NATO plans biggest exercise since 2002 to counter Islamic State

NATO and its allies will hold their biggest military exercise in more than a decade from October, deploying 36,000 personnel across the Mediterranean to counter the threat of Islamic State on the alliance’s southern flank.   Briefly turning attention away from Russia, NATO commanders said on Wednesday the alliance would carry out some of its […]

Nato calls Russia’s plan to boost its nuclear arsenal ‘sabre-rattling’

Nato has accused the Russian government of “sabre-rattling” after President Vladmir Putin announced plans to add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) to its nuclear arsenal in 2015.   Mr Putin said the missiles will be able to “overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defence systems”, and that 70 per cent of […]

Putin Threatens as US Continues European Buildup

As the US appears to be shifting its policy and considering massive arms deployments to defend NATO allies in Eastern Europe from Russian aggression, Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to use force in response.   “We will be forced to aim our armed forces…at those territories from where the threat comes,” warned Putin on Tuesday […]

Kremlin officials say Russian nuclear buildup is forced by West

Russia’s addition of 40 long-range missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year doesn’t signal a new arms race or a threat to any country, Kremlin officials insisted Wednesday.   The expansion, part of a decade-long $500-billion modernization of Russian defense forces and weapons, has been forced on Moscow by aggressive moves by the North Atlantic […]

Moscow will respond to NATO approaching Russian borders ‘accordingly’

If NATO threatens Russia’s territories Moscow will respond to the threat accordingly, said President Vladimir Putin. This comes after he announced Russia’s strategic forces will be getting over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2015.   “If someone threatens our territories, it means that we will have to aim our armed forces accordingly at the […]

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. […]