The "opposition" does not want peace. The statements of the Syrian opposition about the intention to boycott the Geneva-2 conference do not bring the parties closer to a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the country, said the US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, a correspondent reports. ITAR-TASS Andrei Surzhansky.
“Their statement undoubtedly does not bring the opposition closer to the negotiating political process that is necessary to achieve peace,” she told reporters.
Corr. ITAR-TASS recalls that the Syrian National Council refused to participate in the "Geneva-2".
Journalists drew the attention of Psaki to the lack of progress in the work of the United States with the Syrian opposition. But the Russian side says that the government of Bashar Assad is ready to participate in the conference. Psaki turned out of the delicate situation as follows:
“There were moments when the regime (Assad) also said that he would not participate in the conference. The situation is changing. There were moments when the opposition declared its firm readiness to take part (in the “Geneva-2”). Given the current difficult situation, this is not surprising. ”
Concerning the advancement of the Geneva conference, Comrade Lavrov spoke earlier.
On Monday, the Russian Foreign Minister said that the US statements on promoting the Geneva Conference on Syria should be more self-critical.
“We very much hope that our American partners, other countries that not only have influence on various opposition groups, but strongly encourage these opposition groups to continue the struggle, are aware of their responsibility to create the conditions for convening Geneva-2,” quotes the words of the Minister of ITAR-TASS. “Against this background, it is strange to hear the recurring remarks by individual representatives of the US Department of State that we are moving toward holding the Geneva-2, but it is important that Russia has an impact on Damascus.”
The head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “This, if to speak Russian, is felled from a sick head to a healthy one. We have an impact on Damascus, it gives real results. "
The theme of “Geneva-2” and the Syrian opposition was developed in "Russian newspaper" Evgeny Shestakov. In his opinion, the conference on the Syrian settlement is becoming just as long-playing a project and an unattainable dream as, for example, the Palestinian-Israeli settlement. Everyone is ready to participate in the forum, but put forward conditions that make the holding of an international event ineffective. Moreover, Washington hardly orders the music:
“The refusal of one of the most prominent political groups of the Syrian opposition - the Syrian National Council - to participate in the“ Geneva-2 ”once again confirmed the fears of Russia. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in conversations with US Secretary of State John Kerry, repeatedly drew the attention of the interlocutor to the heterogeneity of the opposition, its inability to speak in one voice. In response, according to the RG, the American side assured that it controls the situation. After numerous questions from journalists at a press conference held on the margins of the APEC summit in Indonesia, Kerry even called the dates for the “Geneva-2” - the second week of November. At the same time, Washington guaranteed that it would sit Assad’s opponents at the negotiating table without preconditions. According to the RG, Russia assumed similar obligations with respect to official Damascus, where it had long since formed a delegation to participate in the conference. And although formally the National Coalition of Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, which includes the Syrian National Council, has not yet decided to participate in the Geneva-2, it is obvious that in this matter Washington is not “ordering” music. ”
The refusal of part of the opposition to participate in the conference announced by the State Department, the analyst notes, perhaps, was the revenge of the Saudi and Qatari monarchs, who failed to be overthrown by Bashar Assad by the hands of the West.
Assad knows who should have written the Nobel Peace Prize. The President of Syria jokingly declared that the Nobel Peace Prize should have been given to him "Vesti".
According to Interfax, referring to the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, Bashar Asad, commenting on the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW, noted that the justice award should have been given to him.
The newspaper writes that there is some truth in the joke: back in 2003, Assad suggested that all countries of the Middle East abandon weapons of mass destruction.
Inspired by the award. British Lord Peter Truscott, author of the biography of the Russian president, nominated Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize, said the Lord himself, who entered RIA Novosti.
"Today, Lord Truscott nominated Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize after the Russian peace initiative on winding down the Syrian chemical arsenal prevented an escalation of the civil war," the statement said. RIA News" Denis Voroshilov.
"The initiative of the Russian president not only saved thousands of lives and prevented the conflict from growing into an international one, but also became a model of how other international problems should be resolved, including the situation around the Iranian nuclear program ... The award of the Nobel Prize to Putin would not only be a reward Russia for constructive work on Syria, but it would also inspire the Russian president to strengthen democracy and carry out reforms within the country, ”the statement said.
