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Russia halts flights to Egypt after air disaster

By Patrick Martin, 7 November 2015

President Vladimir Putin made the decision after a recommendation from his intelligence chief, and based on information supplied by Britsh and American spy agencies.

Islamic State bomb downed Russian plane over Sinai, US officials claim

By Thomas Gaist, 5 November 2015

US intelligence officials made public a “tentative conclusion” that Islamic State militants smuggled a bomb on board the Russian commercial jet that disintegrated over northern Sinai this weekend.

Two days on, no clear explanation for downing of Russian plane over Sinai

By Thomas Gaist, 3 November 2015

Claims that the plane was destroyed by ISIS remain unsubstantiated, while the Russian government and the airline differ over the possibility of a mechanical failure.

German-Russian energy deal worth billions

By Clara Weiss, 3 November 2015

The deal gives German natural gas producer Wintershall access to fields in Siberia and the Russian company Gazprom with more influence in the Western European gas market.

International airlines avoid Egypt’s Sinai after 224 die in Russian passenger jet crash

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2015

Russian investigators have so far concluded that the plane broke apart in midair over the restive peninsula.

Former French President Sarkozy in Moscow proposes closer ties to Russia

By Stéphane Hugues, 31 October 2015

Sarkozy met with Putin on Wednesday to discuss ways to end the Ukrainian crisis and sanctions on Russia, and forge a joint coalition with Russia in Syria.

US signals military escalation in Iraq and Syria

By Barry Grey, 26 October 2015

Moves to step up US military intervention in Iraq and Syria are largely driven by concerns over the growing influence of Russia in both countries and throughout the Middle East.

US, Russia hold tense talks on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2015

The foreign ministers meeting was dominated by the clash between Washington and Moscow over the US demand for regime change.

US, Russia in talks on Syria following Assad’s trip to Moscow

By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled that Moscow is prepared to follow its campaign of airstrikes with the initiation of a political “transition” in Syria.

Russia summons French ambassador over near-miss in European air space

By Alex Lantier, 20 October 2015

Whatever the nationality of the fighter jet that nearly collided with a Russian jetliner near Geneva, it is clear that a serious diplomatic incident occurred.

New York Times renews propaganda campaign against Russia over MH17

By Niles Williamson, 16 October 2015

Without any evidence to back up its claim, the Times has provocatively blamed Putin for shooting down the airplane last November.

US, Russian military meet amid warnings over war threat

By Bill Van Auken, 15 October 2015

The source of mounting tensions lies in the diametrically opposed aims being pursued by US imperialism and the Russian regime under the common pretext of battling ISIS.

US airdrops arms in Syria as Russia escalates bombing campaign

By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2015

Just days after terminating its failed “rebel” training program, the Pentagon has airdropped some 50 tons of arms and ammunition in Syria.

US-Russian proxy war in Syria intensifies

By Thomas Gaist, 12 October 2015

Clashes in recent days between US and Russian-backed forces have underscored the immense danger of yet another major escalation of the Syrian war.

NATO vows biggest buildup against Russia since Cold War

By Bill Van Auken, 9 October 2015

The NATO defense ministers’ meeting seized on Moscow’s airstrikes in Syria as a pretext for escalating the military encirclement of Russia.

Syria and the drumbeat of world war

By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2015

With its intervention in Syria, Russia has cut across US plans which date back decades to effect regime-change in Syria and redraw the map of the Middle East.

US, NATO step up threats to Russia over Syria

By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2015

A series of incidents along the Syrian-Turkish border have raised the danger of military confrontation between Russia and the US-led imperialist alliance.

US ratchets up war rhetoric against Moscow following Turkish intercept of Russian jet

By Thomas Gaist, 6 October 2015

Responding to reports that Russian jets “locked on” to Turkish fighters, Western officials issued a round of denunciations against Russian military support for the Assad government.

Washington divided over Syrian debacle

By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2015

The Democratic and Republican parties are both split over how far to go in the imperialist intervention against the government of Bashar al-Assad, which is now reinforced by Russia.

