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Military intervention in Syria will lead to catastrophe – Lavrov

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 19, 2012

Military action in Syria will lead to catastrophe, Russia’s Foreign Minister has said. Russia opposes US demands for a no-fly zone over Syria, he said, adding that the solution to the ongoing conflict is the Geneva accord peace plan.

The international community reached an agreement in Geneva in June calling for a transitional government in Syria to bring an end to ongoing and bloody conflict in the country.

Different interpretations of the document began to emerge shortly after the accord was adopted, with Washington insisting that the document required that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leave power. Moscow contested this interpretation, saying the document made no such claim.

“Statements, saying the document [Geneva accord] is as good as dead imply that someone seeks a pretext for military intervention. This is worrying as it can only lead to catastrophe in the region,” Lavrov said in an interview with Sky News Arabic.

Any proposal that stipulates the disarmament of only one party in the conflict was “unrealistic,” he said, adding that“Such proposals are aimed at regime change and not at curtailing the conflict and saving Syrian lives.”

Russia does not support the Assad regime, but rather works in the interest of the Syrian people and regards ending the ongoing violence in the country as its priority, Lavrov said. Moscow also rejects the imposition of any no-fly zone over Syria as a violation of Syrian sovereignty, he said, referencing recent statements by Washington. Read the rest of this entry »

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Annan: Russia, West agree on transition government for Syria

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 1, 2012

The Syrian crisis is to be resolved by a transition government consisting of the current authorities and opposition leaders. The proposal was announced by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan after talks in Geneva.

The unity government should be formed on the basis of “mutual consent” said Annan. The Syrian-led transition should take place within a fixed period of time and the envoy hopes this may happen by the end of the year.

Annan, announcing the official communiqué of the international meeting in Geneva, called on the Syrian regime and opposition groups to re-commit to a ceasefire and to start implementing his six-point peace plan immediately, without waiting for the other side.

The plan urges the sides in the Syrian conflict to cooperate with UN observers, allow humanitarian aid delivery, release detainees and grant journalists access to the country. The right to peaceful demonstrations must also be respected, stressed Annan.

Prior to the conference, Annan had proposed a plan for a unity government in Syria excluding political figures that would compromise the country’s stability and effectively calling for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad. Moscow refused to back such a condition and also made sure the plan brokered in Geneva would not require Assad to step down.

Kofi Annan also said that foreign ministers who took part in the conference in Geneva would make up a regular working group on the Syrian crisis. A new round of Syria talks may take place in Moscow, suggest diplomatic sources.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures during a news conference after the meeting of the Action Group on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, June 30, 2012 (Reuters/Valentin Flauraud)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures during a news conference after the meeting of the Action Group on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, June 30, 2012 (Reuters/Valentin Flauraud) Read the rest of this entry »

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Merkel gives EU the FU

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 2, 2011

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged for “a Fiscal Union with strict rules” to address the root causes of the “Europe’s widening financial crisis.” Though she said the process will take years.

Germany and France, which are the key players of the eurozone, are pushing forward the idea of creating a Fiscal Union which would include all 17 eurozone states or even all members of the EU. It would bring more centralization of power, more control over state budgets, and more importantly over their debts.

“The European crisis will not be solved in one fell swoop,” said Merkel to the lower house of the German parliament on Friday. “There are no quick and easy solutions.”

She compared the process of solving the debt crisis to the marathon runners saying that “the one who starts fastest isn’t necessarily the most successful. It is the one who is aware of what is involved in running the full distance.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Missile deadlock: ‘arm-arm’ replaces ‘jaw-jaw’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 14, 2011

Both Moscow and Washington officially admit that talks on America’s anti-missile shield in Europe have stalled. In the absence of progress, Russia has put in motion a military response to the shield, which it believes threatens its national security.

The military and diplomatic deadlock puts in question the “reset of relations” between Russia and America, which was praised as one of the major achievements of Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev.