Iran insists. The first day of negotiations in Geneva of representatives of the "six" of international mediators and the Iranian delegation, which was presented led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Dawad Zarif, ended without a breakthrough, reports a correspondent. RIA News" Mikhail Gusev.
During the two sessions of the negotiations, Tehran tried to convince its opponents that Iran is ready for concrete steps if the world community recognizes its right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.
It is noted that the details of the plan remain classified as “secret” - until the parties come to an agreed decision. The plan, however, boils down to the fact that Iran continues to pursue a line on the recognition by the world community of its "inalienable right to enrich uranium." And in order not to frighten the West, Tehran is ready to discuss the volume and level of enrichment.
Netanyahu again spoke of a preemptive strike. Speaking at a Knesset meeting devoted to the 1973 Doomsday War, the Israeli Prime Minister conveyed a message to Tehran, reports MIGnews.com.
“The lessons learned from the war have been with us for the past four decades,” Netanyahu said. He added: “They are intertwined with other wars and battles that we have already experienced. The first lesson is: never underestimate the threat, never underestimate the enemy and never ignore the signs of danger. The second lesson is to not give up before a preemptive strike. ”
According to Netanyahu, “not every situation requires such a blow — you should consider things carefully and carefully — but there are circumstances in which the thought of an international reaction to such a move will be a heavy price, which we may have to pay for strategic hit".
“A preventive war is one of the most difficult decisions that the government is forced to take, since it will never be able to prove what would have happened if it had not worked,” the Israeli prime minister decided to clarify.
He further noted that the key difference between the 1967 Six-Day War of the Year and the 1973 Doomsday War of the Year is just a preemptive strike, thanks to which the government decided to attack the enemy with all its might.
What to do with the death of Arafat? The investigation into the causes of Yasser Arafat’s death has been completed. Experts have confirmed: he died as a result of poisoning with polonium-210. As indicated "Lenta.ru" with reference to Kommersant, the results of the examination were passed on to the widow of Palestinian leader Suche Arafat. She will have to decide what to do with this data.
The former head of the Palestinian Authority died in 2004 in Paris, recalls Lenta. He was 75 years old. Arafat’s death was preceded by a short illness.
UAVs over the European Union. At the end of this year, the EU will begin to operate a new border surveillance system, designed to streamline migration flows, according to Sergey Duz ("Voice of Russia").
The rules of the Eurosur (European Border Surveillance System) were approved by the European Parliament at the end of last week. The system will begin to function with 2 December - first at the external borders of the EU, and then at the borders between its participants.
The main goal of Eurosur is to protect the external borders of the European Union from illegal immigrants. It provides for the exchange of real-time video and photographic images and data between EU countries. To collect information provided for the use of UAVs and space satellites. Brussels will allocate for this purpose about 340 million euros over nine years.
News Scotland Yard. British policemen who arrested four people on October 14 prevented a terrorist act. According to "Lenta.ru" With reference to the Associated Press, the arrested were planning to seize the shopping center - taking as an example the actions of Somali militants who had taken hostages in a Kenyan hypermarket a month earlier.
Currently, British officials are not reporting what charges will be brought to the arrested person. Information about the identities of the detainees is also not disclosed. However, it is known that these are British subjects of Turkish, Pakistani, Algerian and Azerbaijani origin.
Neo-Nazis with chains and bottles. The funeral of the former SS officer Erich Pribka, which were to be held last night in the Italian city of Albano Laziale, located near Rome, was canceled, reports "Lenta.ru".
According to France-Presse, the order to cancel the funeral was given by the police after the outbreak of clashes between opponents of the Pribka burial in Albano Latsial and neo-Nazis.
Police special forces were forced to use tear gas against about three dozen neo-Nazis who attacked law enforcement officials with bottles and chains.
It is curious that the lawyer Paolo Dzhakini, representing the interests of Pribke, in an interview with the Associated Press called a different version of the cancellation of the funeral. According to him, the funeral was decided to cancel due to the fact that the authorities did not provide access to the funeral site for anyone who wished to say goodbye to the former SS officer.
Italian media suggest that the body will be cremated when Pribke.
"Ribbon" reminds that Prybka during the war participated in a mass execution in the Adrian caves in Rome in 1944. There were killed 335 Italian citizens.
