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Putin to Russian army officers: operation ‘Salvation’ shall begin soon, you must prepare to cleanse Syria from Obama’s terrorists

Addressing the Russian top brass on Wednesday, Vladimir Putin lambasted U.S. Middle-East policy for being ‘disastrous’ as Saudi-backed rebels vowed to purge Syria and Iraq from Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities.

“We have nearly two million orthodox Christians in the Levant—Syria and Lebanon— and approximately 5 million Christians across Middle-East. Regardless of America’s presidential election outcome, White House craves chaos in that oil-rich region by supporting fanatic Islamist organizations, i.e. ISIS and al-Nusra Front,” Moskovskaya Pravda cited the Russian president as saying.

It is morally incumbent upon Russia to change this terrible status quo in the Middle-East , added Mr.Putin ,  prepare for operation ‘Salvation’ and with God almighty’s aid , we shall cleanse Syria from Obama’s ruthless terrorists.

Amid accusations from the United States that Moscow is beefing up its military presence in Syria, there are unconfirmed satellite pictures and intelligence reports about building several runways across Syria suitable for landing the giant Antonov An-225 Mriya , allegedly transferring battle tanks,  heavy armored vehicles, offensive weapons  and Russian elite forces to be deployed and then engaged directly with radical terrorist groups.

White House spokesperson criticized on Tuesday Russian military movement in Syria, suggesting Moscow tries to establish a central air base at an airfield south of Latakia Province – President Assad’s stronghold– that has been at the heart of a recent Russian military buildup in Syria.

Russia has been providing arms to Damascus since Soviet times and Moscow has been the key international ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the conflict that started with Islamist rebellion against Syria’s secular system.

Over the past year, evidence has steadily emerged of a growing Russian military presence in Syria. As Syrian army struggles to defeat al-Qaeda rebels but according to Russian officials, the time has been arrived for Russia to save Middle-East.


Documentary: In Search Of Putin’s Russia (2015)

Published on Nov 18, 2015

Filmmaker Andrei Nekrasov explores how Russia’s internal and foreign policies reflect a desire to rebuild its important standing in the world.

Aired on Al-Jazeera English, 17 November 2015.


In Search of Putin’s Russia – Kremlin Rules

Published on Oct 30, 2015

Twenty-five years after the Cold War, fear of Russia’s regional ambitions seems once again to be on the rise; while many Russians, in turn, feel threatened and misunderstood by the West.The country’s president, Vladimir Putin, had said that he would “reclaim what was rightfully Russia’s”, and now this seems to be playing out in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. The annexation of Crimea and the support for ethnic Russians fighting the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine have made Putin more popular than ever at home. But this hasn’t been so well received outside of the country.And there are other, more subtle, ways in which some believe Putin is turning Russia’s clocks back – with apparent support from many Russians.So how do Russians feel about their president and his “strong armed” way of governing?


In Search of Putin’s Russia – Reclaiming the Empire

Published on Nov 15, 2015

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia seems to be on the rise once again, reasserting itself as a regional and global military power.Looking at its intervention in eastern Ukraine and the volatile civil war in Syria, this episode of In Search of Putin’s Russia sees journalist and filmmaker Andrei Nekrasov explore Russia’s attempts to rebuild its standing in the world by confronting unrest at its borders and beyond.But why is Putin so determined to involve the country in international conflicts?Nekrasov tries to find out if the idea of annexing Crimea is one shared by the population at large and reflects a nostalgia for the glory days of Russia’s past.We meet Ukrainians who have fled to Russia, obtained citizenship and refuse to go back.Nekrasov visits the Republic of Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim region adjacent to war-torn Chechnya which has become the most violent province in the North Caucasus.We meet residents who have endured years of oppression, had their homes vandalised and destroyed by the state to quell dissent. Does the biggest threat to Russia’s grand ambitions actually come from within?Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/


In Search of Putin’s Russia – State of the Arts

Published on Nov 20, 2015

We explore Russian arts and culture and its relationship with the country’s long, vibrant and, at times, brutal history.Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/AJSubscribeFollow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglishFind us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeeraCheck our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/


In Search of Putin’s Russia – Arising from the Rouble

Published on Nov 5, 2015

The Russian economy is in crisis. Many Russians are struggling to make ends meet, due to sanctions in the wake of the Crimea crisis and the Ukraine conflict, unstable oil prices, and a fluctuating currency.Even the better off have been affected by the economic crisis in various ways.But who is responsible for the crisis?Is it Putin’s imperial ambitions, or the western response to them, the Kremlin’s economic policies, the infamous corruption, or the communist legacy?Russian journalist and filmmaker Andrei Nekrasov travels across the country to try to explain and understand the impact of Russian economic policies.

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