• NATO fighters escorted Russian bombers flying near the airspace of five European countries

    Two Russian TU-160 bombers were intercepted by NATO fighter planes as they flew from Norway to northern Spain and back, BBC reports.

    Air Force fighter jets from Norway, Great Britain, France and Spain took into the air as Russian aircraft approached the borders of each country.

    The incident reportedly took place on September 22, but details only emerged recently, after a statement by the French Ministry of Defense, who called it an air policing mission.

    The statement states that Norway first …

  • During the 1970s, the Soviet KGB attempted to recruit Jens Stoltenberg

    Soviet intelligence once tried to recruit the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Jens Stoltenberg, to the Committee for the State Security of the Soviet Union, or the KGB. Stoltenberg wrote this in his autobiography, NRK reported. Stoltenberg explained that he had been in contact with employees of the Soviet Embassy since the late 1970s and repeatedly talked with Soviet Cultural Attaché Boris Kirillov.

    The Secretary General of NATO recalls how he met with the erudite …

  • Media: U.S experts have assessed the threat posed by Russia's Navy

    U.S. experts have identified systems from the arsenal of the Russian Navy that they believe pose the greatest threat. Izvestia daily reported the findings revealed by the Director of the Russia Maritime Studies Institute, Michael Peterson. According to him, the United States believes that Yasen-class submarines, Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates (also known as Project 22350) and Zircon and Kalibr cruise missiles to be the most dangerous.

    “Despite the challenges, which we have observed in …

  • Ukrainian military has more than 300,000 contracted servicemen

    "Today, 156,500 soldiers, 109,000 non-commissioned officers and 47,500 commissioned officers from the Armed Forces of Ukraine are doing military service under contract," stated the spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Lieutenant Colonel Dmytro Hutsulyak at a briefing on Tuesday, October 4.

    He stressed that the Ministry of Defense continues to increase the number of contracted soldiers and, accordingly, reduce the number of mobilized servicemen. Thus, more than 53,000 servicemen, …

  • Russian paratroopers to participate in military exercises in Egypt

    Russian paratroopers will be sent to Egypt during October to participate in the first joint exercises of its kind. This was reported on the Russian Defense Ministry’s website on the 4th of October.

    The ministry went on to report that marines with their weapons and equipment will be transported by IL-76 aircraft.

    The ministry had previously reported that the paratroopers of the two countries plan to conduct anti-terrorist exercises in October this year, and in particular, to train in desert …

  • Russia begins preliminary designs for a 5th generation submarine

    On the 4th of October, RIA Novosti reported that Russia has begun developing the preliminary design of a nuclear submarine of the fifth generation. This information was given by the Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuriy Borisov.

    “With regard to the newest submarines, the pilot project of a promising fifth-generation nuclear-powered submarine is currently under development. The results of this will serve as a basis for the decision on the date of the submarine’s creation,” Borisov said during …

  • US diplomats in Russia say surveillance of their actions has increased

    The incidence of American diplomats coming under surveillance in Russia has become considerably more frequent, said State Department spokesman, Elizabeth Trudeau, at a briefing in Washington. According to her, the Department is concerned about how the staff of U.S. diplomatic missions have been treated by Russian authorities over the past two years, the BBC reports.

    In addition, reporters asked her to comment on the statement by Radio Liberty that last year, paralyzing drugs were poured into …

  • Ukraine to receive 200 million euro loan from European Investment Bank

    The European Investment Bank will provide a EUR 200 million loan to finance public transport in 20 municipalities of Ukraine. According to the statement made by the bank, a decision regarding the allocation of funds was made by the board of directors on September 23.

    The total cost of the project is estimated at EUR 400 million. The project aims to increase the frequency and regularity of public transport in Ukrainian cities.

    The funds will be also used to reduce harmful emissions by …

  • Russian Embassy in Damascus attacked with mortars

    The Russian Embassy in Damascus has been shelled by mortars. This was reported on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 4th of October.

    According to the ministry, one of the mines exploded near a residential complex on the territory of the embassy. Two more mines exploded near the embassy. No one was hurt in the explosions. The ministry did however state that the embassy’s building sustained some damage.

    The shelling was reportedly conducted from the suburb of Jobar in …

  • Pentagon: Russian S-300 air defense systems in Syria pose a danger to US aircraft

    The deployment of Russian S-300 air defense systems in Syria can be a danger to U.S. military aircraft, depending on the use of these weapons, Defense Ministry spokesman, Peter Cook, said at a briefing in Washington.

    According to the Pentagon’s representative, the U.S. military does not know why Moscow sent an anti-aircraft missile system to the Arab Republic, The Washington Post writes. Russia initially cited the fight against extremism as its purpose, however neither the Islamic State nor …