267 articles tagged "Russia"
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Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov
No Longer “Naval Bases” but "Leisure & Rest Sites" for Russian Sailors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 3, 2012, 12:43 AM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow has come up with a new euphemism for the naval bases it seeks to acquire in the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean Sea – Leisure and Rest Sites. Russian Navy chiefs warn the Kremlin that its naval assets are not up to defending Russian interests in the Middle ...

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Turkish military convoy heading for Syrian border
Assad to Kremlin: I can finish the revolt in two months, replaces army chiefs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2012, 10:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

In a phone call to the Kremlin Sunday, July 1, Syrian President Bashar Assad said he needed just two months to finish off the revolt against his regime. “My new military tactics are working,” he said, as his regime and the Syrian opposition rejected the UN-sponsored peace plan approved in Geneva Saturday. debkafile also reports exclusively that Assad’s "new tactics" consist of retiring the top army command and replacing it with Shabiha thugs armed with an unheard-of level of fire power. Syrian-Turkish border tension continues to climb.
 

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9K115-2 Metis-M anti-tank missile system
Assad and the Syrian Army Are Gaining, Putting the Rebels to Retreat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2012, 11:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

The US has confirmed the supply of weapons to the Syrian rebels and the presence of CIA officers controlling the flow from Turkey. However plans for persuading Bashar Assad to quit run hard up against his gains on the battlefield where the rebels, despite broad backing, are losing ground.

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A cordial handshake between Russian and Chinese admirals
Russia, China, Iran plan to stage in Syria “biggest Mid East maneuver”
DEBKAfile Special Report June 18, 2012, 8:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

Military tensions around Syria shot up again Monday, June 18, with an Iranian report that a joint Russian-Chinese-Iranian exercise is to take place in Syria, called “the biggest of its kind ever staged in the Middle East,” with 90,000 personnel, 400 air planes and 900 tanks taking part.  debkafile: This would be the first time Russia and China have deployed substantial military strength in the Middle East. It points to their determination to deter a US-lead military operation against the Assad regime.

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Homs under Syrian army attack
US, Russia split embattled Syria into spheres of influence
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 12, 2012, 11:23 AM (GMT+02:00)

Syria is being further wrenched apart following US President Barack Obama’s maneuverings for winning Russian cooperation in resolving the Syrian conflict for US nuclear concessions to Iran:  As the coming DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday reveals, Russia is cementing its grip on Syria’s Mediterranean coast while pushing its civil war-torn heartland over to the Americans.
To spoil the Russian game, the US hopes to draw Damascus into the Syrian revolt, a goal only achievable with air force aid.

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Obama speeds up limited air strike, no-fly zones preparations for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 11, 2012, 9:29 AM (GMT+02:00)

The US President Barack Obama has ordered the US Navy and Air Force to accelerate preparations for a limited air offensive against the Assad regime and the imposition of no-fly zones over Syria - depending on Moscow's reaction.

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Chemical warfare looms over Syria
Chemical warfare feared raising its head in the Syrian civil war
DEBKAfile Special Report June 10, 2012, 7:50 AM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran early Sunday June 10 accused Syrian rebels of arming themselves with chemical weapons originating in Libya and acquiring training in their use - sending shudders of alarm through the West and Israel. They fear the Assad regime is preparing the ground for chemical assaults to finally crush its foes. Both sides to the conflict are talking about chemical warfare openly. If they go through with it, President Barack Obama will have to reconsider non-intervention and turn to limited force to stop the escalating horror.

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US official Fred Hoff, Ambassador Michael McFaul in Moscow
Russia and Iran back away from the Syrian conflict, dump it in America’s lap
DEBKAfile Special Report June 8, 2012, 8:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

After the UN gridlock on the Syrian crisis Thursday, an American delegation headed by Fred Hoff drew a blank in talks at the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow Friday, June 8, with Syrian expert, Mikhail Bogdanov. Russia flatly rejected President Barack Obama’s proposal to post 5,000 armed UN monitors in Syria, most of them Russian troops.  Moscow and Tehran calculate that the higher the flames of civil war in Syria, the more the US will be blamed for the bloodshed.They therefore refuse to join any international effort to stop it.

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Obama Quits Syria in Hope of Russian Support for Iranian Nuclear Concessions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 8, 2012, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

 

A new contact group, a Syrian military council for provisional rule under the group’s orders, and Russian-Iranian moves to make Assad step down – these are the key points of Obama’s plan for Syria, part of his grand design that also embraces Iran and its nuclear program.

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More atrocities at Mazraat al-Qubeir, Hama
Iran thwarts Syrian “contact group” plan over US conditions for nuclear talks
DEBKAfile Special Report June 7, 2012, 11:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran stalled the US Secretary and UN-Arab League Envoy Kofi Annan’s plan for a contact group based on five permanent Security Council members and Iran to handle the Syrian impasse, refusing to join the group so long as it faces nuclear conditions. Tehran's non-cooperation on Syria reflected its flat-out rejection of the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s demand that Iran come to the nuclear talks in Moscow “ready to take concrete steps” to curb its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity.

