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Collected Department Releases: Outcome of the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Collected Department Releases: Outcome of the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 15, 2018 The United States participated in COP24 to protect U.S. interests, advance a level playing field for U.S. business, and promote the U.S. balanced approach to economic growth, energy security, and environmental protection. Judith Garber, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) at the U.S. Department of State, served as head of the U.S. delegation and delivered the U.S. National Statement. The United States expresses its appreciation to Poland for its hospitality, excellent preparation, and leadership at COP24, which concluded in Katowice on December 15, 2018.…

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Zurabishvili sworn in as Georgia’s first female president

Zurabishvili sworn in as Georgia’s first female president

Salome Zurabishvili © Mikhail Dzaparidze/TASS TBILISI, December 16. /TASS/. Salome Zurabishvili, a French-born former Georgian foreign minister, was sworn in as Georgia’s first female president on Sunday. The inauguration ceremony, broadcast by several TV channels, was held in Batonis-Tsikhe, the residence of King Heraclius II (1720-1798). “I, the president of Georgia, declare before the Lord and the people, that I will honor the constitution, the country’s independence, its unity and integrity, and faithfully fulfill the duties of the president and take care about the security of citizens and their welfare, and the revival and glory of my people and the motherland,” said Zurabishvili. Some 1,800 local…

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Delusional Kiev proclaims its own Orthodox church ‘independent of Moscow’

Delusional Kiev proclaims its own Orthodox church ‘independent of Moscow’

Ukraine has created an Orthodox church of its own, proclaiming “independence from Moscow.” While the majority of its hierarchs represented schismatic “churches,” Kiev authorities have hailed a supposed “unity” they have achieved. The so-called “unity council” took place on Saturday in Kiev, with the country’s president Petro Poroshenko and other top officials in attendance. The overwhelming majority of participants represented two non-canonical entities – the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the self-styled ‘Kiev Patriarchy’ and the so-called Ukrainian autocephalous Orthodox Church. The two unrecognized entities have announced voluntary dissolution ahead of the event. Just two hierarchs from the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchy…

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UN sets December 18 as date to cease hostilities in Yemen’s Hudaydah — TV

UN sets December 18 as date to cease hostilities in Yemen’s Hudaydah — TV

Yemen, May 2016 © AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, file CAIRO, December 16. /TASS/. The United Nations scheduled the start of ceasefire between Yemeni pro-government forces and the Ansar Allah (Houthi) movement in the city of Hudaydah for December 18, Al Jazeera reported on Sunday citing a spokesperson for the Houthi leadership. According to the source, Ansar Allah “has received a UN message, which sets the date to begin the ceasefire between the warring parties in the city of Hudaydah on December 18.” Stockholm hosted consultations on settling the conflict in Yemen from December 6 through 13. The parties, which met for the first time over that past…

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‘Yellow Vests’ protests in France become less violent on fifth day

‘Yellow Vests’ protests in France become less violent on fifth day

© AP Photo/Michel Euler PARIS, December 16. /TASS/. The fifth day of rallies organized by the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ (Yellow Vests) public movement in France on Saturday turned out to be less violent and smaller in numbers than its predecessors. According to preliminary estimates by police, about 66,000 people took part in rallies all across France this Saturday. In the capital Paris the event gathered less than 3,000 people. Seven participants were injured in clashes with police. By about 20:00 local time, the event in Paris was almost over, the majority of protesters were already gone, police barriers dismantled and the Champs Elysees open for traffic again. Protests…

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London diverts attention from Brexit with help of Skripal case — embassy

London diverts attention from Brexit with help of Skripal case — embassy

The Russian Embassy in London © Ilya Dmitryachev/TASS LONDON, December 15. /TASS/. The UK attempts to fill the information vacuum around the poisoning of former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in order to distract the attention of the British public from Brexit, Russia’s embassy in London said on Saturday. “In the embassy’s opinion, that piece was meant to continue a series of the British authorities’ attempts to fill the information vacuum around this ‘obscure’ story with the Skripals as well as to distract the public’s attention from Brexit,” the embassy said in comments on an article in the Guardian about impressions of the…

