` Polish Investigators of TU-154 Passenger Plane Crash that Killed ` Lech Kaczynski ‘ Rule out a Bomb Explosion ‘

#AceWorldNews – WARSAW- April 08- According to ITAR-TASS/ – Polish prosecutors will likely close their investigation next year into the 2010 plane crash which killed Polish president Lech Kaczynski, his wife and 94 other passengers in western Russia.

“We are trying to draw the time limits for our investigation, and they become clearer every day. A few months – this is the most appropriate deadline,” Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet told a radio station on Tuesday.

Seremet said the investigation, probing into a crash which downed the TU-154 aircraft near the Russian city of Smolensk, should be wound up in 2015 though inquiries continued in both Russia and Poland and no deadline had been set.

Polish authorities may even close the case if they failed to have the aircraft wreckage repatriated, Seremet added.

Investigators had ruled out the possibility of a bomb explosion on board and no further accusations might be made, the general said, adding that technical failure and pilot error remained suspected causes.

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` Three-Month Suspension by Lithuania and Latvia of Broadcasts by RTR-Planeta is a Political Decision ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 07 – (Interfax) – The three-month suspension by Lithuania and Latvia of broadcasts to their territory from Russian television channel RTR-Planeta is “indisputably a political decision that is beyond the common sense of journalism,” said the head of international relations at Russian state television and radio company VGTRK, Pyotr Fyodorov.

Fyodorov told the Vesti.ru website that the decision is questionable from a legal point of view because RTR-Planeta holds a European Union license for broadcasting in the Baltic countries.

“Here is an attempt, accusing Russia of one-sided coverage of events, to do the same by only leaving access to information from Ukrainian media or from the media of those Baltic states, whose sympathies are obvious to us,” he said.

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#AceWorldNews DONETSK April 07 Ukraine’s acting president has…

#AceWorldNews – DONETSK – April 07 – Ukraine’s acting president has pledged “anti-terrorist measures” as the government declared the actions of pro-Russian protesters in the country east a “second stage” of special operations by Russia under way to break up the troubled state.Al Jazeera’s Kim Vinnell reports from Donetsk.

Ace Related News April 07 – 12.43 GMT – http://wp.me/p165ui-4GF

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` India’s Armed Forces Carried-Out Another Successful Missile Test at ` Pokhran Range ‘ in Rajasthan ‘

#AceWorldNews – NEW DELHI – April 07 – India’s armed forces on Monday carried out another successful, missile test. They fired the Russia produced BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, a source close to the Indian Defence Ministry told ITAR-TASS.

“The launch was carried out at the Pokhran range in the State of Rajasthan in the north-west of India at 13:00, local time (11:30 MSK) to the maximum range of 290 kilometres,” he said.

The missile that had been adopted by the country’s armed forces in 2007 was launched from a mobile launcher, in service in two Indian regiments. One more launcher of this type is to be delivered soon to another regiment of the Indian army.

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` Russia may lift ban on ` Capital Punishment ‘ if it is Excluded from PACE ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 07 – (NewsRU) has reported that Russia may lift the ban on capital punishment if it’s excluded from PACE, a senior Russian MP told the Echo of Moscow radio station.

According to Igor Morozov, a member of the international affairs committee of the Federation Council, Europe would lose a powerful leverage against Russia if it votes to kick the nation out of PACE. Russia would no longer feel obliged to comply with the rulings of the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights, he added.

Anyway, even if it’s shown the door, Russia could re-apply for membership in PACE later this year, said Alexey Pushkov, chairman of the State Duma committee on international affairs.

  Earlier, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel indicated Russia might be facing new sanctions at a conference of the Christian Democratic Union.

  According to Deutsche Welle, the German leader warned the EU will adopt new restrictions if Moscow continues to violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity. 

Moscow faced renewed criticism in March 2014 on the heels of its invasion of neighbouring Ukraine’s Crimea region, the home of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet and many ethnic Russians, amid political transition in the capital of Kiev.

CFR reported that the seven other members of the G8, joined by the presidents of the European Council and European Commission, released a joint statement as the G7 condemning “the Russian Federation’s clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” Russia’s actions “contravene the principles and values on which the G7 and the G8 operate,” they said, announcing a suspension of preparatory talks for the Sochi summit. U.S. secretary of state John Kerry went a step further, saying that Russia “may not even remain in the G8 if this continues.”

In a recent article by (PravdaRU) the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that world leaders must work together calmly in light of recent developments in Ukraine.

According to Steinmeier, world leaders should leave Russia’s right to be a member of the Group of Eight, as dialogue with Moscow will be possible only within the framework of Russia’s participation in the G8.

“The format of the Group of Eight is the only opportunity to speak directly with Russia,” said Steinmeier in an interview with ARD channel.

