Posts Tagged ‘ Russia ’

Turkey: Police officer, invoking Aleppo, guns down Russian ambassador in Ankara

December 20, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A Turkish police officer who angrily denounced the bloodshed in Syria killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey in Ankara on Monday, shooting the diplomat in front of a room full of horrified spectators at an art gallery in an assassination captured on video and quickly shared around the world. As the ambassador, Andrei Karlov, lay on the floor, the assailant, still waving his gun, screamed, 'Don't forget Aleppo! Don't forget Syria!' ... [Mevlut Mert Atlintas, an officer with the riot police] was killed in a shootout with police at the gallery, but Russian authorities vowed to reveal a larger plot -- and some in Moscow suggested that the West was to blame for its support of moderate [sic] rebel factions in Syria." (12/19/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/gunfire-wounds-russian-ambassador-in-turkey-reports-say/2016/12/19/ae32d1c8-c608-11e6-85b5-76616a33048d_story.html  

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Syria: Assad regime has full control of eastern Aleppo, says Russian UN ambassador

December 14, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Eastern Aleppo has fallen, and military activities there have stopped, according to Russia's United Nations ambassador. 'The Syrian government has re-established control over eastern Aleppo,' Vitaly Churkin told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday. Residents of eastern Aleppo told ABC News that it is quiet there, with no sounds of battle, but ABC News could not immediately confirm whether fighting has ended. ... The Russian announcement came after months of siege and years of fighting between rebels and Syrian government forces. In recent months, the Syrian government, with help from its Russian and Iranian allies, intensified its airstrikes on eastern Aleppo and tightened the siege in an attempt to gain full control of the area, rebel held until recently." (12/13/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/syrian-government-reportedly-kills-dozens-civilians-aleppo-spot/story?id=44160179  

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Merkel, Hollande back extending sanctions against Russia

December 13, 2016
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Deutsche Welle Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Holland said on Tuesday they favored extending EU sanctions against Russia in an upcoming EU summit where the issue will be discussed. ... The EU's 28 leaders are set to meet in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the sanctions against Russia which will expire on January 31 next year. There appeared to be consensus amongst most member states to extend the sanctions. Some in the bloc, however, favor lifting the sanctions as Moscow has imposed retaliatory measures that hurt EU farmers." (12/13/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/merkel-and-hollande-support-sanction-extensions-against-russia/a-36750757  

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Syria: Islamic State forces recapture Palmyra

December 12, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants re-occupied Palmyra on Sunday, taking the ancient central city from government troops in a major advance after a year of setbacks in Syria and neighboring Iraq, a Syrian government official and the group said. In retaking Palmyra, the extremist group appeared to be taking advantage of the Syrian and Russian preoccupation with Aleppo, timing its attack to coincide with a massive government offensive to capture the last remaining opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city. Palmyra, with its towering 2,000-year-old ruins, holds mostly symbolic meaning in the wider Syrian civil war, although its location in central Syria gives it some strategic significance as well." (12/11/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-recaptures-palmyra-syria-despite-russian-bombs-activists-say/  

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The anti-Russia complex, the power elite and law

December 7, 2016
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Michael S. Rozeff LewRockwell.com
by Michael S Rozeff  

"In February of 2015, NATO Supreme Commander Philip Breedlove said 'Russia has chosen to be an adversary and poses a long-term existential threat to the United States and to our European allies and partners.' One can go back to the Russo-Georgian War in 2008 or to the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution to find reasons for such views among military leaders. However, military leaders can always find reasons and threats; history is filled with material to exploit. Military figures are trained, paid and promoted partly on the basis of clarity, firmness, and preparedness against potential enemies. They are bound to tend to have an anti-Russia and an anti-China bias, at least some of them; and these will be the most vocal and aggressive in publicizing their views. The same phenomenon is observed among those in Congress. There's very little political downside to advocating military strength and to warning against enemies, small, large, real or imagined." (12/07/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/12/michael-s-rozeff/anti-russia-complex/  

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Kazakhstan: Russian space cargo ship destroyed in failed launch, debris burns up

December 1, 2016
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Space Dot Com Space.com    

