20 March 2022 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Finnish President Says There is 'Major Escalation Risk' in Europe as Country Debates NATO Membership Sputnik 20 Mar 2022 -- Finland is looking into ways of enhancing its security amid events in Ukraine but realizes that the option of joining NATO is linked to a risk of escalation in Europe, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said on Sunday.
- China's new rules on military equipment procurement contracts 'vital to modernization' Global Times 20 Mar 2022 -- China put into effect new interim rules to regulate military equipment procurement contracts on Sunday that aim to advance the quality and efficiency of equipment procurement, with analysts saying that the new regulations, together with several others that have taken effect since last year related to military equipment, will serve as vital steps to China's pursuit of national defense modernization.
- US: China engaged in 'the largest military buildup since WWII' Press TV 20 Mar 2022 -- A top US military commander says China is engaged in "the largest military buildup since World War II."
- S.Korea says DPRK fires suspected shots from rocket launchers People's Daily 20 Mar 2022 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday fired four suspected shots from the multiple rocket launchers off its west coast, said South Korea's Yonhap news agency citing military officials.
- North Korea Reportedly Fires Four Shots From Rocket Launch Systems Into Yellow Sea Sputnik 20 Mar 2022 -- North Korea has allegedly fired four shots from multiple rocket launch systems into the western waters of the Yellow Sea, the Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday, citing South Korean military officials.
- North Korea Fires More Rockets Into Sea VOA 20 Mar 2022 -- North Korea has conducted a missile launch, apparently using a multiple rocket launch system, South Korea's military said Sunday, the latest in a frenzy of North Korean missile tests.
- US Suggested Turkey Send Its S-400s to Ukraine to Help Kiev Tackle Russian Special Op: Report Sputnik 20 Mar 2022 -- The S-400 issue has been a prickly topic in US-Turkish ties since Ankara inked a contract with Moscow for the supply of the Russian-made missile defence systems in 2017. Washington claims that the S-400s pose a threat to NATO and are incompatible with the alliance's military hardware, something that Turkey rejects.
- Air Force welcomes new Diamonds Australia DOD 20 Mar 2022 -- The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC), Aviation Operations Wing, recently took delivery of four new Diamond DA40 NG aircraft, bringing the total fleet to 12.
- Hundreds Of Fired Afghan Judges Demand Jobs, Pay From Taliban Government RFE/RL Gandhara 20 Mar 2022 -- Hundreds of former Afghan government judges from 34 provinces who had been removed and replaced by the Taliban have filed suit to regain their jobs.
- Malnutrition Taking A Heavy Toll On Newborns In Afghanistan RFE/RL Gandhara 20 Mar 2022 -- More than 13,700 newborns have died this year in Afghanistan from malnutrition and hunger-related diseases, a figure that Human Rights Watch (HRW) says indicates that "time is running out for children" amid a worsening humanitarian crisis.
- How Afghanistan's Militant Groups Are Evolving Under Taliban Rule VOA 20 Mar 2022 -- Intelligence agencies worldwide are warning that Taliban rule in Afghanistan is radically reshaping terrorist and militant groups in South Asia and around the world.
- Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Houthi Attack Against Saudi Arabia The White House 20 Mar 2022
- Saudi oil refinery output drops following Yemeni drone attack: Energy Ministry Press TV 20 Mar 2022 -- The output of Saudi Arabia's oil refinery in the city of Yanbu has dropped temporarily after an overnight drone attack by the Yemeni resistance movement Ansarullah, Saudi state news agency, SPA, quoted the country's Energy Ministry as saying.
- Yemen launches multiple retaliatory attacks inside Saudi Arabia Press TV 20 Mar 2022 -- Yemeni armed forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have launched fresh retaliatory attacks against Saudi Arabia, including one on a facility run by oil company Aramco in the strategic Jizan region, in retaliation for the Riyadh regime's ongoing military aggression and all-out blockade against the war-torn Arab country.
- Saudi Coalition Reportedly Destroys Houthi Boat Armed With Explosives Sputnik 20 Mar 2022 -- Despite a lack of tangible success since the start of the operation in 2015, forces from the coalition led by Saudi Arabia continue to wage war against the Houthi militants that have seized half of Yemen after expelling the government from its capital.
