Jasmine - the symbol of Damascus. The 15 minute video titled “Soul we are for you, Jasmine” is dedicated to mothers who sent their sons to war. Many of those who joined the ranks of the government army will not return home.
Asma comforts women, most of whom are dressed in mourning clothes. “Mother’s heart trembles when her son is not at home,” says Asma. “But the motherland is more expensive,” they answer. “We think about our country and pray that all our children will return home. You, who brought up and nurtured your sons, collected things with the same hands, sending them to the defense of the homeland, ”says the first lady of Syria. “Many of you have released not only sons, but also grandchildren.” “Every mother who sacrificed a son for the sake of the Fatherland is a great mother! You are the symbol of Syria! ”
In conclusion, Asma Asad says: “Be sure that the roses and jasmine that you protect with your whole heart will still bloom. May good and grace be with us and with Syria. ”
In the final video, reports MIGnews.com, children's choir performs a patriotic song on the background of the memorial in honor of the fallen soldiers.
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The opposition is trying to take Damascus. The forces of the armed opposition are trying to take the capital of Syria. Government forces repel enemy attacks a few kilometers from the city center. Fights are taking place in the area of the bus station and the Jobar quarter, reports "RT".
Opposition forces entered Damascus from the north and captured several strongholds near the city center. Now the battles are fought over the districts of the metropolitan area Jobar and the strategically important area Abbasiin. (Data unconfirmed).
"RT" specifies that the rebels for the first time managed to approach the center of the capital. Abbasiin Square is separated from the historic center of Damascus - the Umayyad Mosque - a few kilometers.
The SANA report for 1 of April of the year refers to the battles in the area of the central bus station, which indirectly confirms the above information. The bus station is located in the northwest of the city a few kilometers from Abbasiin Square.
Rebels infiltration into the center of Damascus was the result of the so-called "March offensive of the Syrian opposition." It began after reminding “RT”, as foreign allies of the militants handed them large parties. weapons across the border with Jordan and helped them coordinate efforts in the south.
Five hundred militants from al-Qaida. Viktor Koltsov ("Russian peacemaker") reports that the Surya Al-En agency reported that about 500 members of Al-Qaida cells wanted by the Saudi authorities act on the side of the rebel forces in Syria. The agency claims that there are still about 300 mercenaries and Islamists from among the subjects of the kingdom in Syrian prisons. They were detained during military operations and while illegally crossing the Syrian border.
Contacts at the official level between Damascus and Riyadh were stopped, and therefore negotiations on the return of captive militants to their homeland, as well as the transfer of the bodies of Saudi mercenaries who died in Syria, are conducted through the mediation of the sheikhs of Arab tribes.
Comrade Lukashevich is perplexed. The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Alexander Lukashevich, said that the decisions taken at the summit of the Arab League on providing military assistance to the Syrian opposition were puzzling.
This is an open encouragement of those forces that continue to rely on a military solution to the conflict in Syria. "In international legal terms, the decisions taken by the League on Syria are unlawful and untenable, since the government of the SAR was and remains the legal representative of a UN member state," the diplomat quotes the words "Russian peacemaker".
Lukashevich stressed that only a political settlement, and not the promotion of destructive military scenarios, can stop the bloodshed and ensure peace and security for all Syrians in his country. “We call on interested international and regional parties to work in this direction as well,” he said.
"The unbreakable fortress in the fight against Zionism." Advisor to the spiritual leader of the Iranian revolution, Ali Akbar Vilayati, confirmed that Syria was and remains an indestructible fortress in the fight against Zionism, which seeks to destroy it as a state and crush the Arab resistance, reports SANA.
He also told the press that Western countries are not able to carry out military intervention in Syria, because the Syrian people categorically reject interference in their affairs, and the SAR government agrees on a national dialogue with the opposition, however, under pressure from the West, they still reject the idea dialogue.
He further criticized the position of the Gulf countries, in particular, Qatar, which imposed on the Arab League countries the decision to transfer Syria’s place to the armed opposition, bypassing the Arab League charter and the rules of inter-Arab cooperation.
