Moldova turns to France in face of threats from Putin – POLITICO

That call was noticed in Moscow. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday: “Russia is open to providing this assistance, but we prefer to solve all problems without any exception through dialogue, political dialogue,” TASS news agency reported. Strengthen the defense Although Moldovan Foreign Minister Mihail Popșoi sees no immediate threat of a Russian invasion, … Read more

Sweden officially joins NATO, ending decades of post-World War II neutrality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweden formally joined on Thursday NATO as the 32nd member of the transatlantic military alliance, ending decades neutrality after the Second World War and centuries of broader non-alignment with the great powers, as security concerns in Europe have increased following Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine. President Joe Biden congratulated Sweden on its … Read more

How Putin’s Russia evolved from tolerating to suppressing dissent

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — When charismatic opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down on a bridge near the Kremlin in February 2015, more than 50,000 Muscovites expressed their shock and outrage the next day at the brazen assassination. Police stood aside as they rallied and chanted anti-government slogans. Nine years later, stunned and angry Russians … Read more

Russia-Ukraine war updates from March 6, 2024

13 Hours Ago Kremlin says Russia will not interfere with U.S. elections Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday said that Russia would not interfere with the U.S. presidential election later this year, and had not done so in the past. “We never interfered in elections in the United States,” Peskov said, according to Reuters. “And this … Read more

NATO to fly Sweden’s flag on Monday – POLITICO

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Foreign Minister Tobias Billström travel to Washington today. Sweden’s accession documentation will be officially filed with the US Department of State, formally ending the process. Sweden cleared the final hurdle to becoming the country’s 32nd ally last week, after Hungary – the last remnant among member states – held … Read more

Russia-Ukraine war updates from March 4, 2024

17 Hours Ago NATO soldiers take part in a training exercise Soldiers from various NATO countries on Monday took part in an instalment of NATO’s Steadfast Defender 2024 military training exercise. The months-long exercise is the largest since the Cold War and will take place in various countries across Europe and cover domains including sea, … Read more

Putin’s masterful spy op leaves Scholz in the cold – POLITICO

For Putin, who after decades as Russia’s leader is still a spy through and through, there is no greater joy than outsmarting Russia’s opponents in the dark arts (especially Germany, where he built part of his KGB career as an agent). It is fair to say that Putin – however unconsciously – received great support … Read more

Dmitry Medvedev Unveils Map With New Russian Borders in Anti-Ukraine Screed

The Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, delivered a sweeping speech on Monday in which he claimed that “Ukraine is absolutely Russia” and spouted anti-Ukrainian rhetoric aimed at erasing the country from the map. “Our geostrategic space has been indivisible since the time of the old Russian state,” the former Russian president said, … Read more

The grand master of grandstanding – POLITICO

And yet, it appears Paris didn’t listen – or possibly even care – when Macron publicly raised the possibility, despite the clear response from his allies, which was echoed by leaders gathered in Paris before his press conference. Instead, the French leader noted blandly: “There is no consensus today to officially send ground troops.” So … Read more

Putin seeks to ‘destablise’ Germany with wiretap leak, defence minister says

Germany on Sunday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of sowing division with the wiretap leak of a confidential German army conversation about the war in Ukraine, at a time when Berlin is under pressure to supply the Taurus missile to Kiev. Issued on: 03/03/2024 – 17:10Altered: 03/03/2024 – 17:23 1 minute A 38-minute recording of … Read more