State Department gives green light for $1.8bn arms deal to Taiwan after Beijing threatens countermeasures

The US State Department has approved a sale of advanced weaponry worth over $1.8 billion to Taiwan, the Pentagon said, leaving Congress to give final authorization as Beijing slams the deal as provocative and warns of retaliation. … Read More >State Department gives green light for $1.8bn arms deal to Taiwan after Beijing threatens countermeasures

‘Nothing to do with reality’: Embassy rejects new US claims of Russia’s cyber ops, says they aimed at fomenting Russophobia

Russia’s embassy in the US has trashed charges against six alleged Russian military intelligence officers – accused of cyber attacks against the 2018 Olympics, the OPCW, France, Ukraine and Georgia – as aimed at a home audience. … Read More >‘Nothing to do with reality’: Embassy rejects new US claims of Russia’s cyber ops, says they aimed at fomenting Russophobia

Moscow Calls for Joint Constructive Efforts in Persian Gulf Instead of Unilateral Actions

Russia calls on the international community to give up unilateral actions in the Persian Gulf region in favour of joint constructive efforts, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday at the UN Security Council debates on the situation in the region. … Read More >Moscow Calls for Joint Constructive Efforts in Persian Gulf Instead of Unilateral Actions

US to remove Sudan from its terrorism sponsors list in exchange for $335 MILLION payment to terrorist attack victims – Trump

Washington will take Sudan off its list of state sponsors of terrorism as soon as the African state pays $335 million in compensation to victims of Al-Qaeda attacks on US embassies, President Donald Trump has said. … Read More >US to remove Sudan from its terrorism sponsors list in exchange for $335 MILLION payment to terrorist attack victims – Trump

Beijing accuses US of ‘playing the victim’ amid reports China threatened to lock up American citizens in act of retaliation

Beijing has denied reports that officials repeatedly warned they would arrest American citizens in response to the detention of Chinese academics in the US, slamming Washington for its “repression” of the Chinese researchers. … Read More >Beijing accuses US of ‘playing the victim’ amid reports China threatened to lock up American citizens in act of retaliation

‘Are you kidding me?’ Final presidential debate will NOT feature foreign policy among topics in wake of Hunter Biden scandal

The final debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden will not include foreign policy as a topic, a decision for which the president’s campaign has slammed the commission, especially after the recent Hunter Biden allegations. … Read More >‘Are you kidding me?’ Final presidential debate will NOT feature foreign policy among topics in wake of Hunter Biden scandal

UK-Made Drones Could Have Been Used as Targets in Turkey’s Alleged S-400 Test, US Media Claims

The US strongly opposed the Turkish intention to buy Russian-made air defence systems and recently warned Ankara against officially deploying it, let alone running practical tests. Numerous reports, however, have suggested that Turkey plans to test its S-400s between 10 and 16 October. … Read More >UK-Made Drones Could Have Been Used as Targets in Turkey’s Alleged S-400 Test, US Media Claims

Washington’s ‘no’ to Putin’s proposal of a New START extension is a political victory for Moscow

Putin intervened to state clearly and directly that a one-year extension of the New START treaty was the only option. The White House declined, setting the stage for a new arms race should Trump win in November. … Read More >Washington’s ‘no’ to Putin’s proposal of a New START extension is a political victory for Moscow