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Dear Sirodjidin Mukhridinovich,

Colleagues,

First of all, I would like to thank our Tajik friends for their warm hospitality and good organisation of our work.

The issues relating to the preparation for the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which will be held on the 11-12 September in Dushanbe, and filling it with content, were the focus of attention at our meeting today.

The session of the Council of Heads of Member States (CHS) will be held against the backdrop of the uneasy situation in the world. The establishment of a new polycentric model of the world order is accompanied by the intensification of global competition, which is frequently unfair and aggressive, rivalry in the area of value landmarks and development models.

Dear Sirodjidin Mukhridinovich,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have conducted very substantial negotiations on the entire spectrum of our bilateral agenda, topical and international issues. Our relations are characterised by alliance and strategic partnership. We appreciate these relations and are committed to their comprehensive development. The agreements reached during the official visit of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, to the Republic of Tajikistan on the 5 October 2012 have entered into force today and are being implemented. They confirm inviolability of the Russian-Tajik friendship, laying firm grounds for further interaction in each and all areas, including political, economic, humanitarian and military.

Amnesty International recently released a report on “stomach-turning” violence in Eastern Ukraine (“Abduction and Tortures in Eastern Ukraine,”  – see for example BBC coverage here). According to the report, the acts of violence are perpetrated chiefly by pro-Russian separatist groups.

The Amnesty International report and its conclusion about rebel responsibility for the majority of violence doesn`t hold water and has little in common with reality. The violence in Ukraine in general is not properly analyzed, and report is quite biased. Rather than the rebels, it is the Ukrainian army and the pro-EuroMaidan forces that are responsible for the abductions and abuses.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 23-07-2014, 16:56
  • Views: 1 562

The international community’s attention in the Arctic is directed to energy resources and legal disputes, excluding a key factor of these issues: the human dimension of the region.

In the Arctic Circle, the area in which the average temperature of the warmest month (July) does not exceed 10 degrees Celsius, live about 4 million people. They are all represented in the Arctic Council, where they sit as permanent members, from 6 associations.

Indigenous people are the most vulnerable to climate change than anyone else in the world. They inhabit regions of the Earth where the impact of climate change is greater and, most important, they depend on the environment around them for their livelihood and their culture. To simplify the discussion, I will refer to three main groups: the Evenki and Nenets in Russia, the Sami in Scandinavia and the Inuit (that many people mistakenly call Eskimos) in North America.

Following the advent of NATO forces (KFOR) to Kosovo in the summer of 1999, the province evolved into a gangster paradise, a territory used by the European mafia as a base for organized crime and a gigantic drug-trafficking hub. Most of the criminal activities in Kosovo play out within the local family clans who control the area. Every clan being essentially a community of relatives, stays insulated from the outside world. According to competent Serbian sources, Kosovo is divided into three criminal zones.

The friendship of former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former NATO Balkan mission commander Gen. Wesley Clark with Hashim Thaçi and the warmest feelings of the two towards the Kosovo guerrilla commander-turned-premier are an open secret. Admittedly, both  Albright and Clark have never had any regrets about the NATO decision to pound Yugoslavian cities and villages with the stated goal of saving Kosovo Albanians from alleged persecution. Albright had to reply a number of times about her emotions in the course of the Allied Force offensive. She bluntly reiterated in an interview to The Huffington Post her firm belief that everything was done right in March, 1999, and even added a passage about being sorry that the campaign had not been launched earlier.

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  • Date: 7-07-2014, 09:32
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Washington knew it could rely on its partners in Kosovo such as the province's nationalist writers and former youth communist organization leaders, but still needed desperados, preferably with connections in the Albanian diaspora in Europe and overseas, to keep a tight grip on the local “liberation movement”. Hashim Thaçi from Drenica was the first to be invited to join the project. A thorough description of the character can be found in a paper published in Belgrade-based Farti (1). He was born in 1969, attended the University of Pristina, admired the totalitarian socialist model of the neighboring Albania and was involved in organizing a radical Marxist circle. Thaçi graduated in 1991, and, the same year, became a member of the Drenica guerrilla group which subsequently emerged as the core of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

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  • Date: 6-07-2014, 19:30
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NATO entered Kosovo 15 years ago, on June 12, 1999. At the time, the international contingent of the alliance numbering around 50,000 servicemen became known as KFOR (Kosovo Force). As of today, close to 5,000 NATO troops remain in Kosovo and Metohija. The Independent International Commission on Kosovo established on the initiative of Swedish premier Hans Göran Persson on August 6, 1999 concluded that, absent UN Security Council authorization, the NATO intervention in Yugoslavia had been illegal, but the verdict prompted no visible reaction in Brussels and Washington. Ignoring the UN Security Council and other international organizations is the hallmark of the policies pursued by the US and its partners whose thinly veiled permanent objective is to simply gain footholds in the right places at the right time.

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  • Date: 4-07-2014, 12:33
  • Views: 1 555

A paradox that largely goes unnoticed in Ukraine is that the country's own national literature is being sacrificed in the name of Ukrainian nationalism. In fact, Ukrainian literature fell victim to the political savagery of Ukrainian nationalists exactly when the same happened, in a wider-

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 4-07-2014, 01:07
  • Views: 1 385

The events in Ukraine are not covered properly by Western media.

First and foremost, Western media avoid mentioning the fact that many members of Ukrainian ultranationalist organizations now have positions in the official power system, as well as in the army and police. This fusion of Ukrainian nationalists, the military, and pro-governmental paramilitary groups is not spontaneous but a deliberate plan.

During the so-called Orange Revolution in 2004, the pro-Western candidate and Ukrainian nationalist Victor Yushchenko won the presidency against then-Prime Minister Victor Yanukovich. Yushchenko was swept into power by a wave of people`s dissatisfaction with problems in the the socio-economic situation in the country. However, the dissatisfaction was sophisticatedly whipped up and directed by foreign strategists, resulting in a political and economical rupture between two potential economic partners – Ukraine and Russia.