Tax on the sun. The sun will soon cease to shine for free. The Spanish government is going to impose a corresponding tax, the correspondent reports "RT" Sarah Firth.
Spain is experiencing an economic crisis, and the authorities have decided that a tax on solar energy will fix the case. Indeed, in other Spanish cities the sun shines on 3000 hours per year. This turned out to be too much: production capacity exceeded demand by 60%. As a result, the government owes producers about 26 billion euros. To reduce the use of solar panels, the government decided to tax their owners.
Panel users say that because of the introduction of the tax, it becomes more profitable to buy electricity from large companies.
Hague echo. An employee of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Moscow was attacked. According to a law enforcement source, the assistant ambassador said that unknown persons broke into his apartment on Povarskaya Street and beat him, reports "RT" with reference to Interfax.
The attackers left the inscription "LBGT" in the victim's apartment, as well as a painted heart.
At the scene working investigative team.
Russian Ambassador to the Netherlands Roman Kolodkin will arrive today at the Netherlands Foreign Ministry to explain the situation with the diplomat. About it RIA News" reported on Wednesday night in the Netherlands ministry.
The ministry said: “As we learned, two people entered the house of an embassy employee and beat him. He got light injuries, now he feels well. ”
A law enforcement source in Moscow told RIA Novosti about the beating of a diplomat. The press service of the metropolitan head office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed the fact that the foreigner applied to law enforcement agencies. An unnamed source familiar with the situation told RIA Novosti that information about the incident had been transmitted to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Toilet occupied. Youth activists dragged several toilets to the government office building in Tbilisi. By delivering sanitary ware products to the site, the young people reacted to the statements of the State Minister for Reintegration, Paata Zakareshivili, concerning the Russian “occupation”. He writes about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to Frontnews.
The activists are unhappy with the words of the minister that “when a Russian comes into the toilet, this is also an occupation”. Such a statement Zakareshivili made in an interview published on October 5. It dealt with the state support of families from the village of Dvani, whose houses were for the separation barrier.
Explaining what is happening in the territory uncontrolled by the Georgians, the minister said:
“Occupation is a process, everyday life! It started in the 2008 year, and now it continues too. The fact that the Russian goes to the toilet is also a process of occupation! Forgive me, let's take it all: the fact that he has lunch, does something ... You can watch every day what is happening there - that the sun rises, the moon shines, the birds fly over, someone walks back and forth ... All this is a process of occupation! ”
Georgian alcoholic millionaire. Former Georgian Defense Minister David Kezerashvili is detained in France. Nino Giorgobiani, the head of the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, informed Novosti-Georgia news agency, reports "Lenta.ru".
25 February Kezerashvili was arrested in absentia by the Tbilisi City Court. The former official turned out to be a defendant in several criminal cases. The decision of the court concerned one of them, related to the weaning of a share in the Imedi TV company from an American businessman, Joseph Kay.
In addition, the former Minister of Defense is charged with taking bribes on a large scale and facilitating the smuggling of ethyl alcohol. Taking advantage of his official position, from 2007, Kezerashvili assisted businessmen in importing alcohol to Georgia without paying customs duties. According to law enforcement, after the completion of a civil servant’s career in 2008, he continued to do this, using the accumulated connections. The total amount of illegally obtained profits amounted to more than 12 million dollars.
Homosexuality as a geopolitical weapon. New amendments to the administrative code of Moldova, legalizing the situation of sexual minorities, were adopted without taking into account the views of the local population. The authorities of the republic sought to act in the peak of Russia and at the direction of the European Union. About this to Evgeny Mayorov ("Voice of Russia") experts said.
The correspondent notes that the OSCE welcomes new amendments to the administrative code of Moldova, which lifted the sanctions for spreading information about non-traditional family relations. The Parliament of Moldova adopted them on October 11, despite the protests of the local population. Earlier, last year, the Moldovan Parliament adopted the “Law on Ensuring Equality”, which protects the rights of sex minorities. Along with this, the authorities made an attempt to hold a gay parade, which was heavily guarded.
