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The weakness of the US and Europe today is an invitation for Russia to return to its old imperial politics.

Russia is again seeking a role as a global power and is therefore flexing its muscles. Signs of change in Moscow’s foreign policy have been mounting ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a confrontational speech in Munich last February.

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Georgian forces fired on a Russian plane flying over Georgian territory earlier this week, a government official said Friday, claiming residents nearby reported an explosion and forest fire afterward.

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Vladimir Putin announced ambitious plans to revive Russia’s military power and restore its role as the world’s leading producer of military aircraft yesterday.

Speaking at the opening of the largest airshow in Russia’s post-Soviet history, the president said he was determined to make aircraft manufacture a national priority after decades of lagging behind the west.

The remarks follow his decision last week to resume long-range missions by strategic bomber aircraft capable of hitting the US with nuclear weapons. Patrols over the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic began last week for the first time since 1992.

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Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said they would not bow to pressure and threatened to “punch” the U.S., in their first response to Washington’s plan to list them as a terrorist organization, newspapers reported Saturday.

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Troops from Russia, China and Central Asian states will take part in a joint military exercise on Friday designed to show off their alliance’s increasing power.

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Russia is looking at boosting its military presence in the Mediterranean with plans to set up two naval bases in Syria. Together with the production of intercontinental ballistic missiles in the works and an air defense missile system in the Moscow region, this may be one of the first signs of the “asymmetrical” response to the United States that President Vladimir Putin spoke of in February.

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Denmark has sent a research team to the Arctic ice pack to seek evidence that the Lomonosov Ridge underwater mountain range is attached to the Danish territory of Greenland.

The research team, with specialists from Canada, Denmark and Sweden, set off on Sunday (12 August) from Tromsoe in northern Norway on board the Swedish ice-breaker Oden. They will return to Norway’s Svalbard islands on 17 September.

Canada, Russia, the US and Norway have also claims in the Arctic region, where the US Geological Survey has suggested as much as 25 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas could be hidden.

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BISHKEK — Chinese President Hu Jintao called here Thursday for timely coordination between China and Russia of stance on bilateral ties and major regional and global issues.

Hu made the remarks while meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Both leaders commended the Russia Year in China and China Year in Russia, a series of theme activities held alternatively in China and Russia in last two years, proposing to make it a regular event.

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The US has made a formal request to the World Trade Organization (WTO) for it to crack down on copyright piracy and counterfeiting in China.

It says that China’s failure to enforce copyright laws is costing software, music and book publishers billions of dollars in lost sales.

The US also argues that China makes it hard for legitimate firms to operate.

The two countries have been in talks for four months, since the US first launched its challenge.

The US now wants the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body to intervene.

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (Reuters) – Russian bombers are flying more missions than normal near U.S. territory, including Alaska, demonstrating their long-range strike capability, U.S. and Canadian officials said on Monday.

Russian aircraft carrying cruise missiles ran an aviation exercise near Alaska two weeks ago, according to Canadian Col. Andre Dupuis, an officer at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), a U.S.-Canadian operation responsible for protecting both countries’ airspace.

“They didn’t do it to practice alone. They’re making a point, doing it outside of their normal training cycle,” he told Reuters. “They maintain capability.”

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Diplomacide Mothballed

Diplomacide has been mothballed.
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