Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .




Subscribe free to our newsletters via your




















SUPERPOWERS
McCain calls for permanent US troops in Baltics
by Staff Writers
Vilnius (AFP) Dec 29, 2016


Republican Senator John McCain on Thursday called for US troops to be permanently stationed in the Baltic states as a deterrent against Russia amid regional concerns over President-elect Donald Trump's pro-Moscow rhetoric.

"I think that permanency is important, that there will always be some American troops here," McCain told reporters in Lithuania, an EU and NATO member bordering Russia's highly militarised Kaliningrad exclave.

"Maintaining that presence is necessary to make sure that our friends here understand the United States is always with them," he added, wrapping up a three-day tour of the Baltics with fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democrat Amy Klobuchar.

Mentioning Trump's pick for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, McCain expressed concern over his "relationship with (Russian president) Vladimir Putin" but said he will be given an "opportunity to make his case about why he is qualified".

McCain and Graham also called for increased sanctions against Russia over its cyber-meddling in the US election.

"I think the sanctions need to go beyond what it is today, they need to name Putin as an individual and his inner circle because nothing happens in Russia without his knowledge and approval," Graham said.

The US deployed around 150 troops in each of the Baltic states and Poland in 2014 after tensions in the region flared over Russia's annexation of Crimea.

The outgoing administration also pledged to deploy an additional armoured brigade in eastern Europe from early next year on a rotational basis.

Linas Kojala, who heads the Vilnius-based Eastern Europe Studies Centre, said the senators' visit was reassuring after Trump's "worrisome" comments.

"For the Baltics, NATO and the presence of American soldiers in the region are key factors which distinguish us from war-torn Ukraine," he told AFP.

Macedonia president lashes out at 'irresponsible' EU, NATO
Skopje (AFP) Dec 29, 2016 - Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov on Thursday lashed out at the European Union and NATO over his country's stalled membership bids, calling them "irresponsible" and linking them to the country's political crisis.

In 2008, Greece vetoed Macedonia's NATO membership and it has blocked negotiations on EU accession ever since the country became a candidate in 2005 over a long-running name row.

"In 2008, we were on the threshold of NATO membership. In 2009 we received the first positive report and recommendation to start negotiations with the European Union," Ivanov said in an annual address to the nation.

"In such circumstances, the institutions, responsibly and rapidly, were implementing reforms... and the citizens lived with the expectation that the European future was at hand. And then, at the height of our efforts, expectations and optimism, we were bitterly disappointed," he added.

Macedonia has been in a deep political crisis for almost two years after a mass wiretapping scandal erupted and sparked street protests, prompting the EU to step in.

In his speech Ivanov urged the EU "to stop blocking our future" and partly blamed the bloc and NATO for the country's current political difficulties.

"Instead of a date for negotiations, we were blocked. Instead of membership in NATO, we were ignored. Instead of being rewarded, we were punished.

"The irresponsible behaviour of the European Union and NATO towards Macedonia is inevitably reflected in our internal policies. The reform momentum is lost, the relations between the political parties is tense," the president said.

As part of an EU-brokered deal between Macedonia's four main political parties, December 11 snap elections were narrowly won by the ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE party of former prime minister Nikola Gruevski.

However, as Gruevski's party will have 51 MPs in the 120-seat strong parliament, only two MPs more than the main opposition Social-Democrats (SDSM), it is as yet unclear who will be the kingmaker.

The new parliament is to convene on Friday and Ivanov is expected to appoint a prime minister designate by January 9.

Macedonia's official name at the United Nations is the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, or FYROM as a result of the 25-year-long row with neighbouring Greece, whose northern province bears the same name.


Comment on this article using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

.


Related Links
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com






Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
SUPERPOWERS
China flexes military muscle before Trump takes office
Beijing (AFP) Dec 28, 2016
An aircraft carrier in the Pacific and a newly upgraded combat aircraft: China's military is showing off its newest equipment less than a month before the swearing-in of US President-elect Donald Trump, who has raised tensions between Beijing and Taipei. In recent days state media announced that the country's only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, was on its way to the Pacific for the first ti ... read more


SUPERPOWERS
Unidentified country orders Patriot system upgrade

MBDA submits proposal for TLVS development in Germany

Lockheed Martin receives $1.4 billion for Patriot missile sales

U.S. Air Force approves Lockheed Martin's SBIRS ground system

SUPERPOWERS
Qatar, India, Italy purchase Raytheon Stinger missiles

Raytheon to provide missile defense training for Qatar

U.S. Navy orders 214 Raytheon Tomahawk missiles

U.S. missile deal for Poland finalized

SUPERPOWERS
Britain, France continue drone development project

Ford studies using drones to guide self-driving cars

Bird-like drone uses feathers for a more precise flight path

QinetiQ acquires Meggitt Target Systems

SUPERPOWERS
U.S. Navy selects Raytheon for tactical radio production

Underwater radio, anyone?

Japan to Launch First Military Communications Satellite on January 24

Intelsat General to provide satellite services to RiteNet for US Army network

SUPERPOWERS
Oshkosh receives JLTV production modification

Kongsberg contracted for M1A2 CROWS configuration

Raytheon offers InSITE for U.S. Army training program

BAE Systems to provide active protection for Dutch CV90 vehicles

SUPERPOWERS
Croatia charges top official over military contract bribe

Estonia consolidates military procurement process

Saudi projects drop in defence spending

Trump calls on Boeing to offer quote for F-35 rival

SUPERPOWERS
McCain calls for permanent US troops in Baltics

Duterte seeks 'strategic shift' from US to China: envoy

Russia flags war games with US ally Philippines

Indonesia suspends military cooperation with Australia

SUPERPOWERS
Nanoscale 'conversations' create complex, multi-layered structures

Going green with nanotechnology

Nanocubes simplify printing and imaging in color and infrared

New aspect of atom mimicry for nanotechnology applications




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement