(MOSCOW) JUST IN: Declassified documents show how US lied to Russia about #NATO in 1990s #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.27: At the heart of this apparent duplicity was NATO’s expansion to the East, “as well as deployment of military infrastructure at our borders,” contrary, he said, to its promises.

#AceDailyNews says according to RT News Report: Promises that the bloc wouldn’t expand appear to have been ignored in Washington’s quest for influence in Europe.

Declassified documents show how US lied to Russia about NATO in 1990s

In April 2014, President Vladimir Putin addressed Russia’s Federal Assembly in the wake of Moscow’s reabsorption of Crimea. Over the course of his speech, he laid the blame for an increase in tensions on the West, which he insisted had “lied to us many times, made decisions behind our backs, placed us before an accomplished fact.”

Ever since, disproving the idea that Western leaders had assured Moscow the bloc wouldn’t encroach on its borders has become an obsession for think tanks and lobby groups. For example, UK policy institute Chatham House brands the suggestion that any pledge was made not to enlarge the controversial military bloc one of the key “myths and misconceptions in the debate on Russia,” while NATO’s own website likewise claims it is wholly manufactured.

Significant evidence to the contrary has long-been easily accessible, but now the National Security Archive has published a tranche of never-before-seen, highly revealing documents detailing how then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin was consistently manipulated by his US counterpart Bill Clinton on the question during the mid-1990s, while bold, false promises of a “strategic partnership” of the countries faded into nothingness.

Take for instance the transcript of a cordial July 5 1994 telephone conversation between the pair, at which time the US president was preparing to depart for Poland – which had been pushing for rapid absorption by NATO – and the Baltic states, before meeting with Yeltsin at the G7 summit in Italy.

Yeltsin urged Clinton to raise the plight of Russophones in Estonia and Latvia, because “a public statement from you that the US will not support any infringement on the rights of the Russian-speaking people”would mean these countries “will act differently.” He noted Lithuania’s quick granting of citizenship to its Russian minority had prompted Moscow to withdraw its troops from Vilnius, and the same could happen by August in Tallinn and Riga if assurances were made. Yeltsin also wished to discuss NATO expansion.

US ready to negotiate with Russia on security – White House

In response, Clinton swore he’d “raise the issue of the Russian minorities,” and reassured Yeltsin that while NATO might “eventually expand,” he’d set out “no timetable and no requirements.” Instead, he indicated that he’d “like us to concentrate” on Partnership for Peace, a US-led initiative seeking to “achieve a united Europe where people respect each other’s borders and work together.” Yeltsin could be entirely forgiven for thinking the Partnership was Washington’s primary focus, and the military alliance an afterthought, by the conclusion of the chat.

The Russian president’s optimism about “a mutually beneficial partnership with the US on the basis of equality” is writ large in a letterhe sent to Clinton in November that year. He speaks of this prospective coalition as “the central factor in world politics,” pledges to cooperate constructively with the US on issues related to Bosnia, Iraq, North Korea, and Ukraine, and eagerly awaits their meeting at the December 5 Conference on Security and Cooperation in Budapest, where “we have much to talk about … first of all, transforming European stability.”

As it was, the Hungary summit was a disaster, with Clinton’s speech at the event focusing on NATO as “the bedrock of security in Europe,” and declaring “no country outside will be allowed to veto expansion” – a clear reference to Russia. In response, Yeltsin fulminated, “it is a dangerous delusion to suppose the destinies of continents and the world … can somehow be managed from one single capital,” and adding that “[moving] the responsibilities of NATO up to Russia’s borders” would be a grave error.

An internal US diplomatic cable from the next day shows lessons were quickly learned from this episode. Namely, the urgent need to keep quiet publicly about US plans for extending the military alliance, while offering bogus private assurances to Moscow any enlargement would only occur after consultation between the two countries, and that Russia was still in the running for bloc membership.

Fast-forward to May 1995, Clinton visits Moscow to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Allied victory in World War II, and these lies are enthusiastically maintained in a one-on-one meeting with Yeltsin. The pair’s rapport is clearly chummy, referring to each other as friends, although serious matters are very much on the table too.

EU & Ukraine ask to join talks on future of European security

How do you think it looks to us if one bloc continues to exist while the Warsaw Pact has been abolished? It’s a new form of encirclement if the one surviving Cold War bloc expands,” the Russian president pleaded. “Many Russians have a sense of fear. What do you want to achieve with this if Russia is your partner? We need a new structure for Pan-European security, not old ones! Perhaps the solution is to postpone NATO expansion until the year 2000 so that later we can come up with some new ideas.”

Ever suave and calculating, Clinton sought to allay his fears, somewhat amazingly suggesting Moscow should view his approach to NATO “in the context of greater integration of Russia into other international institutions,” dangling the prospect of various sweeteners, including membership of the G7, if Yeltsin quietened his anti-NATO rhetoric, and kept his opinions on the bloc’s expansion to himself. Clinton knew well that such compliance was easily bought – as his Russian “friend” himself acknowledged, his position heading into the 1996 presidential runoff was“not exactly brilliant.” 

