Posted tagged ‘Russia’

Russian President Warns Against US Action in Syria

September 3, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the West against taking action in Syria but also stated that Russia “doesn’t exclude” supporting a United Nations resolution on military strikes if it is proved that Syria used poisonous gas on its own people.

It has been reported that more than 1,400 people died in the August 21 attack outside of Damascus.

From the Associated Press:

In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press and Russia’s state Channel 1 television, Putin said Moscow has provided some components of the S-300 air defense missile system to Syria but has frozen further shipments. He suggested that Russia may sell the potent missile systems elsewhere if Western nations attack Syria without U.N. Security Council backing.

The interview Tuesday night at Putin’s country residence outside the Russian capital was the only one he granted prior to the summit of G-20 nations in St. Petersburg, which opens Thursday. The summit was supposed to concentrate on the global economy but now looks likely to be dominated by the international crisis over allegations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in the country’s civil war.

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Julian Assange: Nobel Peace Prize?

December 9, 2010

Now here’s one that you guys can debate! It appears that Russia believes that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

From The Guardian:

In what appears to be a calculated dig at the US, the Kremlin urged non-governmental organisations to think seriously about “nominating Assange as a Nobel Prize laureate”.

“Public and non-governmental organisations should think of how to help him,” the source from inside president Dmitry Medvedev’s office told Russian news agencies. Speaking in Brussels, where Medvedev was attending a Russia-EU summit yesterday , the source went on: “Maybe, nominate him as a Nobel Prize laureate.”

Russia’s reflexively suspicious leadership appears to have come round to WikiLeaks, having decided that the ongoing torrent of disclosures are ultimately far more damaging and disastrous to America’s long-term geopolitical interests than they are to Russia’s.

Russia and Qatar Selected to Host World Cup

December 2, 2010

Congratulations to Russia and Qatar who have been selected to host the FIFA World Cup  in 2018 and 2022. This will be the first time hosting the event for each country.

From CNN:

Russia headed off 1966 host England and joint presentations from Spain-Portugal and Holland-Belgium in Thursday’s vote at FIFA headquarters in Switzerland.

Qatar won the right to host the 2022 tournament ahead of bids from the United States, South Korea, Japan and Australia.

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin decided against attending the ceremony in Zurich, but his deputy Igor Shuvalov was present to accept the first successful bid from Eastern Europe.

“You have entrusted us with the FIFA World Cup for 2018 and I can promise that you will never regret it. Let us make history together,” he told the assembled delegates.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani, the son of Qatar’s emir and head of the emirate’s bid team, said he was looking forward to the first time a Middle Eastern nation hosts the event.

“Thank you for believing in change, for expanding the game and for giving Qatar a chance. You will be proud of us – and you will be proud of the Middle East. I promise you this,” he said.

President of Poland Killed in Plane Crash

April 10, 2010

The President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, was killed early Saturday morning along with his wife, several top military officials and the head of the national bank when their plane crashed at a western Russian airport.

From CNN:

“There are no survivors,” said Sergey Antufyev, the governor of Smolensk, where the plane was trying to land when it crashed. Russian emergency officials said 97 people died. Kaczynski was 60.

Parliament Speaker Bronislaw Komorowski took over as acting president and declared it “a time for national mourning.”

Prime Minister Donald Tusk said the country would hold two minutes of silence at midday Sunday for the victims. Russia has declared Monday as a day of mourning.

Train Derails in Russia

November 27, 2009

Four carriages of a Nevsky Express train traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg, in Russia, have derailed, injuring several people.

I’ve seen early reports of terrorism but do not have any confirmation that this is the case.

From Fox News:

State-run ITAR-Tass and RIA Novosti cited an unidentified law enforcement official as saying three or four cars went off the tracks in the Tver province, roughly halfway between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Interfax cited an unidentified law enforcement official as saying the derailment occurred in the Novgorod province, closer to St. Petersburg.

Terrorist Attack Coming Against New York Subways?

November 26, 2008

Federal authorities are warning law enforcement personnel today of a possible terror plot being planned against the New York City subway system during the upcoming holiday season.

From the Associated Press:

An internal memo obtained by The Associated Press says the FBI has received a “plausible but unsubstantiated” report that al-Qaida terrorists in late September may have discussed attacking the subway system.

FBI spokesman Richard Kolko confirmed only that his agency and the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin last night to state and local authorities, and the information is being reviewed.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said the warning was issued as a routine matter, but added that there may be an increased police presence in New York and other large metropolitan areas.

The report indicates that al-Qaida terrorists “in late September may have discussed targeting transit systems in and around New York City. These discussions reportedly involved the use of suicide bombers or explosives placed on subway/passenger rail systems,” according to the document.

“We have no specific details to confirm that this plot has developed beyond aspirational planning, but we are issuing this warning out of concern that such an attack could possibly be conducted during the forthcoming holiday season,” states the warning, which is dated Tuesday.

While federal agencies regularly issue all sorts of advisory warnings, the language of this one is particularly blunt.

Intelligence and homeland security officials are working with local authorities to try to corroborate the information “and will continue to investigate every possible lead,” the memo says.

Knocke, the DHS spokesman, said the warning was issued “out of an abundance of caution going into this holiday season.”

No changes are being made to the nation’s threat level, or for transit systems at this time, he said.

“However, transit passengers in larger metropolitan areas like New York may see an increased security presence in the coming days. This includes uniformed and plain clothed behavior detection officers, federal air marshals, canine teams, and security inspectors,” Knocke said.

Accident Kills 20 on Russian Nuclear Sub

November 9, 2008

An accident aboard a nuclear-powered Russian navy submarine doing a test run in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday killed more than 20 people.

From the Associated Press:

The nuclear reactor aboard the submarine was operating normally and radiation levels were normal, navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo said on Sunday.

The accident occurred when a fire-extinguishing system went into operation in error aboard the submarine, Dygalo said. He said there were 208 people aboard, including 81 servicemen. The dead included sailors and shipbuilders.

The submarine was heading back to shore on its own power, and 21 people injured in the accident were evacuated to a ship that was escorting the sub.

Dygalo said the destroyer Admiral Tributs and a rescue vessel were accompanying the submarine.

The state-run RIA-Novosti news agency cited an unnamed official in Russia’s Pacific Fleet as saying the accident occurred toward the bow of the submarine and that there was no threat to the nuclear reactor, closer to the center.

Dygalo would not name the submarine or say exactly where the accident took place.