Voices from Russia

Monday, 29 June 2015

29 June 2015. Translated Russian Demot… S V Lavrov on External Pressure

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S V Lavrov is more of a human being than Chilly Hilly, John McCain, Joe Biden, Ted Cruz, John Kerry, and Marco Rubio combined. The Old Master has spent his entire adult life in the diplomatic service, and it shows in his professional, principled, decent, and upright demeanour… quite unlike the Americans I named. If I had to choose between Sergei Viktorovich or Chilly Hilly, it’s no contest… I’d go for the person with character, which cuts out Hilly from the top.

BMD

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Friday, 7 February 2014

MID Sez Moscow Won’t Interfere or Intervene in the Ukraine… Russia and China Condemn Outside Interference… US Bigs Diss EU, Forced to Apologise, USA Blames Russia for Leak… Explosion in Oppo Stronghold Injures Two, Cops Not Allowed to Investigate

00 Riots in Kiev 01. 07.01.14

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said that Moscow doesn’t intervene or interfere in Ukrainian internal affairs, in response to a question on the plans of the Supreme Soviet of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea to appeal to Russia to act as guarantor of security regarding the events on the Maidan. At a briefing at the MID, Lukashevich said, “We believe that the Ukrainian leadership is quite capable of making their own decisions to unblock this political crisis. We don’t interfere or intervene in these processes. However, of course, we’ve conducted a very intensive multi-pronged dialogue using all channels to solve all pressing bilateral issues, especially, questions of practical politics and economic coöperation”.

6 February 2014

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Dmitri Peskov, the Press Secretary to the President, said that President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping strongly condemned foreign interference in Ukrainian internal affairs after the riots began in mid-January, saying, “They touched upon the topic of the Ukraine. Both sides emphasised the inadmissibility of any outside interference in the situation and harshly condemned any such intervention”. Peskov noted that the Chinese expressed their condemnation of external intervention and supported the Russian position.

6 February 2014

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US State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said that the State Department doesn’t intend to authenticate an internet post presumed to be by US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt {Pyatt’s a former neoliberal K Street stink-tanker, which tells you that he’s untrustworthy and an opportunistic backstabber: editor}, where they allegedly spoke rudely about the EU and the role that it gave three Ukrainian oppositionist leaders… Arseny Yatsenyuk, Vitaly Klichko, and Oleg Tyagnibok. She told reporters, “I’m not going to confirm it or disclose details of diplomats’ private conversations diplomats. There’s a difference between private conversations and official positions, which we’ll announce later”.

On Thursday, YouTube posted an audio conversation with a female and male voice, presumably belonging to Nuland and Pyatt. In particular, the woman’s voice says that she doesn’t want to see UDAR leader Klichko in any new Ukrainian government, “I don’t think that Klich (Klichko) should enter the government. I don’t think it’s necessary. I don’t think it’s a good idea”, noting Klichko’s political naïveté. The male voice said, “The problem may be with (Svoboda chieftain) Tyagnibok and his guy”. The two agreed that “Yats” (apparently Yatsenyuk) would be the best head of government. Then, the woman’s voice said that State Department Ukrainian expert Jeff Feltman allegedly persuaded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to send special envoy Robert Serry to Kiev, saying, “It’ll be fine, I think, to stick together and help the situation, even if we have to deal with the UN and the EU… fuck the EU”. Judging by details in the discussion, the conversation could’ve taken place in late January.

Later Thursday, an unnamed American official told the AP that USA suspects that a Russian source leaked the audio, because, according to the American official view, the first reference to the conversation appeared in a tweet on Twitter by Dmitri Loskutov to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin.

Click here for a 4-minute audio clip of the alleged conversation

7 February 2014

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On Friday, AFP reported that US Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland apologised to EU diplomats in a telephone conversation for her rudeness towards the EU. US State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said, “Allow me to announce that she contacted her EU counterparts, and, of course, apologised”. However, she refused to confirm or deny whether the recording posted on the Internet was authentic.

7 February 2014

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Washington accused Russia of being behind the leak of an intercepted telephone call between top US diplomats discussing the unfolding political crisis in the Ukraine, using foul language to disparage the EU. In the recording, figures identified as US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt discussed political developments inside the Ukraine and coördinate on contact with opposition figures. In a passage that’s already caused embarrassment to Washington, one can hear Nuland dismiss European partners with the phrase “fuck the EU”. The conversation, which is now on YouTube, is scant on operational details, but Russia will likely use it to show direct Western support for Ukrainian oppositionists.

