Contents tagged with NATO

  • Moscow says US-Georgian exercises are a 'provacative move'

    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 US military contingent begins its work in Lithuania

    New U.S. troops stationed in Rukla, Lithuania have begun their work, as reported by

    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 …

  • US tanks arrive in Georgia for joint military exercises

    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 …

  • Scaparrotti: NATO should provide Ukraine with weapons

    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 …

  • NATO to discuss establishing a rotational ground force in the Baltic States

    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 …

  • US Defense Department: NATO will protect its allies from Russian aggression

    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 …

  • Poroshenko awards Breedlove the Order of Yaroslav the Wise

    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 …

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense introduces new NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe

    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. …

  • NATO fighters intercepted Russian aircraft over the Baltic five times last week

    According to Postimees, NATO fighters had to accompany Russian military aircraft five times last week. The Russian planes were flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

    On the 26th of April, NATO fighters stationed in the Lithuanian city of Šiauliai were alerted to a Su-27 plane travelling from the Kaliningrad region of Russia. It is alleged that the plane was flying without submitting a flight plan, had its transponder switched off and did not maintain connection with the Mission …

  • Large-scale NATO exercises begin in Estonia

    The largest of NATO’s military exercises this year began on May 2nd in Estonia. According to the press service of the Estonian Defense Force Headquarters, 6,000 servicemen, including 1,500 from 10 countries that are strong allies and NATO partners, took part in a series of maneuvers code-named Kevadtorm 2016.

    Soldiers from Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, the USA, Sweden, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania are participating. Military exercises scheduled to last three weeks …