Tag: Russia

Russia Zapad 2017 military exercise in Belorussia could be “preparation for a big war” NATO says

Gen. Petr Pavel, head of NATO’s Military Committee, said over the weekend that NATO was working to re-establish military-to-military communications with Russia, to try to avoid any “unintended consequences of potential incidents during the exercise.”The week-long exercise — named Zapad, the Russian word for “west” — is taking place in areas near the Baltic Sea. […]

Syria: Russia denies airstrike that wounded six US-backed fighters

The Russian military denied claims on Sunday that it struck a US-backed force in eastern Syria, wounding six fighters.The Kurdish-led and US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday that its fighters had been hit in the airstrike near the eastern city of Deir el-Zour in an industrial area that had recently been liberated from […]

Russian MoD Denies Pentagon Allegations It Hit US-Backed Rebels in Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry denied on Sunday the Pentagon’s allegations that Russian jets had attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.Russian aircraft in Syria target only the positions of the terrorist group Daesh, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said, commenting on the claims that Russia bombed a target near Deir […]

Russian War Games Spark NATO Concerns

The NATO secretary general has said that Russia must allow NATO to observe its military exercises near the Baltic states next week in a bid to increase transparency. Jens Stoltenberg said Russia must accept the NATO exercises under guidelines agreed between the two powers, which laid out plans for war games involving more than 30,000 […]

Britain to defend Nordic and Baltic states from Russia

Britain has declared that it will help to protect Nordic and Baltic states from Russia after Brexit. British foreign secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement on Monday (4 September) the UK was a “reassuring presence” for allies facing “Russian antagonism”. He said the fact British soldiers had been sent to Estonia as part of […]

Poland Again Beats War Drums Over Planned Russia-Belarus Zapad-2017 Drills

Polish Deputy Minister of National Defense Michal Dworczyk has again expressed concern over upcoming joint Russia-Belarus military exercises dubbed the Zapad-2017. WARSAW (Sputnik) — Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance did not see any imminent threat posed against any NATO member by the drills, however, Baltic states and Poland again resorted to citing the alleged […]

New US sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea signed into law

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed legislation that intensifies sanctions on Russia, particularly its oil and mining industries, and places new sanctions on North Korea and Iran. The law also gives Congress the power to veto the easing of sanctions on Russia by the president. Trump had little choice but to sign the bill as […]

Tillerson: I’ve told Russia our relationship can get worse, ‘and it just did’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that he’s warned Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the relationship between the U.S. and Moscow is bad — but it can get worse. “I told President Putin when I saw him in the Kremlin in March and I’ve told Foreign Minister Lavrov repeatedly, […]

Donald Trump’s son and aides to testify in Senate about Russia

US President Donald Trump’s eldest son, son-in-law and ex-campaign manager are to testify before the Senate on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.   Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort will be questioned about their links to Russian officials. One key subject will be their meeting with a Russian lawyer last year.   […]

Russian official says there’s ‘almost’ a deal with Trump administration for return of diplomatic compounds

A Russian official said after a high-level meeting with Trump administration officials that the two countries have “almost” reached a deal for the U.S. to return two diplomatic compounds to Russian control. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov had just left the meeting at the U.S. State Department early Monday evening when he responded to […]