Posts published in Day: June 9, 2018

Russian S-400 Defense Systems Minimize Turkey’s External Dependency – Minister

Saturday, June 9, 2018

The acquisition of the Russian S-400 air defense systems is in the interest of the Turkish nation since it minimizes Turkey’s external dependency, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Friday. “The purchase of S-400 anti-missile systems is Turkey’s national interest, which does not have anything to do with the politics… The Russian air defense systems minimize Turkey’s external dependence,” Soylu was quoted as saying by the Anadolu news agency. The…

Iran Reportedly Calls Israeli Nuke Capabilities “Threat” to World

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Reza Najafi, Tehran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the IAEA Board of Governors that Israel’s nuclear program poses a threat to peace and security in the region, according to PressTV. According to Reza Najafi, Israel’s nuclear program should be put on the IAEA’s agenda as a real threat. He added that the control over it should continue until Israel joins the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Najafi criticized the West’s…

Trump’s top military adviser in Finland for quiet meeting with Russian counterpart

Saturday, June 9, 2018

President Donald Trump’s top military adviser is making an unannounced trip to Helsinki, Finland, for sensitive face to face discussions with his Russian counterpart. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, is expected to meet with Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the current chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, according to an announcement from the Finnish government, which provided the first public disclosure of the…

Lithuanian defense minister plans to revise system of incentives for military service

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis plans to revise the existing system of incentives to serve in the military after the Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that giving preference to people who have completed their military service over other applicants for public service jobs is unconstitutional. “We will undoubtedly look for and find other additional inducements to show that the state appreciates soldiers’ commitment,” Karoblis said in a comment sent to…

Why America Should Deploy the U.S. Navy to the Baltics

Saturday, June 9, 2018

The benefits of having naval forces in the area and ready to respond with scalable defense options are undeniable. Great power competition has created an opportunity for the United States Navy to bolster alliances and partnerships, hone its capabilities, and deter a resurgent Russia through increased operations in the Baltic region. America should boost its naval activity specifically in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea, and in…