NASA ‘works hard’ to cut dependence on Russian engines, but hopes to preserve ‘unique’ cooperation

NASA wants to maintain its unique cooperation with Russia to haul astronauts into space and continue to use RD-180 engines, while viable alternatives are being developed by US firms, the space agency’s administrator said. “The United States of America is working really hard not to be dependent on the RD-180 engine,” Jim Bridenstine said on […]

Putin & Erdogan vow more cooperation on Syria after US-led airstrikes

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, spoke on the phone following the strikes launched by the US, the UK and France against targets in Syria. Putin reiterated his statement that attacking Syria without a UN Security Council mandate was a violation of international law on the part of the Western […]

Facebook says it will cease cooperation with all third-party data collectors

Facebook has said it will no longer offer an advertising option that exploits personal data provided by third-party aggregators. The company, still bleeding from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, said it wants to improve privacy. Among the companies that will be affected by the new measure are: Acxiom, which provides data from the US, the UK, […]

Trump signs bill on Taiwan cooperation, defying China’s warnings

US President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill which aims to deepen ties between the US and Taiwan. China has issued multiple warnings to both Washington and Taipei over the law. The Taiwan Travel Act (HR 535), which US lawmakers presented to Trump on March 5, aims to increase travel and visits “at […]

The South China Sea requires ‘peaceful cooperation’ says Southeast Asian nations

Almost all of the South China Sea is claimed by China. Taiwan and four ASEAN nations – Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Brunei – have competing claims. There is a current thaw in relations over the South China Sea, but ASEAN intends to release a statement anyway. The statement addresses the importance of the countries cooperation […]

‘No cooperation with US on N. Korea, only exchange of views’ – Kremlin

Published time: 4 Nov, 2017 15:13 Moscow and Washington do not cooperate on the North Korean problem, but engage in “periodic exchanges of views,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Saturday. It can be assumed “with a great deal of certainty,” he added, that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Donald Trump […]

Russia wants closer cooperation with Singapore in civil aviation

Published time: 26 Oct, 2017 10:23 Moscow is interested in closer aviation ties with Singapore, including the promotion of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and MC-21 civil aircraft, said the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. “There’s a need to diversify the range of trade between Russia and Singapore, including through the active development of cooperation […]

Putin calls for predictable, mutually-beneficial cooperation with US

Published time: 3 Oct, 2017 11:01 Edited time: 3 Oct, 2017 11:23 Moscow wants “predictable, constructive, mutually beneficial cooperation” with Washington, Russian President Vladimir Putin said as he received diplomatic credentials from new ambassadors to Moscow, including US envoy Jon Huntsman. Current Russia-US bilateral relations cannot “cause satisfaction,” Putin said during an official ceremony at […]

Russia, US will continue space co-operation despite earthly tensions – Roscosmos head

Published time: 29 Jul, 2017 20:23 Roscosmos, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) all understand that if co-operation breaks down, it will seriously affect each other’s work, the head of Russia’s Federal Space Agency has said. “It’s very easy to make hasty decisions which would interrupt our co-operation. In many respects, we and our […]

Iran & Iraq sign defense deal to step up military cooperation

Iran and Iraq have sealed an agreement to boost military cooperation and to battle against “terrorism and extremism”, Iranian media has reported. The memorandum of understanding on defense and cooperation was signed Sunday during a meeting between Iraqi Defense minister Major General Erfan al-Hiyali and his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan. A delegation of […]