Russia may convene extraordinary UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine If violence in Ukraine’s southeast does not stop, Russia will convene an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, said during a special program with Vladimir Solovyov on the Rossiya-1 TV channel, Itar-Tass reports.
If Kiev started using army, it's serious crime against its people - Putin If Kiev has actually started using its army in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, then that is a serious crime against its own people, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, Voice of Russia correspondent Svetlana Kalmykova reports. "If today's regime in Kiev has actually begun using its army against civilians within the country, then that, without a doubt, is a serious crime against its people," Putin said during a MediaForum in St. Petersburg.
Humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees not enough, system approach needed - Lavrov Humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon will not solve the problem, a system approach is needed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil on Thursday, April 24. "We are convinced that humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, whose number keeps growing, will not solve the problem by itself. There are international norms and standards for the treatment of refugees and displaced persons. It is also necessary to take into account the specific features of the country to which refugees are heading," Lavrov said.
Russia rejects Washington's claims on Crimea as groundless Moscow is ready to participate in sincere dialogue with the US on Ukraine, but rejects Washington's "groundless and unsubstantiated claims" on Crimea, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday. "We are open to a sincere dialogue, but we reject the groundless and unsubstantiated claims having as unique aim the presentation of the situation in Crimea in a distorted way. Similar methods, by the way, are applied to show, at all costs, a a?Russian trace' in the protests of the desperate people in southeastern Ukraine," the ministry said.
Economic sanctions may benefit Russia by helping de-offshorize its economy and create better conditions for doing business inside the country, President Vladimir Putin said. "Many people who take their savings and business to low-tax areas are already thinking whether it would be better to carry out all of their economic activities, including registration, at home," the president said at the Media Forum on Thursday, April 24.
Crisis actors, smoke bombs, fake blood and literal "smoke and mirrors" were all part of what was the false flag terrorist attack called the Boston Marathon Bombing. To anyone who saw the pictures and footage of fake blood, make- up artists and smiling “victims”. It was obvious that something was not right. For those involved in filmmaking and in the know the discrepancies were obvious. We spoke to famous Hollywood filmmaker, producer and director Nathan Folks about why he is certain the Boston Marathon Bombing was a false flag terrorist attack.
"People in Slavyansk are not going to surrender because absolute majority of defenders are the locals. The coverage is completely one-sided. It is certainly portrayed as some anti-terrorist operation by the Ukrainian government. Donetsk situation has been much more peaceful. People are more open to a dialogue, even though the people have gone and captured the buildings, the have not burnt anyone. In Kiev we saw a lot of murders, we saw a lot of shootings at both sides. Nothing like this happened in Donetsk," Dennis Schedrivy, one of the many people supporting the protests and attending demonstrations in Slavyansk, told The Voice of Russia.
The US will firmly back Japan in its row over islands with China. That's the message sent by President Barack Obama at his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. "The US is lucky enough to have good economic relations with both China and Japan. But instead of being a mediator between them Obama engaged himself 100% on the side of Japan, said that the US has to protect Japan according to the defense treaties. And in this way he alienated China and pushed it into the arms of Russia right on the eve of President Putin’s visit," political analyst Dmitry Babich told The Voice of Russia.
"In a sense people can be a little bit skeptical about popes being made saints. It is an elaborate type of process and so it is easier to become a saint if you’ve been a pope rather than the mother of 10 children as my mother was. But it is also part of pageantry of the church, it is part of its celebrations of good people who have lived good lives. In that sense it is a festive occasion. I don’t think there is anything more serious than that," Thomas Groome, professor of the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, told The Voice of Russia.
Six top Arizona child welfare employees were fired being responsible for closing about 6,500 abuse and neglect cases without investigations. Charles Flanagan, a head of the state child welfare agency, said that the workers knew that what they were doing was against policy but took measures to keep their actions secret.
In its history, the US more than once imposed sanctions on other countries. Judging by the long list, the US government is satisfied with the effect of such restrictions and intends to use them in the future. However, effectiveness and necessity of sanctions are constantly under discussion and there is no consensus here, as some countries have quite successfully managed to get the limitations round. We now present the list of 20 countries, on which the US has imposed various sanctions.
An unprecedented legal action is taking place in the International Court of Justice at The Hague: the Marshall Islands sued the United States, arguing the global power has violated its legal obligation to dismantle its nuclear arsenal. It should be noted that the Pacific republic was the US nuclear testing range in 1950s: the United States carried out repeated tests of hydrogen and atomic bombs in the islands between 1946 and 1958
Former US NSA contractor Edward Snowden has officially taken up the post of rector at Glasgow University. The fugitive whistleblower couldn’t attend the ceremony in Scotland in person. Earlier, the British authorities barred him from entering the UK. The NSA leaker addressed some 200 university staff and students via a video link from Russia. In his speech, Snowden vowed he would do his best in the new position. Edward Lozansky, President of American University in Moscow, comments.
President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is currently stalled - partially due to a row between the US and Japan over agricultural tariffs. Additionally, the two men agreed to continue deepening security cooperation, and to working through the thorny problem of the US military presence in Okinawa, which is opposed by many locals. Obama's four-nation Asia tour, which wraps up on April 29, comes almost seven months after he cancelled a visit to the region because of a US government shutdown. He is due to visit South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in the coming days. Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World, based in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, comments.
Two pontiffs referred to as ‘the giants of Roman Catholicism in the 20th century’ will become saints on Sunday. The news about the unprecedented double canonization has caused joy and controversy in the 1.2-billion strong Roman Catholic Church. Officials are expecting more than 5 million people to attend the ceremony when Pope Francis elevates two of his predecessors – Pope John XXIII and John Paul II – to sainthood.
Air travel disruption over Europe that lasted for a week, thousands of people stuck in dozens of closed down airports and $2 billion losses for international airlines – in April 2010 the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull was to blame for all those events. It became awake after 200 years of dormancy and threw tons of poisonous volcanic ash ten kilometers up in the atmosphere.
US lawmakers have passed a controversial gun bill that will now allow for people possessing firearms to carry them in public places, such as in schools, churches, and bars. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the "gun everywhere" bill, as those who are against the bill have named it, into law yesterday as he believes it will make Georgia a much safer place to live. "People who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from people who don’t follow the rules," said the Republican governor said, according to Press TV, then he added, "The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. It should reside at the forefronts of our minds."
On April 23, 2014, Moscow hosted Russia's first Bitcoin Conference dedicated to the cyber currency. Bitcoin is likely to become the currency of the future, which will help people carry out financial transactions seamlessly without governmental control, deems CEO of Memory Dealers and Bitcoin Angel Investor Roger Ver. Bitcoin is undoubtedly "a global phenomenon" and everybody who uses money should work with it, he said, cited by RT.
A project to build a new super-heavy carrier rocket was included into the draft new Federal Space Program (FSP) Roscosmos chief Oleg Ostapenko said on Thursday. "A [super] heavy carrier rocket was included into the new FSP. Work is still under way, with the first stage envisaging the construction of a rocket capable of lifting from 70 to 80 metric tons," Ostapenko said, adding that such rockets would be enough for projects scheduled for the next 20 or 30 years.
The tenth anniversary St. George's Ribbon national event, uniting millions of people in many countries, starts on April 24. This year the event will be run jointly by the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency and the Student Community with the support of over 100 media outlets all over the world.