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Feb 20, 2012

Putin says before poll Russia needs stronger army

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Monday Russia needed a stronger military to protect it from foreign attempts to stoke conflicts around its borders.

In a newspaper article intended to burnish his image as a strong leader before a presidential election, Putin said Russia would spend 23 trillion roubles ($768.46 billion) over a decade to modernize the former superpower’s armed forces.

Feb 4, 2012

Russians stage rival protests over Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Russians defied bitter cold in Moscow on Saturday to demand fair elections in a march against Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule, and thousands of others staged a rally supporting the prime minister.

Opposition protesters also organized smaller protests in other cities across the vast country, one month before the March 4 presidential election which Putin is expected to win.

Feb 3, 2012

Militant leader says Russian citizens no longer targets

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Militants fighting to carve an Islamic state from Russia’s southern flank should avoid attacks on the country’s citizens now that they are protesting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule, the leader of the insurgency said.

In a video posted on a rebel-affiliated website on Friday, Islamist militant leader Doku Umarov said rallies against a disputed election that gave Putin’s ruling United Russia party a parliamentary majority last year showed his support had fallen.

Jan 31, 2012

Russia counting on Syria to keep arms exports high – report

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is counting on President Bashar al-Assad keeping his grip on power to see through potential arms contracts worth up to $6 billion (3 billion pounds) (3 billion pounds) and help Moscow reach a record defence export year, according to the CAST defence and security think-tank.

Russia has been Assad’s main defender as Western and Arab countries push for a U.N. Security Council resolution which would call for him to step down.

Jan 23, 2012

Russia’s support “arsenal” for Assad exhausted: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow can do no more for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a top Kremlin aide said on Monday, opening the way to a shift in Russia’s position after 10 months of bloodshed.

Russia has resisted pressure to call for Assad’s resignation and, with China, blocked a Western-crafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned a crackdown that has killed thousands of Syrians.

Jan 23, 2012

Russia in deal to deliver Syria fighter jets: report

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has signed a deal to sell Syria nearly 40 fighter jet trainers for over half a billion dollars, a Russian newspaper reported on Monday, despite growing international criticism over its military trade with the violence-ridden country.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used troops and tanks to try to crush a 10-month-old popular revolt and thousands of people have been killed.

Jan 19, 2012

Russia says will stand firm with China on Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will offer Washington no explanation for arms deliveries to Syria and together with China will prevent the U.N. Security Council from approving any military intervention in the conflict-torn nation, its foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Using his annual news conference to draw lines in the sand on Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said veto-holding Security Council members Russia and China would stand firm against foreign intervention.

Jan 13, 2012

Russian-operated ship with bullets reaches Syria

MOSCOW/NICOSIA, Jan 13 (Reuters) – A Russian-operated
ship carrying a cargo of ammunition has reached conflict-torn
Syria after being temporarily halted during a refuelling stop in
Cyprus, sources in Russia and Cyprus said on Friday.

A source in Cyprus, where the ship made an unscheduled stop
for refuelling late on Tuesday, said the ship had given written
assurances to authorities its destination would not be Syria but
Turkey.

Jan 13, 2012

Russian-operated “arms” ship reaches Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian-operated ship with “a dangerous cargo” has reached conflict-torn Syria, a source at the vessel’s St Petersburg-based firm said on Friday, after being temporarily halted during a refueling stop in Cyprus.

The source declined to comment on Russian and Cypriot media reports that the ship Chariot, which set sail from St. Petersburg on December 9, was carrying cargo from Russia’s state weapons exporter Rosoboronexport. The Cyprus newspaper Politis reported the ship was carrying 60 tones of ammunition.

Dec 25, 2011

Tens of thousands of protesters pressure Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of flag-waving and chanting protesters called Saturday for a disputed parliamentary election to be rerun and an end to Vladimir Putin’s rule, increasing pressure on the Russian leader as he tries to win back the presidency.

The protesters shouted “Russia without Putin” and “New elections, New elections” as one speaker after another called for an end to Putin’s 12-year domination of the country at the second big opposition rally in two weeks in central Moscow.

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