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US has prepared militant groups to stage chemical provocations in southern Syria – Russian MoD

US training Syria militants for false flag chemical attack as basis for airstrikes – Russian MoD
Russia’s Defense Ministry says “US instructors” are training militants to stage false flag chemical attacks in south Syria. The incidents are said to be a pretext for airstrikes on Syrian government troops and infrastructure.

“We have reliable information at our disposal that US instructors have trained a number of militant groups in the vicinity of the town of At-Tanf, to stage provocations involving chemical warfare agents in southern Syria,” Russian General Staff spokesman General Sergey Rudskoy said at a news briefing on Saturday.

“Early in March, the saboteur groups were deployed to the southern de-escalation zone to the city of Deraa, where the units of the so-called Free Syrian Army are stationed.”

“They are preparing a series of chemical munitions explosions. This fact will be used to blame the government forces. The components to produce chemical munitions have been already delivered to the southern de-escalation zone under the guise of humanitarian convoys of a number of NGOs.”

The planned provocations will be widely covered in the Western media and will ultimately be used as a pretext by the US-led coalition to launch strikes on Syria, Rudskoy warned.

“The provocations will be used as a pretext by the United States and its allies to launch strikes on military and government infrastructure in Syria,” the official stated.

“We’re registering the signs of the preparations for the possible strikes. Strike groups of the cruise missile carriers have been formed in the east of the Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf and Red Sea.”

Another false flag chemical attack is being prepared in the province of Idlib by the “Al-Nusra Front terrorist group, in coordination with the White Helmets,” Rudskoy warned. The militants have already received 20 containers of chlorine to stage the incident, he said.

‘Not proxy’: Lavrov says US, British, French special forces ‘directly involved’ in Syria war
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has condemned the illegal presence of US coalition troops in Syria, saying the Western forces deployed on the ground amount to “a direct involvement in the war.”

“There are special forces on the ground in Syria from the US – they no longer deny it – the UK, France and a number of other countries,” Lavrov said in an interview to the Kazakh state broadcaster published on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website on Saturday. “Thus, it’s not so much of a ‘proxy war,’ but rather a direct involvement in the war,” the diplomat stressed.

The US coalition is “illegitimate” from the standpoint of international law and the UN Charter, Lavrov said. “But we are realistic and understand that we wouldn’t fight with them. So we coordinate actions at least to prevent unintended clashes. Our military always keeps in touch with the American commanders who lead the operation on Syrian territory.”

Moscow is also in "a permanent dialogue" with the US General Staff officials “who actually lead the operation on the ground,” the minister said.

Lavrov also stressed attacks on the Syrian and pro-Syrian forces in US-controlled areas deserve condemnation, given that Russia has been repeatedly and “solemnly” assured that the presence of the US military in Syria is aimed “exclusively” at fighting terrorists.

Lavrov also criticized the remarks by the US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, about Washington’s readiness to “bomb Damascus and even the presidential palace of Bashar Assad, regardless [of the] presence of the Russian representatives there.”“It is an absolutely irresponsible statement,” Lavrov said.

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UK among states most likely to produce ‘Novichok’ nerve agent – Moscow

UK among states most likely to produce ‘Novichok’ nerve agent – Moscow

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Syrian Army Sets up Another Safe Corridor

Syrian Army Sets up Another Safe Corridor to Evacuate Civilians from Eastern Ghouta
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army has set up a new humanitarian corridor in the Western part of Eastern Ghouta for the rapid evacuation of civilians from terrorist-held regions as a huge number of people are fleeing the region, field sources reported on Saturday.

The sources said that the army has established a new humanitarian corridor from the town of Harasta to Water Resources Company Building near the international Highway to Damascus for the evacuation of civilians from the terrorist-held regions in Eastern Ghouta.

The sources said that a large number of people in Harasta are moving towards the new corridor.

In the meantime, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria reported that over 11,000 civilians have left Eastern Ghouta via humanitarian corridors for safer regions since 11 a.m Saturday.

The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria reported earlier today that almost 7,000 civilians have left terrorist-held regions in Eastern Ghouta for the regions that are under the Syrian Army control in the early hours of Saturday.

The Russian center said that a sum of 17,000 civilians managed to leave Eastern Ghouta on Friday, adding that almost 7,000 more civilians have left the terrorist-held regions in Eastern Ghouta via humanitarian corridors this morning.

It added that evacuation of civilians from Eastern Ghouta is underway through two corridors in Hmouriyeh and al-Wafedeen regions.
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東グータから市民が脱出 シリア軍とロシア軍の努力を称賛する!

https://www.rt.com/news/421559-ghouta-live-feed-civilians-evacuated/  Live!シリアは日本より7時間遅れ

RUTPLAY 現場からの中継画像のキャプチャー
Live pictures from Eastern Ghouta, as civilians are leaving through a humanitarian corridor set up by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies.





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以下は、人道回廊を撮影したロシア軍のドローン画像 2018/3/17 のキャプチャーです。延々と続きます。







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トランプがティラーソンを解任 moron vs weak,Texas drawl マクマスターも解任 司法長官が元FBI副長官McCabe を解任

Trump fires Sec of State Tillerson, replaces him with CIA chief Pompeo

‘US-Russia relations may get a lot worse with Pompeo as Secretary of State’
Being more competent than Rex Tillerson, newly appointed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is likely to be much better at executing Washington’s anti-Russian policies, according to former diplomat Jim Jatras.

The firing of Tillerson, which was announced by Donald Trump on Tuesday, came as no surprise because “it was clear to everybody that he really never had control of the State Department and was really out of his depth,” Jatras said.

CIA Director Pompeo has been handed the reigns due to the fact that Trump “seems to have built a very strong personal relationship” with him, the ex-diplomat explained. “He just preferred to have him on the job as somebody whom he trusted more… Remember, he didn’t even know Tillerson very well before he appointed him to the State Department, and it seems that now he wants somebody that he personally trusts there.”

Pompeo’s assignment is likely to lead to further deterioration of the already poor relations between Moscow and Washington, Jatras warned. “Tillerson, at least, had the virtue of not being particularly competent,” he said. “I think Pompeo will be more effective in that way… So Russian-US relations will continue to get worse and, probably, a lot worse.”

“Judging by the media leaks, Trump was dissatisfied with Tillerson being not tough enough in his statements, while Tillerson, on his part, never made a secret of the fact that he considered some of President Trump’s comments undiplomatic,” said Vladimir Batyuk of the Institute for the US and Canadian Studies.

Trump called Tillerson “a good man,” but pointed out that they had disagreed on a number of issues, including the Iran nuclear deal. According to Jatras, the “major policy disagreement between them” was that Tillerson “was strongly in favor of keeping the Iranian nuclear deal – and it seems more and more [likely] that Trump is inclined not to do it.”

The reshuffle at the State Department was a “purely internal conflict in the US administration,” Batyuk said. However, it “underlines the overall difficult situation, in which the diplomatic branch finds itself under the current US president,” the analyst said, noting that the State Department is still understaffed in some key positions, which prevents it from effectively executing the US foreign policy.

“A man from the outside,” Pompeo was given the job because “it would’ve been quite problematic for the president to assign a career US diplomat as Tillerson’s successor, as 95 percent of the establishment in Washington hates and despises Trump, with this figure being even higher in the State Department,” Batyuk said.

Report: Trump Mocked Tillerson's 'Mannerisms, Texas Drawl'
TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump reportedly mocked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for his "mannerisms and Texas drawl."

Trump called Tillerson − who was ousted from his role Tuesday − "weak" and talked with friends and advisers about people he thought would be better suited for the job at the State Department, The Washington Post reported.

Trump was also critical of the bad press Tillerson received, according to the Post.

“This guy never gets a good story about him,” Trump said, a source told the newspaper.

Trump on Tuesday ousted Tillerson from his role as Secretary of State and named CIA director Mike Pompeo as his replacement.

Trump told reporters Tuesday he made the decision "by myself."

“I actually got along great with Rex, but really, it was a different mindset,” Trump said at the White House.

Trump and Tillerson had repeatedly clashed in the past, most famously after reports that the Secretary of State referred to Trump in private as "moron."


US Attorney General Sessions fires ex-FBI deputy director McCabe
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions says has fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, effective immediately. The abrupt termination could cost McCabe, who is accused of mishandling Hillary Clinton's email probe, much of his pension.