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Richard Morningstar, designated US ambassador to Baku
Clinton in Baku amid Russian-Iranian friction over Azeri stake in Israeli energy
DEBKAfile Special Report June 6, 2012, 1:22 PM (GMT+02:00)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Baku, Azerbaijan Wednesday, June 6, amid Ali Khamenei and Vladimir Putin’s deep disapproval of President Ilam Aliyav’s pro-Western orientation and fast-growing ties with Israel. Frictions center on Baku’s $1.6 billion arms transaction with Israel and even more, debkafile reports, on the fact that the deal is matched by expanding Azerbaijani investment in Israel’s Mediterranean gas and oil projects. This tradeoff is marked for expansion.

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US Marine craft drill off Aqaba
US-Arab exercise drills Iran landing. Syrian rebels obtain German machine guns
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2012, 5:59 PM (GMT+02:00)

The 12,000-strong US-Arab special forces exercise, Eager Lion 2012, ending in Jordan Wednesday, May 30, broadened  the orbit of international intervention in the Arab Revolt and preparations for war with Iran. The ground section took place near the Syrian border, while the marine section practiced landings on Aqaba beaches and mountain terrain resembling strategic sites in Iran. A Russian ship has meanwhile delivered heavy ammo to Syria, soon to be followed in Tartus port by the North Korean arms ship Odai.

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Conferring with the NATO Secy-Gen.
Leadership window dressing at G8 and NATO summits
DEBKAfile Special Report May 21, 2012, 11:02 AM (GMT+02:00)

On the return flight to Moscow, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov filled in the space left by his Prime Minister Dmitri Medvadev’s silence at the G8 summit Saturday, May 20 with a large dose of skepticism on Iran.
Contradicting President Barack Obama’s statement that diplomacy was preferable to military action, he spoke of “many signals that the military option is… realistic.” Less realistic were NATO decisions on the eurozone and the military exit from Afghanistan at the weekend Chicago summit.

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Bomb Blasts in Damascus, Heavy Weapons for Rebels, Multinational Force on Syrian Border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2012, 12:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

Foreign intervention in Syria is expanding, hemming the Assad regime in with escalating bombing attacks, rebels armed with heavy weapons or a 17-nation special forces “exercise” across the border in Jordan. How will his backers in Tehran and Moscow react?

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Why Is the Mediterranean Suddenly Chock-a-Block with Military Exercises?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012, 10:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran, Moscow and Ankara are deeply concerned by the joint US-Israeli-Greek naval exercise this week. They are also troubled by the just signed secret Israeli-Cypriot-Greek Mediterranean energy cooperation pact, for control of which the US has beaten Russia to the draw. Russia and Turkey have staged their own naval ...

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Hillary Clinton
The Iranian Bazaar Opens for Business: Preconditions for Diplomacy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012, 10:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

Russian-Iranian solidarity was dented this week by Tehran’s games to stall the nuclear talks scheduled for mid-April. Moscow wants diplomacy started without delay because Middle East tensions are close to boiling point. Iran vetoes Istanbul as the venue and refuses to talk under military or financial pressure.

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Mohsen Rezaie, his master's voice
Iran ducks away from nuclear talks. Moscow: Mid East at boiling point
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2012, 9:13 AM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran is seeking a postponement of the nuclear negotiations with world powers set for April 13-14 in Istanbul, debkafile’s Iranian sources report. Washington and Jerusalem see Iran’s maneuvers as guided by two objectives: Having the venue removed from Istanbul and buying a couple more months before the diplomatic crunch - and so delaying any military option that Israel or possibly America may choose to exercise if last-chance diplomacy fails.  Russian rhetoric targets the US military and naval buildup around Iran.

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On guard at the Russian missile destroyer Smetliviy
Russian warships launch drill from Tartus versus US-Israeli-Greek naval exercise
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 3, 2012, 10:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

Not 24 hours after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that a pre-emptive strike (by the US and/or Israel) would violate international law, Moscow put muscle into his warning: Tuesday, April 3, the Russian guided missile destroyer Smetliviy arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus for a naval exercise. The ship, which carries anti-air, anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles, will hold drills with its support vessels in the same expanse of E. Mediterranean as the US-Israeli-Greek “Noble Dina” exercise.

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Taking part in "Noble Dina" US-Israel-Greek drill
Russia, Iran set to counter US/Israeli strike against Iran. US-led naval drill
DEBKAfile Special Report April 2, 2012, 7:22 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov issued a strong warning against a military attack on Iran Monday, April 2, saying that a pre-emptive strike would violate international law. His comments, made during a visit to Armenia, stopped short of threatening (the US and/or Israel) of consequences. debkafile: Moscow and Tehran suspect that the US- Israeli-Greek air-naval exercise codenamed Noble Dina which is in progress across an unusually broad stretch of E. Mediterranean is meant to rehearse war action in the Persian Gulf.

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Iran’s $40 billion Transfers to Chinese Banks Sidestep Financial Isolation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2012, 11:51 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

China and Pakistan are profiting hugely from sanctions-busting financial services to Iran, while Russia, India and Turkey also help cushion Tehran against the depredations of sanctions.

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