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Moscow diverts attention from downed airliner with U.S. sub narrative

Russian Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com One day after the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, Russia jet fighters aggressively confronted a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace and chased it into Swedish airspace. The incident barely registered as a […]

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Russia’s navy is making waves in France

French Mistral-class helicopter carrier.

ST. NAZAIRE, France — Far from the sputtering conflict, the war of words, and the diplomatic jousting between Russia and the West over the future sovereignty of Ukraine, there’s a lucrative business deal unfolding in the French Atlantic port of […]

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Putin assures Egypt’s Sisi that Moscow ‘ready to expand cooperation’

Egypt's Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Russia's Vladimir Putin, 12 August 2014 (Photo courtesy of the Russian presidency

Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Russia has pledged to accelerate military deliveries to Egypt. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Kremlin would ensure that Egypt would soon receive billions of dollars worth of Russian weapons. Putin, in a meeting with […]

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France finds it’s in a lose-lose position on warship delivery to Russia

French Mistral-class helicopter carrier.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com France is clearly caught between a rock and a hard place on its scheduled delivery of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia. The carriers are being outfitted at a time when the entire Western world […]

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Russia’s Gazprom continues oil exploration in Kurdistan

Gazprom 3D seismic surveyors.

Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Russia has continued to explore for energy in war-torn Iraq. Russia’s Gazprom Neft has been drilling an exploration well in the Shakal block in the autonomous region of Kurdistan. Under the project, Gazprom also planned […]

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Moscow loses its cool as West turns up the heat with new sanctions

Vladimir Putin: New sanctions will “drive the U.S.-Russian relations into a dead end”.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The new round of economic sanctions imposed by the United States, with much stronger European endorsement, has been met with defiance and fury in Russia. President Vladimir Putin said that he will “deal […]

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On a surreal and tragic day, POTUS was in N.Y. but only the UN Security Council was engaged

Members of the security council unanimously adopt a resolution at United Nations headquarters on July 21.  /Seth Wenig/AP

UNITED NATIONS — Truth is often stranger than fiction. The horrific events over eastern Ukraine, that of a civilian airliner being shot out of the skies by a high altitude Sam 11 missile, seem almost the improbable grist of a […]

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Putin kicks off Latin tour in Havana, recalling the Cold War chill

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Russian President Vladimir Putin is making a big statement aimed at the United States by choosing Cuba as his first stop on a 6-day visit to Latin America. However, Putin’s Cuba trip is not just […]

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Getting the band back together: Putin’s victory march through Latin America

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua’s First Lady Rosario Murillo, right, in Managua, on July 11.  /AFP/Presidencia de Nicaragua/César Pérez

UNITED NATIONS — It’s been a momentous week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the major media focused on his trip to Brazil to accept the handover for the next FIFA World Cup football tournament in Russia as well as […]

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Help wanted: Iraq seeks pilots, maintenance crews for new Russian Su-25s

Russian soldiers unload a Russian Sukhoi SU-25 plane in al-Muthanna Iraqi military base on June 28.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Iraq was expected to employ foreign pilots for its new fleet of Su-25 fighter-jets, a report said. The Royal United Services Institute asserted that the Iraq Air Force lacked the pilots and maintenance capability for […]

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