Vladimir Putin – Bashar Al-Asad – Damascus

  Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived on 7 January 2020 in Damascus on a visit during which he met President Bashar al-Assad at the Russian forces assembly location in Damascus.  President al-Assad and President Putin listened to a military briefing by the commander of the Russian forces operating in Syria.    President Putin offered congratulations to the… Continue reading Vladimir Putin – Bashar Al-Asad – Damascus

Qassim Soleimani – Syria – Iran – Turkey – Russia

  Qassim Soleimani’s death may force a change in the Russian calculus involving Syria, Iran and Turkey.    Iranian General Qassim Soleimani, killed last week by a U.S. drone in Baghdad, has been credited with persuading Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene militarily in Syria in 2015, a claim the Kremlin denies. Regardless of the truth… Continue reading Qassim Soleimani – Syria – Iran – Turkey – Russia

Christianity in Russia

  Moscow times reported in January 2019 that Russia was named in List of 50 Countries in Which Christians Face Persecution.    Russia has been ranked among the world’s 50 countries in which Christians face the most prosecution for the first time in seven years.   Open Doors, a group that tracks the persecution of Christians around… Continue reading Christianity in Russia

Russian military and Mozambique (gas)

  The secretive Kremlin-linked group is growing in scope and ambition, winning contracts normally reserved for local security firms. Many believe it is not up to the job. * They were recently in South Africa as well. Russia in Africa – BRICS – Mozambique (Cabo Delgado) Saipem-led joint venture awarded Anadarko’s gas project in Mozambique… Continue reading Russian military and Mozambique (gas)

Russian – Turkish – Kurdish – Syria (Sochi “Agreement”)

Tydens samesprekings in Sochi het die Russiese president Vladimir Poetin en sy Turkse eweknie Recep Tayyip Erdogan op 17 Oktober 2019 'n ooreenkoms gesluit oor die lot van noord-Sirië om 'n nuwe status quo in die streek te skep.  Was die "ooreenkoms" slegs om die Koerde hieruit te kry sodat die Turke daar oor kon… Continue reading Russian – Turkish – Kurdish – Syria (Sochi “Agreement”)

Turkey – USA (Russia)

It was confirmed by Turkey representatives, they have received a sophisticated Russian surface-to-air missile system, defying U.S. threats for more than a year that purchasing the S-400s would result in harsh retaliation against the fellow NATO ally. Photo - A Russian plane carrying the first batch of equipment for S-400 missile defense systems arrives at… Continue reading Turkey – USA (Russia)