Iraq halts all civillian air traffic to clear skies for Russian bombers

DEBKAfile‘s military sources: the Russian bombers, accompanied by Iranian warplanes, are entering Iraqi airspace from southern Iran, and flying west until they reach the Iraq-Saudi Arabia border. Continue reading

Polish ex-minister quoted saying Putin offered to divide Ukraine with Poland

Comments will heighten tensions between Poland and Russia, already at odds over the Ukrainian crisis and Poland’s arrest of two men suspected of spying for Moscow

Poland’s parliamentary speaker, Radoslaw Sikorski, has been quoted as saying that Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, proposed to Poland’s then leader in 2008 that they divide Ukraine between themselves.

Mr Sikorski, who until September served as Poland’s foreign minister, was quoted telling American website Politico that Mr Putin made the proposal during a visit by Donald Tusk, then Polish prime minister, to Moscow in 2008 – although he later said some of the interview had been “overinterpreted”.

“He wanted us to become participants in this partition of Ukraine … This was one of the first things that Putin said to my prime minister, Donald Tusk, when he visited Moscow,” he was quoted as saying in the interview.

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