273 articles tagged "Russia"
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<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
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 Israel's shores and waters patrolled by the US Sixth Fleet.
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<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
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 hit ground and low-flying air targets. debkafile reports the IDF and security service fear their presence will seriously hamper Israel's regular counter-terror activities.
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<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
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. On that day, too, the US-promoted Middle East conference is provisionally set to open in Annapolis, Maryland.
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Putin spurns US European missile compromise, rejects tough stance on Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 30, 2007
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 was much lower now than then and the US was listening to Moscow's concerns.
On arrival in Portugal, Putin compared the supporters of tough policies against Iran to "mad people wielding razor blades."
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Bush and Putin Rough out Breakthrough Strategic Deal for Dumping Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 23, 2007
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 East Europe.
The outline of the American role in the deal surfaced in Prague Tuesday, Oct. 23, when US secretary of defense Robert Gates suggested a possible delay in activating the proposed US missile interceptor project in Poland and radar station in the Czech Republic - until an Iranian threat was "definitely proved."
Bush's words and the plan outlined by Gates represent a major US concession to Russia and a triumph for Putin's dogged opposition to the deployment of US missile defense bases in two former Warsaw Treaty nations. The Bush administration can also congratulate itself on bringing the Russian leader round to admitting that Iranian missiles are a threat to Europe; its corollary - the Islamic Republic's nuclear program is a threat to the world.

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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
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 Caspian Sea country should be used as a launch-pad for a military strike against a fellow littoral nation.
debkafile's sources report this decision has bound member-states hosting US bases to withhold their use for attacking Iran.
On Sept. 22, debkafile reported: "Sitting together at the Caspian Sea Summit next month, Putin and Ahmadinejad will be broadcasting a message to Washington and the nations of Central Asia that the future and security of Caspian natural resources and oil do not depend on their relations with Washington."
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Putin warned of plot to assassinate him during Tuesday visit to Tehran - Interfax from unnamed security source<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 14, 2007
The source reported several gangs of suicide bombers had been set up to murder the Russian president during his visit to Iran. He is due to meet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and attend a Caspian Sea summit, the first Russian head of state to visit Iran. The Kremlin said Putin's travel plans are unaltered. Iran's foreign ministry dismissed the reports as "completely baseless and part of a psychological war."
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Russians employed at Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor suddenly depart in a body, according to local Arab sources
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2007
The Khorramshar News Agency, which is published by the ethnic Arab underground of Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan, reported early Oct. 1 that the entire staff of Russian nuclear engineers and experts employed in building the nuclear reactor at Bushehr had abruptly packed their bags Friday, Sept. 28, and flew back to Russia. The agency's one-liner offers no source or explanation. debkafile have obtained no corroboration of its report from any other source.
The story appears to have originated with the ethnic Arabs who live near the reactor or who come in contact with its Russian staff. If true, debkafile can offer three hypothetical scenarios to account for the Russians' precipitate departure:

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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Putin to visit Tehran Oct. 16
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 28, 2007
His attendance at the Caspian Asian Summit will occasion brass-tacks talks with Iranian leaders, including the signing of a document to finish and fuel the long-delayed Bushehr nuclear reactor. He will also drum up friends and influence in the Caspian-Central Asian region.
debkafile's Exclusive Report below takes a close look at the Russian president's agenda in Tehran
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Putin Turns His Face to Tehran, His Back to Bush and Sarkozy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2007
Iran's suspect nuclear program is further polarizing the big powers.
As American and European officials discussed a third round of UN Security Council sanctions, Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, more pugnacious than ever, addressed a military parade Sat. Sept. 22 marking the 27th anniversary of the onset of the Iraq-Iran war of the eighties.
The French president Nicolas Sarkozy meanwhile stands shoulder to shoulder with President George W. Bush. Friday, Sept. 21, he said: "Iran is trying to obtain an atomic bomb. That is unacceptable and I tell the French people it is unacceptable."
A week ago, French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner warned that the world faced war if diplomacy and sanctions failed to curb Iran's nuclear activities.
But Vladimir Putin pulled in the opposite direction from his two fellows in the UN Security Council when he decided to be the first Russian president to visit Tehran on Oct. 16. The visit, in the framework of the Caspian Asian Summit, is planned to encompass much more than state ceremonial and ritual photo-ops, although there will be plenty of that too.
He will be on hand to underscore Moscow's concern and conviction that the last two or three months of 2007 will take the controversy over the Iranian nuclear program to crisis point and could determine whether or not America resorts to the military option.


