The US has accused Moscow of violating a 1987 INF Treaty banning short and medium range ballistic and cruise missiles. Experts speculate whether Washington is nudging Moscow to pull out of a treaty to create a new ‘nuke bogey’ and offer aegis to the EU.
Russia has suggested that IT-giants Apple and SAP disclose their source codes to Russian state specialists in order to clear up information security issues after the chain of spy scandals undermined trust in foreign products.
Moscow has slammed Washington’s allegations that Russia breached the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, calling the claims unsubstantiated. It added Russia also has complaints about the US’s fulfillment of their obligations under the treaty.
The immediate impact on the Russian economy is not going to be crippling, but sanctions will work in the long run starving Russian banks and companies of funding over the next few years, Wolfgang Munchau, director Eurointelligence news blog, told RT.
Current US policy is a reminder of the 90s - not to negotiate with Russia, but to expand its territory towards the East and promote NATO, Willy Wimmer, the former State Secretary of the German Ministry of Defense, told RT.
The Ukrainian government depends on the Right Sector and needs it to do things that the government would not like to be seen doing themselves, such as blockading petrol stations, UK journalist Neil Clark told RT.
For America, democracy is a state that sells its mineral rights and agricultural land to US investors, otherwise, it imposes sanctions, and that's what the US wants from Ukraine, professor of economics at the University of Missouri Michael Hudson told RT.
State Duma Deputy Vadim Solovyov wants to amend the law on military service banning servicemen from posting photos and videos from their units or exercises, saying this could hurt the nation’s defense and lead to provocations by foreign media.
A group of journalists have lodged an official proposal to award Vladimir Putin with the honorary title Hero of Russia for his uncompromising defense of the national interest and support of ethnic Russians as well as for supporting the freedom of speech.