16:58 GMT +318 January 2017


    • Chinese Dragons in Longtan Park, Beijing
      Last update: 15:01 18.01.2017
      15:01 18.01.2017

      New Silk Road: Beijing's Asymmetric Response to Trump's Crackdown on China

      The potential Sino-American economic confrontation under Donald Trump will prompt China to make the New Silk Road a cornerstone of its economic strategy, Russian expert on Chinese affairs Nikolay Vavilov noted, adding that Russia is likely to play a bigger role in the Beijing-led project.

    • Turkish Cypriot couple, seen behind barbed wire and an EU flag, as they cross the Ledra Palace checkpoint in Nicosia, Cyprus (File)
      Last update: 21:45 17.01.2017
      21:45 17.01.2017

      Divided Cyprus: How UK, Turkey, Greece Can Finally Cut the Gordian Knot

      The key to success in the Cyprus negotiations is to abandon the "principle of competition" between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, Dr. Ahmet Sozen told Sputnik. He believes that if the parties concerned demonstrate enough flexibility and political will they will reach a compromise within a few days.

    • Russian Topol-M ballistic missiles drive through Red Square during a Victory Day parade rehearsal in Moscow on May 6, 2010
      Last update: 18:25 17.01.2017
      18:25 17.01.2017

      In Obama's Footsteps? Trump 'to Push Ahead With Russian Disarmament Agenda'

      Nuclear weapons continue to be essential for Russia's national security, Russian military expert Konstantin Sivkov told RIA Novosti, adding that potential economic benefits of the lifting of sanctions cannot overshadow the importance of the country's defense matters.

    • US Senator John McCain attends a news conference at the Benjamin Franklin Library in Mexico City, Mexico December 20, 2016.
      Last update: 17:04 16.01.2017
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      The Coup Against Trump and Why Russia 'Must Be Destroyed'

      by John Wight

      Delanda est Cathargo ("Carthage must be destroyed") are words that come down to us from ancient history. It is said they were spoken by the famed Roman statesman and orator Cato the Elder at the end of his speeches. They remain relevant today in the case of Trump, Russia and a Washington establishment that is intent on destroying both.

    • Fighters from the former Al-Nusra Front -- renamed Fateh al-Sham Front after breaking from Al-Qaeda -- advance at an armament school after they announced they seiged control of two military academies and a third military position on August 6, 2016, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
      Last update: 16:23 15.01.2017
      16:23 15.01.2017

      Syrian Truce: There is More to Opposition's Demands Than Meets the Eye

      The Syrian opposition is allegedly seeking ways to save al-Nusra Front's militants by demanding the Syrian government to introduce a truce in areas with a high concentration of terrorists, Sadad mayor Suleiman al-Khalil suggested in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    • Spy
      Last update: 21:47 14.01.2017
      21:47 14.01.2017

      Who is Really Behind Unverified 'Trump Dossier'?

      While the US intelligence community and the British government signal they have nothing to do with the unverified report on Donald Trump's alleged ties with Russia, a former British intelligence agent believed to be behind the so-called "Trump dossier" has gone underground. So who is Christopher David Steele?

    • In this Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 file photo, a soldier from the 1st Battalion of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces listens to an address by his commander after a training exercise to prepare for the operation to re-take Mosul from Islamic State militants, in Baghdad, Iraq
      Last update: 17:55 14.01.2017
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      US Generals Try to Save Face in Mosul After Aleppo Liberation

      The recapture of Mosul from Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) has become a matter of honor for Pentagon generals following the Russo-Syrian coalition's success in Aleppo. However, despite the optimistic prognoses of the US Secretary of Defense, the liberation of Mosul is likely to drag on for months, retired Colonel Mikhail Khodarenok writes for Gazeta.ru.

    • U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin (back to camera) as they gather for a family photo with fellow world leaders at the start of the G20 summit at the Regnum Carya Resort in Antalya, Turkey, November 15, 2015
      Last update: 23:42 13.01.2017
      23:42 13.01.2017

      On Russia, Obama Is a Hypocrite

      Outgoing President Barack Obama’s attacks on alleged Russian interference in the American presidential campaign are naïve and hypocritical. All rational governments try to affect the outcome of other countries’ elections and political conflicts when their tangible self-interest is at stake.

    • In April, the US Department of Defense made its first official announcement of using cyber capabilities for an offensive military operation against the Daesh.
      Last update: 21:37 13.01.2017
      21:37 13.01.2017

      Cyber-Hacking Report: US Establishment 'To Go to the Mat' to Prevent Trump's Détente With Russia

      US policy-makers have long been obsessed with scapegoating, pinning the blame on the Russians, the Chinese or Muslims for their own problems. The intelligence report on Russia's alleged meddling in US presidential election is yet another example of this disturbing trend.

    • Two US Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth jet fighters fly near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. File photo
      Last update: 20:27 13.01.2017
      20:27 13.01.2017

      Dangerous Game: The World Sees 'Close Calls' With Pentagon in Middle East

      The Pentagon has raised the alarm over the alleged "dangerous rapprochement" between Russian and US aircraft ignoring the fact that the US Air Force's operations over Syrian airspace are illegal. While accusing Russia of aggression, the US dropped over 26,000 bombs in seven countries in 2016, killing thousands of innocent civilians in the process.

