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2017年12月22日

‘Pragmatist with no principles’: Boris Johnson

RT2017/12/22
‘Bad patch’: Boris Johnson says he wants better relations with Russia
Boris Johnson has called for the UK and Russia to “work hard” to overcome existing difficulties. He is the first UK Foreign Secretary to visit Moscow in the last five years, amid strained relations between the two countries.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Friday after the head of the UK Foreign Office arrived on an official visit the previous evening. The top diplomats agreed that the two countries’ bilateral relations are far from satisfactory, with Johnson describing them as “going through a bad patch.”

The British foreign secretary said, however, that Russia and the UK have many mutually important areas for cooperation, and called for “more progress" on bilateral ties, as well as coordinated efforts on issues “that matter to the people of the world.”

"One of the reasons for coming here is that there is no point in simply sitting on the sidelines and complaining about each other. We have to engage and we have to talk to each other," he told journalists. Iran, the Korean crisis, the future of Syria, as well as the fight against terrorism are issues of mutual interest for Moscow and London.

During the joint news conference with his Russian counterpart, the top British diplomat said that he is “a committed Russophile,” despite the fact that Russia and the UK are going through a “very difficult patch” in their relations.

When asked about alleged Russian meddling in UK Brexit vote that took place in June 2016, he said: “As I say, there was abundant evidence of Russian interference in elections in Germany, Denmark, France, and America. As I say, there is no evidence of any successful Russian interference in the UK [elections],” Johnson said, adding that the two countries should "move on."

Lavrov said he trusts Johnson and admitted he had seen "no hostility" and called the "friendly" nature of the talks helpful.

“I hope to hold today an open, direct conversation, and I consider outlining specific steps on invigoration of our relations as the main task of this meeting,” Lavrov said as he opened talks with his British counterpart. He added that UK-Russian relations are at “a very low point,” but not on Moscow’s initiative. However, the two countries also have “mutual concerns” that should be addressed.

Iran is a mutual interest for the UK and Russia, and the Iranian nuclear deal should be an area of bilateral cooperation, Johnson said. The agreement on the country’s nuclear program, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was widely criticized by US President Donald Trump, who refused to recertify Iran’s compliance with the accord in October, citing “multiple violations” by Tehran.

RT2017/12/22
‘Pragmatist with no principles’: Boris Johnson may face problems finding common language in Moscow
The British Foreign Secretary might face difficulties in establishing a dialogue with his Russian counterpart, UK experts have told RT, suggesting Boris Johnson is not experienced enough to improve "low ebb" relations.

Johnson will hold “critical discussions” on Syria on his visit to Russia, Conservative UK MP Daniel Kawczynski said ahead of the UK politician's first official visit to Russia.

“Russia is obviously a key player in the Syrian context and clearly, I think it is very important for countries like ours to collaborate, cooperate with one another as best we can and when we can trying to take on this barbaric organization [ISIS], which has caused so much chaos and instability in the Middle East,” Kawczynski told RT.

At the same time, the MP expects the foreign secretary to try and “throw Britain’s weight” to help resolve the Ukrainian crisis and other “outstanding” issues with Russia. Overall Kawczynski hopes that Johnson will be able to “compartmentalize” relations with Moscow so that bilateral ties could move toward a positive trend.

“In reality what we have to do is we have to compartmentalize our relationship with Russia. We are starting to see cooperation in certain non-controversial spheres,” Kawczynski said. “Clearly, there are sanctions still in place and it is very, very important that we try to compartmentalize on where we can work with the Russians on the international arena and in Europe. We ought to be able to do that, but the focus should be on trying to work with Russia and Ukraine to try to resolve this extraordinary situation.”

Johnson appears to be London's only hope in at least trying to improve British-Russian relations which "are at a very low ebb," believes British historian and Russia analyst, Martin McCauley. Lavrov, he says, "will have an upper-hand here, because Boris in many ways is an amateur in foreign affairs... He's more concerned about politics in general and would like to become next British prime minister, so his audience is always the British audience."

