Questions Abound on Incoming US Defense Secretary's Attitudes Toward Russia

Senate confirmation hearings are set to begin for Ashton Carter, President Obama's pick for Secretary of Defense. Sputnik ponders what a Carter DOD might mean for the future of Russia-US relations.

// Feb. 02, 2015 - 06:16 GMT

Experts Say Future of Keystone XL Questioned Despite US Senate Approval

Experts say that the future of the Keystone XL pipeline is still uncertain, as US President Barack Obama is likely to veto the project in spite of Senate's authorization.

// Feb. 01, 2015 - 05:14 GMT

China New Cybersecurity Import Rules Could Affect Many Sectors, Countries

China's cyber security policy could affect negatively to global information technology (IT) sectors, according to experts.

// Jan. 31, 2015 - 22:17 GMT

Sanctions Pose No Threat to Russian-Chinese Wide-Body Airliner Project

The chief editor of, a popular Russian aviation news website and forum, believes that Western sanctions will have very little impact on the development of a Russian-Chinese long-haul airliner.

// Jan. 31, 2015 - 03:45 GMT

Cooperation With Russia Will Help Greece Escape Western Domination

A former economic advisor to the Reagan administration believes that Western banks and governments are a threat to Greek sovereignty and to its peoples' standard of living, and that only by re-aligning itself with Russia can Greece stave off these 'marauders.'

// Jan. 30, 2015 - 22:33 GMT

West to Face Risks If Disconnects Russia From SWIFT Payment System

While the West is threatening Russia with the new round of sanctions and even disconnection from SWIFT, experts say it would bring more harm than good to European businessmen.

// Jan. 30, 2015 - 02:45 GMT

US Intelligence Report 2000: Forecast for the Future or To-Do List?

The US National Intelligence Councils (NIC) Global Trends Report foresees the main trends that the US was most likely to face in 2015. But is this document just a political forecast or a to-do list? </p>

// Jan. 30, 2015 - 00:15 GMT

Greece Disagrees With Anti-Russian Sanctions to Show Independence From EU

EU leaders asked the Foreign Affairs Council to consider new sanctions against Russia. The Greek Deputy Foreign Minister responded that the country is against those Western sanctions, as they damage the Greek economy.

// Jan. 29, 2015 - 13:04 GMT

EU Policy in Ukraine Could Result in Mass Exodus to Europe

Europe will have to consider building a wall on the border with Ukraine when millions of hungry and desperate Ukrainians will start sneaking into Europe, Professor at the Higher School of Economics believes.

// Jan. 29, 2015 - 03:05 GMT

S&P's Russia Downgrade Response to Western Political Views

Standard & Poor's ratings agency has lowered on Monday Russia's sovereign ratings to 'junk' status from BBB- to BB+ with negative outlook.

// Jan. 29, 2015 - 02:34 GMT