Putin on Kiev op: ‘Tanks, jets against own people?! Are they nuts?!’

Activists block a collumn of Ukrainian men riding on Armoured Personnel Carriers in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on April 16, 2014 (AFP Photo / Anatoly Stepanov)

Putin has criticized Ukraine’s coup-appointed government for using tanks and jets against its own people, during a live Q&A session. Branding Kiev’s approach as a “crime,” Putin said they must open dialogue with eastern Ukraine.

“Have they lost their minds!?” said Putin during his annual question and answer session. “They are deploying tanks, armored vehicles and weaponry! Against whom?! Are they nuts?!”

The Russian president said he thought that asking activists in the southeast of Ukraine to hand in their weapons was the right approach, but this measure should also be applied to armed Ukrainian nationalist groups.

Putin went on to say the crisis in Ukraine can only be solved through a compromise in the interests of the Ukrainian people.

“The coup-appointed government in Kiev needs to come to its senses before we can negotiate,” said Putin.

In spite of the fact the interim government is illegitimate, Russia is still prepared to open dialogue with them, said Putin. Ukraine’s interim government came to power on February 22 after weeks of violent protests on Kiev’s Independence Square. They ousted President Viktor Yanukovich and declared elections in May, something that violates the Ukrainian constitution.

NATO’s reinforcement of its presence in eastern Europe was also touched upon during Putin’s Q&A session. Head of Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, Dmitry Kiselev, said that he felt like NATO was “suffocating him” and described the organization as “a cancerous tumor.”

Dmitry Kiselev was included in the list of Russian politicians who were hit by Western sanctions following the Crimean referendum that led to the region’s integration with Russia.

In a tongue-in-cheek response, Putin told Kiselev not to be afraid of NATO, assuring him that “Russia would suffocate everyone else.”

NATO has accused Russia of attempting to destabilize Ukraine, something that Russia categorically denied. Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov told the press on Monday that Russia had no interest in promoting crisis in Ukraine, and the West needs to produce evidence to support its accusations.

Source: Russia Today

Russia blasts US double standards over Syrian peace progress

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Paris, May 27, 2013. (Reuters / Jim Young)

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The US-Russian initiative for a comprehensive peace conference to resolve the Syrian crisis needs honest effort of those involved. But some nations apparently try to undermine the effort to call the meeting, says the Russia’s foreign minister.

On Wednesday, the US, Turkey and Qatar pushed through a UN resolution condemning the Syrian government for the alleged use of foreign fighters against rebel forces in the battle for the strategic town of Qusair.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Of course Medias scoundrels and Presstitutes won’t tell the public that NATO Forces and Israel have been using djihado-takfiro-Qataro-Saoudo-Talmudo-Zionists Foreign fighters paid by Qatar in Syria for nearly 2 years to overthrow the Syrian Government.]

The document calls for an investigation into the matter as well as more aid access and protections for the civilian population of Syria.

The ‘foreign fighters’ in question are from the Lebanese Shia movement, Hezbollah, which backed Syrian president, Bashar Assad, fearing that if his regime falls, Lebanon will become Al-Qaeda’s next target.

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Syrian Air forces strike the militants in Damascus Countryside

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The Syrian Army forces continued their operations in Damascus countryside, after the communication and Internet broke yesterday after the Free Army insurgents bombed the Spatial  Internet line in Duma.

Military sources said to Breaking News that the fighter jets of Syrian Air force hit several positions for the insurgents on the orchards of al-Sheifounia in Duma.

The sources added that more than100 gunmen were killed in the airstrikes of the Syrian Air force.

In Daria, Breaking News Sources said that the Syrian Army artillery has bombed locations for the gunmen in the orchards of Daria city.

The units also raided on several dens in the neighborhoods of Daria.

The sources pointed out to Breaking News Network that the bodies of killed insurgents are all over the city.

The fighter jets of Syrian Air force also targeted several positions for the gunmen in the orchards, situated near Suhnaya.

The Special Forces of Syrian Army carried out very important operations in Beit Sahem, Aqraba, Zamalka, Erbin areas and the orchards of Harasta, what resulted in more than 40 deaths of the armed men.

