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    • A fighter prepares an ammunition belt.
      Last update: 21:20 27.05.2017
      21:20 27.05.2017

      US Military Secrecy Behind Billion Dollars of Guns 'Missing' in Middle East

      The recent Amnesty International report on the US Army failing to keep tabs on more than $1 billion worth of weapons has raised the issue of arms proliferation. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, Iain Overton of Action on Armed Violence stressed that a lack of coordinated control in US arms sales and procurement lies at the root of the problem.

    • U.S. President Donald Trump gathers with (L-R) European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May as they attend the G7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, May 26, 2017.
      Last update: 19:40 27.05.2017
      19:40 27.05.2017

      New World Order: How Global 'Grand Chessboard' Turned Into a 'Card Table'

      Unlike his predecessors, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Donald Trump is not going to propagate America's global leadership, Russian scholar Vladimir Lepekhin wrote for RIA Novosti; according to the scholar, Trump is planning an overhaul of US foreign strategy to introduce a new world order.

    • People sit at computers in the 24 hour Operations Room inside GCHQ, Cheltenham in Cheltenham, November 17, 2015.
      Last update: 18:40 27.05.2017
      18:40 27.05.2017

      How US Intelligence Leaks Turned Into an International Problem

      The US intelligence community has gone rogue leaking highly sensitive information to the mainstream media, RIA Novosti political analyst Vladimir Ardayev writes, asking whether the recent scandal between American and British law enforcement agencies will become a wake-up call to US spies.

    • Moscow Kremlin
      Last update: 21:28 26.05.2017
      21:28 26.05.2017

      RISK Act: Yet Another Attempt to Make US-Russian Detente Impossible

      The new US draft bill seeking a comprehensive report from the State Department on Russia's alleged subversive measures against the United States is nothing but an attempt to irreversibly undermine relations between Washington and Moscow, Russian scholar Nikita Danyuk told Radio Sputnik.

    • President Donald Trump holds a sword and sways with traditional dancers during a welcome ceremony at Murabba Palace in Riyadh
      Last update: 20:15 26.05.2017
      20:15 26.05.2017

      Trump's Deal With Riyadh Sends 'Encouraging' Signal to Radical Islamists

      Striking a multi-billion arms deal with Riyadh, US President Donald Trump has apparently turned a blind eye to Saudi Arabia's long record of supporting Sunni extremists in the Middle East, Israeli political commentator Avigdor Eskin wrote for RIA Novosti, adding that the deal has become a litmus test for Trump.

    • US soldiers part of NATO patrol during the final day of a month long anti-Taliban operation by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in various parts of eastern Nangarhar province, at an Afghan National Army base in Khogyani district on August 30, 2015
      Last update: 18:40 26.05.2017
      18:40 26.05.2017

      Well-Calculated Negligence? Why Pentagon Continues to 'Lose' Arms in War Zones

      It still remains unclear whether it's the Pentagon's negligence or a well-calculated scheme that facilitates the "uncontrolled" spread of US weapons across the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, RIA Novosti contributor Alexander Khrolenko writes.

    • U.S. President Donald Trump (R) walks with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017.
      Last update: 21:46 25.05.2017
      21:46 25.05.2017

      It's Payback Time: How Trump Chided NATO 'Freeloaders'

      On the eve of Donald Trump's visit to Brussels the question on everyone's lips was whether the US president would raise the issue of a mandatory 2 percent contribution to NATO, RIA Novosti political analyst Vladimir Ardayev noted. It appears that the bloc members' worst fears have been confirmed.

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      Last update: 19:40 25.05.2017
      19:40 25.05.2017

      Blame It on Russia: How Pentagon Confused Aircraft 'Intercept' With 'Escorting'

      What a Pentagon official described as an "unprofessional intercept" of a US KC-10 aerial refueling tanker aircraft over Syria conducted by a Russian fighter jet was nothing but "escorting," Russian aviation expert Vladimir Popov told Radio Sputnik.

    • One of the Kremlin towers in Moscow.
      Last update: 19:14 25.05.2017
      19:14 25.05.2017

      Why US' Sanctions Policy Against N Korea is Actually Aimed at Russia

      Washington is determined to render life unbearable in North Korea by expanding the sanctions already exerted on the country, Russian expert Vladimir Terekhov told Radio Sputnik, explaining why the recent US' crackdown on Pyongyang is simultaneously aimed against Russia.

    • U.S. President Donald Trump places his hands on a glowing orb as he tours with other leaders the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017
      Last update: 09:00 25.05.2017
      09:00 25.05.2017

      Trump Ignores 'Saudis' Major Role in Sunni Terrorism' in Return for Oil Deals

      Washington is ignoring Saudi Arabia's major role in Sunni terrorism, California State University Professor Emeritus of Political Science Beau Grosscup told Sputnik. His opinion was echoed by Professor of neuroscience and political commentator John Walsh.

    • Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes part in the Women for Women International Luncheon in New York City, New York, US, May 2, 2017.
      Last update: 21:34 24.05.2017
      21:34 24.05.2017

      Hillary the Hypocrite: Real Reason Behind Clinton Lambasting Trump's Budget for 'Cruelty'

      Hillary Clinton denounced Donald Trump's 2018 budget as a plan showing "an unimaginable level of cruelty." However, according to Russian expert Alexander Domrin, what she is really bemoaning is her defeat in the 2016 elections, not the US president's cuts to social programs.

    • A PAK FA T-50 fighter jet performs a demo flight at the MAKS 2013 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky.
      Last update: 21:12 24.05.2017
      21:12 24.05.2017

      A Bolt From the Blue: Russia Now Strategically on Par With NATO

      To the apparent disappointment of NATO hawks, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that the Russian Armed Forces have reached strategic parity with the alliance. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, military expert Viktor Baranets shed light on the Russian defense program.

    • The Russian and Chinese national flags are seen on the table as Russia's President Vladimir Putin (back L) and his China's President Xi Jinping (back R) stand during a signing ceremony at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on November 9, 2014.
      Last update: 18:46 24.05.2017
      18:46 24.05.2017

      What's Behind the Myth of China Presenting a Threat to Russia

      Over the last decade the antagonists of the Russo-Chinese rapprochement have been busy spreading the myth of the looming "Chinese threat" to Russia, Sputnik contributor Viktor Marakhovsky wrote, adding that none of the gloomy prognoses have ever come true.

    • US Army soldiers belonging to the 1st Platoon, Able Troop 3-71 Cavalry Squadron and members of the South Carolina National Guard. (File)
      Last update: 21:39 23.05.2017
      21:39 23.05.2017

      It's Time to Tighten Belts: Trump's Budget Seeks Cuts to Everything But War

      Donald Trump's 2018 budget means that ordinary Americans and US allies overseas will have to tighten their belts. However, before turning the ambitious plan into reality the US administration will have to get Congress's approval, RIA Novosti contributor Igor Gashkov noted.

    • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (right) and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg are seen here after a meeting of the Defense and Security Council of Ukraine
      Last update: 20:41 23.05.2017
      20:41 23.05.2017

      Why Ukraine's 15-Year-Old Pledge to Join NATO Still Remains Irrelevant

      Exactly 15 years ago Ukraine announced its official decision to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). However, nothing has changed since then. RIA Novosti contributor Alexander Khrolenko and political scientist Denis Denisov shed light on what went wrong for Ukraine.

    • The city of Kvaisa in the Dzau district, South Ossetia. (File)
      Last update: 18:01 23.05.2017
      18:01 23.05.2017

      Why Turkey is No Contender in Russia's Sphere of Interest

      While Ankara continues its charm offensive against Azerbaijan and Georgia, it is unlikely that the three will constitute a full-fledged triumvirate, political scientist Gevorg Mirzayan wrote for RIA Novosti, unveiling what exactly is impeding Turkey's dominance in Transcaucasia.

    • Police evacuate the Arndale shopping centre, in Manchester, England Tuesday May 23, 2017, the day after an apparent suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert as it ended Monday night, killing over a dozen of people among a panicked crowd of young concertgoers.
      Last update: 14:55 23.05.2017
      14:55 23.05.2017

      Manchester Terrorist Atrocity - Enough Is Enough

      by John Wight

      The lack of a coherent anti-terrorism strategy in Washington and by extension the West, as emergency services deal with the devastating aftermath of yet another terrorist atrocity in Europe - this time a suicide bomb attack at a concert in Manchester, England - has been thrown into sharp relief during President Trump's tour of the Middle East.

      Deadly Blast Hits Manchester Arena After Ariana Grande's Concert
    • U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are welcomed by Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017. Picture taken May 20, 2017
      Last update: 15:09 22.05.2017
      15:09 22.05.2017

      The Baneful Apocalyptic Triad of USA, Israel and Saudi Arabia

      For someone who vowed to “eradicate radical Islamic terrorism” from the face of the earth on inauguration day, Flipper-in-Chief Donald J. Trump’s first trip abroad as US president was to Saudi Arabia where, he peddled arms worth $350 billion over a decade.

    • PAK DA
      Last update: 20:46 20.05.2017
      20:46 20.05.2017

      New Defense Program: 'Russia to Rely on Innovative Intellectual Weapons'

      Russia is a peaceful country but it is ready to counter any potential aggression, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin said in his interview with Rossiya 1 broadcaster. Rogozin shed light on Defense Ministry's new weapons program, adding that the Russians traditionally win by skill rather than by weight of numbers.

    • Riot police block off the Albuquerque Convention Center to anti-Trump protests following a rally and speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the convention center where the event was held, in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday, May 24, 2016
      Last update: 20:20 20.05.2017
      20:20 20.05.2017

      American Civil War 2.0: A Bitter Hybrid Conflict With No End in Sight

      The United States is engulfed by the American civil war 2.0, Russian political commentator Dmitry Kosyrev wrote for RIA Novosti, stressing that despite the US mainstream media narrative, the Trump administration's machine is up and running, shifting the established balance of power in the country step by step.