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Textron touts Scorpion to Bulgaria in bid to secure first customer

Textron AirLand has demonstrated the capabilities of its Scorpion aircraft to Bulgaria and others, as it looks to secure a first sale of the type during a post-Paris Air Show tour of Europe, the company disclosed in early July (2015).

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A formation of six Turkish fighter jets violated Greek national air space

 

 

 

A formation of six Turkish fighter jets violated Greek national air space in the northeastern, central and southeastern Aegean on Wednesday (15.07.2015), defense officials said.

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Kurdish Groups End Cease-fire With Turkey

 

 

 

An umbrella network of Kurdish organizations that includes the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has announced a three-year-long cease-fire agreement with Ankara is now over, dealing a major blow to a protracted reconciliation process with Turkey's Kurds.

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PKK pledges to respond to Turkey's violation of ceasefire

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has slammed Turkey for breaching a ceasefire with the group, saying it will respond to Ankara's violation.

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Croatia PM Urges NATO to Admit Montenegro

 

 

 

At a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said Croatia saw Montenegro’s potential membership of NATO as important for its own security.

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Bulgaria turns away from Russia for future support of MiG-29

 

 

 

Bulgarian defence minister Nikolai Nenchev announced on 6 July that the country's air force will cut its ties with Russia for the maintenance of its Mikoyan MiG-29 aircraft by signing an agreement with Poland to serve as a source for servicing and upgrading of these aircraft.

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US pushes for expanded access to İncirlik, Ankara says close to a deal

Meeting with Turkish officials this week in Ankara, US President Barack Obama's Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Gen. John Allen continued to push for expanded access to İncirlik Air Base, with Turkish officials saying the US and Turkey are close to reaching a deal.

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Kosovo MPs to Vote on Creating Army Soon

 

 

 

Legislative commission says it will advise parliament to vote in favour of amendments forseeing the creation of a regular army, amid continuing concerns that Serb MPs may block the plan.

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NATO Secretary General to visit Croatia

 

 

 

NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will visit Croatia on Thursday, 9 July 2015.

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Kurds' Mules a Concern for Turkey's Government

 

 

 

Turkish armed forces and Kurdish fighters are clashing regularly in low-grade firefights in southeastern Turkey, and soldiers are targeting local mules, which the authorities claim are used by Kurdish fighters for lucrative cross-border smuggling.

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Visit to NATO by Deputy Prime Minister / Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration and Minister of Justice of Montenegro

The Deputy Prime Minister / Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro, Mr. Igor Lukšić together with the Minister of Justice, Mr. Zoran Pažin will visit NATO Headquarters on Tuesday 7 July 2015. They will meet with the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg and the North Atlantic Council.

Source: www.nato.int

Turkish military wary of Erdogan plan for Syrian buffer zone. Erdogan emphasizes threat from Syrian Kurds

 

 

 

Semih Idiz reports this week (1-5. 07.2015) on “a slew of reports in the media indicating that the Turkish military acting on orders from the government had prepared contingency plans to enter Syria and establish a buffer zone along the Turkish border 100 kilometers (62 miles) long and 10 to 15 kilometers (6 to 9 miles) wide.”

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Press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the meeting of NATO Defence Ministers

Good evening.

We have just finished very substantive meeting of the Defence Ministers of NATO. And we are clearly making a lot of progress when it comes to the implementation of the decisions we made last autumn to increase the readiness and the preparedness of our forces.

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Erdogan looks for military victory to avenge electoral defeat

Newspapers are overflowing with scenarios that send Turkey into Syria after the expulsion of the Islamic State (IS) from Tell Abyad by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

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“Romania can count on NATO” says Secretary General in Bucharest

In a visit to Bucharest on Thursday (2 July 2015), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Romania for its considerable contributions to Allied security. At a joint press conference with President Klaus Werner Iohannis, Mr. Stoltenberg described Romania as a “steadfast Ally,” stressing that “NATO counts on Romania, and Romania can count on NATO.”

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