Putin bests Obama in Iran

Apr 17, 2015

Putin bests Obama in Iran

by Leonid Bershidsky

Russian President Vladimir Putin is building on a tactical advantage he has over the U.S. in talks with Iran: He can be the first to begin rapprochement with Iran's leaders, without worrying too much about its compliance with any nuclear deal's requirements.

Government changing official pronunciation of Georgia

Apr 15, 2015

Government changing official pronunciation of Georgia

The Diet has enacted a bill to change the official Japanese name for the country of Georgia from “Gurujia,” which derives from the Russian term “Gruziya,” to “Jojia,” based on the English pronunciation of the former Soviet republic’s name. The bill to revise the ...

U.S. accuses Russia of training separatists inside Ukraine

Apr 15, 2015

U.S. accuses Russia of training separatists inside Ukraine

Russian forces still are operating inside Ukraine and have set up training camps for pro-Moscow separatists, despite a cease-fire agreement backed by the Kremlin, the Pentagon said Tuesday. “There is no question that the Russians continue to operate inside of Ukrainian territory,” spokesman Col. ...

Russian move to sell air defense missiles to Iran worries U.S.

Apr 14, 2015

Russian move to sell air defense missiles to Iran worries U.S.

The United States voiced concern Monday about the possible sale of sophisticated Russian air defense missiles to Iran after Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a ban on such shipments. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raised Washington’s concerns about the end of the sales ...

Apr 13, 2015

Abe plans to deliver speech at Bandung conference

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday expressed his intention to attend a summit to mark the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference, also known as the Bandung conference, to be held in Jakarta on April 22 and 23. Japan will make further contributions to ...

China, Russia, Saudi Arabia accelerate defense spending

Apr 13, 2015

China, Russia, Saudi Arabia accelerate defense spending

Chinese, Russian and Saudi Arabian defense spending increased the most last year, while U.S. expenditure declined, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. China’s defense spending rose 9.7 percent from a year earlier to $216 billion, and Russia’s increased 8.1 ...