Russia’s Top Brass: UN Has No Proof of Chemical Weapons Use by Syrian Troops

US: No Evidence of Chemical Weapons Use by Syrian Gov't Forces in Ghouta
TEHRAN (FNA)- The United States "has not seen any evidence yet" of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government in Eastern Ghouta, US Department of Defense Spokesperson Dana White said during a briefing on Thursday, when asked whether the United States has seen any proof of chemical weapons used by the government forces.

The US Department of Defense commented on the UN-mandated Independent International Commission of Inquiry's investigation over the alleged use of chlorine in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Eastern Ghouta by Syrian government forces, Sputnik reported.

However, in February US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert accused Damascus of using chemical weapons near Idlib's Saraqib.

According to the spokeswoman, Washington believes that Russia was shielding the Syrian authorities from accountability for its alleged continued use of chemical weapons.

These statements were refuted by the Russian Defense Ministry, which stated that the US allegations were based on rumors and information from militants and that these and other similar accusations have never been proven with facts.

Russia’s Top Brass: UN Has No Proof of Chemical Weapons Use by Syrian Troops
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday that the UN representatives in Damascus who have free access to Eastern Ghouta have never found any proofs of chemical weapons use by the Syrian troops.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson earlier said the United Kingdom might support military action against the Syrian government troops, if there was irrefutable evidence that Damascus had used chemical weapons, TASS reported.

Commenting on Johnson’s words, the Russian general stressed that "The UN representatives in Damascus who have free access to Eastern Ghouta have never found any evidence that these reports are true."

Damascus: Terrorists Plot for Wide-Scale Chlorine Gas Attack to Accuse Syrian Army
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari said the Syrian government had information that the terrorists are planning for a wide-scale terrorist attack with chlorine gas to accuse the Syrian Army of it.

Speaking at the UN Security Council’s meeting on Wednesday, al-Jaafari added that terrorists have strict instructions from Western and Turkish intelligence agencies to fabricate a terrorist attack before March 13th, the date on which the 87th session of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will be convened, SANA reported.

The Syrian diplomat stressed that he had information that three Turkish trucks loaded with Chlorine gas entered Idlib province through Bab al-Hawa border-crossing on February 20th, two of them are now in a school in Qalb Lawza village which they turned into a chemical storage tank while the third truck is present in a center for the so-called Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in al-Habet village in the Northern countryside of Idlib.

He said that the Syrian government has read the 48th monthly report submitted by the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and sent two official letters to the UN Secretary General and the chairman of the UN Security Council clarifying its attitude with regard to the current report.

Al-Jaafari added that the United Nations has failed to implement its Charter and the principles of international law since its inception which is clearly shown in the Palestinian cause, in addition to other failures in Iraq, Libya, Yugoslavia, Grenada and Nicaragua.

He reaffirmed Syria’s firm commitment to the principles of international and humanitarian laws as well as the Syrian constitutions and rules which stipulate that the Syrian government is responsible for guaranteeing the safety and security of its citizens against the terrorist groups.

Al-Jaafari indicated that the current report, just like previous ones, relies on open politicized sources, inaccurate figures, meantime, it still ignores confidential governmental sources as well as the reports submitted by the UN representatives operating in Syria which hail the efforts exerted by the Syrian government and appreciate its cooperation in the humanitarian field and the facilitations provided to help them perform their mission.

He stressed that Syria’s denunciation of the silence of those who prepared the report, the UN Commission on Human Rights and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) after the adoption of UNSC Resolution No. 2401 towards the barbaric Turkish aggression on Afrin area which caused significant property damage, loss of life and sharp shortage in humanitarian needs.

Al-Jaafari added that Syria rejects the continued silence towards the catastrophic consequences of the US-led international coalition’s military operations and massacres which claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians and members of Syrian popular forces which fight Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorists, the latest of which are two massacres in Deir Ezzur countryside.

He renewed Syria’s calls for dissolving the illegitimate US-led international coalition and putting an immediate end to its crimes against Syrian civilians, adding that a statement issued by the General Staff of the Russian Army on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in areas held by the US agents and allies in Syria describing it to be the worst in the country.

