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  • Russian S-400 missile systems deployed in Turkey will not become part of NATO air defense

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Alliance is searching for a solution in connection with Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems, reports RIA Novosti.

    According to Stoltenberg, Russian anti-aircraft missile systems will not be integrated into the overall Alliance's air defense, as they technically cannot function together.

    NATO is currently discussing how to combine the presence of American Patriot and Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems.

    The supply of …

  • Russia and Turkey establish new military bases in Syria

    The Russian Armed Forces have established a new military base in northern Syria after reaching an agreement with the Syrian Democratic Forces, which consists primarily of Kurdish fighters.

    According to the Lebanese newspaper Al-Masdar News, the base was established in the border city of Amuda in the Al Hasakah Governorate. As the new facility was being built, heavy vehicles started to arrive. The base will reportedly serve as an observation point for the Turkish border.

    At present, the …

  • Erdogan threatens to reject NATO plan to protect Baltic States

    A day before the NATO’s Leaders Summit in London, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkey will oppose NATO's plan for the defense of Baltic countries if the Alliance does not recognize  as terrorists groups that Turkey deems terrorists.

    Erdoğan said that he had a telephone conversation with Polish President Andrzej Duda, and he had arranged a meeting with him and Baltic leaders in London to discuss the issue.

    "With pleasure, we can come together and discuss these issues there …

  • Russian military patrol hits roadside bomb in Syria

    Three Russian soldiers were injured and bruised in the Kobanî region, Syria, as a result of the explosion of an improvised explosive device, reports Interfax, citing Russian Defense Ministry.

    According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the incident occurred as the Russian military police carried out a reconnaissance patrol using an armored vehicle along the Russian-Turkish route.

    Joint patrols have been carried out in Syria by Russians and Turks since November 1. Russian soldiers use armored …

  • Russia to launch TurkStream gas pipeline on January 8

    The opening ceremony of the TurkStream gas pipeline, which Russia built to eliminate dependence on the Ukrainian gas transportation system (GTS), is scheduled for January 8, 2020.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the opening date of the TiurkStream during the opening of the the Turkish-Azerbaijani TANAP gas pipeline.

    The capacity of each of the two lines of the TurkStream will be 15.75 billion cubic meters. One line will be used for gas supplies to Turkish consumers. The …

  • Turkey is ready to join NATO in war against Russia

    Despite the statements of Russian politicians about the strengthening of cooperation between Russia and Turkey in the military field, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that Ankara is a loyal ally of the North Atlantic Alliance, and Turkey is ready to support any NATO's operation against Russia if necessary.

    Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu urged NATO to pay attention to the fact that in addition to deterring Russia at the Eastern borders of Europe, it is also necessary to support Turkey in these …

  • Turkish reconnaissance drone shot down over Russian airbase in Syria

    Despite the cooperation agreements between Russia and Turkey, a Turkish surveillance drone was destroyed over the Russian military airbase near the city of Qamishli. The drone collected information about the military airfield, where the combat aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force are located.

    According to the Syrian news agency SANA, a Turkish reconnaissance drone was destroyed by Syrian Armed Forces stationed in the Hamo village area. Initially, it was assumed …

  • Pro-Turkish militants attack Russian special forces in Syria

    According to information provided by the militants of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (Syrian National Army), the Russian military was attacked in the South-Eastern part of the Syrian province of Idlib. Several Russian soldiers were killed. The militants have presented material evidence, photos, and videos, but for unknown reasons, the command of the Russian military group in Syria didn't give any comments.

    "Militants of the Pro-Turkish Jabhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir group (National Front …

  • Russia and Turkey increasingly at odds in Syria

    Turkey’s statement that it might conduct a new military operation in northern Syria if the Kurdish rebels do not withdraw could aggravate the situation, the Russian media reported on Tuesday, citing a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry. The defense department also refuted Ankara’s claims that Moscow has failed to meet its commitments according to the agreement that was reached in Sochi.

    “The Defense Ministry was surprised by the statement of Turkish Foreign Minister M. Cavusoglu about …

  • Russia to deploy additional forces in northern Syria

    The Russian Defense Ministry is sending additional military police to northern Syria to “normalize the situation” along the Turkish-Syrian border, the military department announced.

    According to Defense Ministry Spokesperson Igor Konashenkov, the additional Russian military police forces will be deployed along the border between Syria and Turkey. He did not clarify whether the reinforcements would come from divisions already stationed elsewhere in Syria, or whether another battalion of …