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Ukraine was asked by Russian consulate to confirm identity of detained nationals

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On Tuesday, the press service of the Russian Embassy to Ukraine affirmed that the Russian consulate general in Odessa has sent a note to Ukraine asking it to present copies of the documents confirming the identity of the detained Russian nationals. Late on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that two Russian servicemen had been abducted by Ukraine’s Security Service in Crimea and taken to Ukraine’s Nikolayev region. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry’s spokesman on the Donbass Military Operation, Alexander Motuzyanik, affirmed that the Russian servicemen detained on the border with Crimea are the former servicemen of Ukraine’s army accused of breaking the military oath. According to a Russian Black Sea Fleet source, the Russian servicemen abducted by Ukrainian security operatives in Crimea have been lured under the pretense of providing them with documents confirming obtaining higher education in Ukrainian universities. The Russian Ministry warned that the Ukrainian authorities could use psychological and physical pressure to force the Russian servicemen to confess their alleged crimes against Ukraine.

US is creating security threat with its armaments in Europe

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On Tuesday, Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman, Major-General Igor Kanashenkov, affirmed that the United States are creating a security threat by saturating Europe with their armaments. The Defense Ministry spokesman thus commented on a statement by the US State Department that Russia was deploying S-400 antiaircraft missile systems and Iskander tactical missile complexes in its Kaliningrad Region. The general mentioned the construction and deployment of US missile shield facilities in Poland and Romania and the upcoming deployment of NATO’s combat units mostly composed of US servicemen in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland, as well as the dispatch of US marines to Russia’s neighbor Norway in the imminent future. On Monday, Russian Senator Viktor Ozerov, chair of the upper house Defense and Security Committee, said Russia will be forced to deploy ballistic missiles in Kaliningrad, responding to the threat posed by US cruise missiles recently sent to Poland and Romania.

Two suspected Ukrainian spies arrested bu Crimean court

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On Monday, a source in the Kievsky district court in Simferopol, affirmed that has arrested for two months two Ukrainians suspected of espionage. According to the source, Both suspects, who earlier served in Ukraine’s Navy, have confessed to the crimes. Their task was to collect data on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet and servicemen. Russia’s Federal Security Service arrested on the 9th of November three other members of Ukraine’s sabotage group from the main intelligence directorate of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry. On the 10th of August, Russia’s FSB announced the detention of a group of saboteurs and the deterrence of planned terrorist attacks on the Crimean Peninsula that had been plotted by Ukraine’s main intelligence directorate.

Italy offers to train Suadi police personnel on security and counter- terrorism

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Saudi Arabia and Italy have pledged to work closely in the field of security and counter-terrorism following wide-ranging talks between Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Minister of Interior, on Monday. The talks focused on new initiatives in the fields of security, police training and counter-terrorism, besides a range of bilateral and regional issues. Alfano, who has had two-hour marathon talks with Crown Prince Mohammed on Sunday night, conveyed his country’s preparedness to train Saudi police personnel on security and counter-terrorism. “The training in Italy will help the Saudi personnel to acquire more policing skills and improve professionalism in the force” he added that “a technical delegation from Italy will shortly visit the Kingdom, or differntly, to prepare the details of the training programs.” The agreement in the field of police collaboration comes within the framework of a long-dormant security pact that was signed between the Kingdom and Italy in 2007.

Russia will keep developing advanced military technology to protect itself

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On Friday, during a conference with Russian generals and defense industry captains in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted that  Russia will oppose attempts to disrupt the strategic balance around the world, such as NATO’s global anti-ballistic missile defense system.  He said Russia will continue to develop advanced military technology to protect itself. Moscow accuses the US and its NATO partners of compromising Russian national security by developing means to counter Russia’s nuclear deterrence, expanding the alliance towards Russian borders and developing advanced conventional strike technology that may be used for a large attack.

Rome Statute: Russia has no intention to become a member

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According to the relevant resolution signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and posted on the government’s legal information web portal on Wednesday, Russia has no intention to become a member of the Rome Statute, which is the basic document establishing the International Criminal Court. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Moscow refused to ratify the ICC Statute because the International Criminal Court has not lived up to what was expected, , especially in terms of becoming a genuinely independent judicial body According to Russian authorities, there is a large number of contradictions existing between separate provisions of the statute and the Constitution of the Russian Federation, which is one of the reasons for Russia’s refusal to ratify the document. The Rome Statute (The ICC Charter) was developed with Russia’s participation and adopted by the UN Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Rome on 17th of July, 1998. It entered into force on 1st of July, 2002 and started operating in 2003. Russia signed the document on 13th of September, 2000.

According to PM Medvedev, USA’s active role in the Middle East is necessary

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On Friday, following talks with Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, affirmed that Washington’s active role in the Middle East is necessary.  He also said that Russia will continue its efforts to settle the relations between Israel and Palestine. Mahmoud Abbas in his turn also confirmed that Palestine expected the new US administration to help it settle its conflict with Israel. Abbas has also called on Russia to play a permanent effective role in ironing out disagreements between Israel and Palestine. The Palestinian leader noted that during the talks with Medvedev the two leaders raised the issue of a trilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Moscow, which, according to Abbas, the Israeli side earlier proposed to postpone.

Afghanistan: Blast At NATO Air Base At Bagram

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At least three people were killed and 13 injured early Nov. 12 in an explosion at the NATO air base at Bagram, Afghanistan, the Bagram district governor said, Reuters reported. Force protection and medical teams responded to the blast, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said. The cause of the explosion, which occurred near a dining facility just after 5:30 a.m., is unclear.

3 Saudi soldiers killed in 3 sniper operations

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Three Saudi soldiers were killed in sniper operations in Asir and Jizan provinces, military officials told Saba on Wednesday. The operations were carried out by the sniper units of the army and popular committees’ force in enemy Maltah military site and the other operation in Ragabt Nashma in Asir. The third operation that killed the third Saudi soldier was in al-Suda military area in Jizan.

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