The termination was recommended by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility. It comes after a still-classified report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general found that McCabe mishandled the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.

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Skripal case 3

UK using Skripal case to divert attention from Brexit setback – Russian ambassador
The UK is using the Skripal case to divert attention from Brexit issues, Russia’s Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko told RT. London has actively engaged a NATO-led anti-Russian campaign for this purpose, he said.

“In order to divert attention from Brexit, the UK has to present something to the public to move [the focus] a little bit to the other side,” the Russian envoy told RT’s Anastasia Churkina.

Britain views the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal as a “possibility to launch this anti-Russian campaign,” said Yakovenko, who has been serving in his position since 2011. “This is a scenario that was written in London but it’s a short-sighted scenario because, in the long run, Britain will have to explain what is behind all these things in Salisbury,” he added.

Britain is trying to find a new place in the world order as it is leaving the EU and attempting to maintain relations with international organizations, Yakovenko said. “The key organization is NATO. Britain is trying to find [its] place, and they found that place in a so-called anti-Russian campaign,” he said. The UK is one of the founders of NATO and has almost a 70-year-old history with the alliance.

“That’s why we saw their new concept of national security last year, where Russia was named as a major enemy of Britain,” the Russian ambassador said.

Another concern for Russia in the Skripal case is the fact that the whole investigation has been classified. “Nobody saw even the pictures of these people in a hospital [Skripal and his daughter Yulia] – whether they are alive or maybe they are in good health. Nobody talked to the doctors. There is absolutely no transparency in the case,” the diplomat stated.

Yakovenko said he was surprised by how quickly British PM Theresa May blamed Russia for Skripal’s poisoning, despite the absence of any evidence. “We want to clarify all the questions behind this provocation – this is exactly how we see [this incident],” he added.

The British authorities will also have to explain the results of their investigation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the envoy believes. They will have to show “what are they doing in a secret chemical laboratory which is eight miles from Salisbury, where they investigated that substance based on their info and on their samples, following certain standards they have,” he said.

Authorities in the UK claim a Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok was used in the attack on the former Russian-UK double agent. Russia denies any involvement in the incident.

In a separate interview with Rossiya 24 TV channel, Yakovenko said that Russia would “exert maximum pressure” on the UK over the situation with Skripal and his daughter. “I am sure we won't let them [Britain] off the hook,” he added.

‘Nice young man seeks place in history but lacks upbringing’: Lavrov on Williamson ‘shut up’ remark
Russia no longer pays much attention to hostile statements like the one made by UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson, who said Moscow should “go away and shut up,” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

He chided the 41-year-old British official for his remarks made in reference to the ongoing stand-off between London and Moscow over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in Britain.

“He is a nice young man. He probably wants to get a place in history by making bold statements,” he suggested. “[UK Prime Minister] Theresa May now has ‘highly possible’ as her main argument backing Russia’s alleged guilt. He has ‘Russia should go away and shut up.’ Well, I don’t know. Maybe he lacks upbringing.”

Lavrov said he cannot recall a time in his long career as a professional diplomat when the West used that kind of language against Russia, but said that Moscow was not offended. “We have long stopped paying attention to this and neither do we get excited by the rolling out of new sanctions against Russia,” he said.

The UK this week accused the Russian government of orchestrating a chemical-weapons attack on British soil targeting Sergei Skripal, a former double agent. Any evidence in support of the accusation has yet to be made public. British officials claim that the toxin used was developed in the Soviet Union and that Moscow was culpable either for carrying out the attack or for losing control of the poison.

Earlier, Williamson’s anti-Russian remark was mercilessly mocked online, with people calling it childish and ‘coming straight out of the playground.’

OPCW: No member states known to possess ‘Novichok-class’ nerve agents
The UN chemical weapons watchdog said none of its member states have declared possessing ‘Novichok-class’ nerve agent, which London claims was used in the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal.

“There is no record of the Novichok group of nerve agents having been declared by a state party to the Chemical Weapons Convention,” the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a press release on Friday. Nearly all countries in the UN are members to the OPCW, except for Egypt, Israel, North Korea and South Sudan.

The watchdog said open-source information on the agents in this class is sparse. It added that OPCW experts are searching through scientific and technical sources available to them.

The obscure name surfaced after the UK bluntly accused Russia of using the mystery agent to poison former double agent Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. Both are said to remain in a critical condition.

Previously, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson claimed the reason Russia “chose this nerve agent” was to show potential defectors or those “supporting another way of life” that “Russia will take revenge.”

Moscow denied the allegations and sent multiple requests to Britain, asking for all available evidence and chemical samples to be shared. However, the requests fell on deaf ears as London sent only “meaningless formal replies,” according to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

Meanwhile, the OPCW has offered its “technical assistance” to UK investigators, adding that it “expects some action will be taken soon.”


UK, Slovakia, Sweden, Czech Republic among most probable source of ‘Novichok’ – Moscow
The substance used in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal may have originated from the countries studying the “Novichok” nerve agent, including the UK, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Sweden, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“The most likely source of origin of the toxin are the countries which have been carrying out intense research on the substances from the ‘Novichok’ program, approximately since the end of the 1990s until the present time, and this project is not the creation of Russia or the Soviet Union,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday. She listed the UK, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Sweden among the countries involved.

The US should also “be put under question,” Zakharova said in an interview with the state broadcaster VGTRK.

“How did they come to the conclusion about Russian ‘footprint’ if they didn’t give us those sample? Logically they shouldn’t have this substance. Which samples have they compared with to draw such a conclusion?” she went on. “Questions arise: then, they should have samples, which they conceal, or it is a lie from start to finish.”

“If the UK prime minister and other British experts give the formula, then it will be clear which countries have been developing these agents,” Zakharova said.
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Moscow investigating murder attempt on Skripal’s daughter & ex-Aeroflot official’s death in UK

Moscow investigating murder attempt on Skripal’s daughter & ex-Aeroflot official’s death in UK
Russian Investigative Committee has opened criminal cases into an attempted murder of Yulia Skripal, daughter of poisoned double agent Sergey Skripal, and the suspected murder of businessman Nikolay Glushkov in London.
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スクリパル中毒事件 私はこう見る


















ソールズベリーから8マイル離れたところには秘密化学研究所があり、英国当局には、$66.8 million、約70億円を投じて化学兵器防衛センターを作る計画がある。



@ まったくの偽旗作戦。スクリパル父子は、症状を発現させるためフェンタニルの過剰服用などを行ったのかもしれませんが、致命的な毒薬への曝露はない。

A 目的は、同じくスピンだが、何らかの神経毒が使われた。ただ、その神経毒はノビチョークではなく別の毒薬。スクリパル父子は、傷害を受けている。ロシアを犯人扱いするためにノビチョーの名前が出ている。この場合も神経毒の証拠品は出せない。この場合には、なぜ娘を巻き込んだのかという疑問が残る。後で事実が発覚したときのリスクはとてつもなく大きい。

B ノビチョークを使用した暗殺未遂事件。仕掛けは米国で欧州の反ロ感情を煽るのが目的。ノビチョークの由来はロシアではないから、この場合も証拠品は出てこない。


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Skripal case 2

Russia Accuses West of Trying to Link Ex-Spy Case with Chemical Weapons Issue in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated on Thursday that Moscow thinks the United Kingdom and its Western allies are seeking to connect the poisoning of the former colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence to chemical weapons in Syria.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May told the parliament on Wednesday that Britain will expel 23 Russian diplomats over the poisoning case of the former spy and his daughter, stressing that "they have just one week to leave".

The United States also backed the Uinted Kingdom decision to expel the Russian diplomats, stressing that Moscow "is responsible for the reckless nerve agent attack on a British citizen and his daughter", while French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to announce measures against Russia over the poisoning of the former spy.

Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday the West seeks to link Skripal's poisoning case to the issue of chemical weapons use in Syria.

“After all, what kind of logic was voiced yesterday and what logic is articulated by the so-called expert community? Damascus uses chemical weapons, Russia supports it. The final point in this is that Russia, Moscow, used chemicals in the United Kingdom... This is one of the tracks of this campaign − to link all these elements and to finish the story about chemical weapons in Syria, no one conceals it,” she said.

According to the Spokeswoman, the recent developments are “a part of a well-thought-out plan”.

Zakharova added that Moscow is currently considering retaliatory measures against London and will announce them in the near future, stressing that the UK had been "pushing" Russian diplomats out of the country via visa mechanisms for several years.

