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Moscow to ban US from using Russian rocket engines for military launches

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France Rejects Blocking Mistral Warship Sale to Russia

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U.S. Conducts Nuclear Response Exercises

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U.S. Strategic Command this week is conducting a massive nuclear arms drill designed to “deter and detect strategic attacks” on the United States and allies. A Sunday press release announcing the May 12-16  “Global Lightning” exercise explicitly noted that the event’s timing is “unrelated to real-world events.” Observers of ongoing East-West tensions will note, however, that Russia on Thursday conducted its …

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France’s government said it will deliver Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia as planned, rejecting requests from its European and U.S. allies to cancel the sale to punish Russian interference in Ukraine. France refuses to link the contract to the debate over tighter sanctions on Russia, an official from President Francois Hollande’s office told reporters traveling with the president …

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Moscow is banning Washington from using Russian-made rocket engines, which the US has used to deliver its military satellites into orbit, said Russia’s Deputy PM, Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and defense industries. “We proceed from the fact that without guarantees that our engines are used for non-military spacecraft launches only, we …

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