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Sergey LAVROV: "Russia’s Foreign Policy: Historical Background"; Global Affairs, March 3, 2016

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Martin Zeis, 03.03.2016

Dear all,

today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Russian Federation published a striking article by Sergey Lavrov about Russia’s foreign policy over the course of the last 1000 years.

(full text attached, pdf-file 8p)

Greets
Martin Zeis

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http://www.mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/2124391

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Russian Federation,
Foreign policcy / News
3 March 2016 09:20

Sergey Lavrov’s article “Russia’s Foreign Policy: Historical Background” for “Russia in Global Affairs” magazine, March 3, 2016

„International relations have entered a very difficult period, and Russia once again finds itself at the crossroads of key trends that determine the vector of future global development.

Many different opinions have been expressed in this connection including the fear that we have a distorted view of the international situation and Russia’s international standing. I perceive this as an echo of the eternal dispute between pro-Western liberals and the advocates of Russia’s unique path. There are also those, both in Russia and outside of it, who believe that Russia is doomed to drag behind, trying to catch up with the West and forced to bend to other players’ rules, and hence will be unable to claim its rightful place in international affairs. I’d like to use this opportunity to express some of my views and to back them with examples from history and historical parallels.

It is an established fact that a substantiated policy is impossible without reliance on history. This reference to history is absolutely justified, especially considering recent celebrations. In 2015, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of Victory in WWII, and in 2014, we marked a century since the start of WWI. In 2012, we marked 200 years of the Battle of Borodino and 400 years of Moscow’s liberation from the Polish invaders. If we look at these events carefully, we’ll see that they clearly point to Russia’s special role in European and global history.

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Speaking about Russia’s role in the world as a great power, Russian philosopher Ivan Ilyin said that the greatness of a country is not determined by the size of its territory or the number of its inhabitants, but by the capacity of its people and its government to take on the burden of great world problems and to deal with these problems in a creative manner. A great power is the one which, asserting its existence and its interest … introduces a creative and meaningful legal idea to the entire assembly of the nations, the entire “concert” of the peoples and states. It is difficult to disagree with these words.“

LAVROV-Russia’s-Foreign-Policy160303.pdf

WHITE BOOK ON VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW IN UKRAINE; Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Russian Federation; April 2014

Von: Martin Zeis <martin.zeis>
Datum: Dienstag, 6. Mai 2014 10:43
An: “Global Change engl. Liste” <gc-special-engl%Martin.zeis>
Betreff: WHITE BOOK ON VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW IN UKRAINE; Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Russian Federation; April 2014

On May 05, 2014 the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a
White Book on violations of human rights and the rule of law in Ukraine
November 2013 – March 2014“:

WHITE BOOK
ON VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW IN UKRAINE
(NOVEMBER 2013 — MARCH 2014)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the Russian Federation
Moscow
April 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction …………………………………………………………………………5
Violations of the right to life, violations
of public order and safety, the use of torture,
inhuman treatment and committed iniquity ………………………………7
Interference in the internal affairs
of a sovereign state …………………………………………………………….29
Weapons, equipment, and tactics
of the Euromaidan participants. Evidence
of deliberately committed violence and provocations
by the so-called “Peaceful demonstrators” ……………………………35
Violations of the right for freedom of thought and belief,
including political beliefs, and violations of the right
to express them. Restrictions on freedom of the media
and intimidation of dissidents. Censorship ……………………………..41
Discrimination along ethnic and linguistic lines,
xenophobia and racial extremism.
Incitement of racial hatred ……………………………………………………51
Religious intolerance, including threats
to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
of the Moscow Patriarchate ………………………………………………….59
Conclusion …………………………………………………………………………63

Full text availabe at:
www.mid.ru/bdomp/ns-dgpch.nsf/03c344d01162d351442579510044415b/38fa8597760acc2144257ccf002beeb8/$FILE/ATTLUY3T.pdf/White_book.pdf

Summary
by Oriental Review
May 05, 2014 (1)

„… The report contains a chronological record of the HR violations in Ukraine based on monitoring of Ukrainian, Russian and some Western media, statements and announcements made by the leaders of the “new government” of Ukraine and their supporters, numerous eyewitness accounts, including those posted on the Internet, as well as records based on observations and interviews with people on the scene, and those collected by non-governmental organization The Foundation for Researching Problems in Democracy, and the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights. It is supported by extensive photo and documentary footage.

The facts exposed in the book clearly demonstrate that under the influence of extremists from ultranationalistic and neo-Nazi forces, and with the active support of the USA and the European Union and its members, the protests in Ukraine which bore an initially peaceful character rapidly escalated into a coercive rebellion and, in the end, the forceful seizure of power and an unconstitutional coup d’état.

