• German politican: Strengthening of NATO presence in the Baltic should be short-term

    A few days before the summit of NATO countries in Warsaw, the German Co-Chair of the German-Russian Petersburg dialogue, Ronald Pofalla, stated that the planned strengthening of NATO troops in Poland and Baltic States should only be in the short-term, Korrespondent.net reported.

    “NATO could initially limit the term of strengthening of troops to one year. If ceasefire is observed in eastern Ukraine and a legally binding truce is established, the Alliance would be able to weaken the military …

  • MH17 investigation team to visit Moscow

    The investigation team dealing with the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash in the Donbas in July 2014 will arrive in Moscow soon, the head of Russia's delegation at OSCE PA, Nikolay Kovalev reported.

    He referred to the statement made by the head of the Dutch delegation at a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Tbilisi. "The international commission … is expected to arrive in Moscow in a week or two in order to establish direct contact with the Russian representatives, who are …

  • Russian MoD: NATO-Russia Council will take place right after NATO Summit

    Permanent representatives of the NATO-Russia Council will meet on July 13th, right after the Alliance's summit in Warsaw, reported the website of the Ministry of Defense of Russia.

    "Currently, the inclusion of the issue of safe flights over the Baltic Sea in the agenda of the Russia-NATO Council… is being worked out,” the statement said. It is also reported that Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu ordered a proposal prepared "about developing a system of confidence-building measures that …

  • Shoygu orders Russian aircraft to fly over the Baltic with transponders turned on

    The Head of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Sergey Shoygu, ordered that the Russian Air Force ensure air traffic security of its fighting aircraft over international waters. 

    “A number of relevant organizational and technical measures are being developed, including the Russian Air Force flying missions with their transponders activated,” the Russia Defense Ministry press and information office reports. Thus, flight control services in the Baltic States will be able to identify Russian …

  • Stoltenberg: Russia is an unpredictable danger

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia is an “unpredictable” danger because “it is ready to use force to change its borders.”

    Stoltenberg made these remarks during an interview with Bild, RBC-Ukraine reported.

    “We face unpredictable risks and complex issues, including Russia, which is ready to use force to change its borders,” the Secretary General said.

    He also stressed that NATO does need seek a confrontation with Russia.

    The Alliance’s summit will be held in Warsaw next …