack in Syria. According to the official, the Russians could cover all traces of the attack when visiting the site."It is our understanding the Russians may have visited the attack site. It is our concern that they may have tampered with it with the intent of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission to conduct an effective investigation," he said.Ward said during his speech that the OPCW condemns the Syrian authorities for using chemical terrorism. The US official also demanded the international community should give its assessment of the actions of those responsible for the attack. The news about the chemical attack near Damascus was disseminated by White Helmets organisation that showed several videos of аеру victims. However, on April 13, representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry said that the military managed to find several of those people who appeared in the video. According to them, the video was staged and filmed at a local hospital with the participation of White Helmets activists.Pravda.Ru

Crimea launches new international airport

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:32
A new international airport started working in the city of Simferopol, the Crimea, on April 16. According to media reports, a Moscow-Simferopol flight of Nordwind airline landed at the airport of Simferopol at around 08:20 Moscow time.The new airport in the Crimea was designed by South Korean company Samoo Architects & Engineers, which is known as one of the leading architectural companies in the world. To create a wave-like silhouette of the new air terminal, specialists assembled more than 5.7 thousand tons of metal constructions.The airport was built in 22 months. The investment agreement for the construction of the new complex of Simferopol Airport was signed two years ago, in April 2016, as part of the II Yalta International Economic Forum.As much as 30 percent of the funds were attracted at the expense of investors, whereas the remaining 70% of the funds were attracted as a loan from Crimean banks. Since 2015, the airport serves more than 5 million passengers a year.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

The Lesson from Iraq, (the final) Chapter Three

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:20
The Lesson from Iraq, (the final) Chapter Three The FUKUS Axis (France-UK-US) has attacked a sovereign nation outside the auspices of the UNSC, constituting a criminal and murderous act of terrorism. Again. I am going to be short, sharp and shit-hot in this piece, and I apologise for my frankness but it is what I believe. What happened at the end of last week in Syria was predictable. Sickeningly predictable. And it was based upon the Iraq Lesson in the annals of fuck-head diplomacy written by imperialist shitheads regurgitating their criminal, murderous pasts based upon slaughter of innocent people, drawing lines on maps and stealing resources. This time around, for the very worst reasons.

Trump and Syria: "The worst case scenario is now our reality."

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 21:32
Trump and Syria: "The worst case scenario is now our reality." As all becomes ever more rapidly surreal it seems that, barring a miracle, Draft Dodger in Chief, Donald Trump might trigger a world war, over an incident in Syria which is entirely evidence free. The discredited White Helmets - a "rescue" group only operating in areas held by "rebels" who routinely decapitate, including children, set fire to people and commit numerous unspeakable acts - have produced a video of an apparent chemical attack on 7th April.

Russian FM Lavrov: US missiles conceal traces of Washington's crimes in Syria

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 18:02
The United States, France and the United Kingdom struck the missile blow on Syria a few days before OPCW experts were going to visit Douma to investigate reports about the chemical attack,  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the annual assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy. The minister noted that Damascus did not create any obstacles for experts coming to investigate the incident in Douma."Of course, it is clear to everyone that this happened the day before OPCW inspectors, who already arrived in Beirut, were to move to the site of the incident to find either the presence or absence of evidence of the use of chemical weapons," Lavrov said. Sergei Lavrov also said that the experts already confirmed their readiness to go to the city of Douma despite the missile attack. Lavrov recalled that a similar situation occurred a year ago, before the USA struck Shayrat airbase in Syria. The Foreign Minister noted that Western countries did not provide convincing evidence of what had happened then either. "As you have heard, the US president, the prime minister of Great Britain, the French president said that they had irrefutable facts proving that it was Assad who used chemical substances in Douma. We heard similar statements a year ago, when doubtful videos were demonstrated as irrefutable facts. Then it was miraculously revealed that the OPCW received samples from France and the UK and that there was sarin in them," the minister said.The idea for chemical experts from France to visit the site of the alleged attack in Douma was expressed during a telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin and Emmunuel Macron. "We agreed that there would be contacts through defence departments for the purpose, but none of our French colleagues contacted either the Russian Defence Ministry or the Foreign Affairs Ministry," Lavrov said. Pravda.Ru Also read: USA and allies strike Syria again. Russia does not defend Syria again

