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Russia strengthens authoritarian regimes in Latin America
Latin America

Russia strengthens authoritarian regimes in Latin America

Through targeted threats, military activities and disinformation campaigns, Russia is strengthening the dictatorships of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela as a geopolitical foothold to achieve its expansion in the region, according to a report by Israel News platform, a media outlet. Israeli broadcasting news in Spanish. “Russia is acting more aggressively in the hemisphere. The Kremlin and its historic Latin American partners are clearly stepping up actions to create greater social and economic destabilization,” Jorge Serrano, a member of the advisory team of the Peruvian Congressional Intelligence Commission, told Diálogo on August 15, 2022. “If someone wants to attack an enemy, weaken his allies. Governments close to the US are where Russia and this axis place the greatest emphasis on de...
New study reveals the best places to survive a nuclear war
Weapons of Mass Destruction, Global Concerns

New study reveals the best places to survive a nuclear war

Tensions between the United States and Russia continue to mount as the war in Ukraine approaches its sixth month, and some observers argue that since the Cold War, relations between Washington and Moscow have not been so bad. Although the scenario of a nuclear war is very unlikely, it is still possible, as the two countries hold about 90% of the total number of nuclear weapons in the world, and Moscow has already repeatedly threatened Western states with atomic bombs, accusing themselves of using the war in Ukraine to threaten Russia. A study published this week in the journal 'Nature' analyzed various scenarios of nuclear war, from one that generates minor impacts on a global level to the most extreme, in which the world will be thrown into a nuclear winter and in which five billion p...
US-Russia nuclear war could kill 5 billion people
Global Concerns

US-Russia nuclear war could kill 5 billion people

Nuclear explosions would distort the planet's climate, causing a sudden drop in food supply. In the end, there would be hunger on a world scale. A hypothetical nuclear conflict between the United States and Russia could be fatal for two-thirds of the world's population. However, the study by Rutgers University in New Jersey suggests that the vast majority of deaths would result from widespread famine. At a time marked by the war between Russia and Ukraine and tension in the Taiwan Strait, the research theorizes that nuclear detonations would be responsible for a stratospheric increase in soot released into the atmosphere, enough to block solar radiation. Given the decrease in solar energy received, the planet would see a severe reduction in temperature - air and sea - and rainfall, fo...
Russia suspends inspections of US nuclear arsenal
United States, Russia, Weapons of Mass Destruction

Russia suspends inspections of US nuclear arsenal

According to Russia, the US is currently at an advantage as it has deprived Moscow of the right to carry out inspections on US territory. Russia has informed the United States of America (USA) that it has "temporarily" suspended on-site inspections of its strategic nuclear weapons. These inspections were part of the arms control treaty known as New START, in effect since February 2011. According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted by the BBC, the US is currently at an advantage with regard to this agreement given that it has deprived Russia of the right to carry out inspections on American territory. According to the tutelage, US sanctions imposed on Russia on Ukraine have changed conditions between the countries, necessitating the suspension of the last remaining arms r...
Russia threatens to sever relations if it is classified by the US as a sponsor of terrorism
Russia

Russia threatens to sever relations if it is classified by the US as a sponsor of terrorism

Russia on Tuesday threatened the United States of America (USA) with a rupture of diplomatic relations if the country is declared a state sponsor of terrorism due to the Russian military campaign in Ukraine. "Any action provokes a reaction and the logical result of this irresponsible step could be the rupture of diplomatic relations," Russian diplomacy spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a press conference. The representative stressed that "Washington risks definitively crossing the point of no return with all the corresponding consequences". Zakharova assured that the legal initiative of US congressmen "contravenes international law". "It is possible that senators and congressmen will see it as a terrible punishment capable of forcing Russia to live according to a world order invented b...
US expects cyberattacks from Russia, China and Iran in elections
United States

US expects cyberattacks from Russia, China and Iran in elections

US intelligence is concerned about the "strong likelihood" of interference by Russia, China, and Iran in the upcoming US midterm elections and experts believe in the scenario of concerted action. “The possibility of concerted action between these three countries [Russia, China, and Iran] cannot be excluded. We know, right from the start, that they share a common interest: to defeat what they consider to be the US strategy to maintain the hegemony of control inherited from the 20th century”, Herbert Lin, a researcher at the Hoover Institution think tank, told Lusa. This analyst and author of the book Cyberthreats and Nuclear Weapons (literal translation) recalled that, in recent years, Moscow and Beijing have exchanged information about US military programs, in particular the nuclear pr...
Japan warns of growing threats to its security from Russia and China
Japan

Japan warns of growing threats to its security from Russia and China

Japan today warned of growing threats to its security posed by the war in Ukraine and tensions between China and Taiwan, in a Japanese Defense document published as Tokyo tries to boost military spending. The annual Defense White Paper, approved by the office of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, highlighted the need for Japan to gain public support to bolster the military budget, an objective of the current executive. The report was published months ahead of a review of Japan's national security strategy, which is expected to include a pre-emptive strike capability, which critics say goes beyond the limitations of the country's pacifist constitution. China, Russia, and North Korea lead Japan's concerns in the 500-page report. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said in a statement that...
Russia’s central bank predicts contraction of Russian economy between 4% and 6%
Russia

Russia’s central bank predicts contraction of Russian economy between 4% and 6%

The Central Bank of Russia (BCR) today predicted that the Russian economy will contract this year by between 4% and 6%, four points less than it estimated last April. In April, the BCR predicted a drop in Russian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of between 8% and 10% in 2022 due to the impact of Western sanctions. After a regular meeting, at which the Board of Directors decided to reduce the interest rate by 150 basis points to 8%, the Russian monetary institution stated that "the external environment of the Russian economy remains complex and significantly restricts economic activity". in the country. "Overall, the real decline in economic activity in the second quarter is less pronounced than what the Bank of Russia assumed in June," the BCR said in a statement. According to the BCR, i...
Russian Federation and Egypt launch nuclear power plant construction work
Egypt

Russian Federation and Egypt launch nuclear power plant construction work

Russian nuclear energy conglomerate Rosatom announced the start of construction of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, "the biggest Russian-Egyptian cooperation project since the Aswan dam", estimated according to local press at 25 billion euros. On Wednesday, Egyptian Electricity Minister Mohamed Chaker and Rosatom President Alexei Likhatchev made a symbolic start to work in the north of the country, according to a statement from the Russian group. In early May, Rosatom lost one of its biggest industrial projects to a Russian group's involvement in the European Union, when a consortium in Finland withdrew its order to build a nuclear reactor after Russian troops invaded Ukraine. Egypt, which has yet to take sides with the Russians or Ukrainians, appears to be pursuing its 2015 plan to...
Washington urges Moscow to implement grain export agreement
United States

Washington urges Moscow to implement grain export agreement

The United States today welcomed the agreement between Russia and Ukraine, to be signed in Istanbul on Friday, to allow grain exports blocked at Ukrainian ports and urged Moscow to implement it. State Department spokesman Ned Price stressed that, for Washington, the important thing now is to "hold Russia accountable for the implementation of this agreement and allow Ukrainian grain to reach world markets." "We were never supposed to be in this situation to begin with. It was a deliberate decision by Russia to use food as a weapon," he stressed, quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP). Ned Price particularly applauded the diplomatic efforts of UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Turkey, which has often been at loggerheads with the United States in recent years over the Syria issue a...