Russia Says Embassy Staff In Libya Evacuated After Attack

The warnings came a week after Rosselkhoznadzor lodged similar objections to chilled pork from the Polish meat producer Biernacki and finished pork products from the Sokolow S.A. plant in Czyzew, Poland, the news agency said. The latest tests came with a warning from the Russian regulators to their Polish counterparts, citing the “inadmissibility of such violations” and cautioning that Russia has introduced “a new regime of intensified laboratory controls on the products of these companies.” Rosselkhoznadzor in recent months has reported concerns about the quality of Polish meat, cheese, fruits and vegetables. It also uncovered illegally transported Spanish bacon, hidden in the marrow of Polish pork, and pulled 12 tons of Polish cheese because of counterfeit labels. Russia has not ruled out imposing an embargo on imports of Polish meat and milk production, but Polish officials insisted last month there is no trade war brewing with Russia. Polish Deputy Minister of Agriculture Tadeusz Nalewajk last month discounted the possibility of a “meat war,” saying the problems over the banned meat and cheese had been resolved and Poland had committed itself to additional phytosanitary controls, Polish Radio reported. Peter Zieman, head of the Polish Association of Butchers and Meat, told the broadcaster Russians are extremely sensitive about their meat supplies because Polish imports represent competition for Russian producers. “We are the leader on a global scale, the global leader in exporting,” he said. Polish Agriculture Minister Stanislaw Kalemba told the broadcaster each case of tainted food must be thoroughly investigated. If there is a suspicion of collusion and falsification of documents, all the relevant authorities must be involved, including the Internal Security Agency. He asserted that in all but a few “marginal cases,” Polish food is of very good quality, and its export is an important branch of the country’s economy. Poland’s agri-food sector employs about 400,000 people and last year was valued at $23.7 billion, representing 12.3 percent of the country’s overall foreign sales, The Financial Times reported.

Russia Will Be All Up in Everyone’s Business at the Winter Olympics

The statement sought to underline cooperation by the two countries to reestablish Russia’s full diplomatic presence in Libya and reduce any long-term impact. CLAN DIVISIONS Clan and tribal rivalries, as well as Islamist groups, have flourished in the absence of strong central government in Libya. Security services have struggled to maintain order. Militant groups have staged a number of attacks on Western diplomats. Militants linked to al Qaeda affiliates attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on September 11, 2012. “When Gaddafi was in charge, ties (between Libya and Russia) were good. He was buying our weapons and there was talk of a railroad being built,” said Moscow-based analyst Georgy Mirsky. Asked about the attack, he said: “This kind of thing happens all the time, there is no reason to exaggerate it.” Russia says it lost billions of dollars in arms deals after the fall of Gaddafi, who was captured and killed in October 2011 after months of civil war. The violence prompted Russian companies, which had pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into Libya’s oil and natural gas sectors, to put their investments on hold. The attack on the embassy occurred as a Russian delegation was planning to visit Libya to try to put commercial relations back on track, the head of a business council said. “Unfortunately these kinds of things happen, not regularly, but they happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop business.

The system, called Sorm, will be supported through new infrastructure installed by various security companies. It will allow FSB full access to telephone and internet data, plus keyword tracking for flagged words and phrases in emails and chats or on social media. The Guardian worked with Russian journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan to obtain the government documents that lay out the operation. University of Toronto professor Ron Deibert, who is also the director of Citizen Lab told The Guardian that: The scope and scale of Russian surveillance are similar to the disclosures about the US programme but there are subtle differences to the regulations. We know from Snowden’s disclosures that many of the checks were weak or sidestepped in the US, but in the Russian system permanent access for Sorm is a requirement of building the infrastructure. It seems that FSB has been preparing since 2010 to ensure total access during the games, and the U.S. State Department is already warning American travelers about surveillance at the Olympics. The Guardian and Deibert point out that gay rights may be a central focus of the surveillance given Russia’s controversial laws about “homosexual propaganda.” Just through its existence, Sorm may discourage discussion and planned demonstrations/protests. Today Vladimir Putin officially sent the Olympic torch on its year-long trip around Russia, and talked in a speech about his country’s “openness and friendship.” And visitors will definitely be able to feel that spirit. Just by being at the games, they’ll be volunteering a whole lotta “openness.” [ The Guardian ]