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16 NATO Allies and 3 partners agree to acquire land munitions together

Under the leadership of Belgium, the Defence Ministers of 16 Allies (Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain) and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on MultinationalCooperation for the Provision of Land Battle Decisive Munitions (LBDM) in Brussels during the NATO Summit (11 and 12 July 2018).

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NATO Secretary General and Macedonia Prime Minister Zaev mark the beginning of accession talks

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Prime Minister Zaev on Thursday 12 July 2018 for a ceremony marking the beginning of accession talks with Skopje.

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Turkey’s land, air, navy forces subordinated to defense minister

A presidential decree published early July 10, 2018 has stipulated Turkey’s land, air and navy forces to be subordinated to the Defense Ministry hours after Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar was appointed as the new Defense Minister and Land Forces Commander Gen. Yaşar Gürel became the top soldier.

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Nine European countries to formalise EU defence force plan

Nine EU nations will on Monday (25 June 2018) formalise a plan to create a European military intervention force, a French minister said, with Britain backing the measure as a way to maintain strong defence ties with the bloc after Brexit.

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Senate Approves Ban On Sale Of U.S. F-35s To Turkey Over Russia Deal

The U.S. Senate has passed a major defense bill that would block the sale of U.S. F-35 fighter jets to Turkey unless it abandons a deal to buy S-400 missile-defense systems from Russia, drawing criticism from Ankara.

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Brussels unveils EUR 13 billion defence fund

The EU Commission outlined plans for a new EUR 13 billion European Defence Fund Wednesday, with a view to increasing the EU's 'strategic autonomy' and strengthening its ability to protect its citizens.

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Bulgarian Parliament Votes Approval Of 3.5BN Leva Military Vehicle, Combat Aircraft Acquisition Projects

Bulgaria’s unicameral parliament, the National Assembly, voted on June 8 to approve military modernisation projects that envisage spending about 3.5 billion leva on acquiring 16 fighter jets and 150 armoured vehicles and other equipment for the land forces.

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Don’t use S-400s even if you buy them, US tells Turkey

Turkey and the United States recently took an important step in the right direction by endorsing the road map for Syria’s Manbij province that will lead to the withdrawal of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) at a meeting between Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington. 

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Serbian President: "We have been warned - if we send soldiers to Kosovo..."

The fact "great powers" do not recognize and have no intention to take into account (UNSC) Resolution 1244, for us means "little opportunity to do something."

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Turkey eyes ‘four-way deal’ against PKK in northern Iraq

Turkey is working with the United States, Iraq, and the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in its fight to eliminate the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said, stressing the necessity of “joint action” against the group.

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Israel Wants US to Keep F-35 'Upgrade Capabilities' Secret From Turkey – Reports

Israel and the United States are holding talks on the supply of F-35 stealth fighter jets to Turkey amid uncertainties over the fate of the deliveries in the US, Haaretz reported.

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Turkey would purchase Russian Su-57 warplanes if US bars sale of F-35 jets: Report

Turkey would likely opt to purchase Russian Sukhoi Su-57 twin-engine warplanes in place of US F-35 single-engine stealth fighter jets if Washington suspends the delivery of the latter in response to Ankara's sale of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia.

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White smoke for first-ever EU defence industry fund

The new European Defence Industrial Development Programme, with a €500 million budget for 2019-2020, was informally agreed by MEPs and Council on Tuesday night (22 to 23 May).

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US lawmaker proposes banning F-35 sales to Turkey

Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island’s legislation prohibits the sale or transfer of F-35 aircraft and any intellectual property (IP) or technical data to Turkey, according to a statement (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5863).

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Turkish chief of staff urges Greece not to make ‘miscalculations’ over Aegean

Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar has indirectly urged Greece not to make “miscalculations” amid a rise in tension between Turkey and Greece over the Aegean.

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