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US, Russia on brink of military showdown in Syria

U.S. Russia showdown

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report 
There is a sense in Washington and Moscow alike that a military showdown between the US and Russia is inevitable – direct this time, not through proxies, like the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets last year. When the big powers are in direct confrontation, minor players step aside and run for cover.

The Whole Game is About Containing Russia-China

By Pepe Escobar

 "Information Clearing House" - "Sputnik" - The next BRICS summit, in Goa, is less than two months away. Compared to only two years ago, the geopolitical tectonic plates have moved with astonishing speed. Most BRICS nations are mired in deep crisis; Brazil’s endles political/economic/institutional debacle may yield the Kafkaesque impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.

Washington Moves to Outsmart Moscow in Syria

Putin_and_Erdoğan, cc modified Presidential Press and Information Office Kremlin, Wikicommons

Geopolitical Monitor, Jasmin Ademovic
The recent rapprochement and normalising of relations between Ankara and Moscow was supposed to put to bed the difficulties and strains in the relationship after the November 2015 downing of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M jet by a Turkish F-16. The recent coup attempt, the ever present ISIS attacks on Turkish soil, the impact of Syrian refugees and the ongoing difficulties with the Kurds, both PKK and YPG in Syria, had necessitated a recalibration.

Turkey’s Israel charm offensive is all about Russia

Erdogan vs. Putin

 By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON 
Skepticism remains if Erdogan wants rapprochement.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest charm offensive toward Israel and his country’s Jews seems to show how a crisis over its downing of a Russian aircraft last month may help improve Istanbul’s dragging rapprochement efforts with the Jewish state.

Here are three of Russia's military options in Ukraine, complete with maps


PRI's The World
Producer Christopher Woolf

original post date April 25, 2014 

 

 

On Thursday, Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of “grave crimes” by assaulting pro-Russian militants. Ukraine’s Prime Minister accused Russia of preparing to invade, and of “wanting to start World War III.” Nothing is inevitable, but what military options does Russia have?

How Vladimir Putin Became Evil

 

The US and UK condemn him for Crimea but supported him over the war in Chechnya. Why? Because now he refuses to play ball

By Tariq Ali, "Information Clearing House - "The Guardian"-

Once again, it seems that Russia and the United States are finding it difficult to agree on how to deal with their respective ambitions. This clash of interests is highlighted by the Ukrainian crisis.

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