Regarding the situation in Eastern Ghouta area, al-Jaafari said that the Syrian government stressed that the situation has got worse there due to the attacks carried out by terrorist groups on residential neighborhoods and military positions as they fired more than 2180 rocket and mortar shells on Damascus city, claiming the lives of over 66 civilians and injuring 474 others which required the governmental forces to respond to these attacks in order to perform the Syrian state’s constitutional duty in guaranteeing the safety and security of its citizens.

He expressed condemnation of those who prepared the report for overlooking the fact that the families in the Eastern Ghouta are besieged from inside by the armed terrorist groups which use them as human shields and take the humanitarian aid and distribute them to their members and the suffering of thousands of abductees who have been tortured in their jails, referring to civilians abducted by terrorists in Adra Workers’ City and Lattakia countryside.
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Trump’s America: Weaker, divided & losing international prestige – Chomsky to RT

Trump’s America: Weaker, divided & losing international prestige – Chomsky to RT
While its military and economic clout still knows no competition, the world is no longer America's playground; and with Trump’s isolationist and aggressive stance, the US surrenders positions internationally, Noam Chomsky told RT.

In an interview with RT Spanish's “Conversation with Correa” host and Ecuador’s former President Rafael Correa, renowned American philosopher and political scientist Noam Chomsky argued that US President Donald Trump’s claims that he is making America greater, stronger and more powerful have absolutely no merit.

“Under Trump, it’s becoming weaker, less effective, it’s internally disintegrating, it’s losing whatever international authority or prestige it had and it’s also moving to destroy the world,” Chomsky said.

Trump’s decision to pull out of the milestone Paris climate accord, which is aimed at fighting climate change, endangers the future life on the planet, Chomsky said, arguing that the US withdrawal from the pledge to reduce its carbon footprint is “the most important policy of the Trump administration by far.”

“Here, the United States under Trump has departed from the entire world. Every other country has at least some kind of commitment to addressing this growing and, in effect, imminent crisis. The US alone, under Trump, is aggressively moving to increase the danger, to escalate by the greater concentration on fossil fuels extraction.”

Chomsky called the potential effects of this policy “devastating,” noting that the US is on course to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s leading fossil fuels producer.

America's clout on the world stage stems from the age of WWII, from which it emerged economically unaffected and armed with nuclear weapons, Chomsky said. And although its power has been on a steady decline since 1945, and other powers like China have emerged to challenge it, the US – or rather its corporations – still remains an economic powerhouse.

“US power in the international system as a national entity has declined, but, meanwhile, the world has changed under neoliberal globalization and if you look at the ownership of the world, international multinational corporations based in the US have about 50 percent ownership of the world’s economy.”

The US militaristic might is likewise enormous, according to Chomsky. “In military terms, no one else is even close to the US, the US spends almost as much as the rest of the world combined, it’s technologically vastly more advanced.”

Washington does not shy away from an occasional show of force, most recently flexing its military muscle at the North Korean borders. Noting that Trump’s war rhetoric towards North Korea “could materialize very easily,” Chomsky argued that the only feasible approach to breaking the standoff is the “double freeze” plan proposed by China and backed by Russia. The plan, which envisages the halt of the US and its allies' wargames in the region in exchange for the suspension of North Korea’s nuclear and missile program, was rejected by Washington.

Chomsky believes that North Korea, which sees “constant highly-threatening military maneuvers” by America's most advanced nuclear-capable bombers as a “severe threat,” would agree to a plan that would allow it to pursue its economic objectives. According to Chomsky, the inflated military budget that stalls its economic development is a necessity for North Korea, as it has every legitimate reason to be afraid of a potential aggression from Washington.

“The UN Charter bans the threat or use of force. Threat or use of force – this is a strict violation of the Charter, it’s a crime. This is happening all the time if you look at the history of the United States and North Korea – it’s a very meaningful threat,” Chomsky said. "It's practically flattened the country back in the 1950s."

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Russian lawmakers emphasize that Putin’s address was a call for peace and talks

Russian lawmakers emphasize that Putin’s address was a call for peace and talks
Pre-empting western interpretations of the presidential address to parliament as saber rattling, several Russian lawmakers explained the stating of Russia’s strength. The aim was furthering peace, equality and justice, they said.

Head of the Upper House Foreign Relations Committee Konstantin Kosachev told RT that the parliamentary address that Vladimir Putin delivered on Thursday could share the fate of Putin’s 2007 historical speech in Munich.

