Wednesday September 30, 2015
Zakharchenko Signs Agreement on Withdrawal of Weapons of Caliber Less than 100 mm / DAN / Edited autotranslation / September 30, 2015 / DONETSK / Today the Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko signed an agreement on the withdrawal in Donbass of arms of caliber less than 100 mm. “Today I signed a document establishing the cease-fire, and we will begin to implement it in a timely manner,” he said in a statement received by DAN. In the evening (tr?) the document was initialed by the Contact Group. The agreement is essentially an addition to a package of measures to be implemented according to the Minsk Agreement. First, tanks are to be removed. For this 15 days is allowed. Then artillery of caliber 100 mm and mortars. Here, the term is 24 days, the distance, 15 km per side. This will start with the removal in parts of the LPR, including Lugansk – Sector North. Then begins removal along the remaining contact line – part of the LPR and the entire territory of the DPR. This is Sector South. The whole process will take 41 hours. Recall that on February 12 the Contact Group signed a key document on the peace settlement for Donbass – a set of measures. Among other things, it includes the obligation of the parties to withdraw heavy artillery from the contact line: artorudiya caliber over 100 mm out to 50 km, MLRS to 70 km, MLRS “Tornado”, “Hurricane,” “Twister” and the rocket “Point” to 140 km. Editor’s note: According to a Tuesday September 29 report at 24today.net, Darlia Olifer, press secretary of the Ukrainian representative at the talks, former President of Ukraine (1994-2005) Leonid Kuchma, wrote on Facebook: “In Minsk, the Tripartite Contact Group has signed an agreement on withdrawal of weapons of caliber under 100 mm from the contact line. The document was signed by Martin Sajdik, Leonid Kuchma, and Azamat Kulmukhametov. … The Tripartite Contact Group expects this document to be signed by Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky as well.”
DPR will Track Every Step of the UAF, Credibility of Kiev Nonexistent – Zakharchenko / DAN / Edited autotranslation / September 30, 2015 / DONETSK / Representatives of the People’s Republic of Donetsk will “track every step of the UAF [Ukrainian Armed Forces]” after signing the agreement on the withdrawal in Donbass of arms of caliber less than 100 mm. This was stated by the head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko. “Any breach of agreement will be determined. In such cases, on our part, [the breach] will be followed by an immediate and adequate response,” he said in a statement received by DAN. According to him, this is due to the fact that the experience of the long negotiation process with the Kiev “allows us to doubt the sincerity of the intentions of the Ukrainian side.” “Kiev has repeatedly broken its promises – often the action of the UAF is radically different from the official statements of Ukrainian politicians, and Kiev responded to our peace initiatives with the shelling of civilian targets, the tightening of the economic blockade, and increased capacity of the system – that is, they completely ignored the Minsk Agreement,” recalled the head of the DPR.
Situation Report: Clashes in the DPR – Twitter / Quemado Institute / September 30, 2015 / Twitter sources are reporting renewed Ukrainian attacks on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic today. Enrico Ivanov, well-known expert and Donbass supporter, tweeted at 17:00 UTC: “Breaking! Fightings with rifles near Aleksandrovska and Marinka! Western outskirts of #Donetsk!” Reliable Twitter source Pete John also reports heavy machine gun fire and sniper activity in the area of Mariinka, saying the “ceasefire is a myth”. Pro-Novorossiya source Stormbringer tweeted at 17:00 UTC: “FIGHTING CONTINUES DESPITE PEACE TALKS Maryinka, Alexandrovka Western outskirts of Donetsk, small arms, HMGs + AGLs.” He also posts a message from the militia, reporting that attacks and clashes have been frequent in Gorlovka in the recent days. Novorossiya News posted a report from South Front at 16:00 UTC: “Clashes around the city of Donetsk were renewed last night. Also, intense fights were observed at the settlements of Krasnogorovka, Staromihailovka and Spartak. Mortar fire was fixed at the sectors of Spartak and Butovka. Kiev’s side reportedly used battle tanks at Krasnogorovka and Staromihailovka. Earlier, Kiev militants conducted mortar fire from the direction of the Butovka coal mine and used artillery at the sectors of Debaltsevo and Uglegorsk. 28 battle-tanks of pro-Kiev military are observed at the settlement of Zaicevo around the town of Gorlovka.” Another report, attributed to Eduard Basurin at the Donetsk News Agency (DAN), claimed 29 ceasefire violations occurred overnight. We have not been able to locate this report on the DAN website for confirmation. At 20:00 UTC, real-time tweets are coming in reporting attacks near the Donetsk airport, primarily from residents who hear the sounds of battle.
