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Of the “up to 12” S-300 batteries, Russia supposedly delivered on understrength battery.  It will take 3 months to train Syrian operators.  Most likely Russia will be withdrawing from Syria at that time.

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Muscovy’s reaction to Amb Hutchison’s comments is tediously predictable, and another example of Russian exceptionalism – cheating on the INF is OK as long as it is Russia doing the cheating. The Russians know that a nuclear response to a non-nuclear strike would be pushing the suicide button, and as self-destructive as they might be, suicidal they are not. Much media coverage of the Ambassador’s comment, much less on her subsequent tweet, both below. No less interesting is the determination of the Vozhd to boost sales of Urban’s new book, The Skripal Files (ISBN 9781529006889), by personally insulting Col. Skripal in a public statement. Russia brags about the delivery of the S-300P to Syria and claims the delivery is complete. More dubious comments on the loss of the COOT.  Russia brags about deploying what appear to be HPM weapons to Syria. Fascinating exposition by MEMRI of public statements by Col-Gen (Retd) Ivashov, attacking Israel and an alleged “Israel Lobby” in Russia’s leadership. Russian media reported having developed an obsessive pre-occupation with Ukrainian Pres Poroshenko’s visit to the UN last week, apparently displacing even the Vozhd for air time.  Questions being asked about the actual scale and actual purpose of Vostok-2018. Lots of dubious commentary on energy exports – evidently Muscovy is hurting.

NYT essay citing Urban’s book speculates Col. Skripal was attacked for providing HM Govt with information on Muscovy corruption scams, also implicating hardliner Patrushev, a Putin associate. Bellingcat locates, on social media, a photo proving Col Chepiga received the top RF decoration. Ukraine’s interior minister Avakov suggests Col. Chepiga was involved in the op to extract Russian proxy Yanukovich from Kyiv.

Update on Iran’s IRBM strike into Syria, French freeze on assets, IAEA disputing Israeli disclosure, and Iran hangs yet another domestic violence victim.

Much on the delivery of the S-300P system to Syria. Pending confirmation, it appears Russia delivered a single understrength battery of S-300PM/PM2 to Hmeimim, for deployment to the T-4 airbase in Syria. The battery was airlifted by three An-124 CONDORs of the “566th Military Aviation Regiment (VTAP) (Mil Unit / 41495) of the 12th Division of the BTA 61 VKS” from Olenya South of Murmank, to Hmeimim at Latakia. The battery belonged to the 583rd AD Missile Regt (Mil Unit / 36226).Footage shows the offloading of a TOMB STONE RPN, 8×8 MAZ TEL, missile transporter semi, and missile transloader – no evidence of the mobile 8×8 CP or search radars and other critical hardware. DEFMIN Shoigu stated three months would be required to train Syrian operators, that sounds unreasonably optimistic.

Finally, an update on Turkey.

Putin Calls Poisoned Former Double Agent Skripal A ‘Traitor’ And A ‘Bastard’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called former intelligence officer and spy Sergei Skripal a “traitor” and a “bastard.” Russian President Vladimir Putin has lashed out at Sergei Skripal, the former Russian intelligence officer whom Britain accuses Moscow of poisoning with a weapons-grade nerve agent in England, calling him a “traitor” and a “scumbag.” Speaking at an energy forum in Moscow on October 3, Putin called the dispute over the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter “another spy scandal that has been artificially pumped up.” “I see that some of your colleagues are pushing forward the theory that Skripal is some kind of human rights defender,” Putin told the audience. “He is a spy. A traitor to his homeland. There is such a thing — a traitor to one’s homeland. He is one of them.” “He is a scumbag. That’s all there is to it,” Putin added.

Skripal poisoning: Putin denounces ex-spy as ‘scumbag’ – BBC News

Russia’s president complains the media are spending too much time on the man poisoned in Salisbury.

Putin calls poisoned ex-spy Skripal a scumbag and traitor | Reuters

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent poisoned in Britain, a scumbag who had betrayed Russia.

Vladimir Putin: Sergei Skripal Is a Scumbag and a Traitor – The Daily Beast

Russian president goes after former Kremlin spy who was nearly killed by nerve-agent attack.

Vladimir Putin calls Sergei Skripal a traitor, scumbag | The Mercury

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has called Sergei Skripal, the ex-spy who was poisoned with a military grade nerve agent in Britain, a traitor and a scumbag.

