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The wedge between Russia and Iran, in Syria, appears to be growing. Instead of direct and discreet talks with Iran, however, Russia is making public statements telling Iran what to do. This is a serious escalation and not generally done in public. Two hyper-macho countries are telling each other what to do… stay tuned, this is interesting.
Russian alternate reality campaign around Salisbury, the Mideast, and NATO continues. Polish media leak report indicating Poland’s offer to fund US$2B toward permanent US FOB in Poland, Russian denouncements and threats outnumber actual reports on the proposal. More saber-rattling by Muscovy.
The Beeb interviews Salisbury NHS Hospital medical staff on how they saved the Skripals, as the hospital chief of staff Dr. Christine Blanshard noted the total world experience in treating Novichok poisoning is now three patients and was zero when the Skripals were admitted. Very revealing interviews, and likely to go viral in the media.
Much on Iran, Syria, and Israel. Israel launching a diplomatic campaign in Europe to gain support for the US and Israeli position on Iran after Muscovy was turned. Israel and US reported to be signing MoU on Iran. Russia advocates that Iran depart Syria, and specifically insists only Syrian troops be deployed along Israel’s border. Syrian AF reported to be expelling Iran and its proxies from Syrian airbases. Claims, denied loudly by Tehran, that Iran secretly negotiated with Israel in Jordan. Two other bizarre stories now circulating.
Last week’s surprise television appearance by Yulia Skripal, recorded at a secret location somewhere in England, went some way to assuage concerns that many have had for her well-being.
Yulia Skripal, who was allegedly poisoned along with her father in the British city of Salisbury, has given an interview to Reuters, according to a video released by the agency. In her first public testimony, she asked that her privacy be respected and expressed a willingness to eventually return to Russia.
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The Kremlin expressed concern on Monday over media reports that Poland has requested a permanent U.S. military presence on its soil, saying NATO’s expansion towards Russia’s borders undermined stability in Europe.
Poland is ready to pay up to 2 billion dollars for the deployment of a permanent US military base in the country, according to the country’s defense ministry. Radio Sputnik discussed Poland’s proposal to the United States with Konrad Renkas, a Polish political analyst and vice-chairman of the Zmiana party.
These expansionist actions, of course, inevitably lead to counter-measures on the Russian side in order to balance the parity that breaks each time, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
A senior Russian senator has warned that Poland could become a prime target in a possible East-West conflict if it stationed a permanent NATO military base. Poland has offered to pay the United States $2 billion to house a permanent military installation to deter “potential Russian aggression,” according to a defense ministry proposal reported on by Poland’s Onet.pl news portal. Poland has temporarily hosted more than 1,100 NATO soldiers, including U.S. troops, south of Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad for over a year as the Western military alliance shied away from deploying permanent military capabilities on the Russian frontier.
“This of course in no way creates security and stability on the continent,” a Kremlin spokesman said of Poland’s offer to pay for a permanent U.S. presence.
The Kremlin spokesman has commented on Warsaw’s plans to build a US base in Poland
A pair of cutting-edge Russian Su-57 fighter jets have taken part in the Aviadarts-2018 army competition, launching a mock attack on ground targets and destroying them. The modern jets are currently undergoing extensive testing.
According to Andrzej Duda, the experience gained over the past two years did not provide any reasons to come back to wider cooperation between NATO and Russia, but it demonstrated the Moscow is not interested in an honest constructive dialogue
NATO News Published on May 28, 2018 Joint press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda at the Presidential Palace Belweder, Warsaw, Poland on Monday 28 May 2018.
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on May 28 that he has had talks with U.S. officials about permanently stationing U.S. troops in Poland as a deterrent against Russian aggression.
Call comes as NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, attends the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Warsaw…
US troops are currently in Poland on a temporary, rotational mission, but the country’s defense minister says discussions with Washington about a permanent…
The proposal, which was drafted by senior defense ministry officials and Polish military officers, was sent to Washington without consulting the foreign ministry or even the president, Andrzej Duda.