Exchange blows. A spokeswoman for the Israeli armed forces confirmed the information about the air strikes of the country's air force over the Gaza Strip. The details of the incident were not given. In a statement by the Hamas movement, which controls the territory of the Gaza Strip, it was noted that no one was injured as a result of the raid.
The strike on the Gaza Strip by the Israeli Air Force units was the first after an eight-day conflict that broke out last November and took the lives of 170 Palestinians and six Israelis, remind "Vesti" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
According to the press service of the IDF, on April 2 three shells were launched from the Gaza Strip. Two of them did not reach Israel, and the third exploded in the south of the Jewish state. No harm done. And none of the Palestinian factions has taken responsibility for the missile launches.
Arab billion to defend Jerusalem. King Abdullah II of Jordan and Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian National Authority, agreed to “jointly defend Jerusalem against Judaization,” writes Maria Efimova (Kommersant). LAS promised to allocate a billion dollars for this business. Experts believe that the visit of US President Barack Obama to the Middle East finally convinced the Palestinian authorities that the question of the status of Jerusalem would have to be resolved not by negotiations with Israel, but with the support of the Arab world.
The document was signed on Sunday in Amman. “Both countries will work together to protect Jerusalem and its holy places from Israel’s Jewish policy of Judaization, especially during this critical period, when attempts are being made to change the Islamic and Christian identity of the Holy City,” the press release said, signed by the King of Jordan and the head of the PNA. Agreement on the joint protection of Jerusalem.
The agreement separately stipulates the need to preserve the Al-Aqsa mosque. Not far from the third most significant shrine of Islam, Israeli archaeologists are digging, which is why Palestinian theologians have recently accused Israel of intending to destroy a mosque and restore a Jewish temple in its place at the beginning of our era.
The main purpose of the Agreement on the Protection of Jerusalem is not to preserve Islamic shrines, experts say. For Mahmoud Abbas, this is a political step to raise the question of the status of Jerusalem.
A recent visit to the Middle East by US President Barack Obama has demonstrated that the Palestinian-Israeli settlement fades into the background. “Obama’s visit to Israel showed the Palestinians that the“ Cairo doctrine ”of his first term was replaced by the“ Jerusalem doctrine ”of the second, said the expert of the Middle East Institute, Zeev Khanin. - The Arab Spring has forced Obama to reorient to the traditional stable allies in the region - Israel and Turkey. The Palestinian theme for the United States is generally irrelevant. However, Abbas still needs to somehow draw attention to her and save face. ”
This, according to experts, explains Abbas’s trip to Moscow on the eve of the US President’s tour, as well as the attempt of the head of the Palestinian Authority to gain moral and material support from the Arab world at the Arab League’s summit last week in Doha. Incidentally, the idea of “protecting Jerusalem from Judaization” arose. Its author, Qatar, proposed the creation of a fund to help the Arab population of Jerusalem in the size of about $ 1 billion, a quarter of which the emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani himself is ready to provide.
Iran: military conflict this year? Iran’s nuclear issue as early as 2013 could turn into a military conflict. Such a warning was made by former White House Coordinator for Weapons of Mass Destruction Policy Gary Samore and former EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana at a seminar at the Brookings Institute in Washington on ways to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue. Samore is now the executive director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Relations at Harvard University, and Solana is one of the senior researchers at the Brookings Institute, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Dmitry Kirsanov.
Giving an answer to a journalist's question of what to expect in the current year - defusing or heightening tensions around Iran’s nuclear development, - Mr. Samor said: “Both options are possible.”
The military "confrontation may occur already this year" if Iran takes the path of accelerating the pace of its nuclear development, above all - enrichment of uranium, the American expert believes. “I agree with this,” said his European colleague, who in the past, by the way, was the post of Spanish Foreign Minister and NATO Secretary General.
As Mr. Zamor noted, Iran does not seek confrontation with the United States, soberly assessing the difference in military capabilities, and "demonstrates caution again and again." Tehran has been slowing down its uranium enrichment rate for some time, following the path of applying “voluntary restrictions,” the expert said.
