308 articles tagged "Russia"
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Terror suspected in Aeroflot crash which killed all 88 people aboard
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2008
debkafile's counter-terror sources report from Moscow that three Jewish families, two Habad students and a Russian general were among the 88 passengers and crew killed in the Aeroflot Boeing 737 crash at Perm, Siberia, Saturday, Sept. 13. The plane was in flight from Moscow.
Russian authorities report the plane's sudden disappearance off the radar at the moment cockpit communications shut off indicate the craft may have exploded in mid-air.
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Russia to hit US via Iran over Georgia-Black Sea row<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 14, 2008
As the strife between them sharpens, the Kremlin plans to further punish the Bush administration - hand in glove with Tehran.
Details of the new Russian strategy - and its potential backlash against key US positions in a vital region stretching from the Gulf to Afghanistan - appear exclusively in the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out this Friday.
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Russia to post 7,600 troops in Georgia's rebel regions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2008
The Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili's response to the updated ceasefire deal French president Nicolas Sarkozy brought from Moscow Tuesday, Sept. 9, was that the Russians, "should get the hell out of the territories they control." Moscow shot back later: Russia will keep 7,600 soldiers in the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia after its withdrawal from the rest of Georgia.
Tuesday, Moscow and the two disputed regions formally established diplomatic relations.
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Moscow shows muscle in Georgia during Sarkozy's visit<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 8, 2008
Russian soldiers turned back a UN aid convoy of four vehicles at a checkpoint outside Karaleti, halfway down the road from Gory to Tbilisi, Monday, Sept. 8.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy had arrived in Moscow to persuade the Russians to pull their troops back to their positions before the conflicted erupted on Aug. 7.
The three aid agency SUVs and a World Food Program truck loaded with wheat flour, pasta, sugar and other staples were prevented from reaching Georgian villages around South Ossetia by Maj. Gen. Marat Kulakhmetov, head of the Russian peacekeeping forces in South Ossetia, who left the scene without explanation.
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Putin promises an answer to NATO's naval Black Sea presence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 6, 2008
On a visit to Uzbekistan, Tuesday Sept. 2, prime minister Vladimir Putin said Russia's reaction to NATO ships "will be calm, without any sort of hysteria. But of course there will be an answer."
Putin and Uzbek president Islam Karimov announced a deal will be finalized in the near future for a new natural gas pipeline to pump Turkmen and Uzbek gas across Uzbekistan into the Russian pipeline system for re-export to Europe.
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Moscow halts Iran cooperation with US, will complete Bushehr reactor<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2008
The Georgia quarrel has all but derailed US-Russian cooperation on the Iran issue. Moscow is not only pulling out of the diplomatic and sanctions front against Iran's nuclear program; according to debkafile's Russian sources, Moscow has decided to finally finish building Iran's nuclear reactor in the southern town of Bushehr before the end of the year, after holding back for five years at Washington's insistence.
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Why has Russian strongman Putin backed away from summit with Bush?<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2008
And what makes the Kremlin's decision-making mechanism tick?
In its latest issue, DEBKA-Net-Weekly offers some exclusive answers to these questions, keys to understanding the Cold War chill.
Don't miss these special disclosures and insights in the last issue out Friday.
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Russian admiral: Our Black Sea fleet can destroy NATO's group in 20 minutes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2008
Former Russian Black Sea Fleet commander, Adm. Eduard Baltin was quoted by Moscow media as saying Friday, Aug. 29: "...a single salvo from the Moskva missile cruiser and two or three missile boats would be enough to annihilate the entire group. Within 20 minutes, the waters would be clear."
In Washington, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino rejected Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin's assertion that US personnel were in the combat zone during the war in Georgia.
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Russia successfully tests ICBM designed to beat anti-missile systems
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2008
Reporting this Thurs. Aug. 28, Alexander Vovk, spokesman for Russia's strategic nuclear forces said the Topol RS-12M was tested to "develop equipment for potential combat and use against ground-based missiles."
Earlier this week, amid the crisis over Georgia, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev warned of a military response to the US missile shield to be installed in Europe.

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Medvedev not afraid of Cold War after approving Georgian regions' independence <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2008
The move sparked a sharp exchange between Washington and Moscow. President George W. Bush said it exacerbates tensions and complicates negotiations. The Russian president warned of "military responses" to the US missile shield in Europe.
Signing the decrees confirming South Ossetian and Abkhazian independence, Russian president Dimitry Medvedev said Tuesday, Aug. 26: "We are not afraid of anything, including the prospect of a Cold War." debkafile's Moscow sources report the Kremlin is planning further sanctions against Georgia and its US-NATO backers, possibly in Eastern Europe.