UAF shelled the village Spartak in suburbs of Donetsk / Novorossia Today / September 30, 2015 / UAF subjected to fire the village Spartak in suburbs of Donetsk, having used automatic weapons. Ukrainian fighters opened intensive machine-gun firing at the village Spartak that is located in the Yasinovataya region of the DPR close to the Donetsk airport. It was reported to DAN in the urban Yasinovataya administration. ‘It was loud this night, they used machine-guns and automats since 8 p.m. Shells and bullets fell down in all gardens, something heavy landed in suburbs’, it was said in the agency. She added that fighters subjected to fire citizens from the mine Butovskaya in the village Opytnoe. ‘They stopped shelling in the morning, people ran to houses. Fortunately, there are no casualties’; it was added in the mayor office. In regard to the administration of the village Alexandrovka in the Petrovskiy district of Donetsk, Ukrainian fighters shelled the suburbs twice during the night; however, the village was not suffered. Violations of the ceasefire were fixed in the LPR also. 2 times during the night the settlement Luganskoe was subjected to fire from Ukrainian side.
STSKK Launches Observation Post in Frontline Village of Aleksandrovka in West of Donetsk / DAN / Edited autotranslation / September 30, 2015 / DONETSK / The Joint Center for control and coordination of the ceasefire in Donbass has placed an observation post in the small town of Alexandrovka in western Donetsk. This was reported to DAN by the DPR Defense Ministry today. “On the initiative of the leaders, a group of observers of the STSKK were placed in the village of Aleksandrovka in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk,” a spokesman said. “This will maintain the present situation, in case of violation of the ceasefire by the parties, to identify its causes.” The Defense Ministry added that the supervisory group [will include – tr?] representatives of the Russian Federation and the DPR. A similar STSKK “mirror” observation post will be located on the other side of the line of contact in Marinka, to begin monitoring the armed forces of Ukraine. Recently, the situation in Alexandrovka changed for the better. “The situation has stabilized in the village, the children went back to school. The population is accustomed to a peaceful life,” said the head of the Petrovsky district of the DPR capital Maxim Zhukovsky. The village of Aleksandrovka, during active hostilities, was subjected to constant attacks by the UAF, and the majority of the population has left the territory of the village. This is where there was the most flagrant violation of the truce after the announcement of a complete ceasefire, in early September on the night of 4 to 5, casualties as a result of the shelling of the village from the Ukrainian position were one civilian killed and two wounded.
Signing of New Treaty on Withdrawal of Weapons Essentially Means End to War – Pushilin / DAN / Edited autotranslation / September 30, 2015 / DONETSK /The signing of the contract agreed on in Minsk to withdraw arms from the contact line actually means an end to the war in Donbass, the head of the DPR delegation to the Contact Group, the Speaker of the People’s Council Denis Pushilin said today at a press conference. “In fact, in my opinion, it can mean the end of the war. Since this would entail allocating equipment to the required distance, it in fact creates a buffer zone of 30 km, where each party moves away to 15 km,” said the speaker of the Parliament of the Republic. “From this [distance] it will be extremely difficult to exchange gunfire, and very difficult to Ukrainian side to provoke our units.” Pushilin stressed that the DPR have high expectations in terms of securing peace by the OSCE monitoring mission, which in accordance with the package of measures signed on February 12, will be entrusted with verifying the implementation of the treaty. “We hope that the local clashes, which are inevitable at first, will be quickly localized,” concluded the chairman of the People’s Council. An addition to the package of measures of the Minsk Agreement of 12 February 2015, [the document on] the removal of tanks and artillery pieces of caliber 100 mm mortars and 120 mm (inclusive) was initialed on the eve of September 30, at the Contact Group talks on peaceful settlement in Minsk. Today, the document was signed by the Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko. Quemado Institute comments: Due to the well-documented untrustworthiness of the Kiev side, we doubt the Ukrainian Armed Forces will fully implement the withdrawal treaty in the near future, and suspect a unilateral DPR/LPR withdrawal will leave Donbass civilians vulnerable to attack.
