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Russia√ʬĬôs Top General to Visit Ankara Amid Turkish US Tensions.

Russia√ʬĬôs armed forces chief staff, General Valery Gerasimov, is due to visit Turkey this week in the latest step in bilateral regional coordination efforts on Syria. Ahead of Gerasimov√ʬĬôs visit, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusolgu took a swipe at NATO ally the United States, saying Russia better understood ...

- Voice of America - US

Poland, NATO watch as Moscow, Minsk prep for war games.

Warsaw and NATO are "closely watching" preparations for Zapad'17, Russian and Belarusian war games which will take place near the Polish border in September, Poland's deputy defence minister has said.

- Polskie Radio - PL

German writer critical of Turkey's Erdogan arrested in Spain.

By Thomas Escritt BERLIN - German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli was arrested in Spain on Saturday after Turkey issued an Interpol warrant for the writer, a critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, fanning an already fierce row between the NATO allies. The arrest of the German national in Granada was part of a ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Germany, Turkey in War of Words Over Erdogan's Election 'Interference'.

Turkey on Saturday lashed out at "arrogant" German reaction to comments by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urging ethnic Turks in Germany to vote against both parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition. The latest spat between Ankara and Berlin risks propelling a months-long crisis in ties between the two NATO ...

- Albawaba - UK

German Writer Critical of Turkey's Erdogan Arrested in Spain.

 German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli was arrested in Spain on Saturday after Turkey issued an Interpol warrant for the writer, a critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, fanning an already fierce row between the NATO allies, reported Reuters. The arrest of the German national in Granada was part of a ...

- Novinite - BG

Turkey slams 'arrogant' German reaction to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan poll call.

The latest spat between Ankara and Berlin risks propelling a months-long crisis in ties between the two NATO allies to a new level ahead of Germany`s September 24 general election.

- Zee News - IN

NATO-funded Serbian researchers develop biofuel from algae.

Eight Serbian scientists are leading a research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae. The pioneering project is supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme and is carried out by Belgrade's Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in cooperation with Manchester University in ...


Defense Secretary Mattis is traveling to Jordan, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Thomson ReutersWASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will travel to Jordan, Turkey and Ukraine later this month, the Pentagon said on Friday.Mattis will begin his trip in Jordan where he will meet with King Abdullah. Jordan is a member of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The visit ...

- Business Insider - US

Turkey's Erdogan Calls German Leaders 'Enemies'.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called Germany's ruling politicians "enemies of Turkey" who deserve to be rejected by German-Turkish voters. Germany will hold a general election on 24 September, and about one million ethnic Turks living in Germany can vote. A majority of them backed Mr Erdogan in an April ...

- Novinite - BG

Erdogan Tells Turks in Germany to Vote Against Merkel.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said German Chancellor Angela Merkel was an enemy of Turkey and called on Turks in Germany to vote against her and other major parties in next month's elections. The comments are some of Erdogan's harshest yet against Merkel and her Christian Democrats, illustrating the ...

- Voice of America - US

"Guardian angel" need for advisers in Afghanistan drives call for more troops.

* International advisers in Afghanistan require huge troopbackup * Most troops assigned to security, support roles * Trump and aides to discuss Afghan strategy, troop levels By Josh Smith KABUL, Aug 18 - Navigating a chaotic maze of carsand people, the convoy of British army armoured vehicles weavesslowly through Kabul. The ...

- Sify - IN

Citizens of many US allies trust Putin more than Trump 'to do the right thing regarding world affairs'

Thomson Reuters WASHINGTON — Vladimir Putin is more trusted than Donald Trump to do the right thing for the world among citizens of numerous U.S. allies, including Japan, South Korea and seven European NATO members, according to a survey released Wednesday. Both leaders scored poorly overall in the poll by the ...

- Business Insider - US

Turkish Education: Jihad In, Evolution Out

Turkey has now become the first and only NATO member state that teaches "jihad" in its schools. Although the Turkish government claims that "jihad" means a "spiritual inner struggle for salvation," the official Turkish dictionary defines it as a "war

- Hudson New York - US

Deploy NATO forces against migrants, says EU leader

The European Union should use military means to defend its external borders from illegal migrants, Bulgaria's defense minister has said. Krasimir Karakachanov, whose far-right United Patriots party is a junior coalition partner in Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov 's government, said: We canno...

- The Raw Story - US

600 Armed Military to Protect the Border Between Turkey and Bulgaria

Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov has said that in the future Bulgaria is going to use its army to guard its border with Turkey, reported bTV.  The border between the two states will be divided into five zones and will be protected by 600 armed military, Karakachanov explained. ...

