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Contrary to the initial headline intimation, the article, Pavel Felgenhauer | The Jews are to blame for everything! – Novaya Gazeta is not anti-Semitic, but squarely puts the fault of the COOT/IL-20 shootdown on Syria. Novaya Gazeta is absolutely going against the grain in Russia, blaming the government for out of control propaganda and lies. This is a gutsy move by the editors and publishers at NG.ru. A number of NG journalists, four at last count, turned up dead. This is their reminder to us at the bottom of the page.
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That is bravery during the time of a totalitarian leader like Vladimir Putin. People have died for such statements in Russia.
After an “epic fail” fortnight for the Russian propaganda machine, there is every prospect this mess will continue to cascade over the coming week. All has been without doubt self-inflicted and a direct result of a gross overindulgence in Dugin’s “Russian Truth”, rather than critically assessing facts and political realities at home and abroad.
Peskov and the Russian MoD continue to maintain the posture that the Israelis might somehow be at fault, and anti-Israeli media in the Arab world continue to push this line, regardless of the Vozhd’s public statement. Reports emerging from Israel paint a very different picture, with reports the Syrians were launching SAMs for 40 minutes after the Israeli strike, while Haaretz cites an Israeli military source stating that: “…. Syria had recklessly fired 20 missiles at the Russian [prop-]jet … in an unprofessional manner”. This suggests a systemic organizational failure in the Syrian AD command system, as a typical S-200V battery only has six launchers, and it takes a long time to fuel and reload the missiles, indicating that multiple SAM batteries launched at the hapless COOT. No less interesting is a commentary in Novaya Gazeta by Pavel Felgenhauer, who points out that large numbers of Russian staff officers and instructors are embedded in all Syrian AD units, and they failed to identify the COOT as a VKS asset, and thus Russian personnel were parties to the erroneous attack that killed 15 VKS officers. Felgenhauer bluntly labeled the kill as an “own goal” – if he is correct, then the Russian MoD blameshifting is easily explained as CYA over a red-on-red friendly fire incident, and Russia itself is as culpable as Syria is for the 15 VKS KIAs.
More Wunderwaffe saber-rattling by Muscovy. The sanctions on China over Russian weapons continue to generate a lot of media traffic, but Russian complaints are attracting much less attention than Chinese complaints. The full import of the sanctions does not appear to be well understood in Russia – Russian products will become toxic globally.
The most interesting reports from the UK are of the Danish (Russian) money-laundering scandal spreading to the UK, and the most interesting language used by UK SECDEF Williamson during his visit to Ukraine – Russia has literally driven Britain into a de facto alliance with Russia’s most determined opponent, Ukraine.
Iran makes more foolish public statements about its disagreement with the US, while domestic ethnic Arab insurgents attack an IRGC parade killing two dozen if Iranian media are not lying.
The Russian president’s spokesman said Friday that President Vladimir Putin had been briefed on what an Israeli military delegation had to share with the Russian Defense Ministry on the downing of its jet in Syria, but stressed a decision on the Kremlin’s next step was premature.
Kremlin spokesman confirms Putin was brief on Israeli actions in Latakia, but says decision on Russia’s next step is premature.
A high-ranking IDF source said that Israel was ready to provide Russia with any additional details that may be required to identify the reasons why the IL-20 crashed.
The Russian plane in Syria was not hit due to a failure in its friend or foe identification system, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov stated. Mr. Konashenkov also noted that each state has its own IFF system and Russia does not install its identification systems on armaments exported abroad.
Kremlin spokesman recalled that the claims originated in the Israeli media
The Israeli delegation has arrived in Russia to hand data on the incident to the Russian side
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – Russian President Vladimir Putin did not refuse Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad’s phone call after the IL-20 aircraft was
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday received a report from Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin on the results of his talks in Moscow on the crash of the Russian Il-20 in Syria and instructed him to continue contacts with Russia on this matter, Netanyahu’s office said.
Jerusalem is worried that the conflict with Moscow caused by the downing of a Russian jet in Syria will paralyze IDF activities and enable Iran to transfer arms to Hezbollah.
Israel denies unsourced report by Al-Mayadeen that says Moscow wants new inquiry into Syrian military’s destruction of Russian spy aircraft and killing of its 15 crew
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad blamed Israeli “aggression” for recent Russian military deaths. Meanwhile, Hezbollah’s chief said the attack did not affect its rocket arsenal.
‘No changes to the deconfliction mechanism,” an Israeli official said after the meeting in Moscow
Deputy Speaker of the Knesset MK Tali Ploskov (Kulanu) met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a conference for female leaders in Euro-Asia.
