Turkey Warns Syria; China Accused the U.S. Stoking Military Tensions; The UAE`s Spy Plane Deal
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on August 20 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Turkey warns the Syrian regime not to ‘play with fire’
The Syrian regime should not play with fire, Turkey’s foreign minister said Tuesday, a day after a Turkish convoy in Syria was attacked, Yeni Safak reported.
Speaking at a joint press conference with his counterpart of El Salvador, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said: “We are in constant contact with Russia with regards to ensuring peace in Idlib. We need to implement the cease-fire here. The regime is trying to force a military solution.”
“The regime should not play with fire. We will do whatever is necessary for the security of our own soldiers and observation posts,” he added.
Three civilians were killed and 12 more wounded Monday after regime air strikes hit near a Turkish military convoy that was heading to an observation post in Syria.
The convoy was heading to Observatory Point No. 9 in Syria’s Idlib, and Russia had been told in advance about the convoy.
Russia, China accuse U.S. of stoking tensions with missile test
Russia and China accused the United States on Tuesday of stoking military tensions by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, but the foreign ministry in Moscow said it would not be drawn into an arms race, Reuters reported.
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the test showed the United States was stoking a new arms race and confrontation, which would have a serious negative impact on regional and global security.
“We advise the U.S. side to abandon outdated notions of Cold War thinking and zero-sum games, and exercise restraint in developing arms,” Geng told a daily news briefing.
Israel businessman behind UAE spy plane deal
An Israeli businessman has spearheaded a multi-million dollar initiative to sell intelligence-gathering aircraft to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), ostensibly to spy on shared regional foe Iran, MEMO reported.
According to an exposé by Haaretz, Israeli businessman Matanya “Mati” Kochavi has supplied the UAE with surveillance planes as part of a decade-long “secret mega deal”.
The exposé draws on documents obtained by the Israeli daily, some of which originated in the 2017 “Paradise Papers” leak by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Haaretz notes, however, that “the connection [of the deal] to Israel was unknown until now”.
The Paradise Papers documents reveal that the deal involved total payments of about three billion shekels ($846 million), large portions of which were paid for in cash by Emirati leaders.
Under this deal, the UAE Armed Forces “signed a contract with a huge company in [Emirati capital] Abu Dhabi called Advanced Integrated Systems [AIS]. The person now officially listed as CEO of AIS, Abdulla Ahmed Al Balooshi, is a member of an Emirates family known to be involved in the country’s intelligence establishment.”
The UAE’s President Khalifa Bin Zayed and his half-brother, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed, are both named in legal documents relating to AIS.
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Source: Reuters, MEMO,