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Global Europe 19-02-2021

Greece protests to Turkey over yet another ‘research vessel’

Greece said on Thursday (18 February) it had protested to Turkey over its deployment of a research vessel in the Aegean Sea, in what it called an “unnecessary” move as the NATO allies seek to resume talks over a long-standing...
26-01-2021

Turkey and Greece resume talks on maritime disputes after five-year hiatus

Turkey and Greece resumed talks aimed at addressing long-standing maritime disputes on Monday (25 January), ending a five-year hiatus after months of tension in the eastern Mediterranean.
Global Europe 25-01-2021

South China Sea tension flares again as Biden takes charge

A US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the South China Sea over the weekend to promote “freedom of the seas” at a time of US concern about China-Taiwan tensions and Beijing asserting its maritime agenda.
China 04-12-2020

Trump administration adds two big China companies to Defense blacklist

The Trump administration on Thursday (3 December) added China's top chipmaker SMIC and oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, a move likely to escalate tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
Global Europe 23-10-2020

Xi invokes Chinese military might with US in mind

President Xi Jinping issued a sharp warning Friday (23 October) to potential "invaders" of Beijing's military resolve, speaking on the 70th anniversary of his nation's entry into the Korean War, the only time Chinese forces have fought US rivals.
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.
Azerbaijan 17-10-2020

Azerbaijan vows retaliation for deadly strike on civilians

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev vowed on Saturday (17 October) to take revenge on Armenia after a missile strike killed 12 sleeping people in the city of Ganja, a dramatic escalation in the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Global Europe 16-10-2020

EU condemns Turkey ‘provocations’ in eastern Med

EU leaders on Friday (16 October) condemned "unilateral actions and provocations" by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, where it is locked in a standoff over energy resources with Greece and Cyprus.
Global Europe 14-10-2020

US, Germany warn Turkey not to squander trust in Mediterranean

After the United States used strong language slamming Turkey's renewed push to send a vessel to carry out seismic surveys in the eastern Mediterranean, Germany urged Ankara not to dispel the "climate of trust" needed to de-escalate tensions with Greece.
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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 02-10-2020

Macron demands Turkey explain ‘jihadists’ in Azerbaijan

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday (2 October) demanded that Turkey explain what he said was the arrival of jihadist fighters in Azerbaijan -- and urged NATO to face up to its ally's actions.

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.
Azerbaijan 01-10-2020

Putin, Macron call for ‘complete’ halt to fighting in Karabakh

Russian President Vladimir Putin and French leader Emmanuel Macron called for a "complete" halt to fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh and said they were ready to intensify diplomatic efforts to help solve the conflict.
Azerbaijan 30-09-2020

Macron criticises Turkey’s ‘warlike’ rhetoric on Nagorno-Karabakh

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday (30 August) Turkey’s “warlike” rhetoric was encouraging Azerbaijan to reconquer Nagorno-Karabakh and that was unacceptable, though he added that he had no proof at this stage of direct Turkish involvement. Fierce fighting broke...
Azerbaijan 30-09-2020

UN Security Council calls for Karabakh clashes to end ‘immediately’

The UN Security Council on Tuesday (29 September) called on Armenian and Azerbaijani forces to "immediately stop fighting" over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, after three days of deadly clashes, according to a statement seen by AFP.
Global Europe 29-09-2020

US, Greece call for peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in east Mediterranean

The United States and Greece called on Monday for a peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in the east Mediterranean as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a two-day trip to Greece amid increased regional tension over energy resources.
Global Europe 28-09-2020

Greece urges Turkey to probe vandalism on island in disputed waters

Greece on Sunday (27 September) condemned vandalism to a mural of the Greek flag on Kastellorizo island blamed on Turkish nationals, a day before the arrival in the country of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Azerbaijan 27-09-2020

Dangerous clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan pose a threat to regional security

The early morning hours of 27 September 2020 marked another provocation launched against Azerbaijan by the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia, writes Esmira Jafarova.
China 18-09-2020

China begins military drills as senior US official visits Taiwan

China began combat drills near the Taiwan Strait on Friday (18 September), the same day a senior US official began high-level meetings in Taipei, as Beijing denounced tightening ties between Chinese-claimed Taiwan and the United States.

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.
Global Europe 01-09-2020

Turkey defies Greece, extends Mediterranean exploration

Turkey said on Monday (31 August) that its Oruç Reis exploration vessel will now carry out seismic surveys in a disputed part of the eastern Mediterranean until 12 September, in a move likely to stoke tensions in the region.

‘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.

Taiwan to raise defence spending as China details combat drills

Taiwan unveiled a T$42.1 billion ($1.4 billion) increase for next year’s planned defence spending on Thursday (13 August), as China announced details of its latest combat drills near the democratic island.

Iran missile attacks target US forces in Iraq; Trump says ‘All is well!’

Iran launched a missile attack on US-led forces in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday in retaliation for the US drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing has raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East.
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