Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:33 UTC
Israel participates in the war in Syria in various forms, which include using weapons against Syrian army positions and directly supporting terrorist groups which fight against government troops, Assad told Venezuelan Telesur broadcaster.
"It is playing this role in different forms; first, by direct aggression, particularly by using warplanes, artillery, or missiles against Syrian Army positions. Second, it is supporting terrorists in two ways: first by providing direct support in the form of weapons, and second by providing logistic support, i.e. allowing them to conduct military exercises in the areas it controls. It also provides them with medical assistance in its hospitals," Assad said, as quoted by Sana news agency.
Comment: The Kremlin's Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov, has also made a public statement urging Israel to begin respecting Syrian sovereignty:
"We urge the State of Israel to respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and refrain from taking any steps that could lead to more escalation in the already troubled region", Peskov was heard saying.Further reading:
He also denied reports on preparations for a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump that was supposed to take place this month.
- Israeli policymakers say ISIS is a 'useful tool' in undermining Syria
- Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon confirms Israel's collaboration with ISIS in Syria
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:28 UTC
Washington's actions and rhetoric are pushing the region to the "brink of war," North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho wrote in a letter to ASEAN's chief Le Luong Minh from Vietnam.
"As you know, due to the annual war games in South Korea conducted by the United States and South Korea, the situation in the Korean Peninsula is out of control," the letter, seen by AFP and dated April 23 reads.
"It is a fact clear to everyone that when they deploy the means of nuclear strike that can drive the Korean Peninsula into a nuclear holocaust in just seconds... the nature of such exercises can in no way be defensive."
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:22 UTC
President Trump wants South Korea to pay around $1 billion for the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery, he told Reuters in an exclusive interview.
"I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid. It's a billion dollar system," said Trump.
"It's phenomenal, shoots missiles right out of the sky," he added, promoting the anti-missile system that is being deployed in South Korea amid much public discontent and fears that it will only make the immediate surroundings a prime target of a potential strike.
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:42 UTC
Stefan Aristidou, from Enfield in north London, his British wife and Kary Paul Kleman, from Florida, last week surrendered to Turkish border police after more than two years in areas controlled by Isis, sources have confirmed to the Guardian.
Dozens more foreigners have fled in recent weeks, most caught as they tried to cross the frontier, as Isis's capacity to hold ground in Syria and Iraq collapses. Some - it is not known how many - are thought to have evaded capture and made it across the border into Turkey.
Comment: Further reading: The Origins and Ultimate Purpose of ISIS: A Brief History of the US-Middle East Proxy War
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:42 UTC
The Pentagon criticized Turkey's recent airstrikes in Syria and Iraq saying they are putting US military personnel at risk.
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:18 UTC
The record high was seen in August 2008, when Russia's reserves stood at $598 billion. By January 2014, they were at $500 billion.
The ruble fell after oil prices collapsed in the second half of 2014. Also that year, the United States, European Union, and their allies imposed sanctions against Russia over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:48 UTC
Trump pursues "no own policies" but only executes the decisions made by the "intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, the big arms manufacturers, oil companies, and financial institutions," the Syrian leader said in an exclusive interview with TeleSUR.
"As we have seen in the past few weeks, he changed his rhetoric completely and subjected himself to the terms of the deep American state, or the deep American regime," Assad added.
He referred to the fact that Trump came to power on a political platform promising a departure from the interventionist policy of the previous US president, Barack Obama, but soon forgot his promises and ordered a missile strike against the Syrian air base following a chemical weapons incident in Syria's Idlib province.
The Syrian president also said that it is "a complete waste of time to make an assessment of the American president's foreign policy" as"he might say something" but what he really does depends on "what these [US military and business] institutions dictate to him."
He also added that it "is not new" and "has been ongoing American policy for decades."
Britain would be 'literally erased from the face of the earth' if it launched a nuclear attack, warns Russian MP
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:03 UTC
Franz Klintsevich, a retired colonel, was responding to comments from Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, who said "in the most extreme circumstances, we have made it very clear that you can't rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike."
Mr Klintsevich said if Britain were to launch a preemptive strike, then "not having the biggest territory, it will literally be erased from the face of the earth."
Comment: This is an absolutely appropriate and accurate response to the delusional, impetuous and arrogant bellicosity of the repugnant British Defence Sec. Michael Fallon. All right-thinking English people should be supporting the words of the Russian MP and lobbying their wanna-be dictator politicians to shut the hell up, before they get them all killed.
Manufacturing consent: Saudis hired UK PR firm to promote 'Muslim NATO' and whitewash Saudi war crimes in Yemen
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:52 UTC
The firm, Burson-Marsteller, was hired in March to shill the coalition, which was established in Riyadh in December 2015. It has 41 Muslim-majority member nations, and the stated mission of battling Daesh in Iraq and Syria, and combating Islamist militancy across the Middle East and North Africa.
Saudi Major General Ahmed Asiri, currently being investigated by UK police for alleged war crimes, has also suggested the alliance's purview could be expanded to include fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, a mission currently conducted by a Saudi-dominated coalition comprised of UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar.
IMAFT is modeled on NATO, and effectively headed by Saudi Arabia. It is comprised primarily of Sunni-majority nations, such as Bahrain, Chad, Egypt, Mali, Nigeria and Somalia, nations which have all incurred intense criticism for their human rights records. Moreover, its religious composition suggests it is a sectarian force aimed at key Saudi regional enemy Iran.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:43 UTC
"Conflicts in the ideological information field are, especially, strained. The current phase of ideological confrontation is approaching the fever pitch of the Cold War in its severity and sometimes even exceeds it," Naryshkin said at the VI Moscow Conference on International Security on Thursday.
"The difference is that ideology is now promoted not by the Eastern bloc, but by the Western elites, at least, a part of them that doesn't want to give up on the neoliberal, globalist approach," he added.
According to the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), the ideas of "globalization, multiculturalism" pushed forward by the Western elites reach the "point when the very notion of majority in social processes becomes marginal. The majority is unable to protect its rights in the face of aggressive minorities, they are constantly forced to apologize and justify themselves for the fact of their very existence."