Tag: Russia

Japan scrambling warplanes as often as Cold War era amid growing activity by China, Russia

Japan’s government says the number of scrambles by the country’s warplanes has surged in recent years to levels nearly matching the Cold War era amid growing activity by China and Russia in the region.   The Defense Ministry said Wednesday that the Self Air-Defense Force scrambled its jets 943 times during a 12-month period through […]

US concern as Russia lifts ban on Iran arms delivery

Secretary of State John Kerry raised the matter in a phone call with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, the White House said.Russia said the embargo was no longer necessary after an interim deal was reached on Irans nuclear programme.Tehran and six world powers aim to reach a final deal by 30 June.White House spokesman […]

Russia’s S-300 Missiles-for-Iran Move Draws Rebukes From U.S., Israel

Russia’s move to lift a ban on missile sales to Iran drew objections from the U.S. and Israel, who called the move a direct result of nuclear talks.   Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday lifted a five-year ban on delivery of the S-300 air defense missile system. It would significantly bolster the Islamic republic’s […]

Russia foreign ministry attack on Sweden submarine sighting

Over the weekend Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad confirmed to the press that the apparent sighting of a Russian submarine on October 31 last year was in fact just a civilian working boat, after close examination of pictures taken by a former naval officer.   But, he also said, the fact that Russia was sailing submarines around […]

Russian warships in English Channel ‘to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills’

Russian warships have entered the English Channel and are planning to conduct military drills near the coast of Britain, it has been reported.   The Russian Defence Ministry’s officials were quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying the ships belonged to Russia’s Northern Fleet, which sparked controversy with a similar move last November.   […]

Nordic pact heightens tension with Russia

The Kremlin has complained that a new Nordic defence pact is “directed against Russia” and amounts to a “confrontational approach” on the Ukraine crisis. The Russian foreign ministry issued the statement on its website on Sunday (12 April).   It said “Nordic defence co-operation … has begun to be directed against Russia in a way […]

US vows to protest ‘unsafe and unprofessional’ Russian intercept of reconnaissance plane

The U.S. has said it will protest what it called the “unsafe and unprofessional” intercept of an American reconnaissance plane by Russian fighter jet over the Baltic Sea last week.   Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said Sunday said the U.S. was filing a complaint to Russia after the April 7 incident. Russian officials have denied […]

Iran sanctions can be reimposed if Tehran violates nuclear deal

US President Barack Obama said in an interview released on Tuesday he is confident sanctions against Iran could be reimposed if Tehran violates an agreement to restrict its nuclear program.   Obama told National Public Radio (NPR) that US and European negotiators are trying to reach a deal with Iran in which sanctions could be […]

Eastern European civilians undergo military training amid Russia threat

NATO aircraft scream across eastern European skies and American armored vehicles rumble near the border with Russia on a mission to reassure citizens that they’re safe from Russian aggression.   But these days, ordinary people aren’t taking any chances.   In Poland, doctors, shopkeepers, lawmakers and others are heeding a call to receive military training […]

Intent of Russian military aircraft near U.S. shores remains unclear

The air is frigid and the wind is howling as Air Force Col. Frank Flores lifts a pair of foot-long binoculars and studies a hazy dot about 50 miles west across the Bering Strait.   “That’s the mainland there,” he shouts above the gusts.   It’s Siberia, part of Russia, on the Asian mainland.   […]