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  • Putin Loses Handle On Military Inspection

    05/13/2016 3:18:12 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 31 replies
    RFERL ^ | 05.13.2016 | Mike Eckel
    Russia President Vladimir Putin looks on, bemused, as the handle on the door of the armored SUV comes off in the hand of General Aleksandr Shevchenko, while th
  • Russia fuming as Nato expands military alliance with invitation to ex-Soviet ally

    12/02/2015 3:29:54 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 58 replies ^ | Dec 2, 2015 | Tom Batchelor
    The 28-nation US-led group agreed to start the entry process at a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels this morning, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. The move will be seen as a warning to the Kremlin that its influence in the region is waning, despite a show of strength during last year's annexation of Crimea and the subsequernt bombing campaign in Syria. In retaliation, Russia has warned that Montenegro will be punished for the action.
  • Russia just made a ton of Internet memes illegal

    04/10/2015 11:59:07 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    washington post ^ | april 10, 2015 | caitlin dewey
    In post-Soviet Russia, you don’t make memes. Memes make (or unmake?) you. That is, at least, the only conclusion we can draw from an announcement made this week by Russia’s three-year-old media agency/Internet censor Roskomnadzor, which made it illegal to publish any Internet meme that depicts a public figure in a way that has nothing to do with his “personality.” Sad Keanu? Nope. Sad Putin? Absolutely not. “These ways of using [celebrities’ images] violate the laws governing personal data and harm the honor, dignity and business of public figures,” reads the policy announcement from Roskomnadzor. To be clear, this isn’t a new law passed by parliament...
  • Malaysia Airlines Crash: UN Security Council Sets Urgent Meeting on Ukraine

    07/17/2014 11:30:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 117 replies
    NDTV ^ | 6-18-2014 | NDTV
    United Nations: The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today morning on Ukraine. Britain's UN Mission said yesterday it requested the meeting and later tweeted that it is set for 10 am today. The request follows Wednesday's downing of a Ukrainian air force fighter and yesterday's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people over eastern Ukraine. Britain has proposed a Security Council press statement calling for "a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the incident." The statement, obtained by The Associated Press, was circulated to all 15 council members, who must approve it before...
  • Russia Asks Iran: Help Us Skirt U.S. Sanctions

    05/08/2014 11:25:56 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 8 2014 | Adam Kredo
    A senior Russian official held a meeting with Iran’s ambassador to Moscow on Wednesday to solicit advice on ways the Russian government can skirt U.S. sanctions that were leveled in wake of its invasion of Ukraine. Russian Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev summoned Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanayee for a meeting in Moscow to learn strategies for avoiding the brunt of U.S. sanctions.
  • Putin's Russia caught in US and Chinese double-pincer

    04/03/2014 5:42:29 AM PDT · by Ivan Mazepa · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 26 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Russia's Vladimir Putin has committed a grave strategic blunder by tearing up the international rule book without a green light from China. Any hope of recruiting Beijing as an ally to blunt Western sanctions looks doomed, and with it the Kremlin's chances of a painless victory, or any worthwhile victory at all. Mr Putin was careful to thank China's Politburo for its alleged support in his victory speech on Crimea. Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has been claiming with his usual elasticity that “Russia and China have coinciding views on the situation in Ukraine.” This is of course a desperate lie....
  • Who has the standing to call Putin's actions in Ukraine - nekulturny?

    03/15/2014 2:31:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    March 15, 2014
    At the end of WWII the Russian army raped and pillaged as they pushed the Nazis back into Germany [that barbarian nature that they have - yet are so sensitive about]. One thing that would cause them to pause [halt their knee-jerk barbarism] was being called nekulturny. No matter how uncouth and barbaric a Russian is by nature, they are very sensitive to being called on it. Someone with authority [which leaves out Obama and Kerry] needs to paint Putin as being nekulturny - UNCULTURED! Kerry did exactly this when he said Putin was acting so 19th Century, not like...
  • Putin Dismisses U.S. Proposal on Ukraine (decision led Mr. Kerry to put off a Russian invitation)

    03/10/2014 5:04:14 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies
    <p>Russian President Vladimir Putin has apparently rejected a U.S. proposal to resolve the dispute over Ukraine that had been put forward by Secretary of State John Kerry over the past week, according to senior Russian and U.S. officials.</p> <p>Mr. Putin's decision led Mr. Kerry to put off a Russian invitation to meet Mr. Putin in Russia, as early as the beginning of this week in Sochi, to discuss the Ukraine crisis, according to these officials.</p>
  • Putin's Hypocricy - In his own words

    03/02/2014 7:40:21 AM PST · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    NYTimes ^ | Published: September 11, 2013
    From Putin's op-ed on Syria, in the NY Times, September 11, 2013 " We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos. The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not. Under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council. Anything else is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an act of aggression."
  • Ukraine Background: Conspiracies or Puppets [Vanity]

    02/22/2014 8:54:20 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 30 replies
    2/22/2014 | wikipedia
    It appears we have a spectrum of opinion on FR regarding the upheaval in Ukraine. On the one end of the spectrum there is passionate support, with a firm belief that the uprisings are purely indigenous Ukrainian groups. There is the belief that the Ukrainian people themselves have risen up against a corrupt and tryannical regime that is a puppet of Moscow. While some at the extreme end of this opinion say the protests are not really about the EU, it appears that most now concede that it is, and say that a majority of the Ukrainian people want to...
  • Why the eruption in Kiev could set off a tsunami that will engulf us all...

    02/23/2014 12:29:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 127 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 22, 2014 | Mark Almond
    Television pictures of revolutions can make them seem like a spectator sport. Having Vitali Klitschko, the world heavyweight boxing champion, playing a starring role in the events in Kiev reinforces that impression. But the implosion of the Ukrainian state in the last 48 hours is a political earthquake. Chaos in Kiev could set off a tsunami that will toss Western Europe from its moorings too. It is a mistake to think we are watching from a safe distance. Maybe Ukraine is as foreign to the British people today as it was when an obscure crisis on its southern coast in...
  • Gorbachev: Ukraine failed to act democratically

    02/23/2014 12:23:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2014 2:38 AM EST
    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine stems from the government’s failure to act democratically. […] “Ultimately this is the result of the failure of the government to act democratically” and to engage in dialogue and fight corruption, Gorbachev said during an address to a forum on government communications in the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He added that the root cause of the unrest in Ukraine was an “interruption of perestroika,” referring to his reform policies, and of the democratic process there. …
  • The battle for Kiev may well be over, but is the battle for Crimea about to begin? (Videos at link)

    02/23/2014 4:56:29 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 18 replies
    <p>The picture above shows the scene earlier today in Kiev, as Ukraine's parliament voted to hold early elections and dismiss President Viktor Yanukovych.</p> <p>It's a heart-warming image. The bloody, protracted protests in Ukraine seem to have achieved their goals: Yanukovych is gone, new elections are due, and Yulia Tymoshenko, a key figure in Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution, has been freed from prison. Ukraine looks as though it might have pulled back from the brink.</p>
  • Ukraine crisis: Lenin statues toppled in protest

    02/22/2014 9:33:25 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 42 replies
    B.B.C. ^ | February 22, 2014 | No Attribution
    Protesters have toppled statues of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin in various Ukrainian cities. The latest footage shows protesters destroying statues in Bila Tserkva, Khmelnitsky and Zhytomyr. When anti-government protests erupted in Kiev in December, protesters toppled a Lenin statue in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
  • Ukraine: Can Someone Explain…

    01/26/2014 7:02:55 PM PST · by jimjohn · 67 replies
    self | jimjohn
    And so like everyone else, I am staring to see the pictures/videos oozing out of the streets on the Ukraine, but forgive me for being totally confused about what the battles are about. Clearly, there are folks really upset about something, but I simply can’t believe the reasons that are given. Let me explain…
  • UN chief invites Iran to Geneva II

    01/19/2014 6:35:34 PM PST · by mac_truck · 7 replies
    Global Times ^ | 1/20/2014 | Agencies
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday that he had invited Iran to attend this week's Syria peace conference in Switzerland, also known as Geneva II. "I have decided to issue some additional invitations to the one-day gathering in Montreux. They are: Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Greece, the Holy See, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, and Iran," Ban told reporters here at a press conference. "I believe the expanded international presence on that day will be an important and useful show of solidarity in advance of the hard work that the Syrian government and opposition delegations will begin...
  • Lawmakers Say KGB Founder Statue Won't Return to Moscow

    10/14/2013 2:30:44 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 10/14/2013 | RIA Novosti
    Moscow legislators backtracked on claims that they are considering the return of a monument honoring the founder of the Soviet secret police to the center of the city. The city parliament made no plans concerning the return of the statue of Felix "Iron Felix" Dzerzhinsky, legislature speaker Vladimir Platonov said on Ekho Moskvy radio Saturday. City lawmakers have no right to pitch such initiatives anyway and can only rule on their funding, said Platonov, a member of the ruling United Russia party. Fellow city lawmaker Andrei Metelsky said earlier Saturday that the Dzerzhinsky statue was a historical landmark and could...
  • Obama: I ‘Welcome’ Putin’s Involvement in Syria — ‘This is Not the Cold War’

    09/15/2013 9:03:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/15/13 | Oliver Darcy
    President Barack Obama said he welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin’s involvement with Syria, in an interview that aired Sunday. “I welcome him being involved,” Obama said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I welcome him saying, ‘I will take responsibility for pushing my client, the Assad regime, to deal with these chemical weapons,’” he continued. “This is not the Cold War. This is not a contest between the United States and Russia.” The president, responding to Putin’s op-ed in the New York Times, said he doesn’t “think that Mr. Putin has the same values that we do.” Obama added that Russian influence...
  • Dead Russian lawyer Magnitsky found guilty

    07/11/2013 4:30:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2013 2:38 PM EDT | Jim Heintz
    More than three years after he died in prison, whistle-blowing Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was found guilty of tax evasion by a Moscow court Wednesday. The posthumous trial of Magnitsky was a macabre chapter in a case that ignited a high-emotion dispute between Russia and Washington that has included U.S. sanctions against Russians deemed to be human rights violators, a ban on the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens and calls for the closure of Russian non-governmental organizations receiving American funding. Magnitsky was a lawyer for U.S.-born British investor William Browder when he alleged in 2008 that organized criminals...
  • Did Russian president's 'affair' with young gymnast end his 30-year marriage?

    06/07/2013 9:06:58 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 69 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 13:31 EST, 6 June 2013 | Anna Edwards
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, have announced that they have separated and their marriage is over. The 60-year-old and his 55-year-old wife broke the news of the end of the 29-year marriage in an obviously staged TV interview after a night at the ballet that made no mention of Putin's alleged mistress, former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva, 30. Asked on Rossiya-24 television about longstanding rumours that the Putins no longer lived together, the 60-year-old Putin said: 'That is true.' But neither clarified whether they were legally divorced and Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he did not know....
  • Russia President Vladimir Putin and wife announce divorce

    06/06/2013 9:23:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 6, 2013, 4:55 p.m. | Khristina Narizhnaya and Carol J. Williams
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his long-suffering wife, Lyudmila, are ending their nearly 30-year marriage, they announced on state television Thursday in a tone of mutual indifference. “We practically never saw each other,” Putin told a reporter from the Rossiya 24 network as he and his soon-to-be-ex-wife departed a Kremlin ballet performance. “To each his own life.” Russia’s first couple gave little explanation of why they chose to end the marriage now, other than the president’s assertion that “it was our joint decision.” … The couple’s infrequent public appearances have sparked wild media reports and speculation. One particularly steady rumor...
  • Report: Russia sends Assad 'ship killing missile'

    05/17/2013 11:16:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/17/2013 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Report: Russia sends Assad 'ship killing missile' Russia delivers Yakhont missiles, warships to Assad; Lavrov: Arms deal won't change regional balance of power Russia sold advanced Yakhont antiship cruise missiles to Syrian President Bashar Assad, outfitted with an advanced guidance system that makes them more effective than the older version of the missile Russia sold to Syria, The New York Times cited two American officials as saying on Thursday. These missiles will allow Syria to thwart any attempt by international forces to reinforce Syrian rebels by imposing a naval embargo or no fly zone, Nick Brown the editor in chief...
  • Despite killings, Russian president opposes gun sales for self-defense

    04/27/2013 9:24:05 AM PDT · by haffast · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | April 27, 2013 at 12:03 PM | UPI
    MOSCOW, April 27 (UPI) -- Russian citizens should not be allowed to freely own guns for purposes of self-defense, says President Vladimir Putin. His comments were made after a gunman with a rifle killed six people in southwest Russia Monday, RIA Novosti reported Saturday. "I do not support the idea of free arms distribution in Russia," Putin told a Russian television station. "It is dangerous to artificially stimulate this process." snip
  • Putin slams Barroso: “You know you are wrong; you’re guilty”

    12/23/2012 1:51:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 21 December 2012
    The EU-Russia summit ended today (21 December) with no major decisions, but Russian President Vladimir Putin staged a show for the press, telling Commission President José Manuel Barroso that he was “not right” in his interpretation of energy liberalization rules. … “My friend from many years, Mr. Barroso, has for so long and so emotionally spoken, because he knew that he is not right; he is guilty,” Putin said, amidst laughter from the sizable Russian delegation. Turning to the press, he added: “Open Article 34 of our basic treaty with the EU and read for yourselves.” Article 34 of the...
  • Putin Cracks Down on Russian Internet

    12/02/2012 9:50:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 1, 2012 | Kim Zigfeld
    Russia’s Vladimir Putin has declared war on the Internet, and not just within his country’s own borders. Putin’s war may be coming soon to a laptop or smart phone near you. For years we’ve been told by Putin’s apologists that his moves against traditional media didn’t matter because it was impossible to strangle Russia’s feisty Internet. But for a KGB dictator, “impossible” is a meaningless term. Putin’s campaign consists of a three-part pincer movement, and now that he has essentially been made “president for life”, he is pursuing it with greatly renewed vigor. … Throughout Putin’s first twelve years in...
  • Alarm In Tehran & Moscow Over Bushehr Nuclear Reactor’s Near-Explosion

    12/02/2012 7:38:52 PM PST · by drewh · 39 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 1, 2012, 13:13
    Iran’s nuclear reactor at Bushehr was shut down for fear of an explosion. Saturday Dec. 1, an authoritative Russian nuclear industry source revealed the cause of its malfunction: “Indicators showed that some small external parts were… in the [Bushehr] reactor vessel….” They were identified as “bolts beneath the fuel cells.” Moscow sources report this information came from a source in the office of Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Russian nuclear energy authority Rosatom, which supervised the construction of Iran’s first atomic reactor at Bushehr. According to our intelligence sources, Russian scientists and engineers were rushed from Moscow to Bushehr when...
  • Armed Russian police raid homes of anti-Putin activists … 'return to the days of Stalin'

    06/17/2012 12:12:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED:10:15 EST, 11 June 2012 | UPDATED:05:57 EST, 12 June 2012 | Will Stewart
    Armed Russian police raided the homes of anti-Putin activists ahead of a mass demonstration in a major new crackdown on dissent. The fresh wave of arrests was today compared with the days of Stalin by opponents on Russian language Twitter. Hello1937 was trending on the social networking site—referring to the year 1937, which was seen as the worst for Stalin purges. The coordinated early-morning raids targeted the young politicians who were thought to represent the biggest threat to Putin's 12-year rule. The Investigative Committee said the raids targeted Alexei Navalny as well as Ilya Yashin and Sergei Udaltsov over a...
  • Kremlin Loyalists Push Through Bill Designed to Limit Anti-Putin Protests

    06/06/2012 5:34:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 6, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    Russia’s State Duma, dominated by the party loyal to President Vladimir Putin, passed a controversial bill late Tuesday providing for harsh fines for unsanctioned political protests, following an unusual mini-filibuster by opposition members of the traditionally compliant lower house of parliament. The move came two days before U.S. lawmakers consider a bill that would sanction Russian officials responsible for violations against human rights advocates and anti-corruption activists. Named for Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in custody in 2009, the bipartisan legislation would set up a public list of rights violators who would be denied U.S. visas or have their...
  • ‘We won!’ Teary-eyed Putin proclaims victory (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

    Vladimir Putin, set to win a third presidential term, declared his victory and thanked his voters for their support. Polling at over 64 percent with over half of the votes counted, victory seems assured. "We have won in an open and fair struggle," Putin said addressing 110,000 people, who gathered on Manezhnaya Square outside the Kremlin walls. He stressed that this victory signals a defeat for those who want to destroy Russia. “This was more than just a presidential election this was a very important test for us – a test for political maturity of our people and independence. We...
  • NATO code compromise

    05/13/2010 4:30:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 433+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/13/2010 | Bill Gertz
    The recent crash of a Polish military transport that killed most of Warsaw's senior civilian and military leaders was not only a human catastrophe for a key U.S. ally. NATO sources said that, in addition to the loss of nearly 100 pro-U.S. Polish leaders, the crash provided Moscow with a windfall of secrets. The crash killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski in western Russia on April 10 and decapitated Poland's military, killing two service chiefs, key military aides and several national security officials, many of whom were carrying computers and pocket memory sticks that contained sensitive NATO data. Perhaps the most...
  • Russian flights set off new defense scramble

    10/16/2007 9:07:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 52 replies · 196+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | Tuesday, October 16, 2007
    More Russian bombers flew off Norway's coast on early Tuesday, prompting the military to scramble once again, just hours before a bomb threat kept them busy on land. Two Norwegian F16s were dispatched from Bodo to identify the flights, which turned out to be two TU-160 "Blackjack" flights, according to NATO's description. The bombers were introduced in 1987, and are among the heaviest fighter aircraft ever built... The Norwegian F16s followed the Russian flights as they flew south, but returned to Bodo after about 45 minutes. The Russian flights continued south towards Britain, where they were met by British fighter...
  • Putin warns US against attacking Iran

    10/16/2007 10:09:13 AM PDT · by dennisw · 40 replies · 121+ views
    yahoo ^ | today | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV,
    By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 9 minutes ago Russian leader Vladimir Putin met his Iranian counterpart Tuesday and implicitly warned the U.S. not to use a former Soviet republic to stage an attack on Iran. He also said countries bordering the Caspian Sea must jointly back any oil pipeline projects in the region. At a summit of the five nations that border the inland Caspian Sea, Putin said none of the nations' territory should be used by any outside countries for use of military force against any nation in the region. It was a clear reference to...
  • Venezuela to Purchase Thousands of Russian Rifles

    08/16/2007 7:55:31 AM PDT · by SmoothTalker · 29 replies · 921+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 16, 2007 | C. J. CHIVERS
    "A proposed contract between Russia and Venezuela that could transfer thousands of sniper rifles to Venezuela has raised concerns in the United States about the potential use or regional distribution of the weapons by the socialist-inspired government of President Hugo Chavez." "Venezuela is negotiating a contract with Rosoboronexport, the Kremlin-controlled arms export agency, to purchase about 5,000 modernized Dragunov rifles, according to officials at Izhmash, the rifle’s manufacturer." "Venezuela had previously purchased 100,000 AK-103’s, a modern Kalashnikov rifle that shares much of the underlying design of the original AK-47. With Russian technical assistance, the country is also planning to build...
  • Russian President Putin criticizes U.S. plans for space based weapons

    01/25/2007 8:01:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies · 602+ views
    AP ^ | January 25, 2007
    NEW DELHI (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday criticized U.S. plans for space-based weapons, saying it was the reason behind a recent Chinese anti-satellite weapons test. Asked about the Chinese test at a news conference in New Delhi after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Putin avoided directly criticizing the Chinese, saying only that Russia was against putting any weapons in space. Instead Putin chose to issue a warning to the U.S. on the dangers of the militarization of space. "At the same time, I would like to note that China was not the first country...
  • Putin has impression Israel pursuing wider goals than return of abducted soldiers

