As China and Russia get “closer” and Beijing invests in nuclear weapons, NATO focuses on new “friends”

Tokyo — China’s growing assertiveness and collaboration with Russia poses a threat not only to Asia but also to Europe, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday as he sought stronger cooperation and more “friends” for NATO in the Indo-Pacific region. Stoltenberg said China is increasingly investing in nuclear weapons and long-range missiles without providing transparency … Read more

Russia hits Ukraine with missiles, says promised tanks show US, Europe’s “direct involvement” in the war is “growing”

Russia launched a wave of new missile and drone attacks against Ukraine Thursday, killing at least 11 people, including one in the capital Kyiv, according to emergency officials, and targeting the country’s already-battered energy infrastructure. The strikes forced officials to switch off the electricity in a couple of regions to cope with reduced capacity. Air … Read more

The Cold War roots of Scholz’s tank trauma – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. In early January of 1984, an aspiring young West German socialist with a shoulder-length curly mane traveled by train to East Berlin with his comrades for an important meeting. It was a tense time in the Cold War with the arms race between the … Read more

The Cold War roots of Scholz’s tank trauma – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. In early January of 1984, an aspiring young West German socialist with a shoulder-length curly mane traveled by train to East Berlin with his comrades for an important meeting. It was a tense time in the Cold War with the arms race between the … Read more

Ukraine war: ‘Global catastrophe’ threats, ‘corruption’ at Ukrainian MoD, Berlin tank stance slammed

New weapons for Kyiv will cause ‘global catastrophe’, warns Putin ally A close ally of President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that delivering offensive weapons to Kyiv will lead to a world disaster by making arguments against using nuclear weapons untenable. Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the Duma — Russia’s lower house of parliament — warned … Read more

As US and allies arm Ukraine, Russia warns that losing a conventional war “can trigger a nuclear war”

As the United States prepares to announce a new shipment of military hardware for Ukraine and Kyiv pushes its Western partners for modern battle tanks and other heavy weapons, Moscow responded Thursday with a familiar battery of threats. Once again, Russia alluded to its nuclear arsenal in a bid to dissuade the US and its … Read more

The benefits of Russia’s coming disintegration – POLITICO

Janusz Bugajski is a senior fellow at the Jamestown Foundation. His new book, Failed State: A Guide to Russia’s Rupture, has just been published. We are currently witnessing an unfolding revolution in global security that Western policy makers are clearly unprepared for — the impending collapse of the Russian Federation. Instead of planning contingencies for … Read more

Protests, weapons for Russia and the nuclear deal

What lies ahead for Iran and its overseas activities will have significant consequences not only for millions of Iranians but also for Ukraine, Russia, much of the Middle East, and the foreign policy of Western governments. Reuters | Wana News Agency It’s been a turbulent year for Iran. A year that some hoped would see … Read more

Exclusive: Biden task force investigating how US tech ends up in Iranian attack drones used against Ukraine

Washington CNN — The Biden administration has launched an expansive task force to investigate how US and western components, including American-made microelectronics, are ending up in Iranian-made drones Russia is launching by the hundreds into Ukraine, multiple officials familiar with the effort tell CNN. The US has imposed tough export control restrictions and sanctions to … Read more

North Korea claims successful rocket test that could bolster its ICBM force

Seoul, South Korea CNN — North Korea on Friday said it has successfully tested a solid-fueled rocket motor, a development that could lead to Kim Jong Un’s regime being able to more quickly and reliably fire an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in the future. The new high-thrust rocket motor was tested at a satellite launching … Read more