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US, NATO warships, warplanes hunt sharks (Russian subs) in North Atlantic
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jul 23 2021

US-led Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise Shark Hunt 21 Kicks off in the Northern Atlantic with allies and partners
US Navy, Jul 23 2021

ATLANTIC OCEAN – Commander, Task Force 69 (CTF-69) kicked off Exercise Shark Hunt 2021, a multi-national anti-submarine warfare exercise being held in the Northern Atlantic, Jul 23. Led by the US Sixth Fleet undersea warfare commander, this year’s iteration features three Allied submarines, four surface ships, including the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), and seven aircraft, from Canada, the UK and the US.

USS Roosevelt Aegis-class interceptor-missile destroyer

Armenia not to participate in NATO war games in Georgia
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jul 23 2021

Armenia won’t take part in NATO’s Agile Spirit 2021 multinational military exercises: expert explains reasons
ArmenPress, Jul 23 2021

As for the possible political reasons, the experts mention the fact that according to the scenario of these exercises Russia, which is Armenia’s strategic ally, is sometimes chosen as a conventional opponent, and in this respect it’s obvious why Armenia is showing neutrality. “Compared to the Noble Partner, the Agile Spirit exercises prepare a bit different scenarios, the drills are more in an offensive and concentrated direction, and it’s clear to everyone whom they consider as an opponent, therefore if there is a chance for participation within the Noble Partner, our side has always taken part because they are military doctors and other units”, he said, adding that first of all the war and its consequences limit the opportunities of the Armenian side as there are serious problems which need to be solved.

Azeri martyrs conquered the summit of eternity
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jul 23 2021

A millennium ago warriors met in the Black Forest and saluted dead comrades who were to travel over a rainbow bridge to reach Valhalla, the hall of the slain, in Asgard. But that was in the Dark Ages. Nous avons changé tout cela.

A patriotic event entitled “Those who conquered the summit of eternity” was held in Sheki
Azertag, Jul 23 2021

Every Azerbaijani citizen, every serviceman, led by Muzaffar Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev, has great merits in the great victory of the Patriotic War, which began with the “Iron Fist” operation to liberate the historical lands of Azerbaijan occupied by the aggressor Armenia and restore the territorial integrity of our republic. The homeland never forgets these services. First of all, we are grateful to our martyrs, who wrote the epic of victory with their blood during the military operations, who rose to the peak of eternity, to our parents who brought them up, we are indebted to them. Copies of the first book, the first edition of the multi-volume “Martyrs of the Patriotic War” were presented to the families of martyrs.

A 21st-century wall of skulls

US, Ukraine, Turkey gear up Kosovo model for Russia
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jul 23 2021

Kent, Crimean Tatar MPs, govt officials discuss persecution of population in Crimea, Crimean Platform
Interfax Ukraine, Jul 23 2021

US Deputy Asst Sec State & Charge d’Affaires in Ukraine George Kent discussed with the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people, officials and MPs the situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea and the Crimean Platform summit. “Honored to meet with Crimean Tatar MPs and government officials to discuss Russia’a ongoing occupation of Crimea, persecution of the population, and the upcoming Crimean platform,” the US Embassy said on Facebook.

Parliament ratifies Ukraine–Turkey agreement on housing for Crimean Tatar people
Ukrinform, Jul 23 2021

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified a framework agreement between the governments of Ukraine and the Republic of Turkey on cooperation in the construction of housing for representatives of the Crimean Tatar people and benefit-entitled Ukrainian citizens.

Law on indigenous peoples comes into force in Ukraine
Ukrinform, 23 Jul 2021

According to the law, the concept of “indigenous people of Ukraine” is defined as an “autochthonous ethnic community that has formed on the territory of Ukraine.” According to the definition, the law proposes to establish that the indigenous peoples of Ukraine include Crimean Tatars, Karaites, and Krymchaks. President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the bill into law on Jul 21.

Putin’s strategic partner Turkey blasts him over Libya, echoing AFRICOM accusation
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jul 23 2021

‘Regular Russian troops stationed in Libya’
Daily Sabah, Jul 24, 2021

Regular Russian troops are now stationed in Libya, the head of the Democracy and Human Rights Foundation (DHRF), Emadeddin Muntasser, stated on Friday as the UN and international community have been urging mercenaries and foreign forces to withdraw from the war-torn country. The DHRF was told by Libya defense ministry sources speaking on condition of anonymity that regular Russian troops have been spotted near Jufra Airbase and provided proof with confidential aerial photographs and coordinates of the location of these troops. According to a statement by the DHRF, the copies of these were conveyed to members of the US, EU, UK and Libyan governments. Muntasser said: “While Russia has stationed members of the Wagner Group in the country since at least 2017, the deployment of regular members of the Russian armed forces is a clear escalation with serious repercussions for the national security of Libya, the US and the EU. In addition, the presence of these troops makes it clear that Russia has no intention to leave Libya anytime soon and eliminates the possibility of holding free and fair elections on Dec 24, as provided by the Libya Political Dialogue Forum. There will be no future for freedom, democracy, or human rights in regions where Putin maintains military bases, trades his veto power for influence and engages in media and electoral sabotage.”

