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Montenegro: We can play a disproportionately large role in NATO

On the day (02.12.2015) NATO invited the Western Balkan country of Montenegro to join the military alliance, EurActiv spoke to its Defence Minister, Milica Pejanović-Đurišić, in Brussels.

Pejanović-Đurišić spoke to Matthew Tempest.

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How Turkey’s Porous Border With Syria Ties Into Islamic State Financing

Turkey must “do more within its own territory, so it controls its border, which it has not done effectively since [Islamic State] first arose,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday (01.12.2015). President Barack Obama made a similar point in a news conference, saying that “ground forces on the Turkish side of the border can do a much better job of sealing the border.”

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NATO activates new Multinational Division Southeast headquarters in Bucharest

 

 

 

NATO and Romanian Ministry of Defense representatives activated the Multinational Division Southeast Headquarters in Bucharest, Romania today (1 December 2015), marking its official integration into the NATO command structure. The new, high-readiness headquarters will be able to command forces deployed within NATO’s southeast region, supporting the defence of the Alliance. It will also be a hub for regional cooperation among Allies. The headquarters is designated to have 280 personnel.

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Турки устроили за крейсером «Москва» «демонстративное слежение»

 

 

 

Информация о двух турецких подводных лодках, зашедших в район расположения российского ракетного крейсера «Москва», судя по всему, появилась в стамбульских СМИ не случайно. Эти маневры определенно носят демонстративный характер. Что хотят показать турки и в какой мере их субмарины представляют опасность для российской эскадры?

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Sources: NATO to offer membership to Montenegro

 

 

 

On Wednesday (2 December, 2015) the Balkan state of Montenegro will be formally invited to join the NATO military alliance, diplomatic sources said, a move which could further strain already difficult ties with Moscow.

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PM VUCIC: TWO NEW MILITARY INDUSTRY FACTORIES IN SERBIA

 

 

 

BELGRADE, 22. NOV. 2015 – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic announced that two new defense industry factories would be opened soon in Serbia and that the capacities of the military Complex Combat System Factory in Velika Plana would be enlarged.

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Turkey Arrests Generals for Stopping Syria-Bound Trucks 'Filled With Arms'

 

Two Turkish generals and a colonel were detained on Saturday (29.11.2015) for intercepting Syria-bound trucks that belonged to Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT), the newspaper Today's Zaman reported.

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NATO respects Serbia’s policy of neutrality,”regrets civilian victims” of its attacks on Serbia

BELGRADE, 20. NOV. 2015 – NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said in Belgrade that NATO “regrets for every lost civilian life in the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.”

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РФ в ответ на атаку Су-24М турецкими ВВС приостанавливает участие в учениях BLACKSEAFOR

 

 

 

МОСКВА, 27 ноября 2015. /ТАСС/. Россия в ответ на атаку турецкими ВВС бомбардировщика Су-24М на неопределенное время приостановила свое участие в учениях Черноморской военно-морской группы оперативного взаимодействия BLACKSEAFOR.

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Военная концепция Турции и турецкая угроза

 

 

 

В октябре 2010 г. Совет национальной безопасности Турции внес изменения в Стратегию национальной безопасности, рассчитанную на ближайшие пять лет. Из списка стран, которые представляют внешнюю угрозу для Турции, были исключены Сирия, Иран, Болгария, Грузия и Армения. «Потенциальным» врагом впервые был назван Израиль. В том же неизменном качестве осталась и Россия, несмотря на беспрецедентно теплые отношения между двумя странами в последний период, сравнимый лишь с 1920-ми годами.

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Putin: US Knew Flight Path of Russian Jet Downed by Turkey

 

 

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States knew the flight path of a Russian jet, shot down by Turkey last Tuesday 23.11.2015), and should have informed Turkey, its coalition ally.

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Bulgaria-NATO: Bulgaria parliament ratified MiG-29s repair agreement

 

 

 

Bulgarian parliament officially ratified the agreement between Poland and Bulgaria on the repair of Bulgaria’s MiG-29 aircrafts at its regular sitting on Friday (27.11.2015).

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After shooting down Russian jet, what's next for Turkey?

 

 

 

If one wonders what targets the Russian planes and Syrian air force have been bombing most heavily since Nov. 19, the answer would be the Bayirbucak area, between the northeast of Latakia and west of Aleppo, where about 90,000 Turkmens live and which has been under the control of anti-regime opposition forces, including Turkmens, for the last 3½ years.

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Kosovo on High Alert For Terror Attacks

 

 

 

Authorities have urged citizens to stay away from crowded places after a meeting headed by the PM said risk of attacks was ‘real’.

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Motivation behind downing Russian jet not clear, backlash for Turkey unavoidable

 

 

 

It is reasonable to question the motivation behind the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey -- a first in the past 50 years of NATO history -- even if Turkey defends the order of the shoot-down due to airspace violations, as such short-timed airspace violations have been tolerated around the world. But it is not easy to justify this act's negative consequences for Turkish interests.

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