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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

Lavrov press conference in Geneva after agreement with USA (with link to Kerry’s press conference)

Important:make sure to also listen to the press conference by John Kerry gave in another room (to signal that the US and Russia are really enemies I suppose) at the same time.  Click here to listen to it.  The video is choppy and “jumps”, blame the US State Department or YouTube, not me.  If I get a clean one I will post a link to it here below.

Excellent statement of Russia’s rep at the UNSC (dubbed in English) (UPDATED with transcript)

TRANSCRIPT: (thanks to “OP”!!) (After Ukrainian representative’s statement) Thank you, Ms. Chairman. Today many words, many statements were sounded but the first impression I would like to share with my colleagues is that they do not look at the watch. Now it is a half past nine p.m. and it means that it is about a half to four a.m. now in Ukraine. In a couple of hours, the morning

Exclusive translation of the statement of Alexei Pushkov, head of the foreign affairs committee of Russia’s lower house of parliament

Today is a good day for me, following “FR”‘s translation of the Open Letter to Putin from German into English, I have just received the translation from Russian into English of what I consider a truly historical statement made by Alexei Pushkov, head of the foreign affairs committee of Russia’s lower house of parliament to the press corps (which, of course, never bothered translating a word of it) following the

Putin “This will take more than handing out pies at the Maidan, that’s all not enough to keep the Ukrainian economy from slipping into total chaos”

Official publication of the Kremlin’s press service: (red color added to the funniest parts by me, the Saker) Meeting with Security Council members April 11, 2014, 17:00 Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow Region Vladimir Putin held a briefing session with permanent members of the Security Council. Taking part in the meeting were Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office

Absolutely *fantastic* statement by Alexei Pushkov about the PACE

This statement is nothing short of *fantastic*.If anybody has a transcript in English, please send it to me, I would love to post it here.  A subtitled video would even be better.I think that what Pushkov said was nothing short of history: he fully unmasked the phenomenal hypocrisy of the EU.For those who understand Russian – please see for yourself.The Saker

President Vladimir Putin’s letter to leaders of European countries. Full text

ITAR-TASS reports:  President Vladimir Putin’s letter to leaders of European countries. Full text Ukraine’s economy in the past several months has been plummeting. Its industrial and construction sectors have also been declining sharply. Its budget deficit is mounting. The condition of its currency system is becoming more and more deplorable. The negative trade balance is accompanied by the flight of capital from the country. Ukraine’s economy is steadfastly heading towards a

Sergei Lavrov: It’s not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine

by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for The GuardianThe west has been needlessly whipping up tension – if we don’t co-operate soon, chaos may take hold The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. Among them

A really important interview of Andrei Kostin, President of VTB Bank

Dear friends,Today I am posting a video of what I think is an extremely important interview of Andrei Kostin, the resident and Chairman of the Management Board of powerful Russian VTB Bank (who basically speaks for Russian banking).  At a recent meeting of Russian banker Kostin made the official proposal for Russia to switch from the US Dollar to the Russian Ruble as payment currency for Russian exports.  This proposal

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