Contents tagged with troops

  • China mobilizes 100,000 troops to the North Korean border

    China has deployed an additional military force of 100,000 troops to the North Korean border. Growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula have led Chinese armed forces to raise their level of readiness, reported the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri, citing sources in China.

    According to Yomiuri, such enhanced precautions have been in effect since mid-April.

    A US Navy strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson is currently active near the Korean Peninsula. The US ship is conducting exercises together with …

  • Lithuanian President hopes for even more support from NATO and the U.S.

    Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė announced during the Munich Security Conference that her country expects even broader military assistance from the United States to further strengthen NATO's eastern flank. The President made the statement on Saturday, February 18 during a meeting of the leaders of the three Baltic States with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

    Grybauskaitė stressed at the end of the meeting, in an interview to Agence France-Presse (AFP), that it is important to bear in …

  • Russian threat prompted Sweden to deploy troops to Gotland Island

    The information about the growing threat posed by the Russian Federation was a crucial factor in the decision by Sweden to permanently deploy troops on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, Dagens Nyheter reported. According to newspaper, the Swedish authorities noted the growth of threat posed by Russia. However, information about the nature of this threat is classified as top secret.

    “Something happened in the general intelligence picture but our citizens don’t know what exactly has …

  • NATO to deploy rapid response forces to the Baltics in May

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization will deploy a new group of rapid response forces to the Baltic region in May 2017. The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee and Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Army, Petr Pavel, stated that some divisions will come to the site earlier than the main group. The statement was made following the results of the NATO Committee meeting in Split, Croatia, the Wall Street Journal notes.

    There, the military leadership of the Alliance discussed the terms …

  • Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs: NATO will deploy 10,000 servicemen to Poland in 2017

    During the NATO Summit the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Witold Waszczykowski, stated that up to 10,000 servicemen from NATO countries could be deployed in Poland next year.

    “If necessary, we will have 10,000 NATO servicemen on our territory, mostly American soldiers. 5,000 soldiers will be deployed in Szczecin. In addition, a missile defense base will be opened in Redzikowo. Those would be crucial changes in the security mechanism,” Waszczykowski said. The Polish Minister reiterated  …

  • Polish Defense Minister: Strengthening NATO’s eastern flank guarantees protection from Russia

    Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz stated in an interview with IAR news agency that "the strengthening of the eastern NATO flank guarantees the protection of Poland from aggressive Russian behavior," Polish Radio reports.

    Macierewicz emphasized that the deployment of NATO troops in Poland and the Baltic States will not be for the training purposes.

    "We are talking about army, structures and weapons of which will be enough to counter the aggressor," the Polish Defense Minister said. …

  • Canada to contribute troops for new NATO battalions in Eastern Europe

    Canada will take the lead role in the battalions’ creation, in order to support a program of deterrence and defense in Central and Eastern Europe, according to the government of Canada’s website.

    “As one of the four leading nations, Canada intends to create and lead the rotary multinational battle group of NATO, which will contribute to increasing the presence of NATO in Eastern and Central Europe, along with the United States, Britain and Germany,” stated the message.

    More information about …

  • Polish soldiers arrive in Estonia

    On Thursday, an infantry company from the Armed Forces of Poland arrived in Estonia, as reported by Postimees, citing a statement released by the headquarters of the Estonian Defense Forces.

    The 5th Company of the 7th Motorized Battalion of the 17th Motorized Infantry Brigade will stay in Estonia until July 31 to develop cooperation with Estonian soldiers and other allies in Estonia.

    The company, reinforced by armored personnel carriers, is made up of nearly 150 servicemen. Polish soldiers …

  • Russia to create military unit comprised of Ukrainian citizens

    In December, Russia started the process of creating the Third Army Corps, which is meant to be comprised of Ukrainian citizens

    The new corps is meant to be staffed entirely with Ukrainian citizens, as stated the Head of Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), Vasily Grytsak, during an interview with Ukrainian Channel 5.

    "As far as we know, in December 2015, the Russian Federation began to create the Third Army Corps which will be deployed on the territory of the Rostov region. The chief of this …

  • Taliban denies cooperation with Russia in fight against Islamic State

    Al Jazeera reported that the Taliban denies allegations that it is cooperating with Russia in the fight against the so-called Islamic State.

    “We can destroy the Islamic State without any help from anyone. We are having talks but not about the fight against the Islamic State. We want foreign forces out of our country, that is what we are talking about at the moment,” a Taliban representative stated.

    He also noted that the number of Islamic State fighters isn’t significant in Afghanistan and it …