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Russia Test Fires Six New Air-Launched Cruise Missiles | Washington Free Beacon

Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, said the recent testing of Russia’s newest air-launched cruise missile is part of a pattern of nuclear saber rattling by Moscow.

The nuclear missile test firings followed a large-scale nuclear forces exercise in May that Haney said was a cause for concern in light of Ukraine.

“In light of increasing tensions, Russia has also been busy exercising and demonstrating its strategic capabilities, reaping the benefits of decades of modernization,” Haney said during a defense industry breakfast June 18.

“Additionally, we have seen significant Russian strategic aircraft deployments in the vicinity of places like Japan, Korea and even our West Coast,” Haney said. “Russia continues to modernize its strategic capabilities across all legs of its triad, and open source [reporting] has recently cited the sea trials of its latest [missile submarine], testing of its newest air launch cruise missile and modernization of its intercontinental ballistic force to include its mobile capability in that area.”

A former Pentagon official said the new missile was likely an air-launched cruise missile designated KH-101 or KH-102. The Kh-101 is armed with a conventional warhead and the Kh-102 is a strategic nuclear delivery vehicle.

Russia Test Fires Six New Air-Launched Cruise Missiles | Washington Free Beacon

If you aren’t worried about these developments then you aren’t paying attention.

Rebels beg Russia for help as fighting rages – Yahoo News

Intense fighting raged Thursday in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia insurgents said they were losing the battle with government forces and begged the Kremlin for military help.

NATO’s chief, meanwhile, accused Russia of resuming a military buildup along the border designed to intimidate Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been under pressure from nationalists at home who have demanded that he send troops into eastern Ukraine to help the rebels. But Putin has stonewalled insurgents’ pleas to join Russia and welcomed a peace plan and proposed cease-fire put forward by new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Rebels beg Russia for help as fighting rages – Yahoo News

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NATO says images raise suspicions that Russia moved tanks into Ukraine – Yahoo News

NATO released satellite pictures on Saturday that it said raised suspicions about Russia’s role in moving military equipment into eastern Ukraine, where scores of people have been killed in fighting between government forces and pro-Moscow separatists.

NATO said the images showed Russian tanks arrived at a staging area close to the Ukraine border days before similar tanks appeared this week in areas of eastern Ukraine under separatist control, but where they came from is in dispute

NATO says images raise suspicions that Russia moved tanks into Ukraine – Yahoo News

Russia and China Are Executing a Plan We Ignore at Our Peril

That particular sentiment changed overnight as Russian forces capitalized on temporary political instability in Ukraine, citing oppression against ethnic Russians as the justification for getting involved. By way of subversion and plain-clothed operatives, Crimea was destabilized, and on the night of March 18th 2014, Putin announced the annexation of Crimea. Crimea gives Russia increased control of the Black Sea. For Putin, its seizure is a major regional victory. Russian operatives and troops continue to spread into Eastern Ukraine, threatening to annex the third largest city in the former Soviet satellite, Odessa. Save outside intervention, it is likely all of Eastern Ukraine will fall into Russia’s hands before the end of the year, and the rest of the nation may follow.

Like Hitler entering the demilitarized Rhineland, Putin took a major risk entering Ukraine. And again like Hitler taking the Rhineland, Putin was met with no real opposition from the international community, just diplomatic notes and words of chastisement of little value to the Russian Prime Minister. But many took note when the day after Putin announced the annexation of Crimea, the Russian leader voiced concerns over the treatment of the Russian population in Estonia, foreshadowing the next potential next target in his grab for power.

Russia and China want their way with Europe and Asia in the coming decades, so the two countries are beginning the process of checking U.S. power before we ever realize we may need to exercise it. …

Articles: Russia and China Are Executing a Plan We Ignore at Our Peril

Russia starts military drills simultaneously with NATO maneuvers | The Voice of Russia

Russia has started military exercises of the Baltic Fleet, Airborne Troops and Air Force in the Kaliningrad Region, Russia’s exclave on the Baltic Sea coast, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

The maneuvers are being held under the command of the Western Military District troops commander.

“The drills are taking place simultaneously with the international drills Saber Strike 2014 and BALTOPS 2014 that kicked off in Europe,” the ministry told Itar-Tass.

