Obama compares Russians to Ebola and it is just fine but when Russian says that Williams Sis r Brothers it is outrage?
(...) Russia’s actions in Ukraine challenge this post-war order. Here are the facts. After the people of Ukraine mobilized popular protests and calls for reform, their corrupt President fled. Against the will of the government in Kiev, Crimea was annexed. Russia poured arms into Eastern Ukraine, fueling violent separatists and a conflict that has killed thousands. When a civilian airliner was shot down from areas that these proxies controlled, they refused to allow access to the crash for days. When Ukraine started to reassert control over its territory, Russia gave up the pretense of merely supporting the separatists, and moved troops across the border.
This is a vision of the world in which might makes right – a world in which one nation’s borders can be redrawn by another, and civilized people are not allowed to recover the remains of their loved ones because of the truth that might be revealed. America stands for something different. We believe that right makes might – that bigger nations should not be able to bully smaller ones; that people should be able to choose their own future.
These are simple truths, but they must be defended. America and our allies will support the people of Ukraine as they develop their democracy and economy. We will reinforce our NATO allies, and uphold our commitment to collective defense. We will impose a cost on Russia for aggression, and counter falsehoods with the truth. We call upon others to join us on the right side of history – for while small gains can be won at the barrel of a gun, they will ultimately be turned back if enough voices support the freedom of nations and peoples to make their own decisions.
Moreover, a different path is available – the path of diplomacy and peace and the ideals this institution is designed to uphold. The recent cease-fire agreement in Ukraine offers an opening to achieve that objective. If Russia takes that path – a path that for stretches of the post-Cold War period resulted in prosperity for the Russian people – then we will lift our sanctions and welcome Russia’s role in addressing common challenges. That’s what the United States and Russia have been able to do in past years – from reducing our nuclear stockpiles to meet our obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to cooperating to remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons. And that’s the kind of cooperation we are prepared to pursue again—if Russia changes course. (...)
Basically, this is the same line as Poroshenko (which is really unsurprising since they used pretty much the same speechwriters). The message to Russia is simple:"surrender or we will mobilize the entire planet against you".
Foreign Minister Lavrov commented: “As for the U.S. President’s speech, we earned the second place among the threats to international peace and stability: number one is the Ebola virus, number two is the so-called Russian aggression in Europe and ISIL and other terrorists who are now taking hold of the Middle East and primarily of the countries, which have evidenced U.S. interventions, are ranked as number three.”
Head of Russian tennis federation suspended from WTA for one year
October 18, 10:41 UTC+4
The WTA said he would be fined $25,000, the maximum fine under current regulations
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NEW YORK, October 18. /TASS/. The World Tennis Association (WTA) suspended for one year President of Russia’s Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpischev for his insulted statements about the Williams sisters.
The WTA said he would be fined $25,000, the maximum fine under current regulations.
The Association is seeking Tarpischev's removal as chairman of the Kremlin Cup for one year.
“The statement made by Shamil Tarpischev on Russian television with respect of two of the greatest athletes in the history of women’s tennis are insulting, demeaning and have absolutely no place in our sport. Serena Williams and Venus Williams are champions on and off the court - outstanding human beings, incredible sportswomen and amazing role models who have done so much to inspire women and girls around the world to achieve their dreams,” statement by WTA head Stacey Allaster reads.
“His re-instatement will be dependent on good behaviour. Mr Tarpischev’s private letter of acknowledgement is a start. However, Mr Tarpischev owes Venus and Serena Williams a personal apology, as well as other players and tennis fans everywhere, a public apology.
Shamil Tarpishchev re-elected as president of Russian Tennis Federation
October 20, 0:04 UTC+4
Tarpishchev has been serving as president of the Russian Tennis Federation since 2009
MOSCOW, October 20 (Itar-Tass) - Shamil Tarpishchev was unanimously re-elected as president of the Russian Tennis Federation at its conference on Saturday.
Taking part in the conference were 108 delegates, the Russian Tennis Federation said on its website.
Tarpishchev has been serving as president of the Russian Tennis Federation since 2009.
Former French Open champion Anastasia Myskina and former world tennis number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov were elected as new vice-presidents of the Federation.