Knud Bartels talked with Valery Gerasimov. NATO does not plan military intervention in the Syrian conflict. This was announced at the negotiations with the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Valery Gerasimov, the head of the NATO military committee, General Knud Bartels, reports "Lenta.ru" with reference to the RIA "News».
Sergei Koshelev, head of the main department of international military cooperation of the Ministry of Defense, noted that the Russian side took Bartels’s statement with satisfaction. It means that the “Libyan scenario” will not be repeated in Syria. At the same time, Comrade Koshelev pointed out that the statement of Bartels "contrasts sharply" with the statements of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other officials of the NATO countries in this regard, not to mention publications in the Western media.
Moscow, reminds "Lenta", has repeatedly stated that it will not allow the "Libyan scenario" in Syria. That is why Russia, with the support of China, imposed a veto on the "Syrian" resolutions of the UN Security Council.
On a visit to Lavrov. As transmits ITAR-TASS, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today will receive representatives of the Syrian "Coalition of Forces for Peaceful Changes". The delegation of the internal opposition is headed by the leader of the Popular Front for Change and Liberation, Kadri Jamil.
According to ITAR-TASS Kadri Jamil, his coalition considers the participants of the “Group of Friends of Syria” to be enemies of their country.
“The so-called“ friends of Syria ”are not friends, but enemies who are interested in external interference in the affairs of the country, said Jamil. “How can anyone who does not allow the Syrian people to solve problems on their own, who does not want a peaceful settlement of the crisis and contributes to the bloodshed and destruction of Syria, can be a friend?”
In his opinion, the main task now is to remove the extremists from the opposition and the government: “It is necessary to isolate them, and then the path to national accord will open.”
Commenting on the rumors about the readiness of the use of Damascus Chemical weaponsJamil said that this creates an information background for the intervention, and "this is similar to the repetition of the Iraqi legend about the existence of weapons of mass destruction."
Mikhail Gorbachev took the important role of Turkey. Fatih Kudug ("Voice of Russia") Interviewed the ex-president of the USSR. Among other things, we are talking about the Syrian issue.
Mikhail Gorbachev recalled that Turkey is Syria’s closest neighbor. In his opinion, this is a significant country, and therefore its role in achieving stability in the Middle East region is irreplaceable.
At the same time, speaking of Russian-Turkish relations, Mr. Gorbachev called them excellent - not only at the political and economic levels, but also at the human level.
"Back to reality"? The US State Department expressed satisfaction with the fact that Russia "returned to reality", recognizing that the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad can be overthrown, according to correspondent RIA "News" Maria Tabak.
At a press briefing on Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said: “We want to praise the Russian government for finally returning to reality and admitting that the days of the regime (Assad) are numbered. The question now is whether the Syrian government will join us and the entire international community working with the opposition in order to try to ensure a smooth democratic transfer of power in accordance with the Geneva agreements and form a transitional government ... Therefore, we call on Russia to work with us. "
According to Nuland, if now all external forces do not unite, Syria will face further bloodshed, the destruction of important infrastructure, which will complicate the process of the subsequent reconstruction of the country.
Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, recalls the correspondent. RIA "Novosti", said that does not exclude the probability of the victory of the opposition in Syria, but expressed regret about this.
Americans, we add, are able to interpret any words in their favor. And even clothe interpretation in art form.
On the same topic correspondent ITAR-TASS Andrey Surzhansky writes:
"The statements of the State Department spokesman indicate that Washington is closely watching the statements of Russian officials on Syria and, when necessary, interpret them in their favor."
The correspondent cites the words of Bogdanov, said by him at a speech in the Public Chamber: “As for the preparation for the victory of the opposition, this, of course, cannot be ruled out. But we must face the facts: the tendency is precisely in the direction that the government regime is losing more and more control over an ever larger territory of the country. ”
Baghdad against Kurdistan? Despite the fatal Shiite spiritual hierarchs that banned the Kurdish-Arab war, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki still leads to an armed conflict over the disputed territories. This was stated by the head of the headquarters of the President of Iraqi Kurdistan, Fuad Hussein in an interview with the Kurdish newspaper "Rudaw", reports IA "REGNUM".
