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Stoltenberg spoke with Erdogan: “Security concerns must be taken into account”

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to a post on his Twitter account.

The alliance leader said he had discussed with the Turkish president the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO and Turkey’s concerns about it. He even pointed out that talks should continue in order to find a solution and that all allies should be taken into account.

“Spoke with President Erdogan of our valued Ally Turkey on the importance of NATO’s Open Door and the membership applications by Finland & Sweden. We agree that the security concerns of all Allies must be taken into account and talks need to continue to find a solution” Stoltenberg wrote in the Twitter post.

Stoltenberg spoke with Erdogan: "Security concerns must be taken into account"
Photo by T.C. Cumhurbaşkanlığı (twitter)

We remind you that Turkey has clearly stated that he disagrees with the accession of the two countries to the North Atlantic Alliance and has accused them of supporting terrorism.

Last week, when Finland and Sweden said they would send diplomatic missions to Ankara to discuss Turkish concerns, Erdogan had said not to bother.

Read also: Turkey “discovered” Greek fighter jets over Imbros and Ainos after violating Greek Airspace – GEOPOLITIKI

Turkey “discovered” Greek fighter jets over Imbros and Ainos after violating Greek Airspace

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Greek F-16 DVIDS, Photo by French Master Sergeant Malaury Buis

After the violation of the Greek Airspace and the approach of Greek city of Alexandroupolis by Turkish fighter jets, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated that this was a response to Greek “aerial” challenges.

Specifically, Tanju Bilgic stated:

“F-16 fighter jets of the Hellenic Air Force violated Turkish airspace west of Imbros on May 16, 2022 and west of Ainos (Turkish: Enez) on May 17, 2022.

The Turkish Air Force responded to these provocative violations on 18 May 2022, on the basis of reciprocity and in accordance with the rules of engagement.

Turkey "discovered" Greek fighter jets over Imbros and Ainos after violating Greek Airspace
Photo by Tanju Bilgic (twitter)

Greece is once again trying to create a misconception against Turkey in the international community, resorting to the tension that began with its own provocative actions.

In this regard, we reject the unfounded allegations and accusations in their entirety against Turkey by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its statement on May 20 and strongly condemn the Greek violations of our airspace.

In order not to repeat such incidents, Greece must end its provocative actions in the Aegean and show a serious approach and commitment to the process of Confidence Building Measures that started both bilaterally and in NATO, in the meetings of which Greece avoided participating” said the Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman.

We remind you that Turkey violated Greek Airspace multiple times, risking a new military confrontation in the region by approaching the Greek city of Alexandroupolis with two fighter jets.

According to the Greek Defense Ministry, Greek fighter jets pursued and intercepted the Turkish F-16s.

Read also: Erdogan is enraged by Greek-American cooperation – GEOPOLITIKI

Erdogan is enraged by Greek-American cooperation

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Erdogan is enraged by Greek-American cooperation
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Erdogan is enraged by Greek-American cooperation as he reacted to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis speech to the US Congress.

Regarding the words of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who criticized Turkey in the US Congress, Turkish President Erdogan stated, “we absolutely need to reconsider the subject of strategic partnership,” Hurriyet reports.

Erdogan is enraged by Greek-American cooperation
Photo by Prime Minister GR (twitter)

We could have strategic cooperation talks with Greece, but after his recent statements we have to reconsider that as well” Erdogan said and added:

“Mitsotakis had said “Let us not involve third parties in this work”, but he went and talked to USA for this subject. We must definitely reconsider the issue of strategic co-operation and partnership,” Erdogan stated during an AKP party meeting, according to the Turkish daily.

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Syria: “The United States committed a crime against humanity in Baghuz”

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PHOTO: Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott

Syria’s permanent mission to the United Nations disagreed with a report issued by the United States, which said the US military was not responsible for a bombing three years ago in the city of Baghuz that killed civilians.

In response to the Pentagon report, the Syrian UN mission commented to the US magazine Newsweek that the United States should immediately withdraw its forces and pay for their actions.

Syria: "United States should immediately withdraw and pay for their actions"
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jensen Guillory

Damascus considered the strike as one of many carried out as part of an “illegal campaign”, as the Syrian armed forces carried out operations against ISIS with the help of Russia and Iran.

“These biased investigations cannot deny the fact that a crime against humanity took place in Baghuz

Any excuse provided by the US government for not violating the law of war or the rules of engagement is to circumvent the fact that US forces deployed in Syria are illegal and launching military strikes under the pretext of fighting terrorism “without the approval or coordination of the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Syria’s permanent mission to the United Nations told Newsweek.

Read Also: General Mark Milley gave an epic speech to West Point cadets on a future “great power war” – GEOPOLITIKI

General Mark Milley gave an epic speech to West Point cadets on a future “great power war”

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General Mark Milley gave an epic speech to West Point cadets on a future
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With major powers intent on rewriting the global order, General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, warned graduating West Point cadets that they will bear the duty of making sure the United States is ready to respond to a potential threat to the world’s stability.

