Category Archives: Russia

New Years Address to the Nation

New Years Address to the Nation By: Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation " Citizens of Russia, friends, In a few moments, we will see in the New Year of 2016. The sensation of this wonderful moment between the past and the future is familiar since childhood. We look forward to it with joy, hope and excitement, believing in the best. Traditionally, we celebrate it with our families, with all our near and dear ones. Of course, not all manage to see the New Year in with their families. People have to work at hospitals and production facilities, perform their service and combat duty, defend our borders, and be on regular duty ensuring our security on land, at sea and in the sky. We are grateful to all those who are always on their post, day and night, weekdays and holidays. Today, I would like to extend special greetings to those of our service members who are Read more

Sweden Demands Answers to Russian Threat

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In a delayed and measured response to comments made by Russian Ambassador to Sweden, Viktor Tatarintsev, Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, called him in for an explanation a SFM spokeswoman said, yesterday. Speaking before a press conference in Stockholm, she responded to Tatarintsev’s earlier threat of retaliation and a more recent statement by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, referring to unspecified “retaliatory measures” to be taken in the event that Sweden was to join NATO, according to an 9/11/2015 AFP report. On Thursday, July 16 Russia's ambassador to Sweden, Viktor Tatarintsev, in an interview with the Dagens Nyheter, denounced that at what he termed as an “aggressive propaganda campaign by Swedish media.” He further stated that if Sweden were to abandon its alliance neutrality and join the Read more

Limited Russian Military Involvement in Syria Confirmed

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer IDM Confirms Russian Military Presence in Syria Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Yaalon, has confirmed an active Russian military presence in Syria. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday 9/10/2015, he said, "As far as we understand, at this stage we are talking about a limited force that includes advisers, a security team and preparations for operating planes and combat helicopters.“ He also termed the development "significant", according to an AP report. The move has raised US and NATO concerns. Russian foreign and defense policies are committed to preserving strategic Russian military outposts throughout the world and aquirine new ones as demonstrated bt recent Russian-Iranian naval maneuvres in the Persian Gulf, during which Russian vessels docked at an Iranian port. Russia has a key naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus containing Read more