Posts tagged as russia

US Air Force deploys B-52 bombers to Europe in message to Russia

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The US Air Force recently deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Europe for “theater integration and flying training” exercises with regional allies and NATO partners — a move viewed as sending a strong message to Russia, which is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its military annexation of Crimea. A bomber task force of B-52 Stratofortresses, airmen and support equipment from the 2nd Bomb Wing based out of Barksdale Air Force…

Foreign Intelligence Service: Main external security threat for Estonia arises from Russia

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The main external security threat for Estonia arises from Russia’s behavior, which undermines the international order, director general of the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service Mikk Marran said. The only serious threat to regional security, including the existence and sovereignty of Estonia and other Baltic Sea states, emanates from Russia. It involves not only asymmetrical, covert or political subversion, but also a potential military threat, a report published by the Estonian…

Construction of 93 km of fence on Latvian-Russian border completed

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Contractors have finished construction of 93 kilometers of wire fencing along the Latvian-Russian border, but it is not clear yet if the construction of the fence will continue also in other sections of the border. In the summer of 2015, a general agreement was concluded on the construction of border infrastructure along the Latvian-Russian border. The project envisages construction of a wire fence along all 283.6 kilometers of the Latvian-Russian…

Russia Launches Plant to Reduce Kaliningrad’s Reliance on EU Grid

By Anastasia Lyrchikova on Saturday, March 9, 2019

Russia launched a new power plant on Wednesday to help make its Kaliningrad exclave in Europe self-reliant, as its European Union neighbors seek to unplug their power grids from Russia. Kaliningrad has no border with mainland Russia and has relied on its neighbor Lithuania, which in turn imports power from mainland Russia. But Lithuania, along with fellow European Union member states in the Baltic, Estonia and Latvia, plans to unplug…

Female Naval Cadets Say Russia Not Ready for Women in Combat Roles

By Gareth Jones on Friday, March 8, 2019

Alina Politika is one of 42 female cadets attending the naval academy in Russia’s Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, but she knows she is unlikely to ever step onto the captain’s bridge of a battleship. Politka’s diploma and military rank after graduation won’t differ from those of male cadets, but the Russian navy does not accept women as commanding officers – a situation she sees no need to change for now.…

For Kremlin, Ukrainian election a choice between lesser of three evils

By Andrew Osborn on Friday, March 8, 2019

Before Russia annexed Crimea and backed separatists in east Ukraine, Moscow had a Ukrainian president who did much of what it wanted. Now, as Ukraine readies to elect a new leader, none of the main candidates look that enticing to Russia. Viktor Yanukovich, the last Moscow-friendly Ukrainian president, was toppled by protests in 2014 and fled to Russia, and Petro Poroshenko, his successor, has put fierce opposition to Moscow at…

Ukraine is a stone of discord for the US and Lithuania

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Lithuanian government has decided in February to donate Soviet-made light small arms ammunition to the Ukraine Ministry of Defence (MoD). Worth €255,000 and transferred on a non-reimbursable basis, the ammunition can be used in automatic rifles, machine-guns to ensure national security and defence. Lithuanian National Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said: “The transfer of assets is a part of consistent and comprehensive Lithuanian support to Ukraine as it strengthens its…

Russia defense chief calls Baltic buildup a response to NATO

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Russia will add new tank and missile defense units to its Baltic fleet this year along with more modern weaponry for forces positioned in the vicinity of NATO turf, the country’s defense minister said. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Russian state media on Wednesday the moves were a response to NATO’s growing presence in and around the Baltics. “We are forced to provide an adequate response, carrying out strategic containment…

Why World War 3 could happen in 2019 – threats from North Korea, Syria and Putin

By Patrick Knox on Thursday, February 28, 2019

RISING tensions around the globe along with spectacular war games and weapons testing have increased fears of a major military conflict breaking out in 2019. Here we look at trouble spots which could be potential World War 3 flash points. Why is 2019 such a dangerous year? Our map shows the flashpoints where there are currently military standoffs which could suddenly turn nasty and bring the major powers into conflict…

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…