(MOSCOW) ELECTION REPORT: A Smart Voting app devised by jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been removed from Apple and Google stores on the day Russians start voting in parliamentary elections.

#AceNewsReport – Sept .18: President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party is expected to win: Although a total of 14 parties are taking part in the vote, many candidates seen as anti-Putin are barred from running, including anyone associated with Navalny’s opposition movement. Some prominent Kremlin opponents have been forced to leave Russia.

#AceDailyNews says opposition smart app removed as vote begins after Russian authorities had threatened to fine the two companies if they refused to drop the app, which told users who could unseat ruling party candidates after Parliamentary and local elections began on Friday and will last three days:

A specialist disinfects ballot boxes at a polling station during a three-day parliamentary election in Rostov-on-Don, Russia September 17, 2021
The vote has been extended to three days because of the Covid pandemic

Voters are electing 450 MPs for the Duma (parliament) in Moscow and a number of cities have introduced electronic voting. For the first time since 1993, election observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will not be present due to “limitations” imposed by Russian authorities.

EPA: Public video feeds of voting have been banned but official observers were allowed to watch

Navalny was jailed immediately on his return from Germany in January, having recovered from a nerve agent attack in Siberia.

The Smart Voting app was not available for download on both the Google and Apple stories in Russia on Friday.

On the eve of the election, senior officials at the communications regulator threatened big fines for any companies that “systematically violate” its demands. IT companies had been warned that refusing to remove the app would be seen as illegal interference in the vote.

On Thursday night, Google Docs went down in some regions and the Smart Voting-bot on the Telegram platform came under a powerful attack aimed at taking it offline.

Google and Apple representatives met a Russian Federation Council (upper house of parliament) commission on Thursday.

Navalny ally Ivan Zhdanov said the two companies were making a big mistake. 

He linked to an Apple statement that explained the Smart Voting app had been removed because it was illegal in Russia and that Navalny’s FBK anti-corruption organisation had been designated as extremist.

Russia’s communications watchdog blocked the Smart Voting website earlier this month, and a Moscow court banned search engines from any mention of it.

Until now, relatively small fines have been imposed on non-Russian tech companies, including Twitter and Facebook, for not deleting content considered illegal by the Russian government. But the media watchdog has now threatened to target their turnover too.

Last March, the media watchdog said it was slowing down the speed of Twitter because it had failed to remove 3,000 posts relating to suicide, drugs and pornography. 

The big social media companies were also threatened with fines if they did not delete posts urging young people to protest.

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(MOSCOW) JUST IN: Putin gave a press statement in the Kremlin on the building of warships and submarines over next 6yrs to carry 16-Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.24: We are talking about the construction of two multi-purpose ships in the near sea and boats in the far sea. Putin says that over the next 6 years, ships should be built by 70%.

#AceDailyNews says Russia has begun building nuclear submarines: Putin explained This is stated in the press service of the Kremlin.

: August.24, 2021

Putin says that over the next 6 years, ships should build 70% / REUTERS
Putin On Building Nuclear Submarines

Each of the nuclear boats will carry 16 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles.Putin says that over the next 6 years, ships should build 70% / REUTERS

In Russia , a ceremony was held to lay down warships, including two corvettes, two nuclear and two diesel submarines.

The ceremony took place at factories in St. Petersburg and Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

“Such responsible and large-scale tasks are conditioned by the geopolitical situation of our country, its role in world affairs. The construction of a high-tech combat-ready Navy places increasing demands on Russian ships and shipbuilding,” the Russian leader said in a video conference.

According to Vedomosti , the initial launch of the nuclear cruisers “Dmitry Donskoy” and “Prince Potemkin” was to take place in May. Each of the boats will carry 16 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Diesel submarines are due to join the Pacific Fleet in 2024. Both boats will be armed with the Caliber-PL missile system. Finally, the corvettes “Grozny” and “Buyny” plan to transfer to the fleet by 2028 with missiles “Caliber-NK” or “Uranus”.

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(GENEVA) Biden & Putin Summit Report: Opening the talks, Putin said he hoped for a “productive” meeting, while Biden said: “It is always better to meet face to face.” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.17: The leaders’ first in-person meeting, which is taking place at a lakeside villa, comes amid soaring tensions between their two countries.

