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A Bunch of Major US Foundations Are About to Be Booted out of Russia
Russia's upper house of parliament has unanimously urged the government to stop the work of 12 organizations, including:
• the Soros FoundationTASS) - Russia's upper house of parliament adopted on Wednesday a petition to the Prosecutor General's Office, the Foreign and Justice Ministry asking them to consider the patriotic stop list of foreign NGOs for possibly including them to the list of undesirable organizations.
• the National Endowment for Democracy
• the MacArthur Foundation,
• the Freedom House and
• the East European Democratic Center
The petition, backed unanimously by a total of 156 senators, reads that Russia "has faced the greatest attack on its national interests, values and institutions over the past quarter of the century."
Its key goal is to influence the domestic political environment in Russia as well as to "undermine the patriotic unity" of people and also disrupt integration processes involving Russia on space Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
"The unprecedented involvement in this activity of nonprofit organizations, which are also funded by the state budgets of foreign countries, allows speaking about a "soft aggression" against Russia," the text of the petition obtained by TASS says.The upper house says the Foreign and Justice Ministries and also the Prosecutor General's Office should "consider the patriotic stop list" which includes a range of well-known anti-Russian foreign and international non-governmental organizations.
This measure is aimed at possibly making them a subject of the existing norms of the country's law on undesirable organizations, it says.
The "stop list" includes 12 organizations, among them the Soros Foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy, the MacArthur Foundation, the Freedom House and the East European Democratic Center.
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Joint Chiefs Nominee Calls Russia #1 Threat, Proposes Arming Ukraine
July 9, 2015
During the course of his confirmation hearing before the Senate to become the next Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. stated that Russia poses "the greatest threat" to US national security, adding that it would be "reasonable" for the US to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons, AP reports.
Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Dunford noted that Russia's "behavior" is "nothing short of alarming," adding that Moscow "presents the greatest threat to our national security.""If you want to talk about a nation that could pose an existential threat to the United States, I'd have to point to Russia," Dunford noted, citing Russia's alleged misdeeds, combined with its sizable nuclear weapons stockpile.
Referring to mythical Russian involvement in the civil war in eastern Ukraine, which Moscow has repeatedly dismissed for lack of evidence, Dunford stated it would be "reasonable" to provide Ukraine with lethal weaponry.
"Chairman, from a military perspective I think it's reasonable that we provide that support to the Ukrainians," Dunford noted. "Frankly, without that kind of support, they are not going to be able to defend themselves against Russian aggression," the general added.The general's comment was met with enthusiastic approval from Republican Senator John McCain, the committee's chairman, who took the opportunity to score some political points against Barack Obama by declaring that while "Vladimir Putin's Russia continues its onslaught in Ukraine," the US "has refused Ukraine the weapons it needs and deserves for its defense."
The hearing also covered other military matters, including the war in Afghanistan, the air campaign against ISIL, US assistance for rebels fighting against the Syrian government, and issues related to future defense budgets.
Expected to easily pass Senate confirmation hearings, Dunford is set to become the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a group of military officers who advise the Secretary of Defense, the Homeland Security Council, the National Security Council and the President on military issues.
On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Washington and Kiev are presently in negotiations on the expansion of the US military training program in western Ukraine to include regular army and special forces units.