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TiM GW Bulletin 2000/9-7

Sep. 24, 2000

Russia Defies U.N./U.S. Iraq Sanctions 

Mollifying Putin: Schroeder on "Blitz Visit" to Moscow 

Kursk" Revisited: U.S. Rejects Russia's Request to Inspect Two U.S. Subs Possibly Involved in Collision; Russia Considers Joining OPEC, Economy Booming

FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONARUSSIAN AFFAIRS


HEADLINES

Moscow               1. Mollifying Putin: Schroeder on “Blitz Visit” to Moscow

Washington         2. “Kursk” Revisited: U.S. Rejects Russia’s Request to Inspect

                                 Two U.S. Subs Possibly Involved in Collision

Moscow               3. Russian Jet Defies UN/US Iraq Sanctions

Moscow               4. A State Dept. Reporter Found Dead in Moscow  

Moscow               5. Russia Considers Joining OPEC; High Oil Prices Boost Economy

London                 6. Russian Made Anti-Tank Weapon Used In London 

                                  Attack on British Spy Headquarters

Moscow              7. Putin Stands Firm on Yugoslavia, Sends Schroeder 

                                Packing Back to Germany Empty-handedSeptember 25, 2000

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1. Mollifying Putin: Schroeder on a “Blitz Visit” to Moscow on Monday

MOSCOW, Sept. 23 - Amid saber-rattling and mutual accusations by both the western and the Belgrade regimes on the eve of the Yugoslav elections (Sept. 24) of secret plots being planned, the German chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, announced that he was planning a “blitz visit” to Moscow on Monday, Sep. 25, to meet with Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, according to today’s report by Moscow’s Parlamentskaya Gazeta (Parliamentary Gazette, No. 182-562).

Now, why would the West be suddenly dispatching Germany’s head of state to Moscow?  To try to mollify the Russian president, and talk him out of reacting “irrationally” to the planned goring of Serbia by NATO countries following the Sunday vote?  To tell him how many billions of IMF or World Bank dollars Russia would get if Putin were to act as did the Yeltsin/Chernomyrdin westerns quislings in 1999, who stabbed Serbia in the back at the end of the 79-day NATO bombing campaign?

No doubt about the mission's purpose.  But why Schroeder?  

Because during the Russian president’s first official visit to Berlin last June, Schroeder and Putin reportedly struck a great friendship and became good chums.  No wonder the NATO colonialists have picked the German chancellor for the role of a Trojan Horse.

But if a few beers and bratwursts shared by the two statesmen in Berlin can overcome the real great threat to Russia’s national interests, should NATO eventually occupy Yugoslavia as it did Bosnia and Kosovo, then that would be another testament about how low Russia has sunk on the global powers’ scene.

As a TiM reader, a U.S. Navy officer to boot, put it in our yesterday’s update to the TiM Bulletin about the Yugoslav elections, “A Friend in Need Is a Friend in Deed” (see Item 16 in the TiM Bulletin - http://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins2000/tim2000-9-6.html), we shall find out next week what Vladimir Putin is really made of.  If he is another Yeltsin/Chernomyrdin-style western stooge, or a symbol of the new Russian power, waiting to burst out onto the world scene, especially after the “Kursk” tragedy. 

Interestingly, as has been the case for hundreds of years, such momentous events in world history will be once again decided in the tiny southeastern corner of Europe called Serbia.

And now, with this as a preamble, here’s an excerpt from the translation of that Parlamentskaya Gazeta article, provided to the TiM editor by the webmaster of http://homes.line.ru/pb/serbia/, an anti-imperialist Russian web site:

Is the West Threatening Yugoslavia with Disintegration?

Presidential Elections Will Be Held in Yugoslavia Tomorrow

A meeting between the Russian president Vladimir Putin and the German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will take place on September 25. Schroeder will fly to Moscow early on Monday morning; meet with Putin for a one-on-one chat; give a joint press conference for the Russian media; and then leave for Berlin around five in the evening.

