Category Archives: NATO

Russia to Boost Military in Face of ‘Increased NATO Activity’

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday that the country needed to further develop its armed forces in the face of “increased NATO activity” on its borders. “The difficult military and political situation in the world and the increased activity of NATO countries near the Russian borders require further quality development of the armed forces,” Shoigu told officials in

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Polish PM calls for “concrete steps” from NATO amid Belarus border crisis

Poland, Lithuania and Latvia may ask for consultations under the alliance’s treaty NATO must take “concrete steps” to resolve the migrant crisis on the Belarus border. This was stated by Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Voice of America reports. According to him, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia may ask for consultations under the alliance’s treaty. “It is not enough just for

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Putin: Russia must build up defenses amid NATO’s military activities

1 November 2021 – AP – Fox News Putin met with military officials and arms makers in Sochi Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday emphasized the need to strengthen the country’s air defenses amid NATO’s military activities near Russia’s borders.  Speaking during a meeting with military officials and arms makers in the southern Russian city of Sochi, Putin specifically noted the deployment

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Illia Ponomarenko: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian

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Kuleba: We are not interested in Russia’s opinion on Ukraine’s accession to NATO

Russia does not have the right to discuss Ukraine’s future membership in NATO, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said. According to Ukrinform, he announced this on Twitter. “The worst-case scenario has already happened. Russia attacked Ukraine, occupied our lands and murdered our citizens. Therefore, we are not interested in Russia’s opinion on Ukraine’s accession to NATO. Russia does not

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Zapad-2021 showcased Russian weaponry – and disinformation

The Zapad (West)-2021 military exercise did not just put Russian weapons on display but also Russian disinformation and propaganda. It was the latest iteration in a series of military exercises by mainly Russian and Belarussian forces in Russia’s Western Military District that takes place every four years. Zapad-2021’s active phase, between 10 and 16 September, was preceded by seven months

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Russia could shut down its mission in NATO

The Alliance decided to reduce the staff twice Moscow considers closing its mission in the NATO, as the Alliance dedided to cut the size of the staff that works there. According to Kommersant, which cites its sources, “respective measures are now being approved on the inter-agency level. However, they will certainly concern the Military Mission for Connection of the NATO

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NATO Bars 8 Members of Russian Mission as Spies

NATO said on Wednesday it had stripped eight members of the Russian mission to the Alliance of their accreditation, calling them “undeclared Russian intelligence officers,” meaning spies. A NATO official giving the information said that “we can also confirm that we have reduced the number of positions which the Russian Federation can accredit to NATO to 10”, down from 20

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Lukashenko concerned about situation at Ukrainian border, NATO troops in Ukraine

MINSK, 27 September (BelTA) – Close attention should be paid to the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko gave the relevant instructions as he received a report on the situation at the state border on 27 September, BelTA has learned. Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Close attention should be paid to the Ukrainian section, to what we are going to do there.

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Proposals for an EU army re-emerge after Afghan pullout – but many remain ‘hard to convince’

European dismay over President Joe Biden’s precipitous withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan has renewed calls for an EU military force. But while proponents of “strategic autonomy” say the fall of Kabul should serve as a wake-up call, others do not see an existential threat and are content to remain as junior partners to US military might. European countries had

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Ukraine to provide Lithuania with barbed wire for construction of fence on border with Belarus

Ukraine will provide Lithuania with barbed wire for the construction of the fence on the border with Belarus, according to the decision made at a government meeting. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Ukraine has decided to provide Lithuania with “humanitarian aid” in the form of barbed wire due to the critical situation on the border with Belarus. According

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Grybauskaite may become NATO’s new secretary general – Politico

Ex-President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, ex-President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite or President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, whose mandate expires in August, may become the new NATO Secretary General in a year, Politico reports . According to the sources of the publication, it is being discussed that for the first time in the history of NATO, a woman should become its secretary general. At the same time, the headquarters

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The Seabreeze Military Exercises Are Stoking Tensions in the Black Sea

The Kremlin has vigorously condemned this year’s installment of Seabreeze as provocative muscle-flexing. by Mark Episkopos As the US-Ukrainian Seabreeze exercises enter their final stages, Russia’s military is staying on high alert. Russia’s Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday that Tu-22M3 bombers performed a “scheduled flight in the airspace over the neutral waters of the Black Sea.” The Defense Ministry’s statement

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Russia will not start a full-scale clash with NATO in the Black Sea – Kuleba

Russia is ready for an armed escalation in the Black Sea, in particular. Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said this in an interview with Liga.net. According to the Foreign Minister, Russia will avoid a full-scale clash with NATO because it has no chance of success. “Russia is definitely ready for an armed escalation. In particular in the Black Sea.

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Russia Wields S-400 Missile Systems in Response to U.S.-Led Black Sea Drills

Russia said Tuesday it has activated its S-400 missile systems in annexed Crimea as Ukraine and U.S.-led NATO launched a military exercise in the Black Sea. The Navy’s Black Sea Fleet said several of its S-400 batteries joined the Pantsir-S surface-to-air missile systems, as well as 20 warplanes and helicopters including Su-27 air-defense fighters, for training checks. “S-400 ‘Triumf’ and

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Sea Breeze military exercises with 32 countries in the Black Sea; Russia describes them as a “provocation”

A total of 32 countries began conducting military exercises in the Black Sea Monday, despite sharp criticism from Russia. The US and Ukraine are leading the “Sea Breeze” drills. They are scheduled to last for two weeks, according to the US military. Ukrainian navy commander Oleksiy Neizhpapa said during an opening ceremony in Odessa that the exercises would send a

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NATO drills in Ukraine provoke destabilization near Russia’s borders, says diplomat

The joint drills of Kiev and NATO serve as a provocation for endless destabilization along the Russian borders, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday on the Solovyev Live YouTube channel, APA reports citing TASS. Zakharova pointed out that NATO is holding seven drills in Ukraine this year. “We understand very well that these drills have two global

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Vladimir Putin Warns Ukraine That Joining NATO is Unacceptable

By Zoe Strozewski Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that it would be unacceptable to Russia if Ukraine joined NATO during an interview Wednesday with Russian state television. The longtime leader claimed that Ukraine’s admittance to the organization would give NATO access to missiles that need just seven minutes to reach Moscow and other points of interest in Russia, the Associated

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