Putin Threatens to use Nuclear Force in Baltics

Russia has threatened to use “nuclear force” to defend its annexation of Crimea and warned that the “same conditions” that prompted it to take military action in Ukraine exist in the three Baltic states, all members of Nato. According to notes made by an American at a meeting between Russian generals and US officials – and seen by The Times newspaper - Moscow threatened a “spectrum of responses from nuclear to non-military” if Nato moved more forces into Lithuania, Latvia and Esto...
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Norway’s Air Defenses on Full Alert

From his command post burrowed deep into a mountain of quartz and slate north of the Arctic Circle, the 54-year-old commander of Norway's military headquarters watches time flowing backward, pushed into reverse by surging Russian military activity redolent of East-West sparring during the Cold War. "I am what you could call a seasoned Cold Warrior," the commander, Lt. Gen. Morten Haga Lunde, said, speaking in an underground complex built to withstand a nuclear blast. As a result, he added, he...
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Russia to have more than 350,000 Contract Soldiers by End of Year

More than 350,000 contract servicemen will serve in the Russian army by the end of the current year, but the Defense Ministry is not going to abandon the conscription, head of the General Staff’s main mobilization organization department Lieutenant General Vasily Tonkoshkurov told reporters on Tuesday. "It is planned that by the end of 2015 more than 350,000 contract soldiers will serve in the Armed Forces, above all, on positions of non-commissioned officers and related to the operation of m...
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Google Clashes with China over Web Security

It does not appear that Google's frosty relationship with China will thaw anytime soon, as the search giant this week said it will reject digital certificates from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). At issue are the digital certificates issued on the Web, which ensure that sites are secure and not ridden with malicious software that might steal your information or ruin your device. In this case, Google discovered that CNNIC, which issues certificates for the .cn domain, ma...
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United States & Israel Test Missile Defense

The United States and Israel have successfully tested a new missile system known as David's Sling, American and Israeli officials say. Trials of the new Israeli missile system being developed in partnership with the US began last week and ended on Tuesday, officials reviewing the project said on Wednesday. The trial was carried out this week in central Israel by the Israeli Military Affairs Ministry and the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the officials noted. During the trial, ...
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Russia to Chair BRICS Business Council

As Russia assumes the chairmanship of the BRICS business council, the launch of the New Development Bank for its members will begin as an alternative to the US-dominated International Monetary Fund (IMF). Sergey Katyrin, President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce, took over the chairmanship of a business council of BRICS, an economic association made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, on Wednesday. The seventh summit of BRICS will be held in the southern Russian city of...
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