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US says it does not consider Gülen movement a terror organization

The U.S. has stated that the country does not consider the movement of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen a terror organization, a position which stands in contrast with the latest decision taken during a Turkish National Security Council (MGK) meeting on the movement.

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Turkey proposes special operation with US in Syria

Turkey has proposed to join the United States in a special operation in Syria only if Kurdish fighters are excluded from the offensive.

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NATO Urged to Strengthen Presence in Balkans

NATO leaders in Tirana welcomed Montenegro's membership, spoke of the need to bring Macedonia closer to the alliance - and called for a robust response to an assertive Russia.

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Bulgarian PM holds special meeting on migrant crossings at Greek border

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov called together senior officials for a special meeting in the south-west Bulgarian town of Blagoevgrad on May 29, 2016 to discuss the situation at the Greek border, against a background of close to 90 people having been caught trying to enter Bulgaria illegally in the past day.

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Turkey no longer interested in buying US drones: Turkish official

A U.S. restriction on the sale of some weapon systems has driven Turkey to develop its own technologies, the head of Turkish defense industry said on May 26, 2016.

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Bulgarian parliamentary committees approve jet fighter, patrol ship projects

The Bulgarian Parliament’s committees on defence and on budget and finance have approved projects worth well more than a billion euro to acquire new jet fighters and two new naval patrol vessels.

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Defence Budgets and Cooperation in Europe: Developments, Trends and Drivers

The changes that have transformed the security landscape in and around Europe since 2014 have been significant. The evidence laid out in Chapter 1 shows that they have had a perceptible effect on European countries’ defence economics and defence budgets for 2015 and 2016.

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Montenegro’s steep road to NATO membership

In a solemn ceremony, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg invited on Thursday (19.05.2016) 27 member states to sign Montenegro’s Protocol of Accession to NATO. From the protocol to membership there is a time period in which a lot good go seriously wrong.

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As NATO Beckons, Ukraine Signs Military Cooperation Plan with Turkey

Ukrainian General Staff said that Ukraine and Turkey have signed on Monday (16.05.2016) a military cooperation plan.

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In Have Turkey-PKK clashes crossed fatal threshold?

In an Aug. 13 (2015) article on the spiraling violence in Turkey, I argued that the shooting down of a Turkish warplane or helicopter by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) with a portable, shoulder-held, surface-to-air missile (MANPADS) would be a critical threshold for escalation. In a Dec. 14 article, I noted that the MANPADS threat had increased and that the PKK could use these systems against aerial targets inside Turkey.

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Turkish Military Masses at Syria Border, but Why?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that the military could intervene in Syria to stop ongoing rocket attacks by so-called Islamic State group. But critics claim Erdogan's real priority for intervening would be to target Syrian Kurdish forces it accuses of being linked to the PKK. And experts warn any intervention would need cooperation from other countries or run the risk of military confrontation.

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FT: в НАТО опасаются, что Черное море станет "российским озером"

МОСКВА, 14 мая 2016 — РИА Новости. За два месяца до саммита НАТО в Варшаве многие члены Североатлантического альянса опасаются, что Россия увеличит военное присутствие в Черном море, пишет газета Financial Times.

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Moscow voices alarm as NATO Romanian missile defense base goes live

As a new Romanian interceptor missile base prepares to go live Thursday (12.05.2016), Moscow has slammed NATO’s expanding defense shield, calling it a threat to security, and a violation of a key international treaty.

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US military to use Bulgaria airbases for 10 more years

The agreement on the use of Bulgaria’s Bezmer and Graf Ignatievo airbases has been extended for 10 more years, RIA Novosti said, citing a Xinhua report. 

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Эрдоган раскритиковал НАТО за низкую военную активность в Черном море

 Президент Турции Тайип Эрдоган подверг критике НАТО за недостаточное военное присутствие в Черном море, заявив, что оно превращается во "внутреннее озеро России".

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