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NATO Official Discusses Southern Flank, Mediterranean Dialogue

 

 

 

Russia's blatant disregard of international norms in Ukraine is just one example of its attempts to reject an international order that promotes democracy, sovereignty and the rule of law, NATO's deputy secretary general said in La Hulpe, Belgium, today.

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Will Turkey stick with Chinese missile defense deal?

 

 

 

After Turkey decided in 2006 to procure a long-range air and anti-missile defense system known as T-Loramids, a long and a hot contest pitched the US PAC-3 Patriot, Russian S-400, French/Italian SAMP/T and Chinese HQ-9 models.

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Turkish Ambassador named next NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan

 

 

 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has appointed Ambassador Ismail Aramaz as the next NATO Senior Civilian Representative (SCR) in Afghanistan. He is expected to take up his new post early next year.

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The problem with Turkey's PKK peace process

 

 

 

There is definitely a blockage in the solution process with Kurds. If we are sincere and want the solution process to become a lasting solution to the Kurdish problem that is the "mother of all problems in Turkey," then we have to identify the causes of the delays and face the realities. Here are the realities I think we have to deal with:

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Contentious Kurds

Is Turkey Right to Fear the PKK in Kobani?

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Russia Flexes Muscles on EU Bosnia Mission

 

 

 

After Russia abstained from voting to extend the EU peacekeeping mission in Bosnia, experts believe Moscow is testing its power within the UN.

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Belgrade Plays down Joint Military Exercise with Russia

 

 

 

The first-ever joint Serbian-Russian military exercises have been held at the Nikinci military testing ground outside Belgrade. Although local media were granted access to the event as it got started, Serbian journalists scrambled for information in the run-up to the exercise.

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Bosnia Finally Takes Control of Its Skies

 

 

 

Bosnia has for the first time started controlling its own airspace, which until now has been handled by neighbouring Croatia and Serbia.

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Bosnia Police Round up More Alleged Terrorists

 

 

 

Bosnian police have arrested another 11 suspects as part of Operation Damask, which aims to crack down on groups that are financing and organizing the recruitment of Islamist fighters abroad.

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Russia balks at UN support for Bosnia amid Ukraine rift

 

 

 

Russia on 11 November 2014 refused to endorse a UN resolution on Bosnia that Moscow said would push the Balkan country towards NATO and the European Union -- a scenario that led to the conflict in Ukraine.

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No chance Turkey will be 'kicked out of NATO'

 

 

 

The US-led fight against the Islamic State (IS), and in particular the battle for Kobani, the predominantly Kurdish town in northern Syria that is shouting distance from the Turkish border, has turned into a “stress test” for Turkey’s NATO membership, if one is to go by some Western opinion-makers.

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Turkey's border security problem

 

 

 

Recently, there has been a marked increase in news and commentary about Turkey’s security shortcomings along its borders with Iraq and Syria. These reports note that in the Syrian case, anyone can freely cross the border with vehicles and goods. 

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Российские десантники прибыли в Сербию на антитеррористические учения

 

 

 

Подразделение Воздушно-десантных войск России прибыло в Сербию для участия в совместном с сербскими военными тактическом антитеррористическом учении, сообщили ТАСС в Минобороны РФ.

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'Liberation Army' Claims it Shelled Macedonian Govt

 

 

 

A mysterious movement calling itself the National Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the recent shelling of the Macedonian government building, which hit the roof and walls.

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Turkey warns of ’massive refugee crisis’ if Aleppo falls

 

 

 

Expressing concern over the intensified campaign against rebels in Aleppo, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said Turkey may face a new refugee wave if the city falls into the hands of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Read more: Turkey warns of ’massive refugee crisis’ if Aleppo falls

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