Saturday, October 22, 2016

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, October 20, 2016

20 October 201618:50
  1. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with participants in the international conference “Middle East: Trends and Prospects”
  2. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with members of the European Business Association in Russia on October 25
  3. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in the meeting of the Council of the Heads of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  4. Sergey Lavrov’s appearance at a Valdai Club meeting
  5. Answers to media questions.

On October 20, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet with Russian and foreign participants in the international conference “Middle East: Trends and Prospects” organised by the Yevgeny Primakov Centre for Foreign Policy Cooperation jointly with the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund and the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Oriental Studies.
The participants plan to discuss developments in the Middle East and North Africa with an emphasis on the situation in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, as well as on the Middle East settlement.

Vladimir Putin -- Statement for the press following visit to Berlin

Statement for the press following visit to Berlin
Following negotiations on a settlement in Ukraine and the situation around Syria, the Russian President made a statement for the press.
October 20, 2016
02:20  Berlin

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good evening, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen.
I would like to say a couple of words regarding the agreements reached with my colleagues.
First on the Minsk Agreements: all the participants in today's meeting agreed that a settlement in south-eastern Ukraine should be based on the Minsk Agreements and we all confirmed our commitment to these agreements.
We devoted a great deal of attention to security matters and agreed on a range of issues regarding further immediate actions to resolve the situation with disengaging the conflicting sides. We agreed to continue searching for locations where these efforts can be continued. In two locations the disengagement has already taken place. We confirmed our readiness to expand the OSCE mission in the disengagement zone and in locations where heavy equipment is stored.
We confirmed that we will continue our joint efforts on the political track, including those directed at reaching final endorsement on the procedure for implementing the agreement on the special status of certain areas in Lugansk and Donetsk regions, in the Lugansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic.
We also agreed on certain – only some, unfortunately – humanitarian matters. Regrettably, we did not make much progress here, though we did express our readiness to resolve humanitarian issues. Here progress was probably minimal, because this is mainly linked to arranging social payments and benefits. Unfortunately, no progress has been made here. This was the first part of our meeting.
The second matter, discussed with our European – German and French – colleagues dealt with the situation around Syria and Syrian settlement in general.
Statement for the press following visit to Berlin.

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Statement for the press following visit to Berlin.
I informed our European partners of our view on the developments there and on what needs to be done immediately to fight terrorism, to root out terrorism on Syrian soil, to make sure this hotbed does not flare up again in the future, and, of course, what should be done to ensure that our efforts lead to a final settlement. Primarily we spoke of the political component in this process.
I reminded our colleagues yet again that Russia suggests stepping up efforts to develop and adopt a new constitution, on the basis of which preliminary elections could be held and a preliminary agreement could be reached between all the conflicting parties. This would naturally have to involve all the countries in the region drawn into the process.
We also informed them of our intention, the intention of the Russian side to extend the pause in air strikes for as long as possible, based on the actual situation in the area. We are ready to do this until the rebel groups in Aleppo step up their activities.
We also expect our partners, primarily our American partners, to do everything they have promised so far to disengage the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and similar terrorist groups from the so-called healthy opposition, so we can see what we need to do next together.
This is generally what our discussions today were about and what we have managed to agree on.
Now I think it is time for you too to go home and get some rest. That you very much for your joint efforts.
Good night.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Thierry Meyssan -- À la recherche du bouc émissaire


À la recherche du bouc émissaire

À Berlin, l’Allemagne, la France, la Russie et l’Ukraine ont tenté de débloquer les conflits ukrainien et syrien. Cependant, d’un point de vue russe, ces blocages n’existent que parce que l’objectif des États-Unis n’est pas la défense de la démocratie dont ils se prévalent, mais la prévention du développement de la Russie et de la Chine à travers l’interruption des routes de la soie. Disposant de la supériorité conventionnelle, Moscou a donc tout fait pour lier le Moyen-Orient et l’Europe orientale. Ce à quoi il est parvenu en échangeant l’allongement de la trêve en Syrie contre l’arrêt du blocage des accords de Minsk. De son côté, Washington cherche toujours à se décharger de sa culpabilité sur un de ses alliés. Après avoir échoué en Turquie, la CIA se tourne vers l’Arabie saoudite.

