Tag: Russia

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 […]

Russia ready to buld train that can carry and fire 6 nuclear missiles

Russia is apparently ready to build two terrifying weapons of war: A 100-ton ballistic missile that can destroy countries and a train that can carry and fire six nuclear missiles, according to Pravda, the Communist Party’s outlet in Russia.   The missile and train are “on the level of absolute readiness of the industry for their […]

Trump, Putin shake hands ahead of closely watched G20 meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, a veteran businessman and a former spy, shook hands on Friday ahead of the most highly anticipated face-to-face meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit.   Trump has said he wants to find ways to work with Putin, a goal made more difficult by sharp […]

Russia’s Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson discuss Syrian conflict

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed by telephone on Monday the need to cement the ceasefire regime in Syria, in particular on the basis of peace talks conducted in the Kazakh capital Astana. The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that Lavrov had urged Tillerson to use […]

Islamic State leader Baghdadi ‘may have been killed by Russia’

Russia’s defence ministry is investigating whether one of its air strikes in Syria killed the leader of the Islamic State militant group (IS). The ministry said an air strike may have killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and up to 330 other fighters on 28 May. It said the raid had targeted a meeting of the IS […]