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Montenegro begins Accession Talks with NATO

 

 

 

Montenegro marked an important step on its road towards NATO membership on Monday (15 February 2016), beginning two days of Accession Talks in Brussels. The talks cover the details of membership including political, military and legal questions, and provide an opportunity for both sides to clarify outstanding issues.

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Turkish warplanes enter Greek airspace ahead of NATO migration operation

 

 

 

Turkish warplanes repeatedly entered Greek airspace on Monday (15.02.2016), the state ANA news agency said, as NATO prepared to deploy ships to the Aegean Sea against migrant smugglers.

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NATO reinforces its presence in Eastern Europe

 

 

 

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed on Friday how to renew dialogue in the NATO-Russia Council, which has not met since 2014, but are little closer to agreeing a date or an agenda, as NATO reinforces its presence in Eastern Europe.

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Turkey to Extend Strikes on US-Allied Kurdish Fighters in Syria

Turkey says it will continue to target U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters on the Syrian frontier near its border, despite mounting international pressure on the Ankara government to stop the artillery bombardments.

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Turkey shells Syrian Kurds, Russia says will keep bombing anti-Assad rebels

 

 

 

The Turkish army shelled Kurdish militia in northern Syria for a second day on Sunday (14,02.2016), while Russia made clear it would continue bombing Syrian rebel targets, raising doubts that a planned ceasefire would bring much relief.

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Can Erdogan bully Turkey's armed forces into invading Syria?

 

 

 

On Feb. 3, 2016,  the Syrian army and its allies dealt a strategic blow to Ankara when they cut the land route between Aleppo and the Bab al-Salameh border crossing with Turkey in the Turkish province of Kilis. Keeping this route to Aleppo open had been of vital importance for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who, keen to topple the Damascus regime since 2011, have used every means at their disposal short of sending troops to Syria.

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В Мюнхене договорились о перемирии в Сирии

 

 

 

"Мы договорились о прекращении огня в течение недели. Положить конец кровопролитию и насилию очень важно", - заявил госсекретарь США Джон Керри

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"Искандер-М" в ходе проверки ЮВО успешно уничтожил учебную цель на расстоянии в 300 км

В Минобороны напомнили, что вновь сформированная ракетная бригада 58-й армии Южного военного округа была вооружена данными комплексами в ноябре 2015 года

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Turkey's Anka UAV makes operational debut

 

 

 

The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Anka unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its operational debut in early February, the Foundation to Strengthen the Turkish Armed Forces (TSKGV) announced.

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Turkey: AKP generous with lip service, but Turkish soldiers need more

 

 

 

Since the Kurdish peace process collapsed in June, the death toll has been steadily mounting. Although there are no official numbers for casualties, on Jan. 21 it was reported that in the last seven months of 2015, Turkey lost 218 military personnel. The number of losses in the first 20 days of 2016 was reported as 24.

Read more: Turkey: AKP generous with lip service, but Turkish soldiers need more

EU pushes Greece to improve conditions for migrants

 

 

 

The EU piled pressure on Greece on Wednesday over Europe's migrant crisis, telling Athens to improve conditions for refugees and to shore up its borders or risk a suspension of the bloc's passport-free zone.

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Statement of the International Syria Support Group

 

 

 

Meeting in Munich on February 11 & 12, 2016, as the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), the Arab League, China, Egypt, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the United States decided that humanitarian access will commence this week to besieged areas, and an ISSG task force will within one week elaborate modalities for a nationwide cessation of hostilities.

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NATO to Provide Aid to Migrants Crossing Aegean Sea

 

 

 

WASHINGTON, February 11, 2016 – This week, NATO defense ministers addressed how the alliance will handle what many call the greatest refugee crisis in the region since the end of World War II, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels today.

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EU pressures Greece as hotspots are not yet operational

 

 

 

The European Commission strongly recommended Greece to take urgent measures to improve conditions for asylum seekers upon their arrival in Europe. Athens has one month to react, given that the European Union hopes to send more refugees back to Greece.

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NATO launches sea mission against people-smugglers

 

 

 

NATO ships are on their way to the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece crack down on criminal networks smuggling refugees into Europe, the alliance's top commander said on Thursday (10.02.2016).

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