Russia furious about aggression of USA and allies against Syria

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 15:46
Putin furious about USA's attack on Syria. Russian officials say the US-led coalition committed a terrorist act against a sovereign state, and the West will have to answer for that.Russian President Vladimir Putin called the missile attack of the USA, France and Great Britain on Syria "an act of aggression against a sovereign state." The United States exacerbates the humanitarian disaster in Syria and indulge terrorists, Putin said. Russia convenes an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in connection with the missile attack on Syria, the Kremlin website says. Also read: USA and allies strike Syria again. Russia does not move into action. Again"The current escalation of the situation around Syria shows a devastating impact on the whole system of international relations. History will put everything in its place, and it has already held  Washington responsible for the bloody massacre of Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya," Putin said in a statement. "Russia strongly condemns the attack on Syria, where Russian servicemen assist the legitimate government of Syria in the fight against terrorism," Putin's statement also said. "With its actions, the United States further exacerbates the humanitarian disaster in Syria and brings suffering to the civilian population, thus, in fact, indulging the terrorists, who have been tormenting the Syrian people for seven years," the Russian president said. Putin also stressed that the missile attack was conducted "without the approval from the UN Security Council and in violation of the UN Charter, norms and principles of international law." He called the missile attack "an act of aggression against a sovereign state that remains at the forefront of the fight against terrorism.""Again, like a year ago, when the US attacked the Shayrat airbase in Syria, a staged use of poisonous substances against the civilian population was used as a pretext for the attack. Russian military experts, having visited the place of the alleged incident in Douma, near Damascus, did not find traces of either chlorine or other poisonous substances. No local resident confirmed the fact of the chemical attack either," Putin also pointed out.The Kremlin's statement also says that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons sent its experts to Syria to clarify all circumstances of the incident in Douma. "Yet, the group of Western countries disregarded that cynically and arranged a military action without waiting for the outcome of the investigation," the Russian president said. A spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the attack of the US-led coalition on Syria would put an end on the process of negotiations about the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic. Russia promised to prove the illegality of the attack at an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council. "By and large, this action has sent a very powerful message to extremists and militants telling them that they have been doing everything right," Zakharova said.According to her, the UN Security Council will soon be convened  to discuss the situation in Syria, and the Russian side intends to prove the "illegality" of the actions of the United States and other countries that joined the missile attack on Syria on April 14. "It just so happens that the countries that struck Syria support the terrorists who were behind the alleged use of chemical weapons blaming Damascus for what they did," the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry added.At the same time, despite the missile attack on Syria, Russia continues to maintain contact with the United States and other countries that participated in the attack, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper. "I responsibly declare that the channels of communication between military departments of various levels have been preserved and they function. The nature of the exchange of information and assessments is a separate issue. I do not think that in the current situation it would be right to go into details of what is happening, " Mr. Ryabkov said. Ryabkov noted that it is rather difficult to refer to these contacts as "cooperation" between the two countries. He described the nature of relations between Russia and the United States as a "permanent argument." "These arguments spilled over into public space, and they are the subject of universal attention. Clearly, talking about cooperation under these conditions would be a sin against the truth," he explained.Ryabkov added that Washington and its allies have been "moving away from the need to observe the norms of international law steadily." "They have been moving away from even from standard canons of diplomatic communication." Thus, Western countries cause damage to the whole system of international relations. The key problem at this point is the commitment of the United States and its allies to "unilateral actions," Ryabkov said. Pravda.Ru

USA and allies strike Syria. Russia does not move into action, warns of consequences

