Month: November 2009

The European Security Treaty – Russia’s Medvedev’s pet project!

The draft of the European Security Treaty has been published.

On June 5, 2008, the President of Russia put forward an initiative to develop a new pan-European security treaty, the main idea of which is to create – in the context of military and political security in the Euro-Atlantic region – a common undivided space in order to finally do away with the Cold War legacy. In view of this Dmitry Medvedev suggested formalizing in the international law the principle of indivisible security as a legal obligation pursuant to which no nation or international organization operating in the Euro-Atlantic region is entitled to strengthen its own security at the cost of other nations or organizations.

Based on the results of discussions that have taken place in the last year at various venues, Russia had prepared a draft European Security treaty. The Russian President has sent this draft to the heads of relevant states and to chief executives of international organizations operating in the Euro-Atlantic region such as NATO, the European Union, the CSTO, the CIS, and the OSCE. Dmitry Medvedev emphasized that Russia is open to any proposals on the subject matter of its initiative and counts on the positive response from its partners and the beginning of a substantial discussion on specific elements of the draft treaty, which text is given below.


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Update: Train Derailed by Homemade Bomb – Says Security Chief of Russia!

A homemade bomb is responsible for Friday’s deadly train crash, according to Russian Security chief Aleksandr Bortnikov.

“Preliminary evidence suggests that it was an explosion of a homemade device, equivalent of seven kilograms of TNT,” said Russian Federal Security Service chief Aleksandr Bortnikov.

A spokesperson for the Russian Investigative Committee, Vladimir Markin, added some more details regarding the blast.

“We have found a 1.5-by-1-meter hole at the train crash site, and also the remains of an unidentified explosive,” he said. Markin noted that the accident, which has left 26 dead, is almost certainly an act of terror. (Read More)

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A Train in Russia Derails and at Least 25 have Died and 95 Injured!

A passenger train running from Moscow to St. Petersburg derailed Friday, causing 10 deaths and 130 injuries, state-run Russian television reported.

Russian state radio and TV said the crash occurred 280 km (174 miles) from St. Petersburg at 9:38 p.m. (12:38 p.m. ET). Rescue workers were trying to free people trapped under the carriages of the Nevsky Express that overturned.

State media outlets said at least four carriages derailed. Police were investigating a small crater underneath the rails.

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MOSCOW, November 28 (RIA Novosti) – Twenty-five people died in the derailment of a Nevsky Express train that could have been a terrorist attack, and 95 were injured, according to the latest data from the Russian health minister.

Tatyana Golikova also said 19 people remain unaccounted for.