Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Germany is ready to step up globally in her opening speech at the Munich Security Conference. Speaking to DW, she said Berlin would increase its defense budget.
The principal difference between the "Turkish Stream" and "South Stream" is the power. "South Stream" was planned for four threads with a throughput of 15.75 billion cubic meters. m of gas each. "Turkish Stream" is 2 times less, and at the entrance to the territory of the European Union (EU) - 4 times less.
To many who assumed that the Russian-Ukrainian conflict would calm down in 2018, the end of 2017 foretold quite the opposite. The conflict is back in motion, yet with some contradictory signals. On the plus side, the biggest swap of prisoners was held between Ukraine and the Russian-backed militants since the beginning of the war. This demonstrated that some progress on humanitarian issues is possible with the help of the Normandy format and the Trilateral Contact Group.
Estonia's Minister of Defense Juri Luik and members of the European Parliament's subcommittee on security and defense (SEDE) during a meeting discussed forthcoming important steps in the defense policy of Europe.
The visit to Washington by State Councilor Yang Jiechi has helped set in motion what a spokesperson for US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says will be a "constructive and productive" bilateral relationship during the second year of Trump's presidency.
NATO Defence Ministers wrapped up two days of talks in Brussels on Thursday (15 February 2018), focused on the NATO Command Structure, fair burden-sharing and the Alliance’s efforts to project stability beyond its borders.
It seems the Eastern Mediterranean is becoming the area of Russia’s keen interest. In addition to the Syrian Tartus naval base controlled by Russia, on Feb. 3, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev issued an order for the Ministry of Defense to sign military cooperation agreement with Lebanon, entailing, among other things, access of Russian warships and military aircraft to Lebanese ports and military airfields, military exercises, training of Lebanese army staff etc.
The European Commission has issued a "road map" for the expansion of the European Union at the expense of the Balkan countries. So far, Serbia and Montenegro remain the main candidates for membership. One of the reasons for the increased attention of Brussels to the Balkans is an attempt to neutralize the geopolitical influence of Russia and China, Brussels said.
Vytis Jurkonis: EU has to clearly show and deliver to the burden sharing to ensure the continuing support of the US
Exclusive interview of the lecturer Institute of International Relations and Political Science (Vilnius University) Mr. Vytis Jurkonis.
Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has met with senior Turkish officials amid rising tensions between the two NATO allies. The countries remain at loggerheads in part over Washington’s support of a Kurdish militia in Syria, which Ankara accuses of being a terrorist organization.
Moscow has strengthened the potential capacity of military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in connection with the threats coming from Afghanistan. Within the CIS, work is in progress on a regional border security system, the Head of the Third CIS Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander Sternik said in interview with RIA Novosti.
The U.S.–Turkey relationship has always been difficult, but never so vulnerable. Diverging priorities and, it is time to say, contravening strategies in Syria have brought the two allies to the breaking point. The core of the disagreement has been the difference between the American and Turkish perceptions of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed branch the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
In a first for both the U.N. Security Council and the Central Asian region, Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov presided over a meeting of the council devoted to “Building Regional Partnership in Afghanistan and Central Asia as a Model to Link Security and Development.
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is being built in Turkmenistan in accordance with the approved schedule, Nebit-Gaz, online newspaper of the country’s Oil and Gas Complex.
From January 1st Kazakhstan has launched an unusual experiment. An International Financial Center has started its operation in the Republic. It is a huge and serious project followed by the President Nursultan Nazarbayev personally.