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have started a high-stakes summit that is expected to be dominated by deep disagreements: US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin kicked off a highly-anticipated summit in Geneva on Wednesday.

Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Joe Biden

There were low expectations of a breakthrough, with a string of contentious issues on the agenda. But both sides have said they hope the meeting can at least lead to more stable and predictable relations: Swiss President Guy Parmelin is acting as host during the talks, which are scheduled to last four to five hours.

What is on the agenda?

Biden and Putin are likely to discuss a raft of issues, including arms controlcybercrime, Ukraine, Belarus, election interference and the coronavirus pandemic.

The US president is expected to broach the imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, although the Russian side has said that is an internal matter that Putin won’t be drawn on.

DW correspondent Alexandra von Nahmen says cybersecurity will be at the top of the agenda.

“There have been a few quite far-reaching cyberattacks in the US recently, some of them having Russian fingerprints on them, so the Biden administration is calling on Russia to do more to deter such attacks from within its borders,” she said.

“Both sides want to lower the temperature a notch or two and they’re trying to find ways to resume their dialogue.”

  • Biden in sunglasses arriving on Air Force One plane Russia-US relations: The contentious issuesBiden playing it coolPresident Joe Biden has kept his cards close to his chest ahead of the summit in Geneva. He declined to say how he plans to confront Putin during talks with his Russian counterpart — but is expected to address key issues. “I’m not looking for conflict with Russia, but we will respond if Russia continues its harmful activities,” Biden said ahead of the summit. 

Relations between the two countries deteriorated following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, and amid US allegations that Moscow meddled in its 2016 presidential election.

The situation worsened after Biden called Putin a killer in March, prompting Russia to recall its ambassador from Washington. The US then recalled its ambassador from Moscow. The possibility of returning the diplomats to their respective posts may also be on the agenda.

What do observers say about the talks?

US Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Chris Kupchan told DW the two leaders are “not coming in looking for a bromance like Trump and Putin,” but Biden could “invest in some kind of working relationship with Putin.”

Biden is much more worried about China than he is about Russia. And I’m guessing that Putin is growing quietly uncomfortable with China. So part of this conversation might be about trying to improve the Western relationship with Russia in a way that contains China’s leverage and gives Moscow a little bit of breathing room in its relationship with Beijing,” he said.

NATO declares China a global security threat

Andrey Kortunov, director general of the Kremlin-founded Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), said Putin “understands that relations between Russia and the United States will continue to be mostly adversarial, at least for the foreseeable future. But at the same time, there are some potential pockets of cooperation that can be pursued further. And even the confrontation can and should be managed, to reduce costs and to cut down the risks.”

David O’Sullivan, former EU ambassador to the US, said Biden would aim to be charming, and at the same time “open but firm on the points which are important for him.”

“He will reach out to Putin and say, ‘look, we don’t agree on everything. Let’s find a way of coexisting and not creating excessive tensions for each other’.”

nm/rt (AFP, Reuters, AP)

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(MOSCOW) Belarus Deal OR NO Deal Report: With Kremlin Tight-Lipped About Putin’s Talks With Lukashenka, Some Are Instead Asking: ‘Where Did He Get That Yacht?’ #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.02: Putin’s latest meeting with Alyaksandr Lukashenka of Belarus — his fourth since August — was no exception. More than five hours of talks yielded only seven minutes of official footage, in which Putin comments on the weather and Lukashenka fingers a briefcase of documents that, he claims, expose unspecified Western machinations.

KREMLIN: The Russian public is used to being left in the dark about what President Vladimir Putin discusses with high officials and the heads of other former Soviet republics. Official photos of Putin and his guests provide the fodder for headlines — and countless memes — that often follow: But with few details forthcoming, many observers focused instead on the venue for the informal second day of talks on May 29: a 54-meter luxury yacht complete with a sumptuous dining area boasting panoramic views of the sea’

Lukashenka (left) and his son Mikalay (center) dine at sea with Putin aboard the Chaika.
Lukashenka (left) and his son Mikalay (center) dine at sea with Putin aboard the Chaika.

