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Paratroopers from Serbia will be hosts to elite counterparts from Russia and Belarus for this year`s Slavic Military Brotherhood exercise, which will last over 13 days between June 14 and 27. On June 14 the multinational tactical exercise with live firing "Slavic Brotherhood 2019" started lining up members of the armed forces of the participating countries, in the "Rastko Nemanjić" barracks in Pancevo, northern Serbia. At the exercise carried out on the topic "Multinational forces in anti-terrorist operation" there are more than 750 members from Serbian, Russian and Bealrusian Army.
According to a new report from the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Cyber Nuclear Weapons Study Group, US nuclear weapons can’t be effectively protected against cyberattacks with technical means alone. "Any system containing a digital component, including nuclear weapons, is vulnerable to cyber threats," Page Stoutland, NTI’s vice president for scientific and technical affairs, said.
On May 30, President Vladimir Putin submitted to parliament a bill on suspending the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF). With Washington having failed to respond to Moscow’s proposals to resolve existing differences concerning the treaty, Russia has been forced to respond to President Donald Trump’s February 1 announcement about the start of the US exit from the 1987 accord. How dangerous is Washington’s irresponsible behavior to global strategic stability?
Some experts believe that Iran’s cooperation with Armenia could become costly for the latter owing to the ever increasing hostility demonstrated by US President Donald Trump towards the Islamic Republic of Iran. They predict that American sanctions and extensive pressure on Iran could throw Armenia into a kind of blockade. What comes to mind in connection with this is the words that are thought to have been said by Napoleon Bonaparte: geography is destiny. Even though it could not always be the case but it definitely is with the Caucasus.
Fort Ross Dialogue – meetings in Russia is an extension of the series of US – Russia Fort Ross Dialogue conferences established in California in 2012. The event is named after the first Russian settlement established in the territory of modern-day California. The 2017 Dialogue was hosted by ancient Pskov, home to Izborsk Fortress, a sister fort of Fort Ross. In 2018, the conference was held in Veliky Novgorod.
Police of self proclaimed state of Kosovo launched raids in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the Serbs-majority north of Kosovo, sparking an angry reaction from Serbs. More than twenty people have been arrested so far. Among those arrested is the chief of police of the village of Zubin Potok. A Kosovo police officer was wounded by a gunshot during the operation, but is not in danger of losing life. Two other officers were also injured, according to doctors in North Mitrovica.
Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has invited leaders of the League of Arab States (LAS) to an emergency summit in Mecca, scheduled for May 30, to discuss the security situation in the region. Although Arab League summits are normally held once a year in March, in the case of issues pertaining to the member-states’ national security, emergency summits can be convened if called for by one of the League’s members.
With voters from the 28 EU member states casting ballots on May 23-26 to elect their representatives for the European Parliament, political forces across the bloc have been pitching their programs to the public and trading mutual accusations. Voting begins on Thursday, starting with the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and continues over four days. German Chancellor Angela Merkel hails the upcoming vote as "special," and of "great importance." However, even though the election campaign is in full swing now, its internal intensity and unpredictability are something mainly the participants and experts are really interested in.
American Congressmen continue to exert every effort to thwart the completion of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, which is designed to secure a long-lasting supply of Europe with Russian gas. A parliamentary bill devised by the US Senate to toughen anti-Russian sanctions envisages measures against European companies and their production facilities involved in the construction of the pipeline. Simultaneously, the ongoing “trade war” between the United States and China “incorporates” the problem of Russian pipeline gas supplies to Europe into the wider system of Washington’s foreign policy priorities, which “pushes stakes up” in this “game”.​