ずくなしの冷や水

2018年04月16日

Russian oil producers to make money from China’s yuan-backed crude futures – analysts

RT2018/4/15
Russian oil producers to make money from China’s yuan-backed crude futures – analysts
Crude oil exports implemented via Eastern Siberia–Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline may substantially benefit from yuan-denominated oil futures launched by China last month, according to industry experts.

If the new product manages to succeed, price pegging of the Russian ESPO export blend to the China contract will favorably influence the Russian oil blend price. The new futures contract may reportedly boost Russian producers’ annual revenues by extra $440 million.

Last year, China topped the US as the biggest oil importer with nearly a million barrels of crude being purchased every day. Chinese oil demand could increase by 2.1 million barrels per day by 2023, according to Wood Mackenzie consulting firm, as quoted by TASS. The analysts stress that Chinese authorities are clearly seeking to exert more influence on oil pricing in this regard.

“Certainly, it is more beneficial for China to make settlements in the national currency. The national futures launch is a step in this direction. This instrument will make possible to form contracts on its basis and perform hedging,” Darya Kozlova from Vygon Consulting told the agency.

“At current import volumes, the contract grades could account for trade of about 200 billion yuan ($31.9 billion). This will help the Chinese government in its efforts to internationalize renminbi,” said Wood Mackenzie's research director Sushant Gupta.

The new product encourages foreign investment in Chinese assets. China’s Finance Ministry even pledged to exempt nonresidents investing into the contract from taxes for up to three years.

“However, if the government continues market interventions, while control measures over capital flow will be tightened, this will only discourage investors,” notes Ekaterina Grushevenko, an expert from the Skolkovo Business School.

Analysts say that Beijing is on its way to creating its own oil benchmark as seven different blends accounting for just 20 percent of total imported volumes are currently authorized for trading.

“Creation of liquid futures is a lengthy and complex yet feasible process, as Dubai’s experience shows. A fairly liquid exchange market is an advantage for China, which is important for benchmark forming” said Kozlova.

RT2018/4/16
Death by a thousand cuts: China’s yuan-priced crude benchmark chips away at petrodollar
China finally launched last month its yuan-denominated crude oil futures that have been in the works for years, after several delays.

The start of the new contract trading was successful, attracting interest from institutional and retail investors, and major commodity trading houses Glencore and Trafigura.

Yet, it’s too soon to call the less-than-a-month-old contract a total success, because it still faces a long road toward building reputation and history, analysts say. They have also identified the single biggest risk factor for western investors−the extent to which China could meddle with government regulation in the yuan crude futures, as Beijing is known for little tolerance toward wild price swings in its markets and has a history of intervening.

This is also the conclusion of China’s biggest crude oil supplier, OPEC. In its April Monthly Oil Market Report, the cartel−which accounts for close to 60 percent of China’s crude oil imports−said that “the extent to which the INE contract is independent from government interference is currently the main risk factor facing western investors, which is in addition to a currency risk, given that the INE is settled in yuan.”

According to Reuters’ John Kemp, possible Chinese intervention on the yuan crude future market could be one of the three elements that could doom the new contract. Citing the paper ‘Why Some Futures Contracts Succeed and Others Fail’, Kemp argues that the third key element to a successful futures contract−public policy should not be too adverse to futures trading−could be the stumbling block to the Chinese crude futures, while the new contract could easily meet the other two criteria for success. These are 1) a commercial need for hedging and 2) a pool of speculators must be attracted to a market.

OPEC, especially its Middle Eastern producers, will be closely watching the futures contract because once established, the Chinese reference crude price could act as a regional benchmark for negotiations of spot or term crude oil prices. The contract is made up of seven medium-sour crudes prevalent in the Chinese market−six freely traded Middle East grades (Basrah Light, Dubai, Masila, Oman, Qatar Marine, and Upper Zakum), and China’s Shengli crude.

“At this level of imports from OPEC, Middle Eastern producing nations will be watching closely as they could, in time, face pressure from their Chinese buyers to adopt this benchmark for pricing their physical crude contracts,” the cartel said in its monthly report.
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2018年04月15日

Huntsman urged Moscow to “do the right thing and join the rest of the world in condemning the Assad regime

RT2018/4/14
Syrian strike is not conflict between superpowers, Russia was warned ahead – US envoy to Moscow
The US warned Russia ahead of the overnight strikes on Syria, US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman said, adding that the military action was not “about the conflict between superpowers.”

