Mar 20, 2015

Dangerous nuclear rhetoric

President Vladimir Putin's recent disclosure on a television program that he was ready to put Russia's nuclear forces on alert during the Crimea crisis in 2014 could end up thwarting nuclear disarmament efforts worldwide.

Mar 19, 2015

A-bomb survivor groups condemn Putin remark on nuclear readiness

Atomic-bomb survivor groups in Nagasaki and Hiroshima have condemned a recent remark by Russian President Vladimir Putin that he was ready to put his country’s nuclear weapons on alert amid the crisis in Ukraine last year. Five Nagasaki-based groups said Wednesday they will send ...

Putin signs treaty integrating South Ossetia into Russia

Mar 19, 2015

Putin signs treaty integrating South Ossetia into Russia

Russia tightened its control Wednesday over a second breakaway region of Georgia, with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leader of South Ossetia signing a new treaty that calls for nearly full integration. Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili denounced the signing as a “destructive” move ...

Sweden: Russia biggest threat, third of its envoys are spies

Mar 19, 2015

Sweden: Russia biggest threat, third of its envoys are spies

The Swedish security service SAPO accused Russia on Wednesday of using as many as one-third of its diplomatic staff in the Scandinavian country for clandestine intelligence gathering. Offering an unusual glimpse into the hush-hush world of counterespionage, SAPO chief analyst Wilhelm Unge described the ...