Threat of wider war mounts as Russia continues airstrikes in Syria

By Barry Grey, 2 October 2015

Prominent voices within the US foreign policy and military-intelligence establishment are calling for an even more reckless US policy of escalation against both Assad and Putin.

The US-Russian clash in Syria and the threat of war

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2015

Moscow’s launching of air strikes in Syria is a thoroughly reactionary intervention, aimed at defending not the Syrian people, but the profit interests of Russia’s oligarchy.

US, Russia discuss possible coordination, political settlement in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 21 September 2015

Obama administration officials have signaled their willingness to accept a deal with Russia that would leave Syria’s Assad in power, at least temporarily.

US-Russian tensions rise over Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2015

Tensions have continued to escalate over US allegations that Russia is establishing a “forward-operating air base” outside the port city of Latakia.

Washington threatens confrontation with Russia over Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 9 September 2015

The threats to Moscow over aid to Syria underscore Washington’s overriding aim of regime-change.

PBS documentary Putin’s Way: Half-truths and lies in the service of US warmongering against Russia

By Andrea Peters, 9 September 2015

The half-truths, omissions and hypocritical expressions of moral indignation that characterize this supposed exposé of Putin are intended to make the case for regime-change in Russia.

Poland rearms against Russia

By Clara Weiss, 24 August 2015

Poland's president is demanding permanent NATO military bases in Eastern Europe.

War-mongering against Russia by the German parliament’s official newspaper

By Christoph Dreier, 21 August 2015

The official newspaper of Germany’s parliament has combined foul anti-Russian propaganda with an unbelievable falsification of history in regard to the Second World War.

German Army and NATO begin major military exercises against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 20 August 2015

One of the largest multinational exercises in years on German territory, “Swift Response”, began on Monday.

Major powers intensify diplomatic maneuvering over fate of Assad regime

By Thomas Gaist, 14 August 2015

The Russian government held negotiations this week aimed at a political settlement to end the war in Syria through installation of a transitional national unity regime.

Danger mounts of US/NATO war with Russia

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2015

An expert analysis of this year’s NATO and Russian military exercises suggests that the two sides are moving closer to outright war.

Ukrainian government blacklists Russian actors and musicians

By Niles Williamson, 10 August 2015

The censorship list is a cultural component of the offensive being waged by the US and its NATO allies to remove Ukraine from Russia’s sphere of influence.

France cancels Mistral helicopter-carrier sales to Russia

By Anthony Torres, 5 August 2015

The canceling of the warship sale to Russia represents a humiliating defeat for Paris and the French military-industrial complex.

NATO scrambles jets against Russian aircraft over the Baltic Sea

By Niles Williamson, 1 August 2015

So far in 2015, NATO fighters have been scrambled more than 250 times to intercept Russian aircraft over Europe.

Russia vetoes MH17 tribunal push by US allies

By Mike Head, 30 July 2015

The UN Security Council resolution demanded an international criminal court despite no evidence being produced of Russian involvement in the plane’s downing.

Finland establishes rapid response units to patrol Russian border

By Jordan Shilton, 28 July 2015

The creation of the units is the latest sign of US-backed efforts in the Nordic and Baltic regions to ratchet up tensions with Russia.

US and NATO engage in unprecedented military exercises in Europe

By Niles Williamson, 24 July 2015

Military exercises in eastern and western Europe are part of a broader military buildup by the US and NATO aimed at Russia.

Right Sector threatens violence throughout Ukraine

By Andrea Peters, 18 July 2015

After a standoff with government authorities in western Ukraine, the neo-fascist Right Sector militia is preparing “wide scale actions” in Kiev and elsewhere.

Military officials declare Russia the “greatest threat” to US interests

By Niles Williamson, 10 July 2015

The Obama administration’s campaign of military pressure against Russia is increasingly fraught with the danger of war between the world’s two largest nuclear armed powers.

UK seeks leading role in military campaign against Russia

By Julie Hyland, 3 July 2015

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon’s remarks are a significant escalation of British provocations against Russia.

US, NATO powers intensify preparations for nuclear war

By Thomas Gaist, 26 June 2015

NATO officials revealed plans for a more aggressive nuclear strategy to counter “Russian aggression,” just days after US war planners called for a new generation of nuclear weapons.