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Le conflit opposant les États-Unis à la Russie et à la Chine évolue sur deux fronts : d’un côté, Washington cherche un éventuel bouc émissaire à qui faire porter la responsabilité de la guerre contre la Syrie, de l’autre Moscou qui a déjà relié les dossiers syrien et yéménite, tente de les lier à la question ukrainienne.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Julian Assange Gets Sweet Revenge After Hillary Cuts His Internet

Julian Assange Gets Sweet Revenge After Hillary Cuts His Internet

October 19, 2016

With just a little over 2 weeks before the presidential election, Hillary Clinton is pulling out all the stops to keep Julian Assange’s mouth shut. With no success at actually killing him, her minions did the next best thing by cutting off his internet at the embassy several days ago. Unfortunately for Hillary, a damning list has just been released, highlighting the things she’s done against the very country she seeks to lead.
The last couple of weeks of Wikileaks’ data dumps have placed a very disturbing spotlight on the inner workings of Hillary and her crooked campaign. From voter fraud to accepting bribes from terrorists, the list of infractions against our country is just insane at this point. While it’s difficult to weed through the thousands of emails to find the important stuff, the following is a list of the 13 most damning emails that show straight-up acts of treason on Hillary Clinton’s part, as nicely constructed by Conservative Byte:
Hillary’s 13 Acts of Treason against the United States
  1. Qatar gives Bill Clinton $1,000,000 for his birthday:
  2. Saudi Sheikh won’t donate money to Clinton Foundation unless he receives a phone call from Bill Clinton. Staff responds: Bill won’t do it “unless Sheikh Mo has sent us a $6 million check”:
  3. Iran Deal (which Hillary negotiated and defends) “condemns the next generation to cleaning up a nuclear war in the Persian Gulf”. John Podesta responds with “Yup”:
  4. Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta owned 75,000 shares in Putin-connected energy company:
  5. Transcripts from Hillary Clinton’s lucrative closed-door paid speeches delivered to elite financial firms and other special interests groups (which she has refused and failed to disclose to the public after much demand) have finally surfaced: (See Attachment)
  6. Clinton staff conspiring to stage ‘leaking’ of favorable excerpts from wall street speech, in efforts to calm down the public while leaving out more damaging parts:
  7. Leaked private speech, Clinton: “You Need Both A Public And A Private Position”:
  8. Leaked private speech, Clinton: “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with
    open trade and open borders”:
  9. Leaked private speech transcript shows Clinton’s warm ties to Wall Street’s most powerful figures: Clinton: “There is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives” The pressure on officials to sell or divest assets in order to serve, she added, had become “very onerous and unnecessary”:
  10. Leaked private speech to Goldman Sachs, Clinton: “Wall Street was only accountable for the financial crisis for political reasons. The blame placed on the United States banking system for the crisis “could have been avoided in terms of both misunderstanding and really politicizing what happened”:
  11. Leaked private speech, Clinton: US will “ring China with missile defense” and has right to rename Pacific Ocean the “American Sea”: (See attachment)
  12. Hillary Clinton flipped her public position on TPP after her team discussed how she would be “eaten alive” by Labor:
  13. Clinton speechwriter: “We are trying to find a good way to leak her opposition to the pipeline without her having to actually say it”:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Vladimir Putin answered questions from Russian journalists

