Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview Tuesday that his country’s relations with China have reached a historic level as the two nations, often at odds with the United States, increase their military and economic cooperation.
Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council called Russia a “military adversary” in its defense doctrine released today. The document defines the “conditions for the liberation” of territories in eastern Ukraine, according to a statement by the council. The doctrine also declares that Ukraine will retract its non-aligned status in favor of pursuit of NATO membership. …
U.S. officials are considering sanctions against entities in China and Russia for cyber attacks waged on commercial targets, though Chinese sources are unlikely to see such punishment before President Xi Jinping visits the White House in September.
Russia has been busy in the Arctic in 2015. Its activities, according to a fascinating round-up by the New York Times’ Steven Lee Myers, have included a massive military exercise featuring “45,000 troops, as well as dozens of ships and submarines, including those in its strategic nuclear arsenal, from the Northern Fleet,” the permanent deployment of two new brigades of troops to the country’s northern reaches, and increased air patrols. By contrast, the U.S. army is considering reducing the number of troops it keeps in Alaska. Earlier in August, Russia resubmitted a claim to a huge undersea expanse of the Arctic to the U.N. Russia fields 41 icebreakers, compared to two fielded by the United States, and is building 10 search-and-rescue stations with accompanying communications infrastructure along its northern coast. There is a lot of oil and gas under that ice, and Russia is playing for keeps.
President Obama is traveling to the United States’ Arctic frontier this week in Alaska. Here’s what he will be doing:
In a meeting Monday, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas and Polish President Andrzej Duda agreed to extend sanctions against Russia, responding to Russian aggression in Eastern Europe.
The Obama administration advised the Ukrainian government not to fight Russian forces when Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea in 2014, the main reason for which was a desire not to anger the Russian president.
Russia is nearing deployment of a new missile capable of targeting all of Europe with nuclear or conventional warheads, according to defense officials.
The U.S-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) expressed “serious concern” about current violence in Ukraine, warning pro-Russian rebels Wednesday against seizing more territory in the eastern part of the country.
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said Tuesday that Iran will sign a contract for the delivery of four re-vamped S-300 surface-to-air missile systems from Moscow to Tehran.