DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2008, 5:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
By Monday, Aug. 11, the fourth day of the Caucasian conflict, which first erupted over the breakaway province of South Ossetia, the pro-American Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili sounded hopeless in the face of overwhelming Russian might.
International condemnation of Russian behavior as "unacceptable and disproportionate" did not ease his country's ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2008, 6:58 AM (GMT+02:00)
Moscow's actions spoke louder than the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's anti-Semitic, anti-American rantings at the UN General Assembly Tuesday, Sept. 23 - despite the applause he won in the chamber.
A foreign ministry spokesman in Moscow said that Russia will not attend the meeting called for Thursday of the five UN ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2008, 9:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli military and naval commanders were taken by surprise by Rear Adm. Andrei Baranov's disclosure that 10 Russian warships are already anchored at the Syrian port of Tartus, debkafile's military sources report.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 17, 2008, 3:07 PM (GMT+02:00)
Friday, Sept. 12, Moscow announced the Syrian port of Tartus would be renovated to provide Russia with its first Mediterranean naval base.
As the two naval chiefs talked in Moscow, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov met Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki in the Russian capital for talks on the completion ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 17, 2008, 9:06 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Russian defense ministry said the Tu-160 nuclear-capable, multi-mission bombers (NATO-coded Blackjack) arrived Wednesday Sept. 10 at a Venezuelan air base to take part in joint military exercises along with a Russian flotilla.
debkafile's military sources first disclosed on Sept. 9, that the nuclear maritime reconnaissance/anti-submarine warfare turboprop TU-142 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2008, 10:20 AM (GMT+02:00)
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 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 14, 2008, 10:23 PM (GMT+02:00)
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 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2008, 2:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
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 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 8, 2008, 10:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
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 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 6, 2008, 7:58 PM (GMT+02:00)
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 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2008, 12:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
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 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2008, 7:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2008, 9:24 PM (GMT+02:00)
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, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2008, 9:23 PM (GMT+02:00)
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 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2008, 12:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
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. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 29, 2008, 6:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2008, 9:47 AM (GMT+02:00)
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 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2008, 9:21 AM (GMT+02:00)
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2008, 9:48 AM (GMT+02:00)
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 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2008, 6:23 PM (GMT+02:00)
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 ...