I see you've awaken the A-team of little kitties with your contra-arrrrse group think postings.Not sure that expressing approval of bombing terrorists is exactly trademark leftard behaviour. Go and have a think about it for a bit.
Ottoman Turks? Seljuk Turks?The turks dont have a claim on it. Turkey didnt exist at that period.
Your point was that Russia had a historical claim to it. I pointed out that the Turks and Greeks also have a historical claim to itThe Crimean Tartars, descended from the Mongol incursions, were a suzerain state of the Ottomans when it was annexed by Catherine the Great in the 18th Century.
I never said he hadI havent heart that Erdogan is asking for it back.
Transnystria? You and I don’t know how S Ossetia would vote in an internationally monitored referendum, to play your game. Same on an internationally monitored referendum in Crimea.Re South Ossetia, they certainly dont want to be part of Georgia do they? Lets not play that game.
Egg sucking?You and I know that the European map has been torn up and reassembled for millennia.
I know what Armies (and Navies and Air Forces) are for thanks. Might is right in your world. Your point was that Russia had a historic claim n’est pas?Its sort of what armies are for, or had you missed the point??
Joshua in a popular film worked out that in the nuclear era the only winning move was to not have a nuclear war at allHe-he-he. Thank you, guys, you did your part of job well
Preemptive strike is now almost official.
Eugeny Satanovskiy, in popular TV-Show declared, that in the modern world most important not amount of nuclear warheads for 'detterence', but ability to make first shoot and neutralize enemy before he can do anything.
Putin and the ‘return to Africa’. It’s been going on for a while now. Sudan also has thousands of refugees which leave the country and it also accommodates some from other neighbouring countries. Funnily enough, none are heading for Russia.Russian PMC helping Bashir to crack heads in Sudan.
Russia Confirms 'Private Security Companies' Operating Amid Unrest In Sudan
There is no such thing as a Russian PMC that operates without Kremlin approval, So what is Moscow getting in return?
He was nicked for the alleged murder of two people in 2010 and despite being a MP (Upper House aka Senate), allegedly has problems with the language:A Russian lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday during a session of the upper house of parliament and was led away to face questions over two murders after failing in a bid to flee the chamber.
Russia’s senior prosecutor attended the plenary session and unexpectedly made the case for the arrest of 32-year-old Rauf Arashukov. The lawmaker tried to leave when his colleagues abruptly voted to strip him of his parliamentary immunity, the house speaker said.
Russian senator Arashukov arrested on murder chargesThe Investigative Committee said Arashukov was being questioned as a suspect in the murders of a local youth activist and an adviser to the head of the southern Russian region of Karachaevo-Cherkessiya.
Arashukov denies the accusations, his lawyer was quoted by RIA news agency as saying.
Investigators said Arashukov, who represents the minority Russian Karachaevo-Cherkessiya region in the upper house, was having difficulties with the Russian language and had asked for an interpreter.
“The spot check on British Television which broadcasts BBC World News is completed. Certain violations were found. An assessment of the procedural status of these violations is currently being carried out,” it said.
The statement did not say what kind of violations had been found.
Earlier this month, the state regulator said the BBC had published material that propagated the ideas of a terrorist group and that it was checking whether the company had broken Russian law.
The BBC has repeatedly said it is in full compliance with Russian law.
One of the reasons sapeculated for keeping the casualties low, was because of Putin's impending election the following month:The last contact Grigoriy Gancherov and his wife had with their son, a Russian private military contractor fighting in Syria, was on Feb. 4 last year.
The father subsequently learned from a friend and fellow fighter of Sergei’s that the 25-year-old had died several days later in a major battle against U.S.-led forces in the Deir al-Zor region.
It was not until mid-April that he received formal notification of his son’s death and the body was returned, accompanied by a death certificate stating he died on March 7 on the other side of Syria.
Gancherov’s account is one of half a dozen instances Reuters has identified where the Kremlin-linked private military organization that recruited the fighters returned bodies more than seven weeks after the battle and with official documents bearing details that people who knew them say were incorrect.
According to relatives and a battlefield witness, the fighters all died in the clash in Syria’s Deir al-Zor region, which took place overnight on Feb. 7.
Differing accounts remain of how many PMCs were killed. Russia says only an handful, other sources put the figure on or around a hundred:Such practices, an unusual pattern for Russian fighters killed in Syria, would have helped conceal heavy casualties until after President Vladimir Putin’s re-election in mid-March.
Moscow’s message at the time was that the military campaign in Syria was a success with only modest human cost.
That details are emerging nearly a year after the Deir al-Zor battle indicates that Moscow may struggle to control its message about casualties abroad at a time when it is expanding its military activities in the Middle East and Africa.
