Could America Convince China and Russia to Keep North Korea in Check?

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The time is right to double down on cooperation with China. The National Interest Lyle J. Goldstein Pundits around the whole Asia-Pacific have been scribbling furiously about the supposed import of a brief and… Could America Convince… Read More »

Why Trump makes this small country so nervous

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Russia is always a threat but now they’re worried the U.S. won’t back them up. Politico By BENJAMIN ORESKES TALLINN, Estonia — The scene outside Alexander Nevsky Cathedral one evening earlier this month had all the… Why Trump makes… Read More »

More than 1,000 Russian athletes involved in doping conspiracy, investigator says

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The World Anti-Doping Agency says there is evidence of tampering involving 12 Russian medallists from the Sochi Olympics. The Star LONDON—A new report into systematic Russian doping has found that more than 1,000 Russian athletes from summer and winter sports were involved in or benefited from an organized conspiracy over a four-year period. World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren released… More than 1,000 Russian athletes involved in… Read More »

Baltic minutemen fight Russian foe

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Paramilitary groups are on the rise to counter the threat from the east. Politico By JONATHAN BROWN PABRADE, Lithuania — Peering past the black tarps covering the windows of the… Baltic minutemen fight… Read More »

Uzbekistan: Reform or Repeat?

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After 25 years of authoritarian rule, Uzbekistan faces unpredictable neighbours, a jihadi threat and deep socio-economic challenges. ICG New President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has taken small steps toward vital domestic and foreign policy reform, and… Uzbekistan: Reform or… Read More »

Merkel warns of ramped up Russia cyber attacks ahead of vote

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Cyber attacks from Russia are now so common that Germany must learn to cope with them as part of daily life, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Nov. 29, after Europe’s top economy suffered its biggest hacking assault. Hurriyet BERLIN – Agence France-Presse Almost one million Deutsche Telekom clients were knocked offline from Nov. 27, with Germany’s online security chief describing it as “a… Merkel warns of… Read More »

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attend a session of the World Energy Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, October 10, 2016. Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - RTSRLXH

Why Russia isn’t rushing to lift sanctions on Turkey Al Monitor Yekaterina Chulkovskaya For a long time, Russian-Turkish relations were based on a certain formula: “The economy is the economy. Politics is politics. And they shouldn’t be… RUSSIA PULSE… Read More »

Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court treaty

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved an order to withdraw the nation from the process of joining the International Criminal Court (ICC). Russia signed the Rome statute, which governs the ICC, in 2000 but never ratified the agreement to become a member. The decision came after an ICC ruling that Russia’s activity in… Russia withdraws… Read More »

Russia ships ‘chase away’ Dutch submarine in Mediterranean

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Russia’s defence ministry has said two of its navy destroyers have forced away a Dutch submarine to stop it spying on an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean. The sub was 20km (12 miles) away from the Admiral Kuznetsov at the time of the incident, the military said. Russia sent a… Russia ships ‘chase… Read More »

Turkey’s Difficult Détente With Russia

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ANKARA—Turkey’s always-complex zigzags between its Western allies and their respective strategic rivals are more than notorious. By: Burak Ege Bekdil, Russia is a case in point. A year ago Turkey and Russia were on the brink of war over Syria. Today they are in a… Turkey’s Difficult Détente… Read More »

Moscow, Ankara to discuss deploying air defense systems to Turkey

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Russia and Turkey are planning to convene to set an intergovernmental military-technical cooperation commission before the end of the year, a Russian military official said on Monday. Daily Sabah Speaking to Interfax, Alexandr Fomin, the Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said the most important topic on the… Moscow, Ankara to… Read More »

Amnesty can return to Moscow office after eviction: Russian rights official

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MOSCOW: Amnesty International, a strong critic of Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria, will be able to return to its office in Moscow after being evicted for alleged non-payment of rent, Russia’s state human rights council said Thursday. Reuters Staff at Amnesty’s Moscow office had told Reuters Wednesday that they arrived at work to find the locks had been changed, official seals placed over the doors and the… Amnesty can return to… Read More »

Amnesty International’s Moscow office ‘sealed by authorities’

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Amnesty International’s office in Moscow has been sealed off by the city authorities, say members of staff. Arriving for work on Wednesday, they found official seals placed across the office entrances, the locks had been changed and the… Amnesty International’s Moscow… Read More »

‘Increasingly aggressive’ Russia a growing threat to UK, says MI5 head

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Exclusive: In first newspaper interview given by a serving spy chief, Andrew Parker talks of terror, espionage and balance between secrecy and privacy Ewen MacAskill and Paul Johnson Russia poses an increasing threat to the stability of the UK and is using all the sophisticated tools at its disposal to achieve its aims, the director general of MI5 has told the Guardian. In the first newspaper interview given by an… ‘Increasingly aggressive’ Russia a… Read More »

Lofty ambitions confront reality in Turkish Stream pipeline

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Russia and Turkey signed an agreement to build a gas pipeline early this month, provoking worry that the Turkish Stream pipeline could render Ukraine obsolete as a gas conduit to Europe. By Josh Kovensky Ankara appears to have ambitions to become a gas transit hub connecting Central Asia, the Black Sea region and the… Lofty ambitions confront… Read More »

UK deploys hundreds of troops and aircraft to eastern Europe

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UK joins biggest post-cold war buildup of Nato forces as Russian military engages in series of high-profile manoeuvres Kevin Rawlinson and Ewen MacAskill The UK is deploying hundreds of troops, as well as aircraft and armour to eastern Europe as part of the biggest build-up of Nato forces in the region since the cold war. The… UK deploys hundreds… Read More »