Russian military inspectors are attending massive naval war games off the coast of Scotland. The British Ministry of Defence has been forced to accept a four-day visit of military experts from Moscow under a European arms control treaty. The visit takes place as 55 warships and more than 70 aircraft and 13,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen from 14 nations gather for exercise Joint Warrior. It is held every six months, but the current manoeuvres are the biggest they have ever been.It is the first time that Russian inspectors attend NATO manoeuvers since relations between Russia and the alliance plummeted after the annexation of Crimea . NATO has withdrawn all cooperation from Russia in protest at its aggression in Ukraine and stepped up exercises to try to reassure Eastern allies who feel threatened by the Kremlin.Western officers have not made similar inspections in Russia since 2010.
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Russia-began a four-day military exercise involving 12,000 troops and as many as 250 combat aircraft, in a show of combat readiness. (...) The Russian Defence Ministry described it as a "massive surprise inspection" to test combat readiness.(..) The exercises coincide with the "Arctic Challenge Exercise", a fighter jet exercise this week of nearly 100 planes and 4,000 troops in sub-Arctic Scandinavia (...) [Planes from three no-Nato countries, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland take part in this exercise]. "We are concerned by the size, scale and frequency of Russia's snap exercises", a NATO official told CNN. "Three of them (prior exercises) have included some 80,000 troops. Some of them have been used to deploy troops to annex Crimea, mass forces on Ukraine's borders and support the separatists" She added NATO typically announces its large-scale military drills months in advance. (...)
The office of Russia’s Prosecutor General has received a request by two members of the State Duma to review the 1991 decision made by the Soviet Union to recognize the independence of the Baltic States.The two deputies reportedly come from the ruling United Russia party. They claim the split of the Baltic States from the USSR was unconstitutional. The decision to recognize their independence “cemented the separation from the USSR of a strategically important territory, the loss of sea ports and areas of water, led to the disintegration of the country’s unified defense environment and to the disruption of economic links to the Baltic republics,” they said addressing the Prosecutor General’s Office, according to Rossiyskaya Gazeta.Russian law requires the office of the Prosecutor General to review the request as it would any other. “Indeed, [the Office] has received an address by deputies, which is currently being reviewed in accordance with the demands of the Russian law, like any other address we receive,” RIA Novosti quotes a representative of the Office.The Interfax news agency quotes a “source familiar with the situation” as saying: “Legally speaking, the decision to recognize the independence of the Baltic States is flawed, as it was taken by a non-constitutional body.”Despite the request’s questionable fate, top Lithuanian politicians have already reacted, calling it a provocation.“Our independence was bought with the blood of Lithuanians. No one can encroach on it. We are the only ones to decide our fate,” Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite said, as reported by Delfi, a Baltic news portal.Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius called the request “legally, morally and politically absurd” and said it is “viewed as at least a provocation.”Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that the Kremlin was not aware of the initiative of Russian lawmakers who had asked prosecutors to probe the legality of the Baltic Republics’ breakaway from the Soviet Union. “And frankly speaking, I personally find it difficult to understand the essence of this initiative,” Peskov added.The independence of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia was recognized by the USSR’s State Council on September 5, 1991. The State Council was a temporary body which included the President of the USSR as well as the leaders of 10 allied republics.The Soviet Union’s constitution at the time necessitated a referendum and a transitional period in order to settle disputed matters, neither of which took place.