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Russian military general says US, West wage first phase of hybrid war on Russia

The anti-Russian policies of the Baltic countries have allowed deployment of 1,000 troops from the 3rd US infantry division in the territories of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The United States and its allies in the West are waging the first phase of hybrid warfare against Russia, the commander …

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Ukraine crisis: We’re facing a Cold War mindset

BY Alexander Yakovenko Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko speaks out on the West-Russia relations. The Ukraine crisis triggered a broader crisis in the West-Russia relationship. What are the stakes and the bets today? First, the declared objective of the EU’s Ukraine policy is to have it firmly …

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Will Russia’s S-300 Missile Defense Systems Really Empower Iran?

By Matthew Bodner Moscow’s decision to lift its unilateral ban on exporting advanced S-300 air defense system to Iran will boost the Islamic republic’s air defense capabilities, but their military impact depends on the outcome of ongoing negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. The air defense systems, built by Russia’s largest defense contractor Almaz-Antey, are some of the most …

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Has Putin Played All His Cards in Ukraine?

BY Vladimir Frolov The Kremlin is desperately seeking Western help, even calling upon U.S. President Obama to join the Normandy format, to pressure Kiev to reintegrate the separatist republics into a federalized Ukraine. Moscow is worried that Kiev is moving to jettison the separatist-controlled parts of the Donbass into a stable frozen conflict along the lines of the self-proclaimed republic of Transdnestr. …

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The Shape of Netanyahu’s Emerging Coalition

By David Makovsky Israel’s next government may have a turbulent start given its relative lack of political moderates, but a rightward trajectory on settlements and other issues is not guaranteed. The preliminary outlines of Binyamin Netanyahu’s fourth coalition are beginning to take shape ahead of the May 7 deadline …

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Khorasan Group Allegedly Weakened by US-led Coalition Never Existed

A source in Syria told Sputnik that the Khorasan group, an al-Qaeda branch, that was allegedly weakened in September during US-led airstrikes in Syria against ISIL militant group and their allies, had never existed. The Khorasan group, an al-Qaeda branch, that was allegedly weakened in September during US-led airstrikes in Syria …

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