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U.S., Canada condemn deadly attack on Roma camp in Ukraine

Monday, June 25, 2018

The United States and Canada said on Monday they were horrified by an attack on a Roma camp in Western Ukraine in which one man was killed and several wounded, including a ten-year-old boy. Police have detained ten teenagers suspected of involvement in the violence, which saw a 24-year-old Roma man stabbed to death and four others wounded at a camp on the outskirts of the city of Lviv late…

Russia says evidence of Syria chemical attacks was faked

Monday, June 25, 2018

Russia said Friday that the U.S. and its allies have relied on fabricated evidence to accuse the Syrian government of launching chemical attacks against civilians. Russia’s foreign and defense ministries also charged the international chemical weapons watchdog with failing to objectively investigate the alleged chemical attacks and with being subject to political control. Maj. Gen. Igor Kirillov, the chief of the Russian military’s radiation, chemical and biological protection unit, said…

Post Trump-Kim summit: US to give North Korea timeline with specific tasks soon, says official

Monday, June 25, 2018

The United States will soon present a timeline to North Korea with “specific asks” of Pyongyang after a historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a senior US defence official said. The official, who spoke to a small group of reporters ahead of a trip to Asia this week by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, did not specify details but suggested that the timeline…

NATO chief sees July decision on launching Macedonia talks

Monday, June 25, 2018

NATO’s chief says he expects the leaders of the military alliance will decide at a summit next month to officially launch membership talks with Macedonia. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday that “I expect and I hope that NATO leaders at the summit will decide to start accession talks.” U.S. President Donald Trump and his NATO counterparts will meet in Brussels on July 11-12. The news comes after Greece and…

If they needed to fend off war with Russia, US military leaders worry they might not make it in time

Monday, June 25, 2018

U.S. commanders are worried that if they had to head off a conflict with Russia, the most powerful military in the world could get stuck in a traffic jam. Humvees could snarl behind plodding semis on narrow roads as they made their way east across Europe. U.S. tanks could crush rusting bridges too weak to hold their weight. Troops could be held up by officious passport-checkers and stubborn railway companies.…

Turkey election: Erdogan win ushers in new presidential era

Monday, June 25, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking on extensive new executive powers following his outright election victory in Sunday’s poll. Parliament has been weakened and the post of prime minister abolished, as measures approved in a controversial referendum last year take effect. Defeated opposition candidate Muharrem Ince said Turkey was now entering a dangerous period of “one-man rule”. Mr Erdogan polled nearly 53% in the most fiercely fought election in…

Under pressure, Merkel downbeat on EU migration breakthrough on Sunday

Saturday, June 23, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel played down expectations of a major breakthrough being reached at hastily-arranged talks between some EU leaders on Sunday on the migration dispute dividing Europe. Plans for an emergency meeting of 10 EU leaders on Sunday before a full EU summit at the end of the week were thrown into chaos on Thursday when Italy’s new prime minister said a draft paper on migration had been pulled…

‘Ill-Advised Policy’: Turkish President Slams US Move to Block F-35 Sale

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Despite intense pressure from Washington and the US Senate’s decision to suspend the sale of the F-35 fighter jets, Turkey remains all set to buy S-400 air defense systems from Russia. Ankara is considering alternatives to the US-made F-35 fifth-generation fighter-bombers that the US has backed away from supplying to the Turkish Air Force, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. “The United States’ ill-advised policy towards its strategic NATO ally could backfire against America itself,”…

9 EU member states agree to create a cyber rapid response force

Friday, June 22, 2018

At Lithuania’s initiative, nine EU member states have agreed to create a cyber rapid response force, Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis said, cites LETA/BNS. Lithuania, Estonia, Croatia, the Netherlands and Romania will sign the agreement in Luxembourg on Monday and France, Spain, Poland and Finland will officially join it by the end of the year.  “The aim is to create EU cyber rapid response teams rotating on a semi-annual basis,” the minister told…

EU leaders set to prolong Russia sanctions again

Friday, June 22, 2018

European Union leaders will next week extend until the end of January economic sanctions against Russia over its intervention in Ukraine, diplomats and officials said. The curbs on Russia’s energy, defence and financial sectors have been prolonged every six months since first being slapped mid-2014 after Moscow annexed the peninsula of Crimea from Kiev and backed rebels fighting government troops in east Ukraine. EU leaders meeting in Brussels on June…