267 articles tagged "Russia"
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Who Gave Iran the Technology for Trapping the US Stealth Drone?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 9, 2011, 12:32 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran's electronic trap for snaring the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, one of the world's most secret drone programs in almost perfect condition, must be accounted a huge military and intelligence coup and a landmark in the long tussle over Tehran's nuclear program. It may have acquired the technology for its ...

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Admiral Kuznetzov
Moscow Holds onto Syria, Its Last Military Outpost in the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2011, 10:35 PM (GMT+02:00)

After failing in Libya, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev are determined not to let Syria, Moscow's only strategic partner in the Middle East, slip out of their hands. If Bashar Assad can't be saved, Moscow wants to be sure Damascus does not fall completely under Western sway.

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Russian Yakhont blockade breaker
Arab sanctions find Syria's 7 neighbors on alert. Russian missiles for Assad
DEBKAfile Special Report November 27, 2011, 6:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

Twenty-four hours before the Arab League Sunday, Nov. 27, clamped down sanctions on the Assad regime, the first ever against a member state, the armies of Syria's seven neighbors were already scrambling into position on standby for retaliation. debkafile: Israeli armored brigades moved up to the Lebanese and Syrian borders; Ankara placed three armored brigades, its air force and navy on the ready, likewise Hizballah and the Lebanese and Jordanian armed forces. Russia is sending Bashar Assad siege-breaking missiles.

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Dmitry Medvedev and Gen. Nikolai Makarov
Moscow Arms Assad with Weapons for Breaking a No-Fly Zone or a Naval Blockade
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2011, 12:00 AM (GMT+02:00)

Russia has handed Syria top-of-line weapons for beating foreign measures for undermining Bashar Assad. Iran footed the bill for those purchases and will certainly earmark some for its Revolutionary Guards and Hizballah.

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US carriers Stennis and Bush
Russian warships off Syria, US carriers near Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 21, 2011, 6:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

The US, Canada and Russia have launched gunboat diplomacy against Syria and Iran. Washington is underscoring its military option against Iran's nuclear program, while Russia is demonstrating its resolve to prevent NATO from attacking Syria. Monday, Nov. 21, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov accused Western nations of "political provocation" against Damascus. Turkish Prime Minster Tayyip Erdogan warned Assad he could go only so far with tanks and guns. "One day you will go." The question is when will naval diplomacy turn into war action.

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The Civil War in Syria Becomes a Duel among World Powers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 18, 2011, 12:48 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Arab League was not first to make the Syrian crisis a regional concern. Big power rivalry got there first. The US and France, like the Sunni rulers, seek Bashar Assad's downfall, while Russia and China are propping him up as their firewall for the Islamic regime in Tehran.

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Tehran Is Looking for a Fight with the US and Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 18, 2011, 12:48 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran launches a large-scale war game Sunday, partly in Syria and with the participation of Palestinian volunteers who will practice invasions of Israel. Supreme leader Khamenei has reverted to assassinations of opposition leaders overseas and repressive measures at home to stifle rising dissent against the Islamic regime.

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As Moscow Snags Iran and Pakistan to Boost anti-US Economic Bloc
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2011, 11:23 PM (GMT+02:00)

As Islamabad frets over a possible US raid to seize its nuclear arsenal, Moscow, with Beijing's support, steps in to woo Pakistan and back Iran against US punishment for its rogue progress towards a nuclear bomb.

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Russia Helps Iran and Syria Beat Sanctions – for a Price
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2011, 12:16 AM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow has perfected mechanisms for helping Iran and now Syria beat international sanctions. Its price is to funnel their trade through Russian banks and agents – in rubles and/or yuans. For example, the Iranian Oil Bourse - IOB has been transacting petroleum, petrochemicals and gas deals in various currencies ...

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Israeli missile-carrying UAV for Azerbaijan
Sixty Israeli drones co-produced in Azerbaijan for Baku. Spy satellites next
DEBKAfile Special Report October 25, 2011, 2:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

Azerbaijan's election to a UN Security Council non-permanent seat brings to the world body a government with lively relations with Israel. It also highlights the rivalry between the Israeli and Turkish military industries for the Baku market. Russia, Iran and Armenia, too, are looking askance at the rapid arming of Azerbaijani armed forces with Israeli drones, 60 of which roll out of Azerbaijan factories in two months. The partners are now discussing the sale of Israeli missile-bearing drones and spy satellites.

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Hizballah flag hoised in Moscow to honor Hizballah visit
Moscow welcomes Hizballah delegation, cites Israeli talks with Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 19, 2011, 10:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russia used Israel's negotiations with Hamas for the release of Gilad Shalit to justify its continuing support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and opening the door to pro-Iranian and pro-Syrian terrorist groups. Wednesday, Oct. 19, Moscow welcomed a Lebanese Hizballah delegation, the first European capital to formally receive Iran's terrorist surrogate. debkafile: The Russians suspect a US-Israeli gambit in play to loosen Hamas' bonds with Damascus and Tehran and are working through Hizballah to spoil it.

