Contents tagged with NATO

  • Berlin confirms its plan to send German soldiers to Lithuania

    On April 29th, after a meeting with the Prime Minister of Latvia, Māris Kučinskis, the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, announced the involvement of the Bundeswehr in the policy of Russian containment along the eastern borders of NATO, Deutsche Welle reported.

    “I want to emphasize the fact that it is extremely important for us to operate within the NATO-Russia Agreement,” Merkel said. At the same time, she expressed her hope to intensify the dialogue between Russia and the Alliance.

    “We …

  • NATO to place four batallions on eastern border with Russia

    NATO is planning to transfer four battalions of 4,000 soldiers to the Alliance’s eastern border with Russia, the Wall Street Journal reported. The soldiers will be stationed primarily in Poland and the Baltic states.

    The US plans to contribute two battalions, while Germany and the UK will likely contribute one battalion each.

    According to US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, “The Russians have been doing a lot of snap exercises right up against the borders, with a lot of troops. From …

  • Georgia's Batumi port is preparing to receive US military equipment

    The US military and members of NATO have arrived in Georgia to familiarize themselves with the infrastructure capabilities of the Batumi sea port. American military equipment, to be used for large-scale joint military exercises, will be delivered through the port in May. This was reported by Sputnik with reference to the Georgian Ministry of Defense.

    “During the visit, we discussed military exercises scheduled for May, as well as using the Batumi port to import military equipment. Both sides …

  • Lavrov: Russia will take 'measures' if Sweden joins NATO

    According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Moscow will respect any decision on the issue of Sweden’s ascension to NATO, but will "take the necessary military-technical measures" if the Nordic country does join the Alliance. Lavrov stated this in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter on April 28th.

    “It’s every country’s right to decide what form its security should take, but you must understand that if military infrastructure approaches Russia's borders, we would of …

  • Shoygu: NATO-Russia council meeting has not brought optimism

    The meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) which took place on April 20th hasn't added any optimism in improving relations between Moscow and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, declared the Russian Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu.

    Speaking on Wednesday at the 5th Moscow Conference on International Security, Shoygu emphasized that Russia’s military cooperation with NATO and EU countries "is at a standstill, but not because of the Russians.” Shoygu also stated that the functioning …

  • Poland creates territorial defense forces for protection against Russian aggression

    The Minister of National Defense of Poland, Antoni Macierewicz, signed the documents necessary for the creation of territorial defense forces. The first units will be created in 2016 and will be placed in the east of the country. As he stated on April 25th, 18,000 people will be integrated into three brigades of territorial forces.

    It is expected that they will not have weapons and that their mission will be to assist in the implementation of security measures during public events, protection …

  • NATO jets intercepted Russian aircraft on three occasions last week

    NATO jets had to intercept Russian aircraft in the international zone over the Baltic Sea three times last week. This was stated in the weekly report of the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Lithuania.

    "During the week of April 18 to 24, 2016, NATO fighter jets in the Baltic States had to intercept Russian aircraft that were flying in the international zone over the Baltic Sea three times," the message stated.

    The first interception occurred on April 18, 2016, when a Russian …

  • Media: The US expects Germany to take a leading role in strengthening NATO’s eastern border

    The German newspaper Der Spiegel reported that the US expects greater participation from Germany in deterring Russian aggression in Europe. Washington insists that the Bundeswehr actively participate in the planned deployment of rotating NATO units on the eastern borders of the Alliance.

    The US expects Germany and the UK to deploy soldiers and military equipment to the Baltic States, Poland, and Romania, US President Barack Obama reportedly told the US National Security Council.

    Obama plans …

  • NATO is ready to strenghen its support for Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova

    The Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Alexander Vershbow, stated in an interview with BGNES that the Alliance is ready to strengthen its support for Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova.

    "It is essential to strengthen our work of stabilizing the neighboring region by strengthening the support of such countries in the east as Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, which are under pressure from Russia and need help to improve their security and sovereignty," Vershbow stated.

    The Deputy Secretary General also …

  • Obama calls for a resolution to the war in Ukraine

    During a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama called for a resolution to the war in Ukraine.

    “We have to continue to invest in NATO so that we can meet our overseas commitments, from Afghanistan to the Aegean.  We have to resolve the conflict in the Ukraine and reassure allies who are rightly concerned about Russian aggression,” the US President stated.

    Obama also stressed that all NATO member states need to work towards contributing more of …