Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
December 2005 Russia Special Weapons News
- Russian Natural Gas Price Increase has Ramifications Across Europe VOA 30 Dec 2005 - Russia this month announced drastic price increases for delivery of natural gas to Ukraine, prompting charges that Gazprom, the country's state energy company, is using its monopoly status to reap huge profits. But the Russian move is based on more than price.
- Chechen Separatist Envoy Urges Inquiry Into Mysterious Illness RFE/RL 26 Dec 2005 -- A Chechen separatist envoy today urged an international inquiry into a mysterious children's illness in the Russian republic of Chechnya.
- Iran, Russia discuss purchase of Tupolev-204 IRNA 25 Dec 2005 -- Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Qolamreza Ansari discussed on Saturday purchase of Tupolev-204 planes from Russia with the managing director of 'Aviastar Aviation Company' in Oliyanovsk province in Russia.
- Iran receives no concrete plan from Russia: Asefi IRNA 25 Dec 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza here Sunday rejected news that Tehran had received a plan from Moscow to enrich uranium in Russia.
- Iran Rejects Moscow Offer To Enrich Uranium In Russia RFE/RL 25 Dec 2005 -- Iran today rejected an offer from Russia to enrich uranium for its nuclear program in Russia.
- Russian Gas Company Warns Ukraine Against Siphoning off Gas Intended for Europe VOA 25 Dec 2005 -- Russia's natural gas monopoly Gazprom has warned Ukraine against siphoning off gas intended for Europe.
- Russia Repeats Enrichment Offer To Iran RFE/RL 24 Dec 2005 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry confirms that Moscow has reiterated its offer to Iran to enrich uranium for the Islamic republic's controversial nuclear program.
- Moscow Again Offers to Reprocess Iranian Nuclear Fuel in Russia VOA 24 Dec 2005 -- Russia says it again has presented to Iran a proposal for reprocessing uranium in Russia from Iran's nuclear plants.
- Duma adopts draft law on special economic zone in Kaliningrad RIA Novosti 23 Dec 2005 -- The State Duma adopted a draft law on creating a special economic zone in the Kaliningrad Region and on amendments to several legislative acts of the Russian Federation in the third reading Friday.
- Ukraine/Russia: Will Russian-Ukraine Gas Row Go To Swedish Arbitration? RFE/RL 22 Dec 2005 -- Despite an apparent war of will behind the current Russian-Ukrainian dispute over gas supplies to and transit across Ukraine, official Kyiv has publicly been exhibiting a fairly relaxed attitude to Moscow's demand that gas prices be increased more than fourfold next year from the current level of $50 per 1,000 cubic meters.
- Russia: Authorities Baffled By Mystery 'Poisoning' In Chechnya RFE/RL 22 Dec 2005 -- More than 50 people -- most of them schoolchildren, and all but a handful of them girls -- have now been affected by a mysterious ailment in an eastern district of Russia's war-torn republic of Chechnya.
- Ukraine/Russia: Kyiv Brings Black Sea Fleet Into Gas Dispute RFE/RL 21 Dec 2005 -- In the midst of ongoing gas talks, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko yesterday suggested that the Kremlin should pay more to base its Black Sea Fleet in Crimea.
- Bulava missile launch successful -- Defense Minister RIA Novosti 21 Dec 2005 -- The test launch of the Bulava ballistic missile was successful, the Russian defense minister said Wednesday.
- DPRK Sends Back Russian-Flagged Ship "Ternei" KCNA 21 Dec 2005 -- Russian-flagged ship "Ternei" entered the territorial waters of the DPRK on Dec. 5, 2005 with neither prior notice to it nor approval by it, according to a report from a relevant institution.
- Moscow Concerned At Foreign Forces Around Russia RFE/RL 19 Dec 2005 -- In comments seemingly directed at the United States, Moscow today expressed concern at foreign military forces deployed along the country's periphery.
- Russian Peacekeeper Denied Entry To Georgia RFE/RL 19 Dec 2005 -- The deputy commander of Russia's peacekeeping forces was denied entry into Georgia en route to the breakaway republic of Abkhazia.
- India, Russia to develop aircraft version of BrahMos missile IRNA 17 Dec 2005 -- India and Russia have pumped in USD 50 million to develop an aircraft version of the supersonic cruise missile `BrahMos', according to a top official of the joint venture.
- Russia Deploys Fifth Topol-M ICBM System RFE/RL 16 Dec 2005 -- Russia's Strategic Missile Forces deployed a fifth Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile system this month.
- FSB Chief Says Russia Foiled Ninety Spies In 2005 RFE/RL 16 Dec 2005 -- The head of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), Nikolai Patrushev, said on 16 December that the FSB has foiled the efforts of more than 90 foreign intelligence operatives in Russia so far this year.
- FSB: Alleged Al-Qaeda Leader Killed In North Caucasus RFE/RL 16 Dec 2005 -- The head of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) confirmed today that an alleged Al-Qaeda leader in southern Russia has been killed.
- Russia Warns Of Radioactive Pollution At Chechen Plant RFE/RL 16 Dec 2005 -- Russian authorities say a criminal investigation has been launched into a case of radioactive pollution discovered at a chemical plant in Grozny, the capital of the Northern Caucasus republic of Chechnya.
- Russia/Ukraine: Could Gas Spat Impact Military Cooperation? RFE/RL 16 Dec 2005 -- After weeks of negotiations, Gazprom announced on 14 December that it will more than quadruple the price it charges Ukraine for gas.
- Explosion Near Russian Nuclear Power Station Raises Safety Concerns VOA 16 Dec 2005 -- An explosion near a Russian nuclear plant has killed one person and injured two others, but authorities say there has been no radiation leak.
- Beslan Rescue Lacked Direction, Says Ex-FSB Head RFE/RL 16 Dec 2005 -- The former head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) in Russia's southern republic of North Ossetia today said the crisis center set up to deal with last year's Beslan school hijacking remained directionless for nearly 24 hours.
- Russia Condemns Iranian President's Holocaust Denial RFE/RL 16 Dec 2005 -- Russia has condemned Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's denial of the Holocaust.
- Russia: One Soldier, One Suspected Militant Killed In Daghestan Shoot-Out RFE/RL 15 Dec 2005 -- One suspected militant and one soldier were reportedly killed today in Russia's southern republic of Daghestan.
- Russian Region Agrees To Cooperate with Space Agency RFE/RL 15 Dec 2005 -- Russia's Altai Krai has become the first Russian region to formally agree with the Roskosmos federal space agency on the use of its territory as a designated dumping ground for jettisoned rocket parts.
- Russia Denies Plans Of Radical Army Command Reform RFE/RL 14 Dec 2005 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov denied plans to radically reform the command of the country's armed forces.
- Russia: Living -- And Dying -- In The Shadow Of Mayak RFE/RL 14 Dec 2005 -- Russia said this week it has no plans to shut down Mayak, the country's biggest reprocessor of spent nuclear fuel.
- Chechen Lawmakers Rename Grozny After Late President RFE/RL 14 Dec 2005 -- Chechnya's newly elected lawmakers adopted a resolution asking that the city of Grozny be renamed after the late pro-Russian President Akhmed Kadyrov.
- Chechen Parliament Convenes RFE/RL 12 Dec 2005 -- The new Chechen parliament held its opening session today, electing chairmen for its upper and lower chambers and hosting an unscheduled appearance by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Russian Official Dismiss Ukraine's Threat On Sevastopol RFE/RL 10 Dec 2005 -- Russian officials have dismissed a Ukrainian threat to review the lease for stationing Russia's Black Sea fleet at Ukraine's port city of Sevastopol.
- Ukraine May Raise Rent On Russia's Black Sea Fleet RFE/RL 08 Dec 2005 -- A senior Ukrainian official says Kyiv may ask Russia to pay more to base its Black Sea fleet in the Crimean port of Sevastopol.
- Russian Prosecutor: 59 Detained Over Nalchik Attacks RFE/RL 08 Dec 2005 -- The chief prosecutor in Russia's southern republic of Kabardino-Balkariya says authorities have arrested 59 people as part of an ongoing probe into a militant attack on the city of Nalchik.
- Russia Calls For Emergency Meeting On South Ossetia RFE/RL 08 Dec 2005 -- Russia has called for an emergency meeting of the Joint Control Commission (JCC) that is responsible for monitoring the 1992 ceasefire agreement between Georgia and its separatist republic of South Ossetia.
