Source: Shephard The United States’ new top diplomat met his Turkish counterpart on the sidelines of a NATO meeting and warned Ankara against choosing a Russian air defence system. If Turkey goes ahead and deploys the Russian S-400 system, its radars and missile batteries will not be integrated with those of its NATO allies. And… Continue reading US AGAIN WARNS TURKEY ON RUSSIAN S-400 MISSILES AT NATO
US TO PRESS NATO ALLIES TO SPEND MORE WARN ABOUT RUSSIA
Sourced: Jerusalem Post The United States will press NATO allies, especially Germany, to increase military budgets and will underscore the heightened threat from Russia, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday before Friday’s meeting in Brussels. Asked whether US Secretary of State nominee, Mike Pompeo, would attend the meeting if he was confirmed by… Continue reading US TO PRESS NATO ALLIES TO SPEND MORE WARN ABOUT RUSSIA
COULD THE U.S AND TURKEY GO TO WAR ?
Sourced: AEI By Michael Rubin It was the stuff of nationalist drivel and mad conspiracy, but in Turkey it was an instant best-seller. Almost 15 years ago, Turkish novelists Orkun Ucar and Burak Turna penned a thriller titled Metal Storm, which describes a U.S.-Turkey war in which the United States occupies Istanbul, a Turkish agent… Continue reading COULD THE U.S AND TURKEY GO TO WAR ?
US AMBASSADOR IN ATHENS PYATT: GREECE AT NEXUS OF VOLATILE REGION
Sourced: EKathimerini Greece’s ability to build alliances from a particularly challenging strategic geographical position and its commitment to NATO were the focus of comments by United States Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt at the Hellenic National Defense College in Athens on Monday. Addressing officers and students, and speaking of the strong US commitment to Europe,… Continue reading US AMBASSADOR IN ATHENS PYATT: GREECE AT NEXUS OF VOLATILE REGION
MATTIS: RUSSIA HAS CHOSEN TO BE A “STRATEGIC COMPETITOR”
Sourced: The National Interest By Dave Majumdar The United States places the blame on Russia for the breakdown in relations between NATO and Moscow. In the view of U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Russia chose to be strategic competitor to the United States and NATO. “The NATO alliance tried to create a partnership—so, there’s a… Continue reading MATTIS: RUSSIA HAS CHOSEN TO BE A “STRATEGIC COMPETITOR”
GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER: SERBIA MUST ACCEPT KOSOVO INDEPENDENCE TO JOIN EU
Sourced: Reuters By Fatos Bytyci Serbia will need to accept the independence of Kosovo, its former province, in order to join the European Union, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in Pristina late on Wednesday. Kosovo declared independence 10 years ago, almost a decade after NATO bombed Serb forces to halt the killing and expulsion… Continue reading GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER: SERBIA MUST ACCEPT KOSOVO INDEPENDENCE TO JOIN EU
WHITHER GREECE-ISRAEL RELATIONS ?
Sourced: Jerusalem Post By Georgeb N. Tzogopoulos Greece and Israel are slowly but steadily enhancing their strategic cooperation. Defense ties have been strengthened as a result of regularly organized bilateral military exercises. Greece and Israel – with the participation of Cyprus – have agreed to maintain and broaden “an arc of security and prosperity” in… Continue reading WHITHER GREECE-ISRAEL RELATIONS ?
FRANCE TO HIKE DEFENCE SPENDING BY OVER 40 PERCENT
Sourced: France24 France on Wednesday announced plans to boost defence spending by more than 40 percent, bringing it into line with NATO targets after complaints from US President Donald Trump that Europe is not pulling its weight. European NATO members have come under pressure from Trump to relieve the burden on the US, which currently… Continue reading FRANCE TO HIKE DEFENCE SPENDING BY OVER 40 PERCENT
THE U.S ALLIANCE WITH TURKEY JUST LUNGED TOWARD THE BREAKING POINT
Sourced : The Washington Post By David Ignatius Talking with Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of American troops in the Middle East, is a paradoxical reminder of the limits of U.S. military power to determine political outcomes. American bombs helped destroy the Islamic State in Syria, but they can’t stitch the rag doll of the… Continue reading THE U.S ALLIANCE WITH TURKEY JUST LUNGED TOWARD THE BREAKING POINT
TURKEY’S ACTION IN SYRIA THREATENS FRAGILE ALLIANCE
Sourced : FT By David Gardner Turkey’s attack on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in north-western Syria is at one level an assault by a NATO member on a prized US ally. The Syrian Kurdish militia the People’s Protection Forces (YPG) spearheaded the fight back against Isis and its cross-border caliphate from 2014. It is… Continue reading TURKEY’S ACTION IN SYRIA THREATENS FRAGILE ALLIANCE