#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – In a recent Press Release an according to CCTV America’s Sean Calleb’s who reported this story from Washington D.C.
U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an overhaul of the U.S. nuclear program due to systematic problems.
At the height of the cold war between the United States and Soviet Union, the U.S. nuclear weapons program was routinely on high alert, and drew a great deal of attention, both in terms of manpower and military budget.
But once the Berlin Wall fell, the U.S. began focusing its assets elsewhere and the nuclear program was hit by security lapses, a lack of discipline, and lousy morale.
Hagel said he ordered an audit of the United States Nuclear program, and a lack of “investment and support” over “far too many years” has led to a myriad of problems that should be addressed immediately.
“The Review found evidence of systematic problems if not addressed could undermine the safety, security and effectiveness of elements of the force in the future,” Hagel said.
Hagel said the nuclear program is safe for now, but without attention he could not guarantee the weapons program would remain secure and effective.
He is asking for billions in funding, a 10 percent increase for the nuclear weapons programs over each of the next five years.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – July 17 – Russian President Vladimir Putin has refuted reports that Russia and Cuba agreed to resume work at the Soviet-built intelligence facility in Lourdes near Havana, Cuba.“No, it’s not true,” Putin answered a question during his meeting with reporters following the BRICS summit in Brazil.RT
“There is nothing to regret, we are capable of solving the challenges in the field of national defence without this component, there is nothing unusual here, we in agreement with our friends closed the work of this centre, we have no plans to resume work,” said Putin.
Reports of resumption of work at the USSR‘s largest electronic intelligence facility was published in Kommersant newspaper on Wednesday.
(VoA July 16 2014 ) Reported that Russia will reopen an intelligence base in Cuba that closed in 2001, according to Russian media reports on Wednesday.
The newspaper Kommersant claims an agreement to resume operations at the Lourdes base, which was once a leading source of Cold War-era electronic surveillance on the United States, was made during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Havana last week.
The signals intelligence base located south of Havana opened in 1964 to spy on the U.S. during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Only 250 kilometers from the U.S. coast, it had radar capable of intercepting signals from a significant amount of U.S. territory, according to Kommersant.
In 2001, Putin ordered the base closed in a cost-cutting move, after repeated requests from the United States, the Russian paper said, citing sources close to the Kremlin.
The paper also quoted Raul Castro as saying that up to 75 percent of Moscow’s intelligence on the United States came from the base.
#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – April 29 – (Reuters) – Japan imposed visa bans on 23 people on Tuesday as it followed the United States and the European Union in announcing expanded sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine.
Moscow has already denounced what it called “Cold War” tactics for the new U.S. and EU sanctions imposed on Russian and Ukrainian allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Japan expresses serious concern that Russian moves to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including the annexation of Crimea, are continuing,” Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said in a statement.
The Foreign Ministry did not disclose the names, titles or nationalities of the 23 people hit with the new visa bans.
A ministry official said Japan’s list was based on those compiled by the United States and the European Union.
Reuters – AP – AFP
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – LATEST – APRIL 15 – Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an “anti-terrorist operation” against pro-Moscow separatists was under-way, though the crackdown got off to a slow start, if at all.
Twenty-four hours after an Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the separatists to lay down their arms, witnesses reported no signs yet that Kiev forces were ready to storm state buildings in the Russian-speaking east that the rebels have occupied.
Police said separatists had voluntarily surrendered the police headquarters in the city of Kramatorsk.
Interim president Oleksander Turchinov insisted the operation had started in the eastern Donetsk region, although it would happen in stages and “in a considered way”.
Amidst the deepest East-West crisis since the Cold War, the leaders of Russia and the United States called on each other to do all in their power to avoid further bloodshed.
#AceNewsServices – PRAGUE – April 10 – (Reuters) – Rasmussen said some 40,000 Russian troops were massed along Ukraine’s borders “not training but ready for combat.”
He told a news conference during a visit to the Czech Republic,to a NATO member, that any further military action by Russia would lead to grave consequences and severe economic sanctions.
Russia and the West are locked in a Cold War-style stand-off over Ukraine after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and a build-up of unrest in mostly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine.
“From Prague, I have this message to Russia: You have a choice to stop blaming others for your own actions, to stop massing your troops, to stop escalating this crisis and start engaging in a genuine dialogue,” Rasmussen said.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 07 – Those who want to return to Cold War times and attain tighter consolidation of the NATO states over Article 5 of the Treaty of Washington are taking upper hand in the alliance. Article 5 of the Treaty of Washington is the basis for NATO fundamental principle of collective defence – Russian Envoy reported to (Tass).
