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Moscow Delivers Warplanes to Syria, Starts Drone Surveillance Missions

Moscow Delivers Warplanes to Syria, Starts Drone Surveillance Missions

 Russia has delivered new arms including warplanes to Syria as the regime increases attacks on jihadists, officials said Tuesday, in a sign that Moscow s growing support for its ally is having an effect.A senior Syrian military official told AFP Damascus had received a fresh batch of arms, including at least five fighter planes, while a monitoring group said there had been a marked increase in regime attacks on the Islamic State group.The

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Russia: US Occupation to Iraq to be Blamed for the Rise of ISIL

Russia: US Occupation to Iraq to be Blamed for the Rise of ISIL

 Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, dismissed the US claims accusing the Syrian government for the rise of ISIL, saying the terrorist group’s rise goes back to the US-led intervention in Iraq.“ISIL appeared and became active in Iraq when the militants began storming Baghdad … So, ISIL ripened in Iraq during the U.S. occupation … the American occupation should be blamed for the rise of ISIS,” Vitaly Churkin

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Iran and Russia: Clear Conscience Never Fears Midnight Knocking

Iran and Russia: Clear Conscience Never Fears Midnight Knocking

 There is a reason why Iran and Russia are helping Syria in its counter-terrorism effort: They are more concerned about what their conscience whispers than about what the United States and its NATO-Arab allies shout.Allowing a sovereign nation to fall apart is wrong. Lining up behind a blockade of assistance to the Syrian government – even if that would mean an ISIL/al-Qaeda victory – is wrong. It will have immeasurable consequences.

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Obama warns Russia against help to Syria

Obama warns Russia against help to Syria

 President Barack Obama has warned Russia against the continuation of arming the Syrian government in its fight against the Takfiri Daesh terrorists.Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday that there are "Russian military experts in Syria who are instructing (the Syrians) on the use of the military systems being delivered" to the Syrian government.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday urged members of

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Lavrov: Russia Has Never Made Syria Military Presence Secret

Lavrov: Russia Has Never Made Syria Military Presence Secret

 Russian Foreign Mnister Sergei Lavrov denied Moscow was ramping up its military presence in Syria, saying it was supplying its Middle Eastern ally with humanitarian aid and military equipment in accordance with existing contracts."Russian planes are sending to Syria both military equipment in accordance with current contracts and humanitarian aid," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters."We have never made our military

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S Korea mulls raising Iran oil imports

S Korea mulls raising Iran oil imports

 South Korea’s deputy trade minister says his country is planning to increase crude oil imports from Iran after sanctions against Iran s economic sectors are lifted.“The amount of Iranian oil imports has halved since the sanctions, but the quality of Iranian crude oil is quite good and its condensate is very useful,” Woo Tae-hee told Korean media after his recent official visit to the Islamic Republic.The Korean official added that if

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Russia warns US of firm response to new sanctions

Russia warns US of firm response to new sanctions

 Russia has warned that a recent decision by Washington to expand its list of sanctions against Russian entities would backfire, saying the move will certainly be reciprocated by Moscow.The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Wednesday, slamming the US government for expanding the list of anti-Russia sanctions, saying the move is another element in a whole series of “hostile actions” made by Washington toward Russia in

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Moscow to deliver upgraded S-300 to Tehran soon: Iran defense minister

Moscow to deliver upgraded S-300 to Tehran soon: Iran defense minister

 Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the Islamic Republic is set to receive upgraded batteries of the S-300 missile defense system from Russia, saying the delivery will take place soon.“All changes [that have been made] by the Russians over these years will be implemented on the S-300 system that is going to be delivered to Iran and we will receive the system soon,” Dehqan said in a briefing with reporters in

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Russia pledges to veto any anti-Iran sanctions resolution

Russia pledges to veto any anti-Iran sanctions resolution

 Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, has pledged to block any future attempts by the UN to hit Iran with fresh sanctions."When Resolution 1929, the last series of sanctions resolutions, was adopted… we made it clear behind closed doors to our US and EU colleagues that Russia will not let another sanctions resolution against Iran be passed," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told

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Iranian, Russian FMs to Hold Meeting on Monday: Report

Iranian, Russian FMs to Hold Meeting on Monday: Report

 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will pay an official visit to the Russian capital of Moscow on Monday to hold a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, a Russian spokesperson said.Spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said on Saturday that the sides will exchange views on the key issues of global and regional agenda, including the ways to settle the Syrian crisis."The foreign ministers will

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This Is Not a Drill: Russian and NATO Forces Preparing for War?

This Is Not a Drill: Russian and NATO Forces Preparing for War?

 The world should take note: War games conducted by Russian and NATO forces are not hypothetical at all. They are raising the specter of a very real conflict on the European continent.According to the European Leadership Network (ELN), a think thank based in London, "Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, the relationship between Russia and the West has deteriorated considerably" - at least in part due to war games that feed a climate

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Hiroshima & Nagasaki: The Age of Apocalyptic Peril

Hiroshima & Nagasaki: The Age of Apocalyptic Peril

It’s the 70th anniversary of the US atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945).On August 9, 1945, President Harry Truman delivered a radio address from the White House: “The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians.” He did not mention that a second atomic

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