Moscow calls for collective security ‘like OSCE for Europe’ to be implemented in Persian Gulf region – Lavrov


15-01-20 09:20:00,

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has urged Persian Gulf nations to work toward the creation of a joint security mechanism, noting that Moscow was concerned about the tense standoff in the region.

Lavrov said Russia was troubled by tensions in the Persian Gulf, and encouraged regional states to cooperate to ensure regional stability.

“We have been suggesting to the Gulf countries to think about collective security mechanisms, something like OSCE for Europe”, Lavrov told the international Raisina Dialogue conference in New Delhi on Wednesday.

“It´s not just ‘let´s not fight with each other’”, Lavrov said, adding that the initiative is about transparency and cooperation, and suggesting that more international players should be involved.

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‘The masks are off’: Moscow says ‘occupier’ US openly sided with terrorists with new sanctions


27-09-19 01:43:00,

By blacklisting a shipping company and five vessels for supplying the Russian military battling terrorists in Syria with fuel, the US has come out as a sponsor of militants there, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

Three Russian individuals, five vessels and a shipping company were sanctioned by Washington for their alleged role in “a sanctions evasion scheme to facilitate the delivery of jet fuel to Russian forces operating in Syria,” the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) reported Thursday.

Maritime Assistance LLC was designated for serving as “a front” for another shipping firm, Sovfracht, blacklisted by the US back in September 2016 over its operations in Crimea, after the peninsula reunited with Russia. The three Russians are senior Sovracht executives, who were allegedly in charge of Maritime Assistance LLC’s operations.

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Moscow has minced no words in responding to the move, saying that by punishing people and entities who make it possible for Russian warplanes to destroy militant positions, the US effectively admitted it is in league with terrorists.

“The US exposed itself as a terrorism enabler,” the ministry said, adding that the fight against terrorists on the ground will go on “despite the fact that that the US patronizes them and illegally occupies part of this sovereign country’s territory,” thus delaying the end of the Syrian bloodshed.

The ministry noted that while the US used the situation in Crimea as a pretext to sanction Sovfracht, it did not bother to cover its true intentions now.

The masks have fallen – this is directly about seeking to prevent the complete eradication of terrorists on the Syrian soil

A day after slapping Russia with the Syria-related sanctions, the US accused Damascus of conducting a chlorine attack near the village of Kabana in Latakia province on May 19. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the US intelligence “has concluded” that chemical weapons – specifically, chlorine – was used in the reported attack on militants.

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Will Moscow Fall for The Macron Deception? –


17-09-19 12:26:00,

Will Moscow Fall for The Macron Deception?

Paul Craig Roberts

French president Emmanuel Macron is an American puppet.  He was put in office by Washington.  His current assignment is to deceive Russian president Putin by taking advantage of Russia’s longing to join the Western world.  In a series of statements— “Russia is deeply European”  (Aug. 20), “We need partnership with Russia to build a new architecture of trust and security in Europe” (Aug. 27), “It’s time for Europe to reach out to Russia” (Aug. 27), “Pushing Russia further into isolation would be a profound error by Europe” (Aug. 29), “Time has come to ease tensions with Russia” (Sept. 9), and so on.

What’s going on here?  Milder statements by President Trump brought him charges that he was a “Putin agent” and a multi-year “Russiagate” investigation that aimed at Trump’s impeachment. Yet here is Washington’s vassal brown-nosing up to Putin.  What is the point of this if not to soften up Putin for Russian concessions to Washington’s foreign policy as the price of being accepted by the West or to put Putin off guard for a coming attack on Iran?

I regard Putin as the only leader the world has, but I am sometimes puzzled by him.  Iran, an ally of Russia, is being set up by Israel, Washington and Saudi Arabia for military attack, and Putin offers to sell Saudi Arabia the Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense system!  Does Putin wish to arm Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the US against Iranian retaliation?  The minute Saudi Arabia acquires one of these unique systems, it will go straight to Washington where experts will figure out how to defeat it.  Thus, Iran’s defense would be compromised, and so would Syria’s and Russia’s.  