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 08:16
The United States, France and the United Kingdom launched a military operation against Syria on Saturday, April 14, at night. At first, US President Trump appeared in a televised address to the nation, in which he said that he ordered the US Armed Forces to attack objects related to the potential of chemical weapons of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Soon afterwards, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that they were joining the USA for the missile attack on Syria. Trump also said that Syria's sitting and legitimate President Bashar Assad was a monster, whereas the missile attack on Syria came as a result of Russia's inability to stop the proliferation of chemical weapons in the country. According eyewitnesses, a whole series of loud explosions could be heard in the Syrian capital of Damascus. A huge column of black smoke is seen rising in the east of the city. A military source told Reuters that the attack targets numerous sites throughout Syria. In the operation, the USA uses Tomahawk missiles. The US used the same missiles in last year's attack on a Syrian army base. It was also reported that missiles struck Barzeh neighborhood in Damascus, where large research centers are located. The USA and its allies target Syrian army bases as well. A spokesperson for the US State Department refused to answer the question of whether the US authorities notified Russia about the start of the operation. Officials with the Russian Defense Ministry said that none of the missiles has struck the area of responsibility of Russia's air defenses covering the facilities in Tartus and Khmeymim. A Russian military official also said that the attack lasted for more than an hour, from 03:42 till 05:10 MSK. The list of targets included objects of military and civil infrastructure of Syria. Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said that Moscow had warned it would not leave such actions without consequences.The United States and its allies have fired more than 100 missiles at objects in Syria during the attack on April 14. Syrian air defense forces have shot down many of them, representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry said. During the strike in April 2017, the US launched 59 cruise missiles. Syria used its old Soviet-made missile defense complexes to defend itself against the missile attack of the Western coalition. They are such systems as S-125, S-200, Buk and Kvadrat - they were produced more than 30 years ago in the Soviet Union, a Russian official said. Earlier, the Defense Ministry said that the air defense and missile defense systems of the Russian army deployed in Syria did not enter the battle, because none of the coalition missiles struck Russia's zone of responsibility.According to Syrian state-run SANA news agency, at least three civilians were injured when Syrian air defense forces shot down one of the missiles. According to the agency, news reports about the destruction of objects in Syria were exaggerated, as many of the missiles were destroyed before they reached their targets. Reportedly, Damascus managed to evacuate military men and hardware from the objects targeted by the Western coalition after Russia warned the Syrian troops of the impending attack. Pravda.Ru

Ever growing long-standing Turkish-Russian relationship

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 20:27
By Harun Yahya Mr. Putin, Mr. Erdoğan and Mr. Rouhani, the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran respectively, the three guarantor countries of the Astana peace process, convened last week at the Ankara summit. The meeting, which was scheduled, was particularly significant in terms of Turkey being the destination of Mr. Putin's first international visit following his election victory. In addition to finding wide coverage in the Russian, Turkish and Iranian press, the tripartite summit attracted worldwide attention as well. In the final session of the Astana process, which will play a defining role in Syria's future, the leaders put particular emphasis on ensuring the territorial sovereignty and integrity of the country as well as achieving a political resolution of the crisis through the neutralization of the terrorist elements in the region. The leaders also underlined the fact that the three countries are committed to working together on the issue and will maintain this cooperation without backing down from it in the future as well.

The Trump regime is insane

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 19:57
By Paul Craig Roberts Is it insane to push for war with Russia, a major nuclear power? Is it insane to threaten Russia and bring false charges against her? Is it insane to brag about killing "hundreds of Russians"?  A normal person would answer "yes" to the three questions. So what does this tell us about Trump's government as these insane actions are the principle practice of Trump's government?

Russian Defense Ministry says Russia has evidence proving Douma chemical attack was fake

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 17:37
The West continues accusing the Syrian leadership of the use of chemical weapons in the city of  Douma. However, the Russian side has evidence proving that the chemical attack that allegedly took place on April 7 was a staged provocation, official representative of the Ministry of Defense of Russia, Major-General Igor Konashenkov said at a press briefing. "The USA and several Western countries continue their unfounded accusations claiming that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against the peaceful population of Eastern Ghouta. Almost a week has passed, but neither the United States nor several European countries have provided any evidence proving the alleged use of poisonous substances by Syrian troops in the city of Douma on April 7," Konashenkov said.According to him, the Russian Ministry of Defense has evidence proving that there was a planned provocation carried out in Douma, the purpose of which was to mislead the international community."Its true goal is clear to everyone - to push the US to striking missile blows on Syria," Konashenkov stressed.Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia had irrefutable evidence proving that the incident involving the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma was a false-flag operation conducted by foreign special services.Pravda.Ru

Russian Navy admiral says Russia will torpedo US warships, if need be

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 17:04
A Russian Navy official said that USS Donald Cook can be destroyed with a Russian torpedo.Russian Navy Admiral Vladimir Masorin, former commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy, told Zvezda television channel: "It is unlikely that we will have to sink the Donald Cook. Yet, a torpedo is a very effective weapon that causes considerable damage to a vessel. Clearly, we are going to deal with a lot of pressure, but war is a dangerous thing for the Americans in the first place. They live in a completely different world over there, but we have no fear, we are fed up with the Americans, they are like a burr in the saddle." Former deputy commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force on issues of the CIS Joint Air Defense System, Lieutenant General Aitech Bizhev added that "Russian anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense forces in Syria should be considered as a whole system with Russia." The general referred to the recent effort of Syrian anti-aircraft forces to intercept five of eight missiles fired by Israeli fighters. "The 0.6 coefficient is not good enough, but those were old systems," the official said. One should bear in mind Russia's state-of-the-art systems S-400, which Russia deployed at Khmeymim airbase and Tartus logistics base. The US Defense Department is concerned about the possible prospect of an open confrontation between Washington and Moscow. Russia wanted to shoot down US missiles and destroy US warships in the event Russian military men in Syria are killed in a US missile attack on the country. If Moscow retaliates, a spontaneous exchange of nuclear strikes may occur. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

