Saturday, January 03, 2009

Moscow continues to encroach on Europe

The Russian government continues to do all it can to make inroads on Europe's security. In the latest move, Russian warplanes are scheduled to take part in exercises held within the airspace of a NATO country, Greece. The Telegraph notes that

Greek defence officials said that Russian Sukhoi 25 and Sukhoi 33 fighter aircraft would take part in the operations, as well as Kamov helicopters.

They are the first such war games to take place in the Nato member's territory.

The decision could prove controversial with Greece's European Union partners following a series of provocative sorties by Russian aircraft in Western Europe. Moscow has also sent its warships to conduct exercises off Venezuela and Cuba, in moves designed to irritate Washington.

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