Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ukraine / Russia situation ( September 3 , 2014 ) --Ukraine ceasefire: Putin calls on Kiev and militia to stop hostilities in E. Ukraine........ Kiev retracts 'permanent' ceasefire statement, says steps for establishing peace agreed ...... Battle field , political process and natural gas news of the day....

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-03/isis-threatens-putin-caliphate-chechnya-kadyrov-responds-you-will-be-destroyed


ISIS Threatens Putin, Caliphate In Chechnya; Kadyrov Responds "You Will Be Destroyed"

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ISIS threats, it would appear, are not limited to President Obama and his American allies. RIA is reporting that Russian leaders are seeking to cut access to an ISIS video posted that threatens Putin (for ties to Assad), and plans to liberate (via Caliphate) Chechnya, and calls the Chechnyan leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, a Putin puppet. The Chechnya leader took to Instagram to respond slamming "these bastards have no relation to Islam," and exclaiming if they try to threaten Russia or Chechnya "you will be destroyed."
Vladimir Putin was directly and personally threatened by extremist Islamic terror group ISIS because of his close ties to Syrian leader Bashar Hafez al-Assad, and will liberate Chechnya and Caucasus...
Terrorists from Syria, who call themselves "Islamic state", expressed the children's threat to go to war in Chechnya and the Caucasus. They say only what they charge the owners of the secret services of the West. These bastards have no relation to Islam. They are outspoken enemies of Muslims around the world. Naive people decided to threaten the two planes Chechnya and Russia.
They can sit two thousand aircraft, but will reach Russia. All under the control of the United States the country announced sanctions and Russia have achieved nothing, and then some unwashed felon decided to distinguish themselves, taking on the role of the pug.
I state with full responsibility that the one who had the idea to express a threat to Russia and say the name of the President of the country Vladimir Putin, will be destroyed, where he did it.
We will not wait until he sits behind the wheel of the aircraft. He will go to the place where his brothers rot terrorist Khattab, Abu Walid, and other messengers of the West. That we are on the path of Allah and His Prophet (pbuh) said to us the first President of the Czech Republic, Hero of Russia Akhmad-Hadji Kadyrov. This way Gazavat in Allah's way of destroying those cursed Messenger (pbuh).
We completely destroyed them in Chechnya, where their forces numbered tens of thousands of people, and now will destroy those who even come to mind askance look at Chechnya is Russia.
I want to remind everyone who is planning something against our country, that Russia has a worthy sons, ready to fulfill any order, wring the neck of any enemy in his own lair, wherever he may be.And we find ourselves with happiness rid the world of these scum. Themselves militants in Syria and Iraq is nothing in itself does not represent. Bandits, trained and armed by the United States and the West to destroy their hands strong and resource-rich Islamic countries.
They have no idea what the Quran and the Sunnah. I emphasize that they finish their days under the hot sun in Syria and Iraq, and in the first instant of death meet their eternal flames of Hell. Allahu Akbar!




http://rt.com/news/184845-ukraine-obama-nato-membership/

Obama hints at NATO membership for Ukraine, urges military support

Published time: September 03, 2014 18:57
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his remarks at the Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn September 3, 2014. (Reuters/Ints Kalnins)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his remarks at the Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn September 3, 2014. (Reuters/Ints Kalnins)
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Barack Obama says the “door to NATO membership will remain open” for new members, while also urging the organization to help strengthen Ukraine’s military. Germany has promised to send non-lethal aid, such as bullet proof vests and medical supplies.
Speaking in Estonia, Obama did not explicitly point to Ukraine when referring to expanding NATO membership to other nations. However, the underlying message was clear for all to see, as he accused Russia of a “brazen assault” on Ukraine.
"And we must reaffirm the principle that has always guided our alliance, for countries that meet our standards and that can make meaningful contributions to allied security, the door to NATO membership will remain open," the US President said, after meeting the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, who are all NATO members, Reuters reported.
Obama’s comments came after Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said he wanted his country to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization saying, "Russia is a terrorist state, it is an aggressor state and will bear responsibility under international law."
"Concerning NATO, I consider the most correct decision would be to accept Ukraine as a member of NATO," Ukraine’s prime minister added.
Ukrainian self-propelled artillery guns are seen near Slaviansk September 3, 2014 (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
Under the NATO treaty, an attack on any individual NATO state would be treated as an attack on all alliance members.
In a reference that is likely to stoke tensions further with Russia, Obama said that NATO needs to give Ukraine, as well as other former Soviet states as much support as possible.
"NATO must make concrete commitments to help Ukraine modernize and strengthen its security forces. We must do more to help other NATO partners, including Georgia and Moldova, strengthen their defenses as well," he said in a speech to a packed concert hall in the Estonian capital.
On Monday NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he expects Ukraine to abandon its non-aligned status following elections on October 26, which would leave it free to join the organization.
"I understand that the current political leadership in Kiev envisages that the new parliament after the parliamentary election in Ukraine will change the legislation on non-alliance status," Rasmussen told a press conference in Brussels.

