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Today and tomorrow will be the venue for the meeting in Antalya in Turkey between Nato defence ministers despite recent bad humour shown on the part of the Turkish President Recep Erdogan against its traditional allies. The reasons for the controversy are multiple: first, the stalemate in negotiations with the EU, which would have allowed Turkey to join the European Union and to increase its sphere of influence in the Middle East; and pre election climate – elections have been set for next June 7 – in a bid for the President to secure the majority he needs to change some articles of the Constitution toincrease his powers.

Another hot topic of the summit will be the crisis between Russia and Ukraine. Yesterday, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg from Brussels has accused Moscow of having amassed troops on the border with Ukraine and sending military heavy weapons to the East of the country, allowing pro-Russian separatists to launch attacks virtually without giving prior notice. “There has been a strengthening of Russia-Stoltenberg said during a press conference — both along the border between Russia and Ukraine and in the Eastern Ukraine, with a continuous stream of heavy equipment, tanks, artillery, munitions, air defence systems and training. Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met this morning in Sochi, on the Black Sea, to discuss the crisis with U.s. Secretary of Foreign Affairs John Kerry. This was revealed by the Russian RiaNews Agency, U.s. Secretary of Foreign Affairs John Kerry. citing a diplomatic source.

Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa

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