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Greece, Egypt and Cyprus sign boost of military co-operation

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Greece, Egypt and Cyprus sign boost of military co-operation - GEOPOLITIKI.COM

As announced by the Greek General Staff on Tuesday 06 April 2021, a meeting was held between delegations of the Greek General Staff of National Defence, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Egypt, and the General Staff of the National Guard of Cyprus, under which the Tripartite Military Cooperation Programme for the year 2021 was signed.

The signing of this Programme further enhances military cooperation and interoperability between the Armed Forces of the three countries by conducting joint exercises and training activities.

ΓΕΕΘΑ Αιγύπτου Κύπρου, Ελλάδα, Αίγυπτος και Κύπρος υπογράφουν ενίσχυση της στρατιωτικής συνεργασίας, NEMESIS HD

After the signing of the Programme, Chief General Konstantinos Floros received the heads of the military delegations of Egypt and Cyprus. During the meeting, which took place in a particularly warm climate, issues of common interest were discussed and particular reference was made to the close relations that the three countries have developed in recent times through a wide network of exercises and cooperations, which contribute to the consolidation of security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Russia & Assad tear down Erdogan’s Islamist infrastructure

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Russia & Assad tear down Erdogan's Islamist infrastructure - GEOPOLITIKI.COM

Russia and the Syrian Arab Army are systematically targeting the Syrian Opposition’s Energy Infrastructure backed by Turkey.

The attacks against the Islamists of idlib and also against the TFSA located along Syria’s border with Turkey which is supported by Turkey include mainly ballistic missile attacks against oil refineries as well as air strikes against the electrical infrastructure of the idlib region.

Russia is trying to prevent the viability of an alternative political and economic autonomy through oil exports to the regions where Ankara’s “friends” are based.

To make it more clearly, if the local economy of idlib, which relies mainly on oil production in these regions, is hit hard on its production, Turkey could soon face a new huge influx of masses of Syrian migrants seeking to escape looking for a way to either Turkey or Europe.

Such an outcome will have a wide range of implications for Erdogan, who will soon have a new headache to deal with & most likely find ways again to export that headache to Greece as well.

Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed in Donbass within the last 24 hours

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Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed in Donbass within the last 24 hours - geopolitiki.com

Ukrainian soldier was killed amid shelling by Russian mercenaries in Donbass on Tuesday, and another was killed by an explosion.

Specifically, the Ukrainian Armed Forces announced:

“Today, on April 6th… the armed formations of the Russian Federation once again violated the ceasefire regime and hit Ukrainian army positions near the village of Nevelske.

As a result of enemy fire, which consisted mainly of mortar fire, a Ukrainian military officer was wounded. The soldier immediately received first aid, but unfortunately died.

Also, near Stepne’s defensive site, as a result of the explosion of a military vehicle by an unknown explosive device, a Ukrainian Armed Forces soldier suffered fatal injuries and died shortly afterwards,” the Ukrainian statement says.

The Russian Armed Forces begin combat readiness checks

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The Russian Armed Forces begin combat readiness checks - geopolitiki.com

The Russian Armed Forces have begun routine combat readiness checks, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday, according to Russian media RIA.

“Troops have gone to the training sites for regular, special tactics and bilateral exercises,” the Russian defense minister told a conference at the National Defense Management Center of the Russian Federation.

The exercises will be carried out in all military areas of Russia, from the Western border to the border of Russia with Japan.

All troops will take part in these assessment exercises. At the same time, the General Staff Committee will conduct an inspection in the Eastern Military District.

Given this, we will stick to the official announcement that these are routine exercises that occur at regular intervals in the Russian Federation.

US calls on Russia to provide explanations over the situation in Ukraine

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US calls on Russia to provide explanations over the situation in Ukraine - geopolitiki.com

The United States stated the reports about deployment of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border seem “credible” and asked Russia to provide explanations.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a press conference that the United States was concerned about any attempt by Moscow to intimidate Ukraine either from Russian territory or by moves inside Ukraine.

However, he declined to answer whether the United States believe Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine.

“We urge Russia to avoid actions of escalation” the spokesman said.

The comments came after a phone call on Friday in which Biden assured his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, of “irrevocable support” for Ukraine’s confrontation with Russian-backed separatists that have occupied parts of eastern Ukraine’s region Donbass.

Russia on Monday denied that Russian army units on the border pose a threat to Ukraine and rejected fears of a massive military build-up.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that “the recent escalation of Russian aggression and the escalation in eastern Ukraine is something we are watching closely.”

103 Turkish admirals against Erdogan

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103 Turkish admirals against Erdogan - geopolitiki.com

103 retired Turkish admirals issued a statement Saturday night denouncing the ruling AKP party for challenging the Montreux Convention and Islamizing the army over a meeting of an in-service rear-admiral with the leader of an extremist sect.

“It is being observed with concern that the Montreux Convention is being questioned in the context of both the Istanbul Canal project and who has the power to cancel international treaties,” the admirals said in their statement on Veryansın TV.

The Montreux Convention, signed in Switzerland in 1936, gave Turkey control rights over the two straits, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles, while restricting the passage of warships from the straits only to countries bordering the Black Sea.

The admirals described the convention as “the only biggest diplomatic victory that completed the Lausanne Peace Treaty”, which defined most modern-day Turkey’s borders in 1923, and added that the Turkish Straits were “among the most important waterways in the world”.

