• Lithuanian Defense Minister: Russia wants to sow discord in NATO with its proposal about flights over the Baltic

    According to Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas, Russia wants to sow discord among NATO states with its proposal for the safety of aircraft flying over the Baltic Sea, Postimees reported.

    "There an attempt [to apply] ‘divide and rule’ could be made,'' Olekas said.

    According to the Minister, the issue of flights of Russian aircraft with transponders turned on should be decided not on the bilateral level but on the international. "I think that their [proposals] should be discussed in …

  • The US may tighten sanctions on Russia

    If aggression against Ukraine escalates, sanctions against Russia will be tightened. American policy regarding the Crimea will not be reconsidered no matter who wins the presidential elections in the USA.  Such statements were made in Kyiv by a delegation from the US Congress.  

    The US Congress is ready to increase the price that the Kremlin will have to pay if aggression against Ukraine continues. Such a message has been brought to Kyiv by the Delegation of American legislators.  Although the …

  • Russian MoD: Russia and Armenia may soon establish joint military force

    Rossiyskaya Gazeta, commenting on the visit of Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu to Armenia, wrote that after the meeting of the Defense Ministers of Armenia and Russia in Yerevan, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said that Moscow and Yerevan may soon reach an agreement on the establishment of a group of joint military forces, Radio Azatutyun reported.

    The Press Secretary of the Armenian Ministry of Defense Artsrun Hovhannisyan said in an interview with Radio Libery that …

  • US Ambassador in Kiev: Ukraine will soon receive new military batch of military aid from the US

    US Ambassador in Kiev Geoffrey Pyatt stated that a fresh batch of military aid will arrive in Ukraine in the coming days, Radio Liberty reported.

    "And I'm very proud of what has been achieved – and our military exercise in Yavoriv, and modern equipment, over a thousand night vision devices. There will be new supplies in the coming days," the Ambassador said.

    While answering the question of whether or not the US will provide Ukraine with lethal weapons, such as the Javelin anti-tank missile …

  • Ukrainian Ministry of Defense: Russia sent portable flamethrowers to the Donbas

    A shipment of portable Bumblebee flamethrowers (RPO-A Shmel) and ammunition was delivered from Russia for the divisions of the Russian 100th separate motorized rifle brigade operating in the Donbas in the areas of Pesky and Marinka, as reported by the Chief Directorate of the Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on their Facebook page.

    According to the information provided by Ukrainian Intelligence, training sessions for the separatists on the operation of the flamethrowers have …

  • Turchynov proposes restoring missile shield in Ukraine

    Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov believes that Ukraine needs to rebuild its missile shield and continue developing military technical cooperation with NATO. He expressed this opinion in an article "National Security of Ukraine: Challenges and Priorities", published on Wednesday in the Holos Ukrayiny (Voice of Ukraine) parliamentary newspaper.

    "In general, during 2015 and the first half of 2016, strategic vision of developing the …

  • Media reported on construction of a fence on the border between Poland and Russia's Kaliningrad region

    A fence with barbed wire appeared on the border of Poland and Russia in the Kaliningrad region. Construction of the fence near the border of the Russian Federation has been going on for more than a month, Radio Poland reported.

    "We don't know why this fence is needed. Work has been underway for some time, but we don't know why the fence is being built and what its function is," an ensign of the Warmian - Masurian Border Guard Service, Anna Lusnia, said.

    The Polish radio station Radio ZET also …

  • Serbian President says he will not impose sanctions against Russia

    At a meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden in Belgrade, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić said his country would not impose sanctions against Russia, according to the website of the presidential administration of Serbia.

    “We cannot impose sanctions on Russia, if it implies compliance with foreign EU policy,” Nikolić said.

    “We are connected with Russia and the US, where numerous Serbian community resides,” he added.

    Nikolić also stated that although there is no “better option for the …

  • Russian Duma proposes using seized food products to feed the poor

    Anton Belyakov, a member of the Federation Council of Russia, has proposed that sanctioned food, which is set to be destroyed in Russia, be freely distributed to the needy. He introduced a corresponding bill to the State Duma.

    Medusa reported that the bill proposes that sanctioned food, which still complies with sanitary and epidemiological requirements, “should be given out, free of charge, in aid of socially important needs”. This is due to the fact that the number of poor people in Russia …

  • The Foreign Ministers of Finland and Sweden agree on the need for a common approach towards Russia

    The Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, and the Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Timo Soini, met in Stockholm and discussed, in particular, Russia's proposal to hold consultations on the security of the Baltic Sea region. According to the Ministers, the country was encouraged to follow a united approach regarding the Russian Federation, YLE reports.

    Soini was skeptical about holding the bilateral consultations with Russia regarding security issues in the Baltic Sea …