Tag: eastern Ukraine

Moscow will review military strategy in face of NATO plan for rapid-reaction force

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MOSCOW — Russia on Tuesday denounced Ukraine’s moves to join NATO and said it would review its military strategy in the face of expected NATO plans to establish a rapid-reaction force capable of deploying quickly to Eastern Europe. The stand

U.S. spy plane avoids dangerous run in with Russian jet

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An RC-125 Five Joint evaded the Russians by flying into Swedish airspace without Sweden’s permission on July 18 This is just one day after the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed down in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board

Russia, MH17 and the West. A web of lies

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IN 1991, when Soviet Communism collapsed, it seemed as if the Russian people might at last have the chance to become citizens of a normal Western democracy. Vladimir Putin’s disastrous contribution to Russia’s history has been to set his country

U.S. discloses intelligence on downing of Malaysian jet

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The Obama administration, detailing what it called evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of a Malaysian airliner, on Tuesday released satellite images and other sensitive intelligence that officials say show Moscow had trained and equipped rebels in Ukraine responsible

Russian sanctions, NSA spying top the agenda at Merkel’s White House visit

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Germany’s Chancellor Merkel is in the White House for the first time since it was revealed the NSA monitored her personal communications. During bilateral talks with Barack Obama, Merkel is expected to broach sanctions on Russia and US spying. Relations

New EU sanctions target Russia army, intelligence chiefs

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Brussels:  Russia's armed forces chief of staff and its military intelligence chief were among 15 people listed on Tuesday as targeted by the European Union's latest sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. General Valery Gerasimov, army chief and the country's deputy

Kerry: Russia’s Running a Spy Ring in Ukraine, and We’ve Got the Recordings to Prove It

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Secretary of State John Kerry said in a private meeting Friday that the United States knows the Kremlin is running an espionage network that is aiding pro-Russian separatist movements in eastern Ukraine, according to the Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin, who

EU spy chief rules out Russian military presence in Ukraine

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There is no large Russian military presence in East Ukraine, head of EU intelligence, Commodore Georgij Alafuzoff, has said. The spy chief has dismissed multiple accusations from the West alleging Russian involvement in the unrest in the region. In an

CIA Director’s Trip to Kiev Was a Warning to Putin

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The White House and CIA Director John Brennan knew full well that his “secret” visit to Kiev on Sunday would be “leaked.” That was the point. Foremost, the trip was conceived as a message to Putin—that he should start contemplating

Agents Provocateurs and the Shadow War in Eastern Ukraine

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For weeks, Washington and Moscow have waged a bitter war of words over the fragile situation in Ukraine. But on Tuesday, the tenor of the discussion turned tantalizingly conspiratorial. On the Russian side, Moscow accused the U.S. of plotting a