• Kyiv sets out conditions for extending the withdrawal of weapons in the Donbas

    Daria Olifer, Press Secretary to Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine’s representative in the Trilateral Contact Group, reported that implementing the framework decision in the Donbas will continue under two conditions.

    “Ukraine has consistently fulfilled its commitments on implementing this decision and the whole range of Minsk Agreements. That is why it will be continued. The withdrawal of weapons from Petrovske will take place on the 7th of October and the withdrawal of weapons from Stanytsia Luhanska …

  • Ukrainian Parliament is urging the world to condemn Russia’s ban of Crimean Tatar Mejlis

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has appealed to international organizations and parliaments not to recognize the decision of the Russian courts to ban the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars. The Ukrainian parliamentarians are also requesting to consider the possibility of imposing sanctions against the judges who made the verdict. A total of 248 deputies voted in favor of this decision on the 5th of October.

    The Ukrainian Parliament called for measures that “will indicate the non- …

  • Russia has suspended its nuclear energy cooperation agreement with the United States

    The Russian government has suspended its agreement to cooperate in scientific research and developments in nuclear energy with the United States. The agreement was signed on the 16th of September, 2013 in Vienna, as stated on the website of the Russian Government.

    “The continued renewal of sanctions against Russia by the United States, including the suspension of U.S.-Russian cooperation in the area of nuclear energy requires the adoption of countermeasures,” the document explained.

    The …

  • Russia has prepared a response to the US' 'plan B' in Syria

    An increase of firepower support for Bashar al-Assad’s Army may be Russia's response to the United States’ "Plan B" for Syria. Izvestia newspaper published the details with reference to the Deputy Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee of the Russian Federation Council, Frantz Klintsevich.

    "The General Staff also has special plans to combat terrorists, as they will pay more attention to our units and bases in Syria than to the Syrian Armed Forces,” Klintsevich said.

    A high-ranking …

  • NATO fighters escorted Russian bombers flying near the airspace of five European countries

    Two Russian TU-160 bombers were intercepted by NATO fighter planes as they flew from Norway to northern Spain and back, BBC reports.

    Air Force fighter jets from Norway, Great Britain, France and Spain took into the air as Russian aircraft approached the borders of each country.

    The incident reportedly took place on September 22, but details only emerged recently, after a statement by the French Ministry of Defense, who called it an air policing mission.

    The statement states that Norway first …

  • During the 1970s, the Soviet KGB attempted to recruit Jens Stoltenberg

    Soviet intelligence once tried to recruit the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Jens Stoltenberg, to the Committee for the State Security of the Soviet Union, or the KGB. Stoltenberg wrote this in his autobiography, NRK reported. Stoltenberg explained that he had been in contact with employees of the Soviet Embassy since the late 1970s and repeatedly talked with Soviet Cultural Attaché Boris Kirillov.

    The Secretary General of NATO recalls how he met with the erudite …

  • Media: U.S experts have assessed the threat posed by Russia's Navy

    U.S. experts have identified systems from the arsenal of the Russian Navy that they believe pose the greatest threat. Izvestia daily reported the findings revealed by the Director of the Russia Maritime Studies Institute, Michael Peterson. According to him, the United States believes that Yasen-class submarines, Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates (also known as Project 22350) and Zircon and Kalibr cruise missiles to be the most dangerous.

    “Despite the challenges, which we have observed in …

  • Ukrainian military has more than 300,000 contracted servicemen

    "Today, 156,500 soldiers, 109,000 non-commissioned officers and 47,500 commissioned officers from the Armed Forces of Ukraine are doing military service under contract," stated the spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Lieutenant Colonel Dmytro Hutsulyak at a briefing on Tuesday, October 4.

    He stressed that the Ministry of Defense continues to increase the number of contracted soldiers and, accordingly, reduce the number of mobilized servicemen. Thus, more than 53,000 servicemen, …

  • Russian paratroopers to participate in military exercises in Egypt

    Russian paratroopers will be sent to Egypt during October to participate in the first joint exercises of its kind. This was reported on the Russian Defense Ministry’s website on the 4th of October.

    The ministry went on to report that marines with their weapons and equipment will be transported by IL-76 aircraft.

    The ministry had previously reported that the paratroopers of the two countries plan to conduct anti-terrorist exercises in October this year, and in particular, to train in desert …

  • Russia begins preliminary designs for a 5th generation submarine

    On the 4th of October, RIA Novosti reported that Russia has begun developing the preliminary design of a nuclear submarine of the fifth generation. This information was given by the Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuriy Borisov.

    “With regard to the newest submarines, the pilot project of a promising fifth-generation nuclear-powered submarine is currently under development. The results of this will serve as a basis for the decision on the date of the submarine’s creation,” Borisov said during …