Goat meant to be tiger’s lunch makes friends with big cat at Far East zoo

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS
© Yuri Smityuk/TASS

VLADIVOSTOK, November 26. A Siberian tiger at a Far East Russian safari park has surprised his keepers by making friends with a goat supposed to be his lunch, the park’s director told TASS.

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS
© Yuri Smityuk/TASS

Timur the goat and three-year-old tiger Amur have lived in one enclosure for four days already and the goat has even taken over the feline’s bed, Dmitry Mezentsev said.

“Tigers at our park get live prey twice a week. Amur likes to hunt goats and rabbits but he did not want to eat this one as he [the goat] is brave,” Mezentsev said.

Timur made no attempts to run away from the tiger and now sleeps inside the predator’s bed while Amur has to recline on the shelter’s roof.

“The goat considers Amur his leader and follows him everywhere. Amur does not regard the goat as his prey,” he said, adding that the goat and the tiger eat and walk together.

Amur lives in an enclosure the size of a football pitch. – TASS, Russian News Agency.

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© Yuri Smityuk/TASS

Aerospace Force’s mission in Syria more effective than American – press secretary

Dmitry Peskov also said that the Russian and French military have been discussing already an action plan for Syria.

VLADIVOSTOK, November 28. The mission of the Russian Aerospace Force in Syria is more effective in quality than the U.S. mission, Russia’s presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with the Vesti V Subbotu (News on Saturday) television programme.

“The territory, controlled by terrorists is shrinking (over the time of the Russian mission),” he said. “This proves the mission is qualitatively different. It is more effective. Those are not conclusions of political analysts, but the reality, which may be announced.”

He called an “undeniable fact” result of the U.S.-led coalition’s actions, which had been in Iraq and in Syria for 15 months.

“Unfortunately, that mission, which lasted for over a year, has resulted in bigger territories controlled by IS (Islamic State),” he said. “It is for the first time now, thanks to the mission of the Russian Aerospace Force, which is not that long yet, the tendency has changed radically”.

Russian, French military discuss action plan in Syria

The Russian and French military have been discussing already an action plan for Syria, though it is too early yet to announce the coalition is ready to cooperate, said Russia’s presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov.

The Russian side keeps the door open for any cooperation acceptable for the U.S.-led coalition, he said, adding “as yet, we cannot see, say, mutual readiness.”

He continued saying some countries had chosen to leave now the “pressing position” demanding an immediate resignation of Bashar Assad.

“Now that most Syrian territory is controlled by IS, Nusra and other terrorist organisations, it seems unrealistic to organise whatever elections,” the press secretary said. “Nor realistic are talks about a political settlement. The only force on the ground, which is fighting terrorism, is the Syrian Armed Forces”.

Russia is adamant about territory integrity of Middle East countries

Russia is for territory and political integrity of the Middle East countries, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told.

“You know, it is a very sensitive region, and thus inarguable provision is to remain – the territory and political integrity of all the countries in the region: both Syria, and Turkey, and Iraq,” he said. “Otherwise, the consequences may be catastrophic for the region, which actually neighbours our borders.”

The anchorman said about various political and ethnic groups acting in the region, including, for example, the Kurdish militia.

“The Kurdish militia, well, in fact they are fighting most effectively both in northern Iraq, and fighting effectively the Islamic State (a terrorist group outlawed in Russia),” Peskov said. “They are a more realistic force in fighting IS than the ephemeral Free Syrian Army.”

The presidential press secretary preferred to leave unanswered a question from the anchorman whether Russia should intensify contacts with the Kurds.

“Here, I have said everything I could,” Peskov replied. – TASS, Russian News Agency.

Chechnya’s leader says Turkey provides assistance to terrorists

Kadyrov noted that in the 19th century Turkey cheated by inviting tens of thousands of Chechens and then welcomed them with severe living conditions.

GROZNY, November 28. Leader of the Russian North Caucasus republic of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov has accused Turkey of assistance to terrorists and refuted the allegations that the Turkish always provided help to the Chechens.

“I have been an object for reproaches that I am against Islam and am supporting the infidels,” Kadyrov said on a social network on Saturday.

“I love facts so I am asking a question: when, where and how has Turkey helped Chechnya and my people? Show me a single school, a hospital, a kindergarten or a mosque built as a gift to Chechnya! Give me one example!” Chechnya’s head asked rhetorically. “Yes, you have helped the Wahhabis, terrorists and raised money for them. You gave medical treatment and holiday-making accommodation to [the terrorists like] Udugov, Umarov and Basayev. They and their accomplices used to organise terror acts and kill Chechens. Is this your help?”