USA swears to force Russia to return Crimea

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:55
Robert Karem, US Deputy Defense Minister for International Security Affairs, said that anti-Russian sanctions would be preserved as the US administration does not want to let Russia destabilize the state of affairs in Ukraine further. He also noted that the USA supports the idea of the peacekeeping mission in the Donbass."The US and its partners will continue to pressure Russia to comply with the Minsk accords. Sanctions will continue until this condition is implemented. Sanctions in connection with Crimea will also remain in effect until the annexation of the peninsula ends," Karem said. The Crimea became a part of Russia as a result of the referendum in March 2014, when the majority of Crimean residents voted for reunification with Russia.US intelligence services showed blatant incompetence, when they failed to predict Moscow's behavior, the head of the intelligence committee Devin Nunes.In an interview with CNN Nunes that the US had missed the Russian "invasion" of the Crimea and failed to foresee the deployment of Russian  troops in Syria.According to him, "the biggest intelligence failure that we have had since 9/11 has been the inability to predict the leadership plans and intentions of the Putin regime in Russia." "We missed that [Russia's invasion of Ukraine] and then we completely missed entirely when they put a new base, a new base with aircraft into the Mediterranean, into Syria. We just missed it. We were blind.""The intelligence community has continued to get this wrong. And, look, I think it's all of us are to blame, right? And I think the White House is to blame. I think Congress is to blame. I think many of our allies are to blame, because we misjudged Putin for many, many years," Devin Nunes continued. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical attack in Syria - reality or myth?

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:02
By Sawraj Singh Western countries are making a lot of noise about the chemical attack in Syria. Without any solid proof, they have already blamed the Syrian government. This accusation brings back the painful memories of  Western countries blaming Saddam for hiding weapons of mass destruction. This accusation was used as a justification for attacking Iraq. This attack can be called one of the biggest tragedies in modern history. However, no weapons of mass destruction have been found till today. This false western propaganda proved a blatant lie whose only purpose was to get rid of Saddam. The world is still paying dearly for this disaster in Iraq. Western countries seem to be getting ready for another disaster of much bigger proportions in which not only Syria or the Middle East can be almost completely destroyed but it can endanger the whole world and the mankind. This time, it is not the West against a small country with a very limited capability to retaliate but is against a country which has more advanced weapons and bigger stockpile of nuclear weapons than any of them. We can imagine what will happen if Russia decides to retaliate.

Details of Russia's response to USA's sanctions exposed

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:48
As a response to US sanctions, Russian MPs suggested Russian employers should not hire US citizens and citizens of the countries, who supported the imposition of sanctions against Russia. The draft law about Russia's response to US sanctions was published on the website of the lower house of the parliament. The prohibition to hire US employees, the authors of the document wrote, may affect even "highly qualified specialists."According to Russian MPs, such a move is to "protect the rights and freedoms of Russians, as well as interests and security of the Russian Federation" after the introduction of new sanctions against Russian companies, businessmen and heads of state-run corporations.In another initiative, Russian MP suggest restricting the activities of American auditors, as well as legal and consulting companies "to ensure state and municipal needs, as well as the needs of certain types of legal entities."The above-mentioned and other restrictions will affect companies that remain under the jurisdiction of the United States, as well as the companies, in which more than 25% belong to American legal entities. In addition, the measures will be taken against the companies from the countries that joined the actions of the US authorities and imposed economic sanctions on certain sectors of the Russian economy, Russian companies and individuals.The above-mentioned draft law provides for measures relating to services and goods from the United States of America:prohibition or restriction of imports of agricultural products, raw materials and food;-   prohibition or restriction of imports of alcohol and tobacco products;-   prohibition or restriction of imports of medicines, except for those whose analogues are not produced in Russia;-   prohibition or restriction of exports of products and equipment from rare earth metals;-   prohibition of state and municipal purchases of technological equipment and software;-   exhaustion of the exclusive right to trademarks in respect of goods owned by US citizens;-   prohibition to attract highly qualified specialists;setting higher fees on air navigation services for aircraft engaged in the transportation of goods and using Russian airspace. Furthermore, Russia intends to terminate cooperation with the USA in the following industries: - atomic industry;- aircraft building;- rocket industry;- consulting, auditing and legal services.The above-menrtioned organisations will also be prohibited from participating in sales of federal property and privatisation.The text of the bill also says that the Russian government will have the right to expand the list of services and goods that fall under restrictions. To crown it all, the Russian authorities will be able to make the list of US citizens who will be banned from entering Russia.Pravda.Ru

