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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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Erdogan Signals Turkey Prepared to Join Syria War If Asked

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan onm 07.02.2016 said his country shouldn’t repeat in Syria the same mistake it made when it turned down a U.S. request to join the coalition that toppled Saddam Hussein.

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Bulgarian Parliament approves role for Nato in protecting country’s air space

Bulgaria’s National Assembly has approved the second and final reading of amendments to the Defence and Armed Forces Act that legalise the participation of allied air forces from other Nato countries in protecting Bulgaria’s air space.

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Conflict in Turkey's Southeast Likely to Escalate Despite Peace Efforts

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled his strategy for ending the conflict there. But, despite his efforts, violence could escalate because of a decision by state prosecutors to lift the immunity from prosecution of leading Kurdish members of parliament.

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Turkey Planning Military Invasion in Syria - Russian Defense Ministry

What is happening on the Turkish-Syrian border gives grounds to think that Turkey is preparing a military invasion in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on 03.02.2016.

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Will Turkey risk military confrontation with Russia?

Tensions between Russia and Turkey continue to escalate following the downing in November of a Russian Su-24 fighter jet that strayed into Turkish airspace.

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Montenegro to Force Troops to Join NATO Operations

Despite popular opposition to the move, the Montenegrin government plans to make military engagement in NATO combat operations mandatory for all members of the armed forces.

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Croatian Security Chief’s Fate Hangs in Balance

 

 

 

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic will discuss the removal of the head of Croatian Security and Intelligence Agency, SOA.

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Turkey says Russian jet violated its airspace, envoy summoned

 

 

 

A Russian SU-34 jet violated Turkish airspace on Friday despite radar warnings, Turkey's foreign ministry said on Saturday, underscoring the bitterness between the two countries involved in Syria's war.

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Turkey: Embassy offers help to clarify reports of Serbian snipers in PKK

 

 

 

The Serbian Embassy in Ankara has stressed that Serbia is against its citizens' participation in an armed conflict in third countries and offered to work together with Turkish officials to clarify claims by the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that it is using Serbian snipers in its fight against Turkish security forces.

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