The United States has claimed that Russia is ultimately responsible for alleged chemical weapons use by the Syrian governemnt against civilians, while both Moscow and Damascus have repeatedly denied such allegations, stressing that the West-backed militant groups stage chemical attacks to give the US-led coalition a pretext to strike the war-torn country.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also warned days ago that Washington “remains prepared to act if we must”, if the UN Security Council failed to act on Syria.

Amid a renewed Western push to blame Syrian government for chemical attacks against civilians in Eastern Damascus, London came after Washington and Paris, stressing that it should consider air raids in Syria if its leader is found to have used chemical weapons on civilians.

“If we know that it has happened, and we can demonstrate it, and if there is a proposal for action where the UK could be useful then I think we should seriously consider it,” Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the BBC late February.

In a similar statement, President Emmanuel Macron said mid-February that “France will strike” if chemical weapons are used against civilians in the Syrian conflict in violation of international treaties, but that he had not yet seen proof this was the case.

As Washington claims that it fights against the ISIL group, US warships fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea at the Shayrat airfield in Homs province in early April 2017, following a chemical weapons incident in Idlib province which the Western countries blamed on the Damascus government.

The Syrian government has fiercely denied using or even possessing chemical weapons since the country’s compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention was certified by international observers in 2013, as the world is still waiting for the US and its allies to provide any proof for its claims of Bashar al-Assad government's involvement in the alleged chemical attack.

Syrian President had characterized the alleged chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun as a provocation to justify the US strike on Shayrat airbase in Homs province. The Syrian leader had also warned of the possibility of the new provocations similar to the one in Idlib.

‘Russia should go away and shut up,’ UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson says
Russia “should go away and shut up,” according to UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson. He was responding to a question about Moscow’s statements that it would expel British diplomats.

In Williamson’s first keynote speech since being appointed last year, he outlined the threats faced by the UK, modernization of the defense program, further investments in the armed forces, and the British response to the poisoning of the former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Speaking in Bristol on Thursday he said: “What is also clear is that the Kremlin is ripping up the international rule book, using its growing hybrid capabilities to subvert, undermine and influence countries around the world. Its cyber operations are active and brazen. It uses social media to muddy the waters and spread confusion."

Williamson announced the UK is to build a £48 million (US$66.8 million) chemical weapons defense center to tackle what it says is a growing threat from Russia and North Korea. Thousands of British soldiers are also expected to be vaccinated against anthrax.

The Tory minister was also asked whether he would consider a “military response” to Russia. He did not rule that out, but said Britain should not be “rushing to do too much too rapidly.”

He stated: “We’ll look at how Russia responds to what we have done. It is absolutely atrocious and outrageous what Russia did in Salisbury. We have responded to that.

“Frankly, Russia should go away and shut up. But if they do respond to the action we have taken we’ll consider it carefully and we’ll look at our options. But it would be wrong to pre-judge their response.”

Williamson pointed out it had been said that Britain is entering a ‘cool war’ with Russia, and warned: “It’s feeling exceptionally, exceptionally chilly at the moment.”

Defense secretary’s reaction shows UK is worrying, has something to hide – Moscow
British authorities are nervous and have “something to hide,” the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said in response to brash comments by the UK defense secretary, who told Moscow to “go away and shut up.”

“British Defense Secretary [Gavin Williamson] said Russia should 'go away and shut up,'” Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook. “What could he say, the defense minister of a country that conceals information on the use of chemical-warfare agents on its soil?” she asked.“London has something to hide. The partners are nervous.”

Williamson produced the outburst in his first keynote speech since being appointed defense secretary last year. “Frankly, Russia should go away and shut up,” the Tory minister said, adding: “If they do respond to the action we have taken, we’ll consider it carefully and we’ll look at our options.”

He also promised that the UK would invest $66.8 million (£48 million) in building a chemical weapons defense center to tackle what it says is a growing threat from Russia and North Korea.

'Fishwife’s rhetoric' reveals 'intellectual impotence' of UK Defense Secretary – Russian MoD
By telling Russia to “shut up,” UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has revealed his “extreme intellectual impotence” and underlined the vanity of British accusations against Moscow, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.

“Fishwife’s rhetoric demonstrated today by the head of the British Defense Ministry Gavin Williamson, perfectly characterizes an extreme degree of his intellectual impotence,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The Russian side hit back at Williamson after his Thursday comments, when he said that the country “should go away and shut up.” That was the Defence Secretary’s reaction to the question about possible countermeasures by Moscow in response to the British sanctions over the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury in early March.

The vocabulary employed by the UK defense secretary “only confirms the vanity of all of London’s accusations against Russia… but also the total pettiness of the ‘accusers’ themselves,” the MoD pointed out.

A “cozy home” of “fake sensations,” that’s how the ministry called the UK, referring to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the White Helmets. “Therefore we’ve developed a strong immunity to London’s fake accusations of Russia.”

“As for the boorish expressions by the UK Defense Secretary regarding Russia, in the absence of actual results of his official activities, apparently, they alone remain in the arsenal of Her Majesty's Armed Forces,” the MoD said.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that Williamson’s outburst showed that British authorities were nervous and had “something to hide.”

“What could he say, the defense minister of a country that conceals information on the use of chemical-warfare agents on its soil?” she wrote on Facebook, refereeing to London’s refusal to provide evidence in the Skripal case to Moscow.

Williamson’s remarks were also ridiculed online by many in the UK who expressed their concerns over the British Armed Forces being headed by “a pre-pubescent schoolboy” who comes up with threats one would be “more likely to hear on the playground.”

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Skripal case 1

Expel Russian diplomats, ask for more powers – May’s plan over Skripal case
UK Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of using a chemical weapon on British soil and told Parliament about plans to retaliate against Moscow.
The measures outlined by May are in response to the poisoning of a former Russian double agent, which the British government described as an “unlawful use of force by the Russian state.” The accusation is based on the nature of the poison used, which, Britain said, was developed by Russia.
Here are the measures Britain is going to take:
Expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats
May said the UK identified 23 people working as diplomats in London, whom it believes are agents of the Russian intelligence service. Expelling them would undermine Russia’s espionage capabilities on British soil, she argued. The move is the largest in decades, according to the Prime Minister.
New legislative powers
May wants her cabinet to have additional powers that, according to her, would boost the government’s ability to protect Britain. Those include new powers to detain unwanted individuals at the border, new counter-espionage powers and new powers to impose sanctions.
Limiting ties
The UK will suspend certain senior-level contacts with Russia. This includes the suspension of a planned visit by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Britain and the cancellation of a planned visit of a British official delegation to the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Asset freezes
May said the UK will freeze Russian state assets in the UK that can be used to cause damage to the nation’s security. She did not say which assets could be targeted.
Some measures the UK plans to take cannot be shared publicly, May said.

Britain seeks urgent UN Security Council meeting over Salisbury spy attack
The British government is seeking an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to update members about the attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal.

Moscow not accepting groundless threats & ultimatums, has nothing to do with Skripal case – Kremlin
Russia has nothing to do with the alleged poisoning of Russian ex-double agent Sergei Skripal, the Kremlin said. Moscow will not accept any groundless threats or ultimatums, it added.
“Moscow’s position [on the Skripal case] is well known… Moscow had nothing to do with the incident that took place in the UK,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

Corbyn challenges May's 'evidence' of Russian ‘culpability’ in ex-spy poisoning
Jeremy Corbyn believes there is not enough proof to conclude Russia was behind the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, according to his spokesman. Corbyn also challenged the evidence in Parliament.
Corbyn’s spokesman Seumas Milne told reporters: “The government has access to information and intelligence on this matter which others don’t. However, there is also a history in relation to weapons of mass destruction and intelligence which is problematic, to put it mildly.”

Asked if Corbyn believed Russia was responsible for the attack, Milne said Prime Minister Theresa May continued to leave open the possibility that Russia lost control of its nerve agent. He also suggested the poisoning might have been a carried out by a “mafia” or another former Soviet state, rather than orchestrated by the Kremlin.

“I think the right approach is to seek the evidence to follow international treaties, particularly in relation to prohibitive chemical weapons,” Milne said. “The breakup of the Soviet state led to all sorts of material ending up in random hands,” they said.

May said she was "surprised and shocked" by the Labour leader's statement and said most Labour MPs will be "equally surprised" by the spokesperson's comments.