In his opinion, no agreements on the negotiations of the permanent five of the UN Security Council and Germany with Iran should be expected until the upcoming June 14 presidential elections in this country.
Solana confirmed that he also sees the problem in the political calendars of the “five plus one” group and Iran, which consists mainly in preparing for presidential elections in the Islamic republic.
However, a serious complicating circumstance in the process of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue is the situation in Syria, Solana is convinced. In his opinion, without normalizing the situation in the SAR, the Iranian nuclear problem simply cannot be solved.
Samor acknowledged that the timing of ultimatums imposed on Iran by the United States and Israel is dictated by "politics, not physics", that is, not only and not by much of Tehran's actual nuclear development. If Iran decides to create a nuclear weapon, then it will most likely be doing this not by expelling the IAEA inspectors from the nuclear centers and building up the pace of work on them, but at some hidden facility.
Tehran blames Baku. Iranian Foreign Ministry passed a note of protest to Azerbaijani Ambassador Javanshir Akhundov. The reason for this was a conference held in Baku called “Tomorrow's Day of Modern South Azerbaijan”, reports Rosbalt with reference to Azeri.ru.
According to Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Aragchi, the conference participants made statements against the territorial integrity of Iran. “At this event, deliberate and threatening information against Iran was announced. And this only serves the interests of the Zionists. Holding such a conference can in no way be justified, ”the Iranian official said.
Rosbalt recalls that the event was held in Baku on March 30 and was organized by the Front for National Liberation of South Azerbaijan. The conference was attended by deputies of the Azerbaijani parliament (Milli Mejlis), public and political figures and human rights activists. Conference participants expressed the need to develop a new concept for the future national unity of Azerbaijanis.
The head of the Caucasus International Center for Strategic Studies Araz Aslanli expressed the opinion that Iran is experiencing the most acute crisis since the beginning of the 20th century. “The collapse of the USSR, the creation of an independent Azerbaijan, the Karabakh problem, Tehran’s nuclear program, the presidential election of 2009 of the year, the Arab Spring and the events in Syria call into question the future of Iran,” the Azeri edition quotes his words.
Russian military equipment - in Mali? Artyom Kobzev ("Voice of Russia") reports that the Mali government has become interested in Russian military equipment. The Malian government turned to Rosoboronexport with the intention of purchasing weapons for the needs of its army. We are talking about the acquisition of Russian helicopters Mi-35 and Mi-17, combat and transport aircraft, BTR-80, air defense radars, as well as light rifle weapons and ammunition.
Mikhail Khodaryonok, editor-in-chief of the weekly Military Industrial Courier, said: “It’s no secret that Mali is hot enough now. And the question of where the balance will still swing, remains open. Russia is less interested in the loss of Mali’s statehood and in the fact that this Central African state is captured by Islamists. Russia, among other things, has interests in neighboring countries. Therefore, it seems that the issue of the supply of helicopters and armored vehicles will be resolved, in my opinion, positively. And, as I see it, agreements on these issues are already moving into a purely practical plane. ”
Meanwhile, the fight against terrorists in Mali is led by the French military. Despite this, experts stress that Paris will not object to the conclusion of an arms contract with Russia. On the contrary, Paris regards this step as a contribution of Moscow to the anti-Islamist international operation. At the same time, the contract would allow Moscow to strengthen ties with Africa as a whole.
Artyom Kobzev recalls that Moscow and Bamako have experience of cooperation in the weapons sector: in September 2012 of the year a contract was signed for the supply of 3000 Kalashnikov assault rifles, 300 machine guns and ammunition to them for $ 12 million.
14 watches Belgrade and Pristina. After 14 hours of negotiations in Brussels, Belgrade and Pristina could not reach an agreement on the fate of the Serbian municipalities in Kosovo. Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic after the meeting with Hashim Thaci said that, despite numerous meetings and consultations, the parties could not agree, they convey "Vesti"referring to ITAR-TASS.
The Prime Minister of Serbia added that his delegation was able to maintain unity with regard to the issues raised in the negotiations, and that the current round of dialogue was “difficult and exhausting”.