Russia punches USA in the stomach

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:15
Russia will be able to make products without the permission of rights holders in the United States and US-supporting countries. This regulation is present in the draft law, which provides for retaliatory measures to anti-Russian sanctions. Measures of influence include "exhaustion of the exclusive right to trademarks in respect of the products included on the list determined by the Government of the Russian Federation, the rights owners of which are citizens of the United States and other foreign states or organisations under the jurisdiction of the United States and other foreign states, as well as organisations, the capital of which directly or indirectly, inter alia through third parties (dominant participation of more than 25% in the capital), involves organisations under the jurisdiction of the United States and other foreign countries."According to First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee, Mikhail Emelyanov, it means that Russia "will be able to produce these products ourselves once we have the technology, without the permission of the rights holder.""That is, we punch the Americans in the stomach, because all the successes and, and above all, the domination of the Anglo-Saxon and Western world is ensured precisely by the right of intellectual property, and we are striking a blow to this right," Interfax quotes Emelyanov as saying. Earlier, Pravda.Ru reported that the draft law providing for retaliatory measures in response to US sanctions was submitted to the State Duma. Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Russia prepares major response to US sanctions

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:51
A draft law providing for retaliatory measures in response to US sanctions has been submitted to the State Duma (the Parliament) of the Russian Federation. "The draft law has been elaborated as a response to challenges from the United States of America, their officials, expressed in unfriendly and unconstructive actions to impose sanctions on both the Russian Federation and its citizens and legal entities," Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said. An extraordinary meeting of the Council of the State Duma, which will consider the draft federal law "On measures of influence (counteraction) to unfriendly actions of the United States and (or) other foreign states," its to take place on April 16."We plan to discuss the draft law at the State Duma Council with the participation of representatives of all factions, to send it to our colleagues in Russian regions, to work with experts and the Russian government once again, and then we will consider it at the next Duma meeting," Volodin said.The draft law on Russia's measures in response to US sanctions contains a ban on the imports of American agricultural products, as well as alcohol and tobacco products, First Vice-Speaker of the State Duma Ivan Melnikov said. "This bill is about banning or restricting the import of agricultural products, raw materials and food, the country of origin of which is the United States," First Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Ivan Melnikov told RIA Novosti.According to him, this applies to the countries that support sanctions against Russia."It's about alcohol and tobacco products ... It's about medicines, it's about banning participation in the procedure of privatisation of state and municipal property, it's about prohibiting or restricting the admission of technological equipment and software," Melnikov said.The deputy added that Russia's retaliatory measures also provide for the suspension of cooperation with the United States in the nuclear, aircraft-making and rocket-propulsion sectors."We are talking about the moves to either terminate or suspend international cooperation of Russia and Russian legal entities with the United States and organisations that remain under the jurisdiction of the United States, in the nuclear industry, in aircraft building, in rocket and propulsion industry," Melnikov said.Pravda.RuRead article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Ka-29 military helicopter crashes into Baltic Sea during exercises, 2 killed

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:53
A Ka-29 military helicopter crashed into the Baltic Sea. Two people on board the helicopter are believed to have been killed in the crash. The body of one of them has already been recovered. The victims were said to be test pilots. The accident occurred during night test flights. The helicopter was found 12 kilometres off the coast of the Baltic Sea. Fragments of the helicopter and an oil stain on the water were found. The Ka-29 crashed as the pilots were testing their skills to land the helicopter on the deck of a ship. Four landings went well, but the fifth one failed. The reasons for the crash remain unknown. The Russian Baltic Fleet is currently conducing naval exercises in the Baltic Sea. Ka-29, an upgrade of Ka-27, is a deck-based transport-combat helicopter. The helicopter was developed by Kamov Design Bureau in the early 1980s. The helicopter is designed to solve problems of anti-submarine defence. Pravda.Ru

