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American destroyer gets dangerously close to Russian frigate, Mediterranean Sea

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Russia’s Defence Ministry has accused an American destroyer of coming dangerously close to a Russian frigate in the Mediterranean Sea, calling the incident a “gross violation” of international agreements. “On June 17, in the east of the Mediterranean Sea, the American destroyer USS Gravely came dangerously close to a Russian ...

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Syria Conflict: Kerry tells Russia patience is not “infinite”

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has warned the Syrian regime and its main military backer Russia, to respect the “frayed” ceasefire and said that its “patience was not infinite” amid mounting death tolls. The US Secretary of State addressed the Oslo Forum on conflict resolution and mediation, he stated ...

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Russia could steamroll NATO forces in just 60 hours

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Russia could steamroll NATO forces in just 60 hours, a leading US defence official has warned amid rising tensions with the west. The worrying claim comes as Russia deploys troops westward in association with its ongoing standoff with NATO. Michael Carpenter, the US Deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, ...

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Syria Conflict: Talks to cease violence in Aleppo

Edited by Nelly Tawil The Syrian army has declared a temporary lull in fighting in various western areas of the country and attempts to include Aleppo, which recently has been the focus of all violence, in those terms according to Russia. The escalation of violence in Aleppo was the main cause of the failed cessation of hostilities between Syria and ...

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Russia’s New Vostochny Cosmodrome Launches Rocket

Edited by Nelly Tawil Russian President Vladimir Putin travelled to Siberia this week to witness the inaugural launch from the Vsotchny cosmodrome, a brand new launch pad that had been undergoing construction for four years. The launch was set to take place on Wednesday at the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, where the countdown began at 11:01 a.m. local time, yet ...

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Syria Conflict: Fight continues, Russia ‘withdraws’

Edited by Nelly Tawil A new offensive by the Russian military and its Syrian allies may be underway in and around Aleppo as the partial truce in Syria nosedives and peace talks weaken. According to the Pentagon which was quoted last week, forces loyal to the Syrian government were beginning “to mass and concentrate combat power around Aleppo.” “It is ...

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Russian fighter jets fly too close to US destroyer

Edited by Nelly T. A US official describes two Russian warplanes with no visible weaponry flying simulated attack passes on Tuesday as one of the most aggressive interactions in recent memory. The repeated flights by the Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes took place near a US guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea and were so close they created wake in the ...

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Russia refuses to attend the Nuclear Security Summit

Edited by Nelly T. Russia’s refusal to participate in the nuclear security summit hosted by US President Barak Obama has put a spotlight on the rising tensions between the two nations.   The Fourth Nuclear Security Summit started on Thursday where leaders from almost 50 nations gathered in the US capital. North Korea and ISIS are set to be the ...

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Russia set to demine Palmyra

Edited by Nelly T. On Tuesday President Vladimir Putin, in phone calls with UNESCO’s Director General Irina Bokova and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, acquired sanction to remove landmines from the ancient sites of the Syrian city of Palmyra. With monuments pre-dating the Muslim prophet Mohammed, the central Syrian city of Palmyra stands proud atop an oasis. The UNESCO World Heritage ...

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Russia and Iran co-operate on Syria

Edited by Nelly Tawil Allies of President Bashar al-Assad, presidents Hassan Rouhani and Vladimir Putin have agreed on working more closely together over the Syrian conflict.   Instigated by US-Russian support, UN-arbitrated peace talks are underway between the Syrian government and Western-backed opposition as part of a diplomatic push intended to end the five-year conflict with casualties ranging up to ...

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