“Russians earning 10,000 to 40,000 rubles ($136-$545) a month…are apparently proud of the fact that Putin has a 30-million-euro yacht,” one Twitter user wrote sarcastically, citing the reported cost of the vessel.

Dozhd, an independent TV channel in Russia that often airs opposition views, reported on May 31 that the yacht, now named Chaika (Seagull), was built in Turkey and purchased by the Russian government in 2011, when Putin was prime minister.

Putin on board the yacht Chaika on May 29. In nearly 22 years as president or prime minister, he has regularly been accused of amassing a huge personal fortune.
Putin on board the yacht Chaika on May 29. In nearly 22 years as president or prime minister, he has regularly been accused of amassing a huge personal fortune.

Dozhd also noted a previous meeting, apparently on the same yacht, between Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018.

Officially, the May 28-29 talks in and around the Black Sea resort city of Sochi led to Moscow’s release of a $500 million loan to Minsk and an increase in the number of flight connections with Belarus as a show of support for Lukashenka. The Belarusian leader is being shunned in Europe since his government scrambled a fighter jet on May 23 to ground a Ryanair flight and arrested a dissident Belarusian journalist who was aboard, along with his girlfriend, a Russian citizen.

But there was little in the way of details about crucial questions that haunt the close but often tense relationship between Russia and Belarus, leaving observers on social media with little to do but comment on the photos of Putin and Lukashenka posing by the sea — some with wry humor, others angrily — or zero in on the lush setting.

The attention to evidence of Putin’s alleged wealth, or the perks that he has at his fingertips, was nothing new.

Officially, Putin earned a salary equivalent to $136,000 in 2020, and in his declaration, he listed a modest apartment, three Soviet-era cars, and a small camping trailer handed down by his late father.

But in nearly 22 years as president or prime minister, he has regularly been accused of amassing a huge personal fortune. In 2012, three years before he was shot dead near the Kremlin, opposition politician Boris Nemtsov co-authored a report describing a stunning array of helicopters and jets, homes, luxury watches, and four yachts that, according to the report, belonged to Putin or were available for his use in connection with his office.

The report referenced a 54-meter yacht similar in description to the Chaika, but said the “real diamond of the Kremlin flotilla” is a five-deck vessel equipped with a Jacuzzi, a barbecue, a maple wood colonnade, and a large bathroom faced in marble.

The mansion is built on the Black Sea’s exclusive Gelendzhik Bay.

Shots of the yacht in Sochi come four months after Putin was forced to publicly dispute allegations by jailed opposition leader Aleksei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) that a $1.36 billion estate complete with hookah bar, vineyard, and ice hockey arena had been built for the Russian president on the Black Sea, not far from the waters he cruised with Lukashenka.

In April, the FBK — which has been targeted by a government effort to label it as an extremist group — followed up with reports of another lavish residence it linked to Putin.

Aleksei Navalny

The Kremlin said the sprawling property that Navalny dubbed “a palace for Putin” does not belong to the president. Arkady Rotenberg, a construction magnate and childhood friend of Putin’s, later came forwardto say that he is the owner.

Other apparent efforts to discredit the January report from the FBK included a remark at the time from Dmitry Kiselyov, a state-TV presenter widely seen as a Kremlin propagandist:

“Putin has no need for luxury,” Kiselyov asserted. “For him, this is just not cool.”

Matthew Luxmoore is a Moscow-based correspondent for RFE/RL covering Russia and the former Soviet Union. Before joining RFE/RL in 2018, he reported for The New York Times in Moscow and has written for The Guardian, Politico, The New Republic, and Foreign Policy. He’s a graduate of Harvard’s Davis Center and a recipient of New York University’s Reporting Award and the Fulbright Alistair Cooke Journalism Award.

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RUSSIA: #Putin and #Erdogan meet for talks: agree to lift sanctions and reinstate travel to Turkey and create a new joint defence fund meanwhile civilians in Aleppo are slaughtered on Monday night by Saudi led-coalition – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Aug.09: Turkey’s Erdogan sits down with Russia’s Putin for talks

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — On his first foreign visit after Turkey and a failed coup, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for inviting him for talks Tuesday aimed at repairing ties shattered by Turkey downing of a Russian warplane along the Syrian border last year…. Turkey chides U.S., Europe as Erdogan meets Russia’s Putin
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey on Tuesday warned of rising anti-American sentiment and risks to a migrant deal with the European Union, ramping up the rhetoric in the face of Western alarm over the scale of purges in state institutions since last month’s failed coup.

