Stop NATO news: November 23, 2011: U.S. Halts Cooperation With Russia On European Arms Treaty

23 November 2011 — Stop NATO

  • U.S. Halts Cooperation With Russia On European Arms Treaty
  • Russia Could Field Missiles Over Failure To Reach Antimissile Deal
  • Western Elites Turn Focus On Chicago NATO, G-8 Summits
  • West Uses Middle East Events To Regain Lost Positions: Russian Foreign Minister
  • Video And Text: Former Senator Says U.S. Is Drunkard Charging To War With Anyone
  • NATO Command Uses Asian, African War Experience For 21st Century Global Missions
  • U.S. State Department Sets Up ‘Conflict and Stabilization Operations’ Bureau
  • Pushing Entire System Of International Relations Into Chaos: Russia Criticizes Western Military Intervention In Troubled Countries
  • U.S. Non-Compliant With European Arms Treaty
  • Georgia’s Mikheil Saakashvili: Call Kosovo’s Hashim Thaci

U.S. Halts Cooperation With Russia On European Arms Treaty

http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20111123/168957689.html

Russian Information Agency Novosti
November 23, 2011

United States halts cooperation with Russia on CFE arms treaty

-The treaty was updated in 1999, but NATO members states refused to ratify it citing the fact that Russia was keeping troops in Georgia [Abkhazia and South Ossetia] and the breakaway Moldovan region of Transdnestr as a pretext.
Russia imposed a unilateral moratorium on the CFE treaty in December 2007, citing concerns over NATO’s eastward expansion, U.S. missile defense plans for Europe, and the refusal of alliance members to ratify the adapted treaty. Moscow has repeatedly said it will resume its participation in the CFE if NATO member states ratify the adapted treaty.

WASHINGTON: The United States has curbed its cooperation with Russia on the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Tuesday.

The restriction means that the United States will no longer exchange information on conventional weapons and troops with Russia four years after Russia stopped implementing the treaty in 2007.

‘Today the United States announced in Vienna, Austria, that it would cease carrying out certain obligations under the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty with regard to Russia,’ Nuland said in a statement.

‘This announcement in the CFE Treaty’s implementation group comes after the United States and NATO Allies have tried over the past 4 years to find a diplomatic solution following Russia’s decision in 2007 to cease implementation with respect to all other 29 CFE States,’ she said.

‘Since then, Russia has refused to accept inspections and ceased to provide information to other CFE Treaty parties on its military forces as required by the Treaty,’ she said.

The original CFE Treaty was signed in 1990 by 16 NATO countries and six Warsaw Pact members and came into force in 1992. The treaty set equal ceilings for each bloc on five key categories of conventional armaments and military hardware, including tanks, combat armored vehicles, artillery, assault helicopters and combat aircraft.

The CFE Treaty played a crucial stabilizing role during the breakup of the Soviet Union and its satellite states in Eastern Europe. However, later the document became largely outdated and irrelevant amid large-scale changes in the military and political environment.

The treaty was updated in 1999, but NATO members states refused to ratify it citing the fact that Russia was keeping troops in Georgia and the breakaway Moldovan region of Transdnestr as a pretext.

Russia imposed a unilateral moratorium on the CFE treaty in December 2007, citing concerns over NATO’s eastward expansion, U.S. missile defense plans for Europe, and the refusal of alliance members to ratify the adapted treaty. Moscow has repeatedly said it will resume its participation in the CFE if NATO member states ratify the adapted treaty.

Nuland also said her country will continue implementing the treaty and carrying out all ‘obligations with all States Parties other than Russia, including not exceeding the numerical limits on conventional armaments and equipment established by the Treaty.’

‘We will resume full Treaty implementation regarding Russia if Russia resumes implementation of its Treaty obligations,’ she said.

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Russia Could Field Missiles Over Failure To Reach Antimissile Deal

http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20111122_7909.php

Global Security Newswire
November 22, 2011

Russia Could Field Missiles Over Failure to Reach Antimissile Deal

-[A] former top U.S. envoy to Ukraine called for the former Soviet state to determine soon whether it would join NATO’s planned antimissile framework, Interfax reported.
‘If Ukraine does not hurry, it may fail to find a place in this architecture. In recent years, we have seen that Ukraine gives conflicting signals on whether it will participate or will not participate (in the European missile defense system),’ former U.S. Ambassador Steven Pifer said.

