Russia Says It Can Deploy Nuclear Arms to Crimea

qqRussia’s envoy to the NATO alliance said on Friday that Moscow will bolster military forces in occupied Ukraine, and is not banned from deploying nuclear arms in Crimea.

“Everything that we do in Crimea fully complies with all obligations of the Russian Federation under international treaties. We do not violate anything, there are no prohibitions on us deploying certain weapons systems,” said Alexander Grushko, the envoy, when asked if nuclear arms would be placed in Crimea.

Grushko also declined to say whether nuclear arms currently are deployed inside the Ukrainian territory forcibly annexed by Russia in March 2014. He made the remarks in a video press conference from Moscow with reporters in Brussels, where NATO headquarters is located.

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Russian envoy doubts breakthrough in NATO relations

fA Russian envoy says Moscow’s relations with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will not improve as long as the military alliance continues a “containment policy” towards the country.

Russia’s Ambassador to NATO Alexander Grushko said on Saturday that a breakthrough in diplomatic relations should not be expected this month at a forum that will bring Russian and NATO representatives together for the first time since the Ukraine crisis in 2014.

“There cannot be a return to ‘business as usual’ with NATO as long as the alliance does not reconsider its containment policy towards Russia and does stop bloating the myth of a military threat from Russia,” Grushko said.

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Заместитель министра иностранных дел РФ Александр Грушко во время выступления с докладом на заседании правительства РФ.

MOSCOW, Russia — The following information was released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation:

Question: Alexander, as far as we know, the present meeting is being held in Russia for the first time. What significance do we attach to this event and what questions will be included in the agenda as a priority?

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Russia offers to reopen, broaden military talks with the U.S. over Syria

Russia and the United States tentatively agreed Tuesday to resume talks on how to prevent conflicts between their warplanes in the skies over Syria, even as concerns mounted about the potential for a broader confrontation in the Middle East between the two powers.

After days of complaints from U.S. and NATO officials about a lack of cooperation and risky maneuvers by Russian warplanes, Russia’s Defense Ministry offered to hold another round of discussions with the Pentagon on avoiding a midair disaster or a hostile encounter involving their fighter jets, drones and other aircraft over Syria.

The tone expressed by both sides remained distrustful, however, as they labored to agree on when to meet and accused each other of blocking progress. The dispute has escalated in recent days as Russia has ramped up its bombing campaign in Syria, further congesting a war zone that was already crowded with a dizzying array of foreign forces.

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Russia prepared for US tanks in Eastern Europe

dThe representative of Russia to NATO criticized the U.S. plans to deploy an armored brigade in Eastern Europe. In total, the Moscow but left. A possible reason is that The Russian army has already responded.

Alexander Grushko criticized on Thursday the U.S. plans to deploy an armored brigade in Eastern Europe. The permanent representative of Russia to NATO in Brussels said in a statement to the DW of a «next step, writes a Transition of NATO to the confrontational Patterns.» Its military importance had to be regarded in connection with other efforts of the Alliance to strengthen its «Eastern flank». Grushko mentioned «constant troop rotations, Exercises, Air Policing, the reinforcement of the activities in the Baltic and in the Black sea, the construction of additional rods, modernization of military infrastructure.»

All of this weakness of the European security, the Russian Diplomat said. Also, the viability of the Russia-NATO founding act of 1997 as «one of the last effective pillars» of this security was in doubt. Russian military experts, the US would analyze the announcements and the appropriate corrections for the Russian military planning, said Grushko.

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