Putin warns of a new ‘arms race’

Russia has half of America thinking that America itself is sparking the arms race, when in fact it’s been Russia that has made every effort to militarize and modernize weaponry that has been a blatant breach of treaties for decades. The U.S. hasn’t even had a new nuclear weapon deployed since the early 90’s and it’s ‘Star Wars’ program was scrapped after Reagan had left office. Now we have a Russian (as well as Chinese) space warfare program being deployed as we speak, as well as new nuclear weapons. It’s been well documented in the public domain for decades. Donald Trump is merely reacting to the unfairness and trying to maintain the U.S. position of supremacy. The Russians are quite masterful in the art of manipulation, especially public opinion.

 

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President Vladimir Putin says Russia will respond “in kind” if the United States places new missiles on European soil (AFP Photo/Sergei CHIRIKOV)

 

Moscow (AFP) – President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday of a new arms race if America pulls out of weapons treaties, and said Russia would respond “in kind” to any new US missiles placed on European soil.

At the weekend, US President Donald Trump sparked concerns globally when he said he would ditch a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty, the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Continue reading

Trump on Possible Iran Meeting: ‘No Preconditions; If They Want to Meet, I’ll Meet’

 

President Donald Trump said during a Monday joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that he would meet with the leaders of Iran with “no preconditions.”

A Reuters reporter asked Trump if he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a similar way he met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladamir Putin. Continue reading

Italy’s populist parties reach new deal to form a government

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Luigi Di Maio of the Five Star Movement and Matteo Salvini of the Lega will both be ministers in the new government (Credit: Tiziana Fabi/AFP)

 

Italy’s populist parties were finally given the green light to form a coalition government on Thursday evening, after they backed down over their initial selection of a deeply eurosceptic economy minister.

After days of intensive negotiations and pressure from the markets, the anti-immigrant, hard-Right League party and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement agreed to a compromise.

Both parties had come close to forming a government at the weekend, only for their efforts to be torpedoed by President Sergio Mattarella, who refused to approve their controversial choice of Paolo Savona as economy minister.

Paolo Savona, 81, has called Italy’s adoption of the euro a “historic error”, describing the single currency as “a German cage” and calling for a “plan B” that would allow the country to exit the eurozone. Continue reading