#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – June 29 – /ITAR-TASS/. Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Pyotr Poroshenko of Ukraine and Francois Hollande of France, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a telephone conversation on Sunday to continue discussion of various aspects of the crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin press service said, adding that it was a long conversation.
“The leaders agreed to continue telephone contacts in the four-party format,” the press service said.
Putin, Hollande, Merkel and Poroshenko also touched upon issues related to the signing of the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union in Brussels on June 27.
#AceWorldNews – NATO – June 01 – NATO defence ministers will meet in Brussels this week to discuss temporarily reinforcing their military presence in Poland, Reuters reports.
It has not been decided whether the 28-member Alliance will actually reinforce its Multinational Corps North East in Szczecin, a spokesman for the German Defence Ministry said.
In April, Poland’s defence minister asked for more NATO troops, explaining this by the threat the country feels from neighbouring Russia.
(The Star) – General Breedlove said NATO will also be looking at whether to permanently bolster its military presence in the eastern regions after Russia’s surprise annexation of Crimea and continued aggression against Ukraine that is blamed on Moscow.
“The Russia Federation’s actions and military escalation present serious implications for the security and stability of Eastern Europe,” Breedlove said during a visit to Ottawa.
“I think we need to look at our responsiveness, our readiness and then our positioning of forces to be able to address this new paradigm that we have seen demonstrated in Crimea,” he said.
He said those “tougher questions” would be addressed in advance of a September summit of NATO leaders.
Reuters – The Star – NATO
#AceWorldNews – NATO – Conference – May 19 – Press Release and Video – NATO Secretary General, speaking at his monthly press conference on Monday (19 May 2014), said that Ukraine’s 25 May presidential elections will be an important opportunity to find a peaceful way out of the current crisis for a united Ukraine.
The Secretary General also addressed relations with Russia and the Alliance’s readiness in light of the crisis.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday that the alliance remains open to speaking to Moscow.
He said NATO has proposed meeting with Russian representatives in the NATO-Russia Council next week, but Moscow has yet to reply, AP reported.
“We’re open to a political dialogue,” Rasmussen was quoted as saying. President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered troops deployed near Ukraine to return to their home bases in Russia and praised the launch of a dialogue between the Ukrainian government and its opponents.
MP3 – http://www.nato.int/nato_static/assets/audio/audio_2014_05/20140519_140519a-fre.mp3
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 09 – Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine plan to hold a vote on independence this weekend despite President Vladimir Putin’s call to delay it.
The co-ordinating committee of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ announced it would have a referendum as planned on Sunday, following a meeting.
But some people fear the vote in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk could spark further violence between Ukrainian troops and the pro-Russia militants.
The separatists have already seized government buildings in about a dozen cities in the east of the country.
Russian leader Mr Putin wants the vote postponed so talks can take place with the Kiev government.
However, many in the east said the referendum was the only way to prevent war against what the rebels and Moscow call the “fascist” politicians in the capital.
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1. Sky News – May 08 – http://news.sky.com/story/1257636/separatists-set-to-defy-putin-on-ukraine-vote
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW -May 08 – President Vladimir Putin has overseen military drills on countering nuclear strike.
The planned drills come ahead of the May 9 celebrations dedicated to victory in World War II.
“We are carrying out tests of the readiness of the Russian armed forces.
It was announced last November. The exercises will involve all branches of the armed forces across the country,” Putin told reporters at the Defence Ministry.
Modern challenges and threats to the country’s national security demand that the army and the fleet are maintained in readiness for quick and effective retaliation in any conditions, the Russian Defence Minister and army general Sergey Shoigu told Putin in a report.
#AceWorldNews – NATO – May 08 – NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen “ignores reality” by saying he has seen no signs Russia is withdrawing troops from Ukraine’s border, Moscow said Thursday.
“For those with a blind eye we suggest to follow President Vladimir Putin’s statement of May 7,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Putin said the previous day that Russia had pulled back troops from the Ukrainian border and this fact could be checked using modern means of reconnaissance.
Statement on May 07 – ‘Russia withdraws troops from Ukrainian border’
President Vladimir Putin also said that Russia has withdrawn its troops from the Ukrainian border.
“We have been told that our troops on the Ukrainian border are a concern – we have withdrawn them. They are now not on Ukrainian territory, but at locations where they conduct regular drills at ranges,” he said.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 20 – The decision on Crimea’s reunification with Russia was made solely by President Vladimir Putin himself, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
“It was a personal decision of the head of state. He was the only person who could and had to make it and who made it,” Peskov told the TVC television channel on Saturday, April 19.
He recalled Putin’s remarks during the call-in session with the citizens of Russia on April 17 that he had made the decision on Crimea only after he had received the results of the Crimean referendum that bore out his position.
Peskov also said Russia is interested in the resolution of the current political crisis in neighbouring Ukraine more than other countries.
#AceWorldNews – KREMLIN – March 25 – Moscow is interested in continuing contacts with G8 nations at all levels, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Tuesday.
“The Russian side continues to be ready to have such contacts at all levels, including the top level,” Interfax quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.
Leaders of the Group of Seven nations on Monday suspended their participation in the Group of Eight industrialized nations until Russia changes course on Ukraine, Reuters said.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW, March 21. – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed laws on reunification of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol with the Russian Federation.