The President of Russia answered questions from Russian journalists following the BRICS Summit.
October 16, 2016
Vladimir Putin answered questions from Russian journalists following the BRICS Summit.
Vladimir Putin answered questions from Russian journalists following the BRICS Summit.
Vladimir Putin answered questions from Russian journalists following the BRICS Summit.
Vladimir Putin answered questions from Russian journalists following the BRICS Summit.
Question: Much is being said in the Western media about BRICS going through a rough patch. Since Brazil got a new president, the country has been allegedly thinking whether it needs BRICS. There is little secret about the tension that exists between India and China. In fact, the US has been increasingly proactive regarding India.
You have said on a number of occasions that you view BRICS as an important and viable association. How serious do you think are the challenges, if any, that BRICS face? Will BRICS succeed in overcoming them and what are the development prospects for BRICS in general?
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Some of our partners are always trying to dig up issues and challenges, no matter what we do. But as we say in Russia, why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own.
There are always issues, anywhere and in relations between any countries. Does this mean that countries whose representatives talk about BRICS this way do not have any issues with their closest strategic partners and allies? As a matter of fact, they have plenty of issues.
If there were no problems, they would have signed and ratified the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) a long time ago, and would have resolved many other issues. However, the issues they face are still there, and they are real. So there is nothing special about having problems. This is how things work across the world.

Friday, October 14, 2016

'It's About World War Three" - President Bashar Al Assad's Interview Video and Transcript

'It's About World War Three"
Video and Transcript

12 October President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to reporter of "Komsomolskaya Pravda" Daria Aslamova. We offer the full version of the interview

Question 1: Thank you very much, Mr. President. It's a big happiness for me, and I'm very proud. Okay, I will start from my questions. The situation in Syria become more dangerous and more unpredictable. Why? Because this conflict draws inside more participants and more players. For example, who do we have now in Syria in the war? Iran, Lebanon - I mean Hezbollah - Russia, Turkey, USA's huge coalition, China shows interest. I mean, do you have any concerns that this conflict results in a third world war, or maybe it's already beginning of third world war.
President Assad: If we want to talk about the problem, we have to talk about the crux of the problem, the source of the problem; it's the terrorism. And no matter who's interfering in Syria now, the most important thing is who is supporting the terrorists on daily basis, every hour, every day. That is the main problem. If we solve that problem, all this complicated image that you described is not a matter... I mean, it's not a big problem, we can solve the problem. So, it's not about how many countries interfering now, it's about how many countries supporting the terrorists, because Russians, Iran, and Hezbollah are out allies, and they came here legally. They support us against the terrorists, while the other countries that you describe who are interfering, they are supporting the terrorists. So, it's not about the number, it's about the main issue that is terrorism.

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, October 13, 2016

  1. 210 years of the Foreign Ministry’s information support
  2. Death of the King of Thailand
  3. Sergey Lavrov’s participation in a ministerial meeting on Syria
  4. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s forthcoming talks with Foreign Minister of Paraguay Eladio Loizaga
  5. Sergey Lavrov’s forthcoming talks with Foreign Minister of Guatemala Carlos Morales
  6. Alexey Meshkov to join the Fifth Eurasian Forum
  7. Developments in Syria
  8. Humanitarian situation in Afghanistan
  9. South Sudan
  10. New unfriendly steps taken by the US
  11. Accusations against Russia of hacking US websites
  12. Russians denied entry into South Korea
  13. Answers to media questions:
    1. Possible elimination of visas for Turkish business people
    2. Reports on an escalation of tensions between Iraq and Turkey
    3. Talks on the withdrawal of ISIS militants from Mosul
    4. Drafting a resolution on DPRK
    5. Meeting on Russia-Japan strategic cooperation at the level of deputy ministers
    6. The situation in Ukraine
    7. The upcoming meeting in Lausanne
    8. President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Germany
    9. The situation in Syria
    10. The EU’s possible new sanctions against Russia
    11. The situation in Yemen
    12. The situation in Western Aleppo
    13. A possible corridor for ISIS
    14. Tajikistan’s possible enlistment to promote settlement in Syria


At midday on Friday 5 February, 2016 Julian Assange, John Jones QC, Melinda Taylor, Jennifer Robinson and Baltasar Garzon will be speaking at a press conference at the Frontline Club on the decision made by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on the Assange case.


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