Question Marathon: President Putin Holds Annual Q&A Session
|News | 16.04.2015 | 15:39|
|News | 16.04.2015 | 20:13|
Sputnik - NATO has sharply increased its military activities near Russian borders since the start of the conflict in Ukraine last year, and their nature is "clearly anti-Russian," chief of the Russian General Staff's Main Operations Directorate, Lt. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov, said Thursday.
Kartapolov told participants of the IV Moscow conference on global security:
"In 2014, the intensity of NATO combat training increased by 80 percent [year-on-year]."
Citing a number of recent large-scale NATO exercises in the Baltic states, Poland and the Baltic Sea, the general stressed that the Alliance leadership "did not even try to hide their obvious anti-Russian nature.
Kartapolov also said that NATO doubled air reconnaissance flights near the Russian border in 2014, year-on-year, conducting 750 missions, while the number of missions carried out by AWACS planes increased ninefold, to 182.
In addition, the general expressed concern over the regular use of US Global Hawk spy drones over the Black Sea since the beginning of 2015, "which increases the depth of intelligence data gathering to 250-300 kilometers [155-185 miles] within the Russian territory."
Kartapolov also added that advanced stealthy air-to-surface cruise missiles that US plans to install on NATO aircraft can strike targets almost everywhere in European Russia from a safe distance.
The United States plans to equip its allies in Europe with JASSM-ER long-range cruise missiles, Kartapolov said and added that:
“Allowing NATO tactical aircraft to strike facilities some 1,300 kilometers [808 miles] deep into the Russian territory entering the zone protected by our air defenses… In case of a military conflict, critically important facilities almost everywhere in European Russia will be subject to NATO airstrikes.”
The Hillary Doctrine: «We Came, We Saw, They Died»
|News | 16.04.2015 | 01:02|
PressTV - At least twenty people have been killed in the latest Saudi air raids on Yemen’s Amran province.
According to al-Massira television, dozens of people were also injured during the Wednesday night raid on the Houth region in the western central Amran province.
Earlier on Wednesday, fighter jets bombed a school in the Malahidh region, close to the Saudi-Yemeni border, killing eight civilians, including a mother and her three children.
Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen on March 26, without a UN mandate, in a bid to restore power to Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a close ally of Riyadh.
According to sources in the Yemeni Army, around 2,600 people have been killed in the Saudi aggression over the past three weeks.
The humanitarian situation in Yemen is rapidly deteriorating. Many international aid organizations have sought clearances to dispatch medical and other humanitarian supplies by air and sea to civilians in need.
Yemen: Prospects Uncertain
EDITOR'S CHOICE | 16.04.2015