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Denmark Reserves Waters for Construction of Wind Power Farms



Large areas of Danish territorial waters have been earmarked by the state for the construction of new wind farms, Local reports. Minister for the Environment Lars Christian Lilleholt has reserved large areas of Danish waters for future state-owned wind parks.

The decision follows recent interest by private companies in carrying out feasibility studies regarding construction of wind farms in the areas, Ritzau writes.

“Before granting away some of our best wind resources, I want to make sure we have a clear idea of how the resources can benefit us all. We are taking this step to ensure money from the considerable resources in Danish waters benefits Danes,” Lilleholt said.

Current low prices for wind energy were part of the reason for the government’s decision to take the step, Lilleholt said, adding that the strategy of reserving the potentially profitable territorial waters fitted with the ideology of the governing Liberal (Venstre) party.

“It’s good Liberal politics to ensure that Denmark owns the wind resources around Denmark. It makes sense for the money to benefit Danish society,” he said.

The minister also drew parallels between offshore wind power manufacture in Denmark and the North Sea oil industry, from which neighbouring Norway draws much of its wealth. The areas reserved by the government are located in the Kattegat Sea as well as the North Sea.

Danish waters are among Europe’s prime wind farm locations due to the low sea depth and windy conditions. Reservation of the areas does not mean wind farms are certain to be built there, however.

“The first step has been taken with the reservation. Next is a screening process to find the most beneficial location to place the wind farms,” Lilleholt said.

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Refugees from Syria’s Rukban camp expected to leave camp in September




Work to resettle refugees from Syria’s Rukban camp will begin on September 27, Russian Colonel Leonid Antonik told an emergency meeting of the Russian and Syrian interdepartmental centers on refugee resettlement.

“The Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria and Refugee Migration Monitoring has just received an updated plan on getting the remaining refugees out of the Rukban camp from the United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs in Syria Corinne Fleischer,” TASS quotes Colonel Antonik as saying.

“The implementation of the plan is scheduled to begin on 27 September,” the colonel has said.

Russian military police will oversee the evacuation of refugees from the camp Rukban in Syria, the head of the reconciliation center, Major-General Andrei Bakin told the media.

The Rukban refugee camp emerged on the Syrian-Jordanian border in 2014 after Amman had closed the border due to security and economic concerns. The adjacent area, controlled by illegal armed gangs, is torn by a severe humanitarian crisis.

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US Must Apologize for Bombing Former Yugoslavia, Says Russian Diplomat



The United States must apologize for bombing the former Yugoslavia back in 1999 and pay compensation to the relatives of those killed and injured in the US-backed NATO air raids, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday.

“And for a start, the United States should apologize to those it bombed, pay out compensation to those killed and wounded and to those whose health was damaged because of shells loaded with depleted uranium. And only when this is done, when the proper groundwork has been laid, can it call on others to move forward,” she wrote on her Facebook account, commenting on the statement by outgoing US Ambassador to Serbia, Kyle Scott, who said that the Serbs should look at NATO’s bombings in 1999 from a “broader perspective.”

On March 24, 1999, NATO began a military operation against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. NATO leadership claimed that prevention of genocide of the Albanian population in Kosovo was the main reason behind the operation called Allied Force. NATO said that during the 78-day operation its aircraft flew 38,000 sorties to carry out 10,000 bombing strikes.

Military experts have found that the alliance launched 3,000 cruise missiles and dropped 80,000 bombs, including cluster bombs and low-enriched uranium bombs. According to Serbian forces, the bombardments killed 3,500-4,000 and injured 10,000 others, two thirds of them civilians.

According to Serbian experts, NATO dropped 15 tonnes of depleted uranium over the three months of bombings to make the country Europe’s number one in terms of cancer cases. About 30,000 new cancer cases were registered in the first ten years after the bombings, with the lethality rate from 10,000 to 18,000 patients.

Material damage totaled $100 billion. The strikes against oil refineries and petrochemical plants poisoned the country’s water supply system with toxic chemicals.

According to Ljubisa Rakic, a Serbian scientist and a member of the Serbian, Russian, New York, Eurasian, European and other academies, the amount of low-enriched uranium dropped by NATO on the Balkans was enough to make 170 A-bombs like the one that was dropped by the United States on Japan’s Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

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Donetsk Leader Urges Sanctions on Kiev over Its Reluctance to Fulfill Minsk Peace Deal



As guarantors, Germany and France should penalize Kiev with sanctions for its unwillingness to fulfill the Minsk agreements to settle the Donbass crisis, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin said on Monday.

“The statements by Ukraine’s new foreign minister that Kiev is not planning to amend the constitution in order to grant Donbass a special status came as no surprise to us… Ukrainian politicians, who have been declaring full commitment to the Minsk [agreements] throughout all these years, are trying to avoid responsibility for failing to honor their obligations,” Pushilin said in a statement published on the Donetsk News Agency’s website.

The Donetsk leader recalled that the special status provisions for the region and on absolving individuals linked to the Donbass events had been confirmed by the Minsk deal, which was backed by the UN Security Council’s binding resolution.

“Any changes and amendments to the Minsk agreements are out of question. If we assume that the world community and the Minsk deal’s guarantors are unbiased, then sanctions should have already been slapped on Ukraine, at least by Germany and France, for violating the agreements and failing to fulfill its commitments as well as for public statements about this made by officials,” Pushilin emphasized.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim Pristaiko said on September 14 that Kiev would not amend the country’s constitution to include the provisions on granting a special status to Donbass. He also stated that no amnesty would be provided for the Ukrainian conflict participants, although this was stipulated by the Minsk peace accords.

Earlier, the head of Ukraine’s delegation to the Contact Group Leonid Kuchma made a similar statement, stressing that President Vladimir Zelensky would not grant Donbass any special status.

When commenting on Kuchma’s statement, Russia’s envoy to the Contact Group Boris Gryzlov noted that any decisions and steps by Kiev and Donbass should be in line with the Minsk deal, stressing that such statements were a direct violation of the agreement, thus jeopardizing the entire peace process.

He noted that this move was aimed at whipping up tensions in Donbass rather than achieving peace as promised to Ukrainian voters.

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