DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 7, 2008, 8:20 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's Iranian and Moscow sources report that Atomstroiexport, the Russian firm under contract to build and activate Iran's nuclear reactor at Bushehr, is offering nuclear engineers and technicians top salaries to leave for Iran at short notice to finish the project by mid-2009.
debkafile's sources add ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 22, 2008, 12:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
Not since 1984, just before the fall of the Soviet Union, has Russia ventured to launch dozens of nuclear bombers for an exercise in which Tu-95 Bear bombers will fire live cruise missiles. Exercise Stability 2008 will take place Oct.-6-12 over sub-Arctic Russia uncomfortably close to the US state of ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2008, 8:16 PM (GMT+02:00)
Georgian tanks and infantry, aided by Israeli military advisers, captured the capital of breakaway South Ossetia, Tskhinvali, early Friday, Aug. 8, bringing the Georgian-Russian conflict over the province to a military climax.
debkafile's geopolitical experts note that on the surface level, the Russians are backing the separatists of ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2008, 11:28 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report that a large-scale arms deal for Syria, paid for by Iran, is in advanced negotiation in Moscow and Damascus. Our sources disclose that the S-300PMU-2 and Iskander-E are still on the list.
Read more about this in debkafile Exclusive Report below.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 13, 2008, 4:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
Asked if Russia had promised Israel prime minister Ehud Olmert not to deliver S-300 systems to Iran, the foreign ministry spokesman in Moscow said Thursday, Oct. 9: "We have already repeatedly stated at the very highest political levels that we do not intend to deliver those types of arms to ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2008, 11:22 AM (GMT+02:00)
Russian Navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo disclosed Wednesday, Oct. 1, that a four-ship squadron led by the Peter the Great nuclear missile cruiser will call in at the Libyan port of Tripoli and "other Middle East ports" before heading out to the Caribbean for joint maneuvers with Venezuela.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 9, 2008, 5:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report that starting Monday, Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95 MS Bear-H strategic bombers will fly missions carrying the maximum combat payload and firing all cruise missiles aboard over sub-Arctic Russia and Belarus, close to Alaska.
As part of the exercise, Russian ships armed with nuclear missiles ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2008, 5:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
By Monday, Aug. 11, the fourth day of the Caucasian conflict, which first erupted over the breakaway province of South Ossetia, the pro-American Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili sounded hopeless in the face of overwhelming Russian might.
International condemnation of Russian behavior as "unacceptable and disproportionate" did not ease his country's ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2008, 6:58 AM (GMT+02:00)
Moscow's actions spoke louder than the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's anti-Semitic, anti-American rantings at the UN General Assembly Tuesday, Sept. 23 - despite the applause he won in the chamber.
A foreign ministry spokesman in Moscow said that Russia will not attend the meeting called for Thursday of the five UN ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2008, 9:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli military and naval commanders were taken by surprise by Rear Adm. Andrei Baranov's disclosure that 10 Russian warships are already anchored at the Syrian port of Tartus, debkafile's military sources report.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 17, 2008, 3:07 PM (GMT+02:00)
Friday, Sept. 12, Moscow announced the Syrian port of Tartus would be renovated to provide Russia with its first Mediterranean naval base.
As the two naval chiefs talked in Moscow, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov met Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki in the Russian capital for talks on the completion ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 17, 2008, 9:06 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Russian defense ministry said the Tu-160 nuclear-capable, multi-mission bombers (NATO-coded Blackjack) arrived Wednesday Sept. 10 at a Venezuelan air base to take part in joint military exercises along with a Russian flotilla.
debkafile's military sources first disclosed on Sept. 9, that the nuclear maritime reconnaissance/anti-submarine warfare turboprop TU-142 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2008, 10:20 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's counter-terror sources report from Moscow that three Jewish families, two Habad students and a Russian general were among the 88 passengers and crew killed in the Aeroflot Boeing 737 crash at Perm, Siberia, Saturday, Sept. 13. The plane was in flight from Moscow.
Russian authorities report the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 14, 2008, 10:23 PM (GMT+02:00)
As the strife between them sharpens, the Kremlin plans to further punish the Bush administration - hand in glove with Tehran.
Details of the new Russian strategy - and its potential backlash against key US positions in a vital region stretching from the Gulf to Afghanistan - appear exclusively in ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2008, 2:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili's response to the updated ceasefire deal French president Nicolas Sarkozy brought from Moscow Tuesday, Sept. 9, was that the Russians, "should get the hell out of the territories they control." Moscow shot back later: Russia will keep 7,600 soldiers in the breakaway regions of South ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 8, 2008, 10:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
Russian soldiers turned back a UN aid convoy of four vehicles at a checkpoint outside Karaleti, halfway down the road from Gory to Tbilisi, Monday, Sept. 8.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy had arrived in Moscow to persuade the Russians to pull their troops back to their positions before the conflicted ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 6, 2008, 7:58 PM (GMT+02:00)
On a visit to Uzbekistan, Tuesday Sept. 2, prime minister Vladimir Putin said Russia's reaction to NATO ships "will be calm, without any sort of hysteria. But of course there will be an answer."
Putin and Uzbek president Islam Karimov announced a deal will be finalized in the near future for ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2008, 12:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Georgia quarrel has all but derailed US-Russian cooperation on the Iran issue. Moscow is not only pulling out of the diplomatic and sanctions front against Iran's nuclear program; according to debkafile's Russian sources, Moscow has decided to finally finish building Iran's nuclear reactor in the southern town ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2008, 7:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2008, 9:24 PM (GMT+02:00)
Former Russian Black Sea Fleet commander, Adm. Eduard Baltin was quoted by Moscow media as saying Friday, Aug. 29: "...a single salvo from the Moskva missile cruiser and two or three missile boats would be enough to annihilate the entire group. Within 20 minutes, the waters would be clear."
In Washington, ...