The main stumbling block remains the extremely sensitive topic of the possible autonomy of the Serbian municipalities in Kosovo. Even before the beginning of the dialogue, both sides said that they did not intend to give in on this issue, because in any case one of the constitutions would be violated: either Serbian or acting in the self-proclaimed republic.
The secret Swiss account of the French minister, a fighter for "transparency." The retired Jerome Couzac, a former French budget minister, acknowledged the existence of a secret bank account abroad. He reported this on his page on the Internet, reports from Paris correspondent ITAR-TASS Sergey Shcherbakov.
“Today I met with the forensic investigators leading the case and confirmed to them the existence of a bank account abroad in my name,” wrote Kauzak. He also noted that he had owned it for the past twenty years.
He spoke about thousands of euros in the 600 account. “I ordered that all funds be fully transferred to my bank account in Paris,” concluded the former minister of the budget.
This decision, however, will not save Kauzyaka from prosecution. “He was charged with“ laundering ”undeclared incomes,” said the politician’s lawyer.
Corr. ITAR-TASS recalls that this representative of the ruling Socialist Party came to the attention of the relevant authorities after in December the media agency “Mediapart” published the recording of a telephone conversation with Kayuzak. It was made back in 2000 year. On the film, the politician orders the assistant to close his undeclared account in UBS, a Swiss bank, for fear that this may compromise him before the municipal elections. As the agency found out, the secret account in Switzerland was never closed. True, in 2010, funds from it were transferred to Singapore.
Initially, Kayuzak denied all the charges against him. “I have never had an account abroad,” he said. However, on March 19, following a preliminary investigation, the French prosecutor’s office formally charged him. A few hours later, he resigned in order "not to cast a shadow over the work of the government."
It is curious that, by the nature of his activity, Monsieur Cauzac was also engaged in returning to France the funds of unscrupulous taxpayers harboring abroad. This man is also a close supporter of Francois Hollande: he played a prominent role in his election campaign in 2012, one of the slogans of which was “full transparency before voters”.
British MI6 participated in the execution of Lumumba? British foreign intelligence was convicted of implicating Patrist Lumumba, Prime Minister of the Former Republic of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1997 of the year), in execution "Lenta.ru" with reference to The Times.
The fact is that in the organization of a conspiracy against Lumumba in the fall of 2009, the British intelligence officer Daphne Park, who died in 2010 at the age of 88 years, confessed.
Recognizing this spy in a letter to the magazine London Review of Books, said 75-year-old British politician David Lee. At the end of March, a review of the book by the historian Calder Walton “The Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold War and the Twilight of the Empire” appeared in the publication. David Lee commented on Walton’s remarks that Britain was plotting against Lumumba, however, whether any actions followed this were “we don’t know.”
As Lee writes, the UK was not limited to plans alone. Shortly before her death, Daphne Park told him that she personally organized the elimination of Lumumba.
From 1959 to 1961, she headed the MI6 branch in Leopoldville (now Kinshasa). According to the intelligence officer, Great Britain feared that Lumumba would transfer to the USSR reserves of uranium, diamonds and minerals in Katanga.
David Lee’s declaration of recognition of Daphne Park raised doubts among both historians and British intelligence officials. The blame for the execution of Patrice Lumumba, as a rule, is placed on Belgium, whose colony until 1960 was the Congo, and also on the CIA. The United States denied any involvement in these events, but Belgium, in 2002, declared “moral responsibility” for the death of the Prime Minister of the former Republic of Congo.
Turkmen ultimatum. There is not much time left before the expiration of the ultimatum, which in 2008 was put to the citizens of the Russian Federation living in Turkmenistan, the authorities of this country, obliging them to decide on 10 July 2013, to decide which citizens they want to be. Since July 10, residents of Turkmenistan will be prohibited from having dual citizenship, says Ivan Gladilin (KM.ru) with reference to the REGNUM news agency.