Prime Minister Theresa May "is not really into foreign affairs, because she is so much embroiled in Brexit. In fact, the whole political establishment in Britain is concerned with Brexit and has very little time at present for foreign affairs," McCauley told RT.

To establish "a kind of common interest," the Syrian issue might be helpful, the analyst agreed. With Russia, Iran and Turkey being "the main players" in solving the crisis in that part of the world, Johnson should support Russia's efforts in securing peace not only for the sake of the Syrians, but also for international security.

Moscow and London "have the same interests in dealing with international terrorism and the threat which will emanate from Syria when the jihadists go back to their home countries.” Both capitals are essentially “singing from the same songbook,” yet Russia is “a dominant partner,” McCauley pointed out.

Political writer and journalist, Dan Glazebrook, agrees that "Syria will indeed [be] a major topic" during Johnson's visit to Russia. Glazebrook regards the British politician as "a pragmatist" with no principles, adding,"The UK holds very few cards on Syria given that its proxies have been largely defeated on the battlefield. All the UK really has to offer is the toning down of its hysterical anti-Russian propaganda campaign. But I suspect Russia couldn't really care less about that. Dogs bark, but life goes on, as they say."
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モースル解放の戦いで1万1千人の市民が亡くなった

FARSNEWS2017/12/22
Up to 11,000 Civilians Killed in Battle to Free Mosul
TEHRAN (FNA)- Ten times more civilians may have been killed by the US-led coalition in the liberation of Mosul than previously reported. [VIDEO]





モースルの戦いには、ロシア軍は参加せず、米国主導軍、イラク軍とその同盟勢力が戦闘を展開しました。米国主導軍の民間住居の空爆は戦争犯罪だと糾弾されています。











posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:43| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ウクライナで汚職が横行 ポロシェンコは取り締まるつもりなし

RT2017/12/21
German official urges Poroshenko to decide whether he is president or oligarch
German officials have voiced concern over the “rampant corruption” in Ukraine, warning Kiev that its reluctance to fight the scourge and attempts to curb the powers of an anti-graft unit could cost the country financial aid.

EU and German officials are expected to visit Ukraine next week to personally emphasize the “seriousness of the situation,” the BILD newspaper reported Monday. There, however, has been no official confirmation of the upcoming visit yet.

“Petro Poroshenko must decide whether he wants to be president or an oligarch – a country or money,” Angela Merkel’s CDU foreign policy chief Norbert Rottgen told BILD. He emphasized that Ukraine must take “decisive steps against rampant corruption,” starting “with the leadership of the state.”

Rottgen referred to Poroshenko’s campaign promise made in 2014 – to sell his chocolate giant Roshen if elected president. After three and a half years, the company is still in his possession, while the oligarch-president reportedly acquired new lucrative assets.

Ukraine’s lack of resolve in “radical implementation of anti-corruption measures” has become glaring in the country, chairman of the EU Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Elmar Brok said. While the European Union is ready to support Kiev, its assistance is not “unconditional,” EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn warned, adding, that financial aid to Kiev was at stake.

Brock said “recent developments” in Ukraine, with its anti-corruption organs being targeted by the central government were “unacceptable.” The botched attempt to curb the powers of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) earlier this month has further raised concerns of the EU and other sponsors of Ukraine. NABU is largely independent from the Ukrainian government, receiving funding under American and EU aid programs and also having an “evidence-sharing” agreement with FBI.

The Bureau engaged in an open conflict with other law enforcement agencies late in November, when an “undercover [NABU] detective” was arrested for attempting to bribe a high-ranking official.

While NABU explained the bribery attempt as an operation to fight corruption, the General Prosecutor's office and Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) accused the anti-corruption unit of illegal activities. To back the allegations, the prosecutor’s office and the SBU released a video, purportedly showing recorded phone calls between NABU agents, allegedly talking about the luxurious cars and mansions of the “detectives.” NABU operatives were questioned by the security services, while the Bureau’s chief travelled to the US to seek help.

