World Russia Russian military Nuclear Weapons Iskander The Russian military has released footage from one of its latest missile tests, showcasing a deadly nuclear-capable weapon currently deployed along the tense borders between Russian and U.S.-led Western military alliance NATO forces. The Russian Ministry of Defense published Saturday a fifty-second-long clip showing a 9K720 Iskander short-range mobile missile system being launched from somewhere in the country's far eastern military district. The missile platform, which is in use across Asia and Europe, comprises a major part of Russia's military posture in its exclave of Kaliningrad, a heavily-armed Baltic territory flanked by NATO members Poland and Lithuania. The movement of Iskander missile systems and other Russian military assets to Kaliningrad has received more attention as relations with NATO deteriorated and both sides sought to expand their warfighting capabilities. A Russian 9K720 Iskander mobile missile … [Read more...] about Russia Military Fires Nuclear Capable Missile In New Video Amid Tensions with NATO
Former President Obama’s intelligence chief on Monday said he hoped special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE would wrap up his Russia investigation soon and tell the country whether there was any collusion between Moscow and President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE’s campaign. “I think the overarching point here is that this whole issue has to come to a resolution,” Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in an interview with Hill.TV’s new morning show, "Rising." “At some point special counsel Mueller and his team I hope will wrap up the investigation and clear the air one way or the other whether or not there was collusion with the Russians,” he added. “This is a … [Read more...] about Clapper hopes Mueller will end Russia probe ‘soon’
U.S. Relations between the United States and Russia may be potentially worse than they were during the Cold War, and Russian President Vladimir Putin is intentionally stoking divisions within the U.S. political system to undermine American democracy, according to a former top CIA official. Dan Hoffman, who previously served as station chief for the CIA in Moscow, claimed the two superpowers were very much at “risk” during the tense nuclear standoff that dominated the global stage for most of the 20th century, but that the tensions could be “in a worse place today,” according to an interview with Australian outlet ABC released Sunday. “As dangerous as things were between our countries during the Cold War, as much risk as there was of conflict, you might argue that we’re in a worse place today,” Hoffman said. Hoffman specifically noted the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016, when Donald Trump Jr.—the president’s eldest … [Read more...] about U.S.-Russia Relations Worse Than During Cold War, Former CIA Moscow Chief Says
As former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort spent his first weekend in jail pending trial on charges brought by the special counsel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani floated the possibility of presidential pardons for Manafort and others charged in the probe. Giuliani suggested Trump could choose to pardon those he decides were "treated unfairly" but said the he should wait to do so until the Russia probe is complete. The investigation so far has led to charges against 20 people, five of whom have agreed to guilty pleas. Trump has repeatedly called the investigation a "witch hunt." Do you think Trump will issue pardons after the probe ends? Vote in our informal and unscientific poll and tell us why in the comments. Bookmark NJ.com/Opinion. Follow on Twitter @NJ_Opinion and find NJ.com Opinion on Facebook. … [Read more...] about Do you think Trump will issue pardons after the Russia probe ends?
Updated 2:09 am, Monday, June 18, 2018 BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has extended sanctions against Russia for a year over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014. The EU said in a statement on Monday that it "remains firmly committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity" and said that it continued to "condemn this violation of international law." The sanctions are now set to run until June 23, 2019, and apply to EU citizens and companies. They ban the import of products from Crimea and Sevastopol, halt any European investment or real estate purchases there and stop cruise ships from stopping there. The measures also ban the export of some goods and technologies that could be used for transport, telecommunications or in the energy sector — particularly oil, gas or mineral exploration. … [Read more...] about EU extends sanctions against Russia for a year over Crimea