Polish news portal Onet has obtained a proposal drawn up by the country’s defence ministry which appears to offer the United States 2 billion US dollars towards setting up a permanent military base on Polish territory. The proposal, which will anger Russia, comes a month before NATO leaders meet at a summit in Brussels, and is likely to drive a further wedge between Poland and Germany, which favours taking a less aggressive stance towards Russia. “This proposal outlines the clear and present need for a permanent US armoured division deployed in Poland,” states the document. “Poland is committed to providing significant support that may reach 1.5–2 billion US dollars to establish joint military installations and providing for more flexible movement of US forces. Together, the United States and Poland can build an even stronger bond – one which guarantees the safety, security and freedom of its people for generations to come.”
There are already US forces in Poland on a rotational basis but recent Russian actions mean a permanent presence is now necessary, according to a proposal by the country’s defence ministry.
Five ex-presidents from Poland and Ukraine have issued a joint appeal for reconciliation between their countries amid growing nationalism and provocations from Russia that have strained their relat…
Five ex-presidents from Poland and Ukraine have made a joint appeal for reconciliation between their nations as growing nationalism in both societies and provocations from Russia have strained the alliance.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says Russia’s planned natural-gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2, is a weapon of hybrid warfare that Moscow wants to use to undermine European energy security and …
Poland’s prime minister on Monday called a planned Russian gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2, a “new hybrid weapon” and says Moscow wants to use it to undermine NATO and the European Union.
The staff who treated poisoned Russians Sergei and Yulia Skripal speak in detail for the first time.
Lorna Wilkinson, director of nursing at Salisbury District Hospital, said she was worried about the potential scale of the incident when PC Nick Bailey was admitted with similar symptoms.
A hospital consultant who treated former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, for exposure to a military-grade nerve agent did not at first think the two would survive, he said in an…
Medics who treated Sergei Skripal and his daughter have told how they feared that novichok exposure could spread through Salisbury and trigger an “all-consuming” crisis. NHS staff at Salisbury District Hospital said they initially suspected the victims were suffering an opioid overdose but quickly realised they were dealing with a nerve agent.
The doctors who treated Sergei and Yulia Skripal have revealed that they thought that they would die. Salisbury district hospital feared that it was at the centre of an “all-consuming” chemical weapons attack when the Skripals and PC Nick Bailey arrived in March, staff have said.Initial treatment
The doctors who treated the Skripals following the Salisbury Novichok attack did not believe the former Russian spy and his daughter would survive, they have revealed.
Hospital staff recall moment ex-spy and daughter were rushed in for emergency care
Salisbury hospital’s lifesaving care for novichok victims …
Hospital staff who treated the Skripals for poisoning open up about the night they were admitted.
“We have a total world experience of treating three patients for the effects of Novichok poisoning and I think it’s safe to say that we’re still learning,” said Dr Christine Blanshard.
The doctors who treated a Russian former spy and his daughter after they were poisoned with a nerve agent in Britain say they don’t know what the pair’s long term health outlook is – and initially feared the incident could have been much worse.
The deep divisions within Europe present unique possibilities for Washington and Jerusalem. By: Daniel Krygier, World Israel News Counter-intuitively, liberal Western Europe is soft on Iran and Hamas and hostile toward democratic Israel, while the former Soviet bloc countries have become Israel’s biggest supporters. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s expected trip to Paris and Berlin will once again expose the ideological fault line that increasingly divides Europe on both European issues and policies concerning the Middle East. The move of the US embassy to Israel’s capital Jerusalem, the Gaza border tensions and the Iran nuclear deal have essentially divided the European continent into two camps. France, Germany, Britain and the European Union (EU) leadership all opposed President Trump’s decision to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Paris, Berlin, London and Brussels are also staunch defenders of the Iran nuclear deal and harsh critics of Israel defending itself against Hamas’ aggression on the Gaza border. Most Western European countries belong to this European ideological camp. The other Europe consists of countries that are more sympathetic towards the US and Israel. This group includes Austria and former Eastern European states like Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Romania. Unlike France and Germany, these countries did not oppose the move of the American embassy to Jerusalem and several of them are in various stages of potentially following suit by moving their own embassies to Israel’s capital.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet the leaders of France, Germany and possibly Britain next week to discuss ways to stop what he called Iran’s nuclear ambitions and regional expansionism, he said on Monday.
