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Russia, NATO stage rival air-combat exercises

The Seattle Times: In a sign of ongoing tensions over Ukraine, Russia is conducting a surprise test of its Central Military District's air defenses, a show of force coinciding with NATO-led military exercises in the Arctic being mounted in response to earlier Russian ...
Nato exercise to be 'biggest ever'

- 1 month earlier @ ri.search.yahoo.com: Nato warships, aircraft and personnel arrive in Scotland for what has been described as the biggest ever Exercise Joint Warrior.

NATO To Russia: Be Transparent on Military Drills

- 6 days earlier @ defensenews.com: BRUSSELS — NATO head Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia on Tuesday for full transparency during snap military exercises in order to avoid potentially catastrophic misunderstandings as the Ukraine crisis stokes tensions. Transparency is paramount ...

Russia Deployed Nuclear-Capable Gear, NATO Commander Says

- 4 days earlier @ bloomberg.com: Russia has deployed equipment during the conflict in eastern Ukraine that can be used for nuclear weapons, NATO's top military commander said. While there's no “direct evidence” that the Kremlin has made deployments of nuclear arms, U.S. Air Force ...

Britain sends biggest warship for NATO drills on Russian border

- 1 day earlier @ rt.com: Britain is ramping up its military rhetoric, sending its biggest warship for NATO drills in the Baltic, right off the Russian coast, in this latest show of force. The drills kick off on June 5 and will last for two weeks. The helicopter carrier HMS ...

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Canadians take part in NATO war games aimed at sending message to Russia

National Post: The copy that accompanied the video said: “Large manoeuvres of the U.S. Army and NATO in Romania. Direct target: Russia! Note the American flags alongside Romanian flags on the tanks of the Romanian Army. Decidedly Atlanticist politicians of Bucharest ...

NATO and Nordics hold sub-Arctic wargames

Yahoo News: The war games -- involving 115 fighter planes and 3,600 troops from nine countries -- are being held under the auspices of Nordic military cooperation between non-aligned Sweden and Finland and their NATO neighbour Norway. Joining the Nordic nations ...

NATO laboratory in Bulgaria produced captagon used by jihadists: Tunisie

Focus News: Some of the more suspicious people will probably see the latest evidence proving the participation in some of the super-powers and NATO countries in the establishment and expansion of the Islamic State phenomenon,” the news edition comments.

NATO, allies launch Arctic aerial drills

Deutsche Welle: Several NATO members and their allies are taking part Monday in a massive cross-border aerial maneuver in northern Europe that has been described as "one of the largest of its kind," officials said. NATO member Norway is leading the two-week drill, ...

NATO has never been more relevant

Politico: The linchpin of the alliance is Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which states that “an armed attack against one or more of them [NATO members] in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all” and that all members are ...

NATO, what could happen if Albania vetoes Macedonia?

Albeu.com: "Albania can not veto and thereby terminate Macedonia's road to NATO membership in any position. Basically Macedonia in its Annual national program for membership has fulfilled conditions required by the Ohrid Agreement, and Albania does not have the ...

Michael Byers: Eurofighters over Tallinn, and NATO in a bind

National Post: The tranquility is shattered by two Eurofighter jets, which make several low passes over the city. The supersonic planes belong to the British Royal Air Force and have just arrived in Estonia as part of NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission. Their ...

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NATO Alliance Stands Firm, Adapts to Challenges

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 – The NATO alliance is standing firm and adapting to the challenges on its eastern and southern flanks, military officials said during a press conference following the alliance's Military Committee meeting here. The chiefs of ...

Work, Swedish Defense Minister Discuss NATO, Military Cooperation

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 – Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work discussed ways to deepen military-to-military cooperation, NATO partnership initiatives, regional security and other defense priorities with Sweden's Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist at ...

Dempsey: NATO Military Committee Meeting Builds Alliance Solidarity

BRUSSELS, May 20, 2015 – Meetings of NATO's Military Committee are important in building solidarity within the alliance, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey met today with 27 other NATO chiefs of ...

NATO Adjusts to Change, Military Committee Chief Says

BRUSSELS, May 20, 2015 – A constantly changing security environment is the new norm, the chairman of the NATO Military Committee said here today as he opened a meeting of the alliance's military chiefs. Gen. Knut Bartels of the Danish army noted that ...