Turkey, Russia agree to establish joint investment fund, boost cooperation in defense, Turkish state-run Anadolu news reports

Erdogan, Putin say in joint news conference that Syria will be topic for separate meeting – @HaberturkTV
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' Imposing Sanctions on Russia Contradicts US Interests and Damages Bi-Lateral Trade '

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – July 17 – Imposing sanctions on Russia and blaming it for destabilizing Ukraine contradicts US national interests, President Putin said at the BRICS summit in Brazil, emphasizing that declared support of Ukrainians should not be limited to the country’s oligarchs.

READ MORE: US widens sanctions on Russia, EU takes time to think over

Speaking to the press following the BRICS summit in Brazil, Vladimir Putin was asked to comment on the new package of sanctions against Russia announced just minutes earlier by the US President.

“We aren’t the ones introducing sanctions, you should ask them,” Putin said.

“But as for sanctions, they usually have a boomerang effect, and without a doubt will force US-Russian relations into a corner,” he elaborated. “This is a serious blow to our relationship. And it undermines the long term security interests of the US State and its people.”

Putin said that it is “regrettable” that “our partners” have chosen to impose new sanctions, but Russia “will not close doors to negotiations.”

“We’re open to finding ways out of this situation,” Putin said. “I really hope that common sense and the willingness to resolve all issues through peaceful diplomatic means will prevail.”


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Prince Charles ‘Compares Putin To Hitler’

Not helping UK/Russian friendship

Why can’t the Royals shut up? We have the Duke of Edinburgh (My City and the Queens jester and husband) who is the mouth of stupid Royalty now this fool Charles has gone and totally knocked UK/Russia ties to the ground! His Mum’s (The Queen) Nuclear Arsenal is in my country, not England! Royal Family, please, give it a rest you fools!

Prince Charles has reportedly compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler over his actions in Ukraine. The Prince of Wales’ alleged remark about Mr Putin came during a four-day tour of Canada when he spoke to a woman who fled the Nazis and lost family members in the Holocaust. A spokesman for Clarence House said: “We do not comment on private conversations. “But we would like to stress that the Prince of Wales would not seek to make a public political statement during a private conversation.” Charles was being shown around the Museum of Immigration in Halifax, Nova Scotia, along with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. The royal couple paid tribute to World War Two veterans and their families, and during the course of the visit they spoke to museum volunteer Marianne Ferguson. Ms Ferguson told the Prince she fled to Canada with her family in 1939, not long before Hitler annexed the Baltic coastal Free City of Gdansk.

Video – Sky News

Prince Charles and Camilla in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island

After meeting Charles, the 78-year-old told the Daily Mail: “The Prince said ‘And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler’.”I must say that I agree with him and am sure a lot of people do. “But I was very surprised that he made the comment as I know they [members of the Royal Family] aren’t meant to say these things. “I told the Prince that while my family and I were lucky to get a permit to travel, many members of my relatives had permits but were unable to get out before the war broke out on September 1. “They were sent to the concentration camps and died.” The Mail reported that the Prince made his comments while surrounded by media and they were heard by several witnesses. Mr Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told Sky News: “I don’t know anything about it. I can’t really trust the Daily Mail as a source.”

Protesters in Kiev have also compared Putin to Hitler

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg backed Prince Charles on his LBC Radio phone-in, saying: “Prince Charles should be perfectly entitled to express views in the confidence that he’s expressing them privately.” But Labour (Co-op) MP Mike Gapes, who represents Ilford South, said the Prince “should abdicate” if he wants to make controversial statements. He said on Twitter: “If Prince Charles wants to make controversial statements on national or international issues he should abdicate and stand for election. “In constitutional monarchy, policy and diplomacy should be conducted by parliament and government. Monarchy should be seen and not heard.” UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who has backed Mr Putin’s anti-EU stance in the past, said: “Prince Charles has made those comments – I know some people feel that way about Putin. “I think there’s a difference. The difference is right from the very start Hitler was expansionist, and we haven’t see very much evidence of that until now from Putin and arguably, what’s happened in the Ukraine is because he’s been poked with a stick by the rest of the world.”

