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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 01 Dec 2011 01:20

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Russian Warships Enter Syrian Waters To Prevent NATO Attack
Posted: 2011/11/26
Moscow in aggressive move to stop another "humanitarian intervention"
By Paul Joseph Watson

Russian warships have entered Syrian territorial waters in an aggressive move designed to prevent any NATO-led attack on the country under the guise of a “humanitarian intervention”.
“Russian warships are due to arrive at Syrian territorial waters, a Syrian news agency said on Thursday, indicating that the move represented a clear message to the West that Moscow "would resist any foreign intervention in the country’s civil unrest", Haaretz reported.
Russia has stepped up efforts to defend Syria in recent days, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov keen to frame the violence in the country as a civil war in defiance of claims by western powers that President Bashar al-Assad has overseen a bloody crackdown on innocent protesters.
As we saw prior to the attack on Libya, which was also framed as a “humanitarian intervention,” NATO powers are keen to demonize Assad’s government by characterizing attacks by his forces as atrocities while largely ignoring similar attacks by opposition forces, such as this week’s raid on a Syrian air force intelligence complex that killed or wounded 20 security police.
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner rejects Russia’s claim that Syria is in a civil war, stating, “We believe it’s very much the Assad regime carrying out a campaign of violence, intimidation, and repression against innocent protesters.”
Of course, we heard similar rhetoric even as NATO-backed Al-Qaeda rebels were commandeering fighter jets and firing rocket-propelled grenades in Libya, actions also undertaken by “innocent protesters,” we were told at the time.
As we have previously reported, despite overwhelming speculation that Iran will be the next target of a military assault, Syria is the likeliest target for the next salvo of NATO-backed regime change.
US President Barack Obama got the ball rolling back in August when he called on President al-Assad to step down. The UN has already withdrawn all non-essential staff from the country.
Without Russia’s help, Syria would be largely defenseless against a NATO attack. “I don’t see any purely military problems. Syria has no defence against Western systems … [But] it would be more risky than Libya. It would be a heavy military operation,” former French air force chief Jean Rannou commented.
Given that the western press has proven adept at manufacturing lies to justify military interventions, whether the actions of Assad’s regime represent genuine atrocities or legitimate conduct in the midst of a civil war remains unclear. Some have claimed the abuses are being embellished, while both former CIA agent Robert Baer and ex-MI6 officer Alastair Crooke point out that the Syrian people definitely want change, but not in the form of a NATO “humanitarian” assault.

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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 13 Dec 2011 20:11

US troops surround Syria on the eve of invasion?
Published: 13 December, 2011, 20:41
http://rt.com/usa/news/us-nato-syria-edmonds-709/
Edmonds writes that an Iraqi journalist based out of London has confirmed that US forces that vacated the Ain al-Assad Air Base in Iraq last week did in fact leave the country as part of President Obama’s drawdown of troops, but rather than return home, the soldiers were transferred into Jordan during the late hours of Thursday evening. Another source, writes Edmonds, informs her that “soldiers who speak languages other than Arabic” have been moving through Jordan mere miles from the country’s border with Syria. Troops believed to be NATO/American-affiliated have been spotted between the King Hussein Air Base in al-Mafraq and the Jordanian village of Albaej and its vicinity.

Nizar Nayouf, a correspondent for Edmond’s Boiling Frog Post whistleblower site, says an employee of the London-based offices of Royal Jordanian Airlines has further confirmed that at least one US aircraft transporting military personnel has brought American troops into Jordan in recent days. Nayouf, the former editor-in-chief of Sawt al-Democratiyya (Democracy's Vote), had previously been sentenced to a decade behind bars for critiquing the Syrian government. He later won several human rights awards and the 2000 UNISCO prize for press freedom.

Since the uprising of rebel forces opposing al-Assad’s regime over Syria nearly a year ago, American officials have been critical of the country’s government but insist that they have otherwise distanced themselves from becoming involved in the protests. Following the deaths of dozens of protesters in the spring of 2011, the United States imposed strict sanctions against the official government of Syria.