- Algeria recalls Spain envoy after Madrid backs Moroccan autonomy plan for Western Sahara Press TV 20 Mar 2022 -- Algeria has recalled its ambassador from Madrid in protest at Spain's decision to back a Moroccan autonomy plan for Western Sahara.
- German minister heads to UAE, Qatar as Ukraine crisis stokes energy fears Press TV 20 Mar 2022 -- German Economy Minister Robert Habeck has headed to the Persian Gulf, hoping to find alternatives to Russian gas as the conflict in Ukraine stokes fears of an energy crisis in Europe.
- Germany Signs Energy Deal With Qatar As It Seeks To Reduce Reliance On Russian Supplies RFE/RL 20 Mar 2022 -- Germany says it has reached a long-term energy partnership with the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar as Berlin looks to become less dependent on uncertain Russian energy sources following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
- Russia not to initiate reconciliation with West: Lavrov People's Daily 20 Mar 2022 -- Russia remains open to cooperation with Western countries, but will not initiate an improvement in the relations with them, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.
- France Freezes $24Bln of Russian Central Bank's Assets Sputnik 20 Mar 2022 -- France has frozen 22 billion euros ($24 billion) worth of assets belonging to the Russian Central Bank, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday.
- Chinese MFA: Western Sanctions Against Russia Are Increasingly 'Outrageous' Sputnik 20 Mar 2022 -- Since the special military operation in Ukraine started last month, Russia has become the country with the largest number of sanctions imposed against it, overtaking Iran. While repeatedly denouncing the sanctions against Russia, China itself has faced threats of restrictions from the US if it refuses to condemn Moscow.
- 'Propaganda On State Channels': Anti-War TV Editor Says Many Russians Oppose 'Putin's War' RFE/RL 20 Mar 2022 -- The Moscow TV editor who protested the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine during a live state TV newscast says many Russians oppose Vladimir Putin's decision to go to war and she called on them to speak up against the military action.
- Ayatollah Khamenei puts renewed stress on importance of domestic production, creating new jobs Press TV 20 Mar 2022 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has issued his New Year message, felicitating the Iranian nation on the occasion of Nowruz, while calling on the government and the nation to work hard to boost knowledge-based production and create new jobs.
- President Raeisi: Job creation, administration's topmost priority in New Year Press TV 20 Mar 2022 -- Iran's President Ebrahim Raeisi says the first priority of his administration during the Persian New Year is boosting employment and creating new jobs.
- Russian FM: We never betray friends, Iran very close to us Press TV 20 Mar 2022 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says his country, unlike the US, is not seeking "selfish interests" by the restoration of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
- Amid Western Sanctions, India Explores Rupee-Ruble Mechanism for Trade with Russia VOA 20 Mar 2022 -- India is considering establishing a payment mechanism in local currencies to allow it to continue trade with Russia, which has been hit with Western sanctions in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
- Pakistan Prime Minister Faces No-Confidence Vote In Parliament RFE/RL Gandhara 20 Mar 2022 -- Pakistan's lower house of parliament is scheduled to convene on March 25 to take up a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan, in what has been described as the toughest test Khan has faced since coming to power in 2018.
- Pakistan, Foreign Developer Agree to Restart Work on Massive Gold and Copper Mine VOA 20 Mar 2022 -- Two international mining companies have settled their long-running dispute with Pakistan in a deal that officials said will revive work on developing one of the world's largest gold and copper deposits in the South Asia nation.
- Influx Of Russians, Return Of Labor Migrants Jacking Up Real Estate In Uzbekistan RFE/RL 20 Mar 2022 -- As a country with a receptive environment with easy access, Uzbekistan has been the destination of thousands of Russians fleeing uncertainty at home amid Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
- Premature South Sudanese Elections Could Spur Violence, UN Panel Says VOA 20 Mar 2022 -- A United Nations watchdog panel is warning that South Sudan could plunge into massive violence if elections are held before the government implements constitutional provisions aimed at solidifying the country's shaky peace agreement. The three-member Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan has submitted its latest report to the U.N. Human Rights Council.
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