A Lithuanian military inspection group is set to visit Belarus, BelTA learned from the press service of the Defense Ministry of Belarus.
The inspection will be held on 10-12 October in line with the provisions of the Belarus-Lithuania agreements on additional confidence- and security-building measures.
The Lithuanian military will inspect the 19th separate mechanized brigade. The inspection will verify the level of reliable information provided by Belarus within the agreement in respect to the military personnel, armament systems and hardware of the chosen military unit.
Finland will conduct a confidence-and-security-building inspection conform to the Vienna Document 2011 in Turkey from 10 to 13 October 2017.
The inspected area is located west of Istanbul and according to the annual reports it is home to 13 military units. The inspection team consists of three Finnish and one Swedish officer. The team is headed by Lieutenant Colonel Joakim Salonen from Defence Command Finland.
The aim of the inspection is to verify that there are no military activities in the specified area that are subject to prior notification according to the Vienna Document.
The aim is also to verify the information about units in the inspection area that Turkey supplied to the OSCE and to train our own personnel for arms control duties and to show Finland’s involvement in multinational arms control as well as its impartiality.
Russian planes were scrambled nine times during the past ten days to intercept foreign aircraft near Russian borders, the Russian Defense Ministry said in its weekly infographics published on Friday.
According to the ministry’s data, 30 foreign aircraft conducted air surveillance near the Russian borders. “Any violation of the Russian airspace was prevented,” the ministry said.
Last week, the Russian military conducted two inspections in foreign states – in Poland as part of the Open Skies Treaty and in Czech Republic under the Vienna Document 2011 on confidence and security-building measures in Europe.
Four foreign military inspections were carried out on the Russian territory in the reported period. An inspection by Finnish military experts was carried out as part of the Open Skies Treaty and a joint Polish-Italian mission took place in line with the Vienna Document 2011. Besides, OPCW experts also visited Russia, as well as US military officials who monitored its compliance with the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).
WASHINGTON, September 3. /TASS/. US officials told Russian diplomats they would make a video record in the building of the Russian trade mission in Washington after de-facto assuming control over it, a spokesman for Russia’s embassy in the US said on Saturday.
“Our staff left the trade mission’s territory. US officials remain there. We have no idea of what they are doing there now. It was claimed that they would make a video record there,” Nikolai Lakhonin said.
He added that two Russian diplomats were present during the inspection, but were ordered to leave at some point.
“They were present during the inspection – two embassy officials,” Lakhonin said. “At some point they were told to leave the territory.”
On August 31, Washington demanded that Moscow close down its Consulate-General in San Francisco and the trade mission in Washington, as well as its New York branch, by September 2. The US side says that the building’s diplomatic immunity expires on 14:00 on Saturday (21:00 Moscow time).
Head of the Russian trade mission in Washington, Alexander Stadnik, earlier told reporters that the facility was de-facto under control of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the security and law enforcement arm of the US Department of State.
Finland will conduct a confidence- and security-building evaluation conform to the Vienna Document 2011 in the Netherlands and an inspection in Belgium between 12-16 June 2017.
The evaluation and inspection team will be led by Lieutenant Colonel Vesa Mäntylä from Defence Command Finland. An officer from Belarus will also participate.
The purpose of the evaluation visit is to corroborate the information provided in the previous inspection to Gilze-Rijen earlier in 2017. The subject of the evaluation visit is the Defence Helicopter Command in Rijen.
The aim of the inspection is to verify that there are no military activities in the specified area in Belgium that are subject to prior notification according to the Vienna Document. The area includes approximately 50 percent of the entire area of Belgium, and army and air force headquarters and four brigade-level units are located within the it.