Russia has warned it might field nonstrategic missiles along its territorial boundaries as well as in Belarus should negotiations with the United States on participation in a planned European antimissile framework prove unsuccessful, a high-level diplomatic insider said on Monday in remarks reported by Reuters (see GSN, Nov. 21).

Moscow fears that a U.S. plan to field increasingly advanced sea- and land-based missile interceptors around Europe over the next decade could undermine Russia’s nuclear deterrent; it has sought from Washington a legally enforceable pledge that its missile interceptors would not be aimed at Russian nuclear forces. The United States maintains that the antimissile systems are focused on thwarting potential ballistic missile attacks from the Middle East. Both Washington and NATO have demurred from offering the pledge sought by Russia.

Krasnodar, an area in far western Russia, and Belarus could host Iskander missiles if the dispute is not resolved through dialogue, the insider told Interfax. Moscow in the past indicated it could place missile firing units in Kaliningrad, a Russian jurisdiction on the Baltic Sea (see GSN, Nov. 5, 2008; Reuters, Moscow Times, Nov. 22).

‘Earlier, only the Kaliningrad region was slated for Iskander missiles’ deployment. But the possibility of deploying these complexes in Belarus and also in the Krasnodar region is also being considered. This would enable Russia to ward off threats to its strategic nuclear forces in case components of the United States’ missile defense system are deployed near our borders,’ Interfax quoted the insider as saying Moscow’s response might also include additions to its air and aerospace defenses and to its space-based missile detection apparatus, the insider added.

Russia could also implement moves previously announced by President Dmitry Medvedev in response to a since-abandoned Bush-era missile defense plan involving Poland and the Czech Republic. ‘These include suspending the dismantling of missile regiments in the Kozelsk division of the strategic [missile] forces, creating radar capable of suppressing U.S. antimissile defense radars and strengthening the Russian navy,’ the insider said (Interfax I, Nov. 21).

Meanwhile, a former top U.S. envoy to Ukraine called for the former Soviet state to determine soon whether it would join NATO’s planned antimissile framework, Interfax reported (see GSN, Oct. 5).

‘If Ukraine does not hurry, it may fail to find a place in this architecture. In recent years, we have seen that Ukraine gives conflicting signals on whether it will participate or will not participate (in the European missile defense system),’ former U.S. Ambassador Steven Pifer said.

Ukraine might first want Moscow to take a stance regarding involvement in the system, but the nation should make its own assessment of potential dangers, Pifer said, adding that missile-tracking systems in Ukraine could benefit the alliance’s defenses.

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Western Elites Turn Focus On Chicago NATO, G-8 Summits

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-g8-nato-chicago-sacks-20111123,0,4988790.story

Chicago Tribune
November 23, 2011

Focus turning to NATO, G-8 summits in Chicago

Michael Sacks is vice chairman of World Business Chicago, which will be in charge of much of the high-level schmoozing that goes on between a host city and world leaders at May’s NATO and G-8 gatherings.
By David Heinzmann and Jeff Coen

-World Business Chicago, a group of executives headed by Sacks, will act as the host committee…The business group’s importance to City Hall has grown since Emanuel took office, and its leaders have had to address questions about the closed-door nature of their operations…
-Earlier this fall, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave Chicago $55 million to begin preparing for the summits…

The team Mayor Rahm Emanuel assembled to host the G-8 and NATO summits here in May knows there are important unsettled questions about costs, security and other logistics, but decisions on such key issues have been held up by a gathering 4,000 miles away in Hawaii.

Although Chicago is hosting the events at the request of President Barack Obama, the White House and the State Department are in charge of running the summits. And for the last several months, those federal officials have been focused on staging the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit that took place Nov. 12-13 in Honolulu.

Now that the Hawaiian conference is finished, federal officials will turn their attention to the nitty-gritty of programming and locations for the G-8 and NATO, which will bring political and financial leaders from around the world to Chicago for overlapping meetings May 15-22.

‘Things will now…really kick into high gear,’ said Michael Sacks, the investment banker Emanuel chose to lead Chicago’s hosting duties.

