Geopolitical mosaic: H. Clinton is either satisfied or dissatisfied, and K. Sobchak leaves “House-2” for the sake of opposition
It seems to the US Secretary of State that Russia has finally matured and is “ready to put pressure” on Syrian President Bashar Assad. According to H. Clinton, the Russians "made it clear that they have no continuing strategic interest in ensuring that Assad remains in power." Therefore, Clinton concluded that "there is every reason to believe" that Moscow would agree on the need for the transfer of power.
H. Clinton has long been explaining that Moscow is not interested in finding Assad in power. She believes that even a little bit of Washington’s diplomatic efforts will prevail in Damascus and a truly American-style democracy. She must like to say out loud what she believes in, but that very little seems to be true. The more often she repeats the same thing out loud, the greater the number of Americans who will mechanically memorize her words and, following her, will begin to repeat them in offices, underground and on the streets in the manner of a parrot. And it doesn’t matter that Moscow thinks, say, the opposite, while Assad still rules in Syria. If H. Clinton and V. Nuland begin to convince Americans that the planet Earth is not a sphere, but a plane resting on three whales and a giant tortoise, then in the States with time they will believe in it.
It is possible, however, that the Russian minister S. Lavrov also believes in something like that. Only in the context of the Kremlin’s position on the Syrian issue. From this point of view, the words of the US Secretary of State could also be misunderstood.
On the eve of the Geneva conference, the Russian foreign minister said that at a meeting on Friday in St. Petersburg with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he felt not something, but Washington's changing position on Syria.
“I felt a change in the position of Hillary Clinton. There were no more ultimatums. Not a word was said that the document that we will discuss in Geneva cannot be changed, ”the minister announced at a press conference (Kommersant, Pavel Tarasenko).
According to the results of the negotiations, as passed "Vesti"Lavrov said: “Of course, Syria dominated international affairs, and I felt a change in the position of my colleague Hillary Clinton. I heard an experienced politician, a diplomat who said he understood our position, and we reciprocated. ” The minister added: “We agreed to look for agreements that would bring us together on the basis of a clear understanding, as recorded in the Annan plan, that the Syrian parties should be encouraged to dialogue. It is necessary to mobilize all external players to create the necessary conditions for the implementation of Kofi Annan’s plan by the forces of all the Syrian parties. Then the participants of the Geneva Conference on Syria have a real chance to come to a common denominator. ”
The Russian Foreign Minister, he said, was pleased with the negotiations with the US Secretary of State.
Thus, the Americans feel that Russia and China are about to give way to Syria to America, and Russia believes that America is about to surrender and leave Syria alone. This, obviously, is called “unity of opinion” in modern geopolitics.
Meanwhile, Mr. Annan, known for his plans, which were previously successfully used to build democracy in various countries, has drawn up a new plan for Syria (currently in draft).
Kofi Annan dreams of forming a transitional government in Syria, which will include both oppositionists and members of the Assad government. The Special Representative of the United Nations announced this on June 30, summing up the international conference on Syria held in Geneva, reports "Lenta.ru" with links to France-Presse and Reuters.
Add on my own that Annan, out of his old habit, decided to combine the unconnectable. By the way, an experienced peacemaker made a cunning reservation. According to him, the citizens of Syria will have to form a new government, however, “people whose hands are in blood” will not be elected to the government. Such an elegant Aesopian language, if translated into normal human language, means that neither Asad nor other members of his “regime” will get into the government. The oppositionists obviously have their hands in blood not to the neck, but only to the elbow.
And then, as the transitional government will be created, it will decide the fate of Assad, - says Mr. Annan. The special representative believes that in a year it is possible to organize such a government, and to get the first results from it. What are the expected results, you can not speak. Libyan, obviously. Or Yugoslav. Does Annan know?
The full version of the Annan plan will be available in Cairo soon. This was reported by H. Clinton, who also participated in the conference in Geneva (well, where without her?).
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, as in the case of the St. Petersburg meeting, said that Russia was satisfied with the outcome of the conference. The settlement plan, according to Lavrov, does not exclude any of the parties from the peace process and does not provide for external intervention.
