US tanks in the port of Brėmerhafene of Germany

US armoured brigade a ‘proportionate response’ to Russia – NATO DSG

The deployment of American tanks and fighting vehicles to Central and Eastern Europe is a proportionate response to Russia‘s aggressive actions toward the Baltic countries and NATO as a whole, a high-raking NATO official, on a visit to Lithuania, said. […]

Nadezhda Savchenko

The Savchenko swap: Why did Putin really free Ukraine’s most famous pilot?

Vladimir Putin’s decision to pardon Nadezhda Savchenko was a purely pragmatic one. Left with no viable alternatives to freeing the Ukrainian pilot, Putin was forced to make a concession that may not sit well with the Russian population, which has come to see Savchenko as a symbol of the “Kiev junta.” […]

The Kremlin

Russian ‘countermeasures’ to NATO in Eastern Europe are coming

When NATO leaders gather in Warsaw on July 8 to 9, they will announce steps to beef up the alliance’s conventional force presence on its eastern flank. NATO also will shortly announce that the SM-3 missile defense site in Romania has achieved operational status. These moves will spur the Kremlin, with some fanfare, to announce military “countermeasures.” But those will be steps that Moscow almost certainly intends to take in any case. […]

No Picture

NATO jets scrambled three times to intercept Russian bombers last week

NATO fighter jets serving in the NATO air policing mission in the Baltic countries were scrambled three times last week to intercept Russian military aircraft, including bombers, flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence said on Monday. […]

Alexander Lukashenko

Europe’s last dictator comes in from the cold

Lukashenko’s fortunes have changed. Once known as “Europe’s last dictator,” he has won friends in Europe, while antagonizing his traditional ally, Russia. It’s a situation that has left the Kremlin in a difficult positon: should it punish Belarus for its pro-Western tendencies? Or should it continue to prop up the Belarusian economy rather than risk further unrest in the region? […]


NATO jets scrambled three times in last week to intercept Russian planes over Baltics

NATO fighter jets serving in the Baltic air policing mission performed three scrambles last week to identify and escort Russian military planes over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence Ministry has said. […]