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Moscow Releases Nuclear Fuel for Iran's Bushehr Reactor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 12, 2007
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Russian president Vladimir Putin put teeth in his threats and his cynically helpful alternative suggestions regarding the deployment of US missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly 304 disclosed on June 8 that the week before the G8 opened in Germany, Moscow released the long-withheld nuclear fuel for Iran's atomic reactor in Bushehr. It was delivered 24 hours before Israel launched its new military imaging satellite Ofeq-7, bringing forward the Iranian threat to Israel, according to debkafile's military sources. One immediate result has been the stiffening of Tehran's negative posture, sparking what nuclear watchdog director Mohammed ElBaradei called Monday, June 11, a confrontation that needs to be urgently defused.
A few days before the nuclear fuel left the Siberian factory, Tehran delivered the sum of $327m for a fresh delivery of Russian missiles to Syria.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: US and Israel eye with concern Russian test-flight Tuesday of the modernized version of the Iskander-M tactical cruise missile
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2007
Information has reached Israel that President Vladimir Putin is willing in principle to sell Iskander missiles to Syria, although no delivery date has been set.
The test is causing concern in Washington. US officials believe the Iskander-M is the new-generation missile to which Russian officials are referring as being capable of striking the interceptors and radar station which America plans to deploy in Poland and the Czech Republic.
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A Jewish student at St. Petersburg State University stabbed to death in neo-Nazi crime<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2007
Dimitri Nikoulinsky, 22, was found dead by his mother minutes after the assault by several men. He was repeatedly stabbed in the throat and other parts of his body. Nikoulinsky also taught at the local Beit Habad Yeshiva.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Iran acquires Russian-made air defense and anti-tank systems to repel a possible US attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2007
The Pantsyr 1 (known in the West as SA-19 GRISOM) system is designed to engage aerial targets, including missiles; the Khrizantema (9M123), to strike advancing tank columns at long range and destroy bunkers.
The Israeli military fears Moscow is also planning to supply Syria and Hizballah with the sophisticated SA-9 and 9M123. debkafile's military sources say that the two weapons in Syrian hands could seriously impair Israeli tank and helicopter movements and hit IDF positions and command posts deep inside the Golan.
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The Kremlin is considering active military response to America's planned anti-missile shield in eastern Europe<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2007
Although Moscow's response has not been publicly spelt out, it is believed to include upgrading Russia's missile arsenal, putting more missiles on mobile launchers and moving its nuclear sub fleet to the North Pole.
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Russia's parliament warns US planned "unilateral" missile defense system in E. Europe could re-divide the continent<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2007
In a unanimous statement, the Duma said the missile shield deployments in Poland and Czech Republic could stir a renewed arms race and makes no sense in terms of countering threats - potential or imagined - from the Middle East and Asia.
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Senior Russian general warns Washington to think twice before attacking Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2007
The RIA-Novosty news service quotes Yury Baluyevsky, head of the armed forces' general staff as sayin Tuesday, April 3: Such an attack would have global implications. "Inflicting damage on Iran's military and industrial potential might be realistic, but winning [the war] is unachievable - its reverberations would be heard across the world."
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Russia's quest for insights on US decision-making reverts to Cold War levels - US counterintelligence official<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2007
Joel Brenner, director of National Counterintelligence Executive, speaks of a new intensive assault by Moscow to gain insights into "the upper echelon of US political and military decision-making" rather than stealing secrets about sensitive US technology.
In a speech to the American Bar Association, Brenner said: "The Russians are back to Cold War Levels in their efforts against the United States."