Putin calls ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal a ‘scumbag,’ traitor – The Globe and Mail

It was the first time Putin directly condemned Skripal, who spent weeks hospitalized with his daughter after both were poisoned in March

Russia President Vladimir Putin calls Sergei Skripal a ‘traitor to the motherland’ | Newshub

“He is simply a scumbag, that’s all”.

Putin calls poisoned former agent Sergei Skripal a “traitor” – Axios

“He is just a spy. A traitor to the motherland.”

Skripal’s Niece Wants to Meet Salisbury Case ‘Suspects’ Personally – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Viktoria Skripal, the niece of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, said in an interview released on Wednesday that she wanted to meet personally with Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who were identified by London as alleged perpetrators of the attack on Skripal and his daughter.

‘49 pieces of hardware’: Syria gets S-300 missile system & more from Russia in wake of Il-20 downing — RT World News

The S-300 air defense system and dozens of additional hardware pieces have been delivered to the Syrian military to boost security of Russian personnel there, Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, told President Vladimir Putin.

‘I hope they didn’t do it’: State Dept in doubt over S-300 delivery, warns of ‘serious escalation’ — RT US News

The news of Russia completing the delivery of its S-300 air defense system to the Syrian Army has provoked a nervous reaction in Washington, as the US State Department said it still hopes that the delivery had not taken place.

Syria Shot Down Over Third of Missiles Launched by Israel on Sept. 17 – Reports – Sputnik International

The Russian Defense Ministry has stated that four Israeli F-16 aircraft deliberately used a Russian Il-20 military aircraft as a shield against Syrian air defense systems during a missile attack on Syrian targets in the province of Latakia creating a dangerous situation that led to the downing of the Russian plane.

Tehran: Iran’s Missile Strike Near US Troops in Syria Sent Washington a ‘Signal’ – Sputnik International

Earlier this week, Iran launched seven drones and six precision-strike ballistic missiles on several terrorist targets in Syria’s Abu Kamal region in retaliation for a September 22 attack in Ahvaz that left 25 people dead.

Russian Gen.: S-300 To Syria A Victory Against Israel Lobby | MEMRI

Retired Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov writing in an outlet that groups Communists and ultranationalists praised the military establishment headed by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu for its decision to send S-300 air defense systems to Syria. The former high ranking Russian military and public official, retired Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, a former member of the Russian Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote a stream of consciousness style article, titled “Russia’s Sovereignty Is At Stake,” accusing the “Israeli lobby” of putting at stake Russia’s sovereignty. Ivashov is not known for restraint and in 2012, he compared U.S. actions in Libya to Hitler’s actions in Poland and claimed that Russia would employ military power in defense of Iran and Syria.[1] Ivashov wrote the article for the Izborsk Club that groups ultranationalist conservatives and Communists who are united by their hatred for the West and their espousal of a Eurasian alternative. The philosopher Alexander Dugin is perhaps the club’s most famous member. Ivashov accused the pro-Israeli lobby of the death of the Russian servicemen on board of the Russian Ilyushin-20, which was shot down over the Mediterranean, on September 17. He described Israel as a hostile power, and suggested taking immediate punitive counter-measures. Below are excerpts from Ivashov’s article:[2]

‘We’d take out Russia’s nukes,’ US NATO envoy says, claiming ‘banned’ missiles are being developed — RT World News

The US would look into ways of “taking out” new Russian missiles if they become operational, the US envoy to NATO said, accusing Moscow of developing a weapon that “violates” the Soviet-US nuclear arms treaty.

US Threat of Preemptive Strike on Russia ‘Impossible to Take Seriously’ – Sputnik International

US Envoy to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison threatened on Tuesday to “take out” banned cruise missiles allegedly in development in Russia before they become operational.

Russia rebukes ‘this lady’ Hutchison after she threatens to take out its missiles

U.S. Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison’s warning that NATO might be forced to “take out” Russian cruise missiles drew a curt rebuke from Moscow’s top diplomatic spokeswoman.

Russia: U.S. comments on possible destruction of Russian warheads are dangerous: TASS | Reuters

Russia regards as dangerous a statement by Washington’s envoy to NATO who said Moscow must halt its covert development of a banned cruise missile system or the United States would seek to destroy it before it becomes operational.

