Pompeo Inks New Defense Pact With Greece, Criticizes Russia, Iran, China

The United States and Greece have signed an updated defense-cooperation pact, a move Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said was not aimed against any one nation in the region, including Turkey. Nevertheless, in remarks made during his visit to Athens on October 5. Pompeo cited "malign" Russian influence on NATO ally Greece and its neighbors and criticized Iran and China. The accord announced by Pompeo provides for increasing joint U.S.-Greece and NA..

Staff At Russia’s Main Cancer Center Quit En Masse, Citing Low Wages And Dire...

MOSCOW -- Russia’s main cancer treatment center has been rocked by a wave of resignations amid complaints about low wages and deteriorating conditions at its wards, in the latest indication of what medical professionals say is a systemic crisis that is endangering the quality and availability of critical care in the country. At least 10 doctors have resigned over the past two days from the N.N. Blokhin Cancer Research Center, which bills itself a..

New Scrutiny For ‘Putin’s Chef’ And Russian Mercenaries In Africa

The report, on Russia’s flagship weekly news program, was ambitious and exclusive. A reporting crew from state-run First Channel television flew to the Central African Republic to investigate how Russia was ostensibly helping to stabilize the impoverished, violence-ridden country. There were more than 100 military instructors, a top Russian adviser in the country, told the channel, for that reason. But the September 29 segment on Vesti Nedeli, un..

Denial: How Moscow Portrays Its Occupation Of Poland And The Baltic States

Eighty years ago, the Soviet Union used threats to impose a series of treaties on the Baltic states, allowing it to station troops on their territories. The treaties followed the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact with Nazi Germany, the Soviet invasion of Poland, and they laid the groundwork for the Soviet occupation of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in 1940. Let's block ads! (Why?)

U.S. Sanctions Firm For Allegedly Providing Jet Fuel To Russian Forces In Syria

The United States has slapped sanctions on a Russian company, three individuals, and five shipping vessels for allegedly participating in a scheme to avoid sanctions while facilitating the transfer of supplies of jet fuel to Russian forces operating in Syria in support of the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The Treasury Department made the announcement on September 26, the same day Russian media reported that Moscow was expanding its Hme..

Russian Gay Couple With Adopted Children Seeks Political Asylum In U.S.

MOSCOW -- A Russian gay couple have asked for asylum in the United States after Russian authorities launched an investigation into their adoption of two children. The Coming Out and Stimul LGBT rights groups based in Russia said on September 26 that the couple, Andrei Vaganov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev, and their children are currently safe and in the United States. Russia's Investigative Committee launched a probe in July against social services..

Russian Activist Detained Over Unsanctioned Rally Released From Pretrial Detention

MOSCOW -- A court in Moscow has released activist Aleksei Minyailo, who is charged with taking part in mass disorder during an unsanctioned rally in July, from pretrial detention. The Basman district court on September 26 ordered Minyailo to stay in Moscow while an investigation into his case continues. Minyailo and several other activists were sent to pretrial detention in early August. Some of those arrested along with Minyailo were also charg..

Russia Slams EU Resolution Stating Nazi-Soviet Pact ‘Paved Way’ For WWII

Russia has slammed a resolution adopted by the European Union that states the 1939 nonaggression pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany "paved the way for the outbreak of World War II." On September 20, Russia's Foreign Ministry labeled the European Parliament resolution as politicized revisionism. The ministry complained that the text did not mention Western powers' 1938 Munich Agreement that led to Nazi Germany's invasi..

Key U.S. Arms Control Negotiator Andrea Thompson To Leave Post

WASHINGTON -- Andrea Thompson, who played a key role in U.S. arms negotiations with Russia, is leaving her position as the undersecretary of state for arms control. In a brief statement on September 20, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thompson’s "wealth of knowledge, experience, and leadership skills will be missed." He did not give a reason for the departure. Reuters cited a person familiar with the matter as saying Thompson submitted her re..

Prison For Pushkin: Russians Turn To The Classics To Condemn A Modern Crackdown

MOSCOW -- It was a very Russian form of protest. Dozens gathered in a Moscow venue, and thousands before smartphone and laptop screens, to hear prominent actors, musicians, and other cultural figures read parts of literary classics from Russian and foreign authors and historical thinkers. Across from them sat a woman obscured in darkness, pronouncing indictments against the readers and punishing them with fines and jail sentences for insurrection..

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