But this time Mrs. Clinton was not satisfied. Her optimism shrank. She seemed to see her for a moment. The fact is that Russia amended the text of the declaration (three of the four amendments were adopted), and the US secretary of state was left with only to repeat his proclaimed, annoying death to everyone: "Assad will have to leave anyway."
About this tells Pavel Tarasenko (Kommersant):
“In Geneva, Russia put forward four amendments to the text of the declaration. First, she demanded to withdraw from it the call to the UN Security Council to take further measures against Syria. “Our Western partners could promote their ideas at the Security Council, pointing out to us that we signed the corresponding paragraph of the Geneva document,” a source close to the delegation of the Russian Federation explained to Kommersant. Secondly, Moscow has proposed a strict ban on any illegal shipments. weapons all parties to the Syrian conflict. Third, she proposed to fix the right of journalists to free access to information about what is happening in the country covered by the conflict. And finally, she insisted on changing the part of the document where the procedure for establishing an armistice was painted. “The draft stated that a synchronous cease-fire should take place after the government withdraws troops from the cities. But in this case, the opposition will immediately take all the positions left behind,” Sergei Lavrov told reporters later. the withdrawal of the troops was withdrawn from the document. Only one Russian amendment was adopted - on illegal arms transfers. (Well, still! Separate the opposition from illegal arms supplies - and peace will immediately come to Syria. - O. Ch.).
However, there is no reason to talk about a fundamental change in the position of the West in Syria. Hillary Clinton was frank: "Assad will still have to leave." To this, the Kommersant’s source in the delegation of the Russian Federation advised the Secretary of State to read the adopted document, where there are no such abstracts. He suggested that now "Westerners will try everything that could not be included in the Geneva document, to conduct directly through the UN Security Council."
The “action group” intends to meet next time in Moscow. So Russia wants. Saudi Arabia, Iran, and representatives of all Syrians will be invited to the meeting, probably by the Russian host.
The draft plan of Annan did not like the Syrian opposition. On Sunday, the Syrian opposition expressed their dissatisfaction with the new plan of the UN special envoy, formulated at the end of the Geneva conference. He writes about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to the Associated Press.
As was to be expected, gentlemen “revolutionaries”, aspiring to power, declared that they considered inadmissible negotiations with Assad and representatives of his “bloody” regime.
Obviously, the opposition did not really bring the essence of the new plan. The main thing that the opposition did not understand is that it plays a significant role in the transitional government. As a matter of fact, as mentioned above, the Annan plan implies the exclusion of the people of Assad and Assad himself from the list of those whom America and the United Nations would like to see in the transitional government. Mr. Annan did not in vain emphasize that “the people whose hands are in blood” would not fall into the government.
By the way, Lenta reports, not only Annan, but also French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius explained that the text of the peace plan implied the resignation of Assad. Official Damascus has not yet commented on the idea of creating a transitional government.
While the West, speaking of the new plan of Annan, has in mind, as before, the resignation of Assad, Moscow in the person of S. Lavrov, declares that the Russian side is satisfied with the results of the negotiations: after all, the new settlement plan does not exclude any party from the peace process and does not mean the unconditional resignation of Assad.
In general, the translators obviously did not help the negotiators badly. Everyone remained unconvinced, Clinton realized that she was mistaken a little, Russia bargained for three points in the final declaration, and the Annan plan itself (the full version of 2.1) will be ready later. The oppositionists didn’t understand anything at all, and now they don’t want to be friends with either Assad or Annan.
Seem to be, Turkey alone knows what to do. As transmits "Lenta.ru" With reference to BBC News and the Associated Press, yesterday Turkey sent six F-16 fighters to the Syrian border. Fighters moved at a distance of 6,5 km from the border.
It is reported that Turkish fighters were sent to the border with Syria in response to recent cases of the approach of the Syrian military aviation to the Turkish border. On June 30, Syrian fighters were allegedly spotted south of the Turkish province of Hatay, as well as near the border of the province of Mardin. However, the Syrian fighters did not violate Turkish airspace (information from Reuters).
