NATO Chief: Russian Nuclear Threats ‘Destabilizing and Dangerous’

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NATO’s secretary general warned on Wednesday that Russia’s nuclear saber rattling threatens to further destabilize Europe.

Jens Stoltenberg said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that the Russian government’s recent rhetoric and its operations involving its nuclear forces were “deeply troubling.” While the Kremlin has continued to support separatists in eastern Ukraine, it has also claimed the right to deploy nuclear weapons in Eastern Europe and has escalated flights of its nuclear-capable bombers.

IRS Tax Information Hack Traced to Russia

Vladimir Putin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Internal Revenue Service believes the theft of about 100,000 taxpayers’ personal data from its computer system originated in Russia, CNN reported on Wednesday.

Pentagon Chief Urges End to Island-Building in South China Sea

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrives to make a personnel announcement in the Pentagon

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called on Wednesday for a halt to island-building by all parties in the South China Sea and an end to militarization of the dispute, saying the United States would be the principle security power in the region for decades to come.

U.S. Military Mistakenly Transfers Live Anthrax to Laboratory

Pentagon / AP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military mistakenly sent at least one live anthrax sample to a private laboratory in Maryland and possibly sent others to eight other states, a U.S. defense official said on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Russia Masses Heavy Firepower on Border with Ukraine

Tanks are seen on a freight train shortly after its arrival at a railway station in the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan

KHUTOR CHKALOVA, Russia (Reuters) – Russia’s army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week.