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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 18 Dec 2011 22:06

Washington is ready to discuss Russia’s UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria, describing some provisions as however “unacceptable” and still not acknowledging that the anti-regime protesters are well-armed.
­What exactly the US and NATO countries consider to be “unacceptable” is the real question, believes Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar.
“Is it that the Syrian government cannot fight an armed insurgency in its own territory?” he ponders. “The Free Syrian Army are getting weapons smuggled from the Middle East to the borders [with Syria] in Turkey and in Jordan as well.”
Pepe Escobar says that the Free Syrian Army, which claims to have more than 25,000 members fighting to bring down President Assad, is in fact turning into a huge militia marshalling forces near Syria’s borders with Turkey and Jordan.
“This militia now is already involved in a sort of a pre-civil war at both borders with the help of NATO,” Escobar said. “What they want and what NATO wants is a simmering civil war as a prelude for something much tougher ahead, probably after the American elections in one year.”
Escobar believes that “the fog of pre-war” is already there, and says Russia is making an intelligent move in pushing forward a “pre-emptive resolution.”
“It condemns both sides and asks for a UN peacekeeping mission to solve the problem,” he said. “If there is a resolution in the UN, the first thing will be to send a UN peacekeeping mission, a fact-finding mission, to Syria.”
One of the reasons he believes that such a mission must be sent to Syria as soon as possible is because there are still no credible sources of information about what is really happening on the ground.
“The thing is we still do not know the role of these snipers that we see everywhere,” he explains. “In fact most of the civilian killings are by these snipers. And they even shoot children, this is true. But we do not know for sure if they are working for the Syrian army or Syrian intelligence, there is absolutely no evidence about it.”
“Look, we don’t know where these snipers come from,” Escobar cited people in Homs as saying. “They could be government, but they could be opportunists, and they could be mercenaries trying to incite civil war.”
http://rt.com/news/nato-civil-war-syria-011/

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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 12 Jan 2012 00:44

Syrian president speaks to supporters at Damascus rally

Syrian leader Bashar Assad made a surprise appearance in Damascus’s central Umayyad Square to welcome his supporters on Wednesday. The president was joined by his wife Asma and their two children. “I belong to this street,” he said, adding that the plans of “foreign conspirators” will be stopped in Syria. The Syrian leader, surrounded by security guards in the crowd, said he and his supporters would triumph over “the conspiracy.” On Tuesday, Assad pledged to continue the fight against rebels with an iron hand.
http://rt.com/news/line/2012-01-11/#id24813
Syria’s trouble: Civilian death toll continues to climb
http://rt.com/news/syria-civilians-deat ... iracy-559/
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“This is in fact not something that is open to debate”, Corbett told RT. “It was actually revealed in documents that were leaked from the US State Department last April that proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US State Department had pumped at least $6 million secretly and covertly into Syrian opposition groups. So when he [Assad] talks about a conspiracy to overthrow his government, it did come out in actual documents last year.”

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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 18 Jan 2012 22:35

