Russian President Vladimir Putin is showing his gamesmanship on a global stage by giving his voters what they want with the asylum granted to ex-U.S. contractor Edward Snowden, while leaving the White House flustered.
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.
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.