Premier to leave for Germany, France next week, possibly also visiting UK to impress upon countries leaders importance of blocking Iranian nuclear aspirations, expansion in Middle East; Defense Minister Lieberman to visit Moscow for meeting with Russian counterpart, accompanied by head of Military Intelligence Directorate.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton will reportedly meet with his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabat, in Washington on Tuesday to discuss a joint approach to Iran. US National Security Adviser John Bolton will reportedly meet with his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabat, in Washington on Tuesday. Sources said the two officials will be ratifying an existing agreement between Israel and the US on how to deal with Iran. Changes will reportedly be made to the agreement to reflect the “new reality” now that the US is no longer bound to the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will discuss Iran with several European leaders next week.
Israel’s National Security Advisor to meet US counterpart in Washington to sign MOU on Iran as administration ups pressure on regime.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman plans to travel to Moscow to meet with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on May 31.
Israel is increasingly optimistic of being able to force Iran out of Syria as Russia comes to see that Iran’s presence may threaten its own interests, a senior Israeli intelligence official said Monday.
PM’s remark an apparent rebuff of Russia, which earlier suggested it was open to Israeli rejection of Iranian forces only in border area
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to insist that Iran should leave the entire territory of Syria.
Israel has called for Iran to withdraw its military forces from Syria with Tehran insisting it only has military advisers in the country despite Tel-Aviv’s numerous claims to the opposite.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he will press German and French leaders next week to support his position that Iran should have no military presence in neighbouring Syria. Netanyahu will travel to Germany and France for talks expected to focus on the US decision to withdraw from
On May 27, Russian media quoted the country’s Defense Ministry as saying two servicemen were killed on the spot and two others died in the hospital from the injuries sustained during shelling in …
In the wake of Israeli airstrikes, sources in Syria are reporting that their government is refusing to allow the Iranian military from using their bases. At the same time, Russia is calling for Iran to leave the region bordering Israel. Zaman Al Wasl, the Syrian opposition newspaper, cited General Ahmed Balloul, head of the Bashar al-Assad regime’s air force, as saying that their airports are now restricted to Syrian army personnel. He said this comes as a result of reported Israeli airstrikes targeting Iranian forces in Syria. Strikes attributed to Israel against Syrian bases have killed about 40 Iranian military personnel. On Thursday night, an air base in western Syria was targeted in an airstrike.
With Israel adamant on preventing Iran from getting close to the border and Russia ordering a retreat from Syria, Iran has some choices to make – that Assad may not like
INSS head says deal with Russia to prevent Iran and Hezbollah from moving into southern Syria has no enforcement mechanism.
Reported agreement will see Israel consent to return of Assad’s army to Syrian Golan Heights, in exchange for Russia ensuring no Iranian or Hezbollah troops there
Foreign Minister Lavrov indicates Moscow open to Israeli demands that Iranian forces be kept far from Israel’s frontiers; urges withdrawal of all ‘non-Syrian forces’
The report says Jerusalem and Moscow agreed to allow Israel to maintain its ability to act against Iran’s expansion in Syria.
Russia fears Israel’s strikes in Syria will undermine Assad’s rule. Israel believes Moscow may agree to move the Iranians 60 kilometers away from the Israeli border
LONDON: Iran came under pressure from both alies and enemies on Tuesday as Russia, Israel and Jordan all insisted there was no place for Tehran-funded militias on Syria’s southern border. Israel and Jordan have repeatedly insisted that the Shiite militias that backed President Bashar Assad in the war, should not be allowed near their borders. A cease-fire brokered last year
Moscow calls for exit of non-Syrian forces from ‘de-escalation area’ as rebels prepare for potential government push.
MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Russia said on Monday only Syrian army troops should be on the country’s southern border with Jordan and Israel, after Washington warned of “firm measures” over truce violations in the region. Rebels control stretches of southwest Syria, bordering the Israeli-occupied
Russia said on Monday only Syrian army troops should be on the country’s southern border with Jordan and Israel, after Washington warned of “firm measures” over truce violations in the region.
A Syrian opposition site reports that the Syrian air force forbade Iranian-backed Shi’ite factions from storing ammunition in its bases.
The source who provided Zaman al-Wasl with the information said that the decision was made due to the rising tensions between Iran and Israel.
