A leading group of senators is pressuring the Obama administration to take greater action against Russian aggression in the Ukraine by sanctioning the Kremlin’s top banks and banning them from using the globe’s premier financial service.
NOVOROSSIYSK Russia (Reuters) – Russia will increase its Black Sea fleet with more than 80 new warships by 2020 and will complete a second naval base for the fleet near the city of Novorossiysk by 2016, its commander said on Tuesday.
Pressure on Crimean Tatars from Russia continues to grow, as Russian security forces have raided the Tatars’ Mejlis (Parliament) in Simferopol, the home of one Mejlis member, and the offices of Crimean Tatar newspaper Avdet (Return), according to Mejlis leader Refat Chubarov.
The heads of Iran and Russia’s state-run nuclear agencies discussed the construction of new nuclear plants in Iran during a meeting held on Friday around the same time that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, also sat down for a chat about Tehran’s ongoing nuclear negotiations with the West, according to regional reports.
Russia will upgrade its nuclear and space defense forces in response to perceived threats from NATO and the United States, including the U.S. “prompt global strike” program.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia must maintain its nuclear deterrence to counter what he called growing security threats, after Moscow test-launched an intercontinental nuclear missile.
Propaganda and media accounts associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) are now being hosted by a Russian social media platform after the terror group was thrown off of U.S. sites such as Twitter, according to a new intelligence report.
Russia’s success in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine is the consequence of a sustained Russian effort to modernize and rebuild its ravaged post-Cold War military, an investment aggressively promoted by President Vladimir Putin.