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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

U.S. Bases Warning



WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov told his Polish counterpart Wednesday that if the United States decides to move military bases into Poland, any plan should take Russian concerns into consideration.

Speaking after a day of talks with Polish Foreign Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Ivanov told a news conference he believes any talks on relocating bases from Western Europe into Poland "would take Russia's security into consideration."

The United States is looking into ways to redistribute its forces, but Washington has not yet released plans.

Russia has expressed concern that establishing bases in former Warsaw Pact countries violates agreements signed when NATO expanded into Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The accords rule out permanent stationing of U.S. troops in Poland but allow for limited deployment.




Nuclear Arms Rethink



MOSCOW (AP) -- Colonel-General Yury Baluyevsky, the first deputy chief of staff of the General Staff, voiced strong concern Wednesday about U.S. plans to develop low-yield nuclear weapons, saying that Moscow might be forced to review its nuclear doctrine.

Baluyevsky told reporters that the Pentagon's plans to develop such weapons would be destabilizing.

"We are witnessing that nuclear weapons, which have served as a political deterrent, are being transformed into a battlefield instrument," Baluyevsky said. "It's very scary, extremely scary."

A defense bill signed by President George W. Bush lifts a decade-old ban on research into low-yield nuclear weapons and authorizes $15 million for continued research into a powerful nuclear weapon capable of destroying deep underground bunkers.

"That causes us concern," Baluyevsky said. "Should we somehow review our nuclear strategy? Yes, I believe we should."




Journalists Honored



NEW YORK (AP) -- Four journalists from Russia, Afghanistan, Morocco and Cuba were honored Tuesday by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Abdul Samay Hamed of Afghanistan, Aboubakr Jamai of Morocco, Musa Muradoz of Russia and Manuel Vasquez Portal of Cuba received 2003 International Press Freedom Awards from the journalism group.

In announcing the awards in September, CPJ said the journalists had suffered "serious reprisals for daring to report with independence and authority in countries where dissent is not easily tolerated.''

CPJ, based in New York City, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the global defense of press freedom.

CPJ said Muradoz keeps the newspaper he edits, Chechnya's Groznensky Rabochy, independent from either side in the conflict, and has continued to edit from Moscow where he fled after a bomb destroyed the newspaper's offices.




Ballerina Reinstated



MOSCOW (AP) -- Ballerina Anastasia Volochkova, fired from the Bolshoi Theater amid allegations that she was too heavy, on Wednesday won her suit against the renowned cultural institution.

A Moscow court ordered the theater to reinstate her and to pay her the wages she had missed between now and her dismissal in September. Television reports said those wages amount to about 190,000 rubles ($6,300).

A lawyer for the theater, Dmitry Lobachev, said on NTV that the theater would appeal.

Although Volochkova was reinstated, it was not ensured that she would be able to get back on the stage.