Peskov says it is wrong to suggest authorities postponed issuing death certificates because of Putin's election:About 100 Russian military contractors were killed in the Deir al-Zor battle, sources have said. The Russian foreign ministry has said that only a handful of Russian citizens were killed there and dismissed reports of heavy losses.
Sergei Gancherov and his friend were standing near each other shortly before their position was hit, according to the account the friend gave to the father.
The friend, who was wounded, told the father he learned about Gancherov’s death on a medical evacuation plane on his way back to Russia.
Reuters was unable to speak to the friend or verify his account.
Another reason speculated for the delay was because of the sheer volume of casualties and that reporters were monitoring an airport used by Wagner:Yet in each of the six instances identified by Reuters where fighters were returned to families after the election, the death certificates, issued by Russian officials in Syria, stated they died in late February or March.
Several relatives of those fighters said the recruiters who informed them about their family member’s death told them not to disclose the circumstances.
The Kremlin declined to comment on Gancherov’s death or that of the other fighters. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was wrong to suggest authorities postponed issuing death certificates of Russians killed in Syria because of the election.
Reuters were apparently monitoring the airport and nearby morgue for 'several days' and saw no coffins arriving, yet casualties identified after the 7th February attack were placed in body bags according to the reports:A military contractor who said he survived by taking cover identified among the many dead he saw two of the six fighters who were returned to families after the election with official documents bearing later dates of death.
Colleagues told him the delay was because of the large number of deaths and because journalists were monitoring an airport in Rostov-on-Don, in southern Russia, which was a key staging post for the private military firm.
“It was difficult to deliver all of them at once because reporters were waiting for them in Rostov, meeting planes, as we were told,” said the fighter.
He said he did not want to be identified because his recruiters did not allow him to disclose information related to his assignment in Syria.
There appears to have been a surge, with 60 death certificates issued between the early part of the year and 8th April, 33 of which were issued after the election (18th) between 22nd March and 8th April:Reuters reporters spent several days after the February battle monitoring a military morgue and airport in Rostov. They did not see coffins arriving.
According to the fighter, one of the dead colleagues he saw was Anton Vazhov from the southern Russian town of Novoshakhtinsk, whose official records say he died on March 21.
He said he saw Vazhov in a body bag on Feb. 8 upon returning to the battlefield after the air strikes to collect the dead.
“When we turned him over on his back and blew away the dust, we identified him,” the fighter said, adding that he drove Vazhov away from the battlefield in the back of a truck with more than 20 other bodies.
The belated return of bodies and incorrect documents described by friends and relatives last spring contrasts to the normal sequence observed by Reuters over a period of two years.
Typically, recruiters return a body to a family two or three weeks after a death, accompanied by a death certificate bearing a date of death that usually tallies with what relatives know from fellow fighters.
The Russian consulate in Syria is responsible for registering the death of Russian civilians killed in the country. Each death certificate carries a serial number, starting from one at the beginning of the year.
Russian officials at the consulate issued more than 60 death certificates in the first part of last year through April 8, according to documents seen by Reuters. At least 33 of those were between March 22 and April 8. The election was on March 18.
The Russian consulate in Syria didn’t respond to requests for comment. Reuters was unable to establish whether all those certificates were for private military contractors.
But it is “pravda” (the Muscovite version). The Kremlin truth is the only acceptable truth.You know, the more I learn about Putin's regime, the more I think he might not be telling the truth all the time.
As you may see Russian economy has adapted to the regime of sanctions and further ones would be likely resultless.Global ratings agency Moody’s Investor Service raised Russia’s rating to investment grade on Friday, saying the policies enacted in recent years will strengthen the country’s already robust public finances.
Moody’s also said there is a reasonably high likelihood that the United States could impose further sanctions on Russia in the coming months, but added that Russia’s ability to withstand the impact has improved since the downgrade in 2015.
The government’s net borrowing needs are very small and with fiscal consolidation and shifts in sources of investors in government debt, it is possible for Russia to execute borrowing plans domestically if needed, Moody’s said in a statement.
Moody's is not aloneThe government’s net borrowing needs are very small and with fiscal consolidation and shifts in sources of investors in government debt, it is possible for Russia to execute borrowing plans domestically if needed, Moody’s said in a statement.
What Washington will do with sanctions against Russia? It looks that for Russian economy it is not that important.Last month S&P Global Ratings had affirmed Russia’s BBB-/A-3 credit rating with a stable outlook, showing confidence in the country’s solid external and public balance sheets.
However, S&P had joined Fitch in saying that it could consider negative rating if the United States decides to impose more sanctions on the country.
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