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Monday, 20 February 2017

Washington Wants Coalition of Sunni Régimes to Fight Iran

00 Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi. 06.12

Minister of Foreign Affairs S V Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi in 2012

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The Saudis can’t even defeat the poorly-equipped Houthis in Yemen… good luck fighting a well-trained well-armed Moscow-backed military. We know it’s a badly abused cliché, but we really did laugh out loud after reading that Washington is “working to create a military alliance of Sunni Arab nations” to “counter” Iran. Close your eyes and imagine NATO. Are you seeing visions of an incompetent useless dinosaur that can’t tell the difference between a wedding party and a terrorist pow-wow? Now, clear your mind and imagine a NATO-like coalition with Egypt, Jordan, the KSA, and the UAE as members. Imagine that this coalition of medieval failures had one mission and one mission only… to provoke a war with Iran.

Typical. Washington finally realised that Americans have zero interest in starting a war with Iran, despite years of tireless propaganda portraying Tehran as an existential threat to humanity… or Israel, but what’s the difference, right? They’ve tried everything… even lobbing accusations that one can easily debunk with a simple Google search. Hey, wait a minute… maybe, our medieval Sunni allies would fight Iran for us? That’d be swell. Isn’t that what friends are for? This is true desperation seeping out of Washington’s adult diapers.

Iran isn’t Syria. It doesn’t have to worry about appeasing 1,000 different ethnic and religious groups. It’s a proud country with a long history of fighting off foreign parasites. A Sunni war against Iran would’ve likely been a disaster even ten years ago. Today? It’d be suicidal. Russia is Tehran’s dependable political and military ally, and the idea that Washington would somehow drive a wedge between Moscow and Tehran is ludicrous. Russia would do everything it could to help Iran fight off Sunni fanatics, for the same reason it intervened in Syria… if Washington’s “moderates” were to overrun the Middle East, Russia would be next.

Forget the fact that Iran already deploys Russian-made S-300 SAMs, or that Russia and Iran coördinated a miraculous military campaign to turn the tables in Syria in less than a year… an experience that’d be invaluable if there were a Sunni-led war against Iran. Just for a moment, consider that Russia has gone so far as to ask Washington to acknowledge Hizbullah as a crucial part of anti-ISIS efforts in Syria. Hizbullah! The very name sends shivers up the crooked spines of every Israel First blowhard with an American passport.

People worry that Moscow would abandon Tehran? For Russia, Iran is a holy grail of business opportunities and security coöperation. There’s one takeaway from Syria… Washington loves to stir up trouble in countries that can’t defend themselves. However, when a formidable force such as Russia steps into the ring, the Americans run for the hills (crying foul, of course). Even with full support from Washington and Israel (Israel would stay in the shadows, to keep up appearances), the KSA, Qatar, and the UAE would get a Russian-backed Persian beating that they’d never forget. The icing on the cake would be that this “anti-Iran” bloc includes some of the most autocratic states on earth… anti-women, anti-democratic, anti-everything… it’d be a true joy to watch Washington claim that the KSA and Qatar were fighting Iran to protect democracy in the Middle East.

Of course, we’re probably getting ahead of ourselves. Following NATO’s model, this coalition of medieval head-choppers would first surround Iran with defensive military bases. Then, the provocations and (more) sanctions would begin. It won’t work. Iran isn’t Iraq. It isn’t Libya. It isn’t Syria. It already has the full backing of Russia. If Washington were smart, it’d take note.

18 February 2017

Rudy Panko

Russian Insider

http://russia-insider.com/en/washington-wants-coalition-sunni-regimes-fight-iran-tehran-would-completely-crush-them/ri18978

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Is Putin’s Decision on DNR/LNR Passports a “Message to the West”?

00 LNR Passport. 04.04.15

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Putin’s recent decree doesn’t give DNR/LNR residents Russian citizenship; it just gives them an opportunity to cross into Russia if they want to. Zak Novak, a US citizen who’s spent 2 years in the former-eastern Ukraine and now works at Novorossiya Today Press Centre, spoke to us about this decision:

Recognising all documents was a message to the West, to McCain, to the Ukraine that these are now our people and we have every right to defend them with this signature of Vladimir Putin. This gives people an opportunity to find protection in Russia.