Asked whether shooting down the Russian aircraft would affect the Israeli air force’s freedom of action over Syria, Defense Minister Lieberman performed more evasion maneuvers than the Russian Ilyushin pilots did Monday night
The crash of the Russian Il-20 aircraft in the district of the Syrian city of Latakia was caused by the fact that the Russian military lost control of the airspace and the Syrian air defense system in the area of its Khmeimim airbase, writes Russian journalist and military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer in his blog for the newspaper Novaya Gazeta. He reminded that the air defense system of the Assad’s Syrian Arab Armed Forces, which the Soviet Union helped to build, was almost fully destroyed due to the civil war that began in 2011. However, after Russia’s involvement in the conflict in 2015, Moscow restored Syrian air defense. Since then, Russian military advisers and specialists have been continuously included in the air force administration structure and air defense of Syria. Thus, it is not clear why the Russian military adviser at the Syrian command post approved the launch of the S-200 missile system on the air target near the Khmeimim airbase. In addition, the command post in Khmeimim knowing about the flight of IL-20 had to control the airspace. In this regard, the journalist assumes that Russia has lost control of airspace and control of the air defense system near its own Khmeimim air base and, in fact, shot down the IL-20. “It was necessary to somehow explain such a catastrophe to President Vladimir Putin. Since it was the Israeli raid that launched the” chain of circumstances “that led to the tragedy of the IL-20, the military leadership decided to accuse Israel. It is better than to be responsible for your own mistake, “writes Felgenhauer. Felgenhauer notes that the situation reminds of the tragedy with the submarine Kursk. Then Russian admirals laid the blame on the United States. Russian military reconnaissance aircraft Il-20 was shot down over the Mediterranean Sea in the Syrian Air Defense zone. All 15 military personnel on board were lost. Russia claims that the destruction of the plane was caused by the deliberate actions of Israel.
On the night of September 18, the F-16 bombers of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) bombed targets north of the coastal Syrian city of Latakia, where, according to Israeli intelligence, there were Iranian weapons warehouses with products allegedly destined for the radical Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah. The main Russian air base Khmeimim is also located on the Mediterranean coast near Latakia, but to the south of the city. The air defense forces of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) of the regime of Bashar Assad fired back at Israeli raiders and shot down a long-range missile 5V28 of the S-200V air defense missile system (S-200V) at the Russian reconnaissance aircraft Il-20 of the Russian Federation aerial reconnaissance aircraft, which came in for landing in Khmeimim after carrying out reconnaissance of positions of insurgents in the neighboring province of Idlib. The fragments of the IL-20 were found 27 km from the shore. All 15 people on board-the flight crew and the crew of the electronic reconnaissance system – perished. The Air Force of the IDF had no losses. Air Defense SAA, once one of the most powerful in the Middle East, built with the help of the USSR, gradually declined after 1991 and was finally destroyed in the course of the Syrian civil war that began in 2011. The technique was captured or spoiled, and experts deserted or simply fled. After the start of the Russian operation in Syria in 2015, a purposeful program for the revival of the SAA, including the Air Force and Air Defense, was launched. Russian specialists were restoring equipment, local teachers were taught and retrained, gratuitous deliveries of components, spare parts and equipment from the presence in domestic arsenals were flowing from the Russian Federation via the so-called “Syrian Express”. The air force and air defense of the SAA were saturated with Russian experts and advisers. For the duration of the operation in Syria, the ground and air echelons of the VKS and SAA operate together and are practically integrated under the supremacy of the Russian military. Therefore, in Moscow, they found out almost immediately that the IL-20 was shot down by the “friendly fire” of the Syrian allies, and not by the Americans, the French, the IDF, or somebody else. The situation was extremely unpleasant: the Russian military adviser at the Syrian command post for some reason approved the launch of a long-range missile S-200 missile near our base Khmeimim, which has an official range of 250 km and a real range of over 300 km. The command post (KP) of the connection in Khmeimim was also obliged to control the surrounding airspace. The KP knew about the scheduled flight of IL-20 and had to prohibit the launch of the S-200. But it seems that the Russian military has completely lost control of airspace and control of the air defense system in the area of its main base of the Khemeymim AB, and as a result, in fact, they shot down their own IL-20. It was necessary to somehow explain such a catastrophe to President Vladimir Putin, and because it was the raid of the IDF that launched the “chain of circumstances” that led to the tragedy of the IL-20, the military leadership decided to blame everything on the Jews. It’s better than being responsible for your own sloppiness. It is very similar to August 2000, when our admirals stubbornly blamed the tragedy of the submarine Kursk on the Americans.
