Tag: Russia

First Russia-China naval war games underway in Mediterranean

Neither Russia nor China has one inch of coastline on the Mediterranean Sea, making it an unlikely and provocative venue for their first joint naval war games.   The 10 days of maneuvers that got underway Monday will include live-fire exercises in the strategic sea connecting Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The point is […]

NATO military exercises aim to send message of resolve to Russia

NATO countries are staging massive air, land and sea exercises across Russia’s northern borders this month in response to warnings from the Kremlin and strategic analysts that President Vladimir Putin’s threats to use nuclear weapons are more than bluster.   The exercises in Estonia, Lithuania and Norway involve more than 21,000 troops and state-of-the-art military […]

A new world order? Putin and Xi put friendship on display

At first sight, things look very different now. When President Xi Jinping of China took pride of place next to Vladimir Putin of Russia on Saturday, they looked like any other modern world leaders: pragmatic men-in-suits, full of smiles, temporary possessors of power rather than dictators-for-life.   Back in 1949, when Chairman Mao Tse-tung paid his first visit to […]

Kerry heads to Russia in first visit since Ukraine crisis

Secretary of State John Kerry departed Monday for Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin, on his first visit to the country since relations between Washington and Moscow plummeted to post-Cold War lows amid disagreements over Ukraine and Syria.   The State Department said Kerry would meet Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday […]

Undersea Electricity Cable Generates Friction Between Russia and Baltics

An undersea power cable aimed at reducing the Baltic states’ energy dependence on Russia has emerged as the latest point of friction in a region increasingly enveloped in a Cold War atmosphere.   Sweden and Lithuania, which are at either end of the proposed 280-mile electricity line, have complained that Russian warships have repeatedly interrupted […]

Russian Jewish leader: Increased authoritarianism a cause for aliya

Rising Russian immigration to Israel is being driven partly by anxieties over Moscow’s increasingly authoritarian policies, a spokesman for the Russian Jewish community told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. The number of Russians arriving in Israel in the first quarter of 2015 was nearly 50 percent higher than that experienced during the corresponding period last […]

Russian Missile Sale to Iran Involves Unseen Deals With Israel

Last month, when President Vladimir Putin of Russia announced plans to sell a powerful anti-missile system to Iran before the lifting of international sanctions, Israel was quick to join the U.S. in expressing shock and anger.   But behind the public announcements is a little-known web of arms negotiations and secret diplomacy. In recent years, Israel and Russia have engaged […]

North Korea, Venezuela and Russia are having a field day with Baltimore

People around the world are watching Baltimore, just as they watched Ferguson in August, and the headlines in some countries are more damning than in others. Protests and riots have come in response to the still unexplained death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American man who died from a spinal cord injury after police arrested him on […]

Former US commander calls for nuclear missiles to be taken off high alert

A former commander of U.S. nuclear forces says taking U.S. and Russian missiles off high alert might keep a possible cyberattack from starting a nuclear war, although neither country appears willing to increase the lead-time to prepare the weapons for launch.   Retired Gen. James Cartwright said in an interview that “de-alerting” nuclear arsenals could […]

Russia masses more forces near Ukraine border

More than 6,100 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since the onset of the war in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk last year. The fighting has diminished since the last Minsk accord, but the situation appears to be escalating once again after a two-month lull. “Combined Russian-separatist forces maintain a sizeable number of […]