In response to this decree, Kiev reacted with a decree of its own, calling it “a violation of international law” but is it really? Novak noted:

We all know very well what it means and that Poroshenko now fears that Russia is here to protect us. That’ll put pressure on the EU and Poroshenko to stop the bombing, stop the terrorism, stop killing our children, and implement the Minsk agreement that you all signed. I don’t think that they’ll implement the Minsk agreement; I don’t think so because the Ukraine really doesn’t want that and it will do everything to break it apart. “This is a story of toy soldiers. [Ukrainian] boys die, Poroshenko and [the Ukrainian authorities] send them to the frontline, and as they retreat the Right Sector kills their own guys. That’s good for us, and the Minsk agreement is even better for us because sooner or later we’ll liberate all of our territories because the people want it.

19 February 2017

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201702191050846275-putin-order-donbass-residents-message-west/

Putin Decree Declares DNR/LNR Papers Valid in Russia… Lavrov Explains Putin’s Decision

00 DNR Donetsk PR military ID 01. 23.04.15

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On Saturday, the Kremlin media office announced that President V V Putin signed a decree that declared documents issued by the Lugansk Peoples Republic (LNR) and Donetsk Peoples Republic (DNR) valid in Russia. The media release stated:

We hereby declare that IDs, academic certificates, birth certificates, marriage or divorce certificates, name changes documents, death certificates, transport registration certificates, and vehicle license plates issued by corresponding local authorities to permanent residents of these regions who are citizens of Ukraine or are stateless are valid.

Later that day, LNR Head of State I V Plotnitsky praised the decision:

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a fateful decision. This is another sign that our Republic achieved statehood. Today, we made a step closer toward international recognition of our sovereignty.

Meanwhile, DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko told us:

The decree proved that Russia has always upheld and will continue to uphold our right to defend our lives, our culture, our language, and our dignity. If the Motherland is adamant about standing by our side and supporting our fight, then, our fight is fair, our sacrifices aren’t in vain, and it justifies our hopes.

https://sputniknews.com/russia/201702181050821741-putin-donetsk-lugansk-documents/

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On Saturday, Minster of Foreign Affairs S V Lavrov said that the issue of recognising DNR/LNR documents wasn’t brought up during foreign ministers’ talks in the so-called Normandy Four format in Munich, noting:

The decree stated clearly that we made this decision out of humanitarian concerns until we can fulfil the Minsk agreements. The presidential decree validated IDs of Donbass residents so that they could enter Russia legally and use Russian rail transport and air carriers.

https://sputniknews.com/russia/201702181050825502-lavrov-putin-donbass-documents/

18 February 2017

Sputnik International

US Embassy in Kiev Concerned Over Russian Recognition of Donbass Documents

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Editor:

The Russians are telling the USA:

Fuck off. We won’t let the Peoples Republics go under. Your protests be damned. This isn’t your backyard and you have no interests here.

The American toddlers are having a tantrum. One hopes that the American snit won’t turn to war. They’re not known for good manners or decent behaviour when vexed.

BMD

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On Saturday, President V V Putin signed a decree allowing temporary recognition of DNR/LNR identification documents by Russia until the Minsk peace accord takes full effect. The US Embassy in Kiev said on its Twitter account:

Russia’s recognition of the separatist “republics” papers is concerning and contradicts the agreed goals of the Minsk agreements.

In 2014, Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts in the then-eastern Ukraine declared independence from Kiev. In response, Kiev launched military operations against the two Donbass Peoples Republics. In 2015, the sides signed a ceasefire in Minsk brokered by the leaders of the so-called Normandy Four group, comprising France, Germany, Russia, and the Ukraine. Since the beginning of the conflict, LNR and DNR residents faced difficulties with their documents, as their Ukrainian papers were now invalid, but DNR/LNR papers had no international recognition.

19 February 2017

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201702191050843464-us-russia-ukraine-donbass/

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