Indeed, his polling stood in the single digits, and Communist candidate Gennady Zyuganov was widely forecast to win via landslide. Yeltsin spoke of needing “positive reports” in the press, and to “head off even the smallest wrong moves,” proposing any discussion of NATO enlargement be kept theoretical until the year 2000, and urging the White House resident not to do anything to “rile the situation up before the elections.”

I’ve made it clear I’ll do nothing to accelerate NATO [expansion]. I’m trying to give you now, in this conversation, the reassurance you need. But we need to be careful that neither of us appears to capitulate,” Clinton slickly pledged. “For you, that means you’re not going to embrace expansion. For me, it means no talk about slowing the process down or putting it on hold or anything like that.”

So it was that Yeltsin agreed to maintain an omerta on the military bloc, and enlist in the Partnership for Peace. Despite plans for NATO expansion already being well-laid by that point, and very much in motion, the Kremlin remained silent about developments – the president’s acquiescence was further ensured by extensive covert and overt US assistance in his election campaign, which was fundamental to transforming an initial 6% standing in the polls to an extremely comfortable victory.

US sending thousands of military personnel to Ukrainian front lines – Moscow

Less than three years later, NATO’s engulfing of the former Soviet sphere finally began, with the incorporation of the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. This push was opposed stateside by, among others, George Kennan – formerly a committed ‘cold warrior’, and key figure in the creation of the alliance.

I think it is the beginning of a new Cold War … The Russians will gradually react quite adversely and it will affect their policies. I think it is a tragic mistake. There was no reason for this whatsoever. No one was threatening anybody else,” he said in May 1998, after the US Senate ratified enlargement. “Of course, there is going to be a bad reaction from Russia, and then [the NATO expanders] will say that we always told you that is how the Russians are – but this is just wrong.”

With tensions between Kiev and Moscow at an all-time high, with the question of Ukraine’s NATO membership at the heart of the dangerous dispute, Kennan’s words give every appearance today of a prophet’s warning coming terrifyingly true.

By Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist exploring the role of intelligence services in shaping politics and perceptions:

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Dec.27: 2021:

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(MOSCOW) State Duma Committee Report: Kremlin demands Google display annexed Crimea and Kuril Islands as part of Russia #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.27: According to Piskarev, at a meeting with Google’s representatives in April, he pointed out “inconsistency with national legislation in identification of individual administrative-territorial units and territories” of Russia, such as Crimea, Sevastopol and the Kuril Islands, on Google Maps….

#AceDailyNews says according to details from the head of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption Vasily Piskarev he demanded at a meeting with the heads of Google Corporation that the company display annexed Sevastopol, Crimea and the Kuril Islands as part of Russia in the Google Maps service, TASS reports with reference to the press service of the committee….

https://www.russia-briefing.com/news/belt-road-crimea.html/

“The problem is still not solved. We insist on bringing the Russian version of Google Maps in line with Russian legislation and the Constitution of Russia,” Piskarev told Google’s representatives.

The meeting of the MPs of the lower house of parliament with representatives of Google was held on April 16. During the meeting, Russian MPs stated that on the Google Maps application, the islands of the Kuril Ridge are not displayed as Russian territory. As Piskarev said at the time, the company said that it was ready to display the Kuril Islands as part of Russia. The next meeting on this subject was scheduled for October-November of this year.

Japan does not recognize the Kuril Islands as part of Russia. In 1945, Soviet troops occupied four islands in the south of the Kuril Ridge – Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and Habomai, but in 1951 the Soviet Union refused to sign the San Francisco Peace Treaty. As a result, the document did not contain a provision on the sovereignty of the USSR over these islands. Since then, Japan has sought to regain control over them and calls them its northern territories.

In February 2014, armed people in uniforms without insignias appeared in Crimea and captured the Supreme Council of Crimea, the Simferopol Airport, the Kerch ferry crossing and other strategic objects, and prevented the Ukrainian army from taking action. Initially, the Russian government refused to acknowledge that these armed people were Russian soldiers, but President Vladimir Putin later admitted it.

On 16 March 2014, a referendum on the status of Crimea was held in Crimea and Sevastopol, in which the inhabitants supposedly voted for the peninsula to become part of Russia. The outcome of the so-called referendum is not recognized by Ukraine, the EU or the US. On 18 March, Putin announced the “annexation” of Crimea to Russia.

International organizations have declared the annexation illegal and condemned Russia’s actions. Western countries have imposed economic sanctions on Russia in connection with the annexation. Russia claims to have “restored historical justice”. Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, declared 20 February 2014 the start of Russia’s temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol.

(C)UAWIRE 2021:

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Oct.27: 2021:

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(CRIMEA) Floods Report: Flooding has created massive downpours to make rivers overflow for a second time into homes across the peninsula #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.06: The occupation Ministry of Construction and Architecture reports about 50 flooded private houses in Kuibyshev. As a result of precipitation , the rivers Belbek and Kokkozka came out of the banks .https://t.me/minstroyRK/457?embed=1

Crimea Floods Again: On Sunday, July 4, heavy rains returned to the Russian-occupied Crimea: According to the Russian Ministry of Emergencies , the basements of apartment buildings in the Krasnogvardeisky district were flooded by noon. In the village of Sokolyne, Bakhchisaray district, a mudslide occurred and a private household was flooded. In addition, private households were flooded in the village of Kuibyshev, Bakhchisaray district.https://t.me/minstroyRK/454?embed=1

July.04: 2021

Occupation Ministry of Construction reports about 50 flooded houses in Kuibyshev / photo t.me/minstroyRK

Water floods private houses, in one of the settlements there was a mudslide.Occupation Ministry of Construction reports about 50 flooded houses in Kuibyshev / photo t.me/minstroyRK

The rain also led to new local floods in Yalta.