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Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade torch relay passes through Tomsk

Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade torch relay passes through Tomsk

© Mikhail Dzhaparidze/TASS TOMSK, December 15. /TASS/. The Flame of the 29th Winter Universiade was carried along the thoroughfare of the western Siberian city of Tomsk past the city’s four largest universities, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene. The 4.5-kilometer torch relay kick started at Lagerny (Camp) Garden. “Tomsk was not accidentally added to the list of 30 Russian cities hosting the torch relay. Tomsk’s universities are ranked among top world universities. Our city has been rightfully named as the Students’ Capital of Russia,” Tomsk Mayor Ivan Klein said opening the relay. The flame was carried by 26 torchbearers past the Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk…

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Three Syrian soldiers killed in shelling on Aleppo region — reconciliation center

Three Syrian soldiers killed in shelling on Aleppo region — reconciliation center

©  Valery Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. Three servicemen of the Syrian army have been killed and nine more were wounded in shelling by militants in the Aleppo region, Lieutenant General Sergei Solomatin, head of the Russian center for reconciliation of conflicting sides in Syria, told reporters on Saturday. “In the past 24 hours, shelling by militants was documented in Beyt-Siwan, Akch-Baer, Safsafa and Basharfa in Latakia province, Zor-Mahruka, Abu-Dali and Achan (two times) in Hama province, and Tall-Mamo in Aleppo province as well as on the southwestern outskirts and a district of Sukkari (three times) in Aleppo,” he said. “As a result of the attack…

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Western media silent on illegal detention of Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky, imprisoned without fair trial in Ukraine

Western media silent on illegal detention of Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky, imprisoned without fair trial in Ukraine

Eva Bartlett speaks with journalist Vladimir Rodzianko on the detention of Kirill Vyshinsky by Ukraine since May 2018. Ukrainian authorities accuse Vyshinsky of “treason” and have delayed his trials twice. The case of Russian-Ukranian journalist, Kirill Vyshinsky, imprisoned without fair trail in Ukraine since mid-May is yet another in a long list of attacks on journalists by NATO-aligned countries that never make the headlines. A petition for Vyshinsky’s release reads: On May 15, 2018, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) carried out a massive operation against journalists, having forcefully searched the Ukrainian-based RIA Novosti’s central office in Kiev, including its correspondents’ homes, and arrest of it’s…

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Trump’s ‘Prosper Africa’ strategy – while an admission of defeat – is also a wily trap

Trump’s ‘Prosper Africa’ strategy – while an admission of defeat – is also a wily trap

National Security Advisor John Bolton recently announced the Trump Administration’s new “Prosper Africa” strategy, which is basically a tacit admission of defeat acknowledging that the US’ objectives there haven’t been achieved since the end of the Old Cold War, but it’s also a wily trap for encouraging China and Russia to overextend themselves in this resource-rich but high-risk continent as the Great Power competition between the unipolar and multipolar blocs heats up all across the “Global South”. Acknowledging Defeat The Trump Administration officially promulgated its “Prosper Africa” strategy on Thursday after National Security Advisor John Bolton presented it to an exclusive audience at the neoconservative…

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Ukraine wants nukes – will the West accommodate the regime in Kiev?

Ukraine wants nukes – will the West accommodate the regime in Kiev?

Efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation are one of the few issues on which the great powers agree, intending to continue to limit the spread of nuclear weapons and to prevent new entrants into the exclusive nuclear club. The former Ukrainian envoy to NATO, Major General Petro Garashchuk, recently stated in an interview with Obozrevatel TV: “I’ll say it once more. We have the ability to develop and produce our own nuclear weapons, currently available in the world, such as the one that was built in the former USSR and which is now in independent Ukraine, located in the city of Dnipro (former Dnipropetrovsk) that can…

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Russia offers draft UNGA resolution to save INF Treaty

