NATO will set up regional centres in a handful of Eastern European countries, Lithuania said today, as top military commanders met in the Baltic state's capital. Defence chiefs from the alliance's 28 nations are taking part in a three-day meeting in Vilnius along with NATO top commander General Philip Breedlove amid anxiety in the region over the crisis in Ukraine.
Secret flights into Poland and the torture there of two men by the US Secret Intelligence Agency (CIA) have been condemned on Thursday by the European Court of Human Rights. It found that the CIA had made special security arrangements with Poland to disguise aircraft movement and that Poland had failed to prevent the CIA from ill-treating and torturing the men.
The phone hacking verdicts, the conflict in Iraq and Luis Suarez biting a defender's shoulder and the Queen's visit to Northern Ireland are among the topics discussed in this week's programme. Joining VoR's Brendan Cole are the former Kremlin adviser Alexander Nekrassov and executive editor of Breitbart.com, James Delingpole.
David Cameron faces a tough task later this week, attempting to persuade European Union leaders to block their favoured candidate for the EU presidency. And the scale of the task awaiting him has been underlined by leaked tapes, in which Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland’s foreign minister, said the prime minister was guilty of "incompetence in European affairs”. Juliet Spare reports.
US President Barak Obama has emphasised his country’s military support for Eastern European members of the NATO alliance. Speaking in the Polish capital, Warsaw, Mr. Obama also said the US would stand by Ukraine’s current leaders. His comments come the day after he announced plans to spend up to a billion dollars on new help for the armed forces of NATO members bordering Russia. That’s already been criticised by Russian officials, with Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the UN, saying it was a “detrimental” policy. Hywel Davies reports.
Prince Charles's comparison of Vladimir Putin with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler triggered a diplomatic row when Moscow criticised the heir to the British throne for what it said was an outrageous attempt to sully Russia's reputation over Ukraine. The Voice of Russia's bureau chief Dmitry Linnik has been himself besieged by British media wanting to know what Russia's reaction to the incident is. He spoke to Tim Ecott.
According to a tweet from the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Radek Sikorski, ‘If Britain gets our taxpayers, shouldn't it also pay their benefits? Why should Polish taxpayers subsidize British taxpayers' children?’ His message was a response to a suggestion by Prime Minister David Cameron that EU treaties should be rewritten to prevent EU migrants working in Britain claiming child benefit for children living outside the country. VoR's Juliet Spare reports.