Russia has been one of the biggest supporters of the putschist Gen Khalifa Haftar along with France, Egypt and the UAE, who also backed Haftar’s offensive on the capital Tripoli in 2019. Formed back in 2014 in Ukraine and owned by businessperson Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Wagner Group is intensely involved in several conflicts. The group made its presence most pronounced in Syria and Libya, where Russia actively participated in the civil war and reportedly used the Wagner Group as its proxy in the region. Although Russia officially does not acknowledge any cooperation with the Wagner Group, the reports from the field prove otherwise. In Libya, Russia has backed Haftar in his fight to seize power from the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), which preceded the newly elected interim government under Abdul Hamid Dbeibah. AFRICOM accused Russia on Jul 24 2020 of “playing an unhelpful role in Libya by delivering supplies and equipment to the Wagner group.” The Wagner Group has 2k personnel in Libya, according to the command. Currently, the group has bases in the cities of Sirte and Jufra. The deadline for the departure of foreign mercenaries from Libya under the October cease-fire passed in January, but calls to accelerate the process continue as no movement has been announced or observed on the ground.

New war brewing: three Armenian soldiers shot by Azerbaijani invaders
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jul 23 2021

Three soldiers wounded as Azerbaijani forces open fire at Armenian positions in Gegharkunik – Defense Ministry
Panorama Armenia, Jul 23 2021

Three Armenian servicemen were injured after the Azerbaijani troops opened fire at the Armenian positions stationed in the Gegharkunik section of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border on Friday evening, the Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding the injuries are not life-threatening.

Expert: Armenia, Artsakh will face stronger regional and geopolitical confrontation in near future
Panorama Armenia, Jul 23 2021

Armenian security expert Tigran Abrahamyan, the head of the analytical center Henaket, reacted to Lavrov’s statement on the West. Lavrov said: “Now our Western colleagues are trying to expand their presence, including the military one, along the perimeter of our borders, including Central Asia and Transcaucasia.” Abrahamyan wrote on Facebook on Friday: “The fact that Russia clearly understands the key objective of Turkey taking a more active role in our region and its consequences is not even a subject of debate.”

Georgia: Liberating occupied territories in Black Sea region: Ukrainian troops arrive in “full force” for US-led war games
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jul 23 2021

Ukrainian servicemen participating in the multinational exercise Agile Spirit 2021 arrived in Georgia by sea in full force.
Georgian Ministry of Defemse, Jul 23 2021

The landing ship “Yuri Olepirenko” and the patrol boat ”Starobilsky” belonging to the Ukrainian Navy arrived in Poti port in the morning. Transportation of Ukrainian troops is provided by the Western Command of the Defense Forces in Senaki, the base of the 2nd Infantry Brigade and Akhaltsikhe, at the Orpholo firing range. Georgia will host the multinational military exercise Agile Spirit 2021 from Jul 26 to Aug 6. The exercises will be held in Senaki, 2nd Infantry Brigade, Field Camp Sorta , Orpholo Range, as well as in Vaziani, 4th Mechanized Brigade Range and Vaziani Military Airfield.

Photograph: Georgian Ministry of Defense

South Korea: NATO’s global partner in East Asia
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jul 23 2021

South Korea participated in the recently-concluded 32-nation Sea Breeze NATO air and naval warfare exercise in the Black Sea, where it was joined by fellow Asia-Pacific nations and NATO Partners Across the Globe members Australia, Japan and Pakistan.

NATO welcomes stronger cooperation with the Republic of Korea
NATO, Jul 23 2021

NATO officials welcomed Mr Kyung-Hyup Kim, Chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, to NATO Headquarters on Thursday (Jul 22 2021) for talks on common security challenges and NATO’s partnership with Seoul.

NATO Sec-Gen Jens Stoltenberg in South Korea in 2017. Photo: NATO

Afghanistan: Turkey’s springboard for penetrating Central, South Asia
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jul 23 2021

An Afghan report from yesterday stated Abd’ul-Rashid Dostum left Turkey, where he allegedly went for medical attention, and has returned to northern Afghanistan, which he’s referred to as South Turkestan. He boasted of having obtained new Turkish arms. Mustafa Şentop (Turkish parliament speaker) and Mir Rahman Rahmani, the speaker of Afghanistan’s House of the People, had a phone conversation. Rahmani said:

We support all initiatives taken by Turkey for safeguarding Kabul airport. We believe that the Turkish Armed Forces would better assure the security of the airport than other countries. The Afghan parliament stands by Turkey.

Erdoğan said Tuesday that Turkey is considering operating the airport in the capital Kabul and is also ready to discuss the peace process with the Taliban. Ankara has been running military and logistic operations at the Kabul airport for six years as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission.

NATO states thwart China, Russia in UN High Representative for Bosnia appointment
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jul 23 2021

Russian diplomat castigates new pick for UN High Representative for BiH
TASS, Jul 23 2021

Foreign Ministry spox Maria Zakharova pointed out that, in accordance with Appendix 10 to the 1995 Dayton Agreement, the UNSC must approve each new High Representative for BiH. The diplomat expressed regrets that the Russian-Chinese draft resolution on Schmidt’s appointment was not adopted during the Jul 22 UNSC vote. She stressed: “We are certain that the obsolete external trusteeship over a sovereign and independent Bosnia and Herzegovina is counterproductive; its destiny must be defined only by its peoples without any intervention or preaching from the outside.”

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