US Secretary of Defence Mattis joins his 28 NATO counterparts and Secretary General @jensstoltenberg for DefMin on February 14-15

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19 February 2018
Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley says the Government still thinks devolved government is the best way forward in Stormont
US Secretary of Defence Mattis meets with NATO Alliance Ministers of Defense during the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels, Belgium
Sinn Fein Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill says the DUP has collapsed the power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland
@jensstoltenberg tells he did ask Turkish Defence Minister Canikli about Ankara's air-defense plans - in Russian S-400s it says it's buying - but their mtng focused more on increasing cooperation with Franco-Italian consortium whose equipment can be integrated into NATO's system
NATO won't confirm details on Russia's Iskander deployment in Kaliningrad, says @jensstoltenberg, but he calls on Russia to do it. What's obvious, he says, is that the area is increasingly militarized
Big task for NATO-EU cooperation: how to make sure the two overlapping organizations don't task their member governments with two different "lists" of capabilities. The US is concerned new European defense cooperation will drain resources from NATO. @FedericaMog comes to dinner
Netherlands Government Information Service says former Dutch prime minister Ruud Lubbers has died
20X Su-35S and Su-30M2 multi-role fighter jets have been conducting recon flights, detection of mock enemies and airstrikes on mock enemy convoys in Primorsky Krai bordering North Korea.
Chinese Foreign Ministry statement on British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson's announcement in Australia that HMS Sutherland will transit the SouthChinaSea en route back to the UK.
France says Iran's missile program must be put 'under surveillance'
DUP leader Arlene Foster has announced that there is "no prospect" of a return to devolved government at Stormont
Suspicious package was found in Central Mariupol, police cordoned off the site
Canada's Defence Minister @HarjitSajjan at @NATO HQ: "All of us are increasing our commitment and providing that unity that NATO represents."
Key suspect cleared in first trial linked to Paris attacks: court
North Ireland's Adams loses attempt to overturn jailbreak conviction
Hug: Ceasefire is being used at Donbas to prepare for military action
The German Chamber of Commerce says that United States import tariffs on steel could trigger a trade war with major trading partners.
UK's Johnson keeps hard Brexit stance in speech aimed at mending fences
US Secretary of Defence Mattis meets with defense leaders at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium
German SPD leader invokes Europe to sell coalition deal with Merkel
SecDef Mattis meets @Poland_MOD Minister Mariusz Błaszczak on sidelines of NATO DefMin, reaffirming the strong Poland-United States bilateral defense relationship
Former Russian MP Ilya Ponomarev says at trial of Yanukovych that Putin quickly made the decision to annex Crimea after his helicopter made an emergency landing in Sochi. He thought foreign security services were trying to kill him.
The government has approved a state defense order for three years
U.S. hand over 2500 Night vision devices to Armed Forces of Ukraine
The EU will continue to ban the export of weapons to Belarus
EU's Juncker says 'good chance' of rapprochement with Warsaw
Giorgio Marrapodi, Italy's director general for development cooperation, said Italy will provide 260 million euros ($321 million) in soft loans to Iraq alongside $6.5 million in grants and $5 million in humanitarian assistance.
Juncker on transnationallists: Sympathy with them, but no realistic option for 2019 elections after EP vote last week
Ukrainian army captured 2, killed 3 Russian fighters near Shyrokyne
Jean-Claude Juncker in support of Spitzenkandidat process: Makes sense that people know who could be President of the Commission
EU's Juncker says "strictly against the behavior of Turkey" after naval incident
Juncker responds to BoJo comments says: some in British political society are against the truth pretending that I'm a stupid stubborn federalist that I'm in favour of a European superstate. I am against this EU can't be built against European nations this is total nonsens
Man dies after vehicles collide at London's Heathrow Airport
Former Georgian President Saakashvili in Netherlands: ANP
Johnson: Brexit is not just a great liberal project but a project in time which can in time unite this country. So let's do it with confidence together
Johnson: I say to my remaining remainer friends (actually quite a numerous bunch) More peole have voted for Brexit than anything in the history of this country. If we had a 2nd ref, there would be a year of feuding in which the whole country would be the loser
Johnson: The crucial thing is, when we are running ourselves, we will no longer be able to blame Brussels for our woes. No one should think that Brexit is an economic panacea The success of Brexit depends on what we make of it
Cossack ataman: "the bodies are sent to Saint Petersburg," which is also where hundreds of other dead and wounded Wagner have reportedly been sent. "There is a difference between what is being said to us, and what people are telling us first-hand."
