Russia accuses U.S. of direct Ukraine war role, but says it’s open to potential talks

Russian Foreign Minister attacks the West against Ukraine US and NATO arm and train Ukrainians Complains that Kyiv has become an existential threat to Russia But says Moscow open to possibility of talks Dec 1 (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States and NATO of playing a direct and dangerous role … Read more

Finland buys more arms from United States as it boosts defences

HELSINKI, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department has approved a second major arms sale to Finland in a month, helping Russia’s northern neighbor as it bids to strengthen its defenses due to war in Ukraine, Finland and the United States said. After Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the Finnish government decided to allocate … Read more

Turkish air strikes in Syria threatened safety of U.S. personnel -Pentagon

WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Turkish airstrikes in northern Syria have threatened the safety of U.S. military personnel and the escalating situation has jeopardized years of progress against Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The public comments represent the strongest condemnation by the United States of NATO ally Turkey’s air operations in recent days … Read more

Republican U.S. House will sharpen China focus, monitor Ukraine aid

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Republicans will use their new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to heighten Washington’s attention on China and keep a closer eye on aid to Ukraine, but they insist that they don’t intend to stop supporting Kyiv in its fight with Russia. Rep. Michael McCaul, the Republican vying to … Read more

US defense chief: ‘Tyranny and turmoil’ in Russian invasion

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin warned Saturday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine offers a glimpse of a world where countries with nuclear weapons could threaten other nations and said Beijing, like Moscow, seeks a world where might is good. Austin made the remarks at the annual Halifax International Security … Read more

Inside the US scramble to run down the facts as the Russia-Ukraine war spills into NATO territory

Washington CNN — President Joe Biden was sleeping halfway around the world when aides woke him up in the middle of the night with urgent news: A missile had hit Poland and killed two people. At 5:30 a.m. local time in Bali, where the president was attending the G20 summit, Biden, still in a t-shirt … Read more

Bush calls Zelenskyy ‘tough dude,’ says Ukraine can win

DALLAS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush on Wednesday called Ukraine’s president a “tough guy,” saying he believed Volodymyr Zelenskyy could win the war against Russia. – as long as they get the support they need. “They absolutely can win, they win,” Bush said at a conference at his Dallas institute. “But they won’t … Read more

Explainer: NATO’s Articles 4 and 5: How the Ukraine conflict could trigger its defense obligations

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – A deadly explosion ripped through NATO member Poland near its border with Ukraine on Tuesday and the United States and its allies said they were investigating unconfirmed reports that the explosion was caused by stray Russian missiles. The explosion, which firefighters said killed two people, raised fears that Russia’s war … Read more

CIA chief in Ankara meeting with Russian counterpart, U.S. official says

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency William Burns is in Ankara for talks with his Russian intelligence counterpart to deliver a message about the consequences of any use of weapons nuclear weapons by Russia, a White House official said Monday. “He’s not conducting any negotiations. He’s not discussing the … Read more

Europe relaxes after US midterms, but fears of a 2024 Trump win run high

America’s allies in Europe breathed a sigh of relief as America’s midterm competitions drew to a close. US allies believe thinner margins of control between Democrats and Republicans in Congress will not jeopardize US support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. From Kyiv to Berlin and Tbilisi, Georgia, fears that a larger Republican … Read more