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"Uzbekistan has begun shipping non-military supplies for North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces in Afghanistan through its central cargo airport in the city of Navoi, President Islam Karimov said Monday."
From Civil Georgia: Irakli Batkuashvili, who has served as head of combat training directorate at the Georgian Ministry of Defense, has been charged with disclosure of state secret.
Batkuashvili, who was head of defense planning directorate, J-5, at MoD during the August war, was arrested on May 6.
Both the investigators and a defense lawyer have declined to reveal details of the case.
Charges have been brought under part one of article 320 of the Georgian criminal code involving “intentional or negligent disclosure of the state secret,” Batkuashvili’s defense lawyer, Onise Mebonia, told Civil.Ge on May 9.
Batkuashvili was Georgia’s military attaché to the mission in NATO till 2006.
Davit Sikharulidze, the Georgian defense minister, declined to comment details of the case and ongoing investigation citing that it was “not within my competence.”
“It is a very alarming fact for me,” he said in the Rustavi 2 TV’s weekly political talk show, Position, late on May 8. I think that as soon as the investigation is over, all the materials will be unveiled.”
There has been speculation in the press that Batkuashvili’s case could have been linked to the case of Vakhtang Maisaia. The latter has served as counselor at the Georgian mission in NATO in 2004-2008. He was arrested for espionage earlier this week.

From AFP: Russia on Saturday sternly warned its foes not to dare attempt any aggression against the country, as it put on a Soviet-style show of military might in Red Square including nuclear capable missiles.

The display to mark the 64th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II came amid renewed tensions with Georgia after NATO's decision to hold war games in the Caucasus country infuriated Moscow."

"Thousands of soldiers marched past Medvedev and Putin, before dozens of heavy tanks, including the main T-90 battle tank and the Sprut self-propelled anti-tank gun, thundered through Red Square to the sound of martial music.

There was a rare public showing for some of Russia's best known missile systems, including the S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missiles, the short range Iskander-M and the medium-range Buk.

As in 2008, Russia proudly showed off a half dozen examples of its nuclear-capable Topol intercontinental ballistic missile which has a range of more than 10,000 kilometres (6,500 miles).


Squadrons of fighter jets also flew over Red Square."
From Reuters: NATO is holding two different exercises in Georgia between May 6 and June 1.
The first exercise is named Cooperative Longbow 09 and aims to improve coordination between brigade commanders with procedure, coordination and command systems. It was scheduled to involve around 220 soldiers and does not involve tanks.

The second exercise is named Cooperative Lancer 09. This is a live firing exercise termed 'crisis response' and aims to improve cooperation at battalion level. The exercise was planned for around 400 soldiers and does not involve tanks.
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From NATO: Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) from more than 40 countries, together with NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Operations and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, attended the NATO Military Committee Spring Meetings in their various sessions over 6 and 7 MayChiefs of Defence (CHODs) from more than 40 countries, together with NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Operations and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, attended the NATO Military Committee Spring Meetings in their various sessions over 6 and 7 May. (Photo: NATO)

From RIA Novosti: During a 15-hour mission, the bombers conducted in-flight refueling from Il-78 Midas aerial tankers. The Russian planes were shadowed by NATO F-16 and Tornado fighters. (Photo: RIA Novosti)
"In essence, the entire future of the Euro-Atlantic region is at stake. Missing this opportunity to come to an agreement is fraught with the danger of sliding into chaos on security matters. NATO will be the first to suffer, in terms of both the security and economic stability of its member-states. If there is no political progress in relations with the West, Moscow will have to look eastward to define its foreign policy. Then the West will be faced with new economic and security difficulties. In essence, the entire future of the Euro-Atlantic region is at stake. Missing this opportunity to come to an agreement is fraught with the danger of sliding into chaos on security matters. NATO will be the first to suffer, in terms of both the security and economic stability of its member-states. If there is no political progress in relations with the West, Moscow will have to look eastward to define its foreign policy. Then the West will be faced with new economic and security difficulties."

Dmitry Rogozin is the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to NATO
From SETimes.com: TIRANA, Albania -- The government decided late on Wednesday (May 6th) to grant NATO permission to patrol its airspace until the Albanian air force starts patrolling it on its own. Parliament is expected to adopt the measure soon, without objections from the opposition. Albania joined NATO in early April.
From GMANews.TV: A senior NATO official says the alliance's military planners are considering a long-term counter-piracy mission off the Somali coast.

The naval mission would replace the fleet of four NATO warships that is due to return from the region next month.

From Radio Netherlands: "The major problem," Mr Daalder said earlier, "is that there are too many member states that see NATO as a regional, particularly European, defense organisation." But the threats facing all member states are global, not regional. "NATO should start thinking bigger and more global," according to Mr Daalder. He said that the organisation should develop in such a way that military force can be exercised over greater distances, and faster.

Mr Daalder also proposed to offer full membership of the alliance to non-European democracies such as Japan, Australia and South Korea." (Photo: radionetherlands)