He said that the Kurds do not want a conflict, but “are ready for war - if this happens.” Fuad Hussein added that "hundreds of dialogues and negotiations are still better than one hour of fighting." The tactics of the regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan is to keep the situation from slipping into a catastrophe for as long as possible and offer to solve everything peacefully. Fuad Hussein says: “We had a lot of negotiations with al-Maliki, and many agreements were signed. But the problem is that he does not comply with the agreement. It is obvious that al-Maliki is preparing for war. When he prepares for war, the Kurds have the right to prepare for self-defense. ”
The situation worries Iran. Last week, Kasim Suleymani, commander of the Iranian Forces Al-Qods from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, arrived in Erbil and met with Presidents Masood Barzani and Jalal at-Talabani.
“Iran is upset about this problem and the attitude of al-Maliki,” Fuad Hussein said. - We discussed this issue with Iran. And yes, Iran can put pressure on al-Maliki. Moreover, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to arrive in Baghdad. The Kurds believe that if he visits Baghdad, it would be good if he would visit Kurdistan. ”
The question, however, is, add on our own, that with Kurdistan it will be as it is decided in the USA. And in Washington they sleep and see the war of the Kurds as the war of all against all in the Middle East. The Kurdish war means simultaneously destabilizing and weakening Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey. The White House simply cannot refuse such a tasty morsel. Therefore, one has only to start hostilities, Washington will demand to take into account the will of the free Kurdish people, vying with one another to talk about democracy, self-determination and raise the issue in the UN.
The bomber blew up the NATO airbase. In Kandahar 13 December, a suicide bomber blew up a NATO airbase, reports "Lenta.ru" with reference to France-Presse.
One American soldier and two civilians died. Seventeen civilians and one soldier of the Afghan Army were injured. The explosion occurred in a car that the suicide bomber drove to the NATO air base in Kandahar.
It is noted that the incident happened a few hours after the visit to the air base of US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. However, by the time of the explosion, the US Secretary of Defense himself had returned to Kabul.
The Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the blast. In a message sent to the agency France-Presse, representatives of the movement pointed to the connection of the explosion with the visit of Panetta to Afghanistan.
Jihadists, friends Mursi. MIGnews.com with reference to Al Khabar News, writes that the Egyptian President invited three thousand foreign jihadists to the country - from Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia, Somalia and Iran. What for? To create the so-called "Islamic Army". Her forces will be used in the fight against the opponents of the Islamists, the armed forces and the police of Egypt. This is the second wave of jihadists from the above countries. The first fighters arrived in Egypt at the end of November.
The arrival of jihadists is now being organized by lawyer Ibrahim Ali, who previously worked closely with many Islamist groups.
Among those invited to Cairo are the leaders and militants of the “jihad groups,” including Khaled Istambuli, brother of the assassin of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
At the same time, the Muslim Brotherhood launched a campaign to mass accusation of their secular opponents that they were “agents of foreign conspiracy,” plotting evil against Egypt.
Islamist Mursi and those who stand behind him, so opposed to the Egyptians, that in the industrial center of Mahalla the demonstrators took and declared the "Independent Republic of the Great Mahalla."
The organizers of the new republic emphasized that their goal was not at all to secede from Egypt, but they wanted to demonstrate hatred of Mursi and his authoritarian methods of leadership.
Conservative Muslims began to talk about the rejection of the Islamist experiment. These people bluntly declare that Mursi "makes us hate our life and country."
European Banking Union created. How to transmit ITAR-TASS correspondents Denis Dubrovin and Vitaly MakarchevThe EU Summit approved the creation of a European Banking Union. This was announced today by the results of the first day of the EU summit by community president Herman Van Rompuy.
He said: "The first step towards the creation of a European Banking Union will be the launch of the EU's Single Oversight Mechanism by spring 2014 of the year."
The second step in the construction of the Banking Union will be the creation of a system of direct recapitalization of banks, which will also be able to ensure partial or complete bankruptcies of problem banks without the risk of a “domino effect” in the entire European financial system.
