DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2010, 11:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
The pact confronts the Russian military with the first test of its ability to handle advanced Western technology. The Kremlin will have to show whether it is willing to cooperate in this field with the United States, which overseas the pact.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2010, 6:13 PM (GMT+02:00)
Gen. Yuri Ivanov, 52, deputy head of GRU, the Russian military's overseas intelligence arm of Russian military, was found dead in mysterious circumstances described in a terse official Russian eulogy as a tragic swimming accident "several days ago." No further details were provided such as where he died. Although he apparently drowned off the shore of Syrian Latakia, his body was recovered from Turkish waters ten days after he went missing.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2010, 12:04 AM (GMT+02:00)
When the Russian President Demitry Medvedev said Iran is close to acquiring a nuclear weapons capacity, he was not disapproving, but argued that it was not a violation of its international underatkings.. He expects the forthcoming nuclear dialogue next month to take Iranian uranium enrichment as a given and ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2010, 10:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
Moscow and Tehran have announced that the nuclear reactor Russia is building Iran at Bushehr has completed all its test-runs and will be up and running in early September - ahead of schedule.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2010, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
Moscow opts for a collision course with Obama by accepting the lead of an anti-American grouping of Turkey, Syria, Qatar and Iran and their allies, Hizballah and Hamas and nuclear negotiations with Iran at America's expense.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2010, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
Moscow is negotiating for Israeli robotics technology for building its own UAV fleet while also developing its military ties with Iran and Syria. Its bargaining chip is the S-300 missile interceptor for Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2010, 1:02 AM (GMT+02:00)
Russia will pool its military and intelligence resources with the US to fight the war on terror together - only if its own battle against Islamist extremism is recognized as part of the global war on terror.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2010, 1:01 AM (GMT+02:00)
Al Qaeda, long entrenched in the Caucasian, is boosting local Islamic extremist groups and separatist movements with fighters from
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2010, 11:42 AM (GMT+02:00)
Libyan defense minister Younis Jaber arrived in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2009, 8:58 AM (GMT+02:00)
The second bomb which exploded Saturday, Nov. 28, at the site of the Nevsky Express which was derailed Friday between Moscow and St. Petersburg crash site injured no one. It was less powerful than the first, which left 39 dead and 90 injured Friday near the town of Bologove. The ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 10, 2009, 10:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
If Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov is to be believed, Iran came out of its first diplomatic engagement with the big powers flushed with success. Not only has Tehran gained international legitimacy for its enriched uranium program - contrary to UN Security Council resolutions - but third-nation help is on ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 2, 2009, 11:16 AM (GMT+02:00)
Two days before the Six-Power bloc-Iranian meeting in Geneva, debkafile's Russian sources report Moscow appears to have taken a step back from the small opening allowed by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev for a fresh round of sanctions against Tehran. Monday night, Sept. 28, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov that ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 25, 2009, 8:23 AM (GMT+02:00)
In a CNN interview Sunday, Sept. 20, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said "Israeli colleagues" had told him they are not planning to attack Iran. He confirmed Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu had visited Moscow two weeks ago and had also met with him, but asked to keep the visit secret. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2009, 9:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
Western intelligence sources in the Middle East have disclosed to debkafile that a special unit of the Russian Federal Security Service - FSB, commissioned by Hizballah's special security apparatus earlier this year, was responsible for the massive discovery of alleged Israel spy rings in Lebanon in recent months ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2009, 9:39 AM (GMT+02:00)
A high-ranking Russian navy source reported July 21 that the Soviet-era naval maintenance base near Tartus in Syria is to be expanded and modernized to become "fully operational" in four seas. debkafile's military sources report Israel is deeply concerned by the sophisticated air-defense S-300PMU-2 and Iskander-E missile systems ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2009, 9:04 AM (GMT+02:00)
Russian warships are due to call Wednesday, May 27, at the Bahrain port of Manama, seat of the US Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf, debkafile's military sources reveal. They will be following in the wake of the Russian vessels already docked at the Omani port of Salalah, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2009, 10:25 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's Moscow sources disclose that the Russian, Iranian and Damascus governments have cooked up a scheme to get around Vladimir Putin's undertaking as president to refrain from selling Iran and Syria advanced Iskander-M cruise missiles: The transaction will go through Belarus.
After the Iskander-M sale to Tehran went ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2009, 12:15 PM (GMT+02:00)
Kazakhstan is negotiating for Israel to launch its communications satellites from Baikonur to help turn this space launching facility into a going international business venture long term.
debkafile's military sources report that Russia, which built the satellite launching station in 1955 for its own use, does not object, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2009, 11:21 PM (GMT+02:00)
Three times this month, Moscow has offered different versions about the delivery of five sophisticated Russian S-300 anti-missile, anti-air missile systems sold to Iran for $800 million.
Wednesday, March 18, an unnamed official of Russia's Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation again hedged around the issue. He said a contract had ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 20, 2009, 9:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
A Russian strategic arms control expert, Vladimir Dvorkin, said Thursday, March 12, that Iran could produce an atomic weapon in "one or two years," allowing Tehran to broaden its support for Hamas and Hizballah.
This was the first time a Russian figure had predicted Iran would be nuclear-capable within so short ...