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French President Hollande visits Iraq to discuss anti-terrorist ops
French President Francois Hollande arrived in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, on Monday (2 January 2017), Anadolu Agency reported. The French leader, whose nation is part of the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the region, is expected to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and other leading Iraqi officials to discuss anti-terrorist military operations, the agency said, citing an Iraqi cabinet source.
Russian diplomats expelled from US arrived in Moscow
The plane sent to Washington to carry the Russian diplomats who were expelled from the US returned to Moscow two hours into Monday. While still in the air, the diplomats were informed by the flight commander that their children were invited to come to the Kremlin New Year’s Party, the Russian presidential press service said Monday. On Thursday, White House declared 35 Russian diplomats persona non grata and ordered the closure of two Russian diplomatic compounds in the US, which serve as leisure facilities. The sanctions were imposed by US President Barack Obama’s administration as a response to alleged Russian hacking of US individuals and entities ahead of the US presidential elections.
Iran ready to allow Russian warplanes to use again Hamadan Airbase
Last week, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said that Tehran could allow Russia’s use of the Noje Airbase in Hamadan for the aerial campaign against terrorists in Syria if the situation demanded it. If the situation and conditions [in Syria] demand to provide the support, we will do this job” Dehghan said.
The Russian Aerospace Forces may need to use the Hamadan airbase if the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrying cruiser deployed to the Mediterranean is far from the Syrian coast and cannot be used for airstrikes, said Viktor Ozerov, the head of the Defense and Security Committee of the upper house of the Russian parliament.
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Putin says Russia planning ‘countermeasures’ to NATO expansion
Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning that his forces could target NATO sites if his country feels threatened. But it’s not so much the warning that’s important; it’s the timing. “We are forced to take countermeasures — that is, to aim our missile systems at those facilities which we think pose a threat to us” Putin said in an interview with American filmmaker Oliver Stone for a documentary broadcast Monday, “Ukraine in fire”. Russian leader stressed that the smaller NATO countries would find it “next to impossible to resist pressure from a major NATO leader such as the United States” to deploy missile systems or host new bases.
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China’s secretive stealth fighter J-20 unveiled
Two of China‘s secretive J-20 warplanes swept over a gasping crowd at the Zhuhai Air Show on Tuesday, potent symbols of Beijing’s aspirations to military might. The fighters were not announced on the schedule and appeared in the sky just after a colourful aerobatics show by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force.
Beijing is seeking to modernise and upgrade its military both to protect its borders and project power into regions such as the South China Sea, a resource-rich strategic waterway where it has disputes with several neighbour. China is projected to become the world’s largest aviation market by 2024, according to the International Air Transport Association.
Poland seeks to sign a contract for the supply of American Patriot air defense missile system
German court rejects calls for disclosure of NSA spy targets