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Russia flexes muscles with Arctic military drills

Russia flexes muscles with Arctic military drills

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered a drill of some 38,000 troops in the Arctic as part of a major show of strength amid tensions with the West over Ukraine. Putin put the Northern Fleet on full combat readiness […]


Defence firm wants damages from Germany over blocked Russia contract

Defence firm wants damages from Germany over blocked Russia contract

Defence technology and auto parts group Rheinmetall has demanded 120 million euros in damages from the German government after Berlin blocked a major contract with Russia over the Ukraine conflict, reports said Friday. The contract signed in June 2011 and […]


France’s second Russian-bought warship tested at sea

France’s second Russian-bought warship tested at sea

The second of two French Mistral warships whose delivery to Russia has been suspended due to violence in east Ukraine began its first open sea outing Monday, AFP journalists observed. The Sebastopol was eased from its Saint-Nazaire port in western […]


US shuts Saudi embassy over security fears

US shuts Saudi embassy over security fears

Riyadh: The US embassy in Saudi Arabia said it had suspended consular services in the kingdom for two days due to “heightened security concerns”, after warning of threats against Western oil workers. All services in Riyadh and at the consulates […]


China building second aircraft carrier: PLA colonel

China building second aircraft carrier: PLA colonel

China is building its second aircraft carrier, a senior naval officer has told media, the most explicit confirmation yet of a widely expected move that will boost Beijing’s maritime power. China’s first aircraft carrier was a 300-metre (1,000-foot) Soviet-era vessel […]


Germany warns of ‘dangerous’ consequences to arming Ukraine

Germany warns of ‘dangerous’ consequences to arming Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday argued against arming Ukraine during a trip to Washington where support is growing for delivering weapons to help Kiev battle pro-Russian separatists. “I understand that many of you are calling for a more […]


Russian troops launch mass drills close to Ukraine

Russian troops launch mass drills close to Ukraine

Russia launched major military exercises Thursday, with thousands of troops taking part in war games across the country, including in the annexed Crimean peninsula and southern regions near Ukraine. More than 8,000 ground troops began drills set to last until […]


Poland seeking submarine-launched cruise missiles

Poland seeking submarine-launched cruise missiles

Poland is seeking advanced cruise missiles to equip three new submarines it wants to acquire by 2030, the NATO member’s minister of defence said Thursday. Tomasz Siemoniak confirmed on Polish public radio that Poland had asked the United States about […]


Sweden raises military spending amid concerns over Russia

Sweden raises military spending amid concerns over Russia

Sweden said on Thursday it would raise defence spending by 6.2 billion kronor (677 million euros, $720 million) and bring back troops to a “strategic” Baltic island amid concerns over Russia’s military resurgence. The country’s left-wing government said most of […]


 
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