Archive | December 2, 2016

Australian School-kids Recreate Martin Shkreli’s $750 Malaria Drug for $1.50.*

Australian School-kids Recreate Martin Shkreli’s $750 Malaria Drug for $1.50.*

Martin Shkreli

 

Pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has posted a video response to Australian school-kids who recreated his company’s malaria pill for a tiny fraction of its price, as well as launching into a Twitter tirade over their project.

Shkreli shot to infamy last year when he jacked up the price of anti-parasitic drug Daraprim from US$13 to US$750.

Earlier this week he was back in the headlines after a group of Sydney high school students recreated the medicine in their school lab for only $1.50.

The 33 year old took to Youtube on Thursday to congratulate the budding scientists.

 

“We should congratulate these students for their interest in chemistry and all be excited about what is to come in the stem-focused 21st century,” he said.

 

He later went even further, inviting people to call him to discuss the issue while livestreaming the calls on Periscope.

“I especially want to hear from you if you hate me,” Shkreli said.

He also specifically addressed journalists, saying:

“You throw your potshots out but you don’t have the f***ing balls to go one-on-one with the great one.”

Source*

Related Topics:

How a Battle over Affordable Medicine Helped Kill the TPP*

Drug Firms’ Plan to Maximize Profits on Cancer, AIDS and Heart Drugs*

Potential Anti-Cancer Drug Used as Biofuel

Advertisements

Six Seconds to Hack a Credit Card*

Six Seconds to Hack a Credit Card*

Working out the card number, expiry date and security code of any Visa credit or debit card can take as little as six seconds and uses nothing more than guesswork, new research has shown.

Research published in the academic journal IEEE Security & Privacy, shows how the so-called Distributed Guessing Attack is able to circumvent all the security features put in place to protect online payments from fraud.

Exposing the flaws in the VISA payment system, the team from Newcastle University, U.K., found neither the network nor the banks were able to detect attackers making multiple, invalid attempts to get payment card data.

By automatically and systematically generating different variations of the cards security data and firing it at multiple websites, within seconds hackers are able to get a ‘hit’ and verify all the necessary security data.

Investigators believe this guessing attack method is likely to have been used in the recent Tesco cyberattack which the Newcastle team describe as “frighteningly easy if you have a laptop and an internet connection.”

And they say the risk is greatest at this time of year when so many of us are purchasing Christmas presents online.

“This sort of attack exploits two weaknesses that on their own are not too severe but when used together, present a serious risk to the whole payment system,” explains Mohammed Ali, a PhD student in Newcastle University’s School of Computing Science and lead author on the paper.

“Firstly, the current online payment system does not detect multiple invalid payment requests from different websites. This allows unlimited guesses on each card data field, using up to the allowed number of attempts – typically 10 or 20 guesses – on each website.

“Secondly, different websites ask for different variations in the card data fields to validate an online purchase. This means it’s quite easy to build up the information and piece it together like a jigsaw.

“The unlimited guesses, when combined with the variations in the payment data fields make it frighteningly easy for attackers to generate all the card details one field at a time.

“Each generated card field can be used in succession to generate the next field and so on. If the hits are spread across enough websites then a positive response to each question can be received within two seconds – just like any online payment.

“So even starting with no details at all other than the first six digits – which tell you the bank and card type and so are the same for every card from a single provider – a hacker can obtain the three essential pieces of information to make an online purchase within as little as six seconds.”

How the Distributed Guessing Attack works

To obtain card details, the attack uses online payment websites to guess the data and the reply to the transaction will confirm whether or not the guess was right.

Different websites ask for different variations in the card data fields and these can be divided into three categories: Card Number + Expiry date (the absolute minimum); Card Number + Expiry date + CVV (Card security code); Card Number + Expiry date + CVV.

Because the current online system does not detect multiple invalid payment requests on the same card from different websites, unlimited guesses can be made by distributing the guesses over many websites.

However, the team found it was only the VISA network that was vulnerable.

“MasterCard’s centralised network was able to detect the guessing attack after less than 10 attempts – even when those payments were distributed across multiple networks,” says Mohammed.

At the same time, because different online merchants ask for different information, it allows the guessing attack to obtain the information one field at a time.

Mohammed explains: “Most hackers will have got hold of valid card numbers as a starting point but even without that it’s relatively easy to generate variations of card numbers and automatically send them out across numerous websites to validate them.

“The next step is the expiry date. Banks typically issue cards that are valid for 60 months so guessing the date takes at most 60 attempts.

