The United Nations organ for civil aviation International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) convened in Montreal, Canada upon the shocking and rude awakening of the Malaysia Airlines B777-200ER 9M-MRD on a scheduled flight 17 AMS-KUL on 17 July 2014 which saw 298 souls perished. However, mere rhetorics were resulted from it.
The Canadian Press story:
14:30 on July 29, 2014, EDT.
ICAO to set up task force in wake of downing of Malaysia Airlines flight
The Canadian Press
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters are pictured in Montreal, May 3, 2013.
MONTREAL – The UN body that governs civil aviation says it is setting up a task force aimed at improving security measures in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.
The plane was shot down in mid-July by a surface-to-air missile while flying over a war-torn section of Ukraine.
Top officials from four international organizations met in Montreal today to discuss risks to civilian aviation in conflict zones.
The head of the International Civil Aviation Organization told a news conference that the agency will convene a high-level safety meeting with its 191 member states in February 2015.
Raymond Benjamin says states have also been reminded of their responsibilities to address any potential risks to civil aviation in their air space.
Benjamin also said there is a pressing need for information and intelligence that can potentially affect the safety of passengers and crew members.
This rather quick meeting, would be continued again in February which is six months away to detail the recommendations for the collection, management and dissemination of information with regards to civil aviation security and threats.
Apparently, there is no call for the perpetrators for the brutal shooting down on Mike Romeo Delta to be brought to face criminal charges.
What is appalling, there is no statement made by ICAO senior office bearers for the demand of safe and open passage for investigators to have unhindered access, space and time in getting to the truth and eventually process of justice for the downing of the airliner in levelled flight.
Failure is nothing but humiliating spit-on-the-face for the families and loved ones of the 298 souls brutally killed and Malaysia Airlines, who are the obvious victims.
On the same note but harsher topic, EU is going for diplomatic escalation and an escalation which shall see the imposition of a very stiff economic sanctions against the Russian Federation for its role in the separatist armed rebellion in Ukraine, which has now been compounded by the perceived Russian role in the shooting of Mike Romeo Delta on 17 July.
The Washington Post story:
Europe agrees to sweeping new sanctions against Russia
By Griff Witte July 29 at 1:56 PM
LONDON — The European Union on Tuesday overcame months of misgivings about forcefully confronting Russia and agreed to unleash a wave of tough economic sanctions intended to push Moscow into backing down from its destabilizing role in eastern Ukraine.
E.U. ambassadors agreed to the measures at a meeting Tuesday, and officials said the details are likely to be released later in the evening. The agreement came after an unusual videoconference on Monday among President Obama and his counterparts in Germany, Britain, France and Italy. The United States is expected to announce its own heightened sanctions, in coordination with the European move.
The European measures have the potential to inflict serious damage on the already listing Russian economy, which relies heavily on Europe as a market for its oil and gas, as a source of financing and as a supplier of components for its military. All three areas will take a hit under the measures slated to be announced Tuesday.
Europe’s harder line has long been sought by Washington, but it was resisted by European officials anxious about the implications for their own economies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel led a faction of European leaders who sought to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine through dialogue with Moscow, rather than punitive measures.
But the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine this month, which the West has blamed on pro-Russian rebels, galvanized politicians in capitals across Europe to move swiftly against Moscow.
Sanctions on Russia may hurt E.U. players
“The plane changed everything,” said Sophia Pugsley, a specialist in E.U.-Russia relations at the European Council on Foreign Relations. “And it’s really the German attitude that has changed. They’re the ones that are going to feel the pain in the parts of the economy that rely on Russia.”
Germany is heavily reliant on Russian energy supplies, with Russia providing up to a third of the gas used in Germany. The other European heavyweights also have strong economic ties to Moscow, with Britain relying on Russian money to help fuel its thriving banking sector, and France selling warships to Russia to buoy its flagging defense industry.
Analysts expect that the new European sanctions would include measures targeting nearly $10 billion worth of bonds issued in Europe by Russian state-owned banks, an arms embargo, and restrictions on dual-use technology and energy industry equipment.
The impact of the much-anticipated sanctions was already rippling across Europe on Tuesday, with companies rushing to pull back on their dealings with Russian partners. In London, the effect was being felt most acutely among financial firms, which are trying to limit their exposure to any segment of the Russian economy that might be caught up in the new measures.
