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Azerbaijan Entered Kalbajar region Left by Armenian Troops

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The Azerbaijani army entered Kalbajar left by the Armenian troops, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a statement on its website.

“According to a trilateral statement signed by the presidents of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Russian Federation and the prime minister of the Republic of Armenia, Azerbaijani army units entered the Kalbajar District on November 25,”
the Azerbaijani statement announced.

Earlier, Hikmet Hajiyev stated that Azerbaijan had given Armenia additional ten days for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces and civilians from the Kalbajar District.

Hajiyev said the Armenian side had asked for an additional time through Russia.

Complications were linked to the fact that only one road with insufficient capacity leads from the Kalbajar District to Armenia, and tough weather conditions appeared.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin signed a joint statement to end military clashes in the Nagorno-Karabakh region that occurred in September and erupted into large-scale fighting.

US Navy defends entering Russian waters blaming Moscow for excessive maritime claims

us navy defends entering russian waters blaming moscow for excessive maritime claims

The US Navy has called Russia’s maritime claims “excessive” and described an alleged incursion by one of its ships, the USS John S. McCain, into Russian waters as a routine “Freedom of Navigation Operation.”

The Russian Ministry of Defense stated on Tuesday that the USS McCain sailed more than two kilometers into Russian waters off the coast of the Russian Far Eastern capital, Vladivostok, that morning. According to Moscow, the USS McCain was warned away by the Udaloy-class destroyer Admiral Vinogradov, whose crew warned the American warship away, threatening to ram it by force if necessary.

“The Russian Federation’s statement about this mission is false,” the US Navy later declared, adding that the USS McCain’s mission took place in international waters and “in accordance with international law.”

In a tweet, the Navy said that the mission “upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea,” and challenged “Russia’s excessive maritime claims.”

The US claims that Peter the Great Bay, where the USS McCain was sailing, was improperly claimed by the USSR in 1984. Moscow has stuck by the Soviet demarcation of its waters, which was determined by drawing a straight line between its adjacent coasts.

Tuesday’s encounter was not the first time that the USS John McCain has been involved in high-risk incidents at sea. In 2017, ten American sailors died after the vessel collided with a Liberian-flagged tanker, resulting in flooding and putting the warship out of action until October 2019. An investigation into that incident warned of an overly complex touch-screen system used to control the ship’s throttle, and a lack of training of its crew.

Nor was it the first time that the US has taken flak for holding such Freedom of Navigation Operations in disputed waters. American vessels regularly sail through the South China Sea to challenge Beijing’s expanding claims in resource-rich waterway, and the Chinese military accused Washington of “provocative actions” when the USS McCain sailed past the Chinese-claimed Paracel Islands there last month.


Russia imposed sanctions on British Individuals


Russian Federation imposed sanctions on 25 British individuals, as an answer to restrictions rolled out by the United Kingdom earlier this year over the case of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian tax auditor who died in police custody back in 2009.

In response to the unfriendly actions of the British authorities and on the basis of the principle of reciprocity, the Russian side made a decision to impose personal sanctions against 25 representatives of Britain who are barred from entering Russia,”

The announcement was made by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday.

The sanctions against 25 Russian individuals, including the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, were rolled out by the Foreign Office in July.

The move, closely resembling the original 2012 US Magnitsky Act, barred the blacklisted Russians from entering the UK, while their British assets if they have any, were ordered to be seized.

The British individuals that will be sanctioned are yet to be named.

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France, Greece, Germany, Italy & the UK to develop next-generation medium helicopter – NATO

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NATO announced on 19 November that France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom have signed a letter of intent for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC) project.

The project is dedicated to the modernization of existing rotorcraft fleets and is one of NATO’s High Visibility Projects (HVP).

France, Greece, Germany, Italy & the UK to develop next-generation medium helicopter - NATO

A significant number of medium multi-role helicopter capabilities currently operated by Allies will reach the end of their life cycle in the 2035 – 2040 period and beyond, with the subsequent need for replacements.

The Next Generation Rotorcraft project aims to develop a solution for these upcoming requirements, leveraging a broad range of recent advances in technology, production methods, as well as operational concepts. 

Over the coming years, experts from all five nations will cover an exhaustive program of work, starting with defining a robust Statement of Requirements and a multi-phase cooperation plan. 

The Defence Ministers of the five Allies signed a Letter of Intent to develop an entirely new helicopter capability. The signature was added virtually from the capitals of participating nations.

 By investing our resources and channeling our development initiatives through a multinational framework, we are making sure Allies are equipped with the best available capabilities, which helps to maintain NATO’s technological edge”, stressed NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoană.

The project highlights NATO Allies’ commitment to maintain a technological edge and to pursue multinational cooperation whenever possible.


US Army test fire M109A7 Paladins

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The M109A7 will replace the M109A6 Self-Propelled Howitzer, formerly known as the Paladin Integrated Management program, as one of the US Army’s most critical combat vehicle modernization programs.