Highly irregular decision follows meeting between Assad and Putin in Russia, according to Zaman Al Wasl news site, citing ‘well-informed’ source
An unconfirmed report on a Syrian Rebel site claims that the commander of the Syrian Air Force has forbidden the Iranian military from using the air force hangars on any Syrian Air Force bases anymore. The report claims this is a result of the repeated Israeli strike against those bases and hangers which the Iranians have been using.
Report: Iranian Ambassador in Jordan: We Have Reached Understandings with Regional Players to Prevent All-Out War | The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com | Jewish Press News Desk | 14 Sivan 5778 – May 28, 2018 | JewishPress.com
Reports in Arab media sources state that Iran has reached understandings with Israel to prevent an all-out war. According to a report in the London-based Saudi website Elaph, last week Israel and Iran held secret meetings in Jordan to set down the rules-of-the-game to prevent an all-out war in the region. The meeting was held in a hotel in Amman with a Jordanian mediator.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Monday denied reports of a “secret meeting” allegedly held in Amman recently between Iranian officials and Israeli Mossad officers, reports Anadolu Agency. Iran’s state-run Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi as saying “no talks were held” between Iranian officials and Israeli intelligence agents in the Jordanian capital. On Sunday, London-based Arabic-language news outlet Elaph — which is owned by a Saudi businessman — quoted a “participant” at the alleged meeting as saying that Iran’s ambassador to Jordan, along with several Iranian security officials, had met with Israeli intelligence agents in Amman. According to Elaph, the two sides agreed at the meeting that Hezbollah and other Shia militias would refrain from taking part in any future conflict between Syria’s Assad regime and opposition forces near the Jordan-Syria border.
JNS.org – Israel and Iran recently used back channels to reach behind-the-scenes understandings over Syrian maneuvers in the southern Golan Heights, Saudi media reported Sunday. According to the independent Arabic news website Elaph, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military is scheduled to carry out large operations in Daraa and Quneitra, in the Syrian Golan Heights, to counter rebel forces in the area.
The report said a Jordanian mediator carried messages between the sides.
The two nations allegedly sent representatives to stay in a hotel in Amman, Jordan in next door rooms – with a Jordanian mediator passing messages between the two parties.
Undoubtedly the ingredients were in place this month that could have led to an explosion.
India will keep trading with Iran and Venezuela despite the threat of penalties for violating U.S. sanctions recently announced against the two countries, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has said.
Jordanian authorities have decided to back out of plans to build a large nuclear plant with Russia. The reason was that Amman considers it too …
Turkey has concluded an agreement with the Russian Energy Corporation Gazprom regarding construction of the Turkish stream pipeline’s second- …
The Russian Navy will maintain an effective and balanced size of the fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, Naval Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Korolev …
The stand-off between arch-foes may ultimately be decided by a third party: Russia.
After its warplanes said to confront F-16s, Russia’s Defense Ministry says it doesn’t operate in Lebanese airspace
The Russian Defense Ministry has denied reports on an alleged interception of an Israeli F-16 fighter jet by a Russian Su-34 aircraft, stating that the country’s aircraft do not conduct missions in Lebanese airspace.
SU-34 planes said to have challenged IAF F-16s in Tripoli’s skies despite mechanism to avoid conflicts between Moscow and Jerusalem
The Russian Defense Ministry has denied reports on an alleged interception of an Israeli F-16 fighter jet by a Russian Su-34 aircraft, stating that the country’s aircraft do not conduct missions in Lebanese airspace. “The information spread by one of the Israeli news outlets about an alleged ‘interception’ of two
Following Switzerland, the Syrian Arab Republic is the next in line for the alphabetically rotated presidency.
‘The Syrian regime has caused immeasurable suffering – through massive bombardment, oppression, starvation and repeated use of chemical weapons’
The country, which is accused of chemical attacks, takes the helm of global forum on arms control.
Western officials expressed outrage as the country took its turn in the alphabetical rotation, pointing to the government’s attacks on its own citizens.
Ed Morrissey on Twitter: “OPCW: Call Us Crazy, But Maybe Syria Didn’t Give Up Their Chemical Weapons After All And guess who’s leading the UN-affiliated Conference on Disarmament? https://t.co/P6cBaXZXW5… https://t.co/yAKKah5jVL”