Contents tagged with NATO troops

  • Media: NATO to create rapid response force in Europe to counter Russia

    In addition to the existing forces, NATO intends to create a 30,000 strong rapid response force in Europe in case of a Russian attack, writes the German news outlet Welt am Sonntag (WamS).  

    Representatives of 23 EU governments have signed a declaration on their intentions to participate in a “permanent structured security and defense collaboration”. The final decision is scheduled to be made in December.

    There are plans for the rapid response forces to have several hundreds of military …

  • Czech Communist Party wants to block NATO troop rotation reports that the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia [Czech Republic] (KSCM) wants to block the planned rotation of NATO troops in the Baltic countries.

    The KSCM believes that the presence of Czech servicemen in the Baltic countries will contribute to the deterioration of relations with Russia.

    "[It will be] demonstrating power on the borders of the Baltic countries and Russia, increasing tensions in the region, and complicating the relationship between Russia and the rest of …

  • General Pavel: NATO increases number of troops in Baltic States due to Russia's military buildup in the region

    NATO has expanded its military presence in the Baltic countries in connection with the buildup of the Russian Federation’s military potential, said the head of the Military Committee of the North Atlantic Alliance, the Czech general Petr Pavel. This was reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

    According to him, the buildup and modernization of Russian military potential has led to increased anxiety and fear among the population in the Baltic countries.

    “That’s why NATO has provided an expanded presence …

  • Polish Minister of National Defense: Only determination and strength can stop the intensification of Russian aggression

    In an interview with Polish Radio, The Minister of National Defense of Poland, Antoni Macierewicz, said that the current threat from Russia requires a resolute response.

    “Only decisiveness and strength can stop the strengthening of Russian aggression,” he said, adding that because of this, the decisions made at the NATO summit in Warsaw to strengthen the eastern flank of the alliance were very important.

    The Polish minister stressed that tensions in the region have increased since Russia …

  • NATO Secretary General: Transfer of troops to the East is complete

    The transfer of NATO troops to the eastern flank of the Baltic countries and Poland has been completed, as   stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during his visit to Latvia.

    “Today the relocation has been completed,” said Stoltenberg at a ceremony at a military base in Adazi, 20 kilometers from Riga. Thus, NATO fulfilled its promise made a year ago in Warsaw to “defend the union, react to aggression and keep peace,” the alliance’s secretary-general said.

    Stoltenberg considers the …

  • Kremlin: Russia will respond to NATO’s troop deployment in Europe

    Russian Ambassador to NATO Alexander Grushko said in Brussels on June 1 that Moscow is concerned by the North Atlantic Alliance deploying forces in the Baltic states and in Poland. He noted that Russia will respond to these actions.

    “NATO is creating a new situation in military security which we cannot ignore, thus we must think how to use our own military resources,” Grushko said.

    He did not specify which measures Russia might take, saying only that “NATO’s movements will not remain without …

  • The Speaker of the Latvian Parliament said the presence of US troops in the region is 'the decisive factor of security'

    The permanent military presence of the United States troops in the Baltic countries is a critical factor in maintaining security in the region, as stated by the Speaker of the Latvian Saeima, Inara Murniece, during a meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress, Paul Ryan, in Washington, Delfi reported.

    “We highly appreciate the strengthening of the presence of NATO forces in the Baltic region by sending combat groups. But for us the constant military presence …

  • British battalion arrives at military base in Estonia

    A British battalion of NATO troops has arrived at a military base in the Estonian town of Tapa, a hundred kilometers from the Russian border, reports Russian service of BBC.

    As part of the strengthening of the "Russian" flank of NATO, 800 British and 200 French soldiers have been deployed in Tapa. This is one of four NATO battalions stationed in the Baltic countries and Poland.

    In speeches at the ceremony, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid as well as the Defense Ministers of Estonia and …

  • French troops will arrive in Estonia on Monday as a part of NATO mission

    On Monday, a contingent of 50 military servicemen from France will arrive in Estonia as a part of NATO mission, as reported by ERR news websites.

    Currently, there are more than 80 British military personnel located in Estonia, preparing in collaboration with their Estonian colleagues for the reception of the main part of NATO Forces from the Rapid Response team.

    On Friday, a contingent of 130 British military personnel arrived in the country. This is the first big group of personnel from the …

  • Spain to deploy 300 soldiers to Latvia as part of NATO mission

    Three hundred Spanish soldiers will be deployed to Latvia as part of NATO’s rotational battalion in the Baltic States, as stated by Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis.

    According to him, preparations for the Canadian-led battalion are currently under way, and a meeting will be held in Ottawa at the end of January to discuss the logistics of the deployment.

    "Spain will also join the battalion, sending a large group of soldiers in the amount of 300 people. In total, the battalion will …