The most pressing issues for Chicagoans are disruptions to life and business downtown for the better part of a week, as well as the potential costs in police and other city employee overtime. Planning for events will depend largely on security concerns, both in terms of protecting the foreign delegations and in managing the thousands of demonstrators who are often attracted to events like the G-8. The federal government traditionally pays the local security costs, but there has been no guarantee everything will be covered.

World Business Chicago, a group of executives headed by Sacks, will act as the host committee, including planning an array of events to promote the city as a global business hub. That role includes raising millions of dollars for parties, meetings and other related costs.

The business group’s importance to City Hall has grown since Emanuel took office, and its leaders have had to address questions about the closed-door nature of their operations…

The main sessions of the summits will be held at McCormick Place, but the locations for housing dozens of world leaders, as well as social events, have yet to be planned.

Until those pieces are in place, planners can’t map out exactly how police will be deployed, where barricades and traffic management will disrupt access to the city or what any of it will cost, said Rick Jasculca, a Chicago public relations executive who has advised Democratic White House administrations for decades on planning such events, including the APEC summit in Hawaii and multiple G-8 meetings.

‘What is going to happen now that APEC is over in Honolulu is that these guys are going to be spending a lot of time in Chicago,’ said Jasculca, whose firm is also advising World Business Chicago.

The Secret Service and the State Department are the lead agencies in running security and protecting the foreign delegations. The Secret Service is already coordinating with the Police Department, the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications and other local agencies, but few details have emerged.

Summits involving global economic policies typically draw political demonstrations…

The Occupy movement, here and in other cities, has offered law enforcement officials a glimpse into how some of the ***fringe groups are infiltrating otherwise legitimate demonstrations***, said William Bratton, a former police chief of both New York and Los Angeles who is now chairman of the Kroll corporate security firm.

The difference for Chicago, he said, is that the G-8 and NATO will probably concentrate agitators and demonstrators who are now spread across the country at various Occupy demonstrations.

‘With the G-8, there’s nothing else like it going on, so this becomes the hot spot,’ Bratton said. ‘And that’s been the history.’

Earlier this fall, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave Chicago $55 million to begin preparing for the summits, but the ultimate costs depend on how much scrambling police will need to do to keep up with demonstrations. Bratton and others said it could get messy and costly.

‘From a policing perspective, these events, like the G-8 or the G-20, they bring a lot of attention, but for most of contemporary history over the last 20 years, they also bring a phenomenal risk,’ said Bratton. His firm is advising several Chicago companies about how to protect their employees and offices during the summits.

Like many law enforcement experts, he points to the 1999 World Trade Organization summit in Seattle, which turned into a nightmare when thousands of demonstrators rioted and caught local police flat-footed.

‘Seattle was all about, here’s the opportunity to showcase: ‘We’re the Northwest United States, we’re the entrance way for Asia,’ and instead they ended up with a phenomenal black eye, lawsuits, litigation,’ Bratton said. ‘So there’s always that potential risk from a policing perspective, but there’s always then the hope for positive benefits.’

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West Uses Middle East Events To Regain Lost Positions: Russian Foreign Minister

http://www.interfax.com/newsinf.asp?id=289324

Interfax
November 22, 2011

Foreign countries use provocation in Syria to regain lost positions – Lavrov

CHISINAU: Foreign countries’ actions in Syria are prompted by their desire to use provocative steps to return positions they are losing on the international arena, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

‘What we are witnessing in the Middle East nowadays might be the desire, you know, to compensate for losing their positions in the economic and financial area through provocative steps,’ Lavrov said in taking questions from students of the Moldovan International Free University in Chisinau on Tuesday.
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http://en.rian.ru/world/20111122/168948148.html

Russian Information Agency Novosti
November 22, 2011

Mideast events may show West’s wish to make up for lost grip – Lavrov

CHISINAU: Western powers’ attempt to compensate for the continuing loss of economic influence could be behind the recent uprisings in the Middle East, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

‘I do not rule out that underlying economic processes are shifting the axis of the global development to another region, namely the Asia-Pacific region where there are new powerful centers of economic growth, with the inclusion of China, India, and Brazil,’ he said.

‘Probably, some people in the West consider this a negative tendency…And, maybe, the present events in the Middle East are an attempt to compensate for the loss of influence in the global economy by reckless and provocative actions,’ Lavrov said during his working visit to Moldova.

