Russia will be able to supply weapons to Libya after UN lifts arms embargo — diplomat


April 16,
Moscow woukld like to help the legitimate Libyan government


MOSCOW, April 16. /TASS/. Moscow will be able to supply weapons to Libya after the UN Security Council’s arms embargo is lifted, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who is the president’s special envoy to the Middle East and Africa, told reporters on Thursday.

“The issue will be discussed at the UN Security Council. The basic understanding – and we share this – is that there are legally elected authorities in Libya. Of course, we would like to really help Libya’s authorities to strengthen the state power bodies, army and law enforcement forces,” Bogdanov said.

“In this context, it is very important that the UN Security Council has an understanding and finds consensus on what should be done so that this aid does not fall into wrong hands,” Bogdanov said.

Speaking on whether Russia’s supplies are possible after the embargo is lifted, the diplomat said: “Yes, of course.” “Traditionally, we had very successful military and technical cooperation with Libya. We are ready to resume this cooperation but for this the common understanding in the UN Security Council is needed,” he said.

Claims on dispatching of Russian troops to Ukraine a propaganda concoction — RF diplomat

No response by OSCE to Ukrainian army actions “adds fuel to flames”, Russia’s First Deputy Ambassador to the UN said


UNITED NATIONS, November 13. /TASS/. Assertions about the dispatching of Russian troops to Ukraine are nothing more than a propaganda concoction, Alexander Pankin, Russia’s First Deputy Ambassador to the UN said on Wednesday at a session of the UN Security Council.

“No one presents real facts or evidence of this. That is why it is nothing but talk. This is a usual propaganda concoction,” Pankin told a session of the UN Security Council, adding that Kiev spread rumours about Russia allegedly sending troops and weapons to Ukraine “to excuse its failures and mass dispatches of people and equipment to the front”.

Also he said that the lack of response by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to the actions of the Ukrainian armed forces “adds fuel to the flames” of the conflict.

“Unfortunately we have to recognise that an almost total lack of response by the OSCE mission to the Ukrainian armed forces and other military formations moving and consolidating their position adds fuel to the flames,” Pankin told a session of the UN Security Council, noting reports that heavy artillery and tanks were observed near the town of Karlovka in the Donetsk region on November 9. On November 8, the Ukrainian military was reported to relocate to the Lugansk region its Grad and Uragan multiple launch rocket systems alongside Scud tactical missiles.

“Why do they say nothing about these facts? It should be clear to everyone that the lack of information on that point in OSCE reports creates a false and provocative picture of all that is happening,” the diplomat added.

Russia also wants the United Nations Security Council to remain compact. It also considers any ideas infringing on the right of veto by the Council’s permanent members to be unacceptable.

“Any ideas leading to infringement on the prerogatives of the current permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, including the institute of veto, are unacceptable for us. It should be remembered that this institute is a vital factor that stimulates the Council members to search for balanced decisions.  Any encroachment on this right would be wrong both from historical and political points of view,” Pankin told the U.N. General Assembly meeting devoted to the Security Council reform.

The Russian diplomat noted that Moscow was ready to consider any reasonable options for expanding the Security Council line-up, including a compromise solution that should be based on broad U.N. consent.

At the same time, Pankin noted, the U.N. Security Council should preserve its ability to react promptly and efficiently to emerging challenges.

“This is particularly important in conditions when trouble spots are growing on our planet,” Pankin said adding that the optimal number of Security Council members should not exceed 20 states.

Saudi Arabia to supply Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles – report

Saudi Arabia to supply Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles – report

Frustrated by the deadlock of the second round of Geneva 2 talks, Saudi Arabia has reportedly offered to supply the rebels with anti-aircraft missiles. Meanwhile Russia has accused the US of once again hijacking peace talks and pushing for regime change.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Russian-made antitank guided missiles and Chinese man-portable air-defense systems are up for grabs, already waiting in warehouses in Jordan and Turkey.

An Arab diplomat and several opposition figures with knowledge of the Saudi efforts have told WSJ that these supplies are likely to tip the battlefield scales, as the rebels will become capable of taking on the government’s air power and destroying heavy armored vehicles.

“New stuff is arriving imminently,” a Western diplomat with knowledge of the planned weapons deliveries told the American publication.

