Tag Archives: Russia

Russia: Regime threatens retaliatory strikes against US troops and their allies in Syria

Source: Washington Post

"Russia on Thursday raised the threat of a direct confrontation with U.S. forces in Syria, saying that the Russian military would target areas occupied by American units and U.S.-backed militia if Moscow’s troops come under fire. The warning came amid rising tensions in the Syrian desert between the United States and its Kurdish and Arab allies on the one hand, and Russia, the Syrian regime and Iranian-backed militias on the other as both converge on Islamic State-held territory in eastern Syria. Russian military spokesman Maj. General Igor Konashenkov said the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, had twice in recent days shelled Syrian government positions outside Deir el-Zour, a strategic city in the region." (09/21/17)


Is Russia part of western civilization?

Source: Acton Institute
by Matthew Franklin Cooper

"Are Russia and America bound by the same ties that unite us with Europe? Or is Russia something other, a stranger to the international order crafted by the ascendancy of European culture? The answer? Well … it’s complicated." (09/19/17)


Russia: Putin watches display of firepower near Estonia

Source: The Guardian [UK]

"A large-scale Russian military exercise that has spooked western countries has entered its final phase, with helicopters, fighter jets, missiles and tanks employed at a firing range close to Russia’s border with the EU. Vladimir Putin was among those watching the 45-minute display of firepower on a cold and rainy Monday afternoon at the Luga firing range, about 70 miles (113km) from the border with EU member state Estonia. The Russian president, joined by the defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, and a number of army generals, watched through binoculars from a viewing platform. The scenario for Zapad, which Russia is holding jointly with the armed forces of neighbouring Belarus, sees Veishnoria, a fictitious region of Belarus, declare independence and attempt to turn Belarus against Russia, with the help of Nato countries. … Russian officials have denied the exercises are anything other than a standard training exercise, and point to Nato troop buildup in central and eastern Europe as the real threat to stability on the continent." (09/18/17)


Russia, Belarusan troops launch war games

Source: Washington Post

"Russia on Thursday kicked off a week of war games with its ally Belarus that have NATO neighbors and the United States watching anxiously, even as they give Moscow the chance to flex its muscles against one of its primary fears — possible political fissures in the Kremlin’s own orbit. Moments after Russia’s defense ministry said the war games dubbed 'Zapad 2017,' or 'West,' had begun, it announced that elements of its First Tank Army had been 'put on alert' and moved into Belarus for the exercise. Airborne units stationed in Russia also were mobilized and prepared to join the drills, the ministry said." (09/14/17)


Syria: Russian submarines fire cruise missiles at Islamic State targets

Source: Reuters

"The Russian Navy on Thursday fired seven cruise missiles at Islamic state targets in the suburbs of Syria’s Deir al-Zor, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. It said the missiles were fired from two submarines in the eastern Mediterranean from a distance of 500-670 kilometers (727 miles)." (09/14/17)


Trump regime orders Russians to shutter San Francisco consulate, two annexes

Source: The Hill

"The Trump administration is ordering Russia to shutter a consulate in San Francisco as well as annexes in Washington and New York, the State Department announced Thursday. The move was positioned as a response 'in the spirit of parity' to the Russian government's order that the United States cut down the number of diplomatic personnel in Russia, which a State spokesman described as 'unwarranted and detrimental.' Moscow is ordered to close the facilities by Saturday." (08/31/17)


Peskov: Trump lawyer wrote to Kremlin, got no response

Source: CNN

"Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed Wednesday he got an email from Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's lawyer, asking for help moving a Moscow real estate deal forward, but said he did not respond and did not pass it to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Peskov was responding to a question from CNN on a conference call with reporters. Cohen — who was executive vice president of the Trump Organization at the time he sent the email — said Monday that he had contacted the Kremlin for assistance in mid-January 2016 about building a Trump Tower in Moscow when the mogul was running for president, but denied that the project was related to Trump's campaign. But the revelation appears to contradict Trump's vehement denials of any such business connections to Russia in the past." (08/30/17)


Russia: Seven dead in clashes between police, militants

Source: McClatchy DC Bureau

"Clashes between police and militants in the volatile southern province of Dagestan killed three law enforcement officers and four suspected militants Monday, officials said. The National Anti-terrorism Committee's spokesman, Alexander Polyakov, said two suspects holed up in a building in the town of Khasavyurt near Chechnya and died in a gunbattle that erupted after they refused to surrender. Two law enforcement agents also were killed, he said. In a separate clash in the town of Kaspiysk on the Caspian Sea, two men armed with knives attacked three police officers, killing one and wounding another before the third officer shot the assailants to death, authorities said." (08/28/17)


Russian nuclear bombers fly near North Korea in rare show of force

Source: Reuters

"Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown a rare mission around the Korean Peninsula at the same time as the United States and South Korea conduct joint military exercises that have infuriated Pyongyang. Russia, which has said it is strongly against any unilateral U.S. military action on the peninsula, said Tupolev-95MS bombers, code named 'Bears' by NATO, had flown over the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, prompting Japan and Seoul to scramble jets to escort them. The flight, which also included planes with advanced intelligence gathering capabilities, was over international waters and was announced by the Russian Defence Ministry on the same day as Moscow complained about the U.S.-South Korean war games." (08/24/17)


Russia: Putin appoints new ambassador to US

Source: Detroit News

"President Vladimir Putin has appointed a former deputy defense minister as Russia’s new ambassador to the United States. The Kremlin said on Monday Putin has replaced Sergei Kislyak, whose tenure ended in July, with Anatoly Antonov, a deputy foreign minister and former deputy defense minister seen as a hardliner regarding the U.S." (08/21/17)