Defence and security

Russia ready to freeze warheads total to extend nuclear pact with US by a year

20-10-2020

Russia said on Tuesday (20 October) it would be ready to freeze its total number of nuclear warheads if the United States did the same in order to extend their last major arms control treaty by a year. The offer,...

22-10-2020

European Parliament calls for stronger EU commitment to nuclear non-proliferation

European lawmakers called on Wednesday (21 October) for a stronger European commitment to nuclear non-proliferation, including support for a key UN treaty, amid global uncertainty over nuclear arms control.
21-10-2020

Eyeing extraterrestrial threats, NATO to set up new space centre in Germany

NATO defence ministers on Thursday (22 October) are expected to approve a plan to create a new space centre at the alliance's Air Command in Ramstein, Germany, in response to growing concerns over protecting satellite and navigation assets from enemy interference.
China 20-10-2020

Sources: Indonesia rejected US request to host spy planes

Indonesia rejected this year a proposal by the United States to allow its P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance planes to land and refuel there, according to four senior Indonesian officials familiar with the matter.
China 20-10-2020

As the Arctic’s attractions mount, Greenland is a security black hole

On a windy August afternoon in 2017, Akitsinnguaq Ina Olsen was relaxing in the old harbour of Nuuk, Greenland’s capital, when a Chinese icebreaker sailed unannounced into the Arctic island’s territorial waters.
Politics 19-10-2020

Sweden readies massive military budget surge

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the likelihood of Sweden's parliament adopting a proposal that would considerably increase its defence spending levels, the Slovak government's plan to have its entire population tested for coronavirus, and so much more.
14-10-2020

Russia rejects ‘unacceptable’ US conditions to extend nuclear arms treaty

With less than four months until the New START Treaty expires, the US said on Tuesday (13 October) it had reached an "agreement in principle" with Russia on extending the last remaining bilateral nuclear arms-control accord between Washington and Moscow.
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Azerbaijan 07-10-2020

Azerbaijan’s strength is not only on battlefield, it’s in international law

At a time when Armenian military forces have been dealt a significant blow and lack manpower and military equipment to resist Azerbaijan’s counter-offensive operation, Azerbaijan demands the restoration of its internationally recognized territorial integrity, writes Vasif Huseynov.
Azerbaijan 05-10-2020

NATO chief says expects Turkey to calm Karabakh conflict

The head of NATO said Monday (5 October) he expected Turkey -- a key ally of Azerbaijan -- to use its "considerable" influence to calm the conflict in the Armenian separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
01-10-2020

US strengthens its military presence in Greece

Greece looks for EU support this week in tough upcoming talks with Turkey after securing a diplomatic boost from the visiting US secretary of state.
26-09-2020

Seventy-five years after Hiroshima, total nuclear disarmament must still be pursued

Last month marked the seventy-fifth year after the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today, on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, we call for a European leap forward in creating conditions to achieve security in the twenty-first century, write seven EU lawmakers.
Economy & Jobs 23-09-2020

Europe’s military mobility, a game-changer for regional infrastructure projects?

Since the 1990s, European infrastructure has been developed purely for civilian purposes, but in recent years military aspects have gained in importance as they could fill funding gaps for dual-use infrastructure projects. Rail Baltica, a 870-kilometer-long high-speed rail line from...
22-09-2020

Hezbollah links seen in 2012 Israeli bus attack in Bulgaria

A Bulgarian court on Monday (21 September) sentenced two Lebanese men in their absence to life in prison over a deadly 2012 bus bomb attack on Israeli tourists at the country's Burgas airport.
Global Europe 21-09-2020

US to slap sanctions on over two dozen targets tied to Iran arms

The United States will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, putting teeth behind UN sanctions on Tehran that Washington argues have resumed despite the opposition of allies and adversaries.
18-09-2020

Lukashenko closes borders with Poland and Lithuania, says he doesn’t want ‘war’

Belarus will close its borders with EU neighbours Poland and Lithuania and step up security measures at the Ukrainian frontier, President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Thursday (17 September).
16-09-2020

US pushes arms sales surge to ‘Fortress Taiwan,’ needling China

The United States plans to sell as many as seven major weapons systems, including mines, cruise missiles and drones to Taiwan, four people familiar with the discussions said, as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on China.
14-09-2020

Iran says 1,044 centrifuges active at underground plant

The head of Iran's atomic agency said Sunday (13 September) that 1,044 centrifuges were active at the Fordow uranium enrichment plant, in line with steps to reduce its commitments to the nuclear deal.
09-09-2020

France puts off strategic talks with Russia over Navalny case

France has postponed a visit to Moscow next week by its foreign and armed forces ministers as European powers seek answers from Russia to Germany's findings that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned.
04-09-2020

NATO calls for ‘international response’ in Navalny case, but stops short of sanctions

A special meeting of NATO ambassadors on Friday (4 September) condemned the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as an "unacceptable breach of international law" and announced “consultations on further steps regarding Russia". It, however, stopped short of sanctions.
04-09-2020

Greece overrules NATO’s announced launch of dialogue with Turkey

Athens denied on Thursday (3 September) a statement by NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that Greece and Turkey had agreed to technical talks to defuse tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. Greek diplomatic sources said the only way to de-escalate was for...
01-09-2020

Greece in talks with France over fighter jets, as East Med tensions rise

Greece is in talks with France and other countries over arms purchases to boost its armed forces, according to a government official, as tensions grow over energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean region. A day earlier, Greece’s finance minister said...
27-08-2020

EU’s threat analysis running out of time as bloc’s security problems multiply

EU defence ministers agreed at an informal meeting in Berlin on Wednesday (26 August) to work closer together militarily and develop a common strategic culture, highlighting the growing need for Europe's common defence policy at a time of escalating challenges in the bloc's neighbourhood.
27-08-2020

EU freezes Mali training missions after military coup, denies responsibility

The EU has suspended training in Mali after the military coup this month that removed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from power, officials said on Wednesday (26 August), while Germany acknowledged that some perpetrators had been trained in Europe.
26-08-2020

‘Polishing the gun’: China, US tensions raise Taiwan conflict fears

Numerous Chinese and US military exercises, Taiwan missiles tracking Chinese fighters and plummeting China-US ties make for a heady cocktail of tension that is raising fears of conflict touched off by a crisis over Taiwan.
24-08-2020

Defence agenda: Defence initiatives and squabbling allies

The second half of 2020 will be crucial for a range of European defence initiatives. It will also be crunch-time for Europeans to make yet another attempt at sorting out security matters on the global stage. Below, we update you...
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