Akula class sub Photos YouTube screenshot Military Clips channelAs Russia and NATO practice "war games" this week in eastern Europe, Moscow ups the ante by exposing three of its deadliest subs as they wrap their way around Great Britain en route to Syria.

Putin and Netanyahu meet in Moscow Photo Israeli GPO Kobi Gideon OVERLAYSAs Russia's Northern Fleet approaches Syria, and hence Israel, Putin and Netanyahu found time to talk by phone. Topics included birthday greetings to Netanyahu and 25 years of relations between the countries. According to the Kremlin, "they also discussed urgent international and regional issues."

Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov shadowed by HMH York Photo Wikimedia CommonsRussia's huge Northern Fleet, including its massive aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, passed through the British Channel today. Almost certainly en route to Syria, it could be Moscow's "biggest military offensive since the Cold War."

Is the finger deliberate??? Putin at BRICS press conf 16 Oct 2016 Photo KremlinWhat is Putin's assessment of the US accusation that Russia is tampering in its presidential election and, in retaliation, its  cyber, economic and military threats aimed at Moscow? According to Putin, it is an attempt to distract voters. As for sanctions, the US and its allies can "screw themselves."

Russia versus USA Photo YouTube screenshot Binkovs Battleground channel mod01a.pngIt is no secret that, at best, Russia and the United States are "competing" with one another. On the surface, the issues are Syria, oil, nuclear weapons, and superpower leadership in the Middle East. Who is winning? This Israeli perspective suggests an unlikely answer.

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