Kadyrov noted that in the 19th century Turkey cheated by inviting tens of thousands of Chechens and then welcomed them with severe living conditions. Five years later, half of them died while attempts to return to homeland “were cut short by gunfire.”

“Nowadays Turkey has become a base for recruitment and dispatch of terrorists to Syria,” Kadyrov said. “Bandits from all over the world are passing via Turkey. But the very few are detained. Turkey does not struggle against the ISIS (former name for the so-called Islamic State terrorist organisation outlawed in Russia)! The country does business with them, buys oil and allocates money to Islam foes that kill thousands of Muslims. What is more! Who backed the authors of caricatures on the Prophet in Paris? And I condemned in a very tough manner the magazine and gathered over a million of people in Grozny who voiced a resolute protest heard around the world.”

Kadyrov said that even if “the Earth burns to ashes” he would not make a single step against Islam. He pledges to be the Wahhabis’ enemy and says has sworn to fight against them throughout his lifetime.

“Russia is home to 30 million Muslims,” he said. “It is our Fatherland! And the downed plane is ours! And the pilot is ours! And you know that Russia is home to millions of Muslims. Then why did you shoot down our plane? Why did you murder our pilot who fought against ISIS protecting the Muslims? And because of your consent and indulgence the West has destroyed Iraq, Syria and Libya. Now tell me what are your reasons to blame me of being against Islam? I am a defender of Islam! While the Turkish leadership goes on helping to destroy Islamic states and peoples.”

The downing of Russian Su-24 bomber by Turkey

An F-16 fighter jet from the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Su-24M bomber on Tuesday. Ankara claims the Su-24M bomber violated the Turkish air space in the area of the border with Syria.

However, Russia’s Defence Ministry has said the Su-24M plane stayed exclusively over the Syrian territory and “there was no violation of the Turkish air space.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that the attack on the bomber will have “serious consequences” for the Russian-Turkish relations. According to Putin, the Turkish Air Force’s attack on the Russian combat plane that took part in the operation against terrorists in Syria and posed no threat to Turkey is a “stab in the back of Russia.”

The crew of the Su-24M bomber managed to eject but one of the pilots was killed by gunfire from the ground. The second pilot was rescued and taken to the Russian air base.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Turkey was steering the relations into the gridlock as it neither apologised, nor offered to repair the damage, nor promised to punish those responsible,

In an interview with CNN, Erdogan warned Moscow that Turkey would take steps if its warplane was downed by the Russian S-400 missile system in case of violation of the Syrian airspace.

“I think if there is a party that needs to apologize, it is not us,” he said. “Those who violated our airspace are the ones who need to apologize.”. – TASS, Russian News Agency.

Putin bans imports of certain goods from Turkey

Besides, the decree suspends employment of Turkish nationals starting from January 1, 2016.

MOSCOW, November 28. Russian President Vladimir Putin has put his signature under the decree that envisages bans on or restrictive measures against imports of certain goods from Turkey in line with the register approved by Russia’s government, the Kremlin press service said on Saturday.

Russia suspends imports or “restricts foreign economic operations envisaging imports to the Russian Federation of certain goods originating in the Turkish Republic in line with a register determined by the government of the Russian Federation (exclusive of the goods brought into the Russian Federation for individual use in the amounts permitted by the laws of Eurasian Economic Union),” the decree says.

“For purposes of protecting national security and national interests of the Russian Federation, protection of the citizens of the Russian Federation from criminal or any other illegal activities,” the decree stipulates bans or restrictions for organisations under Turkey’s jurisdiction to conduct certain types of activity within Russia in line with the register drafted by Russia’s government.

The government is instructed to draft registers for relevant goods and services.

Ban on employment of Turkish nationals

Besides, the decree suspends employment of Turkish nationals starting from January 1, 2016.

The president ordered to agencies of power, legal entities, organisations and individuals to proceed from the fact that Russia “imposes a provisional ban for employers and labour (or services) customers that are not included in the register determined by the Russian government to get involved in the labour activities (in providing services) starting from January 1, 2016 the workers from the Turkish Republic who are not engaged in labour or civil law relations with the companies or customers concerned as of December 31, 2015.”

The government is instructed to determine a register of the employers or customers concerned and to “determine a register of contracts concluded with organisations under jurisdiction of the Turkish Republic for delivering goods or providing services not subject to special economic restrictions envisioned in the given decree.”

Earlier TASS reported that Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich was expected to deliver a report on restrictive measures against Turkey. On Thursday, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the cabinet that Russia would impose restrictions on Turkey and freeze some joint projects in response to the attack on Russian Su-24 plane.

