Russia Sends 24 Warships, Bombers To Baltic Drills As NATO Stages War Games

Russia sends 24 warships, bombers to Baltic drills as NATO stages war games(RT, June 12, 2014):

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.

1 thought on “Russia Sends 24 Warships, Bombers To Baltic Drills As NATO Stages War Games”

  1. Wargames testing the defences of individual nations are nothing new.
    Neither is this, but it does indicate a sinister trend previously unknown.
    Europe was always intercepting these during the cold war, and was equally winding Boris up by sending black unmarked Canberras up the Dardanelles into the Black Sea to test how deep/close they could go. All good fun.

    These old crates have no chance of making any impact as bombers, but as launchers of cruise missiles they are definitely a threat & Vlad is right to get his point across bearing in mind the positioning of NATO tackle around Russia’d borders.

    However, he hasn’t dug this little sweetie out yet, but I know they’ve upgraded them.

    It is twice as quick & has twice the payload of cruise missiles as the old B-1 Lancer.


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