Scotland Yard says a man aged in his 40s has died after two airport vehicles crashed on the airfield at Heathrow
Johnson: The cost of EU regulation is about 4% of GDP it's only by taking back control of our laws, UK firms will have the freedom to innovate
Russian deputy foreign minister agrees at consultations in Tehran to closely coordinate bilateral stances to preserve JCPOA - Russian FM
Johnson: To those who worry about coming out of the customs union and single market in the past few years, there have been many countries who have seen economic growth who export to the EU
Johnson: It's striking since the Brexit vote, the fortunes of UKIP have gone into a long deserved eclipse. I feel like people are being heard in their idea of self control
Johnson: We will be able to take back control of our borders. Not because I am hostile to immigration. We need people to work
Johnson: We would be mad to go through this process of extrication from the EU and not take advantage of what it brings
Saudi King, Russian energy minister discuss rebalancing oil markets
Johnson: We in the UK have not really felt part of such a demos
Johnson: Eurotunnel is calling on both sides for another link I say this to signal the attitudes that should inform Brexit. It's not about shutting us off, it's about going global
Johnson: For all those who want to make Britain less insular, the answer is not to submit for ever to the EU legal order
Johnson: In 2016, British people made 71m trips abroad every year this expansion of UK tourism will continue. We will continue to go on stag parties to ancient cities where we will of course receive a warm welcome
Johnson: Let's next tackle the suggestion that we might become more insular There are more British people living in Australia than in the EU. There's more than 1m who go to Thailand every year
Johnson: It makes sense for us to continue to be intimately involved in EU foreign and security policy We will continue to be Europeans both practically and psychologically
Johnson: To all those who worry about our strategic position Our commitment to the defence of Europe is unconditional and immovable. It is made real This country is the biggest spender in the EU both on aid and on defence
Johnson: All I am saying is that by going for Brexit, we can gratify the sentiments and more
Johnson: For all their power and influence, every major political party, Obama and so on, their voices did not prevail. But is this time for referendum voters to sit back and gloat?
Johnson: I run the risk of causing further irritation but I must run that risk We cannot expect the case to make itself
Johnson: Whatever the superficial attractions of these points, they can be turned on their heads. Brexit need not be nationalist but internationalist
Johnson: The economic fear that we have voted to make ourselves less prosperous People fear the disruption they associate with change and that our friends and partners in the EU might make life difficult for us
Johnson: People believe we have thrown up a figurative drawnbridge and decided to sacrifice the Europeanness in our identity
Johnson: I come across a lot of people who think Brexit has cast us adrift
Johnson: If we are to carry this project through to national success then we must reach out to those who have anxieties These fears can be allayed
Johnson: Some of the fears about Brexit do not materialise. I fear that some people are determined to stop Brexit
Saakashvili reportedly spotted in Amsterdam.
4 day ago
ATO spox: In total, Russia-backed militants fired ten 122mm artillery rounds, one hundred eighty-seven 122mm, and around thirty 82mm mortar rounds in eastern Ukraine yesterday. Fortunately, Ukrainian troops suffered no casualties.
NATO aiming to deploy 3 thousand more troops to Afghanistan: Stoltenberg
4 day ago
ATO spox: Luhansk sector - Russian proxies committed 14 ceasefire violations, used 82mm and 120mm mortars near Popasna, Novozvanivka, and fired over 150 82mm, 120mm, and 122mm rounds Troitske. Four other locations came under hostile light weapons fire.