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Moroccan, NATO military integration foundation of African Lion 15

TIFNIT, Morocco – Integration of Royal Moroccan Armed Forces and NATO Allies is the foundation for Exercise African Lion 15, a joint military exercise taking place in the Kingdom of Morocco during the month of May 2015. Training outside the city of ...

On Afghan Transit, NATO And Russia Part Ways -- This Time, Amicably

EurasiaNet: Russia announced this week that it has formally cut off the transit of NATO military cargo through Russian territory. But in theory, Moscow remains open to cooperation on Afghanistan: it annulled the agreement only after NATO quietly allowed the ...

'No direct evidence' Russia deployed extra nukes – NATO military chief

RT: NATO does not have any “direct evidence” that Russia has deployed additional nuclear weapons, the block's top military commander has said. It comes in light of Kiev accusing Moscow of moving some of its nuclear arsenal to Crimea. “We have to be very ...

Will Finland Join NATO? Russian Military Activity Leads Finns To Question

Neutral Finland has increased cooperation with the NATO military alliance this year amid concerns about neighboring Russia's recent increase in military activity and purported involvement in the eastern Ukraine conflict. Finland has no plans to become ...

NATO Military Training Center May Open in Georgia in Autumn 2015

NATO officials are currently visiting Georgia to assess the existing infrastructure.

Russia stops transit of NATO military cargo to Afghanistan

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has revoked a decree that allowed delivery of NATO military equipment to Afghanistan through Russian territory.

'Dangerous process': Russia warns against US, NATO military

Russia has previously denounced the increasing buildup of NATO forces in Eastern Europe as well as US plans to supply weapons and non-lethal military equipment to Ukraine. The criticism became especially sharp when ...

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NATO hopes to keep a base in Afghanistan, US general says

Washington Post: KABUL — The leaders of the United States and other NATO nations are intensifying discussions about future support for Afghanistan, probably meaning at least some American troops will remain here well after President Obama leaves office, a U.S. Army ...

NATO's Involvement in Afghanistan Beyond 2016

Huffington Post: On May 13th NATO announced a plan to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2016. The announcement came during the NATO's foreign ministers meeting in the city of Antalya, Turkey. The Afghan foreign minister Salahudin Rabani was invited to the meeting and ...

NATO Convoys Attacked in Afghanistan

Suicide car bombers targeted NATO convoys in two separate attacks in Afghanistan on Friday, killing three civilians as security forces brace for a full-blown Taliban offensive in the spring fighting s...

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NATO: Extremists may be among Mediterranean migrants

Military Times: BRUSSELS — NATO's supreme commander says he's worried that boats attempting to carry migrants across the Mediterranean to southern Europe may also be ferrying criminals and potential terrorists. U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove on Thursday said, ...

Norway, Italy conduct NATO Baltic air policing operations

RT: Italian Air Force F-16 fighter jets and Norwegian Air Force Typhoon fighter jets taking off from the Siauliai Air Base as part of the alliance's Baltic air policing mission are shown on footage released by NATO on Thursday. The NATO-led air policing ...

NATO: Extremists May Be Among Mediterranean Migrants

ABC News: NATO's supreme commander says he's worried that boats attempting to carry migrants across the Mediterranean to southern Europe may also be ferrying criminals and potential terrorists. U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove on Thursday said, "we do not ...

The Aviationist » Russian Tu-22 bomber scares NATO air defenses

24, NATO and Swedish QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) interceptors were scrambled to identify and shadow a formation of two Russian Air Force Tu-22M Backfire bombers escorted by two Su-27 Flanker aircraft. As usual, the ...

NATO Commander Glad to Have A-10s Back In Europe | Defense

Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said Wednesday that the addition of A-10 Thunderbolts to his forces in Europe provided added deterrent as NATO and the U.S..

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NATO drill aims to reassure nervous Baltic states

Aljazeera.com: NATO is considering a request by the three Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, who want thousands of troops to be deployed to protect against a possible Russian invasion. The move would violate a NATO pact with Russia that the alliance would ...

Estonia seeks permanent Nato force

Estonian President Toomas Ilves calls for a permanent Nato force to be stationed in his country, amid concerns over Russian intentions in the region.

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