Pentagon chief outlines war preparations against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 24 June 2015

The announcement by the US that it will deploy heavy military equipment and soldiers to Eastern Europe is a further step on the road to a US-NATO war against Russia.

NATO rapid reaction force exercises in Poland target Russia

By Christoph Dreier, 22 June 2015

Germany has taken the lead in the latest in a series of military training exercises in Eastern Europe aimed at escalating the war threat against Moscow.

Belgian and French authorities move to seize Russian assets

By Andrea Peters, 20 June 2015

Implementing a ruling handed down by the Hague, law enforcement officials are working to seize billions of dollars of Russian assets in Europe and around the world.

European Union extends economic sanctions against Russia

By Alex Lantier, 19 June 2015

The sanctions are part of a broad drive by the NATO powers to isolate Russia, threatening it with bankruptcy and war, in order to reduce it to a semi-colonial status.

Russia threatens response to US military buildup in Eastern Europe

By Niles Williamson, 17 June 2015

Russia’s response makes clear that US plans to deploy troops and military equipment throughout Eastern Europe has increased the danger of war between nuclear-armed powers.

Wages fall and poverty rises in Russia as government axes services

By David Levine, 16 June 2015

As the Russian state imposes austerity policies and the country slips into recession, indices mount of growing hardship facing the population.

G7 leaders escalate war threats against Russia

By Thomas Gaist, 9 June 2015

Government heads issued new threats against Russia a day after British officials announced that US nuclear weapons may once again be stationed on British soil.

US brinkmanship with China over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 1 June 2015

If a Chinese aircraft carrier was in the Gulf of Mexico, Washington would be denouncing China’s flagrant aggression and acts of war.

Russia scrambles jets against US destroyer in Black Sea

By Alex Lantier, 1 June 2015

Escalating NATO deployments along Russia’s borders and in neighboring waters are placing the world on the verge of a shooting war between nuclear-armed powers.

Global tensions surge as NATO, Russia hold rival military exercises

By Alex Lantier, 28 May 2015

The holding of military exercises preparing for large-scale conflict demonstrates that the imperialist powers, led by the US, are gearing up for a Third World War.

The assault on health care in Russia

By David Levine, 28 May 2015

The Russian government is preparing to slash funding for the country’s health care system, already inadequate to meet the population’s needs.

NATO begins anti-Russian air drill in Arctic

By Patrick Martin, 26 May 2015

The Arctic Challenge Exercise involves warplanes from the US, Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Norway, as well as non-NATO members Sweden, Finland and Switzerland.

Closer Chinese-Russian ties on display in Moscow

By Peter Symonds, 15 May 2015

The Chinese President Xi was given pride of place, seated alongside Russian President Putin, during the military parade through Red Square to mark the end of World War II.

Russian finance minister proposes raising retirement age: “The faster, the better”

By David Levine, 15 May 2015

For the ruling class in Russia, the question is not whether to raise the retirement age, but when it and how it can be raised without provoking a major confrontation with the working class.

Russia, China announce joint naval exercises in the Mediterranean

By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2015

Live-fire exercises planned by Moscow and Beijing off the coast of Europe testify to escalating tensions between the major powers.

Nordic countries sign defence cooperation agreement aimed at Russia

By Jordan Shilton, 16 April 2015

With the full backing of US imperialism, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Sweden are committing themselves to transforming the region into yet another flashpoint with Moscow.

US, Israel condemn Russian missile deal with Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 15 April 2015

Moscow’s lifting of its ban on delivery of defensive surface-to-air missiles to Iran has cut across US and Israeli threats of military action.

NATO, Russian air intercepts escalate war tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 15 April 2015

Aggressive maneuvers by warplanes over Europe are raising tensions amid a NATO buildup on Russia’s borders.

French officials debunk NATO warnings of Russian invasion of Ukraine

By Stéphane Hugues, 14 April 2015

Like the Iraq war launched by the Bush administration in 2003, the NATO drive to rearm Europe and prepare for war against Russia is based on lies.

