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58 % of Russian 'spearhead units' armament modernized - Sergei Shoigu

Over 750 new weapon systems have arrived for the Russian troops in the past six months of this year, Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said on Friday. "Over the past six months, more than 750 new weapon systems and military equipment have arrived for the troops while 380 pieces of military hardware have been repaired and about 7,000 military hardware items have undergone maintenance," Shoigu said at the…

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Ukrainian parliament voted for joining NATO

Lawmakers in Ukraine passed a bill on Thursday securing the country's aspirations to become a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member as Ukraine's foreign policy priority. The bill, passed by a 276-226 vote in the unicameral Verkhovna Rada, is yet to be signed into law by President Petro Poroshenko. The law outlines enhancing cooperation with NATO in order to reach the criteria needed for the country's accession to the…

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Russia: NATO relations in deepest crisis since end of the Cold War

Russia warns NATO against military buildup along eastern border. Moscow calls on NATO to halt attempts of building relations with Russia in the spirit of the confrontation era until it is too late, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. The ministry said "at this stage Russian-NATO relations are in the deepest crisis since the end of the Cold War." "The alliance’s drive to prove it is being in demand…

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Russia: 500 Nazi groups with 7 million members active in Europe

More than 500 neo-Nazi groups, bringing together approximately seven million people, are currently active in Europe, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said, adding that in Ukraine such groups affected the actions of the country's leadership. The official noted that in Europe "there is no necessary reaction." Patrushev drew an analogy between the current situation and the situation before World War II when the threat…

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US and NATO ready to deter Russia - Pentagon chief

US Defense Secretary James Mattis says the United States and NATO are prepared to deploy military equipment to the Baltic region to deter Russia, reports PressTV on Wednesday. "We will deploy whatever capability is necessary here," Mattis said on Wednesday when asked about regional air defenses at a press conference…

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US armoured Strykers heading to Finland for offensive war exercise

Exercise "Arrow 17", led by the Finnish Army’s Armoured Brigade, will take place in Finland from 2 to 13 May 2017. War games brings to Finland a reinforced US Army infantry company equipped with armoured Stryker personnel carrier vehicles as well as a Norwegian Brigade equipped with CV90 infantry fighting vehicles.  According to the…

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Russia strongly backs Iranian membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says that Iran is ready for full SCO membership, now that UN Security Council sanctions have been lifted from the country. Lavrov's statement is reported by RT News. "Iran is ready to become a full-fledged member of the organization", Lavrov said Friday during an SCO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Astana.…

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Moscow says OSCE car explosion in Donbass seems to be 'provocation', advocates negotiations

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it believes that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) car's explosion in Donbass is a "provocation," reports Sputnik. The Russian Foreign Ministry also said that the "provocation" may be aimed to undermine the Ukrainian peace…

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Russia vows to oppose US stance against Iran

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says Moscow is against Washington's “non-productive” attempts to unite in one agenda Iran's non-nuclear issues and those pertaining to the implementation of the country's nuclear agreement. Ryabkov's statement is published by PressTV. “We see here a non-productive approach…

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US to use 'sneak invasion' tactics in Iraq & Syria

US Army is adopting a new policy in Iraq and Syria. Information given about troop deployments, force numbers, locations capabilities and movements will be limited, told Pentagon spokesman, Eric Pahon, to LA Times. “In order to maintain tactical surprise, ensure operational security and force protection, the coalition will not…