Contents tagged with Pentagon

  • Russia moves strategic bombers to Venezuela

    Russia has started transferring Tu-160 strategic bombers, which are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, to Venezuela.

    “This will be the seventh “sortie” by Russian strategic aircraft in the last three months – the frequency of flights is increasing, and this is perceived by the US as provocation,” says Mark Schneider, a former Pentagon official.

    At the end of October, Tu-160 bombers were spotted on the Norwegian border. British and Norwegian fighters were scrambled to intercept them.

    In …

  • US carrier strike group enters Mediterranean

    A US Navy carrier strike group, headed by Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman, has begun an operation in the Mediterranean Sea, the US Navy’s press service reported.

    The operation is being held “to continue supporting NATO allies, European and African partner states, coalition partners and national security interests of the US and Europe in Africa”.

    According to US Sixth Fleet Commander Lisa Franchetti, the group will practice “the full scope of naval operations” during its stay in …

  • Merkel does not rule out Germany's participation in the strikes on Syria

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized the statement of her government coalition partner in the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) about the possible Bundeswehr involvement in Syria. "Saying “no” in advance to everything that happens in the world cannot be Germany's position," Merkel said on Wednesday, September 12, speaking in the general debate on the Bundestag budget.

    "We cannot ignore the use of chemical weapons elsewhere and how the international convention is not respected. …

  • Kremlin: we do not take seriously reports about possible US strikes on Russian military in Syria

    The Kremlin does not seriously consider news by the American media regarding possible strikes by the US military on Russian facilities in Syria, said Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president, as cited by RIA Novosti .

    “We no longer seriously consider media reports, because they have completely discredited [themselves]. We pay attention to official statements,” Peskov said.

    Earlier, on September 10th, the Wall Street Journal reported that the White House is considering …

  • US nuclear submarine moves from Gibraltar towards Syria

    The USS Newport News, a Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine which entered Gibraltar last week, left the port four days later and adopted a course towards the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Interfax reports, citing Gibraltar monitoring resources.

    In the published vessel tracking data, one can see that the cruise missile-bearing nuclear submarine rounded Europa Point and headed towards the Eastern Mediterranean.

    The US already has two of its nuclear submarines in the Mediterranean, …

  • Russia to conduct joint military exercises with China and Mongolia

    Russia and China, along with Mongolia, are planning to hold large-scale military exercises, including simulating a nuclear attack, reports Voice of America, citing high-ranking US officials.

    To participate in the exercises “Vostok-18”, China will send to Russia more than 3,200 troops and 900 units of military equipment, as well as 30 aircraft, reported the Chinese Defense Department.

    Mongolia will take part in these exercises for the first time. Mongolia has recently sought relations with the …

  • Pentagon may increase U.S. military contingent in Poland

    James Mattis, the United States Secretary of Defense, stated that the United States is open for discussing the possibility of increasing its military contingent in Poland, DW reports. Mattis announced this information during a meeting with Polish Defense Minister, Mariusz Blaszczak, emphasizing that Poland is America’s ally in NATO.

    “We are placing troops in NATO in accordance with the requirements of security,” Mattis stated. “Therefore, we are always open to such discussions.”

    In 2017, NATO …

  • Pentagon denies Russian claims of downing US missiles during strike in Syria

    Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said on April 25 that images of buildings in Damascus destroyed by rocket attacks refute allegations by the Russian military that only 22 out of 105 missiles reached their intended target, RIA Novosti reports.

    "The statements by General Rudskoy that only 22 out of 105 of our missiles hit their targets can easily be refuted. We provided open access images of targets before and after strikes. With regard to Russian official statements about the insurmountable …

  • Pentagon: Russian air defense systems in Syria 'absolutely ineffective'

    At a press briefing, Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said that she considers the Russian-made air defense systems that Damascus used to respond to the West's attack on Syria to be "absolutely ineffective". She also said that the missiles used by Washington and its allies appear to have hit all targets.

     White also accused Moscow of allegedly presenting false information. "Following our operations, Russia falsely claimed Syria air defenses shot down a significant number of missiles, when in …

  • Pentagon: US submarines could destroy Russia

    Pentagon leaders have delivered a message to Russia that the United States would be able to respond to any of Moscow’s threats and weapons.

    According to Voice of America, the announcement was made during budget hearings in the House Armed Services Committee, in response to questions from legislators regarding statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin about new types of weapons.

    "We are ready for all the threats that are out there and no one, no one should doubt this," said U.S. Strategic …