Russia Establishes Expert Group to Help Investigate Flight MH 17 Crash in Ukraine

Works at Malaysian Boeing 777 Crash Site

Works at Malaysian Boeing 777 Crash Site

 

Topic: Malaysia Airlines Boeing Crashes in Ukraine

MOSCOW, July 27 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Transport Ministry has formed an expert team, headed by the deputy head of Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya), to participate in the investigation of the Malaysian Boeing 777 crash in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, the press service of the ministry reported on Sunday.

“A group of experts has been formed. They will participate in the investigation of the crash of a Malaysian Boeing 777, which happened on the territory of Ukraine on July 17, 2014. It has been headed by Oleg Storchevoy, the deputy head of Rosaviatsiya,” the statement said.

Earlier, the head of Rosaviatsiya Alexander Neradko said the department was ready to provide all available information to the commission, which is investigating the flight MH 17 crash, as well as to send its experts to investigate the circumstances of the tragedy.

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed near Donetsk on July 17. All 296 people on board died.

Ukrainian authorities claim the plane was shot down by independence supporters, whereas the latter say they do not have necessary equipment to hit a target flying this high.

The West suggests the conditions for the downing of the plane were created by Russia as it allegedly supplied independence supporters in Ukraine’s east with weapons.

Moscow has repeatedly warned against making hasty conclusions and politicized statements related to the crash and called for an impartial investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

US Indirectly Admits Ukraine’s Missile Systems Present near Donetsk when MH17 Crashed

BUK-M1 air defense system

BUK-M1 air defense system

 

Topic: Malaysia Airlines Boeing Crashes in Ukraine

MOSCOW, July 27 (RIA Novosti) – The United States has indirectly admitted that Kiev’s air defense systems were present near Donetsk when the Malaysia Airlines plane crashed, thus confirming the data of Russian satellites, a senior source in the Russian Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti on Sunday.

“In his statement, the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest implicitly acknowledged that Ukraine’s air defense systems had been present in the Donetsk area, although he claimed they had not been operating,” the source said, commenting on Earnest’s words that the missile that hit the flight MH17 was launched from the area controlled by the militia.

The source stressed that the United States thus confirmed the authenticity of the data, provided by the images from Russian satellites at a special briefing of the Russian Defense Ministry on July 21. It was stated during that briefing that Ukraine’s air defense forces had four Buk-M1 missile systems near the city of Donetsk.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 killing all 298 people on board.

Kiev authorities accuse independence supporters of downing the plane whereas local militia leaders insist they do not have the necessary technology to shoot down a target flying at an altitude of 32,000 feet.

On Friday, a source from one of the Ukrainian defense departments told RIA Novosti that a system mix up during a Ukrainian air defense units’ rocket launch exercise could be the cause of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash.

More Sanctions Against the U.S. – Russia Chechen Leader to Impose Entry Ban on President Obama and EU Officials

Head of Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov

Head of Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov

 

GROZNY, July 26 (RIA Novosti) – Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is planning to compile his own sanctions list and impose an entry ban on those included in it, a statement on Kadyrov’s Instagram said on Saturday.

“Today I have made a decision to compile my own sanctions list, which includes US President Barack Obama, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman van Rompuy, the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and European Parliament President Martin Schulz,” the statement reads.

Kadyrov added that he ordered to “freeze their bank accounts and any other assets. Starting from July, 27 the politicians will be denied entry to the Chechen Republic.”

The measure comes in response to recent sanctions announced by the European Union against a number of high-ranking Russian officials accused of undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Apart from Kadyrov, the EU blacklist includes Russian Federal Security Service chief Aleksander Bortnikov, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service Mikhail Fradkov.

 

New EU Sanctions Against Russia Look Mild So Far – By Ria Novosti

US and EU Flags

US and EU Flags

 

New EU Sanctions Against Russia Look Mild So Far – Experts

MOSCOW, July 26 (RIA Novosti) – The recent sanctions by the European Union targeting mostly Russian security officials will hardly hit Russia, the measures look mild so far and are largely a mere showcase, a number of experts told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

The European Union extended earlier on Saturday sanctions against another 15 Russian officials, as well as the representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics. The blacklist included in particular Russian Federal Security Service chief Aleksander Bortnikov, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service Mikhail Fradkova and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Sanctions were also imposed against a number of Crimean entities.