I sometimes wonder just how realistic the Russian and Chinese governments are.  The Chinese government tolerates American NGOs that sow discord in China and have Hong Kong in revolt.  The Russian government tolerates American and German NGOs that organized the recent protests in Moscow that hurt the Russian government’s showing in the Moscow municipal elections.  The United States would never tolerate Russian or Chinese financed NGOs operating in America sowing discord.  Why did the Russian government permit Washington to embarrass it in the Moscow elections? 

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Moscow ready to facilitate non-aggression pact between Iran and Gulf states – Russian FM


31-05-19 04:23:00,

Russia welcomes Iran’s proposal for lasting peace among the Persian Gulf nations, and stands ready to help it come to fruition, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

Signing a binding agreement to refrain from violence would be a step in the right direction and defuse the growing tensions in the region, Lavrov said on Friday. He was praising the idea of the non-aggression pact Iran offered its neighbors earlier, without specifically mentioning the states that could become part of it.

A “number” of Gulf states “are ready to consider this initiative,” the minister told reporters, adding that Russia “will be ready to assist this process.”

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Lavrov also stated that Moscow would welcome the start of meaningful dialogue between Iran and the US, but would not “impose” its role as a mediator.

The minister criticized the US pressure against Iran, saying that the hardline push for more sanctions leaves no room for negotiations, and Russia will not support this.

Talking from a position of ‘first I’ll strangle you economically and then you’ll be begging to reach a deal with us’ is not something we consider an [appropriate] model of foreign policy.

The tensions between Iran and the US escalated this month when Tehran partially suspended its commitments under the 2015 deal on its nuclear program, known as the JCPOA. The move followed several rounds of re-imposed sanctions by Washington, which unilaterally withdrew from the agreement last year.

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The US deployed an aircraft carrier strike group to the Gulf and announced plans to send extra troops to Iraq, which neighbors Iran. Officials in Tehran responded by saying that they are prepared to target US warships in the event of any provocation.

Iran had denounced the sanctions and vowed to retaliate against any form of “aggression.”“We hope that we can start a dialogue,

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Moscow details subversive NGO activities in Russia and around the world

Moscow details subversive NGO activities in Russia and around the world

31-05-18 10:18:00,

It’s no secret that the CIA and some wealthy business magnates have been funding and using Non Governmental Organizations to alter the political landscapes inside nations all around the world, whether through meddling in elections or through plotting coups.

A detailed report has come out the Russian Parliament about how these NGOs attempted to meddle in recent elections in Russia.

RT reports:

A special commission report on foreign meddling in the 2018 presidential election has been unveiled in Russia’s Upper House. The document highlighted the main methods of the elaborate campaign, spearheaded by the US.

The report, presented on Wednesday in Russia’s Upper House (the Senate), was prepared by the Commission for State Sovereignty Protection in cooperation with leading experts and analysts. The publicly available document was presented by the head of the commission, Senator Andrey Klimov.

The document pinned the blame for the meddling in Russia’s election directly on Washington, linking the ongoing surge in hostile activities with the domestic political struggle in the US. Attempts to interfere in internal Russian affairs, however, are not new, as they have been going on since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The US has been the “main violator of international law” since the founding of the United Nations, and has “interfered more than 120 times in the affairs of 60 countries on all continents.” Washington’s closest allies – the UK, Germany, France, NATO, and European countries – are also to blame, since they either participate directly or support US activities, according to the document.

“We tried to show… the areas in which the subversive work took place. We’ve named 10 such areas. We have concrete examples for all of them based on absolutely reliable facts. It’s not someone’s guess, it’s not ‘highly likely,’ it’s something we can prove anywhere, it is backed up by testimonies, documents and it is,

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Netanyahu in Moscow for Victory Day: why did Putin invite him?

