Tag: Russia

America and Britain play Cold War games with Russia in the Arctic

LA MER DE BARENTS is not a welcoming place for visitors. “Frequent snowstorms … wiped out the country for hours,” wrote an unlucky British submariner sent there to snoop during the Cold War. “We were confronted with the bestiality of the spray that turned into ice before they even hit our faces. It is therefore […]

Fighting Between Syrian Forces and Al-Qaida-linked Group Leaves Dozens Dead

Al-Qaida-linked fighters attacked Syrian government positions Sunday on the edge of the country’s last rebel stronghold, triggering intense clashes that killed nearly three dozen combatants across both sides, opposition activists said. The fighting was among the worst since early March, when an agreement between Turkey and Russia halted the Syrian government’s three-month air and ground […]

Russia ready for hypersonic missile talks with US, says Lavrov

Russia is ready to discuss hypersonic missiles and other arms control issues with the United States as part of wider discussions about strategic stability, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday. Cold War-era arms control agreements have been in jeopardy as Russia‘s relations with the West have soured in recent years. In August 2019, the US pulled […]

Moscow tightens virus lockdown with digital travel permits

Moscow authorities are issuing digital permits to reduce violations of the coronavirus lockdown as Russia on Monday reported more than 2,500 new infections, its highest daily rise yet. Officials said that more than 800,000 passes had already been issued to people planning to travel by car or public transport ahead of the system’s formal launch […]

Russia’s Putin orders non-working month to curb coronavirus

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered most Russians to stay off work until the end of the month as part of a partial economic shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Speaking in a televised address to the nation, Putin said he was extending the non-working policy he ordered earlier for this week until […]

World War 3 threat: US warned after ‘dangerous’ simulation of nuclear attack on Russia

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov urged US President Donald Trump to bear in mind there “can be no winners” in a nuclear war. In the exercise, held at Strategic Command in Nebraska, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper played himself in a simulated showdown in Europe between Russia and NATO on Friday. However, Mr Ryabkov […]

Fresh Russian-U.S. ‘Skirmish’ Reported in Syria

Russian and U.S. forces have faced off for what could be the fourth time in less than two weeks in oil-rich northeastern Syria, the local Kurdish news outlet Anha reported Saturday. Video of the reported standoff in the Hasakah province showed a Russian-flagged armored vehicle and what appeared to be two U.S. Army armored vehicles […]

Putin’s Hypersonic Nuclear Missile Stirs Fears of Arms Race

A new hypersonic nuclear missile that Russia says it has deployed is fueling concerns of a new arms race with the U.S. as the clock ticks down on the expiry of the last treaty limiting the strategic arsenals of the two former Cold War foes. Russia’s first regiment of Avangard missiles was commissioned in the […]

Putin thanks Trump for foiling New Year attacks

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has thanked US counterpart Donald Trump for intelligence that helped foil “acts of terrorism” on Russian soil, according to a Kremlin statement. Mr Putin and Mr Trump spoke on the phone on Sunday, it said. The Kremlin said the information came via intelligence services, but it provided no further details. Russian […]

Turkey to Keep Russian Missiles, Defying U.S. Sanctions Threat

Turkey dug into its refusal to abandon its new Russian missile defense, saying it won’t bow to threat of crippling U.S. sanctions or trade the S-400s for an American system. “They said they would not sell Patriots unless we get rid of the S-400s. It is out of question for us to accept such a […]