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Iran and Russia Move Closer But Their Alliance Has Limits

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and Lidia Kelly DUBAI/MOSCOW, April 26- When Iran took delivery of the first parts of an advanced Russian air defense system this month, it paraded the anti-aircraft missile launchers sent by Moscow to mark Army Day. Tehran had cause to celebrate: the Kremlin’s decision a year ago to press ahead with the

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White House Concerned Russia Moving Military Equipment into Syria

By Roberta Rampton and John Irish RIYADH/GENEVA, April 21  – The United States said on Thursday it was concerned about reports that Russia is moving more military equipment into Syria to bolster President Bashar Al Assad with a truce in tatters and peace talks in meltdown. Fighting raged across Syria after the truce, brokered by

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Israel Affirms its Hold on Golan Ahead Talks With Putin on Syria

By Rami Amichay GAMLA, Golan Heights, April 17 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Sunday that Israel would never relinquish the Golan Heights, in a signal to Russia and the United States that the strategic plateau should be excluded from any deal on Syria’s future. “The Golan Heights will remain in Israel’s hands forever,”

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Iran Shows Off Russian S-300 Defence System on Army Day

DUBAI, April 17 – Iran showed off parts of its new Russian S-300 missile defence system during National Army Day on Sunday, where President Hassan Rouhani said the country’s armed forces were no threat to neighbouring countries. Every year, Iran’s armed forces hold parades across the country to mark Army Day. In a ceremony in

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Iran’s Soleimani in Russia For Talks on Syria, Missiles

By Lidia Kelly and Parisa Hafezi MOSCOW/ANKARA, April 16 – Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani has flouted an international travel ban and flown to Moscow for talks with Russia’s military and political leadership on Syria and deliveries of Russian missiles, sources said on Friday. The main purpose of his visit was to discuss new delivery routes for

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Kerry Tells Russia to Press Assad to Comply With Syria Ceasefire

WASHINGTON, April 16 – There is an “urgent need” for the government of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad to stop violating the ceasefire in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, and called on Russia to help, the State Department said. It said Kerry, in a telephone call with his Russian counterpart Sergei

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IEA Expects Limited Impact From Oil Output Freeze at Doha

By Dmitry Zhdannikov LONDON, April 14 – A deal to freeze oil production by OPEC and non-OPEC producers will have a limited impact on global supply and markets are unlikely to re-balance before 2017, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday. The IEA, which oversees the energy policies of industrialized nations, said even though

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Suicide Bombing Shakes Southern Russia, No Casualties Reported

MOSCOW, April 11 – Three men attacked a rural police station in southern Russia on Monday including at least one suicide bomber, the Interior Ministry said, saying police in the affected area had been put on a high state of alert. The attack took place in a village in Russia’s Stavropol region, close to the

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Russian Envoy Sees No Breakthrough in Chilly NATO Ties

MOSCOW, April 9 – Russian relations with former Cold War adversary NATO will not improve for as long as the alliance continues a “containment policy” towards Moscow, Russia’s NATO envoy was quoted as saying on Saturday. Alexander Grushko said a breakthrough in diplomatic relations should not be expected this month at a forum that will

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Syria’s Assad Shows No Willingness To Compromise

By Samia Nakhoul CAIRO, April 9 – As the Syria peace talks resume next week, President Bashar Al Assad, backed militarily by Iran and Russia, shows no willingness to compromise, much less step aside to allow a transition Western powers claim is the solution to the conflict. Threatened by rebel advances last year, Assad is now pumped up

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