"It was all theater," said the U.S.-backed commander who has since switched his allegiance to Turkey.
Russia's increasing military activity and NATO's mobilization of troops across Europe have put nonaligned Finland in a tough spot.
Three different reports from Russian state media claim that the rail-based missile system will not be a budget priority for the foreseeable future.
The U.S secretary of state said, "There is broad consensus among all the NATO members that there is no normalization of dialogue with Russia today."
The Pentagon said it would stay "as long as we need to," defying Syria, Russia and Iran, which see U.S. military presence as illegal.
Russian marines are training in field combat in North Korea, bordering Primorye.
Russia "must not allow" the North Korean crisis to come to blows, but if war breaks out, "this will not be something unanticipated by us," the head of Russia's Security Council said.
Two ships in Russia's Pacific Fleet practiced amphibious landing in Primorye, Russia, and more drills in the country's east will follow.
"NATO needs to take note of the enormity of China's influence," a former NATO and U.S. military leader said.
The Pentagon says Russia caused violent turbulence, but Moscow's former air force deputy commander says the U.S. should not have been in the Black Sea.
The Russian leader said military production and services must be able to spike on snap orders.
The flyover is one of several recent drills by Russia in the Asia Pacific, carried out from its North Korea-bordering Primorye region.
Russia's Baltic fleet has put its newest rockets and artillery on display in the middle of Kaliningrad.
As Tu-22M3 supersonic bombers blasted the last of ISIS in Syria, Russia announced the new Tu-22M3M fitted with missiles that can soar 130,000 feet and attack 620 miles away.
"As power is shifting away from the West toward Asia, the West's ability to influence the agenda on a global scale is expected to be reduced," the latest NATO report found.
While the government has had lofty goals for the size of its armed forces, independent analysis shows the big figures disguise the reality.
"Everything is fine, just perfect. I congratulate the aircraft builders and I think we will deliver good news to the defense ministry," Putin said of the new TU-160M2.
The Knyaz Vladimir is the first of five nuclear-powered submarines that Moscow believes will upgrade its navy.
Russia's Defense Ministry blamed the embarrassing error on a civil service employee, but provided new images it said were "irrefutable evidence" of U.S.-ISIS ties.
Winter is coming and Russia's scientists are getting loaded guns to fight deadly snowslides.
Lithuania's defense minister said NATO states "need to address" permanent anti-aircraft power across the Baltic states and Poland to counter Russia.
The Kremlin is not budging from its Soviet-era love of tanks.