JMSDF Shadows Russian Flotilla

At around 4:00 pm local time on Sunday, June 19, the Maritime Self-Defense Force announced that one Project 1155 destroyer, three Steregsity-class frigate and on Marshall-Nederin-class missile observation support ship. A total of five vessels sailed northwest in the waters between the main island of Okinawa and Miyakojima and sailed toward the East China Sea. In addition, these ships will…

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Nordic Defence Ministers Joint Cooperation Statement

The war in Ukraine has fundamentally changed European defense and security policy. In light of the ongoing crisis, Nordic solidarity and defense cooperation is more important than ever. The Nordic countries share fundamental values and security interests. We share a strategically important location. Closer defense cooperation between the Nordic countries strengthens our military capabilities and promotes regional security and stability.…

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China Against NATO Expansion to Finland & Sweden

The president and prime minister of Finland announced on Thursday that Finland, a long-time neutral country even throughout the Cold War, must apply to join the NATO “without delay,” and its neighbor Sweden, known for over two centuries of military neutrality when Europe faced turbulence, is expected to decide soon on whether to submit an application to join the alliance.…

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Wärtsilä Writing Off Russian Business Unit

Wärtsilä strongly condemns the war in Ukraine. Human rights, safety and prosperity are very important for Wärtsilä, and we value a peaceful and stable business environment wherever we operate. After Russia’s attack on Ukraine, Wärtsilä immediately suspended all deliveries, sales, orders, and bidding to Russia. We are complying with all current and will comply with all future trade sanctions applicable…

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Freeze and Seize Task Force Seizes €30 Billion of Assets

Today, the ‘Freeze and Seize Task Force’ is meeting with US and Ukrainian representatives to discuss international cooperation on the enforcement of sanctions. The Task Force, set up by the Commission last month, has been meeting on a regular basis to ensure better coordination of the enforcement of EU sanctions against Russian and Belarusian individuals and companies. During this week’s…

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Yacht of Oligarch Viktor Vekselberg Seized in Spain

Spanish law enforcement today executed a Spanish court order freezing the Motor Yacht (M/Y) Tango (the Tango), a 255-foot luxury yacht owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. Spanish authorities acted pursuant to a request from the U.S. Department of Justice for assistance following the issuance of a seizure warrant, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of…

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Russia Claims a Humanitarian Corridor for Ships in Ukraine

Disclaimer: From Tass News Agency Russia is creating a humanitarian corridor 20 miles to the southeast of the Ilyichevsk Port for the exit of 67 foreign ships from Ukrainian ports, Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of Russia’s National Defense Management Center, said on Thursday. “The Russian Federation is creating a humanitarian corridor for the exit of foreign ships from Ukrainian…

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Norway to Increase Short Term Defense Spending in 2022

Pending parliamentary approval, the Norwegian Government has allocated NOK 3 billion to increase the activity and preparedness of the Norwegian Armed Forces in 2022. The proposed spending will for the most part be dedicated to strengthen our preparedness in the North, says the Norwegian Minister of Defence. The allocated sum will increase our readiness and allow us to speed up…

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RUSI: Ukraine No-Fly Zone Would be Ineffective

By Justin Bronk Russian forces continue to subject Ukrainian cities like Kharkiv and Mariupol to brutal and indiscriminate bombardment, and have already killed thousands of Ukrainian civilians and soldiers. There is a natural and understandable clamor in many Western countries for a no-fly zone to prevent the Russian Air Force from operating over all or part of Ukraine. This would…

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Arctic Council March 3rd Statement on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

“Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the United States condemn Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and note the grave impediments to international cooperation, including in the Arctic, that Russia’s actions have caused. “We remain convinced of the enduring value of the Arctic Council for circumpolar cooperation and reiterate our support for this institution and its work.…

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