Director of the International Institute of Newest States Alexey Martynov says:
“The recent actions of the Moldovan leadership in this direction are clearly anti-Russian in nature, this is clearly in spite of the Russian law banning the promotion of homosexuality. This is clearly in the discourse unleashed at all international platforms against Russia with accusations of homophobia, oppression of the LGBT community, and so on. ”
According to the expert, the ban on propaganda of homosexuality has nothing to do with oppressing LGBT people. The Constitution of Russia guarantees the rights of all people.
In Moldova, these propagandists act as an anti-Russian irritant, the expert believes, who act according to the principle “in spite of my grandmother, who asks to put on a hat, frostbid ears”. Propaganda of homosexuality is in spite of Russia. And talk about European integration, about a rapprochement with Europe in Moldova leads the ruling elite. In recent weeks, many thousands of protests of citizens are taking place in the republic. The ruling coalition is going against the will of the people, the analyst believes, is preparing to sign the next declaration on integration. Legalization of gay propaganda is one of the links in this chain.
The head of the Center for Strategic Analysis and Forecasting of Moldova, Sergey Nazaria, says:
"I do not see common sense in the adoption of this law, not only in Moldova, but in general wherever it is."
The expert also notes:
“Most people are against it - this is a normal reaction. We do not have homophobia per se. I think that it does not exist anywhere until the authorities raise these issues and the European structures do not impose it on our authorities. It is this imposition that causes homophobia. ”
"There will be no more call." Ukraine moves to the formation of armed forces on a contract basis. The corresponding decree on Monday was signed by Viktor Yanukovych, reports "Russian newspaper" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
“There will be no more conscription,” said the head of state during a meeting with women, the Heroes of Ukraine. “There (in the decree) everything is painted, how urgent soldiers will be released to the reserve and how the last soldiers will go this year.”
According to the president, the armed forces need professionals: “We have such weapons, such military technologies, where a very high professional level is required. The technique is very complicated, so the army must now be professional. ”
The killer was detained in Kolomna. The alleged killer of Yegor Shcherbakov was detained in Kolomna. “A native of Azerbaijan, Orkhan Zeynalov, who is suspected of killing a resident of Biryulyovo, Yegor Shcherbakov, was detained in Kolomna near Moscow with the support of SWAT personnel,” the press center of the Moscow police said. Yesterday evening the suspect was taken to the detention center of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the capital, reports Interfax.
“In informal conversations with operatives, the suspect admitted his guilt,” the press center told Interfax.
At a government meeting, the head of the State Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow, Anatoly Yakunin, said that in Azerbaijan, Zeynalov was also wanted for murder.
Alexey Pronkin, who rented an apartment to Zeynalov and identified him through video clips published on the Internet, will receive a million rubles promised by the metropolitan police for information on the location of the alleged killer.
The representative of the Investigative Committee, Vladimir Markin, in an interview with Interfax provided details. Zeynalov 30 years, 10 of which he lives in Russia. Zeynalov did not have a permanent job; he was engaged in private carrying.
"It is known that he is quick-tempered, aggressive, abuses alcohol, does not have a permanent residence in Moscow," the representative of the UK added.
Who is to blame? This eternal question asked Western journalists who tried to find the cause of the tragedy and pogroms in Biryulyovo. Review of Western newspapers published "Inopressoy".
“Russian nationalists add fuel to the fire of the Moscow riots on a national basis,” the headline newspaper The Guardian claims. The author of the article - and. about. Natalia Antonova, chief editor of The Moscow News. She recalls that the riots in Biryulyovo began after the murder of ethnic Russian Yegor Shcherbakov.
The journalist describes Biryulyovo as a working outskirts, cheap housing which attracts migrants. According to Antonova, she heard from the mouth of a law enforcement officer that it was recognized that the police in the residential districts of Moscow had little control over the “situation with ethnic gangs”.
The author writes: "Russian nationalists skillfully use the fear and hatred that prevail in areas such as Biryulyovo ... Claiming that crime is mainly associated with illegal migration, they offer a seemingly easy solution: get rid of foreigners."
“In such an atmosphere, innocent migrants who are only trying to do their work, and people like Shcherbakov, who simply wanted to protect their girlfriend, are paying for their inability to bring crime and violence under control,” the journalist said.
The Russian authorities, taken aback by unrest, are looking for the guilty, writes "El Pais".
