Russia stops all cooperation with NATO

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Grushko said in an interview that Russia has stopped all association with NATO—North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949.

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NATO suspended military and civilian cooperation with Russia in 2014 over the crisis in Ukraine. Russia, in February 2014 had several military attacks into the Ukrainian territory – after the fall of the then Ukraine President, Viktor Yanukovych—Russian soldiers in the absence of insignias took charge of military positions and took control of infrastructure within the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.

Grushko told the state ran media agency, RIA Novosti news agency that “NATO has itself abandoned a positive agenda in its relations with Russia. It doesn’t exist,” as reported by The Moscow Times.

The interview came a day after US military officers said that the lack of communication between the US and US could lead to a nuclear war by “mistake or miscalculation”. The former permanent Russia NATO representative between the years 2012 and 2018 warned NATO against military conflict with Russia.

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By: Kgothatso Nkanyane

Additional reporting: The Moscow Times


No progress on US-China talks, as new tariffs are introduced

The China – US trade war is bound to escalate as both governments failed to reach consensus in the two days of talks. China and the U.S met this week, with the analysts and both sides having low expectations. No further talks have been announced.
The talks, led by U.S. Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs, David Malpass and Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen, is the first significant interaction between the two countries since June.

Chinese officials also raised that there will be no further discussions until after November’s mid-term elections in the US. The absence of progress between the sides and the looming prospect of further sanctions adds uncertainty for business, alleges Bloomberg.

The White House released a statement saying that the countries “exchanged views on how to achieve fairness, balance, and reciprocity in the economic relationship, by addressing structural issues in China” identified by the U.S. in an investigation into Chinese IP practices. The two countries will have further talks, said China commerce ministry.

The talks concluded yesterday, just hours after Beijing and Washington rolled out their latest round of tit-for-tat tariffs.

Source: Bloomberg