Posts tagged as nuclear weapons

Germany continues to expand its military presence in Lithuania

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, October 16, 2020

The German Air Force is setting up a Deployable Control and Reporting Centre (DCRC) at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, supplemented by additional sub-elements at Skede, Latvia and Ämari, Estonia. German soldiers are preparing to augment the static CRCs at Karmėlava, Lielvarde (Latvia) and Tallinn (Estonia) and support situational awareness for the airspace in the Baltic region. Subdivisions of the DCRC are also deployed in Skede (Latvia) and Amari (Estonia). The…

Stop blaming Russia, China for US disarmament failures

By Thomas L. Knapp on Monday, July 27, 2020

On June 22 and 23, Russian and American diplomats met in Vienna to discuss New START, a nuclear arms reduction treaty which expires next year. The treaty provides for an optional five-year extension. Alternatively, the parties could negotiate a new agreement as has happened several times in the past. A third possibility involves one or both parties playing silly games like insisting that China be brought into the negotiations despite…

Russia desperate to stop Poland from hosting U.S. nuclear weapons, launches new war games with Baltic fleet

By Gregorz Adamczyk on Monday, May 25, 2020

Russia remains adamantly opposed to Poland hosting U.S. nuclear weapons on it soil and is launching new military exercises that will be built around possible targeting of nuclear weapons that might be located in Poland, according to the Russian paper Niezavisimaya Gazeta. Russia’s new major war games will be launched with the participation of its Baltic fleet, which according to Russian defense chief Sergey Shoygu are designed as a response…

COVID-19 will make us think about peace and war

By Jonas Dringelis on Monday, April 13, 2020

World political leaders focus on strategic “threats” while forgetting “natural” dangers. The result is an untenable trade off between military and welfare expenditure. The COVID-19 сrisis has shown us just what the real priorities should be. Militarization is the wrong path for the world to take and it fuels tensions and raises the potential for war and conflict. This is one of the most critical issues of our time and…

Turkey and Russia made a deal against U.S.

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to inaugurate a new gas pipeline TurkStream, which brings Russian gas to Turkey and southern Europe via the Black Sea. Putin arrived late on Tuesday after paying a surprise visit to Syria (a key Iran ally). It should be recalled that Russia and Turkey were on opposing sides in the Syrian conflict and could be on a collision…

US nuclear provocation in Europe is real

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, May 16, 2019

The militarization of Europe, especially the Baltic states, is taking place at an accelerated pace. The Baltic countries’ political elites are using the worsening confrontation between the West and Russia for their own purposes: the presence of U.S. and NATO troops on their territory benefits them economically. In turn, the Pentagon has no plans to stop there. According to a statement made on May 14 by the director of the…

The Baltic sky sold to NATO

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

NATO systematically accompanies Russian aircraft over the Baltics. At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly stated that all flights that had been carried out strictly complied with international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating other state’s borders. On February 18 – 24 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled three times to identify and…

South Korea’s Moon optimistic about end to Korean War

Friday, October 12, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has told the BBC that it is only a matter of time before the US and North Korea declare an end to their state of war on the Korean peninsula. The war ended in 1953 with an armistice but a peace treaty was never signed. Mr Moon, the son of North Korean refugees, also said there could be more diplomatic “bumps and bruises” as he…

Nuclear weapons budget gets boost in US spending bill

Friday, September 14, 2018

The U.S. Congress is poised to pass the defense budget on time for the first time in a decade. A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers formally announced a deal Thursday for a $674 billion defense appropriations bill, packaged with funding for the departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Labor and other government agencies, or Labor-HHS. A joint conference committee finished reconciling the two chambers’ bills, teeing up a compromise report to pass before…

The Baltic States are tired of NATO exercises

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, June 22, 2018

Saber Strike 2018, a major US-led multinational exercise, wrapped up in Poland on 15th of June. The exercise, which began on 3rd of June, mobilised around 18,000 troops from 19 NATO Allies and partners. It provided an opportunity for forces to enhance their readiness and train across the Baltic States and Poland. Started in 2011, maneuvers’ goal has been to train participants on command and control as well as the…