US ready to talk missiles, military exercises with Russia — White House official

The United States is ready to discuss with Russia the two countries’ missile systems and military exercises, in talks that could begin as early as Sunday in Geneva, a senior White House official said Saturday. US and Russian diplomats are meeting in Switzerland to try to defuse tensions as Washington and Europe accuse Moscow of… Continue reading US ready to talk missiles, military exercises with Russia — White House official

Russia, China, Britain, US, and France say no one can win nuclear war

China, Russia, Britain, the United States and France have agreed that a further spread of nuclear arms and a nuclear war should be avoided, according to a joint statement by the five nuclear powers published by the Kremlin on Monday. It said that the five countries – who are the permanent members of the United… Continue reading Russia, China, Britain, US, and France say no one can win nuclear war

Russia completes 10,000-troop drills near Ukraine

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Russia announced Saturday that more than 10,000 troops had finished month-long drills near Ukraine, amid Western accusations that Moscow was plotting an invasion of its ex-Soviet neighbor. The defense ministry said in a statement that the drills for Southern Military District forces had taken place in a host of southern regions including Rostov, Krasnodar and… Continue reading Russia completes 10,000-troop drills near Ukraine

Russia scrambles jets to escort US, French aircraft

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Russia’s military escorted five French and US military aircraft over the Black Sea and away from its border Thursday, it said, as tensions mounted over the conflict in Ukraine. Its statement was released with details expected of a phone call between Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky and US President Joe Biden, who is reiterating support to… Continue reading Russia scrambles jets to escort US, French aircraft

Biden vows to prevent any Russian invasion of Ukraine

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US President Joe Biden said Friday he would make it “very, very difficult” for Russia to launch any invasion of Ukraine, which warned that a large-scale attack may be planned for next month. Washington and Kiev say Moscow has massed troops near Ukraine’s borders and accuse Russia of planning an invasion. Biden and President Vladimir… Continue reading Biden vows to prevent any Russian invasion of Ukraine

German IT security watchdog examines Xiaomi mobile phone

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Germany’s federal cybersecurity watchdog, the BSI, is conducting a technical examination of a mobile phone manufactured by China’s Xiaomi Corp (1810.HK), a spokesperson for the interior ministry told Reuters on Wednesday. The spokesperson did not provide further details on what kind of examination the agency was carrying out. Lithanua’s state cybersecurity body said last week… Continue reading German IT security watchdog examines Xiaomi mobile phone

UK will begin talks with Japan on deeper defense ties, says defense chief

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Britain said on Tuesday (Sept 28) it would begin formal negotiations with Japan to deepen their defence relationship, part of a shift in London’s strategic focus towards the Indo-Pacific region that has angered China. Defence minister Ben Wallace said the talks would seek to create the conditions for a “deeper and more complex defence engagement… Continue reading UK will begin talks with Japan on deeper defense ties, says defense chief

German warship sails into the West Philippine Sea for the first time since 2002

For the first time since 2002, Germany is sending a warship on a transit through the West Philippine Sea, in a win for the China hawks in Angela Merkel’s government. According to CNN, the frigate will follow regular trade routes and will not pass through the Taiwan Strait or within 12 nautical miles of the… Continue reading German warship sails into the West Philippine Sea for the first time since 2002

Japan, United Kingdom to strengthen defense ties at sea, military technology

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Defense ministers from Japan and the United Kingdom announced Tuesday that the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and its strike group will visit Japanese ports in September for joint exercises, as the two countries strengthen military ties amid increased Chinese assertiveness in regional waters. The visit by the Royal Navy’s largest cruiser is part… Continue reading Japan, United Kingdom to strengthen defense ties at sea, military technology

Russia debuts a new fighter jet, Putin praises country’s Air Force

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On Tuesday, Russian aircraft manufacturers displayed a prototype of a new fighter jet with stealth capabilities and other innovative technologies. Russian President Vladimir Putin viewed the potential warplane on display at the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Salon with great excitement. The air show kicked up on Tuesday in Zhukovsky, a suburb of Moscow. Sukhoi,… Continue reading Russia debuts a new fighter jet, Putin praises country’s Air Force