NATO member aligning itself with Russia

Move by Turkey gives Putin way to keep treaty organization at arm’s length

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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As Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, turns away from its Western links, it is aligning itself more and more with Iran, Syria and Russia, especially because of its quickly developing energy and trade connections to the central part of what was the old Soviet Union, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

From a strategic standpoint, the development gives Moscow an opportunity to further undermine a plan by NATO to spread its security arrangement further east in a region Moscow considers to be its sphere of influence.

During a recent visit to Moscow to meet with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed multi-billion dollar agreements on trade and energy.

While both parties agreed to increase trade from the current $35 billion to $100 billion within the next five years, the most significant development was an agreement in their strategic relationship on energy cooperation.

In addition to concessions on various pipelines between the two countries, Erdogan pledged to pursue Russian construction and operation of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant.

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The Turks were left with little choice but to involve Russia more in its energy future, given that Turkey imports some 70 percent of its natural gas from Russia.

That dependency also gives the Russians considerable political and economic leverage over Ankara and increases Moscow’s influence over Europe’s energy future through greater control of existing and proposed pipelines that provide European countries with more than 40 percent of their energy needs.

Various pipelines with Turkish participation as a gate to the West, however, are but one source of control Russia is exhibiting over the Turks.

The more significant one is Russia’s proposal to construct and operate Turkey’s first nuclear power plant.

Erdogan and Putin signed a commitment to construct the nuclear power plant, even though there is some domestic opposition due to the existing heavy reliance on Russia for energy.

The plant is to be built on the Mediterranean coast near Akkuyu. A consortium to construct the nuclear power plant includes Russia’s Atomstroyexport, Inter Rao Eus and Turkey’s Park Teknik.

Putin said that Russia had “significant advantages over the competition” to build the nuclear plant in Turkey. In one sense, he was alluding to the virtual energy grip Moscow enjoys over Ankara.

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Report: Russian official confirms Syria jet deal

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Top official confirms existence of contract for supply of MiG-31 fighter jets to Syria, but says work on planes has been frozen

MiG-31 FoxHound

MiG-31 Fox Hound

A top Russian official confirmed the existence of a contract for the supply of MiG-31 fighter jets to Syria but said work on the planes had been frozen, the daily Kommersant reported on Thursday.

“A few years ago, two contracts were signed: one for (the supply to Syria of) MiG-29s and one for MiG-31s,” the head of Russia‘s United Aircraft Corporation, Alexei Fedorov, told the paper.

“Consultations on this contract are now ongoing, so its future is unclear.”

Kommersant reported in May that Russia had halted work on the modernisation of the fighter jets at the Sokol aviation plant in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod.

But Russia’s state arms exporter has dismissed such reports as rumours.

The 400-500 million-dollar (280-350 million-euro) contract for the delivery of eight MiG-31s fighter jets was inked in early 2007, according to Kommersant.

It cited sources close to the arms exporter in May saying the supplies of the planes had been frozen under pressure from Israel over fears the weapon sales could offset the balance of power in the region.

According to a a government official cited by Kommersant, the contract had been suspended after Damascus could no longer afford the planes.

In 2005, Moscow forgave 70 percent of Syria’s total debt of 13.4 billion dollars.

United Aircraft chief Federov nevertheless told the paper the Russian planemaker was counting on completing contracts, as production at its factories has slumped amid the global financial crisis.

“Negotiations are ongoing, I hope that in the end the contracts will be realized. We put a lot of hope in it stabilizing the situation in Nizhny Novgorod,” he was quoted as saying.

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Russian brothel site of 3 honey-trap plots

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Result is British diplomat’s antics posted in online video

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James Hudson in image from sting video. An edited version has been posted on YouTube

LONDON – British news reports have been full of the story of James Hudson, a pudgy, bespectacled British diplomat with security clearance who was caught in an apparent “honey-trap” in a Russian brothel, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

A video posted online by Russians revealing Hudson’s sexual antics not only terminated his career but also his own off-the-record attempt to set up a trap for leaders of Russia’s secret military labs as well as a separate strategy by MI6, Britain’s intelligence agency, to do the same thing.

Hudson had been stationed in Ekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth city in the Ural Mountains, where he was assigned to dish out visas and make arrangements for visiting British businessmen.

He was also good on the city’s history: a city for which the Empress Catherine was named; where Czar Nicholas and his children were murdered during the Russian Revolution; where Boris Yeltsin, Russia’s first president, was born; where Gary Powers was shot down in his CIA spy plane; and where a massive anthrax outbreak occurred at a biological warfare establishment during the Cold War.

From now on, however, Ekaterinburg also will be known as the place where Hudson was caught in a brothel in a classic honey-trap by two svelte young Russian blondes working for Russian intelligence.

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No one at the consulate suspected the girls had become part of Hudson’s plan to fulfill a fantasy of joining MI6 as a spy. With an application to join MI6 pending, he apparently thought he could impress the agency by trying on his own volition to recruit some of the girls at the brothel.

He had seen them frolicking with high-level Russian officers in the brothel where he was a regular visitor.

But now, on the Internet, his career’s demise is known as: “The adventures of Mr. Hudson,” an explicit video posted on a Russian site. The four-minute production shows Hudson, naked apart from a dressing gown, with his two doe-eyed Slavonic beauties.

The response from the Foreign Office in London was: “We have too many problems in places like Iran and Afghanistan to spend time worrying about a junior diplomat being indiscrete in the Urals. That said, we are not in a position to confirm or deny the allegations, and we do not generally comment on individual personal matters.”

Bored with his career in the diplomatic service after serving in Sarajevo, Havana and Budapest, the 37-year-old divorced father of one had decided a move to MI6 was for him.

But Hudson did not know that for some months MI6 had been considering how its Moscow station could ensnare the Russian officers by using the oldest trap in the intelligence world: the honey-trap. Like Hudson, the Russian officers also were regular visitors to the brothel.

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