Ukraine Forced to Sign Document on Withdrawal – Pushilin / DAN / Edited autotranslation / September 30, 2015 / DONETSK / Kiev was forced to sign the supplement to the package of measuresof the Minsk Agreement of 12 February 2015 in respect of the removal of tanks and artillery of caliber 100 mm mortars and 120 mm. This was stated by the head of DPR delegation to the Contact Group, the Speaker of the DPR People’s Council Dennis Pushilin. “Probably because of a meeting in New York, Ukraine was forced to sign the document because we, unfortunately, have established the point that there is a lack of independence in Ukraine on its decision making,” he said. According to him, often “these decisions have a very painful impact on Ukraine itself.” As an example, he cited Ukraine sanctions against the airlines of the Russian Federation. “It looks very absurd,” he added. Quemado Insitute comments: Not only does this treaty lack support in Kiev, it did not require the signature of Poroshenko himself, has not been approved by the Verkhovna Rada, and lacks endorsement among the semi-independent Ukrainian nationalist battalions. Undoubedtly officials in Kiev feel little obligation to abide by it.
Ukraine bends over backwards to implement Minsk deals – Poroshenko / Interfax / September 30, 2015 / President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has said that Ukraine is doing its utmost to implement the Minsk agreements. “Today my representative in the Trilateral Contact Group signed a new agreement on the withdrawal of arms from the contact line,” he said while giving a speech to the students of Columbia University in New York. Poroshenko said that a Normandy format meeting on settling the Donbas conflict will be held in Paris on October 2. “On October 2 we’ll have talks in the Normandy format in Paris. We have a detailed and coordinated plan of our expectations from the meeting. We will do our best to fulfil all the details of the Minsk agreements,” he added. As reported, the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk has signed an agreement on the withdrawal of weapons with a caliber of less than 100mm from the contact line.
The DPR Called “Insensitive and Cynical” Poroshenko’s Accusations that Russian Federation is Inactive in Donbass / DAN / Edited Autotranslation / September 30, 2015 / DONETSK / The words of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on the alleged inaction of Russia in the peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Donbass were “insensitive, cynical and hypocritical.” This was stated to DAN by DPR parliament speaker Denis Pushilin, commenting yesterday on Poroshenko’s appeal to the UN General Assembly in New York. “Poroshenko’s words about the inaction of the Russian side in the peaceful settlement of the conflict and mistrust of Russia in its efforts to combat terrorism were highly cynical and tactless,” said Pushilin. “His blatant hypocrisy is extremely outrageous.” He stressed that it was not put together by Poroshenko himself the promises to end clashes in the Donets Basin, but on the contrary, to get involved in the civil war. “The politician, on whose hands in the civil war is the blood of at least 8000 innocent people, today accuses the only one who came to the aid of Donbass of inactivity,” said the speaker of the parliament. Pushilin is sure that having survived the horrors of war, the population of Donbass is capable itself “of assessing the sincerity of the speaker and the world” and knows “who was really honest in their words, actions, and who put the millions of citizens of the People’s Republic of Donetsk on the brink of survival.” Yesterday President Poroshenko said, speaking to the UN General Assembly in New York, that Russia allegedly is not interested in resolving the conflict in Donbass and furthermore questioned Russia in the effort to fight against terrorism.
Poroshenko: Ukraine will join EU, even if Europe does not want it / Pravda.ru / September 30, 2015 / The Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivered a speech in the Columbia University in the City of New York. Addressing the audience, the Ukrainian leader said about his ambitious plans after the end of his presidential term, and country’s intentions to become a member of the EU. “It does not matter whether the European states are ready to adopt Ukraine, or not. I insist: the EU will not be able to survive without Ukraine,” he claimed. Poroshenko believes that democracy has been already developed in Ukraine and thus, the EU is obliged to adopt it. Poroshenko himself wishes to become a member of the EU Parliament. “I was once asked what I would like to do after the end of the presidential term. I responded that I wished to be a member of the European Parliament,” the Ukrainian president admitted. Pravda.Ru reported that the Ukrainian officials have got used to give Europe global pledges. Despite technical default and mass murders of its own residents in the South-East of the country, the state migration service has recently claimed about its readiness to take and accommodate millions of refugees in order to help Europe. It has not been reported when and how it can be carried out.
