The US military is shifting towards a “more global” exercise program in preparation to deter what they term a “more assertive Russia” as well as countering other complex threats, a senior officer commanding the US forces in Europe has said.
The Russian foreign ministry has pledged to hijack an online campaign by Lithuanian nationalists which targeted its Facebook page. The ongoing row was sparked over a NATO published documentary, ‘Forest Brothers,’ featuring Nazi-collaborating guerrillas from the Baltic nations.
As the Baltic states, in concert with NATO, wraps up its previous cycle of military exercises close to Russia’s borders, the alliance has kicked off its so-called Saber Strike 17 drills in multiple locations throughout Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
Lithuania has announced that it will award some €1.34 million ($1.45mn) to a private contractor to build a 2-meter high metal fence alongside the 45 km stretch of land bordering Russia’s Kaliningrad region.