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Russians Remain Patient for Thaw with U.S. under Trump
Feb15

Russians Remain Patient for Thaw with U.S. under Trump

As questions over the Trump administration’s contacts with Russia roil U.S. politics, the Kremlin is taking a decidedly measured approach, carefully weighing what it says to avoid jeopardizing a chance for better relations between Moscow and Washington. This same patience is evident in Russian state media, helping to temper public...

Pentagon Chief Mattis Makes Clear that U.S. Committed to NATO
Feb15

Pentagon Chief Mattis Makes Clear that U.S. Committed to NATO

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday made clear that the United States was committed to NATO while also reinforcing the Trump administration’s demand that allies pay their fair share. Speaking at his first NATO defense minister’s meeting, Mattis called the alliance “a fundamental bedrock for the United States and for...

Ukraine: High Tension & Low Temperatures
Feb15

Ukraine: High Tension & Low Temperatures

It’s February, and exactly as was the case three years ago, events in Ukraine are making headlines. Guns are again being fired; deaths and injuries are being reported. Low temperatures of below 20o Celsius are affecting the region these days, but they have not lowered tensions in a conflict, which far from nearing a resolution, is...

500 US troops arrive in Romania to bolster defense
Feb14

500 US troops arrive in Romania to bolster defense

Five hundred U.S. troops are arriving at a Romanian Black Sea port with tanks and hardware to bolster defense in the East European NATO nation. The U.S. embassy said the “Fighting Eagles,” 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, will be stationed in the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in eastern Romania on a rotating basis. U.S. Ambassador...

Kremlin, Russian Lawmakers Play Down Flynn’s Resignation
Feb14

Kremlin, Russian Lawmakers Play Down Flynn’s Resignation

The Kremlin on Tuesday played down the resignation of U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a sign that Russia is already looking ahead to talks with the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to improve the nations’ strained ties. Flynn was often perceived as Donald Trump’s key contact with Moscow. In 2015, Flynn appeared at a...

Democrats demand independent Russia probe after Flynn quits
Feb14

Democrats demand independent Russia probe after Flynn quits

Democrats demanded a special investigation Tuesday into possible links between President Donald Trump’s administration and Russia. This includes when Trump learned that his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had discussed U.S. sanctions with a Russian diplomat. “The American people deserve to know the full extent of...

Germany to elect new president; Steinmeier the favourite
Feb11

Germany to elect new president; Steinmeier the favourite

A German parliamentary assembly will elect the country’s new president on Sunday, with a respected former foreign minister who last year called Donald Trump one of the world’s “hate preachers” the overwhelming favourite to win. The German president has little executive power, but is considered an important moral authority....

Top US commander says more troops needed in Afghanistan
Feb09

Top US commander says more troops needed in Afghanistan

A few thousand more troops are needed to help end the stalemate in Afghanistan, according to a senior U.S. military commander who also told lawmakers Thursday that Russian meddling is complicating the counterterrorism fight. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, didn’t provide the Senate Armed Services Committee...

NATO allies lock in U.S. support for stand-off with Russia
Feb09

NATO allies lock in U.S. support for stand-off with Russia

Immediately after Donald Trump was elected, U.S. diplomats urged Lithuania to rush through an agreement to keep American troops on its soil, reflecting alarm that the new, Russia-friendly U.S. president might try to stop more deployments in Europe. The agreement was signed just a few days before Trump’s inauguration, according to a document...

7 Russian sailors, 1 Ukrainian kidnapped in Nigerian waters
Feb08

7 Russian sailors, 1 Ukrainian kidnapped in Nigerian waters

Seven Russian sailors and a Ukrainian have been kidnapped from a cargo ship in Nigerian waters, the Russian embassy in the West African nation said Wednesday. The kidnappings come less than three months after three Russians were taken hostage off a ship in Nigerian waters and freed weeks later. The Russian embassy posted messages on social media...

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