West acknowledged the supremacy of Putin over Obama / mianews.ru / September 30, 2015 / Foreign journalists on the outcomes of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly write about the superiority of the Russian leader over President Barack Obama. Speeches of Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama from the rostrum of the UN General Assembly were doomed to comparison. Although Obama spoke for much longer than Putin, the effect of his speech in the Western press assessed is ambiguous, and unflattering reviews were too noticeable. “Putin took Obama’s thunder and lightning on the world stage”, says American journalist Stephen Collinson CNN. According to him, the Russian President turns the world away from the path of global dominance of the United States and seeks to wrest from the hands of Washington’s control over the actions of the international coalition in Syria. Actually, Obama’s speech was more like a justification for the actions of the Pentagon, in the end, Putin just pushed the U.S. President to back by his performance at the UN, says Collinson. Quotes from the speech of Vladimir Putin to the journalists seemed so bright that are often cited and not retold in their own words. “Do you realize what you’ve done?” Putin asked the world leaders, speaking about the situation in North Africa and the Middle East. And everyone knew whom this question was addressed to. “Surprise, surprise, Russia is once again a world power!” says the expert of Fox News Jonathan Adelman. “The meeting between Obama and Putin is shocking, demonstrating . . . ” MORE>> Click here.
All eyes on Putin – Interview with Charlie Rose / cbsnews / September 27, 2015 / The following is a script from “Putin” which aired on September 27, 2015. Charlie Rose is the correspondent. Andy Court, producer. / There aren’t many world leaders who have generated as much interest as Russia’s Vladimir Putin. All eyes will be on Putin when he speaks at the U.N. tomorrow and meets with President Obama, at a time when he has placed himself and his country in the middle of the most pressing issues of our times. He helped the U.S. and its Western allies broker the nuclear deal with Iran, and now, with a Russian buildup of aircraft, military equipment and personnel in Syria, he has put himself and his country at the center of that civil war and the fight against ISIS. … Charlie Rose: So you would like to join the United States in the fight against ISIS? That’s part of why you’re there. Others think that while that may be part of your goal, you’re trying to save the Assad administration because they’ve been losing ground and the war has not been going well for them. And you’re there to rescue them. President Putin: Well, you’re right. We support the legitimate government of Syria. And it’s my deep belief that any actions to the contrary in order to destroy the legitimate government will create a situation which you can witness now in the other countries of the region or in other regions, for instance in Libya where all the state institutions are disintegrated. We see a similar situation in Iraq. And there is no other solution to the Syrian crisis than strengthening the effective government structures and rendering them help in fighting terrorism. But, at the same time, urging them to engage in positive . . . MORE>> Click here.
Danish Lawmaker Warns Against Letting Bankers Decide on Nations’ Future / Sputnik / September 30, 2015 / Nikolaj Villumsen, a Danish lawmaker, urged member states of the Council of Europe to address and ease the threat of climate change, which must be “an integrated part of our economic policies.” / STRASBOURG / The 47 countries that comprise the Council of Europe should observe and learn from the recent financial crisis to not let bankers decide on a nation’s future, a Danish lawmaker said Wednesday. “It is important that we in this Assembly and our member states learn the lessons of the financial crisis. We need to regulate the financial system…We should not let bankers and speculators once again decide the fate of our nations. We should not again let the financial sector create a crisis leading to huge social destruction in our societies,” Nikolaj Villumsen said in his address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). He also urged member states of the Council of Europe to address and ease the threat of climate change, which must be “an integrated part of our economic policies.” The lawmaker pointed out that the hotly-debated EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal, currently in highly secret negotiations, could ease the way for large multinational corporations to ignore or violate “the rules of democracy.” “It is crucial for our Assembly to bear in mind that democracy should be safeguarded in trade agreements as well,” Villumsen said, adding that economic and trade policies must also be subject to regulation. The lawmaker observed that the failed austerity policies of the European Union must be revised.