4 day ago
Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen to receive the highest French order of merit
2 vehicles have crashed into each other at Heathrow Airport in a 'serious accident' on the airfield
Border guards detained deputy mayor of Odesa Pavlo Vugel'man in Boryspil
The Kremlin has warned journalists against reporting "unconfirmed" information about Russian fighters killed in Syria.
Tusk: Consultations with PM @AndrejPlenkovic ahead of the informal EUCO on MFF and institutional issues next week
Ukraine leader gives Putin condolences over plane crash: Kremlin
Japanese bank chooses City of London for new European headquarters
US Secretary of Defence Mattis joins his 28 NATO counterparts and Secretary General @jensstoltenberg for DefMin on February 14-15
Odesa mayor Trukhanov arrested by NABU on corruption charges.
"For the first time since the Vietnam war, there has been a direct confrontation between Russians and Americans." How today's Russian papers are reacting to reports that Russian mercenaries in Syria have been killed in an attack by the US-led coalition.
5 day ago
South Korean, Swedish foreign ministers to discuss ties, North Korean nuclear issue
5 day ago
Turkish and Greek army chiefs to discuss new measures in bid to ease tensions ahead of @NATO meeting in May.
14 attacks on Ukrainian positions yesterday, no casualties
Mikhiel Saakashvili ejected from Ukraine again, just posted private message on public post
A man has died after being shot at a house in Poleglass on outskirts of West Belfast. It's believed a shotgun was used in the attack in Glenbawn Avenue around 8pm. Victim thought to be in late 20s.
Poroshenko had a phone call with Putin to discus 16 February meeting of FMs of "Normandy Four" during Munich conference
Dutch PM overwhelmingly survives vote of no-confidence
Dutch MPs to hold no-confidence vote in PM after minister quits
Bernie Sanders: One of the great crises we face is the rise of authoritarianism. Whether it's Putin, Trump, Duterte or Viktor Orban in Hungary, we are seeing attacks against freedom of the press, democratic election laws and an independent judiciary.
West Midlands Police‏: All emergency services are currently at Birmingham's Repertory Theatre, Broad St following reports of an explosion. Initial indications are that this was a technical fault in a staff only area. No casualties are reported. Everyone has been evacuated are are being kept safe.
Loud explosion was heard in Birmingham City Centre, and police have evacuated The Rep theatre. No further details on the explosion known at present time
Far-right activists break LGBT lection in Kharkiv
Clashes/shelling reported near Popasna
Very loud clashes reported near Bryanka
European Court Of Human Rights orders Spain to pay €50,000 compensation To ETA airport militants. Court rejects a description of the mistreatment by the Civil Guard as "torture" under Article 3 of the Convention on Human Rights.
Explosion heard at BroadSt Birmingham. Massive police presence by Hyatt/Rep
Macron says not worried by nationalities of next ECB, EU Commission chiefs
Turchinov said that the law on the Donbass does not negate the peaceful path, but also allows the return of territory by military means
ATO HQ 9 PM statement: Due to intelligence Russian forces of 3rd and 7th motor-rifle brigades have orders to use 122mm artillery near Svitlodars'k. Ukrainian forces will respond in case of attack
Macron says "France will strike" if there is proof chemical weapons used in Syria
Macron: We have no evidence to date about the use of chemical weapons in Syria
5 day ago
Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexandros Gennimatas says Turkey has lost sense of moderation, common sense. "Apart from violating international law, it proves that it does not know geography," he says
Trump to nominate businesswoman and Republican fundraiser Georgette Mosbacher as U.S. ambassador to Poland
Cosmetics impresario and @GOP fundraiser to be nominated as US ambassador to Poland.
German SPD leader quits in bid to calm party after coalition deal
State Department on drilling in Cyprus's EEZ:US policy on Cyprus's EEZ is longstanding and has not changed/US recognizes right of Cyprus to develop its resources in its EEZ/we discourage any actions or rhetoric that increase tensions in the region.
5 day ago
Turkish, Greek PMs discuss over phone recent developments in Aegean Sea, agree to lower tension
"How many Chevrolets do you see in the middle of Berlin?" asks @POTUS.
