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    Post  max steel on Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:18 pm

    Lithuania leader marks 'breakthrough' German troop deployment


    Germany's decision to deploy a battalion of troops to Lithuania under a NATO initiative marks a "mindset breakthrough" for Berlin towards taking a leading role in European defence, the Lithuanian president said Thursday.

    "I think we are at a historic turning point," Dalia Grybauskaite said in an interview with AFP in Vilnius on the eve of a key NATO summit, which will to seal its biggest revamp since the Cold War to counter a resurgent Russia.

    "A breakthrough is occurring in the German mindset –- time for self-doubt, fear, reluctance to take responsibility, and dread of what Putin might think, is over," she added, referring to the strongman Russian president.

    Fears that Russia could attempt to attack NATO's three small formerly Soviet-ruled Baltic member states surged after Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, a move that sent East-West relations to their lowest point since the Cold War.

    NATO leaders on Friday will finalise plans to deploy four battalions to the Baltic nations and Poland.

    Germany will lead a battalion deployed to Lithuania, Canada to Latvia, Britain to Estonia and the United States to Poland, diplomats told AFP on condition of anonymity. Each battalion will have 600-1,000 troops.

    The historic burden of Nazism has made EU heavyweight Germany a reluctant military leader, but Grybauskaite said Berlin's role in security will only increase once Britain leaves the bloc.

    "With Britain withdrawing from the EU … responsibility for stability in Europe will increasingly fall on the shoulders of Germany -- not only for economic stability, but also for security," Grybauskaite said.

    "No matter what we think about elections in the US, we can witness the strategic direction that the United States will hand over more security responsibility to Europeans," she added.

    - 'Trust is lost' -

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday in Berlin that Russia's actions in Ukraine had eroded mutual trust with the West.

    "If through words and deeds the validity of (international) law and the inviolability of borders are questioned, then of course trust is lost," she told the German parliament.

    When NATO leaders meet in Warsaw, "it will be at a time in which the security situation has significantly changed in Europe," she said, also pointing at turmoil in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

    Grybauskaite also dismissed Russian accusations of the US-led alliance provoking an arms race in the region, insisting the West was simply reacting to Moscow's moves in Ukraine.

    NATO will hold fresh talks with Russia on July 13, just days after the landmark alliance summit.

    The NATO-Russia Council (NRC) brings together ambassadors from the 28 NATO member states and Russia, and met regularly until the Ukraine crisis plunged relations with Moscow into the deep freeze.

    Russia's ambassador to NATO Alexander Grushko told AFP: "The main focus will be on the military security in the wake of decisions to be taken at the NATO summit in Warsaw.

    "We hope for a frank and serious dialogue on the issues related to the increased NATO activities near Russian borders and their impact on the security and stability in Europe and its regions."

    US permanent representative to NATO Douglas Lute said Thursday that "from NATO's perspective, the foundation of our relationship with Russia is a balance between strength and dialogue.

    "We're going to do what we need to do on the strength side of the equation, but we'll equally be open to dialogue with Russia, because we think that balance represents the right and responsible approach to NATO-Russia relations."
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    Post  George1 on Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:06 am

    British anti-aircraft missile systems Rapier FCS in Estonia



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    Post  max steel on Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:29 pm

    B-52 Over The Baltic

    B-52s flying directly from the United States, an extremely visible demonstration of the U.S. commitment to its allies, have been a prominent feature of recent exercises from Spain to South Korea. Their latest appearance was over the Baltic Sea Aug. 1.

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    Post  Слободан човек on Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:37 pm

    max steel wrote:B-52 Over The Baltic

    B-52s flying directly from the United States, an extremely visible demonstration of the U.S. commitment to its allies, have been a prominent feature of recent exercises from Spain to South Korea. Their latest appearance was over the Baltic Sea Aug. 1.


    B-52 is a good tool for scaring countries with no real army. But, what if I told you that in 1999. during the whole war, not a single B-52 had not even once entered our airspace. It only fired course missiles from the airspace of surrounding countries.
    And you think that B-52 will scare a country like Russia?
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    Post  Militarov on Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:57 pm

    Слободан човек wrote:
    max steel wrote:B-52 Over The Baltic

    B-52s flying directly from the United States, an extremely visible demonstration of the U.S. commitment to its allies, have been a prominent feature of recent exercises from Spain to South Korea. Their latest appearance was over the Baltic Sea Aug. 1.