Tuesday September 29, 2015
Azarov: “I was never as ashamed for Ukraine as during Poroshenko’s UN speech” / by Nikolay Azarov, translated by J. Hawk / South Front / September 28, 2015 / I had never experienced such level of shame due to Ukraine’s humiliation as after listening to Poroshenko’s speech at the UN General Assembly. During the whole history of the UN, our representatives have never given such empty speeches bereft of sense and content and instead full of dishonest statements which only bring shame to the entire country–which happens to be one of the founding members of the UN, which Poroshenko didn’t even deign to acknowledge at this jubilee session. Yanukovych could occasionally confuse Akhmatova with Akhmetova in an improvised speech, but his official speeches were always prepared very thoroughly, they were always thought-through and balanced. In order to show what I mean, I’ll cite a few of Poroshenko’s “gems”. How are we to understand this phrase of his: “In order to reduce poverty by a factor of three–nevertheless thanks to the Russian aggression, we expect that indicator to decrease.” Did anyone understand what he had in mind? So will the level of poverty decrease or not decrease? If we are to use the UN criteria, the vast majority of Ukraine’s population is living below the poverty line, and it is not the mythical Russian aggression that is responsible, but Mr. Poroshenko & Co with his inherent greed. Even two years ago our country occupied a respectable mid-range position, according to UN criteria, while today we are one of the world’s poorest countries. According to Poroshenko & Co, “every day of the war costs $5 million.” An interesting admission. First of all, in theory there is no war, only the ATO. Secondly, and of greater interest to every “ATO participant”, is that Poroshenko spends $50 a day on each of ATO servicemembers. There have been no active combat operations since the Debaltsevo cauldron of February 2015, so one wonders “where are these huges sums going”? Into “whose pocket”? (This based on calculation that there are 100 thousand ATO participants at the front line, though in actuality there are far fewer of them). It was interesting to listen to his promise to “improve maternal health care system.” What was that supposed to mean? Additional cuts and cancellations of benefits due to mothers after childbirth? Well, they are working pretty hard on that. They haven’t built or brought into operation a single maternity center in a year and a half, not a single pre-natal center. Yanukovych’s “evil government” was actively engaged in building them and managed to reduce the infant mortality rate. But today’s “European” leadership has not even managed to provide hospitals with sufficient medicines and vaccines. It’s running around the whole world, begging, but Russia’s “aggression” is somehow responsible? Then there’s Poroshenko’s promise to “increase the quality of higher education” which fits perfectly with Yatsenyuk’s project to completely do away with free higher education. What do the peasants need education for??? Naturally, a large part of the speech was dedicated to “Russian aggression” which supposedly led to the “deaths of thousands of people and the destruction of critical infrastructure.” Here Poroshenko even shed a tear or two. As if it wasn’t Turchinov who sent tanks to the Donbass, and it wasn’t Poroshenko who gave orders to shell cities and other populated areas using rocket artillery, howitzers, aircraft, and all other types of weapons. As if it wasn’t Poroshenko who gave the order to destroy gas pipelines, electric transmission lines and substations, water mains, bridges. His crocodile tears on the subject of a horrible ecological catastrophe due to the Donbass being saturated with harmful industries are totally critically, so much so that if one recalls the Tochka-U ballistic missile strikes aimed at the underground storage facilities of the Gorlovka and Donetsk Chemical Plants, one starts to shudder at the thought that such people are in power and have highly destructive weapons at their disposal. Reading the text of the speech, one gets the impression it was written by foreigners who don’t understand the reality of Ukraine’s problems, who wrote it quickly, in a hurry, in order to satisfy a specific audience. They apparently achieved their goal, but Ukraine got nothing except for humiliation and empty promises. Editor’s note: According to unian.info, Petro Poroshenko addressed the plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York September 27, 2015. More than 150 world leaders were expected to attend the three day summit to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda, according to a U.N. press statement. Almost all the Russian delegates left UN General Assembly hall amid Poroshenko’s speech on Sunday. Only one Russian diplomat remained in the hall. (Poroshenko photo — REUTERS/Mike Segar)
Transcript: Putin’s Speech Before UN General Assembly / Quemado Institute (from Washington Post) / September 28, 2015 / Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Monday [September 28, 2015] . . . Here is the full text of his remarks. PUTIN (THROUGH INTERPRETER): Your excellency Mr. President, your excellency Mr. Secretary General, distinguished heads of state and government, ladies and gentlemen, the 70th anniversary of the United Nations is a good occasion to both take stock of history and talk about our common future. In 1945, the countries that defeated Nazism joined their efforts to lay solid foundations for the postwar world order. But I remind you that the key decisions on the principles guiding the cooperation among states, as well as on the establishment of the United Nations, were made in our country, in Yalta, at the meeting of the anti-Hitler coalition leaders. The Yalta system was actually born in travail. It was won at the cost of tens of millions of lives and two world wars. This swept through the planet in the 20th century. Let us be fair. It helped humanity through turbulent, at times dramatic, events of the last seven decades. It saved the world from large-scale upheavals. The United Nations is unique in its legitimacy, representation and universality. It is true that lately the U.N. has been widely criticized for supposedly not being efficient enough, and for the fact that the decision-making on fundamental issues stalls due to insurmountable differences, first of all, among the members of the Security Council. However, I’d like to point out there have always been differences in the U.N. throughout all these 70 years of existence. The veto right has always been exercised by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, the Soviet Union and Russia later, alike. It is absolutely natural for so diverse and representative an organization. When the U.N. was established, its founders did not in the least think that there would always be unanimity. The mission of the organization is to seek . . . MORE>> Click here.