On December 6, Ukraine’s parliament introduced a bill allowing the country’s president to fire the NABU director, even for petty crimes. The bill promptly caused an outcry in the west, with the FBI, International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as other structures urging Ukraine to stop the measure. Ukraine’s government swiftly caved in to the pressure and the proposed legislation was dropped a day after its introduction.
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サウジはイエメンの民間人を空爆で大量に殺害しながらリアドに届くミサイルに慄いている

sputniknews2017/12/21
Putin Condemns Launch of Missile Targeting Riyadh in Call With Saudi King

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a conversation with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, condemned the launch of a missile targeting Riyadh from Yemen and noted the importance of investigating the incident, the Kremlin's press service reported Thursday.

It was noted that during the conversation, acute issues of the Middle East agenda were discussed in detail, including the development of the situation in Yemen.

"The King of Saudi Arabia expressed serious concern about the launching of a ballistic missile targeting Riyadh by the Yemeni Ansar Allah militants on December 19. Condemning such actions, Vladimir Putin noted the importance of a comprehensive investigation of the incident and spoke in favor of resolving the Yemeni crisis exclusively by peaceful means, through a national dialogue," the press service said.

The phone conversation between two leaders comes after Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile targeting its capital, Riyadh, fired by Yemeni Houthi rebels on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia accused Yemeni Houthi rebels of smuggling short-range ballistic missiles from Iran, the kingdom's key rival in the region.

Previously, Saudi Arabia's air defenses intercepted two ballistic missiles launched by the Houthis in November. The first missile was shot down on November 4 near the Riyadh international airport, while the second was intercepted on November 30 in the south of the country.

Top US officials, including US President Donald Trump, also blamed Iran for the Houthis' attack, with Envoy to the UN Nikky Haley calling for Tehran to be held accountable for a ballistic missile launched by Yemeni rebels targeting Saudi Arabia in July 2017, as it was allegedly an‎ Iranian Qiam.
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国連総会がエルサレムに関する米国声明で緊急会合

RT2017/12/21
UN General Assembly holds emergency meeting on Jerusalem declaration
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) is holding a rare emergency meeting on the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The meeting is taking place at the request of Arab and Muslim nations.

Speaking at the meeting, US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley said that whatever decision is made by the UNGA, it will not influence Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Haley reminded UN members of the US’ generous contributions to the organization and said that the United States expects its will to be respected in return.

“When we make a generous contributions to the UN, we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognized and respected,” Haley said, adding that the vote will be “remembered” by the US and “make a difference on how the Americans look at the UN.”

The US leadership earlier voiced threats towards UN member states which would back the UN resolution against its Jerusalem decision. Haley said Washington would be “taking names.”

Trump also suggested that countries which vote in favor of the resolution at the UN General Assembly will lose money. “Let them vote against us,” he said. “We’ll save a lot. We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars... we’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer.”

The US threats were condemned by Turkey, with the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stating that Trump “cannot buy Turkey's democratic will.”

“I hope and expect the United States won't get the result it expects from there (the UN General Assembly) and the world will give a very good lesson to the United States,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara on Thursday ahead of the meeting.

On Monday, the US vetoed a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution on Jerusalem, which had demanded that the American decision to recognize the city as the Israeli capital be withdrawn. All other UNSC members voted in favor of the document.

FARSNEWS2017/12/21
The United Nations on Thursday delivered a stunning rebuke of President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, casting an overwhelming vote condemning the move and calling on the US to withdraw the decision.

The final vote count in favor of the resolution was 128. Nine countries opposed the resolution while 35 abstained.

RT2017/12/22
128 countries vote in favor of UN call for US to withdraw Jerusalem decision

The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution calling on the US to reverse its decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. One hundred and twenty eight countries backed the motion.
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US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s сapital

Nine states voted against the UN resolution and 35 nations abstained. The voting took place during a rare UN General Assembly (UNGA) emergency session, convened Thursday at the request of Arab and Muslim nations.

