Tag: Russia

Delivery of Russian S-300 missiles to Iran ‘to be done at the soonest opportunity possible’

Talks between Russia and Iran over the sale of sophisticated S-300 surface-to-air missiles are progressing, a top Iranian official told state media on Monday.   Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Tehran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, traveled to Moscow on Monday for a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, Press TV reported.   […]

Iranian politician says country to unveil its own ‘S-300’ missile system

Senior Iranian politician said on Tuesday that Iran is going to present a domestically manufactured “S-300”-type missile defense system in place of the one that Russia has yet to deliver.   “The Iran-made ‘S-300’ system will be unveiled by the Defense Ministry and armed forces’ engineers soon and will be tested before the eyes of […]

Kerry in Russia Holds Out Possibility of Easing Sanctions

Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday held out the prospect of an easing of sanctions against Moscow, using his first visit to Russia since the Ukraine crisis erupted to stress the importance of the two countries cooperating in the international arena.   At a joint press appearance with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after hours […]

Nato kicks out Russian spies but revives Kremlin hotline amid Ukraine tensions

“It’s important to have contacts military to military in a normal situation so that if something not normal happens, you’re able to clarify misunderstandings, to avoid situations out of control,” said Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister. “We’re going through the internal procedures to make sure that they’re functioning 24/7. They’re working and we’re making […]

Kerry arrives in Russia to push Putin on Ukraine crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Russian resort of Sochi Tuesday for high stakes talks seeking to push President Vladimir Putin to fully implement a shaky Ukraine ceasefire.   Kerry was to meet Putin in the Black Sea city at “a critical moment” for Ukraine aiming to ensure the “next steps in […]

Kerry, Putin to meet over Ukraine, Syria crises despite ‘confrontational, difficult times’

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday to discuss Ukraine and other issues, the United States said on Monday in a statement that made no mention of their deep disagreements. Relations between Russia and the West are at their lowest ebb since the end of […]

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 […]