- Novinite - BG

Ukrainian Navy may set up NATO doctrines and tactic center

The Ukrainian Navy plans to establish a NATO doctrines and tactic center before the end of 2017, Capt. 1st Rank Andriy Ryzhenko, Ukrainian Navy deputy chief of staff for Euro-Atlantic integration, said. “The issue of creating a NATO doctrines and tactic center under the Navy in 2017 to process the leadership's ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Survey: Citizens of Many US Allies Trust Putin Over Trump

Vladimir Putin is more trusted than Donald Trump to do the right thing for the world among citizens of numerous U.S. allies, including Japan, South Korea and seven European NATO members, according to a survey released Wednesday.Both leaders scored poorly overall in the poll...

- Newsmax - US

Court Rejects Bosnian Serb Claim to Army Facilities

The Constitutional Court ruled that military facilities in the country's Serb-dominated entity are owned by the state - a decision which could help Bosnia move towards membership of NATO.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Dalai Lama would like to see NATO HQ in Moscow

The Dalai Lama says he dreams about NATO headquarters being relocated to Moscow, as this would bring Russian and US citizens closer. Sputnik is reporting this citing Dalai Lama's interview for the Kommerasant daily, while the Moscow Times noted in its report that the Tibetan spiritual leader himself is unable to visit ...

- B92 - SK

Macedonia's Battered Army Eyes Future With More Hope

Poorly paid and badly equipped, Macedonian soldiers celebrating the army's 25th anniversary hope for better days, as the country's new government rekindles hopes of joining NATO.

- Balkan Insight - UK

NATO at a crossroads: Experts offer bold ideas for enhancing Eastern European security

The NATO alliance‚ÄĒnow 29 members strong after Montenegro joined on June 5‚ÄĒis at the center of renewed debates over the future of European security. NATO's pivotal role in Eastern Europe has taken on new importance for several reasons. There is the ongoing Russian intervention in eastern Ukraine, which has left over ...

- Brookings - US

Trump's demand that Germany increase its military defense spending enters German election campaign

President Trump's demand that Germany nearly double its defense spending has become an election issue for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has increasingly come under attack for sticking to her 3-year-old promise to NATO to sharply increase investments in weapons. Although Merkel's Christian Democrats...

- Los Angeles Times - US

US prepares first Black Hawk deliveries to Afghanistan

The United States is on course to deliver the first batch of four Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters to Afghanistan in the coming weeks. NATO announced on its Resolute Support Facebook page on 15 August that, with the first aircraft now tested and ready for delivery, the remaining three

- Jane’s - US

NATO jets in Baltics scrambled 8 times last week to escort Russian aircraft - The Baltic Times

VILNIUS - NATO fighter jets serving in the Baltic air policing mission were scrambled eight times last week to intercept Russian military aircra......

- The Baltic Times - US

Germany First

Yascha Mounk Security, Europe Germany can no longer count on the United States for its own defense. A major rethink is thus not only in the interest of Germany, but also in that of other liberal democracies across Europe. DURING DONALD TRUMP'S presidential campaign, it seemed impossible to predict what kind of foreign ...

- The National Interest - US

Today Bulgaria Will Sent the 34th Contingent of the Bulgarian Army to Participate in NATO Mission in Afghanistan

With a ceremony, the 34th contingent of the Bulgarian Army will be sent to participate in the NATO Mission in Afghanistan "Resolute Support". The ritual will be held in Karlovo today at 10.00 am in the square in front of the house-museum "Vasil Levski" and will include Deputy Minister of Defense Anatoly Velichkov and Deputy ...

- Novinite - BG

Merkel attacks SPD rival over Nato spending pledge

Chancellor sharpens divisions by saying Berlin must honour promise to contribute more

- Financial Times - US

Angela Merkel attacks SPD rival over Germany's Nato budget pledge

Chancellor sharpens divisions by saying Berlin must honour promise to contribute more

- Financial Times - US

NATO, the Med, Iran: study details extent of cyber attacks on Italy

More than 1760 messages from Italy's office at the EU in Brussels and from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs were stolen between 2013 and 2016 by hackers linked to Russia and China, according to an investigation by Italian daily Repubblica.

- The Local - IT

NATO troops can't fight if they're stuck at customs ‚Äď Bloomberg

A recent exercise showed that soldiers face all sorts of bureaucratic hassles, Bloomberg reported.


Ukrainian marines take part in Noble Partner 2017 multinational drills in Georgia

Ukrainian marines have taken part in the Noble Partner 2017 multinational exercises, which were held at the Vaziani military base in Georgia. During the maneuvers, servicemen from eight countries worked together in the multinational unit in accordance with NATO standards and exchanged experience in carrying out their tasks, ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Trump's mixed Russia policy still taking shape - VOA

Trump’s campaign comments about Russia flattered Putin and raised hopes in Russia for U.S. cooperation. Meanwhile, his questioning of the NATO military alliance and Russia’s aggression in Ukraine created uncertainty among U.S. allies, Voice of America reports.


