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Turkey scraps NATO drills in Black Sea

NATO military drills planned for the Black Sea have been postponed or canceled outright, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said, citing a decades-old convention which gives Ankara veto power over naval deployments in the region. Speaking to Anadolu in an interview on Tuesday, the foreign minister explained Turkey’s reluctance …

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NATO starts drills near Russian border

Large-scale NATO military drills started in Estonia on Monday. The exercise dubbed ‘Hedgehog 2022’ is one of the largest in the Baltic nation’s history, according to the military bloc. The drills will involve some 15,000 troops from 14 nations, including both military bloc members and their partners. Soldiers from Finland, …

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Belarus holds surprise military drills

Belarus has launched surprise military drills aimed at checking the combat readiness of its forces. The country’s defense ministry made the announcement on its Telegram channel on Wednesday, emphasizing that the exercise is not directed against any nation. According to the statement, the drills’ objective is to assess the troops’ …

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Poland announces massive military drills

Poland has announced a massive upcoming military exercise, warning the residents of increased traffic and “columns of military vehicles” moving all across the country. The drills will kick off on May 1 and continue until the end of the month, the Polish military said in a statement on Thursday. “Military …

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Finland welcomes NATO warships for drills

NATO members Latvia, Estonia and the Netherlands will hold joint naval exercises with Finland in the Baltic Sea, the Finnish military said, noting the drills will focus on “mine countermeasures.”  The training mission will be held between Thursday and Friday following a visit to Turku, Finland by NATO’s Mine Action …

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US and Philippines launch largest-ever joint military drills

Joint military drills have begun between the United States and the Philippines in the Pacific nation, with nearly 9,000 Filipino and American soldiers taking part in the 12-day training exercise. The war games mark the largest-ever drills to take place in the archipelago state, reflecting strengthening relations between the two …

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No survivors as plane crashes during NATO drills

All four crew members on board an MV-22B Osprey aircraft belonging to the US Marine Corps that crashed in Norway on Friday died in the accident, local police reported on Saturday. The aircraft, which is a cross between a regular helicopter and a turboprop plane, was taking part in NATO’s …

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US aircraft down during NATO drills

A US Marine Corps aircraft with four people on board went missing in northern Norway during the “Cold Response” NATO exercises in the Arctic, the Norwegian military confirmed on Friday. A possible crash site has been located and rescue crews are trying to reach it overland due to bad weather …

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Taiwan holds military drills near mainland China

The Taiwanese military held drills on an island less than 50 kilometers from the Chinese mainland, reportedly firing weapons at offshore targets amid heightened fears in Taipei that Russia’s Ukraine offensive might embolden Beijing to launch a similar attack. Wednesday’s exercises on Dongyin Island, located southeast of Fuzhou, China, included …

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Russia to prolong military drills in Belarus

Belarus and Russia have decided to extend the length of their joint exercises “due to the increase in military activity” near the two nations’ borders, Minsk announced on Sunday.  The joint Russian-Belarusian training exercise, named ‘Union Resolve’, began on February 10 and was scheduled to end on Sunday. The drills …

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