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Sealift on the Move

The Russian LST flotilla has left the Baltic, which has to have the Swedes breathing a little easier, and linked up with the LST Group from the Northern Fleet in the North Sea. If they're headed for the Black Sea, that's a bit of a haul.”The LST group of the Baltic Fleet, which left the Baltic Sea yesterday, was joined today by the LST group of the Northern Fleet, consisting of the LST "Pyotr Morgunov", "Olenegorsky miner" and "George Pobedonosets" following the same course to the North Sea.” ht...
Tags: News, Sweden, Guns, Russia, Nato, Ships, Tanks, Black Sea, Baltic Sea, North Sea, Tam, Northern Fleet, Gotland, Baltic Fleet, LST Group, Pyotr Morgunov Olenegorsky


US and Russia to hold talks on Ukraine in potential sign ‘diplomacy is not dead’

US secretary of state Tony Blinken to meet with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov amid fears of Russian attack on UkraineThe US and Russian foreign ministers will hold talks in Geneva on Friday in a development that a US official said suggested that “perhaps diplomacy is not dead” in the efforts to fend off a new Russian attack on Ukraine.With the White House warning that such an attack could come “at any time”, the US secretary of state, Tony Blinken, will fly to Kyiv on Wednesday and Berlin on Th...
Tags: Europe, White House, Russia, Berlin, US, World news, Ukraine, Nato, Geneva, State, Sergei Lavrov, Tony Blinken


White House warns Russia ready to launch an attack on Ukraine 'at any point'

A Russian service member walks near a T-72B3 main battle tank during military drills at the Kadamovsky range in the Rostov region of Russia on December 20, 2021.Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters The White House warned that Russia could launch an attack on Ukraine "at any point." The US has warned of severe consequences if Russia invades the former Soviet republic. "No option is off the table, in our view," Psaki said. The White House on Tuesday warned that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could be immine...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Germany, Russia, US, International, Trends, Georgia, Ukraine, Nato, Crimea, Belarus


Nato invites Russia for fresh talks on Europe amid Ukraine crisis

Main task is to prevent military attack on Ukraine, says Nato secretary generalNato has invited Russia to a fresh series of talks to discuss European security and arms controls as the alliance scrambles to avoid a possible Russian attack on Ukraine.“The main task now is to prevent a military attack on Ukraine,” the Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said after a meeting with the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Russia, World news, Ukraine, Nato, Jens Stoltenberg, Olaf Scholz, generalNato


UK planes took a long detour around Germany to deliver weapons to Ukraine in case Russia invades

An RAF C-17 plane seen at RAF Brize Norton air base, England, in August 2021.UK MOD via REUTERs The UK sent Ukraine anti-tank weapons on Monday for use in self-defense in case Russia invades. Royal Air Force planes carrying the weapons flew around German airspace to get there, flight data shows. Germany had declined to send military support to Ukraine and blocked NATO shipments to Kyiv. The UK defense ministry said Germany didn't deny access to its airspace because Britain didn't requ...
Tags: UK, Germany, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Cnn, Mod, Britain, Royal Air Force, Nato, News UK, Raf, The Daily Mail, Parliament


Russia moves troops to Belarus for joint exercises near Ukraine border

Move likely to stoke invasion fears as war games also planned near borders of Nato members Poland and LithuaniaRussia has begun moving troops to Ukraine’s northern neighbour Belarus for joint military exercises, in a move likely to increase fears in the west that Moscow is preparing for an invasion.The joint military exercises, named United Resolve, are to take place as Russia also musters forces along Ukraine’s eastern border, threatening a potential invasion that could unleash the largest conf...
Tags: Europe, Russia, World news, Ukraine, Nato, Poland, Moscow, Belarus, LithuaniaRussia, United Resolve


US intelligence suggests Russia has operatives in place for a possible false-flag operation to justify invading Ukraine

A Russian service member is seen atop of a T-72B3 main battle tank during military drills at the Kadamovsky range in the Rostov region, Russia, on December 20, 2021.Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters US intelligence thinks Russia's preparing a false-flag operation to justify military action in Ukraine, CNN reported. White House officials suggested as much during a press briefing on Thursday. Ukraine's defense ministry also raised the possibility that Russia may be looking for a pretext to invad...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Senate, White House, Politico, Russia, US, International, Trends, Georgia, Ukraine, Cnn, West