The Turkish General Staff yesterday announced these radars, which confirm the fact that Syria has destroyed the Turkish fighter in the international zone. The Turkish command considered it necessary to clarify this again - due to the appearance in the foreign press of the most diverse information about the incident. This is reported from Ankara correspondent ITAR-TASS Kirill Zharov. Quote:
“22 June 2012, one of our aircraft, and not two, as stated, flying without weapons and with identification systems turned on, was shot down in the international airspace of the Eastern Mediterranean during a mission to monitor the work of our radars in this region. It turned out that the plane was shot down by the Syrian side, ”the statement says. According to the General Staff, the fighter upon returning from the next round of inspection of radar systems "violated airspace (Syria. Approx. Correspondent) for about a period of five minutes." The radar data showed that during the flight in the Syrian airspace, no action was taken by Syria in relation to it. "In 11: 56 during flight in the international zone, our plane suddenly lost altitude and disappeared from the radar," - said the General Staff. "
Also, the army command reports, citing data from radar records, that the plane was shot down "at a distance of one nautical mile from the 12-mile zone of the inland waters of Syria." The General Staff pointed out: “He was amazed at about 13 miles and, losing altitude and speed, fell into the water at a distance of 16 km (8,5 nautical miles) from the Syrian coast.”
"Bridgehead for the Battle of Damascus." As conveyed yesterday from Beirut correspondent ITAR-TASS Dmitry ZeleninReferring to the Lebanese television channel Al-Manar, Syrian government forces regained control over the city of Duma, located in 13 km from Damascus, and the eastern surroundings of the Syrian capital. The operation to suppress the rebellion is close to completion. The process of returning residents to areas that have been under the control of militants for two weeks has already begun.
The Syrian independent newspaper Al-Vatan indicates that there are many Arab mercenaries among the oppositionists who declared the Duma a “bridgehead for the battle for Damascus”.
A special operation to free the Duma started on Friday, after the authorities ’ultimatum expired. According to SANA, a “large terrorist base” was liquidated in the Duma; warehouses with weapons and explosives were seized. Now the operation to prosecute terrorists continues in Artuz and Tella, as well as in the oasis of Guta.
There are also hostilities against the “revolutionaries” in the northern provinces of Hama, Idlib, Aleppo and in the El-Haff area. Dozens of extremists killed in eastern Syria - in Deir ez-Zor on the Euphrates.
Thus, the militants are fleeing, and the West is losing its position in diplomacy. In this scenario, the Annan plan for a “transitional government,” consisting almost entirely of opposition members, is unlikely to be implemented. No matter how Kofi Annan, or, say, the former leader of the SNA B. Galyun, tried to unite the scattered opposition, she somehow does not unite. Now, if it were taken under the wing of the North Atlantic Alliance, another thing. But after the Turkish plane was shot down by Syrian air defenses, Mr. Rasmussen does not want to hear about the establishment of democracy in Syria by military means. Yes, and Mr. Obama, amid the last scandal in the White House with "Disrespect" of the Prosecutor General to the Congress, began to lose rating points. Only the wars with Syria, when American fighters would start falling into “international waters”, did he lack ...
Russian helicopters and air defense missile systems for brotherly Syria. This tells "Lenta.ru" with reference to Interfax, which has a source in military-diplomatic circles.
After the attempt to send military equipment to the Alaid cargo ship failed, Russia could deliver transport-combat helicopters and anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria by military transport aircraft. The question of the method of delivery of military equipment under contractual obligations to Syria will be decided in the near future.
“Everything will depend on whether we can survive under pressure from the West, which requires curtailing military-technical cooperation with Syria,” a source told Interfax.
And the West, it seems, lost here to Russia. At the Geneva meeting, US Secretary of State H. Clinton did not even raise the issue of sending Mi-25 modernized in Russia to be shipped to Syria. “Topic is closed. We will deliver the helicopters on time, ”the source in the Russian delegation assured the Kommersant newspaper. Also, an unnamed source explained that the cars will be transferred to Damascus unassembled and it will take at least 3-4 months to bring them into battle (Kommersant, report by Pavel Tarasenko).
The new authorities of Libya asked Russia to repair their military equipment. He writes about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to Interfax, which has its source in the military-industrial complex.
“They are primarily interested in the repair and restoration of equipment, which they inherited after the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime,” a source told Interfax.