"An uncrewed Russian cargo spacecraft fell back to Earth shortly after launching toward the International Space Station (ISS) today (Dec. 1). The Progress 65 freighter lifted off atop a three-stage Soyuz-U rocket at 9:51 a.m. EST (1451 GMT) today from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. About 6 minutes into the flight, Russian mission controllers stopped receiving telemetry from the cargo ship, and radar stations were subsequently unable to pick it up on its planned orbit, said officials with Roscosmos, the Russian federal space agency." (12/01/16)

http://www.space.com/34875-russian-space-cargo-ship-destroyed-in-failed-launch.html  

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Black Sea: Ukraine regime tests missiles despite Russian ire

December 1, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Ukraine has begun surface-to-air missile tests over the Black Sea, west of the disputed Crimea peninsula. Russia, which annexed Crimea in 2014, had called the planned tests a provocation and threatened to shoot the missiles down. But on Thursday Russia's air transport agency said Ukraine had moved the border of the test area further away, apparently reducing Russian concerns. A Ukrainian official said the tests were in line with international law." (12/01/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38166597  

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Germany: Intel chief tries to reproduce US panic propaganda over Russian election influence

November 29, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"Germany warned Tuesday of a rise in cyber attacks orchestrated by Russia in a bid to disrupt next year's election, a day after Europe's top economy suffered its biggest hacking strike. 'Europe is in the focus of these disturbances, and Germany particularly so,' foreign intelligence service chief Bruno Kahl told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily in an interview. There are indications that 'cyber attacks are taking place with no reason other than to sow political uncertainty,' said Kahl. The spy chief's assessment came a day after Germany's biggest telecommunications group Deutsche Telekom said hackers knocked almost one million of its clients offline." (11/29/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/germanys-spy-chief-warns-russian-cyberattacks-could-hit-085503405.html  

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Russia: Regime says two soldiers abducted at Ukrainian border

November 22, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Tensions ratcheted upward as Russia said Tuesday two of its servicemen were abducted in Crimea by Ukraine, while Ukraine said the two men are defectors. ... Ukraine said the men are deserters from the Ukrainian military who defected and remained in Crimea after 2014. They were allegedly among thousands of Ukrainian military personnel who remained in Russian-controlled Crimea after Russia's annexation [sic] of the Crimean peninsula. Ukraine considers those defectors to be deserters. ... 'The two deserters have not been abducted. They have been arrested while crossing the Chonhar checkpoint at the border,' Ukrainian Security Service spokesperson Olena Hitlianska said." (11/22/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/11/22/Russia-says-two-soldiers-abducted-at-Ukrainian-border/9981479815291/  

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Putin says Russia planning “countermeasures” to NATO expansion

November 22, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning that his forces could target NATO sites if his country feels threatened. But it's not so much the warning that's important; it's the timing. 'We are forced to take countermeasures -- that is, to aim our missile systems at those facilities which we think pose a threat to us,' Putin said in an interview with American filmmaker Oliver Stone for a documentary broadcast Monday. 'The situation is heating up.' Putin's harsh words for the Western alliance were broadcast on Russian television as ­President-elect Donald Trump, who has been critical of NATO, pulls together a team and calls for closer ties with the Kremlin." (11/21/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/putin-says-russia-planning-countermeasuresto-nato-expansion/2016/11/21/83f5673c-afe1-11e6-ab37-1b3940a0d30a_story.html  

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Erdogan: EU not everything, Turkey may join Shanghai Five

November 21, 2016
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Hurriyet Daily News [Turkey]    

"Turkey should not be 'fixated' on the idea of joining the European Union and should look at other opportunities, such as the Russia-led Shanghai Pact, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. 'Turkey should first of all feel relaxed about the EU and not be fixated' about joining it, Erdogan told reporters on the presidential plane returning from Uzbekistan, daily Hurriyet reported. 'Some may criticize me but I express my opinion. For example, I have said 'why shouldn't Turkey be in the Shanghai 5?'' he said. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), also known as the 'Shanghai 5,' is a loose security and economic bloc led by Russia and China. The other formal members are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Erdogan said he had already discussed the idea with Russian President Vladimir Putin and with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev." (11/20/16)

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/eu-not-everything-turkey-may-join-shanghai-pact-president-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=106321&NewsCatID=338  

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Philippines: Duterte mulls following Putin out of ICC

