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  • Re: Regional geopolitics

    Originally posted by Haykakan View Post
    It is a way to bypass azergayjan. Good idea!
    Yep, I knew it! aliyev is pulling what is left of his hair. Since Russia is going to route a large portion of its gas with the new pipeline via turkey, wonder if they gave the green light to fk up azeri's gas pipeline feasibility.

    "Armenia Looks to Supply Gas from Turkmenistan

    Turkmenistan was Armenia’s principle supplier of natural gas in the 1990’s until the Armenian government signed a deal with Russia’s Gazprom, which currently supplies Armenia with about 80 percent of its gas. The rest of Armenia’s imported gas comes from Iran."

    YEREVAN (A.W.) – Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan met with the ambassadors of Iran and Turkmenistan to Armenia, Seyed Kazem Sajadi and Muhammed Niaz Mashalov, in Yerevan on Jan. 9, with the purpose of [...]


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      Terrorists Preparing for Massive Attacks on Gov't Troops with Turkish Intelligence Back up

      Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:25

      TEHRAN (FNA)- Media sources disclosed that terrorist groups are getting ready to launch massive attack on the Syrian Army and its allies in, at least 3, provinces with the support of the Turkish intelligence service.

      The Arabic language al-Akhbar reported that based on field information, Ankara-backed terrorists are developing plans in close coordination with the Turkish intelligence service to relaunch large-scale attacks on army positions in Housing Project 1070, Jam'iyat al-Zahra and Zahiyeh al-Assad in the Western part of Aleppo city.

      Terrorists of al-Tukistani, deployed in two regions of al-Has and Tal (hill) al-Dhaman that overlook Khanasser-Hama road, are also readying to attack the army's defense lines and cut off the road from central provinces and Damascus to Aleppo.

      The preparations made for anti-government assault are not limited to Aleppo and Idlib, and the Turkey-backed terrorists in areas near the towns of Souran, Ma'an and al-Tamanna in Northern Hama are also doing the same stationing new missile launchers, deploying more equipment and digging long trenches in the region to pave the ground for an imminent attack.

      A high-ranking security source in the operations room of Syria's allies disclosd on Thursday that Turkey and al-Nusra Front (recently renamed to Fatah al-Sham Front) have increased contacts in recent days to pressure Russia through certain joint moves in Idlib to make concessions in Astana peace talks.

      The source underlined that al-Nusra Front was preparing for several attacks, ordered by Turkey, to weaken the ceasefire.

      Ankara also called on the terrorists to launch different attacks on several points so that Russia would be forced to make concessions in Astana negotiations.

      The source added that Turkey aimed to persuade the terrorists to show hostile behavior towards the Syrian army to pressure Russia and find a place for al-Nusra Front in the peace talks.

      Reports said that senior Turkish military officers were deployed in Western Aleppo and Idlib and coordinate operations with al-Nusra commanders, adding that cooperation between the ISIL and al-Nusra Front would also be witnessed in Syria in the near future.

      Hayastan or Bust.


      • Re: Regional geopolitics

        Turkey to build walls on borders with Armenia, Iran - media

        January 11, 2017 - 12:39 AMT
        PanARMENIAN.Netx- Various media reports suggestxTurkeyxis going to erectxwallsxon borders withxArmeniaxand Iran.
        A similar fence, which measures three meters high and has barbed wires on top, is currently being built on the border with Syria, reports.
        According to local media, Turkey is fencing its borders in the framework of the fight against terrorism and smuggling.
        The concrete wall being built to stop illegal crossings along the length of Turkey's 900-km border with Syria will be finished by the end of February, a Turkish official was quoted as saying earlier.
        Hayastan or Bust.


        • Re: Regional geopolitics


          "The Price for Journalism in Azerbaijan
          Police Attack Reporter Who Alleged High-Level Corruption

          A group of plain-clothes officers had attacked Huseynov, known for his reporting on alleged corruption by senior government officials, as he walked alone in downtown Baku. The attackers bound Huseynov’s eyes and mouth with towels and forced a bag over his head. They used an electroshock weapon on his groin and punched him, bloodying his nose. After stuffing him into a car, police drove Huseynov around for approximately four hours before they took him to the Nasimi district police station, where they formally arrested him."

          Azerbaijan’s police this week showed one of the country’s most popular journalists and bloggers, Mehman Huseynov, the cost of being a tenacious journalist these days in the country. In the evening of Monday, January 9, 2017, after Huseynov didn’t show up for a planned meeting, family and friends feared for the worst, and they had every reason to.


          • Re: Regional geopolitics

            The manipulative Brits for over a century wanted to control Russia with it resources, just got caught spreading misinformation on Trump and Russia.
            Their Soros/McCain puppets are mumbling with lies, while some low level MI6 of the scammer is on the run.

            Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.


            • Re: Regional geopolitics

              A dream come true for millionaires from across the globe!

              "Big investors in Turkey to be allowed citizenship.

              Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey will grant citizenship to those who invest or buy valuable property in the country, the Official Gazette said Thursday, as it tries to boost its flagging economy.

              Passports will be granted to foreigners who buy at least $1 million of real estate in Turkey, invest at least $2 million, or deposit at least $3 million in an account, the Official Gazette said."

              Talking of desperation. Millionaires from around the globe want so badly be citizens of some Islamist Dictator's country. It is like ISIS is advertising vacation packages.


              • Re: Regional geopolitics

                A parliamentarian voiced his opposition to erdogan's new power ... Oops how dare you?


                • Re: Regional geopolitics

                  Russia says US troops arriving in Poland pose threat to national security
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                  US deploys US troops on tanks to Poland

                  The Kremlin has hit out at the the biggest deployment of US troops in Europe since the end of the cold war, branding the arrival of troops and tanks in Poland as a threat to Russia’s national security.

                  The force, intended to counter what Nato portrays as Russian aggression in eastern Europe, marks the first time that US troops will be permanently stationed along Russia’s western border.
                  About 1,000 of a promised 4,000 troops arrived in Poland at the start of the week, and a formal ceremony to welcome them is to be held on Saturday. Some people waved and held up American flags as the troops, tanks and heavy armored vehicles cross into south-western Poland from Germany, according to the Associated Press.

                  The Associated Press U.S. Army soldiers are welcomed in Zagan, Poland, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. First U.S. troops arrived at the Zagan base in western Poland as part of deterrence force of some 1,000 troops…
                  But their arrival was not universally applauded. In Moscow Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We perceive it as a threat. These actions threaten our interests, our security. Especially as it concerns a third party building up its military presence near our borders. It’s [the US], not even a European state.”
                  The Kremlin may hold back on retaliatory action in the hope that a Donald Trump presidency will herald a rapprochement with Washington. Trump, in remarks during the election campaign and since, has sown seeds of doubt over the deployments by suggesting he would rather work with than confront Putin.
                  But on Thursday Nato officials played down Trump’s comments, saying they hoped and expected that he would not attempt to reverse the move after he became president on 20 January.
                  Related: US to speed up deployment of troops to Poland, Romania and the Baltic
                  That prediction was reinforced by Trump’s proposed defence secretary, General ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, and proposed secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who backed Nato during Senate confirmation hearings.

                  The Associated Press U.S. Army vehicles cross the Polish border in Olszyna, Poland, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.
                  Mattis, in rhetoric at odds with the president-elect, said the west should recognize the reality that Putin is trying to break Nato.
                  Tillerson, who has business dealings in Russia, described Russia’s annexation of Crimea as “as an act of force” and said that when Russia flexes its muscles, the US must mount “a proportional show of force”.
                  Nato was caught out by the Russian annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and has struggled to cope with Russia’s use of hybrid warfare, which combines propaganda, cyberwarfare and the infiltration of regular troops disguised as local rebels.
                  In response, the US and its Nato allies have been steadily increasing air patrols and training exercises in eastern Europe. The biggest escalation is the current deployment of US troops, agreed at at last summer’s Nato summit in Warsaw.
                  The move was billed as an attempt to reassure eastern European states who have been calling for the permanent deployment of US troops in the belief that Russia would be less likely to encroach on territory where US troops are present.
                  Peter Cook, the Pentagon press spokesman, said: “The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure Nato allies and partners of America’s dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.”
                  Poland in particular has pressed for a permanent US troop deployment since soon after the fall of communism in 1989.
                  Nato officials insist that the US and other alliance troops deployed to eastern Europe are not “permanent”, which would be in breach of an agreement with Russia. The US plans to rotate the troops every nine months, so it can argue they are not in breach of the Russian treaty, but effectively there will be a permanent presence.
                  Deployment was originally scheduled for later in the month but a decision was made last month to bring it forward, possibly a move by Barack Obama before he leaves office to try to lock the president-elect into the strategy.
                  The troops from the Third Armor Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based Fort Carson, Colorado, along with hundreds of armored vehicles and tanks , were moved from the US to Germany last week for transit by rail and road to Poland and elsewhere in eastern Europe. The US is sending 87 tanks, 144 armored vehicles and hundreds of armored vehicles.
                  Poland map
                  As well as being stationed in Poland, the US troops will fan out across other eastern European states, including Estonia and Bulgaria and Romania.
                  The UK is also contributing to the buildup of Nato forces in eastern Europe. The UK formally took command this week of Nato’s response force, made up of 3,000 UK troops plus others from Nato who will be on permanent standby ready to deploy within days. The contributing countries include the US, Denmark, Spain, Norway and Poland.
                  Few at Nato seriously believe that war with Russia is likely but there have been dangerous developments, with escalation on both sides, including a build-up of Russian troops. Russia alarmed Poland and other eastern European states by moving nuclear-capable Iskander-M missiles to its naval base at Kaliningrad in the autumn. At the time Nato regarded the move as a response to its own deployments.
                  The Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski, voicing concern in eastern Europe that Trump might do a deal with Putin, said this week he hoped that any such reconciliation would not be at Poland’s expense.
                  Hayastan or Bust.


