Contents tagged with NATO

  • Russia and Belarus agree on need for joint response to missile defense system in Europe

    Russia and Belarus have agreed on a joint response to the deployment of NATO missile defense systems near their borders. This was said by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Vladimir Makei. DW reports that he made these statements after meeting with the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergey Lavrov.

    “Because we are a union state[with Russia], we have agreed that we will jointly develop adequate response measures,” Makei said.

    Moscow and Minsk are planning to work closely …

  • NATO exercises begin in Poland

    NATO’s Brilliant Jump 2016 exercises began in Poland on Tuesday, Radio Polsha reported. 1,500 soldiers of the Polish, Spanish, and British armed forces will participate in the ten-day exercise in Lubusz in western Poland.

    The maneuvers will take place under the Dutch Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum.

    Brilliant Jump will focus on quickly transporting personnel and military equipment to areas of potential threat, which will help Poland to develop its own immediate reaction forces.

    A similar …

  • Poland says NATO should not abide by its agreements with Russia

    NATO should not adhere to the agreement between Russia and NATO, believes the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Witold Waszczykowski.

    "This document is a political commitment; it is not legally binding,” said the head of the Polish Foreign Ministry in Tallinn at the Lennart Meri Conference. “I do not think that we should implement this treaty."

    He reminded that the treaty was signed in 1997, but the situation with Russia has changed since then. The promises were made by the NATO of that …

  • Estonian Defense Minister favors the deployment of NATO equipment near the borders of the country

    The Estonian daily newspaper Postimees reported that the Estonian Minister of Defense, Hannes Hanso, favored the deployment of NATO heavy military equipment near the country’s borders.

    “We want NATO heavy military equipment to be deployed closer to Estonia rather than a thousand miles away from it. For our part, in alliance with Latvia and Lithuania, we will do our best to ensure simplified transportation of the units across the state border and provision of weapons to our allies,” Hanso noted. …

  • US Deputy Defense Secretary: Putin's threats over missile defense shield are problematic

    As was stated by the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, Robert Work, the Pentagon is concerned about statements made by Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding threats against Russia due to the placement of U.S. ABM systems, The Wall Street Journal reports.

    “We would like to ask Russia to think about what they are saying, because we intend to cooperate with them wherever possible. However, such threats are highly problematic and of serious concern to us,” Work said.

    On the 13th of May, Work …

  • American reconnaissance plane approached the Russian-Baltic border

    A strategic reconnaissance plane RC-135V of the US Air force approached the coastal line of the Russian Kaliningrad region on Sunday, as reported by the Western aviation portals monitoring the routes of military aircraft.

    The reconnaissance jet with tail number 64-14844 and call sign ELGIN33 departed from the RAF Mildenhall airbase in the UK and is now on a NATO mission flight in the southern Baltic.

    According to Swedish aviation sites, a Russian Su-27 was scrambled from the Kaliningrad …

  • Polish Foreign Minister: We need to return to traditional methods to deal with Russia

    The Polish Foreign Minister, Witold Waszczykowski, stated that while addressing of international challenges it is necessary to refuse to cooperate with Russia and return to traditional methods of protecting NATO member countries, TASS reports.

    Waszczykowski believes that Russia’s actions raise the question of "no longer believing that it is possible to address international challenges with Russia.”

    Instead, he suggested a return to “strategic, geopolitical thinking; to normal, traditional …

  • Swedish Ministry of Defense: Russia’s actions in the Baltic are aggressive and provocative

    At a conference in Estonia, the Swedish Minister of Defense, Peter Hultqvist, said that Russia's actions in the Baltic are aggressive and provocative.

    “Recently we witnessed the unprofessional and dangerous behavior of Russian war planes over the Baltic Sea. They flew in a direct proximity over USS Donald Cook vessel,” he said.

    “There have also been other such incidents, and from our side we understand how it feels to be a victim of such provocative behavior” he added.

    “Irrespective of the …

  • Putin says new US missile defense installation in Romania violates Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    Russian President Vladimir Putin stated from his residence, Bocharov Ruchei, that the deployment of United States National Missile Defense systems in Romania violates the INF treaty.

    "It is a clear violation of arms treaties because launchers which will be deployed in Poland once the radar station is completed in Romania, can be used for the deployment of short and intermediate-range missiles," Putin said on Friday in Sochi at the end of a meeting on military issues.

    He noted that the re- …

  • Polish Minister of Defense: Russia has no understanding of the current world

    Russia does not understand the current world and the reasons behind Polish actions, as stated by Polish Minister of Defense Antoni Macierewicz in his speech at the ground breaking ceremony of a new US missile defense base in the North of Poland.

    "Russians don't understand the current world. They don't understand our actions" stated the Minister, Radio Poland reported.

    "And this is the  biggest problem with our neighbor . They don't understand that each country has the right to live in peace …