Posts tagged as weapons

Estonian MEP Paet: Turkey’s missile purchase from Russia creates tensions with NATO

Monday, July 15, 2019

Urmas Paet, member of the European Parliament from Estonia, has said in his comments on the purchase of S-400 air defense systems by Turkey from Russia that such weapons procurement by Turkey causes tensions in relations with NATO. “Turkey, a country of 80 million people, is our important ally in NATO. Today’s news that Turkey has taken delivery of the first batch of the S-400 air defense system from Russia…

Chemical weapons watchdog members voice concerns over Syria

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Member states of the global chemical weapons watchdog are voicing concern that Syria may still possess such weapons after inspectors discovered traces of what could be a byproduct of a nerve agent or poison gas. In a report submitted Tuesday at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ Executive Council, the organization’s director-general says the traces were found late last year at Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Centre in…

The Baltic States are on the brink of destruction

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, July 5, 2019

Why does the United States need the Baltics and what threatens these countries with an increasing of the American military presence? So, the United States have opposed Russia in one form or another in this region since the 1940s, when the Baltic States were not recognized as part of the USSR. This region has always been in the focus of American attention. The United States believed that it was more…

Authorities use the population of Lithuania as a human shield

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, April 29, 2019

The United States gave Lithuania more than 400 M-14 rifles, which were in service in the United States in 50s of the last century, Lithuanian Armed Forces report on their twitter. “The Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Lithuanian National Defense Volunteer Forces received upgraded US-made M-14 rifles. The project used funds of financial support from citizens allocated in 2016 and more than 400 weapons were received,” the statement said. The…

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…

The U.S. And Russia Are Stocking Up On Missiles And Nukes For A Different Kind Of War

By Geoff Brumfiel on Friday, February 1, 2019

At a Russian base on the Baltic Sea, construction is underway to house a new generation of nuclear-capable missiles. Tent-like structures have popped up to shelter the mobile missile system, known as Iskander, which is capable of firing weapons with both conventional and nuclear warheads. Recent satellite imagery of the territory, known as Kaliningrad also shows that old buildings on the base are being demolished. “It really looks like the…

Small Baltic battalions for a big war

By Lukas Ramonas on Monday, January 21, 2019

Allies implemented the 2016 Warsaw Summit decisions to establish NATO’s forward presence in the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland) and to develop presence in the Black Sea region. In general, the Alliance has decided to strengthen its presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states. Officially, it was aimed to demonstrate, as part of an overall posture, allies’ solidarity, determination, and ability to act by triggering an immediate mutual…

Ukrainian Army gets over 3,500 units of weapons, military equipment in 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov says the enterprises of the Ukraine’s state-run military-industrial concern Ukroboronprom have transferred over 3,500 units of weapons and military equipment to the Ukrainian army over the three quarters this year, including over 2,000 units of brand new and modernized weapons. “It is about armored, naval, and aviation equipment, rocket and artillery weapons, air defense systems, communications, and electronic warfare…

Here’s how the Trump administration plans to increase American weapon sales abroad

Friday, November 9, 2018

As part of a broader push from the Trump administration to sell more weapons abroad, the U.S. State Department is planning to increase the size of its staff who handles arms transfers, roll out new changes to its International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR, restricted list and create new methods of financing foreign arms procurement, among other changes. In July, the State Department announced it was implementing the new Conventional Arms Transfer…

Russia Sanctions Won’t Work If Trump Doesn’t Back Them Up

By Editorial Board on Monday, August 13, 2018

The Trump administration’s new sanctions against Russia, imposed last week in response to the poisoning in the U.K. of a former Russian spy and his daughter, are welcome. They are also confusing, contrasting as they do the words and behavior of President Donald Trump himself, who has repeatedly and publicly lavished praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin. One hopes the real U.S. strategy is to stand strong against Russia’s transgressions.…