Russia not afraid of NATO expansion

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he does not fear the enlargement of NATO. “We have no fear – I do not have and no one else should have this either. Yet we have to bear the realities in mind,” Putin said in a Q&A session on Thursday. He called for taking a sober view of the situation concerning the further enlargement of the alliance. “We will choke them all. What are you afraid of?” Putin said while answering a question to the expansion of NATO.

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NATO’s Rasmussen pledged on Wednesday to step up patrols and boost its military presence along the alliance’s eastern border in Europe, citing Russia’s alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis. “We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water, and more readiness on the land,” Rasmussen said in Brussels.

This move has come as another sign that the alliance was tightening its grip on Eastern Europe where it is already running air-policing and surveillance missions over Poland, Romania and the Baltic trio.

NATO member states earlier released separate announcements saying they were suspending military cooperation with Russia after Crimean residents voted overwhelmingly to join Russia in a referendum, which the West considers illegitimate and Russia says is in line with the UN charter and the international law.

According to Russian experts, the suspension of military cooperation with NATO will do no harm to Russian interests or security.

Russia has vociferously opposed any further eastward expansion by NATO, particularly by former Soviet republics on its borders. Vladimir Putin said last week Moscow was open to further cooperation with NATO, but remained opposed to the organization’s presence in historic Russian territories.

Presidential race in Ukraine proceeding in absolutely unacceptable forms; if this continues, we will be unable to recognize elections – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the current election campaign in Ukraine has unacceptable forms, and if it continues to take place in such forms, the Russian authorities will not be able to recognize the legitimacy of Ukraine’s upcoming presidential polls. “The presidential race is proceeding in absolutely unacceptable forms. If it continues like this, we certainly will be unable to recognize the events that will follow May 25 [the Ukrainian presidential elections] as legitimate,” Putin said during his annual Q&A session on Thursday.

Compromise needs to be reached by Ukrainian political forces, not Russia, US – Putin

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Au lieu de nous autoflageller, préparons-nous à un renversement du monde

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realpolitik.tv via E&R

Alors que le chômage dépasse 26% en Espagne, que la Grèce est engloutie dans des aides financières abyssales sur fond de désastre social ; alors que l’Italie et l’Irlande sont officiellement en récession et que le Royaume-Uni et la France flirtent avec la croissance négative, les dirigeants européens défendent l’Euro coûte que coûte.

Cette ligne Maginot est censée protéger du pire…, mais encore faudrait-il se dépêcher de le définir et de le quantifier. Familièrement, l’on dit que « les pieds ont quitté le plongeoir » et la noyade collective n’est plus considérée comme un danger virtuel. Dans le même temps, certains économistes renommés – Paul Krugman, Jacques Sapir et autres – s’interrogent le plus sérieusement du monde sur la pérennité de la monnaie unique et constatent que le prix à payer pour conserver l’euro atteint la somme vertigineuse des 50 milliards d’euros par an, sans compter les 15 à 40 milliards de pertes engendrées par les fonds de sauvetage FESF (Fond Européen de Stabilité Financière) et MES (Mécanisme Européen de Stabilité). En d’autres termes, une situation intenable, particulièrement pour les pays du sud qui s’enfoncent dans une dépression structurelle.

Dans ce contexte, quid du grand voisin de l’Europe, la Russie ? Le supplément récent d’un grand quotidien anglo-saxon destiné à y encourager les investissements, affichait en couverture le Président Poutine volant en ULM accompagnant les cigognes dans leur migration et l’article assaisonnait le tout de mots clefs « corruption », « muscles et Harley Davidson », « Pussy Riots », « autoritarisme ». Après cette charge en règle, le lecteur décidant malgré tout d’y investir serait mieux tenté d’entamer une psychothérapie. Pourtant, l’homme malade de l’Europe ne se situe pas à l’Est.

La croissance de 4,5% ces deux dernières années en Russie ne sera pas atteinte mais les 3,6% attendus en 2012 seraient tout de même bons à prendre pour tout pays de l’OCDE. Le chômage est descendu à son plus bas niveau (5,2 % en août 2012). L’inflation s’est stabilisée à 6,5% et la productivité, après avoir connu un trou d’air en 2009, est revenue à un niveau acceptable dès 2010, particulièrement dans les industries de transformation ainsi que la construction. L’accès au crédit s’est nettement amélioré grâce à une politique intelligente de la banque centrale. Les entreprises restent taxées raisonnablement (30% en moyenne) et l’impôt sur le revenu est très loin d’être confiscatoire puisqu’il se limite à 13% « flat », quel que soit le montant de ces revenus. La Russie se maintient donc à un bon niveau dans la compétition mondiale, notamment grâce aux dévaluations régulières du rouble (ce que ne peuvent pas se permettre les membres de l’Eurozone).

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West clings to Arab influence with airstrike democracy – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Klimentyev)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the West for clinging to its influence in the Arab world under the guise of “humanitarian operations.” He dubbed western involvement in Arab affairs as the export of “rocket and bomb democracy.”

At a meeting with top Russian diplomats Putin said that certain countries will do anything to retain the influence they have become accustomed to in the Arab world.

He stressed that western nations often adopt a one-sided policy in Arab affairs that violates international law.