US Intelligence officials warn Congress that Russia is trying to interfere with 2018 elections
Heavy clashes near Pervomais'k of Luhansk region
Clashes reported near Debal'tseve
3 Democratic senators have introduced a resolution pushing Trump to use the new authority over Russia sanctions that Congress gave him
Lithuanian FM Linas Linkevicius: Quick stop in beautiful Stockholm to meet friend @margotwallstrom and discuss cooperation within Nordic-Baltic family and Ukraine. 3 years since Minsk Agreements with no progress from the Russian side -no room to ease sanctions. We urge Ukraine to speed-up and deliver on reforms' path
[email protected]'s @Dpol un tells UNSC that situation in Myanmar's Rakhine state is complex 'but overall it is under control,' warns against 'contradictory and subjective reports of the media'
5 day ago
Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry on Imia island incident: "The Greek side is misleading the public"
Stoltenberg announces meeting with Poroshenko this week
Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Halbe Zijlstra has resigned, a day after admitting that he lied about attending a meeting hosted by Russian President Putin.
Dutch foreign minister resigns after admitting he lied about Putin meeting
At Hoptivka checkpoint border guards seized radioactive material from citizen of Russia. Reportedly radioactive component of avionics part
Russian Ministry of Defense: Su-34 of Western Military District held bombing training in night-time and with EW measures "Khibina" to suppress air-defense
5 day ago
Italian vessel taking part in NATO's Sea Guardian maritime operation, goes to area where Turkish military has been obstructing exploration for natural gas.
Ukrainian courts sentence two Russian servicemen to 13 and 14 years in prison for treason for joining the Russian military after the annexation of Crimea. Formerly Alexander Baranov and Maxim Odintsov were Ukrainian servicemen.
No single agency is "in charge," of dealing with Russian election meddling, DNI Coats says.
5 day ago
Downing Street says Prime Minister Theresa May will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday
5 day ago
DNI Coats says Russia views the 2018 midterm elections as potential for influence operations
US Department of State: Yesterday marked the somber third anniversary of the implementation of the Minsk Agreements. Sadly, Russia continues to disregard its commitments under these agreements, stoking further conflict. We continue to urge the Russian government to cease its aggression in Ukraine.
5 day ago
Belarusian president alarmed by unprecedented buildup of neighbors' militaries
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange loses appeal against British arrest warrant for jumping bail, tells him to appear in court first
5 day ago
Greek Foreign Ministry lodges demarche to protest against midnight Imia incident where Turkish coast guard patrol vessel rammed a Greek coast guard boat
Greece officially complains to Turkey about Imia incident, summons TR's ambassador to Athens, briefs USA, Germany, EU, NATO, 5 permanent members of UN Security Council. Still TR Coast Guard around Imia5 day ago
Greece officially complains to Turkey about Imia incident, summons TR's ambassador to Athens, briefs USA, Germany, EU, NATO, 5 permanent members of UN Security Council. Still TR Coast Guard around Imia
Witnesses say police dealing with a suspicious package at UK parliament
Sources in General Staff of Russia confirmed to RBC that Hmeimim airbase on 31 Dec-1 Jan was attacked with UAVs, not mortars as Ministry of Defense claimed
Russian Ministry of Defense: Su-25, Su-25SM and Su-25UB on alert for training drill on Kuban'
Investigators say Russian plane crash may have been triggered by speed indicators failure.
UK Parliament says police currently investigating an incident on the parliamentary estate
Shikov Alexey from Nizhniy Novhorod (27 y.o) was killed near Deir-ez-Zur on 07 February, earlier fight at Donbas
5 day ago
Teens face trial for alleged plot to kill Austrian police
Saakashvili says in the next few days "I'm going to make a sort of Magnitsky list for Ukraine."
Saakashvili defiant in Poland: Says Ukrainian agents hurt his neck during arrest, "but it will heal and I'm going to choke all the corruption out of Ukrainian politicians. I'm going to choke Poroshenko and his cronies. They will go to jail."