“It has been raining since nightfall, there is flooding (again – Krivoshty and Vergasov). The situation is under control, all city services, as well as emergency workers are working on the ground – quickly eliminate the effects of the disaster. houses “, – the” mayor “of Yalta Yanina Pavlenko reported.

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In addition, due to heavy rainfall and stagnant water after the rains on the peninsula recently observed an influx of mosquitoes, especially in the central and northern parts, according to ” Crimea.Realities “.

The occupying power connected disinfectors to the fight against insects. At the same time, according to experts, the regulation of insect numbers with chemicals can negatively affect the biota of the peninsula, because mosquito larvae are a food base for many species of fish and birds.https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?height=316&href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fpavlenkojp%2Fvideos%2F318758226585981%2F&show_text=false&width=560&t=0

Flooding in the Crimea

At the end of June, heavy rains fell on the Russian-occupied Crimea. Due to heavy rains  in  Kerch and Yalta,  the rivers Jardzhava, Melek-Chesme and Vodospadna came out of the banks.

Cities were flooded, and Russian authorities  announced the evacuation of residents .

Electricity supply in the cities  was disrupted .

In addition, heavy rains in Yalta washed away  mountains of garbage into the Black Sea , and the village of Ai-Vasyl  found itself under piles of garbage and stones brought by streams of water.

One week after the flood, occupied Yalta was flooded again .

(C)UNIAN 2021

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: July.06: 2021:

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(GENEVA) UNGA UKRAINE REPORT: Russia’s replacement of population in occupied Crimea violates Geneva Convention #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.16: The resolution, among other things, required the UN Secretary-General to report on its implementation on the 74th UN General Assembly’s session in the fall of 2019:

Russia’s replacement of population in occupied Crimea violates Geneva Convention – UN report: ‘In December 2018, the UN General Assembly approved the Ukrainian resolution A/RES/73/263 on the protection of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation’

UN Sec-Gen: Russia replaces population of Crimea in violation of 4th Geneva Convention

2019/10/18 – 19:14 •

People hold Russian flags on the streets of occupied Crimea. Photo: Anton Naumlyuk, RFE/RL 

Edited by: Yuri Zoria

formal presentation of UN Secretary-General António Guterres‘s report took place on 14 October in New York. The report reveals multiple Russian crimes in Crimea, including a direct replacement of the population in the occupied region.

By resettling people from mainland Russia to Ukrainian Crimea in an attempt to alter the demographics of the area, Russia deliberately violates Geneva conventions. 

Read also: New UNGA resolution: Crimea temporarily occupied by Russia, Russia must release political prisoners & stop repressions (December 2018 Resolution)

It was the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour who presented the report on how the Ukrainian 2018 resolution is being implemented. Answering a question by a Ukrainian representative in the course of the presentation, Mr. Gilmour emphasizedthat transferring populations into an occupied area violates the Geneva Conventions, in particular, the fourth Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.

As the Russian delegate in his objection stated that the General Assembly’s Resolution on human rights in Crimea was “politicized, based on unverified and clearly falsified information,” Andrew Gilmour reminded that his office has not been unable to access Crimea despite the requests it made to Russia.

Oleh Nikolenko, Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on Information and Spokesperson of Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations, described the importance of the UN Sec-Gen’s report for Ukraine,

Oleh Nikolenko, Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on Information and Spokesperson of Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations. Source: Ukrinform

Two important aspects:

  1. For the first time in five years of the occupation, we have an analysis of the situation on the Crimean peninsula prepared by the UN Secretary-General… The most important things are named:– Russia is an occupying power, subject to obligations under international law.– Russia completely ignores these obligations.
  2.  Russia deliberately pursues policies aimed at changing the demographic situation in Crimea, which is a gross violation of international humanitarian law. On the one hand, the Russian authorities are taking measures to coerce those who disagree with the occupation to leave the peninsula, and on the other, in 2014-2018, it has transferred 140,000 of its citizens to the Ukrainian peninsula, including servicemen and their families … This, in particular, is made to secure the annexation attempt, to create additional obstacles for further de-occupation.

Changing demographics in the occupied territories violates the Fourth Geneva Convention. Russia implemented the same scenario in the occupied territories of Georgia.

It is important for Ukraine that the UN Secretary-General finally spoke out on this. All Russian crimes are recorded and will be used to hold Moscow accountable, including in subsequent resolutions and international courts.

Volodymyr Yelchenko, the permanent representative of Ukraine at the United Nations, thanked the Secretary-General for the report and notedthat the UN should take the necessary measures to stop the transfer of Russian population to Crimea,

Volodymyr Yelchenko, permanents representative of Ukraine at the United Nations Ukrainian mission to the UN.

