• NATO fighter jets escorted Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea twenty times last week

    Last week, NATO fighter jets performing patrol missions in the Baltic States scrambled twenty times to identify and escort Russian military aircraft flying over the Baltic Sea. The press secretary of the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Captain Thomas Pakalniskis, told the Baltic News Service that Russian military drills taking place near Vilnius account for the great number of Russian aircraft over the Baltic Sea.

    “Russia conducts intensive drills in the Baltic region and performs …

  • Ukrainian court released one of the founders of the LPR

    According to Hromadske, the Trinity District Court of Luhansk has exempted Serhiy Korsunsky of any criminal liability in the creation of the so-called Luhansk People's Republic (LPR). He was subsequently released.

    Korsunsky’s lawyers had previously petitioned that he be exempted. The prosecutor also requested that he be released due to his cooperation with the investigation and his assistance to law enforcement authorities.

    “During the pre-trial investigation, and according to the prosecutor, …

  • Ukraine and Poland agree to expand military cooperation

    The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (RNBO) of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, and the head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) of Poland, Paul Solokh, agreed that the two countries will continue to expand cooperation between their military departments and intelligence agencies, as stated at the end of their talks in Kyiv, the Press Service of the RNBO reported.

    "The leaders of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and the National Security Bureau of Poland …

  • Finland begins large-scale air force exercise

    The annual large-scale exercises of the Finnish Air Force began on Monday, October 10, 2016 as reported by the Finnish Broadcasting Company, Yle.

    The exercises, referred to as ‘Ruska,’ are the largest Air Force exercises of the year. They include 2,600 participants, as well as 1,600 reservists and thousands of Air Force soldiers and airmen.

    For the first time, soldiers and aircraft from the Swedish Air Force will also participate in this five-day exercise. As stated by the Lieutenant Colonel …

  • Russia and Turkey sign agreement on Turkish Stream pipeline

    Two months after the restoration of relations between Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed an agreement on the construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline. The agreement was signed by the Energy Ministers of both countries in the presence of the two presidents in Istanbul on Monday, October 10, 2016.

    According to the head of the Russian Energy Company, Gazprom, Alexey Miller, the plan is to build two gas pipelines under the Black Sea. The completion of the …

  • The U.S. and Norway discuss plans to deploy U.S. servicemen along Russian border

    The Ministries of Defense of the United States and Norway are discussing the possibility of deploying U.S. forces in Scandinavian countries bordering the Russian Federation, Deutsche Welle reported.

    “The capacities for additional drills, stocks and such sort of things are evaluated in the Armed Forces,” the Ministry of Defense of Norway noted, adding that it was a long-standing wish of the United States. It is reported that the Pentagon wants to deploy 300 U.S. marines near Vaernes in …

  • Syrian military air defense to be strengthened with Russian anti-aircraft systems

    Russia is taking steps to strengthen the Syrian army’s air defense, reported Izvestia newspaper, citing a well-informed source in diplomatic circles. Russian authorities are considering the possibility of sending a batch of Pantsir surface-to-air systems to Syria.

    The deal was made several years ago but was only partially implemented because of financial reasons. It was decided to send the remaining Pantsirs to Damascus without demanding immediate payment for delivery.

    The surveyed experts …

  • PACE President is formally asking for Russia’s return to the Assembly

    The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Pedro Agramunt, has insisted that the Assembly should do all that they can to return representatives of Russia, who left PACE due to the sanctions, to the plenary hall.

    Evropeyska Pravda reported that Agramunt said this at the opening of the autumn session of PACE in Strasbourg.

    “It is not beneficial for Russia, the Assembly or one of the 46 member countries if Russia is not part of PACE,” he said.

    Agramunt also …

  • Ukrainian Defense Ministry: Armed Forces of Ukraine will not unilaterally withdraw troops from Donbas

    Ukraine will not unilaterally withdraw troops from the demarcation line in accordance with the framework agreement. This was said on the 112 Ukraine TV channel by the Deputy Head of the Department of Information Technology of the Ministry of Defense, Serhiy Halushko.

    "It is not just unilateral actions on our part. There is a control mechanism, and our intelligence sees what the enemy is doing. If we see that their party does not do something, or is trying to deceive us, then our units will not …

  • The EU puts forth two requirements for Ukraine to receive 600 million euro aid tranche

    The European Union expects Ukraine to fulfill a number of conditions before granting a regular financial aid tranche of EUR 600 million, stated Hugues Mingarelli, head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, in Kyiv on October 10.

    The key conditions are a lifting of the 10-year moratorium on the export of timber imposed by Ukraine in 2015 and the organization of social security for internally displaced persons. Other conditions, according to a European official, have already been fulfilled by Kyiv. …