Speaking in the House on Wednesday, Corbyn was met with jeers as he suggested May should continue dialogue with Russia in the wake of the alleged poisoning of a former double agent and his daughter in Salisbury.

In parliament the Labour leader asked whether the prime minister had provided samples of the nerve agent Novichok as requested by Russia over allegations it was used in the “attack." Traces were reportedly found during the investigation into the unexplained poisoning.

Corbyn said there must be “robust dialogue” with Russia, rather than a slashing of all ties. He raised a number of questions, including asking what information there is about where the nerve agent came from. There were cries of “shame” from some MPs, unhappy at his decision to question the evidence.

“The attack in Salisbury was an appalling act of violence,” Corbyn said. “Nerve agents are abominable. Our response as a country must be guided by the rule of law, support for international agreements and human rights. It is essential the government works with the UN.”

Corbyn also took aim at Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who was jeering during his response to the prime minister’s statement. He said: “I didn’t understand a word the foreign secretary said but his behavior demeans his office. It is in moments such as these governments realize the importance of strong diplomacy.

“The measures we take have to be effective not just for long-term security but to secure a world free of chemical weapons.”

A furious May hit back in the political ping pong, claiming she expected her actions to be supported across parties. She said: “I am only sorry the consensus does not go as far as the right honorable gentleman. He could have taken the opportunity to condemn to culpability of the Russian state.”

The government should work with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Corbyn said. He also asked what is being done through the OPCW if the government still believes this material could have been obtained due to Russian government negligence.

“It is a matter of huge regret that diplomatic capacity has been cut,” he said, after the expulsion of Russian diplomats was announced.

His comments came after Theresa May fired warning shots to Russia insisting the country has shown “complete disdain” for Downing Street by refusing to meet a response deadline.

The PM had given the government until yesterday to react to claims it used the nerve agent Novichok to try and murder ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, last week.

May announced a new range of sanctions including the expulsion of 23 diplomats and further checks on Russian private planes entering the UK. This represents the biggest expulsion of what the government has described as “undeclared agents of Russia” in 30 years.

No royal family member or politician will attend the football World Cup in Russia, May told the Commons, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will have his invitation to visit the country withdrawn. May said: “Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country or the Russian government lost control of a military-grade nerve agent.

“They have provided no credible explanation. No explanation as to how this came to be used in the UK. The Russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter. This represents unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the UK.”

Boris Johnson claims ‘overwhelming evidence’ Russia was behind Skripal poisoning
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said there is “overwhelming evidence” that Russia was behind the Salisbury poisoning. He claimed Moscow’s “smug” and “sarcastic” response indicated guilt.

“I’m afraid the evidence is overwhelming that it is Russia,” Johnson told the BBC. “There’s something in the kind of smug, sarcastic response that we’ve heard from the Russians that indicates their fundamental guilt.”

On Wednesday, May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats and the suspension of bilateral talks. May claimed Russia was “culpable” for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, which amounted to “unlawful use of force against the UK.”

“They want to simultaneously deny it, and at the same time to glory in it,” he added.

Johnson claims the reason Russia “chose this nerve agent” – Novichok – was to show people in its agencies who may be thinking of defecting or “supporting another way of life” that “Russia will take revenge. That is fundamentally what this is about.”

The foreign secretary went on to claim it is obvious Russia has illegally retained stocks of Soviet chemical weapons.

“At a time when Russia is going in the wrong direction, becoming more repressive, when Vladimir Putin’s regime becomes more corrupt, it’s more important than ever for him that he jams down the lid on potential dissent, on political defectors,” Johnson said.

“This is a way of saying ‘Look at what happens to people who stand up to our regime.’”

Russia has repeatedly asked for a sample of the toxin which was used to poison Skripal and his daughter. It has denied any involvement in the incident.

However, Britain will not hand any samples over, or take the case through the proper international channels of the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), of which both Russia and the UK are members.

Russia will adopt retaliatory measures “in the near future” in response to the actions of the UK, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. “We expect to adopt retaliatory measures in response to the imposition of relevant unfriendly moves and measures by the United Kingdom against the Russian Federation,” Zakharova told a briefing.

The spokeswoman said that the UK had refused to cooperate with Russia “in fulfillment of its duties as a signatory of the Chemical Weapons Convention” and as a member of the OPCW.

“I would like to inform you that several diplomatic notes have been sent to the Foreign Office via the Russian embassy in the United Kingdom. They sought to launch an active dialogue with the officials in London… We received meaningless formal replies," Zakharova said, clarifying that a total of four such notes had been sent.

France, Germany, US, UK say Salisbury incident a violation of UK’s territorial integrity by Russia
A joint statement by the UK, US, France and Germany says the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal was a violation of Britain’s sovereignty by Russia and was the first offensive use of a chemical agent since World War II.

The incident, in which Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury on March 4, involved “a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia,” said the statement issued on Thursday. The four countries said the incident constituted “the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.”

The document branded the incident “an assault on UK sovereignty,” adding it came in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and international law. Washington, Paris and Berlin back the UK’s claim that Moscow was responsible for what they called “the attack.”

Russia should provide “full and complete disclosure” of Novichok – the nerve agent allegedly used to poison the Skripals – to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the statement urged.

Though France was one of the signatories to the statement, a spokesman for President Emmanuel Macron’s suggested earlier on Thursday that British Prime Minister Theresa May was prematurely accusing Russia of complicity in the incident. “We don’t do fantasy politics. Once the elements are proven then the time will come for decisions to be made,” Benjamin Griveaux told a news conference in Paris.

Also on Thursday, Moscow said that it had urged the UK to hand over samples of the chemical to the OPCW and relevant Russian authorities, but to no avail. Commenting on the row, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Britain of refusing to share any evidence in the case, while making “insane” accusations.

London was reluctant to share “any factual information on the [Skripal] case,” she said. The Russian embassy in London has sent four requests to the Foreign Office calling for “extensive dialogue,” but received “formal replies that made no sense.”

Putin ‘extremely concerned’ over UK’s ‘destructive, provocative’ stance in Skripal case – Kremlin

Vladimir Putin told Russia’s Security Council that he was “extremely concerned” by the destructive and provocative stance of the UK on the poisoning of double agent Sergey Skripal, Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin press secretary, said.

"In the context of international affairs, a detailed discussion of the situation, which arose in the Russian-British relations against the background of the so-called Skripal case, took place,” Peskov said as cited by Russian media. "Extreme concern was expressed about the destructive and provocative stance taken by the British side.”

READ MORE: Moscow will ‘definitely’ expel British diplomats in wake of UK’s reaction to Skripal case – Lavrov

British Prime Minister Theresa May has accused Russia of using a chemical weapon on British soil and announced a set of sanctions against Moscow, including the expulsion of 23 diplomats, limiting ties and freezing Russian state assets. Former Russian-UK double agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter remain in critical condition after being discovered slumped on a bench in Salisbury in early March. Authorities in the UK claim a Russian nerve agent called Novichok was used in the attack. Russia has rejected the British accusations and promised an adequate response to the restrictions imposed.
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Russian reality star/presidential hopeful bursts into tears in live debate chaos

Slurs & water fly at Russian presidential debate as Lib Dem leader faces off with Sobchak
Russian Presidential candidates Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Ksenia Sobchak



<左:シリアの元国会議員アサド支持 従兄弟がテロリストに殺害された> <中央 番組ホスト> <右:スンニ派のイスラミストリーダー>

Two Lebanese television guests engaged in a violent brawl last weekend as a debate raged about the Islamic State decapitation of one of their cousins.
Bashar Assad supporter and former Syrian MP Ahmad Shalash appeared on political talk show ‘Bel Moubashar’ with Sunni Islamist leader Bilal Daqmaq but the two quickly came to blows.
Rawad Daher, host of the show began the debate segment by extending his condolences to Shalash and his family for their tragic and gruesome loss.
He then asked Daqmaq, a staunch critic of the Assad regime, if he wished to follow suit, which is when the trouble began.
"I extend my condolences to the Syrian people for anyone killed..." replied Daqmaq before Shalash cuts him off by saying, "Brother, he asked you a straight question: Are you extending me condolences or not?”
“It’s none of your business,” Daqmaq rebuffed, as cited by Memri TV who translated the exchange.
The tense exchange quickly descended into a brawl with curses, insults, fists and glasses of water flying. Video of the fight was uploaded to the official OTV YouTube channel on Monday.
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Gina Haspel’s Torture History Raises Alarm on Her Nomination to Lead CIA
TEHRAN (FNA)- US Senator John McCain condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Gina Haspel to lead the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), saying she was involved in “one of darkest chapters in American history.”

