State Duma speaker predicts aggravation in Russian politics in autumn
Speaker of Russia's State Duma Sergey Naryshkin says that an "aggravation" is anticipated in Russian politics in autumn as Western politicians "are actively preparing new provocations, and not only in autumn," according to Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda wrote.
"August has just begun, but the current events have a scent of a deep political autumn for a reason. The aggravation is apparently shaping up," Naryshkin said, adding that the deterioration is "not the first one in a series of those that have already happened."
Naryshkin gave examples from the history when "invasions, armed conflicts at the borders and other 'man-made' events" took place in August. The State Duma speaker recalled the beginning of the First World War, which started "with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the first local conflict between Serbia and Austria-Hungary," the Soviet-Japanese conflict in 1938, the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as armed conflicts in Dagestan, South Ossetia and Abkhazia in 2008.
At this, the State Duma speaker mentioned the voting in the UN Security Council on establishing an international tribunal for the MH17 crash in Ukraine.
"Russia's veto in fact saved the reputation of the Security Council – the decision on such a tribunal would knowingly be wrong and unjust," Naryshkin said.
According to him, "the chief mastermind" – the United States –"will not stop at this point" and will impose new discussions in other formats, even if they are not binding.
Naryshkin claims that the U.S. seeks to create a public response to the MH17 crash and the investigation into the cause of the accident has long been relying on a "theory fabricated by the U.S. alone."
The State Duma speaker expressed the view that an international tribunal would nevertheless take place, but "quite on a different occasion."
"Someday, a truly objective and professional court will take into account all the facts," Naryshkin summed up.
As UNIAN reported earlier, theRussian leaders and militants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics will most likely prepare the escalation of hostilities in Donbas in August, based on a report by U.S. geopolitical intelligence firm Stratfor.