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Bulgarian Parliament approves role for Nato in protecting country’s air space

Bulgaria’s National Assembly has approved the second and final reading of amendments to the Defence and Armed Forces Act that legalise the participation of allied air forces from other Nato countries in protecting Bulgaria’s air space.

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Conflict in Turkey's Southeast Likely to Escalate Despite Peace Efforts

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled his strategy for ending the conflict there. But, despite his efforts, violence could escalate because of a decision by state prosecutors to lift the immunity from prosecution of leading Kurdish members of parliament.

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Turkey Planning Military Invasion in Syria - Russian Defense Ministry

What is happening on the Turkish-Syrian border gives grounds to think that Turkey is preparing a military invasion in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on 03.02.2016.

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Will Turkey risk military confrontation with Russia?

Tensions between Russia and Turkey continue to escalate following the downing in November of a Russian Su-24 fighter jet that strayed into Turkish airspace.

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Montenegro to Force Troops to Join NATO Operations

Despite popular opposition to the move, the Montenegrin government plans to make military engagement in NATO combat operations mandatory for all members of the armed forces.

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Croatian Security Chief’s Fate Hangs in Balance

 

 

 

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic will discuss the removal of the head of Croatian Security and Intelligence Agency, SOA.

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Turkey says Russian jet violated its airspace, envoy summoned

 

 

 

A Russian SU-34 jet violated Turkish airspace on Friday despite radar warnings, Turkey's foreign ministry said on Saturday, underscoring the bitterness between the two countries involved in Syria's war.

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Turkey: Embassy offers help to clarify reports of Serbian snipers in PKK

 

 

 

The Serbian Embassy in Ankara has stressed that Serbia is against its citizens' participation in an armed conflict in third countries and offered to work together with Turkish officials to clarify claims by the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that it is using Serbian snipers in its fight against Turkish security forces.

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Turkish Air Force Raises Alert Level after Alleged Airspace Violation

 

 

 

The Turkish Air Force has declared an 'orange alert' at key bases after an alleged violation of the country's airspace by a Russian fighter jet, Anadolu news agency reported, citing military sources in Ankara.

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Statement by the NATO Secretary General on Russian air space violation

 

 

 

A Russian combat aircraft violated Turkish airspace yesterday (29.01.2016) , despite repeated warnings by the Turkish authorities. Previous incidents have shown how dangerous such behaviour is.

I call on Russia to act responsibly and to fully respect NATO airspace. Russia must take all necessary measures to ensure that such violations do not happen again.

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Bulgaria to Acquire New Fighter Jets by 2019

 

 

 

Bulgarian Air Force is aiming to replace its aging fleet of Soviet-designed fighter jets with new aircraft in the next three to three-and-a-half years, said Bulgaria’s Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev, as reported by local news agency Novinite.

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NATO’s Achievements and Challenges in 2015

On 28.01.2016, Jens Stoltenberg released his second annual report as NATO Secretary General.

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Greece lashes out at EU as interior ministers discuss migration

 

 

 

European Union justice and interior ministers have started urgent discussions on how to tackle the migrant crisis amid the stream of new arrivals and continuing disagreements over how to seal off borders.

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The German police aid to the Croatian police.

 

 

 

German police donated equipment worth approximately €100,000 to the Croatian police, to help the national authority to deal with the refugee crisis.

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