Daily Archives: October 8, 2015

USA | U.S. rules out military cooperation in Syria

The United States on Wednesday ruled out military cooperation with Russia in Syria’s war, accusing Moscow of pursuing a “tragically flawed” strategy that would force it to limit military talks to basic pilot safety.

Ukraine | Explosion in Lviv

At night an explosion occurred at the territory of Poland consulate in Lviv. Nobody was wondered or killed. Ukrainian investigators found it was a grenade. But they are looking for the aim of explosion. The are two versions in their opinion: it was terrorist attack or just a hooliganism. In the same time the chief of Lviv region accused Putin. These are remarkable features. Every time than Ukrainian officials proclaim Putin’s guilty or try to underestimate any scandalous incident, it means they protect crime of Ukrainian nationalists and fascists.
Poland officials have not commented explosion yet.

China | Cross-Border Interbank Payment System launched in Shanghai

Chine launched its own cross-border system independent of Swift

China’s Cross-Border Interbank Payment System, designed as an “expressway” to facilitate the yuan’s use in international trade and investment, began operations in Shanghai on Thursday.

The system, or the “CIPS”, provides the services of cross-border clearing and payment for domestic and foreign financial institutions.

USA | US Congress voted for military aid to Ukraine

Today US Congress adopted National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. It includes military aid for Ukraine. Its total sum is approximately $ 300 million. There is a list of measures to confront Russia in this Act too.
Here they are:
(Sec. 1251) Authorizes DOD to provide security assistance and intelligence support to military and other security forces of the government of Ukraine.
(Sec. 1252) Authorizes DOD to conduct the Eastern European Training Initiative to provide multilateral or regional training for countries in Eastern Europe that are signatories to the Partnership for Peace Framework Documents but not members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) or that became NATO members after January 1, 1999.
(Sec. 1253) Requires DOD to report to Congress on options for expanding the presence of U.S. ground forces of the size of a Brigade Combat Team in Eastern Europe to respond to the security challenges posed by Russia and increase the combat capability of forces able to respond to unconventional or hybrid warfare tactics such as those used by the Russian Federation in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.
(Sec. 1254) Expresses the sense of Congress urging the United States to encourage NATO allies to meet defense budget commitments and to continue to coordinate defense investments to improve deterrence against Russian aggression and terrorist organizations and more appropriately balance defense spending across the alliance.
(Sec. 1255) Requires the annual report on military matters and security developments involving Russia to include an assessment of the force structure and capabilities of Russian military forces stationed in the Arctic region, Kaliningrad, and Crimea, as well as an assessment of the Russian military strategy in the Arctic region.
(Sec. 1256) Requires DOD to submit to Congress an assessment of alternative capabilities to procure and sustain nonstandard rotary wing aircraft that are historically acquired through or are reliant on Rosoboronexport.