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ask our Polish colleagues and U.S. partners.”
NATO chief Russia wants explanations on deployment Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich wel-
comed on Wednesday the stationing of U.S.
Patriot complexes on Polish soil, describing it
as an important step in strengthening Poland’s
tells EU to reach
security pact of U.S. Patriot missiles in Poland
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) — Moscow expects
He said the deployment of U.S. missiles
would also strengthen the “strategic nature of re-
lations between the United States and Poland.”
with Turkey an explanation on the deployment of U.S. Pa- Relations between Moscow and Washington
BRUSSELS (EUobserver) triot missiles near the Polish-Russian border, have improved significantly since Barack Obama
— NATO chief Anders Fogh Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on took over as U.S. president, with the signing of a
Rasmussen spelt out the political Thursday. new arms cuts treaty by the two country’s presi-
steps needed in order for the military “We have, so far, been told only one thing: do dents in April being a major step in Russian-U.S.
alliance and the EU to overcome a not worry, this is not aimed against you,” Lavrov rapprochement.
political deadlock stemming from a told journalists in Moscow. In September 2009, Obama postponed plans
long-standing row between Turkey “We have already heard this in the past and by the Bush administration to deploy missile-
and Cyprus. we consider that the new nature of relations defense elements in Poland and the Czech Re-
Mr. Rasmussen argued that the between Washington and Warsaw allows us to public. Russia has fiercely opposed the plans as
EU must move to accommodate expect more detailed explanations on what is a threat to its national security.
Turkish concerns and conclude an happening,” he added. Russian-Polish ties, hampered by a range of
security agreement with Ankara. The statement came after the United States historical disputes, have also improved in recent
“(EU) high representative opened a temporary military base near the months, at a large extent due to Russia’s deep
Catherine Ashton and I have northern Polish town of Morag, 80 km (50 miles) concern over the death of Polish President Lech
gotten off to a strong start in our from the Russian border under the Supplemen- Kaczynski in a plane accident near the western
co-operation and we both share tal Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) signed Russian city of Smolensk.
the view that NATO and the EU in December 2009. However, a senior member of the Russian
need to talk and do more together “We do not understand completely what the parliament, Konstantin Kosachyov, has said
from planning to procurement to need is in taking steps of a military-technical that it was naive to believe that the improve-
operations,” NATO chief Anders nature to create some military facilities, an infra- ment in Russian-Polish relations would auto-
Fogh Rasmussen told reporters structure in close proximity to Russian borders,” matically remove any questions between the
after co-chairing a joint session of Lavrov said. “These are the questions that we LAVROV two countries.
EU and NATO ambassadors with
The meeting, which was the
first since Ms Ashton took office in
Russia hunts for bombers after blast kills seven
December last year, was dedicated
MOSCOW (AFP) — Police on region branch of the FSB security BP resumes bid to plug Gulf
to the joint operations in Bosnia
Thursday hunted for the perpetrators service, was quoted as saying by oil leak as pressure mounts
and Herzegovina, but also touched
of a bomb blast that killed seven the Interfax news agency.
on broader EU-NATO relations BP has resumed pumping mud into the leaking oil well in
people and wounded dozens in the “We have questions about the
and the changes brought about the Gulf of Mexico after briefly suspending the high-risk
southern Russian city of Stavropol. participation of bandit groups and
by the Lisbon Treaty, such as on “top kill” procedure.
A bomb packed with steel pellets the commercial interests of the
how information on defense and The oil giant said it was too early to say whether the
hidden in a juice carton went off owners of the cafe near where the
security matters will be dealt with latest attempt to stem the leak had been successful.
near a cultural center on Wednesday blast went off and the owners of the
within EU’s new diplomatic service. It has emerged that far more oil has poured from the
evening. sports and cultural center” where
NATO and EU diplomats well than was previously thought, which would make this
By Thursday, the death toll had the concert was to take place,
have met informally every three the biggest spill in U.S. history.
risen to seven, including a 12-year- Nazarov said.
months, but their gatherings have U.S. President Barack Obama is to visit the affected
old girl, and 33 people remained Nazarov added that officials were
been limited to discussing the Emergency service staff help an injured victim after an area in Louisiana.
hospitalized, many in critical explosion in Stavropol. (AFP/Danil Semyonov) seeking a man linked to the attack
practicalities of missions such as Obama has defended his government’s handling of the
condition, officials said. More than 40 but gave no further details.
the one in Bosnia. Any other issue huge oil spill. Speaking at the White House, the president
people were injured in the blast. Yekaterina Danilova, an official with the Stavropol
touching broader inter-institutional vowed to hold BP accountable for the “horrific disaster”.