The situation in the Middle East and North Africa deteriorated early this year, when an uprising in Tunisia led to overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Protests subsequently flared up in Egypt, where President Hosni Mubarak was ousted.

In February, protests spread to Libya and resulted in a fierce nine-month fight between rebels and supporters of Muammar Gaddafi, who was captured and killed in October. Protests also erupted in Yemen and Syria, where violence continues.

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Video And Text: Former Senator Says U.S. Is Drunkard Charging To War With Anyone

http://rt.com/news/us-wars-corporations-gravel-925/

RT
November 22, 2011

‘We have lost respect’ – former US Senator

Video

-‘Iran is neither Syria nor Lebanon. Iran is a proud nation and they have missile capabilities – not nuclear-capable – that can rain down on Tel Aviv. I can tell you: if they are attacked – they would attack back. And [because] Israel is so vulnerable and so small that it [Israel] would retaliate with nukes – because they cannot suffer to be destroyed,’ Mike Gravel predicts, adding that Pakistan and China would join in, with the US to follow – and that is a ready scenario for a nuclear WWIII.

The US is like a drunkard who charges to war with anyone who might pose a threat, ex-Senator and former US presidential candidate Mike Gravel says.
‘I like the US. But at the same time I think my country is an imperial country that is going downhill, and our leadership does not even acknowledge the problem,’ confesses Gravel.

‘Phony triumphalism has turned into a device to make Americans live in fear of a terrorist attack, yet you are a thousand times more likely to catch cancer than ever be hurt by that,’ he points out.

‘All I can say about what the US is doing – it‘s immoral,’ Gravel says, explaining that ‘as a result of 9/11, we have altered our moral compass. And people began to get used to brutalizing each other.’

‘We Americans used to think ‘oh, what happened in Germany could never happen with us!’ Well, it is happening with us. And it is happening to the detriment of our global position.’

‘In Afghanistan, in Iraq and in Vietnam at the era, all American soldiers died in vain,’ Gravel claims, recalling the millions of war victims in Vietnam, which is now developing along its own path, regardless.

New American policies enable US military or security officials to take a decision and dispatch a drone to kill a suspect without trial – together with all civilians who happen to be close to the target, Gravel says.

‘The morality of that is removing responsibility – those who drop bombs [from remotely operated robot drones] do not see people die,’ he says.

‘We have not matched the progress in the private sector of technology and science with the ability to govern ourselves in a proper fashion. We do not have a democracy. We have a system of representative governments worldwide, and that is not good enough for people to govern themselves in the 21st century,’ argues the former Senator.

‘I like the US. But at the same time I think my country is an imperial country that is going downhill, and our leadership does not even acknowledge the problem,’ confesses Gravel.

‘Phony triumphalism has turned into a device to make Americans live in fear of a terrorist attack, yet you are a thousand times more likely to catch cancer than ever be hurt by that,’ he points out.

‘All I can say about what the US is doing – it‘s immoral,’ Gravel says, explaining that ‘as a result of 9/11, we have altered our moral compass. And people began to get used to brutalizing each other.’

‘We Americans used to think ‘oh, what happened in Germany could never happen with us!’ Well, it is happening with us. And it is happening to the detriment of our global position.’

‘In Afghanistan, in Iraq and in Vietnam at the era, all American soldiers died in vain,’ Gravel claims, recalling the millions of war victims in Vietnam, which is now developing along its own path, regardless.

New American policies enable US military or security officials to take a decision and dispatch a drone to kill a suspect without trial – together with all civilians who happen to be close to the target, Gravel says.

‘The morality of that is removing responsibility – those who drop bombs [from remotely operated robot drones] do not see people die,’ he says.

‘We have not matched the progress in the private sector of technology and science with the ability to govern ourselves in a proper fashion. We do not have a democracy. We have a system of representative governments worldwide, and that is not good enough for people to govern themselves in the XXI century,’ argues the former Senator.

President Barack Obama is ‘guilty of crimes against humanity after the operation in Libya and the continuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq’ – and Mike Gravel has got proof.

