Monday, December 07, 2009


Israeli settlements

1. On 25 November 2009 Israel made a statement about settlements in the West Bank.

2. Haaretz newspaper then reported that Russia refused an American plan whereby the international quartet (Russia, USA , EU, UN) would:

(A) recognize Israel as a 'Jewish state' and

(B) give Israel the right to annex the major West Bank settlements.

"At the crux of the Russian objections were two points that were very important to the U.S. administration: the Jewish identity of the State of Israel, and that the future border between Israel and the Palestinians would reflect developments on the ground...

"The Russians argued that they did not agree with stating that Israel will be a Jewish State, and that the borders will be altered on the basis of 'developments' on the ground, namely Israeli annexation of the large settlement blocks." (US falls short in bid to gain support for Israel's settlement freeze )

3. On 27 November 2009 Russia assured Iran it would honour a deal to supply Iran with advanced S-300 air-defence missiles. (Russia has assured Iran on missile delivery: diplomat )

4. On 28 November 2009, in Russia, a bomb caused a train crash which killed dozens of people. (Death toll in Russian train crash reaches 26 )

And, More Than a Hundred Died in a Russian Nightclub Fire

Hubris refers us to Niqnaq: who provides further information.


Hubris said...

Found at ,Niqnaq:

11 killed in Russian military plane crash (Nov 7)
Press TV, Nov 7 2009
All 11 crew members of a Russian military plane have been killed after their plane crashed into water during a training exercise. Last Sunday, an Ilyushin transport plane of the Interior Ministry crashed minutes after takeoff in the region of Yakutia, killing all 11 people on board.

Several blasts hit Russian military depot (Nov 14)
Press TV, Nov 14 2009
At least two people have been killed and dozens injured in a series of explosions at a Russian military arsenal in the Volga region town of Ulyanovsk.

Fresh arms depot blast kills eight in Russia (Nov 24)
Press TV, Nov 24 2009
At least eight Russian soldiers have been killed at an ammunition depot blast only ten days after explosions tore through the same site.

Russia ‘will’ deliver S-300 to Iran in 2 months (Nov 27)
Press TV, Nov 27 2009
Tehran’s envoy to Moscow Sajjadi on Friday rejected reports that Russia had pulled out of the S-300 deal. He told reporters in Moscow:

We had heard reports that Russia would not deliver these systems to Iran, but we asked the Russian side and they denied it. The delivery deadline has already passed, but the Russian side has cited technical problems which it said it was working on to fix. We feel that this question will be resolved within one to two months.

He said neither Iran nor Russia planned to “go back” on the contract, which he said was “profitable” for both sides.

Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant Launch on Track (Nov 27)
Iran News Daily, Nov 27 2009
Russia underlined that the nuclear power plant that it is due to build in Iran’s southern city of Bushehr will start operations at the agreed time. All technical problems have been removed and the construction work is progressing according to schedule, Russian Energy Minister Shmatko said on Friday, ahead of a two-day visit to Tehran to participate in a joint inter-governmental commission. He said the fuel for the power plant has been delivered and Russia has begun testing the equipment in place, Press TV reported.

Resolution adopted by IAEA Board of Governors (Nov 27)
IAEA, Nov 27 2009
Urges Iran to comply fully and without delay with its obligations under the resolutions of the Security Council, and to meet the requirements of the Board of Governors, including by suspending immediately construction at Qom.

Nevsky Express train was blown up (Nov 28)
RIA Novosti, Nov 28 2009
The Nevsky Express train bound for St. Petersburg that got derailed Friday evening killing at least 25 people was blown up, a law enforcement source said Saturday.

Peter said...

Strange, the Main streammedia laid the blame for all these "attacks"" on Chechens, Where the obvious culprit is clearlt Israhell.

nobody said...

I don't know if this means anything or not but something that bugs me about all this is the Soviet Union's history of supplying weapons and troops but never enough to actually enable a side to win a battle. Whomever they supplied in the Middle East appeared armed but never in any useful fashion when it came to defending themselves from Israel. You know what I mean? And now we're in amongst talk of delays in supplying various weapons systems. Hmmm....

I'll be REALLY curious to see how this Iran thing goes when it finally kicks off. Callous of me I know...

Hubris said...

Funny you should mention that - I was just reading this, again from NiqNaq

"There is a degree of concern palpable in Tehran. The venerable Shi’ite Source of Emulation, Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi, hit out at Russia and China publicly as rank opportunists. Tacitly referring to the two countries, Shirazi said:

"They are not our friends; they are the friends of their own interests. Wherever their interests lie is where they will be."

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