The outcome of the UNGA vote was hailed as a "victory" by Palestine. “We will continue our efforts in the United Nations and at all international forums to put an end to this occupation and to establish our Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital,” Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rudainah said.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister praised the decision after the vote, saying, it “once again showed that dignity and sovereignty are not for sale.”

The voting was preceded by a number of member states outlining their stance on the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Turkey, which has led Muslim opposition to Washington's Jerusalem declaration, was among the first to speak at the meeting. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu underlined that only a two-state solution and sticking to the 1967 borders can be a foundation for a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine. The minister said that since Jerusalem is the cradle for the “three monotheistic religions,” all of humanity should come together to preserve the status quo.

“The recent decision of a UN member state to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel violates the international law, including all relevant UN resolutions. This decision is an outrageous assault on all universal values,” Cavusoglu said.

US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, said whatever decision the UNGA takes will not influence Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. She reminded UN member states of the US’ generous contributions to the organization and said that the United States expects its will to be respected in return.

“When we make a generous contributions to the UN, we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognized and respected,” Haley said, adding, the vote will be “remembered” by the US and “make a difference on how the Americans look at the UN.”

Israeli envoy to the UN Danny Danon stated that Israel considers Jerusalem its capital, dating back to Biblical times, and the US decision only outlines the obvious. Danon went further and accused the UN of “double standards” and an “unbreakable bond of hypocrisy” with Palestine and prejudice against Israel.

“Those who support today’s resolution are like puppets. You’re puppets pulled by the strings of your Palestinian puppet masters. You’re like marionettes forced to dance, while the Palestinian leadership looks on with glee,” Danon told the gathering.

The US leadership earlier issued threats to UN member states which would back the UN resolution against its Jerusalem decision. Haley said Washington would be “taking names.”

Trump also suggested that countries which vote in favor of the resolution at the UN General Assembly will lose money. “Let them vote against us,” he said. “We’ll save a lot. We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars... We’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer.”

The US threats were condemned by Turkey, with the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stating that Trump “cannot buy Turkey's democratic will.”

“I hope and expect the United States won't get the result it expects from there (the UN General Assembly) and the world will give a very good lesson to the United States,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara Thursday ahead of the meeting.

On Monday, the US vetoed a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution on Jerusalem, which had demanded that the American decision to recognize the city as the Israeli capital be withdrawn. All other UNSC members voted in favor of the motion.
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2017/12/22国連総会緊急会合の投票結果

※  NBC News‏認証済みアカウント @NBCNews
128 countries voted in favor of the resolution rejecting President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, 9 voted against, 35 abstained.

How each country voted:





地図に落としてみました。東欧、サブサハラ、太平洋の島しょ国、中米諸国に反対と棄権が集中しています。


ウクライナ、ケニア、モンゴル、ミャンマーは欠席です。東欧諸国に棄権が多いのは米国の援助を失いたくない? ユダヤ人が多い?

経済的に弱体な国が多いです。米国は惨敗です。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:28| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

南北朝鮮国境で亡命者を探す北朝鮮国境警備兵に韓国が警告射撃

FARSNEWS2017/12/21
South Korea Fires 20 Warning Shots at North Korean Border Guards Searching for Defector
TEHRAN (FNA)- South Korea's military unleashed around 20 warning shots in the direction of North Korean border guards in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) who were pursued a defector.

South Korean guards fired around 20 warning shots at North Korean troops searching for a defector who fled across the heavily militarized border between the two countries on Thursday, Yonhap news agency reported.

Earlier Thursday, a "low-ranking" North Korean soldier fled across the border, appearing in front of a guard post on the "mid-Western front", the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

Spokesman for South Korea's joint chiefs of staff, Roh Jae-cheon, added that the defector was taken into custody and was "safely secured", while authorities are now investigating what drove him to make the crossing.

He is the fourth North Korean soldier to defect this year, as the incident comes weeks after one of the most dramatic defections in recent times.
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