Leaders of the Syrian opposition said they don’t yet know the total amount of military aid that will be shipped. The new weapons are expected to reach southern Syria from Jordan while the opposition in the north will get arms from Turkey, the Western diplomat said.

Raising fears that civilian aircraft may eventually become targets, last June several media outlets suggested that Saudi Arabia had already begun supplying anti-aircraft launchers and missiles to militants in Syria. But so far Saudi Arabia, as well as the US, has been officially opposed to arming the rebels with big guns and antiaircraft missiles as they could fall into extremist hands.

According to the WSJ report, rebel commanders struck a deal on the new armaments shipment during a meeting with US and Saudi intelligence agents in Jordan on January 30. During that meeting, rebels allegedly claimed that their new military gains would help force official Damascus consider President Assad’s ouster and bring forward a political solution to the conflict.

Mercenaries on US payroll?

The Wall Street Journal also reports that their rebel sources claimed the US government is paying their salaries to fight the Assad forces. The Southern Front brigades allegedly received $3 million in cash in salaries during the two meetings in Jordan, one held on January 30 and the other late last year.

Meanwhile, congressional aides told the WSJ about scheduled meetings with Syrian opposition leaders next week. The Syrian delegation will allegedly seek extra armaments in order to battle al-Qaeda and al-Nusra elements.

“We’re trying to assure the international community that they can support moderates without the threat of arms falling into the hands of al-Qaeda,” said Oubai Shahbandar, a senior adviser to the Syrian opposition. Saudi Arabia and US have so far refused to comment.

Geneva 2 stalemate

As the second round of Geneva 2 talks so far fails to produce any results, the Russian Foreign Minister has criticized the American stance at the negotiations accusing it of hijacking the talks for the purpose of “regime change” in Syria.

“The only thing they want to talk about is the establishment of a transitional governing body,” Sergey Lavrov said Friday after meeting with the German foreign minister in Moscow. “Only after that are they ready to discuss the urgent and most pressing problems, like terrorism.”

“I am very worried about the systematic attempts to disrupt the political settlement in Syria,” therefore “forcing the (Syrian) government to slam the door.”

Lavrov recalled that talks were kick started to implement the original Geneva communique, position of which Russia and Syria solemnly defend. The June 2012 document stipulates the creation of a transitional political body, holding of free and fair elections, the start of a national dialogue, a review of the constitution and legal system. Nowhere does it mention removal of president Assad.

“Now they are saying that to keep talking is senseless, because the government (of Syria) doesn’t want to agree about the makeup of a transitional governing body. We are going in circles,” Lavrov said.

The Syrian government’s position remains that stopping terrorism and bloodshed should be the priority at the negotiations that started last month. The second round of negotiations between government and opposition representatives began on Monday but no progress has yet been made. The opposition, backed by the US and its allies, insists on forming a transitional authority with “full executive powers,” thus ousting Assad.

After five days of negotiations the opposition has accused the government’s team of “belligerence,” while the government delegation said that the opposition have an “unrealistic agenda.”

“The negotiations are not moving toward a political solution,” said Louay Safi, a spokesman for the Syrian opposition delegation, accusing the government side of adopting a hostile stance.

“I deeply regret to say that this round did not achieve any progress,” Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said. “We came to the Geneva conference to implement Syria’s declared position to reach a political solution. … Unfortunately the other side came with another agenda, with an unrealistic agenda.”

The UN’s Lakhdar Brahimi, curator of the talks, plans to meet the sides on Saturday, the final day for round two of the negotiations, but it remains unclear if he can offer any prospect of drawing the warring parties closer together.

U.S. ship assigned to the destruction of chemical weapons of Syria intends to go on a mission in mid-January

U.S. ship assigned to the destruction of chemical weapons  of Syria intends to go on a mission in mid-January

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U.S. cargo ship, equipped with a system for the destruction of the chemical weapons stockpile of Syria, is preparing to leave for a job in mid-January.

This was stated by U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Transportation January 2, 2014.

Ship MV Cape Ray (T-AKR 9679) is currently preparing for the implementation of the UN mission to destroy chemical weapons to Syria, the publication IHS Jane’s said