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Collected Department Releases: Run-Up to the 2019 Bolivian Presidential Elections

Collected Department Releases: Run-Up to the 2019 Bolivian Presidential Elections

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 16, 2018 The United States joins the European Union in stressing that threats against judges from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal are not conducive to creating the conditions required to hold free and fair elections in 2019. Respect for the independence of the judiciary, political pluralism, and freedom of expression are fundamental rights and essential pillars of democracy and the rule of law. The United States supports a healthy democracy in Bolivia that respects Bolivia’s constitution and the will of the Bolivian people. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal…

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Collected Department Releases: Bhutan National Day

Collected Department Releases: Bhutan National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 16, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to extend best wishes to the people of Bhutan on the occasion of their National Day on December 17. The United States is deeply appreciative of the growing connections between the American and Bhutanese people. As fellow democracies, the United States and Bhutan are committed to fundamental liberties and the rule of law. We commend Bhutan’s transition to democracy, enacted under the leadership of His Majesty the King, and demonstrated by the exemplary national elections held this year.…

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Tokyo’s position on end of WW2 in way of peace treaty, says Russian foreign minister

Tokyo’s position on end of WW2 in way of peace treaty, says Russian foreign minister

MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. Tokyo’s refusal to recognize the results of the Second World War stands in the way of signing a peace treaty between Russia and Japan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated in a live interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station. “If we are talking about [signing a peace treaty] based on the 1956 declaration, it means Japan’s full recognition of the results of the Second World War. So far, our Japanese colleagues are not only not ready for that, they make it quite clear that they won’t be able to do that,” the Russian foreign minister stressed. “If Japan’s position doesn’t…

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How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia

How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia

The concept of Greater Eurasia has been discussed at the highest levels of Russian academia and policy-making for some time. This week the policy was presented at the Council of Ministers and looks set to be enshrined, without fanfare, as the main guideline of Russian foreign policy for the foreseeable future. President Putin is unconditionally engaged to make it a success. Already at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in 2016, Putin referred to an emerging “Eurasian partnership”. I was privileged over the past week to engage in excellent discussions in Moscow with some of the top Russian analysts and policymakers involved in advancing Greater…

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Don’t laugh at how ridiculous the MSM has become or you’re giving Putin what he wants

Don’t laugh at how ridiculous the MSM has become or you’re giving Putin what he wants

The BBC has published an article titled “How Putin’s Russia turned humour into a weapon” about the Kremlin’s latest addition to its horrifying deadly hybrid warfare arsenal: comedy. The article is authored by Olga Robinson, whom the BBC, unhindered by any trace of self-awareness, has titled “Senior Journalist (Disinformation)”. Robinson demonstrates the qualifications and acumen which earned her that title by warning the BBC’s audience that the Kremlin has been using humor to dismiss and ridicule accusations that have been leveled against it by western governments, a “form of trolling” that she reports is designed to “deliberately lower the level of discussion”.

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Likelihood of a shooting war between NATO and Russia on the increase

Likelihood of a shooting war between NATO and Russia on the increase

George Szamuely is a Hungarian-born scholar and Senior Research Fellow at London’s Global Policy Institute. He lives in New York City. I spoke to him about escalating hostilities on Russia’s Ukrainian and Black Sea borders and about Exercise Trident Juncture, NATO’s massive military exercise on Russian borders which ended just as the latest hostilities began. Ann Garrison: George, the hostilities between Ukraine, NATO, and Russia continue to escalate in the Sea of Azov, the Kerch Strait, and the Black Sea. What do you think the latest odds of a shooting war between NATO and Russia are, if one hasn’t started by the time this is…

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Kiev forces violate ceasefire five times over past 24 hours – Lugansk militias

Kiev forces violate ceasefire five times over past 24 hours – Lugansk militias

LUGANSK, December 17. /TASS/. Ukraine’s forces shelled militia positions in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic five times over the past 24 hours, the LPR militias said on Monday. “The shelling targeted areas in the towns of Frunze and Donetsky, the villages of Kalinovka and Smeloye,” the militias reported, according to the LuganskInformCenter. The Ukrainian forces opened fire from artillery weapons, grenade launchers and small arms, the report said. Since the beginning of the Donbass conflict in April 2014 the sides have declared more than 20 ceasefires. The latest agreement of the Contact Group on the so-called “back-to-school” ceasefire took effect on August 29. However, no…

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe likely to visit Moscow on January 21 – newspaper

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe likely to visit Moscow on January 21 – newspaper

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe © Alexey Druzhinin/TASS TOKYO, December 17. /TASS/. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to pay a visit to Moscow on January 21, 2019 to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japan’s newspaper Sankei reported on Monday. According to the newspaper, both sides currently in work on the approval of this date for the Japanese premier’s visit to Russia. Prime Minister Abe earlier stated on several occasions that he planned to pay a visit to Russia early next year for another round of talks to conclude a peace treaty. At the meeting in Singapore on November 14, Russian President Putin…

