Russian arms sales soar on domestic spending

Dec 15, 2014

Russian arms sales soar on domestic spending

Sales by Russian arms manufacturers continue to expand despite a downturn in global defense spending, a Stockholm-based think tank said Monday. The buyer responsible: the Russian government. “The remarkable increases in Russian companies’ arms sales in both 2012 and 2013 are in large part ...

Kerry, Lavrov meet in Rome as tensions soar over Ukraine

Dec 15, 2014

Kerry, Lavrov meet in Rome as tensions soar over Ukraine

Top U.S. diplomat John Kerry met his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, Sunday amid anger in Moscow over the prospect of new U.S. sanctions and possible lethal military aid for Ukraine. The meeting in Rome comes as tensions soar after U.S. lawmakers passed a bill ...

Russia reaches out to Europe's far-right parties

Dec 14, 2014

Russia reaches out to Europe's far-right parties

A Russian loan to France’s National Front. Invitations to Moscow for leaders of Austria’s Freedom Party. Praise for Vladimir Putin from the head of Britain’s anti-European Union party. As the diplomatic chill over Ukraine deepens, the Kremlin seems keener than ever to enlist Europe’s ...

Polish defense chief hails purchase of U.S. missiles

Dec 12, 2014

Polish defense chief hails purchase of U.S. missiles

Poland’s defense minister praised long-range missiles the country is buying from the U.S. as the most modern military equipment Poland has ever had and said that they are especially needed at this time of tension in the region. A NATO member, Poland for years ...

Ukraine truce under pressure as Europe raises Russia fears

Dec 12, 2014

Ukraine truce under pressure as Europe raises Russia fears

A three-day-old cease-fire in eastern Ukraine was under pressure on Thursday after three government soldiers were killed, while European nations raised new fears about Russia’s “unprecedented” military buildup. On some parts of the front line, there appeared to be a determined effort to keep ...

Spate of bombings hits Ukraine military hub

Dec 10, 2014

Spate of bombings hits Ukraine military hub

The city of Kharkiv in Ukraine’s industrial east has stayed out of rebel hands but a mysterious spate of bombings has triggered fears that Russia is trying to destabilize this key defense hub. Barely a week goes by without another bombing reported against Ukrainian ...

Dutch set to begin assembling MH17 wreckage for investigation

Dec 10, 2014

Dutch set to begin assembling MH17 wreckage for investigation

Crash investigators will try to reconstruct the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July from wreckage that was brought by truck to a Dutch air force hangar on Tuesday. Members of the national Safety Board will piece together ...

War-torn Ukraine to test sweeping new cease-fire

Dec 9, 2014

War-torn Ukraine to test sweeping new cease-fire

Ukraine and pro-Russian insurgents prepared to put to the test a comprehensive truce on Tuesday aimed at calming an upsurge of violence that has further eroded trust between Moscow and the West. Local authorities on Monday reported the deaths of at least 12 civilians ...