• Russia and the US blame each other for incident in the Mediterranean Sea

    The American and Russia navies have accused each other of performing unsafe maneuvers in the Mediterranean Sea. The incident involved the USS Gravely and a Russian Neustrashimyy-class frigate, the Yaroslav Mudry, Reuters reported.

    The Russian Ministry of Defense said that the commander and crew of the USS Gravely were in “gross violation” of international maritime agreements. The MoD stated that the USS Gravely approached the Yaroslav Mudry at a distance of 60-70 meters on the port side and …

  • Japan intercepts Russian planes near its borders

    Japanese military jest were scrambled to intercept two Russian Navy anti-submarine IL-38 planes off the Japanese Pacific coast. The incident was reported by the Command of the Self-Defense Force of Japan.

    The Russian planes approached the Japanese coast from the direction of Sakhalin Island, flew over the southern coast of the Kuril islands, then they made a detour to the east of the Japanese island of Honshu and followed the same route back. The incident took place on June 27.

    The Ilyushin …

  • Ex-president of Latvia: There are forces in the EU that want to lift sanctions on Russia

    There are forces in Europe that wish to lift the sanctions against Russia and continue trading with the country, according to the former President of Latvia, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga.

    Replying to the question of whether the UK exit from the European Union could affect the sanctions against Russia, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga noted that the sanctions in themselves have always been “a weapon of despair,” delfi.lv wrote.

    “The European Union acknowledged the need for sanctions and extended the term for …

  • Georgian Defense Ministry: NATO cannot ensure security in the Black Sea without the aid of Georgia

    The issue of the Black Sea’s security, which is being considered by NATO, cannot be successful without Georgia,a as expressed by the republic's Defense Minister, Tinatin Khidasheli, Interfax reports.

    "Today, NATO is actively working on the Black Sea security issue, and Georgia is participating in it. Any decision that will be adopted at the [NATO] summit in Warsaw will be made with Georgia. No matter whether Georgia is a member of NATO or not, this is the direction and challenge; we have …

  • Turkish PM: We will not pay Russia for the downed Su-24 bomber

    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said that Turkey will not pay Russia for the Su-24 bomber that was shot down over the Turkish-Syrian border in November of last year, Rosbalt reported.

    According to Yıldırım, Ankara has only expressed its regret over the incident and has not agreed to pay compensation.

    On Monday, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan apologized to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the downing of the frontline bomber. …