Tag: Russia

Worries mount that Islamic State is in Afghanistan

The top U.N. envoy in Afghanistan said Monday that recent reports indicate the Islamic State extremist group has established a foothold in Afghanistan, a view echoed by Russia which urged the Security Council to stop its expansion.   Nicholas Haysom told the council the assessment of the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan is that the […]

Russia starts nationwide show of force

More than 45,000 Russian troops as well as war planes and submarines started military exercises across much of the country on Monday in one of the Kremlin’s biggest shows of force since its ties with the West plunged to Cold War-lows. President Vladimir Putin called the Navy’s Northern Fleet to full combat readiness in exercises […]

Russia says has right to deploy nuclear weapons in Crimea

Russia has the right to deploy nuclear arms in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine last year, a Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday, adding he knew of no plans to do so.   “I don’t know if there are nuclear weapons there now. I don’t know about any plans, […]

Nemtsov killing exposes cracks in Kremlin unity

The killing of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov within sight of the Kremlin has exposed rarely seen tensions between different camps inside President Vladimir Putin’s system of rule.   No outsiders can know with any certainty what is happening behind the red-brick walls of the Kremlin, but some of Nemtsov’s associates say his shooting is […]

Moscow Will Respond to NATO Military Buildup Near Russia’s Border

NATO military buildup near Russia’s border does not contribute to the restoration of trust in the Euroatlantic space, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday. “We have confirmed our stance that military buildup near our border does not contribute to the restoration of trust in the Euroatlantic,” the Russian foreign minister said during a news conference with his Spanish counterpart.   Lavrov added that “we […]

NATO lashes out at ‘revisionist’ Russia, Moscow blasts West for creating new ‘divisive lines’

RIGA, Latvia –  NATO and Russia are exchanging heated language reminiscent of Cold War days with accusations of sinister geopolitical plotting and human rights abuses flying across an increasingly deep divide.   NATO’s top U.S. civilian official said Thursday says that “an angry, revisionist Russia” was stopping at little to re-establish its clout in Europe, […]

U.S. Commander: Arming Ukraine Increases Pressure on Putin

There’s no expectation Ukraine could defeat Russia militarily if given American weapons, but they could add “muscle” to diplomatic efforts, the commander of U.S. Army Europe said Tuesday.   While emphasizing the U.S. still seeks a diplomatic solution to the crisis, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said in Berlin that helping Ukraine with weapons would increase […]

World War III: Ominously Close, Inevitable

How close are we? By Rick Brinegar   “Extremely Fragile” Nuclear Global Order Widespread nuclear conflict could erupt at any moment in any of several regions of the world. The United States has aligned with members of the European Union to impose punitive sanctions against Russia for Russia’s seizure of Crimea and her support for […]

Ukraine’s Yatsenyuk Calls Russia’s Putin a Threat to Civilization

Ukraine’s prime minister has a simple message to Russia: “Get out of our land.”   Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Tuesday that Russia was not withdrawing heavy weapons from the east of his country — as promised under the terms of a shaky cease-fire — and called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “threat to the entire Western […]

Kerry: Russia has lied about its activities in Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that Russia has repeatedly lied to him about its activities in Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting national forces.   “Russia is engaged in a rather remarkable period of the most overt and extensive propaganda exercise that I’ve seen since the very height of the Cold War,” Kerry […]