Tag: Russia

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.   […]

Russia threatens to use ‘nuclear force’ over Crimea and the Baltic states

Russia has threatened to use “nuclear force” to defend its annexation of Crimea and warned that the “same conditions” that prompted it to take military action in Ukraine exist in the three Baltic states, all members of Nato.   According to notes made by an American at a meeting between Russian generals and US officials […]

Russia to Help Palestine Become Independent State

Russia will help Palestine in achieving its goal of becoming an independent state with the capital in East Jerusalem, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday in his address to the Arab League summit participants. “Russia will continue contributing to the attainment of this goal [Palestine’s independence], working through bilateral channels and through multilateral channels, including in the ‘Quartet’ of international mediators,” Putin said.   The Quartet comprising […]

NATO scrambles jets after Russian military planes spotted over Baltic Sea

The Swedish Air Force and NATO jets on Tuesday tracked four Russian combat aircraft flying with their transponders turned off over the Baltic Sea, officials said.   The Russian planes — two long-range, nuclear-capable Tu-22M3 bombers and two Sukhoi Su-27 fighters — were flying in international airspace, according to Sweden’s Armed Forces and alliance sources. […]

Russia and Lebanon against Saudi, Qatar push to condemn Hezbollah at UN

Russia and the Lebanese government oppose Saudi Arabia and Qatar’s efforts at the UN Human Rights Council to condemn Hezbollah for its fighting in Syria, Lebanese media reported on Monday.   “This is absolutely illogical, because Hezbollah stands by the legitimate regime and does not fight it,” Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin said after […]