“Just as the Munich speech was mispresented as an aggressive and assertive one, analysts will seek messages in this speech which will present Russia again as an aggressive and assertive country,” the senator said.

“This is definitely not the case because Putin was very clear on the message that Russia does not threaten any country, Russia does not challenge any country and Russia does not plan to force its national interests on any country,” Kosachev said.

The senator went on to point out that Russia has been invinting western nations to hold talks and sign treaties for years and decades without any proper response from the US and its allies. He then expressed hope that the international community will listen attentively to Putin’s latest statements and eventually find some “windows of opportunities,” because collective effort is the only way to tackle common threats.Senator Aleksey Pushkov said in comments to RT that he thought that the main message of Putin’s address to the international community was very clear: “don’t even think of using any kind of weapons against Russia and don’t have any illusions about Russia’s strength in the military field.”

Pushkov noted that certain circles in the United States tend to calm themselves by calling Russia “a weak regional power” but the presentation made by the Russian president had made it absolutely clear that any speculations about Russia’s supposed weakness were total nonsense.

注:Pushkov is a Professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He has the title of honoris causa from the Moscow University for the Humanities, the Russian-Armenian State University (Yerevan), and the Azerbaijan University of Languages.(Wikipediaから)

However, the senator also stressed that the display of strength was not aimed at intimidation. Putin suggested a reconsideration of the western strategy of strategic encirclement, as well as the US strategy of creating new weapons that can overcome the Russian strategic nuclear potential.

“He says this is meaningless, you will not achieve anything so let us sit down and talk. I am absolutely sure that now we will see a hysterical reaction from the US mass media, but it is important to stress that there is a second part to Putin’s message – it is not just a display of our capabilities, it is also an offer to discuss and come to some solutions,” Pushkov told RT.

On Thursday President Vladimir Putin delivered an address to the Russian Federal Assembly; a joint session of the two chambers of the Russian Parliament. The president spoke on a wide range of issues, touching upon the economy, the social situation and the environmental issues, but the part that caused the most intense reaction from audience and media alike was the description of Russia’s newest weapons, complete with 3D graphic presentations. Putin then said that this demonstration was neither a threat nor a bluff, but another attempt to persuade western nations to solve contradictions through talks rather than resorting to military force.
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New arms race started by US pulling out of missile treaty – Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied accusations he revived an arms race by unveiling Russia’s new nuclear deterrent. That was done by US President George W. Bush killing a 30-year-old missile treaty in 2002, he told NBC.

In an interview with NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” on Thursday, the Russian leader brushed off claims in the Western media that by introducing new nuclear-powered missiles, including the hypersonic Sarmat, he has signaled a new arms race. The alarmist rhetoric that fills Western news outlets is just another form of propaganda, Putin said.

“My point of view is that the individuals saying that a new Cold War has started are not really analysts; they do propaganda,” he said, as translated by NBC. Putin blamed Washington’s 2002 withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty) for escalating the confrontation. “If we are to speak of an arms race, then an arms race started precisely at that point”.

It was US President George W. Bush who withdrew from the ABM Treaty, which had been one of the main pillars of the détente and held for nearly 30 years. Bush argued that the treaty hindered the US’ ability to protect itself from “future terrorist or rogue state attacks.”

In the years following, the US has encircled Russia with its missile defense installations, extending its anti-missile shield to Romania and Poland, deploying for the first time a battery of Patriot long-range anti-aircraft system to Lithuania for war games.

The US nuclear build-up on Russia’s doorstep triggered a response from Moscow, which deployed its newest Iskander systems to its Kaliningrad exclave, citing the threat posed by US missile launchers deployed in Poland and Romania.

The path that led towards confrontation could have been avoided had the US agreed to cooperate on the development of anti-missile defenses with Russia – an offer repeatedly extended by Moscow. After Washington refused, Putin said he could not sit idle.

The Russian president went on that he still believes the two countries should focus on what they can do together. He mentioned the fight against common challenges to security such as terrorism.

“Instead of creating threats to one another, great powers should pool their efforts in protecting against terrorists,” he told Kelly.

Kelly raised the topic of speculation that the new weapon systems have not yet undergone any successful tests. Putin, who had used Thursday’s state of the nation address to unveil the weapons, dismissed the rumors.

