Tag: Russia

Hope, but no breakthrough so far in nuclear talks with Iran

“Deep gaps” remain between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program, a Russian official said on Wednesday, as negotiations intensified toward a November 24 deadline.   But speaking from Muscat, Oman, where the negotiators have converged for several days after basing their talks in Vienna, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov expressed optimism that a […]

Xi Jinping and China’s Power Play With Russia

President Barack Obama will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week on international issues like Ebola and terrorism, but things likely will get awkward if they discuss Beijing’s growing nuclear arsenal and increasingly cozy partnership with Russia.   Xi has aggressively asserted his government’s power at home and abroad since taking office in 2013, […]

Iran-Russia Nuclear Deal to be Signed Tuesday

The head of Iran’s atomic energy agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, will travel to Russia Tuesday to sign a construction deal for two nuclear power plants on Iran’s southern Gulf shores, AFP reported on Sunday.   Salehi’s visit will cap months of negotiations between Iran and Russia, and comes as the Islamic republic faces a November 24 […]

Jews reject Russia claims of Ukraine anti-Semitism

Russian media and officials have been portraying Ukraine as a hotbed of far-right extremism, including anti-Semitism, ever since former President Viktor Yanukovych was removed from power at the end of February.   In his first public reaction to Mr Yanukovych’s downfall, President Vladimir Putin told journalists on 4 March: “We see the rampage of reactionary […]

Obama and Putin meet amid tensions: White House

US President Barack Obama met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin three times on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit on Tuesday, with their conversations covering Iran, Syria and Ukraine, the White House said. Relations between Washington and Moscow are at their lowest ebb since the Cold War, with Russia under US-backed Western sanctions over its […]

Russia Moving Missiles, Rockets Toward Eastern Ukraine

Russia is sending additional military forces toward the border with eastern Ukraine, including units equipped with ballistic missiles, as part of Moscow’s ongoing destabilization effort in support of pro-Russian rebels.   U.S. officials with access to intelligence reports said one Russian military unit equipped with short-range ballistic missiles was detected this week near eastern Ukraine, […]

NATO asks US for more troops in Baltic states, Poland to counter ‘Russia threat’

The North Atlantic bloc has asked the Pentagon to send more troops to Eastern Europe to counter the perceived threat of Russia. There are currently 750 US soldiers in Poland and the Baltic states, but the organization believes that this is not enough.   The alliance cites the current situation in Ukraine, as well as […]

Finland warns Europe is ‘at the gates of a new cold war’ in wake of Russian military activity

Sauli Niinisto said the US and EU were failing to take Vladimir Putin’s actions seriously, even after he annexed Crimea and after repeated reports of Russian involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.   Advisers to the Russian President have previously warned that Putin wants to “regain Finland”, and speaking from his official residence in […]

The World’s Most Powerful People 2014

No one would call Vladimir Putin a good guy. In 2014 he strong-armed his way into possession of Crimea and waged an ugly proxy war in neighboring Ukraine, during which an almost certainly Russian-supplied surface-to-air missile downed a civilian jetliner. But as the undisputed, unpredictable and unaccountable head of an energy-rich, nuclear-tipped state, no one would […]

Nato jets ‘intercept Russian spy plane’ over Baltic

Estonia summoned Russia’s ambassador on Wednesday after its military said the Ilyushin-20 plane had entered its airspace for about a minute.   But Russia said the plane had been on a training flight and had not violated Estonian airspace.   Russia has been accused of several recent border violations in the region.   The conflict […]