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<span class="dnw">DEBKA-Net-Weekly</span>: Putin's Cold War revival stalls before it begins
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2007
The Russian Air Force is not up to carrying out the Russian president's order to renew long-range nuclear bomber flights
The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly lays bare the sorry state of Russia's air force and aviation industry.
Don't miss the issue out Friday with this and other revelations.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Russo-Chinese war game brought Chinese commando and air units onto Russian soil for the first time<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2007
On Aug. 3, DEBKA-Net-Weekly 312 carried an exclusive report on the Peace Mission 2007 exercise run simultaneously from command centers 3,000 kilometers apart in Russia and China. Friday, Aug. 17, President Vladimir Putin, while watching the exercise with China's Hu Jintao, announced his order for the resumption of regular Russian long-range strategic bomber flights after 15 years.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military experts note that the Russian-Chinese exercise began in fact two weeks before the given date and that an important part of the drill was the transfer of large military forces across vast distances.
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Putin orders resumption of regular Russian long-range strategic bomber flights after 15 years<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2007
The Russian president made this announcement, evoking shades of the Cold War, Friday, Aug. 17, in the presence of China's Hu Jintao at the end of the first joint Russian-Chinese war games exercise taking place on Russian soil. debkafile reports that a Russian military train transported Chinese units to the maneuvers from their common border in Mongolia.
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Terror probe launched into explosion which derailed 12 Moscow-St. Petersburg train cars, injuring 60 people, some critically<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 16, 2007
debkafile: The high-speed, luxury Nevsky Express is used by corporate and other high officials for 4h.42m commutes between the capital and Russia's second largest city. Investigators must establish whether the luxury train was sabotaged by Chechen terrorists or some other domestic dissident group opposed to Vladimir Putin and his ruling elite.
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Georgia charges two Russian jets dropped bombs on its territory. Moscow denies charge
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2007
Officials in Tbilisi say two Russian Su-24 fighters violated its air space Monday night and dropped a guided air-to-surface missile weighing 700 kg on a Georgian village near its breakaway region of South Ossetia, whose claim to independence Moscow is accused of supporting. Relations are badly strained between the two countries over a whole range of issues including Georgia's plan to join NATO.
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After Abbas-Putin talks in Moscow, Russian official says his government does not plan meeting with Hamas leaders any time soon<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 5, 2007
First Dep. Foreign Minister Andrei Denisov said Tuesday, July 31: "We have downgraded ties with Hamas, maintaining contacts with the pragmatic goal of influencing it directly and indirectly and encouraging the parties to resume dialogue."
debkafile: This does not represent a change in Moscow's two-pronged Palestinian policy as the only Quartet member maintaining ties with Hamas as well as its traditional intelligence connections dating from the Soviet era with Abbas.
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Russia to deploy new S-400 missile systems around Moscow
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 31, 2007
debkafile's military sources report: The SA-400 Triumf, (codenamed SA-21 Growler), a battalion of which will be positioned around Moscow on Aug. 6, is the most advanced air defense system in the world. The haste with which these missiles are being stationed around the Russian capital shows President Vladimir Putin going all-out to prove Russia is ahead in the race for missile superiority.
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The Russian energy giant Gazprom to acquire a military arm
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 10, 2007
A majority of 341 deputies of the Russian parliament passed a bill Friday authorizing the company to establish an autonomous military force to guard Gazprom's oil and gas fields and pipeline network.
debkafile adds: President Vladimir Putin, who uses the company as a key tool of Kremlin foreign and defense policies, will thus command the services of a private army after he retires as president in March 2008.
The profit of the world's biggest natural-gas producer almost tripled last year. Net income in 2006 advanced to $1.3 billion from $457 million in 2005.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Moscow supplies Iran's Bushehr reactor with long-withheld nuclear fuel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 19, 2007
The fuel delivery, which could bring forward Tehran's threat to Israel, arrived in Bushehr 24 hours before Israel successfully launched its new military imaging Ofeq-7 satellite into orbit.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly 304 revealed June 8 that the delivery left the JSC Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant June 203, the week before the G8 summit. Russian president Vladimir Putin released the fuel for Bushehr in reprisal for the US plan to deploy a missile interceptor system in East Europe, which he deems a threat to Russia.
Read more about Putin's hostile move in DEBKA-Net-Weekly's article updated by debkafile below.
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Moscow Releases Nuclear Fuel for Iran's Bushehr Reactor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 12, 2007
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Russian president Vladimir Putin put teeth in his threats and his cynically helpful alternative suggestions regarding the deployment of US missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly 304 disclosed on June 8 that the week before the G8 opened in Germany, Moscow released the long-withheld nuclear fuel for Iran's atomic reactor in Bushehr. It was delivered 24 hours before Israel launched its new military imaging satellite Ofeq-7, bringing forward the Iranian threat to Israel, according to debkafile's military sources. One immediate result has been the stiffening of Tehran's negative posture, sparking what nuclear watchdog director Mohammed ElBaradei called Monday, June 11, a confrontation that needs to be urgently defused.
A few days before the nuclear fuel left the Siberian factory, Tehran delivered the sum of $327m for a fresh delivery of Russian missiles to Syria.
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