331 articles tagged "Vladimir Putin"
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Has the Russia-Turkey Vendetta Put Disputed Turkish Hatay on the Block?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2016

This is Turkey’s predicament: Entering Syria to stop the Kurds’ advance on its border would risk the Syrian army invading the Turkish province of Hatay with Russian air cover. This would be Moscow’s revenge.

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Netanyahu phones Putin for clarifications on the South Syrian ceasefire
DEBKAfile Special Report February 24, 2016

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu phoned President Vladimir Putin Wednesday Feb. 24, to find out how the partial Syrian ceasefire due to go into effect Saturday Feb. 27 will affect Israel’s northern border security.
 

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Shoigu in Tehran to rescue Putin’s plan from Assad’s Iranian-backed obstructionism
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2016

President Putin this week sent Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to Tehran to unsnarl his blueprint for a solution of the Syrian crisis from the blockage placed in its path by none other than Bashar Assad, who refuses to hear of Moscow’s proposals for a political formula for ending the war, or even a ceasefire. debkafile reports that Assad has quietly gained Tehran’s support for his negativism, causing strains between Moscow, Damascus and Tehran that are blowing back on the working relations between the Russian, Iranian and Syrian commands running the Syrian war.
 

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Turkey and Saudi Arabia Talk Big, But Are Peripheral to Syrian Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2016

Obama and Putin have no intention of cutting Turkey and Saudi Arabia into their joint plans for the Syrian military conflict or future. Erdogan, while bitterly opposed to their sponsorship of the Kurds, will think twice before stepping into Syria.

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Putin Snubs Iran on Advanced Tungsten for Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2016

The Iranian defense minister’s temper tantrum over Putin’s refusal to sell advanced tungsten for Iranian nuclear-capable ICBMs ended in Russia delaying the handover of S-300 anti-air missiles and the minister’s humiliation.

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As US & Russia Dicker over a Syria Ceasefire, the Obama-Putin Pact Is Firm
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

The dickering for a compromise on a ceasefire in Syria has not shaken the Obama-Putin pact which gives Russian the leading military role in the conflict. The ceasefire lines will reflect the US and Russian lines east and west respectively of the Euphrates River.

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Putin Is Not after a Syrian Victory, but Local Truces Ready for His New Order
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

Russian forces are in the middle of a major operation to seize Aleppo, imposing truces in central Syria and pummeling rebel forces in the south, in support of Syrian army, Hizballah and pro-iranian forces.

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Acrimony behind the diplomatic smiles
Iran and Russia in first major falling-out over Syrian war and Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2016

Ali Akbar Velayati, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s foreign affairs advisor, spent three days in Moscow Feb. 1-4 haranguing Russian leaders - not just on their handling of the Syrian war, but also the fate of President Bashar Assad. In his two conversations with President Vladimir Putin, Velayati demanded more inclusive Russian attacks on Syrian rebels. Putin shot back that Iran should send its own troops into the fray – not just generals. debkafile: Iran’s Guards don’t have troops available, and so the Iranian official left Moscow on a sore note.

 

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Putin Shapes Chechen-Style Regime for Syria after Assad’s Exit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

Putin conceives of a Chechen-style regime subservient to Moscow to take over from Bashar Assad in a few months. He prefers a single general to a military clique but is still looking.

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“Little Syria” Awaits Bashar Assad in Moscow Exile
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

The Russians are preparing a section of Moscow, or alternatively Minsk, to accommodate Bashar Assad in exile along with an entourage of 1,000-1,500 relatives, generals and hangers-on.

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Some Israeli Generals Are Strangely Prone to “Russification”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

The controversy in top Israel military and defense circles centers on the advantages and dangers of Russia’s military intervention in Syria.

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Obama Acts to Curb Kurds’ Slippage into Secession and Russia’s Ken
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

The first signs of discord in the Obama-Putin joint strategy for Syria occur over the Kurdish question. The US is against Kurdish secession under the Russian wing or breakup of Syrian integrity.

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Obama sits in back seat of Russia’s “shock and awe” drive in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2016

Russia is determined to bomb Syrian rebels into submission by a massive aerial campaign, comparable to the American 2003 “shock and awe” offensive over Baghdad. Only this time, it is Russia which is invading Syria. Tuesday, Feb. 2, saw a wave of air strikes, for which heavy Tupolev Tu-22M strategic bombers flew in from their base in Russia. President Vladimir is not deterred by the hundreds of civilian casualties caused in these raids, nor  by rebel groups’ threat to walk out of the Geneva conference because he knows Barack Obama is behind him.
 

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Putin shortlists candidates to succeed Bashar Assad
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly February 2, 2016

The Syrian peace conference in Geneva has only one real task: to rubberstamp the quiet deals Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have struck for ending the Syrian war. Their pact was first revealed in last week’s DEBKA Weekly. The current issue out this Friday has the sequel, which exclusively covers Putin’s next steps. He is already studying a short list of candidates as Bashar Assad's successor. This issue also reveals US-Russian plans for eradicating ISIS by the targeted date of July 1.
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Secret Obama-Putin Entente to Enforce Syria Solution - Minus Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

The accord reached by Obama and Putin to end the Syrian war by forcing all the parties into line is the first dual superpower effort to solve a major Middle East crisis. Both sides made concessions, one of which was Russia’s consent to push Bashar Assad out.

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No Leeway for Turkey and Gulf Nations in Obama-Putin Pact for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

Turkish and Gulf rulers were clearly hostile to the US-Russian blueprint for Syria presented them this week by VP Biden and Secretary Kerry, especially since they were sidelined by the dominant Russian military role.

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Gen. Dvornikov: Russia’s combined C-in-C and top diplomat in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2016

In his Damascus posting, Gen. Alexander Dvornikov has been given control of the twin Russian commands in Damascus and Baghdad. They function as two halves of the same war room. They are fully coordinated under a single overall commander, enabling the Russian general to stay on top of events and in control of decisions 24/7. This is a key position of enormous authority and extreme diplomatic sensitivity. The Saudis see him as major foe, while the Iranians resent Moscow’s understandings with Israel. 

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Nasrallah Threatens Israel with War to Disrupt Moscow’s Plans for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015

The Samir Quntar hit showed Nasrallah that he has no Russian shield in Syria and his own fate may be up for grabs if Tehran had to choose between him and Assad.

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Putin Tries to Browbeat Netanyahu into Submission on S. Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015

Russian-Israeli air force coordination went swimmingly until Moscow turned the screw on Netanyahu this week to force him to get out of the way of Putin’s plans for South Syria.

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Assad again controls Damascus thanks to Russian air strikes and intelligence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 26, 2015

Bashar Assad was given a big break by the Russian air strike that Friday, Dec. 25, killed Zahran Aloush, founder of the most powerful Syrian rebel group Jaysh al-Islam and his deputy.
It was a grave loss for the Syrian rebels fighting the Assad regime and will accelerate the breakup of their strongholds in and around Damascus, as well as hastening the removal of thousands of rebels from the capital under a UN-sponsored ceasefire. The UN also plans to evacuate several thousands ISIS fighters to Raqqa.

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