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Putin, Obama to Meet Sept. 28 at UN General Assembly

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama are set to meet September 28 on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters at a briefing on Thursday, according to Reuters.

On the agenda for the two world leaders will be issues relating to Ukraine and Syria. Iran has not been mentioned, although it is possible that Tehran may be discussed as well.

But there are already two completely different versions of how the agenda for that meeting is supposed to go.

Reporters on each side of the planet heard two separate agendas from the spokespersons for each of the two world leaders.

“When the president sits down with President Putin, the top item on his agenda will be Ukraine,” White House spokesperson Josh Earnest told reporters at Thursday’s news briefing in Washington DC.

Peskov, meanwhile, told reporters in a conference call from Moscow that the crisis in Ukraine would be discussed “if time allows.”

Earnest told reporters that the exact time and date had not yet been decided.

Peskov said the meeting had been scheduled to take place following Putin’s address to the UN.

The Russian spokesperson added that the meeting between the two presidents could last between 50 minutes to a full hour, and it was Peskov who gave the date of the meeting: Sept. 28.

Those who have already purchased their tickets for this event should be sure to bring fire extinguishers as well…

Tough Guys

Monday, September 21st, 2015

They could make a movie about these guys… A former Russian KGB agent and a former Israeli Special Forces commando team up to fight bad guys in the Middle East, only one of them may be (not so) secretly helping the bad guys…

I’d go see it.

High-Ranking Security Team Joins Netanyahu Meeting With Putin in Moscow

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is traveling to Moscow today (Monday Sept. 21) to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, together with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.

Military Intelligence director Maj.-Gen. Hertzi Halevy, National Security Council head Yossi Cohen and Netanyahu’s military secretary Col. Eliezer Toledano are also accompanying the prime minister to the meeting, which is scheduled to last three hours.

The officials are expected to discuss Russia’s activities and military involvement in Syria, as well as questions about Russia’s cooperation with Iran.

The United States is holding parallel talks with Moscow on the same issues, according to numerous media reports.

There are no journalists on the plane with the prime minister for this trip, underscoring the gravity of the meeting.

Last week a source told the Reuters news agency that new, advanced weapons have been delivered to Syrian government troops, who are being trained in their use. It is believed the weapons are being sent from Russia.

Netanyahu Adds Russia to Regional Discussions on Syria

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is including Russia in the circle of nations involved in talks over how to deal with the regional issues created by the Syrian crisis.

Next week Netanyahu plans to travel to Moscow to discuss those issues facing Israel and other nations in the area with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The prime minister will present the threats to Israel emanating from the increased flow of advanced weaponry to the Syrian arena and from the transfer of lethal weaponry to Hezbollah and other terrorist groups,” an Israeli official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Russia has been expanding its military deployment in Syria, with hundreds of new prefab barracks and a new mobile air traffic control center delivered last week to Latakia.

Support by the Kremlin for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is nothing new, however; Russia has maintained a steady supply of weaponry to Israel’s northern neighbor since the start of the civil war in 2011.

Prior to the war, Russia was a strong sponsor of Syria’s military and economic enterprise, as well as an active partner in the country’s development of its oil and other natural energy resources.

US Warns Russia Over Military Buildup in Syria

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

The U.S. warned Russia over the weekend that its military buildup in Syria could further escalate the conflict in the region.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “to discuss Syria, including U.S. concerns about reports suggesting an imminent enhanced Russian military buildup there,” the State Department said in a statement. “The secretary made clear that if such reports were accurate, these actions could further escalate the conflict, lead to greater loss of innocent life, increase refugee flows and risk confrontation with the anti-ISIL Coalition operating in Syria,” the statement continued.

ISIL is the Obama administration acronym for ISIS, or Da’esh. The two men agreed to continue their conversation at the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this month.

According to American intelligence reports, Russia has delivered prefab housing for hundreds of people and a portable air traffic station to an airfield near Latakia.

The U.S. government warned that Russian air strikes could interfere with current operations being conducted by the United States-led coalition against Da’esh (ISIS) in Syria.

