Some of sanctions against Russia may be lifted by year end – Riga mayor

Present relations between the EU and Russia indicate that some of the sanctions against Russia may be lifted by the end of 2016, Riga City Mayor Nils Usakovs announced in a press conference today. “The current situation between the EU and Russia suggest that by the end of the year at least some of the … More Some of sanctions against Russia may be lifted by year end – Riga mayor

Young Serbs turning AGAINST joining EU – and opt for RUSSIA instead

More than half of young serbs are against joining the EU.Research conducted by the Institute for European Affairs showed that while most Serbs still want to join the EU, a majority of the young would prefer to see Serbia team up with Russia. In a presentation last week, the report revealed 55 per cent of … More Young Serbs turning AGAINST joining EU – and opt for RUSSIA instead

With New Deployment, Russia Aims at Air Dominance over Black Sea

Russia has announced the deployment of more advanced air defense systems to Crimea, a move to protect the region from what one official called NATO’s “air hooligans.” In August, the18th anti-aircraft missile regiment of the 31st Air Defense Division, based in Feodosia, will be equipped with Russia’s top-of-the-line S-400 Triumf air defense system. It’s yet … More With New Deployment, Russia Aims at Air Dominance over Black Sea

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

The US military is beefing up its presence in the former Soviet Bloc

US Army Major Christopher Rowe scanned the unfamiliar terrain as his Stryker armored vehicle sped past the Russian border, less than 15 miles away. It was just after 3:00am, but the summer sun was already rising over northeastern Poland. From the commander’s hatch, Rowe looked out on a stretch of rolling farmland and thick pine … More The US military is beefing up its presence in the former Soviet Bloc

SCO Summit Yields More Questions Than Answers

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s summit concluded with few concrete results and plenty of reminders that the group’s members have different visions for where the would-be non-Western bloc should be heading. At the SCO’s 15th anniversary summit in Tashkent, there were plenty of vague declarations about the desirability of greater economic cooperation and stepping up the … More SCO Summit Yields More Questions Than Answers

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

Advanced Self-Propelled Russian Gun Gets Satellite-Navigated Shells

Russia’s advanced self-propelled howitzer, the Koalitsiya-SV, is capable of firing high-precision shells, which are navigated using a GLONASS module, according to the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Russia’s state-of-the-art Koalitsiya-SV 2S35 self-propelled howitzer will be equipped with high-precision projectiles that will be navigated via the GLONASS satellite system, the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta quoted Russian Defense … More Advanced Self-Propelled Russian Gun Gets Satellite-Navigated Shells

Flow of migrants into Finland from Russia dries up: Helsinki

The flow of migrants from Russia into Finland has halted this month, the Finnish government said on Thursday, following an agreement between the two countries to improve cooperation on their shared border. Earlier this year Finland criticized its giant eastern neighbor and tsarist-era ruler for allowing increasing numbers of asylum seekers with no Finnish visas … More Flow of migrants into Finland from Russia dries up: Helsinki