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Russia, Iran prevented Western interference in Syrian conflict settlement – Assad

Russia, Iran prevented Western interference in Syrian conflict settlement – Assad

MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. /TASS/. President of Syria Bashar Assad praised efforts of Russia and Iran to restrain the Western interference in the process of the political settlement of the Syrian conflict, SANA news agency reported on Monday. According to the agency, during a meeting in Damascus on Sunday with Senior Adviser to the Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari, President Assad “stressed the importance of efforts exerted by the friendly and allied countries of Syria, particularly Iran and Russia.” The Syrian leader praised Iran and Russia in stopping “the interference of some western states in the political track and consolidating the establishment of a…

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The FRN Daily News Brief 2018-12-16

The FRN Daily News Brief 2018-12-16

This Daily FRN News Brief is a summary of 9 articles about Democracy, Eu, Eurasia, France-Eurasia, Headline-News, Politics, Germany, Russia, Science, Anglo-5, Mena, Syria, United-States, Turkey, Opinions, Ukraine, Defense, China.Tags in this brief: Communism, France, Fuel Tax, Protests, Yellow Vests, Der Standard, German Media, ISS, NASA, Roskosmos, Science, Space Race, Technology, Russia, Syria, US, World, […] The post The FRN Daily News Brief 2018-12-16 appeared first on Fort Russ.

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BBC Looks for Russian Interference in French Protests! Zakharova Hits Back with OSCE Suit

BBC Looks for Russian Interference in French Protests! Zakharova Hits Back with OSCE Suit

The correspondence of the journalist of the BBC Russian Service, Olga Ivshina, in which she asked to find any evidence of “Moscow’s interference” in the mass protests of the yellow vests in France, is an example of propaganda in which the Western media are “most closely” involved. This was announced by the official representative of the Russian […] The post BBC Looks for Russian Interference in French Protests! Zakharova Hits Back with OSCE Suit appeared first on Fort Russ.

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Putin worries that listening to rap music is “a path to the degradation of the nation.”

Putin worries that listening to rap music is “a path to the degradation of the nation.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to devise a plan of controlling rap as the music genre becomes more popular with his country’s youth. According to the Associated Press, during a meeting with Russian cultural advisers on Saturday Putin said that rap music is “based on three pillars: sex, drugs and protest.” He has a history of suppressing protests. But he stated that his biggest issue with the music is themes of drug use and abuse, noting to his advisers that listening to rap is “a path to the degradation of the nation.” The genre’s “drug propaganda” is worse than the expletives used, Putin said. Comment:…

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‘Blatant & brazen’: Russian lawmaker lambastes US “interference” in Nord Stream 2 deal

‘Blatant & brazen’: Russian lawmaker lambastes US “interference” in Nord Stream 2 deal

Washington has absolutely no say in the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline deal, and pressuring Germany into dumping the project equates to meddling in other nations’ domestic affairs, Senator Konstantin Kosachev said. The calls for Berlin to halt the pipeline’s construction are “blatant and brazen interference into the affairs of its sovereign partners,” something Washington “has no right to do,” the lawmaker wrote on social media on Sunday. The Nord Stream 2 project is designed to deliver Russian natural gas to Germany across the Baltic Sea. The US Department of State earlier urged Berlin “to heed the concerns of the many neighbors whose security…

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“The editorial board wants blood”: Leaked messages show BBC wants to ‘prove’ Russia linked to Yellow Vest protests

“The editorial board wants blood”: Leaked messages show BBC wants to ‘prove’ Russia linked to Yellow Vest protests

The BBC is desperate in its quest to ‘find’ the dreaded Kremlin hand behind the French protests, messages obtained by Russian media indicate. They reveal attempts by one of its journalists to find any trace of Russian involvement. A series of screenshots, purporting to show a conversation between BBC Russia journalist Olga Ivshina and a stringer working in France, was published by RIA Novosti on Sunday. In it, the journalist first asks about Moscow’s general involvement in the protests, but the stringer replied that no Russians were actually seen during the demonstrations. Ivshina, however, did not give up, since uncovering even the slightest Russian involvement…

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An examination of Bellingcat’s Kerch gaff and how Kurt Volker bought into Ukraine’s lie

An examination of Bellingcat’s Kerch gaff and how Kurt Volker bought into Ukraine’s lie

For 5 years Ukraine has bamboozled supporters by using “independent” researchers like Bellingcat that work with Ukraine’s Intel to fabricate its innocence. On November 25th, the Kerch incident happened, worsening the West’s relationship with Russia ahead of the G-20 Meeting in Argentina. Seemingly right on cue, Russian planners couldn’t find anything better to do than cause another major international incident right in front of the entire world. They did this even as Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump. The formal meeting that never happened was canceled because of Ukraine’s hyper histrionics. Special Representative for Ukraine negotiations, Kurt Volker,…