Russia to block any UN decision on foreign intervention in Syria

Outlining a year in Russian foreign policy, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reiterated Moscow’s insistence on an immediate halt to violence in Syria and the start of a national inclusive dialogue.
­Read the full transcript of Sergey Lavrov’s speech
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am happy to welcome you all to our traditional review of the past year’s results in international affairs.
It has been a difficult year, and our partners in international affairs all agree that we are witnessing a serious acceleration of international processes. It is becoming more and more obvious that the world has entered a stage where the geopolitical landscape is undergoing profound transformation. This change is accompanied by serious turbulence at both global and regional levels. We see the growth of crisis elements in the global economy. I am sure that you are well aware of all this and that you have been following these events.
Under these conditions, Russia has been working to maintain international stability and step up efforts to find collective solutions to the key challenges the international community is facing today. As President Dmitry Medvedev said in his State of the Nation address to the Federal Assembly on December 22, Russia’s foreign policy has become more modern; it serves the purpose of modernizing Russia, ensuring its security and developing partnerships with other countries in the interests of our people, in order to improve their social and economic conditions, to protect the rights of our citizens abroad and to ensure their well-being in general. We will continue our efforts to further strengthen Russia’s reputation and standing in the world as a key center of power and influence in the emerging new polycentric world order.
Perhaps the most important achievement is the progress we have achieved in integration processes among CIS countries. Member states of the Commonwealth have signed a free trade zone agreement and taken steps to further strengthen their alliance in the CSTO. Also, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan have agreed to launch the Common Economic Space on January 1. For the first time in the history of our integration, we have created a supranational institution, the Eurasian Economic Commission, and we are advancing towards establishing the Eurasian Economic Union in 2015. The integration institutions established by our three countries are open to include new members and interact with other political and economic alliances. All these integration processes will help develop wide and effective cooperation between Europe and Asia Pacific in the context of this Eurasian integration.
Naturally, I should also mention the fact that Russia has joined the WTO. This opened a fundamentally new chapter in the process of integrating our country into the global economic system, which should make a substantial contribution to the comprehensive modernization of the Russian economy and create conditions for its intensive growth.
The Russia-EU summit in December demonstrated once again that there can be no alternative to strengthening our strategic partnership and that both parties are willing to develop our diverse interaction in various areas. Of course, the aspect of modernization is quite important; however, I would single out our agreement on the list of steps that need to be taken for us to introduce visa-free travel as the most important achievement. As another step in that direction, we have signed an agreement with Poland that practically introduces visa-free travel for the residents of the Kaliningrad Region and adjoining territories in Poland. As regards the economy, the launch of the first section of Nord Stream has opened a new chapter in energy cooperation between Russia and EU countries.
Our relations with the United States of America have remained one of the key priorities of our foreign policy. The past year was marked by the entry into force of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and the US-Russia Agreement on Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation. We have also expanded our collaboration on international issues. The US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission was actively involved in interaction. Nevertheless, there are a number of issues where we have a divergence of opinions – particularly, the issue of missile defense. We hope that the United States will acknowledge and consider our legitimate concerns, which we have conveyed to them as professionally and specifically as possible. We also expect our partners to make their choice in favor of joining our efforts in order to provide a unified response to the common challenges we are facing.
We maintain a similar attitude vis-à-vis Russia’s relations with NATO. I believe that we will be able to promote our partnership to a new level, given that we have managed to address the issue of establishing equal and indivisible security architecture in the Euro-Atlantic region based on mutual appreciation of our respective interests. Our proposal for a European Security Treaty is still on the table.
Growing instability in certain regions of the world, especially in the Middle East and North Africa, has highlighted the indisputable truth that principles such as promoting democracy and the rule of law must be observed not only in domestic policies, but also in international relations. We are strongly opposed to any violence against civilians, but we equally strongly disagree with foreign military intervention in favor of either one of the parties to an internal conflict. We also object to irresponsible application of the mandates issued by the UN Security Council with regard to crisis situations. Therefore, we consider it absolutely unacceptable to seek to apply the so-called Libya scenario to other conflicts.
The situation in Syria particularly concerns us today. We insist on a political settlement and back the efforts by the Arab League Observer Mission. We deem it necessary that any violence in Syria wherever it originates is stopped immediately and a national inclusive dialogue starts without delay. The Russian draft resolution submitted to and currently being discussed at the UN Security Council, also backed by China and other BRICS countries, emphasizes this.
Speaking of BRICS, let me note that in the past year mutually beneficial productive multilateral cooperation has intensified within this format on equal terms. As of today, BRICS has become a factor of global significance. The meetings of the BRICS leaders held last year reaffirmed that the organization is getting more and more influential in the spheres of finance and economy and, at the same time, is setting approaches backed by more and more countries to important problems of the world. We do hope that the forthcoming regular summit meeting of BRICS countries in New Delhi will strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation between the forum participants and will promote further consolidation of their positions in the world economy, finance and politics.
We have been strengthening our positions in the Asia Pacific, focusing on developing strategic partnership relations with China and India and intensifying diverse cooperation with Japan, the Republic of Korea, ASEAN and other countries in the Asia Pacific. This included establishing technological and investment alliances and participating in the activities of regional organizations. In 2011, Russia and the United States joined the East Asia Summit. This new mechanism is an interesting and promising format that will help build a transparent, open, comprehensive and balanced architecture for security and cooperation in the region. The APEC summit that will take place in Vladivostok in September will certainly help Russia expand mutually beneficial economic ties with other countries in the region.
I would also mention many countries in Latin America as our important and active partners in the international arena. We have been further developing our relations based on the principles of equality and mutual benefit.
The effective use of soft power in all its forms is another important resource in our work. We intend to cooperate with civil society institutions, the expert community, business circles and mass media. We will actively use the potential of organizations established last year, namely, the Russian Council for International Affairs and the Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Foundation, and other opportunities that we have with civil society in addition to traditional diplomatic instruments. We also expect that the new foundation for supporting and protecting the rights of Russians living abroad will become fully operational this year, as will the International Cooperation Agency.
We believe that there is a broad consensus in Russia regarding foreign policy guidelines as expressed in the Foreign Policy Concept. It primarily implies a pragmatic, open and predictable foreign policy, focused on serving Russia’s national interest, a well-balanced and multidimensional approach to international affairs and the maximum use of the resources available to us in international affairs for ensuring economic growth, addressing social challenges and securing the general well-being of the Russian people.
I believe our partners abroad have every reason to expect continuity in our foreign policy in view of the upcoming presidential election in Russia.
Clearly, problems in international affairs have not receded. This means that Russia will need to act dynamically and proactively this year. We will be doing our best to make our contribution to resolving those problems and to ensure a favorable environment for our country’s progressive development.
http://rt.com/politics/official-word/ru ... ister-061/
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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 23 Jan 2012 16:40