U.S. Comments on Possible Destruction of Russian Warheads Are Dangerous — Moscow

Russia regards as dangerous a statement by Washington’s envoy to NATO who said Moscow must halt its covert development of a banned cruise missile system or the United States would seek to destroy it before it becomes operational. The U.S. ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, said on Tuesday Washington remained committed to a diplomatic solution but was prepared to consider a military strike if Russian development of the medium-range system continued.

Ambassador Hutchison on Twitter: “I was not talking about preemptively striking Russia. My point: 🇷🇺 needs to return to INF Treaty compliance or we will need to match its capabilities to protect US & NATO interests. The current situation, with 🇷🇺 in blatant violation, is untenable.”


October 2, 2018: Press Briefing by Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison | U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Ambassador Hutchison: Welcome. And thank you all for getting here. I understand there’s a transportation problem out there, so we’re pleased to welcome you to NATO. We are really looking forward to our Defense Ministerial that starts tomorrow. It will be our first Ministerial since the Summit, and I think that we are now into implementation state for a very strong declaration and a substantive move forward by NATO. I think in the Summit we showed the adaptation capabilities of NATO, that we are meeting the challenges that we faced and all of us are looking forward to that. First on the agenda, of course, is implementing Brussels and the four-30s are doing that. The four-30s are 30 battalions, 30 ships, 30 air squadrons in 30 days to meet any crisis that any of our members would have. That is a very bold goal, and one that we embrace and we know we can do. We have a NATO Security Council meeting that will continue to work with NATO and Georgia together. This is a country that is an enhanced opportunity partner that we will continue to support. We’re going to have a Nuclear Planning Group. One of our most important deterrent activities is our nuclear deterrent activity, and with some of the happenings in the world, with countries that are rogue nations with nuclear capabilities, the nuclear deterrent is very important and we will have, certainly, a meeting of all of our allies on this subject. Knowing that our nuclear deterrent is safe and secure is important, as we also hope for nonproliferation in the future.

NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison clarifies: ‘I was not talking about preemptively striking Russia’

Russia should not fear a pre-emptive strike by the United States, a top American diplomat said hours after she threatened to destroy illicit Russian cruise missiles.

U.S. Envoy Clarifies Comments About Potential Action On Controversial Russian Weapon

A U.S. diplomat who warned that the United States might try to “take out” a missile Washington says Russia is developing in violation of a major treaty has clarified her comments, saying she was not referring to a preemptive strike.

US threatens to ‘take out’ Russian missiles; Mattis in Paris; Chinese ship buzzes US destroyer; F-35 concerns persist as price declines; and just a bit more… – Defense One

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US ambassador to NATO threatens to ‘take out’ Russian cruise missile

The U.S. ambassador to NATO put Russia “on notice” Tuesday, threatening to destroy an intermediate-range missile that sits well within range of NATO allies.

U.S. would destroy banned Russian warheads if necessary: NATO envoy

The United States believes Russia is developing a ground-launched system in breach of a Cold War treaty that could allow Russia to launch a nuclear strike on Europe at short notice, but Moscow has consistently denied any such violation. U.S. ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison said Washington remained

‘Take Out’ Russian Missiles? U.S. Envoy’s Remark Spurs Anger, and Pullback – The New York Times

The American ambassador to NATO used vague language that sounded like an American threat to strike Russian missiles preemptively. She later clarified her meaning.

NATO Envoy Says U.S. Looking At Ways To ‘Take Out’ Russia’s Treaty-Violating Missiles – The Drive

The remarks were worryingly unclear on exactly what the United States was prepared to do and under what circumstances.

US warns it will use counter-measures against banned Russian nukes – INSIDER

The US envoy to NATO said Tuesday that it might take counter-measures against Russian nuclear-capable missiles with military force if they don’t stop building the new weapons accused of violating a 1987 treaty.

‘They are on notice’: Trump’s NATO envoy warns Russia that U.S. could ‘take out’ new missile system | National Post

NATO fears that Russia’s 9M729 missile system contravenes a ban on all land-based cruise missiles with a range beyond 500 km

Trump’s ambassador to NATO sets off diplomatic incident with a nuclear edge – The Washington Post

Kay Bailey Hutchison later said she didn’t intend to say the U.S. would preemptively strike Russia.