Ban on selling on selling tours and related services linked to visits to Turkey

Besides, Putin has signed a decree that imposes a ban on selling Russian nationals tours and related services linked to visits to Turkey.

“I order that travel agencies and tour operators should refrain from selling to citizens of the Russian Federation the tours and related services envisioning visits to the Turkish Republic,” the presidential decree says.

The decree titled ‘On measures to ensure national security of the Russian Federation and protection of citizens of the Russian Federation from criminal and other illegal activities and on introduction of special economic measures against the Turkish Republic” is available by TASS.

Russia’s government has been instructed “to adopt measures stipulating a ban on chartered flight between the Russian Federation and the Turkish Republic.”.

On November 24 An F-16 fighter jet from the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Su-24M bomber. Ankara claims the Su-24M bomber violated the Turkish air space in the area of the border with Syria.

However, Russia’s Defence Ministry has said the Su-24M plane stayed exclusively over the Syrian territory and “there was no violation of the Turkish air space.”

The crew of the Su-24M bomber managed to eject but one of the pilots was killed by gunfire from the ground. The second pilot was rescued and taken to the Russian air base. – TASS, Russian News Agency.

HERE ARE 11 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH A CREATIVE PERSON

A creative person makes this world a much more interesting place; without them, we wouldn’t have books to get lost in, art to marvel at, movies to take us into another world, or music to inspire and move us. It seems that creative people live in an entirely different galaxy sometimes, always living within their heads and letting their imaginations carry them away. This makes them very intriguing and alluring, but also, it can frustrate others who just don’t understand how the artist’s mind works.

1. THEY HAVE STRANGE SLEEPING SCHEDULES.

A creative person’s mind never stops ticking; it often keeps them up at night, racing with new ideas that they just have to write down before they forget them. They have an intense desire to understand all of the intricacies of this world, and because of this, they never stop asking questions. They never stop exploring, wondering, dreaming, and thinking. They often do their best work at night, when their mind won’t allow them to sleep. Therefore, they sleep in spurts, jotting down ideas and creating between small periods of rest.

2. THEY HAVE A HARD TIME FINISHING PROJECTS.

Creative people don’t work under deadlines or time tables; they simply create, and let their imaginations decide how far a project will go before they can deem it complete. They often flit from one project to another, as their mind doesn’t work in a linear fashion. As soon as they have a ground-breaking idea, they want to put their vision into action, no matter how many other things they have going on at the time.

3. THEY ONLY WORK WHEN THEY FEEL LIKE IT.

A creative person doesn’t pay attention to the time, and they certainly can’t work under the strict regime of a 9-5. Their mind works in short bursts of creativity, meaning that they do their best work in a “flow” state of mind. They can’t force themselves to write a book or create a painting; they have to wait until they feel the passion flowing through every bone in their body, and pour all of those emotions into their work. A normal schedule just doesn’t fit with the mind of a creative person.

4. A CREATIVE PERSON SPENDS A LOT OF TIME ALONE.

Obviously, a lot of noise and commotion only masks the ideas of a creative person. They need solitude in order to create their best work, and they don’t mind spending time alone. In fact, they prefer it, as they can hear all of their thoughts clearly, and transform them into a masterpiece.

5. THEY FEEL EMOTIONS ON AN INTENSE LEVEL.

Creative people feel everything deeply, and sometimes feel cursed by this. However, without the ability to feel their emotions cutting through them so acutely, they wouldn’t have any foundation for their art. Their emotions create the elaborate story in their heads, and from there, they can create something beautiful that other people can relate to.

6. A CREATIVE PERSON IS DEEPLY IN TOUCH WITH THEIR INNER CHILD.

Creative people sort of missed the bus on the way to adulthood; they stayed behind, not wanting to face the monotony and drudgery of growing up. They realize that staying in touch with their inner child allows them to keep that innocent curiosity and open-minded view of the world intact, so if they seem like an eight year old trapped inside a thirty year old’s body, now you know why.

7. THEY PUT OFF THEIR WORK UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.

Creative people work best under pressure; if they have a deadline, they wait until the last possible minute to get their work done. Why? Because this allows their “flow” state to take over, making their creativity peak and their imaginations soar. The pressure of a deadline doesn’t intimidate them; in fact, it exhilarates them.

8. THEY ARE HIGHLY UNORGANIZED.

Have you ever walked into an artist’s room? Exactly. You likely saw papers strewn about, paintbrushes all over the floor, many art books opened to random pages, and notes written feverishly on Post-Its. Artists and organization don’t even belong in the same sentence, because an orderly creative person doesn’t exist. They have a method to their madness, though, and do their best work in the midst of chaos and disorder. Because art in itself is a bit chaotic, unsystematic, and unplanned.