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Obama Putin fall out over money *U S…

Obama/Putin fall out over money

*U.S. HAS WARNED RUSSIA, IRAN AGAINST POSSIBLE OIL BARTER DEAL
*U.S. SAYS ANY SUCH DEAL WOULD TRIGGER SANCTIONS
*U.S. HAS CONVEYED CONCERNS TO IRANIAN GOVT THROUGH ALL CHANNELS

“Why in a free world counties cannot trade oil in currency they want? What’s up with that, why so much discussion? Why there is a need to threat or kill anyone over this?”

“The American Empire is falling! No biggie lets just hope they don’t take everyone with it”

“Uncle Sam KNOWS that once they lose control of energy costs (which will impact food costs severely), they will lose any hope of controlling their well armed populace. The straw that breaks the camels back will also be the one that breaks our back. None of us wants to see it happen. And my God I hope it doesn’t have to come to that. But the only thing placating Americans is lifestyle. Take that away, and its all over”

It was suspect these sanctions would have more teeth than some travel bans, but, as I said previously, it is just as likely to be another epic geopolitical debacle resulting from what was originally intended to be a demonstration of strength and instead is rapidly turning out into a terminal confirmation of weakness.
As we explained earlier in the week,
Russia seems perfectly happy to telegraph that it is just as willing to use barter (and “heaven forbid” gold) and shortly other “regional” currencies, as it is to use the US Dollar, hardly the intended outcome of the western blocakde, which appears to have just backfired and further impacted the untouchable status of the Petrodollar….

“If Washington can’t stop this deal, it could serve as a signal to other countries that the United States won’t risk major diplomatic disputes at the expense of the sanctions regime,”
And here is Voice of Russia, “Russia prepares to attack the Petrodollar“:
The US dollar’s position as the base currency for global energy trading gives the US a number of unfair advantages. It seems that Moscow is ready to take those advantages away.
The existence of “petrodollars” is one of the pillars of America’s economic might because it creates a significant external demand for American currency, allowing the US to accumulate enormous debts without defaulting. If a Japanese buyer want to buy a barrel of Saudi oil, he has to pay in dollars even if no American oil company ever touches the said barrel. Dollar has held a dominant position in global trading for such a long time that even Gazprom’s natural gas contracts for Europe are priced and paid for in US dollars. Until recently, a significant part of EU-China trade had been priced in dollars.
Lately, China has led the BRICS efforts to dislodge the dollar from its position as the main global currency, but the “sanctions war” between Washington and Moscow gave an impetus to the long-awaited scheme to launch the petroruble and switch all Russian energy exports away from the US currency .

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` NATO Parliamentary Assembly makes Decision to Terminate Cooperation with Russia’

#AceBreakingNews – RIGA – April 05 – The NATO Parliamentary Assembly made the decision to terminate cooperation with Russia.

The decision was adopted at the organisation’s meeting in Riga, Latvia, on Saturday, April 5.

#ANS2014

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` Belarusian President Lukashenko says ` Belarus ‘ has been under Western Sanctions for Two Decades ‘

#AceWorldNews – BELARUS – April 04 – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has described Western sanctions against Russia as “nonsense” and “twaddle.” The West “is fit for nothing now,” RIA Novosti quoted him as saying on Friday.

The president added that Belarus itself has been under Western sanctions for two decades.

They could bring benefits for Russia, as sanctions mobilize the nation, and the people to solve domestic problems, he said.

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` China Should not Doubt the US Commitment to Defend Asian Allies and Impose Economic Sanctions ‘

#AceWorldNews – (Reuters) – China should not doubt the U.S. commitment to defend its Asian allies and the prospect of economic retaliation should also discourage Beijing from using force to pursue territorial claims in Asia in the way Russia has in Crimea, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

Daniel Russel, President Barack Obama’s diplomatic point man for East Asia, said it was difficult to determine what China’s intentions might be, but Russia’s annexation of Crimea had heightened concerns among U.S. allies in the region about the possibility of China using force to pursue its claims.

“The net effect is to put more pressure on China to demonstrate that it remains committed to the peaceful resolution of the problems,” Russel, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asia, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Russel said the retaliatory sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States, the European Union and others should have a “chilling effect on anyone in China who might contemplate the Crimea annexation as a model.”

Read More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/04/us-usa-china-crimea-asia-idUSBREA322DA20140404

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` German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble's ` Remarks have Caused Moscow to Protest over Inaccuracies '

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW- April 03 – Moscow voiced protest over the German finance minister’s remarks that drew parallels between Crimea’s reunification with Russia and Hitler’s policy(Tass).

