General Says Terrorists In ‘Daily’ Refugee Flow To Europe

Violent extremists, criminals and foreign fighters are part of the daily refugee flow into Europe, the top NATO commander in Europe told lawmakers, “masking the movement” of these dangerous elements and heightening the potential for an attack.   In testimony Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said the […]

NATO urges Russia, Turkey to deescalate tensions

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has urged Russia and Turkey to deescalate tensions in bilateral relations, the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the South Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai told reporters in Baku Feb.16.   The secretary general has more than once said that he would like to see a discussion, which would […]

Medvedev speaks of ‘new Cold War’ as violence escalates in eastern Ukraine

Violence in eastern Ukraine is intensifying and Russian-backed rebels have moved heavy weaponry back to the front line, international monitors warned on Saturday (13 February) as Moscow responded by accusing the West of dragging the world back 50 years.   Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described East-West relations as having “fallen into a new Cold […]

US says NATO may join anti-ISIS coalition

NATO is considering joining the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists in Syria and Iraq, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday.   “Thanks to the leadership of NATO (head) Jens Stoltenberg we are exploring the possibility of NATO joining the coalition as a member itself,” Carter said after a meeting of the coalition in Brussels to discuss increasing their contributions to […]

NATO is beefing up the defenses of its frontline states against Russia

NATO defense ministers on Wednesday approved a new multinational force to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance’s secretary-general announced.   The announcement comes less than a month after the defense think tank RAND Corp. found that with current NATO forces, Moscow would be able to conquer the […]

US spy chief: US and Russia could spiral into new Cold War

Russia is “paranoid” about being challenged by NATO and its efforts to rival American power could push it into a new Cold War, the head of US intelligence said Tuesday.   “They’re greatly concerned about being contained,” the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.   Clapper said that Russia […]

Germany and Turkey to take refugee crisis to Nato

Germany and Turkey have pledged to boost cooperation over the handling of the refugee crisis during Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Ankara visit. Both the countries pledged to secure Nato’s involvement in dealing with the growing influx of refugees in Europe.   Speaking at a joint press conference with the German chancellor, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu […]

Russian submarine activity in Atlantic highest since Cold War

Russia has quietly but significantly increased its submarine presence throughout the North Atlantic, leading to a return of Cold War levels of tension.   NATO Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, speaking to IHS Jane’s 360, said that Russian increase has once again made the North Atlantic a primary area “of concern” to the military alliance.   Additionally, […]

U.S. Fortifying Europe’s East to Deter Putin

WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to substantially increase the deployment of heavy weapons, armored vehicles and other equipment to NATO countries in Central and Eastern Europe, a move that administration officials said was aimed at deterring Russia from further aggression in the region.   The White House plans to pay for the additional weapons and […]

Russia will strengthen military in response to NATO

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will form four new military divisions this year to strengthen its western and central regions in response to the increase in NATO drills, Russian news agencies cited a senior defense ministry officials as saying.   “Formation of these divisions is a measure to respond to the increase in intensity of exercises […]