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Gazprom bids highest for Leviathan partnership
Oct. 19, ,2012 - Russia's national gas company Gazprom submitted the highest offer in Israel's search for a partner in the development
of its Leviathan natural gas field.
- Although the Israelis, led by Delek Group's Yitzhak Tshuva, are enthusiastic about Gazprom because of its geopolitical power, Nobel
Energy prefers a Western partner, even at terms that are not as good as the terms offered by the Russian giant.
- Source: Globes - Israel
Israel to Press Visiting Putin on Iran
June 22, 2012 - When Vladimir Putin visits Israel next week it is assumed that threats from Iran and Syria will be high on the
list of important topics. Russia supports both of these enemies of Israel, but analysts think that Russia is not in favor of a major war
in the region in the near future. Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian-born analyst who lives in Israel believes that Putin's visit to Israel
sends that message to Iran. He said,
- "One of the reasons Putin is coming to Israel is to put pressure on the Iranians, to say, 'If you don't compromise, I will align
myself more with the country that you consider to be your enemy.'"
- Source: NewsMax
'Iran, Russia, China, Syria plan 'largest' war game'
June 19, 2012 - Iranian and Syrian news outlets are reporting that the largest war games exercise ever conducted in the
Middle East will take place soon, and will include their two countries, Russia and China! The operation will employ 90,000 troops from
the four countries, plus 400 aircraft, 1,000 tanks and "hundreds of rockets."
The information was re-broadcast by Iran's semi-official Fars News Outlet, also quoting "informed sources" claiming that the exercises
will involve ground troops, air forces and naval forces.
- The report appears to have originated on Arabic language Syrian media outlet ShamLife, which said the war-games were scheduled in
less than a month's time.
- Source:Jerusalem Post
Russia returning to its old ways?
June 7, 2012 - The Russian Duma is in the process of rushing through a bill that will impose large fines for a wide range
of protests. Activists say the hikes amount to financial intimidation to chill the protest movement.
- Source: JWR
- Putin opponents march in Moscow - BBC
Putin sends warning to U.S., NATO in Victory Day speech at Red Square
May 10, 2012 - Remembering Russia's defeat of Nazi Germany, and the end of World War II, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned
the United States and NATO about involvement in Syria and Iran even though no specific countries were mentioned.
- "President Putin made it quite clear who is nursing aggressive plans in the world today," Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the nationalist
Liberal Democratic Party ... said in an interview after the speech. "It is the United States and NATO without any doubt."
- Source: Jewish World Review
Putin sworn in as Russia's president amid protests
May 7, 2012 -
- Putin, 59, has ruled Russia since 2000, first as president and then during the past four years as prime minister. The new, now six-year term
will keep him in power until 2018, with the option of running for a fourth term.
- Source: Fox
Moscow deploys advanced SA-21 Growler missiles in rebuff to Obama
April 26, 2012 - Russia has reacted to plans for NATO’s missile defense system by deploying a third battery of anti-missiles
at its Baltic Fleet base in Kaliningrad, near Poland and Lithuania. The other two batteries are in Russia’s Far East.
- SA-21 Growler is a highly sophisticated, long- to medium-range surface-to-air missile system capable of intercepting and destroying targets
within a range of 250 miles and an altitude of more than 18 miles.
- Source: World News Tribune
Russians head to polls in presidential elections expected to return Putin to Kremlin
Mar. 4, 2012 - Vladimir Putin is expected to win today's elections as Russia's Prime Minister. He had held that office from 2000 to 2008,
but served as President in the interim. Russians fear widespread election violations, that could lead to a continuation of the unprecedented wave
of protests that arose in December.
- The independent elections watchdog agency Golos said it was receiving reports of so-called "carousel voting," in which busloads of voters are
driven around to cast ballots multiple times.
- Source: Fox
Russia, China veto UN resolution on Syria; US 'disgusted'
Feb. 4, 2012 - After 11 months of protesting in Syria and hundreds of citizens killed by government forces, the United Nations Security
Council had the chance to pass a resolution calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down. The resolution had enough votes but
Russia and China vetoed it.
- US Ambassador Susan Rice said her country was "disgusted" by the vote, adding "any further bloodshed that flows will be on
their (Russia's and China's) hands."
- Source: YNet News
UN resolution could spur Syria civil war, Russia warns
Jan. 31, 2012 - As the insurgency continues in Syria, Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi plans to ask the UN Security Council
to back the league's call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign. Russia has already threatened to veto any such resolution. Russia's
deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov said that a UN resolution on Syria would be a "path to civil war."
- Source: BBC
Russia: Attack on Tehran is Attack on Moscow
Jan. 16, 2012 -
The writer of the article opines that this threat heightens the prospect of World War III in the event of a
military strike on Iran.
- “Iran is our neighbor,” Russia's outgoing ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, told reporters in Brussels. “And if Iran is involved in
any military action, it’s a direct threat to our security.”
- Source: Israel National News
- See: Former National Security Adviser Hadley: Chance of US-Iran Conflict 'Very High' in Prophecy Central's new Iran section.