‘He [Obama] was asked whether or not there would be a possibility that we begin an investigation of the invasion in Iraq by George Bush – which was an absolute crime. What was Barack Obama’s response? ‘We don’t look back’. That means we do not want you, the American citizens, to see what happened, because you may turn around and accuse us of the same thing,’ Mike Gravel says, ‘it’s even worth than that. It is not an accusation. He has been doing exactly the same thing as George Bush did.’

‘Most people are unaware of the fact that over the last year, the Obama administration chased out of the United States…over 500,000 people. If we had a media that is all honest – this would have been front page and hotly discussed,’ he reveals.

‘Obama is raising a billion dollars for his re-election campaign, and he has made a statement which demonstrates what respect he has for the people. He made the statement ‘We’re not going to take any money from special interests’. I tell you – the billion dollars come from special interests,’ ex-Senator Gravel accuses.

He believes beating the drums about attacking Iran is very dangerous and marks the irresponsibility of the Israeli leadership.

‘I’m not saying anything new – Sarkozy says Netanyahu is a liar – so in my humble status as a private citizen – I tell you Netanyahu is a liar, because he has made statements about Iran that are absolutely ridiculous – all this to create fear among people in Israel.’

Mike Gravel recalled the Bush-created syndrome of ‘bunker mentality’ that rules people with fear.

‘Iran is neither Syria nor Lebanon. Iran is a proud nation and they have missile capabilities – not nuclear-capable – that can rain down on Tel Aviv. I can tell you: if they are attacked – they would attack back. And [because] Israel is so vulnerable and so small that it [Israel] would retaliate with nukes – because they cannot suffer to be destroyed,’ Mike Gravel predicts, adding that Pakistan and China would join in, with the US to follow – and that is a ready scenario for a nuclear WWIII.

‘The best way to solve the problem with Iran is to leave it alone to build a democracy of its own.’

Asked about the power of corporations said to ‘own the government’, Mike Gravel pointed out that corporations are designed to be responsible only to their shareholders, not to the government or the people.

‘Corporations need to be regulated, they are not democracies,’ he says. ‘In fact corporations have no morality and no memory – they are just designed to make money. They should not be in command of society – which they are, worldwide, today.’

‘That has to change, because this is going to lead to the destruction of our planet,’ insists Gravel. ‘Irresponsible corporate activity must be controlled.’

‘People are free if they participate in power. I know of no country in the world today where the people are really free,’ he concluded.

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NATO Command Uses Asian, African War Experience For 21st Century Global Missions

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=66205

U.S. Department of Defense
November 22, 2011

NATO Command Pushes Alliance into New Fields, Capabilities
By Jim Garamone

-The command is a focal point for many aspects of the alliance. Being in the United States, it can tap into U.S. capabilities while also representing NATO’s other 27 nations to the American military.
-‘Everyone is talking already about the experience of Libya. We know what we need to do better. Now how do we do better?’
-Allied Command Transformation also is involved in cyber defense, another new mission to grow out of the Lisbon summit. The issue is not new to NATO…The command is working on specific initiatives for approval by heads of state and government at NATO’s Chicago summit in May.

WASHINGTON: NATO’s Allied Command Transformation is helping the alliance adjust to new strategies, new constraints and new ideas, the command’s top officer said here today.

Gen. Stephane Abrial of the French air force leads the Norfolk, Va.-based command as it sorts through the lessons learned from Operation Unified Protector over Libya, and as a result of NATO operations in Afghanistan.

‘We are working in support of current operations, preparing forces of the alliance nations to meet the challenges of tomorrow and the day after, and we are also working on partnerships and outreach,’ he said during a news conference with Pentagon reporters.

The command has three main pillars: strategic thinking, capability development and training, the general explained. All this is fed by the lessons learned processes now in place.

The command is a focal point for many aspects of the alliance. Being in the United States, it can tap into U.S. capabilities while also representing NATO’s other 27 nations to the American military.

The command is implementing the decisions made during the alliance’s summit last year in Lisbon, Portugal, and is working to implement ‘smart defense,’ a strategy NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced in February.

The command is working on priorities, cooperation and specialization, Abrial said. It prioritizes the capabilities needed and recommends where the alliance needs to invest. Cooperation is simple: how to better do things together. Specialization means looking at specific strengths nations have and seeing how to develop those strengths and make them available for the whole alliance.

Training is a good example for smart defense, the general said.