Video footage shot with a mobile phone immediately after investigative committee, told AFP another possibility being
relations would have immediately He unveiled a series of measures, including a continued
the blast and aired on state television showed a thick plume considered was that the attack might have been aimed at
been blocked by Greece or France, moratorium on drilling permits for six months.
of black smoke rising from the center of a city square as stirring up ethnic hatred in the mostly ethnic-Russian city.
who would stress that such matters The move comes after an opinion poll said 60%
people ran away in terror. Regional police called on residents of Stavropol to be
needed to be discussed together of Americans were unhappy with the government’s
Stavropol, which lies just north of the Caucasus, has vigilant but not to panic.
with Cyprus, a member of the EU response.
until now rarely seen the bloody attacks that characterize Russia is battling a violent insurgency in the North
but not NATO. BP suspended its “top kill” procedure, untested at this
the guerrilla war between Russian forces and rebels in Caucasus, and deadly attacks in the republics of Chechnya,
Mr. Rasmussen said he wanted depth, for several hours on Thursday so it could monitor
neighboring regions like Chechnya. Ingushetia and Dagestan are a near-daily occurrence.
these meetings to take place on progress.
The region’s governor Valery Gayevsky described the In March, Russia was shaken to the core when two female
“a much more regular basis,” It has now resumed pumping heavy mud into the
attack as “an audacious provocation” and suggested it was suicide bombers, both from Dagestan, killed 40 people in a
especially since the new treaty ruptured well
linked to Caucasus unrest. pair of coordinated attacks on the Moscow metro.
gives the EU and Ms Ashton a It says it believes the procedure can work - although it
“Someone wants to shake loose the friendly relations Doku Umarov, head of the so-called “Caucasus Emirate”
“more robust foreign policy role.” may not know for days yet.
between the peoples and republics. These forces do not group, claimed responsibility for the metro attack. Umarov
He conceded that the Turkish- If the procedure succeeds, cement will be injected to
want peace in the Caucasus. But we will put them in their has vowed in recent months to carry out more attacks outside
Cypriot row, which has been seal the well.
place,” Gayevsky said. the North Caucasus.
blocking co-operation between New estimates from a panel of U.S. scientists said at
So far no group has claimed responsibility, but officials The Kremlin attempted a new tack in the long-running
the two institutions, is a “political least 12,000 barrels (504,000 gallons) were leaking into
said they were considering various theories including an conflict in January by appointing a new envoy to the North
complication” that won’t be cleared the Gulf every day, far exceeding the 1989 Exxon Valdez
insurgent attack and a commercial dispute. Caucasus, businessman Alexander Khloponin, who has
“overnight”, but he spelled out what disaster.
“We are examining all the theories that could objectively sought to bring jobs and investment to the impoverished
needed to be done on both sides The leak was caused by an explosion on the Deepwater
explain this event,” Yevgeny Nazarov, head of the Stavropol region.
for this to happen. Horizon rig on 20 April, which also killed 11 workers.
Ankara has vetoed any attempt at
opening access to classified NATO AP tally: 1,000th U.S. military death in Afghan war President Obama stressed that his administration, and
not BP, was in charge.
documents to the Greek Cypriot But he admitted the government did not have the
authorities, while Cyprus has been KABUL (AP) — The U.S. military Elsewhere, Afghan officials said technology to deal with the damaged oil well nearly a mile
blocking Turkish participation in EU suffered its 1,000th death of the they still had no confirmation of (1.6km) below the surface, meaning that Washington must
defense activities. Afghan war Friday, according to an reports that a Pakistani Taliban leader rely on BP to plug the ruptured well.
