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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]
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, [...]