From Joel C. Rosenberg…
Make no mistake: the Russian-Iranian strategic alliance that I’ve been writing about for the last several years has deepened to the point where Moscow is now unequivocally and quite openly backing the mullahs in Iran. “Russia warned Israel on Wednesday that attacking Iran would be a disastrous and played down the failure of a U.N. nuclear agency mission to Tehran, saying there is still a chance for new talks over the Iranian atomic programme,” reports Reuters. “‘Of course any possible military scenario against Iran will be catastrophic for the region and for the whole system of international relations,’ Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told a news conference. It was one of Russia’s starkest warnings against resorting to force, an option Israel and the United States have not ruled out if they conclude that diplomacy and increasing sanctions will not stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb. ’I hope Israel understands all these consequences … and they should also consider the consequences of such action for themselves,’ Gatilov said. ‘I hope a realistic approach will prevail, along with a sensible assessment.’”
Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, who seems set to become president in March. Photograph: Reuters
As prime minister for the past four years, Vladimir Putin never really went away. But his looming reincarnation as the all-powerful, executive president of Russia – the country’s “paramount leader” in Chinese parlance – poses a stark challenge for which the US, Britain and other beleaguered western powers seem ill-prepared. As president, potentially until 2024, Putin has one overriding objective: the creation of a third, post-tsarist, post-Soviet Russian empire.
A woman enters the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters at the UN premises in Vienna, December 2, 2010. Credit: Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bade
(Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog is expected this week to issue its most detailed report yet on research in Iran seen as geared to developing atomic bombs, heightening international suspicions of Tehran’s agenda and stoking Middle East tensions.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he wants to bring ex-Soviet states into a “Eurasian Union” in an article which outlined his first foreign policy initiative as he prepares to return to the Kremlin as the country’s next president.
From Joel Rosenberg’s Blog…
On August 17th – in a column entitled, “Putin Rising: But Is He Gog?” — I wrote that “after keeping a relatively low profile for the last several years, Vladimir Putin is rising. In recent weeks, the Russian leader — currently serving as his country’s prime minister — once again has been making headlines, stoking controversy, and seeming to position himself to run for president of Russia again in March 2012.”
”]From Al Jazeera…
Thanks to Netanyahu’s arrogance and impunity, without an immediate change of course Israel is headed for disaster.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with Abbas Photo: AP
Russia’s ambassador to the UN said Monday that his nation will support the Palestinian bid for UN membership, but noted that Moscow is not pressuring the Palestinians to submit the request.
Israeli naval ships escort an intercepted aid ship, July 19, 2011. Photo by: AP
Turkish officials tell Hurriyet Daily News that Turkish navy will strengthen presence in eastern Mediterranean Sea to stop Israeli ‘bullying’.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul during a press conference in Cairo, Egypt, March 3, 2011. Photo by: AP
Unless there is an Israeli apology, “we will put Plan B into play,” Davutoglu said. He said Turkey intended to impose sanctions, “which both Israel and other international parties are aware of.”
Turkish PM going head to head with Israel Photo: AFP
Turkish FM: Time for Israel to pay the price…
Israel-Turkey relations sink to a new low: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu announced on Friday that following Jerusalem’s adamant refusal to apologize over the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid, Ankara will be downgrading its diplomatic relations with Israel and suspending key military agreements.