Syria sanctions: EU extends asset freeze, travel ban
Published: 23 January, 2012, 14:56
Edited: 23 January, 2012, 18:08
http://rt.com/news/eu-ministers-syria-sanctions-437/
EU foreign ministers have adopted fresh sanctions against Syria, targeting a new list of people and firms to be hit by a travel ban and asset freeze. This is the 11th consecutive round of sanctions to be imposed on the violence-torn country.

Under the new sanctions, agreed on Monday, so-called "restrictive measures" will be enforced against eight more Syrian companies and 22 senior officials, who will be added to an existing blacklist. The companies’ European assets will be frozen, and individuals will be barred from entering the EU.

"We call again for the violence to stop, for the (Arab League) monitors to be able to do their job unheeded," said European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton as she went into talks with the EU's 27 foreign ministers. "We're deeply concerned with the situation in Syria," she added. "There needs to be a peaceful transition in that country."

An official announcement on the sanctions is expected later today. No details were immediately available on the identities of the new targets.

The EU has already agreed 10 rounds of sanctions against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, with some 120 people and companies targeted so far by an EU assets freeze and travel ban. It is also enforcing an arms embargo and a ban on imports of Syrian crude oil.

In December, it expanded its sanctions list to include Syria’s finance and economy ministers, state-owned oil companies and two media organizations.

The EU move comes after Syria rejected an Arab League plan for Assad to transfer power to his deputy and make way for a national unity government.Currently the UN estimates more than 5,400 people have been killed in the crackdown on democracy protests since March.

Meanwhile, the Arab League has extended its fact-finding observer mission in Syria for another month. The decision was made during a meeting between Arab foreign ministers on Sunday in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

The observer mission is meant to be a first step toward implementing an Arab League plan to end the Syria crisis. However the mission has attracted criticism, with accusations by groups including the New York-based Human Rights Watch that Assad has manipulated the mission, moving his forces around instead of removing them from cities, all the while continuing the crackdown.

