The right on information in the original wording

Published on Current Concerns, monthly, no 28, by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Information and Press Department, December 9, 2011.

zf. Half way through the Kosovo war Javier Solana was so angry at the fact that not all European countries found him a brilliant war-leader that he decided to channel the communication policy more efficiently. He got himself a famous consultant and installed two large open space offices: on the one floor the input, both from the war theatre as well as reports from all other countries; then the central committee’s consultation in the office and at last the output on the second floor with selective “service” for all countries. 

The result, however, was: the Argentineans still raised no enthusiasm … //

… Therefore, Current Concerns would like to present to their readers the text of a press release by the Russian Foreign Secretary Lavrow and make accessible some of the geographical maps about the development in the European Russian-Asian area for thoughtful observation.

At the end of October/beginning of November, America and Israel once more threatened with a strike against Iran, which will naturally degenerate into an atomic exchange – even if only with mininukes. This is in itself already contrary to international law. This menacing situation has provoked the Russian Foreign Secretary Lavrow to release the following statement:

Comment of 8 November 2011
“We cannot support their destructive logic”

Comment by the Russian MFA Press and Information Department Regarding the IAEA’s Report on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Moscow experiences both serious disappointment and bewilderment at the fact that the IAEA Director General’s report on Iran, of which a lot has been said and written in recent days, is becoming transformed into a source of renewed growth of tension around the issues related to the Iranian nuclear program. Even before its official circulation among IAEA member states in Vienna, the report occasioned speculation, rumors and political gossip, which, of course, does no credit to those involved in whipping up the current information hype.
In the first place we wonder how capable of providing adequate confidentiality in its work the Agency’s Secretariat is, without which the effectiveness in solving the tasks facing the IAEA turns out to be questionable.

As to contents of the report, we still have not received its full text. The present circumstances have led us to comment on what is happening, but our situation assessments do not refer to the contents of the document. It will take time to study it. Analysis should be conducted in a calm atmosphere, because it is important to see whether some new – reliable – facts have really cropped up buttressing suspicions of a possible military component in the Iranian nuclear program, or it’s nothing but the intentional – and counterproductive – whipping up of emotions.

We have serious doubts about the justification for steps to reveal contents of the report to a broad public, primarily because it is precisely now that certain chances for the renewal of dialogue between the “sextet” of international mediators and Tehran have begun to appear. Today more than ever, it is important to weigh public steps with the interest of advancing towards a politico-diplomatic settlement. That’s exactly the case when the principle “First, do no harm” should be absolutely paramount. But apparently, there are those who are guided by a different principle – “the worse the better.” We certainly can’t support their destructive logic, their line on deliberately disrupting the politico-diplomatic process.

As to the allegations of the involvement of a Russian scientist in possible military developments under the INP (developments that reportedly were carried out more than 10 years ago), we shall note two points … (full text and special window).

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