At the outset, my delegation would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the UN Secretary-General for the release of 12 reports, and among them of the very first report “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea…” … I would also like to ask you, Mr. Gшlmour, while reporting to the UN GA to pay special attention to the main root causes of human rights violations and abuses in Crimea, namely the foreign aggression and temporary occupation of the peninsula by the Russian Federation. … I would appreciate your advice on the steps and actions to be taken by the UN in general and the General Assembly, in particular, to stop transferring of the Russian population to Crimea and prevent consequences of such actions of the occupying power.

Population replacement in occupied Crimea

The report of the Secretary-General states, in particular, that international humanitarian law prohibits individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory regardless of the motive of such actions. The OHCHR (Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights) notes that, according to the court registry of the Russian Federation, during 2017–2018 courts in Crimea ordered the transfer of at least 947 individuals considered foreigners under the laws of the Russian Federation, including the transfer of 518 Ukrainian citizens who lived in Crimea.

What is yet more important, under international humanitarian law, the occupying power must not transfer parts of its civilian population into the territory it occupies. As reported by OHCHR, during 2014–2018, 140,198 people changed their residency registration from regions of the Russian Federation to what Russia calls “the Republic of Crimea.” These relocations include appointments of public sector employees from the Russian Federation to Crimea, transferring servicemen with their families to the peninsula in the Russian framework of the militarization of the peninsula.

Read also: Russians moving into occupied Crimea now form one-fifth of its populationAccording to RFE/RL, the resettlement of Russian citizens to Crimea is going on while native residents are leaving the peninsula. Particularly, at least 19,000 Russians resettled to the peninsula while 17,500 locals departed in 2018. Some 17,000 Russians moved in and 16,000 Crimean residents moved out from the occupied region in 2017.

Other conclusions of the report

Meeting of the Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Committee of the UN General Assembly – the third committee, 17th meeting of GA’s 74th session. 14 October 2019, New York. Screenshot: webtv.un.org

The UN Sec-Gen’s report, not only provides data and evidence of population replacement in Crimea but also confirms all other Russian crimes and violations mentioned in the previous UN General Assembly Resolutions. The most important cases are:

  • Violating the A/RES/73/263 resolution, Russia denied the OHCHR access to the peninsula. Therefore, the Office was obliged to conduct remote monitoring based on the information from the human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine as well as Crimean civil activists and witnesses who fled occupied Crimea to mainland Ukraine.
  • Russia, the occupying power, automatically extended the Russian Federation’s citizenship to all Ukrainian citizens who resided in Crimea on a permanent basis. This is a violation of the right to a nationality. People who rejected Russian citizenship were considered as foreigners and faced deportation.
  • Russian Federation laws against terrorism, extremism, and separatism, designed to persecute political opponents, were applied to acts committed before the occupation, against all commonly accepted judicial norms.
  • The same laws were used for arbitrary arrests, usually preceded by house raids and searches conducted by the police and the FSB special service. From 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2019, OHCHR recorded 186 searches. In some cases, individuals were reportedly detained even without formal charges.
  • OHCHR received information alleging torture and ill-treatment of individuals deprived of their liberty, usually on the basis of the same above-mentioned laws against terrorism, extremism, and separatism. Torture was used to obtain forced confessions from the victims. Perpetrators resorted to various forms of torture, including mock executions, beatings, and electric shocks, as well as sexual violence.
  • Prisoners had not received adequate medical assistance
  • Religious organizations had to re-register according to Russian procedures. Some communities, including the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, chose not to re-register and now the Russian occupation authorities of Crimea consider that such organizations have lost their legal status. This led to the non-recognition of church property. Other religious communities with strong links to churches in other parts of Ukraine, like the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, were denied registration in the peninsula.
  • To avoid repercussions for independent journalistic work, journalists frequently self-censored, used pseudonyms and filtered their content before publication.
  • Authorities didn’t allow protests or rallies that were critical to Russian policies. In particular, courts arrested or fined 80 Muslim men who conducted single-person protests in October 2017 against criminal cases against other Muslims perceived as sympathizers of unauthorized religious groups.
  • Further concerns emerged about the legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of expression in Crimea following the introduction by the Russian Federation on 18 March 2019 of new laws on the offenses of “public insults towards State authorities” and “distribution of false information of public importance.”
  • OHCHR has documented a narrowing of space for manifestations of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar identities and enjoyment of the respective cultures in Crimea. Crimean authorities exerted pressure on members of Ukrainian cultural organizations and imposed a total ban on the Mejlis, an important self-governing institution of the Crimean Tatar people. Members of the civic group “Ukrainian Cultural Centre” were threatened and interrogated by the sham authorities of Crimea on dubious grounds.
  • The number of school students instructed in the Russian language increased to 96.7% of all students, from 90.7% in 2013–2014, and the number of students instructed in Ukrainian decreased to only 249 children from 12,694 in 2013-2014. OHCHR documented cases in which the school administration disregarded or rejected explicit requests from parents to use Ukrainian or Crimean Tatar as the language of instruction for their children.
  • International humanitarian law forbids the occupying power to compel people on the occupied territory to serve in its armed or auxiliary forces. As of 2019, the total number of Crimean men conscripted into the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation since 2015 amounted to at least 18,000. There had been least 29 guilty verdicts in criminal prosecutions of Crimean men for draft evasion since 2017.