“Our compatriots in this Central Asian country are thus faced with a very difficult choice. Or they renounce Russian citizenship, but then they were actually ordered the way to return to permanent residence for historical Homeland. Either they renounce Turkmen citizenship, but then their life in this country becomes almost unbearable: they, who have lived there for many years, become foreigners - with all the ensuing consequences. ”
When Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov came to power in Turkmenistan and adopted a new constitution in 2008 for the country, reminds the journalist, the situation worsened: in the 7 article of the Basic Law there appeared a provision that “citizens of another state are not recognized as citizens” . After that, an ultimatum on citizenship was made.
Russians living in Turkmenistan are greatly worried by the July 10 approach. The closer the deadline, the stronger the two passport holders feel the pressure from the heads of enterprises and from representatives of various government agencies ...
Taliban's best friend, but inappropriate partner. Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Qatar, discussing with the leadership of the emirate the possibility of opening a mission of the Taliban movement in Doha. This was told by Sergey Strokan (Kommersant).
The visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to Doha, culminating in negotiations with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, marked a turn in Kabul’s policy towards the Taliban. President Karzai’s peace initiative was the main focus of Doha meetings and talks. In addition to Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and members of the government of Qatar, the Afghan leader met with the ambassador of Qatar to Pakistan. On the outcome of consultations held in closed session, not reported.
However, as explained by the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, Janan Mosazai, the negotiations discussed the conditions for the opening of the mission of the Taliban movement in Doha. Kabul is trying to retain a central role in the future settlement and enlist for this the support of regional heavyweights - Qatar and Pakistan, which can influence the leadership of the armed Afghan opposition.
Consent to the opening of a Taliban representation in Doha, the Afghan side is subject to conditions. As the representative of President Karzai Aymal Faizi explained, “the main party in the negotiations with the Taliban should be the representatives of the Afghan government from the High Council for Peace in Afghanistan, which includes people of different nationalities and different political views.” The second condition of Kabul is the Taliban’s refusal to have ties with Al-Qaida and armed confrontation with the authorities.
The new peace initiative of Kabul has found support for Islamabad. Consent to the opening of the Taliban’s representation in Doha was also given by the US administration.
But for a complete diplomatic victory, Kabul lacks a key term - an agreement with the Taliban themselves. “The opening of the representative office of the movement in Qatar has nothing to do with Karzai. This is a question between the Taliban and the government of Qatar, ”said Taliban spokesman Zabiulla Mujahid. According to him, the Taliban prefer to negotiate the future of Afghanistan with third countries and do not consider the “puppet regime” in Kabul as a negotiating partner.
Mullah Omar forbade kidnapping for ransom. The leader of the Afghan Taliban movement, Mullah Omar, forbade his subordinates, as well as the Tehrik-and-Taliban Pakistan movement of the Pakistani Taliban, to kidnap people for ransom. “All those members of the Taliban movement who are involved in these criminal activities disgrace our movement,” the mullah said in an audio message to field commanders, "Vesti".
According to the Taliban leader, the main goal of the movement was and remains the fight against foreign troops in the territory of Afghanistan. He called the kidnappers “apostates” and offered to “expose and destroy”.
Pointless CFE. The Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) is no longer relevant. This was stated by Sergey Ryzhkov, the head of the Defense Ministry’s department for monitoring compliance with international treaties, at a briefing in Moscow on Monday, reports "Military Industrial Courier".
“Many weapons have appeared that can significantly affect the potential of the parties. As for the CFE Treaty, it has no prospects, ”comrade Ryzhkov noted. Among such weapons S. Ryzhkov called high-precision weapon systems and weapons based on new physical principles. He said: “It is about this that we will talk with our Western partners at a conference on European security, which will be held on May 23-24 in Moscow.”
Resolution on the ATT adopted. As passed correspondent ITAR-TASS Oleg ZeleninThe International Arms Trade Treaty will be open for signature on 3 on June 2013 of the year and will enter into force on condition that it is ratified by 50 of the UN member states. This is stated in the text of the convention, the text which was approved today by the General Assembly of the world organization.
The resolution giving the ATT draft final status was voted by the 154 states. Iran, North Korea and Syria spoke against its adoption. 23 countries, including Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Venezuela, China and Cuba, abstained.