Russia blocks Telegram

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:05
The Tagansky District Court of Moscow ruled to restrict access to Telegram messenger in Russia. For the time being, it remains unknown whether the company is going to appeal the court ruling. A Telegram representative did not attend the court session. On April 12, the creator and CEO of Telegram, Pavel Durov, ordered his lawyers not to take part in the trial "not to legitimise blatant farce" with their presence.According to Russian legislation, organisers of information channels on the Internet, which include messengers, e-mail services, etc., are supposed to provide keys to decrypt user correspondence at the request from the Federal Security Bureau (FSB). The FSB requested decryption keys from Telegram back in mid-July of 2017. However, Pavel Durov stated that his service was not going to  implement laws that were "incompatible with the protection of privacy and privacy policy" of the messenger. In addition, representatives of Telegram noted that it would be technically impossible to meet FSB's requirements. In particular, in so-called secret chats, correspondence is encrypted with the use of end-to-end method, in which keys are stored on users' devices.On March 20, Roskomnadzor (the Federal Service for Supervision for Information Technologies and Mass Media) issued an official notice to Telegram on the need to comply with the requirements of the FSB. The watchdog warned the service that it would take the matter to court unless the keys are provided within 15 days. In response, Pavel Durov said that the language of threats would not work, whereas the company would continue protecting "freedom and privacy."As a result, Roskomnadzor filed a lawsuit demanding the messenger be blocked in Russia on April 6. As it became known on April 11, Telegram acts as an interested person, rather than a defendant on the case. Yet, the federal agency insisted on the immediate execution of the court decision about  the blocking of Telegram.Pravda.Ru

Europa League: On to the Semis

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 00:16
CSKA did not manage to turn the game around, neither did Sporting but Salzburg and Marseille did. Arsenal and Atlético join them in the semis. Second Legs Marseille (France) 5 Leipzig (Germany) 2 Aggregate 5-3

We are all Russians now!

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 17:56
By Hans Vogel It is difficult to judge just what to think of the tweets the present White Madhouse resident has been regaling us with. Are these the tweets of just another psychopath or of a frustrated boy still wet behind the ears. Are these the tweets of a real man with a sense of responsibility? Or is Mr. Trump merely doing whatever he is told to do by the "Deep State?" At any rate, the level to which the White Madhouse resident has been stooping (to say nothing of the shrieking by the deranged harpy acting as US representative at the UN) has never been reached in modern times. As a matter of fact, the entire US power elite seems to consist of the likes of mentally challenged sopranos such as John McCain and bloodthirsty cowards such as John Bolton. Even the vilified Nazis seem to have operated at higher intellectual, if not moral levels. To my surprise, as citizen of an obedient vassal state that is firmly embedded in the US empire, and that merely conserves some of the trappings of an sovereign nation, I still feel ashamed. Ashamed to be associated (no matter how tenuously) with the band of bloodthirsty war criminals in Washington. Ashamed to be a citizen of a nation that took part in the 1999 genocidal bombings of Serbia (at least 6,000 killed), a nation that furnished NATO mercenaries for the recolonization of Afghanistan since 2001, and Iraq since 2003, that aided in the 2011 genocide in Libya (100,000 killed), and that today, like a faithful little dog, follows the Washington regime as it tries to unleash World War III.

Russian police banned from going to McDonald's

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 17:42
Russian police officers in the Krasnodar region are not allowed to visit McDonald's restaurants and other food outlets. They are not allowed to either smile or frown, sit when traveling in commuter buses and cheat on their spouses.A snapshot of the official order from the administration of the regional head of the Interior Affairs Ministry was published by "338" Telegram channel on Thursday, April 12. However, an informed source said that it was fake news. At the same time, it was said that curfew patrols will watch the implementation of the new regulations that come into force from June 1.Moreover, police officers serving in the Krasnodar region will not be allowed to wear T-shirts with prints in foreign languages even when they go on vacation. Most likely, the document is a fake, because the signature on it contains a spelling mistake in the name of the regional police chief, General Vladimir Vinevsky. Pravda.Ru

Russia takes its warships from Tartus into open waters of Mediterranean Sea

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 17:20
Russian warships traveled into open waters of the Mediterranean Sea for security reasons, the head of the State Duma Defence Committee, Vladimir Shamanov said. "In case of a threat, the ships compactly located at the berths will leave for the zone of near manoeuvring to not to let one projectile destroy more than one ship at once," the official said. Shamanov stressed that this is "common practice" because ships need to be dispersed to "thereby increase their vitality."Earlier, it was reported that Russian warships left the port of Tartus over the threat of a missile strike, which is being prepared by the Western coalition.Image Satellite Internacional published satellite images showing that the port was empty. Until April 11 there were seven Russian warships, two Grachonok boats and two Kilo class submarines.Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru