MOSCOW, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the West on Tuesday against any unilateral action on Syria after President Barack Obama said U.S. forces could act if the Syrian leader deployed chemical weapons against rebels trying to topple him. Lavrov met China’s top diplomat and a Syrian government delegation in what appeared to be a push… Read more →
India will soon be signing its largest ever military contract with Russia to jointly build a new stealth aircraft. It involves investing 11 billion dollars in the research and development of fifth generation fighter.
BEIRUT/ALEPPO (Reuters) - Syria’s government and rebels have “chosen the path of war”, a U.N. peacekeeping chief said as the world body ended its doomed monitoring mission to Damascus and deadlock persists among world powers over how to contain the spreading conflict. Two weeks after former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan quit as mediator in frustration with the failure of a four-month-old truce, military observers have… Read more →
During talks with the US State Department, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov “stressed the importance of maintaining the UN presence in Syria”, the ministry said in a statement. “It was stressed that the exit of the UN from Syria would have serious, negative consequences not only for the country, but for the whole region,” said the statement. The UN’s… Read more →
A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range cruise missiles operated undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for several weeks and its travel in strategic U.S. waters was only confirmed after it left the region, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. It is only the second time since 2009 that a Russian attack submarine has patrolled so close to U.S. shores. The… Read more →
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hopes to establish its first naval base abroad since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and is looking at Cuba, Vietnam and the Seychelles as possible locations, state-runRIA news agency quoted the navy chief as saying on Friday. Russia has been increasing the reach of its navy in recent years, sending warships further afield as part of an effort to restore pride… Read more →
(multimedia) Hundreds of human fetuses, found in a forest in central Russia, may have been removed from a local medical university. Police are questioning a researcher, who was fired last year and could have taken the material she was working on with her. However, some doctors say the dumped fetuses could even be the product of cloning.
Russia despatched a flotilla of warships to its naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus on Tuesday in an apparent show of support for President Bashar al-Assad. Two destroyers and three amphibious landing vessels carrying marines set sail from Russian bases in the Arctic and the Black Sea, according to Russian military sources. Russia’s defence ministry insisted that the mission was… Read more →
(Reuters) – As a Syrian general who was a personal friend of Bashar al-Assad fled for France, Hillary Clinton urged Assad’s enemies meeting in Paris on Friday to make Russia and China ”pay a price” for helping keep him power in Damascus. The Secretary of State’s remark, among Washington’s toughest yet in 16 months of revolt, highlighted the gulf between Western and… Read more →
The claim by Gen Mustafa al-Sheikh, head of the FSA’s military council, could not be independently confirmed, but it suggested that the Syrian army was responding to a Turkish military build-up on the border. It could represent a significant escalation in tensions between Damascus its former friendly neighbour. The Syrian army has been involved in operations against rebels in the… Read more →