Russia warns it's 'run out of patience' while doubling down on demands the US and NATO have said they won't accept

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during a joint press conference with his Portuguese counterpart following their talks in Moscow on May 31, 2021.Pavel Golovkin/AFP via Getty Images Russia's top diplomat said Moscow has "run out of patience" with the West amid the Ukraine crisis. "The West has been driven by hubris and has exacerbated tensions," Lavrov said.  Russia has gathered a massive force on Ukraine's border, prompting fears of an invasion.  Russian Foreign Minister ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, International, Trends, Georgia, Ukraine, West, Nato, Connecticut, Crimea, Moscow


Ukraine is Putin's 'last stand', says Russia expert

Analyst Dmitri Trenin says Vladimir Putin is using the Russian military as leverage to halt NATO expansion towards Russia's own borders
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Ukraine, Nato, Stories, Dmitri Trenin


Putin's big miscalculation

Frida Ghitis writes that the more Russian President Vladimir Putin threatens Ukraine -- solidifying the Kremlin's image as a bully endangering its neighbor -- the more he strengthens both NATO and the desire of Russia's neighbors to join the military alliance.
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Ukraine, Cnn, Nato, Kremlin, Frida Ghitis


Opinion: Putin's big miscalculation

Is Russian President Vladimir Putin planning to invade Ukraine, potentially launching a new war in Europe? The answer remains elusive after a week of intensive diplomacy, with consecutive meetings between Russian officials and US, NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe envoys.
Tags: Europe, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, US, Ukraine, Nato, Stories, Organization for Security


Russia warns it will sever ties with the US if it sanctions Putin over Ukraine crisis

Vladimir Putin seen at his annual press conference on December 23, 2021 in Moscow, Russia.Natalya Zamboska/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Sanctioning Putin could completely dismantle US-Russia ties, the Kremlin warned on Thursday.  Senate Democrats introduced legislation that would sanction Putin, among others, if Russia invades Ukraine.  Russia has gathered tens of thousands of troops along Ukraine's border in recent weeks.  The Kremlin on Thursday warned of a complete rupture of US-Rus...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Texas, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Washington, Senate, Germany, Russia, US, International, Trends, Joe Biden, Ukraine


What have Ukraine talks achieved, and is war now more likely?

Russia calls talks a ‘dead end’ and it becomes clear that troop build-up is not a bluff to achieve other endsThe Guardian’s world affairs editor assesses the outcome of three rounds of talks this week about the fate of Ukraine, involving Russia, the US, Nato and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).Did the talks achieve anything? Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Vladimir Putin, Russia, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Ukraine, Nato, US NATO, Organization for Security and Co


Russia threatens military deployment to Cuba and Venezuela as diplomacy stalls

US says ‘drumbeat of war is sounding loud’ as talks with Russia over Ukraine head towards dead endRussia has refused to rule out a military deployment to Cuba and Venezuela if talks with the west on European security and Ukraine fail to go its way, while warning the latest discussions with Nato were hitting a dead end.In an apparent attempt to up the ante with the Biden administration, Sergei Ryabkov, who led Russia’s delegation in a meeting with the US on Monday, told Russian television he coul...
Tags: Europe, Russia, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Ukraine, Nato, Venezuela, Biden, Cuba, Sergei Ryabkov


Russia threatens military deployment to Cuba and Venezuela as Nato talks falter

US says ‘drumbeat of war is sounding loud’ as talks with Russia over Ukraine head towards dead endRussia has refused to rule out a military deployment to Cuba and Venezuela if talks with the west on European security and Ukraine fail to go its way, while warning the latest discussions with Nato were hitting a dead end.In an apparent attempt to up the ante with the Biden administration, Sergei Ryabkov, who led Russia’s delegation in a meeting with the US on Monday, told Russian television he coul...
Tags: Europe, Russia, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Ukraine, Nato, Venezuela, Biden, Cuba, Sergei Ryabkov


