President Vladimir Putin, condemned by NATO for annexing Crimea, is now defying the U.S. in Syria by sending more and deadlier arms to help Bashar al-Assad score a string of advances against insurgents, military experts say.
Iraq will purchase more than $4.2 billion of weapons from Russia under contracts signed in recent months, the Russian government said today, in a challenge to the Middle Eastern country’s military ties with the U.S.
Suicide bombers at a train station and on a trolleybus killed more than 30 people within 24 hours in the southern city of Volgograd, raising the security threat less than six weeks before Russia hosts the Winter Olympics.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is losing control and may be overthrown by an increasingly powerful opposition, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said in the country’s first official acknowledgment that the Syrian leader’s days may be numbered.
Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that killed 36 people at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport last month and vowed more attacks in a video posted on the Internet.
President Vladimir Putin said a multi-billion-dollar arms contract with Iraq, making Russia the second-biggest weapons supplier to the Middle Eastern state after the U.S., showed trust in Russian military equipment.