“Before we took the action, the United States communicated with the Russian Federation to reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties,” Huntsman said, claiming that “all the targets were linked with the Assad regime’s illegal chemical weapons program.”

Huntsman urged Moscow to “do the right thing and join the rest of the world in condemning the Assad regime,” adding that Washington was still open for “cooperation.” The diplomat once again squarely pinned the blame for the alleged chemical attack in the town of Douma on the Syrian government, citing “large amount of credible reporting” on the incident.

The US and its allies attacked Syria shortly before the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) mission was expected to begin its work in the town of Douma. Both Syria and Russia welcomed the OPCW fact-finding mission to determine whether any chemical incident took place.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:59| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018/4/15 久しぶりの全国的な雨で線量率が上昇



2018/4/15朝、東日本全般的に空間線量率が上昇。





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下北半島で空間線量率が上昇する頻度が増えています。管理人は青森産の野菜・果物の消費は止めました。中国は日本産リンゴの輸入を止めているらしいのですが、それなりの検査の結果があるはずと考えています。


過去1か月の推移。三郷市を見るとはっきりと底上げしています。


2018/4/15夕刻、東京近郊で少し線量率が上がっています。練馬のGM-10(メンテナンスの良さ、信頼性の高さではここに勝るところはありません)

管理人自宅でGC10が25cpm、26cpmをつけ、SOEKSが0.17μSv/hを指したりしています。ともに屋内です。

香取と茂原が同じ動きをしています。房総をプルームが流れているようです。内陸に向かえば東京直撃になります。午前の南風は向きが変わりました。


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 19:00| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

Western strikes on Syria ‘painful reminder’ of NATO’s Yugoslavia bombing – Serbian president

RT2018/4/14
Western strikes on Syria ‘painful reminder’ of NATO’s Yugoslavia bombing – Serbian president
The American-British-French airstrikes on Syria are “a painful reminder” of NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, the Serbian president said. Both were done without UN Security Council mandate.

“For all of us who are over 18-19 years old, this [US-led] campaign is a painful reminder of the period which we witnessed,” Aleksandar Vucic said, speaking to RTS. The president was referring to the grim chapter in Serbian history when NATO launched a military operation in the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) during the Kosovo War.

The bombings, which lasted 78 days from March 23 to June 10, 1999, officially claimed at least 758 civilian lives. However, Serbian sources say the true figure may be up to five times higher.

Vucic noted that Serbia is a small country and it is not going to interfere in any conflict across the globe. Belgrade can now rely on the policy of military neutrality, the president said, adding that being on the side of the stronger power does not necessarily mean that this is the “side of morality and justice.”

The US and its allies launched the attack on Syria in the early hours of Saturday in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack by the Assad government in the town of Douma, near Damascus, last week.

Responding to the US-led intervention, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the strikes were not sanctioned by the UN Security Council, and were carried out “in violation of the UN Charter and principles of international law.” In 1999, NATO justified its intervention without approval of the UN Security Council, accusing the government of then-President Slobodan Milosevic of ethnically cleansing the province of Kosovo.

The majority of Serbs today still say they would not accept an apology from NATO, while only 10 percent want to see their country become a NATO member, a recent poll shows.

RT2018/4/14
‘UK Parliament, not Trump, should set its foreign policy’ – Sturgeon on British strikes in Syria
The UK Parliament, not US President Donald Trump, should define British foreign policy, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, criticizing Theresa May’s decision to join the US-led military intervention in Syria.

The main question that the British PM hasn’t answered yet is how “this action” against Damascus “taken without parliamentary approval,” will halt the use of chemical weapons or bring “long term peace,” the Scottish National Party (SNP) leader wrote on Twitter. “UK foreign policy should be set by Parliament, not US President, (sic),” she stated.

According to Sturgeon, air strikes have not resolved the crisis situation in Syria so far. “Nothing I’ve heard persuades me they will do so now,” she said, calling for “an international strategy for peace,” not “a course that risks dangerous escalation.”

RT2018/4/14
US-led coalition ‘manufactured consent’ with ‘fabricated’ gas attack - George Galloway on Syria
George Galloway says that both the alleged gas attack in Syria and subsequent US-led missile strikes this week were a “deliberate fabrication” meant to distract from a number of domestic scandals in the coalition member-states.

