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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Foreign Ministers Setting Stage for NATO Summit, Secretary General Says

By Jim Garamone NATO foreign ministers are dealing with issues of Russia, Afghanistan and the Middle East during their meeting in Brussels this week, alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said April 26th. The meeting is also helping to set up the NATO summit, scheduled to take place in Brussels in July, the secretary general said. The foreign ministers will begin the week with discussions on Russia, Stoltenberg said. Russia’s actions in Georgia, its annexation of Crimea and continuing interference in Ukraine, cyberattacks, and disinformation campaigns concern NATO and has caused…

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Mattis, Dunford Detail Attacks on Syrian Chemical Arsenal

By Jim Garamone U.S., British and French air and naval forces launched attacks against the Syrian government’s chemical weapon arsenal in retaliation for the use of such weapons on civilians, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Pentagon news conference tonight. “As the world knows, the Syrian people have suffered terribly under the prolonged brutality of the Assad regime,” the secretary said. “On April 7, the regime decided to again defy the norms of civilized…

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Over 40 warships to take part in Russia’s naval parade in 2018

Google Translation from TASS Over 40 warships, including 18 most advanced surface combatants, and also 25 aircraft and helicopters will be involved in the Main Naval Parade in St. Petersburg this year, Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday. “This year, we plan to involve 41 warships, including 18 most advanced combat ships. One of them is the small missile ship Uragan whose construction was completed in 2018. Also, 25 aircraft and over 4,000 servicemen will be involved in the event,” the defense minister told the ministry’s…

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Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior

On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury to three people, including a police officer. In response to this outrageous violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and breach of international law, today the United States will expel 48 Russian officials serving at Russia’s bilateral mission to the United States. We will also require the Russian government to close…

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U.S., Russia propose Bering Strait ship traffic routing measures

In response to increased Arctic shipping traffic, the United States and Russian Federation have proposed a system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea. To view or download the routes, click here. The nations jointly developed and submitted the proposal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to establish six two-way routes and six precautionary areas. Located in U.S. and Russian Federation territorial waters off the coasts of Alaska and the Chukotskiy Peninsula, the routes are being recommended to help ships avoid the numerous…

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Baltic Fleet Shipborne Helicopters Make Over 200 landings in 2017

In 2017, the Ka-27 helicopters of the Baltic Fleet Naval Air Force have carried out more than 200 landings on the decks of different-type carriers. More than a third of them have been made in the dark conditions. In total, Ka-27 crews have spent more than 1,500 hours in the air, exceeding the year flight plan by 10 %. In the Baltic Sea waters, the Ka-27 helicopters have participated in tests of the newest ships built for the Russian Navy. In 2018, Ka-27 ship-based helicopters are to take part in…

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Admiral Pantileyev holds drills with Cambodian Navy

On 12 November, the Pacific Fleet’s ship detachment made up of the destroyer Admiral Panteleyev and large sea tanker Boris Butoma completed an unofficial visit to the Cambodian port of Kampongaon. During the visit, the command of the Russian ship detachment visited the Governor of the Preah Sihanoukville Province, the Mayor of the city of Sihanoukville, and the Commander of the naval base of Ream. The servicemen of anti-terror units of the two countries shared their experience in countering terrorism and practiced skills in a joint anti-piracy drills. The sailors…

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Russian Armed Forces delegation of military archivists met with Chinese counterparts in Beijing

The delegation of military archivists of the Russian Federation Armed Forces held working visit to the People’s Republic of China. During the visit, the Russian delegation met with representatives of the PRC military archives in the International Military Cooperation Office of the PLAC Central Military Council in Beijing. The sides discussed issues of further development of cooperation in accordance with the Memorandum between the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Defence of the People’s Republic of China on cooperation in the archival field signed by…

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November Class K-3 Completes Drydocking Phase of Conversion to Museum Ship

Google Translation from https://bmpd.livejournal.com/2837939.html The original is taken from a colleague zvezdochka_ru in K-3 in the native element. Since the submarine “Lenin Komsomol” came into the bay of Kut 12 years have passed. And all this time the collective of the plant [Nerpa] and the Navy fought for the fate of this ship. Now we can safely say that the first stage of the museumification of the first Soviet nuclear submarine is over. The collective of SRP “Nerpa” performed complicated work on converting the submarine and today [September 8, 2017]…

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Pacific protection paramount in counter proliferation

The Australian Government is joining forces with countries from around the world to conduct Exercise PACIFIC PROTECTOR, as part of an ongoing major international commitment to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials. The exercise will be held in Cairns, Queensland from 6–9 September 2017 as part of the Proliferation Security Initiative, which is an effort by 105 partner countries to build networks, tools and capabilities to counter illicit weapons of mass destruction-related trade across the globe. Participants will take part in academic sessions, a table top…

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