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Former PM: Putin 'can't understand people who have values'

Former PM: Putin 'can't understand people who have values'

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Calling for Washington’s diplomatic and commercial relations with Moscow to  “be less pragmatic and more value based,”  former Russian Prime Minister and now opposition figure Mikhail Kasyanov, stressed the role of the foreign community in supporting democratic change.  Stating bluntly that Russia is, “not a democracy at all” […]

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Russian president angers Japan with disputed isles visit

Russian president angers Japan with disputed isles visit

KUNASHIR, Kuril Islands – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stoked Japan’s ire on Monday with a visit to the Kuril islands, a remote north Pacific territory at the heart of a decades-long dispute with Tokyo. Japan summoned Russia’s ambassador to Tokyo after Medvedev flew into the island of Kunashir, on the first visit by a Russian […]

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Georgia, on the rebound, challenges Moscow to take down 'new Iron Curtain'

Georgia, on the rebound, challenges Moscow to take down 'new Iron Curtain'

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Two years after an invasion, the threat of annihilation and partial occupation by neighboring Russia, the small but spunky Georgian Republic has not only survived but thrived and succeeded against all odds.  That was the upbeat assessment of Georgia’s once-embattled President Mikheil Saakashvili in an impressive and stirring […]

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Israeli leaders condemn Clinton immigrant comments

JERUSALEM – Israeli leaders have sharply criticized Bill Clinton over comments the former U.S. president made this week calling Russian immigrants in Israel an obstacle to peace. Clinton, who is generally a well-loved figure in Israel for his efforts to broker a Mideast peace deal in the 1990s, also said at a round-table group this […]

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Most productive responses to economic fears? Look to China and Russia

Gregory R. Copley, Global Information System Fear and uncertainty create patterns, paths of their own. And societies are again in a mosaic of uncertainty — and resultant fear — over the fate and durability of the social and security frameworks once taken for granted. Mass reaction to these fears will trigger transformative change. But there […]

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Russia OKs advanced cruise missile sale to Syria

MOSCOW — The Kremlin has approved the sale of an anti-ship missile to the Syrian Navy. Officials said the missile, identified as P-800, was deemed a defensive weapon that would not change the military balance in the Middle East. “I would like to stress that the Russian Federationis committed to all agreements previously signed between […]

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China, Russia already hard at work digitizing Wikileaks documents

China, Russia already hard at work digitizing Wikileaks documents

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com According to U.S. and foreign intelligence sources, Russia and China are known to be reviewing the tens of thousands of U.S. military documents disclosed to the online anti-secrecy site Wikileaks. China’s Second Department of the PLA, or 2PLA, is the intelligence arm of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and is […]

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The fix is in on Russia’s Polish crash investigation

It’s never been clear what really happened on that foggy morning of April 10 when a Polish airplane crashed on a Russian runway, killing all 96 people aboard including Polish President Lech Kaczynski, cabinet ministers, military service chiefs, intelligence officials, the central bank president, parliamentarians, historians, decapitating the conservative government and gutting the country’s elite. […]

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Russia — with China — spurn sanctions, resume gasoline shipments to Iran

MOSCOW — Russia, amid U.S. sanctions, has pledged to resume fuel exports to Iran. Russia’s LukOil has vowed to resume fuel sales to Iran in partnership with China. LukOil, the largest energy contractor in Russia, said the exports would not be blocked by U.S. pressure to halt gasoline sales to Teheran. Industry sources said LukOil […]

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