“The CVV is your last barrier and theoretically only the card holder has that piece of information – it isn’t stored anywhere else.

“But guessing this three-digit number takes fewer than 1,000 attempts. Spread this out over 1,000 websites and one will come back verified within a couple of seconds. And there you have it – all the data you need to hack the account.”

Protecting ourselves from fraud

An online payment – or “card not present” transaction – is dependent on the customer providing data that only the owner of the card could know.

But unless all merchants ask for the same information then, says the team, jigsaw identification across websites is simple.

So how can we keep our money safe?

 

“Sadly there’s no magic bullet,” says Newcastle University’s Dr Martin Emms, co-author on the paper.

“But we can all take simple steps to minimise the impact if we do find ourselves the victim of a hack. For example, use just one card for online payments and keep the spending limit on that account as low as possible. If it’s a bank card then keep ready funds to a minimum and transfer over money as you need it.

“And be vigilant, check your statements and balance regularly and watch out for odd payments.

“However, the only sure way of not being hacked is to keep your money in the mattress and that’s not something I’d recommend!”

Source*

Related Topics:

Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Have a Credit Card*

Cashless Society: Use Credit Cards at Your Peril*

Cashless Society: Push of a Button can Empty Your Credit Card Account*

A Monster Trojan is Cleaning Your Bank Accounts*

Hackers Use Dridex Malware To Steal Millions From U.K. Bank Accounts*

Hackers Steal $1bn from Banks*

Egypt’s after Nubian Land*

Egypt’s after Nubian Land*

Government has drawn Nubians’ ire after it decided to sell lands in southern Egypt in auction as part of agricultural mega-project

Nubians staged sit-in for two weeks in response to government policies (Hisham Abdel Hamed / MEE)

 

By Leena ElDeeb

After two meetings that lasted for seven hours on Wednesday between representatives of the Egyptian government and the Nubian Return Caravan (NRC), Nubian activists decided to suspend a sit-in and give the government one month to fulfil its promises.

Nubian advocates and officials discussed demands raised by protesters decrying government policies toward Nubian land.

The meetings were attended by about 30 NRC advocates, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal and Nubian MP Yassin Abdel-Sabour.

Mohamed Azmy, president of the Nubian Union, said the recent protests began in response to the government putting Nubian land up for sale.

This was the first case of selling Nubian land in an upfront manner. Most of the past deals were cases of usufruct and what not,” he told MEE.

“But this time it was a loud and clear trade, so it was a dangerous signal for us. If this land is sold, the rest of the land will follow, so we had to take a stand.”

Nubians are an indigenous African people in southern Egypt. They have complained of displacement by state-sponsored projects for many decades. They also say they struggle with cultural marginalisation and colour discrimination.

The government drew Nubians’ ire when it decided to sell land in southern Egypt in an auction as part of a plan known as the One Million and a Half Acres. The government wants to reclaim land to narrow the gap between supply and demand for food produce, thereby reducing imports.

Nubian activists staged a sit-in in the Toshka and Forkund areas of the southern Aswan governorate.

What do Nubians want?

NRC representatives have presented five demands to Ismail and Abdel-Aal.

  • First, they requested a halt in “distribution of pamphlets” – a form of pre-sale documentation – setting out conditions for the sale of 110,000 acres from the Nubian village of Forkund at Toshka, until the village is removed from the project. The trade is part of the previously mentioned state-owned project to reclaim deserted lands
  • Second, they demanded ownership of the Nubian residence at the stream of the Aswan reservoir and its ramps, and dedicated lands for each Nubian village, with a specific timeline
  • Third, they included a draft bill to establish an authority for the development, reconstruction and resettlement of the people of Nubia during the current legislative term
  • Fourth, they called on President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to establish a technical committee to nominate Nubians to review all plans and investment projects within the south of the High Dam area and specify their scopes beyond the limits of the Nubian villages. The duties of this committee would be over once the bill of establishing a resettlement authority is issued
  • Finally, they demanded that the 2014 presidential decree 444, which declared former Nubian villages a military zone, be adjusted

What does the government think?

The prime minister promised the NRC that the authorities would form a committee from the ministers’ council, which would include MP Abdel-Sabour, in addition to a group of coordinators from the NRC. The committee would look at the maps and updates for the Forkund area to divide its borders in preparation for removing it from the project as demanded.

However, Ismail said that the Egyptian Countryside company, which is responsible for selling the lands to investors, has not allocated any land yet within the borders of Egypt: what has been put up for sale was just for the opening of the project.

