China said on Wednesday it would conduct joint naval drills with Russia in the East China Sea off Shanghai in late May, in what it called a bid to deepen military cooperation. China's defense ministry did not give an exact location in the East China Sea, where Beijing is locked in an increasingly bitter dispute with Japan over the ownership of a group of uninhabited islets. "These drills are regular exercises held by China and Russia's navies, and the purpose is to deepen practical cooperation between the two militaries, to raise the ability to jointly deal with maritime security threats," the ministry said on its website. China alarmed Japan, South Korea and the United States last year when it announced an air defense identification zone for the East China Sea, covering the islands.
IMF approved the $17bn tranched loan to Ukraine last night, Gazprom gets paid; Ukraine gets its cash; and the door's wide open for the US and EU to pour more 'controlling influence' into the divided nation... Except there's one thing: IF UKRAINE GOVERNMENT LOSES EFFECTIVE CONTROL OVER EAST OF COUNTRY, $17 BLN IMF BAILOUT WOULD NEED TO BE REDESIGNED Which, roughly translated, appears to mean go to war with pro-Russian forces (and thus Russia itself if Putin sees his apparent countrymen in trouble) or you don't get your money!
Enrique Ferro's insight:
IMF Warns Ukraine: Fight For The East Or No Money: IF UKRAINE GOVERNMENT LOSES EFFECTIVE CONTROL OVER EAST OF COUNTRY, $17 BLN IMF BAILOUT WOULD NEED TO BE REDESIGNED. Which, roughly translated, appears to mean go to war with pro-Russian forces (and thus Russia itself if Putin sees his apparent countrymen in trouble) or you don't get your money!
Ukraine ordered the expulsion of Russia's military attaché, saying it had caught him "red-handed" receiving classified information on the country's cooperation with NATO during an armed uprising Kiev says is directed from Moscow.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber pellets on Thursday to stop May Day protesters, some armed with fire bombs, from defying Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and reaching
Seumas Milne: The attempt to lever Kiev into the western camp by ousting an elected leader made conflict certain. It could be a threat to us all
Enrique Ferro's insight:
The reality is that, after two decades of eastward Nato expansion, this crisis was triggered by the west's attempt to pull Ukraine decisively into its orbit and defence structure, via an explicitly anti-Moscow EU association agreement. Its rejection led to the Maidan protests and the installation of an anti-Russian administration – rejected by half the country – that went on to sign the EU and International Monetary Fund agreements regardless.
Около 3 миллионов человек приняли участие в более чем 3 тысячах первомайских мероприятий в День весны и труда по всей России. Однако демонстрации прошли не только в нашей стране, но и во многих других государствах. Франция, Испания, Великобритания, Греция, Куба — вот далеко не полный список государств, где состоялись манифестации, посвященные труду и весне.
Политические партии и общественные организации по традиции сегодня проводят первомайские демонстрации в различных районах Москвы. Самое многочисленное шествие было организовано в столице Федерацией независимых профсоюзов России. В этом году оно впервые с 1991 года прошло на Красной площади.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow now says that the allied group has been compelled to treat Russia “as more of an enemy than a partner,” according to an Associated Press report published Thursday.
Ukraine's acting President Aleksandr Turchinov has announced he is reinstating a military draft to help deal with the “deteriorating” situation in the country's east and south.
Enrique Ferro's insight:
Ridiculous. The draftees he has now refuse to shoot, and those he means to draft will run away before they are captured for the army. Ukrainians don't want a civil war, and certainly not to die for Turchinov and his usurping cronies. The harder they come the harder they'll fall: the only thing they can do is nothing, or rather accept the federal solution. Otherwise they will accelerate chaos and lose the regions and the Ukrainian integrity. And the best they can do is to avoid listening to their US patrons, they are harbingers of disaster.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concern on Wednesday about militaristic statements from Kiev after acting President Oleksander Turchinov said Ukraine's armed forces were on full
A total of 24 Syrians have registered to run in next month's presidential election, including incumbent President Bashar al-Assad, the Supreme Constitutional Court announced Thursday as the application deadline expired.
В Донецке участники многотысячной демонстрации взяли под контроль здание областной прокуратуры — теперь над ним развевается флаг Донецкой народной республики. Сторонники федерализации заявляют, что прокуратура оставалась единственным органом власти в Донецке, который контролировался киевскими властями.
The Pentagon cannot find a replacement for the Russian rocket engines it buys anytime soon, a senior official has revealed. The import of the engines has for now been banned via a court order lobbied by SpaceX and based on sanctions against Russia.
A preliminary report released by Malaysia’s Transport Ministry reveals that officials didn’t notice for 17 minutes that the missing flight had gone off radar and didn’t activate an official rescue operation until four hours after the disappearance.
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