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RUSSIA POLITICS: Iran Deal Working Well, No Need to Fix It: Russia

RUSSIA POLITICS: Iran Deal Working Well, No Need to Fix It: Russia

The approach of calls for fixing the Iran deal “seems to be a wrong way to follow as the existing documents are working quite efficiently,” Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said of the deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

French President  Emmanuel Macron said Trump “wants to get tougher with Iran. I told him I thought this was the wrong approach because we have to look where we are now with [North] Korea.”

The Macron leader said he had criticized the US president’s Iran policy as a “bad method.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Chemical Probe Seriously Flawed: Russia Says

SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Chemical Probe Seriously Flawed: Russia Says

“In order to judge if it deserves an extension of the mandate, we need to see the report to be issued on October 26 and assess it,” Mikhail Ulyanov, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s non-proliferation and arms control department said.

“I ask myself what is the reason for the extension of the mandate of this mechanism if it is not capable and is not willing to fulfill its mandate,” he added, noting, “We will wait for the report and then we will define our position.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: 92% of Syrian Territory Free From Daesh: Russian Daily

SYRIA POLITICS: 92% of Syrian Territory Free From Daesh: Russian Daily

Colonel General Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military’s General Staff said that Russian jets hit 993 Daesh targets in the area of Dayr al-Zawr alone in 383 sorties over the past week. He also noted that the area under the control of Daesh has shrunk to 14,800 square kilometers (5,714 square miles), or less than 8 percent of Syrian territory.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russian Sukhoi Su-24 War Plane Crashes, Crew Killed

SYRIA POLITICS: Russian Sukhoi Su-24 War Plane Crashes, Crew Killed

Russian Su-24 aircraft crashed Oct. 10 while taking off from the Hmeyimim airfield in Syria, according to a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry, Sputnik reported. The ministry said the crash killed all crew and could have been caused by a technical malfunction.

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USA POLITICS: Revealed! Google Uncovered Russia-Backed Ads on YouTube, Gmail During 2016 Election

USA POLITICS: Revealed! Google Uncovered Russia-Backed Ads on YouTube, Gmail During 2016 Election

The discovery by Google is also significant because the ads do not appear to be from the same Kremlin-affiliated troll farm that bought ads on Facebook – a sign that the Russian effort to spread disinformation online may be a much broader problem than Silicon Valley companies have unearthed so far.

Some of the ads, which cost a total of about US$100,000, touted Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and the Green party candidate Jill Stein during the campaign, people familiar with those ads said.

Google runs the world’s largest online advertising business, and YouTube is the world’s largest online video site.

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SYRIA POLITICS: ISIS Warlords, Foreign Fighters Killed By Russian Airstrikes

SYRIA POLITICS: ISIS Warlords, Foreign Fighters Killed By Russian Airstrikes

“During the last day, [a] Russian Air Force task force in Syria [targeted] Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] reinforcements of foreign fighters coming from Iraq to the vicinity of the town of Abu Kamal near [the] Iraq-Syria border,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

As all terrorist targets, including command outposts, manpower and armored vehicles, were identified and confirmed within a week, a series of airstrikes followed, it added.

“An airstrike near Abu Kamal destroyed Islamists’ outpost, killing some 40 militants from Tajikistan and Iraq, as well as 7 SUVs with DShK and ZU-23-2 machine guns mounted on them,” the statement said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Revealed! Pyongyang Preparing Long-Range Missile Test: Russian Lawmaker Says

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Revealed! Pyongyang Preparing Long-Range Missile Test: Russian Lawmaker Says

“There is a clarity of purpose in what (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un is doing. I don’t think he’s done,“ said Yong Suk Lee, the deputy assistant director of the CIA’s Korea Mission Center, which was set up this year. ”In fact, I told my own staff (that) October 10th is the Korean Workers Party founding day. That’s Tuesday in North Korea, but Monday – the Columbus Day holiday – in the United States. So stand by your phones.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Canadian Law ‘On Victims of Corrupt Foreign Governments’ Undermines International Law: Kosachev Russian Senator Says

CANADA POLITICS: Canadian Law ‘On Victims of Corrupt Foreign Governments’ Undermines International Law: Kosachev Russian Senator Says

Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev said: “I even cannot decide which trait of this recently passed act is more bizarre – the blind imitation of their ‘big brother’ actions that makes the whole action a blatant parody or their bombastic yet still provincial claim for the status of a global ombudsman.”

