Russia: Shoigu gets his verbal claws out after UK’s Fallon pokes the bear over Libya

Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu smoothly parried a jibe from UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon from Moscow, Tuesday, bearing his claws with subtly over the British diplomat’s comments about Russia’s involvement in Libya.

Fallon had stated over the weekend that “We don’t need Russia sticking his paws” into the Libyan crisis. Shoigu responded, “They have a lion for their emblem, right? There is an old saying: every lion is a cat, but not every cat is a lion. Let everyone mind their own business. And I do not think that in their zoo there is an animal, which may tell our bear what to do.”

SOT, Unidentified Student, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, (Russian): “Would you comment on the statement by your British colleague Michael Fallon at the Munich Conference on Russia’s actions in Libya. I will quote: “We don’t need the bear sticking his paws in”.”

SOT, Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s Defence Minister, (Russian): “Continuing to speak in relation to animals, they have a lion for their emblem, right? There is an old saying: every lion is a cat, but not every cat is a lion. Let everyone mind their own business. And I do not think that in their zoo there is an animal, which may tell our bear what to do.”

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Russia: Lavrov welcomes Armenian FM Nalbandyan to Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov welcomed his Armenian counterpart Eduard Nalbandyan in Moscow, Wednesday, for bilateral talks and the official opening of an exhibition dedicated to 25 years of diplomatic relations between Russia and Armenia.

SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): “At the exhibition opening dedicated to 25 years of diplomatic relations between Russia and Armenia, we have just stressed the importance of our relations, our friendly cooperation and strategic partnership. We have a good opportunity to discuss all aspects of our relations which are essential for our bilateral cooperation. I hope that we will also focus on strengthening our cooperation in international organisations. I’m very happy to see you, and welcome.”

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Russia: ‘Cowardly’ Kiev has no “stomach” to resume war in E. Ukraine – Yanukovych

Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych doubted official Kiev’s ability to resume its involvement in the conflict in the Donetsk region due to international determination to halt the violence. Yanukovych was speaking to Russian and Ukrainian journalists in Moscow on Tuesday, on the third anniversary of the toppling of his presidency, after which he fled Ukraine.

SOT, Viktor Yanukovych, Former President of Ukraine (Russian): “I recently looked through some sociological research according to which only five percent of Ukrainians think that life improved; 80 percent think that their life became worse [since Maidan].”

SOT, Viktor Yanukovych, Former President of Ukraine (Russian): “The main reason [behind the Maidan violence] was anxiousness to get power by any means. That is why the coup took place and it was a violation of the Ukrainian constitution.”

SOT, Viktor Yanukovych, Former President of Ukraine (Russian): “If we read the agreement which was then signed, we can see that it made a peaceful settlement and constitutional change possible. I almost followed all the demands and came to all terms which the opposition had. Everything was done to prevent bloodshed and civil war.”

SOT, Viktor Yanukovych, Former President of Ukraine (Russian): “Today we know that it [the coup] was largely financed and paid for by different international funds. It was a special project.”

SOT, Viktor Yanukovych, Former President of Ukraine (Russian): “They [the Ukrainian government] will not have the stomach to follow this radical route [to resume the war in Donetsk]. I know this cowardly group, but I would like to stress once again that today there is a great desire in Europe, the USA and in Russia to solve this situation peacefully and as fast as possible. That is why the ways to force the Ukrainian power to follow the Minsk agreements will be searched for.”

SOT, Viktor Yanukovych, Former President of Ukraine (Russian): “I am totally against Donbas exiting Ukraine.”

SOT, Viktor Yanukovych, Former President of Ukraine (Russian): “I repeat once again that I did not betray my people, I tried to defend them. And of course I wanted to do it within my powers and according to law. I will say the same to the investigators and during the trial, and this is what my lawyers will say as well. Of course I will defend myself, though it is very hard to defend from that lawlessness in Ukraine.”

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Malaysia: N. Korean diplomat wanted for questioning over Kim Jong-nam’s death – police

Malaysian police said a North Korean embassy official and an employee of the North Korean state airline were wanted for questioning in connection with the death of Kim Jong-nam, at a press conference on the investigation into the death of the North Korean leader’s half-brother, in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

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Germany: Ex-Iraqi soldier goes on trial over photo with severed heads of IS militants

A former Iraqi soldier went on trial in Berlin on Wednesday, over allegations he had posed for a photo with the severed heads of two militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Federal prosecutors said earlier that the incident occurred when 28-year-old Rami K., whose last name has not been disclosed in accordance with German privacy laws, was serving in the Iraqi military during 2015. The suspect reportedly took part in fighting in the city of Tikrit, northwest of Baghdad, when the photo was allegedly taken and later posted on a social network.

SOT, Lisa Jani, spokesperson of Berlin Criminal Court (German): “The defendant is charged with having shown and postured with the severed heads of opposing combatants to a camera while he was an officer of the Iraqi forces, in order to disparage the honour of those who had been killed. If the accusation turns out to be established, this will be considered a war crime against people in two cases. The law in this case provides a prison term from one to 15 years.”

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Russia: There is no alternative to OSCE Minsk Group – Lavrov on Nagorno-Karabakh

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart Eduard Nalbandyan following their meeting in Moscow, Wednesday, where they discussed bilateral relations, strategic cooperation as well as the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): “I believe that there is no alternative to the work of the Minsk Group. Both the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents have repeatedly expressed their support for the working process of the group by signing joint documents, as well as for the leading role of the three co-chairs. This work has also been repeatedly supported by all members of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.”

SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): “Together with our French and American colleagues we will continue to actively support those steps which would allow the creation of the most favourable conditions for productive and constructive negotiations that will allow the easing of the less than perfect emotional atmosphere around the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement.”

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