Russian Jets Fly Near US Destroyer in Baltic Sea

VOA News Several Russian military aircraft flew a series of simulated attack passes near a U.S. destroyer in the Baltic Sea over the course of two days this week, a U.S. defense official said. The first of the two incidents,
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U.S.-France Agreement to Compensate Holocaust-Deported Victims

U.S.-France Agreement on Compensation for Certain Victims of Holocaust-Related Deportation from France Who Are Not Covered by French Programs The United States and France have reached an agreement for substantial compensation in connection with the wrongs suffered by Holocaust victims deported from France. The United States and France plan to sign (more...)

More U.S. Soldiers Rotating into Eastern Europe

By Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. DOD News  This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on August 13. Washington — The U.S. Defense Department announced August 13 the next scheduled unit rotation as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which a Pentagon spokesman said continues to demonstrate U.S. (more...)

Ships Lining Up for Naval Exercise in Baltic Sea

Forces from 13 countries are participating in the naval exercise Baltic Operations 2014 in the Baltic Sea June 6–21. In its 42nd year, the exercise aims to improve maritime security in the Baltic Sea through increased cooperation among regional allies. The ships above, photographed on June 9, include (more...)

Kerry Says Crimean Crisis is Wake-Up Call for NATO

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Calling the Crimean crisis a wake-up call, Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine underscore that the NATO alliance takes seriously any country’s attempt to change the borders of Europe by the use of military force. NATO is facing (more...)

Russia Reinforcing Units on Border with Ukraine

By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on March 27. Russia continues to reinforce units along the eastern and southern Ukraine border, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby said during a news conference March 27. Russian Defense Minister Sergei (more...)

Biden Says World Rejects Russia’s Behavior in Crimean Crisis

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Vice President Biden told Baltic leaders that the United States stands with them in support of the Ukrainian people and against Russia’s aggressive acts in the Crimean Peninsula. “As long as Russia continues on this dark path, they will face increasing political and (more...)

United States Rejects Crimea Referendum, Calls it Destabilizing

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer The United States rejects the March 16 Crimean secession referendum and calls Russia’s military actions in the Ukrainian region “dangerous and destabilizing.” The White House called on the international community to condemn Russia's actions and to impose costs upon it for those actions (more...)

U.S. Will Beef Up Air Operations in Poland

By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on March 10. More U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons will deploy to Poland in the coming days and weeks, a Pentagon official said March 10. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak (more...)

UEFA Euro 2012 Started Today

And so it begins! A month of European soccer kicks off today with two matches: one of the host nations, Poland, against the 2004 champions Greece in Warsaw; and Russia vs Czech Republic in Wroclaw. World champions Spain will begin their title defense against Italy on Sunday after Germany, also one (more...)

NATO Defense, Afghanistan Withdrawal Are Key Summit Issues

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer Drawing a road map for NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan and agreement on steps to increase the alliance’s defense capabilities are the notable achievements of the NATO summit, President Obama said May 21 as he delivered a final assessment of the meeting held over the (more...)

Europe May Boycott Euro-2012 For Tymoshenko

Five weeks before the start of the football championship, which will be held in Poland and Ukraine, the human rights situation in the former Soviet republic has EU officials worried. Several German ministers have even discussed a boycott of the championship if Kiev fails to improve the conditions of detention (more...)

State’s Tauscher Discusses Progress in Missile Defense

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer

U.S. Special Envoy Ellen Tauscher says considerable progress has been made in implementing a four-phase European missile defense shield over the past year.
“The Obama administration has not only talked about supporting missile defense, we’ve actually done it,” Tauscher announced at the 10th (more...)

U.S.-Poland Missile Plan Enters into Force

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer

The United States and Poland announced September 15 that an agreement to place land-based SM-3 interceptors at a small air base near the northern town of Redzikowo, Poland, part of a broader limited missile defense system for Europe, has entered into force.
“The (more...)


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