“The torture of detainees in US custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history,” McCain said in a statement, adding that “Ms. Haspel needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA’s interrogation program during the confirmation process”, presstv reported.

Haspel, a black ops veteran who joined the CIA in 1985, was once in charge of a clandestine interrogation operation in Thailand accused of torturing detainees. If approved by the Senate, Haspel would become the first woman ever to be director of the CIA.

President Trump nominated Haspel, 61, to lead the top US spy agency, after he tapped current CIA director Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.

Trump fired Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State on Tuesday after a series of public rifts over issues including Iran, Russia and North Korea.

Progressive groups are fighting back against Haspel’s nomination, saying her involvement in the CIA’s torture program should “disqualify her” from the top position.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said Haspel was “up to her eyeballs in torture, both in running a secret torture prison in Thailand and carrying out an order to cover up torture crimes by destroying videotapes.”

Despite her controversial past, Haspel’s rise is not entirely surprising. She is respected in the US intelligence community as she previously served at the CIA deputy director and led worldwide undercover spying operations.

Several other lawmakers said they would challenge Haspel over torture, potentially setting the stage for a rocky confirmation hearing when she goes up before the Senate Intelligence Committee for in the coming weeks.

"Ms. Haspel's background makes her unsuitable to serve as CIA director," Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, a committee member, stated on Tuesday, underlining that "If Ms. Haspel seeks to serve at the highest levels of US intelligence, the government can no longer cover up disturbing facts from her past."

Haspel reportedly presided over the torture of key al-Qaeda suspects Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri who were interrogated and repeatedly waterboarded at the CIA's black site prison in Thailand.

According to reports, Zubaydah alone “was waterboarded 83 times in a single month, slammed into walls and confined in a coffin-like box” before CIA interrogators determined that he had no useful information to provide.

“I felt I was going to explode from bending my legs and my back and from being unable to spread them not even for short instants,” Zubaydah wrote to his lawyers in 2008, describing being placed in the box, adding that “The very strong pain made me scream unconsciously.”
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ISISがデリゾールでトルコの硬貨を偽造 地下100mの隠れ家も

Syrian Army Seizes ISIL's Turkish Coin Minting Workshop in Deir Ezzur
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army continued its mop-up operations in the newly-liberated areas from the ISIL in Eastern Deir Ezzur and seized a Turkish coins minting factory of the terrorist group there.

The Syrian army while cleaning different areas of the town of Hasarat in Eastern Bu Kamal in Southeastern Deir Ezzur found a workshop of the ISIL used for manufacturing coins from copper and silver alloys.

Battlefield sources, meantime, reported that the workshop had several rooms and had been built 10 meters deep underground, reiterating that the workshop tools and systems were all made in Turkey.

In a relevant development in February, the army men carried out mop-up operations in Sabikhan region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur, discovering a long network of tunnels that ISIL dug under residential neighborhoods.

One of the tunnels that is located under Mount al-Shareh in Tishrin region is as large as 200 sq/m and 100 meters in depth.

The tunnel in Tishrin has 16 rooms that were once the ISIL commanders' hideout.

The army men also found a large volume of arms and ammunition in the tunnels.

Field sources reported earlier in February that the Syrian Army sent a large number of fresh forces and a large volume of military hardware to Eastern Deir Ezzur after its positions in the region were pounded by the US fighter jets a couple of days ago.

The sources said that the army dispatched a large number of forces and a large volume of military equipment to the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

The sources further added that several artillery units and military vehicles were sent to al-Jazeera Khasham, al-Tabiyah and Marat.
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米国の攻撃は、もはやシリアでは責任を問われないことはないだろう。 いかなる正当化がなされようと米国の攻撃は長い間懸念されていた米国とロシアの間の直接戦争を覚悟のうえでやることになるだろう。

US strikes would not be consequence-free in Syria anymore. Rather a US strike under any justification would risk a long feared direct war between the US and Russia.




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Moscow is ready to respond if lives of the Russian servicemen are endangered, including by strikes on Damascus, head of Russia's General Staff Valery Gerasimov said.
“There are many Russian advisers, representatives of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and [Russian] servicemen in Damascus and at Syrian defense facilities,” Gerasimov stated.

However, in case lives of Russian military personnel are put in danger, the Russian Armed Forces will respond with certain measure to both “missiles” and “lauchers” which are delivering these projectiles.

Russian MoD says it has information that militants in Syria are planning to stage chemical attacks against civilians under the guise of the Syrian government. According to Gerasimov, they have already sent ‘civilians’ in Eastern Ghouta who will ‘play victims’ of chemical attacks.

Members of the White Helmets and film crews are already there, he pointed out.


米ロの戦闘激化 or 限定的なものに終わる

Russian FM Warns of ‘Grave Consequences’ of US New Strike Against Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that the consequences of a new US strike on Syria, the possibility of which was stated in the UN Security Council by United States Permanent Representative Nikki Haley, will be very serious.

"If a new strike of this kind takes place, the consequences will be very serious," Russia’s top diplomat stressed, TASS reported.

"Mrs. Haley should understand that it is one thing to irresponsibly exploit the microphone in the UN Security Council and it is another thing when both the Russian and American militaries have communication channels and it is clearly stated via these channels what can be done and what must not be done," Lavrov added.

"The US-led coalition knows well about that," the Russian Foreign Minister stated.

“It is not the path we prefer, but it is a path we have demonstrated we will take, and we are prepared to take again,” Haley told the UN Security Council meeting on Monday. "When the international community consistently fails to act, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action."

Lavrov has ‘no regular terms’ to describe US threat to attack Syrian troops
The US is trying to cover up its own failure to force armed groups in Syria to de-escalate violence as it blames Russia and Iran for ongoing hostilities in Eastern Ghouta, the Russian foreign minister has said.

Sergey Lavrov was referring to accusations voiced by US Representative at the UN Nikki Haley, who said the US may take military action in Syria in the same way it did last year in response to an alleged chemical-weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun.

“Our Western partners, who don’t hide the close contacts they have with [militant groups] in Eastern Ghouta, have failed in their commitment under the UNSC Resolution 2401, which was to influence their proteges, rein them in, and make them stop shelling residential areas [in Damascus]. Our Western colleagues led by the US have failed to do that,” the Russian minister said on Tuesday.

He added that the US is now proposing a new draft resolution, which would be limited to the situation in Eastern Ghouta. It would also protect UN-designated terrorists – like the group formerly known as Al-Nusra Front, which Russia says is playing the lead role in this area – and give the militants time to regroup.

The US accuses Damascus and its allies of using excessive force in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the capital that had been controlled by Islamist armed groups for several years. The militants have launched regular attacks on Damascus residential and governmental areas from this location. Moscow says its goal in Eastern Ghouta is to force the fighters to either lay down arms or leave the area, saying the outcome of a similar conflict in Aleppo could serve as a model.

Haley said attacking Syria was “not the path we prefer” and said the UN Security Council’s “failure to act” would be the cause, if Washington chooses to take military action.

“Ms Haley states that the US is a peaceful nation that can at any moment attack the forces of the Syrian government. I have no regular terms left to describe this,” said Lavrov. “A new [US] strike would have very serious consequences. Ms Haley should realize that abusing a microphone with irresponsible statements at the UN Security Council is one thing, but the communications between American and Russian militaries is another thing, which details what is allowed and what is not.”

The incident in Khan Sheikhoun remains uninvestigated, with the scene of the attack inaccessible to chemical weapons inspectors. The evidence used by the US to justify an attack on a Syrian airbase came from questionable sources, and may have been manufactured. The US military does not have proof that Damascus was responsible for the incident.

Russian Envoy to UN: Al-Nusra Terrorists Used Chlorine Chemicals in Eastern Ghouta
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia’s envoy to the UN Vassily Nebenzia accused militant groups in Eastern Ghouta of using chlorine gas, while stressing that the Syrian government has every right to eradicate the “terrorism hotbed” near its capital.

Nebenzia has defended Syria’s government and the ongoing anti-terrorism operation in Eastern Ghouta, asserting that it has “every right to try and remove the threat to the safety of its citizens”, RT reported.