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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 04 Feb 2012 20:53

Russia, China veto UN Security Council resolution on Syria
Published: 04 February, 2012, 21:05
The United Nations Security Council has just voted on a draft resolution concerning the ongoing violence in Syria.
Of the voting members, Russia and China were the only ones to vote against the draft, but as permanent members of the UNSC they both hold veto power, and the resolution has not been passed as a result.
The news follows days of heated political debates in the UNSC, with many members supporting a Western-backed draft calling for foreign nations to put an end to what some called the “Syrian killing machine.”
Russia and China were the only permanent Security Council members opposing the draft, reminding others that it was not their place to intervene in another country's domestic affairs.
Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said earlier that any proposals including an arms embargo or the demand for Assad’s resignation would be vetoed. Though the draft in question did not contain either point, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the resolution still had major problems.
Lavrov told an audience at the Munich Security Conference that there are too few demands being placed on Syria's armed opposition; also, the resolution could cause affect the outcome of political dialogue between the conflicting sides.
http://rt.com/news/syria-resolution-vet ... china-515/


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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 17 Feb 2012 11:18

Hezbollah leader renews support for Assad

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has accused Western and Arab states of seeking to topple the embattled Syrian President and renewed his support for Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian President has presented a series of political reforms that could end the crisis, the Hezbollah leader said. He accused Lebanon March 14 parties on Thursday of financing and arming Syrian opposition groups fighting to oust the Syrian President. He suggested that Lebanon political parties should be “neutral” with regard to Syria. Nasrallah also said the US and Israel are working to ignite “a civil war” in Syria.
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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 26 Feb 2012 12:07

Tunisijas konference, ko uzrīkoja ASV, Lielbritānija un Francija (Lībijas trijotne) ar saviem islamistu vasaļiem (Sīrijas draugiem), lai lemtu Sīrijas likteni ir atavisms mūsdienu pasaulē. Agresori grasās vienoties par valsts izdemolizēšanu.

Weapons divide: Arms supply issue splits Friends of Syria
Published: 24 February, 2012, 23:57
Edited: 25 February, 2012, 12:34
http://rt.com/news/weapons-syria-rebels-supplies-181/
The opposition National Syrian Council has called on the Friends of Syria to provide the rebels with arms. “Excellent idea,” said the Saudi foreign minister, while the US is calling for an end to “supplying weapons to kill civilians."
­Therefore, if everyone gathered in Tunisia for the Syria conference gets their way, the Syrian rebels will be equipped to fight, while President Assad’s forces will not.
“The Friends of Syria should not constrain individual countries from aiding the Syrian opposition by means of military advisors, training and the provision of arms to defend themselves," said a member of the Istanbul-based Syrian National Council to the outright approval of the Saudi delegation.
The Saudi stance may well set them at loggerheads with Turkey, who have actually called for an arms embargo to be imposed on the troubled country.
Such a ban would choke off any official arms supplies to Syria. But would an embargo affect deals done under the table?
A Friday report by Reuters says the West has been turning a blind eye to weapons purchases made by the Syrian rebels, though international arms contracts should be sanctioned by governments.
"We are bringing in defensive and offensive weapons. It is coming from everywhere, including Western countries and it is not difficult to get anything through the borders," a source in the Syrian opposition told the news agency, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"There is not a decision by any country to arm the rebels, but countries are allowing Syrians to buy weapons and send them into the country," he added without elaborating on the exact suppliers.
Now the Syrian opposition is trying to find ways to deliver anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons to the Free Syrian Army, an opposition group fighting pro-Assad forces inside the country.
Officially supplying the Syrian rebels with arms is a hot issue among Western and Arab countries. The step might prove to be fatal, as every nation would start militarizing its own favorite in the Syrian race.

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