Commander of Long-Range Air Force on the Tu-160 Flights in the Caribbean Sea

December 14, 2018 (Google Translation) – Commander of Long-Range Air Force Lieutenant General Sergey Kobylash reported by video conference to Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces Colonel General Sergei Surovikin on the implementation of the flights of two Tu-160 strategic bombers in the air space over the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea using the Maiquetía airfield of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. He noted that two Tu-160 aircraft of the Long-Range Aviation command had conducted a transatlantic non-stop flight from the Olenya airfield to the airfield of Maiquetía of…

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Indra Navy 2018 Russian-Indian Naval Exercise Practices VBSS

December 14, 2018 (Google Translation) – The sea phase of the Indra Navy 2018 bilateral Russian-Indian naval exercise with the participation the PF flagship Guards Order of Nakhimov missile cruiser Varyag, the major ASW ship Admiral Panteleyev and the large ship tanker Boris Butoma of the Pacific Fleet and 6 warships and vessels of the Indian Navy continues today in the Bay of Bengal near the Indian port of Visakhapatnam. In the first half of the day, practical training was conducted as part of the inspection operation, where the servicemen…

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NATO Foreign Ministers agree Russia is in violation of INF Treaty

December 4, 2018 – NATO members have concluded that Russia has developed and fielded a new missile system in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a key arms control agreement which has been crucial in upholding NATO’s security for over 30 years. At a meeting on Tuesday (4 December 2018) NATO Foreign Ministers called on Russia to urgently return to full and verifiable compliance, saying: “it is now up to Russia to preserve the INF Treaty.” Allies expressed firm commitment to preserving effective international arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation.

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North Atlantic Council statement on developments near the Sea of Azov

November 27, 2018 – In view of Russia’s use of military force against Ukraine near the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, ‎NATO Allies call on Russia to ensure unhindered access to Ukrainian ports and allow freedom of navigation. There is no justification for Russia’s use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel. We call on Russia to release the Ukrainian sailors and ships it seized, without delay. We call for calm and restraint. We reiterate our full support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its…

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North Atlantic Council statement on developments near the Sea of Azov

November 27, 2018 – In view of Russia’s use of military force against Ukraine near the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, ‎NATO Allies call on Russia to ensure unhindered access to Ukrainian ports and allow freedom of navigation. There is no justification for Russia’s use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel. We call on Russia to release the Ukrainian sailors and ships it seized, without delay. We call for calm and restraint. We reiterate our full support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its…

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UK Defence Secretary Announces New Defence Arctic Strategy

September 30, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today announced a new Defence Arctic Strategy, acknowledging the increasing opportunities and threats the region presents. The strategy will enhance the Ministry of Defence’s focus on the Arctic, underlined by our current commitments in the region and future deployments. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, Russia, with more submarines operating under the ice and ambitions to build over 100 facilities in the Arctic, are staking a claim and militarising the region. We must be ready to deal with all threats as they…

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BRP Tarlac Visits Vladivostok

October 1, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today in Vladivostok, with the first business trip in history, the landing ship-dock (DVKD) “Tarlac” of the Navy of the Philippines arrived. The mooring of the ship at the main pier of the Pacific Fleet in the Golden Horn Bay was provided by tugs of a detachment of ships providing the main naval base. On behalf of the Pacific Fleet Command, Filipino sailors were welcomed by the temporary commander of the combination of surface ships of the fleet, Captain 1st Rank Dmitry Pashenyuk. By…

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JMSDF on Trends of Russian Navy Vessels

September 3, 2018 (Google Translation) – From Wednesday, August 29 (Wednesday) around 2 AM to August 30 (Thursday) around 8 AM, “Makiri” belonging to the SDF No. 15 escort group (Otomine) and belonging to the second air group “P-3C” (Hachinohe) confirmed the following 14 Russian Navy ships. [smartslider3 slider=85] (1) From around 2 o’clock on August 29 (Wednesday) to around 3:30 in the morning, about northwest of Rebun Island One Steregsichy class frigate eastward traveling 110 km waters, Gresha Two Class V mini frigates, six Tarantul Class III missile escort…

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Japan Intercepts Russian Aircraft

September 3, 2018 (Google Translation) – Integrated staff coordinator About the flight of Russian aircraft in the Japan Sea and the Pacific Ocean I will inform you about the subject as follows. Record 1st date September 1, Heisei 30 (Sat) 2 Nationality Two Russian TU-142 patrol aircraft Russia SU-24 tactical reconnaissance aircraft 1 machine 3 Outline of action As shown in the attached sheet. 4 Response of the SDF We responded by making emergency fighter aircraft. Attachment Behavior summary : SU-24 × 1 : TU-142 × 2 Target machine (TU –…

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Russia’s Harassment of International Shipping Transiting the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov

August 30, 2018 – The United States condemns Russia’s harassment of international shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. Russia has delayed hundreds of commercial vessels since April and in recent weeks has stopped at least 16 commercial ships attempting to reach Ukrainian ports. Russia’s actions to impede maritime transit are further examples of its ongoing campaign to undermine and destabilize Ukraine, as well as its disregard for international norms. The United States supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, extending to its…

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NATO-Russia Council meets in Brussels

The NATO-Russia Council met at Ambassadorial level in Brussels on Thursday (31 May 2018). The NATO-Russia Council had an open exchange on several topics, including the situation in and around Ukraine, issues related to military activities, transparency and risk reduction, as well as asymmetric techniques as aspects of doctrine and strategy. NATO and Russia both briefed on major upcoming exercises. NATO’s approach to Russia is consistent. Practical cooperation was suspended in 2014 due to Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine. At the same time, channels for political dialogue are open and…

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Statement by the NATO Secretary General on MH17 investigation

The Netherlands and Australia have announced that they hold Russia responsible for its part in the downing of flight MH17 on 17 July 2014. I call on Russia to accept responsibility and fully cooperate with all efforts to establish accountability, in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166. Yesterday’s interim report of the ‎Joint Investigation Team on the downing of MH17 concluded that the missile launcher used to shoot down the plane originated from the 53rd Anti-aircraft Brigade of the Russian Federation, stationed in Kursk. The downing of MH17…

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IMO approves U.S.-Russian proposal for Bering Strait routing measures

The International Maritime Organization approved the Bering Strait and Bering Sea ship routing measures proposed by the United States and Russian Federation. Taking effect Dec. 1, 2018, the six two-way routes and six precautionary areas are the first internationally recognized ship routing measures the IMO has approved for polar waters. In November 2017, the U.S. and Russia proposed a system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea in response to increased shipping traffic there. “We have observed a steady increase in Arctic shipping…

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The Black Sea region: a critical intersection

What is happening in and around the Black Sea and how does it affect NATO? The Black Sea region is of crucial significance for Europe, being a major crossroads and critical intersection of east-west and south-north corridors. Many experts believe that whoever controls or dominates the Black Sea can easily project power to the European continent, mainly in the Balkans and Central Europe, but also in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as the South Caucasus and the northern Middle East. Russian special forces troops in unmarked uniforms stand guard at…

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Northern Fleet SAR forces take part in Barents 2018 Russia-Norway exercise

Northern Fleet search-and-rescue forces are ready for the Barents 2018 Russia-Norway exercise. The exercise involves Nikolay Chiker rescue tug, Il-38 ASW aircraft, Ka-27PS, and Ilya Muromets multifunctional icebreaker. The Barents is the only annual Russia-Norway exercise held in the Arctic region. It is held in accordance with intergovernmental agreement signed by Russia and Norway in October 4, 1995.

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