184 articles tagged "Vladimir Putin"
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Russian warplanes head for missions over Syria
Russia enters Syrian war with air strikes, jolts the Mid East into new era
DEBKAfile Special Report September 30, 2015

That Russia launched its first air strikes in Syria Wednesday, Sept. 30 was confirmed by the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow and criticized by US officials. Moscow stressed that it acted in support of Bashar Assad’s war on the Islamic State, assisted by other foreign powers including Iran and Iraq. They were working together from an allied command center in Baghdad. The Russian communiqués did not indicate which organizations were bombed around Homs and Hama.. 

Su-34 advanced strike plane
Putin warns Israel off targeting Iranian targets in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 29, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin is concerned about Israel’s repeated attacks in Syria, he said, after  talking for an hour and-a-half with President Barack Obama earlyTuesday, Sept. 29, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. This was Putin’s warning to Israel to keep its hands of Syria, after the IDF’s powerful Tamuz rockets hit back for Syrian rocket fire. While Israel has signaled it would not permit an Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah terror base to operate from the Syrian Golan, the Russian leader refuses to tolerate Israeli counter-terror operations because they weaken Bashar Assad.

Putin Touts Russia’s Syrian Buildup as Lead-in to His Syrian Political Solution
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015

The strategic intentions entertained by Putin in his continuous buildup of military strength in Syria have most pundits and analysts guessing. It is clear that they are there to stay with Assad’s concurrence for goals that transcend the Syrian arena.

A Russian-Dominated Belt Stretching from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015

Putin plans to develop his Syrian foothold into a wide-reaching Russian-dominated belt moving in on Mid East spheres of influence as the US disengages. In the Syrian arena, his main goal is to wipe out the hundreds of Chechen and Caucasian fighters in rebel and ISIS ranks.

Putin Nods on Air Force Hot Line with Israel, Is Unyielding on Total Partnership with Iran in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015

Netanyahu gave Putin evidence that Iran was upgrading Hizballah’s arsenal for destroying Israel and plotting a terror front from the Golan. The Russian leaders was unmoved, refused to hear of any interference with Russia’s tight coordination with Iran in Syria.

Deir az-Zor military airport in N. Syria
Russian marines join Hizballah in first Syrian battle – a danger signal for US, Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015

The launching Thursday, Sept. 24, of joint offensive operations by Russian marines and Hizballah special forces on the ISIS-held Kweiris air base – revealed here by debkafile - runs counter to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assurances to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu just three days earlier that Russian marines in Syria would not fight with Hizballah. This new development places the Syrian war on an unprecedented and dangerous path for the United States and Israel.

IDF chief Eisenkott and Russian army chief Grasimov
Why Israel prefers a hot line to a military coordination center with Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 22, 2015

The headlines claiming that the Russian and Israeli armies have agreed to establish a coordination center for their operations in Syria, run way past Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s disclosure, after his talks with President Vladimir Putin Monday, Sept. 21: He spoke of agreement on “a mechanism to prevent misunderstandings and clashes.” The gap reflects the absence of tangible plans for real coordination between the continuously-ramped up Russian forces in Syria and the IDF, because neither army means to level with the other in advance of its operations.

Putin and his army chiefs
Putin’s slippery evasions for Netanyahu’s concerns about Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report September 21, 2015

As Binyamin Netanyahu heads to Moscow for critical talks with Vladimir Putin, the impending arrival of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles in Syria raises serious questions about Russia’s real intentions in the country. Israel faces dilemmas in dealing with this and other unexplained aspects of the Russian buildup. Netanyahu has taken the bold step of taking with him to the Kremlin IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot and the head of military intelligence, Maj. Gen. Hertzi Halevi. debkafile reports that Putin will be attended by his national security advisor, Nikolai Patrushev.


Vladimir Putin deepens Russian stake in Syria
Netanyahu, Putin to discuss continued Israeli air force freedom of action over Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report September 16, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will discuss with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sept. 21 the continued Israeli Air Force freedom of action against threats coming from Syria. This would necessitate coordination between the Russian and Israeli air commands to avoid accidental collisions between their warplanes. A deal on these lines, tacitly agreed between Washington and Moscow, enables US air strikes against ISIS. But Israel faces more complex threats derving from the Iranian and Hizballah presence in Syria, on which Putin may dig in his heels.