“The world you are being commissioned into has the potential for significant international conflict between great powers. And that potential is increasing, not decreasing,” Milley told the cadets.

“Whatever overmatch we, the United States, enjoyed militarily for the last 70 years is closing quickly, and the United States will be, in fact, we already are challenged in every domain of warfare, space, cyber, maritime, air, and of course land.”

General Mark Milley gave an epic speech to West Point cadets on a future "great power war"
DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando

Milley stated that the United States military cannot cling to the ideas and weaponry of the past, but rather must urgently modernize and produce the force and equipment that is capable of deterring or, if necessary, winning in a global confrontation.

He went on to say that the graduating officers will have to revolutionize the way that the United States armed services conceive, train, and battle.

According to General Mark Milley, newly minted second lieutenants will be fighting with robotic tanks, ships, and airplanes as well as depending on artificial intelligence, synthetic fuels, 3-D manufacturing, and human engineering in their future roles as future leaders of the US Army.

“It will be your generation that will carry the burden and shoulder the responsibility to maintain the peace, to contain and to prevent the outbreak of great power war,” General Mark Milley said

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Military Photos of The Week #1 – Alexander The Great 2022

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Military Photos of The Week #1 - Alexander The Great 2022 - GEOPOLITIKI

We have selected the greatest Military photographs of the week on Geopolitiki so you don’t have to!

ALEXANDER THE GREAT 2022

The best military photos of the week belong to the exercise Alexander the Great 2022, which was held in Greece by Greece’s 32nd Hellenic Marine Brigade, the Hellenic Army’s Special Warfare Command, and US Navy personnel from the Kearsarge ARG, 22nd MEU, and Task Group 61/2 4 of CTF 61/2.

The Greek “Beast” – Zubr-class landing craft

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Greek Zubr Hovercraft | U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Bellino

A Hellenic Zubr-class landing craft, air cushion operates along the coast of Skyros Island, Greece, during a joint training raid with the U.S. Marine Corps 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, deployed with the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), and Hellenic Armed Forces, May 17, 2022.

Under the protection of AH-64 Apache helicopters, Greek and US Marines attack the coast

Hellenic Armed Forces conduct aerial and small boat operations along the coast of Skyros Island, Greece, preparing the final assault.

Super Stallions arrive at the “battle”

Military Photos of The Week #1 - Alexander The Great 2022
Two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Rein.), deployed with the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), fly over a Greek (Hellenic) Zubr-class landing craft, air cushion, during joint training.

The Final Assault

Military Photos of The Week #1 - Alexander The Great 2022
Hellenic Armed Forces, repel out of a Greek NH-90 helicopter 

US and Greek Armed Forces assault the coast with Hovercrafts, Special Forces and Helicopters

ZUBR | Military Photos of The Week #1 - Alexander The Great 2022
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Greek Zubr Hovercraft launch the attack

US and Greek Marines, along with Greek Special Forces, land on the Greek island of Skyros.

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US Navy Hovercrafts from USS Arlington participate

Greek Zubr Hovercraft
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Greek Zubr alongside U.S. Navy landing craft, air cushion, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, deployed with the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24)

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Greek Jason-class tank landing ship L175 Ikaria arrive and unloads Greek artillery units

L175 Ikaria Greek Navy Jason class tank landing ship
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Exercise is complete

Military Photos of The Week #1 - Alexander The Great 2022
U.S. Marine Corps Marines, attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, return to the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Bellino)
Military Photos of The Week #1 - Alexander The Great 2022
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Sergei Shoigu: “Lugansk Liberation is approaching”

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The Council of the Russian Ministry of Defense was addressed by the Minister of Defense of the country, Sergei Shoigu, during which he informed about the developments in Ukraine.

Shoigu referred to the successes of the Russian army and announced that the “liberation of the Luhansk People’s Republic” was approaching.

“The liberation of the Luhansk People’s Republic is nearing completion. The Ukrainian Armed Forces, trying to delay the advance of Russian troops, do not allow the locals to leave the cities and use them as a human shield.

Sergei Shoigu: "Lugansk Liberation is approaching"
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“Losing on the ground, the Kiev regime seeks to achieve at least short-term success in some areas, presenting them as important,” said the Russian Defense Minister.

Regarding the operations in Lugansk, what Shoigu said seems to be true as the defense of the Ukrainians, especially in the Popasna region, seems to be facing a big problem.

He also said that on the eve of Victory Day, “the Ukrainian authorities made an “adventurous” attempt to occupy Snake Island, ending in failure, and warned that any future challenge would be dealt with severely.

