DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2008, 8:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
Moscow pumped more troops to the embattled breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia as the flare-up Saturday, Aug. 9 edged toward all-out war.
The Israeli military advisers commissioned by the Georgian president tried to hold back Friday's invasion of Tskhinvali. They then advised him to pull his army out of ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2008, 8:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report that Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili, under heavy Russian siege, claimed Monday night, Aug. 11, that the Russians had invaded the country and "cut it in half". A full-scale retreat of Georgian troops was ordered from the border town of Gori to defend the capital ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2008, 10:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
The five-point document was first presented by French president Nicolas Sarkozy to President Dimitiy Medvedev in Moscow Tuesday, Aug. 12, after Moscow halted military operations in Georgia. It was later amended by Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili. Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said his government does not object to the changes.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2008, 1:24 PM (GMT+02:00)
The flight took off from the Georgian capital Tuesday, Aug. 12, bound for Tel Aviv with Israeli visitors and scores of local Jews stranded in the country by the hostilities. Second and third flights are due later. Some 500 Israeli visitors and distressed local Georgian Jews asked to be evacuated.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 11, 2008, 6:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
Latest developments Sunday, Aug. 10, 08
- The Russian claim to have sunk a Georgian warship in the Black Sea during an attack on Russian vessels is not confirmed.
- Moscow rejected Georgia's appeal for a ceasefire, demanding its unconditional withdrawal from the breakaway South Ossetia, now controlled by superior Russian forces.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 7, 2008, 3:20 AM (GMT+02:00)
Russian UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters Wednesday night, Aug. 6: "There have been no firm agreements or understandings or any kind of concerted work" against Iran over its nuclear program.
The Russian ambassador also denied setting a deadline for Iran to respond to the offer made on June 19. "The ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2008, 1:21 PM (GMT+02:00)
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When Damascus confirmed peace talks with Israel on May 21, a secret high-powered military purchasing delegation, headed by air force-air defenses commander Gen. Akhmad Ratyb, was already in Moscow. With a $5 billion allocation in hand from Tehran, the delegation was bidding ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2008, 7:56 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources reveal that the Russian Amur 1 Class PM 138 naval boat, caught up in the heavy storm raging across the Middle East and Mediterranean last week, flashed a distress signal Tuesday Feb. 19. A Greek Navy frigate responded to the call and escorted the PM ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Moskva missile carrier takes part in big Russian navy maneuver starting in Mediterranean Tuesday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 18, 2008, 8:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
Russia has drawn eleven warships from its Black Sea and Atlantic Northwest fleets for a joint war game in the Mediterranean to underline its drive for a naval presence. They rendezvous off Malta Tuesday, Jan. 15. Dmitry Medvedev, President Vladimir Putin's chosen successor, said Friday, Jan. 11: "Russia must restore ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Russian experts arrive to install Russian TOR-M1 air defense batteries at Iran's nuclear facilities<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 2, 2008, 10:23 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources assert that the multi-functional, multiple layer hardware substantially upgrades the shield protecting Iran's banned uranium enrichment facilities at Natanz and Isfahan, as well as Bushehr, from many types or air and missile attack.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: First Russian fuel shipment delivered at Iran's Bushehr reactor, Putin due in Middle East a week before Bush<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 20, 2007, 2:56 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Kremlin, in advanced muscle-flexing mode, announced Monday, Dec. 17, the delivery of the first fuel shipment to power the Iranian nuclear reactor Russia is building at Bushehr. The announcement coincided with an international conference in Paris for 60 countries to consider the Palestinians' aid application.
Our Moscow sources report ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2007, 12:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
The foreign ministry in Moscow announced Monday, Dec. 17, the delivery of the first fuel shipment to power the Iranian nuclear reactor Russia is building at Bushehr. The announcement coincided with an international conference in Paris for 60 countries to consider the Palestinians' application for $5.6 bn in aid. More...
Kosovo issue deadlocked between NATO and Russia as deadline expires Monday for mediation with Serbia on province's future<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 12, 2007, 4:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
Kosovo Albanians are holding off a unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia until early next year - "much earlier than May." debkafile adds: They are wary of pushing the Serbian general elections next year into returning the ultra-nationalist Radical Party now in opposition. Kosovo independence is fully supported ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Russia launches first naval power build-up in the Mediterranean in response to the US about-face on Iran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 5, 2007, 4:34 PM (GMT+02:00)
President Vladimir Putin and defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov decided to send a sortie of six Russian warships, led by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and the Moskva guided missile cruiser, to the Mediterranean. This will be the first prolonged stay of a Russian carrier to the eastern Mediterranean vicinity of ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Overriding IDF and Shin Bet objections, Olmert approves arming Palestinian West Bank forces with 50 Russian APCs, 1000 rifles an
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 26, 2007, 8:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report that the armored personnel carriers which can carry 10 fighters were promised Mahmoud Abbas by Russian president Vladimir Putin. Whichever of the models supplied - the BTR-60PB, BTR-70 or BTR-80 - these combat vehicles are armed with turret heavy machine gun mounts designed to ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: In a dramatic reverse swing, Putin decides to send uranium to fuel Iran's atomic power station in Bushehr
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 17, 2007, 7:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Russian president Vladimir Putin indicated Friday that Moscow would send uranium to Iran's atomic reactor in Bushehr (a reactor unconnected with Iran's suspect military program) after all. International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors were invited to the Novosibirsk Plant on Nov. 26 to verify and seal the fuel before shipment. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 30, 2007, 7:41 PM (GMT+02:00)
At the Russian-EU summit in Portugal Friday, Oct. 26, the Russian president Vladimir Putin likened the US proposal to build a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe to the Cuban missile crisis of the 1960s. "Such a threat is being set up on our borders," he said, but admitted tension ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 23, 2007, 7:43 PM (GMT+02:00)
The first hint that a strategic deal was brewing was dropped by Russian President Vladimir Putin. At a news conference in Tehran last week, he alluded to a shift in the controversy with Washington which might settle his dispute with President George W. Bush on the US missile shield in ...
Putin and Ahmadinejad lead Caspian Sea Tehran summit in reciprocal non-aggression pledge, but Iran disappointed on Bushehr<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2007, 2:23 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Russian president disappointed his Iranian hosts by refusing to set a date for completing the Bushehr nuclear reactor, blaming worn-out equipment from the time of the Shah and "legal issues." Ahmadinejad accepted his invitation for talks in Moscow.
The presidents of Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan agreed that no ...