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Oct 22, 2015

After Assad audience, Russia eyes seizing diplomatic initiative on Syria

MOSCOW, Oct 22 (Reuters) – The Kremlin believes it has
taught Washington an object lesson in how to take on Islamist
militants in Syria. Basking in the afterglow of Bashar
al-Assad’s surprise visit to Moscow this week, it now believes
it could lead the way diplomatically too.

Russia’s actions over Syria, from its decision to launch air
strikes to the red carpet welcome it afforded Assad, have irked
the White House, which does not want to be seen giving President
Vladimir Putin a get out of jail card over the Ukraine crisis.

Oct 19, 2015

Swiss fighter check on jet inflames Russian-French tensions

MOSCOW/ZURICH/PARIS, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Switzerland’s
military said one of its fighter jets performed a routine
identification check on a Russian plane in Swiss air space on
Monday, prompting Moscow to complain the aircraft came
“dangerously” close to each other.

Russia initially summoned the French ambassador in Moscow to
protest, alleging a French military jet had come into “dangerous
proximity” with the Tupolev, whose passengers included the
Speaker of its lower house en route to Geneva.

Oct 19, 2015

Russia says official’s plane in near-miss with fighter jet over Europe

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow alleged that a French military jet came dangerously close to an aircraft carrying the speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament as he flew through French airspace on Monday, but Paris said it was actually a Swiss jet.

The Russian foreign ministry said it summoned the French ambassador in Moscow to protest over what it described as “a dangerous proximity between a French air force jet in its national airspace and an airliner carrying a Russian parliamentary delegation.”

Oct 9, 2015

Syria air strikes leave Russia at risk of revenge attacks

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin has taken a risk by launching air strikes against Islamists in Syria because they could incite militants to seek revenge by attacking targets inside Russia.

The Kremlin has largely contained Islamist violence in Russia by cracking down hard but the bombardment of Syria could prompt global jihadists to put Russia on the list of targets they encourage their followers to attack.

Sep 17, 2015

Senate report ‘proves Lithuania hosted CIA jail': detainee’s lawyers

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate report on CIA interrogations proves beyond doubt that Lithuania knowingly hosted one of the agency’s secret detention facilities, lawyers for an ex-detainee told the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday.

Saudi-born Abu Zubaydah is asking the Strasbourg-based court to rule that NATO member Lithuania was part of a network of U.S. allies which agreed to host CIA “black sites” around the world where al Qaeda suspects were held and tortured.

Sep 11, 2015

Russia to U.S.: talk to us on Syria or risk “unintended incidents”

MOSCOW, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Russia called on Friday for
military-to-military cooperation with the United States to avert
“unintended incidents” as it stages navy exercises off the coast
of Syria, where U.S. officials believe Moscow is building up
forces to protect President Bashar al-Assad.

The United States is using Syrian air space to lead a
campaign of air strikes against Islamic State, and a greater
Russian presence raises the prospect of the Cold War superpower
foes encountering each other on the battlefield.

Sep 11, 2015

Russia tells Washington: talk to us over Syria or risk ‘unintended incidents’

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia called on Friday for Washington to restart direct military-to-military cooperation to avert “unintended incidents” near Syria, at a time when U.S. officials say Moscow is building up forces to protect President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

The United States is leading a campaign of air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syrian air space, and a greater Russian presence would raise the prospect of the Cold War superpower foes encountering each other on the battlefield.

Jul 7, 2015

Poland should join euro only after referendum: president-elect’s adviser

KRAKOW, Poland, July 7 (Reuters) – Poland should hold a
referendum before joining the euro, a senior adviser to its
incoming president said, heralding a more cautious approach to
European integration from the European Union’s biggest eastern

Krzysztof Szczerski, foreign affairs adviser to
president-elect Andrzej Duda, also signalled Poland would resist
giving up more sovereignty to Brussels, and said it would fight
EU green policies that harm the Polish economy by forcing it to
burn less coal.

Jun 12, 2015

Poland says Washington stonewalling CIA jail investigation

WARSAW/KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) – The United States is ignoring a request from Poland to hand over the full version of a Senate report that could shed light on allegations the CIA abused al Qaeda suspects at a secret prison in the north of the country, according to Polish prosecutors.

The report last December by the U.S. Senate intelligence committee detailed how the CIA used techniques including water-boarding and mock executions on terrorism suspects at secret overseas facilities in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.

Jun 11, 2015

Polish government purge may be too late to avert election defeat

WARSAW (Reuters) – Supporters of Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz praised her mettle on Thursday after she purged senior figures from her government, but she may have acted too late to stop her party losing power in a parliamentary election later this year.

Kopacz said the purge was prompted by new leaks relating to the secret recording of senior officials drinking expensive wine in Warsaw restaurants, making profane remarks about colleagues and hatching political schemes.