Full NATO membership for Ukraine akin to lunacy –expert

However, not everyone believes that Ukraine’s desire to join NATO is a sound one. William Engdahl, a geopolitical expert who spoke to RT, said there is a difference of interests between President Petro Poroshenko, who has business interests in the east of Ukraine and Yatsenyuk, who has close links with Washington and the Ukrainian nationalists.
In Engdahl’s view, Yatsenyuk’s talk of full NATO membership for Ukraine is “akin to lunacy.”
His thoughts were shared by the Czech Republic Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who said at the weekend, “Ukraine is not ready for EU membership, not ready for NATO membership… Both organizations should be giving realistic hopes to Ukraine,” the politician told Czech broadcasters.
"If the Ukrainian side sees President Petro Poroshenko’s peace settlement plan as a path to successful solution to the crisis, then it cannot accompany it with ideas of Ukraine’s membership in NATO and the EU," Sobotka added, according to RIA Novosti.

Chancellor Merkel to “personally oversee” transfer of non-lethal aid to Ukraine

Meanwhile, Germany says it will send protective equipment and medical aid to the Ukrainian army, according to a government spokeswoman. She added that Chancellor Angela Merkel will “personally oversee” the transfer of 20,000 bullet-proof vests, mobile hospitals and medical supplies, according to the German news agency, DPA
"The German government has several requests to export protective gear for Ukrainian armed forces. Departments have already concluded the assessment with a positive outcome," said the spokeswoman, according to Reuters.
However, the country has ruled out sending any arms to Ukraine, with Chancellor Merkel adding there will be no military solution to the crisis.








http://rt.com/news/184791-putin-ukraine-kiev-militia/

( Putin outlines terms for Ukraine surrender.. ) 






Ukraine ceasefire: Putin lays out 7-step plan to stop hostilities in E. Ukraine

Published time: September 03, 2014 12:19
Edited time: September 03, 2014 13:04

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Reuters/B.Rentsendorj)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Reuters/B.Rentsendorj)
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Kiev must withdraw troops from southeastern regions of Ukraine and rebels must stop offensive to stop bloodshed, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says. He and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko discussed "a ceasefire regime."
President Putin has outlined a seven-point plan to stabilize the situation in the crisis-torn east of Ukraine.
“On my way here from [the city of] Blagoveschensk to Ulan-Bator [Mongolia], I outlined some ideas and plan of actions. It’s here, but in handwriting,” Putin told reporters.
1. Stop offensive of armed self-defense forces in southeastern Ukraine towards Donetsk and Lugansk Regions.
2. Pull back Ukrainian armed forces to a distance that excludes the possibility of shelling settlements with artillery and all kinds of volley fire.
3. To implement full and objective international control over the observance of the ceasefire and monitoring of the situation created thereby in the security zone.
4. To exclude the use of combat aircraft against civilians and villages in the conflict zone.
5. Organize the exchange of persons kept in captivity via an ‘all-in-all’ formula, without any preconditions.
6. Open humanitarian corridors for moves of refugees and delivery of humanitarian goods to cities and other populated areas of Donbass – the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions.
7. To provide direct access of repair crews to destroyed social and carrying infrastructure in affected towns of Donbass, and provide aid to them.
Putin expressed hope that final agreements between Kiev and militia in southeastern Ukraine could be reached and secured at the coming meeting of the so-called contact group on September 5.
“I hope the leaders of Ukraine will support the anticipated progress in bilateral relations,” Russia’s president said.
He called on Ukraine to take an active part in the work of the contact group “for a final and comprehensive settlement of the situation in the southeastern Ukraine, of course, with full and unconditional assurance of the legitimate rights of the people who live there.”
Commenting on the phone call with the Ukrainian president earlier on Wednesday, Putin stressed that their “views on ways to resolve the conflict are aligned.”







http://rt.com/news/184791-putin-ukraine-kiev-militia/


Ukraine ceasefire: Putin calls on Kiev and militia to stop hostilities in E. Ukraine