Russia could use failed talks with US and NATO as 'pretext' for invading Ukraine, experts and officials warn

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Bocharov Ruchei residence on September 29.Vladimir Smirnov\TASS via Getty Images Russia has spent this week engaging US and its NATO allies in talks amid tensions over Ukraine. Some experts and officials have raised concerns Russia could use failed talks as a pretext to invade. "This does give them a kind of veil of legitimacy if they decide to invade Ukraine," one expert said. Some senior US ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, US, International, Trends, Georgia, Ukraine, Nato, Crimea, Moscow, Recep Tayyip Erdogan


Europe closer to war now than at any point in last 30 years, Poland warns – video

Poland's foreign minister has warned that Europe is closer to war than it has been at any time in the last three decades, at the launch of his country's year-long chairing of the region's largest security organisation. Without naming Russia in his address on Thursday to envoys from the 57 members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Zbigniew Rau mentioned tensions in Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia and Moldova, all countries with active or frozen conflicts in which Russia has b...
Tags: Europe, Russia, World news, Ukraine, Nato, Poland, Moldova, Organization for Security and Co, Zbigniew Rau, Ukraine Georgia Armenia


Russia says talks with Nato over Ukraine are hitting a dead end

OSCE mission warns ‘crisis on the continent may arise’ as Polish foreign minister says Europe faces greatest risk of war in 30 yearsRussia has said talks with Nato over Ukraine were hitting a dead end, while threatening to take unspecified “necessary measures” if its demands were not met.A volley of downbeat statements from Russian senior officials emerged as Poland’s foreign minister, Zbigniew Rau, warned that Europe faced its greatest risk of war in 30 years. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Russia, World news, Ukraine, Nato, Poland, OSCE, Zbigniew Rau


Top Russian diplomat says there no point in further Ukraine talks as European leaders warn of the risk of war

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov looks on during a press conference following talks with US counterpart on soaring tensions over Ukraine, in Geneva, on January 10, 2022.Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images A top Russian diplomat says there no point in further Ukraine talks as European leaders warn of the risk of war, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.Speaking on Russian television, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said there are "no grounds" in continuing dialogue between R...
Tags: News, Washington Post, Russia, US, Trends, Ukraine, Conflict, Nato, Geneva, Afp, Jens Stoltenberg, Sergei Ryabkov, Stoltenberg, Fabrice Coffrini, Breaking, Ryabkov


Top US diplomat blasts Russia for holding live-fire drills near Ukraine's border amid talks aimed at staving off invasion

A Russian service member walks near a T-72B3 main battle tank during military drills at the Kadamovsky range in the Rostov region of Russia on December 20, 2021.Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters Russia held tank drills near Ukraine on Tuesday amid fears it's planning to invade.  The drills occurred during a week of talks between Russia, the US, and Washington's European allies.  The Kremlin on Tuesday expressed pessimism that the discussions will be productive.  A top US diplomat on Wednesday ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Russia, US, International, Trends, Georgia, Ukraine, Cnn, West, Nato, Crimea


How an Afghan restaurant owner says he fed up to 3,000 troops a day on a military base by using a shipping container as his kitchen

Helal Dur built his restaurant on a NATO military base using one shipping container.Helal Dur The Afghan Kabob restaurant first started on a military base in Afghanistan.  The owner told Insider they built the restaurant to give troops a taste of authentic Afghan food.  After many logistical challenges, Helal Dur said, he managed to feed up to 3,000 troops a day.  Afghan Kabob is a restaurant laden with history.While it is now located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, its original site was on ...
Tags: Food, News, Small Business, US, Trends, Afghanistan, Restaurant, Taliban, Nato, Dubai, Retail, Kabul, North Carolina, US Navy, Local Businesses, KANDAHAR Afghanistan


Nato chief warns of ‘real risk of conflict’ as talks with Russia over Ukraine end

US says it has heard nothing new from Moscow in four hours of talks aiming to defuse crisisNato discussions with Russia have concluded with no sign of progress towards narrowing substantial differences or defusing the crisis over Ukraine, and with the alliance’s secretary general warning “there is a real risk for a new armed conflict in Europe”.After four hours of talks, the US delegation leader, the deputy secretary of state, Wendy Sherman, said she had heard nothing in Brussels that differed f...
Tags: Europe, Russia, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Ukraine, Nato, Moscow, Geneva, Brussels, Kremlin, State, Wendy Sherman


