20 Aug 2018

Norway confirms plan to double number of U.S. Marines training near Russian border

Norway and the U.S. will double the number of U.S. Marines (from around 300 to 700) training near the Russian border next year as the country increases defenses amidst growing fears of Russian military activity. Russia has promised that the move will lead to destabilization of the region and force

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16 Aug 2018

Poland wants permanent US forces stationed there

Citing threat of Russian aggression, Poland has voiced strong support for the possibility of permanent U.S. troop deployment in the country. While the U.S. has not indicated plans towards this end, Poland has remained a strong NATO member and one of the few that has met the group’s defense spending

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08 Aug 2018

Russia warns of ‘horrible conflict’ if Georgia joins NATO

“An attempt by NATO to incorporate the former Soviet republic of Georgia could trigger a new, ‘horrible’ conflict, Russia’s prime minister said Tuesday in a stern warning to the West marking 10 years since the Russia-Georgia war. Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the Kommersant daily broadcast by Russian

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25 Jul 2018

Turkey vows to keep buying Iranian oil: ‘We will not obey’

Turkey has promised to continue oil purchases from Iran, in spite of American demands to halt the purchases after it left the nuclear deal. These announcement comes together with the continued clash over arms purchases, as NATO-member Turkey is in the final stages from purchasing a missile defense system from

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23 Jul 2018

Pentagon announces $200 million in aid for Ukraine

The Pentagon announced an additional $200 million in aid for the “training, equipment, and advisory efforts to build the defensive capacity of Ukraine’s forces,” including improvements of “command and control, situational awareness systems, secure communications, military mobility, night vision, and military medical treatment.” The U.S. has provided $1 billion in

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13 Jul 2018

Poll: 42% of Germans want US troops out of country

A recent polls measured 42% of Germans in favor of U.S. troop withdrawal from their country, with 37% in favor of continued troop presence and 21% undecided. Trump has continued to criticize Germany for not contributing its fair share towards defense spending within NATO, but polls of this nature reveal

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09 Jul 2018

Nordics Unite For Cross Border Air Combat Training; Thanks Russia!

Increasing fears of Russia has pushed a number of European countries into closer cooperation with each other. This “new ‘cluster’ of European nations with a common security objective has quietly emerged recently in the form of focused military cooperation and coordination among the Nordic nations, Poland, the Baltic States, and

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09 Jul 2018

How Russia Could Test NATO in the Baltics

The Suwalki Corridor is a small, key land area for NATO that connects Poland and NATO-allied Europe with the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. A Russian challenge to the area could cut off NATO access to these states and achieve a key Russian objective of undermining the NATO

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02 Jul 2018

U.S. reassessing its 35,000 active-duty troop levels in Germany

The maintains a presence of 35,000 active-duty troops in Germany and a sizable number other other staff. This presence, however, is currently under review by the Pentagon ahead of an upcoming NATO summit. Experts have suggested that the assessment could be a negotiating tactic to underline Trump’s complaints about European

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26 Jun 2018

Romania in the crosshairs of an ongoing Russian cyber campaign

Romania has stepped up its pro-Western, pro-U.S. stance and position within NATO, where it is poised to become one of the few countries in the area to meet the organization’s 2% defense threshold this year. It is home to a large U.S. military base and is working to build a

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