The Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has suspended contacts with NATO because of the situation in Ukraine, CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said Thursday.
Slovakia’s President Ivan Gasparovic is confident that there will be no military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, hence no point in discussing possible NATO deployments in his country. While helping Ukraine, he said on Wednesday, Slovakia should take care to avoid hurting its own interests, local media report.
The United States has announced an operation to deploy 600 troops to Poland and Baltic states ahead of the upcoming military drills, Pentagon's spokesman said Tuesday.
Russia could not build an equal partnership and mutually advantageous cooperation with NATO, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said.
The US stance on Open Skies Treaty is "highly non-constructive", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich said on Monday, April 21, commenting on the US decision to cancel an observation flight over Russia. On April 14, a joint US-Czech mission failed to arrive at the Kubinka entry point in Russia at the agreed time (12:00 GMT).
Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes that the new Secretary General of NATO, former Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg, will undertake wiser politics than the current Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Danish PM.
The headline in the Boston Globe reads: "Obama focuses updated Cold War approach on Putin" and the New York Times article by one Peter Baker that follows is one of the one of the most acidic, fact-starved, sanctimonious, self-righteous, chest beating, Russophobic, war-propagandistic, Putin-envious, out-of-touch diatribes to come out of the western media in the current tidal wave of Gleichschaltung-like anti-Russian war-propaganda.
American military dolphins will take part in NATO's forthcoming summer exercises in the Black Sea, Tom LaPuzza, spokesman for the US Navy's marine mammals program, told the newspaper Izvestia. He said those would be NATO's first exercises involving military dolphins, Itar-Tass news agency reports.
The campaign by the western media to demonize Russia, beat the drums of war and paint the recent Crimean reunification with Russia as illegitimate, something that even the OSCE had decided to do before it was carried out, is one of the most dangerous and egregious demonization campaigns in recent history. The reporting of lies and fabrication of news is at such a level that it might even be considered criminal. In order to help get to the truth the Voice of Russia interviewed observers and people on the ground, one such observer, the Editor in Chief of the German monthly Zuerst, Manuel Ochsenreiter, spoke to us about what he saw and more importantly what he did NOT see in Ukraine.
NATO's further expansion towards Russia's borders would entail a redrawing of the entire European security architecture, posing a serious threat to Russia and prompting a response by Moscow, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.
The US is going to deploy more ground troops in Poland. Poland is already hosting some 100 to 150 US military servicing a battery of Patriot missiles. This battery was deployed in Poland in 2010 as part of NATO's air defense shield in Europe.
NATO’s further enlargement and “one more step towards the Russian border” will cause “the entire European security architecture to be overhauled”, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on the TVC television channel’s “Pravo Znat” (The Right to Know) programme to be aired on Saturday evening, April 19, Itar-Tass reports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday he had good relations with NATO's next Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who is a serious and responsible person.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he currently saw no obstacles to bringing relations between Moscow and the West back to normal. The Russian president, who appeared on the Channel Rossiya-1 TV show, was asked by its host Sergey Brilev about whether the relations between Russia and the West, which sank to record lows amid the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine, can improve by the end of the year.
"My Mother's family comes from a region presently in the western Ukraine: Transcarpathia. That's the Ukraine's name for our region but we always call it "Carpatho-Russia". The indigenous people there --the Rusins-- are not Ukrainian and in no way identify with Ukrainians. They have always felt pro-Russian and struggled to cast-off the politically forced Unia; considering themselves Russian Orthodox" - Tim Connelly, US
NATO's increased military presence: attempts to scare Russia or parts of more aggressive plan of action?
Although Russia repeatedly warned Kiev that military actions in the South-Eastern regions of Ukraine would lead to a full-blown civil war, Turchynov tends to turn a deaf ear to Moscow’s admonishments. The self-proclaimed president of Ukraine is trying to inveigle Russia and NATO into fierce infighting over Ukraine. It’s the only way he can retain his power, according to foreign affairs analyst Daniel Patrick Welch.
NATO's anti-Russian political rhetoric has surpassed the propaganda of the times of the aggression against Yugoslavia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
Russia closely monitors the situation in Afghanistan, and does not rule out a possible deterioration of the situation in that country after 2014, Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of Russia's Security Council, told journalists on Thursday during the meeting of the Secretaries of the Security Councils of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member-countries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he does not fear the enlargement of NATO. "We have no fear - I do not have and no one else should have this either. Yet we have to bear the realities in mind," Putin said in a Q&A session on Thursday. He called for taking a sober view of the situation concerning the further enlargement of the alliance. "We will choke them all. What are you afraid of?" Putin said while answering a question to the expansion of NATO.