Posts Tagged ‘ Russia ’

NATO chief: Russia hasn’t taken war bait yet, so we’re escalating

June 14, 2016
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Austin American-Statesman    

"NATO's chief announced Monday that the alliance will agree this week to send four multinational battalions to the Baltic states and Poland to boost their defenses against Russia. Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary-general, said alliance defense ministers will formally approve the deployment plan drafted by NATO military planners at a meeting that begins Tuesday in Brussels. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, four of NATO's members that feel most threatened by Russia, will each be reinforced by 'a robust multinational battalion,' Stoltenberg told a news conference." (06/13/16)

http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/international/nato-chief-4-battalions-going-to-baltic-states-pol/nrfXT/  

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Russian, Ukrainian regimes swap prisoners

May 25, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Russia and Ukraine appeared close Wednesday to wrapping up a high-level prisoner swap with a Ukrainian helicopter pilot dubbed the country's 'Joan of Arc' traded for two Russian servicemen accused of being members of Russian military intelligence. The pilot, Nadezhda Savchenko, was back in Ukraine's capital Kiev, said a message posted on Twitter by Ukraine's president Poro Poroshenko. That appeared to set in motion the release of the two Russians, but official details had not been made by either side. The Ukrainian, Lt. Nadiya Savchenko, and the Russians - Capt. Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Sgt. Alexander Alexandrov -- were all captured during fighting in [Donetsk People's Republic], where pro-Russian separatists have carved out an unrecognized [sic] statelet after two years of war with Kiev." (05/25/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russia-frees-imprisoned-ukrainian-pilot-in-dramatic-prisoner-swap-say-reports/2016/05/25/75ccaed4-24e9-4f1a-bbf6-ccb17a4d9c00_story.html  

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What is the US military doing in the Baltics?

May 4, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Get ready for the new cold war, which will no doubt turn hot if Hillary Clinton gets into the White House: NATO has just announced it is 'considering' the addition of 4,000 more troops to be stationed in Poland and the Baltic states, i.e. right on Russia's western border. ... The US and Russia are coming dangerously close to an outright conflict: there have been two recent incidents. One where a Russian plane buzzed an American warship patrolling Baltic waters, and the other where a Russian jet intercepted a US reconnaissance plane headed at high speed for Russian airspace. ... Asked how the US should respond to Russian fly-bys, GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, in his usual contradictory and semi-coherent way, underscored both the stupidity of US policy and his own incoherence ..." (05/04/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/05/03/us-military-baltics/  

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Security theater: US sends F-22 warplanes to Romania

April 26, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Two of the world's most advanced warplanes have touched down in Romania for the first time, near the shores of the Black Sea and just a short hop from Ukraine, the Crimean Peninsula and Russia. ... Officially it was for a NATO training exercise, part of the Rapid Response program showcasing how effectively and quickly U.S. fighter jets, crews and support can be moved to a forward operating base. But it was also a show of strength for NATO allies on the Black Sea, where Russia is rapidly building up its military hardware." (04/26/16)

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/25/europe/us-deploys-fighter-jets-to-romania/index.html  

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Russian regime accuses US regime of intimidation in Baltic Sea incident

April 21, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"Russia warned the United States on Wednesday against operating in the Baltic Sea close to its borders, hinting that incidents such as week's buzzing of a U.S. Navy destroyer would continue. 'This is about attempts to exercise military pressure on Russia,' Russian envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko told reporters, according to Reuters. 'We will take all necessary measures, precautions, to compensate for these attempts to use military force.' Grushko made his comments after the first NATO-Russia Council meeting since 2014, where 28 representatives from NATO countries and Grushko discussed the incident, as well as the situation in Ukraine." (04/21/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/international/277035-russia-accuses-us-of-intimidation-in-baltic-sea-incident  

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Stoltenberg: NATO, Russia meeting confirms “profound disagreements”

April 20, 2016
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Reuters    

"NATO's first formal meeting with Russia's envoy to the alliance in almost two years underscored the deep East-West divide over the Ukraine crisis and the future of Europe's security, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. 'In the meeting, it was reconfirmed that we disagree on the facts, on the narrative and the responsibilities in and around Ukraine,' Stoltenberg said after the meeting." (04/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-nato-idUSKCN0XH1E3  

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Netherlands: Court quashes $50 billion Yukos shareholders’ award

April 20, 2016
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Chattanooga Times Free Press    

"A Dutch court on Wednesday quashed a $50 billion award Russia had been ordered to pay the former majority shareholders of Yukos, a major win for Moscow in the high-stakes dispute over the dismantling of what was once Russia's largest oil producer. The former shareholders immediately vowed to continue their legal battle for compensation and to appeal the decision, while the Kremlin hailed it as a key legal victory that should halt a slew of cases around the world aimed at enforcing the award. The Hague District Court's written ruling overturned a July 2014 decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which said that Moscow used massive tax claims to seize control of Yukos in 2003 and silence its CEO, Mikhail Khodorkovsky." (04/20/16)

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/national/business/story/2016/apr/20/dutch-court-quashes-50-billiyukos-shareholder/361135/  

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Does Europe need a new Warsaw Pact?

April 17, 2016
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Christopher A Preble and Marian L Tupy  

"We are both children of the Cold War. One of us, Tupy, was born in Czechoslovakia, just eight years after Soviet tanks crushed the Prague Spring. No one who lived through that period could doubt that the Warsaw Pact was a symbol of occupation and humiliation. In short, we appreciate that the mere suggestion of resurrecting the Warsaw Pact may open old wounds. But the countries of the former Warsaw Pact who are now members of NATO are subject to a different form of humiliation: that of being dependent upon others for their defense, including people many thousands of miles away who have not recently suffered under foreign occupation. The mere fact that a leading contender for the Republican nomination has dared suggest that NATO has become irrelevant surely must give some in Europe pause." (04/15/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/does-europe-need-new-warsaw-pact  

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Iran: Regime shows off Russian S-300 defense system on Army Day

April 17, 2016
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Reuters    

"Iran showed off parts of its new Russian S-300 missile defense system during National Army Day on Sunday, where President Hassan Rouhani said the country's armed forces were no threat to neighboring countries. ... Russia delivered the first part of the S-300 missile defense system to Iran last week, one of the most advanced systems of its kind that can engage multiple aircraft and ballistic missiles around 150 km (90 miles) away. Russia has said it canceled a contract to deliver S-300s to Iran in 2010 under pressure from the West. President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban in April 2015, after an interim agreement that paved the way for July's full nuclear deal with Iran that ended international sanctions." (04/17/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/us-iran-army-rouhani-idINKCN0XE0G7  

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Syria: Two pilots killed when Russian helicopter crashes

April 12, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Two pilots were killed in the crash of a Russian helicopter in Homs, Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry announced Tuesday. The Mil Mi-28N strike helicopter 'did not come under fire,' a ministry statement said, adding that the bodies of the two crew members were taken to Russia's Khmeimim air base near the Syrian port city of Latakia, and a team of investigators was sent to the site of the crash. An unidentified military source said the pilots were flying at night and wearing night-vision goggles over unfamiliar terrain and may have struck an obstacle, the German news agency DW.com said, citing Russia's Interfax news agency." (04/12/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/04/12/Russian-helicopter-crashes-in-Syria-two-pilots-killed/8571460467666/  

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Russia: Three militants killed in attack on police station

April 11, 2016
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Marysville Appeal-Democrat    

"Two militants were killed and a third blew himself up in an attempt to attack a police station in southern Russia on Monday, police said, adding that no police officers or civilians were hurt. The identity of the militants who attacked the police station in the town of Novoselitskoye in the Stavropol region was not yet clear. The Stavropol region is close to the North Caucasus, where an Islamic insurgency has simmered for years." (04/11/16)

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/regional_news/europe/militants-killed-in-attack-on-russian-police-station/article_c66cb642-31b3-5104-a212-bd8173d4678b.html  

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Dagestan: Islamic State claims bomb attack on Russian police

March 30, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Police in Russia's volatile North Caucasus said Wednesday that one person was killed and two more injured in a bomb attack targeting on a police convoy. Fatina Ubaydatova, police spokeswoman in the restive region of Dagestan, said Wednesday that the convoy hit a bomb on the road outside the regional capital of Makhachkala on Tuesday evening. The convoy was ferrying federal police forces to the region. Police are sent to Dagestan on a regular basis." (03/30/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-claims-bomb-attack-on-russia-police-in-dagestan/  

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Russian regime accuses Ukrainian regime of ignoring peace deal