Putin’s offer to shield & develop Israel’s gas fields predated Russia’s military buildup in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 13, 2015

Weeks ago, President Vladimir discreetly offered Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a deal for Moscow to undertake responsibility for guarding Israel’s Mediterranean gas fields against possible Iranian or Hizballah sabotage, along with Russian investment of $7-10 billion for developing Leviathan and building a pipeline to Turkey, debkafile reports. Netanyahu did not give him a clear answer. The Russian military buildup in Syria meanwhile radically alters Israel’s strategic landscape in respect of its posture on Syria, the gas fields’ vulnerability and foreign investment prospects for development.

Russian Gazprom Nears Takeover of Mediterranean Gas Pipeline Project
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2015

A new consortium is taking shape for building a Mediterranean gas pipeline linking Israel, Turkey Cyprus and possibly Italy. Gazprom has a good chance to take over investment and security.

Egyptian-made missile in Zabadani
Egypt sends Assad secret arms aid, including missiles, with Russian funding
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi has begun supplying Bashar Assad’s army with weapons, including missiles, after concluding a secret deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his consent to pick up the tab, debkafile reveals. The first batch of short-range Egyptian-made surface missiles has reached the Syrian forces battling rebels over the strategic town of Zabadani. (See picture.)  Ukrainian freighters are making the deliveries. The El-Sisi-Putin deal marks a certain parting of the ways between Moscow and Tehran on Syrian policy.

ISIS "mobile defense SVBIED" in action in Iraq
Resolving the Syrian war is not the silver bullet for stopping ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 29, 2015

Ongoing world power talks on ways to stop ISIS are stumped, as they move next week from Moscow to Washington. Vladimir Putin last week offered three worried Arab leaders nuclear reactors and other aid, but in plans for ending the Syrian war - on which they pinned high hopes – no silver bullet was found for stopping the inexorable Islamist advance. When Barack Obama meets Saudi King Salman in Washington next week, he will not find a customer to buy his reliance on Iran, which has failed to pull the anti-terror wagon out of the mud.

Putin again Touts Gazprom for Running Israel’s Offshore Gas Exports
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2015

While preparing for the first time to send Russian military forces to Syria to fight ISIS, Putin doesn’t forget the energy card. He offers Netanyahu a deal: Russian military protection for Israel’s Mediterranean gas fields in return for a stake in pipeline construction.

Russian MiG-31 interceptors
Six Russian MiG-31 interceptor aircraft land in Damascus to rescue Assad regime
DEBKAfile Special Report August 18, 2015

Six Russian MiG-31 Foxhound interceptor aircraft from Moscow landed Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Mezze Airbase in Damascus international airport, debkafile discloses. They were followed shortly after by giant An-124 Condor transports carrying 1,000 Kornet-9M133 third-generation anti-tank guided missiles. This airlift to Damascus betokens Moscow’s continued support for the Syrian ruler against peace plans currently afloat which all entail his removal, and is a move to block US-Turkish plans for a no-fly zone over Syria or any other direct intervention.

Obama Puts Moscow & Iran at Helm of Their Next Mid East Venture. Saudis Opt out
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

The US, Russia and Iran combine to launch a new Middle East venture for resolving current conflicts in ways that are expedient to all three. The Saudis prefer their own path and choices.

US and Russia Head up New Grouping for Fighting ISIS, Sustaining Assad in Power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2015

The US, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf have lined up to fight ISIS, after each gives up on primary issues. Bashar Assad stays, by common consent, and the Houthis lose the Yemen war.

Nusra Front Wipes out a Model CIA-Trained “Moderate Syrian Rebel Force”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2015

The Nusra Front’s defeat of a CIA-trained rebel force under the command of Natim al-Hassan may deepen US intervention in the Syrian conflict.

Has Putin Cornered Mid East Nuclear Market in Deal with Obama to Back US Iran Nuclear Diplomacy?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2015

Under a secret deal with Obama, Putin has cornered the Middle East nuclear market and signed contracts to supply reactors and other facilities to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Jordan and the UAE. Fordo will become a research center.

Despite Grave Military Reverses, the Syrian Army and Hizballah Are Not Done Yet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015

It has always been dangerous to predict Bashar Assad’s downfall, even now after his army and Hizballah have experienced grave military reverses. The US-backed rebels in the south are not doing too well either.

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