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US spy plane flight detected above waters closed for Russian drills

US spy plane flight detected above waters closed for Russian drills

American spy planes often circulate along Syria’s borders, especially close to Russia’s Hmeymim air base and naval base in Tartus, which houses the Russian Navy and serves as a logistics centre. A US P-8A Poseidon plane, developed to detect enemy ships and submarines, has been detected flying along the Syrian coast above waters that were closed for drills by the Russian Navy, according to an aviation enthusiast’s data from radars. The plane was circulating for about an hour 30 kilometres away from the Syrian coast, where Russia’s Hmeymim airbase and naval base in Tartus are located.

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Turkey doesn’t rule out cooperation with Assad in case he wins elections – Cavusoglu

Turkey doesn’t rule out cooperation with Assad in case he wins elections – Cavusoglu

DOHA /Qatar/, December 16. /TASS/. Turkey may look at possible cooperation with Syrian President Bashar Assad in case he wins the United Nations-brokered transparent and democratic elections in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday. “We are against writing a constitution for the Syrians. Let us allow they write their constitution by themselves. If they need any help, we will help,” he said at the 18th Doha Forum. “It is necessary to prepare the elections. They should be held under the United Nations auspices, be inclusive and involve all the Syrians both in and outside the country, including refugees.” “It is up to…

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Activists of Saakashvili’s party place tents near Georgian parliament’s building

Activists of Saakashvili’s party place tents near Georgian parliament’s building

TBILISI, December 16. /TASS/. Activists of Georgia’s former ruling party United National Movement (UNM) of ex-President Mikhail Saakashvili have placed two tents in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi, the Rustavi-2 television channel reported on Sunday. Levan Khabeishvili, one of the protest’s organizers, promised that more tents would be placed near the parliament building “to continue protests.” He called on the party’s supporters to join the protest rally currently attended by about 100-150 activists. Meanwhile, ex-President Mikhail Saakashvili, who is currently staying in the Netherlands, in a video address called on his supporters in Georgia to gather near the parliament building. The runoff presidential…

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Woman in shock after medics use duct tape to bandage her mother after surgery

Woman in shock after medics use duct tape to bandage her mother after surgery

The operation was serious and Anna felt relieved when her mother was moved from Intensive Care. But all that ended when the caring daughter found duct tape fixing her mom’s bandages. The ensuing scandal saw the head doctor sacked. Although Anna, from Blagoveshchensk in Russia’s Far East, knew that her 63-year-old mother’s operation went well and that she was transferred from Intensive Care. But there was no way she could have predicted that a routine visit to her mom’s ward at the city’s clinical hospital would end in such drama. When Anna examined her mom, she was stunned to see that “the stitches were well-tended,…

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Will the Flynn guilty plea be thrown out? It should be.

Will the Flynn guilty plea be thrown out? It should be.

It is always a bad idea to defy an order from a federal judge – especially when the judge whose order has been blown off has a history of vigilance against law enforcement and prosecutorial abuse and has thrown out convictions that resulted from abuse. Yet the nation’s premier, most powerful law enforcement agency has just done so. The Mueller Special Counsel Office’s case against General Michael Flynn took a bizarre turn Friday when the FBI failed to provide Judge Emmet G. Sullivan with the original form 302 account of its interview with Flynn in the early days of the Trump administration. General Flynn’s guilty…

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Will the Flynn guilty plea be thrown out? It should be

Will the Flynn guilty plea be thrown out? It should be

It is always a bad idea to defy an order from a federal judge – especially when the judge whose order has been blown off has a history of vigilance against law enforcement and prosecutorial abuse and has thrown out convictions that resulted from abuse. Yet the nation’s premier, most powerful law enforcement agency has just done so. The Mueller Special Counsel Office’s case against General Michael Flynn took a bizarre turn Friday when the FBI failed to provide Judge Emmet G. Sullivan with the original form 302 account of its interview with Flynn in the early days of the Trump administration. General Flynn’s guilty…

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French intelligence say no Russian connections in Yellow Vests protests – newspaper

French intelligence say no Russian connections in Yellow Vests protests – newspaper

PARIS, December 16. /TASS/. No evidence of Russia’s involvement in the protests that have been rocking France for a month has been found, Journal du Dimanche reported on Sunday citing a source in the French intelligence services. “As of today, no evidence of their (Russia’s – TASS) involvement in the movement [of Yellow Vests] has been found,” the source said, adding that these are only interim results of the probe. The source however said he is sure that Russia may support opposition forces and nationalists at the elections to the European Parliament next spring. But, again, nothing was said to substantiate these allegations. France’s Foreign…