Russia offers draft UNGA resolution to save INF Treaty

In an attempt to salvage the cornerstone treaty limiting the deployment of nuclear missiles, which the US has decided to unilaterally suspend, Moscow has introduced a draft resolution to the United Nations General Assembly. The US decision to leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty could seriously undermine international non-proliferation as well as arms control mechanisms, and would jeopardize world security, the Russian delegation said, presenting the draft to the UNGA. The resolution urges the parties to engage in consultations on strategic issues and key points of concern, in the hope that constructive dialogue will not only lead to compliance with the treaty but pave…

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US faces its African ‘moment of truth’: It is losing out to China

US faces its African ‘moment of truth’: It is losing out to China

When a press release announced that President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton would unveil a new American strategy for Africa, it raised the question: What was the old one? From Algeria to Zimbabwe, the U.S. risks losing sway over the 1.2 billion people who inhabit the world’s second-most populous continent. Bolton’s speech on Thursday acknowledged as much, as he framed the administration’s strategic rethink around countering gains made by the U.S.’s primary geopolitical rivals. “Africa is incredibly important,” Bolton said Thursday at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. “If we didn’t understand it before, the competition posed by China and Russia and others should…

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In 2018, Russian defense detected more than 3K spy planes near its borders

In 2018, Russian defense detected more than 3K spy planes near its borders

In 2018, anti-air defense forces detected and escorted about 3,000 foreign fighter aircraft, of which more than 1,000 were reconnaissance aircraft, reported the Russian Aerospace Force. The exact number of foreign military aircraft was announced by the commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces Radiotechnical Troops, Major General Andrei Koban, in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper: “The intensity of air traffic within the limits of responsibility of the Radiotechnical Troops is what mainly hampers military service. In 2018, the units in service of the Radiotechnical Troops detected and monitored more than 980,000 aerial targets, among which there were about three thousand foreign airplanes including…

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Russia is Developing 5th Generation Nuclear Submarine

Russia is Developing 5th Generation Nuclear Submarine

MOSCOW, Russia – According to Admiral Vladimir Korolev, construction of a new fifth-generation nuclear submarine for the Russian Navy has begun. Korolev announced the project during the opening of the scientific and historical conference dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Russian submarine fleet. The ceremony took place in Severodvinsk. During those […] The post Russia is Developing 5th Generation Nuclear Submarine appeared first on Fort Russ.

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Putin: Drug content in rap songs is concerning, but banning will only make things worse

Putin: Drug content in rap songs is concerning, but banning will only make things worse

Banning rappers is a bad idea, and the state should fight drug culture rather than youth culture, Vladimir Putin has said, weighing in on the scandal over some Russian rap gigs, canceled for their links to narcotics and violence. The Russian president on Saturday warned against attempts to ban and prosecute rappers, describing such measures as “the least effective, the worst ones anyone could come up with.” “The effect of them would be opposite to the desired one,” Putin said. Comment: Putin has learned the lesson of the Soviet Union. Unfortunately, some Russians haven’t, in addition to practically everyone on the Left in the Western…

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Russian parliamentary delegation to visit Moldova on December 20-21

Russian parliamentary delegation to visit Moldova on December 20-21

CHISINAU, December 15. /TASS/. A delegation of Russian MPs headed by Deputy Speaker of the State Duma (lower house of parliament) Pyotr Tolstoy will come to Moldova on a working visit on December 20-21, Moldovan President Igor Dodon wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday after a meeting with Russian Ambassador Oleg Vasnetsov. “Representatives of the State Duma’s all factions are scheduled to visit Moldovan regions, including the Gagauzia autonomous region,” Dodon said noting a dynamic of bilateral ties. In other media

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The endgame in Maria Butina’s cruel ordeal

The endgame in Maria Butina’s cruel ordeal

The Maria Butina criminal investigation, cruel and futile as it has been, seems to be approaching resolution. I wrote in some detail in Off-Guardian on 29 July about the 15 July arrest by the FBI in Washington DC of a 29-year-old Russian national, a postgraduate student in Washington DC and gun enthusiast, Maria Butina. I was not expecting Maria Butina to be still languishing in solitary confinement in a high-security prison in Virginia awaiting trial as an agent of foreign influence, over four months later. Yet this is what has happened to this unfortunate young aspiring lobbyist for better US-Russian relations. The Russian Government considers…