“According to information at our disposal, on March 5, Al-Nusra militants used chorine substance in Eastern Ghouta, which injured 30 civilians. All this is done to prepare the grounds for unilateral military actions against sovereign Syria,” Nebenzia stated, adding that “The suburbs of Damascus cannot remain a hotbed of terrorism. And it is being used for continued attempts by terrorists to undermine the cessation of hostilities.”

The ongoing operation in the Damascus suburbs does not violate resolution 2401, which allows the continuation of the battle against terrorists, the diplomat stressed.

The terrorists, unlike Moscow and Damascus, do, in fact, frequently attack hospitals and other civilian facilities, and the attacks are well-documented, he said.

“Since the resolution was passed, more than 100 people died from this and a considerably higher number were wounded. More than one hospital... was shelled,” Nebenzia said, adding that “These were true hospitals, genuine hospitals, not headquarters of fighters which they very frequently claim to be hospitals.”

The militants also are preventing the civilians from leaving the combat zone, raining mortar and sniper fire on them.

“They [militants] are constantly striking humanitarian corridors and checkpoints, including during the humanitarian pauses,” Nebenzia stated, stressing that “They intensified the use of tunnels in order to provoke the Syrian military and the exits of those tunnels are in the areas of public buildings, first and foremost mosques, hospitals and markets.”

The Russian diplomat pointed out that the conflict in Syria, and in Eastern Ghouta in particular, is used by Western countries only to “produce endless accusations against Russia,” while “doing nothing” to improve the situation in Syria.

“What’s being done – is a political issue, caused not that much by concerns about the humanitarian needs of the Syrians,” Nebenzia underlined.

The official has also cast a shadow of doubt on the figures on casualties in Syria provided by the UN, wondering about their sources and asking them to be more specific about them next time.

“The death of any number of civilians in an armed conflict is a tragedy, but our delegation has always been interested in the origin of the statistical data that is being used within the UN,” Nebenzia explained.

“Given how politicized the subject is, it's very important. In Eastern Ghouta, we hear very frequently assessments of the losses among civilians. We expect that, in future reports, we will see the source of this data, how reliable it is, and who exactly is meant by ‘trustworthy sources’ on the ground,” he underscored.

Russia, unlike many other countries, takes concrete steps to implement the resolution 2401, Nebeznya said, dismissing the claims, made by some diplomats, including US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley, that Moscow was somehow responcible for continued violence in Syria.

“We believe it’s important for everyone to understand: the resolution 2401 is not about an immediate secession of hostilities, which would be an utopia, it’s about the sides [of conflict] reaching a preliminary agreement on a stable de-escalation in all regions of Syria, not in Eastern Ghouta only. It’s the only realistic way, and the resolution has a clear statement on this issue, which we’re trying to speed up,” Russian diplomat added.

Haley, who was speaking earlier at the Security Council meeting, accused Russia and Syria of violating the resolution and of killing “innocent civilians” using the “anti-terrorism loophole” in the document. She also warned that the US might take unilateral actions if the Security Council fails to address the situation in Syria. The diplomat referred to last year’s attack on Syria's Shayrat air field, in the aftermath of Khan Sheikhoun chemical incident, as an example of possible US actions.

Lavrov Says Russia Will Respond If US Attacks Syrian Forces – What Next?
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned of “grave consequences,” and the Russian military is talking retaliation, if the US occupying troops attack Syrian government forces under any alleged reason.

In other words, US strikes would not be consequence-free in Syria anymore. Rather a US strike under any justification would risk a long feared direct war between the US and Russia. That’s a concern long-standing among US officials – and those fired. Even during the 2016 campaign, President Trump made clear he was very aware of the risk of a Syria war leading to a Russia war. Trump will have to manage constant pressure to do more against Syria to avoid steering into such a disastrous conflict. But that’s not the real problem here:

A- Various US officials have been suggesting substantial attacks on the Syrian military are imminent. This talk of attacking Syria has provoked a warning from the Russian Foreign Ministry, and a second warning from top Russian generals. Russia’s military chief of staff warns Russia would retaliate “against the missiles and launchers used” by the US in such a strike.

B- The Russian threat is a game-changer. The US can no longer drum up pretexts for strikes, much less carry out the occasional attacks against Syrian military targets with impunity. Russia will act over and that would be an escalation of a conflict that has so far cost the lives of tens of thousands of people.

C- The same could be said about US officials drumming up attacks on the pretext of non-documented chemical weapons incidents, which they all now have always been carried out by their Qaeda-allied terror proxies, so-called Syrian rebel factions, in Eastern Ghouta and elsewhere, including those near or in the de-escalation zones in Dara’a province.

D- The US is wading deeper into the second phase of its regime-change war, and the strategy is moving from fighting ISIL (if there’s any) to fighting the Syrian government forces, including the downing of Syrian fighter jets. This adds a whole new dynamic to America’s involvement and military skirmishes. It increases the risk of something that would have once been unthinkable: US and Russian planes shooting at each other. After all, Moscow says it will now “target” US-led coalition aircraft flying above Syria. It’s even cutting off contact with the US.

E- US forces on the ground need to have the authority necessary to attack Syrian targets. But at this point the lack of a clear policy on the part of the Trump White House is a major problem. That, paired with the Russian threats, is making an already dangerous situation even riskier. Lavrov’s recent warning just made things much more dangerous. The US must now account for a more antagonistic stance by Syrian and Russia forces.

Like it or not, Russia’s military action threats against US occupying forces are real. There is, however, a way out for Washington, before the warmongering hordes in the Pentagon make a very dangerous conflict much more worrisome:

The allied forces of Iran, Syria, Russia and Hezbollah have defeated the terrorist group of ISIL on all fronts. This means there is no other pretext for war-party Washington to get directly involved in Syria’s war against the remnants of ISIL and other foreign-backed militant groups. Indeed, troop withdrawals would be a major step for the US to take, at a time when it’s even more unclear exactly what the Trump regime is trying to accomplish in Syria.

On the one hand, the history of US-led regime-change campaign makes the United States a particularly inappropriate advocate for freedom and democracy, much less military intervention in post-ISIL Syria. On the other, the US has backed Israel in its illegal occupation and colonization of Southwestern Syria, which Israel invaded in June of 1967.

This kind of history leads to one conclusion only: America’s military occupation is bad news for Syrian people. The best hope for Syria is for American occupiers to withdraw. Their military presence will only escalate the tragic violence and lead to a greater war with Russia. The War Party doesn’t care about democracy in Syria any more than it does about democracy in Bahrain or Saudi Arabia, but is using the “promotion of democracy” as an excuse to divide Syria and overthrow a government that happens to oppose Washington’s hegemonic designs on the region.

Moscow Certain Washington Eyeing Long-Term, Even Permanent Foothold in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Moscow has used all channels to strongly warn Washington against attacking Damascus.

"Yesterday, we used all channels to sternly warn the United States. I hope that those irresponsible plans won’t be implemented," Lavrov said following talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday, TASS reported.

Cavusoglu had also said Turkey is “at breaking point in relations with the US”, as the two major NATO partners have recently been at loggerheads over various issues.

“People in Turkey have a very negative attitude towards the US because it doesn’t keep its word [and] constantly lies,” Cavusoglu stated addressing the students at Moscow State Institute of International Relations on Tuesday, RT reported.

The relations between our countries are “at breaking point”, he added, reminding that back in February both states had established working groups to normalize bilateral ties.
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東グータ テロリストの化学兵器製造工場

yalla souriyaさんがリツイート
※ Nikki Haley認証済みアカウント @nikkihaley氏の2018/3/13のツイート
RT @USUN: “The Russian & Syrian regimes label anyone as terrorists who resist their absolute control. In the eyes of Russia, Iran & Assad, the neighborhoods of eastern Ghouta are full of ‘terrorists.’ The hospitals are full of ‘terrorists.’ The schools are full of ‘terrorists.’”

yalla souriya氏は、反政府サイドのツイーター。情報の信ぴょう性は乏しい。@USUNのツイートは、市民を殺傷しているのはテロリストであることを完全に無視している。

※ 共同2018/3/13 07:46



Syrian Army Imposes Control over Almost 60 Percent of Eastern Ghouta
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops are preparing to conduct an imminent attack on terrorists to drive them out of Harasta region as they have earned control over almost 60 percent of Eastern Ghouta.