“The number the Russian Defense Ministry’s troops and equipment involved is equatable with the number of personnel, armaments and military hardware employed in border exercises being conducted by NATO countries,” it said.

Russia starts military drills simultaneously with NATO maneuvers | The Voice of Russia

Russia Would React to NATO Build-up Near Borders – Minister

Russia would consider any further expansion of NATO forces near its borders a “demonstration of hostile intentions” and would take political and military measures to ensure its own security, a senior diplomat was quoted on Monday as saying.

The comments come amid a deep crisis between Russia and the West over Ukraine and days after U.S. President Barack Obama offered increased military support for eastern European NATO members to ease their concerns over Moscow.

“We cannot see such a build-up of the alliance’s military power near the border with Russia as anything else but a demonstration of hostile intentions,” Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov told Interfax in an interview.

Russia Would React to NATO Build-up Near Borders – Minister

Russian saber-rattling has Eastern Europe craving NATO protection – Los Angeles Times

In 2009, NATO didn’t even have a contingency plan for the defense of Estonia, Daalder (president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs) said. (It does now.)

But the Estonians and their neighbors are nervous enough that they want something more: Western troops stationed permanently on their soil. Currently, modest numbers of NATO forces, mostly air and naval units, rotate in and out of the region, but only on a short-term basis.

Establishing a large and permanent NATO troop presence next door to Russia is still unlikely, if only because no country is eager to bear the cost. But here are three ways a stronger Western presence in Eastern Europe could be made more reassuring at a reasonable price.

First, longer deployments could be instituted, even if they’re not quite permanent. “Just say the troops will be there as long as the situation requires,” Daalder suggested. “Until Russia pulls out of Crimea, for example.”

Russian saber-rattling has Eastern Europe craving NATO protection – Los Angeles Times

“Just say the troops will be there as long as the situation requires,”

That’s some real strategic thinking. The West has a big, long-term problem in Russia, and it comes up with this kind of nonsense.

Quick, ask the Germans who they like better: the US or Russia. They can’t answer, can they? They know they should answer US, but they actually like Russia better. That suggests NATO is a joke.

NATO Commander: Alliance Must Reconsider Russia Relationship

NATO’s military commander says the alliance must reconsider its force positioning and readiness because of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove says that for more than a decade the United States and its allies have viewed Russia as a partner.

“And NATO has taken decisions in force structure, force readiness and force positioning based on that, that Russia would be a partner. Right now, Russia is acting like anything but a partner,” he said. “So we will need to revisit those decisions.”

In recent months, he says, NATO saw Russia mass troops along the border of Ukraine and forcibly annex Crimea. That means the alliance will have to adapt.

NATO Commander: Alliance Must Reconsider Russia Relationship

NATO should have recognized there was a big problem 10 years ago. Now it just might be too late.

NATO bolsters the Baltics against Russia | GlobalPost

“A year ago, if I were asked ‘is Russia a threat to Latvia?’ I would have said militarily no, although politically and economically they are always trying to influence us,” says Latvian lawmaker Ojars Kalnins, who chairs his parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. “This year, because of Ukraine, suddenly we realize that they could be a military threat.”

That fear has prompted NATO to move forces east to protect the three Baltic nations that joined the Western military alliance in 2007, along with other countries from the former Soviet Bloc.

Thousands of allied troops have been holding exercises in the region, NATO warships are stepping up patrols in the Baltic Sea and fighter jets have intensified air policing.

NATO bolsters the Baltics against Russia | GlobalPost

Putin Forever? Russian President’s Ratings Skyrocket Over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin is enjoying almost unprecedented job-approval ratings in his country.

And the only reason for this popularity surge, sociologists say, is Russia’s tough stance on Ukraine.

“A fierce anti-Ukrainian campaign was launched,” says leading sociologist Lev Gudkov, the head of Russia’s independent Levada polling center. “Authorities have used the language of war, the language of the ‘fight against fascism,’ of mass consolidation and unification.”

Despite Western anger at Russia’s role in fomenting separatist unrest in Ukraine – including its dramatic annexation of Crimea — Moscow’s crusade against what it portrays as a neo-Nazi threat emanating from Kyiv is paying off at home.

Putin Forever? Russian President’s Ratings Skyrocket Over Ukraine