` Vladimir Putin Oversees Military Drills on Countering Nuclear Strike ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW -May 08 – President Vladimir Putin has overseen military drills on countering nuclear strike.

The planned drills come ahead of the May 9 celebrations dedicated to victory in World War II.

“We are carrying out tests of the readiness of the Russian armed forces.

It was announced last November. The exercises will involve all branches of the armed forces across the country,” Putin told reporters at the Defence Ministry.

Modern challenges and threats to the country’s national security demand that the army and the fleet are maintained in readiness for quick and effective retaliation in any conditions, the Russian Defence Minister and army general Sergey Shoigu told Putin in a report.


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` Chuck Hagel No Return Call from Sergei Shoigu Report’s Kremlin has Suspended Diplomatic Talks with US’

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – April 26 – Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel cannot get his Russian counterpart to take his calls, the Pentagon said Friday — amid a new report that the Kremlin has suspended high-level talks with U.S. officials.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters that Hagel is trying to speak with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, but the Russian Defense Ministry won’t return his calls.

“We have made it clear to the Russians that Secretary Hagel is available for a phone call any-time,” Warren said. “We have reached out to them and made it very clear to them that he is willing to speak with his counterpart” — but, Warren said, “we have not heard back.”

“He wants to tell the Russians to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine,” Warren said. “Their continued destabilizing activities along the Ukrainian border are unhelpful and they need to withdrawal their troops from the Ukrainian border and place them back into their garrisons and go about working to a peaceful resolution to the crisis.”

(Daily Beast) Reported – April 25 – Since the invasion of Crimea, President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have had regular phone calls in an often half-hearted attempt to de-escalate the ongoing crisis inside Ukraine.

But as the U.S. and EU prepare to unveil new sanctions against Russia, Putin has decided the interactions should stop. The Kremlin has ended high-level contact with the Obama administration, according to diplomatic officials and sources close to the Russian leadership.

The move signals an end to the diplomacy, for now.

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Ace News Desk #syria latest 18-09-2013 19-09-2013 #peace…

Ace News Desk – #syria – latest – 18-09-2013 – 19-09-2013 #peace 14:15 GMT: Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he believes the use of chemical weapons in Damascus on August 21 was a provocation on the part of the Syrian rebels.

“We have every grounds to believe that it was a provocation. Of course, it was adroit and clever, but, at the same time, primitive in terms of technical performance. They took an old Soviet-made missile, which was taken out of service in the Syrian army long ago. It was most important to have ‘made in the USSR’ written [on the missile],” Putin said at the Valdai discussion forum on Thursday.

12:30 GMT: Russia is ready to take part in the transportation and destruction of Syrian chemical weapons, according to Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu

“What awaits us is a huge and serious task to fulfill, and we are only at the beginning of the process,” said Shoigu as cited by Vesti24. “Whatever role we get when it comes to international control [of Syrian chemical weapons] – be it transportation or destruction – Russia and its military forces are naturally ready to take it on.”

12:15 GMT: An estimated 130 French nationals or immigrants are now fighting in Syria, according to the country’s Interior Minister, Manuel Valls.

“It worries me because they could represent a potential threat [to France] upon their return,” Valls said, as cited by France 24.

The Minister specified that the number is bigger than in other recent conflicts in the region, such as Iraq or Afghanistan.

12:00 GMT: Turkey has shut one of its border gates to Syria following fighting, which took place in the Syrian town of Azaz near the Turkish frontier. Two rebel groups reportedly confronted each other – an Al-Qaeda affiliated group clashed with the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, according to a Turkish official, cited by Reuters.

“The Oncupinar border gate has been closed for security reasons as there is still confusion about what is happening on the Syrian side. All humanitarian assistance that normally goes through the gate has ceased,” the official said.

11:25 GMT: Russia is completely ready for the possible evacuation of its citizens from Syria in case it is needed, according to Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, cited by RIA news agency. Seven thousand Russian citizens are currently in Syria. The Minister said he was ordered by President Putin to prepare the evacuation plans.https://acenewsservices.com/2013/09/03/syria-crisis-live-as-it-happens-when-it-happens-peace/

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