Netanyahu in Moscow for Victory Day: why did Putin invite him?

18-05-18 04:01:00,

News of the recent attendance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Moscow’s 9th May Victory Day Parade provoked a predictable range of reactions ranging from anger, dismay, denial and – on the part of some of the US’s and Israel’s friends – even a certain amount of gloating.

For an example of the latter, see for example these words by the British historian Niall Ferguson in a lengthy article hailing Donald Trump’s supposed masterstroke in pulling out of the JCPOA.

Economically weak enough to suffer a wave of riots in December and January, the Iranians will not find it easy to withstand the snap-back of sanctions and the roll-back of its forces abroad. And if you think the Russians will help them, you must have missed Binyamin Netanyahu shaking hands with Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin last week.

By contrast The Saker – normally a supporter of Putin’s – sees the whole episode as disgraceful, and the Israeli missile strike on Syria which also happened on Victory Day, as a humiliation for Putin and for Russia

……Bibi Netanyahu [was] invited to Moscow to the Victory Day Parade in spite of him bombing Syria, a Russian ally, just on the eve of his visit. Once in Moscow, Netanyahu compared Iran to, what else, Nazi Germany. How original and profound indeed! Then he proceeded to order the bombing of Syria for a second time, while still in Moscow. But then, what can we expect from a self-worshiping narcissist who finds it appropriate to serve food to the Japanese Prime Minister in a specially made shoe? The man is clearly batshit crazy (which in no way makes him less evil or dangerous). But it is the Russian reaction which is so totally disgusting: nothing, absolutely nothing. Unlike others, I have clearly said that it is not the Russian responsibility to “protect” Syria (or Iran) from the Israelis. But there is no doubt in my mind that Netanyahu has just publicly thumbed his nose at Putin and that Putin took it. For all my respect for Putin, this time he allowed Netanyahu to treat him just like Trump treated Macron. Except that in the case of Putin,

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US and Moscow “Green Light” Turkish Aggression in Northern Syria | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

US and Moscow “Green Light” Turkish Aggression in Northern Syria | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

23-01-18 09:56:00,


(Home – Stephen Lendman). 

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Turkey’s shelling, bombing and invasion of northern Syria has nothing to do with protecting its borders and national security.

Its aggression has everything to do with wanting territorial expansion, along with longstanding hostility toward the Kurds, including its own citizens, an estimated 14 million people, residing mainly in southeastern and eastern Anatolia.

On Sunday, US Defense Secretary James Mattis defended Turkish aggression in Syria, saying

“Turkey is a NATO ally.”

“It’s the only NATO country with an active insurgency inside its borders. And Turkey has legitimate security concerns,” adding:

“Turkish was candid. (It’s) easy to understand” why it’s concerned about conflict in Syria spilling cross-border into its territory.

“They warned us before they launched the aircraft that they were going to do it. We are very alert to it. Our top levels are engaged and we’re working through it.”

Fact: Turkey threatens Syrian territory, not the other way around.

Fact: Throughout seven years of US aggression on Syria, Erdogan supported ISIS and other terrorist groups in the country, allied with Washington’s playbook, wanting Assad toppled and northern Syrian territory annexed.

  • No active insurgency exists in Turkey, a nation at war with its own Kurdish people, along with anyone challenging Erdogan’s despotic rule.
  • Throughout the war in Syria, no spillover into Turkish territory occurred. No threat of it exists.
  • Turkey is a NATO country with the second largest military force in the alliance after America’s.
  •  The Trump administration wants Erdogan allied with its imperial agenda against Russia. He’s an opportunist, playing the US and Russian cards at the same time, currently leaning more toward Moscow than Washington, why Mattis and other administration officials are concerned.

Russia is going along with Turkish aggression in northern Syria. Instead of condemning it, its Foreign Ministry urged restraint, an unacceptable response, Ankara taking full advantage.

NATO’s website has nothing about Turkey’s ongoing aggression,

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