Posts Tagged ‘ Russia ’

Putin: Sheltering Assad would be easier than Snowden asylum

January 12, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"President Vladimir Putin said giving refuge to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad would be much easier than it was for Russia to grant asylum to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, though he dismissed the idea as 'premature' in an interview with German newspaper Bild. If presidential elections in Syria are held democratically under a United Nations-sponsored peace plan, 'then Assad will probably not need to leave the country at all,' Putin told Bild, according to a transcript of the interview provided by the Kremlin. 'And it is not important whether he stays as president or not.' Russia's harboring of Snowden, accused of making public U.S. [government] surveillance secrets, sparked a major confrontation with the U.S. in 2013." (01/11/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-12/putin-says-sheltering-assad-would-be-easier-than-snowden-asylum  

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EU officially extends Russia sanctions for six months

December 21, 2015
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"The EU has decided to maintain economic sanctions against Moscow citing incomplete implementation of the Minsk peace accord. Moscow claims the extension will encourage Kyiv to 'sabotage' the peace process. ... The EU concluded that Russia had failed to fully respect the roadmap to peace in [the seceded states that were once part of] eastern Ukraine, as determined by the so-called Minsk accord." (12/21/15)

http://www.dw.com/en/eu-officially-extends-russia-sanctions-for-six-months-over-ukraine-conflict/a-18932985  

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Putin press conference: Turkish downing of Russian jet was “hostile act”

December 17, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"Vladimir Putin was applauded by journalists at a televised news conference Thursday as he slammed Turkey, saying there was no prospect of improving relations between the countries after the downing of a Russian fighter jet. The Russian president criticized Turkey for its handling of last month's incident, and hinted at further measures after Moscow advised citizens not to travel to the country, denting its tourism industry." (12/17/15)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russian-president-vladimir-putin-hosts-annual-press-conference-n481606  

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What happens when IMF’s rules get in the way of politics?

December 17, 2015
posted by

Voices Of Liberty
by Paul-Martin Foss  

"One of the IMF's lending rules had been that the Fund would not continue to support countries that failed to repay official creditors (i.e. other governments). Recently the IMF changed those rules so that it may continue to support a country that defaults on a payment to one of its official creditors. The beneficiary of that rule change? Ukraine. And which country is Ukraine likely not to repay? Russia. ... Rule changes like this give the lie to the idea that the IMF is some sort of disinterested organization looking out solely for the good of the international community. In reality, the organization is as political as any. As a remnant of the Bretton Woods system, it still is dominated by the United States. Stay on Washington's good side and the IMF will bend over backwards to give you money. Get on Washington's bad side and watch your lifeline disappear." (12/16/15)

http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/what-happens-when-imfs-rules-get-in-the-way-of-politics/  

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Egypt: Regime investigators say no evidence of terrorism found in Russian plane crash

December 15, 2015
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Time    

"No evidence has been found so far that indicates an act of terrorist brought down a Russian passenger plane in Sinai, Egypt officials said Monday. Egypt's civil aviation ministry said a completed preliminary report of the Oct. 31 crash that killed 224 people found no signs of a criminal act. ... The head of Russia's FSB security service said in November the deadly crash was caused by a homemade explosive device, telling Russian President Vladimir Putin the bombing was a 'terrorist' act, the Associated Press reported at the time. Several air lines have postponed all flights to Sharm al-Sheikh airport until the security improves." (12/14/15)

http://time.com/4147402/egypt-plane-crash-russia/  

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Russian destroyer fires warning shots at Turkish ship in Aegean

December 13, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"The Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday one of its warships, the destroyer Smetlivy, had been forced to fire warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea to avoid a collision and that it had summoned the Turkish military attache over the incident. ... The incident, which occurred on Sunday morning, is likely to heighten tensions between the two nations who are seriously at odds over Syria and the Turkish shooting down of a Russian military jet last month." (12/13/15)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russia-fires-warning-shots-turkish-ship-aegean-n479206  

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Russia: Five injured in grenade blast at Moscow bus stop

December 8, 2015
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"Five people were lightly injured when a grenade exploded at a bus stop in central Moscow, authorities said Tuesday. The hand grenade went off Monday night on Pokrovka Street, an area in central Moscow dotted with bars and restaurants, Moscow police spokesman Alexei Shapkin told AFP. Investigators were treating the blast as an act of hooliganism, police said." (12/08/15)

http://news.yahoo.com/three-injured-blast-moscow-bus-stop-224854206.html  

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Turkey downs Russian plane, joins with Islamic State: US should drop new Ottoman Empire as ally

December 1, 2015
posted by

Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Turkey's rash decision to shoot down a Russian plane for allegedly violating its airspace isn't likely to trigger World War III. But Ankara has demonstrated where it stands. With the Islamic State and against the West. The justification for Turkey's membership in NATO and America's defense guarantee for Ankara long ago passed. Turkey's irresponsible action proves that it is no U.S. ally." (11/30/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/turkey-downs-russian-plane-joins-islamic-state-us-should-drop-new-ottoman  

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Syria: Russian air strikes kill at least 30 in stepped up raids

November 30, 2015
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Reuters    

"Air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian jets killed at least 30 people in the town of Ariha in northwestern Syria on Sunday, rescue workers in the rebel-held area said, part of an escalation of Russian strikes near the Turkish border. In separate air strikes closer to the frontier with Turkey, jets believed to be Russian hit a truck depot that was also struck on Thursday, destroying 10 trailers and killing five people, a rebel in the area said. Officials at the Russian defense ministry could not immediately be reached for comment." (11/29/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/29/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ariha-idUSKBN0TI07K20151129#qGrB1suKeVe1Z0H0.97  

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The phony war on ISIS

November 30, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The West's war on ISIS is completely phony. Our efforts, and those of our ally, Turkey, aim at overthrowing Syria strongman Bashar al-Assad -- a goal we share with ISIS as well as our subsidized 'moderate' rebel sock puppets. With Russia's entry into the fight, the phoniness of the anti-ISIS campaign is underscored: Washington is clearly much more interested in countering the Russians than in undermining ISIS." (11/30/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/11/29/the-phony-war-on-isis  

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Putin: “Serious consequences” coming after Turks shoot down Russian jet

November 25, 2015
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Independent [UK]    

"Vladimir Putin has said there will be 'serious consequences' to Turkey's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet. The Russian President repeated his military's claim that the Su-24 plane was inside Syrian borders but Ankara has insisted it violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. 'Today's loss is a stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists,' Mr Putin told a press conference as he hosted King Abdullah of Jordan in Sochi." (11/24/15)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/vladimir-putin-warns-of-serious-consequences-following-turkey-shooting-down-russian-jet-a6746836.html  

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NATO: This deal is a Turkey

November 24, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty states that an 'armed attack' on a NATO member 'shall be considered an attack against them all' and that all parties to the treaty must join in to 'restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.' Left unspecified is what happens when a NATO member itself launches an 'armed attack' on a non-member, as happened Tuesday when Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian Sukhoi-24 bomber near the Syrian border. ... If Russia responds tit-for-tat, and if Turkey successfully invokes Article 5, NATO members could suddenly find themselves in a shooting war born entirely of their own hubris. Turkey should never have been admitted to NATO in the first place, and both its membership and the existence of NATO itself have long outlived any possible value they might once have had." (11/24/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/3644  

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Turkish forces down Russian military aircraft near Syrian border

November 24, 2015
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Washington Post    

"Turkish military aircraft shot down a Russian jet Tuesday after Turkey says it violated its airspace near the border with Syria, a major escalation in the Syrian conflict that could further strain relations between Russia and the West since Turkey is a NATO member. Russian officials confirmed that a Russian Su-24 warplane, one of more than three dozen fixed-wing aircraft flying sorties in Syria as part of Russia's two-month old bombing campaign there, had been shot down but insisted it had not violated Turkish airspace. ... Video footage of the incident showed a warplane on fire before crashing on a hill and two crew members apparently parachuting safely." (11/24/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/turkey-shoots-down-russian-military-aircraft-after-border-breach/2015/11/24/9e8e0c42-9288-11e5-8aa0-5d0946560a97_story.html  

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Russia: Putin signs decree lifting barriers to enriched uranium imports from Iran

November 23, 2015
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TASS [Russian state media]    

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree harmonizing the restrictions imposed earlier on cooperation between Russia and Iran with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Tehran's nuclear program. The text of the document has been posted on the official web portal of legal information. This document effectively cancels all previous restrictions imposed on cooperation with Iran in nuclear energy and gives a go-ahead to the development of cooperation with Iran in the nuclear field, in particular, in the area of enriched uranium imports from Iran, including equipment supplies." (11/23/15)

http://tass.ru/en/economy/838503  

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Russia: Regime to impose embargo on Ukrainian food

November 18, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"Russia will begin a food embargo against Ukraine beginning in the new year, the Russian economic minister announced. The move to ban Ukrainian goods, largely agricultural products, from entering Russia comes despite attempts by the European Union to forestall such an action. Russia had previously said it was considering tariffs, and not an embargo, against Ukraine, which will leave the Russian-dominated Commonwealth of Independent States' free trade zone to participate in the EU's tariff-free market, beginning Jan. 1." (11/18/15)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/11/18/Russia-to-impose-food-embargo-against-Ukraine/9021447851996/  

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Russia: Regime says plane brought down by bomb, offers $50 million reward

November 18, 2015
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"A homemade explosive device brought down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month, the head of Russia's FSB security service said Tuesday, telling Russian President Vladimir Putin it's now clear the bombing that killed 224 people was a 'terrorist' act. The FSB also offered a $50 million reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible, appealing to the 'Russian and international communities for cooperation in identifying the terrorists.' The FSB specified that the reward would be paid in dollars." (11/17/15)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-russia-plane-crash-20151117-story.html  

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US regime: Russian regime gave advance notice of Syria airstrikes

November 17, 2015
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Reuters    

"Russia gave the United States advanced notice before launching a 'significant number' of strikes in Syria on Tuesday targeting the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa but a U.S. official said the former Cold War foes were still not coordinating militarily. France has appealed to Washington and Moscow to join in a grand coalition to fight the Islamist group that controls swathes of Syria and Iraq and has claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks in Paris. But Washington, which fiercely opposes Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been at pains to stress that any communication with Moscow was aimed at ensuring pilot safety. The two countries struck an agreement on air safety protocols in October." (11/17/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/17/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-cruisemis-idUSKCN0T61C420151117  

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Russia calls for new Syrian constitution in 18 months

November 11, 2015
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Associated Press    

"Russia has circulated a document on ending the nearly five-year-old Syrian conflict that calls for drafting a new constitution in up to 18 months that would be put to a popular referendum and be followed by an early presidential election. The document, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, makes no mention of Syrian President Bashar Assad stepping down during the transition -- a key opposition demand. It only mentions that 'the president of Syria will not chair the constitutional commission.'" (11/11/15)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/UN_UNITED_NATIONS_SYRIA  

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Russia sends anti-aircraft missiles to Syria to protect jets during airstrikes

November 5, 2015
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Fox News    

"Russia has sent anti-aircraft missiles to Syria in order to safeguard its jets involved in airstrikes against militants in the war-battered Arab country, the commander of the Russian Air Force was quoted as saying Thursday. Russia has been carrying out airstrikes on Islamic State fighters in Syria since the end of September at the request of President Bashar Assad, Russia's long-term ally. Russian officials have insisted that their military involvement in Syria will be limited to an air force operation. Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said in an interview with the daily Komsomolskaya Pravda that the anti-aircraft missiles are there to project Russian fighter jets from a possible attack or hijack while on mission." [editor's note: Given continuing US talk about imposing a "no-fly zone" over Syria, clearly aimed at the Russian presence, the real reason for this is fairly obvious; can't say I blame them, but it's yet another escalation of US/Russian military tension - TLK] (11/05/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/11/05/russia-sends-anti-aircraft-missiles-to-syria-to-protect-jets-during-airstrikes/  

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Why peace activists should stop cheering for Russian bombs in Syria

October 18, 2015
posted by

OpEdNews
by David Swanson  

"There's a view of Syria, common even among peace activists in the United States, that holds that because the United States has been making everything worse in Syria and the entire Middle East for years, Russian bombs will make things better. While the actions of the United States and its allies will lead to victory for ISIS, horror for millions of people, and chronic chaos in Syria along the lines of post-liberation Iraq and Libya, Russian bombs -- this view maintains -- will destroy ISIS, restore order, uphold the rule of law, and establish peace. I've been informed repeatedly that because I'm opposed to Russian bombing I'm opposed to peace, I'm in favor of war, I want ISIS to win, I lack any concern for the suffering Syrian people, and my mind is either overly simplistic or somehow diseased." (10/16/15)

http://bit.ly/1Mx5VSp  

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The new McCarthyism

October 15, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Key to understanding the smear tactics of the New McCarthyism is the central role played by the personalization of the alleged 'threat.' Just as the Iraq war was popularized by the demonization of Saddam Hussein -- a third-rate Third World tyrant, no more threatening to us that Robert Mugabe or Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Supreme Leader of Kazakhstan -- so the new cold war is advertised as a crusade against a man characterized by his enemies as a leader with the cunning of Stalin and the appetites of Attila the Hun. It's much easier to drum up a hate campaign against an individual than it is to demonize an entire nation." (10/14/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/10/13/the-new-mccarthyism/  

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Dutch safety board: Buk missile downed MH17 in Donetsk People’s Republic

October 14, 2015
posted by

Carlisle Sentinel    

"The missile that downed Malaysia Airlines flight 17 exploded less than a meter from the cockpit, killing the crew inside instantly and breaking off the front of the plane, the Dutch Safety Board said Tuesday as it presented the results of an official probe into the crash in [Donetsk People's Republic]. It added that the tragedy that killed all 298 people aboard the plane on July 17, 2014, wouldn't have happened if anyone had thought to close the airspace of [Donetsk People's Republic] to passenger planes as fighting raged below. The report did not consider who launched the missile. However, it identified an area of 320 square kilometers from which the launch must have taken place. All the territory within the area was in [DPR forces'] hands at the time of the crash." (10/13/15)

http://bit.ly/1jm5tiQ  

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Turkey: Regime warns US, Russia against backing Kurdish militia in Syria

October 13, 2015
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Reuters    

"Turkey has warned the United States and Russia it will not tolerate Kurdish territorial gains by Kurdish militia close to its frontiers in north-western Syria, two senior officials said. ... Turkey fears advances by Kurdish YPG militia, backed by its PYD political wing, on the Syrian side of its 900 km (560-mile) border will fuel separatist ambitions among Kurds in its own southeastern territories. But Washington has supported YPG fighters as an effective force in combating Islamic State." (10/13/15)

http://reut.rs/1Pd7rPm  

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Syria: Russian embassy shelled during pro-government rally

October 13, 2015
posted by

Fox News    

"Insurgents fired two shells at the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital on Tuesday as hundreds of pro-government supporters gathered outside the compound to thank Moscow for its intervention in Syria. An Associated Press reporter was outside the embassy when the first shell slammed into the compound in central Damascus and smoke billowed from inside. As people started running away, another shell hit the area. No one was harmed in the shelling." (10/13/15)

http://fxn.ws/1Ls9Ljb  

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Russia follows US script in Syria

October 12, 2015
posted by

Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Vladimir Putin opened a new game of high stakes geopolitical poker, backing Syria's President Bashir Assad. But Washington has no complaint. America has been meddling in Syria's tragic civil war from the start. At the end of the Cold War Washington was anointed as the 'unipower' and 'indispensable nation,' and acted as such. The U.S. intervened anywhere anytime for any reason. But that world is gone. Russia's dramatic backing for Syria's beleaguered Assad government formally buries any illusion that 'what Washington says goes,' even in the Middle East." (10/12/15)

http://bit.ly/1R7gDSU  

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