Mr Putin is in Shanghai meeting with Xi Jinping and other world leaders

Charles and the Russian leader are due to meet next month when they attend the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6. Mr Putin has faced international anger over Russia’s actions in neighbouring Ukraine, including the controversial annexation of Crimea. In March, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly said Mr Putin’s claim to be be defending ethnic Russians in Crimea was “what Hitler did back in the ’30s”. She later backtracked, claiming she was not making a direct comparison but that Russia’s behaviour was “reminiscent” of Germany in the build-up to the Second World War. Prince Charles has been known for speaking his mind on issues such as architecture and the environment, but he rarely makes his feelings known on diplomatic matters. There is an ongoing legal battle over the publication of letters he has sent to politicians, with the attorney general concerned their release could compromise the Prince’s neutrality and create constitutional problems.

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Deadly gun battles have broken out in the…

Deadly gun battles have broken out in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk as separatists seize government buildings in at least one other city in the region. Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said one officer was killed and another five injured as security forces attempted to retake occupied security buildings. In a statement on his Facebook page Mr Avakov said there was also an “unidentifiable number” of casualties among the protesters, who are being supported by around 1,000 civilians. Russia’s RIA news agency confirmed at least one activist had been killed in the raid.

Video below, all out Civil war is happening, all out War is close

Separatists are currently guarding barricades outside the occupied buildings and have set up checkpoints on roads leading into the Slavyansk. Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has mobilised the army and said a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” was being launched. He offered an amnesty to protesters who surrendered their weapons by Monday morning. He accused Russia of being behind the unrest to justify expanding its military control beyond Crimea, but this is rejected by the Kremlin.

The US has threatened to bolster existing sanctions against Moscow if the trouble continues. It also blames the country for inflaming tensions in eastern Ukraine. “I think we’ve seen that the sanctions can bite,” said Samantha Power, America’s ambassador to the UN. “If actions like the kind we’ve seen over the last few days continue, you’re going to see a ramping up of those sanctions.”

Media, who are based in Slavyansk, said the centre remains relatively calm and reports of fatalities were thought to be linked to clashes well into the outskirts. It’s reported that civilians, some of them elderly, have been stood at one checkpoint since late last night to act as “human shields” to protect pro-Russian protesters from Ukrainian security forces. Elsewhere local media is reporting that protesters have seized the mayor’s office in the eastern city of Mariupol. One report said activists entered the building unhindered after around 1,000 people took part in an independence rally. It said barricades were erected around the office and the Ukrainian flag removed. If confirmed that would bring the total number of cities where administrative buildings are under the control of separatists to five.

Masked men, wearing unmarked camouflage uniforms and carrying special-issue assault rifles, seized the local police headquarters in Slavyansk on Saturday. They later took control of the security service building in the city, which lies some 90 miles from the Russian border. Also on Saturday gunmen seized a police station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk following a shoot-out. Other groups began their occupation of security buildings in Donetsk and Luhansk last weekend. Protesters in the region, which has a large ethnic Russian population, hope to follow in the footsteps of the Crimean Peninsula and force a referendum on joining the Russian Federation.

The area was a strong bastion of support for ousted President and Kremlin ally Viktor Yanukovych and many residents fear they will be suppressed under the new Western-friendly interim government in Kiev. Moscow has also warned any Ukrainian military aggression against ethnic Russians will derail top-level talks on the crisis scheduled to take place in Geneva next week. Western leaders have expressed concern that the latest unrest strongly echoes the events which led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea last month following an overwhelmingly-backed referendum. The United States has pledged its “strong support” for Ukraine’s new government and urged Russia to de-escalate tensions. It has also called on Moscow to withdraw its troops from Ukraine’s eastern border, where Nato claims up 40,000 soldiers are now stationed. The EU and US have imposed a number of sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian individuals, but are yet to directly target Russia’s economy




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` Crimea to have ` Three Official Languages ‘ of Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tartar ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 18 – Nationalists executed the coup in Ukraine. They tried to revise the language policy, and that would have undermined the rights of minorities, Putin says.

