• Lavrov: US used Russian Zapad-2017 exercises as a pretext to deploy more troops to Poland and Baltics

    Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview for Belarusian television that the US and NATO fears over the Zapad-2017 military exercises were just a pretext for the deployment of troops in Poland and the Baltic States.

    According to Lavrov, "the West was not so much afraid but tried to use the exercises as an excuse to start hysteria."

    "Everyone who wanted to come to these exercises found that everything was transparent. But, amid the growing hysteria, our American colleagues …

  • Special secret units will be created in the Latvian army

    The National Armed Forces of Latvia carried out structural changes that envisage the creation of a directorate of special operations and special secret units, stated the commander of the Latvian Armed Forces Leonid Kalnins, Delfi reports.

    According to him, the structure of the army is outdated and does not meet the demands for developing the combat capability and defense of the country.

    The commander noted that the units of special operations are one of the cornerstones of national defense. …

  • Estonia and Latvia begin joint military exercises Hurricane 2017

    In Estonia, on Saaremaa Island and in Pärnu County, large-scale exercises named Orkaan-2017 (Hurricane-2017) organized by the voluntary paramilitary organization Kaitseliit (Estonian Defense League) are to begin soon.

    Over a thousand people from Estonia and Latvia will participate in the exercises, Interfax reports citing the press service of Kaitseliit.

    As the head of the Lääne County of the Defense League, Lieutenant Colonel Tõnu Mijl stated, "the exercise will also involve local government …

  • Kremlin: Russia preparing for military outcome of the situation with North Korea

    Russia is preparing for whatever military development with North Korea may soon arise, said the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, Nikolai Patrushev, RIA Novosti reports.

    In response to the question of whether Russia is preparing measures in case of a "military solution against the DPRK," Patrushev replied, "We are assessing it, preparing for it. It will not be a surprise to us."

    Answering a question about whether there is a threat to Russia in the situation with North Korea, the …

  • Turkey: US must take back weapons delivered to Kurds

    The Pentagon must immediately take the weapons and ammunition it sent to Syrian Kurds’ People’s Protection Units (YPG) for combating IS back to US arsenals, Turkish Presidential Press Secretary Ibrahim Kalin said.

    Last Friday, US President Donald Trump held telephone talks with his Turkish counterpart, Tayyip Erdogan. According to the White House, the American leader informed his colleague about adjustments under consideration regarding military support for America’s partners in Syria. …