Tag: Russia

Saudi King to Meet President Putin on Historic Russia Visit

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, on the first official trip to Russia by a ruler of the oil-rich Sunni powerhouse, was set to meet President Vladimir Putin to discuss energy contracts despite discord over the Syrian conflict.While they are partners on the oil market, on the foreign policy front, Moscow and Riyadh are on opposite sides […]

Hamas invites Russia to play role in Palestinian affairs

Hamas describes its recent visit to Russia as productive, and it certainly covered a lot of ground. A delegation of the movement’s leaders went to Russia to keep Moscow in the loop on Palestinian-Israeli problems and the Palestinian quest for statehood, to discuss the Palestinian reconciliation and to enlist Russia to pressure the international Quartet […]

Russia giving cover to Iran could doom nuclear deal as Trump considers whether to certify

As President Donald Trump considers whether to certify to Congress the controversial 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, word that the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog can’t verify a crucial part of the agreement could tip the scales with time running out by the middle of next month.U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley indicated Thursday that […]

Putin displays massive firepower in Russian war games on border with Europe

Russia’s big Zapad 2017 military exercises, believed to be the largest since the end of the Cold War, entered the news again on Tuesday after a video emerged appearing to show a Russian attack helicopter firing its rockets into a group of bystanders during drills.Russia’s defense ministry confirmed the video was authentic, but the denied […]

Russia Zapad 2017 military exercise in Belorussia could be “preparation for a big war” NATO says

Gen. Petr Pavel, head of NATO’s Military Committee, said over the weekend that NATO was working to re-establish military-to-military communications with Russia, to try to avoid any “unintended consequences of potential incidents during the exercise.”The week-long exercise — named Zapad, the Russian word for “west” — is taking place in areas near the Baltic Sea. […]

Syria: Russia denies airstrike that wounded six US-backed fighters

The Russian military denied claims on Sunday that it struck a US-backed force in eastern Syria, wounding six fighters.The Kurdish-led and US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday that its fighters had been hit in the airstrike near the eastern city of Deir el-Zour in an industrial area that had recently been liberated from […]

Russian MoD Denies Pentagon Allegations It Hit US-Backed Rebels in Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry denied on Sunday the Pentagon’s allegations that Russian jets had attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.Russian aircraft in Syria target only the positions of the terrorist group Daesh, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said, commenting on the claims that Russia bombed a target near Deir […]

Russian War Games Spark NATO Concerns

The NATO secretary general has said that Russia must allow NATO to observe its military exercises near the Baltic states next week in a bid to increase transparency. Jens Stoltenberg said Russia must accept the NATO exercises under guidelines agreed between the two powers, which laid out plans for war games involving more than 30,000 […]

Britain to defend Nordic and Baltic states from Russia

Britain has declared that it will help to protect Nordic and Baltic states from Russia after Brexit. British foreign secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement on Monday (4 September) the UK was a “reassuring presence” for allies facing “Russian antagonism”. He said the fact British soldiers had been sent to Estonia as part of […]

Poland Again Beats War Drums Over Planned Russia-Belarus Zapad-2017 Drills

Polish Deputy Minister of National Defense Michal Dworczyk has again expressed concern over upcoming joint Russia-Belarus military exercises dubbed the Zapad-2017. WARSAW (Sputnik) — Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance did not see any imminent threat posed against any NATO member by the drills, however, Baltic states and Poland again resorted to citing the alleged […]