Tag: NATO

NATO Military Buildup on Russia’s Doorstep: Bracing for War?

The 28-nation North Atlantic Alliance is actively facilitating the entry of the former Yugoslav republics, Georgia and Ukraine and is drawing Finland, Sweden and Moldavia into its orbit. It has also set up a cybersecurity center in Estonia and a strategic propaganda center in Latvia. In the latest such move, NATO military command redeployed around 70 US tanks to Romania. This is […]

NATO calls ‘extraordinary meeting’ after Turkey downs Russian jet

NATO allies will hold an “extraordinary” meeting Tuesday at Ankara’s request to discuss Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian border, an alliance official said.   “At the request of Turkey, the North Atlantic Council will hold an extraordinary meeting at (1600 GMT). The aim of this extraordinary NAC is for […]

America’s new, more ‘usable’, nuclear bomb in Europe

The $8 billion upgrade to the US B61 nuclear bomb has been widely condemned as an awful lot of money to spend on an obsolete weapon. As an old fashioned ‘dumb’ bomb it has no role in US or NATO nuclear doctrine, but the upgrade has gone ahead anyway, in large part as a result […]

US Ships to Stay Permanently in Eastern Mediterranean Sea

On October 30, an unnamed senior US defense official said that dozens of F-15C jets would join A-10 ground attack aircraft at the Incirlik Air Base in south Turkey. Earlier, around a dozen “tank killer” A-10s landed at Incirlik in mid-October. Although the Pentagon announced that the deployment is to ‘ensure the safety’ of America’s NATO allies, the move was seen by some […]

U.S. drawing a line against Putin in Europe

Often criticized for being naïve and complacent about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions, the Obama administration and its European allies are intensifying their planning and training for a potential conflict on NATO’s eastern flank, hoping to send the strongest possible message about Russian aggression.   Deterring Putin was a central theme at a conference here […]

‘Cross Out Socialism and Put in European Union And It Fits Like A Glove’

UKIP leader Nigel Farage took to the European Union’s (EU) Strasbourg Parliament today to lecture Eurocrats and europhile MEPs on how they are becoming increasingly dictatorial and authoritarian, blocking sovereign democracy across the continent for objecting to an Soviet-like EU.   Farage blasted the mainstream media for ignoring the story about Portugal’s president, as reported […]

As Russia reasserts itself, NATO opens biggest exercises in years

NATO and its allies opened their largest military exercise in more than a decade on Monday, choosing the central Mediterranean to showcase strengths that face threats from Russia’s growing military presence from the Baltics to Syria.   As planes flew over a gala ceremony for NATO’s military and political leaders at an air base in […]

NATO Chief Warns of Russian ‘Escalation’ in Syria

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday warned of a “troubling escalation” in Russian military activity in Syria, as defense ministers held talks on Moscow’s dramatically expanded air campaign.   Stoltenberg also said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was ready to deploy forces in key member Turkey if needed after Ankara complained about a series […]

Syria army in ‘vast offensive’ backed by Russian strikes

NATO head sees ‘troubling escalation’ of Russian activity as Moscow synchronizes moves with Syrian regime   Syria’s army announced Thursday a “vast offensive” to wrest back territory from armed opposition groups, as NATO voiced alarm at escalating Russian military activity in the war-torn country.   Moscow has dramatically stepped up its nine-day-old air war against […]

Russia has ‘substantial’ number of troops inside Syria, says Nato secretary-general

Russia has built up a “substantial” military presence including ground troops in Syria, according to the Nato secretary-general.   Jens Stoltenberg told journalists that Vladimir Putin’s forces have not mainly been targeting Isis, but other opposition groups.   “I will not go into any specific numbers but I can confirm that we have seen the […]