The U.S. Army hosted a live-fire demonstration of their next-generation artillery system being manufactured by BAE Systems, according to a recent news release.

U.S. Army Futures Command, the GREYWOLF brigade, and over 14 high-end civilian agencies came together for the event to analyze the new Paladins and to find new ways to increase the firing rate of the weapon system, according to a Nov. 19 press release.

At the announcement, Col. Tim Fuller, said

“out here that we have on contract and each has a different niche, each has a different core competency, and each is really at the top of our game in what they do. It is absolutely imperative that we have partnerships and relationships with all of our folks within the military as well as in industry outside of the military.”

Capt. Stewart Tice, Bravo Battery Commander stated that: “This battalion is fielding brand new A7 Paladins, along with new ammo supply vehicles, and in addition, we just replaced our entire Humvee fleet with the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle trucks.”

The GREYWOLF brigade has received the first M109A7 artillery systems in August.

Tehran to develop a “Space- Radar” after Noor-1

tehran to develop a space radar after noor

Tehran made a technological breakthrough with its space program, launching the military satellite Noor-1 into orbit.

US space chief General Raymond has ridiculed the spacecraft as a “space camera.”

However, Iran released detailed satellite images of the largest US base in the Middle East.

“Based on the success of its previous efforts, Iran must move towards the development and construction of space radars,” said Iran’s deputy defense minister.

“Sooner or later, we will need space radars. We must continue and have the necessary framework in this regard to ensure that the country does not suffer from any ‘strategic technological surprises’ in the future.” the deputy defense minister said in a speech at a conference on radar and surveillance systems on Saturday.

Erdogan sees himself as an Ally of Europe

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“We expect the European Union to keep its promises, not to discriminate against us or at least not to become a tool for creating hostilities against our country,” the Turkish president said during a speech at a conference of the governing party AKP.

“We do not see ourselves anywhere but in Europe. We intend to build our future together with Europe. We want stronger cooperation with our friends and allies “, said Erdogan in a sudden crisis of friendliness after a period of intense effort to infuriate Europe against him and the Islamic world against Europe.

“We believe that we have no problem with any country or institution that can not be resolved through politics, diplomacy, and dialogue,” he said.

In addition, he said, Turkey would like to “actively use the old and close alliance with the United States to find a solution to regional and international problems.”

RUSSIAN WORKING FOR CIA ARRESTED: He gave secret Information about the Northern Russian Fleet

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A Russian man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after he was caught trying to pass classified information about the country’s Northern Fleet to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Yuri Etsenko, who worked for an organization that repaired radio-electronic systems on warships, pleaded guilty to high treason and will serve his sentence in a high-security prison.

From 2015 to 2017, Eshchenko carefully copied documents on the weapons systems used in the Northern Fleet, according to the Federal Security Service (FSB).

In early 2019, he had contacts with US officials. He was arrested later that year, in July. The exact details of what Estchenko copied have not been made public.

Based in Severomorsk, a closed city on the northern tip of Russia’s Kola Peninsula, the Northern Fleet is responsible for operations and defense along the Arctic coast, including the Barents Sea and the Kara Sea.


TURKISH ALTAY: Negotiations with Korean Doosan and S&T Dynamics for a new engine

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Turkish officials have begun negotiations with South Korean manufacturers to procure an engine and gearbox for the Turkish project tank “ALTAY”. Plans for the use of the German MTU engine and RENK gearbox were recently blocked by the German federal authorities.

Altay, first designed in the 1990s and restarted in 2018, is set to be Turkey’s first domestically produced tank but faced repeated setbacks.

In 2019, several European Union countries imposed an arms embargo on Turkey over military intrusion against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.

An alternative is now being sought through South Korean companies Doosan and S&T Dynamics, which produce engines and automatic gearboxes.

Chinese ‘Aircraft-Carrier Killer’ Missiles Hit Target – Message to the USA

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According to a former PLA colonel, the successful launch of the DF-26B and DF-21D missiles in August is a “warning” to the United States that they should not take any military risk against China.

Two of China’s aircraft carrier killer missiles that were launched hit a moving ship near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the South China Morning Post announced on Saturday.

The move came as a response to a US Spy plane U-2 aircraft, which violated a no-fly zone as Beijing was conducting a live-fire naval drill in the Bohai Sea.

“So several days later after the aircraft carrier maneuvers, we launched the DF-21 and DF-26, and the missiles hit a vessel sailing south of the Paracel Islands”, said Wang Xiangsui, a former senior colonel.

“This is a warning to the US, asking it not to take any military risks”, “Such actions mark the bottom line of Sino-US confrontation.”

The former PLA colonel said that the US estimates that as “a show of force”, while China is doing it “because of their provocation”.

Following the move, US Airforce declared that its U-2 did not violate international rules and that its military moves in the region would continue.