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Global Europe 01-07-2022

Russia hauls in ambassador over ‘offensive’ UK comments on nuclear weapons

Russia said on Thursday (30 June) it had summoned the British ambassador to voice a strong protest against "offensive" British statements, including about alleged Russian threats to use nuclear weapons.
Global Europe 27-06-2022

Putin to make first foreign trips since launching Ukraine war

Vladimir Putin will visit two small former Soviet states in central Asia this week, Russian state television reported on Sunday (26 June), in what would be the Russian leader's first known trip abroad since ordering the invasion of Ukraine.
Global Europe 26-06-2022

Russians ‘fully occupy’ Severodonetsk, shift focus to Lysychansk

Russia's army has "fully occupied" the key Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk after weeks of fighting, its mayor said, as Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to send nuclear-capable missiles to Belarus within months.

Global nuclear arsenal to grow for first time since Cold War, think-tank says

The global nuclear arsenal is expected to grow in the coming years for the first time since the Cold War while the risk of such weapons being used is the greatest in decades, a leading think-tank said on 13 June.
Global Europe 27-05-2022

China and Russia veto the US push for more UN sanctions on North Korea

China and Russia vetoed on 26 May a US-led push to impose more UN sanctions on North Korea over its renewed ballistic missile launches, publicly splitting the Security Council for the first time since it started punishing Pyongyang in 2006.
Global Europe 25-05-2022

North Korea fires salvo of missiles, including ICBM, hours after Biden leaves Asia

North Korea fired three missiles, including one thought to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on 25 May, after US President Joe Biden left Asia following a trip in which he agreed to new measures to deter the nuclear-armed state.
Global Europe 23-05-2022

In Tokyo, Biden endorses Japan’s plan to beef up its defences

US President Joe Biden on Monday (23 May) endorsed Japan's plan to beef up its defence capabilities as he and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida committed to working closely to counter China's growing influence in Asia.
Global Europe 07-05-2022

Putin to send ‘doomsday’ warning to West at Russia’s WW II victory parade

President Vladimir Putin will send a "doomsday" warning to the West when he leads celebrations on 9 May marking the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, brandishing Russia's vast firepower while its forces fight on in Ukraine.
Global Europe 05-05-2022

Russian ceasefire to begin at besieged Mariupol steel plant

A Russian-announced ceasefire was due to begin Thursday (5 May) at the besieged steel plant in the devastated Ukrainian city of Mariupol, to allow civilians to flee even as its defenders vowed to fight to the end.
Global Europe 04-05-2022

Nobel laureate decries Russian propaganda arguing for nuclear weapons use

Russian journalist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov decried Tuesday (3 May) Russian propaganda arguing for using nuclear weapons in the Ukraine conflict, warning that would mark "the end of humanity".
Global Europe 26-04-2022

Lavrov warns ‘serious’ nuclear war risks should not be underestimated

Russia told the world not to underestimate the considerable risks of nuclear war that it said it wanted to reduce and warned that conventional Western weapons were legitimate targets in Ukraine, where battles raged in the east.
Global Europe 21-04-2022

Russia tests nuclear-capable missile that Putin calls world’s best

In a show of strength two months into its assault on Ukraine, Russia test-launched a new nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile which President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (20 April) would make Moscow's enemies stop and think.
Global Europe 16-04-2022

Russia warns US to stop arming Ukraine, Zelenskyy warns of nuclear threat

Russia has warned the United States that there will be "unpredictable consequences" if Washington keeps arming Ukraine, The Washington Post reported on Friday (15 April).
Global Europe 15-04-2022

US cannot ‘take lightly’ threat Russia could use nuclear weapons – CIA chief

The threat of Russia potentially using tactical or low-yield nuclear weapons in Ukraine cannot be taken lightly, but the CIA has not seen a lot of practical evidence reinforcing that concern, CIA Director William Burns said on Thursday (14 April).
Global Europe 24-03-2022

US making plans in case Russia uses chemical, nuclear weapons

The White House has set up a team of experts to plan how the United States could respond should Russia use weapons of mass destruction - chemical, biological or nuclear - during its invasion of Ukraine, senior administration officials said.

NATO to supply Ukraine with equipment against chemical and nuclear weapons

NATO leaders will agree on additional support for Ukraine, which will also include protective equipment against a potential use of chemical and nuclear weapons in the country, the alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday (23 March).
Global Europe 17-03-2022

Putin warns Russia against pro-Western ‘traitors’ and ‘scum’

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (16 March) delivered a stark warning to Russian "traitors" who he said the West wanted to use as a "fifth column" to destroy the country.
Global Europe 28-02-2022

Outcry in the West as Putin orders nuclear alert

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that his nuclear forces were on alert sparked outcry in the West as the invading troops faced stiff resistance on Monday (28 February). At a meeting with his top officials on Sunday, the president ordered...
Global Europe 09-02-2022

North Korea boasts of ‘shaking the world’ by testing missiles that can strike US

North Korea boasted that it is one of only a handful of countries in the world to field nuclear weapons and advanced missiles and the only one standing up to the United States by "shaking the world" with missile tests.
Global Europe 13-01-2022

Biden imposes first sanctions over North Korea weapons program after missile tests

The Biden administration on Wednesday (12 January) imposed its first sanctions over North Korea's weapons programs following a series of North Korean missile launches, including two since last week.
Global Europe 12-01-2022

EU condemns North Korean missile tests

The European Union on Tuesday (11 January) condemned the latest North Korean missile launch, a spokesman for the EU's High Representative for Foreign Relations said in a statement, urging the country to "respond constructively" to US readiness for diplomacy.
Global Europe 04-01-2022

Russia, China, Britain, US and France say no one can win nuclear war

China, Russia, Britain, the United States and France have agreed that a further spread of nuclear arms and a nuclear war should be avoided, according to a joint statement by the five nuclear powers published by the Kremlin.
Global Europe 29-12-2021

Geneva to host US-Russia talks in early January

The United States and Russia will hold much-anticipated talks in early January on European security and the Ukraine conflict after Moscow demanded NATO halt its eastward expansion.
Global Europe 22-12-2021

Putin vows tough response over US buildup in Ukraine, Eastern Europe

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (21 December) that Russia had no room to retreat in a standoff with the United States over Ukraine and would be forced into a tough response unless the West dropped its “aggressive line”. Putin...