Backed Forces Retake Syrian Conoco Gas Plant From ISIS
Hurricane Maria stays strong, Lee a Tropical Storm again
Federal response to Hurricane Maria slowly takes shape
Hawaii prepares for nuclear attack amid North Korea threats
Kurdish delegation goes to Baghdad ahead of vote
Kremlin accuses West of "whipping up hysteria" over Russian war games
15 September 2017, 12:40 | Colleen Roy
In a recent speech Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claims Russia's upcoming Zapad 2017 war games will be the prelude to a major war
The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that the "artificial hype" about the maneuvers is aimed at "justifying the spending on NATO's military buildup on Poland and the Baltic states in the eyes of the western audience".
Belarus and Russian defence officials say the Zapad drill will involve troops from the Kola Peninsula, near Finland, and range down to Kaliningrad.
Code-named Zapad or "West", NATO officials say the drills will simulate a conflict with the USA -led alliance meant to show Russia's ability to mass large numbers of troops at very short notice in the event of a conflict. The Ministry of Defence does not have information regarding the extent of the access that observers will have to the drills.
'We can't be totally calm. Ben Hodges, have raised concerns that Russia might use the drills as a "Trojan horse" to make incursions into Poland and Russian-speaking regions in the Baltics.
The Kremlin firmly rejects any such plans. And Russian officials say no more than 13,000 troops will be involved in the drills - to which NATO observers have been invited in accordance with worldwide treaties.
Belarusian and Russian military administrative bodies and military units will drill joint actions to improve interoperability and ensure comprehensive security in order to accomplish the assigned missions as part of the regional military force.
Neutral Sweden, the biggest war exercise in 20 years with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation support, with 19,000 troops, after years of spending cuts that left the country, began to worry about Russia's growing military strength.
'It is all smoke and mirrors, ' the official said, adding that the Soviet-era Zapad exercises that were revived in 1999 had included simulated nuclear strikes on Europe.
The US has assumed command of airspace over the Baltic countries as a precaution and Ukraine has put its armed forces on alert.
For some, that sounds uncomfortably like rehearsing a pretext for NATO's nightmare scenario, a Russian tank rush into the Baltic States.
"It is a provocative place, and a provocative size, but I think we all understand that militaries are going to conduct military exercises", Kurt Volker, the USA envoy on the Ukraine conflict told BBC Radio on Thursday.
For its part, the USA and its allies have boosted force levels around the Baltics and Poland in the past year in an effort to reinforce defenses in the region.
During Zapad, NATO is taking a low-key approach by running few exercises, including an annual sniper exercise in Lithuania.
NATO, however, believes - without evidence - that more troops will be involved.
"The security situation has taken a turn for the worse", Micael Byden, the commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, said during a presentation of the three-week-long exercise.
And despite assurances from Minsk and Moscow, leaders in Poland, the Baltic states, Slovakia, Romania, the Ukraine and Bulgaria are concerned Russian Federation might not pull back all of its soldiers after the drills.
"We have seen before that Russian Federation has used big military exercises as a disguise or a precursor for aggressive military actions against their neighbours", Stoltenberg said.
A second headquarters for Amazon ?
Its global airport is home to a FedEx hub and has the best rail and river infrastructure around, according to officials there. If Amazon hopes to municipalities a lot of generosity, it is that the group is aware of what he can offer.
Indian company blamed in Time Warner Cable data breach
Engineers are deemed to have accidentally leaked not only partner data but also internal sensitive data to malicious individuals. There were also some internal company records like credentials for external systems, internal emails, and SQL database dumps.
Court: EU states must take in refugees
It's not clear what consequences there will be, if any, for member states that refuse to take in migrants. Hungary's foreign minister, Peter Szijjarto, called the court decision "outrageous and irresponsible".
Watch SpaceX launch a secret military space plane to orbit
While the specifics of the X-37B's mission aren't available to the public, it will be "conducting experiments" post-launch. Boeing (ba) built the spacecraft, which was based on NASA's designs of an earlier vehicle, according to the space agency.
VW reveals plans to add to electric auto range
Power comes from a fully electric system, with an electric motor at the front and rear axle to create all-wheel drive. Volkswagen claims the driving range of the SUV is up to 500km on a single charge and it has a top speed of 180km/h.
Xiaomi Launched Mi NoteBook Pro In China
Xiaomi wasted no time highlighting that this selection offers far more options than the latest in Apple's own Macbook Pro series. Xiaomi launched the Mi Notebook Air past year , offering a notebook that's thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air.