20 Mar 2019

U.S.-Russia talks on Venezuela stall over role of Maduro

During a two-hour meeting in Rome on Tuesday, officials from the US and Russia were unable to come to an agreement regarding the legitimacy of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. However, both sides stated that they had come to better understand the other’s position on the issue. Russia is concerned about

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18 Mar 2019

Ukraine Ready to Take on Russian Election Hackers

Ukrainian security officials say that they are “ready to repel […] cyber attacks” launched by Russian state-backed hackers in an ongoing attempt to undermine the legitimacy of Ukraine’s presidential elections that will take place on 31 March. Ukraine recently held joint defense exercises with the European Union (EU) in order

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15 Mar 2019

Russia’s Next Land Grab Won’t Be in an Ex-Soviet State. It Will Be in Europe.

Former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili believes that recent reports of a new Russian policy demanding international naval ships to notify the Kremlin of journeys along the Northern Sea Route 45 days in advance, may indicate that Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning another land grab similar to Russia’s annexation of

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15 Mar 2019

US Warns of Sophisticated Cyberattacks From Russia, China

In addition to discussing the US government’s new cyber strategy, Department of Defense (DoD) officials on Wednesday elaborated on the growing cyber threat from Russia, China, North Korea and Iran in a hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee. According to the officials, the DoD will draw on the positive

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15 Mar 2019

U.S. Begins Work on New Missiles as Trump Scraps Treaty With Russia

Earlier this week, US Department of Defense (DoD) officials announced that the department will start building and testing two new types of missiles that used to be banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which collapsed last month when the US government announced that it will pull out of

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11 Mar 2019

Russian Trolls Shift Strategy to Disrupt U.S. Election in 2020

Cybersecurity experts believe that Russian efforts to interfere in the 2020 US elections are taking on a slightly different form than in the past, with Internet trolls using fake social made accounts to “amplify” politically divisive content, rather than creating new content as they did in 2016. The shift in

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11 Mar 2019

U.S. Remains World’s Top Arms Exporter, With Russia A Distant Second

A new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) shows that the United States is still the world’s leading arms exporter. In fact, US arms exports have increased significantly as a percentage of the global total, from 30% between 2009 and 2013 to 36% between 2014 and 2018.

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08 Mar 2019

How China & Russia Use Social Media to Sway the West

A new report by Recorded Future analyses how social media-based campaigns by the Russian and Chinese governments aim to influence public opinion in the US and other Western countries. The study finds significant differences between the Chinese and Russian campaigns both in terms of motivation and the way in which

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07 Mar 2019

New law lets Russia jail people who ‘disrespect’ the government online

The lower house of the Russian parliament on Wednesday approved a new law that will allow the government to fine or imprison people who post online content criticizing Russian officials or otherwise displaying “disrespect for society, the state, (and) state symbols of the Russian Federation.” The bill officially aims to

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06 Mar 2019

NATO seeks to bolster Ukraine defences amid ‘Russian aggression’

In a speech to the US Congress, the NATO commander for Europe stated that he aims to help Ukraine defend itself against increasing Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine and in the Black Sea. Last year, Russia seized three Ukrainian ships while they were trying to pass the Kerch Strait that

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