Galloway, a former MP-turned-broadcaster, spoke to RT.com about the latest US-led strikes in Syria, the pretext behind them and the potential consequences for both the Syrian people and the international community. Like many political commentators, Galloway questions both the timing and the authenticity of the reports on a gas attack in Douma outside of Damascus earlier this week.

“I believe that the entire Douma chemical weapons attack story is a deliberate fabrication… if Britain was involved in that fabrication I would be shocked but not surprised,” Galloway said. “It stands to reason that you can’t risk, even if the risk is small, the OPCW behaving with professional integrity and saying that there is no evidence of such a chemical weapons attack and certainly not one by the Syrian regime.”

“You can’t risk that so you have to, in Noam Chomsky’s words, ‘manufacture consent,’ for an attack and then launch the attack before that manufactured consent begins to dwindle away.”

RT2018/4/15
UK claim of ‘humanitarian reasons’ for Syria strikes picked apart online
The United Kingdom’s deployment of the “humanitarian” card to justify its airstrikes on Syria has raised more than a few eyebrows, with opposition politicians, journalists and members of the public picking it apart on Twitter.

Speaking at the United Nations Security Council on Saturday, Britain’s UN ambassador, Karen Pierce, laid out the UK’s legal justification for their airstrikes on Syria. Pierce claimed that under international law the UK is allowed to take measures in order to “alleviate overwhelming humanitarian suffering.”

The UK government also published the legal position online. It says that three conditions have to be met to justify the intervention.

First, there has to be convincing evidence of extreme humanitarian distress on a large scale. Importantly, this must also be “generally accepted by the international community as a whole.”

READ MORE: ‘Mission accomplished': Trump praises 'perfectly executed' strike on Syria

It also must be objectively clear that there is “no practicable alternative” to the use of force if lives are to be saved. Finally, the use of force must be “necessary and proportionate” to the proposed relief of humanitarian suffering.

The news that the British government was citing humanitarian reasons for launching missiles sparked a flood of reaction on social media, with many people saying that it had not met any of the criteria it laid out.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon described the legal position as “thin” and said it is “not easy to see how [the] humanitarian crisis - the result of years of civil war - will be helped by air strikes.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 13:22| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

対馬のMP まずは南風でオレンジ点灯 3/5、3/8、4/14も点灯

※ 長崎県対馬市 上対馬に新しいMPが稼働しています。稼働開始は2018/1/18 17:10のようです。緯度:34.707217、経度:129.438217

2018/2/28、対馬のMPで長時間オレンジ色が点灯しています。




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今日は強い南の風です。国際気象海洋株式会社のサイトから借用しています。


まずは日本側が先取点!




2018/3/5、また点灯しています。どっちがゴールに入れたのでしょう。


風向きは微妙です。国際気象海洋株式会社のサイトから借用。


2点目も日本側の得点のようです。


2018/3/8はどちらの得点でしょう。






2018/3/8、正午現在、ランプは消えています。
対馬市 上対馬
・現在: 0.045 μSv/h
・平均: 0.043 μSv/h
風は11時台から北の風です。今回も日本側の得点ということになりそうです。





2018/4/14久しぶりに点灯





今回も日本側の得点のようです。

強い北風です。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:50| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

2018年04月14日

2018/4/14、日本時間午前10時米英仏がシリア攻撃を開始

RT2018/4/14
Trump making statement on possible Syria strike
US President Donald Trump is making a statement on the possible strikes against Syria in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack by the Assad government in Douma, near Damascus, last week.

RT2018/4/14
Explosions heard in east Damascus after Trump announces Syria strikes – witnesses
A series of explosions have been seen in Damascus, Reuters reported, citing their own witnesses.

RT2018/4/14
US, UK & France starting 'precision strikes' in Syria – Trump
US President Donald Trump has approved military strikes in Syria in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack by the Assad government in Douma, near Damascus, last week.

"A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad," Trump said in a televised address from the White House. He added that a combined military operation by the US, the UK and France is already underway in Syria.

Shortly after Trump's announcement, a statement from UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she had authorized British forces to conduct "coordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability."



BBC2018/4/14
US and allies launch strikes on Syria chemical weapons sites
President Donald Trump says he has approved US military strikes against Syrian chemical weapons sites, in collaboration with the UK and France.

The strikes are in response to an alleged chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma last week.

