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Brussels unveils EUR 13 billion defence fund

The EU Commission outlined plans for a new EUR 13 billion European Defence Fund Wednesday, with a view to increasing the EU's 'strategic autonomy' and strengthening its ability to protect its citizens.

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Bulgarian Parliament Votes Approval Of 3.5BN Leva Military Vehicle, Combat Aircraft Acquisition Projects

Bulgaria’s unicameral parliament, the National Assembly, voted on June 8 to approve military modernisation projects that envisage spending about 3.5 billion leva on acquiring 16 fighter jets and 150 armoured vehicles and other equipment for the land forces.

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Don’t use S-400s even if you buy them, US tells Turkey

Turkey and the United States recently took an important step in the right direction by endorsing the road map for Syria’s Manbij province that will lead to the withdrawal of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) at a meeting between Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington. 

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Serbian President: "We have been warned - if we send soldiers to Kosovo..."

The fact "great powers" do not recognize and have no intention to take into account (UNSC) Resolution 1244, for us means "little opportunity to do something."

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Turkey eyes ‘four-way deal’ against PKK in northern Iraq

Turkey is working with the United States, Iraq, and the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in its fight to eliminate the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said, stressing the necessity of “joint action” against the group.

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Israel Wants US to Keep F-35 'Upgrade Capabilities' Secret From Turkey – Reports

Israel and the United States are holding talks on the supply of F-35 stealth fighter jets to Turkey amid uncertainties over the fate of the deliveries in the US, Haaretz reported.

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Turkey would purchase Russian Su-57 warplanes if US bars sale of F-35 jets: Report

Turkey would likely opt to purchase Russian Sukhoi Su-57 twin-engine warplanes in place of US F-35 single-engine stealth fighter jets if Washington suspends the delivery of the latter in response to Ankara's sale of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia.

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White smoke for first-ever EU defence industry fund

The new European Defence Industrial Development Programme, with a €500 million budget for 2019-2020, was informally agreed by MEPs and Council on Tuesday night (22 to 23 May).

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US lawmaker proposes banning F-35 sales to Turkey

Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island’s legislation prohibits the sale or transfer of F-35 aircraft and any intellectual property (IP) or technical data to Turkey, according to a statement (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5863).

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Turkish chief of staff urges Greece not to make ‘miscalculations’ over Aegean

Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar has indirectly urged Greece not to make “miscalculations” amid a rise in tension between Turkey and Greece over the Aegean.

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Greek Defence Minister: No leasing of French frigates, talks touched on possible building of new ones; F-16 upgrade cited

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos on 25.04.2018 clarified that the country was not discussing the prospect of leasing two Fremm-type frigates from France, saying instead that high-level talks referred to the possible construction of new warships in Greece.

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Turkish president vows to continue with Syria operation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 24.04.2018 has rejected calls for his country to stop a controversialmilitary operation in Syria, saying the fight would continue as part of Ankara's broader crackdown on Kurdish militants.

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Россия приступила к производству С-400 для Анкары

Россия начала производство зенитных ракетных систем С-400 для Турции, сообщил глава Рособоронэкспорта Александр Михеев.

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BMC wins contract for Turkey’s indigenous battle tank: Defense sources

BMC, a Turkish-Qatari armored vehicles manufacturer, has won a key contract on the road to developing and producing the country’s main battle tank, dubbed “Altay,” defense sources told state-run Anadolu Agency on April 24, 2018.

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Prospect of Athens leasing 2 French frigates denied by Paris; sharp reaction by opposition

No discussion was reportedly held on Monday (23.04.2018) by members of the high-ranking government council for defense and armaments (KYSEA) regarding the supposed leasing of two French Fremm-type frigates by Greece, with the relevant minister in Paris, in fact, flatly denying the prospect.

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