Lebanese outlet says Kremlin asked Israel to conduct new probe, while source says ‘deconfliction’ process continues as usual
Israeli army report finds massive uptick in Syrian anti-aircraft barrages during IDF attacks, as Assad’s forces try to repeat the downing of an IAF F-16 in February
Delegation to Moscow ‘debunked’ claim Israeli jets hid behind spy plane, stressed jets had left area before Syrians fired fatal missile; Russia was notified ahead of strike
Russian president refuses to speak to Assad, is unhappy at Iranian entrenchment in Syria, says Intelligence Minister Israel Katz
Brig. Gen. Uri Oron, head of the Israeli Air Force Intelligence, talks to Haaretz about the fast-changing situation in the north, the new reality in Syria and how Israel maintains its aerial superiority
The Israeli military handed over data to Russia regarding the Il-20 aircraft that was shot down, as well as about Iran’s activities in Syria, as stated by the Israel Defense Force on Thursday, September. It is noted that a report was compiled on the situation concerning the Syrian air defense system that shot down a Russian aircraft on the night of September 17th. In addition, the Israel Defense Force reported on Iran’s ongoing attempts to establish its own military presence in Syria and transfer strategic weapons to the Hezbollah terrorist organization. Earlier, it was reported the Israeli Air Force Chief Major-General Amikam Norkin, together with a representative military delegation, flew to Moscow to discuss the incident of the Il-20 that was shot down.
The Syrian S-200 missile system, which destroyed the Il-20 aircraft of the Russian Air Forces over the Mediterranean Sea, was not equipped with the Russian identification friend or foe system (IFF) to distinguish their own from other aircraft, stated the chief spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov, writes TASS. The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that media reports that say the plane crash was caused by a malfunction of the IFF system are “amateurish fantasies” and “arguments by pseudo-experts.” The defense department stated that the IFF system is installed only on Russian Air Defense aircraft and systems. It cannot be transferred to other countries. The system is not even installed on military equipment exported from Russia as part of the military and technical cooperation. Russian military reconnaissance aircraft Il-20 was shot down over the Mediterranean Sea by the Syrian Air Defense. There were 15 servicemen on board. All of them were killed. Russia claims that the destruction of the plane was due to the deliberate actions of Israel.
A high-level Israeli military delegation visited Moscow on Thursday to present detailed information related to the downing of a Russian warplane by Syrian forces that responded to an Israeli air raid.
Russian military aircraft have been flying past Alaska on the regular this month. Four Russian maritime reconnaissance aircraft flew past the northern part of the state Friday, North American Aerospace Defence Command announced. The incident marks the third time this month Russian military aircraft have flown past Alaska. In two previous incidents, F-22s were dispatched to intercept Russian fighters and bombers. Friday’s flights come just one day after Russian bombers approached the British coastline, leading the UK and France to scramble fighters in response.
In order to finance eight of the submarines, Moscow cut funding for other military modernization programs, such as the nation’s surface vessel fleet, according to a source who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity.
Moscow plans to add at least eight submarines to its ever-growing arsenal, which will be able to fire up to 20 ICBMs, each armed with 10 nuclear and hypersonic weapons, according to CNBC.
The murder suspects accused of unleashing a chemical weapon attack in Britain are allegedly to be rewarded with their own trademark
At a meeting with Liliane Maury Pasquier, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Russian Federation Council …
The Trump administration is helping Vladimir Putin achieve a goal that’s eluded him for almost two decades—getting Russia’s billionaires to start repatriating some of their assets.
The new punitive measures the US imposed on buyers of Russian weapons – China in particular – is just a sign of unfair competition, aiming to get rid of “hyper-competitive” Russian-made arms, the Kremlin says.
New sanctions on Russia, announced this week by the U.S., are meant as messages to other countries to curtail their purchases of Russian weapons, experts said.
The U.S. imposed sanctions after China’s military bought new fighter jets and a surface-to-air missile system. Trade and military ties are increasing between Russia and China.
China has been purchasing billions of dollars worth of Russian fighter jets, missiles, helicopters, and engine technology to improve the combat capability of…
The statement was made hours after the State Department sanctioned China’s Equipment Development Department for having purchased weapons from Russia’s military.
CHINA has blasted the US after it imposed sanctions for buying Russian weaponry saying it will “bear the consequences” as the burgeoning trade war continues.
China and Russia are reacting with fury after the United States sanctioned Beijing for its purchase of Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E fighters and S-400 air and missile defense systems.
TheTribune: BEIJING: An “outraged” China on Friday lodged a diplomatic protest with the US for imposing punitive sanctions on its military unit for buying Russian weapons, warning of “consequences” if the sanctions are not revoked.
China and Russia are reacting with fury after the United States sanctioned Beijing for its purchase of Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E fighters and S-400 air and missile defense systems.
Russia’s annual military exercises occur within a four year rotation, with each year within that cycle devoted to a particular facet of Russian military
We once got the Sino-Soviet alliance wrong. Let’s not repeat the same mistake.