"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway," President Trump said in an address to the nation.

Explosions were reported near the Syrian capital Damascus.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed British involvement, saying there was "no practicable alternative to the use of force".

But she also said the strikes were not about "regime change".

Syria 'chemical attack': What we know
Syria: What can Western military intervention achieve?
Firepower of key countries in Syrian crisis

The strikes were ordered "on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities" of the Syrian government, Mr Trump said.

The US president said the purpose was "to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons".

"These are not the actions of a man, they are the crimes of a monster instead," he said of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria has denied carrying out the attack and its ally, Russia, had warned that Western military strikes would risk starting a war.

米英が化学兵器に関連しうると見ている場所を攻撃しているようです。場所は限定的となります。シリア、ロシア軍がどこまでミサイルを落とせるか、ロシア軍兵士に被害が及びロシアが英米仏の艦船を攻撃するかが注目点です。

マティスは米ロの戦闘がアウトオブコントロールになる恐れがあるとしてトランプに抵抗したと伝えられています。「精密な攻撃」は妥協点でしょう。米軍はロシア軍の報復を恐れています。

イラク、シリアの戦いで米兵に多数の死傷者が出ています。テロリストを傭兵として使う戦略はもともと自軍の犠牲者を減らすためのものです。ドローンを使った攻撃などに傾斜しており、米軍は自軍兵士に犠牲者が出ることを恐れています。

Danny Makki @Dannymakkisyria氏の2018/4/14のツイート3
4 known locations hit
Barzeh
Jamraya
Mezzeh military airport
Masyaf
最初の三つはダマスカス周辺
Masyafはハマーとタルトースの中間にある都市


国防長官マッティス、米軍の空爆によるイラク、シリアの市民の被害について「人生でよくあること」と述べています。今回は、塩素ガス攻撃についてソーシャルメディアの情報以外に証拠がないとも述べています。トランプと意見の相違がありティラーソンと同じことになるのではとも見られています。


RT
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday’s strikes on multiple targets were “harder” than those in 2017, but insisted no additional launches were planned. Washington also revealed that Moscow was warned in advance.

"Right now this is a one time shot and I believe it sent a very strong message," Mattis said during a press briefing in the Pentagon, adding that there may be further attacks against the government of Bashar Assad “should he decide to use more chemical weapons in the future.”

Specifying that more than twice as many weapons were fired as in April 2017, Mattis said that the aerial assault sought to “destroy the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons research development and production capabilities.”

※ Alaa Ebrahim @Alaa_Ebrahim_tv氏の2018/4/14のツイート
More explosions heard throughout other parts of #Syria not just #Damascus

※ Danny Makki @Dannymakkisyria氏の2018/4/14のツイート
Literally the windows are still shaking

※ Danny Makki @Dannymakkisyria氏の2018/4/14のツイート
A pause after that last strike, calm has been restored for the time being

共同2018/4/14
【ワシントン共同】ロイター通信によると、シリア国営テレビは、シリアの防空システムが首都ダマスカス南方でミサイル13発を撃墜したと報じた。

英仏は、ミサイルを発射したかはっきりしませんが、フランスについてはミサイルの破片とみられるものが見つかっています。



英仏は同調者として名前を貸しただけではないのです。英国は臨時閣議で同調を決めました。米国は2カ国を同調させるにとどまり、孤立状態が強まりました。

RT
Strike on Damascus comes just as Syria got the chance for a peaceful future – Moscow

共同2018/4/14 12:03
「攻撃成功」と英国防省が暫定評価
【ロンドン共同】英国防省は声明で、米英フランス軍による対シリア攻撃について「成功したとみられる」との暫定評価を明らかにした。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:01| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

米英仏によるシリア攻撃をシリア軍が迎撃

RT2018/4/14
Syria intercepted many of 100+ missiles launched at its civilian, military objects – Russia
The majority of rockets fired in Syria by the UK, US, and France were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Russian air defense units were not involved in repelling the attack.

The warplanes and vessels of the US and its allies launched over 100 cruise missiles and air-surface missiles on Syrian civil and military facilities, the ministry stated.

The strikes were conducted by two US ships stationed in the Red Sea, with tactical air support from the Mediterranean and Rockwell B-1 Lancer bombers from Al-Tanf coalition airbase in Syria’s Homs province, according to the statement.

