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Russia's top diplomat shares his view on NATO’s actions in Balkans

Lavrov believes that "nothing that is being done by NATO boosts anyone’s security", especially in the Balkans.

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Turkey-US agree to work on easing disputes over Syrian crises

Turkey and the United States have reached an “understanding to normalize ties” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Feb. 16, 2018, announcing the decision to “establish mechanisms” to solve the series of ongoing disagreements between the two NATO allies.

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Croatia's Upgraded M-84 MBT Could Include Rafael's Samson RCWS

The Croatian Armed Forces are planning to upgrade their fleet of 75 M-84 main battle tanks. One of the upgrade versions includes a Rafael Samson Remote Controlled Weapon Station.

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Romania-Poland strategic cooperation

Bucharest, Feb 1, 2018. President Klaus Iohannis welcomed Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, with the two discussing strategic cooperation.

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Projects worth $9.4 billion evaluated at top Turkish defense committee meeting

The Turkish defense industry held an executive committee meeting late on Jan. 31, 2018 for the first time under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. 

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Israel to sell Croatia F-16s for $500m

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has completed his latest rounds of meetings in Davos on 26.01.2018 and is flying back to Israel this morning. 

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Pentagon Chief Slams Ankara's Op in Syria Amid US-Turkey Row Over Kurds

Just a month after the US promised Turkey to halt its arms supplies to the Syrian Kurdish fighters, the Pentagon announced plans to created a 30,000-strong border force from Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Afrin, which has been dubbed as a "terrorist army" by Ankara.

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NATO prepares to take in Macedonia

Macedonia could be invited to join NATO as soon as it solves its name dispute with Greece, NATO has indicated.

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Turkey ‘will not take a step back’ in Afrin operation: Erdoğan

Turkey will “not take a step back” from its operation into Afrin and has an agreement with Russia regarding its military offensive against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northwestern Syrian city, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Jan. 22, 2018.

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Turkish-Backed Forces Cross Syrian Border as Afrin Op 'De Facto' Starts - Media

US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has previously urged Turkey not to engage in any invasion of Syria's Afrin.

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Turkey will carry out military operation in Syria’s Afrin: Defense minister

Turkey will carry out a military operation into Afrin in northern Syria, Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli vowed in an interview with broadcaster A Haber on the morning of Jan. 19, 2018.

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Turkey Ratchets Up Pressure on Syrian Kurds

Turkey is stepping up its military and diplomatic preparations for a threatened offensive into Syria against a Syrian Kurdish militia. The escalation comes as Turkish ministers dismissed efforts by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to calm tensions.

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Syria vows to shoot down Turkish fighter jets

Syria’s deputy foreign minister says the country’s air force will shoot down any Turkish fighter jets that attack Syria.

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Turkish journalist: Why is Afrin so important?

Turkey has been flexing its muscle. It has been building up its military presence on the border with Syria. High volume political rhetoric, as well as back channel diplomacy has been continuing.

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Possible Afrin operation to be conducted with Syrian opposition groups: Erdoğan

A possible military operation by Turkey in the Afrin region of northern Syria will be conducted together with Syrian opposition groups, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Jan. 16, 2018.

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