A two-week NATO training exercise in northern Europe is now underway. We spoke with security expert Ulrich Kühn about the purpose of the military drills, and their effect on relations with Russia.
Iran doesn’t use its geopolitical advantage for furthering political goals, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the Islamic Republic Navy commander said.
Cooperation between Ukraine and NATO is instrumental in the context of restoring a collective security system in Europe, says Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov.
Russia, Turkey and the West all share one rival in the Balkans: political instability. Located at the confluence of three historic empires, the strip of land between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea has long been the focus of competition among global powers. Now it is just one arena in the standoff between Russia and the West. Yet, with both sides attempting to buy influence with investments and energy projects, and with Turkey struggling to keep pace, internal political challenges threaten to undermine outside efforts to develop and shape the region. As major powers use their financial and political clout to gain influence in the Balkans, weak local governments will continue to balance among competing nations.
Russia announced this week that it has formally cut off the transit of NATO military cargo through Russian territory. But in theory, Moscow remains open to cooperation on Afghanistan: it annulled the agreement only after NATO quietly allowed the agreement to lapse after the formal combat mission in Afghanistan ended at the end of 2014. And the comparable military transit agreement with the United States remains in effect, though the Pentagon isn't currently using Russian territory for its Afghan transit.
Colonel Gulmurod Halimov, commander of OMON (Special Purpose Police Unit) of the Interior Ministry of Tajikistan, who has been missing since beginning of May and suspected of joining ISIL, has confirmed that he actually did join the group.