Sources for Breaking News Network revealed that the Syrian Army forces carried out an operation against a gathering for the militants at Jaramana junction in al-Muleiha, causing the death of 50 gunmen. Continue reading

Bomb explosion rips through Press TV vehicles in Syria

File photo shows people gathered to look at the damage following a car bomb attack in the Syrian city of Aleppo

File photo shows people gathered to look at the damage following a car bomb attack in the Syrian city of Aleppo

A car bomb attack has ripped through six vehicles belonging to Press TV and al-Alam television networks in the Syrian capital Damascus, security sources report.

Syrian security guards said on Friday that the bomb explosion occurred near Press TV’s office in Damascus after a man was caught on camera sticking something to a car.

According to reports, he escaped the scene of the attack minutes before the blast.

However, the bomb attack did not cause any casualties.

On September 26, militants in Damascus attacked Press TV staff, killing the Iranian English-language news network’s correspondent Maya Naser, and injuring its Damascus Bureau Chief Hosein Mortada.

Syria has been the scene of unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have lost their lives in the turmoil.

The Syrian government says foreign-backed “terrorists” are responsible for the killings, and that certain Western states, especially the United States, and their regional allies are fueling the turmoil.$

Source: Press TV

Syria: Army Units Eliminate Terrorists, Destroy Tools of Their Crimes in Several Provinces

PROVINCES, (SANA) – Units of the Armed Forces on Sunday continued their national mission in pursuit of al-Qaeda terrorists who are perpetrating acts of killing and looting in Daraya, Hejjeira and al-Dhiyabiyeh in Damascus Countryside and destroyed a number of their vehicles and tools used in targeting the residents and their properties.

An official source told SANA reporter that an army unit clashed with al-Qaeda linked terrorist group and killed some of its members near al-Forn roundabout in Daraya city.

An army unit discovered weapons and ammunition including Israeli-made bombs, DShK bullets, PKC machineguns and military uniforms in terrorists’ hideouts in Cornice area in Daraya.

An official source told SANA reporter that the ammunition and weapons were hidden in particular holes dug by the terrorists in plantations in Daraya farms.

The source added that several mines were dismantled, after they were planted by terrorists in the residential houses in Corniche area in the city.

A unit of the Armed Forces clashed with an armed terrorist group, affiliated to al-Qaeda, near the eastern entrance of Daraya city, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

An official source told SANA reporter that the army seized large amounts of weapons and ammunition, including machineguns, sniper rifles and a 82-mm mortar launcher, inside a terrorists’ hideout in the city.

The source added that another unit of the armed forces killed a number of terrorists at Fayez Mansour and al-Akshak streets in Hejjeira town in the countryside of Damascus.

One of the most dangerous terrorists, Moa’az Numeiri was identified among the dead, the source said. Continue reading

Israel may strike at ship allegedly carrying Iranian rockets to Gaza – report

Israel has reportedly vowed to destroy rockets and other weapons being sent to Gaza by Iran. Tel Aviv issued this threat despite a recent ceasefire following eight days of bitter conflict between Gaza and Israel.

Israeli spy satellites spotted a cargo vessel in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas that was allegedly Gaza-bound and carrying arms, the Sunday Times reported.

“Regardless of the ceasefire agreement, we will attack and destroy any shipment of arms to Gaza once we have spotted it,” an Israeli defense official told the newspaper.

The vessel reportedly began its voyage last week just as Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire ending eight days of violence in Gaza, in which over 150 Palestinians died. The cargo is believed to include Fajr-5 rockets, similar to those used by Hamas in the conflict, and Shahab-3 ballistic missiles.

The ship is set to travel through the Red Sea, Sudan and Egypt, according to the Sunday Times report. Later, the weapons will be transported across the desert, disassembled and then smuggled through Sinai tunnels into Gaza. There, the arms will be reassembled by Hamas forces.

The Sunday Times’ report comes a day after the Hamas leadership announced they aren’t ready to stop arming themselves, despite the recently-agreed truce and ceasefire.

“We have no choice but to continue to bring in weapons by all possible means,” senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar told reporters, adding that he expected Tehran would “increase its military and financial support to Hamas.”