Published time: September 03, 2014 12:19
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Reuters/B.Rentsendorj)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Reuters/B.Rentsendorj)
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Kiev must withdraw troops from southeastern regions of Ukraine and rebels must stop offensive to stop bloodshed, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says. He and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko discussed "a ceasefire regime."
President Putin has outlined a seven-point plan to stabilize the situation in the crisis-torn east of Ukraine.
“On my way here from [the city of] Blagoveschensk to Ulan-Bator [Mongolia], I outlined some ideas and plan of actions. It’s here, but in handwriting,” Putin told reporters.
DETAILS TO FOLLOW








http://rt.com/news/184716-poroshenko-ceasefire-ukraine-putin/

Kiev retracts 'permanent' ceasefire statement, says steps for establishing peace agreed

Published time: September 03, 2014 08:06
Edited time: September 03, 2014 10:55

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (Reuters)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (Reuters)
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Kiev retracted its earlier statement regarding a “permanent ceasefire” in eastern Ukraine, which followed a phone call between the Russian and Ukrainian leaders. The new wording from Poroshenko’s office talks of a ceasefire “regime”.
The Russian and Ukrainian languages use the word to mean“mode”signifying the possibility of a softer, less permanent version of the previous suggestion.
Although an earlier corresponding message from Poroshenko’s office initially talked of a “permanent ceasefire”, Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov underlined that this wording is not applicable because Russia isn’t a party to the violence.
“In the course of today’s phone call between Putin and Poroshenko there was indeed an exchange of views that went a long way toward an agreement on steps to be taken for a swift end to the clashes taking place between the Ukrainian military and south-eastern uprising,” Peskov said.
But the spokesperson thought it important to point out that because the conflict is an internal one – and not one between two countries. This view has already been voiced by President Putin last week in Minsk, where he met the Ukrainian leader.
“Frankly speaking, we can’t frame the discussion in ceasefire terms, those concerning any possible negotiations between Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk – this isn’t any of our business, it is Ukraine’s,” the Russian president said then.
Donetsk authorities say they are willing to engage in a diplomatic settlement with Kiev if it proves its commitment to peace by stopping the shelling.
Ukraine’s Aydar battalion has acknowledged its readiness to carry out the order to cease fire, if such an order is given, its commander Sergey Melnichuk told local TV channel ‘112 Ukraine’.
The confrontation between the anti-government forces and the Ukrainian military, lasting over four months, has claimed the lives of around 2,500 people, according to UN estimates.
A million people have been displaced – the majority of them to Russia.
But the biggest toll was inflicted on the peaceful population in cities like Donetsk and Lugansk, who were left without energy, food, water or connection to the outside world.
While international condemnation was initially aimed at Russia in an attempt to blame it for the escalation, lately the balance has shifted to recognizing the often indiscriminate nature of Ukrainian military shelling of the eastern parts, which used high-powered weaponry forbidden by international law to be used in populated areas.
Human Rights Watch was the latest to condemn the use of such weapons and point to their presence as the major contributing factor to the high death toll in the area.


http://rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/

Wednesday, September 3

06:12 GMT:
Presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko have discussed the measures to stop bloodshed in Ukraine, said Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
“The discussion concerning the military and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine was continued,” he said.“The heads of states exchanged their opinions concerning what should be done first to stop the bloodshed in the country’s southeast.”
He added that the opinions of both presidents on how to get out of the crisis situation in the country coincide.
00:11 GMT:
A significant part of the Ukrainian army has reportedly left the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, according to local self-defense forces, Novorossiya news agency reported.
Troops have allegedly left their posts along the Donetsk-Mariupol highway. It was not immediately clear what caused the reported maneuvering.

Tuesday, September 2

23:50 GMT:
Ukrainian volunteer police battalions will use 12.7 mm heavy machine guns designed in the late 1930s in a special operation in eastern Ukraine, advisor to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Anton Gerashchenko, said on his Facebook page.
“Right now heavy weapons are being collected and distributed through the Department of Coordination to volunteer battalions,” he said. “We also received a large quantity of heavy machine guns ‘DshK,' 12.7 mm caliber, from 1937, issued between 1950-1970.”


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Itar Tass.....



