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Russia S-400 air defense system

Refusing to bow to the threat of potential sanctions, Sitharaman said that the 39,000 crore ($5.7bn) deal to purchase five S-400 units has nearly been finalized. “Our defense relation with Russia has endured several decades and we have conveyed this about it to a US Congressional delegation which visited India recently,” Sitharaman told a group of reporters at her office in South Block.

“We have told the US Congress delegation that this is US law and not a UN law,” India’s defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman noted, apparently referring to a US federal bill that was implemented in 2017.Read More →

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - Saudi Arabia News

Israel’s energy minister and top nuclear official Yuval Steinitz met with his US counterpart Rick Perry in Washington and presented him with a series of steep demands about the need to keep a strict tab on the kingdom’s activities. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman raised eyebrows when he told CBS in May that his country was prepared to pursue nuclear weapons.Read More →

Mike Pompeo

In Vietnam a day after leaving Pyongyang, Pompeo found what he hopes will be a better image: a communist country and former foe now thriving as a US partner. If Washington and Hanoi can put behind the wounds of war and their ideological differences, why can’t North Korea hope for a similar future? “In light of the once-unimaginable prosperity and partnership we have with Vietnam today, I have a message for Chairman Kim Jong Un,” Mike Pompeo said.Read More →

China Military Vehicles in Africa

When defence officials from China and the African nations on Tuesday wrap up a high-level security forum, both sides are expected to vow to enhance defence relations, boosting a bond between the two parties that already includes surging Chinese arms sales to Africa.Read More →

Russian SU-57 or American F-35

The Pentagon is increasingly worried about rapid proliferation of Chinese and Russian anti-ship and anti-aircraft missile systems, putting U.S. military planners in an unfamiliar position. The last time U.S. forces went to war without an overwhelming advantage was against Nazi German troops in North Africa in 1943. Read More →

Mohammad Javad Zarif - Iran News

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also said on Friday that the remaining parties to the nuclear deal had agreed to work out ways of trading with Iran independently of the United States’ “whim.” Lavrov urged new ways of trading with Iran if Washington restores sanctions against Tehran.Read More →

Russian Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile - Hypersonic Missiles

The Russian military is undergoing a large-scale rearmament, which will allow it to make use of some of the world’s most advanced weapon systems, Yury Borisov, the Russian deputy prime minister, who oversees Russia’s military-industrial complex and military-technical policy, said during his speech at the Military Academy of the General Staff.Read More →

US Lockheed Martin Patriot Missiles

The two Aegis Ashore sites will likely cost at least twice as much as Japan’s initial estimate of two billion dollars, anonymous sources said, adding that the purchase could also help ease trade friction with Washington. US President Donald Trump has called on Tokyo to purchase more American military equipment and other products in a bid to balance a trade deficit with Japan.Read More →

F-35 - US F-35 Jet Plane

A Senate committee has slammed the Pentagon’s beleaguered F-35 fighter jet program, for claiming that a $661mn spend on bulk-buying parts would help it save some $1.2 billion. The real amount is half that, it has been revealed. According to the new report, the measure will generate savings of some $600 million, which is a half of the designated amount.Read More →

North Korea - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

National security adviser John Bolton told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Washington has devised a program to dismantle North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction — chemical, biological and nuclear — and ballistic missile programs in a year, if there is full cooperation and disclosure from Pyongyang.Read More →