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Juncker calls EU-Balkans mini summit on refugees for 25.10.2015

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has invited eight EU leaders and their Serbian and Macedonian counterparts to Brussels on 25.10.2015 to tackle the migrant crisis along the western Balkans route.

"I have decided together with others to meet in Brussels with a number of leaders of nations along the Balkan route, which has become a tragic route," he said Wednesday (21.10.2015) during a visit to Madrid.

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Is the military the Achilles’ heel of the Turkish government?

 

 

 

The Turkish Supreme Court began the appeals process for the notorious Ergenekon case Oct. 6. Ilker Basbug, Turkey’s former chief of staff, appeared before the court with a three-hour defense. In August 2013, Basbug was convicted for plotting a military coup against the government and for establishing and leading a clandestine organization called Ergenekon. Basbug was sentenced to life in prison along with dozens of other high-ranking and junior soldiers, journalists and academics.

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The Ankara Bomber Owned One of Turkey's Most Well-Known ISIS Hangouts

 

 

 

The person named as a suicide bomber in Turkey’s deadliest terror attack was the owner of an Islamic State gathering place well known to Turkish authorities and Turkish media, which had been sounding the alarm about his cell for more than two years.

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Juncker calls on Greece to agree to joint sea patrols with Turkey

A day (14.10.2015) after the Greek Foreign Ministry ruled out conducting joint patrols in the Aegean Sea with Turkey, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker  called on Athens to reconsider, noting that the refugee crisis is “a European issue, it’s not an issue of Greek-Turkish relations.”

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Poland Launches Effort To Help Arm E. European Allies

 

 

 

Poland’s Defense Ministry launched its much-awaited Regional Security Assistance Program to help Eastern European armament efforts by providing government, bank and export loans to purchase equipment, and through non-commercial transfers of weapons.

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Statement by the North Atlantic Council on incursions into Turkey’s airspace by Russian aircraft

 

 

 

The North Atlantic Council met today (05.10) to hold consultations on the potential implications of the recent dangerous military actions of the Russian Federation in and around Syria.

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Croatia Closes Border Crossings With Serbia To Stem Migrant Influx

 

 

 

Croatia has closed seven of the country's eight border crossings with Serbia 'until further notice' following a massive influx of migrants and refugees, the Interior Ministry announced late September 17, 2015.

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Turkey Deploys Ground Forces In Iraq To Pursue Kurds

Turkey deployed ground forces across the border into northern Iraq on September 8, 2015 for the first time since 2011 to pursue Kurdish militants involved in attacks that killed 31 Turkish police in recent days.

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NATO Secretary General statement on attacks in Turkey

08.09.2015. I strongly condemn the recent terrorist attacks in Turkey.

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Turkish Forces Enter Northern Iraq to Hunt Kurdish Rebels

Turkish ground forces entered northern Iraq Tuesday (08.09.2015) for the first time since 2011, conducting what an official termed a "short-term" operation to hunt Kurdish rebels behind attacks on Turkish soldiers and police.

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Tensions grow over mysterious Russian flights to Syria

Moscow demanded answers from EU and NATO members Greece and Bulgaria on Tuesday (8 September) after Sofia banned Russian flights to Syria from its airspace and Athens said it had been asked by Washington to do the same. Russia says the flights are humanitarian, but the US suspects a military build-up.

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Turkish military jets strike PKK targets after deadly attack

 

 

 

Turkish warplanes bombed the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets overnight after the PKK terrorists staged what appeared to be their deadliest attack since the collapse of a two-year-old ceasefire in July, killing as many as 16 soldiers.

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Польша на саммите НАТО хочет предложить членство в альянсе Македонии и Черногории

 

 

 

"Нам бы хотелось, чтобы в контексте варшавского саммита такое приглашение было сформулировано", - сказал министр обороны республики Томаш Семоняк

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Ministers Sign Memo on Balkan Refugee Flow

Ministers from Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Austria, the states most affected by the refugee flow through the Balkans, on Friday agreed to boost the fight against traffickers and coordinate the relief effort.

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Serbia Goes Ahead With Military Drill With Russia

Serbian troops began joint exercises with Russian counterparts on Wednesday in southern Russia, in spite of earlier EU expressions of disapproval.

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