“Who has empowered Canada with the right to do such things in the international arena, to decide who is corrupt in other nations and who is not, to apply repressive measures to foreign citizens?” Kosachev asked.

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SYRIA POLITICS: No Where to Run, No Where to Hide: Russian Submarines Hit Terrorist Targets With Kalibr Cruise Missiles

SYRIA POLITICS: No Where to Run, No Where to Hide: Russian Submarines Hit Terrorist Targets With Kalibr Cruise Missiles

Before the missile strikes, Russian surveillance detected Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) targets in Deir-ez-Zor province, including command centers, large ammunition depots and hangars housing terrorists’ armored vehicles, the ministry added.

“To hit these targets, Velikiy Novgorod and Kolpino submarines of the Black Sea Fleet have performed two multiple launches of Kalibr cruise missiles from the Mediterranean,” the spokesman said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Abu Mohammad al-Julani in Coma After Hit By Russian Surgical Strike in Syria: MOD

SYRIA POLITICS: Abu Mohammad al-Julani in Coma After Hit By Russian Surgical Strike in Syria: MOD

The bombing, which led to Al-Julani’s injuries, caused chaos among Tahrir al-Sham members, according to the Russian military. After the field commanders of the “eastern sector” of Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Al-Nusra Front) in Idlib province gathered to work out further plans, the Su-34 precision airstrike killed 49 militants, including seven leaders.

The airstrike also destroyed a nearby “ammunition and explosives depot and six SUVs with large-caliber weapons,” Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the defense ministry, said.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Quietly Boosting Economic Support for North Korea: Here’s Why

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Quietly Boosting Economic Support for North Korea: Here’s Why

“The Kremlin really believes the North Korean leadership should get additional assurances and confidence that the United States is not in the regime change business,” Andrey Kortunov, head of the Russian International Affairs Council, a think-tank close to the Russian Foreign Ministry, told Reuters.

“The prospect of regime change is a serious concern. The Kremlin understands that U.S. President Donald Trump is unpredictable. They felt more secure with Barack Obama that he would not take any action that would explode the situation, but with Trump they don’t know.”

Trump, who mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a “rocket man” on a suicide mission, told the United Nations General Assembly last month he would “totally destroy” the country if necessary.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Tahrir al-Sham Leader Abu Mohammad al-Julani Gravely Injured By Russian Airstrike: Russian MoD

SYRIA POLITICS: Tahrir al-Sham Leader Abu Mohammad al-Julani Gravely Injured By Russian Airstrike: Russian MoD

Julani “sustained shrapnel wounds and is in a critical condition after losing his arm, according to information from multiple independent sources,” the ministry’s spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said.

“Terrorist organizations Islamic State and Al-Nusra have sustained their most serious losses for the last several months,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: 2,000+ ISIS, Al-Nusra Terrorists Killed By Russian Air Strikes in 11 Days: Military (VIDEO)

SYRIA POLITICS: 2,000+ ISIS, Al-Nusra Terrorists Killed By Russian Air Strikes in 11 Days: Military (VIDEO)

“With help from the Russian Air Force, the Syrian army is currently completing the encirclement and destruction of a large Islamic State force, numbering about 1,500 fighters, which invaded from Iraq, in the eastern part of Deir ez-Zor,” said the ministry.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Hacker Peter Levashov Wanted By US Tells Court He Worked for Putin’s Party

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Hacker Peter Levashov Wanted By US Tells Court He Worked for Putin’s Party

“I collected different information about opposition parties and delivered it to the necessary people at the necessary time,” RIA quoted Peter Levashov as saying.