Agile approach: Estonia's defence sector development

Key Points The development of Estonia' s defence sector has been market driven A number of innovative and niche technology areas have emerged Although it is among the few NATO members meeting the alliance's expected spending benchmark of 2% of GDP, Estonia's limited defence

- Jane’s - US

NATO Commander pays tribute to Afghanistan's team heading to the Invictus Games

A torch lighting ceremony has been held in Kabul to honour Afghanistan's team due to participate in the Invictus Games in Toronto . The team of seven will compete with injured military personnel from around the world. The commander of NATO's Resolute Support Mission, General John W. Nicholson, said the team of Afghans ...


Statement by Acting NATO Spokesperson Dylan White on a visit to Konya airbase

NATO is making good progress in facilitating a prospective visit of German parliamentarians to Turkey's Konya airbase on 8 September 2017.


Major parties debate defence spending as German elections approach

With the 24 September federal elections only six weeks away, Germany's two largest political parties have started to comment on the country's future defence spending regarding NATO's goal that it rise to 2% of GDP. The parties, the Christian Democratic Union and Social

- Jane’s - US

NATO helps Iraq boost civil-military cooperation in dealing with terrorist challenges

NATO and Iraq have taken another step to enhance coordination amongst different Iraqi military and civilian entities.


US drills ground attack and special operations aircraft in non-NATO Finland and Baltic states

US forces including 10 A-10 Thunderbolt II 'Warthog' close air-support aircraft, an MC-130J Commando II, and some 270 personnel began a 16-day deployment to √Ąmari air force base and J√§gala army base in Estonia on 4 August, the US European Command has announced. The A-10s will

- Jane’s - US

Turkey Has Lost Its Biggest Cheerleader: The U.S. Military

Turkey's relations with the EU and place within NATO have come under increased scrutiny over the past year, especially during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's campaign to win a constitutional referendum this April, which many saw as a power grab. Now, a row over the access of German parliamentarians to Turkey's ...

- The Washington Institute - US

NSPA to publish RfP for Portugal's new signal shelter carriers

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency is expected to publish a request for proposals online this month for the acquisition of 47 4x4 medium tactical signal shelter carriers for the Portuguese Army's SIC-T tactical communication and information system, the army told Jane's

- Jane’s - US

Germany's SPD rejects Nato defence spending target

Germany's social democrats on Sunday rejected Nato's target of spending 2 percent of GDP on defence. "We clearly say no to the 'two percent target' of Trump and the CDU/CSU", SPD leader Martin Schulz and Thomas Oppermann, who heads the party in parliament, wrote in a joint article. Increasing annual defence expenditure to 2 ...

- EU Observer - EU

NATO's Role in Fighting Post-Caliphate ISIS Looms Large

With the Islamic State defeated in Mosul and on the ropes in Raqqa, NATO is trying to assess what its role could or should be in the post-caliphate phase of the counterterrorism fight to come. The alliance has an important role to play, but it should stick close to its traditional mission and skillset. At its core, NATO is ...

- The Washington Institute - US

On NATO expansion and Eastern European stability

Michael E. O'Hanlon, a senior fellow in Foreign Policy and the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, discusses the prospect of NATO expansion and the role of the U.S. in Eastern European stability ahead of his new book Beyond NATO: A new security architecture for Eastern Europe. ...

- Brookings - US

Beyond NATO: A new security architecture for Eastern Europe

Should the North Atlantic Treaty Organization continue to expand? An alliance of just 12 countries when it was created in 1949, NATO grew to 16 members by the end of the Cold War, and has added another 13 countries since then. This extremely successful security organization protected Europe in the Cold War, came to ...

- Brookings - US

NATO at a crossroads: A reading List

On July 31, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings will host an event focused on the future of NATO and the European security order. Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow Torrey Taussig will moderate a discussion between Brookings Senior Fellows Michael O'Hanlon and Steven Pifer on the escalating ...

- Brookings - US

Will Ukraine join NATO? A course for disappointment

Following the visit to Kyiv by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg earlier this month, President Petro Poroshenko said Ukraine would seek to meet the alliance's membership criteria by 2020. On July 17, he stated that Ukraine would pursue a membership action plan. After more than three years of war with Russia, the ...

- Brookings - US

Putting the North Atlantic Back on NATO's Agenda

As Russia builds up its maritime capabilities in the North Atlantic, NATO should take concrete and visible steps to enhance its presence in the area.

- Carnegie Endowment - US

NATO at a crossroads: Next steps for the trans-Atlantic alliance

Russia's conflict with Ukraine stems in part from the Kremlin's concern that Kyiv is drawing too close to institutions such as the European Union and NATO. Throughout his campaign, President Donald Trump called into question the usefulness of today's NATO and spoke of building a better relationship with Moscow. Advocating ...

- Brookings - US