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Friday, 6 September 2013

Brazilian President to Cancel Visit to the USA If She Doesn’t Receive a Public Apology for NSA Cyberspying

00 Dilma Rousseff. Brazil President. 06.09.13

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According to local media reports, Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseff is ready to cancel her visit to the USA scheduled for October if she doesn’t receive a public apology from Washington in connection with cyberspying by American intelligence services on her. Reports also say that Brazil is ready to cancel planned trade deals with the USA, including an agreement to purchase F-18 Super Hornet jets from US-based Boeing Corporation, worth some 4 billion USD (133 billion Roubles. 4.2 billion CAD. 4.4 billion AUD. 3 billion Euros. 2.6 billion UK Pounds). This week, Rede Globo TV said that the NSA, the American electronic intelligence bureau, tracked phone calls and e-mail messages between President Rousseff and her Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto. Documents handed to journalists by ex-CIA analyst Edward Snowden backed up these revelations. On Tuesday, Folha de S. Paulo reported that President Rousseff is thinking of cancelling her scheduled 23 October official visit to Washington. President Rousseff was greatly angered at the news that the NSA spied on her telephone calls and correspondence.

5 September 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_09_05/Brazilian-President-to-cancel-US-visit-if-doesn-t-receive-public-apologies-for-cyber-spying-3906/

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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Zyuganov Sez Chávez Death Could Be American Plot

00 Zyuganov at Chavez memorial. 09.03.13

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On Wednesday, Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of the KPRF, speculated that the death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías from cancer may have been part of a plot by the USA to infect its enemies in Latin America with the disease, saying in comments carried on Russian state TV, “How did it happen that six leaders of Latin American countries which criticised American policies and tried to create an influential alliance in order to be independent and sovereign states, fell ill simultaneously with the same disease?. In my view, this was far from a coincidence. I urge an investigation under international auspices into Chávez’s death”.

Zyuganov’s claim echoed accusations by Venezuelan Vice President Nicolás Maduro Moros, who alleged last week that Chávez had fallen victim to an “imperialist” plot, noting, “The old enemies of our fatherland looked for a way to harm his health”. Chávez, who died on Tuesday at the age of 58 after an almost two-year battle with cancer, himself speculated that the USA might’ve developed methods to infect its enemies with the disease. Chávez… who once famously called former US President George W Bush “the devil”… said in late 2011, after he had been diagnosed with the disease, “Would it be so strange that they’ve invented the technology to spread cancer and we won’t know about it for 50 years?”

He spoke a day after Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, adding, “Fidel [Castro] always told me, ‘Chávez, take care. These people have developed technology. You’re very careless. Take care what you eat, what they give you to eat … a little needle and they inject you with I don’t know what’”, he said in late 2011 after he had been diagnosed with cancer. Castro was himself the target of numerous American assassination plots, according to declassified documents published by the CIA in 2007. Among the other leftwing Latin American leaders diagnosed with cancer are Brazil‘s current president, Dilma Vana RousseffParaguay‘s Fernando Armindo Lugo Méndez, and former Brazilian leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

6 March 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130306/179849093/Chavez-Death-Could-Be-US-Plot–Russian-Communist-Leader.html

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Putin Hails Chávez as ”Strong” Leader

Vasili Nesterenko. Hugo Chavez. 2008

Hugo Chávez

Vasili Nesterenko

2008

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World leaders reacted to the death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, the populist figurehead of Latin American socialism whose larger-than-life personality split both international and domestic opinion, with President Vladimir Putin amongst those praising his legacy. Putin said in a Kremlin message of condolence after Chávez’s death on Tuesday following a prolonged battle with cancer, “He was an unorthodox and strong person, who looked to the future and always set himself the highest standards”. Putin added that he was confident that the Venezuelan people would be able to overcome what he called the “test” presented by Chávez’s death and continue to build a “strong, independent, and prosperous” nation. Ties between Russia and Venezuela flourished under Chávez, whose 14-year-rule brought Moscow a number of lucrative arms deals and a close ally in South America. Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev said that Chávez had devoted his life to the battle for “justice and equality”, saying in a message of condolence to the Venezuelan people, “We share the pain of your loss… we’ll always remember this wonderful person, patriot, and citizen”.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Venezuela had lost a “brave, wise, and revolutionary leader”. US President Barack Obama… whose country was frequently the subject of Chávez’s ire… was much more lukewarm, saying, “At this challenging time of President Hugo Chávez’s passing, the USA reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government. As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the USA remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights”. Former US President Jimmy Carter said in a statement that Chávez would go down in history “for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments”.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said simply that he was “conveying condolences to Chávez’s family and the people of Venezuela”. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said, “I was saddened to learn of the death of President Hugo Chávez today. As President of Venezuela for 14 years, he left a lasting impression on the country and more widely”. In Cuba, the government said in a statement that Chávez had “stood by Fidel [Castro] like a true son”. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said, “This death should fill all Latin and Central Americans with sadness. Hugo Chávez was, without doubt, a leader committed to his country and to the development of the people of Latin America. Chávez was a great leader, an irreparable loss, and, above all, a friend of Brazil”.

6 March 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130306/179847691/Putin-Hails-Chavez-as-Strong-Leader.html

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