“The European and U.S. sanctions regimes have been evolving so rapidly that it’s becoming harder and harder for them to feel comfortable,” said Ben Kingsley, a partner at Slaughter and May, a law firm rooted in London’s financial district.
The energy giant BP released a statement Tuesday saying that new sanctions on the Russian oil firm Rosneft could “have a material adverse impact on our relationship with and investment in Rosneft, our business and strategic objectives in Russia and our financial position and results of operations.”
Until now, European sanctions have been limited to travel bans and asset freezes against individuals and entities directly involved in Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and its backing for pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.
But Tuesday’s move brings Europe into line with the United States in taking broader aim at entire sectors of the Russian economy.
Europe is Russia’s largest trading partner, and the new sanctions promised to deal a significant blow to Russian businesses, which until this month had largely been insulated from the measures coming from the United States and Europe.
Russia’s main MICEX stock index had largely recovered by mid-July from the economic tumult since the March annexation of Crimea. But the dual blow of tougher U.S. sanctions on July 16 and the shooting down of Flight 17 on July 17 sent the Russian stock market tumbling 7 percent since then, and international investors appear increasingly fearful about the stability of any future investment.
Karla Adam in London and Michael Birnbaum in Moscow contributed to this report.
The focus is in of the international sanction on allowing Russia to have access for banking and financial services, importation of arms and materials and goods which could be used both for civillian and military applications.
The fact is that, there is yet any proof on Russian’s role in the shooting of Mike Romeo Delta.
It is expected that President Barack H. Obama would be issuing a statement within the hour, with regards to Russia’s role and support in the separatist rebellion in Ukraine.
The more interesting note, there is a hyprocracy on a gargantuan proportion on this majority decision by EU to reprimand Russia if compared to the criminally-instituted-unlawful State of Israel.
In the recent IDF campaign in Gaza the past ten days, more than 1,000 persons of which majority are unarmed non combatants such as women, children and old folks have been killed by incessant and indiscriminate bombing on buildings such as schools, hospitals and mosques.
The Week of United Kingdom story:
Tough sanctions against Russia – but what about Israel?
New measures risk a return to Cold War relations while some ask: why no action over Gaza crisis?
COLUMN LAST UPDATED AT 10:07 ON TUE 29 JUL 2014
David Cameron faces a possible backlash at home over the decision by Europe and the US to get tougher with President Vladimir Putin – and risk an unwelcome return to Cold War relations with Moscow – while doing nothing to halt Israel’s bombardment of Gaza.
The new measures against Russia, which are expected to hit EU exports of high-tech energy technology, future arms sales (though not the French contracts for two warships) and Russian investments in the City of London, won the immediate approval of the former Tory Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind.
Appearing on Radio 4’s Today programme, Rifkind dismissed earlier sanctions involving travel bans on Putin’s cronies as “pretty useless” and said the tougher sanctions were needed to make Putin change his policy of interference in the Ukraine.
Rifkind, today a respected if rather pompous Tory backbencher, also took a hefty sideswipe at Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem leader, for calling for Fifa to stop Putin hosting the 2018 World Cup. “I was not very impressed about that,” said Rifkind. “It was pretty amateur.”
No doubt Rifkind is speaking for many in his party who think Putin needs to be brought down a peg or two after the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine. Their view is that tough measures are the only language that a bully like Putin understands.
But the Tory press is not so sure. A Daily Telegraph editorial calls for calm heads: “This exercise seems largely designed to damage the City of London, while enabling other EU countries to carry on with the essentials of their relationship with Moscow largely intact…
“Europe needs to spell out what its objectives are, while avoiding steps that lead to a new Cold War, or worse. That means talking directly and firmly to Putin with a clear goal in sight – and without the strident grandstanding that ends up punishing us more than him.”
The Times claims the curbs on Russian investors could cost the City of London “hundreds of millions of pounds”. The paper also comments on today’s parallel announcement that Britain is to send more than 1,300 troops and tanks to join a training exercise on Nato’s eastern border in Poland.
“The move is designed to reassure allies in Eastern Europe,” says the Times, “but the stark return to Cold War tactics will further inflame tensions in the region.”
So, are we looking at a return to the Cold War, Checkpoint Charlie, Zil lanes in Moscow, the re-erection – metaphorically if not literally – of the Berlin Wall? No! Rifkind responded cheerily, claiming that the sanctions will all be chucked overboard the moment Putin changes his foreign policy over Ukraine.
