Tag 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

Iran to Submit Syrian Peace Plan To UN

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

FARS News has reported that Iran will submit a new peace plan to the United Nations in favor of a political settlement in Syria.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that the plan was drafted after “detailed consultations between Damascus and Tehran” and is an amended version of an Iranian initiative presented last year.

He also was quoted as saying that “The proposal amounts to one of the most effective and serious plans on the agenda of the UN and international players.”

Fallout From Iran Nuclear Deal (2)

A Russian-Iranian Alliance? By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Recent developments in Russo-Iranian relations have some Western observers increasingly focused. • On Wednesday August 19, 2015 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister , Mikhail Bogdanov announced that Russia and Iran have finalized an arms agreement over purchase and delivery of four advanced long-range S-300 VM (Antey-2500) mobile surface-to-air anti-ballistic missile systems by the end of 2015. [ This is presumably an Iranian effort to counter anticipated Israeli missile strikes of its nuclear R&D facilities. ] • In the wake of lifting of UN sanctions as a result of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, this is actually a new revision of an earlier Russian/Iranian contract for deliveries of (now discontinued) S-300 PMU ABM systems, interrupted in 2007 by the UN Arms Embargo. • Russia and Iran Read more

Are Russia and NATO Preparing for WAR?

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer As Russia’s military exercises and maneuvers in the Baltic, Atlantic and Pacific (vis-à-vis NATO nations and other allies) have assumed a more aggressive and less cautious posture over the last two years, legitimate geostrategic questions arise: 1) Is this a classic geopolitical tactic to reassert regional dominance over former Soviet Republics (now independent states in Europe and Asia) and/or implementation a psycho-political control mechanism over the Russian people to minimize domestic dissent through creation of international tensions? 2) Given increasing bipolar force levels in closer proximity and emergent international tensions, can a serious untended conflict arise and get out of control? 3) “Are Russia and NATO actually preparing for war?” A recent article in the Daily Telegraph suggests the latter, according to a report Read more

Is Putin in Trouble?

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Faced with being bogged down in the Donbas, international sanctions, an impending oil and natural gas glut, a receding economy and various internal pressures – all in the context of increasingly blustering rhetoric and daringly provocative military maneuvers; it is logical to ask if he (and by extension, Russia) is in serious trouble. Brian Whitmore (of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) in a recent article in Business Insider claims that he is. Historically, a common tactic of those in power, faced with increased domestic problems and emergent dissent and social instability is to create increased international tension as a method of internal control. These may, in turn, lead to serious external repercussions. • Putin’s recent claim of the North Pole as Russian territory is dubious at best, but makes for international high drama. • Read more