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Russia suspends nuclear agreement, ends uranium research pact with United States
Oct05

Russia suspends nuclear agreement, ends uranium research pact with United States

Russia said on Wednesday it was suspending its nuclear and energy research agreement with the United States as a countermeasure against Washington for imposing sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. The government also said it was terminating for the same reasons an agreement between its nuclear corporation Rosatom and the U.S. Department of Energy on...

Putin suspends nuclear pact, raising stakes in row with Washington
Oct03

Putin suspends nuclear pact, raising stakes in row with Washington

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday suspended a treaty with Washington on cleaning up weapons-grade plutonium, signaling he is willing to use nuclear disarmament as a new bargaining chip in disputes with the United States over Ukraine and Syria. Starting in the last years of the Cold War, Russia and the United States signed a series of...

Putin Suspends Weapons-Grade Plutonium Deal with U.S.
Oct03

Putin Suspends Weapons-Grade Plutonium Deal with U.S.

President Vladimir Putin on Monday suspended a deal with the United States on the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium, once a symbol of U.S.-Russian rapprochement that has fallen apart amid tensions over Ukraine, Syria and other disputes. A strain in ties between the former Cold War rivals has escalated in recent weeks followed the collapse of a...

Russia fighting in Syria for a year, still at odds with US
Sep30

Russia fighting in Syria for a year, still at odds with US

A year after Russia waded into the war in Syria to prop up beleaguered Syrian President Bashar Assad, Moscow appears no closer to one of its military goals, getting the U.S. to cooperate in the skies or on the ground in the civil war. Prospects for a diplomatic resolution seem dim. The yearlong offensive of airstrikes and ground combat in Syria,...

Russia Accuses U.S. of Nurturing Aggressive Nuclear Strategy
Sep29

Russia Accuses U.S. of Nurturing Aggressive Nuclear Strategy

MOSCOW — Amid the widening U.S.-Russian spat over Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday issued a strongly-worded statement accusing the Pentagon of nurturing an aggressive nuclear strategy threatening Russia. The ministry cast a recent speech by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter as a veiled threat to back a hypothetical attack on...

Probe: Malaysian Jet Downed by Missile Launcher from Russia
Sep28

Probe: Malaysian Jet Downed by Missile Launcher from Russia

Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down in 2014 by a Buk missile that was moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia. Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Central Crime Investigation department of the Dutch National Police, said communications intercepts showed that pro-Moscow rebels had...

MH17 was shot down by Russian-made missile fired from rebel-held area: prosecutors
Sep28

MH17 was shot down by Russian-made missile fired from rebel-held area: prosecutors

A Malaysian airliner shot down in eastern Ukraine was hit by a Russian-made Buk missile launched from a village held by rebels fighting Ukrainian government forces, international prosecutors said on Wednesday. The findings challenge Moscow’s suggestion that Malaysia Airlines flight 17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in July 2014,...

Dutch probe: Malaysian jet downed by launcher from Russia
Sep28

Dutch probe: Malaysian jet downed by launcher from Russia

Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia. Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Central Crime Investigation department of the Dutch National Police, said communications intercepts showed that pro-Moscow rebels had called for...

Exclusive: How EU firms skirt sanctions to do business in Crimea
Sep21

Exclusive: How EU firms skirt sanctions to do business in Crimea

Products for sale in the Crimean stores of two European retailers are being shipped there from Russia via a ferry and port that are subject to EU sanctions, people involved in the transportation said, suggesting companies are finding ways around the punitive economic regime facing Moscow since 2014. Products carrying the brands of Germany’s...

Obama Urges Israel End Occupation and Palestinians Accept Israel
Sep21

Obama Urges Israel End Occupation and Palestinians Accept Israel

Both sides would benefit if Israel recognized it cannot permanently occupy Palestinian land and if Palestinians rejected incitement and recognized Israel’s legitimacy, U.S. President Barack Obama told the United Nations on Tuesday. Obama’s efforts to bring about an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement have failed over the nearly eight...

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