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Trump, Putin sit down for historic summit at Finland's presidential palace
July 16, 2018 -
President Trump met behind closed doors for more than two hours Monday with Vladimir Putin, as the two leaders tackled weighty
issues amid political pressure back home for Trump to get tough with the Russian president.
- Source: Fox
Trump, Putin speak at joint press conference in Helsinki -- live blog - Fox
Russia said to test missile that can down F-35 fighter jet
May 26, 2018 -
The S-500 missile, which Russia said will be able to down F-35 fighter jets — the most advanced in America’s (and Israel’s)
fleets, as well as ballistic missiles — was able to hit a target 480 kilometers (299 miles) away.
- Source: Times of Israel
After Israeli PM Netanyahu met Putin, Russia says it won't sell advanced missile defenses to Syria
May 11, 2019 - Iraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russian President Vladimir Putin this week.
Russia is not in talks with the Syrian government about supplying advanced S-300 ground-to-air missiles and does not think they are needed,
... in an apparent U-turn by Moscow.
- Source: Business Insider
UN council rejects Russia resolution on Syria
Apr. 14, 2018 -
The U.N. Security Council has rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of
the “aggression” by the United States and its allies against Syria. Only three countries — Russia, China and Bolivia — voted in favor of the resolution.
- Source: PBS
Rev. Franklin Graham on call for prayer for peace in Syria - Fox Video
'Star Wars Architect' reveals means to destroy Russia's new superweapons
Apr. 7, 2018 - Angelo Codevilla was of the architects of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) from the 1980's. The famous
defense system is now mothballed, but he believes that some of the elements of the program could be used now to defend against Russia's
new hypersonic missiles.
Codevilla believes that only two space-based systems are capable of countering sophisticated Russian and Chinese intercontinental
ballistic missiles (ICBM). These include orbital optical sensors detecting ground launches and space-based lasers to destroy missiles.
- Source: Space Daily
Russia to expel 60 US diplomats, close US consulate in St. Petersburg
Mar. 29, 2018 -
Russia announced Thursday it will expel 60 U.S. diplomats and close the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg in retaliation
for U.S. measures taken in response to the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.
- Source: Fox
Russia Plans To Respond To Its Diplomats Being Expelled Across U.S. And Europe
Mar. 27, 2018 -
Russian diplomats are being expelled across the U.S. and Europe after Russia allegedly poisoned a former Russian double agent
living in the U.K. NPR looks at Russia's response to the expulsions.
- Source: NPR
Cold War: How do Russia tensions compare to Soviet era? - BBC
Russia to 'respond harshly' to US expulsion of diplomats - Guardian UK
Turkey will not act against Russia, says deputy PM - Hurriyet Daily News
Vladimir Putin's power: From mean streets to Kremlin
Mar. 17, 2018 -
It's hardly a surprise that he's expected to easily win election to a fourth term Sunday. The man and the office are indistinguishable.
- Source: Fox
Rosenberg: Russia a threat in real life as well as in novel
Jan. 11, 2018 - Popular novelist Joel Rosenberg is releasing his latest novel, The Kremlin Conspiracy, about the real-life threat
of Russian expansion. He points to events in Syria last month, where U.S. forces repelled an attack from "pro-regime" forces.
It was reported that more than 300 Russian mercenaries died in that clash. Some have speculated that the attack was the
result of a Vladimir Putin-approved operation to test American defenses.
- Source: One News Now
'It's not a war. It's a massacre': scores killed in Syrian enclave
Feb. 20, 2018 - The Syrian regime has escalated bombing attacks in Ghouta, the rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus, killing more
than 100 people and wounding hundreds more.
Seven hospitals have also been bombed since Monday morning in eastern Ghouta, which was once the breadbasket of Damascus but has been
under siege for years by the government of Bashar al-Assad and subjected to devastating chemical attacks.
According to The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, after seven years of efforts by regional and global powers, the humanitarian crisis
is getting worse, and Russia and Iran continue to back Assad's effort to gain a n outright military victory instead of a negotiated political settlement.
- Source: The Guardian
Israeli Strikes in Syria Risk Forcing Russia to Adopt pro-Iranian Stance
Feb. 16, 2018 - This analysis of the recent clashes between Israel, Syria and Iran suggests that Iran is playing down
their involvement because it could harm their position with the U.S. about the future of the Iranian nuclear agreement.
Iran is part of a troika, including Russia and Turkey, that has unsuccessfully sought a diplomatic solution to the war.
Iran doesn’t want to open another military front with Israel, which could lead Israel to start a war against Hezbollah.
- Source: Haaretz
Russia Can Keep the Peace Between Israel and Iran - But following the hostilities over the weekend, does Putin want to? - The Atlantic
Russian official: If Iran attacks Israel, we’ll stand with you - Times of Israel
Why is Russia helping Turkey in Afrin?
Jan. 29, 2018 - The recent [Jan. 20th] Turkish attack against the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin must have had Russia's explicit approval
because the Turkish Air Force had to enter Syria's airspace, and Syria could not have granted it without consulting Russia.
Moscow's approval of the operation ... became even more clear on the day the hostilities began, when the Russian
Ministry of Defense announced the withdrawal of Russian troops from Afrin.
Russia's cooperation in the attack coincides with the beginning of Vladimir Putin presidential election campaign, and he wants to show that
he is a "peacemaker" by helping end the military conflict in Syria.
- Source: Al Jazeera
Tillerson: Russia 'ultimately bears responsibility' for chemical attacks in Syria
Jan. 24, 2017 - The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has apparently launched another chlorine gas attack against
rebels in Syria. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the event a "crime against humanity."
"Whoever conducted the attacks, Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the victims in east Ghouta and countless other
Syrians targeted with chemical weapons since Russia became involved in Syria," Tillerson said in Paris.
- Source: ABC
U.N.: Haley criticizes Russia, calling it 'complicit in the Assad regime's atrocities' - Fox
Links about Russia/center>
Russia - Google
- CIA World Factbook - Russia
- Russian Ministries Worldwide - Association For Spiritual Renewal (In Russian)
- The Russian and CIS Christian Printed Resource Directory
- Mission Aviation Fellowship
- TBN-Europe- Some Russian programming - Tuning Details
LINKS - PROPHECY
- The War of Gog and Magog - Prophecy Central
- Is the Russian Invasion of Georgia an End-times Development? - Commentary by Ron Graff
- The Magog Invasion - Chuck Missler
- Magog Revisited - Chuck Missler
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