Smart defense also is looking at intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets, – including drones – and sharing of the information these assets provide. ‘How do we improve our capabilities?’ he said.

‘Everyone is talking already about the experience of Libya. We know what we need to do better. Now how do we do better?’

The command has a series of projects addressing these and other aspects, so long as the nations are willing to cooperate and fund them, the general said.

Allied Command Transformation also is involved in cyber defense, another new mission to grow out of the Lisbon summit. The issue is not new to NATO…

‘We had developed the concept and a center of excellence in Tallinn, Estonia,’ he said. ‘Now it is an official NATO mission, and we need to develop the capabilities in accordance. We work on increasing the capabilities for the center of excellence, we work on training and the capabilities that need to be developed.’

The command is working on specific initiatives for approval by heads of state and government at NATO’s Chicago summit in May.

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U.S. State Department Sets Up ‘Conflict and Stabilization Operations’ Bureau

http://en.rian.ru/world/20111123/168955051.html

Russian Information Agency Novosti
November 23, 2011

U.S. State Department establishes conflict operations bureau

WASHINGTON: The U.S. State Department on Tuesday established a new Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).

The bureau, to subsume the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS), will focus on conflict prevention, crisis response, and stabilization activities, the department said in a press release.
The new structure will advance U.S. national security by driving ‘integrated, civilian-led efforts to prevent, respond to, and stabilize crises in priority states, setting conditions for long-term peace,’ it said.

The bureau will highlight ‘sustainable solutions guided by local dynamics and actors,’ as well as promote ‘unity of effort, the strategic use of scarce resources, and burden-sharing with international partners.’

‘The bureau’s comprehensive approach will help the State Department anticipate and adapt to the security challenges of the 21st century, while supporting America’s leadership in emerging crises,’ the State Department said.

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Pushing Entire System Of International Relations Into Chaos: Russia Criticizes Western Military Intervention In Troubled Countries

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/11/22/60857564.html

Russian Information Agency Novosti
November 22, 2011

Lavrov slams foreign intervention in troubled countries

       
Foreign intervention cannot be an effective way to address internal problems in troubled countries.

The statement came from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in his speech to university students in Chisinau, Moldova, on Tuesday.

Given the current instability in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now also in Libya, embarking on new interventions would mean pushing individual regions and the entire system of international relations towards chaos.

Sanctions, let alone military operations, lead to a deadlock, Mr. Lavrov said. He emphasized that political and economic reforms should be carried out through broad and peaceful dialogue involving all political and social groups.

The same applies to Syria and other countries of the Middle East or any other region.

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U.S. Non-Compliant With European Arms Treaty

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/11/23/60863401.html

Voice of Russia/Itar-Tass/Russian Information Agency Novosti
November 22, 2011

US in non-compliance with arms treaty

       
The U.S. has ceased to comply with a number of obligations under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe in relation to Russia according to U.S. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland. According to her Washington will resume compliance if Moscow does so as well.

The diplomat stressed that the U.S. would voluntarily notify Russia about changes in its Armed Forces in Europe.

The Treaty provides for the limitation of conventional armaments and equipment, as well as for the exchange of military information.

In 2007, Russia imposed a moratorium on participation in the agreement due to the planned deployment of the U.S. missile defense system in Eastern Europe.

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Georgia’s Mikheil Saakashvili: Call Kosovo’s Hashim Thaci

http://en.rian.ru/world/20111122/168948407.html

Russian Information Agency Novosti
November 22, 2011

Saakashvili ready to donate his organs for Georgian integrity

TBILISI: Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday said he was ready to donate to Russian politicians any part of his body to restore Georgian integrity.

‘I am ready to send any part of my body with great pleasure so that they [Russian politicians] return at least a part of our territories,’ Saakashvili said, adding that he would take back as many territories as he has organs.

The former Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia broke away from Georgia in the early 1990s. Georgian forces attempted to bring South Ossetia back under central control in August 2008, but were repelled by the Russian military in what is called the 5-day Russia-Georgian war.

Saakashvili has already amused world media when he was caught by cameras nervously chewing his necktie during the days of the 2008 conflict. He was then called mentally-ill.

After the tie-chewing video, a group of foreign psychologists unveiled a document which says that the Georgian president had ‘a strong paranoid disorder in hysteroid personality type with a narcissistic complex.’

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