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EU committed to helping flooded Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

 

 

The European Union is providing urgent assistance to Serbia and to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the two Western Balkan countries being hit by the worst floods in the last 120 years. In addition, Serbia, in its capacity as an EU candidate country, qualifies for financial assistance, Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said.

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NATO Secretary General to visit Romania

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will travel to Bucharest on Thursday, 15 May and Friday 16 May 2014.

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Worried Romania Urges NATO to Look East

 

 

 

As the Russia-Ukraine standoff continues, Romania wants NATO to deploy more forces in the region of Southeast Europe.

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Bulgarian President Criticizes the Tight Defense Budget

 

 

 

Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev criticized the tightening of the country's defense budget and urged for its immediate increase.

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Anti-NATO Activists Hold Rally in Montenegro

 

 

 

Opponents of the government's drive to join NATO - which they blame for bombing Serbia in 1999 - have called a rally in the capital, Podgorica.

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NATO re-opens the upper airspace over Kosovo for civilian air traffic overflights

 

 

 

The upper airspace over Kosovo was re-opened for civilian traffic overflights on 3 April 2014. This followed a decision by the North Atlantic Council to accept the offer by the Government of Hungary to act as a technical enabler through its national air navigation service provider, Hungarocontrol.

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Romania to Boost Defence Spending

 

 

 

In the context of rising tension on its eastern border with Ukraine, Romania plans to expand the defence budget to match 2 per cent of GDP. Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Wednesday that the country needed to spend more on the armed forces.

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President Basescu approves deployment of US troops at Kogalniceanu Airport

 

 

 

President Traian Basescu wrote to the Standing Bureaus of the Chamber of Deputies and of the Senate to inform of his approval of Prime Minister Victor Ponta's proposal of deployment of 600 US Marines and of several military aircraft at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport Administrative Center (southeastern Romania).

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Kosovo Court Backs Creation of Regular Army

 

 

 

Kosovo's Constitutional Court on Monday (31.03.2014) approved the government’s request to change the current lightly armed Security Force into a proper army.

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Measuring Turkish military expenditure

 

 

 

Nurhan Yentürk
SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security no. 2014/1

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Turkish FM defends Syria policy

These two incidents show just how dark the situation has become along the Turkey-Syria border. Since March 16, Turkish government authorities have expressed concern that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) threatens to lower Turkey's flag at the Tomb of Suleiman Shah in Syria — the only sovereign Turkish territory outside its borders. They say the Turkish military is fully authorized to defend the tomb. Then, Turkey shot down a Syrian fighter jet on March 23, claiming it violated Turkish airspace.

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Rushed ‘Name’ Talks 'Reflect NATO's Balkan Worries'

 

 

 

The decision of the UN mediator in the Greece-Macedonia 'name' dispute, Matthew Nimetz, to summon both sides to New York - amid the Macedonian election campaign - reflects Western fears about the Balkans in the light of the Crimea crisis, experts say.

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ISIS emerges as threat to Turkey

 

 

 

Western governments have been worrying for some time now that jihadists in Syria, who traveled there from Europe to fight regime forces in the name of Islam rather than democracy, will be primed for terrorist attacks on targets in their countries of origin after they return home.

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Serbia, U.S. sign plan for bilateral military cooperation

 

 

 

A new plan for bilateral military cooperation between Serbia and the United States for fiscal 2015 was signed in Belgrade on 26.03.2014.

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Defence Minister: NATO capabilities should exist in Romania, Poland amidst ongoing crisis in Ukraine

 

 

 

Romania's Defence Minister Mircea Dusa said that NATO capabilities should exist in Romania, Poland and other countries neighbouring Ukraine, in the current context of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, mentioning that a NATO AWACS plane is already conducting surveillance flights in Romania's air space.

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