“Mass detentions, increased security measures and a predictable tightening of immigration policies are the reaction of the authorities at the moment, who seem to be inclined to take action against ethnic minorities rather than seriously oppose Russian nationalists who inspire unrest,” Pilar Bonet writes.
The journalist lists: in Biryulyovo, an 23 man was injured, among them 6 policemen. However, most of the 380 detainees released after questioning. 70 summoned to court. Five people were fined thousands of rubles for 3. Journalist Nikolai Svanidze noted that these nationalist demonstrators were treated differently than those involved in the “Marsh Business”.
“And yet Moscow’s deputy mayor Gorbenko laid the blame for the unrest on the nationalists,” the author points out.
The mayor of Moscow hurried to condemn the tactics of the crowd. However, Sobyanin found it difficult to distance himself from the logic of this crowd, said Time correspondent Simon Schuster.
“This summer, during the mayoral election, it was Sobyanin who brought xenophobia into the political mainstream. Now he has to reap the fruits of what he has sown, ”the journalist said.
Expert Nikolay Petrov (“Carnegie Endowment”) believes that Sobyanin’s strategy in elections has removed the taboo previously adopted by the ruling party. The elite who surrounded Putin thought that playing a racist sentiment card was “awkward and even dangerous,” the author recounts Mr. Petrov’s opinion. However, the Sobyanin headquarters did not seem to resist the temptation: after all, anti-immigrant sentiments were strong among the electorate.
Further, the journalist notes that in Russia the attitude towards immigrants is "no less fierce than in many European countries."
The author also notes that Navalny (the main rival of Sobyanin in the mayoral elections) after the riots "again expressed sympathy for the anti-immigrant movement."
“These are the new political realities of Moscow, where, according to Petrov, xenophobia is“ now in the order of things, ”the author concludes.
Moscow correspondent for Le Monde Marie Zhego notes that “racist rhetoric has spread apart in Russia”. Zhego quotes Emil Pain, director of the Institute of Ethnopolitical and Regional Studies, who called xenophobia the common core of all political trends in modern Russia.
Vladimir Putin does not make xenophobic statements, but sometimes, indulging in the majority, flirts with the idea of a great Russian nation.
“Heroes” of the West, like Navalny, a journalist finds racist. Here are her arguments:
“We should not forget that Alexei Navalny was in 2006, one of the founders of the“ Russian March ”, to which in Moscow every year several hundred extremists gather, raising their hands in a Nazi salute. Since then, he has not changed much. "
“Nationalism is spreading particularly rapidly where people are dissatisfied with their lives,” political commentator of Die Welt Yulia Smirnova comments on the unrest in Moscow. “It is well known that it is much easier to send hatred to visitors than to solve a problem.”
According to the journalist, one of the main reasons for this hatred is “non-functioning state institutions”. Muscovites do not believe the police, the government, or the courts. But they "believe those who dump all the blame on foreigners."
The government inspires the Russians to be proud of past victories and demonstration projects, such as the Sochi Olympics. In fact, "the Russians are noticing that their country lacks something to be proud of in reality - a functioning state and economic power."
Forbes journalist Mark Adomanis has his own point of view on what happened in Biryulyovo. The observer is not worried about the pogrom itself, but about the moods that provoked it.
The most prominent member of the opposition movement, Alexei Navalny, in his “Live Journal” compiled a list of people and organizations responsible for the riots. Here are the police, the courts, the Interior Ministry, the FSB, the Kremlin, the migrants, the corrupt officials, the oligarchs, and, finally, Putin himself. “In a strange way, the most obvious persons involved in the Navaln’s list of perpetrators are missing: pogromists,” the author of the material indicates.
The analyst continues: "Navalny never openly supports unrest, because he is too clever for this." Instead, he, in the words of Mark Galeotti, is engaged in “cheap and nasty populism”: he agrees with the complaints of the nationalists, refraining from commenting on their tactics.
Adomanisu is clear that nationalists and liberals have different goals. The real Russian liberal, the journalist believes, would have enjoyed the influx of migrants from the Caucasus: after all, they play an important role in those economic sectors that ethnic Russians traditionally shy away from.
Murder on 6 Radial. In East Biryulyov, they found the body of a citizen of Uzbekistan with multiple stab wounds. As reported "Vesti" with reference to Interfax, the body of a man who died from stab wounds was found on 6 Radial Street, not far from the railway tracks.
