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Tag Archives: Transatlantic Security

Pro-Russian Candidates Elected in Bulgaria and Moldova

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On November 13, Bulgaria and Moldova held presidential elections where pro-Russian candidates were voted in. Both countries are former Soviet satellites that had incumbent pro-European governments. Bulgarian President-elect Rumen Radev plans to pressure the European Union to remove sanctions on Russia (BBC). He then plans to seek increased ties with the Russian government in order […]

NATO Exercise in Montenegro Sparks Tension

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On October 31, a NATO military exercise began in Montenegro. 32 Member States and partner countries are taking part in the exercise, with approximately 680 participants. The exercise is a joint venture between the Montenegrin Interior Ministry and the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (Government of Montenegro), and utilizes scenarios that focus on responses to […]

Russian Government Suspends Nuclear Disarmament Deal

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On October 3, President Vladimir Putin revoked the Russian Federation’s participation in the Plutonium Management and Disposal Agreement (PMDA). This deal was done in tandem with the United States as a way to reduce cold war nuclear stockpiles. Putin claimed this was a response to the threat posed by recent hostile actions from the United […]

Brexit Revives Talk of European Army

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On September 14, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, conducted the annual European Union State of the Union address. During his speech, Juncker encouraged the creation of a permanent European headquarters to coordinate EU security and defense initiatives (Europa). The UK’s referendum to leave the EU, known as “Brexit,” renewed the push for a […]

Russian Computers Infected by Spyware

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According to Russian Security Services (FSB), computer networks of state, defense, scientific and other high-profile organizations have been infected by a cyberespionage-type of malware (RT). The FSB added the way the malware infected the networks is similar to past cyberattacks in Russia and other countries (Reuters). The Russian agency did not specify any suspects behind […]