Abdel-Aal promised to discuss the bill for establishing an authority for development, reconstruction and resettlement. He didn’t specify a timeline, according to the statement posted by the NRC, but promised to submit the bill soon.

Article 236 grants Nubians the right to return to their villages (Hisham Abdel Hamed / MEE)

However, Abdel-Aal said presidential decree 444 was not presented before parliament, describing it as a sovereign decision that cannot be altered as a matter of national security.

As for the rest of the demands, government officials promised to consider and present them to both the governor of Aswan and the president.

Egypt’s rush for land

On Monday, the leftist Bread and Liberty Party hosted a number of Nubian researchers and politicians in a seminar entitled The Nubian Case, Between the Diaspora and the Return.

Mohamed ElHawary, a member of the party’s economic and legal committee, described Egypt’s rulers as “land brokers”.

He said Nubian land is being targeted because areas around urban centres such as Cairo and Alexandria are already being fought over by the so-called estate or industrial developers.

“The state sees Nubian land as unwanted land, so they can do what they wish with it,” he said. “They’re selling an acre for EGP50 ($2.80), and with instalments up to 10 years.” The fair price per acre, according to ElHawary, is 4,000 to 5,000 Egyptian pounds.

What the presidential decrees mean

Article 236 of the Egyptian constitution holds the government responsible for setting up a plan that would ensure the return of Nubians to villages they were displaced from by state-sponsored projects.

But two presidential decrees signed after the constitution was passed have complicated these efforts. Decree 444, issued by Sisi in 2014, took more than 110 square kilometers of Nubian land – the equivalent of 16 villages – and labelled them as military zones where habitation is forbidden.

In August, the president signed another decree that moved 922 acres of state-owned land to the private New Toshka development project. It was later discovered that the transfer paved the way to selling Nubian land.

Azmy told MEE that about 400 protesters escalated their opposition into a sit-in at Forkund.

Dr Saker Abdel-Nour, a Nubian rural sociologist at L’École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in France, said Nubians have been mobilising since 2009, but article 236 motivated them still further.

“They waited until there is a parliament to transform this constitutional article to law. The constitution has no operational format without a legal framework, so it transforms into legal procedure and therefore becomes a plan on the ground,” he told MEE.

Fatma Emam, an independent Nubian researcher, said Nubians were disappointed that the parliament did not move to implement article 236, and that lawmakers failed to challenge the presidential decrees.

“This article was and still is imprisoned in the drawers of the state, [from 2013] until now,” she told MEE.

Rami Yehia, the political coordinator of the Coalition of the Nubian Return, said the displacement of Nubians robbed them of political influence.

“For starters, there is no such thing as a Nubian representative, the term is politically incorrect,” he told MEE, explaining that new demographic realities do not allow Nubians to elect their own candidates.

Yehia added that even Nubian MPs are not voted in exclusively by Nubians.

Nubian MPs have been able to connect activists to the government, he continued, but other than that they are too few in numbers to stand against the majority in the parliament.

“On another note, we were displaced by a presidential decree, why don’t we return with a presidential decree?” Yehia said.

Source*

Related Topics:

Labelled as One of the Most Racist Countries, Egyptian – Nubian Clashes Break Out*

FTC Decides to Destroy Homeopathy*

FTC Decides to Destroy Homeopathy*

By Alliance for Natural Health – USA

The FDA is no doubt pulling the strings on this.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a policy statement explaining that the agency will hold efficacy and safety claims for over-the-counter (OTC) homeopathic drugs to the same standard as claims for other OTC drugs. This means homeopathic OTC products will need to back up claims with “competent and reliable scientific evidence” for health-related claims, or else use certain FDA-approved disclaimers.

Here are some examples of acceptable disclaimers, as noted in the FTC’s policy statement: “There is no scientific evidence that the product works,” or “The product’s claims are based only on theories of homeopathy from the 1700s that are not accepted by most modern medical experts.”

We’ve been expecting this attack on homeopathy for some time. Last year, the FTC held a workshop to discuss the advertising of OTC homeopathic formulations. The FDA also held a public hearing to evaluate enforcement policies for homeopathic drugs.

The pretense for such actions, of course, is consumer protection and safety, but there’s little reason to believe this is genuine. No one has any concern for properly produced homeopathic products, which have been used for centuries without harm. These medicines are often so diluted that the original ingredient is virtually undetectable. Homeopathic products must also go through an approval process with a monograph from the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, which ensures homeopathic products are both safe and effective.

