On November 15, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova commented on the recent NATO drills near the Russian borders: Trident Juncture 2018 and Anakonda. She stated that these drills have an obvious offensive message – the sides involved are preparing for offensive actions. The diplomat emphasized that some NATO member states are actively increasing their military presence near the Balitc Sea and the Black Sea. She slammed these actions saying that they are contributing to the militarization on the region.
On the same day, the Russian Foreign Ministry released a full list of military facilities established or used by the US and NATO member states in the regions located close to the Russian borders (SOURCE):
- Riga (forward NATO command and control unit); the settlement of Adazhi (NATO multinational battalion, 1,293 people; division of the rotational armored brigade of the US Armed Forces); the air base (AB) in Lielvarde (a division of the rotational brigade of the United States Army Aviation).
- The military base in the village of Luznava, polygons in the town of Skrunda as well as Aluksne and Daugavpils Territories are being reconstructed.
- Vilnius (forward NATO command and control unit); Rukla (NATO multinational battalion, 1,100; division of the rotational armored brigade of the US Armed Forces);
- AB Zoknyay, Shaulyai (aircraft in the framework of the NATO mission to patrol airspace in the Baltic region – 4 fighters of the Belgian Air Force);
- Mumaychayay village (a warehouse of weapons and military equipment (WMT) of the US);
- polygons in Pabrada, Kairiai, Kazlu Rudei Rokai.
- Tallinn (forward NATO command and control unit);
- village Thapa (NATO multinational battalion, 987 people; a unit of the rotational armored brigade of the US Armed Forces);
- AB “Emari” (aircraft in the framework of the NATO mission to patrol the airspace in the Baltic region – 4 fighters of the German Air Force).
- Szczecin (headquarters of the multinational Northeast Army Rapid Reaction Corps);
- the city of Elblong (multinational headquarters of the divisional level “Northeast”);
- the town of Bydgoszcz (an forward command and control unit and joint NATO Combat Training Center);
- Poznan (advanced divisional command of the US Ground Forces in Europe);
- Lublin (headquarters of the command of the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG);
- Zhagan, Dravsko-Pomorskie, Torun, Sventoshuv, Skvezhina, Boleslawiec (headquarters and units of the rotational armored brigade of the US Armed Forces);
- Ozhesh and Bemovo-Piske (NATO multinational battalion, 1,093 people);
- Povidz (a logistic “hub” of the US Armed Forces in Europe is being formed, a division of the rotational brigade of the US Army Aviation);
- Redzikovo (anti-missile defense (missile defense) complex of the US / NATO Aegis Ashore, under construction);
- training grounds in the villages of Bedrusko, Grzycko, Venjin.
- ABs are being modernized in Lask, Malbork, Minsk-Mazowiecki, Miroslawiec, Swidwin, Poznan (Kschesiny).
- Engineering works are carried out at the naval bases of “Gdynia” and “Svinousce” in the port of Gdansk.
The number of US troops – approx. 3 thousand people (including units in the NATO multinational battalion).
- Novo Selo training ground (Sliven, subunit of the rotational armored brigade, US military warehouses);
- The Koren training ground (Haskovo), Graf Ignatievo AB (periodically deployed aviation to patrol Bulgarian airspace) and Krumovo, Bezmer airfield, Aytos military base (US military warehouses) are being modernized.
- In the interests of the naval forces (Navy) of the NATO countries, the infrastructure of the naval base “Varna” and the home station of the Bulgarian Navy “Burgas” are expanding.
- Sokeshfehervar (forward command and control unit of NATO);
- AB “Papa” (NATO air transport wing, the creation of a logistics “hub”) and “Kecskemet”;
- “Varpalota” range (a division of the rotational armored brigade of the US Armed Forces);
- reconstructed the center of combat training in the “Bakony”.
- Bucharest (multinational headquarters divisional level “South-East”);
- AB “Mikhail Kogalnichanu” (rotational units of the armored brigade, army aviation brigade, marine corps, passenger transit center of the Armed Forces, US Army military warehouses;
- periodic deployment of aviation under patrolling the airspace of Romania – 5 fighters of the Canadian Air Force);
- Craiova (multinational “framework” (training) NATO brigade, formation continues, about 2.5 thousand people);
- AB Deveselu (Karakal, US / NATO Ajis Eshore missile defense complex);
- AB “Fetesht”, “Campia-Turzii”, an airfield in the city of Otopeni;
- Port of Constanta, the village of Medzhidiya (the military equipment warehouse), Babadag, Melina (Smyrdan) and Chinku ranges are being modernized.
- Bratislava (forward command and control unit of NATO);
- in the interests of the NATO states, the ABs “Sliach”, “Kuchinya”, “Malacky” and the range in the city of Leste are being modernized.
