Lithuania says Russian troops in Belarus pose “direct threat”

Russian troops arriving in Belarus for what Moscow and Minsk say will be joint military exercises are a direct threat to NATO member Lithuania, and could prompt Washington to station more troops in the region, Lithuania’s defence minister said. Russian military forces and hardware began arriving in ex-Soviet Belarus on Monday for “Allied Resolve” drillsContinue reading “Lithuania says Russian troops in Belarus pose “direct threat””

Sweden redeploys troops to the island of Gotland near Russia – euronews

Sweden reinforces its military presence on the island of Gotland, which is the closest part of the country to Russia.

Russia needs to stop clinging to the idea of reviving the Soviet Union, Ukraine ambassador says

Relations between the Kremlin and its European counterparts hit a low in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. Republican Senator Mitt Romney told NBC on Sunday that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to reestablish a “type of Soviet Union.” Russian President Vladimir Putin has made no bones about the fact that heContinue reading “Russia needs to stop clinging to the idea of reviving the Soviet Union, Ukraine ambassador says”

Swedes step up military contingency over Russian activity

A top military chief in Sweden said Friday that there is increased Russian activity in the Baltic Sea which “deviates from the normal picture,” leading the Scandinavian nation’s military to raise its preparedness. “We have decided to reposition our troops. It does not have to mean an increased threat, but we always want to adaptContinue reading “Swedes step up military contingency over Russian activity”

Ukraine cyber-attack: Russia to blame for hack, says Kyiv

The Ukrainian government has accused Russia of being behind Friday’s cyber-attack on dozens of official websites. About 70 government websites were temporarily down, in the largest such attack on Ukraine in four years. Before the sites went offline, a message appeared warning Ukrainians to “prepare for the worst”. Access to most of the sites wasContinue reading “Ukraine cyber-attack: Russia to blame for hack, says Kyiv”

Europe at greatest risk of war in 30 years, Poland warns

Europe is nearer war than it has been in 30 years, Poland’s foreign minister warned during the third round of diplomacy this week aimed at defusing tensions over Russia’s demand that Ukraine never be allowed to join NATO. Addressing envoys from the 57 members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), ZbigniewContinue reading “Europe at greatest risk of war in 30 years, Poland warns”

Aid workers say Ethiopia air strike in northwest Tigray killed 56 people

An air strike in Ethiopia’s Tigray region killed 56 people and injured 30, including children, in a camp for displaced people, two aid workers told Reuters on Saturday, citing local authorities and eyewitness accounts. Military spokesman Colonel Getnet Adane and government spokesman Legesse Tulu did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Prime Minister AbiyContinue reading “Aid workers say Ethiopia air strike in northwest Tigray killed 56 people”

NATO won’t create ‘2nd-class’ allies to soothe Russia, alliance head says

NATO has said it is ready for talks on reciprocal arms control with Moscow, but added that the alliance is united against the “real” risk of Russian aggression against Ukraine. NATO foreign ministers met by video conference Friday to discuss Russia’s military presence on Ukraine’s borders, as alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the troop buildup continues.Continue reading “NATO won’t create ‘2nd-class’ allies to soothe Russia, alliance head says”

Polish leader admits country bought powerful Israeli spyware

Poland’s most powerful politician has acknowledged that the country bought advanced spyware from the Israeli surveillance software maker NSO Group, but denied that it was being used to target his political opponents. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland’s ruling conservative party, Law and Justice, said in an interview that the secret services in many countriesContinue reading “Polish leader admits country bought powerful Israeli spyware”

Gravitas: Tiny Lithuania takes on China – WION

Lithuania is doing what many so-called superpowers have failed to do. They invited Taiwan to open a de-facto embassy in Vilnius and is asking their citizens to dump Chinese phones. Palki Sharma tells you why this Baltic minnow is taking on Beijing.

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