The solemn ceremony of signing took place in the Ekaterininsky reception hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace.
Putin has put his signature below the bill on ratification of the interstate treaty “On the admission of the Republic of Crimea into the Russian Federation and creation of new sub-federal entities” signed by the parties March 18.
From this date, the Republic of Crimea is considered part of the Russian Federation.
Russian News Sources
#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 20. – At his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, March 20, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern about the latest events in Ukraine and Russia.
Ban Ki-moon noted Russia was one of the world leaders and major international actors.
He thanked Putin for the opportunity to meet with him personally even though they had talked with each other by phone several times lately.
Ban Ki-moon will try to launch a direct dialogue between Russia and Ukraine during his visits to Moscow and Kiev on March 20-21, his spokesperson Farhan Haq said ahead of the trip.
He said the main task was to start a direct dialogue between Moscow and Kiev in order to agree concrete measures that will pave the way to diplomatic settlement, he said.
Ban Ki-moon believes that the world is at a crossroads and although the situation was complex over the past several days, the road to a peaceful solution is still open.
Russian Media and News Sources
Related News : March 19 – 17.04 GMT – http://wp.me/p165ui-4pk
#AceWorldNews U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has postponed his visit to Russia scheduled for Monday, March 10, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a working meeting with President Vladimir Putin.
He said Kerry had been invited to come to Russia to discuss the situation in Ukraine.
“We suggested that he come today, I think, and we were prepared to receive him.
He gave his preliminary consent. He then called me on Saturday and said he would like to postpone it for a while,” Lavrov said.
March 10, 17:51 /ITAR-TASS/.
#AceWorldNews says that President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops sent last week to a surprise military exercise in western and central Russia to return to their bases.
Putin ordered the return after a Defence Ministry report, which said the exercises have been conducted successfully, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media.
The surprise military drills in Russia’s central and western territorial commands were launched last Wednesday.
#AceWorldNews says that according to latest AFP reports Pro-Russians have held a demonstration in the southern Ukrainian city of Simferopol, as Russia’s parliament gave President Vladimir Putin the go-ahead to send troops into Ukraine.
#AceBreakingNews says that the Russia’s Federation Council has unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to use Russian military forces in Ukraine. The move is aimed to settle the turmoil in the split country.
The upper house of the Russian parliament has voted in favour of sending troops to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which would ensure peace and order in the region “until the socio-political situation in the country is stabilized.”
Twitter announces : Russia’s Federation Council unanimously approves sending Russian troops to Ukraine http://t.co/7Cb2xX8MiX pic.twitter.com/bnoiti15Ik
— RT (@RT_com) March 1, 2014
The debate in the Federation Council has revealed that Russian MPs are united on the issue, with many of them sharing concerns on the recent events in Ukraine.
The common notion was that since the power was seized in Kiev, the situation has only been deteriorating with radical nationalists rapidly coming to power and threatening the lives of those opposing their actions, most notably the Russian citizens living in Ukraine.
#AceWorldNews say according to VOR it is American Media that Villianise Putin and almost everything about Russia covered by US media is distorted, Stephen Cohen, a world-known American scholar of Russian studies and author of the article Distorting Russia published in The Nation claims.
Also, “When Putin makes an offer that is in the best national security interest of the US, the first impulse it to reject it”, he says.
In your opinion, how did Western media change their rhetoric towards Russia and President Vladimir Putin?
Let me explain why I wrote the article which is a very sharp criticism of the way the American media has covered not only Putin but almost everything about Russia since Putin became president back in 2000. I didn’t write the article to help Russia.
I wrote the article to help American national security because I believe that this distorted media coverage of Putin and of Russia is losing opportunities for American-Russian cooperation in areas that are vital to the American national security.
That is everywhere from Syria, and Iran, and Afghanistan, to the struggle against the terrorism that struck Russia and America, and that it gets worse and worse and we see it even in the coverage of Sochi.
#AceWorldNews says UN chief condemns attacks on the LGBT community ahead of Olympics
The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, has used a speech ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi to condemn attacks on the LGBT community, the Guardian reported.
Addressing the IOC, the UN secretary-general highlighted the fact that the theme of the UN’s human rights day last December was “sport comes out against homophobia.” Speaking to reporters after his address, Ban said he appreciated the assurances of President Vladimir Putin that “there will be no discrimination and that people with different sexual orientation are welcome to compete and enjoy this Olympic Games.”
#AceWorldNews says according to latest RT News President Vladimir Putin has reassured a group of international journalists that athletes and spectators would have no problems at the Sochi Olympics in a discussion dominated by questions on Russia’s “gay propaganda” law and security.
While visiting Sochi ahead of the Winter Games, the Russian president shared his vision of the coming Olympics with journalists from America’s ABC News, Britain’s BBC, China’s CCTV, and the IOC’s own Around the Rings agency, as well as with Russia’s Channel One and Rossiya-1 TV channels.
“None of the guests of the Sochi Olympics will have any problems,” Putin said.
Despite Putin saying that the Olympics were meant to “depoliticize the most pressing international issues,” the majority of questions he had to answer dealt with politics, with much of the interview time being devoted to dispelling fears that LGBT visitors to Sochi would face any discrimination.
Putin reiterated that LGBT community representatives were absolutely welcome in Russia.
Full Interview from the Kremlin: http://kremlin.ru/news/20080