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Top Republicans on Monday made a push to accelerate Washington’s proposed sale of 250 M1A2 Abrams tanks to NATO-ally Poland, which has been pending since last summer, in light of the escalating crisis with Russia.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is visiting Georgia, Ukraine and Romania to show support in the face of Russian military activity before he attends NATO’s defense ministerial meeting.
Adm. Alexander Moiseyev, the commander of Russia’s Northern Fleet, said that NATO navy ships’ presence in the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea have reached levels unseen since World War II.
Mohammed al-Hakim, the foreign minister of Iraq, tweeted Monday that regional states are capable of securing the strategic waterway themselves.
F-35 pilots from the U.S., U.K., and Israel took part in a one-day training exercise over the Eastern Mediterranean Sea June 25, according to an Air Force press release.
By Apoorva Mittal, Staff