Syrian Al-Dumayr Military Airport, located 40 km north-east from Damascus, was attacked by 12 cruise missiles, the Russian MoD confirmed, adding that all missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems.
Russia did not deploy its air defense systems located in Syria to intercept the American, British, and French missiles.

Earlier, the ministry issued a statement saying that none of the missiles launched by the US and its allies reached the Russian air defense zones that shield facilities in the port city of Tartus and Khmeimim Air Base.

Responding to the US-led airstrikes on Damascus, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that all countries are obliged to “act consistently” with the UN Charter. “There’s an obligation, particularly when dealing with the matters of peace and security, to act consistently with the Charter of the United Nationals and with international law in general.”

RT2018/4/14
Syria's surface-to-air missiles counter US-led strikes (VIDEO)
Damascus activated its anti-missile defense to counter missiles that were launched by the US and its allies against Syrian government targets.

Syrian air defenses were scrambled to confront the combined American-French-British aggression that targeted at least three military sites in Syria on Friday. Footage of the Syrian response to the Western missiles has been obtained by RT's Ruptly video agency.

The footage shows Syrian surface-to-air missiles responding to the attack. Smoke can be seen rising from a scientific research facility in Barzeh, which the coalition claims was targeted for its alleged involvement in the production of chemical and biological weapons.

According to reports, citing Syrian government sources, some 30 missiles were launched by the US and its European partners. The Syrian air defenses managed to intercept roughly a third of them.

Friday's strikes saw over 100 missiles launched at Syria, US Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters. It remains unclear which weapons were used, but the US deployed 59 Tomahawk missiles against Shayrat air base in Syria last year.

"We used a little over double the number of weapons this year than we used last year," Mattis said on Friday. "We were very precise and proportionate, but at the same time it was a heavy strike."

FARSNEWS2018/4/14
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Defense Ministry commented on a joint US, British and French missile strike on Syria, when the OPCW experts are set to start a probe into allegations of a chemical attack in Douma, a claim denounced by Damascus as a provocation.

The Russian Defense Ministry stated that most missiles launched by the Western states on Syria had been downed by the Arab Republic's air defenses, when approaching targets, Sputnik reported.

"The Syrian air defense system has been conducting an anti-air fight," the Ministry added.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Syria repelled the Western attack by air defense complexes made in the USSR over 30 years ago.

"Syrian means of air defense: S-125, S-200 air defense systems, Buk and Kvadrat were used in the repelling the missile strike," it noted.

Russia's air defenses haven't been used to repell the missile strike on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic, the Military underlined.

"None of cruise missiles launched by the US and its allies did not enter the zone of responsibility of the Russian air defenses, covering objects in Tartus [naval facility] and Hmeymim [airbase located in the Lattakia province]," the Russian Defense Ministry explained.

According to the Russian military, the massive missile strike on objects of military and civilian infrastructure was conducted by US warships jointly with the UK and French air forces.

Earlier in the day, the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched missile strikes on a number of targets in Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack in the Damascus' suburb of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, which has been blamed on Damascus despite the launch of a probe into the incident.

Moscow has stated that it had proof that the "chemical attack" in Douma had been a provocation and had been staged by Western-backed NGOs, including the White Helmets.

FARSNEWS2018/4/14
Syrian Army General Command Says Most US, British, French Missiles Downed
TEHRAN (FNA)- The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces stressed Saturday that most of the missiles fired by the US, Britain and France tripartite aggression on Syrian targets in Damascus and outside it were shot down.

The General Command announced that a tripartite aggression was carried out by the US, Britain and France through firing 110 missiles towards Syrian targets in Damascus and outside it, SANA reported.

It added that the Syrian Air Defense systems confronted, with high competence, the missiles of the aggression and shot down most of them, meanwhile, some of the missiles hit one of the buildings of the Research Center in Barzzeh in Damascus, which includes an educational center and scientific laboratories, asserting that the damages were limited to material ones.

Other missiles were forced to deviate from their tracks while they were targeting a military position near Homs as their explosions caused the injury of three civilians.

The General command stressed its determination in defending Syria and protecting its citizens, reiterating that such aggression will not affect the Syrian armed forces to continue hunting the remnant of armed terrorist gatherings across Syria.

The General Command concluded its statement by saying that this aggression will lead to nothing, but to increase the Syrian people determination to defend the sovereignty, dignity and the security of homeland and citizens.

