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Uturn9319

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Posted this before, but this is a different article with more information:​


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."
https://www.dailysabah.com/world/africa/russia-to-build-military-bases-in-6-african-countries-report
 

Uturn9319

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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.
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/putin-favors-turkeys-participation-in-osce-minsk-group-159575
 

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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
https://www.universalpersonality.com/european-unity-is-tested-by-threats-from-russia-turkey/
 

Uturn9319

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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.
https://tass.com/politics/1221041
 

Uturn9319

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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.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-to-order-troop-reductions-in-afghanistan-iraq/
 

Uturn9319

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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.”
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1763516
 

Uturn9319

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Turkey, Russia agree on terms of joint center to monitor truce in Nagorno-Karabakh

Turkey has announced that an agreement was reached with Russia on the technical details of a joint center soon to be established to monitor the ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

“A memorandum of understanding was signed after the completion of the talks on the technical details concerning the establishment and working procedures of the Turkish-Russian Joint Center. Necessary works continue for the activation of the center as soon as possible,” read a statement issue by the Turkish Defense Ministry on Dec. 1.

The statement recalled that Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu signed on Nov. 11 a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of the joint center in line with the agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan that ended the armed conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The agreement has obliged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands it has been occupying since the early 1990s. Russia has already deployed around 2,000 troops to monitor the ceasefire in the designated areas of Nagorno-Karabakh.
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/t...r-to-monitor-truce-in-nagorno-karabakh-160491
 

athenasius

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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.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-to-order-troop-reductions-in-afghanistan-iraq/
Trump wanted to bring the troops home and get out of regional conflicts around the world. Being the world's policeman is an expensive headache for America. Unfortunately when America pulls out of some areas, things go sideways in a hurry which can affect American interests. It's a horrific balancing act.
 

Uturn9319

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Trump wanted to bring the troops home and get out of regional conflicts around the world. Being the world's policeman is an expensive headache for America. Unfortunately when America pulls out of some areas, things go sideways in a hurry which can affect American interests. It's a horrific balancing act.
Our pullout means I think it is almost just about that time soon...
 

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Israel-Sudan normalization at risk over US terror lawsuits law — report

The normalization deal between Israel and Sudan is reportedly at risk of falling apart just a month after it was announced, due to a Sudanese demand that the US approve legislation protecting the African country from terror-related lawsuits by the end of the year.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-sudan-normalization-at-risk-over-us-terror-lawsuits-law-report/
Oh well, win some, lose some.
 

Uturn9319

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OOOO wow, isn't that just all nice and friendly now. Getting the "stans" region in line with the Turkish and Russian governments. Armenia won't be happy.

With Sudan naval base, Russia may have a 'key to Africa'

Vladimir Putin wants to see Russia establish a naval base abroad for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. In mid-November, the president ordered the Defense Ministry to sign an accord with Sudan. Along with the still-active Cold War-era Tartus facility in Syria, this would not only be the second Russian naval base in the Middle East and North Africa — a region that has become increasingly important for Moscow — but worldwide, apart from a fleet on the annexed Crimean Peninsula, which Kremlin officials do not currently consider extraterritorial.

A draft agreement published by Russia only provides for a logistics and repair base on the Red Sea for the time being; however, the navy would be allowed to station up to 300 military staff there — enough to supply four warships, regular- and nuclear-powered. Presumably the focus is on nuclear-powered submarines rather than ships as Russia's fleet only has one operational nuclear-powered battle cruiser, the Pyotr Veliki (Russian for Peter the Great). A second battle cruiser is currently being modernized.


Until a few years ago, Russia and Sudan did not have very close ties. That changed in 2017, when Russia's president welcomed his Sudanese counterpart at the time, Omar al-Bashir, in Sochi.

Russia's government was sending the message that it was ready to work with Sudan when other countries would not, said Kholood Khair, a managing partner at Insight Strategy Partners, a policy think tank based in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. The country is on the US state sponsors of terrorism list, and al-Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Darfur. Sudan is currently trying to get itself removed from the list to end years of isolation.

At the 2017 meeting with Putin, al-Bashir ranted against the United States, described Sudan as "Russia's key to Africa" and introduced the issue of a naval base — supposedly as a protective measure against the US. Reports followed about Russian companies mining gold in Sudan and a dubious private military named the Wagner Group that was said to have advised al-Bashir's security forces during an uprising in late 2018. Russian officials confirmed a military presence in Sudan, but denied involvement in breaking up protests.

Al-Bashir was toppled in April 2019, and Sudan has since been ruled by a joint body of civilians and military staff, the Sovereignty Council. The military is the stronger partner, Khair said. Russia kept its contacts in Khartoum thanks to Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, more commonly known in Sudan as Hemeti. The general is the deputy chairman of the Sovereignty Council and, Khair said, "the most influential man in the country."

Khair said Sudan's gold could be one reason for Russia's heavy investment into ties with al-Bashir and now Hemeti. He added that there have been reports of Russian soldiers and private security companies guarding the gold mines in the north, to which Hemeti is also connected. Gold is one of the key sources of income for Sudan, which has been devastated by sanctions, corruption and inflation.

It is unclear whether Russia sees Sudan as a springboard in the region. However, military advisers and mercenaries have been seen in at least two neighboring countries: Libya and the Central African Republic. That appears to be part of Russia's strategy of establishing new ties with Soviet-era allies. The Sovereignty Council sent emissaries to the first ever Russia-Africa summit in Sochi in October 2019.
https://www.dw.com/en/with-sudan-naval-base-russia-may-have-a-key-to-africa/a-55791124

<Note: Perhaps this is the actual main reason Sudan could be pulling out of the Israel normalization?>
 
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