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                    Stratfor forecast: Upcoming months not to be easy for CSTO, with Karabakh issue among reasons
                    From: Mihran Keheyian <[email protected]>
                    Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:00:13 +0000

                    Stratfor forecast: Upcoming months not to xbe easy for CSTO, with x Karabakh issue among xreasonsx
                    xWednesday, January 11 2017
                    David Stepanyan

                    ArmInfo. Upcoming months will not be easy for CSTO, and thexKarabakh issue will be one xof the reasons, American analyticalxxcenter of Stratfor forecasts. x"The CSTO summit x held on Decemberx 26 showed all the depth of disagreement between member countries,xwhich still xrestricts the efficiency of this military alliance.x

                    Particularly, it is the second time CSTO cannot appoint a person xtox replace xSecretary General Nikolay Bordjuzha, which term has expired. x And, despite there is a time left to the next CSTO summit to be heldx in April, the prospective to reach consensus in respect to this orx any other issues are very suspicious for the alliance," the centerx experts state. x

                    The article also reads that CSTO did not turn a powerful tool, andx the latest events showed the resources of CSTO being restricted andx limited. Particularly, the absence of x Nursultan xNazarbaev, thex President of Kazakhstan, at the December summit was not occasional.x

                    The article reads also that Kazakhstan and Belarus keep closestx relations with Baku, and it is obvious that they are not ready tox accept Armenian candidate of Moscow as CSTO new secretary. CSTO hasx never been a xreally xjoint alliance, and the discussions due to thex candidacy of next Secretary General could complicate the situationx much more, up to the appointment of Russian candidate.x Starting withx January 1, 2017 the CSTO Secretary General responsibilities will bex performed by xValeri Semerikov, the Deputy Secretary General, "due tox expiration of Nikolay Bordjuzha's responsibility term on December 31,x 2016." According to the Statutes of the Organization, the post of thex CSTO Secretary General should be occupied by Armenian representative.x But in October and December 2016 the issue has been excluded fromx Agena due to the absence of Kazakhstan President and Belarusianx President.

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                    Hayastan or Bust.


                    • Re: Regional geopolitics

                      Turkish Army Gets New Battle Rifles

                      Photo: World00:28 13.01.2017(updated 00:33 13.01.2017) Get short URL 0 58 0 0 On Tuesday Turkey’s Land Forces Command (TLFC) received 500 MPT-76 battle rifles from the state-owned Machines and Chemical Industries Board (MKEK). The weapons are the first batch of 35,000 serially-produced rifles for the TLFC, Gendarmerie General Command, and Naval Forces Command, agreed to under a 2015 deal.MKEK will produce 20,000 of the locally-developed weapons, while KaleKalip, a privately owned company that co-designed the rifle, will make the remaining 15,000. At a ceremony held for the announcement, Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik said the weapons said can be used in different environments. He noted that 15 years ago Ankara’s reliance on foreign-made defense systems stood at 80 percent, but has fallen to 40 percent currently. Sputnik/ Mikhail VoskresenskiyIndian Army Searching For New Sniper Rifle Supplier Isik added that the remaining 19,500 MPT-76s will be delivered by MKEK by the end of the year. IHS Jane’s quoted him saying, "Our aim is to decrease that ratio [to] below 20%." The MPT-76s will also help multiply army forces according to Land Forces Commander General Salih Zeki Colak. The rifles will replace roughly 200,000 Turkish-made G3 rifles made under a license with German defense manufacturer Heckler and Koch. The MPT-76 was designed to meet a new infantry rifle requirement of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) to be chambered in the NATO 7.62x51 mm cartridge, and 500,000 could potentially be produced, chiefly for the army but also across other arms of Turkey’s military. It’s being advertised as "effective as the G-3, reliable as the AK-47 and practical as M-16." The Andoula Agency reports that the weapon has "an effective range of up to 600 metres and is capable of firing 600 rounds per minute at a muzzle velocity of 800 metres per second."

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                      Hayastan or Bust.