9. A CREATIVE PERSON FORGETS THE WORLD AROUND THEM WHEN IMMERSED IN THEIR WORK.

If you want to talk to a creative person while they do their work, good luck. They have already entered an entirely different universe, where they can only see their ideas, their stories, and their passions. They lose themselves in their art or music, allowing it to carry them away and totally take over their mind and body. A creative person runs on raw emotion, and when they feel something deeply, they can’t help but pour that emotion into their work.

10. THEY DON’T BELIEVE IN LIMITS.

If you tell a creative person they can’t do something, it won’t phase them. They see everything as a possibility, and know that the only limits that truly exist are inside the mind. And, when it comes to their mind, they see nothing as restricted or inaccessible. They simply laugh when people tell them the impossibilities of following their passions, because they know that many who came before them accomplished great things by not caring what other people think.

11. A CREATIVE PERSON CONSTANTLY QUESTIONS THE QUALITY OF THEIR WORK.

A creative person is a perfectionist, and even though they may have plenty of critics, they still are their number one enemy. They look at their work from every possible angle, always wondering how they can make it better. They always ponder how much farther they could push themselves, and constantly attempt to break new barriers.

Russian Marines: Where we are – there is victory

The Russian Marines marked their the 310th anniversary on November 27.

Since that time Russian marines has fought in numerous wars including World War I and II. Photo: Amphibious vehicles participate in Russia's Baltic Fleet exercises on the Baltic Sea coast  © ITAR-TASS/Igor Zarembo
Since that time Russian marines has fought in numerous wars including World War I and II. Photo: Amphibious vehicles participate in Russia’s Baltic Fleet exercises on the Baltic Sea coast
© ITAR-TASS/Igor Zarembo

The Russian Marines mark the 310th anniversary on November 27. First Russian naval infantry force was formed in 1705 and since than has fought in numerous wars. Russian Marines are equipped with amphibious tanks, mobile anti-tank and anti-missile systems and automatic small arms to operate in any regions and in any weather conditions. The total number of Russian marines now stands at about 12.5 thousand people. Photos of Russian naval infantry force in a gallery by TASS

Russian Marines day is marked on November 27. Photo: Russia's Northern Fleet marines take part in a parade to mark the Navy Day  © ITAR-TASS/Lev Fedoseyev
Russian Marines day is marked on November 27. Photo: Russia’s Northern Fleet marines take part in a parade to mark the Navy Day
© ITAR-TASS/Lev Fedoseyev
Russian Marine troops use amphibious vehicles for operating in any regions and in any weather conditions. Photo: BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers during the Kavkaz 2012 exercise in the Caspian Sea  © ITAR-TASS/Vadim Savitsky
Russian Marine troops use amphibious vehicles for operating in any regions and in any weather conditions. Photo: BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers during the Kavkaz 2012 exercise in the Caspian Sea
© ITAR-TASS/Vadim Savitsky

First Russian undergoes face transplant operation

It was the 32nd operation in the world to transplant face tissues for a person who has suffered disfiguring injuries.

MOSCOW, November 27. A serviceman who suffered electrical burns three years ago has successfully undergone a face transplant operation in Russia’s first such procedure, Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said on Friday.

Eighteen hours of surgery took place at St. Petersburg’s military medical academy in May this year, making Russia the eighth country to undertake a venture of this kind.

“This is the 32nd operation in the world to transplant face tissues for a person who has suffered disfiguring injuries,” the minister said, adding that surgery success was announced only now as medical professionals had to see how the patient’s recovery would proceed.

“Today we can state that the operation was successful,” Skvortsova said. The unidentified patient has thanked the surgeons, saying the operation would allow him to continue studying and working. “Due to the operation, I can now walks outdoors, communicate with other people and feel comfortable,” he said.

The Defense Ministry has promised to solve the patient’s housing problems and keep monitoring his health in the future.

Face transplant surgery was first conducted in France in 2005 on a woman mauled by her dog. – TASS, Russian News Agency.

 

Islamic State gunmen receive weapons from Turkey — Syria FM

The Syrian minister said he hoped cooperation between Russia’s Aerospace Forces and the Syrian army “will put an end to Erdogan’s dreams and ambitions”

MOSCOW, November 27. Islamic State gunmen receive weapons from Turkey, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Friday after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

“Turkey is hand in glove with terrorist groups against Syria on ideological grounds as it considers these groups as a kind of offsprings of the Ottoman Empire,” he said “Turkey continues to ensure export and transportation of oil stolen by the Islamic State from Syria and Iraq. This oil subsequently goes to ports in other countries. The same situation is with wheat and cotton, which are stolen by the Islamic State from Syria and delivered to Turkey. Moreover, plants and factories that used to work in Aleppo were dismounted to be re-assembled in Turkey.”

