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    Russia-Japan Relations Cool as Putin Visits China for WWII Anniversary
    Sep03

    Russia-Japan Relations Cool as Putin Visits China for WWII Anniversary

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Beijing for commemorations of the 70th anniversary of China’s WWII victory over Japan. Putin is expected to visit Japan later this year, but tensions between Tokyo and Moscow over islands disputed since the war, and sanctions over Ukraine, could pour cold water on the plan. VOA’s Daniel Schearf...

    Russia’s PM Halts Ban on Medical Imports
    Sep03

    Russia’s PM Halts Ban on Medical Imports

    Russia’s Prime Minister, Dmitri Medvedev, announced a halt to a proposed ban on state-funding of imported medical goods. Medvedev told Russian journalists a suggested bill to restrict imported medical devices and supplies would not be supported by his government unless treatment quality for patients could be maintained. “I have...

    NATO Opens Military Center in Lithuania Amid Ukraine Crisis
    Sep03

    NATO Opens Military Center in Lithuania Amid Ukraine Crisis

    Fighter jets roaring overhead, NATO on Thursday inaugurated a military center in the Lithuanian capital amid growing concerns in the Baltic countries over Russia’s military presence. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who joined Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite for the opening ceremony, described the new unit as a “big step...

    Five Countries Used Banned Cluster Munitions This Year
    Sep03

    Five Countries Used Banned Cluster Munitions This Year

    Five countries — Libya, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, and Yemen — have used cluster munitions this year, causing unacceptable harm to civilians, according to Human Rights Watch. The rights group wants an end to the use of the weapons, which are banned under the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. Officials commented during the release of an annual...

    Nordic, Baltic States Call on Russia to Release Estonian Policeman
    Sep03

    Nordic, Baltic States Call on Russia to Release Estonian Policeman

    Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers, meeting in Copenhagen on Thursday, called on Russia to immediately release an Estonian policeman who they say was “abducted” from his country and jailed for 15 years in a case that violated international law. Eston Kohver was sentenced last month for espionage, in a case that undermined relations...

    US Official: Ukraine Navy Shadow of Itself Since Crimea Annexation
    Sep03

    US Official: Ukraine Navy Shadow of Itself Since Crimea Annexation

    A senior U.S. military leader says the Ukrainian Naval Force has severely decreased in size since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. U.S. Vice Admiral James Foggo told reporters Wednesday that Ukraine’s navy personnel alone has shrunk from about 17,000 to 5,000. “They essentially lost about two-thirds of their people and...

    New Ukraine Doctrine Declares Russia Military Foe
    Sep03

    New Ukraine Doctrine Declares Russia Military Foe

    Ukraine’s national security council on Wednesday approved a new military doctrine that declares Russia to be a military opponent and calls for the country to pursue NATO membership. There was no immediate official reaction from Russia, which hotly denies claims that it has sent troops and equipment to separatist rebels in Ukraine’s...

    Russia Vows to Counter New US Sanctions
    Sep02

    Russia Vows to Counter New US Sanctions

    Russia said on Wednesday it would respond in kind to new U.S. sanctions imposed on the country over the Ukraine crisis. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website that Moscow will take “countermeasures” that will not necessarily “mirror” the U.S. sanctions. The ministry said “the U.S. should have no...

    Death Toll From Violent Protest in Ukraine Rises to 3
    Sep01

    Death Toll From Violent Protest in Ukraine Rises to 3

    The death toll from violent protests in Ukraine rose to three on Tuesday when two more National Guard officers died from injuries suffered in a grenade explosion, officials said. In the worst outburst of violence in Kyiv since the new government took power in 2014, nationalist protesters clashed with police and National Guard troops outside...

    US Military Deploys Drones to Latvia on Training Mission
    Sep01

    US Military Deploys Drones to Latvia on Training Mission

    The U.S. military has deployed two MQ-1 Predator reconnaissance drones and 70 airmen to Latvia on a training mission as part of U.S. efforts to reassure European allies the United States is committed to their security, the Pentagon said on Monday. The deployment of the MQ-1 Predators to Lielvarde Air Base in Latvia over the weekend was the first...

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