The Russian-speaking population in Ukraine faced constant humiliation, the President stressed.
We always believed in good neighbourly relations with Ukraine, but the situation developed in another direction, the Russian President says.

Sevastopol is a Russian fortress and a host for the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Putin notes.
The Russian President stressed that Russia has vital interests in Crimea.

Putin says that it is important to ensure the right of all ethnicities in Crimea, including Crimean Tartars, and measures to complete rehabilitation of Crimean Tartars should be taken.

There will be three official languages – Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tartar.


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` Putin’s Reasons for `Military Force’ at Media Conference in Moscow’

#AceBreakingNews says that latest news sources Putin: Deploying military force is last resort, but we reserve right,assessment was voiced at a media conference in Moscow.

cropped-header-breaking-news.jpgThere was an unconstitutional coup and an armed takeover of power in Kiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated. Russia is puzzled why there was a need for it at a time when Viktor Yanukovich had conceded to all opposition demands.

Putin stressed that the Ukrainian people had a legitimate reason to protest against Yanukovich’s power, considering the overwhelming corruption and other faults of his presidency.

But he objected to the illegitimate way his ouster took place, because it undermined the political stability in the country.

He said that while he personally was not fond of months-long streets protests as a means to pressure the government, he sympathized with the Maidan demonstration members, who were genuinely outraged with the situation in Ukraine.

But at the same time he warned that what happens in Ukraine now may be a replacement of one group of crooks with another, citing the appointments of certain wealthy businessmen with questionable reputations.

Yanukovich is certainly powerless in Ukraine, but legally speaking he is the legitimate president of the country, Putin said. The way the new authorities in Kiev replaced him did not enhance their credibility.

Putin, who was given a mandate by the Russian senate to use military force to protect civilians in Ukraine, said there is no need for such an action yet.

He assured that the surprise military drills in Russia’s west which ended on Tuesday had nothing to do with the Ukrainian situation.

Putin cited the actions of radical activists in Ukraine, including the chaining of an official to a stage as public humiliation and the killing of a technician during an opposition siege of a parliamentary building, as justification for Russia to be concerned for the lives and well-being of people in eastern and southern Ukraine.

Incidents like those are why Russia reserves the option of troop deployment on the table.

The Russian president stressed that Russia wants to see equal participation of all citizens of Ukraine in defining the future of the country. The resistance to the authorities in Kiev, which is evident currently in the eastern and southern Ukraine, shows clearly that currently Kiev does not have a nationwide mandate to govern the country.

Asked about criticism of Russia over its stance on Ukraine, Putin dismissed the accusations that Russia is acting illegitimately. He stated that even if Russia does use force in Ukraine, it would not violate international law.

At the same time he accused the United States and its allies of having no regard to legitimacy, when they use military force in pursuit of their own national interests. He cited the campaigns in Iraq and in Libya as examples of such behavior.

As for the sanctions Russia faces over Ukraine, Putin said those threatening them should think of the consequences to themselves if they follow that path. In an interconnected world a country may hurt another country if it wishes, but it would be damaged too.

Threats are counterproductive in this situation, Putin warned.

He added that if G8 members choose not to go to Sochi for a planned G8 summit, that would be up to them.

Putin dismissed the notion that the uniformed armed people without insignia who are currently present in Crimea are Russian soldiers.

He said they are members of the Crimean self-defense forces and that they are no better equipped and trained than some radical fighters who took part in the ousting of Yanukovich.



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#Sochi : “Russia `How the US Media Distort’ the Real Truth”

#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.

Jay Johnson

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Russia introduced measures to further restrict adoptions to…

Russia introduced measures to further restrict adoptions to people in countries that recognize same-sex marriages. The ban now affects married gay couples and unmarried couples. The timing is beautiful – why let the international focus on Russia of the homophobic Sochi Olympic Games dissuade you from continuing your anti-gay hate, President Putin? http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2014/02/13/russia-passes-more-anti-gay-legislation-despite-sochi-games/

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#Sochi : “Putin Meets Yanukovich on sidelines of the `Olympic Games’ contents of talk were not revealed”

#AceWorldNews says the presidents of Russia and Ukraine had a private meeting in Sochi on the sidelines of the Olympic Games, a spokesman for Putin said.

