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U.S., Russia divided over Chinese role in nuclear talks

Jun 23, 2020 - 11:49 PM

Observers fear New START could go the way of several other international agreements, which have fallen by the wayside during Donald Trump's tenure in line with his 'America First' foreign policy

NEW START TREATY. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) walks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin before taking a family photo at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

China to join U.N. arms trade treaty, 'enhance' world peace

Jun 22, 2020 - 8:51 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian says China, now the 2nd largest arms producer in the world, will make a 'continuous effort to maintain and enhance peace and stability in the world and region'

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Europeans rally around defense pact dropped by Trump

May 22, 2020 - 10:51 PM

The US accuses Russia of blocking flights over certain sites and forbidding surveys of military exercises, normally allowed under Open Skies

US PULLOUT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) walks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin before taking a family photo at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump to withdraw U.S. from 'Open Skies' treaty

May 22, 2020 - 12:52 PM

Donald Trump says Moscow did not stick to its commitments under the 18-year-old Open Skies Treaty, which is designed to improve military transparency and confidence between the superpowers

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump disembarks from Marine One on the South Lawn upon returning to the White House in Washington, DC on May 21, 2020, following a visit to a Ford plant in Michigan. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Choose U.S. or China? Carpio offers 3rd way

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:06 PM

Terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement will make the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement useless, says retired justice Antonio Carpio

Terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement will make the MDT hollow and EDCA useless, says former Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio  Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

With threats to scrap VFA, Duterte gambles Philippines' security

Feb 06, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Duterte's latest outburst against the US isolates the country from its oldest ally and sows uncertainty against the threat of any Chinese aggression

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes one of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) personnel, who was conferred with the Order of Lapu-Lapu Rank of Kamagi at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on January 13, 2020. The President honored the PMC personnel who took part in the liberation of Marawi City from the terrorists. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

EXPLAINER: Visiting Forces Agreement

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:00 AM

President Duterte has threatened to scrap the military pact between the Philippines and the United States. Here's what you should know about it.

Senate panel to review VFA, other Philippine defense pacts

Jan 29, 2020 - 4:44 PM

'Number 1, ano ang benefits na nakuha ng Pilipinas dito? What is the national interest at stake in these agreements?' says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III on some questions to be taken up at the planned hearing

PH-US WAR GAMES. This file photo shows US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibious Landing operation as part of the 2015 Balikatan Exercises. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Malacañang downplays possibility of U.S. terminating other military pacts

Jan 27, 2020 - 6:39 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Duterte government is not concerned the United States may terminate other military treaties following the Philippines' move to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement

PH-US WAR GAMES. This file photo shows US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibious Landing operation as part of the 2015 Balikatan Exercises made possible by the VFA. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ: Effects of VFA termination on EDCA, Mutual Defense Treaty have to be studied

Jan 25, 2020 - 2:24 PM

The justice department is ready with its memorandum on the legal procedures to terminate the 20-year-old VFA

Philippine and American soldier unite as they conducts the amphibious exercise during the 2019 Balikatan exercise held at Naval Education Training Command (NETC) in Zambales on 11 April 2019. Photo by: Lito Boras/Rappler

Iran says it may pull out of nuclear treaty over Europe dispute

Jan 20, 2020 - 7:19 PM

Iran accuses Britain, France, and Germany of inaction over sanctions the United States reimposed on it after unilaterally withdrawing from the landmark accord in 2018

MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he gives a press conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara, Turkey, on April 17, 2019. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

NATO to review Iraq mission after Iran general slain

Jan 06, 2020 - 8:53 PM

'The North Atlantic Council will address the situation in the region,' a NATO official says

NATO. A picture taken on November 20, 2019, shows a NATO flag at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, during a NATO Foreign Affairs ministers' summit. File photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Greek PM on White House trip amid Turkey tension

Jan 05, 2020 - 12:46 PM

US Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt says Washington sees Greece as 'a critical pillar of regional stability'

WHITE HOUSE VISIT. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is set to fly to the United States on January 7, 2020. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

'Brain dead' NATO's summit dominated by leaders' feuds

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Meeting outside London to mark the 70th year of the Atlantic alliance, the members vow to stick together against threats from Russia and terrorism and recognize the challenge of a rising China

ALLIANCE. Nato heads of government class of 2019. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

Squabbles overshadow NATO 70th anniversary summit

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:41 AM

The 29 allies descend on London ready to lock horns over spending and how to deal with Russia in a major test of unity as NATO seeks to assert its relevance

NATO SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump (unseen) prepare to disembark from Air Force One after landing at Stansted Airport, northeast of London on December 2, 2019, ahead of the upcoming NATO alliance summit. NATO marks its 70th birthday at a summit next week but the celebration could well turn into an arena of political combat between the alliance's feuding leaders. Heads of state and government will descend on London Tuesday bracing for a scrap over spending and how to deal with Russia, in a huge test of unity within NATO -- billed by its own officials as the "most successful alliance in history". Adrian DENNIS / AFP