    07/15/2006 2:24:26 PM PDT · by Woodstock · 38 replies · 797+ views ^ | 7/15/2006 | AP
    President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that he thinks Israel is pursuing wider goals in its military campaign than the return of abducted soldiers. "However complicated the questions are, maximum efforts must be applied to resolve the situation in a peaceful way and I think all efforts have not been exhausted," Putin said. "However, it is our impression that aside from seeking to return the abducted soldiers, Israel is pursuing wider goals."
  • Putin kisses boy on the stomach

    06/28/2006 9:23:21 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 114 replies · 5,478+ views
    Reuters ^ | 06/28/06
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday stopped on a walk through the Kremlin to speak to a young boy before lifting up the boy's shirt and kissing the astonished youth on his stomach. Putin was shown by state television chatting to graduates of military academies before he took a walk through one of the Kremlin's courtyards, often full of tourists. He stopped and spoke to a young boy who appeared to be aged four or five and turned away shyly when asked his name. "What is your name?" Putin asked, kneeling down in front of the fair-haired boy and holding...
  • Russia seeks thaw in frosty rhetoric

    05/17/2006 1:38:51 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 16 replies · 389+ views
    The Times ^ | May 17, 2006 | Richard Beeston
    The Kremlin chief of staff puts a positive spin on disagreements with the WestTHE Kremlin has launched a diplomatic offensive to repair frayed relations between Russia and the West and rescue preparations for a key summit that President Putin will host in St Petersburg this summer. Amid fears of a return to Cold War suspicion, the Russian presidential chief of staff made an unprecedented visit to Downing Street this week to defuse tensions that could undermine the annual G8 meeting of the world’s most powerful leaders. Sergei Sobyanin, who held talks with Jonathan Powell, his British counterpart, said that he...
  • Putin Vindicated?

    04/07/2006 9:55:38 AM PDT · by eyespysomething · 52 replies · 1,653+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 04/07/2006 | Dan darling
    Putin Vindicated? In 2004 the Russian president said that Saddam had planned terrorist attacks on America. New Iraqi documents suggest he may have been right.IN JULY 2004, DURING THE COURSE of a little-publicized event while on a visit to Kazakhstan, Russian President Vladimir Putin made some unusual remarks: I can confirm that after the events of September 11, 2001, and up to the military operation in Iraq, Russian special services and Russian intelligence several times received . . . information that official organs of Saddam's regime were preparing terrorist acts on the territory of the United States and beyond its...
  • Old foes unite against 'interfering' US

    03/22/2006 2:04:07 AM PST · by MadIvan · 37 replies · 852+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | March 22, 2006 | Richard Spencer
    Russia and China marked the arrival of President Vladimir Putin on a state visit to Beijing yesterday by launching twin attacks on American foreign policy, in a sign of the growing ties between the two former communist rivals.Both leaders responded strongly to the American condemnation of their human rights. The United States has criticised Russia for hampering democratic development at home and in former Soviet states, and China for its lack of transparency in military spending and its ties to countries with poor human rights records. The Russian foreign ministry said America's national security strategy, released last week, was using...
  • Putin: Iran Does Not Intend to Build Nuclear Arms

    02/18/2005 7:13:34 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 42 replies · 677+ views
     MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he was convinced Iran was not trying to build a nuclear weapon and that Russia would press ahead with nuclear cooperation with the Islamic Republic. Putin's defense of Iran, where Russia is building a nuclear power plant, comes in the face of U.S. concerns that Tehran could be using Russian know-how to covertly build a nuclear weapon. "The latest steps by Iran convince Russia that Iran indeed does not intend to produce nuclear weapons and we will continue to develop relations in all sectors, including peaceful atomic energy," Putin told Iran's...
  • Schröder, Putin See Eye to Eye On Iraq