Tensions rise as US threatens to ‘take out’ Russian missiles – BBC News

The US believes a new Russian missile may be breaching a Cold War arms control treaty.

U.S. would destroy banned Russian warheads if necessary: NATO envoy | Reuters

Russia must halt its covert development of a banned cruise missile system or the United States will seek to destroy it before it becomes operational, Washington’s envoy to NATO said on Tuesday.

NATO shouldn’t attack Russian intermediate range ballistic missiles — just outmatch them

As in most cases, the best way to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin is to simply beat him at his own game.

U.S., NATO consider preemptive action against Russian cruise missile program – Washington Times

The United States and its NATO allies are threatening preemptive action against Russia’s ongoing effort to build a new cruise missile, an effort Washington and its Western European partners say is in violation of standing treaties between Moscow and the alliance.

U.S. Warns Russia It Could `Take Out’ Missiles in Dispute – Bloomberg

“We need to look for other ways to bring Russia to the table on the issues.”

Trump’s NATO Ambassador Threatens War With Russia … By Mistake … We Think

When the U.S. touches the wrong button with the Kremlin, there’s a big risk they’ll go ballistic.

“Take Out the Missiles”: Did the U.S. Ambassador to NATO Just Threaten a War Against Russia? | The National Interest

Kay Bailey Hutchison says that the United States could “take out” Moscow’s intermediate range missiles. Did she make a mistake? Or was it intentional?

U.S. Envoy Threatens Russia Over Missiles – WSJ

U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison said Washington could choose to “take out” new Russian missiles that Western allies say violate a nuclear-arms ban, if Moscow fails to comply with the Cold War-era treaty.

US NATO envoy warns Russia against developing new missiles | TheHill

U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison on Tuesday warned that the U.S. could be forced to “take out” missiles Russia is developing that violate a Cold War-era treaty.

The US just warned Russia that it would take counter-measures against banned Russian nuclear weapons | Business Insider

UPDATE: This article has been updated to reflect Ambassador Hutchinson’s late clarification that her comments were about US counter-measures against Russian nuclear weapons, and not intended as a threat to conduct preemptive strikes on Russian nuclear sites.

World War 3: USA’s ambassador to NATO THREATENS Putin’s Russia over new missile system | World | News |

WASHINGTON’s ambassador to NATO has threatened the US was prepared to “take out” Russia’s new missile system, as tensions between the countries continue to soar.

U.S. Warns It Could ‘Take Out’ New Russian Missiles | Time

The U.S. warned that it could resort to strikes against new Russian missile unless Moscow complies with its international commitments.

NATO Envoy: US Would Destroy Banned Russian Warheads If Necessary

NATO fears new system contravenes 1987 INF Treaty, which bans land-based cruise missiles with 500-5,500 kilometers range

US threatens to ‘take out’ Russian missiles if Moscow keeps violating nuclear treaty – CNNPolitics

The United States Permanent Representative to NATO, Amb. Kay Bailey Hutchison, warned Tuesday that the US could “take out” Russian missiles that are perceived to be in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty should Moscow continue to violate the agreement.

US NATO envoy warns Russia to halt new missile development

The U.S. envoy to NATO on Tuesday said that Russia must halt development of new missiles that could carry nuclear warheads and warned that the United States could “take out” the system if it becomes operational.