Recently it was reported that NATO representatives do not rule out that additional military forces, particularly a 4,500-strong brigade from the US military base Fort Hood, may be deployed in Eastern European countries.
Alexander Grushko believes that this “would definitely ruin the system of commitments for military deterrence that are fixed in the Russia-NATO basic act. Certainly, if these steps are taken, they will require from us tougher security measures.”
What does Article 5 mean?
Article 5 is at the basis of a fundamental principle of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. It provides that if a NATO Ally is the victim of an armed attack, each and every other member of the Alliance will consider this act of violence as an armed attack against all members and will take the actions it deems necessary to assist the Ally attacked.
This is the principle of collective defence.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 31 – Ukraine’s defence ministry has said there has been a gradual withdrawal of Russian troops from its border that may be linked to Washington’s latest push for a diplomatic solution to the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.
Oleksiy Dmytrashkivskiy, Ukraine’s defence ministry spokesman, said on Monday that he could not confirm how many soldiers the draw-down involved or the number of troops still stationed at Russia’s border with its former Soviet satellite.
“In recent days, the Russian forces have been gradually withdrawing from the border,” Dmytrashkivskiy told the AFP news agency.
#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – Tokyo has been suggested that it would allow the US to bring nuclear weapons into Japanese territory in the event of a serious threat to its security.
In a briefing with lawmakers, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida outlined conditions that would lead Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government to make exceptions to Japan’s long-standing posture against possessing, producing, or allowing nuclear weapons within the nation’s borders, Kyodo News reported.
Kishida said the Abe administration adheres to the policy of its predecessor: Whether or not Japan would “adamantly observe the (non-nuclear) principles despite threats to people’s safety depends on the decision of the administration in power.”
“The future cannot be determined in advance,” Kishida said, echoing comments by former Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada of the current opposition Democratic Party of Japan. In 2010, Okada disclosed that Japan and the US had agreements during the Cold War era in which Tokyo would allow the US to bring nuclear-armed submarines into Japanese ports in an apparent violation of the non-nuclear policy.
The agreement expired in the early 1990’s, upon the end of the Cold War.
Abe said last month it was a “mistake” that previous administrations led by his Liberal Democratic Party avoided acknowledging secret US-Japan pacts that had been declassified in the United States.
#AceWorldNews – Tallinn/Paris(Reuters) – The European Union will begin to prepare a new response to the actions of Russia in Ukraine, if Moscow does not show signs of willingness to ease the tension by the end of the week, on Tuesday said foreign ministers of Germany and France.
Russian forces have strengthened in the Ukrainian Crimea on the eve of Moscow-backed March 16 referendum on the future of the peninsula. Government in Kiev and his supporters in the West regarded the planned plebiscite as illegitimate.
“If the output will be no visible changes in the behaviour of Russia, then on Monday at the European Council we will have to discuss the next step up,” – said Frank-Walter Steinmeier during a visit to the Baltic States, which are included in the European Union and Ukraine are concerned about what is happening.
“We do not want confrontation, but the actions of the Russian side, unfortunately, confront us with the need to prepare, as I just said,” – said Steinmeier reporters in Tallinn.
His French counterpart Laurent Fabius, in turn, said that sanctions could come into force this week, if Moscow does not respond to calls from the European Union.
“The only legitimate vote will be on May 25 presidential elections in Ukraine. Voting March 16 will not have legitimacy,” – said Fabius radio station France Inter. He called the Russian annexation of Crimea illegal.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is at the cutting edge of the strategy of “engagement” of the Russian leader Vladimir Putin in the negotiation process with the same time as the tug of war between Russia and the West resulted in the most serious confrontation since the Cold War.
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#AceWorldNews says that Washington AP reports that a sudden reprise of Cold War sensibilities, the U.S. and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defences in Europe in response to Russia’s military advances on Ukraine.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, soon on his way to Ukraine’s capital, said world leaders “are prepared to go to the hilt in order to isolate Russia with respect to this invasion.”
Much as when superpower tensions ruled world affairs, missile defence systems and troop levels in Europe have again become urgent questions in Washington and beyond, a renewed reality that may force President Barack Obama’s administration to give up its intended foreign policy shift to Asia indefinitely.