The main topics of conversation, according to German officials, will be economic cooperation, the preliminary election results in Yugoslavia and mutual cooperation in disaster-prevention and relief.

Upon hearing with these standard official phrases it's not entirely clear just where the real reason behind this unplanned visit lies… We're left then with the results of the Yugoslav presidential elections.  I believe we will not be mistaken if we conclude that namely this problem will become the main topic of the two leaders' conversation.

Meanwhile, more fuel was thrown on to the pre-election fire by the Yugoslav Minister of Information, Goran Matic.  In his latest statement he said that the Serb opposition plans to unleash a civil war in the country right after the elections.  In his words, the opposition knows that they will not win, but are participating in the elections so as to be able to later accuse the present leadership of the country of violations and vote-rigging.  Then they'll ask for the intervention of the US, which will install the "real" victors in power. 

According to Matic, the US-financed the election campaigns of Milosevic's opponents as well as a whole series of public opinion polls which show the opposition to be allegedly leading the presidential race.  When they lose the elections, they'll cry "election fraud" and call the people out onto the streets to protest.

Goran Matic also stated that he possesses reliable information about two US plans for the removal of Yugoslavia's present leadership from power. 

"Plan A," involves using participants in NATO military maneuvers, code named "Cooperative Key", currently underway in Romania. This would involve around 700 military personnel and 40 warplanes.  

"Plan B", code named "Best Action 2000", would involve the eight NATO member-countries involved in other maneuvers near the Romanian city of Cluc-Napoca, which began on September 10th.  This contingent is being prepared for the "disintegration of an enemy country", namely Yugoslavia, concluded Matic.

The Romanian leadership hastened to deny the announcement of the Yugoslav Minister of Information regarding the possible use of their territory for the toppling of Slobodan Milosevic in case of his election victory. 

The Defense Minister of that country announced that the maneuvers taking place on its territory from the 2nd to the 29th of September are "routine training exercises of NATO and those nations signatory to the 'Partnership for Peace' program of the North Atlantic bloc."  Romanian president Emil Constantinescou announced that his country's military doctrine does not foresee "aggressive action against anyone".

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TiM Ed.: Of course, not.  Romania’s involvement in all of this is just another NATO smokescreen.  The real center of anti-Serbia activities are Bulgaria and Hungary, as we had reported earlier - see http://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins2000/tim2000-9-2.html and http://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins2000/tim2000-9-6.html).

In addition, as reported by today’s “This Is London” in Britain, the Serb opposition leaders, coached by the West, are planning to declare victory and run.  Where to?  To Montenegro, of course, where they would set up an alternative “legitimate” government.  Western diplomats in Belgrade denied having any knowledge of such plans.

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2. “Kursk” Revisited: U.S. Rejects Russia’s Request to Inspect Two U.S. Subs Possibly Involved in Collision

MOSCOW, Sep. 16 - Russia's Itar-Tass news agency said last Saturday the United States had refused a Russian request to examine two of its submarines (“Memphis” and “Toledo” and “Let the Blame Games Begin”) that were in the Barents Sea when the nuclear-powered Kursk sank last month.

In a dispatch from Washington, the Itar-Tass quoted a Pentagon spokesman as saying that U.S. Defense Secretary, William Cohen, had turned down the request from his Russian opposite number Igor Sergeyev.  "William Cohen already gave Marshal Sergeyev a reply in which he explained that he did not feel it was necessary or appropriate to allow such an inspection to take place," the Itar-Tass quoted the spokesman as saying.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Russian Prime Minister, Ilya Klebanov, defended the official handling of the disaster in the Russian Parliament on Friday (Sep. 15). He said the errors in providing information during rescue efforts were not deliberate, but were the statements made "in the heat of the moment without enough analysis".

The commander of Russia's Northern Fleet told Russian reporters in the northern port of Murmansk on Saturday (Sep. 16) that the Russian Navy had told no lies in dealing with the sinking.