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Russian defense ministry denies local media reports of US preparations to strike Iran in the first week of April <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2007
The Russian media quoted military intelligence sources in Moscow.
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Russia denies threatening nuclear delivery halt to Iran unless Tehran discontinues uranium enrichment <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 24, 2007
President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in Moscow Monday that any delivery delays are linked to financial disagreements with Tehran.
The New York Times reported the ultimatum was issued by the head of Russia's security council Igor Ivanov to Iran's deputy nuclear negotiator, Ali Hosseini Tas, in Moscow last week. According to Peskov, the two met, but discussed only issues relating to Iran's financial debt for the Bushehr reactor in southern Iran.
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Moscow begins to withdraw experts from Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2007
Russia's nuclear power agency reported that some of the specialists who went to Iran to build the plant are leaving and subcontractors are also withholding equipment. Russian and Iran are embroiled in a row over payment for Moscow's services in Bushehr.
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Russia announces indefinite delays in Bushehr nuclear project, accuses Iran of abusing its goodwill<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2007
The contractor, Atomstroiexport Moscow, said the first fuel deliveries to Iran's nuclear reactor would not go ahead as planned this month and the September launch date would not be met
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President Vladimir Putin promises countermeasures against proposed US missile defense sites in Poland and Czech Republic<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2007
At his annual news conference Thursday, Feb. 1, Putin said: "Our experts don't believe Washington's claims that the proposed sites are intended to counter missile threats to Europe from Iran." Tehran's missiles, he argued, are not capable of reaching Europe. Russia's reaction, said Putin, would be "asymmetrical but highly efficient."
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Assad Is in Moscow with Half-Billion Iranian Dollars to Upgrade His Army
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 19, 2006
Syrian president Bashar Asad arrived in Moscow Monday night, Dec. 18, with two items for his host, President Vladimir Putin: A shopping list for weapons and half a billion dollars put up by Iran - in cash if needed - to purchase Russian arms.
In recent months, Tehran has been dispensing colossal sums to its Middle East allies and pawns, mostly to stock up on war materiel and upgrade their military strength.
Damascus was advised in advance that certain surface systems on request would available. But the transaction would include sophisticated Tor-M1 systems, supplies of which began reaching Iran last month, together with thousands of AT-14 anti-tank and SA 5 Gammon anti-air missiles. Damascus also wants to commission Russian military industry to upgrade all 4,500 of its outdated Soviet-era T-62, T-72 and T-80 tanks.
Israel's head of research in AMAN-military intelligence, Brig-Gen Yossi Baidetz was referring to this huge Russian-Syrian arms deal bankrolled by Iran when he warned ministers Sunday Dec. 10, that Asad was preparing his army for a summer war against Israel.
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Putin Pulls Assad's Chestnuts out of the Fire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 26, 2005
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debkafile's sources close to the investigation report that Syrian president Bashar Assad has managed to hold back his strongman brother-in-law Gen. Assef Shawqat from interrogation at UN headquarters in Vienna as a suspect in the Hariri assassination. By Friday night, Nov. 26, the Syrian ruler had bowed to the UN investigator Detlev Mehlis` ultimatum to let the suspects be quizzed outside Syria. But debkafile discloses that he did so on his own legal terms and without the senior suspect. He also obtained from Mehlis a pledge that no arrest warrants would be issued against the remaining five. But above all, we reveal, he persuaded Russian president Valdimir Putin to underwrite Mehlis' pledge. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's intelligence sources reveal that the seven Syrian conditions were laid down at a secret meeting that took place in Barcelona on Nov. 18 between Mehlis and the Syrian foreign ministry's legal adviser Riad Daoudi. Our sources have obtained the text of those conditions.
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Moscow Arms Assad with a Top-Flight Surface Missile
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 10, 2005
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Two generals were in Moscow on the same day, September 26: the head of Israel's National Security Council Maj.-Gen (Res.) Giora Eiland and the Syrian chief of staff General Ali Habib. Both also called on the Russian chief of staff, Gen. Yuri Baluyevski. The Syrian general came out of his meeting with a brilliant contract for the sale of the advanced Iskander SS-26 surface missile. The Israeli general ran into a blank wall when he tried to persuade the Russian to withhold the missile from the Assad regime. Last January, when the deal was first broached, the Bush administration stepped in and obtained a promise from president Vladimir Putin to call off the sale, as did Israel's Ariel Sharon during the Russian president's visit in May.
Putin has broken those pledges.
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Putin's Mid East Visits Signpost Unfolding Russian Penetration
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 29, 2005
Israeli officials are not sure what to make of Vladimir Putin's current Middle East tour, the first Russian president ever to initiate a visit to Jerusalem and the first world leader to call on Palestinian Authority leaders in Ramallah. Putin himself made much of the one million Israelis who understood every word he said in Jerusalem. Despite differences over key issues, he and his hosts basked in the warm friendliness of their encounters. Ignored most conspicuously was the enigmatic relationship revived in Ramallah, on Friday, April 29, ten minutes' drive from the Jerusalem venues of the Russian leader's Jerusalem talks the day before. Just as the Russian president made sure to enunciate words Israelis wanted to hear on Thursday ("Tehran needs to do more to assure world it is not trying to build atomic weapons." Returning spent nuclear fuel from Bushehr plant to Russia is not enough. Iran must also "abandon all technology to create a full nuclear cycle"), on Friday, he sang a tune that fell easily on Arab ears in Ramallah.

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Syrian Missile Sale Slots into Secret Russian Air Defense System for Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2005
Russian president Vladimir Putin and Syrian president Bashar Assad, who arrived in Moscow Monday, January 24, will sign a $70 million deal for the sale of 20 SA-18 Igla-S batteries mounted on Armored Personnel Carriers. debkafile's military sources now reveal that the Syrian missile sale is integral to the Kremlin's new, broad strategic initiative that encompasses secret military assistance to Tehran as well as its overt deals with Damascus. Moscow's objective is partly to secure its investment in Iran's nuclear center at Bushehr on the Persian Gulf against the fate of the Saddam Hussein's French-built Tamuz nuclear center which the Israeli air force bombed out existence 24 years ago. If that was all, it might have passed without too great a hullabaloo. However, the fat hit the fire when the Russians were discovered to be building the same system at Iran's uranium enrichment plants for military purposes in Isfahan in central Iran.

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Through Arms to Syria, Putin Challenges US Middle East Game Rules
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2005
Disturbing reports were coming out of the Russian capital Wednesday, January 12, about Russian president Vladimir Putin's plan to accede to Syria's request for advanced weaponry during president Bashar Assad's visit to Moscow on January 24. debkafile's US and Israeli security sources quickly contradicted reports that 18 Iskander-M or SS-X-26 surface-to-surface missiles were on the table. The items for sale, they revealed, are advanced SA-10 air defense systems of the type that protects Moscow and shoulder-held SA-18 anti-air missiles, whose transfer to the Hizballah and/or Iraqi guerrillas would move at least two sets of goal posts in the Middle East balance of strength. The SA-10 is an effective defense against Israeli warplanes and missiles, including cruise missiles. Its presence in Syria would therefore knock a serious hole in Israel's deterrent ability against Assad and the Hizballah.
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Beslan Siege Was Work of al Qaeda Cell from... Kabardino-Balkaria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 13, 2004
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On September 10, DEBKA-Net-Weekly reported: The terrorists who ravaged the school and community of Beslan came from a direction startling enough to jolt Russian president Vladimir Putin into taking a hard look at the Islamic terror now rampant outside Chechnya - in at least two additional Caucasian republics. The 32 hostage takers were not Chechens but members of al Qaeda cells, Arabs and natives, known locally as "Wahhabis" (after the austere state religion of Saudi Arabia), from a place whose name is even less recognizable than were the battle arenas of Afghanistan and the Balkans: Nalchik, capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, northwest of North Ossetia. To reach Beslan, they first transited Ingushetia.
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