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Russia to build military bases in 6 African countries: Report

Furthermore, it said, the Kremlin was "contractually assured" it would "be allowed to build military bases in six countries," namely the Central African Republic, Egypt, Eritrea, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Sudan.

Moreover, Russia's army is partially secretly and partially officially training soldiers from those countries, according to the report, which claimed for instance that 180 Russian army instructors were currently based in the Central African Republic or elsewhere in Africa, adding that: "Around 20 Malian soldiers are trained in Russia every year."


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Putin favors Turkey's participation in OSCE Minsk Group

The Russian president said on Oct. 29 that Armenia and Azerbaijan should resolve the Karabakh conflict through negotiations within the OSCE Minsk Group, which also includes Turkey.

Speaking at the VTB Capital Russia Calling! Investment Forum in the capital Moscow, Vladimir Putin said the settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh region will be possible when the conflicting parties find a "balance of interests."

"At the first stage, we need to stop fighting, stop the loss of life, sit down at the negotiating table and find a consensus and balance of interests based on the proposals formulated by the Minsk group and its co-chairs - Russia, the U.S., and France -- along with the participation of other members, including Turkey and a number of European states," he said.


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European Unity Is Tested by Threats From Russia, Turkey

EU’s cohesion faces a challenge as assertive autocrats take advantage of a distracted America

The dual menace of Russia’s and Turkey’s assertive autocracies on the European Union’s doorstep is testing the power of the bloc’s members to discover a frequent entrance in an more and more unstable neighborhood.

The Baltic and Nordic states, in addition to Poland, are centered on the formidable hazard posed by neighboring Russia, and have historically seen distant Turkey—a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Group—as an ally that would shore up their very own defenses.

On the EU’s southern flank, Greece and Cyprus, nations traditionally pleasant to Russia, take into account Turkey as their principal menace—and have been bolstered by France of their current confrontation with Ankara over the delimitation of unique financial zones within the japanese Mediterranean. Italy and Spain are extra accommodating to Turkey, whereas Germany, backed by key EU officers in Brussels, has tried to stroll a center line, sustaining an open dialogue with Ankara.

All this pressure burst into the open this fall, as Cyprus held up EU sanctions for over a month towards Belarus, a Russian ally, saying that the bloc additionally wanted to reply to Turkey’s challenges towards Greek and Cypriot sovereignty. Cyprus agreed to the sanctions on Belarus final month, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel satisfied her colleagues to offer Turkey time to defuse tensions till a summit of European leaders slated for Dec. 10.

Since then, nevertheless, Turkish chief Recep Tayyip Erdogan proclaimed that French President Emmanuel Macron wanted “psychological remedy” due to his alleged hostility to Islam and referred to as for a .boycott of French items. French officers say Turkish incitement contributed to a series of Islamist terrorist attacks that roiled France in current weeks


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Putin, Erdogan ready to join efforts to solve Karabakh conflict

Russian President Vladimir Putin informed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call about phone talks with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia aimed at looking for a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

According to the Kremlin press office, both presidents confirmed readiness to seek peace for Nagorno-Karabakh.

"[The two presidents] focused on the situation in the zone of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Russian president informed his Turkish counterpart about a series of his telephone contacts with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia. Those contacts sought options for the cessation of hostilities at the soonest possible time and for finding a political and diplomatic solution. Mutual readiness to cooperate so as to achieve a peaceful solution to the conflict was confirmed," the statement said.

On Saturday, the Turkish presidential office said that Erdogan insisted that Yerevan should be persuaded to sit at the negotiation table. He pointed out that a permanent solution to that conflict was a key factor for stability in the region, according to the press release.

The Kremlin said earlier that on November 1 and 2 Putin held meaningful talks over the phone with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, discussing solutions to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with them.

Renewed clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted on September 27, with intense battles raging in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The area experienced flare-ups of violence in the summer of 2014, in April 2016 and this past July. Azerbaijan and Armenia have imposed martial law and launched mobilization efforts. Both parties to the conflict have reported casualties, among them civilians. Three ceasefire agreements have been negotiated so far, but almost immediately both sides begin blaming each other for violating the truce.

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the highland region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory that had been part of Azerbaijan before the Soviet Union break-up, but primarily populated by ethnic Armenians, broke out in February 1988 after the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1992-1994, tensions boiled over and exploded into large-scale military action for control over the enclave and seven adjacent territories after Azerbaijan lost control of them.


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Trump to reduce troops in Afghanistan by almost 50%, trim deployment in Iraq

The Trump administration is expected to cut the number of US troops in Afghanistan almost in half to 2,500 by January 15, US officials said Monday. The order would stop short of outgoing US President Donald Trump’s goal to have all troops withdrawn by the end of the year, which had faced opposition from military and diplomatic advisers.

The Pentagon also expects to cut the number of troops in Iraq to 2,500, a reduction of more than 500. The decisions come as no surprise, following Trump’s shakeup of the Pentagon leadership last week, during which he installed loyalists who share his frustration with the continued troop presence in the war zones. The cuts give Trump an accomplishment in his final weeks in office even as he refuses to concede his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.


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Turkey-US relations will face more hardship in Biden era [pending Biden victory]

The era when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had easy access to US President Donald Trump is coming to a close. President-elect Joe Biden, in the early stages of his election campaign, warned that dark clouds were overshadowing Turkey-US relations, saying “Turkey is the real problem” and that “Erdogan will pay a heavy price.”