“In exchange, Islamic state gunmen receive weapons and are granted safe passage. They don’t have to be parachuted in Syria,” the Syrian top diplomat said. Gunmen from more than 100 countries receive weapons and logistics support from Turkey,” he said. “Turkey offers medical service to them and provides shelter.”

The Syrian minister said he hoped cooperation between Russia’s Aerospace Forces and the Syrian army “will put an end to [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan’s dreams and ambitions.” – TASS, Russian News Agency.

Syria FM says incident with Russian plane act of aggression against Syria’s sovereignity

Walid Muallem says Syria is suffering from “Erdogan’s sights on the northern part of Syria and non-stopping support for the Islamic State, Jebhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups”.

MOSCOW, November 27. Turkey has not yet provided any evidence on the incident with the Russian Su-24M bomber, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said on Friday following the talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

“This act of aggression is challenging Syria’s sovereignity, as the bomber was downed on the Syrian territory,” Muallem said. “Turkey has still given no distinct evidence for the incident.”

“For five years we have been suffering from the Turkish aggression, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s sights on the northern part of Syria and non-stopping support for the Islamic State, Jebhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups,” Muallem said.

The Turkish Air Force’s F-16 fighter on November 24 shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bomber that Ankara claims violated the country’s airspace on the border with Syria. The Su-24M crew ejected but one of the two pilots was killed by fire from the ground. The second pilot was rescued as a result of a 12-hour operation. During evacuation of the Su-24M crew, a Mi-8 helicopter was lost and a contract marine was killed.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said the Su-24M was above Syrian territory and “there was no violation of Turkey’s airspace.” It said the Turkish Air Force fighter violated Syria’s airspace.

The commander-in-chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces said Friday that Turkey’s F-16 fighter that shot down the Russian Su-24M bomber was in Syria’s airspace for 40 seconds and went inside its territory by 2 kilometers, while the Russian bomber did not violate the Turkish state border. – TASS, Russian News Agency.

 

OSCE conf giving Russia, Turkey chance to straighten out relations — Serbia’s President

Tomislav Nikolic believes that the first step should be made by Ankara, because the incident occurred through its fault.

BELGRADE, November 27. A conference of the Foreign Ministers Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) gives Russia and Turkey a chance to straighten out their relations after the incident where the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian bomber jet, Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolic said on Friday.

He believes that the first step should be made by Ankara, because the incident occurred through its fault. The downing of the warplane should not have happened, Nikolic said.

“I hope sincerely this story will end up with Turkey’s condemnation and the recognition that it has done something it didn’t have the right to do,” Tanyug news agency quoted him. “I do hope Turkey and Russia, the two countries having exceptional economic relations and I’d say exceptional political relations, will find a way to keep them on.”

No one should expect that Russia will offer reconciliation to a party, which caused a conflict and does not send any signals of repentance or guarantees against a replay of the incident in the future, Nikolic said.

He recalled the situation several years ago where the Syrian forces brought down a Turkish warplane, adding that Ankara said then a diplomatic solution could have been found to the situation and just a telephone call would have been sufficient for finding it, although the Turkish jet stayed in the Syrian airspace for more than ten minutes.

The TASS database contains 716 reports on serious violations of international borders by Turkish Air Force jets over the past eighteen years. On some occasions, whole squadrons of Turkish jets encroached intruded in the airspace of Greece, the Republic of Cyprus, Iran, and Syria.

On one occasion, in 2012, a Turkish fighter jet was brought down over Syria. Ankara admitted violation of the border in that case but it insisted that the intrusion had been a brief one and had resulted from an error.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made a reminder on Wednesday the incumbent Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was Prime Minister then, said in that situation a brief violation of the border could be a pretext for the use of force.

An F-16 fighter jet of the Turkish Air Force shot down the Russian Sukhoi-24M bomber that, according to Ankara’s claims, had intruded into the Syrian airspace in the border area.

The Russian Defence Ministry, the Russian bomber was in the Syrian airspace at the time of the incident and there had been no violation of Turkish airspace.

President Vladimir Putin warned that the Turkish attack on the Russian jet, which had been engaged in the antiterrorist operation in Syria and had not posed any threat to Turkey, was a stab in the back. – TASS, Russian News Agency.