Edited by: Yuri Zoria

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.15: 2021:

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MOSCOW: ‘ Egyptian & Russian Sailors conduct first gun practice at Friendship Bridge 2015’

#AceNewsReport – MOSCOW:June.12: ./TASS/. Egyptian and Russian sailors have conducted the first gun practice at joint drills Friendship Bridge 2015 in the Mediterranearn, Russian Black Sea Fleet spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachyov said Friday.

“After practising elements of joint maneuvering, the Russian and Egyptian vessels making part of tactical groups successfully conducted artillery gun firing on a drifting surface target”, Trukhachyov said.

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MOSCOW: ‘ KEY POINTS OF VLADIMIR PUTINS STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS ‘

#AceNewsServices – RUSSIA – On December 4 Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state of the nation address to the Federal Assembly, the both chambers of Russia’s parliament. The state of the nation address is a basic document, which outlines the president’s positions on major directions of the Russian policies not only for the coming year, but also for future.

Position on the Ukrainian crisis and Crimea’s unification with Russia

Russia has the right to pursue its sole line of development, the president said. “This applies to Ukraine as well,” Putin said. He called hypocritical the use of human’s rights issue to cover for the state coup in Ukraine.

The president recalled the Crimean referendum and the reunification of the republic with Russia. The reunification, he said, is a major historic event. Crimea has significance for Russia, he said, and Russians will handle it that way forever.

On US influence: 

The United States always influences Russia’s relations with neighbouring states directly or behind-the-scenes, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Getting back to the way Russia’s dialogue with Europe and the US on Ukraine was developing, the president said “It is not by chance that I have mentioned our American friends, as they have always been influencing our relations with neighbours directly or behind-the-scenes”.

“If some European countries have forgotten about their national pride long ago and are considering sovereignty to be a great luxury, real state sovereignty is an absolutely essential condition for Russia’s existence,” Putin said.

On sanctions:

“Of course, sanctions are harmful, but they are harmful for everyone, including for those who initiate them,” Putin stressed. The Russian president however said sanctions and restrictions motivate to reach the set aims. Putin said he’s sure that the sanctions are not just a “nervous reaction of the United States and its allies” to Russia’s behaviour in connection with events in Ukraine and not due to “the Crimean spring.”

“The policy of containment was not invented yesterday. It has been carried out against this country for many and many years — always, if one can say. For decades if not centuries,” Putin said.

“Each time when someone believes that Russia has become too strong, independent, these tools are used immediately,” the Russian leader said.

Russia isn’t going to stop relations with Europe or America. Besides, Putin said, Russia has many strategic friends and partners in the world. The country will be open for the world and for attracting investments from abroad for joint projects, the president said. He sets a task of increasing the investment in the Russian economy to 25% of the GDP by 2018.

On import substitution:

Reasonable import substitution is Russia’s strategic goal in the near future, Vladimir Putin said in his address. Russia should get rid of dependency on foreign equipment, including for oil drilling in the Arctic, the president said. According to him, when foreign companies buy equipment abroad, it doesn’t do any good for Russia. They should use local products, Putin said. If Rusia buys anything abroad, the products have to be unique. Putin set the task to create conditions fot the SME to take part in the government procurement programs.

Who loves Russia should wish freedom for it On support of terrorism in Russia from abroad and disbalance in the world

Since 2002, when the US abandoned the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty, there’s been a threat of strategic disbalance in the world, and it’s bad even for the US itself, Vladimir Putin said. “I think this is harmful for the United States as well, because it creates the dangerous illusion of invincibility,” Putin said.

He noted Russia isn’t going to get involved in the arms race though it will do its best to provide its security. The president added that Russia has nonstandard solutions.

It’s useless to try talking to Russia from position of strength. “We remember the countries that supported the terrorists in Russia …and those people make trouble today in Chechnya,” Putin said. The terrorists, according to the president, still receive support from abroad. “Those countries want the Yugoslavian scenario to happen in Russia, he said. Putin noted they will fail just as Hitler failed with his misanthropic idea.

On government spending:

According to the president, Defense Ministry should create a new system for control of budget spending. Improper spending in the sphere of defense can be considered as a threat to national security, he says.

Vladimir Putin says all budget corporations should have a common treasury, and all companies with large state share should reduce their costs several per cent each year.

On industry modernization:

Putin says Russia is capable of modernizing its economy and being leader in the world in certain industries. To achieve that, Russia has to use internal resources, like the Academy of Sciences, and attract Russian nationals from abroad. By 2020 half of Russian colleges should have training cources for 50 most popular professions, says the president.

On demography and care for the disabled:

Russian demography programs have proven efficient and the programs will be extended for Crimea, says the president.

“The country’s population is almost 144 million people, it’s 8 million over the UN outlook,” says Putin. Russia has life a expectancy of over 71 years and has all chances to increase it to 74, he says.

Putin thanks the Russian athletes for their participation in the Sochi Paralympic Games. He says Russia should increase support for the disabled. This, according to the president, includes professional training, production of specific goods, among other things.

#ANS2014

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‘ Ukraine Introduces Border Controls With Crimea ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Kiev) – September 30 – Ukraine has introduced rules that oblige people crossing the border with Russia’s Crimea to declare goods, RIA Novosti said.

