Russian navy ready to escort Syrian chemical weapons: Lavrov

BRUSSELS Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:09pm EST

1 of 2. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrives to attend a European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels December 16, 2013.

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia said on Monday its navy was ready to escort ships removing Syria's deadly chemical stockpile, which is due to be destroyed at sea under an international deal.

Syria agreed to relinquish control of deadly toxins which can be used to make sarin, VX gas and other lethal agents in the agreement forged in the wake of an attack on the outskirts of Damascus which killed hundreds last August.

Denmark and Norway are planning to use two cargo vessels to take the chemicals out of the Syrian port city of Latakia, escorted by two frigates from their navies.

"We will be ready to provide Russian navy ships to escort those vessels with toxic agents in order to provide the safety of this operation," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters after meeting his EU counterparts in Brussels.

Moscow would also help move the chemicals over land to the Syrian port, he added.

The chemicals will be destroyed at sea on board a specially adapted U.S. ship because they are too dangerous to import into a country. There is no agreement yet on where the ship will anchor while the work is carried out.

Syria's 2-1/2-year civil war has killed at least 125,835 people, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, and more than 2 million refugees have fled, often overwhelming neighboring countries.

(Writing By Alexei Anishchuk; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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DeanMJackson wrote:
Have you seen what’s still placed on the bows of Russian naval vessels? The distinctive Soviet nationality emblem from the Soviet Union. In fact, that distinctive Soviet emblem is still on Russian military aircraft, meaning the “collapse” of the USSR was a strategic ruse.

Google: ‘Photos: Antonov An-12BK-PPS Aircraft Pictures | Airliners net’


Google: ‘MiG-23UB Share this photo on forums’

Then for Russian Naval vessels (take a look at what’s still appended to the bows)…

Google (enlarge picture): ‘Russia seeks sea power with decrepit fleet Base expansion likely an empty threat’

Those pictures were taken in 2009, 2011 and 2001, respectively, not before the “collapse” of the USSR. As you can see, the distinct Soviet era nationality emblem of the Communist Party…the Red Star… is still present. That political symbol of the Soviet government would have been immediately removed in early 1992 if the “collapse” of the USSR were genuine. As the legal emblem of the USSR and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the distinctive Red Star nationality emblem can only be present if Communists are still in power in Russia and the other 14 republics that made up the USSR.

Take a look at what’s still on Aeroflot aircraft…

Google (open the first picture): ‘airplane pictures Aeroflot Airbus A319 VP-BDN’

Note the Soviet emblem of the hammer & sickle stenciled on the aircraft’s fuselage!

Now, for the main paper of the Russian Ministry of Defense…

Google: ‘Krasnaya Zvezda’

“Krasnaya Zvezda” is Russian (no kidding!) for “Red Star”, the official newspaper of Soviet and later Russian Ministry of Defense. The paper’s official designation is, “Central Organ of the Russian Ministry of Defense.” Note the four Soviet emblems next to the still existing Soviet era masthead, one of which pictures Lenin’s head! Those Soviet emblems and Lenin’s head can’t still be next to the masthead of the Russian Ministry of Defense’s newspaper due to their association with the Soviet Union and its ideals of world revolution; the nations of the world constituting the Soviet Union!

The fraudulent “collapse” of the USSR (and East Bloc) couldn’t have been pulled off until both political parties in the United States (and political parties elsewhere in the West) were co-opted by Moscow & Allies, which explains why verification of the “collapse” was never undertaken by the West, such verification being (1) a natural administrative procedure (since the USSR wasn’t occupied by Western military forces); and (2) necessary for the survival of the West. Recall President Reagan’s favorite phrase, “Trust, but verify”.

Dec 16, 2013 11:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
That’s a very nice conspiracy theory.
But the country (Russia) nearly disintegrated in to small states in the 90′s. It survived by a miracle.
Secondly, German Air Force still has exactly the same cross as it did during the Nazi regime. With your logic, does it mean Nazis are still in power in Germany too?

Dec 17, 2013 3:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
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