Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) will conduct more than 60 exercises and over 40 training sessions in 2014, RVSN Spokesperson, Colonel Igor Yegorov said.
The RVSN command is thoroughly revising combat training programmes and regulations and updating training methodologies, taking into account new methods of warfare.
“With a view to improving the quality of combat training, the duration of training has been increased to 32 days from this year for personnel performing combat duties at the highest levels of combat readiness on combat patrol routes,” Yegorov said.
...The US-led NATO alliance this week announced that it intends consolidating its military presence in Eastern Europe, the Black Sea and the Baltic states. Ahead of a NATO summit in Wales, NATO secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called for the setting up of «reactive battalions» along Russia’s border. The contingency would include the eventual placement of ballistic missiles and it builds on recent dispatches of NATO warships and fighter aircraft in the region... Economic sanctions imposed by Washington and its European allies – the latest round announced this week – are applied with the same reckless abandon as NATO build-up. No concrete evidence of alleged Russian malfeasance in Ukraine is produced to validate sanctions or NATO battle plans...