' Ukraine Introduces Customs Regime on Crimea Border '

‘ Ukraine Introduces Customs Regime on Crimea Border ‘

Starting on September 27, crossing the border with Crimea became similar to any other country’s border, the head of Ukrainian customs service, Anatoly Makarenko, said on Tuesday.

That means that people have to declare goods, transport means and valuables, he said.

Ukrainian customs authorities started to work on the border between Ukraine’s Kherson Region and Crimea.

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‘ Russians Show Indignation Against Western Sanctions With Putin Tee-Shirts ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW- September 23 – Any Russian is now free to demonstrate his or her indignation against Western sanctions by simply wearing a designer T-shirt with a patriotic print.

© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Metzel

© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Metzel

A campaign of swapping T-shirts with slogans on foreign languages for the ones with patriotic prints free of charge was kicked off in Moscow’s central Pushkin Square on Tuesday.

' Putin and Crimea Sanctions '

‘ Putin and Crimea Sanctions ‘

Various T-shirts were set out on a stall with a samovar in front of the Pushkin monument. The T-shirts displayed featured funny and provocative texts in Russian. Some read “Sanctions?

Don’t make my Iskanders laugh” and featured pictures of these mobile ballistic missile systems.

Some had the text of the Russian anthem on the background of St. Basil’s Cathedral /on Red Square/.

All are trendy, nice and funny. Our action is called ‘Fashion’s Answer to the Sanctions is No!’,” designer Anastasia Zadorina, whose company had manufactured 30,000 such T-shirts, told ITAR-TASS.

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‘ Russia Moves Deployment of Troops to Crimea Citing Build-Up of Foreign Forces on Border ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – September 17 – Russia’s defence minister called on Tuesday for the deployment of reinforcements to the Crimea and southern Russia, citing the worsening crisis in Ukraine and build-up of foreign forces nearby AFP reported.

Sergei Shoigu said it was a “priority” to deploy a “full and self-reliant group of troops in the direction of Crimea.”

Cited by Russian news agencies, he said the “situation in Ukraine has sharply worsened and the foreign military presence has increased very close to our border.”

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BRUSSELS: ‘ EU Publishes New Sanctions on Russia in Bloc’s Official Journal ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – September 12 – EU countries have added Russia’s top oil firms, an oligarch, and a leading nationalist MP to their blacklist.

The names were published in the bloc’s Official Journal on Friday (12 September) in reaction to Russia’s invasion of east Ukraine last week.

The new regulation forbids EU entities from buying debt with a 30 or more day maturity, issuing loans, or selling financial services to five banks, three oil firms, and three defence companies.

The banks, already named in an earlier ban on 90-day bonds, are: Gazprombank; Rosselkhozbank; Sberbank; VEB; and VTB.

The newly named oil firms are: Rosneft; Transneft; and Gazprom Neft. The newly sanctioned defence companies are: Oboronprom; United Aircraft Corporation; and Uralvagonzavod.

The regulation blocks the sale of “dual-use” items to eight more newly named defence and technology firms: Almaz Antey; Bazalt; Chemcomposite; Kalashnikov; Sirius; Stankoinstrument; Technologii Maschinostrojenija; Wysokototschnye Kompleksi.

It forbids EU entities from supplying services for Russian deep water, Arctic, or shale oil exploration, including: drilling; well testing; logging and completion services; and supply of specialised floating vessels.

It also imposes an asset freeze and visa ban on 24 people, bringing the total since the Ukraine conflict erupted in March to 119.

Ten of the people are pro-Russia rebel chiefs in east and south Ukraine and in Crimea, including Donetsk region “prime minister” Aleksandr Zakharchenko, who recently co-signed a peace deal with Ukraine and Russia.

Twelve more are Russian MPs who supported the war on Ukraine, including firebrand nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

The new blacklist also names Russian oligarch Sergey Chemezov and major-general Aleksey Naumets.

It says that Chemezov, who chairs the Rostec arms conglomerate, is a “close associate” of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and that one of his firms is now building an energy plant in Crimea, which Russia annexed in March.

It says Naumets “is the commander of the 76th airborne division, which has been involved in the Russian military presence on the territory of Ukraine”.

EU Council head Herman Van Rompuy noted in a statement on Thursday the EU will assess “before the end of the month” whether Russia’s recent peace deal with Ukraine is being implemented.

He added that “in the light of the review and if the situation on the ground so warrants” the EU will “amend, suspend or repeal the set of sanctions in force, in all or in part”.

The White House on Thursday said it will also publish details of new measures on Friday.

Courtesy of EUobserver 12/04/2014 Publication Download Link  
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‘ Ukrainian Presidential Administration Discuss Severing All Ties With Russia ‘

#AceWorldNewsUKRAINE (Kiev) – July 16  – The Ukrainian presidential administration studies the possibility of severing diplomatic relations with neighbouring Russia and the subsequent outcome of such move, Valeriy Chalyi, a deputy chief of the Ukrainian presidential staff, told journalists on Wednesday reported by Tass.

“The Ukrainian authorities are studying such possibility and the (subsequent) results of such step,” Chalyi said.

Relations between neighbouring Russia and Ukraine have been recently strained by a host of issues including Crimea’s merger with Russia.

