As soon as the OPCW decision is made, the full Security Council will begin negotiations on a resolution intended to support the OPCW Executive Council’s decision. The five permanent Security Council members have been negotiating for on a draft resolution. If the OPCW decision comes on Tuesday, U.N. diplomats say a Security Council resolution could be put to a vote in New York on Thursday on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders for the General Assembly session, which begins on Tuesday. WHAT WILL THE RESOLUTION DO? Western officials say the point of the resolution is to make the Russian-U.S. plan agreed to in Geneva legally binding and enforceable. Russia, however, has said that the resolution has a more modest purpose – simply to back the OPCW decision. WHAT IS THE MAIN STICKING POINT? Enforceability. The United States, Britain and France want the measures in the resolution to be legally binding and enforceable under Chapter 7 of the U.N.
Russia’s alpha dog: vintage Putin holds forth in chat with academics
on USATODAY.com: Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Will Canada, Russia miss out on 2014 FIBA World Cup? Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports 1:37 p.m. EDT September 23, 2013 Canada’s Cory Joseph, center, and Joel Anthony, right, leave the Caracas, Venezuela, arena after being eliminated from the FIBA Americas tournament. (Photo: Ariana Cubillos, AP) Story Highlights 20 of 24 slots for FIBA’s 2014 World Cup of Basketball are already decided by precursor tournaments China, Canada, Russia among those countries hoping for invitations as wild cards, but cost is high China seems guaranteed to get spot, but other countries will need help from FIBA committee SHARECONNECT 14 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Team USA sent scouts to Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia and the FIBA Americas championship in Venezuela, and now it has detailed reports on potential opponents at FIBA’s World Cup of Basketball in Spain next summer. After the completion of FIBA continental championships this summer, including Eurobasket on Sunday, which France won for the first time, 20 of the 24 World Cup teams have been finalized and the four remaining teams will be awarded wild-card spots. Already in: Americas (5): USA (defending Olympic gold medalist), Mexico (2013 FIBA Americas champion), Puerto Rico, Argentina, Dominican Republic. Europe (7): Spain (host country), France ( 2013 Eurobasket champion ), Lithuania, Croatia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Serbia. Oceania (2): Australia (2013 FIBA Oceania champion), New Zealand. Asia (3): Iran (2013 FIBA Asian champion), Philippines, South Korea. Africa (3): Angola (2013 FIBA Africa champion), Egypt, Senegal.
Putin warned ex-Soviet allies on Monday that Islamist militancy fuelling the war in Syria could reach their countries, some of which have Muslim majorities. Credit: Reuters/Alexey Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin By Alexei Anishchuk SOCHI, Russia | Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:57pm IST SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin warned ex-Soviet allies on Monday that Islamist militancy fuelling the war in Syria could reach their countries, some of which have Muslim majorities. He said Russia and its allies would provide “additional collective assistance” to Tajikistan to guard its border with Afghanistan after the pullout of most foreign combat troops in 2014. Russia, which has a large Muslim minority of its own and is fighting an Islamist insurgency, has accused the West of helping militants by seeking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s removal without paying enough attention to the potential consequences. Putin told leaders of the six-nation Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) that militants fighting Assad could eventually expand attacks beyond Syria and the Middle East. “The militant groups (in Syria) did not come out of nowhere, and they will not vanish into thin air,” Putin said. “The problem of terrorism spilling from one country to another is absolutely real and could directly affect the interests of any one of our countries,” he said, citing the deadly attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi as an example. “We are now witnessing a terrible tragedy unfold in Kenya. The militants came from another country, as far as we can judge, and are committing horrendous, bloody crimes,” Putin said at a CSTO summit in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi. His words appeared to be a warning about violence spreading from both Syria and Afghanistan, which shares a long border with CSTO member Tajikistan in Central Asia. BORDER ASSISTANCE Reiterating concerns violence could spread to former Soviet Central Asia and Russia after the pullout of most foreign combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, he said CSTO nations agreed to draft a plan to protect the border. “We will provide additional collective assistance to Tajikistan to strengthen the Tajik-Afghan state border,” Putin said. He gave no details. Russian border guards used to patrol the Tajik frontier with Afghanistan but left in 2005. The CSTO security alliance also includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Belarus.
Tim Tebow Should Consider Opportunity to Play Football in Russia
If he was a homosexual, no one would ever lay a finger on him. In the 12 plus years since Putin has reigned, either as prime minister or president, he has cut a wide swath at home and abroad. His public persona as a muzhik basically, a regular, ol guy has been finely chiseled by the Kremlin (with help from the US public relations giant, Ketchum ), burnished by well publicized adventures as a long-range bomber aviator , large-animal conservationist , migrating bird guide , and bare-chested Siberian angler . His annual news conference with the Russian press corps routinely stretches hours in length , and his annual call-in show attracts tens of thousands of viewers and listeners across Russia, as he scolds officials, comforts the poor and responds to requests like a king and his subjects. He has also acquired a well-deserved reputation for his prickly wit and sharp tongue, with acerbic comments about circumcision , rape , and the best way to go about fighting terrorism in Russias long troubled North Caucasus. Putin is in his third six-year term as president (the interim period between his second and third terms were spent swapping places with the now-prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev , and waiting for the constitution to be amended so Putin could return to the presidency). Assumptions are always dangerous to make, particularly where Russia concerned, but most believe he will seek a fourth term , meaning he could remain Russias predominant political personality, and a force on the world stage, until 2024, well beyond when US President Obama is out of office. In coming years, it may make for an increasingly brittle political system, which by some accounts is taking on trappings of a cult of personality . Regardless, Putins longevity means there will be plenty more opportunities for him, and the entire Kremlin policy making machinery, to out-maneuver the White House, as some argue happened with Syria and its chemical weapons arsenal . Having seized the fickle attention of the American public with his Times morality lecture on the dangers of American exceptionalism, Putin also found time to swat away Sen. John McCains riposte , published earlier this week in the online Russian newspaper Pravda.ru: The fact that he chose to publish his article in Pravda and he wanted after all to publish it in the most influential and widely read newspaper suggests that he is lacking information. Pravda is a respected publication of the Communist Party, which is now in opposition, but it does not have very wide circulation around the country now.
Russia’s Putin says Syria violence could hit ex-Soviet bloc
While the best opportunity for him to play in the NFL immediately could be in Jacksonville (or even Cleveland if the Brian Hoyer experiment doesn’t pan out), no NFL franchise appears to have reached out to the quarterback. Earlier in the week, there was even a rally in Jacksonville to bring Tebow to the Jaguars. The fanbase is clearly fed up with Blaine Gabbert and is looking for a change. Tebow would be the face of the franchise that the Jaguars so desperately need. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images Regardless, it isn’t Tebow’s fault that he isn’t in Jacksonville. Owner Shahid Khan and general manager David Caldwell have seemingly done nothing to bring him onto a team destined to finish near the bottom of the NFL this season. Given the semi-surprising lack of interest in him, Tebow should not have refused the offer to play in Russia. American football in Russia is a few steps down from the NFL (OK, more than a few), but having success at any level would be enough to open the eyes of teams thinking about giving him a call. If anything, Tebow could use the opportunity in Russia to show teams that he can stand in the pocket and pass. Given the low stakes of playing there, he could stay in the pocket and not look to run. It would essentially be an overseas tryout for teams looking into acquiring his services. Andy Lyons/Getty Images Tebow’s inability to show any consistency throwing the football is his biggest downfall. In three seasons, he has completed just 47.9 percent of his passes.