It is also possible that Russian operations could strike opposition forces the Americans support.

The United States and Russia have very different ideas about how to solve the crisis in Syria; on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for “early elections” in Syria and suggested bringing “healthy” elements of the opposition to a new coalition government.

But Putin, who had first cleared his plan with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, did not specify which opposition elements would be acceptable.

Russia, Iran to Close Deal on Upgraded S-300 Missile Defense System

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Russia will sign an agreement next week to sell the advanced S-300 missile defense system to Tehran, according to Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan.

Israeli has been pressuring Moscow not to deliver the system to Iran.

But Dehgan was quoted by the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) on Tuesday as saying the deal was updated this week and will soon be finalized.

As part of the agreement Iran will receive an updated version of the S-300 system. “We will go to Russia next week to sign the contract. There is no barrier hindering the deal,” he said.


Iran’s previous request for three S-300 batteries has been upgraded to four, at a total cost of $900 million, according to Interfax.

“The new contract will differ from the previous contract in that it will have a different price and new terms for delivery,” said a source who spoke to the news agency. “Aside from this, the contract will concern a newer version of the S-300… the modified S-300V4 (export name – ‘Antey-2500).”

The system, allegedly to be delivered sometime in 2016, is “capable of shooting down medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBM) with a maximum range of 2,500 kilometers,” according to the Deagle defense website.

Russia had announced this past April that it would lift its five-year ban on the sale to Iran of the S-300.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israel at the time that the advanced defense system would not endanger the Jewish State.

However, deployment of such a system in Iran would complicate any military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, Israeli security officials said.

Within the same month, Israeli fighter pilots carried out a joint military exercise with their Greek counterparts over the Aegean Sea, where they simulated attacks on an S-300 system deployed in Crete. According to a report in Israel Defense, the drill included 150 Greek jets and 10 Israeli jets.

One of the pilots who flew a sortie was IAF commander Major-General Amir Eshel, alongside his Greek counterpart. Eshel told Israel Defense the S-300 could be a “very tough but not insurmountable challenge” for the IAF.

Iran is also hoping to buy fighter jets from Russia, according to The Moscow Times, but the report did not detail which aircraft were under discussion. Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan did not provide further details, Reuters reported.

It is likely, however, the purchase will be part of an attempt to upgrade Tehran’s fleet, which at present consists of U.S. jets, for which it cannot acquire spare parts or upgrades.


Iran Banks on End to Sanctions, Will Raise Oil Production to 1M bpd

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Iran is already banking on the passage of the nuclear deal it signed with the U.S. and world powers last month in Vienna. Its government plans to raise its output of oil to one million barrels per day within months after sanctions are lifted, according to Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh.

In remarks broadcast on Sunday, Zanganeh said, “We are already doing the marketing, and within a day after the lifting of sanctions, we will raise [production] by 500,000 barrels per day.” Within months, he said, production would double to one million bpd.

Much of the current oil production in the Middle East is flowing from Iraqi Kurdistan through Turkey into Europe and elsewhere, although some of the oil still comes from Iran. There may soon be competition from another quarter, however.

Recently the executive director of Russia’s Union of Gas and Oil Industrialists told RIA Novosti, however, that as soon as the situation in Syria is stabilized, Russian oil and gas companies are likely to revive their contracts with that government.

Gissa Guchetl told the newspaper the companies held contracts worth a total of $1.6 billion, that froze their work because of the civil war that has since destroyed that country.

Nevertheless, he said, “If military actions cease and the situation becomes stable … [they] will be ready to renew their activity within a short period of time.” A week ago Guchetl met in Damascus over the issue with Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nadr Halqi and Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Suleiman Abbas.

The two Syrians told Guchetl they are interested in Russian companies supplying crude and other oil products to Syria, and in cooperation with Chinese firms to increase oil exploration in Syrian fields that are safe from “rebel attacks.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/iran-banks-on-lifting-of-sanctions-vows-to-raise-oil-production-to-1m-bpd/2015/08/02/

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