New Russian idol – news about politics | UNIAN

A lot has been written about Russian propaganda. Its main secret is a monopoly on information and a constant repetition of the same messages, year after year. They must be imprinted in people’s minds at the level of unconditioned reflexes. Under no circumstances must citizens address their own mind – they must just stick to the “right” clichés like “enemies are everywhere” and “if not Putin, then who?” A lot has been written about Russian propaganda. Its main secret is a monopoly on information and a constant repetition of the same messages, year after year. They must be imprinted in people’s minds at the level of unconditioned reflexes. Under no circumstances must citizens address their own mind – they must just stick to the “right” clichés like “enemies are everywhere” and “if not Putin, then who?” However, recently things began to change in Russia where Putin’s name is now far from topping the popular list in terms of the number of references. It is the president of the neighboring country, Petro Poroshenko, who brazenly pushed down the Russian leader. Russians have been dissecting under a microscope the latest moves of the head of the Ukrainian state. In particular, the work of the Ukrainian delegation at the UN General Assembly became the top topic on Russian TV. Recording Petro Poroshenko walking along the UN HQ corridors was a great success, they said. It was especially emphasized that it was a cameraman from Russia’s presidential pool who succeeded. Most of the times, he is only tasked with pushing the “record” button only at the sight of Vladimir Vladimirovich. Poroshenko taking a Russian journalist by the wrist prompted a thorough scrutiny, Poroshenko responding in Russian – caused brainstorming sessions, and Poroshenko calling Russian media out as fake news – sparked deep reflections… As he allegedly entered the room where the Russian delegation was working – Russian media immediately “explained” that the Ukrainian president had been heading to a meeting dedicated to peacekeeping issues. The Russian viewer was even deprived of the opportunity to learn about the efforts at the UNGA of the delegation led by Russia’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov. And neither did the Russian audience hear any explanation why their foreign minister assumed that the president of Ukraine had confused Lavrov’s negotiations room with WC. Meanwhile, Lavrov did not lose time and agreed with Guatemala on not being the first to deploy weapons in space…

Russia Fibs About ‘Massive’ Vostok 2018 – To Inform is to Influence

Once again, Russia is hyperinflating its exercises and overselling the bear. Perhaps Russia’s capabilities are also oversold. Russia appears to be masterful at sleight of hand and information. Conventional military capabilities, not so much. This appears to be a very much ongoing trend. Now their information sharing is becoming suspect. Can Russia tell the truth about anything? </end editorial>

Russian ‘Massive’ Vostok-2018 Military Exercise: Not So Massive After All? | The National Interest

Did Moscow inflate the numnbers?

Russia’s Massive Vostok Military Exercise Was Intended to Prepare for War With China. So What Happened? | The National Interest

Why is Beijing playing war with Moscow?

UAWire – Media: Russia to start using electromagnetic cannons in Syria

Russia is testing its electromagnetic weapons in field conditions, TASS quotes an advisor to the first deputy general director of the Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies, Vladimir Mikheyev as saying. Viktor Murakhovsky, the editor-in-chief of the Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine, told National News Service that Russia could soon use such weapons in Syria. According to Mikheyev, electromagnetic weapons systems (microwave directed-energy weapons) “exist and are being very effectively developed.” “Tests are carried out constantly in laboratory conditions and at test sites,” said the head of the concern. The CEO added that at the same time, there is ongoing workd on developing protection systems from electromagnetic weapons. Commenting on Mikheyev’s statement, the editor-in-chief of the magazine noted that from January 2019, the Russian military would begin to receive anti-drone firearms that emit electromagnetic pulses. “The weapons will be shipped, including, of course, to our servicemen who carry out air defense of the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria. As for more powerful products, I think that it will still be necessary to wait a year or two,” believes the expert. In November 2017, it became known that the Russian military in Syria began testing samples of electromagnetic weapons designed to suppress GPS and Wi-Fi signals, developed by private Russian companies. In microwave directed-energy guns, electromagnetic radiation of ultrahigh frequency acts as a striking factor. Eventually, such weapons are designed to completely burn enemy’s electronics, in particular, the homing head of the missiles. Russia plans to equip its sixth generation unmanned aircraft with electromagnetic guns.

Russia do not want to be a monopoly with gas supplies to Europe: Novak

Russia has no desire to be a “monopoly” when it comes to supplying gas to European consumers, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Wednesday.

Putin says Trump should blame himself for high oil prices

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said President Donald Trump is “right” to complain that global oil prices are too high — but added that the U.S. administration is partly to blame for higher prices.

Putin Tells Trump to Blame Guy in the Mirror for High Oil Prices – Bloomberg

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his American counterpart’s Iran sanctions are largely to blame for current high oil prices.

‘Trade wars’ are not good for energy security, Russia’s energy minister warns

Rising trade tensions and “protectionism” in trade policies are a risk for the global energy outlook, Russia’s energy minister said.

Spy Poisoned in Britain Fed MI6 Agents Secrets on a Putin Ally, New Book Claims – The New York Times

Months before he was poisoned by a nerve agent, Sergei Skripal spoke with a journalist, cautiously. “You see, we are afraid of Putin,” he said.LONDON — Sergei V. Skripal, the former Russian spy targeted in a nerve agent attack this spring, fed Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service information about a 1990s-era corruption scheme that reached all the way up to Nikolai P. Patrushev, a top Russian intelligence chief and close ally of Vladimir V. Putin, a new book contends. Mr. Skripal said this in interviews last year with Mark Urban, the BBC’s diplomatic and defense editor, who was researching a book about post-Cold War espionage. The information on high-level graft was sensitive, Mr. Skripal said. A naval officer who worked in Russia’s military intelligence service alongside Mr. Skripal, who like him had been caught passing information to Western security services, was found dead in 2004, apparently strangled, in a military hospital after an interrogation by Russian intelligence agents, Mr. Skripal said. The official explanation was suicide, but several of his fingers had been cut off, in a grisly and unmistakable message.

bellingcat – Anatoliy Chepiga Is a Hero of Russia: The Writing Is on the Wall – bellingcat

After Bellingcat disclosed the identity of one of the two Skripal poisoning suspects as Anatoliy Chepiga, a highly decorated colonel working for Russia’s military intelligence, Russian authorities responded with a string of vehement denials. The spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs initially called Bellingcat’s report “nonsense” and claimed it’s part of a disinformation campaign steered by Western governments. As of 1 October 2018, Maria Zakharova continued to insist on her Facebook page that Boshirov and Chepiga are different people. Following an initial acknowledgement that the Kremlin may not have been fully informed on the matter, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated to the press that “there is no data that the Hero of the Russian Federation has been awarded to [anyone named Anatoliy Chepiga.]” Peskov also played down reporters asserting startling facial similarities between “Boshirov” and Chepiga, as shown in Bellingcat’s report, saying that the similarities are in fact trivial and likely coincidental.

Bellingcat: Anatoliy Chepiga is a Hero of Russia: The Writing Is On The Wall – To Inform is to Influence

It’s interesting that a number of Russian sources for these photographs have already purged the cited files.  </end editorial> by Bellingcat Investigation Team After Bellingcat disclosed the identity of one of the two Skripal poisoning suspects as Anatoliy Chepiga, a highly decorated colonel working for Russia’s military intelligence, Russian authorities responded with a string of vehement…

Photo At Russian Military Academy Adds To Evidence About Skripal Poisoning Suspect

A photograph on display at a Russian military academy is adding to the growing evidence identifying a Russian military intelligence officer who was allegedly involved in the poisoning of a former d…

Ukraine minister says Skripal suspect helped ex-leader flee in 2014 | Reuters

Ukraine’s interior minister said on Tuesday a suspect in the Skripal poisoning case, working for Russian military intelligence, had been identified in Ukraine as a man who helped the former Ukrainian president flee to Russia in 2014.

Ukraine Minister Says Skripal Suspect Helped Ex-Leader Yanukovich Flee in 2014

Ukraine’s interior minister said on Tuesday a suspect in the Skripal poisoning case, working for Russian military intelligence, had been identified in Ukraine as a man who helped the former Ukrainian president flee to Russia in 2014. It was not immediately clear whether minister Arsen Avakov was citing information from Ukrainian intelligence or quoting the accounts of journalists. He released a statement following a meeting with a British minister. His spokesman declined to comment further. A lawyer for former President Viktor Yanukovich, who escaped to Russia in February 2014 during a wave of street protests, has previously denied that the Skripal suspect had helped Yanukovich.

Avakov: One of Salisbury poisoning suspects identified as participant in Yanukovych’s escape | UNIAN

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says that one of the Salisbury poisoning suspects has been identified as a participant in a Russian special operation to help disgraced ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to escape to Russia in February 2014. Avakov did not explicitly mention the Russian GRU military intelligence officer by name.

US military presence in region doesn’t match Trump’s rhetoric on Iran: report | Fox News

The U.S. military preparedness for a possible confrontation in the Persian Gulf is lagging behind the Trump administration’s increasingly harsh rhetoric towards the Iranian regime, military experts say. Military officials told The Wall Street Journal that the U.S. military haven’t had a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf since March, which is the longest period in the two decades. The U.S. military normally maintained presence in the region over the years. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also announced pulling four Patriot missile-defense systems out of Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain this month in a bid to ramp up military capabilities against Russia and China and away from the Middle East, according to the Journal.