FARSNEWS2018/4/14
Syrian Air Defenses Intercepted 71 Cruise Missile Lunched by Western Coalition
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian General Staff said a total of 71 cruise missiles out of 103 had been intercepted by Syria, adding that no government military airfrield had been damaged as a result of the attack.

The Russian Defense Ministry stated that most missiles launched by the Western states on Syria had been downed by the Arab Republic's air defenses while approaching their targets, stressing that Damascus repelled the Western attack with air defense systems made in the USSR over 30 years ago, Middle East News reported.

The US, the UK and France have fired more than 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles at military and civilian targets in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Saturday, noting that "Over 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles have been fired at military and civilian targets in Syria by US, British and French planes and ships".

"Syria's means of air defense: S-125, S-200 air defense systems, [as well as] Buk and Kvadrat units were used in the repelling the missile strike," according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

"A few years ago, we refused to supply S-300 air defense systems to Syria due to the request of some of our Western partners. Taking into account what happened, we consider it possible to return to this issue. And not only with regard to Syria, but with regard to other states," the General Staff stated, adding that "Over the past 1.5 years, Russia has fully restored the air defense system of Syria and continues to improve it".

"None of the cruise missiles launched by the US and its allies entered the zone of responsibility of the Russian air defenses, covering objects in Tartus [naval facility] and Hmeymim [airbase located in Lattakia province]," the Russian Defense Ministry explained.

The United States, the United Kingdom and France launched missile strikes on a number of targets in Syria on Saturday in response to an alleged chemical attack in the Damascus' suburb of Douma in Eastern Ghouta, while Russia stated that Moscow had proof that it had been a provocation and had been staged by Western-backed NGOs, including the White Helmets. Syria has dismissed all accusations, calling the reports merely fake news that is aimed solely at helping terrorists and justifying potential strikes against Damascus government forces.

Syrian officials have over and over again denied the allegations, arguing that the chemical attack was staged by terrorist groups, and the government did not need such measures to curb the militants.

Responding to the typically unverified claims, the Russian Defense Ministry stressed that the reports about the alleged use of weapons of mass destruction by the Syrian forces were being spread by the White Helmets, who have been repeatedly busted for fabricating stories and providing fake footage. According to Moscow, no traces of chemical agents had been found in the area where the alleged attack had taken place, and the information was being used to undermine the ceasefire in Syria and prevent the envisaged evacuation of militants from Douma.

The Russian Reconciliation Center has also spoken with doctors in the town, as well as the Syrian Red Crescent, who reported that they had not received any patients with signs of chemical poisoning.

※ Fares Shehabi MP @ShehabiFares氏の2018/4/14のツイート
Syrians everywhere took to the streets in celebration of defeating the latest attack by the triad of terror! Syrian army operations has just resumed against NATO jihadis.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:46| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

シリアのテロリストが米英仏の攻撃直後に攻撃を強める

米軍のシリア攻撃はテロリストを奮起させ、テロ行為を促すためだとロシアが非難していますがそのとおりになっています。

FARSNEWS2018/4/14
ISIL Attacks Syrian Army Positions in Southern Damascus after US-Led Missile Strikes
TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL terrorists, emboldened by the US-led airstrikes against the Syrian army positions on Saturday morning, attacked the military bases of the army in Southern Damascus.

Field sources reported on Saturday that the ISIL terrorists attacked the army positions West of al-Qadam district in Southern Damascus.

They noted that the offensive was launched immediately after the US-led coalition's missile strikes against the Syrian army positions, adding that the Syrian army units repulsed the terrorists' attack after clashes.

The Syrian army has sent a large number of forces and military equipment to Southern Damascus to launch imminent operations in the region to purge the ISIL terrorists from occupied areas.

US, British and French forces launched over 100 missiles on Syria early Saturday morning, and Russia says Damascus has managed to dodge 71.

In a televised address to the nation, US President Donald Trump said the three nations partnered in the missile launch.

The strikes were the biggest overt attack by the three Western powers against Syria in the country's seven-year-old civil war, which has pitted the US and its allies against Russia.

Other NATO members refrained from partnership in the attack, although NATO secretary general voiced his support for the move.

Israel was also absent from today's strike, fearing Iran's response. After a recent missile strike on Syria's T4 base that killed 12, including 7 Iranian military advisors, Tel Aviv has been on guard in anticipation of Iran's tough reprisal.

Reports coming out of a national security meeting in the White House two days ago said Defense Secretary James Mattis opposed striking targets that would provoke Tehran and Moscow's response, urging Trump and National Security Advisor John Bolton to think wisely and narrow down the scope of the attack.

The Pentagon claimed the strikes targeted a research center in greater Damascus and a chemical weapons storage facility and a command post west of Homs, while the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has officially stated complete disarmament of Syria since two years ago.

The missile strikes took place as a team of OPCW is in Damascus to probe the alleged chemical incident in Douma last week, but the trio western allies didn't wait for the result of their work for somehow unknown reasons.

The Iranian foreign ministry in a statement on Saturday morning strongly condemned the attack, warning that the aggression would entail dire repercussions in the region and beyond.

Deputy Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Yadollah Javani also warned the US to "wait for the repercussions of its attack on Syria", saying that the Saturday offensive "gave the Resistance Front a more open hand for showing reaction to such moves by the US and its allies".

Russia's Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said in a statement that Russia had warned that "such actions will not be left without consequences".

Syrian state TV said Syrian air defenses shot down 15 missiles on Saturday morning. Syria's state run news agency said the missiles fired at Homs were intercepted or deviated from the targets and wounded three.

But the Russian Defense Ministry declared in a statement later on Saturday that the Syrian air defense units have intercepted 71 of the 103 missiles fired at the country.

RT23018/4/14
US acting as ‘ISIS air force’ in Syria, spreads ‘conscious, transparent lie’ – analysts to RT
The massive missile strikes the US and allies conducted against Syria actually benefit terrorist groups, and prevented inspectors from proving if chemical weapons were used in Douma, international analysts told RT.

Washington, London, and Paris used last week’s alleged chemical attack in Douma, near Damascus, as the pretext for an early morning missile attack on civilian and military targets in Syria.

The air invasion came just hours before a group of inspectors dispatched by the UN’s Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was scheduled to visit Douma in order to find out if any chemical weapons were used there. This made the timing even more suspicious, experts say.

To Jim Jatras, a former US foreign service officer, “preventing a real investigation in Douma was one of the reasons for [the strike].”

“So, the big hurry here is, in my opinion, is that you’ve got [OPCW] inspectors on the ground in Damascus now, ready to go now and confirm… there wasn’t any attack.”

He called the alleged chemical incident in Douma “a false flag” operation, saying he expected US President Donald Trump to respond almost immediately in the way he acted last year after the alleged gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun. He said that “if you’re Al-Qaeda or its offshoot [in Syria], you’re going to be very happy tonight.” The problem with false flag operations “is that they work, especially when you have compliant media,” he stated.

“I don’t think that Syria has chemical weapons. I think that the Russian effort to get them out of there after what happened in Ghouta in 2013 was genuine and was certified as genuine by the OPCW.” Commenting on the justification for the strikes, he said “it’s a conscious transparent lie.”

The US is “acting as air force of all these jihadist terrorist [groups] – Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Jaysh al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham, and it’s really morally reprehensible,” Jatras said.

Richard Becker of the US-based anti-war ANSWER Coalition told RT he believes Britain and France are becoming “old colonizers of the Middle East back again, and the United States is more of a new colonizer.” He accused Washington of issuing “falsification after falsification” and fanning “war propaganda” to influence the American people when “it doesn’t want to go to war.”

Meanwhile, he said, radical terrorist groups fighting the Syrian government have “the material interest in having this happen.” What is happening at this stage in the Middle East “is the continuation of what we saw in Yugoslavia where we had a re-Balkanization of the Balkans,” adding that “now we’re seeing the Balkanization of Iraq.”
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RT2018/4/14
Goal of Syria strikes was to prevent chemical watchdog's fact-finding mission in Douma – Moscow
The US and its allies attacked Syria in order to hamper the work of the OPCW inspectors, investigating the alleged chemical attack in Douma, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The “intimidation act” by the US, UK, and France was carried out “under an absolutely far-fetched pretext of the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian authorities in the Damascus suburb of Douma on April 7,” the ministry said in a statement.

The airstrikes were carried out hours before inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were to start their fact-finding mission at the site. “There’s every reason to believe that the purpose of the attack on Syria was to obstruct the work of the OPCW inspectors,” the statement read.

RT2018/4/14
Syria airstrikes will not deter chemical weapons inspectors – OPCW
A fact-finding mission by the UN’s chemical weapons watchdog will continue in Syria despite airstrikes carried out on the country hours earlier by the US, UK, and France.

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are in the country to investigate the circumstances surrounding reports of a gas attack in the Syrian city of Douma, where at least 70 people are reported to have died from chemical exposure. Syria and Russia called for an OPCW inquiry into the claims.

The agency, set up to ensure the destruction of chemical armaments, is due to assess the scene and take samples from alleged attack victims to determine the cause and potentially uncover the perpetrators.

The OPCW, whose members include Syria, Russia, the UK, France, and Russia, issued a statement on Saturday saying the investigation into the alleged use of illegal chemical weapons will continue.

The statement comes after a night of bombing, which saw US, French, and British forces launch missiles at sites including a military facility outside Homs and a suspected research center in the capital, Damascus. Both Russia and Syria have condemned the airstrikes as a breach of international law, and insist that Assad forces did not deploy chemical weapons.

OPCW officials have carried out similar chemical checks in Syria. In 2017, the organization found that sarin or a sarin-like substance was used in the town of Khan Shaykhun, but did not undertake an on-the-ground inspection of the site.
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RT2018/4/13
‘She’s waiting for instructions from Trump’: Jeremy Corbyn slams Theresa May over Syria dithering
Theresa May can’t do anything unless Donald Trump does it first – or that’s what Jeremy Corbyn believes. The Labour leader has accused the UK PM of “waiting for instructions” from the US president on whether or not to bomb Syria.

Corbyn has called for caution, urging US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May to avoid a “hot war.”

“I think the whole world should be alarmed at that sort of instant reaction… more bombing, more killing, more war will not save life,” Corbyn said.

The Labour leader, a lifelong anti-war activist, has also urged the UK to exercise prudence while the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigates the alleged chemical attack in Douma, which reportedly left up to 75 civilians – including women and children – dead.

“The Government appears to be waiting for instructions from President Donald Trump on how to proceed,” Corbyn said. “But the US administration is giving alarmingly contradictory signals.”

“Even US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said we ‘don’t have evidence’ and warned further military action could ‘escalate out of control.’”

On Thursday, Theresa May and her cabinet decided on the “need to take action to alleviate humanitarian distress and to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.”

MPs from either side of the house, including the opposition leader, have called on May to take a Commons vote on military action in Syria – a call that the UK PM appears to have ignored.

“Ministers should take their proposals, such as they are, to parliament,” Corbyn said.

“And Britain should press for an independent UN-led investigation of last weekend’s horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account.

“Rather than further military action, what is urgently needed is a coordinated international drive to achieve a ceasefire and a negotiated settlement under UN auspices. The humanitarian priority must be to halt the killing on all sides.

“The need to restart genuine negotiations for peace and an inclusive political settlement of the Syrian conflict, including the withdrawal of all foreign forces, could not be more urgent. We must do everything we can, no matter how challenging, to bring that about.”

Meanwhile, Syria and its ally Russia, which say they were not to blame and that much of the evidence was fabricated, have insisted that international parties wait at least for conclusions from chemical weapons experts. An OPCW team is set to start its investigation in Douma on Saturday.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that the standoff with the US can be resolved just by picking up the phone and talking it through. “It’s 2018, it’s not the middle of the 20th century,” she said, adding that in a time of instant communications there’s no reason “why people who are in charge of our security and international peace can’t talk.”

Moscow has also appealed for a diplomatic way out of the impasse, but three different resolutions that were put forward in the United Nations Security Council this week were vetoed.

FARSNEWS2018/4/14
UK Opposition Labour Party Leader: 'Bombs Won't Save Lives or Bring About Peace' in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- UK opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May for following the orders of US President Donald Trump in launching missile strikes against Syria, saying “bombs won't save lives or bring about peace”.

Corbyn added that May should have sought approval from parliament before ordering cruise missile strikes against Syria, World News reported.

"Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace. This legally questionable action risks escalating further," Corbyn stated, adding that "Britain should be playing a leadership role to bring about a ceasefire in the conflict, not taking instructions from Washington and putting British military personnel in harm's way".

Washington and its allies unleashed the bombardment in the early hours of Saturday in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack by the Bashar Assad government in the town of Douma. The strikes were conducted before a team of investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was due to reach Douma to determine whether the attack had indeed taken place.

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