The resolution calls "all states to consider signing the Treaty" and acceding to it "as soon as possible, in accordance with their respective constitutional procedures."
On the eve of the vote, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, stated that the draft ATT "has significant flaws, as well as provisions that cause at least doubts and questions." According to the diplomat, the lack of a provision in the document on the inadmissibility of the supply of weapons to unauthorized non-state actors "will inevitably affect the effectiveness of the ATT implementation."
He noted that the draft treaty “in its current form” can introduce “some positive moments” into the sphere of international arms trade, but does not reach the standards already applied “not only in Russia, but also in many other countries”. “We intend to work out the draft treaty in Moscow in the most thorough way, after which we will decide on the expediency of joining it,” said Comrade Churkin.
As the correspondent reminds. ITAR-TASS, Russia unsuccessfully tried to include in the draft ATT the provisions on the inadmissibility of the supply of weapons to "unauthorized non-state actors", as well as to prevent its re-export. In the course of working on the document, the humanitarian side of the arms business caused a lot of controversy. There is a provision in the draft treaty that requires governments to avoid arms transfers if they “can be used to commit or facilitate the commission” of serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights.
The document emphasizes that six years after the ATT’s entry into force “any state party may propose amendments”. They will be reviewed at an ATT conference every three years.
As reported "Vesti" With reference to ITAR-TASS, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the General Assembly’s approval of the text of the ATT.
Ban Ki-moon expressed confidence that the treaty will become a new powerful tool to prevent gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. He will also add momentum to global efforts for disarmament, help fight weapons from falling into illicit trafficking, the Secretary General is confident.
Ban Ki-moon called the ATLA “balanced and durable” agreement, despite the opposite remarks made by delegations from a number of UN member states, including Comrade Churkin.
Chance to negotiate. The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that the chance to resume the six-party talks on the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula cannot be lost. “The main thing now is to prevent the military-force scenario on the peninsula,” said ambassador at large to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Grigory Logvinov, Olga Denisova reports ("Voice of Russia").
“We believe that there is still a chance to resume the six-party talks. As long as the slightest chance remains, it should be used, ”said Grigory Logvinov. According to him, the main thing now is to stop any rhetoric that stirs up tension, and not to allow the military-force scenario on the peninsula. “It is necessary to keep the situation within the political framework. It is unacceptable to try to solve their narrow military-political tasks using the situation in the region, ”comrade Logvinov noted. According to him, Moscow is confident that any of the parties will not consciously go to unleash hostilities.
“However, in the current tense atmosphere, there is a great danger of involuntary local collisions that could cause a collapse of the situation. The main thing is that the war of nerves does not escalate into a hot war, ”said Logvinov.
F-22 arrived in South Korea. The United States transferred the F-22 Raptor fighter jets to South Korea, reports "RT". Experts fear that the appearance of fifth-generation technology on the peninsula will exacerbate the already tense relations between neighbors.
The US military confirmed that the F-22 had been redeployed from the American Kaden Air Force Base in Japan to Osan Base in South Korea.
"Vesti" they remind that last Saturday the DPRK officially announced that the state of “neither war nor peace” had ended on the Korean Peninsula. "Relations with South Korea from that moment entered a state of war," the North Korean government said in a statement.
Kim Jong-un said that the strategic line of the Workers' Party of Korea will be to simultaneously carry out both economic reconstruction and the development of military nuclear programs.
John Kerry will protect everyone. The United States will do everything necessary to protect itself and its allies - South Korea and Japan - from the nuclear missile threat from North Korea. This was stated yesterday by US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking at a press conference after a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Bye-See, who arrived in Washington for a visit, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Ivan Lebedev.
“We are fully prepared and able to do this, and I think that the DPRK understands this,” said the head of American diplomacy, recalling that the United States recently decided to strengthen its missile defense system. In addition, the Pentagon reported that two destroyers were sent to the shores of the Korean Peninsula, equipped with Aegis anti-aircraft missile systems. Earlier, American F-22 fighters were transferred from Japan to South Korea. And in the maneuvers US strategic bombers B-2 and B-52 were involved.