According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the arsenal of the Libyan army in late 2010 was five hundred tanks T-55, one hundred T-62, about two hundred T-72 and one hundred eighty T-90. On conservation were another 1040 T-55, 70 T-62 and 115 T-72. In addition, SV belonged to about 1000 BMP-1, 750 BTR-50 and BTR-60, and fifty BRDM-2. Most of the equipment was supplied to Libya by the Soviet Union.
Fifty-four life terms for Ibrahim Hamed. As transmitted RIA News" With reference to the press service of the Israel Defense Forces, an Israeli military court on Sunday sentenced former Palestinian militant commander Ibrahim Hamed to 54 life imprisonment.
In the past decade, this man led the military wing of Hamas in the West Bank. A military court based on Ofer considered his involvement in terrorist acts, in which 46 people died, and over 400 was injured.
Siloviki - for the president. RIA Novosti correspondent Dmitry Znamensky, referring to the channel "Telesur", reports that the armed and police forces of Paraguay said yesterday about their unlimited support for Fernando Lugo - President, 22 June biased by the decision of parliament.
A joint statement issued by the military and police commanders said: "We oppose the actions taken against the president, especially since they were carried out without public discussion and discussion with the Paraguayan society, which means a serious step back in the process of democratization of the region."
In Mexico, an opposition candidate wins the election. Reported it correspondent RIA Novosti Dmitry Znamensky.
According to exit polls on 20.00 local time on Sunday, the candidate of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, Enrique Peña Nieto, is gaining from 39% to 42,7% of votes.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a candidate of the left forces, is behind him, representing the Party of the Democratic Revolution (from 30,8% to 34,4% of votes). 3-place for the representative of the ruling National Action Party Josefina Vázquez Mota (22,1 - 25,7%).
It should be noted that the last candidate did not help even radical appeal for the voters' wives - to deprive the “heaps-heaps” (sex) for a month of those husbands who would prefer to lie down on the sofas on election day or to stubble in bars.
One hundred years ahead. Presidential elections in Venezuela will determine history countries for the next hundred years. This was announced on Sunday by President Hugo Chavez, speaking at a rally in Maracay. “Furious” promised that his rival in the elections was expecting a “stunning knockout”, and also expressed confidence that the people, as before, would support the project of building socialism in the country begun by him, Hugo, thirteen years ago. Talk about it "Vesti".
Chavez is a candidate of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, as well as a general candidate of ten parties, including the Communists. His main opponent in the elections, Enrique Capriles, is a candidate of twenty-two political parties united in the Block of Democratic Unity.
All the latest polls say: Chavez is more popular than his rival. Last week, Hugo often and long spoke to television cameras, thereby demonstrating that the rumors of his illness can not be trusted.
75 million fine. The US Department of Justice has accused Pratt & Whitney Canada, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, a Pentagon contractor, of selling equipment to China to build the Z-10 attack attack helicopter. This is reported by "Voice of America".
The sale of equipment violated the Weapons Export Control Act. In the US, there is a ban on the sale of military equipment to China: it was introduced in response to the suppression of democratic demonstrations on Tiananmen Square in 1989.
UTC, its American subsidiary Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation and Pratt & Whitney Canada have already agreed to pay more than $ 75 million in a settlement with the US government. Part of the sum is a fine for providing false information to the US authorities: contractors claimed to be helping China to build a civilian helicopter.
"Lenta.ru" referring to Defense News, it clarifies what this “equipment” was - the engines. Quote:
“In the absence of serious technical differences between the civilian and military versions of United Technologies' engines, they decided to sell power plants to China without government permission. Meanwhile, according to the materials of the court, China concealed for the first few years that it was developing a strike helicopter. Buying engines and other materials from Western companies, the Chinese company CAIC (manufacturer Z-10), presented the program as a civilian.
According to the US Department of Justice, United Technologies, leading illegal cooperation with CAIC, hoped to get the support of the Chinese government and expand its presence in the helicopter market of the country ... "
By agreement of the company with the US government, 55 million dollars will go to the State Department, and the remaining 20 million - to the Department of Justice. The latter, Lenta writes, can refuse to collect a fine from United Technologies, provided the company invests these funds in the American economy.
Mr. Cheney confirmed what was not. About this tells Stephen Webster in "The Raw Story" (translation source - "Translation").
