Russia’s Failure to Comply With the INF Treaty

Gorbachev and Reagan

NATO has issued the following statement concerning Russia’ s failure to comply with the International Nuclear Forces (INF Treaty) originally signed between US President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev in Washington in 1987. Following nearly six years of U.S. and Allied engagement with Russia, on 4 December 2018, NATO Allies declared that Russia has developed…

Counterfeit aero engines threaten international aviation security

Russian YAK-130

The Yak-130 combat training aircraft was designed by Yakovlev Design Bureau along with Italy’s Aermacchi, and production was launched in 2009 by the Irkut Corporation in Russia, writes John Buchan. One of the strengths of the plane was a Ukrainian designed AI-222-25 engine created by Ivchenko-Progress SOE. The engine was subsequently produced by Russia’s Salyut…

Enhanced Security in Europe after Strasbourg Attack

Enhanced Security in Europe

The heinous shooting in the centre of Strasbourg was an act of terrorism. The French authorities have no doubt any more. The investigation of the incident has been taken up by the anti-terrorist unit of the prosecutor’s office in Paris. Four people were killed and at least 12 wounded as a result of the shooting…

US To Kill INF Treaty in 60 Days: Pompeo

US To Kill INF Treaty in 60 Days

In a speech in Brussels, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would act to kill the INF treaty in “60 days,” writes Martin Banks. The United States on Tuesday formally accused Russia of violating a major arms control treaty, taking the first step to leaving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty — which could…

NATO’s Dual Track Approach To Russia

NATO's Dual Track To Russia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has admitted that the alliance has a “dual track approach” to Russia, writes Martin Banks. This is based on “strength and openness for dialogue and “on whether Russia will change in near future or not change.” He said, “Even if we see no change in the near future then we still…

Martial law in Ukraine and Reaction in Europe

Martial law in Ukraine

Despite multiple accusations by opponents and suspicions that the President is trying to postpone the Presidential Elections, the Ukrainian parliament still voted for the introduction of martial law in Ukraine. It has been imposed not for 60 days as the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine proposed initially, but for 30 days. And not in…

Russian Navy Seizes Ukrainian Ships in Azov Sea

Russian Navy Seizes Ukrainian Ships

RUSSIAN NAVY SEIZES UKRAINIAN SHIPS IN AZOV SEA  In a serious escalation of conflict in the Sea of Azov, ten Russian warships have fired on, disabled and seized 2 Ukrainian gunboats and a tug in the Sea of Azov. The Ukrainian Navy reports that two Ukrainian crew members were injured in the incident. The vessels…