Tag: Russia

US Intercepts Russian Warplanes off Alaska, 4th Time This Month

US warplanes intercepted four Russian reconnaissance aircraft near Alaska on Saturday, US commanders said. The Russian Tu-142’s came within 65 nautical miles south of Alaska’s Aleutian island chain and “loitered” in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) for eight hours. But they stayed in international airspace and did not enter US or Canadian airspace, […]

Large-scale Russian treaty violations revealed on eve of new talks

The Trump administration revealed on the eve of new arms talks with Russia nine major arms control agreement compliance failures by Moscow. Special U.S. arms control envoy Marshall Billingslea said the sole positive finding in the forthcoming State Department annual report on arms compliance is Moscow’s adherence to the terms of the 2010 New START. However, Mr. Billingslea said extending the treaty, set […]

Putin: Russia will soon be able to counter hypersonic weapons

Russia will soon have the ability to counter hypersonic weapons deployed by adversaries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday. Hypersonic weapons fly at speeds at least five times the speed of sound — or Mach 5 — and are widely viewed as a game-changing military technology. For years specialists and military insiders have warned the […]

America and Britain play Cold War games with Russia in the Arctic

LA MER DE BARENTS is not a welcoming place for visitors. “Frequent snowstorms … wiped out the country for hours,” wrote an unlucky British submariner sent there to snoop during the Cold War. “We were confronted with the bestiality of the spray that turned into ice before they even hit our faces. It is therefore […]

Fighting Between Syrian Forces and Al-Qaida-linked Group Leaves Dozens Dead

Al-Qaida-linked fighters attacked Syrian government positions Sunday on the edge of the country’s last rebel stronghold, triggering intense clashes that killed nearly three dozen combatants across both sides, opposition activists said. The fighting was among the worst since early March, when an agreement between Turkey and Russia halted the Syrian government’s three-month air and ground […]

Russia ready for hypersonic missile talks with US, says Lavrov

Russia is ready to discuss hypersonic missiles and other arms control issues with the United States as part of wider discussions about strategic stability, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday. Cold War-era arms control agreements have been in jeopardy as Russia‘s relations with the West have soured in recent years. In August 2019, the US pulled […]

Moscow tightens virus lockdown with digital travel permits

Moscow authorities are issuing digital permits to reduce violations of the coronavirus lockdown as Russia on Monday reported more than 2,500 new infections, its highest daily rise yet. Officials said that more than 800,000 passes had already been issued to people planning to travel by car or public transport ahead of the system’s formal launch […]

Russia’s Putin orders non-working month to curb coronavirus

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered most Russians to stay off work until the end of the month as part of a partial economic shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Speaking in a televised address to the nation, Putin said he was extending the non-working policy he ordered earlier for this week until […]

World War 3 threat: US warned after ‘dangerous’ simulation of nuclear attack on Russia

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov urged US President Donald Trump to bear in mind there “can be no winners” in a nuclear war. In the exercise, held at Strategic Command in Nebraska, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper played himself in a simulated showdown in Europe between Russia and NATO on Friday. However, Mr Ryabkov […]

Fresh Russian-U.S. ‘Skirmish’ Reported in Syria

Russian and U.S. forces have faced off for what could be the fourth time in less than two weeks in oil-rich northeastern Syria, the local Kurdish news outlet Anha reported Saturday. Video of the reported standoff in the Hasakah province showed a Russian-flagged armored vehicle and what appeared to be two U.S. Army armored vehicles […]