Tag Archives: Russia

Russia to tie chemical attack to Syrian rebels at UN

Russia will give the Security Council evidence implicating Syrian rebels in a chemical attack on 21 August, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24140475    Syrian officials supplied the evidence.  A UN report released on Monday concluded the nerve agent sarin was used in the attack in Damascus, which the US blames on the Syrian […]

Putin tries to warn americans of war pretext pitfalls

The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/putin-plea-for-caution-from-russia-on-syria.html?pagewanted=all  A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could […]

Russia joins chorus doubting chemical weapons evidence

In an interview published on Wednesday, President Vladimir V. Putin said it seemed “completely ridiculous” for the government of President Bashar al-Assad to have used chemical weapons and that there was still not sufficient proof to justify the military strike that President Obama has asked Congress to authorize.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/world/europe/putin-says-proof-of-chemical-arms-attack-not-enough-to-justify-us-attack.html?ref=world   Mr. Putin, speaking to The […]

Russia warns citizens abroad of US law enforcement overreach

“Warning for Russian citizens traveling internationally,” the Foreign Ministry bulletin said. “Recently, detentions of Russian citizens in various countries, at the request of American law enforcement, have become more frequent — with the goal of extradition and legal prosecution in the United States.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/03/world/europe/russia-issues-travel-warning-about-united-states.html?ref=world   Citing examples in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Lithuania and […]

EU bank deal gives Cyprus, warm water port to Russia

European leaders engineered a harsh bailout deal for this tiny Mediterranean nation in March and the Russians are now in a position to get something that has previously eluded even Moscow’s most audacious oligarchs: control of a so-called systemic financial institution in the European Union. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/world/europe/russians-still-ride-high-in-cyprus-after-bailout.html?pagewanted=1&ref=world “They wanted to throw out the Russians but in […]

Russia, UN to copy NSA surveillance techniques

Two members of Russia’s Parliament have cited Mr. Snowden’s leaks about N.S.A. spying as arguments to compel global Internet companies like Google and Microsoft to comply more closely with Russian rules on personal data storage. These rules, rights groups say, would open a back door for Russian law enforcement into services like Gmail. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/15/business/global/nsa-leaks-stir-plans-in-russia-to-control-net.html?pagewanted=all  “We […]

US thwarting all attempts at whistle-blower asylum

The United States is conducting a diplomatic full-court press to try to block Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence contractor, from finding refuge in Latin America, where three left-leaning governments that make defying Washington a hallmark of their foreign policies have publicly vowed to take him in. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/world/americas/us-is-pressing-latin-americans-to-reject-snowden.html?hp&_r=0 Washington is finding that its leverage […]

UK refuses to pursue radiation assassination case

The UK government has refused a request to hold a public inquiry into the death of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko. Mr Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium in London in 2006. Mr Litvinenko, 43, died after he was poisoned while drinking tea with two Russian men, one a former KGB officer, at a London hotel […]

CIA Red Herring in Moscow

Russia’s Federal Security Service announced Tuesday that it had detained an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency during an attempt to recruit a Russian agent. Ryan Christopher Fogle,  had been “working under the guise of” third secretary in the political department of the United States embassy in Moscow. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/15/world/europe/russia-detains-american-saying-he-is-cia-agent.html?hp  Items evidently confiscated from him: a […]