The United States collect information about the explosion in Beirut and preparing to provide humanitarian assistance, said the Minister of defense mark Esper.
"We're still gathering information about what happened. Most believe it was an accident, as was reported. In addition, I can not say anything," said Esper, speaking at a video conference in the framework of Asinovskogo forum.
Senator Alexei Pushkov commented on the outcome of the negotiations about increase the American military contingent in Poland, noting that the country becomes a base for the United States against Russia.
Pentagon chief mark Esper stated that Washington and Warsaw have concluded negotiations on the basis of which Poland will be sent an additional one thousand us troops.
The US decision on the withdrawal of almost 12 thousand troops from Germany and their relocation to other European countries to NATO will not affect the ability of the US to contain Russia, said US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.
"In those comments from Russia that I've seen says that they feel threatened by our action, because our soldiers will be deployed closer to Russia's borders," said Pompeo at the hearings in Congress.
Senator Alexei Pushkov commented in his Twitter the US plans to transfer part of its forces to the borders of Russia.
Pentagon chief mark Esper stated that Washington will transfer part of the military to the borders of Russia for its "deterrence," noting that in the future the US can deploy in Poland and the Baltic States for additional military forces. Esper also said that Germany will withdraw a total of almost 12 thousand US military, 9.5 thousand will be withdrawn from Germany to Italy and Belgium. According to media reports, there will be transferred and the headquarters of US forces in Europe.
Presence in Europe, the United States needs more than the Europeans themselves, besides the deployment of additional forces in the Eastern countries of the continent violates "the Basic act Russia – NATO", said RIA Novosti on Wednesday the head of the international Committee of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev.
Pentagon chief mark Esper stated that the United States will transfer part of the military to the borders of Russia for its "deterrence," noting that in the future the US can deploy in Poland and the Baltic States for additional military forces. Esper also said that Germany will withdraw a total of almost 12 thousand US military, 9.5 thousand will be withdrawn from Germany to Italy and Belgium. According to media reports, there will be transferred and the headquarters of US forces in Europe.
Russia will consider military plans of Washington in Europe and will target their systems to new areas of deployment of us troops, told RIA Novosti on Wednesday, a member of the international Committee of the Federation Council Oleg Morozov.
Pentagon chief mark Esper stated that the United States will transfer part of the military to the borders of Russia for its "deterrence". He noted that in the future the US can deploy in Poland and the Baltic States for additional military forces. Esper also said that Germany will withdraw a total of almost 12 thousand military of the United States, 9.5 per thousand in Italy and Belgium. According to media reports, there will be transferred and the headquarters of US forces in Europe.
Statement on the withdrawal of American troops from Germany, "propaganda hype", but even the withdrawal and relocation of American troops in Europe will not change the ratio of military forces in the region, said to RIA Novosti, the former chief of the General staff of the Russian Armed forces army General Yury Baluyevsky commenting on the words of the head of the Pentagon, Mark Esper.
Earlier, the head of Pentagon said that the US withdraw from Germany 11.9 thousand military, 6.4 thousand of them will come back. The current plan of the US European command is to reduce the number of military in Germany, with approximately 36 thousand to 24 thousand. 4500 troops armored troops return to the United States, and other entities will continue to be available on a rotational basis "in the East and in the Black sea area" to "strengthen deterrence" of Russia and to ensure the security of the allies on the South-Eastern flank. In the future the United States can deploy additional forces in Poland and the Baltic States.
The US withdraw from Germany 11.9 thousand military, reducing its contingent in the country with about 36 thousand to 24 thousand, said at a press conference the head of the Pentagon, mark Esper.
He explained that, according to the plans of the European command, of this amount, approximately 5,600 people will be placed in NATO countries, and 6400 will be back in the US but will be deployed in Europe on a rotating basis.
The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Germany will begin in a few weeks, said the head of the Pentagon, mark Esper.
