Russian lawmakers approve extension of nuclear arms treaty with U.S.

Russia’s parliament on Wednesday approved a five-year extension of the New START nuclear arms control treaty with the United States, which a senior official said had been agreed on Moscow’s terms at the eleventh hour before it expires next week. Signed in 2010, the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) is a cornerstone of global… Read More Russian lawmakers approve extension of nuclear arms treaty with U.S.

U.S. President Joe Biden seeks five-year extension of New START arms treaty with Russia

U.S. President Joe Biden will seek a five-year extension to the New START arms control treaty with Russia, the White House said on Thursday, in one of the first major foreign policy decisions of the new administration ahead of the treaty’s expiration in early February. “The President has long been clear that the New START… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden seeks five-year extension of New START arms treaty with Russia

Russian PM Vladimir Putin congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on election victory

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday congratulated Joe Biden on his victory in the U.S. presidential election, after Biden won the state-by-state Electoral College vote that officially determines the U.S. presidency, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin had said it would wait for the official results of the election before commenting on its outcome, even as… Read More Russian PM Vladimir Putin congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on election victory

U.S. imposes sanctions on Turkey over purchase of Russian defense system

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of Russian ground-to-air defenses and targeted the top Turkish defense development body, its president and three employees. The move, while focused on the defense sector, including Turkey’s Defence Industries Directorate (SSB), has drawn a condemnation from NATO-ally Ankara and is likely to further… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on Turkey over purchase of Russian defense system

U.S. says Russian hackers spied on Treasury emails

Hackers believed to be working for Russia have been monitoring internal email traffic at the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments, according to people familiar with the matter, adding they feared the hacks uncovered so far may be the tip of the iceberg. The hackers also won access to internal communications at the Department of Homeland… Read More U.S. says Russian hackers spied on Treasury emails

China gives terms for participation in arms control talks

China would “be happy to” participate in trilateral arms control negotiations with the United States and Russia, but only if the United States were willing to reduce its nuclear arsenal to China’s level, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday. Washington has repeatedly called for China to join in trilateral negotiations to extend New START,… Read More China gives terms for participation in arms control talks

U.S. intelligence accuses Russia of offering bounties to Afghan militants to kill American troops

U.S. intelligence has concluded that the Russian military offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to kill American troops and other coalition forces, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing officials briefed on the matter. A Russian military intelligence unit linked to assassination attempts in Europe had offered rewards for successful attacks last year,… Read More U.S. intelligence accuses Russia of offering bounties to Afghan militants to kill American troops

U.S. announces possible withdrawal from arms control treaty in six months

The United States announced on Friday it will withdraw from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia in six months unless Moscow ends its alleged violations of the landmark 1987 arms control pact. The United States would reconsider its withdrawal if Russia, which denies violating the treaty, came into compliance with the agreement, which bans… Read More U.S. announces possible withdrawal from arms control treaty in six months