26 December 2021 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Russia's Missile Launch May Make Notes to West 'More Convincing', Kremlin Spokesman Says Sputnik 26 Dec 2021 -- A recent launch of the Russian Zircon hypersonic missile may make Russia's diplomatic notes to the West "more convincing," Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday.
- Moscow considering NATO proposal to begin talks on Russia's security concerns: Foreign Ministry Press TV 26 Dec 2021 -- Moscow is reportedly "considering" a proposal by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to begin talks on Russia's security concerns on January 12 after the Kremlin said it needs an "immediate" response from the US and its allies to the Kremlin's demands for security guarantees.
- Putin To Mull Options If West Doesn't Meet 'Security Guarantees' RFE/RL 26 Dec 2021 -- President Vladimir Putin has said he would ponder various options if the West fails to meet Moscow's demands for security guarantees, amid heightened tensions involving a massive deployment of Russian troops near Ukraine.
- Putin on 'Red Lines': West Has Pinned Russia Into a Position Where It Has Nowhere to Fall Back To Sputnik 26 Dec 2021 -- At his annual year-end press conference on Thursday, the Russian president slammed Washington and its NATO allies for talking about "Russian aggression" while surrounding Moscow with offensive missile systems and carrying out several waves of expansion toward Russia's borders. "You cheated us shamelessly," Putin said.
- Putin Says Russia Has Different Options in Response to NATO Eastward Expansion Sputnik 26 Dec 2021 -- The Russian response to NATO's eastward expansion can vary, depending on recommendations of the country's military experts, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday.
- Report: UK sends navy ship to North Sea to monitor Russian subs Press TV 26 Dec 2021 -- A British Royal Navy ship has reportedly been deployed in the North Sea to monitor Russian submarines and vessels in the area amid rising tensions between the West and Moscow over Ukraine.
- British Navy Frigate On Hand to Track Russian Ships in North Sea - Reports Sputnik 26 Dec 2021 -- The HMS Westminster frigate of the UK Royal Navy is currently in the North Sea, ready to watch for Russian submarines, The Telegraph reports.
- German Foreign Minister Vows to Tighten Arms Sales Rules Sputnik 26 Dec 2021 -- German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Sunday that a new law is in the works to revise the country's military export regulations after Angela Merkel's government was exposed to have approved a record volume of foreign arms sales this year.
- INS SUDARSHINI DEPLOYMENT TO GULF REGION - SAMBANDH India PIB 26 Dec 2021 -- Sail Training Ship INS Sudarshini, was deployed to the Gulf as part of Indian Navy's endeavour to enhance maritime cooperation with the friendly navies in the region.
- MISSION SAGAR India PIB 26 Dec 2021 -- As part of yet another deployment undertaken by Indian Navy since May 2020 under Mission SAGAR, Indian Naval Ship Kesari entered Port of Maputo, Mozambique on 25 December 2021.
- Afghan Women Banned From Making Trips Unless Escorted By A Chaperone RFE/RL Gandhara 26 Dec 2021 -- In a further move restricting women's freedoms in Afghanistan, the Taliban says that women seeking to travel more than 72 kilometers should not be offered transport unless they are accompanied by a close male relative.
- Special envoy: Iran seeks inclusive govt., supports establishment of security, stability in Afghanistan Press TV 26 Dec 2021 -- Iran's special envoy to Afghanistan says the Islamic Republic seeks the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan and supports sustainable security and stability in the crisis-stricken country.
- Thousands of Afghans Who Worked With UK Forces Still Stuck in Afghanistan - Reports Sputnik 26 Dec 2021 -- Thousands of Afghans who had assisted British efforts in Afghanistan before the Taliban (under UN sanctions for terrorism) took over are still living in the country, The Independent reports.
- Taliban Further Restrict Afghan Women With New Travel Rules VOA 26 Dec 2021 -- Afghanistan's ruling Taliban issued on Sunday new travel restrictions for the country's women, an action criticized by the U.S. as further mistreatment of Afghan women by the terror group.
- Army spokesman: Yemen's Jawf province almost totally freed in latest operation Press TV 26 Dec 2021 -- Yemen's army and allied fighters from Popular Committees have liberated almost the entire northern province of Jawf after they recaptured a strategic area in the province, bordering Saudi Arabia.
