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Russia now world's No. 2 in arms sales, report shows

Russia now world's No. 2 in arms sales, report shows

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Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Russia is now the world's second-largest arms producer, overtaking Britain and moving behind only the United States, researchers said Monday. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said in a report sales of arms and military services totaled $ 398.2 billion in 2017. The figure, which excludes China because of a lack of available data, is 2.5 percent higher than it was the previous year and 44 percent higher than it was in 2002. The United States remained the world's top producer of arms, with $ 226.6 billion in sales in 2017, the report said. U.S. equipment accounted for 57 percent of sales of the top 100 countries listed. Lockheed Martin had the highest amount of arms sales in the world, followed by U.S. companies Boeing and Raytheon and Britain's BAE Syste...
U.S. conducts 'extraordinary flight' over Ukraine after Russia ship seizure

U.S. conducts 'extraordinary flight' over Ukraine after Russia ship seizure

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Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday that the United States and allies conducted an extraordinary flight over Ukraine after a Russian ship seized Ukrainian vessels and soldiers. The Pentagon condemned Russia's actions, adding the timing of the flight was intended "to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Ukraine and other partner nations" and that the U.S. is "resolute" in its support of the security of European nations. "Russia's unprovoked attack on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait is a dangerous escalation in a pattern of increasingly provocative and threatening activity," the Pentagon said. "The United States seeks a better relationship with Russia, but this cannot happen while its unlawful and destabilizing actions continue in Ukraine ...
NATO's Jens Stoltenberg: Russia INF violation a risk to Euro-Atlantic security

NATO's Jens Stoltenberg: Russia INF violation a risk to Euro-Atlantic security

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Dec. 5 (UPI) -- NATO has decided to start planning for a post-Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty world after the organization agreed Russia was in violation of the agreement earlier this week, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. The statement followed a Tuesday meeting of foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "All allies have concluded that Russia has developed and fielded a new ground-launched cruise missile system -- the SSC-8, also known as the 9M729," Stoltenberg said. "Allies agree that this missile system violates the INF Treaty and poses significant risks to Euro-Atlantic security." The treaty dates back to a Cold War-era agreement signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev in ...
Ukraine accuses Russia of amassing tanks on border

Ukraine accuses Russia of amassing tanks on border

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The Ukrainian president has said he had evidence that the Russian military tanks are massing along the border. Petro Poroshenko has shown Sky News images of what he claims are tanks lining up along the border, close to where Russia stores its ammunition.He said: "This is the tank base just 18km from our border, this was happening in September, October, and now. Image: Mr Poroshenko says the tanks have been building since September "This is 18km from my border, this is the warehouse where they have their ammunition, we should be prepared to protect my country."If the whole world has no reason to trust Putin, Ukraine definitely doesn't have a reason to go with him."He also used the interview to appeal for help from Weste...
Ukraine-Russia sea clash: Captured sailors shown on Russia TV

Ukraine-Russia sea clash: Captured sailors shown on Russia TV

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Statements by three captured Ukrainians have been released by Russia's security service after Russian ships fired on and seized three Ukrainian boats off the coast of Russian-annexed Crimea.One of the men, Volodymyr Lisovyi, said he was aware of the "provocative nature" of the Ukrainian action.Ukraine's navy commander said the men had been forced to lie under duress.Meanwhile, a Crimean court ordered that 12 of the 24 Ukrainians seized on Sunday be detained for 60 days.The court is expected to issue rulings for the remaining servicemen on Wednesday. Western nations have condemned Russia's use of force, four years after it seized Ukraine's southern Crimean peninsula.Why this crisis is fraught with riskThe flare-up is the first out...