U.S. defense chief favors review of 1951 treaty with Philippines

Nov 19, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The nearly 70-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the US needs to reflect current security threats, including an increasingly powerful China, say both countries' defense secretaries

TREATY ALLIES. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (L) and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper (R) agree that the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty needs to be updated. Esper visited Manila on November 19, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Putin vows 'symmetric response' to U.S. missile test

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has ordered an analysis of 'the level of threat for our country created by the actions of the US and to take comprehensive measures to prepare a symmetric response'

'SYMMETRIC RESPONSE.' This file photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin. File photo by AFP

Russia, China blast U.S. missile test

Aug 21, 2019 - 7:21 AM

Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov says, the 'US has obviously taken a course towards escalation of military tensions. We won't react to provocations.'

This US Department of Defense (DOD) handout photo shows on August 18, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, when the Defense Department conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California. The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight. Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform DOD's development of future intermediate-range capabilities. Scott HOWE / DoD / AFP

U.S. tests medium-range cruise missile after exiting INF treaty

Aug 20, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The launch is a sign of Washington beefing up its nuclear war-fighting capabilities in the wake of the collapse of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

TEST. This US Department of Defense handout photo shows on August 18, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, when the Defense Department conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California. AFP PHOTO /DOD/SCOTT HOWE/HANDOUT

U.S. Air Force vows ‘no let up’ in South China Sea patrols

Aug 18, 2019 - 2:11 PM

General David Goldfein, US Air Force Chief of Staff, restates the US commitment to the Mutual Defense Treaty with the Philippines as China pushes to dominate the Indo-Pacific region

AIR DEFENSE. Filipino-US Sailors onboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it anchored in Manila Bay on 7 August 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Putin urges new arms talks with U.S. to avoid 'chaos'

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:05 PM

President Vladimir Putin says that if Russia receives information about US development of new missiles, it 'will be forced to begin the full-scale development of similar missiles'

NEW TALKS? Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik/AFP

U.S., Russia rip up Cold War-era INF missile treaty

Aug 02, 2019 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Moscow says the deal has been terminated 'at the initiative of the US,' while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Russia is 'solely responsible for the treaty's demise'

INF TREATY. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) attends a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Carpio, Del Rosario refute Duterte on invoking defense pact with U.S.

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'The [Mutual Defense] Treaty operates only for self-defense, not for aggression against another state,' says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Mutual Defense Treaty with the US is only for self-defense. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

European Union urges Russia to continue to respect nuclear missile treaty

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The European Union says Russia should take 'substantial and transparent actions' to ensure compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

4TH TERM. Russia votes to hand President Vladimir Putin a historic 4th term. File photo by AFP

Hong Kong leader halts extradition bill but opponents vow fresh rally

Jun 15, 2019 - 3:39 PM

(6th UPDATE) Jimmy Sham, from the main protest group the Civil Human Rights Front, says they would push ahead with the planned massive rally on Sunday, June 16

EXTRADITION BILL. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference on the controversial extradition bill at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 15, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal / AFP

Iran: Exiting nuclear pact one of 'many options' after U.S. sanctions

Apr 28, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The country's officials are deliberating different options and measures, including pulling out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, says Iran's foreign minister

IRAN FM. In this file photo, Iran foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari attends a meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

NATO plans for Russian 'aggression' on 70th anniversary

Apr 05, 2019 - 8:25 AM

At the close of talks in Washington, foreign ministers from the 29-nation alliance say in a joint statement that they face 'an unpredictable and challenging security situation' that includes 'a more aggressive Russia'

PREPARED. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers part of the 70th anniversary of the alliance at the US Department of State April 4, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

NATO anniversary party turns ugly as US rips Germany, Turkey

Apr 04, 2019 - 7:31 AM

Hours before foreign ministers from the 29-member Western alliance opens talks in Washington, US Vice President Mike Pence delivers a stinging rebuke

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a forum about NATO at The Anthem on April 3, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

U.S. suspends F-35 deliveries to Turkey over Russian arms

Apr 02, 2019 - 7:33 AM

US officials have voiced concern that with Turkey in both camps, Russia could obtain F-35 data to improve the accuracy of the S-400 to shoot down Western aircraft

A Pentagon sign is seen during a press briefing at the Pentagon Briefing Room August 29, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Lorenzana-Locsin clash over Mutual Defense Treaty heats up

Mar 05, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana fears 'being involved in a war that we do not seek and do not want' when the Philippines-US Mutual Defense Treaty kicks in

MUTUAL DEFENSE TREATY. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is pushing for a review of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the United States. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Moving forward with Philippine-U.S. relations

Mar 05, 2019 - 10:43 AM

'It was an imperative for our disruptive northern neighbor to be forewarned of the significance of our mutual defense treaty alliance'

In Pompeo visit, Philippines gets timely assurance from oldest ally

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The US assurance that Philippine vessels in the South China Sea are protected by the Mutual Defense Treaty sends a 'strong and clear' signal to Beijing