- ABs in the cities of Časlav and Náměšt nad Oslavoy, an airfield in the town of Pardubice.
- AB “Sola”, village Stavanger, military bases “Vernes” in Trondheim (rotational unit of the US Marines) and in the settlement Bardufoss (preparation for the deployment of US Marines);
- Trondheim (WMT warehouses of the Marine Corps).
- Izmir (command of the NATO Ground Forces);
- AB “Incirlik”;
- Kahramanmarash and Adana provinces (NATO’s Active Barrier mission to shield Turkey from missile threats from Syria).
- Camp Bondsteel;
- multinational contingent within the framework of the NATO Forces for Kosovo mission (3.9 thousand people).
The number of US troops – approx. 670 people (as part of the Kosovo Force).
- village Krtsanisi (NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Assessment Center);
- village Sachkhere (training center “School of mountain training”).
- the town of Yavoriv (international center for peacemaking and security).
The number of US troops – approx. 300 people
- Chisinau (training center of the Military Academy named after Alexandru cel Bun).
- Stuttgart-Fayhingen (headquarters of the commands of the armed forces and special operations forces of the USA in Europe and Africa);
- the city of Wiesbaden (headquarters of the US Army Command in Europe and the 7th US Army);
- ABs Ramstein, Ramstein-Miesenbach (headquarters of the commands of the combined NATO air forces, the US air forces in Europe, the 3rd Air Forces of the USA, and the command and control center for anti-missile defense forces of the United States armed forces in Europe);
- Ulm (joint NATO logistics and support command in Europe, is being created);
- Udem (NATO Joint Air Operations Center);
- Filzec (2nd Cavalry Regiment of the US Ground Forces);
- Grafenver (units of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, a training center and an advance storage center for military equipment of the US Army);
- Hohenfels (United Multinational Training Center);
- Kaiserslautern (US Patriot division);
- the city of Illesheim (headquarters and units of the rotational aviation brigade of the US Army);
- Beblingen (US Marine Forces headquarters in Europe and Africa);
- Dülmen, Mannheim, Mizau (forward storage facilities for weapons and military equipment of the US Army); AB in Geilenkirchen (aircraft of the radio detection and guidance complex (AWACS) of NATO) and Spangdahlem;
- the headquarters of the garrison command in the cities of Ansbach, Wiesbaden, Kaiserslautern, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Stuttgart-Fayhingen.
The number of US troops – approx. 38 thousand people
- Naples (NATO Joint Command Naples, NATO Hub for the South Information and Analytical Center, headquarters of the US Navy Command in Europe and Africa, and the 6th US Navy Operational Fleet);
- the city of Vicenza (US Army headquarters in Africa; 173rd Airborne Brigade of the US Armed Forces);
- Ab Sigonella, Sicily (United States Marines Special Forces), Aviano; Livorno (WMT warehouse).
The number of US troops – approx. 12 thousand people.
- Bruunsum (Allied Command Bryunsum);
- AB “Leeuwarden”;
- Eygelshofen (WMT inventory warehouse).
- Mons (strategic operations command of the United Armed Forces, command of special operations forces; center of NATO cyber operations, is being created);
- Brussels (command of the Benelux US Army garrison);
- AB “Chevre”;
- Zutendal (WMT armored warehouses).
The United Kingdom:
- ABs in Lakeenhit, Mildenhall, Alconbury, Fairford (including the periodic deployment of US Air Force strategic bombers), Croton, Menvit Hill, Feltwell, Molsworth, Welford, Waddington (NATO AWACS aircraft).
- AB”Keflavik” (periodic deployment of military aircraft of NATO countries).
- AB “Moron” (rotational special forces of the US Marines), naval base “Rota” (permanent basing of ships with guided missile weapons (URO) of the US Navy);
- Torrehon (NATO Joint Air Operations Center).
- AB “Lajesh”, Azores.
- “Souda Bay” (Navy, AVB, military equipment warehouses); AVB in Heraklion;
- military base “Makri”.
- sovereign military bases of the Armed Forces of the UK “Akrotiri” (AB “Akrotiri” and Episkopi military garrison) and “Dekelia”.
The number of British troops – approx. 3500 people
- Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Herat, Kandahar, Laghman (NATO “Strong Support” advise and training mission, 16.3 thousand);
- Operation of the US Armed Forces “Guardian of Freedom” (8 thousand.).
In the Baltic and in the Atlantic, under the command of NATO headquarters structures, the 1st permanent naval (PFMG) and the 1st permanent mine action group (FPMG) operate, in the Mediterranean – the 2nd PFGG and the 2nd PFMG (5-8 ships each) Alliance Navy countries each). Allied Forces conduct a maritime security operation in the Mediterranean, and also take action in the Aegean Sea to observe and collect information on irregular migration.