Tag: Russia

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 […]

With 580 U.S. boots on the ground in Ukraine, what’s Vladimir Putin’s next move?

As the crisis in Ukraine drags on, U.S.-Russia relations continue to deteriorate. The United States has just taken a step that risks bringing that relationship to a new low.   As part of its effort to support Ukraine, the U.S. military recently sent 290 troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade based in Vicenza, Italy, to […]

Arctic nations meet under threat of new Cold War

The thawing of the polar ice promises Arctic nations new opportunities to open ocean trade routes and offshore oil fields.   But the chill in relations between Western powers and their Arctic neighbor Russia could make the North a frontline in a new Cold War.   Senior envoys from the countries of the Arctic Council […]

US accuses Russia of violating deal

The US has accused Russia of deploying more air defence systems in eastern Ukraine in breach of a ceasefire deal. The state department also said Russia was involved in training separatist forces in the area and building up its forces along the border. The Kremlin has not yet responded to the claims. A truce between […]

Russia Is Boosting Air Defenses Inside Eastern Ukraine

“The Russian military has deployed additional air defense systems into eastern Ukraine and moved several of these nearer the front lines,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement.   “Russia is also building up its forces along its border with Ukraine,” the statement added. “After maintaining a relatively steady presence along the border, […]