World Affairs: US accuses Russia of nuclear sabre-rattling, amid Nato tensions

The row amonge Russia and Nato has rise up. US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has accused Russia of “nuclear sabre-rattling” and of being intent on eroding international order.

He said he regretted strained relations with Moscow but said the US had to “prioritise deterrence” on Nato’s eastern flank.

Speaking during a ceremony at the US European Command Headquarters in Germany, Carter said Russia was “going backwards in time”.

But Carter said: “We do not seek a cold, let alone a hot war with Russia.”

“We do not seek to make Russia an enemy. But make no mistake, we will defend our allies, the rules-based international order, and the positive future it affords us.”

He added: “Moscow’s nuclear sabre-rattling raises troubling questions about Russia’s leaders’ commitment to strategic stability, their respect for norms against the use of nuclear weapons, and whether they respect the profound caution that nuclear-age leaders showed with regard to brandishing nuclear weapons.”

Carter outlined plans to deploy a third US Army combat brigade in Europe in the coming year.

He said it was part of a $3.4bn (£2.3bn) initiative to reassure Nato allies of US commitment to their security and to deter Russian aggression.

“We haven’t had to prioritise deterrence on Nato’s eastern flank for the past 25 years, but while I wish it were otherwise, now we have to,” he said.

The tensions has risen since Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its role on Ukrainian civil war. Last month, two Russian fighter jets flew close to US warship on Baltic sea.

Russia’s envoy to Nato said the destroyer had sailed close to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad in an attempt “to exercise military pressure on Russia”.

Conclusion: The trouble ties between Russia and US.

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Defence: Nato condemns Putin’s nuclear ‘sabre-rattling’

Nato is very furious today. Russian president Vladimir Putin said Russia would put more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles into service this year. It’s part of wide-reaching to modernise country’s army despite Nato concerns.

Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the statement from Mr Putin was “confirming the pattern and behaviour of Russia over a period of time – we have seen Russia is investing more in defence in general and in its nuclear capability in particular”.

He said: “This nuclear sabre-rattling of Russia is unjustified, it’s destabilising and it’s dangerous.

“This is something which we are addressing and it’s also one of the reasons why we now are increasing the readiness and the preparedness of our forces.”

He added that “what Nato now does in the eastern part of the alliance is something that is proportionate, that is defensive and that is fully in line with our international commitments”.

Conclusion: The west and its concerns with Russia.

Defence: Nato to counter ‘hybrid warfare’ from Russia

Nato has pledged a new strategy to counter hybrid warfare from Russia. The alliance said it must adapt to the mixture of conventional military tactics, subversive campaigns and cyber-warfare that Russia was using in Ukraine. Nato says that Russia is backing rebels in Ukraine – a claim denied by Moscow.

Three Baltic (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) countries are preparing to ask for a permanent presence of Nato troops on their soil to act as a deterrent to the Russian military.

“Hybrid warfare combines different types of threats, including conventional, subversion and cyber,” said Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg.

“When the world has changed, Nato has to adapt,” he added.

Speaking after a meeting of defence ministers in Turkey, Stoltenberg said that a more assertive Russia had been using force to change borders and intimidate its neighbours.

Conclusion: Nato wanna a war with Russia.

Europe: Ukraine votes to drop non-aligned status and seek Nato membership

This year is very special to Ukraine. After them toppled Victor Yanukovych, loses the Crimea and a civil war among Kiev and Eastern rebels. Now, Ukrainian parliament rule out to seek a Nato Membership and call of the non-aligned status by 303 to eight.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the move “counterproductive” and said it would boost tensions.

Speaking before the vote, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said Ukraine was determined to pivot towards Europe and the West.

“This will lead to integration in the European and the Euro-Atlantic space,” he said.

Conclusion: It’s a Russian nightmare.

Defence: Russia Baltic military actions ‘unprecedented’ – Poland

Poland and Russia has strained relations. Today, Polish government unveils a report which says the level of Russian naval and air force activity in the Baltic Sea region has been “unprecedented” this week.

Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said most of the activity was in international waters and airspace and Sweden was the country most affected.

Siemoniak said Russia was “not preparing to attack” but it was testing Nato defences, which “does not serve to build good relationships and trust”.

Speaking on the Polish news channel TVN24, he said there was no need to put the Polish army on a state of high alert.

Conclusion: Poland wanna fight with Russia.

Defence: Nato reports rise in Russia military flights over Europe

New tension was raised among Russia and Europe. Nato statement said four groups of aircraft, including Tu-95 Bear bombers and MiG-31 fighters, were tracked over seas and the Atlantic Ocean. Fighter aircraft from Norway, Britain, Portugal, Germany and Turkey were scrambled in response.  Conclusion: Why Putin gonna Europe in his terrtory?

Europe: Nato ‘stands with Ukraine’ despite Russia peace plan

Nato holds a summit in Wales (UK). The western alliance said it “stands with Ukraine” in the face of Russia’s “destabilising” influence. Nato also called on Russia “to pull back its troops” from Ukraine and end the “illegal” annexation of Crimea. On Friday, Kiev and rebels will take a peace deal brokered by Russia. What’s it means: Russia wanna peace quickly,