NATO rearmament increases risk of war in Europe

By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2015

NATO’s military buildup in Eastern Europe is increasingly taking the form of preparation for war against Russia.

French oil giant Total uses Chinese funds to finance Russian oil project

By Athiyan Silva, 11 April 2015

As the imperialist powers in North America and Europe seek to divide up markets in Russia and Asia, inter-imperialist tensions are coming to the fore.

Greece’s Tsipras manoeuvres with Russia in bid to strike better bargain with Europe

By Robert Stevens, 9 April 2015

The moves towards Russia are seen by sections of the Greek bourgeoisie as a bargaining chip in their ongoing negotiations with the European powers over Greece's debts.

German carmakers withdraw from Russia

By Jan Peters, 4 April 2015

Western economic sanctions against Russia are having an effect, and workers in the Russian and European car industries are paying the price.

Russian President Putin says Ukraine crisis threatens nuclear war

By Alex Lantier, 17 March 2015

Putin said that after Western-backed forces came to power in Kiev, the Kremlin feared a NATO attack on Russia and ordered its nuclear forces to prepare for all-out war.

Danger of war with Russia grows as US sends military equipment to Ukraine

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 13 March 2015

Washington’s moves to provide military hardware to its right-wing puppet regime in Kiev, despite sharp opposition from Russia, threaten all-out war.

Suspects arrested in Boris Nemtsov murder

By Andrea Peters, 9 March 2015

Five men were detained in the investigation into the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, while a sixth allegedly committed suicide.

Murder in Moscow: Why was Boris Nemtsov assassinated?

By David North, 3 March 2015

The assassination of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov arises out of the US-Russia confrontation and the struggle now underway within the Russian state.

Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov assassinated in Moscow

By Andrea Peters, 2 March 2015

Whoever authored the killing of Nemtsov, the US government and media are using his murder to further vilify the Putin regime and whip up anti-Russian hysteria.

Hostilities ease in eastern Ukraine on first day of cease-fire

By Niles Williamson, 16 February 2015

The intensity of fighting declined in eastern Ukraine as the cease-fire negotiated in Minsk last week came into effect.

US and Ukrainian officials seek to torpedo Minsk cease-fire agreement

By Niles Williamson, 14 February 2015

Talk of stepped-up Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine suggests that the Obama administration is seeking to justify a decision to directly arm the Kiev regime.

Ukrainian government moves to stifle dissent as military morale plunges

By David Levine, 14 February 2015

The Ukrainian military is showing signs of decomposition and demoralization, as antiwar sentiment erupts among Ukrainians in Kiev-controlled territories.

The Minsk truce: A hiatus in an escalating war

By Peter Schwarz, 13 February 2015

The Minsk agreement between Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine only came about because the regime in Kiev has its back to the wall and urgently needs a respite.

Catastrophic fire at Russia’s most important social science library

By Clara Weiss, 10 February 2015

A fire that broke out in Moscow on January 30 destroyed the building of the Academic Institute for Scientific Information on Social Science.

Europe on the brink of war

By Alex Lantier, 7 February 2015

“Unfortunately, war with Russia is conceivable,” former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung at the Munich Security Conference.

German, French leaders fly to Russia amidst warnings of “total war” over Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 6 February 2015

While Washington considers directly arming Ukraine, European leaders warned of an uncontrolled escalation that could set off a war between nuclear armed powers.

NATO meeting in Brussels heightens danger of war with Russia

By Johannes Stern, 5 February 2015

Today’s meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels is aimed at consolidating the military alliance against Russia.

Russian central bank cuts interest rate amid growing economic chaos

By Nick Beams, 2 February 2015

The rate cut is a sign of the deepening crisis of Russia’s economy resulting from the economic, diplomatic and military offensive led by Washington.

Gorbachev warns Ukraine could ignite World War III

By Niles Williamson, 31 January 2015

Gorbachev’s warning comes amid escalating fighting between forces of the Western-backed regime in Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in the east.

Inquiry into death of Alexander Litvinenko opens in London

By Julie Hyland, 31 January 2015

Any examination of the role of Britain’s security services, and whether they could have prevented the former Russian spy's killing, has been ruled out.

