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 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