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15 May 2014 Military News

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  • 15 May 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 15 May 2014
  • Friends of Syria Core Group (London 11) Communique US Dept. of State 15 May 2014
  • Syrian Rebels Use Tunnel to Attack Military Base VOA 15 May 2014 -- Syrian rebel fighters have blown up a government military base in northern Idlib province by tunneling under the besieged outpost and setting off explosives. Rebels recently used a similar method to destroy a checkpoint near the same base and a government army barracks in a hotel in Syria's largest city of Aleppo.
  • Russia urges to set date for new round of Syria talks in Geneva VoR 15 May 2014 -- The Russian president's special representative for the Middle East and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov called for determining the date of the third round of Syria talks as soon as possible without wasting time. 'The date of the third round should have been determined a long time ago. We believe that no time should be wasted because this vacuum will be filled by radicals,' Bogdanov said. 'We should continue the negotiation process in Geneva and be patient. Such a large number of contacts between Syrians will develop into a new quality and will help to work out mutually acceptable solutions. We must not lose heart,' he added.
  • Moscow expects Syrian chemical weapons' removal to be completed by UN, OPCW deadline - Russian FM VoR 15 May 2014 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry hopes that the process of chemical disarmament of Syria will be completed within the timeframe set by the United Nations Security Council (UN SC) and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). 'We hope that the removal process will be finally completed as soon as this is enabled by the security situation, and within the timeframe set by the UN SC and OPCW decisions,' Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said at a briefing in Moscow on Thursday.
  • Envoy pledges UN support for Nigeria's efforts towards release of abducted schoolgirls UN News Centre 15 May 2014 -- The United Nations is committed to supporting Nigeria's efforts to ensure the release of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants, the world body's newly-appointed envoy to the country said today, as he announced that the UN has initiated preparation of a "support package" that will include assistance for affected families and the girls after their release.

News Reports

  • Background Briefing on Ukraine US Dept. of State 15 May 2014
  • US, Britain: Tough Sanctions Against Russia if Ukraine Vote Is Disrupted VOA 15 May 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague say the United States and European Union will hit Russia with far tougher economic sanctions if it tries to disrupt next week's presidential election in Ukraine. Kerry and Hague discussed the crisis in Ukraine Thursday in London with foreign ministers from France, Italy, and Germany.
  • Putin expects more active EU role in solving Ukraine gas debt problem VoR 15 May 2014 -- Russia is disappointed by the absence of EU specific proposals on solving the Ukraine gas debt problem and expects European countries to play a more active role in this process, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. In a special address to European leaders, Putin said that Russia's decision to demand advance payments for natural gas deliveries to Ukraine was a forced measure.
  • Russia forced to supply gas to Ukraine upon prepayment only - Putin VoR 15 May 2014 -- There was no choice over the decision to demand pre-payment from Ukraine, and Moscow is prepared for dialogue to normalize the situation, said Russian President Vladimir Putin. 'I would like to point out once again. This (transition to a pre-payment system) is a forced one,' he said in a message distributed by the Kremlin's press-service. Ukraine's gas debt has rocketed to $3.508 billion from $2.237 billion over a month, added the President.
  • 11 Ukraine soldiers killed in clashes with militia near Slavyansk, Kramatorsk VoR 15 May 2014 -- The people's mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, claims that Ukraine's security forces suffered heavy losses during clashes with militiamen outside of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, on Wednesday evening.
  • Donetsk gives Ukraine forces ultimatum for withdrawal Iran Press TV 15 May 2014 -- Self-defense forces in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk have issued an ultimatum for the Kiev military troops to withdraw from the province within 24 hours.
  • Kiev violating Geneva agreement: Russia Iran Press TV 15 May 2014 -- Russia has said Ukraine's failure to jump-start the national reconciliation process is in violation of the April 17 Geneva agreement.
  • Ukraine Government Reports Military Success Against Separatists RFE/RL 15 May 2014 -- The Ukrainian government says its security forces have destroyed two bases used by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.
  • Russia warns of retaliation against West bans: Lavrov Iran Press TV 15 May 2014 -- Russia has warned that it may consider taking retaliatory measures if the West's "hysterical" policy of sanctions against Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine continues.
  • Moscow Uses Divide-And-Conquer Strategy With Crimean Tatars RFE/RL 15 May 2014 -- A small group of activists and local residents will gather in Kazan this weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of Josef Stalin's brutal deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944.
  • Thai army chief warns military 'may use force' if unrest continues VoR 15 May 2014 -- Thailand's army chief warned Thursday that the military may 'use force' if political violence escalates in a six-month crisis which has left 28 people dead and hundreds wounded. 'If violence continues the military may need to come out... to restore peace and order,' General Prayut Chan-O-Cha said in rare official statement, adding his troops 'may need to use force to resolve the situation'.
  • Iran Says Ready To Supply Natural Gas To Europe RFE/RL 15 May 2014 -- Good diplomats find opportunities in crises, and Iran's policymakers seem to be following the rule.
  • China Blames 'Religious Extremists' for Xinjiang Province Attack VOA 15 May 2014 -- Chinese authorities on Thursday blamed 'religious extremists' for a deadly knife and bomb attack in Urumqi, the capital of the restive Xinjiang province.
  • Egypt's legal system needs reform, UN and African experts say after mass death sentences UN News Centre 15 May 2014 -- In the wake of the second wave of mass death sentences handed down in Egypt last month, a group of African and United Nations human rights experts today called on authorities to bring the country's legal system into compliance with international and regional standards.
  • US to purchase Russian rocket engines after 2016 VoR 15 May 2014 -- Russia's Energomash is going to export new rocket engines RD-181 for Antares launch systems to the US after 2016, the manufacturer's executive director Vladimir Solntsev said on Thursday, according to Itar-Tass.

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