318 articles tagged "Vladimir Putin"
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Russia evacuates Tartus, also military, diplomatic personnel from Syria. High war alert in Israel
DEBKAfile Video June 26, 2013

Shortly after DEBKA aired a special video on the Syrian war’s widening circle, Moscow announced Wednesday June 26, the evacuation beginning Friday of all Russian military and diplomatic personnel from Syria was complete, including its naval base at Tartus. 

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Russian S-300 anti-air missiles
Lavrov: Russia will honor its S-300 missile contract with Damascus. Two Russian warships head for Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report June 21, 2013

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday, June 20, that Moscow will honor its controversial contract to deliver S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria. He spoke the day after the announcement that two warships carrying 600 Russian marines were heading for Syria "to protect the Russian citizens there” along, with air force cover “as needed.” debkafile: Russia and the West are pumping more arms into Syria ahead of the decisive battle for Aleppo between the HIzballah-backed Syrian army and heavily mobilized rebel forces.

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
Buildup for a US-Russian Military Clash in Syria, With Violent Side-Effects for Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2013

In the five months up to the next Obama-Putin encounter, Washington and Moscow will pump up their military investment in either side of the Syrian conflict in the hope of tipping the scales.

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Tayyip Erdogan and Barack Obama
Russian Marines, Warplanes Head for Syria as Western Arms Reach Rebels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2013

More than 35 flights flew weapons to the Syrian rebels through Turkey over the weekend before the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland. The first deliveries of heavy weapons caused the Syrian army to hold up its assault on Aleppo because its tanks needed extra armor to withstand the new missiles.

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At odds on Syria
First European & NATO heavy arms for Syrian rebels. Russian reprisal expected
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2013

debkafile exclusive: In the last 48 hours, Europeans and NATO have delivered to the Syrian rebels shipments of the long-demanded anti-air and tank missiles as well as recoilless 120 mm cannons.They landed in Turkey and Jordan and were transferred to southern Syria and Aleppo, where Syrian rebels are poised to fend off a major Syrian army offensive backed by 2,000 Hizballah troops. Accordingly, the Obama-Putin meeting went badly at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. Widely expected Russian reprisals portend a longer Syrian war.

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Russian BSF Marine Brigade landing
Putin acts to override Israeli, UN objections to Russian troops on the Golan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 8, 2013

The Kremlin pointedly disclosed President Vladimir Putin’s chat with Binyamin Netanyahu on Syria Friday June 7 - their third conversation in a month. debkafile: The frequent communications between the Russian and Israeli leaders speak volumes about who is calling the shots for Syria and the region.

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Russian airborne forces
Putin offers Russian troops in lieu of Austrian Golan peacekeepers. UN: Thank you but no
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013

The UN rejected President Vladimir Putin’s offer Friday, June 7 of Russian peacekeepers to replace the Austrian contingent to be withdrawn from the Golan. debkafile: Putin saw an opportunity to place Russian troops face to face with the Israeli army as a barrier against anti-Assad military intervention from Israel. 

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Moscow Throws down the Gauntlet for Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2013

Moscow is challenging Israel to make good on its threats to knock out the S-300 or lose credibility. But Israel needs a US guarantee of military backup in case its action spirals into a major conflict with Syria and its allies.

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Russia Slaps down Tentative Western Military Moves for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2013

Moscow’s strong military momentum on Bashar Assad’s behalf includes the positioning of Russian troops within easy reach of Syria. But are Russian missiles a match for the Israeli Air Force? Only real combat can provide the answer.

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Putin Suspects US, Turkey of Taking Part in Israeli Air Strikes over Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2013

In its air strike on Syria on May 3, Israel fired stand-off missiles, a tactic for avoiding sending planes into Syrian airspace. This tactic, which Moscow judged to be the precursor for an attack on Iran, will be thwarted by the 200-kilometer range of the S-300 anti-air missiles in Syria.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin
How Did Israel Wind up Facing a Russian-Syrian Front?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2013

Binyamin Netanyahu tried tackling Vladimir Putin on the sale of S-300 anti-air missiles to Syria but found that the missiles were already in place and the Russian leader unshakable in his support for the Assad regime – even to backing a war of attrition against Israel.

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Barack Obama
John Kerry Loses Clout for Middle East Diplomacy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2013

John Kerry finds the ground slipping from under his feet as he pursues Middle East peace initiatives on behalf of a boss beleaguered by scandal.

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USS Kearsarge which docked in Eilat
Syrian-Israeli war of words via Putin edges into Syrian-Hizballah war of attrition.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2013

Binyamin Netanyahu left his meeting with Vladimir Putin Tuesday certain that Moscow had given Assad the go-ahead for his threat to make the Syrian Golan the platform for a war of attrition against Israel with the help of Hizballah armed with advanced weapons and other proxies. 

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Putin and Netanyahu talk three hours at Sochi
Putin again warns Netanyahu hands off Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report May 14, 2013

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spent three hours with President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Tuesday, May, 14, trying to head off advanced Russian anti-air S-300 missile systems sales to Syria. Instead, the Russian leader issued a warning relating to Israel’s air strikes against Damascus.

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Russian nuclear submarine
Russia staffs Mediterranean fleet. Turkey weighs payback for Syrian bombings
DEBKAfile Special Report May 12, 2013

Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Chirkov said Sunday, May 12, that a permanent staff of 20 officers is in place to run Russian fleet operations in the Mediterranean Sea. debkafile: Russia’s step aims at safeguarding the Assad regime and securing its Hizballah and Iranian allies. It also signals Moscow’s Middle East comeback.

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Russian S-300 anti-air missiles system
US to arm Syrian rebels: Putin’s rebuke for Netanyahu
DEBKAfile Special Report May 7, 2013

Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu, while in Shanghai, faced a sharp dressing-down from President Vladimir Putin Monday, May 6 and a warning that further Israeli attacks on Damascus would not be tolerated.  Putin said highly advanced Russian weapons, including S-300 air defense systems, would be supplied at speed to Syria. 

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
The Assad Bandwagon: Putin’s Fulcrum for Expanding His Middle East Assets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2013

As Obama ponders his options on Syria and is increasingly abandoned by allies, Putin pushes supplies of heavy weapons to the Syrian army, along with high-class intelligence for Assad and his high command and a cooperation deal with Hizballah.

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Assad Issues Two Loyal Army Divisions with Protective Gear for Chemical War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013

Officers and troops of the loyal 4th and 3rd army divisions are outfitted with gas masks and protective suits for continuous combat in a contaminated atmosphere. Assad is planning a short, sharp offensive to break the deadlock in the war with rapid victory, even if it can only be achieved with chemical weapons.

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Bashar Assad
Russia’s Dilemma: To Supply Assad with "Flying Tanks"?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2013

Assad has asked Moscow for large numbers of attack helicopters to compensate for his lack of loyal troops. Washington has advised the Russians to think twice before assenting since he may not last beyond summer.

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John Kerry on first foreign trip
US joins Russia in drawing ceasefire lines for ending Syrian war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2013

John Kerry begins his stint as US Secretary of State with the recognition that there is only one way to prevent Islamist groups from taking over the Syrian rebel movement while also preserving US influence in the rebel camp: and that is by working with the Russian plan for Syria. debkafile reveals that this plan is based on drawing armistice lines for dividing Syria up into sectors controlled variously by Syrian opposition groups and Assad loyalists. Russia and America will jointly oversee those sectors.

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