Russia says West exploiting Syria deal to threaten force
A group of visiting Indian journalists experienced this in Tatarstan, a state under the Russian Federation. We love Indian films as they are mostly about love, relationships and emotions. When they fight, they fight, when they love, they love, said Ayder Khasanov, Tatarstans ministry of youth, sports and tourism official. In a surprise, apart from Raj Kapoors movies like Awara and Shree 420, the films that are most popular in Russia are Hema Malini-starrer Sita aur Gita and Mithuns hit movie made in 1982 Disco Dancer. When I was young my mother did not let me watch Indian movies as they were so emotional I would start crying, Khasanov said. I loved Sita aur Gita, Disco Dancer and recently saw Shah Rukh Khans My Name is Khan which was fantastic, he said. Russians have always loved Indian cinema and with the appearance of a satellite channel India TV, broadcasting Indian films and programmes dubbed in Russian language, the young people in the country have taken to movies big time. I love Indian films, Raj Kapoor was a fine actor. I have also seen Disco Dancer, the hero of that film is also good, Julia Karavaev, expert in the committee for tourism and foreign relations said. In places like Kazan and the surrounding tourist areas in Tatarstan such as Bolgar, Elabuga and Sviyazhsk, the knowledge and enthusiasm of the Tatar and Russian people about Indian movies is surprising. In Elabuga, Svetlana Andarzyanova, a tourist centre official, said I am crazy about Indian movies, Raj Kapoor is my favourite, though I also like Disco Dancer Mithun. All the Kapoors are wonderful actors and Ranbir is amazing, she said, adding that her favourite movies are Awara, Shree 420, Sita aur Gita and Disco Dancer.
Russia Rejects U.S.-Europe Plan to Enforce Syria UN Measure
Jared Wickerham/Getty Images Regardless, it isn’t Tebow’s fault that he isn’t in Jacksonville. Owner Shahid Khan and general manager David Caldwell have seemingly done nothing to bring him onto a team destined to finish near the bottom of the NFL this season. Given the semi-surprising lack of interest in him, Tebow should not have refused the offer to play in Russia. American football in Russia is a few steps down from the NFL (OK, more than a few), but having success at any level would be enough to open the eyes of teams thinking about giving him a call. If anything, Tebow could use the opportunity in Russia to show teams that he can stand in the pocket and pass. Given the low stakes of playing there, he could stay in the pocket and not look to run. It would essentially be an overseas tryout for teams looking into acquiring his services. Andy Lyons/Getty Images Tebow’s inability to show any consistency throwing the football is his biggest downfall. In three seasons, he has completed just 47.9 percent of his passes. To put that into perspective, his 47.9 percent for his career is six full points worse than Chad Henne’s league-worst 53.9 percent passing from last season. In two games in Russia, Tebow could have worked on his pocket passing skills and shown off what he’s got to NFL scouts. Scouts would have either been in attendance or closely monitoring both of his games, so Tebow’s refusal to play is interesting. It would have been an open tryout that could have potentially led to the furthering of his NFL careersomething he’s striving for.
The U.S., France and the U.K. want a resolution this week that provides enforcement to the terms of the Geneva accord between the U.S. and Russia. Efforts to agree on a resolution have encountered headwinds from Russia, Assads strongest ally, which opposes any measure with a threat of force. The Security Council is set to negotiate a resolution this week, as world leaders travel to New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Sept. 20 it had received an initial disclosure from the Syrian government of its chemical weapons program. The Sept. 14 U.S.-Russian agreement, which averted an American military strike on Assads government, called for an itemization of Syria s poison gas stocks by yesterday. Initial Disclosure Ben Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser, said Sept. 20 that it was a positive step for Syria to submit the list within the period outlined in the agreement, which calls for the Arab country to turn over its chemical weapons to international control for eventual destruction. There needs to be consequences for noncompliance, Rhodes told reporters on a conference call. We would want to see the strongest enforcement possible. The executive council of the chemical weapons organization in The Hague, which would oversee Syrias disarmament, said Sept. 20 it postponed a meeting on Syria and is aiming for a new date in the middle of this week. Russia has had close ties with Syria since Assads father, Hafez al-Assad, took power in a coup in 1970. Russia has been a major arms provider to the regime and maintains its only military base outside the former Soviet Union at Syrias Mediterranean port of Tartus.
Ukraine’s pro-Europe drive has already drawn threats of counter-measures from Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as pressure on Kiev to join the Customs Union. Speaking after Azarov on Saturday, Sergei Glazyev, an aide to Putin, returned to the attack, saying that Russia might be obliged to impose duties on any goods arriving from Ukrainian territory, at a huge financial cost to Ukraine. Saying 40 percent of Ukrainians had doubts over the agreements with the EU, Glazyev, who has made hawkish comments before about Ukraine’s pro-Europe policy, urged the Kiev government to ballot its people. “Let us … ask the Ukrainian people what choice they prefer,” he said. TYMOSHENKO RELEASE Azarov had sharp words for Russia over its refusal to cut the price of its gas, which hangs heavy on Ukraine’s cash-strapped economy. Ukraine pays what it sees as an exorbitant $400 per thousand cubic meters under a 2009 contract, which Russia has refused to redraw. In a bid to break away from reliance on Russia, Ukraine hopes to find alternative energy sources through shale gas exploration and imports from other sources. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on Friday reiterated that Kiev was committed to signing the agreements with the EU at a November 28 summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, marking a pivotal shift away from Russia. But he refused to say whether he would free his jailed political rival, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who the EU says is a victim of ‘selective justice’. Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in jail in 2011 for abuse of office after a trial that she says was a vendetta by Yanukovich. Former Polish president Aleksander Kwasniewski, who is involved in mediation missions on behalf of the EU to get Tymoshenko released, urged Yanukovich to free her for medical treatment in Germany. “She is ill. She needs surgery.
Russia makes new threats over Ukraine’s pro-Europe policy
“An international presence is needed on the perimeters of the areas where the experts will work,” he said. “We are willing to send our troops and military police to participate. “I do not think that there is a need for a major contingent. I think military observers will be sufficient.” Assad agreed to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons after a sarin gas strike in Damascus suburbs last month – the world’s deadliest chemical attack in 25 years. Washington accused Assad’s forces of carrying out the attack, which it said killed more than 1,400 people. It said a report by U.N. chemical weapons experts last week supported its view – an assertion that Moscow disputes. Assad has blamed rebels for the attack, saying it made no sense for his forces to use chemical weapons when they were gaining the upper hand and while U.N. chemical inspectors were staying in central Damascus. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Lavrov spoke by telephone with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday about efforts to implement the disposal of Syria’s chemical weapons. A State Department official said the United States and other member states on the council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had not yet seen the information given to the U.N.-backed watchdog by Syria. “We will make an evaluation of the document after it has been distributed to member states,” the official said. HOPES FOR PEACE TALKS While the chemical deal paves the way to the destruction of 1,000 tonnes of mustard gas, VX and sarin that security experts believe Syria possesses, the rare instance of U.S.-Russian cooperation has also raised hopes of a revived international push for a political solution to the wider Syrian conflict.