May 24, 2016

Russia protests U.S. reconnaissance flight over Sea of Japan

Russia’s Defense Ministry has protested a U.S. reconnaissance flight over the Sea of Japan near the nation’s borders, saying it jeopardized air safety in the area. The ministry said in Monday’s statement that it summoned a U.S. military attache to indicate that the U.S. ...

Jihadis mobilize in Syria as peacemaking unravels

| May 23, 2016

Jihadis mobilize in Syria as peacemaking unravels

Jihadi militants in Syria including al-Qaida are mobilizing again for all-out war against President Bashar Assad, taking advantage of the collapse of peace talks to eclipse nationalist rival insurgents that signed on to a faltering truce. Al-Qaida’s Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, was excluded ...

Putin says Russia will not sell isles to Japan

May 21, 2016

Putin says Russia will not sell isles to Japan

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday took a stance of separating the country’s territorial row with Japan from bilateral economic cooperation, suggesting Moscow will not sell the islands at the center of a long-standing dispute to Japan. Russia is ready to buy a lot ...

NATO formally invites Montenegro as 29th member

May 20, 2016

NATO formally invites Montenegro as 29th member

NATO invited the Balkan nation of Montenegro to become its 29th member, agreeing Thursday to expand for only the seventh time in its history despite Russia’s angry objections. The decision is still subject to formal approval by the U.S. Senate, the alliance’s 27 other ...

May 20, 2016

Putin may visit in December, meet Abe in Yamaguchi

Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Japan at the end of the year, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s home prefecture of Yamaguchi possibly the venue for talks between the Russian and Japanese leaders, several sources linked to Japan-Russia relations said Thursday. According to the ...