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Anonymous Hackers Expose UK Plans to Mine Sevastopol Days Before Crimea Vote

Anonymous Hackers Expose UK Plans to Mine Sevastopol Days Before Crimea Vote

On Friday, the hacker group Anonymous leaked a new portion of documents related to the activities of the Integrity Initiative – a UK-based company, claiming to be fighting “propaganda and disinformation”, but primarily focusing on Russia. According to the documents published by the hacktivists known as Anonymous, the Integrative Initiative is funded by the Institute for Statecraft, whose director appears to be Christopher Donnelly, a special advisor to the House of Commons Defence Committee. A piece of leaked data from 2014 indicates that Donnelly laid out a number of suggestions to the British authorities just days before Crimea’s reunification with Russia that included mining Sevastopol…

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Butina’s real crime was upending decades of Deep State propaganda by trying to befriend the United States

Butina’s real crime was upending decades of Deep State propaganda by trying to befriend the United States

The Justice Department’s criminal prosecution of 30-year-old Russian Maria Butina, along with the mainstream media’s reporting on the case, gets more comedic with each passing day. Yesterday, Butina pled guilty to the grave federal criminal offense of befriending the United States. What could be more evil and nefarious than that? Imagine the audacity of a Russian trying to make friends with the United States! What could possibly have been going through her mind? Lock her up! Okay, it’s true that that wasn’t the actual charge to which Butina pled guilty. Technically, she pled guilty to conspiring to fail to register as an agent of the…

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Ukraine: Orthodox hierarchs refuse to take part in Poroshenko’s ‘unification council’

Ukraine: Orthodox hierarchs refuse to take part in Poroshenko’s ‘unification council’

Hierarchs of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church have refused en masse to take part in the so-called ‘unification council’ championed by the country’s president, sending “invitations” to the event back without reply. The unification council kicks off on Saturday in Kiev. The event, announced by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko himself in early December, is supposed to “bring together” members of various Orthodox Churches of the country to create a new, “independent” church. While the event has been pompously hailed by the country’s senior officials, things look rather bleak since the only canonical religious organization – the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate – refused to…

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Russia ready to participate in construction of Trans-African railway

Russia ready to participate in construction of Trans-African railway

Moscow is ready to take part in the ambitious project of constructing a cross-continental railway line which will connect East and West Africa. That’s according to the Russia-Sudan intergovernmental commission. “The Sudanese side expressed interest in participation of the Russian companies in constructing of the Trans-African railway over Dakar – Port Sudan – Cape Town,” said the commission in a document seen by TASS. It added that “The Russian side confirmed readiness to work out the opportunity for participation… but asked for [the] provision of all the financial and legal characteristics of this project.”

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Moscow urges Pentagon to reconsider its Syria strategy and INF Treaty withdrawal

Moscow urges Pentagon to reconsider its Syria strategy and INF Treaty withdrawal

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu delivered a scathing criticism of the US policy in Syria and offered direct talks over the landmark 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). The situation in parts of eastern Syria, controlled by the US-backed and Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), remains “deeply concerning,” Shoigu wrote in a letter to Pentagon chief James Mattis earlier this week. Washington does little to nothing to restore peace and help the devastated region to recover from the long war, while its airstrikes continue to rack up civilian deaths, the defense minister said. He noted that at least 1,500 civilians have been killed in recent…

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What would the end of OPEC mean?

What would the end of OPEC mean?

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries – the oil market institution that has exerted an unyielding power over the price of crude for nearly 60 years – is now in deep crisis. The latest OPEC meeting in Vienna offered new insights into the cartel’s raging civil war that is tearing it apart and threatens to ultimately make the cartel irrelevant. In a two-year period since the group of 15 major oil producers formed an alliance with Russia, OPEC’s smaller members have been marginalized, their voices have been diminished and Saudi Arabia seems to prioritize its partnership with Moscow above all else. An unlikely partnership…

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Goodbye Arctic? Washington Has No Funds to Compete with Russia

Goodbye Arctic? Washington Has No Funds to Compete with Russia

WASHINGTON DC, The United States – After US President Donald Trump has demanded to invest $5 billion to build a wall on the Mexican border, plans to increase the US presence in the Arctic may be forgotten, said the American journalist Rafael Bernal. Previously, the bill on appropriations in the area of ​​internal security included […] The post Goodbye Arctic? Washington Has No Funds to Compete with Russia appeared first on Fort Russ.

