Tag: NATO

NATO head says Russia’s Turkey air violations ‘not an accident’

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that Russian violations of Turkish airspace were “not an accident” after Turkey complained of two incursions by Moscow’s jets.   “For us, this does not look like an accident, it is a serious violation,” Stoltenberg told reporters at NATO headquarters in Brussels ahead of a meeting of the […]

US, NATO Leery of Russian Actions in Syria

U.S. suspicions about Russian activity in Syria are not confined to Syria’s borders. Officials in Washington are concerned the moves could be part of a broader strategy by Moscow to extend its influence, while at the same time acting as a counterbalance to the United States in the Middle East.   U.S. officials are investigating […]

Amid NATO Tension, Russian Army Held 79 Drills In August

Such large-scale military drills have become more common as tensions between Russia and NATO have increased after the country’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and its purported involvement in the conflict in Ukraine between pro-Russia separatists and the Ukrainian government that has killed at least 6,400 people.   Russia recently finished exercises with China that […]

Report: War Between Russia, NATO Almost Broke Out 66 Times in Past Year

“The situation is ripe with potential for either dangerous miscalculation or an accident that could trigger a worsening of the crisis or even a direct military confrontation,” stated the European Leadership Network.   This group of 14 people, which include “former Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanov, ex-German defense minister Volker Ruehe and colleagues from Britain, […]

Will NATO and Turkey act before IS reaches Europe?

Regarding Turkey: The Islamic State imports and exports products through Turkey. The exports are of oil, the group’s main revenue source. The imports are of fighters and volunteers lured from all over the world, through Turkey. In a move that’s nothing short of amazing, Turkey, a member of NATO, is openly assisting the sown enemy […]

Russia and Nato ‘actively preparing for war’

The report outlines how both Nato and Russia have primed their forces to respond to an escalation since the Ukraine crisis erupted in early 2014. The preparations include major military exercises by both Russia and Nato that appear designed exclusively to respond to one another’s capabilities and potential war plans. ”Whilst spokespeople may maintain that […]

NATO: We stand with Turkey against ‘terrorism’

NATO vowed strong support for Turkey’s fight against “terrorism” at an emergency meeting Tuesday called to discuss Ankara’s strikes against Islamic State fighters and Kurdish rebels.   The rare talks came as an uncompromising President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara could not continue its peace process with the Kurds amid fresh attacks on Turkish targets. […]

IS conflict: Nato discusses Turkey-Syria border crisis

Turkey was until recently a reluctant partner in the US coalition against IS, but over the past few days it has bombed IS and Kurdish positions. Turkey is also backing plans for a buffer zone on the border with Syria. Turkey’s prime minister said he expects his country’s allies to show solidarity and support for […]

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 […]