The other day, the US National Archives of Security declassified a document stating that the CIA provided the Bush administration with information contrary to the statement of former vice president Dick Cheney, according to which the hijacker of the 11 September 2001 September Mohamed Atta met in Prague with an Iraqi intelligence officer .
The December 1 document from 2001, submitted to December 8 White House, states that Atta “did not go to the Czech Republic 31 in May 2000” and adds that “the person who tried to enter the Czech Republic in 31 in May 2000, ... was not the Atta that attacked the 11 World Trade Center on September 2001. ” However, a few days later, Cheney told Tim Russert (deceased), while the host of the “Meet the Press” program, that the meeting in Prague was “fully confirmed”.
Cheney’s allegation turned out to be the strongest allegations that influenced the decision in favor of the war with Iraq, and yet this allegation was repeatedly denied by the CIA. But even after the CIA refuted the link between Iraq and the September 11 hijacker, Cheney did it anyway in September with 2003 in the program “Meet the Press”. Shortly afterwards, moderator Tim Russert presented him with the survey results. They showed that 69% of Americans believe: the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was involved in the September 11 attacks.
No connection, Webster writes, was found between the Iraqi regime and the September 11 attacks.
Last September, the University of Maryland conducted a study. His results showed that at least 38% of Americans still believe that the United States "found clear evidence in Iraq that Saddam Hussein worked closely with al-Qaeda." Another 15% believe that Iraq was "directly involved in the implementation" of the September 11 attacks.
Add on my own: such is the power of a word spoken by a high-ranking official on TV. And we wonder why this Hillary Clinton repeats the same thing! ..
Ksenia Sobchak changed roles. She did not extend the contract with the TV project "House-2". The head of the PR department of the non-air promotion department of the TNT channel Valentina Kiseleva reported RIA News": "July 6 on the air" House-2 "Xenia says goodbye to the audience."
At parting with the viewers Xenia decided because she made a choice. She told about it to the correspondent of RIA “Novosti” Anna Gorbashova.
“Participating in the project“ House-2 ”does not fit in with my current activity, it’s impossible to sit on two chairs at once - you have to choose,” said the TV presenter. She added: “I chose another direction, this is my personal decision. I told my management about my departure a few months ago, but I had to work out the contract until the end of the season. I was moved by all the participants of the project, seeing in the last series of the season. ”
It turns out that Ksenia Sobchak understood - as Leo Tolstoy understood it at the time, with horror looking back at the first half of the life she had lived - it was time to embark on the right path.
“The time comes,” wrote Tolstoy, “when rational consciousness overgrows false teachings, and a person stops in the midst of life and requires an explanation” (“On life”).
Reasonable consciousness led Xenia to the fighters for the rights of the people of Yashin and Navalny. The latter has already given his comment to Sobchak’s departure from a reality show: “Sobchak fulfilled the demand of the Organizing Committee for Protest Actions and left ДомаHouse-2». Otherwise we would not allow her to go with a poster ”(newsru.com).
Incidentally, Navalny is the top-ranked figure in the Russian opposition. As reported the other day RIA News" According to the polls, the general director of VTsIOM Valery Fyodorov, this oppositionist became the undisputed leader of the protest movement. VTsIOM conducted a survey on the protest 12 June. The sample size is 531 people, the statistical error is 3,4%.
At a press conference in RIA "News"Fedorov said:" Compared with what it was in February, there have been significant changes in the popularity rating of opposition leaders ... Yavlinsky fell in popularity, Prokhorov fell in popularity, and Udaltsov and Yashin grew in popularity. Navalny became the undisputed leader of the protest movement. "
He noted that Navalny’s rating among the protesters for the last 4 of the month (from February to June) has tripled and now stands at 46%. The rating of Udaltsov is 26%, Yashin - 10%, Ksenia Sobchak - 7%.
But if we add on our own, Mrs. Sobchak will bring all of her former television audience behind him to Moscow squares, then VTsIOM will, willy-nilly, turn to her fans for opinion. The Navalny rating will fall back to the Udaltsov indicator, and even Yashin, and the beautiful Xenia will lead the most radical oppositionists behind him - those who are ready to turn Russia into “House-2”.
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