US to store heavy weapons in Poland under Nato plan

Tomasz Siemoniak said he had discussed such US military deployments last month with US Defence Secretary Ash Carter. The US military has been conducting massive drills with Nato allies in Eastern Europe amid regional alarm over Russia’s role in the Ukraine conflict. The three Baltic states also plan to store US heavy weapons, officials say. […]

US and Poland in talks over weapons deployment in eastern Europe

The US and Poland are discussing the deployment of American heavy weapons in eastern Europe in response to Russian expansionism and sabre-rattling in the region in what represents a radical break with post-cold war military planning.   The Polish defence ministry said on Sunday that Washington and Warsaw were in negotiations about the permanent stationing […]

Putin intends to undermine NATO

“We have the conventional threat posed by Russia’s conventional forces,” the Pentagon chief said.   “[Putin and Russia] have demonstrated some capabilities with long-range aviation and with their nuclear forces that are clearly intended to signal the nations in Europe and us of their willingness to consider all the instruments of military power,” Dempsey said. […]

Russia Voices Concerns Over U.S.-Led NATO Ballistic Missile Interception Drills In Atlantic

The Russian Defense Ministry has expressed concerns over a planned U.S.-led NATO sea exercise in the Atlantic that it says will simulate the interception of Russian ballistic missiles. Known as the At Sea Demonstration-2015, the exercise planned for this fall will involve Norway, the U.K., Italy, Canada, the Netherlands and France.   “The drills will be conducted […]

NATO chief reacts to Russian surprise military exercises

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told CBS News he does not see any immediate threat against any of the 28 nations that make up the largest peacetime alliance in the world, despite Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine and unannounced military exercises near member states’ airspace.   “We urge Russia not to…do these kinds of snap exercises. […]

E.U. Agrees to Naval Intervention on Migrant Smugglers

European foreign and defense ministers agreed on Monday to use naval forces to intercept and disrupt ships used by smugglers of migrants from North Africa, a far more assertive attempt to combat the swelling migration crisis that has led to thousands of deaths at sea.   The aim of the program is to stop smugglers […]

Nato kicks out Russian spies but revives Kremlin hotline amid Ukraine tensions

“It’s important to have contacts military to military in a normal situation so that if something not normal happens, you’re able to clarify misunderstandings, to avoid situations out of control,” said Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister. “We’re going through the internal procedures to make sure that they’re functioning 24/7. They’re working and we’re making […]

NATO military exercises aim to send message of resolve to Russia

NATO countries are staging massive air, land and sea exercises across Russia’s northern borders this month in response to warnings from the Kremlin and strategic analysts that President Vladimir Putin’s threats to use nuclear weapons are more than bluster.   The exercises in Estonia, Lithuania and Norway involve more than 21,000 troops and state-of-the-art military […]

Eastern European civilians undergo military training amid Russia threat

NATO aircraft scream across eastern European skies and American armored vehicles rumble near the border with Russia on a mission to reassure citizens that they’re safe from Russian aggression.   But these days, ordinary people aren’t taking any chances.   In Poland, doctors, shopkeepers, lawmakers and others are heeding a call to receive military training […]

Obama Snubs NATO Chief as Crisis Rages

President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and won’t see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days.  Stoltenberg’s office requested a meeting with Obama well in advance of the visit, but never heard anything from the White House, two sources […]