They also referred to the executive order recently signed by Erdogan to withdraw Turkey from the European Council’s Treaty on Combating Violence Against Women, known as the Istanbul Convention.

Opposition figures and legal experts say it is illegal for Erdogan to leave international treaties this way, and that a majority in the Turkish parliament is needed to do so.

Erdogan also remains adamant about the Istanbul’s artificial waterway project, which is going to create another strait at the western end of the city if built. The Turkish government says the canal will be used for high-risk ships, such as oil tankers, to reduce traffic in Bosphorus.

“We believe that all actions and rhetoric that could lead to the questioning of the Montreux Convention, which is important for the survival of Turkey, must be avoided,” the admirals said.

The admirals also noted that the Turkish Armed Forces had lost many members due to the Gulen movement, and that the Turkish army should “carefully adhere to the fundamental values ​​of the constitution.”

“For these reasons, we condemn the efforts to ward off the armed forces from these values ​​and from the course taken by Ataturk, as this would endanger democracy and Turkey itself,” they said.

These statements caused intense reactions in Turkey, especially from the ruling party, with the characteristic reactions of Mustafa Sentop, Fuat Oktay and Ibraim Kalin who in their twitter posts stated that the admirals’ statements are inciting a coup.

Philippines Defence Secretary stated that China is trying to conquer the West Philippine Sea

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Philippines Defence Secretary stated that China is trying to conquer the West Philippine Sea - GEOPOLITIKI.COM

«The continued presence of Chinese maritime militias in the area reveals their intent to further occupy the West Philippine Sea» Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement, using the local name for the South China Sea.

Lorenzana repeated calls for the Chinese boats to leave a reef, which the Philippines calls the Julian Felipe Reef, located within its exclusive economic zone. 

Chinese diplomats have stated the boats anchored near the reef numbering more than 200 based on Philippine patrols were sheltering from rough seas and no militia was aboard those boats. 

The Chinese Embassy in Manila responded to the Philippines Defence Secretary’s comments, saying it was «completely normal» for Chinese vessels to fish in the area and take shelter near the reef during rough sea conditions.

Lorenzana announced that there were still 44 Chinese vessels at Whitsun Reef despite improved weather conditions.

Two missiles fell near U.S. military airbase in Iraq

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Two missiles fell near U.S. military airbase in Iraq - GEOPOLITIKI.COM

Two rockets landed in Iraqi province Salah al-Din near Balad airbase, where the U.S. military is located, a security source told RIA Novosti Iraq.

“Two missiles fell near the outer fence of the base, there were no casualties,”

the source said.

According to the Iraqi security press service, the missiles were launched from the al-Dojama area in the province Diyala.

Fox News Channel, sources, reported in late February that United States troops in Iraq are at high risk amid strikes in Syria. As an example, only the most important movements are allowed at Balad Air Force Base from 6:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

On January 5, 2020, the Iraqi Parliament voted by a majority to withdraw foreign troops from the country and also called for a review of the format of cooperation with the U.S.-led international anti-terrorist coalition.

These measures were a response to the U.S. campaign near the international airport Baghdad the operation that killed an Iranian general on the night of 3 January of the same year, the commander of the special unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Kasem Suleimani, and the deputy head of Iraq’s Shiite militia, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

Following these events, the U.S.-led international coalition handed over to the Iraqi military a number of sites where the U.S. military had previously been stationed, including a number of airbases and headquarters of coalition military advisers.

British Army to upgrade its MLRS extending range to 500km!

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British Army to upgrade its MLRS extending range to 500km! - GEOPOLITIKI.COM

British Army plans to upgrade its multiple rocket launchers after a British Army press release said that came to an agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense, for a five-year program to modernize its M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS).

Further details about the agreement were given in a media release of the British Armed Forces, to announce the upgrades that will be made to 44 launchers, which are currently in service.

The new upgrades will include a new armored cab and upgraded automotive and launch mechanism components.

The 44 launchers will also be armed and ready to fire the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) that US operates which has a range of 499km and is expected in-service from 2024.

Upgrades will be made to 44 launchers, which are currently in-service, and will include a new armored cab and upgraded automotive and launch mechanism components.

The upgrades will ensure that the Army’s Land Deep Fires capability remains strong for the next three decades and that the British Army has the technological capability to quickly meet the threats of today and tomorrow.

British army press release states.

Biden pledge to “protect” Ukraine against Russian aggression

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Biden pledge to "protect" Ukraine against Russian aggression - GEOPOLITIKI.COM

US President Joe Biden made the first official phone call with Ukrainian President Volontimir Zelenski on Friday to express his strong support for Ukraine’s stance on the build-up of Russian troops near its border.

The conversation came after Western states and NATO expressed concerns about the movement of Russian troops near the eastern region of Donbass.

“President Biden reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in view of Russia’s continued aggression in Donbass and Crimea,” a US statement said.

Ukraine said the two presidents’ conversation lasted 50 minutes.

“We discussed in detail the situation in Donbass. President Biden assured me that Ukraine will never be left alone in the face of Russia’s aggression,” Ukraine’s president later said in a televised statement.

Russia warned this week that an escalation in Donbass could “destroy” Ukraine and warned of any NATO deployment.