“Every single weapon system that I have discussed today easily surpasses and avoids anti-missile defense systems,” Putin said, adding that while “some of them still have to be fine-tuned and worked on,” others are combat-ready. “One of them is already on combat duty. It’s available to the troops,” the Russian leader said.
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Western media accuses Putin of ‘starting new arms race’ after ‘terrifying’ nuclear missile ‘boasts’

Unsurprisingly, Western news outlets focused on only one short segment of Vladimir Putin’s two-hour speech on Thursday, reframing the state-of-the-nation address as a (nuclear-tipped) sabre rattle in front of a watching world.

In his message to Russia’s Federal Assembly, Putin spent around four minutes on the new-generation Sarmat ICBM, and on an as-yet-unnamed nuclear cruise missile. The Russian President, who is facing re-election later this month, emphasized that both of these systems have almost unlimited reach, and are invulnerable to interception in-flight.

Putin reminded that Moscow promised as far back as 2004 to upgrade its nuclear capabilities as a means of deterring NATO from constructing a missile defense shield close to Russia’s borders. Since then, US missile defense bases have been built in Romania and Poland. Putin complained that "no one wanted to talk to us then, no one listened.”

“Listen to us now,” he said on Thursday to applause.

But while the Russian leader’s words definitely caught the international media’s attention, whatever diplomatic intent was behind them went unheeded.

Almost every major mainstream outlet included references to “a new armsrace” or a “new Cold War,” either in the text or the headline, while the Daily Beast accused the Russian leader of “boasting.”

CNN’s International Diplomatic Editor said that Putin’s words sent out a “chilling message for everyone.”

“It is bombastic talk in the extreme: a waggling of military parts in the faces of other nations, most likely right now the United States, whose own commander in chief is massively ramping up defense spending while downsizing his diplomatic power,” he wrote.

Putin "wants modern weapons, not a modern Russia,” boomed Bloomberg’s headline.

“Without a coherent vision of the future or an attractive model for others to imitate, without any soft power to speak of, without an economic model that can ensure sustainable growth or keep people out of poverty the missile-rattling is a terrifying but hollow sound,” wrote expat Russian journalist Leonid Bershidsky.

“There was a double message here. Firstly, to the West: Don't push us. And, with elections coming up, there was this for the Russian people: Vote for Putin and you'll be voting for national security,” wrote Steven Rosenberg, a BBC News correspondent in Moscow.
‘Time for Trump to stop pretending he can be friends with Vlad’

Many drew parallels between Putin and President Donald Trump.

“Welcome to the new nuclear arms race. Putin announces 4 new nuclear weapons to answer the 3 new nuclear weapons US announced last month. This will not end well,” Joe Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund, a foundation that fights against the proliferation of nuclear weapons, posted on his Twitter.

Jennifer Griffin, a Fox News security expert, said that Pentagon sources admitted that Putin’s cruise missile plans were “nascent” but credible, and confessed they were in part a response to US actions.

“US officials tell me Russia is ‘worried’ about the Pentagon’s plans to develop two new tactical nuclear weapons. Putin’s speech ahead of election next month response to the Trump administration’s plan to expand its nuclear arsenal, officials say,” she tweeted.

Former US Ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul suggested that a new nuclear control treaty restricting Moscow is now necessary.

“Putin's announcement today about his new nuclear weapons aimed at us should be a wake up call to Trump. Time to stop pretending that Vlad can be His friend. & also time to restart arms control negotiations with Moscow. New START treaty needs amendment now. Immediately,” tweeted McFaul, unintentionally echoing Putin himself, who, in his address, bemoaned the US decision to exit the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002, prior to the start of its missile shield construction.

Others took a more light-hearted approach, using Putin’s speech for (predominantly anti-Trump) gibes.

“President Vladimir Putin has developed an attention seeking nuclear missile that falsely gets elected and gradually destroys its target through total and utter embarrassment,” tweeted documentary producer Jeremy Newberger.

“Today Putin announced the invincible nuclear missiles that he’d been texting Donald Trump about for two years,” wrote comedian Tommy Campbell.
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昨日、2018年03月01日 千葉市にはF1起源のセシウムが降り続いているを書いて自分の重大な失態を認めざるを得なくなりました。




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2018/3/1 午前0時40分、各地で線量率が上がっています。伊豆半島から西の太平洋岸で上昇幅が大きいです。





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