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Why is Putin backing North Korea? To build up Russia as a great power

On July 6, the Russian delegation to the United Nations released an official statement, criticizing Washington’s handling of the North Korean crisis. In their statement, Russian diplomats disputed U.S. allegations that North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile against Japan on July 4, saying rather, that Pyongyang had launched an

Cash-Strapped Russia Can’t Afford to Modernize Its Only Aircraft Carrier

'Admiral Kuznetsov' will get repairs but will stay vintage The Russian navy will repair its sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, but the massive vessel will not be upgraded or modernized in any meaningful way. Instead, Russia will focus on getting the carrier back into the fleet as soon as possible when

Russia earns $24b from sale of warships

Russia has earned $24billion from the sale of 50 warships since 2000, according to the country’s agency for exports and imports of defence-related products. “One third of them were submarines,” said Alexander Mikheyev, the Director General of Rosoboronexport, the country’s sole state intermediary agency for exports and imports of defence-related products,

Putin emphasizes the Positive in marathon question-and-answer show

  In his last scheduled televised question-and-answer session with the public before Russia's next presidential election in March 2018, President Vladimir Putin sought to convey confidence and competence. Putin responded to a wide range of questions in the four-hour Direct Line program on June 15, which was heavily stage-managed to depict him

Moscow tests Iskander ballistic missile in Tajikistan drills

Moscow has for the first time test-fired its Iskander-M tactical ballistic missile outside the Russian soil during a drill in Tajikistan, targeting a simulated terrorist camp located 15 kilometers from the Tajik-Afghan border. Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin, an aide to the commander of Russia's Central Military District, made the announcement on Thursday

Russia mobilising troops and artillery along North Korea border amid fears of an all-out war

·        China has also sent 150,000 troops to its border with North Korea in the past few days. North Korea warns nuclear war could ‘break out at any moment’ due to ‘gangster-like’ US logic Reuters   Russia is reportedly mobilising troops and equipment along its 11-mile North Korea border amid fears

Is the U.S. at war with Russia?

Sen. Chris Coons says Putin has launched an undeclared war on the international order, calls for bipartisan approach to issue   “Make no mistake: the Putin regime has launched an undeclared war on the international order that has preserved peace and stability in the United States and Europe since World War II,”

US Attacks Syrian Airbase in Retaliation for Chemical Weapons Attacks

The U.S. military fired a barrage of missiles into Syria Friday morning in retaliation for a gruesome chemical weapons attack blamed on President Bashar al-Assad's forces that killed about 100 civilians. It is the first direct U.S. assault on Syrian government forces. The 59 Tomahawk missiles were fired from the USS Porter and the

Russia Has a Ton of Problems in Syria — Israeli Air Strikes Are Not One of Them

The Kremlin’s missiles could threaten Israeli warplanes, but it’s curious that they haven’t By Paul Iddon   Israel’s Arrow missile defense system saw its combat debut in March 2017 when it shot down a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile, which was fired at Israeli fighter jets. The jets were returning home from an air strike