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Italy and Albania Arrest Three ISIS Recruiters

 

 

 

Three suspects have been arrested in Italy and Albania, believed to be part of a terrorist cell that has recruited fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS.

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Romania Defends NATO Missile Defence Plans

 

 

 

Officials in Bucharest said that NATO missile interceptors planned to be installed at a military base in Romania are not a threat to Russia.

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Romania seeks to strengthen military capabilities

 

 

 

Romania seeks to strengthen its military capabilities in the face of the "danger" posed by the Russian operations in Ukraine, Premier Victor Ponta told foreign reporters accredited in Bucharest, AFP reports.

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Turkey's Kurdish Leader Ocalan Calls on Rebels to End Fighting

 

 

 

In Turkey, imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan has called for an end to decades of fighting by his Kurdish rebel group, the PKK. The call was made in a letter to Kurds celebrating Nowruz, or new year, in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast.

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NATO ships visit Romanian port during Black Sea drills

 

 

 

NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNGM2) are continuing their scheduled deployment in the Black Sea. After a port visit in Varna, Bulgaria, on 7-8 March, the group is completing its port visit in Constanta, Romania.

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Greece meets Russian official on EU blacklist

 

 

 

Greek deputy defence minister Costas Isihos Thursday (19.03.2015) in Moscow met his Russian counterpart, Anatoly Antonov, who is on an EU blacklist, for talks on "Russian-Greek military ... co-operation".

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NATO and Serbia discuss how to move relationship forward

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with the Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ivica Dačić and with the Serbian Minister of Defence Bratislav Gašić at NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (18 March 2015) for talks on the development of the NATO-Serbia relationship.

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Китай подтвердил подписание контракта на поставки ЗРК Турции

Представитель компании China National Precision Machinery Import & Export Corporation подтвердил, что Китай и Турция подписали контракт о поставках зенитно-ракетных комплексов (ЗРК) дальнего действия HQ-9 (Hongqi-9 – «Красное знамя-9», экспортное обозначение FD-2000).

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Turkey Braces for Expected Refugee Influx From Iraq

 

 

 

Jamie Dettmer Turkish authorities are bracing for an influx of refugees from the Iraqi city of Mosul, predicting as many as 300,000 could flee to Turkey once an assault begins in earnest to recapture the city from the militants of the Islamic State.

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Visit to NATO by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Serbia

 

 

 

The First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Ivica Dačić together with the Minister of Defence, Mr. Bratislav Gašić will visit NATO Headquarters on Wednesday, 18 March 2015.

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Dutch PM: Greece would leave Schengen "very quickly" if refugee threat acted upon

The possibility of terminating the participation of Greece to the Schengen treaty should be considered, if Greece follows through on the threat made by Greek Defence Minister, Panos Kammenos, to send thousands of refugees to the rest of the EU, according to the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte.

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Turkey issues RfI for ambitious TF-X fighter project

 

 

 

Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) issued a request for information (RfI) on 13 March 2015 to formally start preliminary design work on its ambitious Turkish Fighter Aircraft (TF-X) programme.

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Romania prioritising defence as a result of Ukraine crisis

 

 

 

Increasing operational capability, facing the deteriorated security situation in Eastern Europe, and accelerating its procurement programmes for its land, air, and naval forces are Romanian Armed Forces' current priorities, according to defence minister Mircea Dusa.

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US general discusses Mosul operation with Turkish military chief

The top us general overseeing the US-led military coalition in Iraq paid a visit to Turkey’s Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel on Wednesday (11.03.2015) to discuss an anticipated operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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Secretary General discusses NATO-Skopje relations with Prime Minister Gruevski

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹ to NATO headquarters on Wednesday (11 March 2015) for talks on relations between the Alliance and Skopje. “We share a vision of Euro-Atlantic integration, and we are committed to supporting you on your path towards NATO membership,” Mr. Stoltenberg said.

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