Putin, Poroshenko agree on ceasefire steps “to a large extent”

 September 03, 12:59 UTC+4
Moscow has repeatedly pointed out that Russia is not a party to Ukraine’s internal conflict

© AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka
ULAN-BATOR, September 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko have agreed “to a large extent” on steps to be taken by the Ukrainian military and militias to achieve a ceasefire, Russian presidential press-secretary Dmitry Peskov has said.
“In a telephone conversation earlier in the day Putin and Poroshenko exchanged opinions and to a large extent agreed on steps that might contribute to an early ceasefire between the Ukrainian military and the militias in the southeast of the country,” Peskov said in the wake of a statement by the Ukrainian presidential press-service “the conversation resulted in a permanent ceasefire in Donbass.”
Moscow has repeatedly pointed out that Russia is not a party to Ukraine’s internal conflict. This is precisely what President Putin emphasized after last week’s negotiations with Poroshenko in Minsk.
“Frankly speaking, we are not in the position to discuss any ceasefire terms or likely agreements between Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk. That’s none of our business but Ukraine’s internal affair,” Putin said.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.
“[The two leaders] continued to discuss Ukraine’s military and humanitarian crisis,” Peskov said.
“The heads of state exchanged their views on top priority measures for stopping the bloodshed in that country’s south-east,” the press secretary said. “[Putin’s] view on possible ways out of this crisis situation largely coincides with that of the Ukrainian president.”
Overnight to August 27, after consultations involving Customs Union, Ukraine and the EU, a meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine took place in Minsk. The conversation behind closed doors lasted for almost two hours and became the first negotiations between the two leaders.

Too early to talk about ceasefire in Ukraine — Obama

 September 03, 14:40 UTC+4
"Having said that, if in fact Russia... is serious about a political settlement, that is something we all hope for," he adds
© EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
TALLINN, September 03. /ITAR-TASS/. US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that it was too early to talk about a ceasefire in conflict-hit eastern Ukraine.
"We haven't seen a lot of follow-up on so-called announced cease-fires," Obama said after talks with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in Tallinn.
"Having said that, if in fact Russia... is serious about a political settlement, that is something we all hope for," Obama said.


Ukrainian troops suffer heavy losses in southeastern regions in August

 September 03, 13:26 UTC+4
The Donetsk fighters destroyed almost 220 tanks and over 480 armoured vehicles, the militia headquarters says
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DONETSK, September 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian troops suffered heavy losses in Ukraine’s embattled southeastern regions in August, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) army headquarters told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.
Over 3,600 Ukrainian punitive troops were either killed or wounded. The Donetsk fighters destroyed almost 220 tanks and over 480 armoured vehicles, the militia headquarters said.
Donetsk fighters said they had also destroyed almost 190 multiple launch rocket systems, about 750 trucks and 76 ammunition depots.
According to the army headquarters, militias liberated several villages near Luhansk. They seized Illiriya, Petrovskoye, Shchetovo, Kazakovka, Krasny Kut, Proletarsky and Kamenka.
At the moment the ITAR-TASS News Agency has no confirmation of these reports from other sources.


Ukraine proposes to agree on interim gas price solution

 September 02, 17:36 UTC+4
The Ukrainian side is ready to repay debts for gas at the price before the matter is decided in court, it says
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KIEV, September 02./ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s Naftogaz company proposes Russia’s Gazprom to agree on the gas price equal to that of the European gas exchanges without the cost of transportation from Russia to the exchanges. It is proposed as an interim solution until the court of arbitration makes a decision, the Naftogaz press service said.
The Ukrainian side is ready to repay debts for gas at the price before the matter is decided in court, the company said, adding such a solution will allow simplify discussions to determine a fair market price for Ukraine.
The contract with Gazprom stipulates that the price may be revised in connection with market situation changes, the press service said.
The use of exchange prices is a prevailing trend in Gazprom contracts with European companies, it added.


Ukraine launches reverse-flow gas deliveries from Slovakia — Naftogaz

 September 02, 17:50 UTC+4
Naftogaz of Ukraine has reserved capacities for reverse-flow gas supplies from Slovakia until the end of 2019
© ITAR-TASS/Alexander Ryumin
KIEV, September 02. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine has launched reverse-flow gas deliveries from Slovakia, the head of Ukraine’s national energy company Naftogaz, Andriy Kobolev, posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday. “A lot is in store yet, but this is a major step,” he said.
ITAR-TASS reported earlier that on April 28, 2014 Ukraine’s Ukrtransgaz and Slovakian gas operator Eustream signed a memorandum on mutual understanding to ensure reverse-flow gas deliveries to Ukraine through the Vojany-Uzhgorod pipeline. The pipeline’s capacity is no more than 27 million cubic meters of gas a day or 10 billion cubic meters a year.
Naftogaz of Ukraine has reserved these capacities for reverse-flow gas supplies from Slovakia until the end of 2019. “Supplies will begin on a regular basis in September, subject to certain technical conditions, and will become permanent from March 2015,” Eustream spokesperson Vahram Chuguryan said earlier.
Test reverse-flow gas supplies from Slovakia to Ukraine began on August 16 with daily amounts up to two billion cubic meters. Then it became known that testing of Vojany-Uzhgorod would continue till the end of August.
Eustream will invest in the renovation of the Vojany-Uzhgorod pipeline an estimated €21 million.
The gas pipeline was built in the town of Vojany in the east of Slovakia for the local power plant but was never put into operation.
In June, Ukraine asked the European Union to supply up to 30 billion cubic meters of gas a year using a reverse-flow mechanism. Ukraine has been receiving gas from Poland since April 15 and from Hungary since May 20.