Despite years of talks, Washington will not provide a legal guarantee that its antimissile system in Europe will not hamper Russia’s strategic potential. Michael McFaul, one of the architects of the “reset”, who is slated to become next US ambassador to Moscow, was the first American official to state this clearly at Senate hearings on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russian solar probe to predict Earthly cataclysms

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 29, 2011

Some scientists believe bursts of solar activity cause natural disasters on our planet, but until now the star has been too

difficult to reach or explore in any detail. Some Russian researchers think they have the solution.

Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis – apocalyptic pictures are becoming an ordinary part of news bulletins across the globe. And scientists are not giving out reassuring forecasts.

“Unfortunately, we’re expecting more severe cataclysms which may lead to large-scale human losses and destruction,” says Baku-based Professor Elchin Kakhalilov of the Global Network for the Forecasting of Earthquakes.“I’m talking about even a possible shift of the centers of our entire civilization.”

The change in the Earth’s seismic activity coincides with the rise of activity on the sun. Scientists have been witnessing gigantic bursts of plasma on its surface and say they are affecting our planet, even though it is over 90 million miles away.

Each burst sends billions of particles into space which impacts the Earth’s magnetic field. This may trigger some of the processes going on deep bellow its surface, leading to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Scientists predict solar activity will increase and say in the next few years, large-scale disruptions of electronic equipment, radio transmissions, computer failures and massive black-outs could become parts of everyday life.

The sun is currently monitored either by stations on Earth or in orbit. But sending a probe four times closer to the star would be far more helpful. And it may not be science fiction much longer, thanks to a project currently being developed by the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). Read the rest of this entry »

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Bin Laden dead, global terrorism alive

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 2, 2011

While the US is celebrating victory over the national threat, as Bin Laden has become regarded after 9/11, Russia’s most wanted terrorist Doku Umarov is still at large with his allies from Al-Qaeda.

Hundreds of Americans have gathered in front of the White House to celebrate Washington’s victory over Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al-Qaeda, whose death was confirmed by US President Barack Obama late on Sunday. US embassies warn of anti-American aggression and note that the risk of an attack anywhere where Americans gather is very high right now, after Bin Laden’s death.

Russia was the scene of two recent major terror attacks: the bombing of the Moscow Metro in 2010 and the blast atDomodedovo Airport in January 2011, the latter targeting not only Russians, but also international visitors.  Read the rest of this entry »

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“With these weapons we don’t stand a chance” – Libyan rebels

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 10, 2011

Government officials in Libya say their forces have shot down two rebel helicopters in the east of the country. This has

Libya: Libyan rebels fighting forces loyal to Moamer Kadhafi load artillery into a helicopter machinegun mounted on a pick-up truck outside the eastern oil town of Brega, the frontline in a war in which neither side has been able to make any significant advances for days, on April 5, 2011. (AFP Photo / Odd Anderson)

prompted more questions over the effectiveness of NATO’s UN mandated no-fly zone, while the rebels demand more help.

Meanwhile, the key city of Ajdabiya is the focus of a major onslaught by Gaddafi’s forces. Doctors say at least eight rebels have been killed.

Meanwhile, NATO announced it has destroyed a significant amount of government ammunition near the capital Tripoli, as well as 25 tanks and other military vehicles around Misrata and Ajdabiya, Itar-Tass reported on Sunday.

However, there is growing rebel disillusionment at the level of NATO assistance, and at the scale of friendly fire casualties. Since the alliance took over the no-fly zone, 20 anti-Gaddafi fighters have been killed and dozens injured by the raids.

RT’s Egor Piskunov has spoken to some of the rebels in the city of Benghazi.

A veteran of the Libyan army Muftakh Abdul Ghani served his country all the way to retirement. Now he is fighting for the revolution and is among the few rebels at the front with military training and experience.

“Our forces are not even. We are ready to fight to death, but with these weapons we don’t stand a chance against Gaddafi,” he told RT. Read the rest of this entry »

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