"There is an understanding that this country, which is a U.N. member, has the right to choose its path," said Russia's deputy foreign minister.
The Rising Sun flag is a reminder of the Japanese empire's sweeping colonization and occupation of territories across the Asia-Pacific to many of the region's inhabitants.
Pentagon officials identified the U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan on Friday amid a top general indicating significant Afghan losses during a "difficult and bloody summer."
India is defying U.S. sanctions by buying Russia's S-400 surface-to-air missile system and is increasing its imports of Iranian oil.
All four accused individuals are submariners based in Washington state at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.
In addition to the S-300 missile systems, Russia Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow has improved its electronic warfare abilities.
There are 261 joint exercises scheduled for this year, which will increase to 281 in 2019.
"We will take all necessary means to safeguard our rights and interests," said a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman.
Russia's decision to equip its Syrian ally comes after an Israeli air raid and amid U.S. threats of military action.
Two Israeli border guards allegedly stripped Palestinian women and stole money while on duty in the West Bank.
Russian foreign minister says his country is trying to distance itself entirely from the U.S.-dominated international financial system and urged others to do the same.
The exercises are taking place as tensions rise between Russia and Ukraine in the Sea of Azov.
Despite their recent differences, China and North Korea are united in their opposition to U.S.-backed Japan's recent military actions.
"What happened and continues to happen in Raqqa is a humanitarian catastrophe," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
North Korea's top unification official said they can "discuss any issues arising in their relations in a speedy and heart-to-heart manner."
The Haifa port will come under control of the Shanghai International Port Group in 2021. Israeli critics are worried about potential security issues posed by China's presence.
U.S. Special Ops photos featured a French military vehicle in Syria's Deir Ezzor, but they were quickly pulled from social media.
Venezuela has become increasingly reliant on Chinese oil-for-loans deals as its economy spirals downward.
"We do not and could not possibly have aggressive plans," Putin announced at a 300,000-strong military exercise near the Chinese border.
The president said the coup was planned by rogue elements within the military, communist rebels and opposing political parties.
The drill involves all branches of the military, as well as deployments from China and Mongolia.
Under Maduro's authoritarian regime, Venezuelans have faced an economic crisis and high crime rates as people continue to protest.
Russia and Iran want to press forward with a Syrian military offensive to retake the last rebel-held province of Idlib, but Turkey is pushing for a truce.
China is responsible for over 90 percent of cyber-enabled economic espionage in the United States, a report reveals.