The most likely motivation of the FTC is that the homeopathic industry is rapidly expanding, which presents a clear threat to pharmaceutical drug company profits, which is enough for the FDA to put homeopathy in its scopes. The FDA often works in conjunction with the FTC, as we’ve seen in similar attacks on advertising claims of natural products (e.g., the case of POM Wonderful).

This is all contrary to the expressed choices of consumers. In a survey of 20,000 consumers who had purchased at least one OTC homeopathic product in the past two years, more than 96% said they were very or extremely satisfied with the results of the homeopathic medicines they had used.

As of yet, no official rule or guidance on this issue has been proposed, so we have no opportunity for engagement. We will be monitoring the situation closely. When the time comes, we must let the FTC and FDA know what we think of their crony capitalist move.

Source*

Related Topics:

How Homeopathy is Being Kicked Out of the U.K.’s Health System*

Swiss to Recognise Homeopathy as Legitimate Medicine*

Deadline to Keep Homeopathy as a Health Choice*

Federation of State Medical Boards Seeks to Eliminate Alternative Medicine*

New Zealand’s ‘The Natural Health Supplementary Products Bill’ Bans Natural Products*

Western Medicine Is Rockefeller Medicine*

Medical Mafia Gunning for the Medicine that Works Against their Interest*

From Doctor to Terrorist – What happens when you don’t play ball with Big-Pharma*

One Holistic Doctor the Feds Tried to Prevent Practising and Failed*

Thirty Holistic Doctors/Practitioners Poisoned At Conference*

The Strange Death of Dr. Sebi the Man Who Cures AIDS, Cancer, Diabetes

Murdered Holistic Doctors Discovered Autism/Cancer-Causing Enzyme Intentionally Being Added to All Vaccines*

U.K. Public School tried to Punish Teacher who Shared Biblical Marriage Views with Student*

U.K. Public School tried to Punish Teacher who Shared Biblical Marriage Views with Student*

By Steve Weatherbe

A public school teacher disciplined for revealing her Christian beliefs about homosexuality to an inquisitive student received an apology from her school after she threatened court action.

Vicky Allen, a 51-year-old teaching assistant at Brannel School in St Austell, Cornwall, and her employer announced a settlement hours before a hearing with the Employment Tribunal was to begin.

It read in part: “Andy Edmonds, the Head teacher, has recognized Victoria Allen’s right to share her Christian beliefs with students and has apologized for any upset that Victoria Allen may have felt during the disciplinary process.”

Allen was supported by Christian Concern and its offshoot, the Christian Legal Centre, which has fought many recent court battles for free speech and religious rights.

Andrea Williams, the founder of both organizations, told news media,

“Freedoms in our country are being catastrophically eroded by political correctness and fear. … To describe marriage as a union of one man and one woman is a belief held by Christians, and many others around the world.”

Also according to the agreed-upon statement:

“The parties accept that some people have deeply held views about the nature of marriage, and that every individual has the freedom to express these in accordance with the law. The School also respects that Victoria Allen’s view that marriage should be between a man and a woman is sincerely held and shared by many others.”

But that was not the school’s initial position when it learned how Allen, a Pentecostal who has worked as a teaching assistant at the school with high-functioning special needs children since 2011, responded when a 14-year-old autistic boy asked for her opinion on same-sex “marriage.”

“He asked me what I believed, so I told him by Biblical beliefs. He asked me out of the blue,” Allen told the Times. Allen told the boy that marriage was for men with women and also shared her concern with the LGBT movement’s usurpation of the rainbow as its symbol. The Bible describes God setting the rainbow in the sky as a sign of his covenant with Noah never to punish the world with another flood.

Questioned by a teacher, the boy said he was not offended, but when pressed, according to the school, admitted to feeling “uneasy” about Allen’s comments. According to Allen, “the student wasn’t offended or harassed.”

The school issued a warning for “acting in opposition to the school’s expectations with regards to equal opportunities.”

Her response was one-sided and did not encourage the boy to form his own opinion, they explained. She was suspended from all duties before she acted on her own and initiated formal disciplinary proceedings.

“I felt like a criminal,” she told the Sunday Times. “It was unbelievable. It’s taken away any trust I had. It’s made me more cautious.”

When her appeal to the school board failed, she declared her intention to seek financial compensation from the Employment Tribunal for the school’s religious discrimination against her because of her Christian beliefs.

That view, after the intercession of Christian Concern, appears to have won the day. The settlement did indicate one symbolic concession from Allen — that she “has accepted that it is reasonable for the school to request that staff share balanced views with students when asked questions of their personal beliefs and opinion under the requirements of equalities legislation including the Equality Act 2010 and the Education Act 1996.” But what that means in this case is not spelled out.

As for the school, it had to “reaffirm” its

“commitment to the long-standing British values of freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of association with mutual respect for the dignity and rights and freedoms of others, including the right of Victoria Allen to express her views.”

LGBT groups were dismayed. The Devon-based Proud2Be stated,

“The message that is being sent out to every young person in Brannel School is that it is O.K. to believe that some people should be denied equal rights and protection under the law (something Allen never said) because of other people’s opinions of them. This is a message that we will continue to challenge and counterbalance at Proud2Be.”

Europe’s largest LGBT rights group, Stonewall, said,

“It’s unfortunate when faith is cited as a reason to avoid teaching young people about difference, as this does not help dispel the myth that that religion and LGBT people can’t coexist,” (which Allen did not say) then went on to call for “compulsory sex and relationship education” in the schools.

“Stonewall” is the neighborhood in New York City’s Greenwich Village where homosexuals rioted in 1969 after police raided the bathhouses where they met for anonymous sex.

Allen explained her motivation in a YouTube video presented by Christian Concern.

“I don’t want anyone to feel that anyone else is intimidated or manipulated into not being able to answer questions that they’ve asked, based on their Christian beliefs.”

Source*

Related Topics:

U.K. Judge ‘being driven from the public service’ for Backing Natural Marriage*

Fears of a British Policed State Rising Midst the Elite Paedophile Scourge*

Religious Schools Face Closure if they don’t Promote Homosexuality*

U.K. Offers Fast-track for Transgender Teachers and a £30,000 Grant*

Soros’ Money behind the Transgender Agenda*

U.K: To Become a Genderless, Parentless Society

The Concept ‘Gender Identity’ came from a Paedophile and Human Experimenter*

U.N. Event Shows how Its Sex Agenda Tramples Children’s Rights*

Surprise – STD Rates among U.S. Homosexuals ‘alarming,’*

The ‘Family’ Loses in the Latest U.N. Agreement*

U.N. Offers ‘Half Apology’ to Haiti for Cholera Outbreak*

U.N. Offers ‘Half Apology’ to Haiti for Cholera Outbreak*

‘Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied’ Haitian activists and cholera victims protest the UN Stabilization Mission in the capital, Port-au-Prince | Photo: AFP

 

Six years after peacekeepers unleashed a devastating Cholera outbreak in Haiti, the U.N. admits “moral” responsibility and offers a “half apology.”

After six years of refusing to accept full responsibility for causing a deadly Cholera outbreak in Haiti which has killed up to 30, 000 people since 2010, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon finally offered what he suggested was an official apology on Thursday.

Speaking at a special meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, he addressed his remarks directly to the Haitian people in Creole and French.

“We apologize to the Haitian people. We simply did not do enough with regard to the cholera outbreak and spread in Haiti. We are profoundly sorry for our role,” said Ban.

While in August a U.N. spokesperson had admitted the organization needed to “do much more” to address its role in the deadly outbreak – a statement which the U.N.’s own special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights said was a “disgrace” – this is the first time the secretary-general himself has offered an explicit apology.

Ban added that the U.N. role in the epidemic “leaves a blemish on the reputation of U.N. peacekeeping and the organization worldwide. For the sake of the Haitian people, but also for the sake of the United Nations itself, we have a moral responsibility to act and a collective responsibility to deliver.” While Ban’s statement did accept “moral” responsibility, it was careful to avoid any admission of legal liability.

U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Philip Alston slammed the statement, calling it a “half apology”.

Alston told the Guardian that the ” determination not to accept legal responsibility entrenches a scandalous legal maneuver designed to sidestep the U.N.’s legal obligations,” adding that “

it renders a meaningful apology impossible, as is made clear by the half-apology of the secretary-general today: he apologizes that the U.N. has not done more to eradicate cholera, but not for causing the disease in the first place,” he concluded.

The cholera epidemic first struck Haiti in October 2010, less than one year after the disastrous earthquake that worsened longstanding poverty and instability. The first people affected by the outbreak lived near a U.N. base housing over 450 peacekeepers, recently transferred from Nepal where cholera was already an issue. Multiple studies identified the peacekeepers as ground zero for the epidemic which has since spread throughout the Caribbean.

Haiti’s representative to the U.N., Jean Cazeau, said “The U.N. has shown it can admit making mistakes,” adding that the statement represents “a radical change of attitude away from the morally unjustifiable approach from the U.N. until now.”

Brian Concannon, executive director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, said, “Haitians are looking for a less qualified apology – for both introducing cholera and for the six years of denial of responsibility, which was an insult to Haitian dignity.”

While sidestepping legal responsibility and thus the financial liabilities that come with it, Ban reiterated his plan to raise US$400 million over the next 3 years to combat the epidemic and redress some of the damages wrought on the region.

Source*

Related Topics:

Haiti Sues U.N. For Cholera Outbreak Which Has Infected 770,000 People | U.N. Claims “Absolute Immunity”*

UN “Peace” Forces Preying on Haitians*

The UN is Asking for U.S$40mn for Haiti!

When Man Thinks He’s God, he Releases GMO Cholera Bacteria into our Environment*

Controling Haiti’s Gold

The Half a Billion Dollars Received by Red Cross for Haiti Relief didn’t Go to Haiti*

Hurricane Matthew and the Clinton Foundation Theft from Haiti*

CIA Plot to Exterminate Haitian Population Exposed*

Haitians Are Rising Up Against the Stolen Elections*

Media Caught Covering Up Clinton’s Ongoing Looting Of Haiti*

Finland and Norway to Resume Relations with Russia*

Finland and Norway to Resume Relations with Russia*

Originally appeared at A-specto, translated by Valentina Tzoneva

Finland and Norway plan to unfreeze trade and economic relations with Russia despite the sanctions imposed on it because of Crimea. Both countries are increasingly less willing to comply with the sanctions that are actually affecting their economic interests. Financial Times notes that these are signs of warming up of relations. Last week, Norwegian officials met with Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology, Sergei Donskoy. The two sides agreed on the exchange of seismic data for exploration of oil and gas deposits on the Arctic shelf along their common border. The Press Service of the Government of Norway reported that the two sides also discussed the possible resumption of the dialogue on trade and the economy.

“We are positive about resumption of political dialogue on trade and economic cooperation with Russia, which is already done by some countries in the E.U.”, the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Fisheries in Norway, Monica Meland, said. She added that Norway seeks “good neighborly relations with Russia, particularly in the north, where we have a common border and common interests”.

Also last week, for the first time since 2013, there was a meeting of the Finnish-Russian Trade Commission co-chaired by Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Kozak, and the Minister of Foreign Trade of Finland, Kai Myukkanen. Both Finnish and Norwegian ministers agreed to follow up on negotiations with Russia. Next week, the Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, will hold a meeting with his Finnish colleague, Juha Sipilya. Monica Meland is scheduled to visit Moscow in April.

Norway and Finland actually insist that the restoration of relations with Russia is not contrary to European sanctions introduced against the Russian Federation, particularly on energy issues.

“We have a common border with Russia of 1 300 km, which is why we have many common issues that we must work on. It is in our interest that the West preserves unity in terms of violations of international law. These two issues are not contradictory”, Myukkanen said.

Finland and Norway are trying to emphasize that during the meetings there have been no comments on the issue of sanctions but many experts do not believe this. They believe that the small gesture on the part of some Western countries signals a change of attitude towards Russia. For example, Indra Overland of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs said that this is clearly a sign of devaluing the meaning of the sanctions.

“It is a hard-enough-and-a-broad-scale start. It does not directly affect the very sanctions, but it is a signal that the desire to continue the sanctions is weakened”, Indra said.

A Norwegian of the state apparatus reported to Financial Times that business is what prompted the countries for a political dialogue with Moscow.

“Russia is the fifth country in the world by volume of Finnish exports, so it is important to keep the work of Finnish companies in Russia”, the Minister of Foreign Trade of Finland, Kai Myukkanen, said.

Source*

Related Topics:

World Bank: Russia Overtakes Germany as 4th Economy*

Sixteen European States Want Arms Control Agreement with Russia*

Russia, 3rd Country to Pull Out from Int’l Criminal Court in Two Months*

Putin Suspends Russia-U.S. Deal on Plutonium over Hostile U.S. Actions*

U.N. Removes U.S. Charges against Russia and Syria on Humanitarian Convoy Air Strike*

President Putin has Banned Rothschild Family from entering Russian territory “under any circumstances”*

NASA is Paying Russia over $70mn to bring an Astronaut Home in this Spaceship*