The Minister Got Bleeped… Not Infrequently
Le Figaro reported that Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the head of France’s Left Party (PG), stigmatised the new Ukrainian junta as putschists and accused them of anti-Russia provocations. He thinks that there’s nothing to be surprised about in Russia’s attempts to protect its interests in the Crimea. Mélenchon emphasised the importance of the Black Sea port for Russia, adding that it was only natural that Russians won’t let anyone deceive them. He said that Moscow took “protective measures” against putschist revolutionaries heavily influenced by local neo-Nazis. The Left Party chief opined that “legitimate discontent” of the Ukrainian people was hijacked by people who’re financed by “North-Americans”, including the “most despicable and dangerous” amongst them. He named the so-called “Freedom” (Svoboda) Party as a major force in a mounting anti-Russia campaign. Mélenchon said that “NATO and North-Americans” were using the Ukraine’s “corrupt and evil” junta in their tug-of-war against Russia. He called on Russia not to give in to provocations and said it couldn’t let the alliance to sneak up on it, saying, “The French have nothing to do in this”.
On Monday, a Ukrainian police source said that the driver of a truckload of explosives stopped on the Crimean border and his passenger were both Euromaidan activists. On Sunday night, Crimean druzhinniki patrolling the Ukrainian border stopped a truck carrying about half a ton of trotyl. The source identified the driver and the passenger as “Maksim Shepetailo, born in 1990, and Vasili Pusko, born in 1989″, adding that both were residents of Lvov and took part in the Euromaidan disturbances since December 2013. An investigation is underway to establish the origin and destination of the explosives.
Today, at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov said that the new Ukrainian junta intends to take advantage of its victory to infringe upon human rights and people’s basic liberties, pointing up, “The Rada passed bills restricting the rights of linguistic minorities and dismissed Constitutional Court judges and demanded to open criminal cases against them. There are calls to limit or even illegalise the use of the Russian language and ban opposing political parties. It means that the ‘winners’ intend to take advantage of their victory to infringe upon human rights and people’s basic liberties”.
At the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov said that Russia is against the use of human rights as a pretext for intervention with the purpose of régime change, in Syria or in the Ukraine, noting, “Human rights is too serious an issue to use it in geopolitical games, for forcing your will on others, let alone operations to change régimes. The available experience shows that intervention under the pretext of defending the civilian population, which in reality leads to a régime change, produces the opposite result, and increases the suffering of civilians, depriving them of their right to life, which is a basic human right”.
On Monday, Federation Council International Affairs Committee Chairman Mikhail Margelov told reporters that the statement of seven members of the Group of 8 (G8) on the suspension of their preparations for the Sochi summit demonstrates the unwillingness to discuss the Ukrainian situation in a mutually respectful way, saying, “The declared suspension of preparations for the G8 Sochi summit demonstrates the unwillingness to have a friendly discussion of the situation in the Ukraine”. The history of G8 summits proves that this venue “is the best for settling complicated problems in the global economy and politics”.
He described the reaction of the USA and “its loyal allies” to the Russian stand on the Ukraine as derisory, warning, “Threats of possible isolation of Moscow are being made. However, the contemporary world is complex and multi-polar and many of its problems require Russia’s involvement, so its isolation for the sake of support of the Banderovtsy scum will cost a lot for the international community”. He noted that the symptoms that a coup took place are growing obvious in the Ukraine, “The Rada “is trying to confirm the results of the Banderovtsy victory with laws and appointments although there’s a legitimate living President and the threat of Nazi incursion in the Crimea and the Eastern Ukraine persists. Their slogans are well known and their methods differ little from those of Nigeria’s Boko Haram and other ‘popular’ groups of the sort. If you will, the Banderovtsy are ready to transform EuroMaidan into the ‘all-Ukraine EuroZindan’. The only deterrent is Russia’s agreement to use its armed forces”.
Vladimir Volokh, head of the public council at the Federal Migration Service, said that Russia could grant asylum to Viktor Yanukovich, if he applies for it, saying, “As regards the granting of asylum in any form, the first requirement is there must be a written application. There’s definitely no such application yet, so when there is, then, we can give our appraisal”. He went on to say that there’s nothing that could deter Russia from granting asylum to Yanukovich, should he file such an application, noting, “However, I don’t see any problems there because a decision to grant asylum in any form… refugee status, temporary asylum… is well worked out in our country. If we decided on Snowden, and we expressed our (the public council’s) opinions, I don’t see any problem here”.
The Genprokuratura Rossii appealed to the Federal Service for Supervision of Legislature in Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) to demand a firewall against Ukrainian nationalist statements possibly circulating on the internet. Earlier, Roskomnadzor blocked access to 13 communities of Ukrainian nationalist organisations on VK.com online social network. The Genprokuratura said, “These communities advocated activities of Ukrainian nationalist groups and directly provoked Russian people to stage acts of terrorism and take part in unauthorised mass rallies, including in Moscow”. The above mentioned provocative entries were in a single register of banned information with later notification of the administration of the social website. The Genprokuratura explained that after the deletion of the illegal information from the online resource, it removed its corresponding analogues from the single register, saying, “The ban applies to copies of forbidden information and their ‘mirrored’ presentation at any other internet addresses”.
In an official statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) described US Secretary of State John Kerry’s threats to Russia in connection with the Ukrainian situation as unacceptable, saying, “We consider the threats against Russia unacceptable, conveyed in a series of public statements by US Secretary of State John Kerry in connection with the latest developments in the Ukraine. Without taking the trouble to sort things out in the complicated processes unfolding in Ukrainian society, and objectively assessing the situation which continues to deteriorate following the usurpation of power in Kiev by radical extremists, the US Secretary of State is using Cold War rhetoric and proposes punishing the Russian Federation, not those who plotted the state coup”.
Russia denied a report from the Interfax news agency, citing a source in the Black Sea Fleet, that it issued an ultimatum to Ukrainian armed forces in the Crimea. An official Minoborony spokesman described reports about an ultimatum as “total nonsense”. The Ukrainian junta claimed that it received an ultimatum to surrender early Tuesday or face attack. The spokesman said, “We’re used to daily accusations of using force against our Ukrainian colleagues. Efforts to make us clash won’t work”.
3 March 2014
Voice of Russia World Service
The USA accuses Russia of violating international law. What a joke! The USA attacked Serbia… the USA attacked Iraq… the USA attacked Afghanistan… the USA attacked Libya… the USA wants to harm Russia… who’s the international rogue? Russia should start a well-orchestrated media campaign pointing up the Nazi atrocities of the Euromaidan and the Kiev junta. It should publicise the truth about America… it should DEMAND the closure of the Gitmo Gulag… it should DEMAND the total withdrawal of American occupation forces and “military missions” from Kosovo, Afghanistan, Libya, and Iraq. It should DEMAND that the USA hand over all US government officials (including Supreme Court Justices) who approved “extraordinary rendition” for trial as war criminals. Yes…George W Bush belongs in the dock in The Hague… that’s the logical endpoint of Barack Obama’s logic!
Nothing will happen, though… but don’t be silent. The bastards can’t throw us in prison for speaking up (yet)…