Law enforcement authorities established that the victim was a citizen of Uzbekistan.
By the two hundred and thirteenth. A criminal case was opened against young people who broke into the temple on Polyanka Street in the center of Moscow and took photos against the altar with a gun-like object, reports "Lenta.ru" with reference to Interfax.
According to the press service of the Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the city, the case was initiated under article 213 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Hooliganism”). Three of the four suspects detained. They turned out to be residents of Moscow, the Moscow Region and Ryazan. Measures are being taken to search for and arrest the fourth suspect.
"Tape" reminds that last night a group of young men broke into the church of Gregory of Neokesariysky who, according to the head priest, was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Those who rushed in cursed and threatened the parishioners with a thing that looked like a pistol, and also promised to “smash their head” trying to reassure them to a church worker. The abbot said that five to seven people of "eastern appearance" broke into the temple.
The workers of the temple managed to press the “alarm button”, and the staff of the nearest police station arrived at the scene of the incident.
IMF buries BRICS. In the report “On the State of the World Economy”, the IMF paints a rather gloomy situation in developing countries, writes Mikhail Overchenko (Vedomosti.ru). Blame for the deterioration of the situation in the main BRICS countries, according to the fund.
Since July, when the IMF gave a previous forecast, India’s growth estimate was reduced by 1,8 pp (to 3,8%), Russia - by 1 pp (to 1,5%). In China, the growth rate declined from 10,4% in 2010 to the expected 7,6% by the end of this year.
“The growth rate of developing countries is now about 3 percentage points lower than in 2010, and two-thirds of this decline is due to a slowdown in Brazil, China and India,” fund experts say (see histograms below).
The problems seem shocking because their scale is unexpected, according to IMF experts. This means that many analysts underestimated the negative impact on the economic situation in the BRICS countries of cyclical factors: the disappearing impact of financial incentives, falling export demand, lower commodity prices.
As for Russia, the IMF reduces the possible growth rates for it by about pp by 0,5, noting that even an improvement in cyclical factors cannot lead to a serious acceleration of the economy in the country.
Earlier, growth continued due to rising oil prices and free capacity utilization, now the old model has been exhausted. Why? It is the fault of the dilapidated infrastructure, the dependence on oil, and the poor business climate. The main constraints for the Russian economy, according to data from World Bank experts, are structural problems: uncompetitive industries and noncompetitive markets.
As for China, the demographic situation will soon begin to deteriorate there (see the histogram). In addition, return on investment is reduced in the PRC.
Analysts from Capital Economics also look pessimistic about Russia's prospects. Unlike other Eastern European countries, there are no signs of improvement in Russia, they say. Without reforms that should improve the business climate, attract investment, the growth rate of the Russian economy will remain below 3%.
Kim Jong-un on "fotozhabah." The photograph shown on Central DPRK and transmitted by CTLK, Kim Jong-un, became the object of the photojob. About this tells Maxim Lisovsky ("Voice of Russia").
A “photo” from a report on Kim Jong-un's inspection visit for the construction of a children's hospital in Pyongyang was clearly mounted. The North Korean leader was captured with advisers and ministers against the backdrop of new buildings, but it is noticeable to the naked eye that the lighting of the figures does not match the background lighting. There are no shadows under the people.
Japanese bloggers noticed that the “photo” was mounted. The blogosphere responded with photojabs. Among the parodies, the site “Rocketnews24” gives the images: “Kim Jong-un announces the South Pole the territory of the DPRK”, “Kim Jong-un Without a space suit helps American astronauts to hoist the flag on the moon” assistance of the Korean People's Army "and others.
Seven years are left before China’s invasion of Taiwan. As the "Military Parity" With reference to defense-aerospace.com, in the annual report, the Ministry of National Defense of Taiwan warned the neighboring countries, the United States and its own people that by 2020, the PRC could carry out a "successful invasion of the island."
The fact is that Beijing, among other things, is modernizing types of weapons aimed at countering the ability of the United States to intervene in the conflict in defense of Taiwan. These include anti-ship ballistic and cruise missiles, anti-satellite weapons, long-range cruise missiles, fighters, several classes of atomic and conventional submarines.
