Category: Russia

Russia plans a ‘hybrid warfare’ campaign aimed at destabilising Europe, says Bulgarian President

Russia has trained its sights on the Balkans to wage a “hybrid warfare” campaign aimed at destabilising the whole of Europe, the President of Bulgaria has warned. He demands that the EU and Nato do more to counter the rising…

Syrian army starts using new weapons from Russia – military source

The Syrian military has recently started using new types of air and ground weapons supplied by Russia, a Syrian military source told Reuters on Thursday, underlining growing Russian support for Damascus that is alarming the United States. “The weapons are…

Russia Bets on China: Picking the Wrong Horse in the Short Term and Long

Russians are waking up to the fact that Vladimir Putin’s much-ballyhooed “turn” to China is not bringing Russia the benefits he promised or that they expected. Not only has Beijing refused to tow Moscow’s line on a variety of international…

Russia Threatens Georgia With Renewed Trade War

The Russian government regularly uses its agency for consumer protection, Rospotrebnadzor, for trade discrimination and blocking imports from countries whose policies Moscow does not like (see EDM, March 28, 2006; October 11, 2013; October 16, 2013). On August 4, 2015, Rospotrebnadzor issued a…

Turkmenistan Complains Gazprom Is Not Paying Its Bills

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 132 On July 8, Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Oil and Gas noted that Russian state natural gas company Gazprom had failed to pay for imports since the beginning of the year, stating, “The Russian…

Moscow Appears to Be Playing a Most Dangerous Game With the Islamic State

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 122 By: Paul Goble In the wake of terrorist attacks by the Islamic State (IS) across the Middle East and Europe, Russian diplomats and the Kremlin-controlled media have been working overtime to suggest that…

Forensic report: Russia faked MH17 satellite photos

DW: Citizen journalist site Bellingcat has investigated the MH17 satellite images released by Russia’s Defense Ministry in 2014. The images, it says, were not just photoshopped.

Exiled Russian lawmaker explains why Putin isn’t afraid of Obama

“Obama is a lame duck and so he would not do anything, and he already has a personal issue with [Putin]. But as soon as he’s out, the pressure would go.” On March 20, 2014, when Russia’s State Duma voted…

US says Russia is building air defence systems in eastern Ukraine

As well as conducting training exercises involving drones, it is sending extra troops to Ukrainian border, spokeswoman says  A Ukrainian volunteer fighter aims his weapon at rebel-controlled territory in Shyrokine. Fighting has picked up in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks,…