“The purpose of the Banking Union is to break the vicious circle between the problems of banks and taxpayers' money, which the states used until recently to solve them,” Van Rompuy explained.
The creation of the Banking Union, remind correspondent. ITAR-TASS is a key stage in the further strengthening of the Economic and Monetary Union, aimed at strengthening the supranational management of the economic and financial policies of the euro area while weakening the functions of sovereign governments.
Lowered forecast for Britain. The international agency "Standard & Purs" confirmed the highest-level credit rating of the UK - "AAA". However, the rating outlook is changed from “stable” to “negative”, correspondent ITAR-TASS Andrey Bekrenev.
Analysts at Standard & Purs note that in the next two years, the United Kingdom may lose its high credit rating - if the situation in the country worsens with the budget deficit and public debt, as well as due to high unemployment and low economic growth.
History how the Libyan dissident has grown rich. The UK government has agreed to pay 2,2 a million pounds to a Libyan dissident, writes "Lenta.ru" with reference to BBC News.
The Libyan Sami al-Saadi had previously demanded compensation from the British authorities for having been forcibly brought to Libya in 2004 using MI-6, where he was tortured. Al-Sa'di and his family were seated on a plane in Hong Kong and transported to Libya. The operation involved British intelligence and CIA agents.
The two million payout means that al-Sa'di will now withdraw claims to the British authorities. Dissident has already welcomed this decision, however, he complained that London did not confess to being involved in his extradition to the Libyan regime.
Another difficult way to make money in Britain. The London police agreed to pay the woman compensation for the poor investigation of her statement, writes "Lenta.ru" with reference to BBC News.
A woman appearing in the British press under the pseudonym Rebecca appealed to Scotland Yard back in the 2005 year, when she was 15 years old, in connection with rape. The police, however, lost evidence, and therefore could not prove the guilt of the perpetrator.
Now Scotland Yard, finally admitting its flaws, will pay the woman almost 15 thousands of pounds (24,2 thousands of dollars). The parties agreed on the amount of compensation out of court.
It is noted that in the middle of 2000-ies, a special department dealing with the Rebecca case was in crisis due to a lack of professional staff.
The press learned that after the failure of the police investigation, Rebecca was depressed, which, she said, led to heroin and alcohol addiction. Three times she tried to commit suicide.
Calling the police to account for the state of the girl decided her mother, enlisting the support of the charitable society "Women against rape." In 2009, she ensured that four officers were reprimanded.
In the same year, the police underwent a reform, and the sex crime department became subordinate to the central command of Scotland Yard. Rebecca's family filed a civil lawsuit against the police, which sought to settle the case out of court. At first, Scotland Yard offered eight thousand pounds sterling, and then increased the amount.
Who did Litvinenko work for? Former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko worked for the Spanish intelligence services in 2006. The representatives of his widow, Marina Litvinenko, stated this at the preliminary hearings in the framework of the coroner's investigation, reports "Lenta.ru" with reference to the "Russian service" Bi-bi-si ".
On the instructions of MI-6, in which Litvinenko was a paid agent, he collected information about the connection between the “Russian mafia” in Spain and the leadership of the Russian Federation.
According to the presiding judge Robert Owen, the official inquiry will begin no earlier than 1 May 2013 of the year - due to the large volume of materials. It was decided to conduct a coroner's investigation without the participation of a jury.
Representatives of Marina Litvinenko, Boris Berezovsky, Andrey Lugovoy and the British government are registered as interested parties. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation also filed an application for participation in the hearings, which will allow its representatives to file requests and interview witnesses.
Garbage society? Welcome to the container! In liberal Amsterdam, slightly befuddled by cannabinoids, the launch of a new project has been announced. With the new year, the city's "antisocial elements" will be settled ... in transport containers. About this resource writes Mixednews.ru with reference to the Guardian newspaper.
Mayor Eberhard van der Laan assures that the new program is aimed at combating antisocial behavior and is designed to protect respectable citizens from any kind of violence.
Container camps, where it is planned to populate the “dregs of society”, will receive guests for a period of three to six months.
