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Russia: Exclusive U.S. weighs sanctioning Russia as well as China in cyber attacks

Published September 2, 2015 by godshope1971

The United States is considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets, several U.S. officials said on Monday.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no final decision had been made on imposing sanctions, which could strain relations with Russia further and, if they came soon, cast a pall over a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September.

The Washington Post first reported the Obama administration was considering sanctioning Chinese targets, possibly within the next few weeks, and said that individuals and firms from other nations could also be targeted. It did not mention Russia.

A move against Chinese entities or individuals before Xi’s trip, the officials said, is possible but unlikely because of the strain it could put on the top-level diplomatic visit, which will include a black-tie state dinner at the White House hosted by President Barack Obama.

“The Chinese government staunchly upholds cyber security, firmly opposes and combats all forms of cyber attacks in accordance with law,” Chinese Embassy spokesman Zhu Haiquan said in a statement.

He said China wants enhanced dialogue and cooperation with the United States and that “groundless speculation, hyping up or accusation is not helpful to solve the problem.”

The Russian Embassy did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.

The U.S. government has suffered a series of embarrassing cyber attacks in recent months, including one on the White House Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that potentially provided a treasure trove of data about government employees to foreign spies.

U.S. officials suspect that attack was linked to China, which has denied any involvement in hacking U.S. databases and says it too has been a victim of cyber attacks.

The sanctions Washington is currently considering would not target suspected hackers of government data, but rather foreign citizens and firms believed responsible for cyber attacks on commercial enterprises, one official said.

If taken, the action would be the administration’s first use of an executive order signed by Obama in April to crack down on foreign hackers accused of penetrating U.S. computer systems.

The officials declined to name any potential targets, concerned that advance warning would allow them to hide assets.

One U.S. official said that sanctions imposed on individuals or companies would effectively cut them off from using the U.S. financial system, which could be a death-sentence for a serious business venture.

The official also said that entities or individuals from countries other than Russia or China could face sanctions.

Another U.S. official suggested that a decision on targeting Chinese entities could depend partly on whether diplomatic efforts, such as last week’s visit by White House national security adviser Susan Rice to Beijing last week, produce positive results going forward.

Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel visits China next weekend for further talks ahead of Xi’s U.S. trip in the second half of September. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

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Russia: Inadvertently Posts Its Casualties In Ukraine: 2,000 Deaths, 3,200 Disabled

Published September 1, 2015 by godshope1971

Russian president Vladimir Putin has decreed that all Russian casualties “in peacetime” be a state secret. In addition to criminal charges arising from divulging state secrets, families risk losing pensions and lump-sum payments if they reveal that their sons were killed in Ukraine. Mothers of soldiers’ associations have been branded “foreign agents” for collecting data on Russian casualties. Dissident Boris Nemtsov was murdered shortly before completing his study of Russian casualties in Ukraine. Russian civil rights organizations, working against the fog of official resistance, could confirm only several hundred battlefield deaths.

Business Life (Delovaya Zhizn) reports on markets, finance, entrepreneurship, finance, and leisure, scarcely an outlet for sensational information. Its innocuously entitled “Increases in Pay for Military in 2015,” however, reveals what appear to be official figures on the number of Russian soldiers killed or made invalids “in eastern Ukraine.” Russian censors quickly removed the offending material but not before it had been webcached by the Ukrainian journal Novy Region (New Region). Here is the “top secret” material the censors removed (my translation): ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

Russia: Alliances, and inflame Almrashid .. raids Lion! Local Haj Algerian writer

Published August 27, 2015 by godshope1971

In an interview Saturday, chirp Ali Jannati Iranian, and Omran Zoubi Syrian, within the cosmic squadron, anti-terrorism, and the atonement, under the banner of “Alobzai” al-Hakim, al-Assad, Bashar, and before that arrived Mufti Top Diar stamens, and a large Hbihtha, Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassoun, to speak at Algerians, and recommend to their imams, to exercise prudence and caution, imprisonment for extremism, may storming the place, and the entity, appended his words, by implication, and after that Tlagafth, the hands of the police, of the masses of the audience, angry “and you in Syria, Assad, a lesson, O men of understanding”!

Terrorism, and incidentally, it conquered Assad aircraft, and missiles, warheads more than a hundred of them, and once, in a popular market, Duma, in the eastern Ghouta, and to coincide, with the aid of logistics, Russian simple, “I do not Thouk, nor Tellouk he Tobeiralafraanh, limited the “old” aircraft, the MiG-31 type, and missiles “Used”, from Alchornt 5 type, and artillery field, to help, another leader of a secular stronghold, the protection rackets region, from the fundamentalists, the infidels, the softest and Akram, enlarge …….?!