Monday September 28, 2015
Putin at UN: We need a ‘genuinely broad alliance against terrorism, just like the one against Hitler’ / by Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider / September 28, 2015 / Russian President Vladimir Putin just took the stage at the UN General Assembly for the first time in a decade, and he called for a “genuinely broad alliance against terrorism, just like the one against Hitler.” Putin began by describing the original purpose of the UN, which he said had been violated by “those that found themselves at the top of the pyramid” after the Cold War. “They thought they knew better and thought they did not have to reckon with the UN to legitimize their decisions,” Putin said, probably referring to the US. “Of course, the world is changing,” he said. “The UN must be consistent with this natural transformation. Russia stands ready.” Putin then laid out his argument against regime change in Syria, saying foreign meddling in overthrowing regimes had only created more instability in the Middle East. “The export of revolutions — this time so-called democratic ones — continues,” he said. The Russian president was expected to use the speech to flesh out his proposal for a Russian-led anti-ISIS coalition — which now includes Syria, Iraq, and Iran — and to emphasize how US intervention in the Middle East had destabilized the region. To this effect, Putin said: “Far from learning from others’ mistakes, we keep on repeating them. It suffices to look at Middle East and North Africa … Rather than bringing about reform, foreign interference has resulted in … violence, poverty, and social disaster. Putin said the power vacuum in the Middle East had “started to be filled by militants and terrorists.” He continued: “We think it is an enormous mistake to not cooperate with the Syrian government and its armed forces. No one but Assad’s armed forces and the Kurdish militias are truly fighting ISIS and other terrorists in Syria. “On the basis of international law, we must create a genuinely broad international coalition against terrorism,” he said. “Naturally, the modern countries are expected to play a key role in this coalition.” Putin then proposed that the world coordinate its actions to fight ISIS based on the principles in the UN charter. This was most likely a jab at the US, whose arming of some Syrian rebels Putin denounced as a violation of the charter in his interview with Charlie Rose that aired Sunday. Putin addressed the conflict in Ukraine, albeit briefly, railing on the sanctions imposed on Russia by the West. “Unilateral sanctions have become almost commonplace in pursuing political objectives,” he said. “The rules of the game are being constantly rewritten by a small group of players.” Russia has been building up its military presence in Syria since late August in an effort to keep the embattled regime of President Bashar Assad from being overthrown by the many rebel groups operating, and gaining territory, within Syria. Putin has been working to challenge America’s influence in the region by forging ties with Iran and expanding Russia’s leadership role in Syria and Iraq, and it seems to be working: Iraq announced on Sunday that it had reached a deal with Russia, Syria, and Iran to begin sharing “security and intelligence” information about ISIS, the Associated Press reported.
Broadly, Putin wants to show that he is willing to go further than the US and coalition partners to meet his stated regional goals, Boris Zilberman, a Russia expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, noted to Business Insider. Those goals apparently include keeping Assad in power. Now, more and more Western leaders — including British Prime Minister David Cameron and Secretary of State John Kerry — are beginning to accept Russia’s assertion that the jihadists in Syria can only be defeated if Assad remains in power, at least in the short term.Obama, too, has been forced to acknowledge Russia’s expanding role in the region: The President, who has not spoken to Putin face-to-face in more than two years, will meet with him today following both leaders’ speeches at the UN. The Daily Beast’s Ben Nimmo warns that Obama should be wary: “The Russian president is hoping to snare his American counterpart by forcing him to accept Assad’s legitimacy. Obama should resist.” During his speech at the UN on Monday, Obama said he was prepared to work with both Russia and Iran to solve the Syrian crisis. And while he said Assad should not remain in place, he advocated a “managed transition” from Assad to a new leader. That could be a compromise that Russia and Iran — which are doubling down on propping up Assad — will certainly welcome as the military stalemate continues.
