NATO Demurs on Creation of Black Sea Naval Force

NATO put off a decision on creating an alliance Black Sea naval force, which had been promoted by several alliance members as a means of beefing up the NATO presence on its southeastern border with Russia. The alliance, as expected, agreed to set up a multinational land brigade based in Romania, which is intended to … More NATO Demurs on Creation of Black Sea Naval Force

Russia may deploy 2 powerful radars in Baltic, Black Seas to counter NATO activity

Russia may deploy two brand new radar stations controlling a 200-mile coastal zone in the Baltic and Black Seas to offset NATO’s increasing military activity, a source with knowledge of the situation told Interfax on Tuesday. “A Podsolnukh over-the-horizon modified radar is due to be put on combat duty in the Baltic Sea in 2017,” … More Russia may deploy 2 powerful radars in Baltic, Black Seas to counter NATO activity

Latvia’s Push for a NATO Naval Base

NATO’s member states have agreed to base 4,000 troops in the Baltic states and Poland. That is extremely welcome news in these Baltic Sea countries, whose governments have long been lobbying for exactly such a presence. But, while NATO allies regularly conduct naval exercises in this tiny ocean, the alliance doesn’t have a permanent naval … More Latvia’s Push for a NATO Naval Base

Russian provocations and NATO presence could lead to conflict in Baltic Sea

During a recent visit to Lithuania, the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, Micael Byden, claimed Russian provocations and an increased NATO presence in the Baltic Sea could lead to “friction and confrontation.” While Byden said that Sweden does not feel a direct military threat from Russia, he added that possible incidents between NATO … More Russian provocations and NATO presence could lead to conflict in Baltic Sea

US To Assume Higher Profile in Nordic Exercises

The Pentagon’s proposed boost in the budget for European defense in 2017 will significantly increase the scale and regularity of US exercises with Nordic and Baltic militaries. For US forces, the greatest value will be to train and test troops and equipment in multinational joint maneuvers alongside elite Nordic rapid reaction and extreme climate units. The increasing frequency … More US To Assume Higher Profile in Nordic Exercises

Finland’s New Anti-NATO Party and Its Founder

A curious chain of events has unfolded in Finland that makes one wonder about the country’s newly formed anti-NATO political party, its founder, and his discomforting relationships with some shadowy characters. Paavo Väyrynen is a veteran politician of the first order. Representing Finland’s primarily rural Center Party, he has been a candidate for president three … More Finland’s New Anti-NATO Party and Its Founder

NATO would lose against Russia in invasion of Baltic states

According to a recent study by U.S. think Rand, NATO would lose in the event of Russia starting a war in the Baltic states. The study outlined the vunerability of NATO’s eastern flank. It stated that if NATO wants to properly defend Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, it would need to station seven brigades in the … More NATO would lose against Russia in invasion of Baltic states

Zeman calls for NATO to guard EU borders

Czech President Miloš Zeman said NATO would do a better job of protection European borders from immigrants than the proposed European Border and Coast Guard. “I favor a joint NATO command to protect the EU borders, similar to what exists in Afghanistan,” Zeman told news server Parlamentní listy. “The current proposal for a border guard … More Zeman calls for NATO to guard EU borders

Will NATO Expel Turkey Over Recent Aggressiveness?

Turkey has come under the scanner recently after it shot down a Russian jet close to the Syrian border last week. Russia responded first by imposing economic sanctions against Turkey and then by accusing Turkey of supporting ISIS and purchasing oil from the terrorist organization. In the days since, there has been extensive investigation into … More Will NATO Expel Turkey Over Recent Aggressiveness?

NATO discusses its practical support to Ukraine

NATO foreign ministers gathered in Brussels on Tuesday, mostly to discuss Afghanistan and the decision to extend the troop presence in the country beyond 2016. During the two-day session, foreign ministers will also make a decision on whether to move forward with Montenegro’s application for membership—a decision that seems likely. Hanging over the entire meeting will … More NATO discusses its practical support to Ukraine