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Russia after Turkey-Syria border closure over arms flow

Russia's foreign minister has called for the closure of the Turkish border with Syria, saying the region is used to smuggle weapons into the Arab country to supply terror groups operating in Syria.

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Migrants break down Macedonia fence on Greek border

 

 

 

A crowd of migrants has broken down a barbed-wire fence on the Macedonia-Greece border using a steel pole as a battering ram.

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Turkey receives first Koral land-based EW system

The Turkish Air Force officially received its first locally designed Koral land-based mobile electronic warfare (EW) system from Aselsan on 22 February, 2016.

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Hungary to Build Fence on Romania Border

 

 

 

Hungary is planning to construct a barrier along its border with Romania in its latest attempt to keep refugees and migrants out.

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Russia turns to US for explanations over Turkey’s shelling of Syrian territory

Earlier the Russian Center for reconciling the warring sides in Syria received information on an attack from the Turkish territory on the Syrian town of Et Tell el-Abyad by armed units.

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Report: Romania and 19 other countries involved in Islamic State bomb supply chain

The Conflict Armament Research (CAR), an independent organisation mandated by the European Union to investigate the supply of weapons to conflict zones, found 51 commercial entities and 20 countries involved in the supply chain of components used by Islamic State (IS) forces to construct explosive devices. Romania is one of the 20 states.

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Military Register Sparks Conscription Fear in Bulgaria

Ministry of Defence's plan to create a register of all young people in the country fans fears of a return to the days of compulsory military service.

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said that the border closures will create further chaos and increase the burden on Greece

The increasing closures of the European borders along the Balkans route will create further chaos and increase the burden on Greece, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on February 24, 2016.

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Breedlove: Russia, Instability Threaten U.S., European Security Interests

WASHINGTON, February 25, 2016 – Russia and instability on Europe's southern flank pose serious threats to U.S. and European security interests, the commander of U.S. forces in Europe said today.

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European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, asked from the Member State’s Ministers to find a common solution over the refugee crisis.

If the EU doesn’t come up with a common solution to the current refugee crisis, Schengen will collapse, Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, told the media on Thursday (25.02.2016).

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Austria caps migrants, agrees to 'cooperate better' with Greece

 

 

 

Vienna (AFP), 19.02.2016 - Austria introduced a daily cap on asylum-seekers, sparking EU fears of a domino effect along the Balkan migrant trail and a threat from Greece to veto an accord keeping Britain in the bloc.

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Greek PM pledges to fight Austrian-led border shutdown

 

 

 

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threatened Wednesday (24.02.2016) to reject European Union agreements if other countries continue to take action that would lead to refugees and migrants becoming trapped in Greece.

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Statement by the NATO Secretary General on NATO support to assist with the refugee and migrant crisis

We have just agreed the modalities of NATO’s support in responding to the refugee and migrant crisis.

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News Analysis: Russian Buildup Focuses Concerns around The Black Sea

Nowhere in the world has Russia reconfigured the balance of power over the last decade as effectively as it has in the strategic Black Sea region.

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Can Ankara's plans keep up with Syria's escalation?

 

 

 

Developments in Syria have picked up speed rapidly in the past two weeks, and the situation is only becoming more complicated.

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