U.S. warns of possible Russian invasion of Ukraine with 175,000 troops as soon as January

U.S. intelligence is warning of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine involving as many as 175,000 troops as soon as January, a U.S. official confirmed to CBS News following a Friday report in The Washington Post about the scale of a possible offensive. The plans involve extensive movement of 100 battalion tactical groups with an … Read more

Antony Blinken: “What’s most important for Russia to understand is that actions have consequences”

Moscow’s military build-up near Ukraine’s border has stoked tensions between NATO, the EU and Russia. Between diplomacy and the threat of even tougher sanctions, foreign ministers meeting in Sweden are seeking to avoid any confrontation with the Kremlin. Euronews’ Efi Koutsokosta spoke to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken following his talks with Russian Foreign … Read more

“I didn’t try to kill my brother”: Years later, girl adopted from Russia speaks out

In 1997, a 9-year-old Russian girl was adopted by an American couple, who came to believe that she was capable of murder after they say she tried to toss her little brother off a 30-foot-high deck. Eventually, the couple brought her back to Russia and left her there in a locked children’s psychiatric institute. “48 … Read more

How real is the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine?

Kyiv, Ukraine – As early as January, the Kremlin may unleash a “brief and victorious” war on Ukraine, a top military expert has told Al Jazeera, as world leaders and international bodies weigh the possibility of such a conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin wants his troops to reach the Dnieper River that dissects Ukraine, seize … Read more

Views collide as Blinken, Lavrov discuss Ukraine

It was less a matter of differences than seemingly irreconcilable realities as the U.S. and Russia’s top diplomats clashed over Ukraine on Thursday. While U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated a demand that Russia withdraw troops from the Ukrainian border and resume peace talks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that his country regarded … Read more

Russia’s Lavrov warns of return to ‘nightmare scenario of military confrontation’ over Ukraine

THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that a return to the “nightmare scenario of military confrontation” in Ukraine is highly likely. Speaking at an Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) meeting in Stockholm, Lavrov accused NATO of bringing its military infrastructure “closer to the Russian borders.” US Secretary of State … Read more

Busting the Merkel Myth

Press play to listen to this article BERLIN — In an age of us-versus-them politics, soon-to-be ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel might be the only prominent international leader the global demos can actually agree on. From Poland to Peru, clear majorities profess a favorable view of the East German physicist-turned-politician, whose 16-year tenure running Europe’s largest … Read more

NATO threatens Moscow with sanctions if Russian troops invade Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken threatened Moscow with heavy economic sanctions if President Vladimir Putin attacks Ukraine, insisting that “diplomacy is the only responsible way to resolve this potential crisis”. Tensions over the Russian troop build-up along the border of Ukraine, whose government is seeking to align with NATO and the West, have been … Read more

NATO warns Russia of ‘high price’ for any attack on Ukraine

Another Russian invasion of Ukraine would carry a “high price,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Tuesday, adding that the 30 allies together represent more than 50 percent of the global economy. “Any future Russian aggression against Ukraine would come at a high price and have serious political and economic consequences for Russia,” Stoltenberg said at … Read more

MI6 spy chief says China, Russia, Iran top UK threat list

LONDON — China, which is increasingly flexing its muscles around the world, is one of the biggest threats to Britain and its allies, and a “miscalculation” by Beijing could lead to war, the head of the U.K.’s foreign intelligence agency said Tuesday. MI6 chief Richard Moore said that China, Russia, Iran and international terrorism make … Read more