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Russia

  • Why Is Russia Denying That North Korea Launched an ICBM?
    7:12 PM

    The United States, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea all agree that, last week, North Korea successfully flight tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that it calls the Hwasong-14. A U.S. government source with knowledge of the Hwasong-14 launch confirmed to The Diplomat that the United States currently assesses the missile’s range as falling in

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  • Russia is a serious threat to the US, according to a new Pentagon report
    7:00 PM

    A Pentagon report released Wednesday warns of a rising military threat from Russia and says the Kremlin believes the United States is seeking regime change, an assertion that could color the already fraught relationship between the two powers. The Defense Intelligence Agency’s 116-page  report , “Russia Military Power: Building a Military to Support Great Power

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  • US House bill threatens Russia with nuclear treaty suspension
    6:52 PM

    The House Armed Services Committee’s $696.5 billion defense policy bill includes several provisions aimed at curtailing rising Russian aggression, including the possible suspension of the long-held nuclear treaty between the two countries. “Over the past year, Russia has maintained its gains in Ukraine, continued support for the Assad regime in Syria, interfered in U.S. elections, violated

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  • Arctic outpost becomes hotbed of Russian military activity
    3:24 AM

    A TINY stretch of Arctic water has become a hotbed of military activity amid fears it could become the next flashpoint in a global conflict between the US and Russia. Locals on the tiny Norwegian island of Vardo have seen an increase in military action through the upgrade of a critical radar system, Globus III,

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  • Taking the Edge off U.S.-Russia Strategic Relations
    8:55 PM

    Secretary of State Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov have agreed in principle to resume strategic stability talks.  The United States and Russia should begin the talks expeditiously, and the first agenda items they should tackle include measures to reduce the risk of accident or miscalculation, preservation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

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  • On a Tiny Norwegian Island, America Keeps an Eye on Russia
    8:18 PM

    The population of the Arctic island of Vardo has shrunk to half of what it was 20 years ago, and the fishing industry that sustained its residents for generations has mostly collapsed. But the local power company, citing a mysterious surge in electricity demand, began work last month to increase energy supplies, laying a thick

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  • Under the radar, Russia plays a double game in tense Korean crisis
    6:08 PM

    President Trump has made a big deal since his election about his new relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, insisting Beijing is “working very hard” to pressure North Korea since the two leaders’ meetings at Mar-a-Lago earlier in the year. Mr. Trump seems to be combining China’s newfound sympathy to the U.S. position with a

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  • Putin’s Russia in biggest Arctic military push since Soviet fall
    6:41 AM

    Putin’s Russia in biggest Arctic military push since Soviet fall By Andrew Osborn ReutersJanuary 30, 2017 Atomic icebreakers Russia and Yamal are seen moored at Atomflot (Rosatomflot), the operator of Russia’s nuclear icebreaker fleet, base in the Arctic port of Murmansk, Russia December 22, 2011. Picture taken December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Andrei Pronin By Andrew Osborn

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  • Russia Makes Progress on Fielding New Fleet of Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarines
    5:45 PM

    The Russian Navy’s fleet of Project 885-M Yasen M-class nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarines is slowly but steadily starting to take shape with the fourth boat of the class, the Krasnoyarsk, recently completing crucial hydraulic tests of its pressure hull, according to local media reports. “A major construction stage — the hydraulic tests of the strong hull

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  • Dear America, Russia is not your friend
    10:22 PM

    Much has been made of the coming reset of relations between the United States and Russia.  No, not the infamous reset that U.S. President Barak Obama did during his presidency.  This reset — Reset II for no other reason than “why not?” — is helmed by incoming President Donald Trump. During Trump’s campaign and the

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