Edith M. Lederer Associated Press Published 8:04 PM EDT Aug 22, 2019 United Nations – Russia and the United States blamed each other Thursday for abandoning a landmark arms control agreement on missiles, with Moscow warning of a new arms race and the Trump administration demanding details of a recent mysterious explosion that killed five Russian nuclear engineers. Russia called a U.N. Security Council meeting on the matter following the U.S. test of a missile banned by the 1987 intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which both countries withdrew from on Aug. 2. Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Dmitry Polyansky, criticized what he called American “hypocrisy,” saying the U.S. “consistently and deliberately violated the INF treaty for some time.” He said the missile test on Aug. 18, so soon after the treaty’s expiration, proved it. Acting U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Cohen countered that Russia decided more than a decade ago to break its INF … [Read more...] about US and Russia blame each other for abandoning missile treaty
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US and Russia: Partners or adversaries?AT the recent forum of the Philippine Ambassadors Foundation Inc. (PAFI), Ambassador Igor Khovaev of the Russian Federation pointed out that his country did not consider any other country as an adversary and that it was the United States and its Western allies that call Russia that. And why indeed should Russia regard the US and its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies adversaries? Why have the US and NATO regarded Russia as an adversary? Current encyclopedia profiles depict Russia today as worlds apart from what it was when it was the core and backbone of the Soviet Union, the preeminent champion of world communism. Russia now is like any European country in that it has a market economy and is a multiparty democracy. Another striking remark of Ambassador Khovaev ridiculed the claim that the dissolution of the Soviet Union was a victory for the West. The wool spun around the break-up of the Soviet Union by Western media and academic … [Read more...] about US and Russia: Partners or adversaries?
Russian judo fans enjoyed a spectacular second day of the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam as an incredible opening ceremony was attended by the Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region, Mr Yevgeny Kuyvashev. On the tatami, Mr Kuyvashev witnessed as Russia's Daria Davydova put the home nation centre stage on Day 2 of the thrilling tournament. Davydova flew through her preliminaries and took on Great Britain’s Lucy Renshall in the -63kg final. A fantastic counter to Renshall’s ouchi gari attack brought the crowd to their feet, chanting for their country’s judoka as Davydova became the first Russian Champion of the tournament so far, and our Woman of the Day. Needless to say, the packed crowd were absolutely elated to have a top spot on the podium. Davydova was awarded her medal by Mr Vasily Anisimov, IJF Ambassador and President of the Judo Federation of Russia. "I’m really proud of myself for earning Russia’s first gold, and I’m happy the crowd and guests were … [Read more...] about Great groundwork and Russian gold on Day 2 of Ekaterinburg Grand Slam
By Dominique Vidalon PARIS (Reuters) - French supermarket group Auchan's 2018 profits suffered a blow from the country's anti-government "Yellow Vests" protests, costing the retailer 140 million euros ($157 million) in lost revenue. Auchan also faces fierce price pressure in its home market from the likes of Carrefour and Leclerc as well as competition from Amazon. A tough market hit its results in Italy too and in Asia where its Sun Art Retail subsidiary faces online competition. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) at Auchan Retail slumped 20.5 percent to 1.518 billion euros (1.3 billion pounds) in 2018 at current exchange rates. Total revenue at Auchan Retail was 50.3 billion euros, representing a 3.3 percent decrease at current exchange rates. Revenue in France alone fell 1.3 percent, with the "Yellow Vests" protests knocking 140 million euros off revenue and 35 million euros off EBITDA. The months-long protests forced many shops to shut down on … [Read more...] about ‘Yellow Vests’ protests in France prove costly for retailer Auchan
By Michelle Nichols WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is pushing the U.N. Security Council to formally call for free, fair and credible presidential elections in Venezuela with international observers, diplomats said, a move that prompted Russia to propose a rival draft resolution. Moscow and Washington have been at loggerheads over a U.S.-led campaign for international recognition of Venezuelan opposition leader and head of the country's elected National Assembly Juan Guaido over President Nicolas Maduro. Guaido last month declared himself interim head of state. Diplomats from the 15 Security Council members met privately on Friday afternoon to discuss the U.S.-drafted resolution, seen by Reuters, that would express "full support for the National Assembly as the only democratically elected institution." Russia, China, Equatorial Guinea and South Africa last month blocked the Security Council from issuing a statement with the same language. But the same four countries failed in … [Read more...] about U.S. and Russia push rival United Nations actions on Venezuela