Field sources said that the army units, backed up by artillery and missile units, engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorists in Harasta region after the daily ceasefire ended in the region.

The sources said that the terrorist front is on the verge on collapse after the army's recent advances.

They added that the army has laid siege on the terrorists in Harasta region after the pro-government forces, deployed in Kilani Petrol Station, met their comrades at Douma-Harasta highway near the Vehicles Management Center.

In the meantime, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the army has gained control over 59 percent of Eastern Ghouta in 13 days of operation against the terrorists.

Local sources said earlier today that residents of several settlements, including Saqba, Kafr Batna and Hamouriyeh took to the streets and called for expulsion of terrorists from Eastern Ghouta.

The sources further said that the protestors hoisted the Syrian army flag and called for deployment of the pro-government forces to Eastern Ghouta.

The sources added that the terrorist groups have started kidnapping civilians to prevent them from leaving Eastern Ghouta amid rapid advances of the army men.

Syrian Army Seizes Terrorists' Chemical Weapons Workshops in Eastern Ghouta
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army carried out mop-up operations in newly-liberated areas of Eastern Ghouta and found several workshops used by the terrorists for making chemical weapons and ammunition in the region.
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東グータでシリア軍が支配地を拡大 焦るテロリストと支援国




We’ll respond if lives of our military, incl. from strikes on Damascus, are endangered – Russian MoD

US prepared to act on Syria if UN Security Council won't - Haley
US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has warned that the US will take action in Syria on its own if the UN Security Council fails to do so. The official cited last year’s attack on a Syrian airbase as an example of possible US action.

“It is not the path we prefer, but it is a path we have demonstrated we will take, and we are prepared to take again,” Haley told the UN Security Council meeting on Monday. "When the international community consistently fails to act, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action."

The US diplomat blamed Russia for not observing the 30-day ceasefire in Syria and accused Moscow of deliberately putting an anti-terrorism “loophole” in the February UNSC resolution.

“With that vote, Russia made a commitment to us, to Syrian people and to the world to stop the killing in Syria. Today, we know that Russians did not keep their commitment,” Haley said, claiming that Russia and Damascus continue to bomb “innocent civilians” under a pretext of fighting terrorism.

Haley announced a new US-sponsored draft of a ceasefire resolution for Syria, which will not have any “anti-terrorism loopholes.” The resolution, if adopted, would take effect immediately and call for a complete cessation of hostilities in Syria. It remains unclear exactly how the US plans to enforce the measure on terrorist groups.

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army involved in a bloody battle with militants inside the strategic town of Al-Rayhan in Eastern Ghouta, as Damascus forces have managed to liberate most of the region in recent days.
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UK intelligence may be complicit in Skripal’s poisoning – ex-FSB head
A former FSB director suggested British intelligence agencies may be complicit in attempting the life of former double agent Sergei Skripal, adding the incident has actually caused “enormous harm” to Russia.

Nikolay Kovalev, former director of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), told RIA Novosti on Tuesday it is mainly the UK and its ally the US who benefit from Skripal’s poisoning. The former military intelligence officer was exposed as British spy back in the early 2000s.

“It looks like British secret services are complicit in it,” Kovalev went on. “[Defectors] are fully under surveillance … the secret services are monitoring them, they know their whereabouts and schedules. And then you have such strange events happen in a row.”

Kovalev, who led the FSB from 1996 until 1998, said he believes that a series of assassination attempts targeting defectors in the UK makes him think that the British “scapegoat this or that traitor after having utilized him to the maximum extent, and then say the Russians did it.”

Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were found unconscious bench outside a shopping center in Salisbury last week, prompting London to pin the blame to Moscow.

On Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said the poisoning was either “a direct act by the Russian state on Britain,” or the Russian government had allowed the alleged nerve agent, ‘Novichok’, to get into the wrong hands.

“The government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible,” she said.

Kovalev dismissed the claim, saying the nerve agents could have been stored in any post-Soviet country, including Ukraine.

“Given that [such substances] were stockpiled in former Soviet Union republics – sorry, but Ukrainian involvement can’t be ruled out,” he said.

His assessment has been echoed by another former security official who suggested the nerve agent allegedly used in attempting to take Skripal’s life was produced in the UK. General Vladimir Mikhailov, a former high-ranking FSB officer, told RIA Novosti that if Vil Mirzayanov, Russian chemical weapons expert who defected to the West in the early 1990s, had disclosed the formula, the MI6 “could have synthesize the agent and use it for political purposes.”


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Novichok – toxic questions about chemical at center of Skripal saga

Novichok – toxic questions about chemical at center of Skripal saga
The public has learnt a new Russian word: Novichok or novice, as the UK claims it is a nerve agent that poisoned former double agent Sergei Skripal. But, as with many elements of this saga, this chemical raises many questions.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent “Novichok,” allegedly developed by Russia. She claimed this was either “a direct action” by Moscow or the result of a loss of control over “its potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent.” Speaking to MPs, she even said the cabinet had given Moscow one day to provide a “credible response” to the allegations.

The use of a military-grade secret nerve agent may sound like a James Bond movie and, as with many action dramas, there are some notable inconsistences in the plot that raise questions.
The killer agent that is not on chemical watchdog list?

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) carefully describes all known types of weapons-grade chemicals, including notorious sarin and VX, as well as their properties, mechanisms of action, and possible antidotes. But oddly enough, ‘Novichok’ – the substance supposedly deadlier than sarin or VX – is not on the OPSW nerve agents list.
Would you pay $30 for a secret chemical agent formula?

‘Novichok’ was first disclosed to the public by a Russian chemist named Vil Mirzayanov, who claimed in a 1992 article for Moskovsky Komsomolets daily that Moscow was developing extremely potent fourth-generation chemical weapons. The article was published prior to Russia's signing of the Chemical Weapons Convention, making the timing particularly interesting.

Mirzayanov, who defected to the US several years later, reacted to the British prime minister’s accusations in a notable post on Facebook. “[May] said that ‘Novichok’ has been used in the assassination attempt on Skripal,” Mirzayanov wrote. “Its chemical formula has been published only in my book,” he said.

His book, which allegedly contains the top-secret formula of the deadly nerve agent, is titled ‘State Secrets: An Insider's Chronicle of the Russian Chemical Weapons Program.’ Its paperback edition is available on Amazon and sells for just $30. If the formula is genuine, this is probably the first time a whistleblower has provided free access to a method of producing the highly poisonous weapon.
Is Russia the only place it could come from?

Mirzayanov also contributed to a 1995 report by the US-based Henry L. Stimson Center. The paper, which refers to the defector’s 1992 piece, noted multiple security flaws at Russia’s chemical weapons storage sites – a revelation unsurprising enough, given the poor state of Russian military at the time. While praising some basic security measures at the compounds, the report says: “By US standards, Russian chemical weapon storage facilities unquestionably appear vulnerable to attack from outside and theft from within.”

Nikolai Kovalev, who led Russia’s security service, the FSB, from 1996 to 1998, told RIA Novosti that the likes of ‘Novichok’ were “stockpiled in former Soviet Union republics.” Russian Senator Franz Klintsevich told the Zvezda TV Channel that the Soviet military sent the so-called “frontline packages” containing the agent to various parts of the country. “It could have been stored in any [post-Soviet] country, including Georgia and Ukraine,” he noted.

Back in 1999, it emerged that the Pentagon might gain access to one of the chemical plants that reportedly produced ‘Novichok.’ The New York Times reported that the US military was going to spend up to $6 million “to demilitarize the so-called Chemical Research Institute” located in the Uzbek city of Nukus. “Soviet defectors and American officials say the Nukus plant was the major research and testing site for a new class of secret, highly lethal chemical weapons called ‘Novichok,’ which in Russian means '’new guy,’” the piece said.
How was it proven to have been Russia, if nerve agents can be produced anywhere?

‘Novichok’ is said to be a “binary agent,” meaning that it could be stored as two, less toxic chemicals. To produce the active toxic agent, the two must be mixed, and be allowed to react. This makes the ingredients easier to transport, as they only become fully toxic when mixed.

Anton Utkin, a Russian chemist who worked as a UN inspector in Iraq and developed technologies to destroy Russia’s chemical weapons, says it’s unclear “how they [Britain] could establish that it was produced in Russia.” He said that anyone familiar with the technology could have produced it. “You can’t find out who manufactured the chemical weapon – the content of the substance will be fully identical while using the same method,” he said. “There is no way to establish with full accuracy that a chemical comes from this or that country.”
What about the chemical watchdog confirming Russia destroyed its stockpiles?