Earlier on Wednesday, exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal thanked Shia-majority Iran for what he described as arms and funding. Continue reading

Syria presents foreign fighter list in bid for UN to acknowledge terror acts

Syria has presented the UN Security Council a list of 143 foreign citizens killed in Syria fighting government troops. Damascus hopes the move will force the UN to declare the presence of foreign nationals in Syria to be international terrorism.

The Syrian government reportedly presented proof that citizens of 19 different nations had fought in the country alongside rebel forces.

Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, wrote a letter the Security Council requesting they register the list of mercenaries as an official document on the UN’s agenda of “measures to combat international terrorism.”

The UN Security Council has not yet officially recognized Syria as a country confronting international terrorism. Last month, Syria delivered a previous version of the list containing 108 names.

The new list contains the names of citizens from 19 countries accused of joining Syria’s rebels: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Chad, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen and Chechnya. Since Chechnya is not a country, but a republic of the Russian Federation, the list likely contains names of Russian citizens.

The list consists of the names of people who were positively identified through ID or documents found on their bodies that helped establish their nationality. The bulk of the dead mercenaries in Syria are apparently still unidentified. Continue reading

Message from President al-Assad to President of Cuba on the latest developments in Syria, conveyed by al-Mikdad

HAVANA, (SANA)-A message from President Bashar al-Assad to President Raul Castro of Cuba, conveyed by Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal al-Mikdad to the Cuban First Vice President José Ramَn Machado Ventura who renewed his country’s support to Syria.

During the meeting held in Havana on Tuesday, Ventura affirmed that Syria steadfastness is a guarantee for the states which defend their independence and sovereignty all over the world.

Ventura expressed President Castro’s thanks for President al-Assad’s message and the information that included a brief on the situation in Syria, showing Cuba’s readiness to offer help and support to Syria during the difficult stage it is passing through.

He appreciated Syrian people’s struggle and their steadfastness which foiled the western plots.

For his part, al-Mikdad briefed Ventura on the developments Syria has passed through during the latest months and the US-Western conspiracy to which it is exposed aiming at affecting its national stances in the face of the US and western polices to control the region. Continue reading

Explosive device hits a bus for Syrian officers, 10 of them martyred

An explosive device that weighted about 100 has exploded near a bus for Syrian Army on al-Mastouma road of Edlib countryside, what resulted in 10 martyrs of Syrian Army officers.

Our correspondent in Edlib revealed the names of the martyrs:
First Lieutenant Somar Aziz (Hama),
First Lieutenant Basem Naser (al-Salamia),
Captain Ali Naisani (Mesyaf),
Captain Fawaz al-Ali (Homs),
Captain Muhammad Suleiman (Edlib – Fou’a),
Captain Majed Edree (Homs),
Captain Majd Abbass (Jableh),
Captain Muhammad al-Ammouri (Homs),
Captain Muntajeb Horani (Homs),
conscript Azzam Suleiman (Banyas)

In Damascus countryside, our reporter stated that the Syrian security forces found a torture location that was used by insurgents near Town Center mall on Damascus – Daraa highway.

The correspondent added that the Syrian Army hit a position for insurgents in Ghbeir square of Erbin city, what resulted in 10 deaths of militants at least

Our correspondent in Daria city pointed out that terrorists have booby-trapped al-Tawbeh mosque and bombed scores of houses, preventing the Syrian Army from chasing them. Continue reading

‘Tehran meeting positive step towards resolving Syria crisis’

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Qadri Jamil (file photo)

Syrian deputy prime minister for economic affairs Qadri Jamil has described Syria National Dialogue in Iran’s capital, Tehran, as a positive step towards resolving the country’s crisis.

Jamil said on Monday that the meeting is also a positive step towards strengthening negotiations among Syrian groups and could yield significant results.

Jamil made the remarks on the sidelines of the two-day meeting between the Syrian government and opposition groups in Tehran which began on Sunday.

Nearly 200 participants, including Syrian scholars, tribal and religious leaders, representatives of different ethnicities, minorities and the opposition as well as representatives from other countries are participating in the meeting.

The Syrian official said all groups participating in Tehran’s meeting stress the necessity of finding a comprehensive political solution to Syria’s crisis and preventing foreign interference in the Arab country.

Jamil added that the National Dialogue meeting was effective in brining the views of member states of Syria contact group closer together.  Continue reading