- Ivanov: Moscow May Reconsider Arms Control Treaty VOA 07 Dec 2005 -- Russia's defense minister is warning that Moscow may reconsider its commitment to a key arms control treaty because the United States will be redeploying military units closer to Russia's borders.
- Completion of Bushehr powerplant is a priority for Russia IRNA 07 Dec 2005 -- The new head of Russia Atomic Agency Sergei Kirienko said here Wednesday the speedy completion of Bushehr nuclear powerplant is a priority in Moscow's relations with Tehran.
- Ivanov: Sale of surface-to-air missiles to Iran perfectly legal IRNA 06 Dec 2005 -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov defended here Monday the signing of an agreement to sell surface-to-air missile systems to Iran.
- Russia Defends Sale of Sophisticated Weapons Systems to Iran VOA 06 Dec 2005 -- Russia has defended the sale of sophisticated missiles to Iran, saying the deal will not upset the balance of power in the Middle East.
- OSCE: Final Text Nixed After Dispute On Russian Troops In Moldova RFE/RL 06 Dec 2005 -- A meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) ended today without a final document, following Russian objections to a passage concerning its troops in a breakaway province of Moldova.
- Russia Postpones Launch Of U.S. Communications Satellite RFE/RL 06 Dec 2005 -- Russia's space agency today postponed indefinitely the launch of a U.S. communications satellite, citing a flaw in the Russian booster rocket.
- Five Killed In Helicopter Crash In Russia's Far East RFE/RL 06 Dec 2005 -- A civilian helicopter crashed today in the Khabarovsk Krai of Russia's Far East, killing five people on board.
- Russia And U.S., EU Argue Over Election Monitoring RFE/RL 06 Dec 2005 -- Under pressure from Russia, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will this morning hold emergency talks about its election-monitoring division.
- U.S. Refuses Arms Treaty While Russian Troops In Moldova, Georgia RFE/RL 06 Dec 2005 -- The United States has told Moscow that it will not sign a new treaty on conventional military forces until Russia withdraws all its troops and equipment from separatist republics in Georgia and Moldova.
- Russian Minister Says Russia, India May Share Tajik Airfield RFE/RL 06 Dec 2005 -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov says he does not rule out the possibility that Russia and India could jointly use a military airfield in Tajikistan.
- U.S. Opposes Russian Missile Sale To Iran RFE/RL 06 Dec 2005 -- The United States says it opposes Russia's plan to sell some $1 billion worth of missile systems and other arms to Iran, saying the deal will not serve U.S. or regional interests.
- Russia Defends Missile Sale To Iran RFE/RL 05 Dec 2005 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov today defended his country's decision to provide Iran with sophisticated missile defense systems.
- U.S. Rejects Russian Attacks On OSCE RFE/RL 05 Dec 2005 -- U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns rejected today Russian attacks on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) election observers, saying they were the "gold standard worldwide in election monitoring."
- Talks Under Way On Russian Troops In Moldova RFE/RL 04 Dec 2005 -- At the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) conference in Slovenia today, Russia and Moldova argued over a timetable for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Moldova's breakaway province of Transdniester.
- Iran's arms trade with Russia not a secret IRNA 03 Dec 2005 -- Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said here Saturday that talks have been going on with Russia to purchase Tor-M1 missile for a while and that it is not a secret.
- Russia Seeks To Calm U.S. Over Iran Arms Sales RFE/RL 03 Dec 2005 -- Russia says it has signed an arms deal with Iran but stressed that the weapons are for defense.
- Iran Reportedly Buys Russian Surface-To-Air Missiles RFE/RL 02 Dec 2005 -- A Russian newspaper reports that Iran has signed a deal to buy Russian tactical surface-to-air missile systems.
- Russia To Join NATO Antiterror Ops In Mediterranean RFE/RL 01 Dec 2005 -- The Russian military today said it will join NATO's counterterrorism efforts in the Mediterranean Sea.
- Russia Questions Aspects Of Georgia's National Military Doctrine RFE/RL 01 Dec 2005 -- Russia is protesting against some aspects of Georgia's national military strategy, which was made public yesterday.
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