- Saudi Arabia intensifies bombardment campaign against Yemen, hits civilian areas in Sana'a Press TV 26 Dec 2021 -- Saudi Arabia has launched a new round of overnight airstrikes on several residential neighborhoods across the capital Sana'a, as the regime intensifies its bombardment campaign against its southern neighbor.
- Saudi-Led Coalition Accuses Iran, Hizballah Of Helping Yemen's Huthi Rebels RFE/RL 26 Dec 2021 -- A Saudi-led coalition fighting Huthi rebels in Yemen has accused Iran and Lebanon's Tehran-backed Shi'ite militant movement Hizballah of helping the insurgents to launch missiles and drones at the kingdom.
- In 2022, Iraq Expected to Struggle for Sovereignty Amid Tug of War VOA 26 Dec 2021 -- Iran, the United States and Gulf Arab states are increasingly engaged in a struggle over the future of Iraq, analysts say. The question that looms over 2022, they believe, is whether the emerging Iraqi political makeup following October's parliamentary elections will be able to advance Iraqi sovereignty in the context of this geopolitical tug of war.
- Myanmar: UN humanitarian chief calls for probe into 'grievous' attack on civilians UN News 26 Dec 2021 -- Authorities in Myanmar must investigate a recent deadly attack against civilians in Kayah state, the UN humanitarian affairs chief Martin Griffiths said in a statement on Sunday.
- US considers giving Ukraine battlefield intel in anti-Russia provocation Press TV 26 Dec 2021 -- The US military is reportedly working on a scheme to provide Ukraine with battlefield intelligence in a purported bid to respond to perceived Russian offensive amid rising concerns in Moscow that the US-led NATO alliance is pushing for a major military build-up in Ukraine for possible confrontation with Russia.
- VP Harris Threatens Russia With Ukraine Sanctions 'Not Seen Before' Sputnik 26 Dec 2021 -- US Vice President Kamala Harris threatened Russia with new sanctions the like of which it had not seen before if it invaded Ukraine, in an interview out Sunday.
- Daesh on killing spree in Africa despite Western military presence Press TV 26 Dec 2021 -- Daesh-affiliated terrorist groups have gone on a killing spree across Africa as Takfiri outfits expand their footholds across the continent despite the presence of Western military forces.
- Israel Approves Plan to Double Population in Occupied Golan Heights Sputnik 26 Dec 2021 -- The Israeli cabinet approved a $317 million "unprecedented" plan on Sunday to double the Jewish population of the occupied Golan Heights by building two new settlements and thousands of housing units in the existing communities.
- 'Zone Of Repression': Watchdog Says Russia's Internet Crackdown 'Redoubled' In 2021 RFE/RL 26 Dec 2021 -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Russian authorities have "redoubled their efforts" over the past year to repress online freedoms, citing the blocking of tools used to circumvent censorship, expanding "oppressive" Internet laws, and pressure on tech companies to comply with "increasingly stifling regulations."
- Lesson of Soviet Union's collapse 'helps China develop socialism successfully' Global Times 26 Dec 2021 -- The former socialist superpower the Soviet Union (USSR) collapsed on December 25, 1991, while China, a major power which chose the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics different from that of the USSR, has become the biggest economy on a purchasing power parity basis. It is also the most powerful and successful socialist country en route to realize modernization and industrialization without choosing the Western capitalist model, as well as "the most important strategic competitor" in the eyes of the US.
- New African port to put China across the Atlantic from the US Radio Free Asia 26 Dec 2021 -- China is building a new military port on Africa's Atlantic coast.
- Iran won't fall into trap of factitious deadlines: Source close to negotiation team Press TV 26 Dec 2021 -- A source close to Iran's negotiation team in Vienna talks says the country would not fall into the trap of "factitious deadlines" that could be set by the 2015 deal's other members.
- United States Calls for Credible, Rapid Conclusion of Somali Elections US Dept. of State 26 Dec 2021 -- The United States supports the call for an in-person National Consultative Council meeting this week focused on improving and expediting Somalia's electoral process.
- Minister for Africa statement on the Somali electoral process UK FCDO 26 Dec 2021 -- UK Minister for Africa, Vicky Ford has called on Somali leaders to conclude the electoral process in a manner that the Somali people can have confidence in.
- Somali Leaders Again Disagree on Already Delayed Polls VOA 26 Dec 2021 -- Bickering Somali leaders have once again disagreed on already delayed elections in the Horn of Africa country, paving the way for another political crisis as the international community calls for dialogue to speed up the electoral process.
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