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Turkey Arrests Generals for Stopping Syria-Bound Trucks 'Filled With Arms'

 

Two Turkish generals and a colonel were detained on Saturday (29.11.2015) for intercepting Syria-bound trucks that belonged to Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT), the newspaper Today's Zaman reported.

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NATO respects Serbia’s policy of neutrality,”regrets civilian victims” of its attacks on Serbia

BELGRADE, 20. NOV. 2015 – NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said in Belgrade that NATO “regrets for every lost civilian life in the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.”

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РФ в ответ на атаку Су-24М турецкими ВВС приостанавливает участие в учениях BLACKSEAFOR

 

 

 

МОСКВА, 27 ноября 2015. /ТАСС/. Россия в ответ на атаку турецкими ВВС бомбардировщика Су-24М на неопределенное время приостановила свое участие в учениях Черноморской военно-морской группы оперативного взаимодействия BLACKSEAFOR.

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Военная концепция Турции и турецкая угроза

 

 

 

В октябре 2010 г. Совет национальной безопасности Турции внес изменения в Стратегию национальной безопасности, рассчитанную на ближайшие пять лет. Из списка стран, которые представляют внешнюю угрозу для Турции, были исключены Сирия, Иран, Болгария, Грузия и Армения. «Потенциальным» врагом впервые был назван Израиль. В том же неизменном качестве осталась и Россия, несмотря на беспрецедентно теплые отношения между двумя странами в последний период, сравнимый лишь с 1920-ми годами.

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Putin: US Knew Flight Path of Russian Jet Downed by Turkey

 

 

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States knew the flight path of a Russian jet, shot down by Turkey last Tuesday 23.11.2015), and should have informed Turkey, its coalition ally.

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Bulgaria-NATO: Bulgaria parliament ratified MiG-29s repair agreement

 

 

 

Bulgarian parliament officially ratified the agreement between Poland and Bulgaria on the repair of Bulgaria’s MiG-29 aircrafts at its regular sitting on Friday (27.11.2015).

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After shooting down Russian jet, what's next for Turkey?

 

 

 

If one wonders what targets the Russian planes and Syrian air force have been bombing most heavily since Nov. 19, the answer would be the Bayirbucak area, between the northeast of Latakia and west of Aleppo, where about 90,000 Turkmens live and which has been under the control of anti-regime opposition forces, including Turkmens, for the last 3½ years.

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Kosovo on High Alert For Terror Attacks

 

 

 

Authorities have urged citizens to stay away from crowded places after a meeting headed by the PM said risk of attacks was ‘real’.

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Motivation behind downing Russian jet not clear, backlash for Turkey unavoidable

 

 

 

It is reasonable to question the motivation behind the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey -- a first in the past 50 years of NATO history -- even if Turkey defends the order of the shoot-down due to airspace violations, as such short-timed airspace violations have been tolerated around the world. But it is not easy to justify this act's negative consequences for Turkish interests.

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Top US commander to visit Turkey amid joint anti-ISIL operations

 

 

 

The vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul J. Selva will hold talks with his Turkish counterpart during his visit to Turkey on Nov. 24-25, 2015, sources have told the Hürriyet Daily News. 

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Statement by the NATO Secretary General after the extraordinary NAC meeting

 

 

 

The North Atlantic Council has just (24.11.2015) held an extraordinary meeting and we have been updated by the Turkish ambassador.

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Visit to NATO by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration and the Minister of Defence of Montenegro

 

 

 

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Montenegro, Mr. Igor Luksić and the Minister of Defence of Montenegro, Prof. Mrs. Milica Pejanović-Durišić will visit NATO on Wednesday, 25 November 2015.

They will meet with NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg and participate in a meeting of the North Atlantic Council.

There will be no media opportunity.

 

Source: www.nato.int

 

 

 

NATO Secretary General statement following his meeting with President Gjorge Ivanov of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia ¹

 

 

 

I just had an excellent meeting with President Ivanov where we discussed Skopje’s path toward NATO membership and political developments in the country.

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Warplane crashes in Syria near Turkish border

A warplane crashed in Syria near the Turkish border on Tuesday, but it was not clear to which country the plane belonged, Turkish media reported.

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Visit to NATO by the President of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

 

 

 

 

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will meet with the President of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov on Tuesday, 24 November 2015.

Source: www.nato.int

 

 

 

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