“We do this in order to protect our liberal values,” said the representative of the mayor, Barto Boer. - We want everyone to be themselves - including gays and lesbians, who are often targeted for aggression. We, as a society, are obliged to protect them. ”
So that's it, add on my own. LGBT people were tortured by normal people, and the city administration rushed to protect humiliated and offended homosexuals. Heterosexuals - in containers! Well, at least, not in the trash.
According to Boer, future residents of dwelling houses are “not just those who annoy their neighbors with loud music. These are especially aggressive and frightening surrounding people, complaints about which have been made repeatedly. ”
These dubious people will be evicted from their homes and resettled in temporary dwellings located in the industrial areas of the city. “We call them residential containers,” notes Boer. Each has a shower and a kitchen; before, students lived in such “houses”.
Temporary homes will be under enhanced police control, but their asocial residents will be able to receive medical care, seek help, etc.
So, we will note, and the expulsion of full-fledged people into “industrial districts” will take place in the stoned Amsterdam. And the tolerant Netherlands will celebrate another victory for the gay community.
On the "fifth column", neo-fascism and the Crimean issue. “The President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, with the help of the Donetsk capital, creates the“ fifth column ”in the Crimea and revives neo-fascism,” the correspondent said in an interview IA "REGNUM" former chairman of the Supreme Council of Crimea, MP of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the sixth convocation Leonid Grach.
The politician said: “Nationalists from Freedom are associated with the Donetsk capital and Viktor Yanukovych. The Ukrainian president, muddling the waters, created the “fifth column” and revives neo-fascism. Today, in autonomy, they are trying to shake stability with dirty methods — for example, the Black Hundreds of the Russian Unity, for example, went into provocations with arson against the construction of mosques, the destruction of even self-occupied, but private houses. For the Crimea, the ideas of Tyagnibok will play a negative and bloody role. The very one who created it can abolish the Crimean autonomy. Autonomy was created by the Crimean people in the 20 January 1991 referendum. From a legal point of view, no one but the Crimeans themselves can annul or abolish the autonomous status. ”
In addition, Hrach said: “The worst thing is that the Russian-Ukrainian relations through the fault of Yanukovych and the Donetsk clans are deadlocked. All the resistance and opposition that the Ukrainian authorities have on joining the Customs Union, violating the previously signed gas agreements, criminally prosecuting former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, says that the actions of the Ukrainian authorities are aimed at distancing Ukraine from Russia. ”
According to the expert, an attempt to deprive Crimea of autonomous status can lead to military conflict in the entire Black Sea region: “Crimea can become the most central nerve in international politics, because Crimean issues affect Russia's interests (historical, ethnic, geopolitical and military-strategic). Secondly, we know that the United States has long dreamed of starting its fleet in the bays of Sevastopol. Thirdly, the Crimean question can be the subject of bargaining on the part of America in matters of a personal relationship to Yanukovych. Today, the fascist thugs unite around the idea of fighting the Crimea. This means blowing up the international situation, calling for a territorial split in Ukraine. Hence the inevitability of military conflict and the "blue helmets" on the peninsula. This is what the nationalists are calling for today ... ”
IA "REGNUM" recalls that on December 9, the head of the Svoboda party, Oleg Tyagnibok, said at a briefing that "the question of the abolition of the autonomy of the Crimea should be put to the all-Ukrainian referendum."
"We will still launch satellites ..." Comments on the successful launch of the North Korean satellite ("Shining Star-3") were made by the DPRK leader Kim Jong-un. He praised the achievements of scientists and technologists and expressed gratitude to them on behalf of the Central Committee of the Korean Workers' Party; "Vesti" with reference to the TsTAK news agency.
According to Comrade Yna, the successful launch of a satellite built with the DPRK on its own to the near-earth orbit strengthens North Korea’s position as a space power, demonstrating to the world the firm intention of the DPRK and the DPRK government to use the legal right to peaceful exploration of outer space.
“We will continue to launch satellites in the interests of the development of science, technology and economics,” the young North Korean leader vowed.
