NATO says it is ready to step up forces if tensions between Serbia and Kosovo escalate

NATO says it is ready to step up forces if tensions between Serbia and Kosovo escalate

BRUSSELS, Aug. 17 (Reuters) – NATO will increase its peacekeeping force in Kosovo if tensions with neighboring Serbia escalate, the alliance’s leader said Wednesday, on the eve of EU-facilitated talks between the Western Balkans’ alienated neighbors. “We now have an important mission, a military presence in Kosovo of nearly 4,000 troops,” Jens Stoltenberg told a … Read more

China sends troops to Russia for exercise ‘Vostok’

China sends troops to Russia for exercise ‘Vostok’

Members of the Chinese team operate with their Type 96A tank during the Tank Biathlon competition at the International Army Games 2022 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Russia, August 16, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, Aug. 17 (Reuters) – Chinese troops will travel to Russia to participate in … Read more

Finland restricts visas for Russians amid influx of tourists to Europe

Finland restricts visas for Russians amid influx of tourists to Europe

HELSINKI, Aug. 16 (Reuters) – Finland will cut the number of visas issued to Russians from Sept. 1, Finland’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, amid a flood of Russian tourists bound for Europe. Finnish land border crossings remain one of the few entry points into Europe for Russians after a series of … Read more

Ammunition depot explodes in northern Crimea – TASS cites local authorities

Ammunition depot explodes in northern Crimea – TASS cites local authorities

MOSCOW, Aug. 16 (Reuters) – An ammunition depot exploded in northern Crimea, Russia’s TASS news agency reported Tuesday, citing the administration of the village of Mayskoye. The Russian Defense Ministry said there were no “serious” casualties in the Mayskoye explosion, state news agency RIA reported. Earlier on Tuesday, RIA also reported a fire at a … Read more

Ukraine calls on world to ‘show strength’ after shelling near nuclear power plant

Ukraine calls on world to ‘show strength’ after shelling near nuclear power plant

Zelenskiy wants new sanctions against Russian nuclear sector Ukraine and Russia blame shelling near factory IAEA has warned of factory disasters unless fighting stops Kiev, Aug. 16 (Reuters) – Ukraine called for new sanctions against Russia, highlighting the risks and consequences of a catastrophe at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, where new shelling nearby has … Read more

Russians and Ukrainians blame again for new shelling at nuclear power plant

Russians and Ukrainians blame again for new shelling at nuclear power plant

Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of shelling in recent days Russia says it will do everything it can to allow the IAEA to visit the nuclear power plant IAEA has warned of factory disasters unless fighting stops KYIV, Aug. 15 (Reuters) – Ukrainian and Russian-installed officials on Monday reported shelling near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear … Read more

Putin ignores setbacks in Ukraine and brags about Russia’s weapons skills

Putin ignores setbacks in Ukraine and brags about Russia’s weapons skills

LONDON, Aug. 15 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Moscow was ready to sell advanced weapons to allies worldwide and cooperate in developing military technology, nearly six months after the war in Ukraine in which its military underperformed than expected. With the Russian leader’s forces repulsed from Ukraine’s two largest cities and … Read more

Exclusive: Wall Street revives Russian bond trading after US approval

Exclusive: Wall Street revives Russian bond trading after US approval

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (Reuters) – Several major Wall Street banks have begun offering transactions in Russian debt in recent days, according to banking documents seen by Reuters, giving investors another chance to sell assets held in the US. West generally considered poisonous. Most US and European banks had pulled out of the market in … Read more

Putin says Russia and North Korea will expand bilateral relations, KCNA . reports

Putin says Russia and North Korea will expand bilateral relations, KCNA . reports

FILE PHOTO – Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with acting governor of the Kirov region Alexander Sokolov via video link at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Aug. 9, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, Aug. 15 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin told North … Read more

Ukraine targets Russian soldiers threatening Europe’s largest nuclear power plant

Ukraine targets Russian soldiers threatening Europe’s largest nuclear power plant

Russians Threatening Zaporizhzhya Are “Special Targets” G7 countries call on Moscow to withdraw troops from factory Fear of Nuclear Disasters Unless the Fighting Stops Russia warns it could sever bilateral ties with the United States More grain ships depart from Ukraine Kiev, Aug. 14 (Reuters) – Ukraine targets Russian soldiers shooting at Europe’s largest nuclear … Read more