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Trump says China and Russia ‘very excited’ about his new nuclear pact idea

Trump says China and Russia ‘very excited’ about his new nuclear pact idea

World
Donald Trump has said he wants a new nuclear pact signed by Russia and China.The president's comments come after he withdrew the US from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia. Mr Trump said of the proposed new pact: "I've discussed it with President Putin. I've also discussed it with China. And I will tell you China was very, very excited about talking about it and so is Russia. So I think we'll have a deal at some point." For more than three decades, the Cold War-era pact banned land-based missiles with a range of between 310 and 3,400 miles.But Mr Trump said on Friday the US would quit the INF Treaty, blaming Moscow for violating the agreement with its development and fielding of certain weapons. Adver...
INF nuclear treaty: US pulls out of Cold War-era pact with Russia

INF nuclear treaty: US pulls out of Cold War-era pact with Russia

World
The US has formally withdrawn from a key nuclear treaty with Russia, raising fears of a new arms race. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was signed by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.It banned missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 km (310-3,400 miles).But earlier this year the US and Nato accused Russia of violating the pact by deploying a new type of cruise missile, which Moscow has denied.The Americans said they had evidence that Russia had deployed a number of 9M729 missiles - known to Nato as SSC-8. This accusation was then put to Washington's Nato allies, which all backed the US claim."Russia is solely responsible for the treaty's demise," Secretary of State Mike P...
South Korea: Russia says airspace intrusion was not intentional

South Korea: Russia says airspace intrusion was not intentional

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SEOUL, July 24 (UPI) -- Russia has told South Korea that the latest airspace intrusion by one of its warplanes was not intentional and was probably caused by a technical glitch, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday. Expressing "deep regret" over the latest incident, Russia said that a technical problem probably caused the plane to intrude into South Korea's airspace. "Russia said its defense ministry will immediately launch a probe and take necessary steps," said Yoon Do-han, senior Cheong Wa Dae secretary for public communication, during a press briefing. The message was delivered to a senior South Korean defense ministry official by a Russian military attache on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, a Russian warplane had intruded into South Korea's airspace above the easternmo...
Russia alarmed by large fall in bee populations

Russia alarmed by large fall in bee populations

Science
Large areas of central and southern Russia have seen a major decline in their bee populations in recent months. The head of the Russian beekeepers' union, Arnold Butov, said 20 regions had reported mass bee deaths. The affected regions include Bryansk and Kursk, south of Moscow, and Saratov and Ulyanovsk on the Volga River. Mr Butov, quoted by Russian media, said the crisis might mean 20% less honey being harvested. Some officials blamed poorly regulated pesticide use.Yulia Melano, at the rural inspection service Rosselkhoznadzor, complained that her agency had lost most of its powers to control pesticide use since 2011.Russia produces about 100,000 tonnes of honey annually. Mr Butov said the union's members were collecting data ...