"As for how quickly will move the military, it is a question of weeks," said Esper at a press conference.
The headquarters of US forces in Europe will be transferred from Germany to Belgium, said the commander of U.S. forces in Europe and Supreme allied commander of NATO forces in Europe, General Todd Walters.
"With regard to the location of the headquarters of the European command. Now, as you know, he is in Stuttgart (Germany). After solving some issues we expect that it will be displaced to Mons in Belgium," said Walters at a press conference.
The President of the United States Donald trump is pissed about how the Secretary of defense mark Esper has signed a Memorandum of demonstration of flags at military installations where it was not allowed among the Confederate flag, according to CNN, citing informed sources.
Earlier it was reported that Esper has signed a Memorandum of demonstration of flags at military sites where the number of allowed missing the Confederate flag. The list of allowed to posting on military facilities or territories of flags consists of nine items, in which there is no mention of the Confederate flag. An exception is made for museums, tombs, monuments and a number of other situations in which it "cannot be considered as the flag support from the Ministry of defense."
The Minister of national defence of Greece Nikolaos Panayotopoulos informed the Secretary of defense Mark Esper about the military activity of Turkey in the area of the island of kastellorizo and Greece's determination to protect its sovereign rights, said the Greek defense Ministry.
The hydrographic service of Antalya on Tuesday released the international Navtex warning about the seismic research to the South and East of the island of kastellorizo from 21 July to 2 August. In Ankara it was announced that a research ship Oruc Reis will be in the area. There was also a 15 Turkish military vehicles. For this reason the Hellenic armed forces have been alerted across the country.
The United States will continue to be present in the South China sea, to send aircraft carriers to exercise, and no one can stop it, said the Minister of defense mark Esper.
The US aircraft carriers "Nimitz" and "Ronald Reagan" July 17, resumed its exercises in the South China sea.
The Secretary of defense mark Esper said that the United States will continue arms sales to Taiwan.
The Chinese foreign Ministry announced earlier that Beijing imposes sanctions against the American military-industrial Corporation Lockheed Martin, which is the main contractor on sale of military equipment to Taiwan. The U.S. state Department has approved the possible sale to Taiwan of equipment to upgrade Patriot systems for a total amount of 620 million dollars. The main contractor of the transaction is the company Lockheed Martin.
The Secretary of defense mark Esper argues that Russia and other countries want to influence the upcoming elections in the country .
"It is clear that Russia and other countries, we believe, want to influence American elections, if you do not intervene. We are working very hard. The U.S. Department of defense supports interagency efforts with the Department of homeland security. We are fully confident that we can preserve the sanctity of our elections because it is the most important thing for democracy is to ensure the integrity of elections," Esper said during an online conference.
The American supervenes a new generation of "Gerald Ford" next problem — recently, the U.S. Navy announced the dismissal of the project by a number of senior professionals. The American media is associated with numerous shortcomings identified during the pilot operation of "floating airfield". The most expensive warship in history, worth nearly $ 13 billion is still not ready for service, although he entered the Navy in may 2017. Why "Gerald Ford" not so lucky — in the material RIA Novosti.
To develop the most powerful aircraft carrier began in the mid-1990s. Laid the ship in 2005. According to the plans of the Navy command, he had to change the first American nuclear aircraft carrier "enterprise", who had served since the early 1960s. Built almost ten years and launched in the fall of 2013. Displacement over 100 thousand tons, "Gerald Ford" — the world's largest surface combat ship.
The defense Ministers of South Korea and the US Tuesday discussed by telephone the problem of separating defence spending and other security issues on the Korean Peninsula, reported South Korean defense Ministry.
In addition to discussing the cost of maintaining U.S. troops and joint exercises command posts this summer, Ministers Jung Kyung Doo and mark Esper agreed to continue efforts for the denuclearization of the DPRK to establish a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, as well as the transfer of operational control (OPCON) of South Korean troops from Washington to Seoul. The parties agreed to continue discussion of all issues at the annual consultative meeting on security issues in the fall.