Also disagreements on the price for the Russian natural gas supplies and the ongoing combat conflict in the south-eastern parts of Ukraine between pro-Kiev military forces and pro-federalization supporters, whom Kiev believes to be allegedly backed by Moscow.

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Breaking News – UKRAINE MINISTRY: REBELS DOWN MILITARY AIRCRAFT


Il-76 Plane (Similar to one shot down)

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian Defense Ministry says that pro-Russian separatists have shot down a large military transport plane in the country’s unsettled east and that service personnel aboard were killed.

The statement Saturday on the ministry’s website says that the plane was downed as it approached an airport at Lugansk. The statement did not say how many people were on board the Il-76 transport plane, which was carrying service members as well as equipment and food.

The statement said that the rebels “cynically and perfidiously” downed the plane using anti-aircraft guns and heavy caliber machine guns.

An Il-76 is a four-engine jet that can be used to transport heavy gear and people.

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Ukrainian Army Using White Phosphorus on Its Own Citizens?

Just caught this story here, the Ukrainian Government have been accused of using White Phosphorus on it’s own people, I can’t verify this as I am just one man at a seat in Scotland. But I do know it can kill and it’s banned under the Protocol III of the UN Convention http://www.icrc.org/ihl/INTRO/515 It can cause long term suffering and also if it enters the water supply can and will be deadly. I can offer one image and 3 video’s at this time

According to the Protocol III of the UN Convention on Conventional Weapons governing the use of incendiary weapons:
prohibits the use of incendiary weapons against civilians (effectively a reaffirmation of the general prohibition on attacks against civilians in Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions)
prohibits the use of air-delivered incendiary weapons against military targets located within concentrations of civilians and loosely regulates the use of other types of incendiary weapons in such circumstances.[12]
Protocol III states though that incendiary weapons do not include:
Munitions which may have incidental incendiary effects, such as illuminates, tracers, smoke or signaling systems;
Munitions designed to combine penetration, blast or fragmentation effects with an additional incendiary effect, such as armour-piercing projectiles, fragmentation shells, explosive bombs and similar combined-effects munitions in which the incendiary effect is not specifically designed to cause burn injury to persons, but to be used against military objectives, such as armoured vehicles, aircraft and installations or facilities.

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‘ G7 Leaders Prepared to Impose Further Sanctions ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – June 05  – Leaders of the G7 industrial nations meeting in Brussels say they are prepared to impose further sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.


A joint statement condemned Moscow for its “continuing violation” of Ukraine’s sovereignty.

The G7 summit is the first since Russia was expelled from the group following its annexation of Crimea in March.


On Thursday, leaders are set to discuss the global economic outlook, climate change and development issues.

Although Russian President Vladimir Putin is not at the Brussels summit, he will hold face-to-face talks with some G7 leaders – not including US President Barack Obama – in Paris afterwards.

However, both Mr Putin and Mr Obama will attend a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France on Friday.

While in Poland on Wednesday, President Obama warned Moscow against what he called its “dark tactics” in Ukraine.

Diplomacy has intensified to try to resolve the biggest crisis in years between Russia and the West, says the BBC’s Chris Morris in Brussels.’Further destabilisation’

“We stand ready to intensify targeted sanctions and to consider meaningful additional restrictive measures to impose further costs on Russia should events so require.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters: “We can’t afford a further destabilization of Ukraine.

G7 Reuters – AFP – AP – BBC  

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` Kremlin to Pyotr Poroshenko on Crimea’s Lawsuit that Kiev Owes $3.5 Billion for Gas Supplies ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 26 – The Kremlin is ready for Ukraine’s lawsuit over Crimea’s incorporation by Russia, ITAR-TASS quoted Sergey Ivanov, the head of the Kremlin administration, as saying on Monday.

“We will be waiting for a lawsuit in this case” if Pyotr Poroshenko, who is leading in Ukraine’s Sunday presidential elections, is going to file it, Ivanov told journalists.

He also said that Kiev owes Russia $3.5 billion for natural gas supplies.

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` Petro Poroshenko is Ready to Go to Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg to Get Crimea Back ‘

#AceNewsServices – KIEV – May 26 – KIEV, May 26. According to Petro Poroshenko he is willing to use legal instruments in a bid to get Crimea back. After 60% of the ballot papers have been counted in the Presidential Election he is in the lead, and is tipped to win.


A mural featuring Crimean peninsula painted in the colors of the Russian national flag and reading ‘Crimea and Russia’ (archive)

He told a news conference on Monday that the Ukrainian government will use all possible levers”, primarily legal ones in the international courts, said Poroshenko. Kiev, he added, was ready to go to the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to assert its rights.

On the election day, May 25, Poroshenko said his two principal positions in the relations between Ukraine and Russia were non-recognition of Crimea’s accession to Russia and self-determination referendums in eastern Ukraine.

However, he added, his first visit as president would be exactly to the coal-mining region of Donbass in Ukraine’s east where the Donetsk and Luhansk regions voted for independence.

Poroshenko said he would like to meet with the Russian leadership early next month. He said that settling the situation in Ukraine’s southeast would be impossible without Moscow. “Russia is our biggest neighbour,” Poroshenko stressed.

