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

Russia, ASEAN conclude first joint naval exercise

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Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have concluded their first joint naval exercise, Indonesia’s navy said on Saturday, as the region faces rising tensions with China. The three-day exercise off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island aimed at increasing interoperability between the ASEAN member states and the Russian navy in the strategic… Continue reading Russia, ASEAN conclude first joint naval exercise

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

China expanding its nuclear arsenal faster than anticipated, Pentagon says

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China is expanding its nuclear arsenal much more quickly than anticipated, narrowing the gap with the United States, the Pentagon said in a report published Wednesday. China could have 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027, and could top 1,000 by 2030 — an arsenal two-and-a-half times the size of what the Pentagon predicted only a… Continue reading China expanding its nuclear arsenal faster than anticipated, Pentagon says

Russian, Chinese warships hold first joint patrols in the Pacific

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Russian and Chinese warships held their first joint patrols in the Western part of the Pacific ocean on October 17-23, Russia’s defense ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Moscow and Beijing, which staged naval cooperation drills in the Sea of Japan earlier in October, have cultivated closer military and diplomatic ties in recent years… Continue reading Russian, Chinese warships hold first joint patrols in the Pacific

Japan names China, Russia, North Korea as threats in cyberspace

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The Japanese government adopted on Monday a draft cybersecurity strategy for the next 3 years, naming China, Russia and North Korea as cyberattack threats for the first time. The strategy, expected to be endorsed by the Cabinet soon, said the situation in cyberspace contains the “risk of rapidly developing into a critical situation” and that… Continue reading Japan names China, Russia, North Korea as threats in cyberspace

India to purchase 70,000 new AK-203 7.62mm assault rifles from Russia

With the contract inked on August 19, 2021, the Indian Army will buy 70,000 off-the-shelf Kalashnikov AK-203 7.62x39mm assault rifles from Russia. The guns were reportedly purchased as part of an emergency procurement program to address the Indian Army’s immediate operational needs. A program to procure around 770,000 new AK-203 assault rifles has been established,… Continue reading India to┬ápurchase 70,000 new AK-203 7.62mm assault rifles from Russia