US says Russia made no commitments to de-escalate Ukraine crisis after latest talks

Representatives from Russia and NATO are meeting in Brussels on Wednesday for high-stakes talks aimed at defusing growing tensions over Russia's military buildup near the Ukraine border.
Tags: News, Russia, US, Ukraine, Nato, Stories, Brussels


Russia and NATO talks on Ukraine crisis were 'not an easy discussion,' NATO chief says

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the meeting between NATO and Russia over the situation in Ukraine was "not an easy discussion" and that "differences will not be easy to bridge," but added that NATO allies and Russia "expressed the need to resume dialogue."
Tags: Russia, Ukraine, Cnn, Nato, Jens Stoltenberg


‘Europe is sidelined’: Russia meets US in Geneva and Nato in Brussels

EU leaders warn of “consequences” in response to further aggression against UkraineAfter months of sabre-rattling from Vladimir Putin over Ukraine, Russian officials have been on a diplomatic tour of Europe this week, meeting the US in Geneva and Nato in Brussels. Amid this diplomatic whirl, Europe’s biggest diplomatic club has been absent. The EU has no formal role in the talks, although its officials are drawing up possible sanctions to levy against Russia if the Kremlin decides to invade Ukra...
Tags: Europe, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, Eu, European Union, World news, Ukraine, Bbc, Nato, Geneva, Brussels, Kremlin, Josep Borrell, Brussels Amid


Russia and NATO meet for make-or-break talks on Ukraine crisis

Representatives from Russia and NATO are meeting in Brussels on Wednesday for high-stakes talks aimed at defusing growing tensions over Russia's military buildup near the Ukraine border.
Tags: Russia, Ukraine, Cnn, Nato, Brussels


Russia’s belief in Nato ‘betrayal’ – and why it matters today

The idea that the Soviet Union was tricked in 1989-90 is at the heart of Russia’s confrontation with the westThe current confrontation between Russia and the west is fuelled by many grievances, but the greatest is the belief in Moscow that the west tricked the former Soviet Union by breaking promises made at the end of the cold war in 1989-1990 that Nato would not expand to the east. In his now famous 2007 speech to the Munich Security Conference, Vladimir Putin accused the west of forgetting an...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Cold War, World news, US foreign policy, Foreign Policy, Nato, Moscow, Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet Union


Russia holds live-fire drills with tanks and troops near Ukraine's border while expressing pessimism about talks with US

A Russian service member walks near a T-72B3 main battle tank during military drills at the Kadamovsky range in the Rostov region of Russia on December 20, 2021.Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters Russia held tank drills near Ukraine on Tuesday amid fears it's planning to invade.  The drills occurred during a week of talks between Russia, the US, and Washington's European allies.  The Kremlin on Tuesday expressed pessimism that the discussions will be productive.  Russia held live-fire drills in...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Russia, US, International, Trends, Georgia, Ukraine, West, Nato, Crimea, Moscow


Ukraine talks: Russia sees no grounds for optimism ahead of Nato meeting

Moscow’s chief negotiator played down chances of a breakthrough as Russian troops conduct live-fire exercise near UkraineThe Kremlin has said it sees “no significant reason for optimism” about diplomatic solutions for the Ukraine crisis, ahead of a meeting in Brussels between Russia and Nato’s 30 member states.As Moscow was playing down the chances for success at the negotiating table after initial US-Russian talks in Switzerland on Monday, Russian forces deployed near Ukraine conducted a live-f...
Tags: Europe, Russia, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Ukraine, US national security, Nato, Switzerland, Moscow, Brussels, UkraineThe Kremlin


US ambassador to NATO says NATO and Russia 'committed to dialogue' ahead of talks Wednesday

The US ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith said Tuesday that the US, European allies and Russia are all "committed to dialogue" ahead of Wednesday's high-stakes meeting to discuss Russia's military buildup along the Ukrainian border.
Tags: Russia, US, Cnn, Nato, Julianne Smith



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