Earlier on Saturday, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said that the Commission had adopted legislative proposals on sectoral sanctions against Russia targeting capital markets, defense, dual use goods, and sensitive technologies, including in the energy sector.

The proposals are due to be discussed by the EU member states on July 29.

According to an expert of the Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies, Alexei Zudin, Europe has simply expanded sanctions against certain people and not moved to sectoral sanctions.

“They follow the course they have chosen from the very beginning. Similar sanctions, as it was previously noted by many experts, cannot seriously hurt Russia,” Zudin stressed.

Political analyst Pavel Svyatenkov believes that the EU sanctions are relatively mild so far.

“These sanctions are relatively mild so far, if we may use such terms in regards to sanctions, because the measures target only high-ranking officials, which seems quite unpleasant but still bearable. Currently the sanctions are mild and it looks like Europe has no intention to have a row with Russia,” the expert said.

Political analyst Nikolai Mironov told RIA Novosti that the EU sanctions are largely of a moral and political nature and are aimed to stress that the European Union holds Russia accountable for the actions by independence supporters in Ukraine.

“We know that [the EU] has been considering suspending investments in Russia. But still we see only some targeted sanctions, which in this case are purely moral and political and I think it bears evidence of a certain concession to the United States, which does not undermine economic relations between Russia and Europe,” Mironov elaborated.

 

 

 

One in Two Germans Backs Harsher Sanctions Against Russia – Poll

BERLIN, July 28 (RIA Novosti) – More than 50 percent of Germans would back tougher sanctions against Russia even if they meant a loss of “many jobs” and a slowdown in the nation’s economic growth, according to a telephone opinion poll published by German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel. “For the majority of Germans who took part in the opinion poll economic interests of their country took a backseat to tougher sanctions,” the report, published Sunday, said. According to the poll, 52 percent of respondents would back harsher sanctions against Russia following the alleged downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane over Ukraine on July 17. Thirty-nine percent of those polled said they wanted public opinion at home to be measured before approving further sanctions. Some 40 percent said they trusted the government to act on Russia as it saw fit, while 54 percent spoke against Berlin deciding this step on its own. Market research company TNS-Infratest conducted the survey among 1,000 citizens between July 23 and 24 on behalf of the magazine. The European Union is discussing new, sector-wide sanctions against the Russian economy, with curbs to be placed on Russia’s access to European financial markets, trade in military equipment and energy technologies, as well as on exports of goods to Russia that could be used for military purposes. European Council President Herman van Rompuy published an open letter Saturday urging these steps. Last week, German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) chief Martin Wansleben told a local newspaper that the existing sanctions against Moscow “have already negatively affected economic relations between Russia and Germany.” “Further sanctions targeting entire sectors of the economy are not a justified tool to solve the political conflict," Wansleben said. “Russia is among the Germany’s top-10 trade partners. 300,000 jobs in Germany depend on the export of German goods to Russia. Moreover, Russia is Germany’s major supplier of oil and gas, accounting for 35 percent of the deliveries,” he stressed. The Russian Foreign Ministry previously called the “language of sanctions” counterproductive and said these measures would have a boomerang effect on European economies.

Flags of Russia, Germany and the European Union

 

Published by Ria Novosti

Topic: Sanctions Against Russia

 

One in Two Germans Backs Harsher Sanctions Against Russia – Poll

BERLIN, July 28 (RIA Novosti) – More than 50 percent of Germans would back tougher sanctions against Russia even if they meant a loss of “many jobs” and a slowdown in the nation’s economic growth, according to a telephone opinion poll published by German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel.

“For the majority of Germans who took part in the opinion poll economic interests of their country took a backseat to tougher sanctions,” the report, published Sunday, said.

According to the poll, 52 percent of respondents would back harsher sanctions against Russia following the alleged downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane over Ukraine on July 17.