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` Speaker of the Federal Council Comments on Sanctions at Economic Forum ‘

#AceNewsServicesST. PETERSBURG, May 24, /ITAR-TASS/. The negative effect of the West’s economic sanctions against Russia is not as serious as Western nations hoped it would be, the speaker of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, said while commenting on the results of a plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Federal Council Economic Forum

“That’s because Russia has made a serious breakthrough in economic development in the past 15-20 years,” Valentina Matviyenko explained to an Itar-Tass correspondent.

“Our footholds are not only the energy and raw materials sectors, but also the military industrial sector and the airspace and nuclear industries,” Matviyenko said. “We have footholds that will prevent destruction of Russia’s economy and social sphere. All reasonable politicians realize that.”

The United States and the European Union have suspended cooperation with Russia in some spheres over Moscow’s position on Ukrainian developments. Some Russian and Crimean officials and companies have been subjected to sanctions by Western nations, including visa bans and asset freezes, after Crimea’s incorporation by Russia.

Russia has dismissed the threats of further penalties, including economic ones, against it, saying the language of punitive measures is counter-productive and will have a boomerang effect on Western nations.

“The economic orientation of sanctions declared by Western nations has a political character,” Matviyenko said.

russia-spief-st-petersburg-economic-forum-story-top

She blasted “Western countries’ pressure on international economic and financial institutions, recommendations to Western companies not to strike deals with Russian companies, stiff pressure on company leaders not to attend the SPIEF”.

“For big world powers this looks a bit too small and frankly speaking unseemly, all the more so as such sanctions will not produce the desired effect,” the official said.

In this connection, the upper house speaker said “many European companies formally fulfill the EU’s sanctions demands” but at that “in the normal course of business continue business contacts, keep expanding their presence because no one is interested in losing such an advantageous, big and attractive market”.

“It’s more like a political club being swung above Russia to change its attitude on a number of problems, to deprive it of an independent foreign policy,” Matviyenko said. “But [these efforts] won’t succeed.”

She stressed that Moscow “has no plans to impose sanctions in response”.

“We believe that international financial and economic institutions should speak out here as such sanctions are out of line with the principles and norms set by international free trade and market competition,”

Matviyenko said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 television channel.

But “should the situation develop differently”, she said, Russia may impose tit-for-tat sanctions at a certain stage.

Instability embraced Ukraine after a coup occurred in the country in February. Russia’s position is that the Ukrainian authorities in Kiev, brought to power by the coup, are illegitimate.

The Crimean Peninsula, where most residents are Russians, held a referendum on March 16, in which most Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and reunify with Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the reunification deal March 18.

In the Soviet Union, Crimea used to be part of Russia until 1954.

Despite Moscow’s repeated statements that the Crimean referendum on secession was in line with the international law, the West and the de facto Kiev authorities refuse to recognize the legality of Crimea’s reunification with Russia.

After Crimea’s incorporation by Russia, massive protests against the coup-imposed Ukrainian authorities in Kiev erupted in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking south-eastern territories. Kiev has conducted a punitive operation against pro-federalization activists.

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` Ukrainian Government Announces Formation of the National Guard with 6,000 Combat Ready Troops ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 19 – Last week the Ukrainian government announced the formation of the National Guard, after it was revealed that the army only had 6,000 combat ready troops compared to Russia’s 200,000.

The volunteer force will bolster the under-strength military and protect Ukraine’s borders after Crimea having been effectively annexed and Russian forces now building up along Ukraine’s eastern border.

The first to answer the call were the self defence groups who fought on the barricades during last month’s revolution.

So we headed down to the Maidan to hopefully tag along with them to the training grounds outside of Kiev for their induction day.

Vice News Report

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` Russian Military Engineers have Laid Freshwater Pipeline to Fend off Drought in Crimea '

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 19 – Military engineers have laid 125 klilometre’s of freshwater pipeline to fend off drought among communities in Russia’s Crimea, Deputy Defence Minister General Dmitry Bulgakov said on Monday (Itar-tass)

Artesian springs will freshen the cities of Feodosia, Stary Krym and other settlements in the peninsula’s south-east following the line’s completion by logistics troops from the army’s western and southern military districts. Bulgakov said.

The links have been laid in a project launched at the beginning of this month when Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu tasked army personnel to keep the land and its people watered.

“Pipeline mains have been laid stretching for more than 125 kilometres with daily throughput capacity of more than 9,000 cubic metres,” the minister said.

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` Crimea Water Problem is Partly Solved by Russia Diverting Biyuk-Karasu River to North Crimea Canal ‘

#AceWorldNews – CRIMEA – May 16 – The problem of water supplies to Crimea has been partly solved after water from the Biyuk-Karasu River was directed to the North Crimea Canal, RIA Novosti reported on Friday.


Water delivery started on May 12, according to the Russian government.

Also, at the beginning of May, the waters of the Taigansky and Belogorsky reservoirs were diverted to Biyuk-Karasu’s stream canal.

Water supplies from the North Crimea Canal to Feodosiysky reservoir will start around May 23.

On April 26, Ukraine shut the North Crimea Canal, by which Crimea receives 85 percent of the freshwater it needs.

Crimea’s First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliev said on May 6 the region is now fully independent from the supplies of Ukrainian freshwater.

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