Putin said to the leaders of the West: Do you understand what you’ve done? / Novorossia.ru.en / September 28, 2015 / The situation in the Middle East and Syria has become one of the main topics at the opening of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. Speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said that the culprits in the current situation around the Middle East, Syria, and the emergence of the “Islamic State” are those who destroyed the existing state institutions in Libya, Iraq, and now want it in Syria. “Aggressive intervention has led to the fact that instead of reform, public institutions, and way of life were just unceremoniously destroyed. Instead of triumph of democracy and progress – the violence, poverty, social disaster, and human rights, including the right to life, get lost in the shuffle. I’d like to ask those who created this situation – do you understand now, what have you done?” said the President of Russia. Putin further stated that the advances of the West with terrorists, as underestimating their capabilities, may lead to irreversible consequences. Quemado Insitute comments: Putin is of course right to challenge the West, by demanding “Do you understand now what you have done?” Conversely, we demand of Putun: Do you understand now what you have done? By leading the people of Donbass on and allowing them to believe, without clarification from you, that the 2014 vote for independence was a vote to join Russia, by recognizing Poroshenko’s criminal regime, by failing to recognize the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics as legitimate democracies, by forcing “Ukrainian territorial integrity” through the Minsk process, and by undermining DPR/LPR authority internally, their way of life was just unceremoniously destroyed.
Putin said Revolution in Ukraine and war in Donbas were “provoked from outside”. VIDEO / 24today.net / September 28, 2015 21:13 / Censor.NET reports citing the official website of the United Nations. / “The post-Soviet countries were forced to make a false choice either to be with the West or the East. Such a confrontation had to turn into a serious geopolitical crisis sooner or later. This happened in Ukraine, where the discontent of the population by the current government was used and the military takeover was externally provoked. The civil war broke out as a result,” Putin said. “We are convinced – it will be possible to stop the bloodshed, to break the deadlock only under full conscientious implementation of Minsk agreements of Feb. 12,” he said. “It is impossible to provide the integrity of Ukraine through threats, through force of arms, but it must be done. The interests of the people in the Donbas must be taken into account, their choice must be respected, the key elements of the political system of the state must be coordinated with them as it is envisaged by the Minsk agreements. This is the prerequisite of Ukraine’s development as a civilized state, as a key link in the creation of a common space of security and economic cooperation both in Europe and Eurasia,” Putin said. [VIDEO available at source.] Quemado Institute comments: Putin is right that the revolution in Ukraine was provoked from the outside. He names no culprits, but we believe the perpetrators were transnational corporate moguls operating via government agencies of the US/EU. Putin says, hypocritically, that the interests of the people of Donbass must be taken into account. The people of Donbass voted overwhelmingly on May 11, 2014 for independence from Ukraine. If they are permitted by Putin to know what their own interests are, these interests do not coincide with reintegration into Ukraine under its present illegitimate post-coup regime. As Novorossiya observer Vladimir Suchan tweeted today: “Putin at the UN: Minsk (surrender to Banderite regime) is how we ‘ensure our respect for the choice of the people of EASTERN Donbass,'” and “Putin: Only Minsk is the only possible solution to the war in Donbass. Translation: Moscow refuses to think of any options but DLPR return to junta.”
Putin to UN: Export of so-called democratic revolutions continues globally / rt.com / September 28, 2015 / The export of the so-called democratic revolutions continues, as the international community fails to learn from mistakes, which have already been made, Russian President Vladimir Putin said addressing the UNGA. He cited the example of the revolutions in the Middle East, when people wished for change, “but how did that turn out?” He said that instead of triumph of democracy “we have violence and social disaster,” where no one cares about human rights, including the right to life. Actions carried out without a UN mandate could destroy the system of international relations, Putin said in his address. “Russia is ready to work on the basis of broad consensus on the further development of the United Nations with all partners. But we believe that attempts to undermine the authority and legitimacy of the United Nations are extremely dangerous. This can lead to the collapse of the entire architecture of international relations,” Putin said. n this case there would be no other rules left “but the rule of force,” he warned. The world would be dominated by “selfishness rather than collective work” and characterized by “dictate rather than equality.” . . . MORE>> Click here. (Video available at source.)