    B-52 is a good tool for scaring countries with no real army. But, what if I told you that in 1999. during the whole war, not a single B-52 had not even once entered our airspace. It only fired course missiles from the airspace of surrounding countries.
    And you think that B-52 will scare a country like Russia?

    B-52s used cruise missile only at the start of campagin to target documented static IADS installations, after that they were used above Kosovo mostly with conventional warload, mostly Mk-82s to target ground forces mostly near Priština and on Yugoslav-Albanian border. Most notable airstrikes were around mountain Paštrik and village Planeja, on the line between Gorožup and Planeja to be precise where concentrated infantry units existed.



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    Post  George1 on Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:39 pm

    NATO’s Slovak Shield 2016 War Games Wrap Up in Slovakia

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/europe/201610211046591005-nato-slovakia-military/


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    Post  George1 on Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:06 pm

    BRUSSELS, October 26. /TASS/. As many as six NATO countries are prepared to send their ground-based, naval and air force units to the Black Sea area in 2017, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday upon the completion of the first day of a conference of the North-Atlantic pact's defense ministers.

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    Post  George1 on Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:15 pm

    NATO battalion at Russian border to get German tanks — defense ministry

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    Post  George1 on Sun Nov 20, 2016 1:57 pm

    Leclerc tanks in 2017 will be transferred to Estonia

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    Post  George1 on Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:49 am

    Almost 1,000 US soldiers and the first shipment of the equipment for the US tank brigade have arrived in Poland on a mission to build up region's defense capabilities, Bartlomiej Misiewicz, the spokesman for the Defense Ministry, said Tuesday.

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/military/201701101049439394-poland-us-soldiers-deployment/


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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  calm on Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:18 am

    NATO soldiers with an American flag posing on border with Russia. Russian Ivangorod Fortress is seen on background.


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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  miketheterrible on Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:13 am

    Gotta love the Americans. So little of OPSEC that it gives Russian intelligence and military such an easy time to monitor these morons.

    Best they can do to getting close to Russia is to pose in a piss poor NATO country.
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    Post  calm on Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:17 am

    German soldiers same place during WW2

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    Post  Odin of Ossetia on Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:54 am

    calm wrote:
    NATO soldiers with an American flag posing on border with Russia. Russian Ivangorod Fortress is seen on background.


    here


    But the NATO battalion to be deployed to Estonia was supposed to be British.

    Then who are these troops with an American flag?

    Are there supposed to be also some U.S. troops deployed in Estonia besides those from the U.K.?
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    Post  George1 on Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:39 pm

    Arrival of American F-35A fighters to Estonia

    On April 25, 2017, for the first time, two new American fifth-generation fighter Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II arrived in the Estonian air base Emari for the first time with a brief demonstrative deployment. The F-35A's visit to Estonia is carried out as part of the first deployment of this type of fighter in Europe, when eight F-35A aircraft from the 34th Fighter Squadron of the 388th Fighter Wing of the US Air Force and the 466th Fighter Squadron of the 419th Fighter Wing of the Air Force Reserve The US airbase Hill arrived April 15 at the British air base Leukenhit. C Leukenhit two F-35A (with numbers 14-5094 / AF-95 and 14-5102 / AF-103) from the 34th Fighter Squadron, accompanied by a Boeing KC-135R tanker and arrived in Emary on April 25.

    In the coming days, a similar deployment of the F-35A pair with Lakenhit is also expected in Romania.






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    Post  George1 on Sat May 27, 2017 12:45 am

    French Army deployment in Estonia

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    Post  George1 on Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:17 pm

    Defense chief notes Russia’s western borders heating up as NATO activity surges

    On June 21, NATO’s F-16 fighter jet attempted to approach a plane carrying Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea

    KALININGRAD, June 21. /TASS/. Situation near Russia’s western borders tends to worsen due to the growing military activity of the North Atlantic Alliance in Eastern Europe, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Wednesday.

    Earlier on Wednesday, NATO’s F-16 fighter jet attempted to approach a plane carrying Shoigu over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. A TASS correspondent, who was onboard the plane, said Russia-s Su-27 fighter aircraft drove the F-16 away.