An academic invited onto the same programme, Sergei Markov, director of the Institute of Political Studies in Moscow, warned against the sanctions, however, saying all they will do is create “more popularity for Vladimir Putin”. Markov added: “It will lead to a consolidation of the Russian people around President Putin.”
Rifkind: “That is not the point – this is not about his popularity; this is about sanctions that will oblige him to change his policy.”
The one issue that was not raised in Today’s sanctions slot was waiting in the wings – the Israeli army incursion into Gaza.
A cursory glance at social media shows that outside Broadcasting House there is boiling resentment that while the West is taking measures against Putin over the Ukraine, it is not proposing sanctions against Israel over its continuing bombardment of Gaza.
A tweet by Norman Smith, a BBC political correspondent, on the sanctions against Russia provoked a landslide of furious posts about Israel. They included this: “Sanctions for SM gossip, hearsay & BS while Israel murdering people & are allowed to get away with it.”
A BBC tweet announcing that Rifkind was due on the Today programme to discuss the Russian sanctions was met with an equally angry response: “How have we ended like this with Russia but not Israel? Just shows how selective our moral obligations are.”
These could be orchestrated tweets, posted by anti-Israeli Palestinian campaigners, or they could suggest that while Cameron and his EU partners are marching in step with Obama over Russian aggression, they are avoiding an issue that raises far greater public outrage. ·
The major players and protagonists of all these international politics of sordid staging of “Punch and Judy” are obvious without any conscience against this particular prolonged pure evil-induced racism crime of humanity, which already extended for almost 70 years.
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As expected, President Barack H Obama came with damning call for Russia to be reprimanded through economic sanctions, designed to strangle United States real political and adversary since the 1920s.
The Fox News story:
Obama joins EU in announcing expanded economic sanctions against Russia
Published July 29, 2014FoxNews.com
President Obama on Tuesday announced expanded U.S. sanctions on Russia, joining the European Union in a coordinated effort to use Russia’s economy as leverage to compel Moscow to stop fueling the deadly conflict in Ukraine.
“Russia is once again isolating itself from the international community,” Obama said, claiming that the U.S. sanctions will have an “even bigger bite” thanks to action by the Europeans.
The coordinated sanctions by the U.S. and European Union were aimed at increasing pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his country’s support for separatists in eastern Ukraine whom the West blames for taking down a Malaysian airliner nearly two weeks ago. Obama and U.S. allies also warned that Russia was building up troops and weaponry along its border with Ukraine.
Europe’s actions were particularly significant given that the continent has a far stronger economic relationship with Russia than the U.S. does. Until this week, the EU sanctions had lagged behind American penalties, in part because of leaders’ concerns about a negative impact on their own economies.
But Europe’s calculus shifted sharply after a surface-to-air missile brought down the passenger jet, killing nearly 300 people including more than 200 Europeans. The new European penalties include an arms embargo on Moscow and a ban on the unapproved sale to the Russians of technology that has dual military and civilian uses or is particularly sensitive, such as advanced equipment used in deep-sea and Arctic oil drilling.
Obama said the U.S. sanctions would hit the finance, arms and energy sectors of Russia’s economy. Among the U.S. sanctions, according to the Treasury Department, are U.S. penalties that target the Bank of Moscow, the Russian Agricultural Bank and VTB Bank. Also listed on the Treasury designation is the United Shipbuilding Corp., which is based in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Obama said the U.S. is also blocking the export of certain goods and technologies to the Russian energy sector, and suspending credit “that encourages exports to Russia and financing for economic development projects in Russia.”
In making the case for the additional steps, Obama said Russia has continued to support the separatists, “and encourage them and train them and arm them.” He said forces inside Russia are launching artillery strikes into Ukraine, which he called a “major violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty.”
He also said Russia continues to build up its own forces near the border.
The new EU sanctions mirror steps announced by the U.S. the day before the Malaysian airliner was shot out of the sky. The White House has been pressing Europe in recent days to bring its penalties in line with the U.S., both to increase the economic pressure on Moscow and present a united Western front.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
It is yet to be proven that Russia is directly involved in the brutal downing of Malaysia Airlines’ Mike Romeo Delta. However, the massacre of unarmed non combatant populous of Gaza is a direct incessant and indiscriminate action of Israeli Forces.
Again, yet United States did not issue the same call against Israel even with the same tone despite the brutal attacks, bombings, shelling and now ground forces incursion by Israeli Forces into civilian population of Gaza which already saw over 1,000 persons killed and over 200,000 civilians displaced.