    • Police storm barricades in Kiev
      Last update: 17:14 13.01.2017
      17:14 13.01.2017

      'Where All Illusions Die': EU Not Ready to Accept Ukraine as Its Member

      Growing disillusionment with the EU spreads its shadow over Ukraine. Although Brussels pledged to grant Ukrainians visa-free travel to the EU Schengen Zone in 2017, some in Ukraine have doubts that Brussels is prepared to fulfill its promises.

    • Soldiers take part in the NATO military exercise 'Iron Sword 2016' at a training range in Pabrade, north of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. The US and NATO have beefed up their presence throughout Eastern Europe significantly over the past two years following the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine.
      Last update: 23:04 12.01.2017
      23:04 12.01.2017

      Obama’s Latest Troop Moves to East-Central Europe ‘Dangerous, Irresponsible’

      Analysts claim that outgoing US President Barack Obama’s decision to send 3,500 more American troops and hundreds of tanks and other military equipment to Eastern and Central Europe announced this week allegedly to counter "Russian aggression" will escalate an already dangerous and unnecessary war scare.

    • Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil, smiles during his testimony before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be U.S. secretary of state in Washington, U.S. January 11, 2017
      Last update: 21:42 12.01.2017
      21:42 12.01.2017

      Tillerson's Anti-Russian 'Mantras' Were 'What US Lawmakers Wanted to Hear From Him'

      Rex W. Tillerson's statements in support of the US' anti-Russian sanctions made during the Wednesday confirmation hearing resemble nothing so much as usual US establishment's mantras, Professor Alexander Mikhailenko told Radio Sputnik. Mikhailenko dubbed sanctions an "outdated tool" and assumed that Tillerson will pursue a more realistic policy.

    • A little boy who is waiting to greet U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the National Museum in Beijing makes a face while holding U.S. and Chinese flags Friday, May 4, 2012
      Last update: 20:19 12.01.2017
      20:19 12.01.2017

      Trump's Confrontation With China Will 'Add Yet Another Headache on Top of US Existing Problems'

      US President-elect Donald Trump may fix Obama's foreign policy flaws by adopting a more realistic US strategy. It is equally probable that Trump will add just another problem on top of all the existing headaches, renowned US economist Jeffrey Sachs told Radio Sputnik referring to the possibility of America's economic confrontation with China.

    • Preparing to fire an S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile at the Ashuluk proving grounds during an Aerospace Defence Forces tactical drill
      Last update: 19:25 12.01.2017
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      'Second to None': Why Vietnam Prefers Russian Weapons to Their Foreign Analogues

      For decades, Vietnam has cooperated closely to develop armor and weaponry jointly with Russia, as it once did with the Soviet Union. Speaking to Sputnik, Colonel Nguyen Khac Nguyet underscored that Russian weapons possess certain competitive advantages over their foreign analogues.

    • President Barack Obama wipes away tears as he delivers his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois.
      Last update: 17:41 12.01.2017
      17:41 12.01.2017

      Obama's Farewell Tears Are an Insult, His Record is Soaked in Blood

      by John Wight

      Do not be fooled by the tears and gushing words of Obama and his supporters as he counts down to his departure from the White House. They are an insult when measured against the tears of the countless Libyans, Syrians, Afghans and others who have suffered as a result of a foreign policy that brought his administration into disrepute.

    • Hands off our NHS placard
      Last update: 06:49 12.01.2017
      06:49 12.01.2017

      Potential UK-US Free Trade Deal Could Threaten NHS, Yet Not 'Catastrophe'

      Potential UK-US free trade deal could threaten NHS, experts told Sputnik.

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    • View of the Moscow Kremlin
      Last update: 20:49 11.01.2017
      20:49 11.01.2017

      'Russia Card': Why It is in Seoul's Interest to Engage Moscow as a Geopolitical Mediator

      It is in South Korea's interest to engage Russia as a mediator to ease tensions between Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo, South Korean academic Dr. Choi Gang told Sputnik. According to Dr. Choi, by playing the "Russia card," Seoul may find an "escape route" from its ongoing foreign policy chaos.

    • A-10 Thunderbolt
      Last update: 20:29 11.01.2017
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      It's Raining Bombs: Why US Bombing Campaigns Remain Unnoticed by Americans

      According to the CFR think tank, in 2016 the US has dropped about 26,171 bombs in seven countries despite the fact it is officially waging no war against other nations. However, Obama's version of war on terror has proven ineffective. "You can't bomb terrorism out of existence," American peace activist Dr. Phyllis Bennis told Radio Sputnik.

    • Czech soldiers set up security during a military advisory team training exercise at US Army Europe's Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Dec. 1
      Last update: 16:14 11.01.2017
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      Training Bridge 2017: NATO's Efforts to Increase Pressure on Russia to Prove Futile

      NATO's efforts to increase pressure on Moscow by beefing up its military presence on the country's borders will prove futile, Russian military expert Viktor Litovkin told Sputnik, adding that it is impossible to scare Russia or make it to bend to someone's will.