“Vesti” reminds us that Kim Jong Un signed an order to launch 12 December at 08: 00 local time, and after 1 an hour and 49 minutes from the Mission Control and Control Center, he watched the launch of the Unha-3 launch vehicle (“ Milky Way-3 ”) with satellite on board.
The minimum distance between the vehicle and the Earth is 499 kilometers, the maximum distance is 584 kilometers. The period of revolution around the Earth - 95 minutes 29 seconds.
Popular Kim Jong-un can become "Man of the Year." As transmits correspondent ITAR-TASS Alexander BekrenevaMost of the readers of the popular American weekly “Time” chose DPRK leader Kim Jong-un as “Person of the Year” during an online survey.
As the magazine notes, since Kim Jong-un has stood at the helm of the DPRK, he “strengthened his control over the country, got on the cover of Time (in February) and was even called the sexiest man of the year.” True, the latter turned out to be a joke from the satirical magazine "Onions".
It should be noted that the choice of an influential magazine (it will be voiced by 19 December on the air of the show “Tudey” on the TV channel NBC) is not based on the opinions of readers, but reflects the point of view of its experts and editors. Often the choice of readers and editors does not match. So Eun may not get the "title".
Nevertheless, in the ranking, compiled on the basis of the opinions of the readership, the leader of the DPRK won with a noticeable margin. About 5,6 million people voted for him. As noted by Time, Kim Jong-un's high result was influenced by the campaign launched by his supporters on the Internet.
American satirist and popular TV presenter Jon Stewart, who turned out to be in the 2-th place, scored 2,4 million votes. Third place was given to the collective image of an illegal immigrant (1,55 million votes).
By the way, in the “anti-survey” conducted by the magazine and designed to fix the number of negative evaluations of the activities of a candidate for the title of “Man of the Year”, the first place was taken by Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi - with two million votes.
Again these Chinese ships. Four Chinese patrol ships entered Thursday in a zone near the disputed islands of Senkaku (Diaoyu), which Tokyo considers its territorial waters. Write about it "Vesti" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
The Japanese patrol demanded that the PRC ships leave the area by radio, but they ignored the calls of the border guards.
Soon it will become clear who will rule the ball in the USA. Corr. ITAR-TASS Dmitry Kirsanov reports that the announcement of key personnel appointments in the US administration are expected next week.
According to the American media, it is possible that in the next few days, President Obama will name candidates for the US Secretary of State and the Pentagon host.
It is assumed that the first will be the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Senate of the US Congress 69-year-old John Kerry. The second is likely to be the former Nebraska senator 66-year-old Chuck Hagel, representing, by the way, the Republican Party. Like Kerry, he is a Vietnam War veteran.
There is information about the proposed appointment of the director of the CIA or Michael Morell, temporarily performing this position now, or John Brennan. The last long time he worked in the department in Langley, was a resident in Riyadh, and now works as assistant to the President of the United States on counter-terrorism.
Thomas Donilon will most likely retain the position of national security presidential aide.
Susan Rice will not be the Secretary of State: she herself does not want ... US Permanent Representative to the UN Susan Rice withdrew her candidacy from the list of nominees for the post of state secretary, after this post in January 2013 released Hillary Clinton, reports correspondent RIA "Novosti" Denis Voroshilov with reference to the TV channel "NBC".
She herself withdrew her candidacy.
Corr. RIA Novosti also reports that Finance Minister Timothy Geithner, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta, and possibly Justice Minister Eric Holder will not be part of the Obama administration.
As for S. Rice, the reputation of this lady suffered after her statements about the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. In particular, she stated that the tragedy occurred is the result of a spontaneous and initially peaceful protest, and not a terrorist act. Later, the office of the director of national intelligence reported that the incident was a planned terrorist attack. Many senators have promised to block Susan Rice’s appointment as Secretary of State.
... and Hillary Clinton will not be the mayor of New York. Ex-US President Bill Clinton said yesterday that his wife would not run for mayor of New York after he resigned from state secretary in January. This tells correspondent ITAR-TASS Alexander Bekreneva.
Recently, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg phoned Clinton and tried to convince her to take part in the struggle for this post in the fall of 2013. But Mrs. Clinton politely refused.
