The Russians have given Bashar Assad his most sophisticated weapon thus far — the Iskander cruise missile which has a hypersonic speed of 1.3 miles per second.
MOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin says a draft bill banning U.S. adoptions of Russian children is a legitimate response to a new U.S. law that calls for sanctions on Russians deemed to be human rights violators. But he has not committed to signing it. He says the measure, which received overwhelming preliminary approval in parliament, is also a response to… Read more →
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia sent warships to the Mediterranean to prepare a potential evacuation of its citizens from Syria, a Russian news agency said on Tuesday, a sign President Bashar al-Assad’s key ally is worried about rebel advances that now threaten even the capital. Moscow acted a day after insurgents waging a 21-month-old uprising obtained a possible springboard for a thrust into Damascusby seizing the Yarmouk Palestinian… Read more →
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has signed an order to send two Patriot air defense missile batteries and 400 American troops to Turkey as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization effort to protect Turkish territory from a potential cross-border missile attack by Syria. Panetta signed the deployment order Friday en route to Turkey from Afghanistan, according to Pentagon press… Read more →
A Russian official has said for the first time that the Syrian government may be defeated by opposition forces. President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are “losing more and more control and territory”, deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov said. He said Russia, one of Syria’s staunchest allies, was making plans for a possible evacuation of thousands of its citizens. Separately, Syria denied… Read more →
A U.N. conference that kicked off today in Dubai has sparked fear of Internet censorship in the U.S. — something U.S. Ambassador Terry Kramer said he is doing everything in his power to prevent. “Nothing regarding the Internet do we want subject to U.N. review and regulation,” Kramer told FoxNews.com. Monday marked the first day of an 11-day conference. Kramer,… Read more →
Iraq is reportedly considering replacing US oil major ExxonMobil with Russian companies in the West Qurna-1 project, as the authorities are angered by ExxonMobil’s deal signed with the Kurdistan regional government without Baghdad’s approval.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will not renew a decades-old agreement with Washington on dismantling nuclear and chemical weapons when it expires next year, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Wednesday. The death of the 1991 agreement, which had been renewed twice, is the latest in a series of hitches in relations between the United States and… Read more →
The Syrian-bound plane forced to land in Turkey was carrying Russian-made munitions, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. The plane, coming from Moscow, was intercepted by Turkish jets on Wednesday and forced to land in Ankara. Mr Erdogan said the arms on board were destined for Syrian’s defence ministry. Syria and Russia have reacted angrily to the incident,… Read more →
(Reuters) – Moscow accused Ankara of endangering Russian lives on Thursday after Turkey forced a Syrian passenger plane to land and seized what it suspected was military equipment being ferried fromRussia to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Damascus said intercepting the Syrian Air plane was an act of piracy, further heightening tensions between the neighbors after Turkey’s chief of staff warned Ankara… Read more →