March 23, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Opening a day of intense international diplomacy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday accused Ukrainian's government of dragging its feet on implementing last year's cease-fire agreement. Although last year's cease-fire between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces has largely held, none of the political elements, including calling a local election there, has been implemented. Fighting in Ukraine's [former, now seceded] industrial heartland which has close ties to Russia has killed more than 9,100 people and left large swathes of land under [local secessionist] control." (03/23/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/russia-accuses-ukraine-ignoring-peace-deal-37862125  

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Russia: Court finds Ukraine’s “Joan of Arc” guilty for deaths of journalists

March 21, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A Russian court Monday found a Ukrainian helicopter pilot nicknamed Ukraine's 'Joan of Arc' guilty of involvement in the 2014 deaths of two Russian journalists, the conclusion to a case that has drawn international condemnation and revived old memories of Stalin show trials. Lt. Nadiya Savchenko had been accused of helping the Ukrainian army target the shelling that led to the June 2014 deaths of two Russian journalists in [a seceded region formerly part of Ukraine] at the height of fighting there. Little known before her capture, Savchenko, 34, has since become a national symbol of resistance in Ukraine and a target for Russians to focus their anger about the killing of [former Ukrainian] civilians." (03/21/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/russian-court-finds-ukraines-joan-of-arc-guilty-for-deaths-of-journalists/2016/03/21/7b1429dc-1ce3-4298-accb-51b6bba5885a_story.html  

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Putin and the art of the deal

March 17, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Unburdened by the conceit that the fate of the world depends on asserting his nation’s role as an international policeman, Putin is free to cannily pursue Russia’s real interests. Those interests were served by shoring up Assad’s regime, which was crumbling under a sustained assault from the US and its Islamist allies in Riyadh and Ankara (with the Israelis cheerleading from the sidelines). In the meantime, the head-chopping jihadists of al-Nusra and its spin-offs -- covertly supported by the Saudis and Turkey -- have been declared terrorist outfits by the United Nations, and negotiations are underway in Geneva while the ceasefire continues to hold (albeit somewhat shakily). It must be time for another false flag 'chemical attack' to be blamed on the Assad forces -- but, hey, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. The prospect that peace might break out in Syria has our warmongers down in the dumps." (03/16/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/03/15/putin-and-the-art-of-the-deal/  

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Will Russian withdrawal lead to federal Syria or more war?

March 16, 2016
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OpEdNews
by Joe Lauria  

"Following the Russian withdrawal, if Obama still continues to defy his neoconservative advisers who want to overthrow Assad even at the cost of a U.S.-led invasion, what about the next occupant of the White House? At a Republican debate last week, three of the four candidates said they would support between 20,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops in Syria and Iraq, supposedly to fight the Islamic State. Once on the ground, they could easily make a detour towards Damascus. Curiously, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the last days offered to divide the task of defeating IS by inviting the U.S. to take Raqqa, an offer the US refused. It is not at all clear why Russia would want the U.S. to control the IS capital unless Moscow is pushing a federal Syria, which it has publicly supported. Assad has apparently also agreed." (03/16/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Will-Russian-Withdrawal-Le-by-Joe-Lauria-Syria_Syria-Rebels_Syrian-Arab-Army_Syrian-Situation-160316-77.html  

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Russia: Regime’s energy monopoly proposes gas deal with Iran

March 14, 2016
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Fox News    

"Russian energy minister says Gazprom, Russia's state gas monopoly, has put forward proposals for the development of oil fields in Iran. Alexander Novak spoke at bilateral trade discussions in Tehran on Monday. He underscored Moscow's desire to strengthen trade relations with Iran and said the countries were considering opening a free-trade zone, according to reports from Russia's Tass news agency." (03/14/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/03/14/russia-gazprom-proposes-gas-deal-with-iran.html  

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UK: Ukrainian regime will go to court to avoid paying debt to Russian regime

February 18, 2016
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GlobalPost    

"Kiev vowed on Thursday to fight Russia's demand for the full repayment of a $3-billion (2.7-billion-euro) loan it issued to Ukraine in 2013 under ousted Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovych. Russia on Wednesday filed a lawsuit with the High Court in London after the two sides failed to reach a private settlement over the debt. The eurobond was issued on the Irish Stock Exchange and is governed by English law. ... Kiev had been due to repay the eurobond purchased by Moscow from Kiev on December 21. But it viewed Russia's loan as private debt that fell under the restructuring terms it agreed with other commercial lenders last year." (02/18/16)

http://www.globalpost.com/article/6734698/2016/02/18/ukraine-vows-fight-russian-3-bn-debt-claim-london-court  

