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Russia threatens to respond to NATO’s military buildup along eastern border

Russian officials said Wednesday that Moscow will create three new divisions to counter NATO’s planned troop buildup in Eastern Europe. “The Defense Ministry is taking a series of measures to counter the expansion of NATO forces in direct proximity to the Russian border,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said. Shoigu said the new Russian divisions

Russia defends Su-27’s interception of US spy plane over Baltic Sea

The Russian Defense Ministry Saturday defended a Su-27’s barrel roll over a U.S. spy plane in the Baltic Sea, saying the American jet had turned off its transponder and it wasn’t identifiable. A senior U.S. defense official told Fox News Friday that the Russian fighter jet flew within 100 feet of the U.S. RC-135 surveillance

Russia ignores Obama’s plea for Syria ceasefire, shifts forces to Aleppo

Despite President Obama’s call Monday urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to maintain a fragile cease-fire in Syria, Russia has shifted the bulk of its fire power to areas outside Aleppo where a new offensive to recapture Syria’s largest city is poised to take place soon, a U.S. defense official tells Fox News. In addition, “hundreds” of

Russia’s military rejects U.S. criticism of new Baltic encounter

Russia’s military rejected criticism by U.S. European Command on Sunday that a Russian jet had made aggressive maneuvers near a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea, a second incident in the region between the Cold War-era foes in the past week. Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s military has been beefed up by increased spending

Putin’s Dangerous Russian Roulette

Mark Nuckols, There is a reason it’s called Russian Roulette. Russians really are by nature reckless and irresponsible people. And Putin’s dangerous games are one day going to end in tears, even as he and the Russian public are gloating over their most recent childish (but extremely dangerous) antics.  With a foolhardy devil-may-care buzzing of

5 NATO minesweepers depart on Baltic Sea deployment as alliance beefs up eastern presence

The warships of the standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE with, from front to back, Estonian minehunter Admiral Cowen, Dutch minehunter Makkum, Norwegian minesweeper Otra and Belgian minehunter Belis set sail from Kiel, Germany, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  The group is one of NATO’s four standing Maritime Forces and deploys to the Baltic Sea to