EU on Saakashvili: "We continue to follow developments regarding Mr Saakashvili. We expect the rule of law as well as the rights of Mr Saakashvili to be upheld".
5 day ago
ATO spox: In total, Russia-backed militants committed 11 ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine yesterday. Unfortunately, this resulted in one Ukrainian serviceman killed and two wounded in action.
5 day ago
ATO spox: Donetsk sector - militants used 120mm mortars in Vodiane area, and small arms and light weapons near Opytne.
5 day ago
ATO spox: Luhansk sector - Russian proxies committed 9 ceasefire violations, used 82mm and 120mm mortars near Krymske in three attacks and 82mm ones near Popasna, and used light weapons in five other localities.
[email protected] Hutchison says US is "trying" to stay in compliance with INF Treaty, but longstanding Russian violation means "there's a timetable". If the Kremlin doesn't dial back its missile program, she reminds, Trump Admin will move ahead with developing a similar capability
[email protected] Hutchison on Russian violations of INF Treaty: "There's a timetable here" and if Russia doesn't return to compliance, "there will be consequences and that's not in their interest or ours."
[email protected]: Our Allies want Russia to come into compliance with ALL of its international treaties and obligations, including INF Treaty. But that's a bilateral issues we hope we can resolve with Russia
DNR group has denied Turchynov words about "10kms advance during 2017"
[email protected] Hutchison on new German coalition not committing to spending 2% of GDP on defense commends Berlin as strong ally. "Are we going to continue to push for more from Germany as well as our other allies? Yes we are. But are we going in the right direction? Yes, we are."
Swedish Air Force GLF4 Korpen 102002 SVF622 Racetracks over the Baltic Sea, west of Kaliningrad5 day ago
Swedish Air Force GLF4 Korpen 102002 SVF622 Racetracks over the Baltic Sea, west of Kaliningrad
USAF RC135W 62-4134 EXTRA34 29,000ft over Estonia
5 day ago
NOW: How did united communities react to government's decision to make lands outside of settlements their communal property? Is there a life after participation in the "Community for a Million" project?" UCMC project "Spokespersons of Communities" Live
5 day ago
NATO SecGen: We made pledge in 2014 to spend more and spend better (on defense). I welcome efforts to increase spending but also efforts to invest more in development of capabilities. It's not about spending more OR better - we must spend more AND better.
I ask NATO's @jensstoltenberg about Turkey's controversial deal with Russia on Its S-400 air defense system. He says up to Turkey to provide details about status of that contract but also welcomes Ankara's talks with France and Italy about other air-defense capabilities
5 day ago
NATO SecGen: I will continue to address the issue of meeting defense spending commitment we all made in all my meetings, with all political leaders, in all NATO countries. We must deliver on what we promised.
"In many countries of the world there is a significant number of our compatriots." - Putin's spox Peskov about the dead mercenaries in Syria
Asked about tensions between the US and Turkey in northern Syria, NATO Secretary General @jensstoltenberg said situation in n Syria is complicated, deadly for civilians, and a "challenge for all of us." "I welcome that there are contact talks between Turkey and US," though NATO not involved
5 day ago
NATO SecGen: What we decided in 2014 (at Wales Summit) was to stop the cuts in defense spending, gradually increase and move toward 2% of GDP on defense. We've had three consecutive years of increases and I expect that to continue.
Putin and Trump discussed North Korea by phone on Monday: Kremlin
Interesting fact from @jensstoltenberg. After Brexit, 80% of NATO funding will come from non-EU nations
"We cannot leave Iraq now"- NATO Secretary General @jensstoltenberg points out lessons have been learned in the past about insufficient stabilization efforts. Expects decision to expand training of Iraqi forces
The expelled Georgian ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili tells Ukrainian @NewsOne_TV he did not ask for political asylum in Poland and wants to return to Ukraine legally
5 day ago
NATO SecGen: We all see a need for more training of Iraqi forces as we move from combat operations to building local capacity. Ministers will discuss what more NATO can do, in coordination with Iraqi government and international community.