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Russian Hachiko: Loyal pooch spends weeks outside hospital awaiting owner’s recovery

Russian Hachiko: Loyal pooch spends weeks outside hospital awaiting owner’s recovery

Heavy snowfall, chilling wind, and temperatures far below zero are no obstacle for true love as proven by a loyal dog, who has been waiting for her sick master outside a hospital for two weeks now. Her amazing fidelity has quickly made, Cherry, from the Russian city of Voronezh a media sensation and led to obvious comparisons with Hachiko. Back in the 1920s, a Japanese dog had been waiting for her owner’s return outside a train station for nine years, not knowing that he passed away, to become an ultimate symbol of friendship.

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Hollywood crash scene: Dump truck barrels down hill & crashes into Crimea water park

Hollywood crash scene: Dump truck barrels down hill & crashes into Crimea water park

A dump truck driver in Crimea should be thanking his lucky stars after he lost control of his truck on a hill, plowed into a water park, then landed sideways – and survived to tell the tale. The entire incident was caught on film. The footage begins with the truck going far too fast down a hill in the Crimean resort city of Yalta. It narrowly misses a smaller vehicle before breaking through a fence, crashing into a hotel water park, and finally landing sideways. Luckily, no one was hurt in the incident, which was like a Hollywood crash scene.

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Pepe Escobar: An historical journey into Crimea

Pepe Escobar: An historical journey into Crimea

We are at the remains of Panticapaeum, the capital of the Kingdom of Bosphorus, founded in the second quarter of the 6th century BC on both sides of the Kerch Strait. We start our walk on the hilltop of Mithridates, in the heart of modern Kerch, where “terrible” king Mithridates of Pontus (134 – 64 BC) was killed. Greek geographer Strabo (63 BC – 23 AD) said Panticapaeum was the mother country of “all the Milesian cities of Bosphorus”. It was a big city that boasted a convenient harbor and a shipyard. As we climb higher, we come across an obelisk celebrating victory in the…

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New rules of engagement in Syria: Sources say Russia will consent to any Syrian retaliation to Israeli attacks

New rules of engagement in Syria: Sources say Russia will consent to any Syrian retaliation to Israeli attacks

Syria will adopt a new rule of engagement with Israel now that Russia has taken a tougher and clearer stance on the conflict between Israel and the “Axis of the Resistance”. Henceforth, Damascus will be responding to any Israeli strike. If it damages a specific military target it will reply with a strike against a similar objective in Israel. Decision makers in Damascus said “Syria will not hesitate to hit an Israeli airport if Damascus airport is targeted and hit by Israel. This will be with the consent of the Russian military based in the Levant”. This Syrian political decision is based on a clear…

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Frmr Pennsylvania state senator: US used months of solitary confinement to pressure Butina into pleading guilty

Frmr Pennsylvania state senator: US used months of solitary confinement to pressure Butina into pleading guilty

The US may have used months of solitary confinement to “pressure” jailed Russian gun activist Maria Butina into pleading guilty, international law attorney and former Pennsylvania State Senator Bruce Marks told RT. Butina likely pleaded guilty to “very technical charges” as she expected not to “serve prison time” and hoped that she would be “returned to Russia,” Marks said. The woman, living in the US on a student visa, was detained in July and accused of working for the Kremlin. Officials in Moscow deny the allegations. As part of the plea deal, struck this week, Butina admitted to a conspiracy to act as “an agent…

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Kiev forces send tanks, attack aviation to Donbass contact line – DPR

Kiev forces send tanks, attack aviation to Donbass contact line – DPR

DONETSK, December 16. /TASS/. Ukraine’s forces have started reinforcing their grouping in Donbass, redeploying tanks and attack aviation to the contact line in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Daniil Bezsonov, a spokesman for the DPR defense ministry, said on Sunday. “Over the past two days, tank and mechanized battalions of the 93rd mechanized brigade have been unloaded at the Konstantinovka railway station, increasing the grouping by more than 60 tanks and infantry fighting vehicles,” the Donetsk News Agency said. The DPR intelligence has reported that four Su-25 aircraft have been sent from the Melitopol to the Berdyansk airfield. These attack planes may be used for…

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Collected Department Releases: On EU Resolve in Holding Russia Accountable

Collected Department Releases: On EU Resolve in Holding Russia Accountable

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 15, 2018 The United States welcomes recent steps by the EU and its Member States to hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine. The European Parliament’s December 12 resolution reiterates the importance of Ukraine’s role in the European energy supply network and condemns the construction of the Kremlin-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a political project. We urge Germany to heed the concerns of the many neighbors whose security will be damaged by this pipeline. We also welcome the unanimous decision of the European Council to extend economic sanctions against Russia. We support the EU position…

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