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Russia Integrates Georgian Breakaway Region’s Militia into Russian Forces

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the approval of an agreement that will effectively integrate the armed forces of Georgia’s South Ossetia region with the Russian military. Georgia condemned the move, which has been criticized as a plan to consume the entire province.

2972439 11/11/2016 Servicemen of the Nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) defense troops of the Russian Army during special tactical exercises in Ingushetia on emergency response to chemical and biological incidents. Said Tsarnaev/Sputnik via AP

Russia Opposes New UN Sanctions Over Iran Missile Tests

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia, which has veto power in the United Nations Security Council, said on Monday Iran should not face new council sanctions over recent ballistic missile tests as the tests did not violate a U.N. resolution. The

ranian clergymen watch a Shahab-3 long-range ballistic missile fird by Iran's Revolutionary Guards in the desert outside the holy city of Qom, 02 November 2006.

Negotiator: Russia Was Willing to Have Bashar Al-Assad Step Down in 2012

Russia was ready to agree to a proposal that would see Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad renounce his presidency as part of a peace agreement between Syrian and rebel forces that would likely end the civil war in the nation, Martti Ahtisaari—the former President of Finland, who was involved in negotiations at the time—told The Guardian in an interview published on Tuesday.

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Obama’s Iran Deal Lie Collapses: Russia Says No ‘Snap-Back’ Sanctions

President Barack Obama has defended the impending nuclear deal with Iran by promising Americans that there will be automatic “snap-back” provisions to restore sanctions automatically if Iran cheats on its obligations: “If Iran violates the deal, sanctions can be snapped back into place,” he said in April. On Wednesday, Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told Bloomberg News that there would be no such provisions: “There can be no automaticity, none whatsoever,” he said.

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