US chides Iran over ‘reckless’ missile barrage

The United States on Tuesday accused Iran of recklessly firing missiles into southern Syria, an area where American troops are operating, but said the missiles did not come close to hitting U.S. forces.

Iranian Maj. General Warns of Further Military Operations Against ‘Terrorists’ – Sputnik International

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fired several ballistic missiles at Daesh* targets in eastern Syria on Monday in retaliation to last month’s terror attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz.

Syria FM says Iran coordinated its ballistic missile strikes – Syria –

The U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition said no forces were in danger despite reports from media sources like CNN that the missiles were within 3 miles of U.S. troops

Iran says missile attack in Syria killed 40 ‘leaders’ of Islamic State | Reuters

Iran said the missile attack it launched in Syria on Monday had killed 40 “top leaders” of Islamic State, and that intelligence for the operation had been provided by its elite Quds Force.

Iran says missile attack in Syria killed 40 ‘leaders’ of Daesh – Middle East Monitor

ANALYSIS: What’s behind Iran’s unprecedented strike on Syria – Israel National News

The attack showed that Israel has stopped Iran’s ability to launch missiles and drones  from Syria.

France freezes Iranian intelligence agency’s assets over alleged plot to bomb exile group | Fox News

The French government froze the funds of the interior security section of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry as well as those of two Iranians on Tuesday, including one diplomat who is a suspect in an alleged aborted bid to attack an Iranian exile group.

France Freezes Iranian Assets Over Bomb Plot Blamed on Tehran – WSJ

France retaliated for an alleged Iranian terror plot on French soil, seeking to punish Tehran for planning terror activities in Europe even as it tries to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.

France blames Iran for foiled Paris bomb plot – BBC News

The foiled attack targeted a meeting of Iranian opposition groups in June, French officials say.

France points finger at Iran over bomb plot, seizes assets | Reuters

France said on Tuesday there was no doubt Iran’s intelligence ministry was behind a June plot to attack an exiled opposition group’s rally outside Paris and it seized assets belonging to Tehran’s intelligence services and two Iranian nationals.

UN’s highest court orders US to lift certain Iran sanctions – AOL News

The ruling by the International Court of Justice is legally binding, but it remains to be seen if the administration of President Donald Trump will comply.

Amnesty: Iran Executes Teenage Victim Of Domestic, Sexual Violence

Iran has executed a female victim of domestic and sexual violence who was convicted of killing her husband when she was a minor, according to Amnesty International.

Ofcom investigates TV network over interview praising attack in Iran | Media | The Guardian

Saudi-linked Iran International TV gave airtime to supporter of assault that killed 24 at parade

U.N. Atomic Agency Rebuffs Israeli Criticism Over Iran Sites – WSJ

The United Nations atomic agency hit back Tuesday at Israeli claims it is failing to police Iran’s nuclear work, rebuffing criticisms of the agency’s credibility.

IAEA says Israel leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s Iran allegations of atomic warehouse can’t be taken “at face value” – CBS News

After Benjamin Netanyahu tells U.N. Iran is harboring secret atomic warehouse, IAEA chief says agency will not take any claims &quot;at face value&quot;

IDF is prepared to deal with S-300

Analysis: Although the transfer of the Russian air-defense system to Syrian military could impede the IAF planes from operating freely, the IDF has been preparing for this event for the past 20 years, and Israeli policy in the region will not change. The only dilemma Israel might have to face is what will it do if Russian forces are the ones operating the anti-aircraft system?

US: Russian sale of S-300s to Syria ‘a serious escalation’ | The Times of Israel

Ignoring Israeli protests against providing missile batteries to Damascus, Moscow says it has completed delivery of advanced air defense system

Syria Finally Gets Its S-300 SAM System, But It’s A Token Capability At Best – The Drive

Assad has only received four launchers and the Russians say it will take three months to train enough Syrians to operate them.