Therefore, the island state should invest significant funds in defense: to create a modern air defense system, a mine war system, anti-ship missiles.
The report says that the United States should make more efforts to improve Taiwan’s security. At the same time, Washington should increase its own military potential. The neutralization of the threat from the PLA may contribute to the construction of a larger number of Virginia-class atomic attack submarines, new long-range strategic bombers, laser weapons systems for ships, etc.
Chinese copier works non-stop. Images of a helicopter, very reminiscent of the American Apache AH-64D, appeared on the Chinese Internet. He writes about it "RT" with reference to The Aviationist.
The helicopter stood on the platform carrying the truck. He was not even disguised. Perhaps, one of the American combat vehicles shot down or wrecked in Iraq was exported to China.
A helicopter in a Chinese photograph can be a skillfully executed copy.
The Chinese have long been "famous" for the ability to copy. They took a lot from Russia.
In one of the issues of the Chinese publication "Tanks and armored vehicles ”, the chief designer of the modern Chinese BMP ZBD04 said that he not only copied the BMP-3 from the Russians, but also improved it.
The best Chinese fighter J-8 - a copy of the Russian MiG-21.
The course is on deamericanization. October 17 in the United States may default. The credibility of the United States in other countries is undermined, according to the Chinese agency "Xinhua".
According to a Chinese columnist who leads "RT"The American economy is on the verge of collapse, which represents a danger to many US partner countries. Therefore, urgent "deamericanization" of the economy is needed.
Last week, China began to prepare for a technical default on loans. The European Central Bank and the People's Bank of China reached an agreement on joint operations without the use of the dollar. The agreement must be valid for three years.
Moreover, as a sign of growing distrust, China provided a discount on US securities.
The People's Republic of China declares the need to elect a new international reserve currency, which should replace the dollar.
According to the Associated Press, China accounts for almost 23% of US government debt. It is curious that just this summer, Chinese authorities have invested 25,2 billion in US government bonds.
In second place is Japan. She owes US 1,14 trillion $. Russia occupies only 11’s place on the list of creditors: the US owes 132 billion to the United States.
Bin Laden's man. Abu Anas Libi, one of the most influential al-Qaeda militants detained in Libya during a special operation by the US military, refused to plead guilty to terrorism. At a preliminary hearing in federal court in New York, Liby denied all charges, reports Newsru.com with reference to Al-Jazeera.
Liby is in the detention facility. During the preliminary hearings, Libi only confirmed his name and age, said that he understood the essence of the process and refused to plead guilty. Prior to that, he was aboard a US Navy ship in the Mediterranean, where he was interrogated.
The American authorities have been hunting for al-Libi 13 years. This man at one time was part of Osama bin Laden’s “inner circle” and was included in the FBI’s list of the most wanted terrorists.
Al-Libi was captured by American special forces in Tripoli on October 5 and then secretly taken out of Libya.
Creaked out by five billion. Only eight years have passed since the new military camouflage, costing 5 billion of budget money, was adopted by the US military. Now the command is thinking about the development of other uniforms - cheaper, just 4 billion. This channel tells "RT".
According to "The Daily Beast", the camouflage gray-green shade of "UCP" did not meet expectations.
According to the veterans of the Iraq war, the fabric creaked in contact with any object that showed the whereabouts of the soldiers. Participants in the Afghan military campaigns complained that the enemy quickly noticed soldiers in the highlands due to the contrast of colors.
Leisurely Congress intervened only in 2009. A bill was passed, obliging the army to carry out a program for choosing a new camouflage for use in Afghanistan. This led to the choice of the “MultiCam” form. Research has begun on the development of a new type of camouflage clothing.
In addition to the form for the soldiers, there are other multi-billion dollar incidents.
In 2003, the Pentagon spent $ 20 billion on off-road vehicles for the operational units of the marines. True, this technique was not suitable for participation in combat operations: the vehicles were left without armor plates to protect the crew.
Analysts believe that such situations develop because of the links of the owners of military-industrial complex companies with the army leadership.
And they rightly say, add from themselves. Everything and always in the whole world is formed because of these very "connections". And it will continue to develop in the same way. Ecclesiastes said: “What has been will be; and what has been done will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun ”(Eccles 1, 9).
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