Sergei Shoigu: "Lugansk Liberation is approaching"
Photo by Минобороны России

In addition, he said that the “nationalists” in Azovstal continue to surrender and so far 1,908 Ukrainians have surrendered their weapons and that Russia has evacuated more than a million people to Russian territory, stressing that it is doing everything possible to prevent deaths of civilians” Shoigu stated.

Sergei Shoigu also said that in the near future the Western Military District of the Russian army will be significantly strengthened given the NATO expansion in Sweden and Finland.

Read also: Turkish Fighter jets violated Greek Airspace close to Alexandroupolis – GEOPOLITIKI

Turkish Fighter jets violated Greek Airspace close to Alexandroupolis

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Turkish Fighter jets violated Greek Airspace close to Alexandroupolis
F-16C Falcon from the Turkish Air Force | The U.S. National Archives

Greece submitted a demarche to the Turkish Ambassador in Athens in response to Turkey’s unprecedented provocation in which Turkish fighter jets not only violated Greek airspace but also approached Alexandroupolis within 2.5 nautical miles.

The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced:

We condemn in the strongest terms the unprecedented violation of Greece’s national sovereignty by two Turkish fighter jets, which illegally entered our national airspace and approached Alexandroupolis within a distance of just 2.5 nautical miles.
This action constitutes a clear escalation of Turkish provocative conduct.

Turkish Fighter jets violated Greek Airspace close to Alexandroupolis
Photo by Spiridon Ion Cepleanu, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is part of Turkey’s effort to promote its neo-Ottoman revisionism, violating all the fundamental rules of International Law.

This action undermines NATO’s cohesion and urgent priorities and poses a clear threat to the European Union at a critical juncture, as the port of Alexandroupolis is a key hub for the transport of troops and equipment to reinforce our allies.

Upon instructions from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, the Ministry’s Secretary General, Themistoklis Demiris, made an immediate and strong-worded protest demarche to the Turkish Ambassador in Athens. In addition, instructions were given to inform in this regard our allies and partners, as well as the EU, NATO, and the UN” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece announced.

Read also: US Navy donated new RHIB boats to the Greek Special Forces – GEOPOLITIKI

US Navy donated new RHIB boats to the Greek Special Forces

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The US Navy has donated new RHIB boats to the Greek Special Forces - OYK - GEOPOLITIKI
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Four new RHIB-type boats were received by the Hellenic Navy as a donation from the US Government, which will join the force of the Underwater Demolition Command (DYK).

The US Navy has donated new RHIB boats to the Greek Special Forces
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The Hellenic Navy announced:

“On Thursday, May 19, 2022, four newly built US Navy RHIB boats were delivered to the Navy at the facilities of the Underwater Demolition Command (DYK / OYK), in the area of ​​the Naval Fort of Scaramanga, as a donation from the US government.

The US Navy has donated new RHIB boats to the Greek Special Forces
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The receipt of the newly built vessels was attended by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral P. Koulouris, the American Attaché of Defense Captain M. Biery, the head of ODC / GREECE Colonel D. McDonald and the Commander of DYK Lieutenant Commander K. Nasopoulos.

These vessels are going to join the force of DYK, significantly upgrading its operational capabilities.”

Read also: Russian Laser Weapon: “We are burning drones in Ukraine” – GEOPOLITIKI

Russian Laser Weapon: “We are burning drones in Ukraine”

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Russian Laser Weapon:
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Russia claims to be using a new generation of russian laser weapons in Ukraine to destroy drones.

The statement was made by Yuri Borisov, the Russian deputy prime minister, on a state television channel on Wednesday.

According to the Russian state news agency TASS, Borisov said that the first prototype of a new generation of laser weapons, called “Zadira”, is used in Ukraine. Laser weapons systems have begun to arrive (in the army). The first types are already in use,” Borisov said, according to TASS.

Little is known about “Zadira” but according to Borisov, it can destroy a target up to 5 km away by burning it.

Russia’s deputy prime minister has said that the new weapon is more powerful than the “Peresvet” laser system introduced in 2018, which is capable of blinding satellites up to 1,500 km above the Earth’s surface.

Russian Laser Weapon: "We are burning drones in Ukraine,"
“Peresvet”, Photo by Mil.ru, CC BY 4.0

“If the Peresvet blind satelites, then the new generation of laser weapons leads to the natural destruction of the target – thermal destruction, they burn,” Borisov said. This new generation of weapons “will allow Russia to save on Pantsir and Tor missiles” he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky scoffed at the news of Russia’s new laser weapon, comparing Moscow’s announcement to the so-called “miracle weapons” revealed by Germany during World War II when Nazi forces began to lose ground.

“The clearer it became that they had no hope in the war, the more propaganda was made for an amazing weapon that would be powerful enough to ensure a turning point. “And so we see that in the third month of a full-scale war, Russia is trying to find its ‘miracle weapon’; all this clearly shows the complete failure of the mission,” Zelensky said.

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