COLD WAR

  • Russia says NATO turning Ukraine into 'frontline of confrontation' 11 hours 42 minutes ago

    Moscow: Russia said on Wednesday NATO was turning Ukraine into a "frontline of confrontation" and threatened to sever remaining ties with the Atlantic military alliance if Ukraine's hopes of joining it were realised. The Kiev parliament's renunciation of Ukraine's neutral status on Tuesday in pursuit of NATO membership has outraged Moscow...
  • Vladimir Putin: Russia military modernisation plan to go on 5 days ago

    Moscow: President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue its ambitious military modernisation programme with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces. Speaking with top military brass, Putin said the nation's nuclear forces are a "major factor in maintaining global balance," adding that "they effectively include a possibility of large-scale aggression...
  • After months of secret talks, US, Cuba restore ties 6 days ago

    The thaw in ties between US and Cuba has been facilitated after 18 months of secret talks hosted largely by Canada and encouraged by Pope Francis. ...
  • Cold War enemies US, Cuba restore ties after 50 years 6 days ago

    Washington: The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul...
  • Finland Prime Minister warns of new 'Cold War' November 12, 2014

    Helsinki: Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb warned on Wednesday that the conflict in the Ukraine was bringing the world to the "brink of a Cold War" but that trade sanctions were the only credible weapon against Russia. "Russia's foreign policy doctrine has Cold War elements," he told public broadcaster YLE. "In...
  • Watch: When the Berlin Wall fell November 10, 2014

    Germany marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall, 28 years after it was constructed to divide the East and West Germany. ...
  • World is on the brink of a new Cold War, says former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev November 9, 2014

    Berlin: Tensions between the major powers have pushed the world closer to a new Cold War, former Soviet leader Mikhail S Gorbachev said on Saturday at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, close to the city's iconic Brandenburg Gate. The 83-year-old accused the West,...
  • Barack Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia July 30, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama escalated US economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in USRussian relations marked the start of a new Cold War. The United States and the European Union, in a carefully coordinated action, announced targeted new sanctions against...
  • Russia's Putin tells Obama he wants better ties July 4, 2014

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin called for better relations with the United States on Friday in a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama marking US Independence Day. Relations are at their lowest ebb in years, soured by disagreements over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria and by differences on human rights...
  • Ukraine President offers ceasefire to allow proRussian separatists June 18, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's president on Wednesday said that government forces will unilaterally cease fire to allow proRussian separatists in the east of the country a chance to lay down weapons or leave the country, a potential major development to bring peace to the country. Petro Poroshenko's plan, announced following conversations...
  • Eyewitness: Tiananmen, the night dreams became nightmares June 4, 2014

    Beijing: "They're shooting!" The cry spreads through the Beijing crowd at 11:30 pm, as the first clicks from the army's AK47s ring out into the darkness. On the Avenue of Eternal Peace, the wide street running north of Tiananmen Square, one protester refuses to believe it. "No, no, they wouldn't shoot," he...
  • Russia urges Ukrainian president to launch talks May 27, 2014

    Moscow: Russia promised on Tuesday to assist efforts by Ukraine's presidentelect if he moves to negotiate a peaceful end to the unrest in eastern Ukraine, but strongly warned him against trying to score a quick military victory against the rebels. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov urged an end to fighting in eastern...
  • Ukraine's new leader to talk with the East, Russia May 26, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's new presidentelect wasted no time on Monday immediately focusing on the top issues at hand promising to negotiate an end to a proRussia insurgency in the east and saying he was willing to begin talks with Moscow. Russia quickly welcomed the offer from 48yearold chocolate magnate Petro Poroshenko,...
  • Ukraine launches operation to retake eastern town: ProRussian rebels May 2, 2014

    Moscow: Ukrainian forces launched a "largescale operation" to retake the eastern town of Slaviansk, proRussian separatists holding the town said on Friday, as security deteriorated in a crisis that has provoked the biggest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War. A Reuters photographer said he saw a military...
  • Barack Obama announces new US sanctions on Russia over Ukraine April 28, 2014

    Manila/Slaviansk: US President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against some Russians on Monday in an attempt to stop President Vladimir Putin from fomenting the rebellion in eastern Ukraine, but held off from broad measures that would hit Russia's economy. The new sanctions, to be outlined in detail later on Monday, will...
  • Obama poised for new sanctions on Russia if no progress on Ukraine April 24, 2014