Russia, Ukraine, EU to hold trilateral gas talks next week

 September 03, 15:02 UTC+4
KIEV, September 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia, Ukraine and the EU will hold trilateral gas talks in the week starting from September 8, Andriy Kobelev, CEO of state-run oil and gas company Naftogaz of Ukraine, told reporters Wednesday.
“The trilateral meeting will take place next week. It is likely to be held in Russia,” Kobelev said.
EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said earlier that he will meet with Ukraine’s Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuriy Prodan in Baku on September 8, while the date of trilateral talks may be set up after that.
In late August, Ukraine agreed to resume trilateral talks suspended in June when the country disagreed with Russia on repayment of a $5.3 billion debt and gas prices. On June 16, Russia’s Gazprom switched Ukraine off gas supplies.



International organizations to issue more credits to Ukraine in 2014, prime minister says

 September 03, 15:51 UTC+4
KIEV, September 03. /ITAR-TASS/. International organizations are ready to grant $10.7 billion worth of loans to Ukraine before the end of 2014, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told a government meeting on Wednesday.
“Ukraine will receive $10.7 billion until year’s end of which $9.2 billion will be spent to pay off debts to avoid bankruptcy,” the Ukrainian prime minister went on to say. .
He added that the hryvnia rate would have been cosmic if it had not been for foreign credits.

http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/747981


Russian govt says no notification from France on suspension of Mistral delivery

 September 03, 22:49 UTC+4
“Legal consequences will spring up only when the French partners send an official paper to us saying they refuse to deliver the technology to us,” Oleg Bochkaryov said

© AP Photo/David Vincent, File
MOSCOW, September 03 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian government has not received official notification from France on the plans to suspend the delivery to Russia of the first helicopter carrier in the Mistral family or on renunciation of commitment to the agreement, Oleg Bochkaryov, a deputy chairman of the governmental commission for defense manufacturing told Itar-Tass.
Earlier in the day the Elysees Palace said in Paris President Francois Hollande had taken a decision to suspend the delivery of the first Mistral, which was initially scheduled for autumn.
The statement said the situation was not proper for delivery at the moment in the wake of aggravating tensions and fighting in Eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
“A contract with a precisely known French company exists and it was signed by a Russian state agency,” Bochkaryov said. “Legal consequences will spring up only when the French partners send an official paper to us saying they refuse to deliver the technology to us.”
He stressed Russia’s pertinent and scrupulous compliance with the terms of the contract.
“Our position is well-known - we don’t slam the doors, we close them but remain open for cooperation,” Bochkaryov said.
He indicated that Russian experts had rounded up acceptance inspection of another several stages of work at the helicopter carriers.
“They returned home just two days ago,” Bochkaryov said. “It’s too early to talk about court actions yet because we continue work in the format of this agreement.


http://en.itar-tass.com/economy/747991

Ukraine expects monthly revenues of $36 mln from new war tax

 September 04, 0:25 UTC+4
The war tax was introduced by the Verkhovna Rada, or Ukrainian parliament, on July 31, 2014 to be effective till January 1, 2015
KIEV, September 03 /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s Tax Service plans to receive about 500 million hryvnias (about 36 million U.S. dollars) a month from a recently established war tax, the service’s chief, Igor Bilous, said on Wednesday.
“In August 2014, the budget received 287.1 million hryvnias from the war tax. Starting from September, a month’s average proceeds from this tax are expected at more than 500 million hryvnias,” the press service of the Ukrainian Tax Service quoted him as saying.
The war tax was introduced by the Verkhovna Rada, or Ukrainian parliament, on July 31, 2014 to be effective till January 1, 2015.
The country’s finance ministry has already suggested the term of this tax be extended till the end of 2015.