In autumn last year, the OPCW confirmed that Moscow – a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention – had completely destroyed its stockpiles. The organization’s inspection teams verified the destruction at seven chemical weapons destruction facilities in Russia, and, on September 27, 2017, the last of these facilities officially ceased its operations. The six other facilities were closed between 2005 and 2015.

The completion of the verified destruction of Russia's chemical weapons program is a major milestone in the achievement of the goals of the Chemical Weapons Convention,” the organization’s Head Ambassador Ahmet Uzumcu said at the time. He praised countries that assisted Russia with its destruction program, as well as OPCW staff who verified the destruction.
Timing is everything?

Russian officials say the timing of the allegations is particularly notable. “Presidential elections are looming in Russia, and the country is accused of committing every mortal sin,” Sergey Stepashin, former FSB director, told Interfax. “Tell me, which idiot in Russia could carry out such [an attack]? Where is the logic [in that]?”

He asserted that the story could have been “a primitive provocation by British intelligence services,” and noted that Moscow and London signed a 1998 agreement on mutual investigations in high-profile cases. “So, hand the files over to us and let us probe the crime together,” the former intelligence chief said.

Russia will respond over Skripal case only after official request from UK – Lavrov
Moscow is ready to respond regarding the case of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal, but only after an official request from the UK, the Russian foreign minister has said, adding that both countries should hold talks on the incident.

Russia has yet to receive official requests from the UK regarding Skripal, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday. Skripal was allegedly poisoned in the city of Salisbury, England.

According to Lavrov, Russia does not see any specific facts and arguments from Britain on the case. The deadline set by UK Prime Minister Theresa May expired on Wednesday at midnight. The British leader demanded an explanation for the “poisoning” of the 66-year-old Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, who is a Russian citizen.

The UK has chosen the tactic that allegations are more important than evidence, but this will not work, Lavrov stressed. He said that Britain is flagrantly trying to mislead the international community on the case. “Allegations, not confession, are merely the queen of evidence of the UK,” the minister said at a press conference.
“We will uphold international law and we don’t see that our British partners have any arguments on the case,” he added.

Lavrov reiterated that Moscow did not have any motives to poison the former double agent. “Yesterday both Russian and Western media argued that Russia didn’t have any motives. But those who wanted to continue this Russophobic campaign in all spheres probably had these motives,” Lavrov suggested.

The top Russian diplomat has repeatedly said that Moscow will not respond to the UK’s ultimatum until it receives samples of the alleged chemical weapon that poisoned Skripal and his daughter. “As soon as the rumors came up that the poisoning of Skripal involved a Russian-produced agent, which almost the entire English leadership has been fanning, we sent an official request for access to this compound so that our experts could test it in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention [CWC],” Lavrov had said on Tuesday.

Britain seeks urgent UN Security Council meeting over Salisbury spy attack
The British government is seeking an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to update members about the attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury on March 3. British authorities claim both were poisoned with a Soviet-engineered nerve agent called Novichok. Both remain in critical condition in hospital.

The Foreign Office tweeted Wednesday morning that the British government has called for an urgent UNSC meeting over the attack. Prime Minister Theresa May alleged on Monday that it was either authorized by the Russian government or Moscow allowed the nerve agent to fall into the wrong hands.

May set a deadline of midnight Tuesday for Russia to provide an explanation for the “poisoning” of Skripal and his daughter. Speaking on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia is ready to respond to to any official request from London but Moscow has yet to receive any such contact regarding the case. Moscow denies any involvement in the incident.

Britain to expel 23 Russian diplomats, UK PM Theresa May announces
Prime Minister Theresa May is set to make a statement to MPs on Russia. Her deadline for Moscow to explain why former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent on UK soil has passed.

Russia has said it will not respond to the prime minister’s demand until it has a sample of the toxin and an internationally accepted procedure is followed in the investigation. The case must go through the proper channels of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), of which both Russia and the UK are members, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said. The OPCW rules allow London to send a formal inquiry to Moscow, with a 10-day window for a reply.
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A Russian businessman and an associate of the one-time billionaire Boris Berezovsky, Nikolay Glushkov, has died in London. Police treated his death as “unexplained” but said it was not linked to the ex-double agent poisoning case.

Glushkov died in his home in London, the Russian Vedomosti newspaper board member, Damian Kudryavtsev, told the Russian Govorit Moskva radio station, citing some “common friends” he had with the deceased. He also said that the cause of Glushkov’s death is unknown to him.

In the meantime, British police confirmed the death of a man “in his 60s” who lived in Clarence Avenue, New Malden, which was Glushkov’s London residential address. Police also said that they treat the death as “unexplained,” adding that a counter-terrorism department is investigating the incident because of “associations” the deceased man is believed to have had, as reported by Reuters.

READ MORE: Russian businessman denies Sun report of his poisoning as fake news, ‘panic mongering’

At the same time, police stated that there is “no evidence” suggesting that the man’s death has any link to “the incident in Salisbury.” The police referred to a recent incident in which the exchanged Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with what they described as a nerve agent.

Despite the police statement, the businessman’s death seems to have prompted another wave of hysteria and conspiracy theories on social media.

Glushkov was a Russian businessman who worked closely with Berezovsky in 1990s. He was a deputy CEO in a number of Russian companies, including Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline.

In 1999, he was accused of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering. In 2004, he was sentenced to three years and three months in prison. In 2010, he fled to the UK, where he was granted political asylum. In 2017, a Moscow court reviewed his case and he was sentenced to eight years in prison in absentia for stealing as much as $123 million from Aeroflot in the 1990s.

His close associate, Berezovsky, was also found guilty in several high-profile fraud and embezzlement cases. The tycoon, who was once one of Russia’s richest people, fled Russia in 2000, as he faced criminal charges. In 2013, Berezovsky was found dead in his home in the UK, apparently after committing suicide.

Russian businessman denies Sun report of his poisoning as fake news, ‘panic mongering’
London-based Russian businessman Georgy Shuppe has strongly denied reports of his poisoning, recently published by The Sun newspaper. He suggested that British reporters wanted to “agitate everyone” and sow “total panic.”

“Nothing of what has happened there was connected with what they wrote in the newspaper. My illness had complications and I got into hospital. Yes, police were there, they tried to find something, but they found nothing,” Shuppe said in an interview with Russian news agency RBC.

Shuppe is a venture businessman specializing in the telecom and internet sectors. He permanently resides in London, as he has been charged in Russia with conspiracy to murder one of his business partners and steal his property. The suspected conspiracy dates back to 2014. In August 2017, a UK court rejected a handover request from Moscow and released the businessman from bail.

He is also a former son-in-law of Boris Berezovsky – the late tycoon who was portrayed by mass media as “the godfather of the Kremlin” and “Vladimir Putin’s arch-enemy.” Berezovsky died in London in 2013. The police initially recognized his death as a suicide, but later the coroner recorded an open verdict in the case.

Shuppe’s comments came after The Sun published an article on Monday, alleging that the businessman had been “targeted” and “left fighting for his life” in December 2017 – “weeks before” the poisoning of the exchanged spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The Sun also alleged that British police “quietly shut down” an investigation into the incident.

When asked about possible reasons behind the false article, Shuppe said that it was “part of universal panic” that started after the Skripal poisoning, and added that British journalists had apparently decided “to agitate everyone.”

“I live, I raise my children and I feel calm. If anything happens to me, it will be of natural reasons. I have already learned to resist and to take care of my own security,” the businessman told RBC.

British police also told RBC that they never considered Shuppe’s hospitalization in December 2017 suspicious, although they confirmed that they had been duly informed about the incident.

The article containing allegations of Shuppe’s poisoning appeared as British mass media and politicians continue to speculate over the poisoning of the former GRU colonel and his daughter in Britain. Evidence reportedly shows that the two were poisoned by a military-grade binary nerve agent. Reporters and officials, including PM Theresa May, hurried to point at Russia as the alleged perpetrator of the attack.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that Russia had nothing to do with the poisoning. “We’ve made a statement to dismiss this as nonsense. We have nothing to do with this,” he said. Moscow also asked that the UK provide access to facts related to the Skripal investigation, but London turned down this request.
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