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Russia sends 24 warships, bombers to Baltic drills as NATO stages war games

Published time: June 12, 2014 03:57
Edited time: June 13, 2014 10:11

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Russia has deployed 24 Baltic Fleet warships and vessels, along with heavy fighter jets and bombers, as reinforcement for military drills in the westernmost Kaliningrad region while NATO stages its own war games across the border.

On Wednesday, Moscow deployed a grouping of 24 Baltic Fleet warships and vessels for military drills in its exclave on the Baltic Sea coast. The drills were launched on Tuesday in response to NATO’s international drills – Saber Strike 2014 and BALTOPS 2014 –near Russia’s border.

"The squadrons of warships are performing the tasks of ensuring the protection of the state border of the Russian Federation, protecting marine communications, providing for shipping safety, organizing air defense, and searching for and detecting surface ships and submarines of the imaginary enemy," said Russia's Defense Ministry.

The ministry added that the newest Su-34 Fullback fighter bombers and Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft have also taken off from their air base in Voronezh region to join the war games in Kalinigrad.

"Tu-22M3 long-range bombers are in the state of readiness to patrol the area of the exercises. An A-50 long-range airborne warning and control system aircraft is involved in the drills for reconnaissance purposes."

The presence of Russia’s military force in the war games is “equitable” with the number of NATO troops concentrated in the three nearby Baltic states – Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia – which are hosting the drills from June 9-21, the Defense Ministry noted.

The drills come amid heightened tensions between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian crisis. Troops from the US, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, and the UK taking part in the war games beefed up their presence near the Russian border, accusing Moscow of having an aggressive stance in the Ukrainian conflict.

Comments (223)


Sundown Sam 25.06.2014 21:39

Russia's drills were launched on Tuesday in response to NATO’s international drills – Saber Strike 2014 and BALTOPS 2014 –near Russia’s border. Let's be honest, should Russia let NATO do it and allow themselves to be vulnerable, I know America won't. Also these types of drills can instigate and turn into war. So, in my opinion Putin did the right thing.


H. Vermeulen 16.06.2014 21:41

[quote name='ColdResponse ' time='16.06.2014 10:07']
We also know that Russia have nuclear warheads.
Do not forget that U.S. military forces are spread across the globe.
That in itself is a weakness. And honestly, I have no confidence in the so-called NATO forces. I believe they will cry as old hags if the Russian is coming.

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Joker , you believe in anything but the terrible truth is that it will lead to the end of western civalisation. THEY are waiting for you and after the battle nobody will ever mention anything about you and curse america and nato in hel.


JavCZ 16.06.2014 10:32

AMHants 15.06.2014 16:08

Th ey might have the largest military at the moment, however have they actually had any success? WWII, they came in 1941, after Pearl Harbour was attacked and after 40,000 Russians sacrificed their lives at Stalingrad and Hitler retreated back to Berlin. However, can you tell me what invasions the USA/NATO engaged in, invasions that were successful and the exit strategy did not involve the nation being left in a state of civil war? .


T hat's the think, USA does not invade countries to steal territory...

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