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05 December 2018 Military News

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  • 'Elevators Still Don't Work': Lawmaker Wary of Spending More on Dodgy Carriers Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe is skeptical about the Pentagon's plan to buy two more Ford-class aircraft carriers after the first ship in the class was delivered without working bomb elevators. The USS Gerald Ford put the Navy back $13 billion, so there's a lot at stake if the deal gets renegotiated.
  • NATO Foreign Ministers conclude two-day meeting in Brussels NATO 05 Dec 2018 -- NATO Foreign Ministers concluded two days of meetings in Brussels on Wednesday (5 December 2018), focused on issues including the INF Treaty, the Sea of Azov, the Western Balkans, Afghanistan, and the Alliance's new training mission in Iraq. At the conclusion of the meeting, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted that Foreign Ministers will next meet in Washington in April 2019, marking 70 years since the Alliance's founding. He added that Allied leaders will also meet later next year.
  • NATO Gives Bosnia Green Light To Move Toward Membership RFE/RL 05 Dec 2018 -- NATO foreign ministers have agreed to activate the military alliance's program of advice and assistance for Bosnia-Herzegovina, despite Bosnian Serb objections to membership.
  • NATO Chief Warns Kosovo Over 'Ill-Timed' Army Plans RFE/RL 05 Dec 2018 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has expressed concerns about Kosovo's plans to transform the Balkan country's lightly armed security force into a national army, calling the step "ill-timed."
  • Serbian Leader Meets With Russian, Chinese Envoys Ahead Of Kosovo Army Vote RFE/RL 05 Dec 2018 -- Serbia's president sought to rally opposition to a coming vote by Kosovo to establish an army, as he met with Russian and Chinese ambassadors in Belgrade.
  • Putin Threatens to Build Nuclear Missiles if US Does the Same VOA 05 Dec 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday his country would start developing intermediate-range nuclear missiles if the United States leaves a key arms agreement and begins developing the weapons as well.
  • Russia will respond if US withdraws from INF treaty, says President Putin Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin has warned that Moscow will be forced to respond if the United States withdraws from a bilateral Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty.
  • Russia dismisses NATO, US allegations on INF treaty Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- Russia has dismissed allegations by NATO and Washington that Moscow has been breaching a Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty with the United States by developing banned cruise missiles.
  • Putin: U.S Withdrawal From INF Is 'Ill-Considered,' Russia Will Arm Itself RFE/RL 05 Dec 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the U.S. plan to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was "ill-considered" and warned that Moscow will follow suit if the United States arms itself with weapons banned by the pact.
  • Putin: Russia Opposes Destruction of INF Treaty, But Will React in Proper Manner Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow is against the destruction of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, but would respond accordingly if it happens. His comments come a day after the US said it would withdraw from the treaty if Russia does not return to full compliance.
  • NATO Manipulates Facts to Disguise US Withdrawal From INF - Kremlin Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Washington will suspend its compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty within 60 days "unless Russia returns to full and verifiable compliance".
  • If INF Cancelled Russia's Responsive Steps to Target States Housing US Missiles Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- The activities of the United States, aimed at preserving the predominant role of Washington in the world is one of the main factors deteriorating the international situation, the Chief of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, noted.
  • NATO Agrees: Russia in Material Breach of INF Treaty AFPS 05 Dec 2018 -- NATO allies agree that Russia is in material breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and have decided to start planning for a post-INF Treaty world, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels yesterday.
  • Russia to Sell First Batch of Ka-62 Choppers in 2020 - CEO Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- Russian Helicopters company is planning to launch serial production of multipurpose Ka-62 choppers and sell the first four aircraft in 2020, the company CEO, Andrey Boginsky, told Sputnik Wednesday.
  • Russia Will Develop 'Unique' Weapons if US Exits INF Treaty - Senior Lawmaker Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- Moscow and Washington must hold talks on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), so that it could be adapted to the current situation and limited only to Europe, Chairman of Russia's upper house Defense and Security Committee Viktor Bondarev told Sputnik on Tuesday.
  • Beijing Opposes INF Becoming Multilateral Treaty Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has announced Washington will pull out of the INF Treaty, a 1987 deal with then-USSR stipulating the destruction of cruise or ground-launched ballistic missiles with ranges between 310 and 3,400 miles over alleged violations by Russia. Moscow has consistently said it is in compliance with the agreement.
  • India Has Made Up Its Mind to Lease Akula Class Nuke Sub From Russia - Reports Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- After contracting for the purchase of Russian S-400 air missile systems, India is set to sign more defence deals with Russia. Signals emanating from the defence ministry indicate that the proposal to lease another Akula-class submarine has acquired all major clearances.
  • Tehran Will Never Make Nuclear-Capable Missiles - Iranian Foreign Ministry Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- Tehran has never planned to and will not make missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads, the Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman said Wednesday.
  • 'Iran has no plan to have missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads' ISNA 05 Dec 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has rejected the "groundless" concerns raised by certain Western countries about Iran's missile program, saying the country has no plan to have missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
  • Armenia Contradicts Kremlin On Postponement Of CSTO Summit RFE/RL 05 Dec 2018 -- Armenia did not request a postponement of a Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit that had been scheduled to be held in Yerevan on December 6, a spokesman for acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian has said.

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