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Russia: Iranian defense minister in Moscow to boost military ties

February 17, 2016
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Military Times    

"Iran's defense minister is visiting Moscow for talks about closer military cooperation. Gen. Hossein Dehghan met Tuesday with President Vladimir Putin and also also with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu. ... Russia has a contract with Iran to deliver long-range S-300 air defense missiles, and Tehran also has expressed interest in other Russian weapons." (02/16/16)

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2016/02/16/iranian-defense-minister-moscow-boost-military-ties/80462222/  

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Ukrainian, Russian gangs close turf lines to truckers

February 16, 2016
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Ukraine's prime minister has announced that cargo trucks registered in Russia will temporarily not be allowed to enter Ukraine, in response to Russia's ban on Ukrainian trucks. Arseniy Yatsenyuk's announcement comes after Russia detained 152 Ukraine-registered trucks and banned Ukraine-registered cargo vehicles from entering. Yatsenyuk said the ban on Russian trucks will be lifted when Russian authorities allow Ukrainian truckers into Russia again." (02/15/16)

http://www.startribune.com/ukraine-and-russia-close-their-borders-to-foreign-truckers/368824151/  

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Putin doesn’t need to censor books. Publishers do it for him.

February 15, 2016
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Masha Gessen  

"I know a bit about the workings of Russian book publishing and because I have a personal stake in the matter. I am a Russian journalist who writes books in English. Only one of my books, about a mathematician, has been translated into Russian. The rest, it seems, have struck publishers as politically risky. Several publishers have inquired about buying the rights to a biography of Putin that has done very well in another 20 or so languages, but each time, negotiations have ended with a vague, 'Well, you must understand,' often followed by an even vaguer 'Maybe some day.' About a year ago, Danishevsky bought the rights to some of my old books -- but not the biography of Putin. Now he is sitting there sipping his cappuccino, telling me that he does whatever he wants. 'So, could you publish my Putin book?' 'No,' he says simply. 'That's not possible.' ... There we have it. Publishing in Russia is the art of the possible. That is not the same thing as censorship. Or is it?" (02/15/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/02/15/putin-doesnt-need-to-censor-books-publishers-do-it-for-him/  

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Kerry to Russia: Stop bombing our al Qaeda buddies in Syria

February 4, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded Thursday that Russia stop bombing the Syrian opposition, implicitly blaming Moscow for the collapse in peace talks. ... Alongside Britain's Foreign Minister Phillip Hammond, Kerry read out sections of UN Security Council resolution 2254, passed in December, calling for an immediate ceasefire. 'Russia has a responsibility, as do all parties, to live up to it,' he said." [editor's note: Apparently "all parties" doesn't include the US and its partners, who conducted 11 airstrikes in Syria yesterday according to US Central Command - TLK] (02/04/16)

http://news.yahoo.com/kerry-demands-russia-halt-syria-bombing-talks-suspended-101149753.html  

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Syria: Russian military adviser killed in shelling

February 4, 2016
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Reuters    

"A Russian military adviser was killed in Syria on Feb. 1 in a mortar attack, Russian news agencies cited the Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday. 'A Russian military adviser was performing the task of assisting the Syrian army in the development of new weapons supplied under existing interstate military-technical contract,' RIA news agency cited a representative of the ministry as saying." (02/04/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-russia-idINKCN0VC2MS  

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Merkel urges Putin to use influence over pro-Russian regimes of seceded Ukrainian states

February 2, 2016
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La Prensa    

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a telephone conversation on Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, urging him to use his influence over the [Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] in order to proceed with implementing the Minsk agreements. The German government said in a statement that the conversation was at the request of Putin, after Merkel met on Monday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and it was emphasized that the sanctions imposed on Russia will remain until Moscow fulfills the Minsk agreements." (02/02/16)

http://www.laprensasa.com/309_america-in-english/3598607_merkel-urges-putin-to-use-influence-over-pro-russian-separatists-in-ukraine.html  

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“Putin is corrupt,” says US Treasury

January 26, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The US Treasury has told a BBC investigation that it considers Russian President Vladimir Putin to be corrupt. The US government has already imposed sanctions on Mr Putin's aides, but it is thought to be the first time it has directly accused him of corruption. His spokesman told the BBC that 'none of these questions or issues needs to be answered, as they are pure fiction.'" [editor's note: Like any US government organization has the moral stature to level that accusation ... - TLK] (01/25/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35385445  

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