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo exchange pleasantries during their meeting at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on February 28, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Pompeo raises importance of free press, rights of 'all Filipinos' with Locsin

Mar 01, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'We never forget the importance of human rights, rule of law, transparency, justice wherever it is that we go,' says the visiting US official but refrains from publicly citing specific attacks on free speech and human rights in his host country

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens to Philippines' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin (L) speak at a news conference at the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs Home Office in Manila on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP)

Locsin: No need to review PH-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty

Mar 01, 2019 - 12:09 PM

'In vagueness lies the best deterrence,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the 68-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty

ANOTHER LOOK? Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (left) weighs in on efforts to review the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP/Pool

South China Sea covered by PH-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty – Pompeo

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'Any armed attack on any Philippine forces, aircraft, or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under Article 4 of our Mutual Defense Treaty,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assures Manila

Putin threatens to target West with new missiles

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:06 PM

The longtime Russian leader warns Washington against deploying any new missiles in Europe following the collapse of a key Cold War-era treaty, saying Moscow will consider it a 'serious threat'

STATE OF THE NATION. Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials, and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Disarmament efforts must include China as well as U.S., Russia – Merkel

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:25 PM

According to a new report by the Institute for Strategic Studies, up to 95 percent of China's arsenal of ballistic and cruise missiles will be in breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty if Beijing were party to it

SECURITY. German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to give a speech during the 55th Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, on February 16, 2019. Photo by Christof Stache/AFP

China opposes U.S. withdrawal from nuclear missile treaty

Feb 02, 2019 - 8:20 PM

'China is opposed to the US withdrawal [from the nuclear missile treaty] and urges the US and Russia to properly resolve differences through constructive dialogue," says Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang

NUCLEAR TREATY. n this file photo, China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. File photo Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

NATO door opens for Macedonia

Feb 02, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov will attend the ceremony at NATO headquarters in Brussels

MACEDONIA. The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

U.S. bolts Cold War missile treaty as Russia warns of arms race

Feb 01, 2019 - 10:10 PM

(UPDATED) President Donald Trump says the United States was suspending its obligations under the INF Treaty as of Saturday, February 2, and started a process to withdraw in 6 months

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting between US and Chinese officials in the Oval Office of the White House January 31, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Germany says missile treaty dead as Europe frets about arms race

Feb 01, 2019 - 7:03 PM

Western capitals say a new Russian medium-range missile system breaches the terms of the 1987 treaty and puts European cities at risk

NATO says no progress in Russia talks on arms treaty

Jan 25, 2019 - 10:44 PM

'There was no real progress in the meeting today because Russia did not indicate any willingness to change their position,' says NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

'NO PROGRESS.' In this file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talks to the media at the European Council building in Brussels on December 15, 2016. File photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

Russia wheels out key missile in bid to save U.S. arms treaty

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Russian artillery chief Mikhail Matveevsky says the 9M729 missile's maximum range is 480 kilometers. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty bans missiles with a range above 500 kilometers.

INF TREATY. Russian Defense Ministry officials show off the new Russia's 9M729 missile at the military Patriot Park outside Moscow on January 23, 2019. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

[OPINION] Proposed review of PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty: Opening a Pandora's box

Dec 31, 2018 - 12:37 PM

A veritable Pandora’s box of nasty surprises would be opened once the Philippines pushes for renegotiations. Is that what the majority of Filipinos want?

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Lorenzana to review Mutual Defense Treaty: 'Is it still relevant to our security?'

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the objective of the review of the treaty is to either 'maintain it, strengthen it, or scrap it'

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana holds a press conference in Malacañang on December 28, 2018. Screenshot from PCOO's Facebook account

Russia turns up uninvited to major NATO wargames

Nov 04, 2018 - 6:30 AM

Russia has already made clear its displeasure at NATO's Trident Juncture exercises, the largest by the alliance since the end of the Cold War

LARGEST EXERCISE. Around 50,000 participants from NATO and partner countries, some 250 aircraft, 65 ships and up to 10,000 vehicles take part in the Trident Juncture exercise. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

NATO urges Russia to comply with nuclear treaty

Nov 01, 2018 - 6:33 PM

After a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council, a statement by the transatlantic alliance says they 'urge Russia... to ensure full compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty without delay'

TRIDENT JUNCTURE. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg looks at a Tac 50 Mac Millan sniper rifle as he meets with members of the Canadian Army Patrol Pathfinder taking part in the Trident Juncture 2018, a NATO-led military exercise. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

How World War I shaped the 20th century and beyond

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:00 AM

A century after the "war to end all wars," the world lives with the consequences of a peace accord that, even at the time, was criticized as making another war inevitable in Europe

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U.S. security chief, Russians in tough talks over nuclear treaty

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:45 AM

John Bolton discusses the fate of the treaty with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and spends 'nearly 5 hours' in talks with Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev

US SECURITY CHIEF. In this file photo, US National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP