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  • Poland signs $4.75 billion deal for U.S. Patriot missile system facing Russia

    03/28/2018 1:35:52 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 28, 2018 | Lidia Kelly
    Poland signed the largest arms procurement deal in its history on Wednesday, agreeing with the United States to buy Raytheon Co’s (RTN.N) Patriot missile defense system for $4.75 billion in a major step to modernize its forces against a bolder Russia. “It is an extraordinary, historic moment; it is Poland’s introduction into a whole new world of state-of-the-art technology, modern weaponry, and defensive means,” President Andrzej Duda said during the signing ceremony. NATO member Poland has accelerated efforts to overhaul its ageing weaponry following Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014. Two-thirds of Poland’s weaponry dates from the Cold...
  • Russia might be about to invade Europe. Here's how America should respond

    09/22/2017 8:05:33 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 133 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Aug 31, 2017, 9:37 AM | Tom Rogan
    Between Sept. 14-20, the Russian armed forces will conduct a major exercise, ZAPAD 2017. Employing forces from various Russian commands, the exercise will test the military's ability to conduct a combined arms offensive. That's exactly the kind of operation Russia would use to invade Europe. While there's nothing new in the Russians carrying out a military exercise, this situation is different due to the scale and location of the forces involved. Russia claims under 10,000 personnel will be involved but as many as 100,000 Russian soldiers are actually expected to deploy. Their number will include armored and artillery units, and...
  • Poland to build Russia border towers at Kaliningrad

    04/08/2015 8:46:43 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 April 2015 | BBC
    Poland is to build observation towers along its land border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, according to a Polish news agency.
  • Vilnius analysts: Russia could try conventional attack against Lithuania

    02/24/2015 7:46:47 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-02-19 | Paul Goble
    Staunton, February 17 – Most analysts have become so focused on Vladimir Putin’s use of “hybrid war” that they do not take into consideration that he could choose to wage a conventional war in some places, and most of these same analysts are also guilty of evaluating the Baltic countries as if Moscow would use the same and common strategy against them. But Marius Laurinavičius, an analyst at the Vilnius Center for Research on Eastern Europe, points out that Moscow could very well employ a “hybrid” war strategy against Estonia and Latvia but use a “conventional” against Lithuania in order...
  • Lithuania threatens to take Russian region hostage, demands changes in foreign policy

    10/02/2013 9:26:41 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 47 replies
    The Lithuanian Foreign Minister says his country could block land transport to Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad if Russia maintains its opposition to stronger trade ties between Ukraine and the European Union. "As you know, the Kaliningrad region is isolated, geographically isolated, so we could apply some measures also to cut something," the Reuters news agency quoted Linas Linkevicius as saying on Wednesday. "Transport, we could cut off trains, but not only trains, also the supply of goods, whatever. It is theoretically possible," the official added. The reporters raised the topic as Lithuania, which currently holds the rotating presidency in...
  • Poland to receive first US missiles in May

    05/02/2010 9:40:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 350+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 4/21/2010 | Space Daily
    The first-ever battery of US Patriot missiles to be deployed in Poland will arrive in late May, defence ministry spokesman Janusz Sejmej told AFP on Wednesday. "Following preparations and consultations, the first deployment of a battery of anti-missile Patriots will start around May 24 in Morag," Sejmej said. The Polish military base at Morag, in the Mazurian Lakes region, is some 250 kilometres (150 miles) north of Warsaw and just 60 kilometres (40 kilometres) from the border with Russia's Kaliningrad territory. Sejmej refused to say how long the deployment would last, but said it was "temporary". In February, Poland ratified...
  • Russia renews threat to base missiles in Kaliningrad

    02/19/2010 10:01:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 276+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/19/2010 | AFP
    Russia warned on Friday that it could revive plans to base missiles on NATO's doorstep amid growing controversy over new proposals for a US missile shield in central Europe. Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said Moscow could still decide to station the missiles in Kaliningrad -- a western Russian exclave nestled between Poland and Lithuania -- if it felt its security was under threat. "If there is no additional threat to Russia's security, then we will not base Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad," Russian news agencies quoted Serdyukov as saying on a visit to Finland. "But if an additional threat appears, then...
  • Moscow's policy breeds frustration in Kaliningrad

    02/05/2010 2:26:34 PM PST · by lizol · 6 replies · 360+ views
    CES ^ | 2010-02-03 | Agata Dubas and Jadwiga Rogoża
    Moscow's policy breeds frustration in Kaliningrad EASTWEEK 2010-02-03 | Agata Dubas and Jadwiga RogoĹĽa On 30 January, the largest social and political protest in many years took place in Kaliningrad. Ten thousand people demanded better welfare conditions for the region and the resignation of the Kaliningrad governor Georgy Boos; they also called on PM Vladimir Putin to resign. The underlying cause of the protest came from Moscow's long-term policy of prioritising Kaliningrad's integration with Russia while attaching secondary importance to the region's development. The policy of centralisation (which has been adversely affecting the region), as well as the changes to...
  • US and Poland agree on location of new site for Patriot air-defence systems

    02/05/2010 1:15:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 161+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 02/05/2010 | Defense Professionals
    As Polish and American parties have agreed the site for the stationing Patriot missiles in Poland will be Morag in the northeast of the country near the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. As the Minister of National Defence Bogdan Klich said practical reasons stay behind the choice of the site for the temporary stationing of U.S. air defence batteries The location of Warmia-Mazury province was determined by good logistic and lodging conditions, Klich explained. In Morag currently station units of 20th Mechanized Brigade. “The location of missile bases in Morag will not require significant investment that would have to be made...
  • Russia denies fleet boost over US Poland missile plan

    01/21/2010 9:12:56 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 340+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/21/2010 | AFP via Space War
    Russia on Thursday said it had no plans to boost the arsenal of its Baltic Fleet in response to Poland's announcement that the United States will deploy Patriot-type missiles close to Russian borders. "No changes are planned in the combat components of the Baltic Fleet in connection with the deployment of US Patriot missiles close to the border with Russia," the defence ministry said in a statement carried by news agencies. Earlier, the RIA Novosti news agency had quoted a high-ranking official in the Baltic Fleet as saying Russia would be boosting the weaponry of the fleet's ships, submarines and...
  • US to deploy defensive missiles on Russia's doorstep

    01/21/2010 12:41:29 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies · 830+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/20/2010 | AFP via Space War
    The United States will deploy Patriot-type surface-to-air missiles in northern Poland some 60 kilometres (35 miles) from Russia's Kaliningrad territory, Poland's defence minister said Wednesday. "Morag was chosen as the location long ago, but we didn't make it public," Bogdan Klich said, quoted by Poland's PAP news agency. He insisted the choice of the site close to Kaliningrad had "no political or strategic meaning -- its good infrastructure is the only reason." Home to a Polish military base, Morag could see the Patriot missiles arrive as soon as late March or early April, Klich said. On December 11, Poland and...
  • Fall Of The Wall? U.S. Sends Regrets

    11/04/2009 4:18:56 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies · 2,127+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | November 4, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Cold War: The White House has announced our absence at ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Meanwhile, Russia has been practicing a nuclear invasion of an abandoned Poland. The Berlin Wall has been a famous backdrop for American presidents sounding the battle cry of liberty in the struggle against tyranny. It was there that John F. Kennedy expressed our solidarity with the encircled residents of that outpost of freedom with his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner." And it was there that Ronald Reagan, with a defiant "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," voiced our...
  • Russian church head: Crisis also a blessing

    03/23/2009 7:30:34 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 202+ views
    AP ^ | March 22, 2009
    Calling the economic downturn a "blessing," Russian Orthodox patriarch Kirill said it would allow people to consider and re-evaluate their lives. "The crisis, in a sense, may help our people reach the right attitude toward work," Kirill was quoted as saying during a visit to Russia's Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad. "Everyone should ask himself whether his salary is proportional to his real contribution." The crisis has put millions in Russia out of work, after nearly a decade of oil-fueled growth. Kirill compared it, however, to a flood that is sweeping away economic falsehoods and excessive self-indulgence and helping to...
  • Kaliningrad erases stains of past (Russian Baltic Enclave)

    10/16/2006 3:44:54 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 41 replies · 953+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-16-2006 | Laura Sheeter
    It is rare to hear good things about Russia's Kaliningrad region on the Baltic Sea. Cut off from the rest of Russia, tucked between Poland and Lithuania, during the 1990s Kaliningrad became notorious for smuggling and epidemics of heroin abuse and HIV. It was the first place in Russia to be hit by widespread HIV infection. During Soviet times Kaliningrad was a closed military zone, and after the fall of the USSR the exclave suffered one of the worst economic collapses anywhere in Russia. But things are quietly changing in Russia's smallest region, because Kaliningrad is experiencing an economic boom...
  • Tests show that Nazis used human remains to make soap