As you know, on Tuesday, Pyongyang announced the decision to resume the operation of all nuclear facilities in Yongbyon. Kerry said that Washington considers such actions by North Korea to be dangerous and unacceptable. “What Kim Jong-un is doing is a provocation,” the US Secretary of State said. He confirmed that "the United States will not accept the DPRK as a nuclear power" and will seek to abandon its military nuclear program in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council. According to him, both the United States and South Korea are convinced that "the Korean Peninsula should be a nuclear-free zone of the world." “And we agreed that improving relations between the North and the South will ultimately help us achieve this goal,” said Kerry about the negotiations with Yung Bye-See.
The head of the South Korean Foreign Ministry said that the United States and the Republic of Korea decided to "further strengthen" the overall potential for "deterring nuclear and conventional provocations from North Korea."
The Minister noted the progress made in the implementation of the plan of "active deterrence" prepared by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan and allowing the country's armed forces to carry out preemptive strikes against North Korea while identifying signs of an imminent nuclear missile attack.
What they think about the "shale revolution" in Russia. The global boom in the extraction of oil and gas from shale rock will not shake Russia's positions on the hydrocarbon market, says Nikita Sorokin ("Voice of Russia").
Calculations for shale hydrocarbons are not devoid of meaning. However, this is not a quick process. And Russia does not intend to lag behind the United States in developing alternative sources. Due to its own shale deposits, Russia is capable of maintaining oil production at the level of 2020 million barrels per day, at least until 10. About this in an interview with "The Financial Times" said the vice-president of "LUKoil" Leonid Fedun. Judging by the mood of Russian oil producers, Rosneft, Gazprom Neft and others intend to participate in the development of shale deposits - mainly the vast Bazhenovskoye field in Western Siberia.
The mere presence of shale hydrocarbon deposits is not enough; To extract them, the following technologies are needed: horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing. In Russia, these techniques are known. Back in 1954, the hydraulic fracturing of the coal seam was made by specialists of the Promgaz Soviet Institute during the underground coal gasification in the Donbas. But the difficulty is that each separately taken region is distinguished by its own geology, and the methods of shale extraction must be selected “individually”.
In an interview with Golos Rossii, Natalia Andreeva, a member of the expert council of the State Duma Committee on Energy, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, said: “I even made the expertise itself one of these technologies, and it does show very good results. That's just enough clean technology. There is no hydraulic fracturing, air and steam is injected there, and, as the oilmen call it, a intra-layer burning center of combustion is formed in the formation. Of course, this is not burning, but you know that any reaction with oxygen is called burning. That is, there is heating of rocks up to three hundred and fifty degrees, and the generation of hydrocarbons takes place inside. That is, literally, oil is formed in the reservoir. ”
Due to the technology of extraction and geographical features, shale oil and gas cannot be produced in densely populated regions. The German Minister of Economy, Philip Resler, and the Minister of the Environment, Noorbert Röttgen, oppose such developments in the Federal Republic of Germany. In Poland, which has some of the richest shale reservoirs in Europe, they refused to drill because of environmental considerations and because of the unprofitability of these projects for the country.
In addition, Russian experts, according to N. Andreeva, are convinced that virtually any project for the extraction of shale hydrocarbons today will be balanced at the limit of profitability.
Putin vs. Obama Resource tomatobubble.com published a tiny note with just two quotes - from the message of V. Putin and the message of B. Obama (source of translation - Mixednews.ru). If the key idea of Putin is the thesis “Have children”, then Obama has put “gay sex” at the forefront. So Putin:
“For Russia to be sovereign and strong, there must be more of us. We need to be more moral and better, we need to become more competitive in our work and creativity ... It is important that families take this step (start a third child) ... I am convinced that a family with three children should become the norm in Russia. ”
"Our path is not complete, as long as our gay brothers and sisters are treated like someone who is outside the law ... And if we are created truly equal, then the love that we show to each other must also be equal ".
“Which country will survive?” The American journalist asked a rhetorical question.
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