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And always massacre, and many others, have comrade Bashar, has devoted himself to the most important, the extermination of excommunicating wage earners, to be all the political initiatives of the system, Loyal, delirious, a throwback, valves Takazir, oregano resuscitation, a sample, a message missed, only Moaz al-Khatib, head of “Syria Mother,” which decided to refrain, all meetings of consultation, “skylights,” until …, which is so tucked honey in creamy, habit man always. “deaf” dialogue, invincibility still sectarian, and the predominance of humane death, approach equivocation, Atto and aversion ..

Assad has persisted game art, it is not possible, the specificity of the punishment over, pinching of the people, has fallen victim to, the will of the Baath statement, and mirrors the vision of defiance, and the tournament, and Takhareef comedy “Parents.”

Cityscape Blood Falls, and the pyramids of corpses Hall, in the arena of schadenfreude, watching, and the Nile, Ndhat are free from the Levant, and Hrairha

Punishment absurd, racist landmarks, consistent with the law of al-Assad, steadfast, and condescending to isolate the victims.

Bashar incinerators, and a more rigorous, Nabu cruelty, and reckless, Tnavh to consolidate feet dictator, Bvetoh flowing, Manhal of my contract, scrambling, harbingers of extremism, link, and the regional meeting, contact the filter line, the identity!

Heyday bet berths, Syrians pay the cost prohibitive, to ward off evils, neighborhood mg, lurks disgruntled Arabs, the Russians alliances, and the mullahs.

What is done by Assad, of simultaneous raids, with an international communication, to resolve the bloody crisis, necrosis Per blades, fair battlefield, which is an extension of the current tyranny, glitter criminal fingerprints, the wings intensified its promises, her will, and took shelter by the mob, campaign aspirations, revenge, historical , shallow ..

In the meantime, bravado killed, pilgrim eloquence sincere, and prudence effective, and curb the imams of exclusivity, laparoscopic revolutions, and defamation to terrorism, the Arabs, it is not astrologers, Alillabeyen, not to postpone the discount, before they disappear determination, and firmness, Leo The same, that mode solution, and the link … ∞∞∞∞∞ CLICK HERE FOR MORE »»»»

Russia: Russia’s Putin blames Kiev for increased violence in east Ukraine

Published August 20, 2015 by godshope1971


SEVASTOPOL, Crimea – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday blamed the Ukrainian government for the latest upsurge in fighting between Kiev forces and Russia-backed rebels in east Ukraine.

After taking a dive in an underwater submersible in Crimea, a Black Sea peninsula Moscow annexed from Kiev last year, Putin told reporters: ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

Russia: Iran Future of Assad up to Syrians

Published August 19, 2015 by godshope1971

MOSCOW: Russia and Iran said Monday that Syrian groups must decide the future of Bashar Assad, with Moscow opposing any pre-negotiated exit of the Syrian president as part of a peace deal.

Speaking at a joint news conference, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, reiterated their countries’ backing for Assad in the conflict, which has killed around a quarter of a million people since 2011.

The future of Assad remains a sticking point in diplomatic efforts by regional and global players to end the Syria crisis – one that talks in recent weeks between Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States, among others, have failed to resolve. Syrian opposition groups, Arab Gulf states and the West want Assad to go. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

Russia: M5.4 – 87km WSW of Atka, Alaska

Published August 17, 2015 by godshope1971

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87km (54mi) WSW of Atka, Alaska
1505km (935mi) SSE of Anadyr’, Russia
1771km (1100mi) E of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia
1787km (1110mi) E of Yelizovo, Russia
2633km (1636mi) W of Whitehorse, Canada

Russia: Says ‘early details’ of plan to fight Islamic State start to emerge

Published August 13, 2015 by godshope1971

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday “early details” of how to coordinate international efforts to fight Islamic States have started to emerge.

Lavrov was speaking at a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. He said Moscow and Riyadh agreed that international players should join ranks to counter the Sunni jihadists who control swathes of Syria and Iraq. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

Russia: No consensus on Assad’s fate as Saudis, Russia walk away from talks

Published August 13, 2015 by godshope1971

Russia and Saudi Arabia failed in talks on Tuesday to overcome their differences on the fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad, a central dispute in Syria’s civil war that shows no sign of abating despite renewed diplomacy.

Russia is pushing for a coalition to fight Islamic State insurgents — who have seized swathes of northern and eastern Syria — that would involve Assad, a longtime ally of Moscow. But, speaking after talks in Moscow, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir reiterated Riyadh’s stance that Assad must go. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»