Dutch Experts Visit Three Villages in DPR Area of Boeing [MH17] Crash / DAN / Edited autotranslation / September 28, 2015 / DONETSK / Experts from the Netherlands today visited the Malaysian airliner crash zone near the villages of Grabovo, Rassypnoe and Petropavlovka in the mining district of the DNPR. This was told to DAN by representatives of the local authorities. “The Dutch experts have been with us today. I handed them [a -tr?] passport and driver’s license found by villagers at the site of the wreckage,” said the head of the village administration of Grabovo Vladimir care [sic]. “Then they visited the crash site on their own, and as far as I know, did not find anything.” After that, the experts went to Rassypnoe. “Yes, they have [come], but are going to leave. They did not examine the fields near the village, but only held discussions with me and the community. They had nothing to tell us,” said the former head of the village administration, Oleg Miroshnichenko. The next stop was Petropavlovka. “They contacted me, saying that they are going [talk] to us. We have not left the debris that we could return to the Dutch side,” said the head of the village administration Natalia Voloshin. The experts held discussions with local residents and representatives of the government, then they went to Donetsk. Recall that in mid-July, the DPR Prosecutor General made public the testimony of residents in the area of the Boeing crash. At that time, all of the respondents mentioned the presence of the second aircraft in the sky at the time of the tragedy. We also add that on Tuesday, experts from the Netherlands are expected to meet with representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office to discuss the conditions of transfer of recently found [objects] in the wreckage of the Malaysian plane. The aircraft company “Malaysian Airlines”, was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014, and crashed in the mining district of the DPR. All 298 people aboard were killed.
Sunday September 27, 2015
Experts: Ukraine may initiate replacing ‘Minsk-2’ by alternative peace plan in January / Novorossia Today / September 27, 2015 / The Minsk format of peace talks to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine may be replaced by an alternative one starting next year, Ukrainian political experts said on Saturday. Andrey Zolotarev, an analyst at the Kiev-based analytical centre Third Sector, told TASS: “After December, we can probably have some other place instead of Minsk.” He recalled that a package of measures dubbed “Minsk-2”, agreed in Belarus in February, was effective until the end of this year. Meanwhile, “a game is still under way – who will reveal each other’s violations of the Minsk agreements”, Zolotarev said, noting, however, that “a bad peace is better than a good war”. The director of the Information and Analytical Centre Perspektiva, Pavel Rudyakov, expressed a similar view. “The Ukrainian side will ask to replace Minsk with Amsterdam at least,” the analyst said, adding that Kiev’s politicians would simply be “more interested in flying there”. Ruslan Bortnik, director of the Ukrainian Institute of Policy Analysis and Management, also pointed to a possible change in the format of negotiations. “If the sides fail to find some sort of a situational compromise, then we should most likely expect a format change and some other place, perhaps Yalta-1 or something else,” Bortnik told TASS, adding that a new format could be really aimed at “gradual settlement of the conflict”. Officials in Donbass of republics of Donetsk and Lugansk earlier highlighted the need to extend the Minsk peace accords for another year. But Kiev was opposed to that proposal. Irina Gerashchenko, representing Kiev at talks of the Contact Group on the Ukraine crisis, said on Tuesday: “The Minsk agreements should be fulfilled before the end of 2015, and not prolonged for 2016.” [ … More background at source.] Quemado Institute comments: The article, citing Ukrainians, fails to mention that DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko has said there will be no Minsk 3.0 and that the current Minsk process should not be extended beyond the original 2015 deadline. “A bad peace is better than a good war” is especially true for the loser: Kiev and the Western powers.
Vladimir Putin Will Not Stay the Night in New York / Translated by Kristina Rus / Fort Russ / September 27, 2015 / The President will arrive in New York for the anniversary session of the UN General Assembly on September 28 with a one-day visit. A sufficiently intense program is planned: a speech as well as a number of meetings, including with U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. After that Vladimir Putin will leave the U.S. and return to Moscow. To the question about the reason for a one-day visit, because it is not easy to change time zones, long flights and so on, press secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov told journalists: “The President for many, many years is living on a schedule which is quite physically taxing.” Editor’s note: Igor Strelkov predicted earlier in September that Kiev would launch an offensive in Donbass coincident with Putin’s visit to New York. By limiting his stay, Putin may have avoided this consequence.