November 17, 2016
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WHIO News    

"Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he might follow Russia's example and withdraw from the International Criminal Court, where his critics say he could be charged over the thousands killed in his war on drugs. ... The foul-mouthed Duterte said that like Russia, he might withdraw from the ICC 'because we the small ones are the only ones being beaten up,' but nothing has been done for the thousands of children and women dying in bombings in Syria and Iraq." (11/17/16)

http://www.whio.com/news/world/philippines-duterte-mulls-leaving-international-court/AZ6GiWLlyF9wytD4EczmfL/  

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Putin withdraws Russia from International Criminal Court

November 17, 2016
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Florence Times Daily    

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court, which rules on such grave charges as genocide and crimes against humanity. Putin's decree, published Wednesday on the Kremlin's website, comes a day after the U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee approved a resolution condemning Russia's 'temporary occupation of Crimea' and condemned Russia for rights abuses such as discrimination against some Crimeans." (11/16/16)

http://www.timesdaily.com/news/nation/putin-withdraws-russia-from-international-criminal-court/article_efa1a773-cae8-5548-990f-331f89cfc193.html  

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Syria: Russians launch new offensive, airstrikes hit Aleppo

November 16, 2016
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Military Times    

"Russia launched new strikes in Syria on Tuesday involving carrier-borne jets and long-range missiles as opposition activists on the ground reported that the first airstrikes in nearly a month struck the besieged, rebel-held parts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. According to activists, between four and 10 people were killed in the strikes on Aleppo, raising concerns of a return to daily deadly bombardment in Syria's largest city. The Russian blitz began hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump discussed Syria over the phone and agreed on the need to combine efforts in the fight against what the Kremlin called their No. 1 enemy -- '"international terrorism and extremism.'" (11/15/16)

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/russia-launches-new-offensive-airstrikes-hit-syrias-aleppo  

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McCain has memory lapse, thinks he won last week’s election

November 15, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Republican Sen. John McCain on Tuesday warned against any attempt to reboot U.S.-Russia relations under Donald Trump's presidency. 'With the U.S. presidential transition underway, Vladimir Putin has said in recent days that he wants to improve relations with the United States. We should place as much faith in such statements as any other made by a former KGB agent who has plunged his country into tyranny, murdered his political opponents, invaded his neighbors, threatened America's allies, and attempted to undermine America's elections,' the Arizona senator said in a statement." (11/15/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/card/mccain-warns-against-russian-reset-n684221  

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UN committee votes to condemn Crimean voters for choosing re-affiliation with Russia

November 15, 2016
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New York Times    

"A key U.N. committee approved a resolution Tuesday condemning Russia's 'temporary occupation' of Crimea and reaffirming the United Nations' commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty over the Black Sea peninsula. Russia urged the General Assembly's human rights committee to vote against the resolution, but it was approved by a vote of 73-23 with 76 abstentions. The resolution is virtually certain to be adopted by a similar vote when it comes before the 193-member assembly next month." (11/15/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/11/15/world/europe/ap-un-united-nations-ukraine-russia.html?_r=0  

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NATO puts 300,000 ground troops on “high alert” as tensions with Russia mount

November 8, 2016
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Independent [UK]    

"Up to 300,000 Nato troops have been put on alert amid rising tensions between Russia and the Baltic states. Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary-general of Nato, said the alliance hoped to speed up the response time of thousands of its troops to allow it to react to a combat situation more effectively. In October, it was reported Nato was preparing to station 4,000 troops on the Russian border with the Baltic states in its biggest military build-up since the Cold War." (11/07/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/nato-ground-troops-high-alert-russia-tensions-baltic-latvia-lithuania-estonia-a7402136.html  

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Spain: Regime under pressure from “allies” to refuse refuel of Russian warships

October 26, 2016
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Daily Star Lebanon    

"Spain was under pressure Wednesday from its allies to refuse permission for Russian warships headed for the Syrian coast to refuel at one of its ports. Russia's request to allow its ships to stop on Spanish territory 'are under review' while Spain weighs input from its allies and Russian authorities, the foreign ministry said in an e-mail. The ministry said Russian ships have for years made stops in Spanish ports and that permission is granted on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the safety of local residents and the environment. ... NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed concern that the flotilla could take part in Syria air strikes." [editor's note: Has anyone called it to Stoltenberg's attention that HIS ships are taking part in Syria air strikes? - TLK] (10/26/16)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Oct-26/378257-spain-under-pressure-to-refuse-refuel-of-russian-warships.ashx  

