Speeches, Statements and Interviews

‘Yukos judgment marks true divorce between Russia and the West’

RT reports: The decision by the International Arbitration Court in the Netherlands is a political one and there is no mechanism that I am aware of for enforcing Russia to make the $50bn payment, energy asset manager Eric Kraus told RT. RT: The International Arbitration Court in the Netherlands has ended a decade long case against Russia brought by shareholders in the defunct Yukos oil company. Why after so many

Part II – Press-Conference of Igor Strelkov and Alexander Borodai, Donetsk, July 10, 2014 (UPDATED with video!)

Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov(Note: Rough Translation; Subject to Change) Video: Part II of Press-Conference of I. Strelkov and A. Borodai, Donetsk, July 10, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we8K1-dpyNU “Believe it or Not” or Truth and Rumours About Igor Strelkov Igor Strelkov: (cont’d from Part I) … all the light arms and a portion of our armour and heavy weaponry, such as artillery, were taken out of the city and are currently

Press-Conference of Alexander Borodai and Igor Strelkov, July 10, 2014

Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov(Note: Rough Translation; Subject to Change) Video: Press-Conference of Alexander Borodai and Igor Stelkov, Donetsk, July 10, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08KdvFpz-84 Introduction from Alexander Borodai Alexander Borodai: Yes, we can commence. Hello, friends! Today’s press-conference, or a briefing, it does not matter what you call it, for me, and I believe for both of us, is a particularly happy occasion because it is conducted with a new

Interview with Igor Strelkov, First Republican Channel (DPR), July 8, 2014

Video: Interview with Igor Strelkov, July 8, 2014translation by Gleb Bazov(three possible sources showing the same video)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0kqTrTjc1c https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU30wrLrX-Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfmjjR1Y04A Host: Good day, today, in the studio of our First Republican television channel, we welcome, for the purpose of making an address to the citizens of DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic], the Minister of Defence and the Chairman of the Security Council, Igor Ivanovich Strelkov … Igor Strelkov: Good day. Host: And the

Video: Urgent Appeal by Igor Strelkov, July 3, 2014 (incl. transcript)

Good day. I would like to make a short statement with respect to what is happening around Slavyansk. With respect to what is happening here. And, well, make an appeal, if you will. Yesterday, the enemy completely surrounded Nikolayevka. The enemy shelled the city in the fiercest possible way, using all types of weapons. Using heavy MLRS systems, howitzers, mortars, tanks, APCs. The destruction is enormous. It is simply impossible

Joint Declaration by the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany

Pressemitteilung: Joint Declaration by the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany 02.07.2014 The Foreign Ministers of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine strongly reconfirm their commitment to sustainable peace and stability in Ukraine. In this context they stress the necessity of a sustainable ceasefire, to be agreed upon swiftly and to be observed by all concerned, thus putting an end to violence in Eastern Ukraine. Ministers urge that the

Strelkov Interview & Statement

Strelkov & Militia Briefings, June 27, 2014 Combined for June 27, 2014Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov Report on the OSCE Mission Visit to Slavyansk, June 27, 2014 Original: Strelkov Info On June 26, 2014, OSCE personnel visited and inspected the ruins of Slavyansk. Pursuant to the attendance, [OSCE] will prepare a report, which will be provided to Kiev. According to a member of the OSCE monitoring group, Victor Likhachev:

Interesting interview of Alexander Borodai, the Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic

Tonight the Russian TV showed a rather interesting live interview of Alexander Borodai, the Prime Minister of the self-declared “Donetsk People’s Republic”.  Alexander Borodai interviewed while protected by his anti-sniper team Here is a summary of his statements: There are no combats inside Donetsk proper. The DPR forces fully control all of the city. The Right Sector fully controls the airport. The junta’s air force make regular overflights of the

Speech of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah commemorating the Day of Resistance and Liberation held in the Southern village of Bint Jbeil on May 25th, 2014

Foreword by the Saker: those of you who are new to this blog might not know it, but in the past I have always posted the translated speeches of the Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah for two reasons: first, I have an infinite respect and admiration for the man himself and for his movement, but also because I believe that being exposed to his views is absolutely mandatory for anybody

Full text of the appeal of the commander of the militia of Donetsk People`s Republic Igor Strelkov (UPDATED WITH 2nd translation!)

(Huge thanks to “CG” who found this text here.  The Saker) “Citizens of Donetsk People`s Republic, I address you with a quest. It`s the quest to protect your Motherland, your homes, your families, your people. I have to ask you to do the thing which by all human standards is not required to ask. As it was always an honor in Russia to protect your Motherland and your freedom. This

Foreign Minister Lavrov interviewed by Bloomberg

I really admire Sergei Lavrov for many things, but listening to this (otherwise interesting) interview, I marvel at his patience with this constantly interrupting “yapping-dog-style” Bloomberg journalist. I just could not have had that kind of patience. I would have smashed my fist in the face of this arrogant jerk ten minutes into the interview. Good thing I am just a blogger and not a diplomat I guess :-) Anyway,

*Very* interesting reply of Putin during yesterday’s Q&A

Yesterday Putin had a four hour long Q&A on Russian TV.  I will not post it here, but one reply by Putin is really interesting.  See for yourself:Q: MARIA SITTEL: More from anxious pensioners. “If the West refuses to purchase gas from Russia, how will that affect people’s well-being, especially that of pensioners?” – Lyudmila Budarina, Tambov Region. A: VLADIMIR PUTIN: I have to say that oil and gas revenues

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