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Ukraine wants nukes! Will the West oblige the crazies in Kiev?

Ukraine wants nukes! Will the West oblige the crazies in Kiev?

Efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation are one of the few issues on which the great powers agree, intending to continue to limit the spread of nuclear weapons and to prevent new entrants into the exclusive nuclear club. The former Ukrainian envoy to NATO, Major General Petro Garashchuk, recently stated in an interview with Obozrevatel TV: “I’ll say it once more. We have the ability to develop and produce our own nuclear weapons, currently available in the world, such as the one that was built in the former USSR and which is now in independent Ukraine, located in the city of Dnipro (former Dnipropetrovsk) that can…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Slovenian Foreign Minister Miro Cerar

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Slovenian Foreign Minister Miro Cerar

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 14, 2018 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Slovenian Foreign Minister Miro Cerar today. They discussed U.S.-Slovenian bilateral relations, NATO defense spending, and foreign investment. They also discussed global affairs, including Iran’s ballistic missile program; advancing the final fully verified denuclearization of North Korea; and the importance of maintaining sanctions on Russia. They agreed on the need to ensure that the Western Balkans have a continued path to Western integration and the importance of regional efforts to strengthen energy security. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public…

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Collected Department Releases: Advancing U.S. Interests at International Civil Aviation Event in Kenya

Collected Department Releases: Advancing U.S. Interests at International Civil Aviation Event in Kenya

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 14, 2018 At the eleventh annual International Civil Aviation Organization Air Services Negotiation Event (ICAN 2018) in Nairobi, Kenya, December 10-14, 2018, U.S. delegates met with counterparts from over 20 countries. The delegation negotiated new bilateral Open Skies Agreements, expanded and modernized existing agreements, pressed for fair treatment of U.S. companies, and promoted dialogue on new commercial aviation opportunities worldwide. On December 12, the U.S. and Haitian delegations agreed, ad referendum, on the text of their first bilateral Open Skies Air Transport Agreement. Such agreements establish fair ground rules to facilitate growth of an efficient, international…

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Ukrainian military’s shelling kills LPR militiaman – agency

Ukrainian military’s shelling kills LPR militiaman – agency

LUGANSK, December 15. /TASS/. The Ukrainian military’s shelling has killed a militiaman in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), the Luganskinformcenter news agency reported, citing an LPR security source. According to the source, “a militiaman suffered deadly wounds in the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ shelling of the Lugansk People’s Republic.” The LPR militia said earlier that the Ukrainian military had violated the ceasefire five times in the previous 24 hours. The so-called “back-to-school” ceasefire in Donbass took effect on August 29. However, both the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics continue to record attacks by the Ukrainian military. In addition, the intelligence agencies of the DPR and…

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Captain of Ukrainian ship arrested in Russia declares himself prisoner of war – lawyer

Captain of Ukrainian ship arrested in Russia declares himself prisoner of war – lawyer

MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. The captain of Ukraine’s Nikopol artillery vessel, Bogdan Nebylitsa, arrested for violating the Russian border in the Kerch Strait along with 23 other Ukrainian sailors, has declared himself a prisoner of war, lawyer Nikolai Polozov wrote on Facebook “The Ukrainian sailors’ defense attorney Emil Kuberdinov has visited Captain Bogdan Nebylitsa [in the pre-trial detention center],” he said. According to Polozov, Nebylitsa was interrogated and informed about some investigative examinations that were to be carried out. “During the interrogation, Bogdan Nebylitsa declared himself a prisoner of war,” the lawyer added. According to earlier reports, lawyers have so far visited eight out of…

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