NATO will not let Russia dictate its military posture, Germany says

NATO will discuss Russia’s security proposals but it will not let Moscow dictate the alliance’s military posture, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said on Sunday on a visit to German troops based in Lithuania to deter a Russian attack. On Friday, Moscow set out a list of demands for the West that includes withdrawing NATO battalionsContinue reading “NATO will not let Russia dictate its military posture, Germany says”

Iran nuclear talks to resume ‘soon’ after modest gains in Vienna – Al Jazeera

European diplomats are calling the adjournment of nuclear talks with Iran ‘a disappointing pause’. But they said some technical progress has been made. This is the seventh round of negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal. Al Jazeera’s @Dorsa Jabbari reports from Vienna, Austria.

Russia threatens to deploy nuclear missiles in Europe amid tensions in Ukraine – WION

Russia said it may be forced to deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe in response to what it believes as NATO’s plans to do the same.

Belarus: Opposition leader Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 years over protests

A Belarusian opposition leader who rallied mass protests against disputed leader Alexander Lukashenko has been jailed for 18 years. Sergei Tikhanovsky was convicted of organising riots among other charges following a trial condemned as a sham. He planned to challenge Mr Lukashenko in the 2020 presidential election, but was detained before the vote. His wife,Continue reading “Belarus: Opposition leader Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 years over protests”

After Nicaragua flips, U.S. sanctions seen pushing Central America towards China

A creeping barrage of U.S. sanctions on top Central American officials has made China an attractive partner for governments resisting Washington’s push to tackle corruption and democratic backsliding in the region, officials and analysts say. The trend was thrust into focus this week when Nicaragua re-established ties with Beijing, severing a longstanding relationship with U.S. allyContinue reading “After Nicaragua flips, U.S. sanctions seen pushing Central America towards China”

Biden and Putin set to talk over Russia invading Ukraine on video call – WION

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a video call on Tuesday, with the two leaders set to discuss the tense situation in Ukraine.

Putin heads to India with eye on military, energy ties – France24

Russian President Vladimir #Putin will arrive in #India on Monday for just his second overseas trip since the pandemic, seeking to bolster military and energy ties with a traditional ally being courted by #Washington. FRANCE 24’s Chief Foreign Editor Rob Parsons tells us more.

US, Europe expand sanctions on Belarus over ‘migrant smuggling’ – WION

The United States, Canada, and European allies expanded sanctions on Belarus placing restrictions on government officials and entities for human rights abuses and official support for “migrant smuggling.”

Russia warns war with Ukraine is ‘highly likely’ and puts troops on ‘combat readiness’ as US vows to respond to invasion

RUSSIA has warned war is ‘highly likely’ with Ukraine following orders to troops to remain ‘combat ready’ after speculation of a Ukrainian invasion. The Kremlin has said that Kiev’s desire to retake Crimea is “direct threat”, as the US vows to respond following growing reports of a Russian invasion. Tensions between Ukraine and Russia haveContinue reading “Russia warns war with Ukraine is ‘highly likely’ and puts troops on ‘combat readiness’ as US vows to respond to invasion”

Russia will act if Nato countries cross Ukraine ‘red lines’, Putin says

Deployment of weapons or troops in Ukraine by Nato would trigger strong response, Russian president says Vladimir Putin has warned Nato countries that deploying weapons or soldiers to Ukraine would cross a “red line” for Russia and trigger a strong response, including a potential deployment of Russian missiles targeting Europe. Nato countries have warned PutinContinue reading “Russia will act if Nato countries cross Ukraine ‘red lines’, Putin says”

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