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Albania Police Chief Quits Over Extradition Fiasco

 

 

 

Albanian police chief Artan Didi quit on Tuesday after two officials from Tirana's Interpol office were detained, accused of hiding an extradition request from Belgium for MP Mark Frroku - who is wanted for murder.

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PM Ponta: Romania is willing to host any kind of capabilities decided within NATO

 

 

 

"All I can say now, the Defence Minister was also present, and the head of the Romanian Army General Staff, Mr Ciuca, too, is the fact that Romania is willing to get involved in hosting any kind of capabilities decided within NATO.

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Bulgaria PM, NATO’s Rasmussen among officials wiretapped in Macedonia, too

 

 

 

High ranking officials of NATO and the EU member states have been wiretapped during their official visits to Skopje.
Macedonia’s biggest oppositional party – the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM), announced the information exclusively for FOCUS News Agency.

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Croatia displays new AFV fleets

 

 

 

The Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) presented new armoured vehicles at their Gasinci training grounds on 20 March 2015.

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СМИ: Турция может рассмотреть российское предложение по системе ПРО

Высокопоставленный турецкий чиновник сообщил СМИ, что власти Турции могут пересмотреть российское предложение по системе ПРО, если его цена и уровень передачи технологий будут значительно улучшены.

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Italy and Albania Arrest Three ISIS Recruiters

 

 

 

Three suspects have been arrested in Italy and Albania, believed to be part of a terrorist cell that has recruited fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS.

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Romania Defends NATO Missile Defence Plans

 

 

 

Officials in Bucharest said that NATO missile interceptors planned to be installed at a military base in Romania are not a threat to Russia.

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Romania seeks to strengthen military capabilities

 

 

 

Romania seeks to strengthen its military capabilities in the face of the "danger" posed by the Russian operations in Ukraine, Premier Victor Ponta told foreign reporters accredited in Bucharest, AFP reports.

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Turkey's Kurdish Leader Ocalan Calls on Rebels to End Fighting

 

 

 

In Turkey, imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan has called for an end to decades of fighting by his Kurdish rebel group, the PKK. The call was made in a letter to Kurds celebrating Nowruz, or new year, in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast.

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NATO ships visit Romanian port during Black Sea drills

 

 

 

NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNGM2) are continuing their scheduled deployment in the Black Sea. After a port visit in Varna, Bulgaria, on 7-8 March, the group is completing its port visit in Constanta, Romania.

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Greece meets Russian official on EU blacklist

 

 

 

Greek deputy defence minister Costas Isihos Thursday (19.03.2015) in Moscow met his Russian counterpart, Anatoly Antonov, who is on an EU blacklist, for talks on "Russian-Greek military ... co-operation".

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NATO and Serbia discuss how to move relationship forward

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with the Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ivica Dačić and with the Serbian Minister of Defence Bratislav Gašić at NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (18 March 2015) for talks on the development of the NATO-Serbia relationship.

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Китай подтвердил подписание контракта на поставки ЗРК Турции

Представитель компании China National Precision Machinery Import & Export Corporation подтвердил, что Китай и Турция подписали контракт о поставках зенитно-ракетных комплексов (ЗРК) дальнего действия HQ-9 (Hongqi-9 – «Красное знамя-9», экспортное обозначение FD-2000).

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Turkey Braces for Expected Refugee Influx From Iraq

 

 

 

Jamie Dettmer Turkish authorities are bracing for an influx of refugees from the Iraqi city of Mosul, predicting as many as 300,000 could flee to Turkey once an assault begins in earnest to recapture the city from the militants of the Islamic State.

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Visit to NATO by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Serbia

 

 

 

The First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Ivica Dačić together with the Minister of Defence, Mr. Bratislav Gašić will visit NATO Headquarters on Wednesday, 18 March 2015.

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