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18th September 2017 - ABC Australia

The World

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD's Anthony Ruggiero on Russia and Chinese companies getting around UN sanctions.

18th September 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD's Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss Russia attacks US Syrian allies and what is to be done.

16th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Russia struck Syrian Democratic Forces in eastern Syria, US says

Thomas Joscelyn

The US says that Russian forces struck and wounded several fighters belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The incident highlights the fact that despite "de-confliction," the US and Russia are often not on the same page in Syria.

15th September 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD senior fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht joins the John Batchelor Show to discuss Israel and Russia's communication about Iran.

14th September 2017 - Quoted by Brian Padden - VOA News

Thriving Black Market Could Mitigate North Korea Sanctions Impact

Anthony Ruggiero

Illicit evasion and a thriving black market continue to mitigate the impact of sanctions intended to deprive North Korea of billions of dollars in revenue and needed components for its nuclear program.

12th September 2017 - BBC World Service

Newshour

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir joins Newshour on BBC World Service to talk about the recent weapons deal between Turkey and Russia.

12th September 2017 - Quoted by The Moscow Times

North Korea Receiving Russian Supplies Despite Sanctions — Reports

Anthony Ruggiero

Russian smugglers are illicitly supplying North Korea with contraband energy and goods, evading sanctions and ignoring concerns about the isolated Asian country’s nuclear tests, the Washington Post reported Monday.

12th September 2017 - Quoted by Fulya Ozerkan - Agence France Presse

Turkey signs landmark Russian weapons deal

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey has signed a deal for its first major weapons purchase from Moscow to buy S-400 missile defence systems, both sides announced Tuesday, in an accord that could trouble Ankara's NATO allies.

12th September 2017 - Quoted by the National Post

Employing Russian smugglers and deploying hackers: How North Korea plans to duck latest sanctions

Anthony Ruggiero

The implementation of North Korea's new strategy casts further doubt on whether financial measures alone can force dictator Kim Jong Un to abandon his nuclear weapons program

12th September 2017 - Quoted by Theodore Bunker - Newsmax

Russian Smugglers Profit From North Korean Sanctions

Anthony Ruggiero

Russian smugglers are ignoring economic sanctions on North Korea and delivering petroleum and other supplies, The Washington Post reports.

11th September 2017 - Quoted Joby Warrick - The Washington Post

How Russia quietly undercuts sanctions intended to stop North Korea’s nuclear program

Anthony Ruggiero

Russian smugglers are scurrying to the aid of North Korea with shipments of petroleum and other vital supplies that could help that country weather harsh new economic sanctions, U.S. officials say in an assessment that casts further doubt on whether financial measures alone can force...

9th September 2017 - Quoted by Barbara Demick and Tracy Wilkinson - Tribune Washington Bureau

US presses for resolution to cut oil to North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

The United States is pushing for a vote as early as Monday on new sanctions that would impose an energy stranglehold on North Korea by banning sales of oil and natural gas to the reclusive country.

8th September 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Perfect Partners

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Moscow and Tehran intend to have their own way in the Middle East.

7th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Israeli airstrikes target suspected chemical weapons facility in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Israel struck a suspected chemical weapons facility near Masyaf, Syria earlier today. The facility may have been run by the Syrian regime's Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), which has been sanctioned by the US government for its role in producing chemical weapons and the means...

6th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistan suffers diplomatic defeat as BRICS names regional terrorist groups

Bill Roggio

The blow comes just two weeks after President Trump called out Pakistan for providing "safe haven" for terrorist groups operating in the region and advocated for closer ties with India.

3rd September 2017 - Fox News

The Greg Gutfeld Show

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD Senior Fellow Anthony Ruggiero talks about North Korea sanctions on The Greg Gutfeld Show

3rd September 2017 - The National Interest

It’s Time to Get Tough on China and Russia about North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test Sunday morning, with officials claiming that it was a hydrogen bomb designed to fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The test followed pictures released by Pyongyang earlier Saturday showing North Korean leader Kim...

31st August 2017 - Quoted by Agence France Presse

US orders Russia to close San Francisco consulate

Boris Zilberman

The United States on Thursday ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two other installations in two days, a move Moscow greeted with "regret," as relations between the nuclear-armed powers took another dive.

30th August 2017 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Syrian Conflict Endgame Presents Dizzying Picture of Temporary Deals

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The latest phase in the long-running Syrian conflict is presenting a dizzying picture of strange bedfellows and temporary battlefield deals as sectarian groups, President Bashar al-Assad and overseas powers, including the United States, Russia and Iran, maneuver to gain an edge or to steer...

27th August 2017 - C-SPAN

Washington Journal

David Adesnik

David Adesnik and Phyllis Bennis talked about Trump administration foreign policy. The guests focused primarily on Afghanistan, including the president’s first national address on U.S. policy in Afghanistan; requests from General John Nicholson, the top U.S. military commander in...

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