A post on Twitter by an aide to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin about the recording shortly after it surfaced online prompted accusations from Washington that the Tweet directly implicated Moscow in the interception and later leak. On Thursday, US State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said, “This is a new low in Russian tradecraft in terms of publicising and posting. This is something they’ve been actively promoting, posting on, tweeting about, and certainly we feel that represents a new low”. Psaki said Nuland contacted EU counterparts and apologised for her embarrassing remarks. Dmitri Loskutov, an aide to Rogozin, dismissed suggestions that he was directly involved in a leak, saying, “I was just monitoring the Internet, whilst my boss was meeting with the Chinese leader”. Loskutov said that his tweet wasn’t an official statement. Repeatedly, Russia urged an end to what it calls interference by Western politicians in Ukrainian internal affairs.

7 February 2014

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MVD Major General Valery Mazan, the acting head of the MVDU in Kiev, said on Channel 112 that the authorities opened a criminal case under Article 264 of the UKU (careless storage of firearms or ammunition) on the explosion in the House of Trade Unions, occupied by oppositionist radicals. Earlier reports indicated that the blast injured two people, a man who lost his hand and a 15-year-old teenager with third-degree burns around the eyes are in hospital. The cops tried to enter the premises to inspect the incident scene, but Rada People’s Deputy Vladimir Aryev {a Hard Right pro-Western oppo militant: editor}, who introduced himself as a leader of those inside, said that the oppositionist occupiers of the building refused to let the cops inside the building.

7 February 2014

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The MVDU didn’t rule out the possibility that the explosion at the House of Trade Unions in Kiev was a result of an accident during the manufacture of an explosive device. A statement posted on the MVDU website said, “Rightwing radical groups plan to disturb the peace again, and they wouldn’t scruple at a terrorist act. Our present operational information backs that up, as shown by recent developments in the House of Trade Unions, where an explosion occurred. This might have been the result of attempting to make an explosive device. Those who plan criminal acts must remember that law enforcement officers have ample opportunity to find them and bring them to justice”.

7 February 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/world/20140206/993471622.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140206/993518864.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140207/993543704.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140207/993580170.html

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140207/187287869/US-Accuses-Russia-of-Leaking-Diplomat-Conversation-on-Ukraine.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140207/993555977.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140207/993603585.html

Editor’s Note:

Watch for the USA to backtrack even more. Firstly, the intercepted phone call proved that the USA was pissing on its partners. Yes, everyone knows the haughty hubris and childish arrogance of the Amerikantsy… they get their nicks in a knot every time that their interlocutor doesn’t kiss their arse and treat them like uncrowned royalty. Secondly, the explosion and the later cover-up by the oppos showed that more violence is on the way, courtesy of the USA and EU. The USA has a lotta damned gall to speak of “new lows” after its proven role in many provocations throughout the world. Thirdly, the USA is deeply in hock to China due to the hellishly expensive warmongering of the Bush years. GWB (and Republicans, in general, supported him) fought two wars on tick… whilst cutting taxes for the rich. That’s incompetence, recklessness, and irresponsibility… and such people call themselves “conservative!” Excuse me whilst I hurl. In short, China has a veto over American disorderliness… the USA can’t afford to go against it (for China could bollix the USA by refusing to buy new bonds or by dumping its present holdings on the market).

The Western gambit failed. There’s still a bit more to go before it’s all over, but the Western attempt to tear the Ukraine away from Russia is a non-starter. The Orthosphere is still intact… for now. Remember, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich is the spiritual son of Elder Zosima Sokur (he also makes an annual unpublicised otpust to the Holy Mountain, where the Fathers back him unreservedly)… he’s not a follower of Ayn Rand nor does he kiss the Pope of Rome’s bum as the Uniates do. That is, he’s a strong Orthodox Christian, but he doesn’t wear his belief on his sleeve for all to see. In this fight, he’s the ONLY true Son of the Church in the mix. Remember that when you ponder which side to support. If you’re Orthodox, you’ll support Viktor Fyodorovich and NOT the oppos… if you back the oppos, you deny your faith (yes, it’s that serious… the legit Church is behind V F Yanukovich, and don’t you forget it), you show yourself an effectual Uniate.

Support the UOC/MP… support the KPU… support the REAL Ukrainian people. Support President Yanukovich… freedom IS in the balance.