Turkey has no access to EU Associated Press count, when NATO who spearheaded the takeover of The president’s comments came as questions were
documents relating to military reported a service member was killed Pakistan’s Swat Valley three years increasingly being asked about whether he had been
missions, as it is the only NATO by a roadside bomb in southern ago was killed this week in a fierce sufficiently engaged in handling the disaster, says the
member not having signed a Afghanistan. battle with Afghan forces in remote BBC’s Adam Brookes in Washington.
security agreement with the 27- A NATO statement did not identify eastern Afghanistan. In a shake-up of the offshore oil industry, Obama
strong bloc, precisely because of the victim’s name or nationality, Hundreds of militants have been suspended test drilling on 33 rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, as
the Cypriot issue. Additionally, joint but U.S. spokesman Col. Wayne trying since Sunday to seize control well as halting exploratory deepwater drilling for another
procurement initiatives on European Shanks said the service member was of the Barg-e-Matal district of Nuristan six months.
level that are co-ordinated by the American. U.S. and Afghan soldiers together with Afghan policemen province along the Pakistani border In addition, he cancelled the sale of some offshore
European Defense Agency are The Associated Press bases its stand near the site of a car bomb explosion in Kandahar, and fighting continued in the area
Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 26, 2010. leases off the coasts of Alaska and Virginia.
also off-limits. tally on U.S. Defense Department Friday, provincial officials said. Correspondents say the move marks a shift in policy
(AP Photo/Alluddin Khan)
“Speaking frankly, maybe a reports of deaths suffered as a direct Villagers who took part in the since March, when President Obama gave the go-ahead
bit bluntly, the EU must move to result of the Afghan conflict, including personnel assigned to fighting reported that they had killed the Taliban commander, to widen the scope for offshore drilling in order to reduce
accommodate some concerns units in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Uzbekistan. Maulana Fazlullah, along with six of his fighters during a strong dependency on oil imports.
raised by NATO allies that are Other news organizations count deaths suffered by service insurgent attack Wednesday, according to Gen. Mohammad Hours before Obama spoke, the head of the Minerals
not EU members. The EU should members assigned elsewhere as part of Operation Enduring Zaman Mamozai, commander for Afghan border police in Management Service (MMS), which oversees drilling
include non-EU contributors to the Freedom, which includes operations in the Philippines, the eastern Afghanistan. operations, resigned.
military decision-making process, Horn of Africa and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo In Pakistan, Maulana Faqir Mohammed, the Taliban chief Elizabeth Birnbaum and the MMS have come under fire
it should conclude a security Bay, Cuba. in the Bajur area, told The Associated Press by phone that from lawmakers over lax oversight of drilling operations.
agreement with Turkey and an The NATO statement gave no details of the bombing Friday, Fazlullah had gone to Nuristan with his fighters. The president blasted the “scandalously close
arrangement between Turkey and nor did it specify where the attack occurred. U.S., NATO and “We are trying to contact him,” he said. “We believe that he relationship” between oil companies and regulators, and
the European Defense Agency,” Afghan forces are gearing up for a major operation in the is safe and he has not been killed.” said officials granting exploration permits would no longer
Rasmussen said. south in a bid to shore up government control of Kandahar, the Another Taliban commander in Bajur, Asad Ullah, insisted be responsible as well for ensuring safety.
But the former Danish Prime biggest city in southern Afghanistan and the Taliban’s former that Fazlullah was alive. Also on Thursday, Obama’s top spill response official -
Minister, who admitted he was no headquarters. “Maulana Fazlullah was the guest of Taliban in Nuristan, and Coast Guard commander Admiral Thad Allen - approved
diplomat but that this allowed him to The list of American service members killed in combat in we don’t think he can be killed so easily,” he said. part of an ambitious plan to build barrier islands to stop oil
speak openly, also conceded steps Afghanistan begins with Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Ross Chapman The Afghan Interior Ministry said one police officer had also from coming ashore in Louisiana.
needed to be taken by his own of San Antonio, Texas. The 31-year-old career Special forces been killed in the Nuristan fighting. Officials said about 500 The oil leak has already soiled more than 110km
organization. soldier was ambushed on Jan. 4, 2002, after attending a meeting Pakistani Taliban were involved in the siege. (70 miles) of Louisiana’s coastline, threatening fragile
“On our side, it should be with Afghan leaders in Khost province. He left a wife and two The insurgents first attacked the district government marshlands and putting the Louisiana fishing industry at
accepted that Cyprus is a country children. The base where a suicide bomber killed seven CIA building on Sunday. Provincial police chief Gen. Mohammad risk.
that deserves a seat at the table employees in December bears his name. Qasim Jangulbagh said local residents joined the fight against U.S. officials warned the coming hurricane season
when we are having a dialogue The latest death was reported just ahead of the Memorial the Taliban because they heard Fazlullah had issued a could be one of the worst on record.
between the EU and NATO,” he Day weekend in the United States when Americans honor their fatwa, or religious command, to kill those who supported the (Source: BBC)
said. dead in all the nation’s wars. government.