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Stronger NATO Reaction to Russian Actions in Georgia, Crimea Would Have Prevented Ukraine Invasion, Says Latvian President

Stronger NATO Reaction to Russian Actions in Georgia, Crimea Would Have Prevented Ukraine Invasion, Says Latvian President

Latvian Armed Forces soldiers take part in multinational training during Saber Strike 22 at Camp Adazi, Latvia, March 7, 2022. US Army Photo

The president of Latvia argued today that if NATO had reacted more strongly in 2008 to Russian aggression against neighboring Georgia and the Kremlin’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, Moscow wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine. Read More

NATO Command of USS Harry S. Truman Sends Signal to Russia, Says Secretary General Stoltenberg

NATO Command of USS Harry S. Truman Sends Signal to Russia, Says Secretary General Stoltenberg

Sailors heave a phone-and-distance line on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) during a replenishment-at-sea on Oct. 22, 2021. US Navy Photo

Putting an American aircraft carrier strike group under alliance control should be a “clear message to Russia” that its 30 members are unwavering in their commitment to come to each other’s defense if attacked, NATO’s secretary general said Friday.

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Panel: West Must be Prepared to Send More Military Aid to Ukraine to Deter Russia

Panel: West Must be Prepared to Send More Military Aid to Ukraine to Deter Russia

A solider with the Ukrainian Mechanized Company, 92nd Mechanized Brigade drills during the Combined Resolve XVI (CBR XVI) exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Hohenfels, Germany, Dec. 10, 2021. US Army Photo

The West must be ready to send air defense systems and anti-ship missiles to Kyiv while preparing to slap harsher sanctions on Moscow to deter the Kremlin’s bullying of Ukraine, five experts in European security said this week. Read More

EUCOM Commander: Russia Not Likely to Invade Ukraine Soon

EUCOM Commander: Russia Not Likely to Invade Ukraine Soon

Sgt. 1st Class Richard Winterfeld, company-level training advisor, observes Armed Forces of Ukraine troops conducting movement down a road at Combat Training Center-Yavoriv, Ukraine, March 30, 2021. U.S. Army Photo

While the current build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine rivals the 2014 annexation of Crimea – when Russia openly backed separatists trying to sever ties to Kyiv – the United States’ top commander in Europe today described the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine in the coming weeks as between “low and medium.” Read More

Foggo: U.S., NATO Naval Forces Pushing Back Against Russian Harassment

Foggo: U.S., NATO Naval Forces Pushing Back Against Russian Harassment

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), right, approaches the Lewis and Clark-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) for a replenishment-at-sea in the Mediterranean Sea, Oct. 6, 2018. Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its seventh patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests Europe and Africa. US Navy photo.

THE PENTAGON – U.S. and NATO ships are focused on conducting freedom of navigation operations in Europe to push back against a Russia that is increasingly harassing commercial shipping and introducing new anti-access weapons into the theater, according to the head of U.S. naval forces in Europe. Read More