Thirty-nine percent of those polled said they wanted public opinion at home to be measured before approving further sanctions. Some 40 percent said they trusted the government to act on Russia as it saw fit, while 54 percent spoke against Berlin deciding this step on its own.

Market research company TNS-Infratest conducted the survey among 1,000 citizens between July 23 and 24 on behalf of the magazine.

The European Union is discussing new, sector-wide sanctions against the Russian economy, with curbs to be placed on Russia’s access to European financial markets, trade in military equipment and energy technologies, as well as on exports of goods to Russia that could be used for military purposes. European Council President Herman van Rompuy published an open letter Saturday urging these steps.

Last week, German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) chief Martin Wansleben told a local newspaper that the existing sanctions against Moscow “have already negatively affected economic relations between Russia and Germany.”

“Further sanctions targeting entire sectors of the economy are not a justified tool to solve the political conflict,” Wansleben said.

“Russia is among the Germany’s top-10 trade partners. 300,000 jobs in Germany depend on the export of German goods to Russia. Moreover, Russia is Germany’s major supplier of oil and gas, accounting for 35 percent of the deliveries,” he stressed.

The Russian Foreign Ministry previously called the “language of sanctions” counterproductive and said these measures would have a boomerang effect on European economies.

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Meanwhile in the United States, Washington stopped short of directly blaming Russia for the Malaysia commercial jet’s destruction, most likely because they don’t have evidence to show that Russia or the Pro-Federalization fighters did it.  Obama’s obsession with Russia/Putin has made the American president to look for another excuse to accuse Russia’s President Vladimir Putin of  arming of rebels in Ukraine and called for an immediate ceasefire. The Obama Administration, however, has never admitted the U.S. led a “regime change” in Ukraine to oust a president elected by the Ukrainians, and that supports the Neo-Nazis in the current un-elected interim government in Kiev, has never condemned the Odessa Massacre of civilians by the fascist Right Sector, or the air strikes by the Ukranian military killing thousands of civilians, including women, children, and elderly people, making President Obama a complicit in crimes against humanity.

Israel’s use of “made-in-the-USA” death machines over the skies and on the ground of Gaza are raining hellfire on its civilian population, especially its women, children, and elders.  The Obama Administration hasn’t condemned the atrocities committed by Israel in Gaza –  but it has repeated ad hominen “Israel has the right to defend itself”

Brian Jones: It Was Murder

Bryan Jones

Bryan Jones

 

Killing of the Rolling Stones guitarist was covered up by his minder, claims new book.

 

THE ROLLING STONES’ BRIAN JONES was killed by builders working at his house in East Sussex, who escaped the attentions of the police after the band’s minder, Tom Keylock, orchestrated a cover-up, claims a book published on the 45th anniversary of the guitarist’s death.

The updated edition of Brian Jones: Who Killed Christopher Robin? also links Jones’ death to the attempted murder three weeks later of Joan Fitzsimons, an alleged witness to the crime.

“There was a cover-up. It’s not a crackpot theory, it’s what happened.”

Terry Rawlings

“[Brian Jones] was definitely murdered and there was a cover-up,” asserts the book’s author Terry Rawlings in the new issue of MOJO, on sale in the UK on July 29. “It’s not a crackpot theory, it’s what happened.”

Mystery has always surrounded the death of the guitarist, who drowned in the swimming pool at his Cotchford Farm country home on July 2, 1969, a month after he was sacked from the Rolling Stones. Jones had become isolated from the other band members, drinking and drugging to excess.

Several of Rawlings’ revelations follow the death in July 2009 of Tom Keylock, the band’s driver/minder, who admitted to the author in a videotaped interview a year before he passed away that he was, indeed, present at Cotchford Farm at the time Jones died. Previously he’d maintained that he had left the property earlier that evening to collect a guitar for Keith Richards.

The book – the original 1994 edition of which first identified builder Frank Thorogood as the primary murder suspect – also sheds more light on who was at Jones’ home on the day he died, and how police failed to act on information that could have brought his alleged killers to justice.

Read more in Mojo interview with Terry Rawlings in the 250th Edition of MOJO magazine, out in the UK now.

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