    01/24/2003 1:38:15 PM PST · by MadIvan · 46 replies · 263+ views
    Deutsche Welle ^ | January 24, 2003 | Deutsche Welle
    Germany's chancellor continued with efforts to sidetrack plans for a war on Iraq on Friday -- a move endorsed by Russian President Putin. Meanwhile Germany's citizens pushed ahead with protests against the United States. German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, the target of growing U.S. criticism, gained political support on Friday from Russian President Vladimir Putin in his attempts to seek a political solution to the conflict with Iraq, officials said. Schröder and Putin discussed the issue in a phone conversation on Friday. Government sources in Moscow later said both leaders agreed that U.N. weapons inspectors should be given as much time...
  • Bush to press Russian leader over Chechnya (WHY ASK WHY ALERT)

    11/21/2002 4:22:42 PM PST · by MadIvan · 13 replies · 250+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | November 22, 2002 | James Harding
    President George W. Bush will on Friday urge Russia to pursue a political solution in Chechnya, when he meets President Vladimir Putin on the outskirts of St. Petersburg. Although US diplomats see little near-term prospect of a negotiated settlement and the White House is keen to show its support for Mr Putin's tough approach to dealing with the Chechen terrorists, Mr Bush is expected to press the case for a political dialogue. Condoleezza Rice, Mr Bush's national security adviser, said on Thursday: "He will encourage the Russians to work toward a political solution with the Chechen people, because there are...
  • Russia adds range to Iran's latest missiles (THANKS A LOT ALERT)

    11/10/2002 12:57:54 AM PST · by MadIvan · 20 replies · 469+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | November 10, 2002 | Philip Sherwell
    Iran has been supplied by Russia with powerful new technology and parts for long-range missiles that will put Israel and the whole of the Middle East - including British and US forces in the region - within its reach, The Telegraph has learned. The missiles' range of up to 1,300 miles would also allow Iran to strike parts of North Africa and of south-eastern Europe. Successful test-firings were conducted this summer with the help of Russian and North Korean scientists at a desert range in central Iran, according to the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and American...
  • CON COUGHLIN: Now Putin must show his resolve against Iraq

    10/27/2002 1:48:03 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 3 replies · 162+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | October 27, 2002 | Con Coughlin
    When it comes to fighting the war on terror, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has proved himself a formidable power. Within minutes of Chechen terrorists starting to carry out their threat to murder the 700 hostages held captive in the Moscow theatre, Russian special forces were launched into action. After pumping sleeping gas through the air-conditioning system of the theatre where the terrified hostages had been held since last Wednesday, members of Russia's elite Alpha Force stormed the building. In the ensuing shoot-out the majority of the 50-strong, heavily-armed contingent of Chechen terrorists were killed and most of the hostages...
  • Russian boost for Bush line on Iraq (THAT'S BETTER ALERT)

    10/03/2002 2:19:30 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 36 replies · 274+ views
    The Times ^ | October 3, 2002 | Roland Watson
    PRESIDENT BUSH told Iraq last night that time was running out, as Russia shifted towards American demands for a new, no-holds-barred weapons inspection regime. Mr Bush said that Baghdad should know that full compliance with United Nations inspectors was the only choice — “and the time for that choice is limited”. Moscow signalled that it may be willing to compromise with Washington and help to break the deadlock at the UN Security Council. Earlier the White House had dismissed the agreement on readmitting weapons inspectors that President Saddam Hussein’s envoys reached in Vienna with Hans Blix, the UN’s chief weapons...
  • Putin opposes UN resolution on Iraq (THANKS FOR NOTHING ALERT)

    09/26/2002 1:38:49 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 60 replies · 330+ views
    The Evening Standard ^ | September 26, 2002 | The Evening Standard
    British and US hopes of gaining a new UN resolution on Iraq have been dealt a fresh blow after Russian President Vladimir Putin deemed it unnecessary. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has sought to play down Putin's comments, expressing confidence that Russia will play a "constructive" role in resolving the current crisis. British and US officials at the UN in New York have been working on a new draft resolution setting out terms for Saddam Hussein to readmit UN weapons inspectors and paving the way for military action if he does not comply. Britain in particular is anxious to secure the...