Posts Tagged ‘Russia’
Turkey did not allow the American troops to enter Iraq via Turkey’s territory in 2003…
In 2008 during the Russo-Georgian war Turkey did not allow US warships to enter the Black Sea abiding by the letter of the Montreux Convention,” .
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who has come to Russia on a two-day visit, will meet with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday to sign agreements on multifaceted privileged partnership, also described as strategic partnership. The latter implies political cooperation and even regular ministerial meetings.
The question of which of the two countries needs oil and gas pipeline friendship more is no longer on the agenda. Everything has become so mixed up in this area that it is very difficult to say where the pipes end and policy begins. …
Turkey is the only NATO country with which Russia has signed over 60 treaties, agreements and other documents promoting friendship. The two countries maintain regular contacts at the political, including government, level as well as in the economy, where their relations range from fishing to oil, gas and nuclear energy.
And now they are considering multifaceted strategic partnership, possibly influenced by the unfailing attraction of hydrocarbons.
Russia and Turkey have shaken hands on all the details and commercial terms for the construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant in Mersin’s Akkuyu district, Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko has announced.
“Turkey and Russia are strategic partners, not just in words but in reality,” the Russian president told reporters on Wednesday during a trip to Ankara, where he also discussed Moscow’s involvement in an oil pipeline that will cut tanker traffic through the Bosphorus straits and struck a deal to scrap visa requirements for short visits.
Russian Prime Minister Putin expressed his sorrow over killing of nine people during the raid.
He called on everyone not to escalate tension in the Middle East, adding that they were in favor of lifting of embargo on Gaza.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Erdogan invited his Russian counterpart to the conference on “Cooperation in Asia and Confidence-Building Measures” in Istanbul on June 8.
Prime Minister Putin accepted the invitation and the two leaders agreed to hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the conference.
Now consider their dealings with Israel. When Turkey was mediating between Syria, Israel and Hamas, In the midst of the negotiations Israel suddenly launched operation Cast Lead against Gaza without informing the Turks. It was a betrayal.
The entire Georgian Russian war was seemingly orchestrated by Israel. And again there was betrayal, with the war being launched immediately after peaceful overtures were given to the Russian peacekeepers.
There are a million Russians in Israel. They all have connections in Russia. Who knows what influence they have?
They have become Israel’s 3rd largest party. And how do mavericks or Fascists rise? Forgetting the politics of Lieberman for a moment, it seems he knows how to maneuver, and an alliance with Russia would be timely. The American friendship is waning, and the likes of AIPAC will hasten the separation.
Will Leiberman fill the gap? it will be a pirouette, coz I can’t imagine Russia abandoning Iran, Syria or Russia’s closer ties with Turkey.
“I’ve been saying all along that relations between Israel and Russia must rise to a level of strategic partnership. This is even more relevant today, then previously,” Lieberman said.
“However paradoxical it may seem, the global economic crisis gives Israel new opportunities to reach the Russian market, after many of the Western companies abandoned it,” the Israeli politician said.
Lieberman, who co-chaired the Russian-Israeli intergovernmental commission for trade and economic cooperation in 2003-04, said that, the two countries have accomplished “a real breakthrough” in this area, but the potential is far from being exhausted.
The same refers to military-technical cooperation between Israel and Russia, he said.
“Israel has quite a few things to offer Russia in this sector – from the electronic stuffing for fighter jets to drones,” Lieberman said.
Russia affirms its alliance with Iran. Why else would Novosti equate Iran’s problems with Russia’s? Georgia to Russia’s chagrin had a velvet revolution:
U.S. ‘funding velvet revolution in Iran’
15:12 19/ 01/ 2009
TEHRAN, January 19 (RIA Novosti) – The U.S. is plotting and funding a “velvet revolution” to overthrow the Iranian authorities, the head of Iran’s counterintelligence office announced on state television on Monday.
“The U.S. is using its special forces in several countries in the region, including the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kuwait and others to put the velvet revolution theory into practice,” the counterintelligence officer said.
Debka conjures up a lost Iranian ship, as if it cannot be tracked by satellite, or indeed if it doesn’t broadcast it’s GPS settings. While humorous to the initiated, it serves the purpose of dumbing down it’s readers and creating animosity.
debka Today at 12:11
US and Egyptian warships were scouring the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea Tuesday, Jan. 20 to waylay an Iranian freighter carrying scores of heavy rockets for delivery to Hamas. DEBKAfile’s exclusive sources report they were acting on intelligence that a ship loaded with an estimated 60 tons of arms to replenish Hamas’ depleted war stocks had set out from the Iranian Persian Gulf port of Bandar Abbas on Jan. 17.
The cargo includes 50 Fajr missiles, scores of Grads, armor-piercing missiles and tons of sundry advanced hardware.
(and I won’t mention cheney’s stage managed wheelchair appearance at Obama’s inauguration reported in other press).
Finally there is Israel’s attitude to the UN:
UN secretary – first international figure to visit Hamas-ruled Gaza
debka Today at 10:34
Israeli’s foreign minister Tzipi Livni refrained from receiving UN secretary Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem Tuesday, Jan 20, over his decision to visit Gaza. He met the foreign ministry’s director-general Aharon Abramovitch instead.
While amending the purpose of his trip later to calling on UN institutions in the war-damaged Strip, DEBKAfile reports the UN Secretary cannot prevent its Hamas rulers and their radical backers from claiming their regime has won international recognition in the wake of the Israeli offensive.
An Israeli military plane was offered to fly Ban Ki-moon south to the Erez crossing into Gaza.
Also see about 5 posts previous: speculating on Russian willingness to militarily assist Syria / Hizbollah ….
Military operation in Gaza poses threat of conflict spreading – FM
MOSCOW, January 9 (Itar-Tass) – Large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip poses a threat of the conflict spreading and activation of extremist forces, Russian presidential envoy on the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov said at the talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Friday.
Reading between the lines:
PressTV reports Pakistan’s LET commander was involved in the Mumbai assaults.
‘LeT chief admits Mumbai involvement’
Zarar Shah, a top LeT commander, captured in a raid early this month in Pakistani-administrated Kashmir, has confessed to the group’s involvement in November 26 Mumbai terror attacks, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
The Americans are believed to have given Pakistan a taped conversation Lakhvi allegedly had with the gunmen involved in the attacks, the Dawn newspaper said, quoting diplomatic sources.
However, tension between the two neighboring states was resolved to some extent after Indian and Pakistani leaders held dialogue via telephone, following regional initiatives by countries such as China and Iran.
It all reads very convincingly, but when reread with the Dawn article, and taking into account the Games intelligence agencies play, it is far from certain, and it is all more likely tied to the price of oil or an IMF loan. In fact there are more doubts than certainties regarding the Libyan so called hijackers of the Pan Am flight, the point being countries can be asked to do the humiliating.
See the end of this post for the excerpt of the original Dawn report.
And the Dawn article concludes that Islamamad does not think the tape is authentic, and the Pakistani Embassy in Wash. DC does. All smells a bit fishy doesn’t it?
Was the collapse of the Soviet Union good for anybody?
We (the West) fought tooth and nail with a lot of dirty tricks to bring the Soviet Union to its knees. Often the chant was: ‘free the Jews’, but there was a general cacophony of propaganda at the terrible Soviets. Somewhat akin to todays dread of the Islamic Jihadists.
Since the collapse, Russia seems to have resurfaced, and is now in the crosshairs for aligning itself with Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran and the Central Asian states. There is a sense that this policy is at a state of no return. Perhaps Putin, like a chess player, visualised Russia’s reassertion many years ago. No doubt he was assisted by the apparent buffoonery of the Neocons.
Georgia was the pivotal turning point, when the US seemed helpless to do anything of assistance. Now the US is asking for clarification if Russia is supplying Iran with the advanced anti air missile system S-300. It also puts Israel on the spot (and I wonder if ‘The West’ is but a euphemism for ‘Israel’).
There will be Hawks who would like to attack Iran before the missile system is deployed, and before Obama gets in. The same Hawks who supported Georgian aggression and the 06 attack on Lebanon. If only they could get India to attack Pakistan, it would set the perfect diversion, this is the mentality of the Hawks: the Neocons. In fact their games don’t work anymore. And their games might be apparent through what the MSM is yelling.
It all reminds me of an Osho Tarot card. A farmer makes a pact with God that it will only rain when the farmer asks for rain. And so for a whole season God complied. The wheat grew very very tall. But it had no nutrition. And this reminds me of the Hawks wanting to be in complete control, (they might well also think they have a pact with God).
ps. What if there is no India Pakistan diversion? Well then what about Xmas Eve? Or New Years eve? Georgia happened when the Olympics opened. Mumbai happened on Thanksgiving. Always when people are near the TV.
The US administration can only look on as people make the peace.
China, Taiwan Agree on Direct Flights, Shipping, Mail (Update2)
By James Peng and Yu-huay Sun
Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) — China and Taiwan will establish direct flights across the Taiwan Strait and agreed on shipping and postal links, following the highest-level talks between the two sides on the island in almost 60 years.
China and Taiwan will discuss financial ties in coming months, including allowing Taiwan banks to directly buy stakes in or units of banks and securities brokerages in China, Straits Exchange Foundation’s Vice Chairman Kao Koong-lian said today. Source
What would the Neocons say?
Christians and Muslims: resuming dialogue, thanks to the pope
Beirut (AsiaNews) – From November 4-6, 25 Catholic scholars and 25 Muslims will meet at the Vatican to study the possibilities for collaboration between the two largest religions in the world: 1.4 billion for the Muslims; 1.18 billion for the Catholics. The representatives of more than one third of the planet will meet on the theme of “Love of God and love of neighbor.” On the first day, they will address theological-spiritual themes; on the second day, they will turn to “Human dignity,” exploring issues related to human rights, religious freedom, religious respect, possibly alluding to the freedom to convert and change religions.
Iran takes on image of peacemaker:
Iran, Gulf states to boost cooperation
Gulf-Iran, Politics, 10/28/2008
Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said today that Iran and the Arab Gulf Arab states are determined to boost mutual ties as well as collective cooperation. In a meeting with visiting Secretary-General of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdul Rahman al-Attiyah, Mottaki said that cooperation between Iran and neighboring countries of the Persian Gulf has had upward trend. Source
Even the UK has now offered support for cooperation with Russia, (an about face). This also has a bearing on the strength of NATO. Would NATO intervene against Russia if a NATO country were under threat?
Russia, EU to continue unofficial talks on pan-European security
28/10/2008 17:14 MOSCOW, October 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russia and the European Union have agreed to continue unofficial talks on a pan-European security treaty, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.
He said several rounds of talks on the treaty had already been held, but did not disclose any timeframe for any signing.
Russia’s top diplomat said the leaders of Russia and EU member countries would discuss Dmitry Medvedev’s initiative at an EU-Russia summit in Nice, scheduled for November 13-14.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said he expected a timetable for talks on a new EU-Russia partnership agreement would be drafted at the summit. Source