“If I go to the U.S., I will die in a year. They want to get information of a military nature and about the United Russia party,” RIA quoted Levashov as saying. “I will be tortured, within a year I will be killed, or I will kill myself.”

Peter Levashov told a court in Madrid on Thursday that he had worked for the United Russia party for the last 10 years.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russian Cruise Missiles Target Daesh Positions in Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: Russian Cruise Missiles Target Daesh Positions in Syria

“The sudden strikes destroyed a number of terrorist command posts, fortifications, military hardware as well as ammunition depots,” Konashenkov said in a statement.

The senior Russian military official went on to say that all destroyed targets were far away from residential areas, the positions of the US-backed militiamen from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, and US troops.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russian MoD Aerial Footage Shows US Troops Present in Daesh-Held Areas in Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: Russian MoD Aerial Footage Shows US Troops Present in Daesh-Held Areas in Syria

“No explanations or refutations on the issue from the representatives of the SDF or the US Armed Forces followed ,” Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman Mj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

The photos in question show US Hummer armored vehicles that are used by the US Army’s special forces in the Deir ez-Zor area. The Defense ministry said the footage clearly showed that the units of US Army’s special forces were deployed in the footholds previously set up by Daesh militants.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Trump, Kim War of Words is Like ‘Kindergarten Fight’: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov Says

RUSSIA POLITICS: Trump, Kim War of Words is Like ‘Kindergarten Fight’: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov Says

“We have to calm down the hotheads and understand that we do need pauses, that we do need some contacts,” Sergei Lavrov told a news conference at the United Nations on Friday where he was attending the annual General Assembly debate.

Lavrov said Moscow was working with other countries “to strive for the reasonable and not the emotional approach — instead of the kindergarten fight between children (where) no one can stop them.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Says Will Target US-Backed Fighters in Syria if Provoked

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Says Will Target US-Backed Fighters in Syria if Provoked

The Russian Defence Ministry said the SDF had taken up positions on the eastern banks of the Euphrates with U.S. special forces, and had twice opened fire with mortars and artillery on Syrian troops who were working alongside Russian special forces.

“A representative of the U.S. military command in Al Udeid (the U.S. operations centre in Qatar) was told in no uncertain terms that any attempts to open fire from areas where SDF fighters are located would be quickly shut down,” Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

“Fire points in those areas will be immediately suppressed with all military means.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Pentagon Was Informed About Area of Russia’s Military Op in Deir ez-Zor in Advance: Moscow

RUSSIA POLITICS: Pentagon Was Informed About Area of Russia’s Military Op in Deir ez-Zor in Advance: Moscow

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said: “Over the past few days, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Russian control and reconnaissance facilities have not identified a single combat of Islamic State terrorists with armed representatives of any ‘third force.’ Therefore, only representatives of the international coalition can answer the question as to how ‘opposition members’ or ‘military advisers of the international coalition’ managed to get to the IS-held areas in the eastern part of Deir ez-Zor without striking a blow.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: 85% of Syria Liberated By Syrian Troops: Russian MoD

SYRIA POLITICS: 85% of Syria Liberated By Syrian Troops: Russian MoD

Lieutenant General Aleksandr Lapin, Russian chief of staff in Syria, told reporters at Khmeimim air base that the Syrian forces will now have to liberate the remaining 15 percent, around 27,000 square kilometers.

“Currently the operation to free the city is ongoing. The Syrian military will soon finish off the IS forces that used to occupy the city’s neighborhoods,” the Lieutenant General said in a briefing.

The blockade of Deir ez-Zor was broken on September 5 by Syrian forces, after three years of IS control of the city.

“The command posts and communication networks of the terrorists were destroyed by Kalibr cruise missiles, launched from the Black Sea escort vessel ‘Admiral Essen’. This disrupted control of IS units in the area. Over 450 terrorists, 5 tanks and 42 pickups with heavy machine guns were liquidated during the operation,” the Lieutenant General added.

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