272 articles tagged "Russia"
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Moscow Races to Save Assad; Washington to Head off a Turkish-Israeli Military Clash
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2011

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

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

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

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

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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Russia's NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin
Russia: NATO close to military steps in Syria for beachhead to attack Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report August 5, 2011

Twelve hours after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned Assad he faced a "sad fate" if he failed to introduce reforms, Moscow's envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin accused the Western alliance of planning a military campaign against Syria to help overthrow the Assad regime "with the long-reaching goal of preparing a beachhead for an attack on Iran."
In an Izvestia interview Friday, Aug. 5, Rogozin added: "This statement means that the planning [of the military campaign] is well underway."

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Nikolay Patrushev to visit Tehran Aug. 15
Moscow defends Assad, seeks nuclear deal with Iran by freezing sanctions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2011

As Moscow prepares to block strong UN Security Council condemnation of Syrian violence against protest, Russian diplomats Monday, Aug. 1, launched a quiet effort to start freezing sanctions imposed on Iran over its military nuclear program in return for Tehran satisfactorily answering the International nuclear watchdog's "questions and concerns," debkafile's Moscow and Washington sources report.
Iranian Foreign Minister Saeed Jalili visits Moscow Aug. 17. Washington is standing by for results.

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Muammar Qaddafi
Qaddafi's Sons Will Lead the New Regime in Tripoli
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2011

The Obama administration is willingly handing the diplomatic lead for ending the Libyan crisis to Moscow having concluded that America no longer commands the resources for carrying global burdens on its own. Muammar Qaddafi, supported by Russia and Africa, will insist on staying in power until the agreed transition is reliably implemented with room at the top for his sons.

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Muammar Qaddafi still sitting pretty
What's next for Libya after the war ends?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly July 19, 2011

In its coming issue out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly analyzes expectations from the negotiations already afoot (amid violence and setbacks) between Muammar Qaddafi, on one side, and the US, Russia, NATO and the rebels, on the other. Still in control of Libya's army, biggest tribes, cities and oil, Qaddafi will loom large over Libya's future - even after he steps down.
The stalling of the Arab Revolt's spread obliges the US, Britain and France to reassess their Middle East positions.

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Three Russian scients who built Bushehr
Russian designers of Iran's nuclear plant die in plane crash
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2011

The three scientists who planned, designed, built and operated Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr died Tuesday night, June 20, when a Rusaero flight from Moscow crashed at Petrozavodsk in northwest Russia. debkafile reveals they were among the 44 passengers killed. Their loss is a blow to Russia's atomic reactor and energy industries because of their expertise in synchronizing different nuclear systems. Some intelligence sources say that Bushehr's amalgam of systems made it vulnerable to the Stuxnet virus two years ago.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh
Liquidating Tenacious Arab Rulers – with a Bit of Outside Help
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 10, 2011

The Arab revolts are resolving themselves into bids for getting rid of three rulers who refuse to step down, Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh, who survived an assassination bid and promises to return as good as new; Syria's Bashar Assad, whom the West allows to survive, and Libya's Muammar Qaddafi, who promises to outlive NATO's attempts on his life.

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Mahmoud Abbas - boxed in
Jordan's king boycotts Abbas. Moscow: Hamas must recognize Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 23, 2011

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has run into major hurdles in his ploy for using a unity pact between his Fatah and the extremist Hamas as the fulcrum for a diplomatic offensive against Israel to climax in UN recognition of a Palestinian state in September. This is reported by debkafile's exclusive Middle East sources. The US and Russia have nixed Abbas' international moves until his unity partner Hamas recognizes Israel and Jordan's Abdullah accuses him of two-timing him with that same partner.

 

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Dmitry Medvedev
Moscow Takes a Stand on Arab Revolts – Opposite Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2011

After sitting on the fence for six months amid the Arab uprisings, Moscow now takes a stand, capitalizing on the positions slipping out of the United States grasp in the turbulent slipstream of the Arab Revolt.

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Libya Shoots its Trading Partners through an Oil Barrel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2011

Qaddafi has no fear of sanctions. His vast assets are mostly deposited safely in Libyan banks which he controls and he is heavily staked in European industry, banking, media and weapons industries.

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Was the Reactor One of Five Stuxnet Targets?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2011

Stuxnet is admitted for the first time as having attacked five Iranian targets. The admission has stirred up more trouble between Moscow and Tehran who are playing the blame game over the delay in activating the Bushehr nuclear reactor.

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Bushehr reactor loaded - still not activated
Stuxnet hits Bushehr again. Russia warns of nuclear explosion
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2011

Iran's atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Jan. 29 that the Bushehr nuclear power plant would be connected to the national grid on April 9. He "forgot" about Tehran's promise to fully activate its first nuclear reactor Tuesday, Jan. 25.  debkafile's sources reveal that, Iran's hand was held back at the last minute by Russia's nuclear chief Sergei Kiriyenko. He warned Stuxnet was back and activating the reactor could trigger a nuclear catastrophe costing millions of lives.

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New Virus Attack Caused Iran to Miss the Bushehr Reactor Start-up
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2011

The Islamic regime in Tehran suffers the ignominy of keeping its first nuclear reactor shut down at Bushehr for fear of the lurking Stuxnet. Russia asks NATO to investigate the dangerous malworm for fear of a Chernobyl-scale atomic catastrophe.

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Moscow's main international airport at Domodedovo
Russia probes security lapse at Moscow airport
DEBKAfile Special Report January 25, 2011

The Russian investigators of the explosion which killed 35 people and injured 180 at Moscow's main airport Monday, Jan. 24, are certain it was not carried out by a female but by a single male suicide bomber, 30-40 years old, heavily-built and most likely of European appearance.They are looking for accomplices who may have witnessed the attack and left. The Russian government has launched a criminal probe into the security lapse that made the attack possible.

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Mikhail Margelov, top Russian emissaryl who met S. Sudanese officials in Tel Aviv
Cairo furious over Moscow-Jerusalem-S. Sudan ties
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 25, 2010

A secret meeting in Tel Aviv on Dec. 16 between the high-ranking Russian emissary Mikhail Margelov and representatives of the South Sudanese semi-autonomous government so infuriated Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that he ordered his intelligence minister Gen. Omar Suleiman to hit back by accusing Israel of recruiting Egyptian agents as spies. Cairo fears upheavals following Jan. 9 referenda in oil-rich South Sudan and Abyei will prejudice its control of Nile waters.

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Vladimir Putin
He May Not Run for President in 2012 – Or Even Prime Minister
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2010

Putin believes the future belongs to the economic, financial and technological moguls outside government and energy drives the world's real powerhouses. The Russian prime minister seeks a place in the new supranational elite.

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