Russian S-300 Begin To Arrive In Syria – To Inform is to Influence

03.10.2018 At the end of September – in early October, using the Flightradar service, volunteers from the international intelligence community InformNapalm recorded more than 4 flights of heavy An-124 transport aircraft from the 566th Military Aviation Regiment (VTAP) (IV / 41495) of the 12th Division of the BTA 61 Russian Army Air Force. Aircraft An-124 with flight numbers RF-82035 , RF-82010 and RF-82032 kept the course from the point of permanent deployment of the 566th ATP of the military airdrome in the Bryansk region “Soscha” – through the base “Olenya” (aerodrome of aviation of the Navy on the Kola Peninsula 92 km south of Murmansk) – the “Mozdok” airport – to the airport “Latakia” (the air base “Khmeimim”) On October 2, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, during an operational meeting with the members of the Council, reported to President Vladimir Putin that 49 units of equipment were shipped to Syria in the framework of S-300 deliveries: light locators, main detection systems, control machines and four launchers.

Russia publishes video of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles’ arrival in Syria – Syria –

‘The work was finished a day ago’, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu tells Putin ■ Syria warned Israel that missiles will make it ‘think twice’ before striking ■ Iranians reportedly vacate T-4 base to make room for Russians transferring missiles

Russia completes delivery of S-300 missile system to Syria | Russia News | Al Jazeera

Russia’s Defence Minister confirms delivery of the long-range surface-to-air missile to Syrian army.

Russia Says It Delivered Advanced Missile Defense System To Syria Despite Objections

Russia says it has delivered S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria, despite objections from Israel and the United States that the weapons will escalate the war in the Middle Eastern country.

Source: Iran Evacuates “T-4” Airbase in Rural Homs in Interest of Russia

Syria News by Syrians

Russia Using Massive Military Planes to Deliver S-300 System to Syria

Russia has been transporting S-300 air defense systems to Syria using the Antonov An-124 Ruslan, the largest military plane in the world.

S-300 missile system: Russia upgrades Syrian air defences – BBC News

The move comes two weeks after a Russian reconnaissance plane was shot down in Syria.

Russia’s New Missile Defense Arrives in Syria and That’s Not All It’s Doing to Stop Attacks

In addition to the S-300 missile systems, Russia Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow has improved its electronic warfare abilities.

Russia delivers new missile defense system to Syria, despite US warnings | TheHill

Russia announced Tuesday that it completed a delivery of a new missile defense system to Syria, despite U.S. warnings against the arrangement.

World War 3: US warn Russia and Iran of ‘major mistake’ as they vow to take on troops | World | News |

RUSSIA has delivered four advanced missile defence systems along with radars and support vehicles to Syria, despite the Trump administration warning the move is a “major mistake” that will embolden Iran and escalate the Middle East conflict.

Russia completed S-300 delivery to Syria: defence minister

Russia has sent S-300 air defence systems to the Syrian military, its defence minister said Tuesday, in line with new security measures after a Russian military plane was mistakenly shot down by Syria’s Soviet-era missile. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the Russian security

The S-300s: Is Russia Painting Israel Into a Box or Vice Versa?

Is the Israeli Air Force being grounded over Syria, or is a trap being set to trigger a much bigger conflict?

S-300 systems arrive in Syria – Israel National News

Russia delivers advanced anti-aircraft system to Assad regime after Syrian army shoots down Russian plane.

Russia vs. the F-35: Did a Russian Made Missile Strike One of Israel’s New F-35s?

We take a look at the evidence.

Syrian Rebels Start to Withdraw Heavy Weapons from Planned Demilitarized Zone – WSJ

Rebel groups in Syria began to withdraw heavy weapons from a planned DMZ in the country’s last opposition stronghold, but confusion over its implementation threatens to derail it ahead of a looming deadline.

Syrian rebels say Turkey promises no Russian patrols in Idlib zone | Reuters

Rebels in northern Syria who have rejected plans for joint Russian-Turkish patrols of a demilitarized zone said on Tuesday that Ankara had assured them no Russian forces would patrol the area.

Turkey’s Erdogan Gets Something for Nothing from Angela Merkel – Bloomberg

Turkey’s leader came away from his state visit with gifts from Merkel, and his own positions unaltered.

Can Erdogan’s New Powers Help Fix Turkey’s Economy? | The National Interest

Smart policies and quick decisions are needed in Ankara.



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  1. Instead of withdrawing with the S-300s could Russia be using this as a ploy to 1) train Iranians how to operate it and 2) let Iran take it back to Iran when the Russians leave Syria? I would say #1 is a definite and #2 is maybe – if the S-300 hasn’t been destroyed.

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