The candidate in US presidents from Democratic party Joe Biden supported the ban of the Pentagon on the display of the Confederate flag, but criticized the ban on the LGBT flag, promising to return it right.
"The ban of the Confederate flag at military facilities is long overdue. The ban of the LGBT flag is a real symbol of diversity and inclusiveness is undoubtedly wrong. The Pentagon should ensure that will solve it, or I'll do it as President," he wrote Sunday on his Twitter.
Visit of the Minister of national defense of Greece Nikolaos of Panayotopoulos in the United States pending, said the Greek defense Ministry.
After an exchange of views with the Ministry of defense it was decided to postpone the visit of Panayotopoulos in the United States, the report said.
The Secretary of defense mark Esper stated that he had not received reports about the "reward", which was allegedly paid Russia the Afghan Taliban for attacks on American soldiers.
"As I recall, I have not received reports that included the word "remuneration," said Esper at hearings in Committee on armed forces U.S. house of representatives.
If the Pentagon believes its primary task of deterrence of Russia and China, so, this kind of philosophy professed by the current administration of the United States, she was overwhelmed with the desire to keep everyone but themselves, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov.
Pentagon chief mark Esper in the first year at the post said the successful "containment" of Russia and China.
Moscow is interested in the development of a normal dialogue with all countries, including Washington, said Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The Secretary of defense mark Esper in the first year at the post said the successful "containment" of Russia and China.
The administration of U.S. President plans to hold talks with the designated officials of the Pentagon and to discuss with them their career and interests after 2021, during a possible second term of Donald trump, writes the magazine Foreign Policy, citing current and former American officials.
According to the publication, on Wednesday from the office of White house staff in the U.S. Department of defense sent a letter with a proposal to set up a meeting with representatives of management of shots of presidential administration. Sources said that the letter described the meeting as a platform to showcase staff non-staff composition of their qualifications for positions in a possible second term of the presidency of the trump.
The Secretary of defense mark Esper discussed with his German counterpart Annegret Kramp-karrenbauer the output of 9.5 thousand U.S. troops from Germany and she confirmed these plans, said in a statement on the website of the military Department.
They discussed the need to ensure that any plan the United States should give guarantees to European allies, to expand the containment of Russia and strengthen NATO, said in a press release.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Prime Minister mark Esper at the meeting in Brussels will discuss the "joint response to the Russian missiles".
"We work together on a balanced response to the new Russian missiles that we consider dangerous and destabilizing", - said Stoltenberg before the meeting.
Senate Democrats, the U.S. accused the administration of U.S. President Donald trump in violation of the law in connection with the statement of intent to withdraw from the Treaty on open skies, according to Reuters.
It is reported that in a letter to U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Minister of defense Mark Esper Democrats said that the administration has not sent Congress a notice 120 days prior to the start of the release process, as required by law. In a letter to the leader of the Democrats in the US Senate Chuck Schumer, and senators mark Warner and Jack reed urged the administration to immediately stop the attempts of withdrawal from the Treaty.
Deputy Deputy Minister of defense - chief financial controller Department Elaine McCusker whose letters appeared in the investigation for the impeachment of Donald Trump, resigned, said in a statement, the Minister of defense mark Esper.
He thanked McCusker for work, not calling the reasons for her resignation.
The Secretary of defense mark Esper stated that it did not support the use of the law of rebellion for the army during the suppression of the riots. Previously, the possibility of the use of the law was publicly discussed by President Donald trump.
"I do not support the appeal to the Law about the uprisings," said Esper at a press conference.
The U.S. government intends to conduct tests for the presence of antibodies to the new coronavirus infection among the troops, said the Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General mark Milly.
"Yes, we intend to introduce testing for antibodies in all units (army - ed.)," said Millie during an online press conference with the Minister of defense mark Esper.