Russia says it has successfully tested a hypersonic missile, one of a range of nuclear-capable weapons announced by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month. This comes after US General John Hyten said that US submarines can decimate Russia. Sputnik discussed this with Mark Gubrud, adjunct assistant professor at the University of North Carolina.
The newspaper covering the city of Bristol in the west of England has launched a campaign to face up to the city's past as a hub of the British Empire's slave trade. Sputnik spoke to Sue Giles, Senior Curator of Bristol Museums, who explained how the city came to be involved in trading human beings.
Since 1987, Ian Haworth has been running the UK’s Cult Information Centre, offering advice, guidance and practical support to current and former cult members, and their friends and families. Speaking exclusively to Sputnik journalist Kit Klarenberg, he documents his three-decade battle.
In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, a senior member of Italy's Five Star Movement and vice-president of the European Parliament, specifically commented on sending more than 100 Italian servicemen to Latvia as part of NATO's eastward expansion.
The Soviet Union wanted to establish an internationally backed government in Afghanistan, but fallout between India and the US led to the failure of the attempt, says Indian author Kallol Bhattacherjee, who still advocates for a broad-based government with a guarantee of "no intervention" as the only solution to the Afghan crisis.
Amid the rise of right-wing parties across Europe, Sputnik as spoken with Dr. Jochen Stadt, head of the Free University in Berlin's research team on the German Democratic Republic to shed some light on reasons for their growth.
The Chinese National People’s Congress has voted for an amendment to the constitution that abolishes presidential term limits. The step may mean that President Xi Jinping might remain in office for life. Sputnik discussed this with Kerry Brown, professor of Chinese Studies and director of the Lau China Institute at King's College, London.
If Western media and politicians are to be believed, the White Helmets are humanitarian volunteers in Syria, saving civilians from bombing attacks. However, independent researchers, such as journalist Vanessa Beeley, have cast serious doubt on this narrative. Speaking exclusively to Sputnik, she documents her most shocking findings about the group.
A new documentary shines light on the injustice faced by security forces who served in Northern Ireland during the violent conflict, known as the Troubles. Sputnik spoke to former British Army soldiers who feel "sold out to the very enemy the fought in a forgotten war that successive British Governments have been too embarrassed to acknowledge."
ROME (Sputnik) – Deploying NATO troops close to Russia's western borders further contributes to an arms race, and maintains an atmosphere of mistrust between Moscow and the alliance, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, a senior member of the Italian Five Star Movement (M5S) and vice-president of the European Parliament, told Sputnik.
US General John Hyten has said that US submarines can decimate Russia and China. Speaking at a hearing on the 2019 US Strategic Forces Posture, Hyten said that China and Russia can’t do anything that the US couldn't respond to, aside from a massive attack. Sputnik discussed this with Andrew Leung, an independent China strategist.
China said it will take effective measures to protect its rights following US President Donald Trump’s decision to increase tariffs on steel and aluminum. The Chinese Commerce Ministry said it strongly opposed the move. Sputnik discussed the possibility of a global trade war with William Perry, an International Trade Attorney at Harris Bricken.
Commenting on the Chinese Congress voting in favor of an amendment to the constitution that abolishes presidential term limits, Francesco Sisci, a Beijing-based Italian sinologist, author and columnist, told Sputnik that the decision had failed to raise his eyebrows.
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet in person by May. Trump, who received a letter from Kim, has tweeted that their meeting is being planned.
US President Donald Trump has tweeted that a deal with his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un is “very much in the making.” This comes after Trump agreed to a proposed meeting with Kim Jong-un. Radio Sputnik spoke with Professor Jaechun Kim from Songang University about the significance of such a meeting.
US President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the US on Thursday but exempted Canada and Mexico, he insists that domestic metal production is vital to national security. Sputnik discussed this with Dr. Jinghan Zeng, Deputy Director of the Center for Politics in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Sputnik spoke with Dylan Loh, from the department of politics and international studies at the University of Cambridge on the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un and what can we expect when the two leaders meet.
In an agreement overlooked by the AFP; it appears some parties of Catalonia are looking towards creating a parallel government with Puigdemont in charge. Alfonso Valero, professor of Law and expert on Catalan law at Nottingham Law School does not find validity in this story - saying that it is ‘nonsense’.
Seizing on Euroscepticism and anti-immigration sentiment amid the refugee crisis, right-wing parties in Europe have managed to attract voters from across the political spectrum. While advocacy groups warn of the emergence of new far-right wingers as an evolving threat. Sputnik discussed this with David Coburn, MEP from the UK Independence Party.
Washington is looking into the possibility of launching new attacks against Syria, according to US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, as the new strikes could come as a response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Radio Sputnik spoke with senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, Dr. Tim Anderson.
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