The passport numbers of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom the UK suspects of attempting to assassinate Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, may reveal the identities of other Russian intelligence agents, writes news outlet The Insider, which is working together with the investigative group Bellingcat to investigate the facts surrounding the suspects’ identities. Another series of studies published on Thursday state that Petrov and Boshirov’s passport numbers are virtually identical, differing by only one digit. The numbers are also very similar to the passport number of Eduard Shirokov (Shishmakov), another Russian intelligence agent whose cover was blown some time ago. “Apparently, GRU staff really do receive a special series of passports – and if this is the case, then anyone who wants to, once they get access to the passport database, could identify all the staff of the Main Directorate of the General Staff,” the article states. The Insider also confirms that the phone number found on copies of Petrov’s and Boshirov’s passport documentation belongs to the Russian Defense Ministry, most likely military intelligence. The article also cites sources who claim that Petrov and Boshirov were the same Russians who were reportedly arrested previously in the Netherlands on suspicions of monitoring the Swiss chemical laboratory in Spiez, in an attempt to hack its computer network.
A money-laundering scandal at Denmark’s Danske Bank has spread to Britain as the National Crime Agency (NCA) says it’s investigating the use of the U.K.-registered companies.
Bellingcat quoted an unnamed security official saying that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were detained in the Netherlands earlier this year and released without being charged.
The Salisbury outlet of the Italian restaurant chain Prezzo was locked down on Sunday night after it was feared a couple may have been exposed to the deadly nerve agent
Mr Williamson had deployed forward from the safety of Kiev, Ukraine’s capital city, to see for himself the effects of what he called Russia’s “brazen and reckless” act of initiating the conflict in the east of the country. Britain will increase military support to its ally by sending Royal Marines later this year and increase the presence of Royal Navy patrols in the Black Sea in 2019. Odessa, Ukraine’s biggest port, located in the west of the country, is expected to come under pressure from the Russian Navy over the coming months as they try to effect an economic blockade. “The Kremlin is trying to undermine our values, destroy our way of life, and reverse the outcome of the Cold War,” said Mr Williamson, 42. “Its behaviour only increases the risk of miscalculation and the prospect of crisis turning to chaos.”
UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson says Britain will increase military support to its ally by sending Royal Marines later this year and increase the presence of Royal Navy patrols in the Black Sea in 2019. Mr. Williamson is in no doubt that blame lies directly with Mr. Putin. “We’re going to be upping our training and support efforts with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, making sure that the Ukrainian Navy and Ukrainian forces have the skills and the technical ability to deal with these increasing threats,” he said while visiting eastern Ukraine, according to the Telegraph. “Our commitment remains unwavering,” Williamson said. “As long as the danger lasts we will continue to stand by your side. The safer you are here, the safer we are in the UK.” Mr. Williamson is in no doubt that blame lies directly with Mr. Putin. “The behavior of the Putin-led regime is not acceptable. We want to be able to ensure that the people who are on the front line, where we are today, have the best ability to survive and defend their homeland.” “Vladimir Putin and his cronies around him want to abuse their power. This is not the type of behavior we expect of any nation, let alone one that sits as a permanent member of the Security Council. [Russia is becoming] a pariah nation.” “We have common values and we believe in standing up for those common values,” he told Ukrainian troops. “It’s important that we stand up for the international rules-based order.” “There is a constant pattern where Russia is pushing the boundaries of acceptable behavior [and] there needs to be a response to Russian encroachment. We’ve got to make it clear that there is a price to be paid for such actions.”
The Trump administration insists on Geneva-based peace talks as Russia and Turkey promote a truce in Syria. And it wants to keep U.S. troops in the east.
Jerusalem trades barbs with Hezbollah as IAF head tries to convince Moscow that Israel can’t be blamed for loss of plane.
U.S. President Donald Trump will fail in his confrontation with Iran, just like Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, referring to the war between the two Middle Eastern powers and vowing that Tehran will not abandon its missiles. US
US leader will fail in his confrontation with Tehran, says Iran’s president in speech marking the end of Iran-Iraq war.
IRAN’S Foreign Minister has ramped up Tehran’s war of words with Washington by branding Donald Trump a ‘threat to world peace’.
Twenty four people have been killed and 53 wounded in an attack on a military parade in southwestern Iran, the country’s official IRNA news agency reported.
At least 24 people were killed and 53 others injured in an attack on a military parade in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz on Saturday, Iran’s state news IRNA said.
The semi-official Tasnim news agency says at least eight members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard have been killed in the Ahvaz military parade attack.
State media reporting at least 24 killed and several wounded after gunmen target Revolutionary Guard parade.
Gunmen fired on a military parade in southwestern Iran on Saturday, killing 24 people, half of them members of the Revolutionary Guards, state news agencies reported, in one of the worst attacks ever on the elite force.US
Iran blames “terrorists backed by a foreign regime” for the attack which killed soldiers and civilians.