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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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Turkish Air Force Raises Alert Level after Alleged Airspace Violation

 

 

 

The Turkish Air Force has declared an 'orange alert' at key bases after an alleged violation of the country's airspace by a Russian fighter jet, Anadolu news agency reported, citing military sources in Ankara.

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Statement by the NATO Secretary General on Russian air space violation

 

 

 

A Russian combat aircraft violated Turkish airspace yesterday (29.01.2016) , despite repeated warnings by the Turkish authorities. Previous incidents have shown how dangerous such behaviour is.

I call on Russia to act responsibly and to fully respect NATO airspace. Russia must take all necessary measures to ensure that such violations do not happen again.

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Bulgaria to Acquire New Fighter Jets by 2019

 

 

 

Bulgarian Air Force is aiming to replace its aging fleet of Soviet-designed fighter jets with new aircraft in the next three to three-and-a-half years, said Bulgaria’s Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev, as reported by local news agency Novinite.

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NATO’s Achievements and Challenges in 2015

On 28.01.2016, Jens Stoltenberg released his second annual report as NATO Secretary General.

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Greece lashes out at EU as interior ministers discuss migration

 

 

 

European Union justice and interior ministers have started urgent discussions on how to tackle the migrant crisis amid the stream of new arrivals and continuing disagreements over how to seal off borders.

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The German police aid to the Croatian police.

 

 

 

German police donated equipment worth approximately €100,000 to the Croatian police, to help the national authority to deal with the refugee crisis.

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Греция отвергла попытки возложить на нее вину за проблему беженцев

 

 

 

Страна, как заявил представитель МИД, не намерена топить лодки беженцев и мигрантов, "защищая" морскую границу. Евросоюзу необходимо решить настоящие проблемы - остановить войну в Сирии и гуманитарный кризис на Ближнем Востоке, уверен дипломат.

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Greece risks Schengen expulsion over migrant crisis

Threats are mounting to expel Greece from the EU's border-free Schengen zone as interior ministers meet on Monday (25 January 2016) in Amsterdam to discuss extending border controls to two years.

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Biden visit exposes rift between Turkey, US over PYD

 

 

 

US Vice President Joe Biden's meetings with Turkish officials, including PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, during his visit to Turkey, have once again exposed a deepening rift between the two allies over treatment of the Syrian Kurdish group, the Democratic Union Party (PYD).

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Serbia Plans Joint Exercise with Russia in 2016

 

 

 

The Serbian Army's special forces will conduct a joint tactical exercise with Russian airborne units in Serbia in the second half of 2016, the Defence Ministry confirmed.

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Macedonia ‘temporarily’ closes its Greek border to migrants

 

 

 

Macedonia has closed its border with Greece to migrants, police in Skopje said yesterday (20 January 2016), blocking the path of hundreds trying to reach northern Europe.

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