27 Aug 2018

Russian peace talks raise specter of shifting influence in Afghanistan

“Vladimir Putin’s Russia appears to have emerged as a player in Afghanistan after 17 years of Western involvement that has left the country no closer to peace than before. To some, Russia’s offer to host talks next month might contain at least the seeds of a positive pivot if the

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24 Aug 2018

Russia defends sending warships through English Channel

“Russian ships sailing through the English Channel pose no threat to the United Kingdom, according to Russia’s diplomatic corps. ‘The Russian naval ships act under international law and strictly observe the operating laws for the passing of military ships through the English Channel; they do not pose any threat to

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22 Aug 2018

Russia to deliver S-400 missiles to Turkey in 2019

Russia is scheduled to begin delivery of its S-400 missile system to Turkey in 2019, an update that comes in the midst of an ongoing Turkey-U.S. political escalation. The $2.5 billion deal will be the first to equip a NATO ally with Russian missile defense systems, one that is incompatible

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22 Aug 2018

Facebook, Twitter Remove Political Misinformation Accounts Linked to Iran, Russia

Facebook and Twitter announced the removal of hundreds of accounts and pages linked to disinformation campaigns originating in Iran and Russia. Facebook stated that they removed “652 pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in Iran and targeted people across multiple internet services in the Middle East,

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21 Aug 2018

Russian military on alert for massive war games with China and Mongolia, largest since Soviet period

Russia is gearing up for its largest war-games since 1981, exercises that will also include China and Mongolia. The size and scope of the drills highlight Moscow’s increased emphasis on military exercises and ties with China as partners opposing the “unipolar world” under U.S. domination. The drills will span the

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20 Aug 2018

Norway confirms plan to double number of U.S. Marines training near Russian border

Norway and the U.S. will double the number of U.S. Marines (from around 300 to 700) training near the Russian border next year as the country increases defenses amidst growing fears of Russian military activity. Russia has promised that the move will lead to destabilization of the region and force

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20 Aug 2018

The U.S. Is Worried That a Russian Satellite Is Really a Weapon

The “abnormal behavior” of a Russian satellite of unknown function has prompted U.S. concern that it may be surveilling U.S. space assets, preparing for future attacks, or developing offensive technologies. These concerns, as well as continued Russian and Chinese development of “dual use” space technology that could be used for

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17 Aug 2018

Russian strategic bombers conduct exercise near Alaska

Russian military drills have moved closer to U.S. soil as relations between the countries become increasingly strained. Recently, two nuclear-capable strategic bombers flew to the Eastern extreme of the a peninsula facing Alaska, the first time bombers have appeared in this area during the post-Cold War era.  Source: Russian strategic

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16 Aug 2018

Poland wants permanent US forces stationed there

Citing threat of Russian aggression, Poland has voiced strong support for the possibility of permanent U.S. troop deployment in the country. While the U.S. has not indicated plans towards this end, Poland has remained a strong NATO member and one of the few that has met the group’s defense spending

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14 Aug 2018

Russian Military Spy Software is on Hundreds of Thousands of Home Routers

“The Russian military is inside hundreds of thousands of routers owned by Americans and others around the world, a top U.S. cybersecurity official said on Friday. The presence of Russian malware on the routers, first revealed in May, could enable the Kremlin to steal individuals’ data or enlist their devices in

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