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Bashar Assad parades his army chiefs
Moscow reaches out to Syrian opposition to head off Western military action
DEBKAfile Special Report October 10, 2011, 9:15 AM (GMT+02:00)

Five days after defeating a Western-backed UN Security Council resolution condemning Bashar Assad's savagery against his opposition, Moscow turned the heat on him by inviting an opposition delegation for a visit Monday, Oct. 10 and offering to host talks between the Syrian government and the opposition umbrella Syrian National Council.  Syrian Foreign Minister Wallid Moallem threatened unspecified "tough measures" against any countries recognizing the council, fearing a repeat of the Libyan rebel NTC exercise which toppled Muammar Qaddafi.

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Slain Syrian Kurdish leader Mashaal Tammo
US: Assad must go. Five killed at funeral for assassinated Syrian Kurdish leader
DEBKAfile Special Report October 8, 2011, 6:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

Targeted assassinations now dominate Bashar Assad's savage confrontation with the popular opposition to his rule. The White House finally told the Syrian ruler to step down for the first time as 50,000 Syrian Kurds clashed with security forces at the funeral of the popular Kurdish leader Mashaal Tammo, 53, slain  by masked men at his home in Qamishli, northern Syria Friday, Oct. 7. debkafile: The killers were members of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Directorate acting on direct orders from Assad.

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Russian-Central Asian armies exercise defense of US Caspian oil fields
France: Iran faces military strike. Russia practices Iranian reprisal
DEBKAfile Special Report September 28, 2011, 2:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

A US and/or Israel strike against Iran suddenly looked tangible this week following a warning of its probability by a French diplomat and a large-scale Russian-Central Asian military exercise simulating Iranian retaliation for a hypothetical strike on US-owned Caspian oil fields. A British diplomat ending his term in Pyongyang quoted North Korean officials who told him that NATO would not have attacked Libya if Muammar Qaddafi had not given up his nuclear weapons. Tehran appears to have reached the same conclusion.

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Israel Drone Ambushed and Downed by Russians over Nagorno Karabakh
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2011, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russian antiaircraft officers ambushed an Azerbaijani Air Force Israeli-made drone to gain access to its secrets, warn Israel to keep its hands off the Caspian region, and signal Tehran its willingness to cooperate in halting the spread of Azerbaijani and Israel influence.

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Moscow Races to Save Assad; Washington to Head off a Turkish-Israeli Military Clash
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2011, 12:02 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Arab revolts have resolved themselves ten months on into a US effort to damp down the Turkey-Israel, Egypt-Israel fires before they blow up - at best into limited military confrontations, whereas Russia, disenchanted with America's removal of Muammar Qaddafi, has stepped in to rescue Syria's Assad.

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Bashar Assad
The Syrian Crisis Tests Muslim Brotherhood's Future in the Region
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2011, 12:02 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Muslim Brotherhood's role in post-revolt Arab capitals – sought by Barack Obama – faces counter-pressure from Russia, China and Iran – particularly in Damascus. Not just Iran, but Russia and China too have stepped up their arms consignments to the regime, loath to see fundamentalist Muslim power reigning in any Middle East capital. In Damascus, Moscow has set up a military-diplomatic headquarters.

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Mikhail Gorbachev
America and Russia Still Rewriting the Soviet Empire's Downfall after 20 years
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2011, 12:22 AM (GMT+02:00)

DEBKA's Intelligence History files tell the story of how the plot to depose Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev 20 years ago succeeded in one sense and misfired in two: His removal marked the demise of the Soviet empire and also the unforeseen rise of Boris Yeltsin.

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Qatari emir gives Iranian president a piece of his mind
Assad may opt for war to escape Russian, Arab, European ultimatums
DEBKAfile Special Report August 30, 2011, 9:32 AM (GMT+02:00)

Monday night and Tuesday, Aug-29-30, three international heavyweights - Russia, the European Union and  key Muslim nations – gave Syrian President Bashar Assad tough ultimatums for ending his barbaric crackdown on protest. Nevertheless, on Monday, his troops shot dead 17 people in Syrian cities - even as he received Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov who arrived in Damascus with a last warning from President Dmitry Medvedev. Pushed into a tight corner, Assad may opt for war on his neighbors.

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Bodies of Hama citizens in the Orontes
Mass executions in Hama's main square as Syrian resistance mounts
DEBKAfile Special Report August 5, 2011, 1:30 PM (GMT+02:00)

Thursday night, Aug. 4, the commanders of Syria's military crackdown on the city of Hama ordered suspected protesters to be picked up off the streets for summary execution. Within hours, hundreds of victims were "executed" by firing squad in Nasser Square. The order was issued when the military failed to overcome mounting resistance.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned Syrian President Bashar Assad: "We are watching how the situation is developing. It's changing and our approach is changing as well."

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