The contents of the talk were not revealed, but if the two leaders chose to discuss politics rather than sports, the political turmoil in Ukraine, and Russian aid to its western neighbour, are likely to be on the table.

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#Sochi : “Georgia will not meet Putin during Sochi Olympics”

#AceWorldNews says Georgia’s president, Georgy Margvelashvili, will not be travelling to the Sochi Olympic Games according to a statement released on Thursday. “The Georgian official delegation will not attend the Olympic Games in Sochi,” Vano Machavariani, Margvelashvili’s foreign policy adviser, told Reuters. “Georgia will be represented in Sochi by our sportsmen and representatives of the Georgian Olympic Committee,” he said.

The Kremlin previously said that Margvelashvili could meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin there in what would have been their first meeting since the five-day war in 2008, when Mikhail Saakashvili was president. Margvelashvili was elected late last year.

#georgia, #olympic-games, #president, #putin, #russian, #russian-president-vladimir-putin, #sochi

Sochi Winter Olympics: “Russia’s Hidden Agenda”

#AceWorldNews says following Monday’s terrorist bombings only 400 miles away from the site of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, have a geopolitical back story involving implied threats from Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan to Russian President Vladimir Putin last summer when Bandar was pressing Putin to withdraw his backing for the #Syrian government.

Bandar bin Sultan, Secretary-General of the Na...

Bandar bin Sultan, Secretary-General of the National Security Council of Saudi Arabia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to a diplomatic leak detailing the Bandar-Putin meeting in Moscow on July 31, Bandar suggested that Putin’s agreement to abandon the #Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad would lead Saudi Arabia to restrain its Chechen terrorist clients who have attacked Russia targets for years. Putin reportedly grew furious, interpreting Bandar’s offer as a warning that the Sochi games would be threatened by terrorism if Putin didn’t comply.

At the time, I was even told that Putin warned Saudi Arabia of potentially severe consequences – suggesting military retaliation – if Bandar’s implied warning was followed up by actual terrorist attacks like the ones in Volvograd on Monday, killing more than 30 people.

Of course, it is always hard to trace specific terrorist acts back to their origins and many terrorist cells operate with much autonomy. But Putin has staked much of his prestige on a successful Olympics in Sochi, and he also would risk losing face if it were perceived that Bandar had executed a terrorist plan to disrupt the Winter Olympics and that Putin was powerless to stop it.

According to the leaked diplomatic account of last summer’s meeting, Bandar sought Russia’s cooperation on several Mideast concerns, including Syria, and told Putin, “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi on the Black Sea next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us.”

English: RIYADH. Before the beginning of the R...

English: RIYADH. Before the beginning of the Russian-Saudi talks. Русский: ЭР-РИЯД. Перед началом российско-саудовских переговоров. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Putin reportedly responded, “We know that you have supported the Chechen terrorist groups for a decade. And that support, which you have frankly talked about just now, is completely incompatible with the common objectives of fighting global terrorism that you mentioned. We are interested in developing friendly relations according to clear and strong principles.”

Besides safety for the Sochi Olympics, Bandar raised the potential of Saudi cooperation with Russia on oil and other investment matters, saying, “Let us examine how to put together a unified Russian-Saudi strategy on the subject of oil. The aim is to agree on the price of oil and production quantities that keep the price stable in global oil markets,” according to the diplomatic account.

I was told by a source close to the Russian government that this mix of overt inducements and implied threats infuriated Putin who barely kept his anger in check through the end of the meeting with Bandar. Putin viewed Bandar’s offer to protect the Sochi Olympics as something akin to a Mafia don shaking down a shopkeeper for protection money by saying, “nice little business you got here, I’d hate to see anything happen to it.”

Putin then redoubled his support for the Syrian government in response to Bandar’s blend of bribes and warnings. The source said Russia also issued its own thinly veiled threats against the Saudis. The Saudis may have substantial “soft power” – with their oil and money – but Russia has its own formidable “hard power,” including a huge military, the source said.