    10/06/2006 9:57:16 AM PDT · by lizol · 151 replies · 2,940+ views
    Mail&Guardian ^ | 06 October 2006
    Tests show that Nazis used human remains to make soap Warsaw, Poland 06 October 2006 04:41 The Nazis used human fat to make soap during World War II in a Nazi German medical academy located in what is now the Polish Baltic sea port city of Gdansk, Polish war crimes prosecutors confirmed on Friday, pointing to new laboratory tests. Officials with Poland's Institute for National Remembrance (IPN) based their findings on a laboratory analysis of a piece of soap found in 1945 in the medical academy in Gdansk run by Nazi German Professor Rudolf Spanner. A new laboratory analysis of...
  • Plane Crash Mars Russian Naval Celebration

    08/02/2006 7:59:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies · 986+ views
    Kommersant,Russia ^ | July 31, 2006 | Nikolay Sergeev
    Plane Crash Mars Naval Celebration A Su-24M bomber crashed yesterday at the main base of the Baltic Fleet in the city of Balstiisk during Naval Fleet Day celebrations attended by Defense Minister and First Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov. In spite of the emergency, three other bombers did not return immediately to the base, as they were supposed to. One of them was only able to land on the second attempt. The festivities, which Ivanov observed from aboard the flagship destroyer Perservering, included a naval parade and parachute competitions, with an airshow as the finale. Four Su-24M bombers from the...
  • Vistula Lagoon blocked for sea traffic (by the Russians)

    05/09/2006 12:18:22 PM PDT · by lizol · 21 replies · 536+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 09.05.2006
    Vistula Lagoon blocked for sea traffic 9.05.2006 Russian authorities stopped traffic over the Vistula Lagoon, a decision read as yet another sign of the deteriorating diplomatic situation between Poland and Russia. According to a Russian statement the Russian side will not commence border controls until a "new agreement regulating seafaring on the Vistula Lagoon" is signed. Russia's decision will hit Polish and Russian shipowners offering connections between Polish ports and Kaliningrad.
  • Going Dangerously Astray

    09/20/2005 9:32:51 PM PDT · by Bald Eagle777 · 11 replies · 1,234+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | September 20, 2005 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    This month, Russia lost two jet fighters during military exercises that simulated a major war with NATO. A naval task force was deployed in the North Atlantic on a mission to intercept and destroy U.S. reinforcements heading to the European theater of war. During exercises on Sept. 5, a Su-33 jet fighter fell off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov during landing and sank. The pilot ejected and was rescued. Then on Thursday, seven Air Force jet fighters were sent from the St. Petersburg area to fly over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea to Kaliningrad....
  • How Russia, Germany and France protected themselves from Poland and Lithuania

    07/04/2005 8:16:38 AM PDT · by Lukasz · 156 replies · 3,028+ views
    Kommersant ^ | JULY 04, 2005 | Andrey Kolesnikov
    Russian President Vladimir Putin met with French president Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in Kaliningrad on Sunday. Together, they heard themselves called history's losers and together they disagreed. In the opinion of Kommersant special correspondent Andrey Kolesnikov, their objections were unsuccessful too. Schroeder arrived in Kaliningrad first. Putin met him at Svetlogorsk, a local resort (of national importance, the locals are quick to mention). They drank coffee as they waited for Chirac. Then the three leaders negotiated for more than two hours. At the press conference afterwards, all three of them looked self-assured ready to meet other self-assured...
  • Kaliningrad marks key anniversary

    07/03/2005 10:33:44 AM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 338+ views
    BBC News ^ | Sunday, 3 July, 2005
    Kaliningrad marks key anniversary The Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, situated between Poland and Lithuania on the shores of the Baltic Sea, has marked 750 years since its foundation. Russian leader Vladimir Putin hosted French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder at an anniversary celebration on Sunday. They told Mr Putin that good relations between Russia and the EU were vital for world and regional stability. Poland and Lithuania had criticised Russia for not inviting them. The former German territory was annexed by Soviet forces in 1945 but has been separated from Russia since the collapse of the Soviet...