    "The situation near our western borders tends to deteriorate. This is linked to the increasing military activity of NATO countries in Eastern Europe. The North Atlantic Alliance is stepping up its presence in the Baltic states. The infrastructure of their sea ports, airfields and other military facilities is being advanced," Shoigu told a meeting of the defense ministry.

    Shoigu noted that NATO is completing the creation of four multinational battalions near Russia’s borders. "In the Baltic countries and Poland, the formation of four battalion-size tactical groups is nearing completion, with the total of 5,000 troops with weapons and military equipment," he said.

    The US continues deploying the European elements of missile shield, he noted. "By 2018, in addition to the missile shield base in Romania there are plans to launch a similar facility in Poland," Shoigu said.

    "The intensity of the alliance’s operational and combat training is increasing. The alliance’s BALTOPS 2017 and Saber Strike 2017 large-scale exercises are currently underway near the Russian borders. Taking part in them are more than 10,000 military servicemen, more than 70 warships and auxiliary vessels and about 70 aircraft, including B-52 strategic bombers," Shoigu said.

    "All these developments demonstrate the Western partners’ blatant reluctance to abandon their anti-Russian policy," he emphasized.

    NATO decided at its summit in Warsaw in July 2016 to deploy four multinational battalions to the Baltic countries and Poland. Each of these battlegroups consists of around 1,000 people. Canada is leading the battlegroup in Latvia, while Germany and the United Kingdom will lead similar forces in Lithuania and Estonia, respectively. The United States commands a NATO battlegroup in Poland. The missile defense base in Romania was launched in May 2016.


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    Post  George1 on Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:15 am

    American Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems deployed in Lithuania

    It is reported that from July 10 to 22, 2017, a battery of the Patriot anti-aircraft missile system from the US Army was deployed on the territory of the Lithuanian air force base in Siauliai. The deployment was carried out on an interim basis within the framework of the exercises of the NATO air defense forces "Tobruq Legacy 2017", taking place on the territory of Lithuania (and also the Czech Republic and Romania). This is the first deployment of the American Patriot missile patrol in the territory of the former USSR. Part of the air defense of the armed forces of the United States, Great Britain, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania take part in the exercise in Lithuania.




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    Re: NATO/US Military Build up in Eastern Europe-Russian borders

    Post  JohninMK on Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:07 pm

    Some heavy and very unfriendly activity going on, primarily by the US. A couple of paras to set the scene.

    Some very important news is kept out of spotlight and undeservedly so. Bits of information pieced together indicate that very quietly the North Atlantic alliance is gearing up for large-scale combat operations. War preparations are not limited to weapon systems deployments and troop movements that hit headlines. No combat can be waged without logistics.

    The US Army official website informs that the US European Command (EUCOM) Logistics Directorate (ECJ4), other EUCOM directorates, NATO allies and partners, and the Joint Logistics Enterprise (JLEnt) are effecting an unprecedented security transformation. They are transitioning from being focused on assurance through engagement to being a warfighting command postured for deterrence and defense. Throughout fiscal year 2017, 28 joint and multinational exercises in 40 European countries, the buildup of four NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) multinational battlegroups in the Baltics, and overlapping deployments of rotating armored brigade combat teams and combat aviation brigades will test, validate, and offer proof of principle for these infrastructure and organic capability investments.


    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/08/06/nato-beefs-up-logistics-infrastructure-for-offensive-operations.html

    Also, with comments at http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-06/nato-beefs-logistics-infrastructure-offensive-operations
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    Post  franco on Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:52 pm

    And the Russians are building 24 of these Logistic Support Complexes across the country;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyJ-3H0AbLw

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    Post  JohninMK on Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:01 pm

    franco wrote:And the Russians are building 24 of these Logistic Support Complexes across the country;

    Thanks, with the size or the military and country they really need them, I assume they are replacing a multitude of smaller 'grown like Topsy' facilities.

    From the video they are hardly comparable to what US/NATO is doing.
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    Post  franco on Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:12 pm

    Officially the plan is to consolidate ~620 support units into 80 large ones. Part of an overall plan to get more efficient and free up soldiers for combat units (up to 30,000 by one estimate).

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