"She refused from this, and I can once again confirm that she will not participate in this race," the former head of the White House, who has long been working as a mouthpiece for the wife, told reporters.
Here it is necessary to clarify that Bill Clinton’s comment followed the very next day after one of the public opinion polls clearly showed that 51 percent of New Yorkers do not want to see Hillary Clinton as mayor.
I’m sorry to add that the survey centers didn’t conduct a survey about how many Americans would like to see Hillary as president in 2016. Presumably, the numbers would be lower than those that Hillary had in 2008, being not the most popular candidate. At the 2008 convention in January, the Democrats preferred Obama (38%) and Edwards (30%) to her. H. Clinton had only 29%.
America will not be poor: the Fed will give her more money. The next mitigation program from the US Central Bank is nothing more than an attempt to compensate for the mistakes of politicians who allow budget cuts and tax increases. The Fed will fight the recession with its own methods. This tells Interfax.
The Fed decided to print and inject more 45 billion dollars a month into the economy. This time, the US central bank, with its universal tool, is struggling not with a crisis, but with stubborn politicians, experts say. From now on, the Fed’s task is to compensate for damage from a budget break or any other program to cut budget spending. The question is, let's add, whether the regulator has enough paper ...
Now the Fed buys every month mortgage bonds for 40 billion. $. In addition to this, the system will start buying Treasury bonds for 45 billion. $. Consequently, since January 85 billion dollars of freshly printed dollars will be flowing into the US economy every month.
The decision to repurchase treasury bonds will be a replacement for "Operation Twist." Under this program, the Fed bought monthly short-term treasury bonds and sold long-term bonds for the same amount. The key difference between the new program: the Fed does not withdraw the same amount from the economy, and (attention) simply increases its balance sheet.
And (again, attention) the extended version of the program does not have an end date. The Fed only promises to mitigate until it sees signs of a significant improvement in the labor market, i.e., a decline in unemployment in the United States.
According to the Fed's updated forecast, the unemployment rate will drop to 6-6,6% only in 2015 year. Inflation will not exceed 2,5%.
Thus, in the US, not only is the economy not expected to grow quickly, but in the fight against unemployment, the Fed is planning to unwind the inflation spiral. A very unusual decision, especially in conditions where oil can stop trading in dollars in some places (the Turks are already buying it from Iran for gold), and the Chinese promise to withdraw the yuan in key currencies. In such a risky scenario, with any jitter of the petrodollar by 2015, little will be left of the US economy. The whole trouble in Washington is that the American elite - whether it is Ben Bernanke, the Fed boss, or Obama, the country's president, or H. Clinton, the state secretary - perceives the world as static. And heck, he changes daily!
We will live by 1000 years. Modern medicine, looking for a universal cure for cancer or cardiovascular diseases, probably is going the wrong way. It is not the victory over mortal diseases that can bring a person closer to eternal life, but the extension of youth and the opportunity to grow old later. In the end, if this issue is resolved, the person who lives 150 years will most likely live a thousand. About the arguments of Aubrey de Gray, a British gerontologist and chairman of the SENS Foundation, told Interfax.
Aubrey de Gray argues that it makes no sense to fight the diseases that usually accompany the aging of the body, without fighting the aging itself. The SENS Foundation, with an annual budget of $ 4 million, whose name stands for "the strategy of engineering achievement of negligible aging", is exploring the possibilities of overcoming old age as a phenomenon. In the developed world, aging is the ultimate cause of 90% of deaths. And the “treatment” of old age is a preventive measure in the fight against diseases caused by the natural wear of the body.
De Gray is confident that even modest successes in this area will lead to a significant increase in the duration and improvement of the quality of life. You just need to reach a point at which a person will live for a sufficient number of years in order to wait for such a turn of NTP that will allow him to live again and again.
The “treatment” of aging, which De Gray deals with, can be very expensive at first if successful. But then the same thing happens with it as with other innovations - its value will fall.
It is difficult to say how much the Foundation can advance in its research. But, judging by the relatively decent budget, the sponsors are still ready to invest in the long-standing human dream of immortality ...
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