WW3: The News You Weren’t Told About Russia This Week




October 11, 2015


The Russian Embassy in London has requested the UK Foreign Office’s clarifications on media reports of the alleged British leadership’s decision to enable UK pilots participating in anti-ISIL coalition’s airstrikes to shoot down Russian planes over Iraq.

October 11, 2015


Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots have been given the go-ahead to shoot down Russian military jets when flying missions over Syria and Iraq, if they are endangered by them.

The development comes with warnings that the UK and Russia are now “one step closer” to being at war.

October 11, 2015

Speaking after the meeting between Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said both countries were willing to cooperate in Syria and wanted to prevent the formation of a “terrorist caliphate”.

October 11, 2015


There are currently eight Russian warships massed off of Syria confronting seven NATO ships, according to Turkish military sources.

October 11, 2015


In what could be a game-changing arms acquisition, India is planning to acquire the new-generation Russian S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems that can destroy incoming hostile aircraft, stealth fighters, missiles and drones at ranges of up to 400-km.

The procurement proposal comes ahead of Parrikar’s impending visit to Russia, which will be followed by the Modi-Putin summit in Moscow in December. It also comes around a year after China sealed a $3 billion deal with Russia for acquisition of six S-400 batteries.

October 11, 2015

President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that Russia would not deploy ground troops to Syria, where it has been conducting air strikes against ISIS targets.

“We are not planning on doing this (conducting a ground operation), and our Syrian friends know about this,” Putin said.

October 11, 2015


Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi — who has seen large swaths of his country and Syria overrun by ISIS — said he would “consider” and “welcome” Russian airstrikes.

October 10, 2015


Washington is said to be planning to send warships close to the Spratly Islands which China claims for its own to stop Beijing from assisting Russia in its campaign against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Syria.

October 10, 2015


The Guardian claimed ISIS scored significant advances in the province of Aleppo and that they are taking advantage of Russian airstrikes against the rest of the opposition to march into new territory.

October 10, 2015


The leader of the Syrian Kurds Salih Muslim announced his willingness to cooperate with Russia and Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad.

This would be a setback for the Turkish President Erdogan, who is seeking to destroy the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

October 9, 2015

Russian Satellite Maneuvers, Silence Worry Intelsat

A mysterious Russian military satellite parked itself between two Intelsat satellites in geosynchronous orbit for five months this year, alarming company executives and leading to classified meetings among U.S. government officials. 

October 9, 2015


Russia deployed more than 100 nuclear warheads in its strategic arsenal above the limits set by the New START arms treaty limits — two years before it must meet treaty arms reduction goals.

October 9, 2015


Norway’s defense spending will climb by 9.8 percent to $6 billion in 2016 because of fears prompted by Russia’s actions in the Arctic region and Europe.


October 9, 2015


Pentagon officials declined to describe the content of the Russian response to the U.S. military’s proposals.

A second round of talks between the two countries could happen as early as Saturday.

October 9, 2015


The Russian Navy landing ship Novocherkassk crossed the Dardanelles Strait in Turkey, where authorities speculate it is en route to Syria, where Russia maintains a naval base in Tartus.

October 9, 2015


NATO plans to boost its Response Force to 40,000 troops, and two more headquarters are to be created in Hungary and Slovakia.

Chinese forces head to Syria to join with Russia in filling Obama’s power vacuum and purportedly fight the Islamic State. A false move involving NATO member Turkey could mean world war.

Rumors grow that Chinese warships are en route to the Middle East.

October 9, 2015


Russian and US military forces are deploying on and under the Arctic Ocean.

Surveyors believe that the seabed under Arctic waters could contain hundreds of billions of barrels of untapped oil.

October 9, 2015


Russian fighter jets hit 60 ISIS targets in Syria over the past 24 hours and killed around 300 militants, the Defense Ministry said on Friday.

October 9, 2015


A contract for the delivery of Mi-35 attack aircraft will be signed this month.

“We plan to conclude a contract with the Afghan side in October on the delivery, on a commercial basis, of several Mi-35 combat helicopters,” Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asia Department Zamir Kabulov said.

October 9, 2015


Russia’s government is said to be weighing unprecedented and unpopular steps that it says will revive growth, including increasing the retirement age and raising taxes on the rich.

October 9, 2015


According to Jamal Khashoggi of the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, Saudi Arabia “will not bear an Iranian victory in Syria.”

The BBC reports that Saudi Arabia is arming the Syrian rebels with modern, high-powered anti-tank weapons and surface-to-air missiles.

Dozens of Saudi clerics have called upon all Muslim countries to “give all moral, material, political and military” support a new holy war against Syria’s government and its Iranian and Russian backers.

October 9, 2015


Uncertainty still hangs over Moscow’s precise intentions regarding its air force flights over the Golan close to Israel’s border – even after two days of discussions on coordination ended in Tel Aviv Thursday, Oct. 8 between the Russian Deputy Chief of Staff Gen. Nikolay Bogdanovsky and his Israeli counterpart Maj. Gen. Yair Golan.

October 9, 2015


When Russia launched airstrikes from the Caspian Sea, it was like Putin made an announcement to the world — America in particular — that the Russian navy is finally back.

October 9, 2015


The European Union lifted sanctions on Russia‘s rocket fuel components used for European space program launches, according to the document published on the Official Journal of the European Union’s website.

October 9, 2015


The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 26% of Americans oppose the creation of a Syrian no-fly zone, while even more (29%) are undecided.

October 9, 2015


A group of four Russian warships launched 26 Kalibr cruise missiles, known by the NATO code name Sizzler, from the Caspian Sea on Wednesday, the first time they had been fired in combat.

October 9, 2015


The expansion of Nord Stream, which ships Russian gas to Germany via the Baltic Sea, is part of a strategy by Gazprom to increase its export options to Europe in a bid to bypass Ukraine, where fears are that shipments to Europe could be disrupted.

October 9, 2015


Following Russian airstrikes in Syria, the US Navy has no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf for the first time since 2007.

October 8, 2015


“We are following the elections process in your country with great interest,” Rostenko wrote, addressing Trump, in a translation published by RT. “We like your election program and we like you as an extraordinary person.”

October 7, 2015


The move by Donbass leaders comes during a sharp de-escalation of a conflict that has claimed more than 8,000 lives and displaced more than one million people since April 2014.

October 7, 2015


Speaking alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Hollande said the risk of failure was “total war” and that Europe, if slow to grasp the scale of the refugee exodus, had now made a start.

October 4, 2015


“The fight with terrorism is a holy battle and today our country is perhaps the most active force in the world fighting it.”

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