    Tokyo/Donetsk: US President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was poised to impose new sanctions on Moscow if it does not act fast to end an armed stand-off in Ukraine, but there was a first, tentative sign that pro-Russian separatists were ceding ground. Under an international accord signed in Geneva last...
  • Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked April 23, 2014

    Kiev: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack. Lavrov's comments came a day after US Vice President Joe Biden was in the Ukrainian capital with promises of support for the...
  • NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis April 2, 2014

    Brussels: NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia on Tuesday in protest at its annexation of Crimea, and ordered military planners to draft measures to strengthen its defences and reassure nervous Eastern European countries. Foreign ministers from the 28-nation, US-led alliance were meeting for the first time since the Russian...
  • Putin formally gets Crimea; Ukraine, EU sign deal March 21, 2014

    President Vladimir Putin completed his annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing the Black Sea peninsula into Russia just as Ukraine itself sealed a deal pulling the country closer into Europe's orbit. Putin said he saw no need to further retaliate against US sanctions, a newly conciliatory tone apparently aiming to contain...
  • Hope there isn't another Cold War: Hillary Clinton on Crimean tension March 19, 2014

    Russia annexed Crimea on Tuesday despite warnings from the United States and western allies. Hillary Clinton weighed in on the conflict between Russia and the West saying that it all boils down to a 'clash of values'. ...
  • EU's $15 billion aid to Ukraine, outlines ways to escape global rift March 5, 2014

    Paris: The building blocks of a possible diplomatic solution in Ukraine emerged on Wednesday as top Russian and Western officials tried to defuse one of Europe's worst crises since the Cold War. The European Union prepared a $15 billion aid package for Ukraine, and European and Ukrainian diplomats outlined ways...
  • Ukraine mobilizes after Putin's 'declaration of war' March 2, 2014

    Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday, after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade, creating the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. "This is not a threat: this is actually the declaration of war to my country," said Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny...
  • Ukraine mobilizes for war, calls up reserves March 2, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine mobilized on Sunday for war and called up its reserves, after Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to invade in the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. Ukraine's security council ordered the general staff to immediately put all armed forces on highest alert, the council's...
  • Ukraine cites Russian troop movements as Crimea sliding from its grasp March 1, 2014

    Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of sending thousands of extra troops to Crimea and placed its military in the area on high alert as the Black Sea peninsula appeared to slip beyond Kiev's control. Russia's RIA news agency said pro-Russian authorities in the region, which has an ethnic Russian majority, and...
  • Thatcher: Admirers mourn death, opponents celebrate April 10, 2013

    London: Admirers of Margaret Thatcher on Tuesday mourned the "Iron Lady" who as Britain's longest serving prime minister in over a century pitched freemarket capitalism as the only medicine for her country's crippled economy and the crumbling Soviet bloc. World leaders past and present, from former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev...
  • In Cold War, US planned to blow up the Moon: Report November 29, 2012

    London: The US planned to blow up the Moon with a nuclear bomb during the Cold War as a show of strength, a British media report said on Wednesday. American military chiefs allegedly devised the secret project, "A Study of Lunar Research Flights" or "Project A119" in the...
  • Need to sign CTBT as matter of priority: Ban August 30, 2011

    United Nations: In a reference to countries like India, US and Pakistan, UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon on Tuesday said states that have not ratified the Comprehensive NuclearTestBan Treaty should do so "as a matter of priority" as voluntary moratoriums are not enough to ensure a global ban on nuclear...
  • Pak arrests 2 for links with Osama's couriers May 17, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistani security agencies have arrested two brothers in the country's northwest for alleged links with the two al Qaeda couriers who owned the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed in a US raid. The security agencies arrested Razaul Hasan, 22, and Ziaul Haq, 24, in Martung area of...
  • Canadian jets intercept Russian bombers July 31, 2010

    Toronto: In yet another incident reminiscent of the Cold War, Canada on Friday revealed that two Russian bombers were intercepted trying to enter its airspace. Defence officials in Ottawa said that two Canadian CF18 fighter jets had confrontation with two Russian TU95 Bears when they flew into their "area of interest"...
  • US, Russia to set aside 'Cold War mentalities' April 2, 2009

    London: The United States of America and Russia finally seem to have left behind their Cold War mindsets. US President Barack Obama met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for the first time on Wednesday at the G20 summit in London. With both the countries housing the largest nuclear stockpiles in the world, the...