“We must do everything in our power to coerce the opposing forces in the Syrian conflict into coming to a peaceful solution,” underlined the Russian President. Continue reading

Putin: ‘No One Has Right to Decide Who Rules Syria’

Russian President Vladimir Putin stresses his country’s stance on Syria, saying no body has the right to interfere in other countries and decide who rules.

“We believe that nobody has the right to decide for other nations who should be in power and who should not,” Putin told reporters after a G20 summit in the Mexican beach resort of Los Cabos.

“It is not changing the regime that is important, but that after changing the regime, which should be done constitutionally, violence is stopped and peace comes to the country,” he said.
Putin said all sides should sit down and work things out beforehand.

As he affirmed his country’s opposing to international interference in Syria, the Russian leader criticized what has been coming on in Libya following the interference by NATO air forces.
“Unlike in some North African countries where violence goes on even after regime change,” Putin said.

Putin’s forthright remarks came the day after he joined US President Barack Obama in calling for an “immediate” end to the Syria conflict.
“In order to stop the bloodshed in Syria, we call for an immediate cessation of all violence,” the two leaders said in a statement after meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit of the world’s leading economies.

Source: Al Manar

Russia will not change stance on Syria: Putin aide

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Source: Press TV

The spokesman of Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow will not change its stance toward Syria under “someone’s pressure”

Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that Russia’s position regarding the Syrian issue is “well-known… balanced and consistent and completely logical,” according to the Russian Interfax news agency.

“So it is hardly appropriate to talk about this position changing under someone’s pressure.”

Peskov made the remarks two days after a number of Western countries announced on May 29 that they were expelling senior Syrian diplomats in an apparently coordinated move to protest the May 25 violence in the western Syrian town of Houla.

However, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that the move was “counter-productive.”

Head of the UN observer mission in Syria Major General Robert Mood said in a briefing via videoconference from Damascus to an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on May 27 that the UN observers in Houla estimated 108 people were killed, including 49 children and 34 women.

Peskov also stated that Moscow’s refusal to support measures against the Syrian government following the Houla massacre and other attacks on civilians was based on an approach “completely free of emotions, which are hardly appropriate here.”

CIA/Soros funneling money through Georgia to Russian protesters

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WMR has learned from an eastern European intelligence source that the CIA. Britain’s MI-6, and George Soros, who actually fronts for the Rothschild family, has been funneling money to Russian protest movements through the Republic of Georgia.

The Soros-style “themed” revolution for Russia is being called the “White Revolution” or “Snowy Revolution,| with the color white being chosen as the thematic color for the attempted Russian uprising. Perhaps not coincidentally, the White Army was also the name for the counter-Bolshevik revolutionary forces composed of czarist loyalists supported by British, French, American, Japanese, and Czech troops who, from 1917 to 1922, attempted to invade Russia and restore czarist rule. The White Army invaded Russia from Poland, Lithuania, the Caucasus, and Siberia.

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Putin lashes out at McCain, says US drones, commandos killed Gaddafi

Vietnam war veteran and former Republican presidential frontrunner, Senator John McCain of Arizona walks past the iron bars of a jail cell within the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” jail April 26 on a tour of the former prison in which he spent time as a prisoner of war (Reuters / Jason Reed)

Vladimir Putin has lashed out at John McCain over his threats that the PM may face same fate as the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The Russian premier speculated that the US senator has been traumatized by his POW experience.

Putin presented his version of how Gaddafi was killed, and it allocates a dubious place for NATO in the scenario.

“All the world saw him being killed, all bloodied. Is that democracy? And who did it? Drones, including American ones, delivered a strike on his motorcade. Then commandos, who were not supposed to be there, brought in so-called opposition and militants. And killed him without trial,” Putin explained.

“Mr. McCain is known to have fought in Vietnam. I believe he has enough civilian blood on his hands. Is it that he can’t live without such horrible disgusting scenes as the butchering of Gaddafi?” the Russian prime minister speculated.

“Mr. McCain was taken prisoner in Vietnam and was put, not just in jail, but in a pit! He sat there for several years. Any person would go nuts from that!”
 he added.

Putin also said hawkish politicians like McCain are targeting, not him personally, but rather Russia, because it has the strength to protect its sovereignty and its international interests rather than submit to world domination pretenses. But there are more those who want to see Russia as a partner, not as an enemy.

“The West is not monolithic, and we have more friends than enemies,” Putin assured.

Source: Russia Today

Putin slams West hypocritical policies (pertaining to the recent developments in North African = Libya)

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused certain Western powers of being hypocrites in the affairs pertaining to the recent developments in North African.

On Monday, Putin slammed the hypocrisy used by “arrogant world powers” as he hosted a conference of the 10-year-old Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the western city of Saint Petersburg, AFP reported.

The Russian premier criticized Western powers for backing the revolutions leading to the toppling of North African regimes they previously supported.

Moscow has strongly opposed the NATO military campaign in Libya, warning the Western alliance against letting such policies turning into a norm in the future.

Moscow has also warned the West against taking tough actions against its close Soviet-era ally, Syria.

Russia considers the regional security summit as a counterpart to NATO, and hopes it will develop into a more powerful force rivaling NATO.

The SCO is an intergovernmental security organization that was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Iran, India, Mongolia, and Pakistan are the observer states of this organization. Iran, which has held an observer status since 2005, is seeking full membership to create a powerful coalition with China and Russia.

Source: PressTv