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Assange’s fate

October 19, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The saga of Julian Assange seems to be drawing to a climax -- one that will decide the fate of this historic whistleblower who, for years, has been a giant thorn in the side of governments everywhere. His role in exposing the machinations of the US government over the years earned him the plaudits of liberals -- until the Bush era ended, and he started exposing the crimes of the Obama administration and -- most pointedly -- the hypocrisy and venality of Hillary Clinton and her journalistic camarilla. Now we see right-wing figures like Sean Hannity and -- yes! -- Donald Trump praising and defending him, while the ostensible liberals take up the cry of the Clinton campaign that he's a 'pawn of the Kremlin' and a 'rapist.'" (10/19/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/10/18/assanges-fate/  

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Trump says he might meet with Putin

October 18, 2016
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Miami Herald    

"Donald Trump says if he wins the White House, he might meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin before his inauguration. Trump says in a Monday interview with talk radio host Michael Savage that if he defeats Democrat Hillary Clinton, he could see himself 'meeting with Putin and meeting with Russia prior to the start of the administration.' Trump has been criticized repeatedly for his seemingly cozy relationship with Russia. But he says the tension between Putin and President Barack Obama is 'a potentially catastrophic situation.'" (10/17/16)

http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/celebrities/article108712447.html  

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France: Regime seeks war crimes probe of Russian, but not French actions, in Syria

October 11, 2016
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Seattle Times    

"France's foreign minister is calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate Russia for possible war crimes in Syria. Jean-Marc Ayrault told France-Inter radio Monday that 'France intends to get in touch with the prosecutor to find out how the probe can be launched.' Ayrault says France disagrees with Russia's 'bombarding' of Aleppo and 'is committed as never before to saving the population.'" (10/10/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/france-seeks-war-crimes-probe-of-russian-actions-in-syria/  

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Ryabkov: “[D]e facto support of terrorists from the US and the current administration”

September 29, 2016
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Newsweek    

"Russia's rift with the U.S. over Syria is growing after Moscow accused Washington of 'de facto support for terrorists.' Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov reacted angrily to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's threat Wednesday to end discussions between the two countries if Russia did not end its current operations in Aleppo and uphold the ceasefire. Kerry also said that the Russian indiscriminate attacks in Syria, in support of the Assad regime, would merely allow radical groups to increase their influence and plot attacks 'against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities.' But Ryabkov accused the U.S. of effectively siding with the radicals." (09/29/16)

http://europe.newsweek.com/russia-accuses-us-de-facto-support-terrorists-504154  

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Russia: Putin’s United Russia party wins parliamentary election

September 19, 2016
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Deutsche Welle Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin comfortably won a parliamentary election, early results showed on Monday. According to a preliminary central election commission tally after a quarter of the votes had been counted, the ruling United Russia party won 51 percent of the vote in Sunday's election -- up two percent on 2011's parliamentary election. ... the right-wing populist LDPR party was in second place with 17.2 percent, while the Communists came in third on 14.9 percent. The Kremlin-friendly, pro-business Just Russia party garnered 6.4 percent, leaving them in fourth position." (09/19/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/president-vladimir-putins-united-russia-party-wins-parliamentary-election/a-19560614  

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Syria, Russia: US-led invaders’ airstrike kills regime forces

September 18, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Hours after US-led coalition airstrikes reportedly killed dozens of Syrian troops, the US and Russian ambassadors to the United Nations chastised each other outside an emergency Security Council meeting. The strike occurred Saturday in an eastern part of Syria that is not a part of a delicate and nearly week-old ceasefire. The US military said it was targeting ISIS militants and if it hit Syrian troops, it was an accident. Russia and Syria said the strikes prove Washington and its allies are sympathetic to ISIS." (09/18/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/18/middleeast/syria-claims-coalition-airstrike-hit-regime-forces/  

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Libeling leakers: Julian Assange, Wikileaks and the Russian “connection”

September 12, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark  

"What was the New York Times thinking in making the suggestion? Evidently, its patriotic sense has been affronted by the disclosures from WikiLeaks that have sprinkled more than a bit of dust on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. In doing so, Julian Assange and the organisation, so claimed the paper, had wangled its way into the Kremlin's agenda." (09/09/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/09/09/libeling-leakers-julian-assange-wikileaks-and-the-russian-connection/  

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