5 day ago
Russia de facto exited from the implementation of Minsk agreements - Hopko
I also expect Defence Ministers to start planning for a NATO training mission in Iraq – @jensstoltenberg
NATO welcomes EU efforts to increase/improve defense contributions, but only as a complement - "not an alternative" - to the alliance, says @jensstoltenberg
Kremlin spokesman Peskov responds to reports that Russian mercenaries were killed in Syria in battle with US-led coalition: "These reports require verification"
More EU defence spending and capabilities can strengthen NATO and contribute to fairer burden-sharing, but only if the EU's efforts are a complement and not an alternative to NATO – @jensstoltenberg
By 2024, 22 Allies are expected to invest 20% or more of their defence budgets in major capabilities, which is NATO's guideline – @jensstoltenberg
5 day ago
NATO SecGen: Fair burden sharing is critical for our security. Allies committed to more cash, capabilities, contributions. Tomorrow we will take stock of our progress.
NATO Secretary General: Fair burden sharing is critical for our security. Allies committed to more cash, capabilities, contributions. Tomorrow we will take stock of our progress
I expect Defence Ministers to agree on a new support command for the rapid movement of troops and equipment within Europe – @jensstoltenberg
NATO SecGen: we are modernizing command structure to ensure that 29 nations can act as one; I expect we will establish new joint force command for the Atlantic to protect sea lines between North America and Europe
I expect Defence Ministers to decide modernising NATO's Command Structure, with a new Joint Force Command for the Atlantic, focusing on protecting N America - Europe sea lines of communication – @jensstoltenberg
UK Defence Secretary says warship bound for South China Sea - media
Alexei Navalny is suing Russian censor Roskomnadzor for adding his sites to the list of information that is banned in Russia.
Two captured jihadists who were part of a group nicknamed "The Beatles" will face justice, says UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd
The UK Home Office today announced that it has developed software capable of locating and blocking IS propaganda videos as they're being uploaded.
6 day ago
Erdogan warns Cyprus against 'overstepping the mark' after ship incident
UK inflation unexpectedly remains at 3 percent
6 day ago
Turkish coast guard holds over 40 undocumented migrants, including Syrians, Eritreans and Yemenis heading to Greece
Don't be shy: EU ombudsman urges states to end secrecy of debates
.@RoyalNavy encounters Russian Navy while transiting Bosphorus: Mediterranean-bound Echo class @SNMCMG2 flagship and survey vessel @HMSEnterprise crossed paths with Russia-bound RF Navy Auxiliary Fleet cargo vessel Kyzyl-60 in mid-Bosphorus6 day ago
[email protected] encounters Russian Navy while transiting Bosphorus: Mediterranean-bound Echo class @SNMCMG2 flagship and survey vessel @HMSEnterprise crossed paths with Russia-bound RF Navy Auxiliary Fleet cargo vessel Kyzyl-60 in mid-Bosphorus
Stockholm truck attacker Rakhmat Akilov pleads guilty to terrorism
Stockholm truck attacker pleads guilty to terrorism as trial opens
Irish Prime Minister: Comprehensive free trade and customs agreement is "the best option" to avoid a hard border in Ireland
Future EU trade deals to include binding reference to the Paris Agreement, says EU trade commissioner
President Erdoğan: No one should think opportunist attempts at gas exploration off Cyprus or Aegean islets go unnoticed. We warn those who overstep their limits not to make miscalculations by trying to take advantage of Turkey's focus on events to its south6 day ago
President Erdoğan: No one should think opportunist attempts at gas exploration off Cyprus or Aegean islets go unnoticed. We warn those who overstep their limits not to make miscalculations by trying to take advantage of Turkey's focus on events to its south
Putin has disappeared again and cancelled all his public appearances without explanation
6 day ago
President Erdoğan: same as #Afrin, we have rights in Aegean, Cyprus
1 wounded as result of shooting in Kyiv
Yaroslavl TV and radio broadcast an alert about elevated radiation levels. It turned out to be a mistake.
Hampshire Police says two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a six-week-old boy in Southampton