Speeches and Statements

“Vatnik” – to the Ukrainians. Why would we liberate YOU?

Note: “vatnik” is a derogatory term used in today’s Ukraine to describe people in Donbass and other South-Eastern regions as well as anybody supportive of the ‘Russian World”. The word ‘vatnik” means an overcoat padded with cotton (“vata”) habitually worn by agriculture and construction workers in early and mid Soviet times. It is quite warm but hardly fashionable. The reference is to the supposedly primitive nature of the people that

General Konashenkov: Russia will take down any unidentified flying objects in Syria

    Oct 6, 2016 Press briefing of the Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesperson Major-General Igor Konashenkov ‘S-300, S-400 air defenses in place’: Russian MoD warns US-led coalition not to strike Syrian army Video credit Russian MoD Greetings dear colleagues. Some respectable Western media outlets reported about the leaks from the White House briefings discussing possible air strikes against Syrian Army. History tells us that often this kind of “leaks” happen

Vladimir Putin addressed State Duma October 5th, 2016

The President spoke at the first meeting of the State Duma of the seventh convocation. October 5th, 2016   President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Members of the State Duma, friends, It gives me great pleasure to welcome you and congratulate you on the opening of the seventh convocation of the State Duma. Today in this hall, we have representatives of all the 85 Russian regions, including those elected in Crimea and Sevastopol. Our citizens have entrusted you with the distinguished title of a Parliament Member. The election campaign was transparent and the competition was honest. The results demonstrate the will and choice

Annual address of President to Verkhovna Rada “On Internal and External Situation of Ukraine in 2016”

Fellow Ukrainians! Dear people’s deputies! Dear Ukrainian Government! First of all, I would like to congratulate everyone once again on the 25th anniversary of restoration of our state independence. Yes, it is true that the parliament is made up from the ruling faction and the opposition. This is the inviolable and important feature of democracy. But sometimes there are moments when one should forget at least for a second who

Iran’s Leader issues message on 2016 Hajj pilgrimage

(Saker note: note the *very* harsh words of Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei against the Saudi Wahabis) In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most MercifulAnd all praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and Allah’s greetings be upon our Master, Muhammad (PBUH), and upon his Immaculate Household and chosen companions and upon those who follow them rightfully until the Day of Judgment. Muslim brethren and sisters

Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok Russia September 3rd, 2016

Vladimir Putin took part in the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum. This year, representatives of 35 countries applied to attend the forum. In total, delegations from 56 countries are taking part. September 3, 2016 08:20 Russky Island     Images from the Eastern Economic Forum   The Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) was established by a Presidential Executive Order in 2015 to promote the accelerated economic development of the Russian Far East and the expansion of international cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Statements of the Russian Ministry of Defense on a major readiness exercise

Statements of the Russian Ministry of Defense: Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu has declared the start of an unannounced combat readiness inspection of the Central, Southern and Western MD  troops. Upon the decision of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces, the troops of the Southern MD, separate formations and units of the Western and Central Military Districts, the Northern Fleet, the Aerospace Forces, the

STATEMENT BY THE FOREIGN MINISTRY OF RUSSIA on terror attacks in Crimea

STATEMENT BY THE FOREIGN MINISTRY OF RUSSIA August 11, 2016 Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has disrupted a plot to carry out terrorist attacks in the Republic of Crimea. The attacks, planned by the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s Chief Intelligence Directorate, targeted critical infrastructure and facilities in Crimea. Russia’s intelligence services take the view that these planned acts of sabotage and terrorism were intended to destabilise the socio-political situation in the

Putin, Erdogan hold joint press conference in St. Petersburg (FULL VIDEO)

Putin, Erdogan hold joint press conference in St. Petersburg (FULL VIDEO)   Streamed live Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, are holding a joint news conference in St. Petersburg following their meeting. Items for discussion on the agenda were expected to include economic projects and the settlement of the Syrian crisis. Erdogan is on his first foreign visit since the attempted military coup in Turkey.

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