One last thing… State Department PR hack flack Psaki used the word “tradecraft”… that’s intel jargon. That means that she’s a spook or that she’s in contact with spooks (like Potapov is). Your slip is showing, dear…

BMD

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Friday, 27 December 2013

Russian Delegation to Meet Gitmo Prisoner

00 Uncle Sam ravaged by GOP... political cartoon. 07.12

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On Friday, Konstantin Dolgov, MID RF Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said that a Russian delegation would visit the American military prison at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba in January to meet a Russian imprisoned there for over a decade. The delegation will meet on 17 January with Ravil Mingazov, a former Russian soldier. Dolgov said that the delegation would discuss Mingazov’s detention to try to alter his situation, including possibly returning him to Russia, saying, “We’d use this visit and put the question bluntly so that this special facility would be closed as soon as possible”, noting that the Americans delayed the long-discussed meeting for “many months, if not years” because conditions for the visit weren’t agreed upon with the USA.

Mingazov, incarcerated at Guantánamo in October 2002, but the Americans never charged him with a crime. American military documents from Guantánamo list him as a member of the “al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan”, and claim that he spent time living in Central Asia before linking up with Islamist militants in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan, where they say that he received explosives training. A judge ordered his release in May 2010 under a writ of habeas corpus; it’s a safeguard in the English legal system requiring the authorities to deliver a person under arrest before a judge or into a court.

Since it’s founding in 2002, the Guantánamo Bay detention camp was the target of criticism by human rights activists and many international government officials, who condemned its controversial interrogation methods and the dubious legality of holding prisoners indefinitely without charging them with crimes. The USA defended the prison as a necessary measure for dangerous prisoners who pose a serious threat to American and international security. US President Barack Obama promised to close down the camp whilst campaigning in 2008, but ran into congressional opposition in negotiating the transfer of prisoners to other prisons in the USA and abroad. As of December 2013, the US Defense Department said that 158 prisoners remain in Guantánamo Bay.

27 December 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20131227/185979866/Russian-Delegation-to-Meet-Guantanamo-Prisoner.html

Editor’s Note:

Let’s not be coy… the Republican Party insists on the Gitmo Gulag‘s continuance… just as it insists on the legality of the NSA domestic spying (“We’re only protecting you”), the TSA Gestapo (“Have you had your grope today?”), the needless “Department of Homeland Security” (the American “Committee for State Security“… do note the similar terminology), and torture at black sites (“They’re only wog terrorists, so, who cares?”). They’ve used perversions of congressional rules to keep these repressive means alive… no doubt, to redouble them if they got back into power. Mark it down… the Republican Party advocates torture, extralegal imprisonment, domestic spying, invasive groping of all airline passengers, permanent war in foreign parts, and fear-mongering (the Bushies did all of that and more). Bear that in mind when you mark your ballot in November 2014. A vote against the Republicans is a vote for freedom. Don’t forget, the Republicans brought us the McCarthy era and the Bush dictatorship (after all, they made passports obligatory for travel to Canada, after decades of free movement… that’s called repression, kids). It’s time to oppose these feral and violent sorts… yes, God DOES will it…

BMD

 

Monday, 23 December 2013

Lavrov Sez West Understands That Assad Is the Lesser Evil… the Islamists are Far Worse than He Is

00 Pro-Assad demonstrators Syria 12.11

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On Friday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Western politicians admit that allowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stay in power is a lesser evil than an Islamist régime is. Speaking to RIA-Novosti, Lavrov said, “Some of our Western colleagues started to voice the idea… not only in private conversations, but also publicly… that Assad’s rule is a lesser threat to Syria, taking into account the growing influence of jihadists and terrorists who capture vast territories, impose Sharia, exterminate minorities, and burn people alive only because their religion is different”. He said it’d be “incorrect” to say that the present civil war rendered Assad’s rule illegitimate, even though the UN estimated that it’s claimed more than 100,000 lives. Lavrov noted, “If he had no popular support, the war would’ve been over a long time ago, the rebels would’ve wiped out the current leadership, and no one knows what else would’ve happened there. According to estimates made by many experts, a significant number of people, up to 50 percent of Syrians, see Assad as the guarantor of their interests and their security”. Speaking about Assad’s future, Lavrov said that the Syrian President “has no plans to leave his country. He’ll stay with his people and do his duty. Indeed, he [Assad] said that he doesn’t rule out participating in next year’s planned presidential election. He’ll make his decision later, depending on whether he feels he has popular support”.

20 December 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/business/20131220/185775533/West-Understands-That-Assad-Is-Lesser-Evil–Lavrov.html

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