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As was stated by the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, in his statement at the Warsaw public library, Russia has violated the basic principles of international law by annexing Crimea and deploying heavy weapons and thousands of soldiers along international borders, Radio Svoboda reports.
According to Blinken, such actions violate the premise that “the borders and territorial integrity of a state cannot be changed by force... that all members of the international community are …
The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Petr Pavel, invited the European NATO members to allocate up to 2% of their GDP (gross domestic product) for defense in order to reduce the U.S. influence that covers up to 75% of NATO’s expenses. According to the military man, today’s Europe faces two serious threats, Rosbalt reported.
The first threat is from the south and is posed by non-governmental formations and the rise of terrorism. The second threat is more dangerous. It is Russia with its …
Moscow sees the Noble Partner 2016 joint military exercises involving US and Georgian troops as "a provocative move aimed at the deliberate destabilization of the military-political situation in the South Caucasus." This was stated in commentary by the Department of Information and Press of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Grani reported.
The Foreign Ministry believes that Washington and its allies "indulge revanchist aspirations of Tbilisi".
The commentary referred to remarks made by …
New U.S. troops stationed in Rukla, Lithuania have begun their work, as reported by delfi.lt.
According to the news portal, the contingent consists of about 260 servicemen. The American troops will continue exercises through the end of June in Lithuania. U.S. ground troops in Lithuania and other Baltic States have been revolving since the spring of 2014.
Other allies have sent troops to Lithuania on an irregular basis; however the decision on whether to deploy a regular battalion consisting …
More than a dozen US M1A2 Abram tanks have arrived in Georgia to participate in the Noble Partner 2016 military exercises, Radio Svoboda reported.
The exercises involving American, Georgian, and British soldiers will begin on May 11th.
The Abrams tanks and Bradley M2 infantry fighting vehicles arrived in Vaziani, a suburb of Tbilisi, on Thursday, at a former Russian army base.
"Exercise Noble Partner is a bilateral effort focused on enhancing U.S. and Georgian NATO Response Force …
NATO's new Supreme Allied Commander, U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, plans to identify what weapons Ukraine needs to better protect itself.
Scaparrotti addressed the issue on Wednesday at a press conference at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium.
"I do believe that we should support the Ukrainians with what they need to successfully defend their territory and their sovereignty," Scaparrotti said.
"I'll take a look at that as the SACEUR [Supreme Allied …
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told journalists travelling with him to the U.S-European Command in Stuttgart on May 2nd that NATO is considering the possibility of establishing a rotational ground force in the Baltic States and Poland as a deterrent to Russian aggression.
According to Ashton Carter, there is a proposal to establish four rotational ground battalions consisting of 4,000 soldiers each.
These troops will be created in addition to the U.S. Armed Brigade comprised of 4,200 …
The Unites States Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, stated on May 3rd that NATO will protect its allies from Russia’s aggression and will uphold international order. In his statement during the introduction of a new NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Carter noted that if Russia ceases saber-rattling, NATO will work together with Russia in fighting global challenges in the security area.
“But it’s up to the Kremlin to decide. We don’t seek another Cold War with Russia, let alone open …
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has awarded General Philip Breedlove the Order of Yaroslav the Wise, fifth class, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
"For significant contribution to the development of Ukraine's relations with NATO, and defending the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, I decree: To award the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise V class to Philip Mark Breedlove- the Allied Forces Supreme Commander in Europe," Poroshenko's decree stated.
The Order of Prince …
The United States Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, introduced the newly appointed NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, General Curtis Scaparrotti. The event took place on the 3rd of May in Stuttgart where the U.S. European Command is based.
Curtis Scaparrotti replaced a four-star General in the Unites States Air Force, Philip Breedlove, who resigned his post. Scaparrotti advocated for the provision of weapons to Ukraine, in particular, man-portable anti-tank missiles such as the Javelin. …