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US Sees ‘Substantive’ Talks With Russia on Arms Control | Source: The Defense Post

US President Joe Biden meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Villa la Grange in Geneva on June 16, 2021. 

The United States said it had held “professional and substantive” talks with Russia focused on arms control, as the two powers met in Geneva in a fresh bid to bring stability to a fraught relationship. The diplomacy comes amid tensions on multiple fronts between the two nations, with Washington blaming Moscow for a wave of cyberattacks, for which Russia denies any responsibility.

Source: The Defense Post


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US Senators Introduce Bill to Bar Use of Federal Funds for Huawei, ZTE Purchases | Source: FARS News

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the US Senate that would prohibit federal spending from the American Rescue Plan Act for purchases of Chinese telecommunications equipment, especially from Huawei and ZTE. The senators emphasized the bill is vital to US national security.

Source: FARS News


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Egypt insists on binding agreement on Ethiopian dam | Source: Prensa Latina

Egypt insisted on the need to reach a legally binding agreement on the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), built by Ethiopia. Tension escalated this month after Addis Ababa announced the start of the second stage of filling of the dam, a decision questioned by Cairo and Khartoum, because they fear a substantial drop in their access to the river water.

Source: Prensa Latina


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U.S. to Keep 900 Troops in Syria to Support SDF Against ISIS | Source: Syrian Observer

The U.S. administration will keep 900 troops in Syria and will continue supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against the Islamic State (ISIS), an American official said, not expecting “any changes for the time being regarding the mission and the presence in Syria.”

Source: Syrian Observer


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Armenia will ask Russian military to deploy on Azerbaijan border | Source: The New Arab

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says he would request the deployment of Russian border guards along his country’s frontier with Azerbaijan to prevent further escalation after new clashes. On Wednesday, three Armenian soldiers were killed in fresh border clashes with Azerbaijani forces, in some of the heaviest fighting between the Caucasus rivals since last year’s war.

Source: The New Arab


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Russia Warns US Scheme to Deploy Facilities in Central Asia Further Destabilizes Situation | Source: Fars News

After NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, the United States is trying to create its own logistics structures in a number of Central Asian countries for the subsequent deployment of its facilities and bases, thereby posing a danger to the region’s stability, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said. He affirm that Washington is forcing NATO-like structures down the throats of Southeast Asian countries, and long-term hotbeds of tension are emerging in the area of the SCO responsibility.

Source: Fars News


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Turkey offers to protect Kabul airport for US | Source: The New Arab

Turkey is offering to protect Kabul’s strategic airport after US forces leave in what experts view as a high-risk bid to improve Ankara’s strained ties with Washington. Keeping the air hub safe from advancing Taliban forces became a major issue after US President Joe Biden called an end to Washington’s 20-year involvement by ordering all troops out of Afghanistan by the end of next month.

Source: The New Arab


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China seeks Taliban’s support to drive out Uyghur militants from Afghanistan | Source: The Week

Taliban delegates shake hands during talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha.

China feted Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, praising the insurgent group as an “important military and political force” in Afghanistan and asked it to make a “clean break” with all terrorist groups, especially the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) – the Uyghur Muslim militant group from Xinjiang, amid deepening concerns over the regrouping of the ETIM, blamed by Beijing for all the violent attacks in its volatile Xinjiang province and elsewhere in the country.

Source: The Week


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U.S. Navy destroyer transits through Taiwan Strait | Source: China Post

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense confirmed that a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer had sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday for the seventh time since U.S. President Joe Biden assumed office in January. The U.S. has sent warships in the past few years because it wants to counterbalance China’s growing military presence in the Taiwan Strait, South China Sea, and all neighboring waters.

Source: China Post


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US defense chief in Vietnam to bolster ties as China fears grow | Source: Asia Nikkei

Vietnamese Defense Minister Phan Van Giang, left, inspects an honor guard with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Hanoi on July 29. 

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin sought to nudge forward security ties with Vietnam that have been slowly deepening as both countries watch China’s activities in the South China Sea with growing alarm. Vietnam has emerged as the most vocal opponent of China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and has received U.S. military hardware.

Source: Asia Nikkei


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