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Shoigu: Russia seeks army 'modernization'

MOSCOW, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Russia's armed forces need to be modernized and be capable of responding to "hot spots" near its borders, newly appointed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says.

U.S. to share missile-shield information

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- The United States plans to share unspecified classified information about the European missile shield with Russia, U.S. officials said.

Moscow wants answers on missile defense

MOSCOW, March 12 (UPI) -- Russia is eager to get information about aspects of a European missile defense shield to assess whether it's exclusively targeting Iran, an analyst said.
Russia getting soldiers badminton supplies

Russia getting soldiers badminton supplies

MOSCOW, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Officials with the Russian Defense Ministry said all military units are being provided with badminton equipment to help them sharpen their skills.

Analyst: U.S. wrong about Russian clout

MOSCOW, March 6 (UPI) -- The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has overestimated the influence Russia has on Iran, a Russian security analyst says.

Georgians overestimated their army

MOSCOW, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Several early conclusions already can be drawn from what is now happening in South Ossetia, the secessionist region of the former Soviet republic of Georgia in the Caucasus region.
ALEXANDER KHRAMCHIKHIN, UPI Outside View Commentator

NATO's pointless expansion

MOSCOW, April 2 (UPI) -- NATO is expected to open its doors to Croatia, Macedonia and Albania at its summit this week in Bucharest, but the eastward extension of the bloc has entirely lost its military purpose and become merely an end in itself.
ALEXANDER KHRAMCHIKHIN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Arms control sense -- Part 2

MOSCOW, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- These two propaganda cliches (about "NATO's aggressive designs" and the "Russian menace") are a far cry from reality, but very large sections of the population and political elites in Russia and the West take them seriously.
ALEXANDER KHRAMCHIKHIN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Arms control sense -- Part 1

MOSCOW, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- As the rhetoric about basic treaties signed at the end of the Cold War intensifies, it is becoming clear that collective security in Europe and the world needs new approaches and perhaps a complete overhaul.
ALEXANDER KHRAMCHIKHIN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Russia's missile options

MOSCOW, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The situation around the proposed deployment of a missile defense system in Europe and the threat of a Russian moratorium on the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty --CFE -- can be traced to the ambitions and a reluctance of the sides to understand each other.
ALEXANDER KHRAMCHIKHIN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Russian experts dismiss Bush Iraq plan

MOSCOW, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Conditions in Iraq will continue to deteriorate because the United States won't commit the number of troops needed to win the war, say Russian analysts.
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