US announces plans to deploy military advisers to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 23 January 2015

The announcement came amidst renewed fighting between Ukrainian armed forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russia and US end collaboration on nuclear disarmament

By Clara Weiss, 23 January 2015

Russia and the United States ended collaboration in the disposal of nuclear waste in mid-December, according to a report in the Boston Globe on Monday.

Tensions rise over Arctic after Denmark lodges territorial claim

By Roger Jordan, 7 January 2015

Denmark has made claim to a vast area of the Arctic Ocean sea-floor, provoking angry complaints from Canada’s elite.

The New York Times and Washington’s “propaganda bubble” on Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 6 January 2015

The Times’ “investigation” is dedicated to portraying the events of last February as merely a “meltdown” of the Ukrainian government, rather than a Western-orchestrated coup.

Putin approves new Russian military doctrine

By Clara Weiss, 31 December 2014

The new military doctrine identifies the expansion of NATO and attempts to destabilise Russia and neighbouring countries as the biggest security threats.

Putin appeals to the Russian oligarchs

By Clara Weiss, 24 December 2014

The Putin regime responds to Western pressure by seeking to appease imperialism and the Russian billionaires.

China challenges US economic war against Russia

By Alex Lantier, 23 December 2014

In a move that will intensify tensions between the United States and China, top Beijing officials pledged to extend credit and economic aid to Russia.

European Union ramps up sanctions against Russia amid ruble crisis

By Alex Lantier, 20 December 2014

Despite concerns about the impact on the European economy of a possible collapse of the Putin government, an EU summit kept up Europe's financial strangulation of Russia.

Russian president downplays economic crisis

By Andrea Peters, 19 December 2014

In a marathon press conference, Putin failed to elaborate any clear measures to address the country’s currency crisis, even as reporters raised the possibility of a “palace coup.”

Imperialism and the ruble crisis

By Alex Lantier, 18 December 2014

As imperialism encircles and financially strangles Russia, the catastrophic consequences of the dissolution of the USSR are being made all too clear.

German elite divided over policy toward Russia and the US

By Peter Schwarz, 10 December 2014

Last Friday, 60 prominent figures from German politics, economics, culture and the media published a sharp criticism of the policy of the German government towards Russia.

Report of Russian warship manoeuvres in English Channel highlights growing war danger

By Chris Marsden, 29 November 2014

The largest military manoeuvres presently being staged are by NATO, in Poland, under the Readiness Action Plan agreed at the NATO summit in Wales.

One year since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 28 November 2014

Saturday marks the first anniversary of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union.

Russia and China expand economic cooperation

By Clara Weiss, 21 November 2014

An alliance between Russia and China is emerging in response to the US-led Pacific and Atlantic trading blocs and the Russia-NATO confrontation over Ukraine.

Russian conductor barred from German music festival

By Verena Nees, 21 November 2014

The witch-hunt against Valery Gergiev is part of the pro-war campaign of the German media and government.

Canada’s Prime Minister spearheads attack on Russia at G-20 summit

By Roger Jordan, 19 November 2014

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper took the lead in the hostile reception accorded Russian President Vladimir Putin at last weekend’s G-20 summit.

Merkel’s “Hun Speech” against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 19 November 2014

In Sydney, Australia, the German chancellor accused Russia of a massive breach of international law in order to justify her own aggressive war policy.

Russian strategic bombers to patrol off US coastlines

By Alex Lantier, 14 November 2014

This is a dire warning that Moscow sees the civil war in Ukraine and the NATO build-up in Eastern Europe as an existential threat, potentially requiring a nuclear response.

Russian Central Bank floats ruble

By Clara Weiss, 13 November 2014

Moscow is floating the ruble in response to the West’s policy of economic warfare against Russia.

Australian prime minister demands apology from Russia on MH17

By James Cogan, 12 November 2014

Abbott once again exploited the deaths of 38 Australian citizens and residents in the crash.

Putin points to growing war dangers

By Nick Beams, 1 November 2014

The Russian president delivered a major speech warning that the global domination of the United States is heightening international tensions.