25 December 2021 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Navy warship sidelined with COVID outbreak Press TV 25 Dec 2021 -- A US Navy warship with a crew of more than 100 people has paused its deployment to South America due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
- Combat Ship USS Milwaukee Remains in Port Over COVID-19 Outbreak Among Crew - 4th Fleet Sputnik 25 Dec 2021 -- The US combat ship, USS Milwaukee, has remained in port at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay over an outbreak of COVID-19 among the crew, the US 4th Fleet said.
- Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the distortion of Russia's approach to security guarantees Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 25 Dec 2021
- Russia to Prioritise NATO's Non-Expansion at Security Talks With US, Moscow Says Sputnik 25 Dec 2021 -- NATO's non-expansion and non-deployment of weapons posing threat to Russia's security near its borders will be the issues of utmost importance for Moscow at the upcoming talks on security guarantees with the United States, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday.
- German Arms Exports Hit $10Bln High During Merkel's Final Days in Office, Reports Say Sputnik 25 Dec 2021 -- Angela Merkel's caretaker cabinet waved through arms export deals worth almost 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) in the last nine days in office, bumping this year's total to a record 9.04 billion euros, German media found.
- Iran rejects British meddling stance over Iran missiles ISNA 25 Dec 2021 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has rejected the meddling stance of the British Foreign Office on Iran's defense capability, saying the Islamic Republic acts within the framework of international law and in accordance with its own defense needs.
- Taliban Deny Deal With Turkey, Qatar to Jointly Run Kabul Airport Sputnik 25 Dec 2021 -- The Taliban (under UN sanctions for terrorism) denied on Saturday that a deal had been reached with Qatar and Turkey that would allow the two to jointly run airports in Kabul and other Afghan cities.
- Taliban Authorities Get Rid of Two Ministries, Two Electoral Commissions - Reports Sputnik 25 Dec 2021 -- Two ministries and two election commissions have been dissolved in Afghanistan by the Taliban (under UN sanctions for terrorism) authorities, Afghan media report.
- Taliban Dissolves Afghanistan's Election Commission, Saying 'There Is No Need' RFE/RL Gandhara 25 Dec 2021 -- The Taliban has dissolved Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC), a panel that supervised polls during the previous Western-backed administration.
- Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Blast In Afghan Capital RFE/RL Gandhara 25 Dec 2021 -- The Islamic State (IS) extremist group has claimed responsibility for a blast that took place near the gate of a passport office in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on December 23.
- Regional Powers Seek To Fill Vacuum Left By West's Retreat From Afghanistan RFE/RL Gandhara 25 Dec 2021 -- The chaotic withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan and the lightning collapse of the internationally recognized government in Kabul in August spelled the end of the West's nearly 20-year foothold in the war-torn country.
- Kazakh Delegation Visits Kabul To Discuss Trade, Cooperation With Taliban RFE/RL Gandhara 25 Dec 2021 -- A Kazakh delegation led by Trade and Integration Minister Bakhyt Sultanov visited Kabul on December 25 to discuss trade, transit routes, and other economic cooperation as well as political ties with the Taliban-led government, Afghan media reported.
- Yemen hits 'sensitive' Saudi sites, vows more 'painful' retaliation Press TV 25 Dec 2021 -- Yemen's army has warned Saudi Arabia it will respond with strength after the kingdom launched a "large-scale" assault on the impoverished nation.
- Russia: 10,000 troops returning to bases after drills near Ukraine Press TV 25 Dec 2021 -- The Russian army says more than 10,000 Russian troops are returning to their permanent bases after month-long drills near Ukraine.
- Mali denies Western claims on deployment of Russian mercenaries Press TV 25 Dec 2021 -- Mali's government has denied the presence of Russian mercenaries from the Wagner group in the West African country.
- Mali Denies Deployment Of Russian Mercenaries After Condemnation By EU Countries RFE/RL 25 Dec 2021 -- Mali's government has denied any deployment of Russian mercenaries from the Vagner group following charges earlier this week by more than a dozen European countries as well as Canada.
- Gazprom Says It's Ready to Send More Gas to Europe Under Cheaper Long-term Contracts Sputnik 25 Dec 2021 -- Many European nations' gas reserves plummeted to potentially dangerous lows this year thanks to a combination of environmental factors and shortsighted decisions by policymakers. Some officials and media in the US and Europe have blamed Russia for the supply crunch. Moscow has dismissed these claims.
- 'Mind your own forced labor problem': Xinjiang regional govt refutes US Uygur bill Global Times 25 Dec 2021 -- China's Xinjiang regional government on Saturday called the US signing of the so-called Uygur forced labor prevention act as an open interference in China's internal affairs with a purpose to contain China. The regional government also said it shows the US bullying logic and revival of a Cold War mentality.
- Chinese top legislature opposes U.S. signing of so-called "Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act" People's Daily 25 Dec 2021 -- Chinese top legislature on Friday expressed resolute opposition to the U.S. signing of the so-called "Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act" into law.
- Xinjiang legislature opposes U.S. signing so-called "Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act" People's Daily 25 Dec 2021 -- The Standing Committee of the People's Congress of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Friday strongly condemned and firmly opposed the United States' signing the so-called "Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act" into law.
- Spokesperson slams foreign interference in Hong Kong democracy People's Daily 25 Dec 2021 -- A central government spokesperson Friday slammed the "democratic scam" behind so-called "concerns" over Hong Kong's democratic development from the United States and its western allies.
- Hong Kong's Media Face Year of Red Lines VOA 25 Dec 2021 -- 2021 was a year of dramatic changes for Hong Kong's media scene, as the city adjusted to life under Beijing's national security law.
- AEOI chief: Iran nuclear activities within IAEA regulations IRNA 25 Dec 2021 -- Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami stressed that Iran nuclear activities are within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
- AEOI chief says Iran does not intend to exceed 60 percent uranium enrichment ISNA 25 Dec 2021 -- The Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami stressed that Tehran does not intend to exceed 60 percent uranium enrichment.
- Iran Can Produce Nuclear Fuel, Hopes to Start Using It at NPP Soon, Nuclear Agency Chief Says Sputnik 25 Dec 2021 -- Iran can produce nuclear fuel domestically and will soon start using it at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, Mohammad Eslami, the head of the country's Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI), told Sputnik.
- Tehran Says Will Not Exceed 60% Uranium Enrichment Level Even If US Sanctions Remain Sputnik 25 Dec 2021 -- Tehran does not intend to exceed the 60% level of uranium enrichment even if the parties to the negotiations in Vienna do not come to an agreement and the United States does not lift its sanctions, Mohammad Eslami, the head of the country's Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), said in an interview with Sputnik.
- More Than 30 People Dead in Myanmar's Kayah State as Blame Falls to Military Junta Sputnik 25 Dec 2021 -- More than 30 people are said to have been killed and burned in Myanmar's Kayah state. It is believed women, children, and the elderly are among the victims, according to reports.
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