More responses from Russia to US/NATO military exercises near Russia during very high tensions over the Ukraine.
NKorea keeps flexing its tiny nuclear muscle ..... giving a sense of something about to snap over 'there'.
Russia flies warplanes to Belarus for joint combat duty
by Staff Writers
Moscow (XNA) Mar 16, 2014
Moscow has deployed six SU-27 fighters and three military transport jets to Belarus, in an apparent reaction to growing NATO activity near the Belarusian border, the Russian defense ministry said Thursday.
"The air crews of the Russian jets will be on combat duty with their Belarusian colleagues for purposes of air reconnaissance and ensuring defense of the air space of the Union State," the Itar- Tass news agency quoted a ministry spokesman as saying.
"In the event of further accumulation of troops formations in the states adjoining Belarus, it will take adequate measures of response on its territory," the Belarusian defense ministry said.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko suggested Wednesday that Russia deploy up to 15 planes in his country in response to the growing NATO activity near the Belarusian border.
Meanwhile, Lukashenko on Thursday declined that he was asking for military assistance from Russia.
"If NATO or someone is making any movements over there in Poland, we have a plan for such a contingency, and we would have to implement it ... I suggested to Russia: let's implement it," the Interfax news agency quoted him as saying.
NKorea threatens to flex nuclear muscle; fires volley of missiles
by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP) March 15, 2014
North Korea has threatened to demonstrate its nuclear deterrence in a move analysts say could indicate the regime is preparing to carry out a fourth atomic test amid long-stalled disarmament talks.
The powerful National Defence Commission (NDC), chaired by leader Kim Jong-Un, said on Friday that the North would continue efforts "to bolster up its nuclear deterrence for self-defence".
"And additional measures will be taken to demonstrate its might one after another as long as the US nuclear threat and blackmail persist as now", it added in a statement carried by Pyongyang state media.