“Several days ago, speaking to the pupils of one of the Berlin schools, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble drew unacceptable historical parallels between Crimea’s reunification with Russia and Hitler’s policy to seize the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia in 1938 and subsequent establishment of control over the whole Czechoslovak territory,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, April 3.

` We consider such pseudo historical excursions by the German minister provocative.

His parallels are a gross manipulation with historical events and facts,” the ministry said.

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` Syrian Army in last 24 Hours carry out ` Extensive Military Operations ‘ Routing Out Terrorists in Damascus ‘

#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – April 03 – (FNA) – The army units carried out extensive military operations in Al-Maliha region in Damascus countryside.

The Syrian army moved towards Al-Maliha from several angles and could make major advances in the region.

Also in the past 24 hours, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that Syrian people have no choice but to achieve victory in their war against terrorism and the extremist obscurantist thinking that is alien to the Syrian society.

President’s remarks came during his meeting with a delegation of the Russia-based Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society, headed by Society’s Chairman Sergei Stepashin.

He added this victory can be achieved through firmly sticking to diversity, moderation and intellectual enlightenment that have characterized the Syrian society throughout decades.

#ANS2014

#syrian, #damascus, #orthodox-palestine-society, #russia-3, #syria, #syrian-president-bashar-assad

` NASA Suspends Cooperation with Russia but ISS is not Affected Citing Violation of Ukraine’s Sovereignty ‘ ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – April 03 – The US has suspended space cooperation with Russia. Ongoing activity on the International Space Station (ISS) is not affected by this decision.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said on Wednesday that such a decision was taken over the current crisis in Ukraine.

According to a NASA’s memo, “ongoing violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” prompted the agency to halt contacts with Russia.

#ANS2014

#international-space-station-iss, #nasa, #russia-3, #ukraine, #ukraines, #us, #washington

` Russia has blocked all `Right Sector Websites ‘ in the Territory of the `Russian Federation ‘ including Social Media ‘

#AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL April 02 – All websites connected with Ukraine’s far-right movement Right Sector are blocked in Russia, head of Russian telecommunications watchdog Alexander Zharov said at a meeting with Prime Minister of the Russian Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov in the Crimean capital city on Wednesday.

“We have blocked completely the spread (of Right Sector websites) on the territory of the Russian Federation in all networks, including Facebook and Twitter. This work is essential important, we intend to continue it,” Zharov noted.

Russian telecommunications watchdog would spread its activity on the Russian Republic of Crimea in the near future, Zharov noted. Notably, he talked about such spheres of work as fight against pirate content. Zharov added that the watchdog that he heads had already received 30 decrees from the Prosecutor

General’s Office to block extremism-related websites before court proceedings. The access was blocked to 146 Internet resources.

Zharov also noted that the watchdog had already received around 80,000 petitions from people who complained of undesirable content, including child’s pornography in the Internet. The access was blocked to 23,500 Internet resources.

TASS – Russian TV Channel and Media Sources News

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NATO Plans to Suspend Cooperation with `Russia ‘ on Maintenance of Afghan Helicopters and Training Anti-Drug Officials ‘

#AceWorldNews – NATO – April 02 – NATO plans to suspend cooperation with Russia on the maintenance of Afghan helicopters and training anti-drug officials in Afghanistan and Pakistan, RIA Novosti quoted a source in the alliance as saying.

Current trainees will be allowed to complete the training program before the project is scrapped, the source said.

Head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service Viktor Ivanov said that Russia would be able to train Afghan drug policemen without NATO, ITAR-TASS reported Wednesday.

The alliance’s secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, earlier said the bloc hoped to continue working with Russia in Afghanistan and training anti-drug officials in that country and Pakistan.

#ANS2014

#afghanistan, #nato, #pakistan, #russia-3, #russian-federal-drug-control-service

` Right Sector Prepares to Engage in Extremist Activity in Ukraine ‘

#AceNewsServicesUKRAINE – April 02

 

Right Sector prepares to engage in extremist activity in Ukraine

10:36 02/04/2014 Militants of the far-right nationalist movement Right Sector continue to train and prepare to engage in extremist activity on Ukrainian soil, according to the statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.

 

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` Bill on Children as Organ Donors Drafted in Russia ‘

 

#AceNewsServices

Bill on children as organ donors drafted in Russia

10:58 02/04/2014 A bill on organ donation, which the Healthcare Ministry has submitted to the government, stipulates that children above one year of age can become organ donors, but only with the approval of their parents, a ministry official told RIA Novosti.

 

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NATO's Commander says Russia has Amassed Sufficient Forces on `Ukraine's Border ' for any Incursion '

#AceWorldNews – NATO – April 02 – (Reuters) – Russia has massed all the forces it needs on Ukraine’s border if it were to decide to carry out an “incursion” into the country, and it could achieve its objective in three to five days, NATO’s top military commander said on Wednesday.

Calling the situation “incredibly concerning”, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, said NATO had spotted signs of movement by a very small part of the Russian force overnight but had no indication that this was part of a withdrawal to barracks.

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` NATO Suspends ` Civilian and Military and Co-operation with Russia ‘

#AceWorldNews – NATO – April 01 – Statement by NATO Foreign Ministers

  1. We, the Foreign Ministers of NATO, are united in our condemnation of Russia’s illegal military intervention in Ukraine and Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We do not recognize Russia’s illegal and illegitimate attempt to annex Crimea. We urge Russia to take immediate steps, as set out in the statement by the NATO-Ukraine Commission, to return to compliance with international law and its international obligations and responsibilities, and to engage immediately in a genuine dialogue towards a political and diplomatic solution that respects international law and Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders. We support the deployment of an OSCE monitoring mission to Ukraine.
  2. Our goal of a Euro-Atlantic region whole, free, and at peace has not changed, but has been fundamentally challenged by Russia. We support the sovereignty, political independence, and territorial integrity of all states within their internationally recognised borders. An independent, sovereign, and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and respect for human rights, minorities, and the rule of law, is key to Euro-Atlantic security.

  3. In order to demonstrate our commitment to Ukraine, we will intensify our cooperation in the framework of our Distinctive Partnership. Today NATO and Ukraine have agreed, as set out in the statement by the NATO-Ukraine Commission, to implement immediate and longer-term measures in order to strengthen Ukraine’s ability to provide for its own security.

  4. We have also today agreed a package of measures aimed at deepening our cooperation with other NATO partners in Eastern Europe, in consultation with them and within our existing bilateral programmes.

  5. Over the past twenty years, NATO has consistently worked for closer cooperation and trust with Russia. However, Russia has violated international law and has acted in contradiction with the principles and commitments in the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Basic Document, the NATO-Russia Founding Act, and the Rome Declaration. It has gravely breached the trust upon which our cooperation must be based.

  6. We have decided to suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation between NATO and Russia. Our political dialogue in the NATO-Russia Council can continue, as necessary, at the Ambassadorial level and above, to allow us to exchange views, first and foremost on this crisis. We will review NATO’s relations with Russia at our next meeting in June.

  7. As stated by our Heads of State and Government at the Chicago Summit in 2012, NATO is based on solidarity, Alliance cohesion, and the indivisibility of our security. In the current situation, the Alliance has already taken steps to demonstrate solidarity and strengthen its ability to anticipate and respond quickly to any challenges to Alliance security. We will continue to provide appropriate reinforcement and visible assurance of NATO’s cohesion and commitment to deterrence and collective defence against any threat of aggression to the Alliance.

Courtesy of NATO – Press Release – http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/news_108501.htm

#ans2014, #nato, #russia-3, #ukraine

` ` Republic of Crimea compiles its ` Persona Non-Grata ' list that now contains 331 Names '

#AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL – April 01 – The authorities of the Republic of Crimea, a former Ukrainian region that recently reunified with Russia, have complemented the list of Ukrainian officials whose stay on the Crimean Peninsula is undesirable, with 10 people, the Crimean State Council Parliament told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

Ukrainian ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko, Bratstvo party leader Dmitry Korchinsky and Right Sector far-right movement head Dmitro Yarosh were among those newly included in the persona non grata list, which currently contains 331 names.

Earlier, Ukrainian parliament-appointed acting president Alexander Turchynov, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council chief Andrey Paruby and Ukrainian Security Service head Valentyn Nalyvaichenko were declared persona non grata.

The undesirable visitors list also includes Udar Party leader Vitali Klitschko, nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party leader Oleh Tyahnybok and a Party of Regions leader, Sergey Tigipko.

The list also contains Ukrainian lawmakers Oleg Lyashko from the Radical Party and Igor Miroshnichenko, who earlier repeatedly made radical statements about Russia and Ukraine’s Russian-speaking population.

#ANS2014

#republic-of-crimea, #right-sector, #russia-3, #simferopol, #udar-party, #ukrainian

` PACE Moves to ` Suspend Russia ‘ Representing a Serious Threat to ` European Democratic Values ‘ Naryshkin’

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 31 – Moves by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to suspend Russia represented a serious blow to European democratic values, the speaker of Russia’s State Duma lower house of parliament said.

“The assembly has submitted two initiatives – to deprive Russia of the right to vote and to suspend, Russia’s powers in it,” Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Monday.

“This is a provocation and a step towards recognizing its own weakness,” he said. “I’d say these initiatives cause damage to the essence of Parliamentarism.”

#ANS2014

#moscow, #parliamentary-assembly-of-the-council-of-europe, #russia-3, #russias, #state-duma