These dramatic events were accompanied by widespread and gross violations of human rights and freedoms on the part of the self-proclaimed government and its supporters. As a result, manifestations of extremist, ultranationalist, and neo-Nazi sentiments, religious intolerance, xenophobia, blatant blackmail, threats, pressure placed by the Maidan leaders on their opponents, purges and arrests amongst them, repression, physical violence, and sometimes plain criminal lawlessness have become commonplace in today’s Ukraine.

In all of Ukraine’s regions, but especially in the southeastern part of the country, Ukrainian radical nationalists, instructed by the de facto authorities in Kiev and their external patrons, are ramping up the pressure on Russian-speaking citizens who do not want to lose the centuries-old ties that bind them to Russia and Russian culture.
The reporting covers the period since November 2013 till the end of March 2014. The situation even worsened later on and culminated in the horrific massacre committed by the Ukrainian ultras in Odessa on May 2, 2014 leaving 46 dead (officially) and hundreds of wounded.“ URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKpJ1-ECpPg

Call
„ORIENTAL REVIEW calls all concerned citizens of the world to deliver this report to your national authorities and distribute it widely among relevant institutions and parties. Together we can stop the madness of war and ethnic terrorism in Ukraine!“

Note:
http://orientalreview.org/2014/05/05/the-white-book-on-violations-of-human-rights-and-the-rule-of-law-in-ukraine

#GermanForeignPolicy zur #EU/#NATO-Integration #Georgiens und der #Ukraine — #LAVROV-Interview zur Lage vom 29.03.2014

Von: Martin Zeis <martin.zeis>
Datum: Dienstag, 1. April 2014 10:51
An: Global Crisis <globalcrisis%Martin.zeis>
Betreff: GermanForeignPolicy zur EU/NATO-Integration Georgiens und der Ukraine — LAVROV-Interview zur Lage vom 29.03.2014

Hallo zusammen,

im Folgenden wird die Einleitung + Gliederung zweier Ausgaben des German-Foreign-Policy-Newsletters annonciert, welche die Folgen der EU-Assoziierung/NATO Integration und die Öffnung der Länder für westliche Konzerne am Beispiel Georgiens und der Ukraine en détail aufzeigen. Die in den beiden Newslettern dokumentierten Interessen machen deutlich, warum die USA/EU – bisher – die Vorschläge Russlands zu einer Verfassungsreform der Ukraine geradezu verbissen ablehnen und die Journaille den sichtlich übermüdeten Außenminister Lavrov gestern Abend im Fernsehen hämisch abkanzelte.

In einem langen Interview auf RT erläutert Lavrov das Föderations-/Autonomie-Konzept Russlands und geht auf weitere Fragen ein wie
„Ist Russland isoliert?“, „Auf welchen Grundlagen ist die strategische Partnerschaft mit China aufgebaut und wie entwickelt sich die Kooperation der BRICS-Staaten?“, „Welche Einflussnahmen seitens der U.S./EU gab es vor der UNO-Abstimmung zur Krimresolution gegenüber kleineren Ländern?“, „Welche Erkenntnisse liegen Russland bezüglich der Scharfschützen auf dem Maidan vor?“.

Solche Texte werden – wie z.B. auch „Putins Regierungserklärung zur Ukraine und der Krim“ vom 18. März 2014 – in den deutschen Print-„Leitmedien“ nicht dokumentiert. Das volle Transkript des Lavrov-Interviews (engl.) ist abrufbar unter:
http://rt.com/news/lavrov-interview-ukraine-russia-065
Russia has no intention to send troops into Ukraine – Lavrov

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GermanForeignPolicy – http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/de/fulltext/58832

Unter der Flagge der EU — 26.03.2014

TBILISI/BERLIN (Eigener Bericht) – Im Machtkampf um den Staatengürtel zwischen Russland und der EU beschleunigen Berlin und Brüssel nach ihrem Teilerfolg in der Ukraine die Einbindung Georgiens in ihr Hegemonialsystem. Das Land, dem Geostrategen hohe Bedeutung sowohl für die Einkreisung Russlands wie auch für den Zugang aus Europa nach Asien beimessen, solle bereits im Juni und damit früher als geplant das EU-Assoziierungsabkommen unterzeichnen, verlangt die EU. Wie im Fall der Ukraine ist auch die Eingliederung Georgiens in die deutsch-europäische Militärpolitik inzwischen eingeleitet worden: Das Parlament in Tbilisi hat kürzlich beschlossen, georgische Soldaten für Militär-Operationen der EU auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent zur Verfügung zu stellen. Die Entwicklung Georgiens seit der “Rosenrevolution” von Ende 2003 ähnelt in vieler Hinsicht der Entwicklung, der sich die Ukraine seit dem Umsturz in Kiew im Februar gegenübersieht. Zur militärpolitischen Eingliederung in die westlichen Bündnissysteme gesellt sich die Öffnung für ausländische Investoren bei gleichzeitiger Verelendung der Bevölkerung. In Umfragen geben heute nur noch 27 Prozent der Georgier an, über einen “Vollzeitjob” zu verfügen, der zur Sicherung ihres Lebensunterhalts genügt.

