Topic: Protests in Syria
YEKATERINBURG, November 29 (RIA Novosti)
The dispatch of a Russian Navy task force to the Mediterranean Sea is part of a scheduled exercise and is not connected to the situation in Syria, General Staff chief Nikolai Makarov said on Tuesday.
“We are not sending anything [to Syria],” he said.
He did not say when the exercise would take place.
Earlier in the day a Russian Defense Ministry source denied media reports that a group of Russian warships led by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier would arrive at the Syrian port of Tartus in the spring of 2012.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier on Tuesday that Moscow was opposed to the imposition of an arms embargo on Syria.
On Sunday, the Arab League approved sanctions against Damascus in the latest bid to dissuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime from using violence against protesters. The sanctions include cutting off transactions with the Syrian central bank and halting Arab government funding for projects in Syria, as well as travel bans and asset freezes on senior Syrian officials.
Damascus has denounced the move as a betrayal of Arab solidarity.
According to UN estimates, more than 3,500 people have been killed in Syria since mid-March, when the protests against Assad's regime first began.
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- p2o2rianNew adage in the making19:38, 29/11/2011The longer I read RIA Novosti "news" the more I feel I'm being screwed up. ;-)
Every Russian news outlet says things contrary to others, also Russian!
Soon I will start to use new adage:
lies, damn lies and, instead of "statistics", "Russian news outlets" (aka propaganda).
If "Russian Navy drills in Mediterranean ‘unrelated to Syria’" then to what?
Fleet Commander wished he wanted to water-ski on warm Mediterranean waters?
- dimitri44The Situation in Syria, and even Libya13:17, 07/12/2011Although if NATO brings up Syria on this, then:
A well established legal precedent: With regard to the case of Marbury v. Madison, filed as long ago as 1803, whereby the United States Supreme Court asserted and established its
right of judicial review of Acts of Congress; and so now, why hasn't anyone as of yet brought suit before the International Court of Justice, The Hague, Holland, against the infamous Security Council Resolution 1973, grossly illegal on its face, a resolution in gross violation of Chapter I, Articles 1 and 2 of the United Nations Charter?
What we have here is the brutal destruction of a UN member state, Libya, and the abject murder of a head of state, Muammar Qaddafi.
Reference: globalresearch.ca, Author Index, Ronda Hauben, "The Role of the UN Security Council ... ", 2011-07-20 (even I'm in this Index as well).
The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.