"Not a single lie was told by the navy and top officers during the active phase of rescue efforts," the Itar-Tass quoted Admiral Vyacheslav Popov as saying.

An investigation by Russian military experts into the cause of the August 12 explosion on the Kursk nuclear submarine, which killed 118 crew members, resulted in several possible explanations, including one that the Kursk had collided with a US or British submarine.

The US Toledo and Memphis, and the British Splendid submarine, were all located in the Barents Sea at the time of the accident.  But western sources, of course, have denied that any collisions with their vessels took place.

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3. Russian Jet Defies UN/US Iraq Sanctions

BAGHDAD, Sept 17 - A Russian aircraft, defying the UN sanctions, flew into Baghdad's international airport on Sunday (Sept. 17) carrying senior oil executives, the Agence France Presse reported, amid silence by the U.S. “free press” about this Russian challenged to the New World Order.

The Iraqi News Agency (INA) said that 11 senior Russian oil officials were aboard, led by the president of Russia's Stroitransgaz company, Arngolt Bekker.  "The flight shows that Russia rejects the air embargo imposed on Iraq without legal basis," Bekker told the INA.

It was not clear if the plane had notified the UN sanctions committee about the flight.

"The plane came directly from Moscow to Baghdad," the agency added but gave no details about the type of aircraft or the airline.

A Russian passenger jet became the first foreign flight to land at the capital's airport two days after it was reopened on August 17, following a 10-year hiatus because of the embargo.  It had brought an official delegation headed by Russian Deputy Emergencies Minister Ruslan Tsalikov.

Tsalikov said Moscow had "informed" the UN sanctions committee of the "flight, which has noble goals," but that it had not "sought its authorization."

On September 14, Russia's largest airline, Aeroflot, announced its intention to resume flights to Baghdad and reopen its offices in Baghdad.  "Aeroflot will reopen its bureau in four to six weeks and will resume flights as soon as the United Nations embargo on Iraq is lifted," said Vyacheslav Kovalchuk, a company official.

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TiM Ed.: Now, can you imagine what will happen if some trigger-happy American or British pilot shoots down a Russian aircraft while patrolling the "no fly zone?"

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4. A State Department Reporter Found Dead in Moscow

MOSCOW, Sep. 22 - A journalist working for US-funded Radio Liberty in Moscow has been found dead with severe head wounds, the RFE/RL radio said on Friday.

Iskandar Khatlani, worked for the radio's Tajik service aimed at the ex-Soviet republic on the border with China and Afghanistan, it said. But the radio declined to give any further information.

It was not clear how he received his injuries. The Itar-Tass news agency said Khatlani was found by a passer-by, lying in a Moscow street late on Thursday (Sep. 21).

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5. Russia Considers Joining OPEC

High Oil Prices Boost Economy

MOSCOW, Sep. 14 - In another indication of Russia’s increasing willingness to challenge to the New World Order, Russia’s prime minister, Mikhail Kasyanov, told reporters on September 13 that Russia had "begun studying" the issue of joining OPEC in order to "determine to what extent membership would correspond to [its] interests," according to an RFE/RL Sep. 14 report, which cited Reuters as source.

Kasyanov added that "if after this period [of examining the issue] we decide that it is in our interest,Text Box:  
 
and if we are invited [to join], then we can begin to speak of a theoretical membership."

Meanwhile, Russia’s economy is surging, having been helped by the high oil prices even without the OPEC membership.  Russia’s Gross Domestic Product shot up by 7.4% during the first half of 2000, according to a Wall Street Journal Sep. 18 report.  The Russian government expects the growth for the full year to be 5.5%, more than double the growth rates of OECD economies which are struggling to absorb the negative impact of high oil prices.

So one man’s loss is another man’s gain.  Russia produces about 10% of the world oil while consuming only 5%.  The U.S., by contrast, consumes more than it produces (26% vs. 12% of the world oil demand/supply).  The OECD Europe is in a similar boat.  It produces only about 8% of the world oil while consuming 19% of it (see the charts).