Schneller als geplant
Der Land-Suezkanal
Die Demokratisierungbilanz
Lob (der Finanzorganisationen) und Armut
Katalysator der NATO
Von der NATO zu EU-Interventionen

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German Foreign Policy – http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/de/fulltext/58830

Die Europäisierung der Ukraine — 24.03.2014

KIEW/BERLIN (Eigener Bericht) – Mit der Unterzeichnung des politischen Teils des EU-Assoziierungsabkommens hat letzte Woche die Übernahme der Ukraine in das deutsch-europäische Hegemonialsystem begonnen. Dem Land, dessen aktuelle Regierung in einem nicht demokratisch legitimierten Umsturz an die Macht gekommen ist, steht nun die Anpassung an EU-Standards auf allen Ebenen bevor. Neben der Angleichung an das Brüsseler Normensystem geht es zunächst um die Einbindung in die deutsch-europäische Außen- und Militärpolitik; an EU-Battle Groups und EU-Militäreinsätzen nimmt die Ukraine bereits teil. Zudem streben westliche Energiekonzerne, darunter deutsche, die Eroberung der ukrainischen Erdgasbranche an. Dies erstreckt sich auch auf umstrittene “Fracking”-Methoden, die zum Einsatz kommen sollen, um den russischen Erdgas-Einfluss auf Kiew zu schwächen. Schließlich steht dem Land eine krasse Verarmungspolitik à la Griechenland bevor – “extreme Austerität”, wie Experten urteilen. Dies könne, heißt es, “die gerade erfolgte politische Wende in der Ukraine torpedieren”.

Menschenrechte und Deportation
Battle Groups
Von West nach Ost („reverse flow“ von Öl und Gas)
Ukrainisches Schiefergas
Extreme Austerität (Verarmungsszenario á la Griechenland)

Lavrov-Interview-Ukraine-Russia, March 29, 2014 —- Felicity ARBUTHNOT: America, NATO and the Sino-Russian Backlash, March 30, 2014

Anfang der weitergeleiteten E-Mail

> www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-30/they-never-learn-russias-take-west-and-shifting-geopolitical-balance-power >
> “They Never Learn” – Russia’s Take On The “West” And The Shifting Geopolitical Balance Of Power >
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> “Isolation” is a term invented by our Western partners who act with nostalgic neo-imperial ambitions in mind. The instant something isn’t to their liking they draw out this sanctions stick. The times when such strategy could be employed are long gone…. I’m surprised at how obsessively they’re trying to – create rather than find – proof of Russia’s isolation.China is a very close partner of Russia. In our joint documents our relations are defined as comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation. All of China’s actions reaffirm its commitment to the principles we agreed on. If, as you say, the Americans did try to convince China to review its economic agreements with Russia on the highest level, it’s an off-the-scale naïve or brazen attitude. I would even say that not understanding the essence of Chinese politics and mentality is just inexcusable for the officials in charge of such negotiations.At the very beginning China said that it takes into consideration the combination of historical and political factors. China strongly opposed using non-diplomatic measures and threats of sanctions to resolve this problem. Our contacts with our Chinese partners show that they not only understand Russia’s rightful interests in this case, but are also hand-in-hand with us in the understanding of the initial causes of the current crisis in Ukraine. There is no doubt about it.Over a month ago I raised the issue of the Right Sector and the necessity to dissociate from the radical forces with our Western partners. I asked them a very simple question: “If you agree that we need to defuse the situation, why won’t you publicly say what the Right Sector really is?” Same to a degree goes for the Svoboda party, whose platform references The Declaration of June 30, 1941, which expressed support of Nazi Germany and its efforts to establish a new world order. According to the party’s charter, it’s still committed to this principle. US Secretary of State John Kerry told me that after close scrutiny they concluded that the Right Sector was trying to become a political movement. The subtext was that it’s a good thing, and Svoboda is moving towards [the] mainstream. That’s a quote. >
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> The same will happen with Moldova. They are doing their best to sign a similar agreement with Moldova this summer, before the upcoming election. And this agreement they intend to sign with Moldova – it completely ignores the issue of Transnistria. It ignores the 1997 agreement between Chisinau and Tiraspol which entitled Transnistria to international trade. It ignores what is happening with Transnistria today: Chisinau and the new Ukrainian authorities have basically blockaded the territory. But our European partners keep mum about that. In fact, the European Union and, I think, the United States approve of this policy. We want to talk to them very seriously about that, because they are escalating tensions over Transnistria, almost claiming that it will be next. This is outrageous, provocative rhetoric. Actually, they want to create unbearable conditions for Tiraspol in violation, I repeat, of the agreements which entitled Transnistrians to certain travel, transit and trade rights. This is outrageous. They never learn. Once again, they seek to create a sore point in our relations. >
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