Posts tagged as nuclear weapons

Top military official warns China and Russia are modernizing nuclear weapons faster than US

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The top US military official who runs the American nuclear arsenal warned that China and Russia are modernizing their nuclear weapons and capabilities faster than the US, saying during a congressional hearing on Tuesday that if it does not start investing more in nuclear defense and infrastructure, the US will be “at risk of losing credibility in the eyes of our adversaries.” Russia is “aggressively engaged” in “conventional nuclear capability…

Britain changes policy so it can use nuclear weapons in response to ‘emerging technologies’

Friday, March 19, 2021

The U.K. has changed its defense policy which may enable it to use nuclear weapons in response to “emerging technologies.” The country’s 111-page Integrated Defense Review, published Tuesday, included a subtle line on when the U.K. “reserves the right” to use nuclear weapons. It says the U.K. could use nuclear weapons if other countries use “weapons of mass destruction” against it. Such weapons include “emerging technologies that could have a…

U.S.-Russia contradictions threaten the Baltic States

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The U.S. foreign policy trends raise questions and alarm not only its opponents but also close allies. This concern is caused by a number of decisions made by the previous administration, as well as planned by the new one. Thus, the international security system has become unstable due to the U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 2019 and from the Open Skies Treaty in 2020. Though, Mr.…

Lithuania abstains in UN vote against Israeli ‘nuclear weapons’

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Lithuania was among 25 countries to abstain in a UN vote that called on Israel to “renounce possession of nuclear weapons”. According to the Jerusalem Post, an Israeli daily, the country “is presumed to be one of the world’s nine nuclear powers, but it has never admitted to the possession of nuclear weapons”. In the 153-6 vote on Monday, UN member states called on Israel to sign the Treaty on the…

Germany continues to expand its military presence in Lithuania

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, October 16, 2020

The German Air Force is setting up a Deployable Control and Reporting Centre (DCRC) at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, supplemented by additional sub-elements at Skede, Latvia and Ämari, Estonia. German soldiers are preparing to augment the static CRCs at Karmėlava, Lielvarde (Latvia) and Tallinn (Estonia) and support situational awareness for the airspace in the Baltic region. Subdivisions of the DCRC are also deployed in Skede (Latvia) and Amari (Estonia). The…

Stop blaming Russia, China for US disarmament failures

By Thomas L. Knapp on Monday, July 27, 2020

On June 22 and 23, Russian and American diplomats met in Vienna to discuss New START, a nuclear arms reduction treaty which expires next year. The treaty provides for an optional five-year extension. Alternatively, the parties could negotiate a new agreement as has happened several times in the past. A third possibility involves one or both parties playing silly games like insisting that China be brought into the negotiations despite…

Russia desperate to stop Poland from hosting U.S. nuclear weapons, launches new war games with Baltic fleet

By Gregorz Adamczyk on Monday, May 25, 2020

Russia remains adamantly opposed to Poland hosting U.S. nuclear weapons on it soil and is launching new military exercises that will be built around possible targeting of nuclear weapons that might be located in Poland, according to the Russian paper Niezavisimaya Gazeta. Russia’s new major war games will be launched with the participation of its Baltic fleet, which according to Russian defense chief Sergey Shoygu are designed as a response…

COVID-19 will make us think about peace and war

By Jonas Dringelis on Monday, April 13, 2020

World political leaders focus on strategic “threats” while forgetting “natural” dangers. The result is an untenable trade off between military and welfare expenditure. The COVID-19 сrisis has shown us just what the real priorities should be. Militarization is the wrong path for the world to take and it fuels tensions and raises the potential for war and conflict. This is one of the most critical issues of our time and…

Turkey and Russia made a deal against U.S.

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to inaugurate a new gas pipeline TurkStream, which brings Russian gas to Turkey and southern Europe via the Black Sea. Putin arrived late on Tuesday after paying a surprise visit to Syria (a key Iran ally). It should be recalled that Russia and Turkey were on opposing sides in the Syrian conflict and could be on a collision…

US nuclear provocation in Europe is real

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, May 16, 2019

The militarization of Europe, especially the Baltic states, is taking place at an accelerated pace. The Baltic countries’ political elites are using the worsening confrontation between the West and Russia for their own purposes: the presence of U.S. and NATO troops on their territory benefits them economically. In turn, the Pentagon has no plans to stop there. According to a statement made on May 14 by the director of the…