Osama bin Laden compound

Osama bin Laden compound (Photo credit: Sajjad Ali Qureshi)

Bandar and Terrorism:

Over the years, Bandar has often treated the issue of “terrorism” as a situational ethic, an ambivalence well-honed since the days when Saudi Arabia and the Reagan administration teamed up to pour billions of dollars into the Afghan mujahedeen and their Arab jihadist allies fighting Soviet troops in the 1980s.

The anti-Soviet effort in Afghanistan brought to prominence Saudi national Osama bin Laden and the terrorists who later consolidated themselves under the global brand, al-Qaeda. In the 1980’s, these roving jihadists’ were hailed as brave defenders of Islam and even “freedom fighters,” but – in the 1990’s – they began targeting the United States with terrorist attacks, leading up to 9/11 in 2001.

At the time of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, Bandar was the Saudi ambassador to the United States and was so close to the Bush family that he was nicknamed “Bandar Bush.” Bandar was also very close to the bin Laden family. After the attacks, Bandar even acknowledged having met Osama bin Laden in the context of bin Laden thanking Bandar for his help financing the Afghan jihad project.

“I was not impressed, to be honest with you,” Bandar told CNN’s Larry King about bin Laden. “I thought he was simple and very quiet guy.”

President Obama confirms death of Osama bin Laden

However, immediately after 9/11, Bandar undermined the FBI’s opportunity to learn more about the connections between Osama bin Laden’s relatives and the perpetrators of 9/11 when Bandar arranged for members of the bin Laden family to flee the United States on some of the first planes allowed back into the air – after only cursory interviews with FBI investigators. The only segment of the 9/11 Commission’s report to be blacked out was the part dealing with alleged Saudi financing for al-Qaeda.

Now, as chief of Saudi intelligence, Bandar appears to be back in the game of coercive geopolitics, arranging weapons for some of the most brutal Syrian rebels and Arab mercenaries operating inside Syria, while offering carrots-and-sticks to foreign leaders who are seen are malleable toward Saudi regional interests. The technique may have failed with Putin but had greater success in lining up the French behind Saudi opposition to a negotiated agreement with Iran on its nuclear program.

As a repressive monarchy that preaches the ultra-conservative Wahhabi version of Sunni Islam, Saudi Arabia is bitterly opposed to the democratic reforms of the Arab Spring and the growing influence of Shiite Islam, which now stretches from Iran through Iraq and Syria to the Hezbollah enclaves of Lebanon.

President Mohammed Morsi

Saudi Arabia backed the military coup in Egypt that ousted the elected Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Morsi. The Saudis also have stepped up assistance to Sunni-dominated rebels in Syria seeking to overthrow the Assad dynasty that is based in the Alawite religion, a branch of Shiite Islam.

The commonality of interests between Saudi Arabia and Israel has given rise to a de facto alliance between the Saudi monarchy and the Jewish government of Israel. Though historically enemies, Israel and Saudi Arabia are now on the same page in backing Egypt’s military regime, in viewing Iran as their principal adversary, and in wanting a rebel victory in Syria.

The shifting sands of Middle East interests also have pushed the United States and Russia closer together, with the former Cold War rivals sharing an interest in tamping down disorder across the region. President Putin and President Barack Obama cooperated in reaching a tentative nuclear deal with Iran and in convincing Syria’s Assad to surrender his chemical weapons. Putin and Obama are pressing for Syrian peace talks, too.

Now, however, a new complication has been introduced: Islamist terrorist attacks aimed at undermining the Sochi Olympics. If Putin concludes that the Saudis are behind these bombings – that the attacks are the equivalent of a Mafia don having a store torched after the owner rebuffed an offer of “protection” – then the issue of Russian retaliation could suddenly be on the table.

Courtesy of and by Robert Parry

This article has originally appeared on Consortium News 

[NOTE: Alawites are not a Shiite branch. In fact, the two Islamic sects are different in form and content. Alawites’ are as much different from Shiites as they are from the Sunnis and this can even be observed in the form of daily prayers.]

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