No wonder the western bankers are suddenly staring to kiss up to Moscow, their erstwhile suspicions of Putin cast aside.

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6. Russian Made Anti-Tank Weapon Used In London Attack on British Spy Headquarters

LONDON, Sep. 23 - James Bond is probably turning in his Cold War grave.  A Russian-built anti-tank weapon was used in Wednesday's (Sep. 20) attack on the London headquarters of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, the London police said Friday, according to a Sep. 23 Reuters report.

Police say the rocket launcher has never been used in mainland Britain before, although such weapons had been found in Northern Ireland in an arms cache thought to belong to the Real IRA, one of the British province's splinter guerrilla groups, they said.

It is a light anti-tank weapon ... of Russian origin ... relatively portable, meant for battlefield conditions, and very easily hidden,” anti-terrorist branch police chief Alan Fry told a news conference.

“It could be easily concealed in a large hold-all (hand-carried bag),” he said. “It is a very powerful weapon indeed. We are extremely fortunate that more damage was not sustained Wednesday evening and no injuries were suffered.”

The launcher's projectile is capable of piercing concrete one yard thick. Experts identified the rocket launcher from a part found late Thursday in a park near the spy center.

Wednesday evening's attack caused only slight damage to the high-security complex by the Thames, but raised the specter of fresh guerrilla violence in London, the Reuters said. No warning was given before the attack on the headquarters - featured in the latest James Bond film, “The World is not Enough” - and no group has claimed responsibility.

“They (the Real IRA) are suspects as far as this offense is concerned, (but) I do not remove suspicion that it could be another group,” said Fry, who has warned that other unspecified targets in the capital were at risk from ``terrorism.''

For more details, check out - http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000922/wl/britain_blast_dc_16.html

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7. Putin Stands Firm on Yugoslavia, Sends Schroeder Packing Back to Germany Empty-handedSeptember 25, 2000

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Putin and Schroeder being greeted by Chinese tourists at the Kremlin, Sep. 25, 2000
MOSCOW, Sep. 25 - The German chancellor’s whirlwind visit to Moscow, coming on the heels of the Yugoslav elections and intended to mollify the Russian president, turned out to be a flop - from a western standpoint.  Or a “main tent event,” from Serbia’s strategic viewpoint. 

For, Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, sent his newfound chum (Gerhard Schroeder - see Item 1 above) packing back to Berlin with nothing more but fond memories of a photo-op at the Kremlin with some Chinese tourists who had recognized, Putin, but had no idea who the other man was. 

“An amusing incident happened while the two leaders strolled the Kremlin grounds,” one of our Russian sources reported (see the photo at our web site). “They happened upon a group of Chinese tourists, who recognized Putin immediately, and approached him to shake hands.  Meanwhile, Schroeder was left as the odd man out.  

Finally, Putin was forced to introduce his guest, in English, as "Mr. Schroeder".

"From Germany", clarified the German chancellor to the Chinese tourists who, by this writer’s globetrotting experiences, probably did not understand a word of what either statesman had said.

Meanwhile, Putin gave no sign of caving in to the latest NATO pressure. In a joint statement on the grounds of the Kremlin, the Russian and the German leaders limited themselves to a vague statement about "the necessity for the elections [in Yugoslavia] to proceed according to international norms".

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TiM Ed.:  Blah, blah, blah… Which means, according to the usual western norms of its “demo farce,” plutocrats decide, voters suffer the consequences.  Just as in Milosevic’s Serbia. And just as the great “democrat”, Joseph Stalin, also noted once: “Those who cast the votes decide nothing; those who count the votes, decide everything.”

For what it's worth, Stalin was Winston Churchill's and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's WW II chum.

Check out also the TiM Bulletins - http://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins/tim96-03a.html - about how Pat Buchanan was cheated out of his electoral victory in the 1996 Arizona Republican primary.  And then count your fingers after you shake hands with any NWO leader.  Especially the likes of Al Gore or George W. Bush.

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