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Russian Mediterranean warships placed under Black Sea Fleet command
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 29, 2008
The Russian Navy chief, Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky announced Sunday, Aug. 24, that its warships in the Mediterranean region have been placed under the command of Russia's Black Sea Fleet.
debkafile's military sources report extreme concern in Israel's military and navy.
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Explosion severs Azerbaijan-Georgia-Europe fuel railway link <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2008
The train hit a mine Sunday, Aug. 24 at the village of Skra, 5 km west of Gori, on the main track of the railway line linking Eastern and Western Georgia - a vital trade route for oil exports from Azerbaijan to European markets.
Azerbaijan restored its oil consignments via Georgia only two days ago.
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Big Russian flotilla led by Admiral Kuznetsov carrier heads for Syrian port
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2008
As the West awaits Moscow's threatened reprisal for the treaty installing American missile interceptors on Poland's Baltic coast, the Kremlin is striking back in the Middle East. Syrian president Bashar Assad told reporters he is considering a Russian request to deploy missiles in his country.

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Moscow accuses Israel of arming Georgia - day before Assad arrives for big arms purchases<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2008
The timing was precise. Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Russian Deputy Chief of General Staff Col.-Gen. Anatoly Nagovitsyn accused Israel at a Moscow news conference of arming and training the Georgian military.
Wednesday, Syrian president Bashar Assad arrives in the Russian capital for a two-day visit during which the Kremlin fully expects him to exploit the storm clouds blowing in from Georgia over Russian relations with the West to press for sophisticated weapons systems not so far released by Moscow.
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Moscow plans 18 long-term checkpoints inside Georgia<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2008
Deputy chief of the Russian army general staff Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn told reporters Aug. 20: "The president ordered us to stop where we were. We are not pulling out or pulling back troops behind this administrative border into South Ossetia," he said.
He pointed out the proposed Russian positions on a map, one just outside the Georgian city of Gori. Moscow planned to establish 18 long-term checkpoints including at least eight in undisputed Georgian territory.
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Russia rejects UN Georgia pullback draft<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2008
Russian UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin maintained at the UN Security Council Tuesday night, Aug. 19, that the French-brokered ceasefire accord his government and Georgia signed allows Russian troops to stay in a buffer zone on the Georgian side of the South Ossetian border.
Churkin objected to the draft's affirmation of Georgia's territorial integrity, saying South Ossetia and Abkhazia did not want to be part of Georgia.
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Russia considers nuclear missiles for Syria, Mediterranean, Baltic
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2008
debkafile's military sources report Moscow's planned retaliation for America's missile interceptors in Poland and US-Israeli military aid to Georgia may come in the form of installing Iskandar surface missiles in Syria and its Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad.
Russian Baltic and Middle East warships, submarines and long-range bombers may be armed with nuclear warheads, according to Sunday newspapers in Europe.
In Georgia, Russian troops and tanks advanced to within 30 km of Tbilisi Saturday, Aug. 15. A Russian general said Sunday they had started pulling out after president Dimitry Medvedev signed the ceasefire agreement with Georgia and president George W. Bush called again for an immediate withdrawal.
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Russia masses naval force opposite Georgia's third sensitive region, Ajaria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2008
debkafile's exclusive military sources reveal a Russian fleet of warships and marine forces massed opposite the semi-autonomous region of Ajaria on Georgia's southwestern border with Turkey, ready to punish what it regards as Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili's further provocations.
The appearance of five former Warsaw pact rulers alongside Saakashvili at a huge national rally outside the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi Tuesday night, Aug. 12, may well be seen by the Kremlin as intolerable provocation.
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What really started the sudden Caucasian flare-up? Why did Saakashvili boil this pot up for the West?<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2008
The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly sifts through the welter of claims and counter-claims to pin down the whys and wherefores of this conflict - and, intriguingly, what lies behind Russia's overkill against Georgia.
This and other exclusive disclosures and insights are featured in our latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly issue out Friday.
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Medvedev: "Aggression" against Russian citizens will meet crushing response
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2008
With no sign of a Russian military withdrawal from Georgia, Monday, Aug. 18, Russian president Dimitry Medvedev said, "Further aggression against Russian citizens will have a crushing response."
The pro-Moscow South Ossetian president Eduard Kokoity asked for a permanent Russian base in the breakaway province - not international observers.
US officials told the New York Times that Russia had also moved SS-21 missile launchers to a point near Tskhinvali, putting them within range of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.
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