Turkey War Games Set for Three Seas as Gas Finds Stir Tensions

Turkey’s navy will hold its biggest ever exercises as the country flexes its military might amid territorial tussles with Greece and Cyprus.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has increasingly used Turkey’s armed forces, the second largest in NATO in terms of personnel, to back his foreign policy goals since placing the command under civilian rule following a failed coup in 2016. Turkey is disputing sovereignty over several islets in the Aegean Sea with Greece, and has started its own search for gas in the eastern Mediterranean, retaliating to big discoveries by Cyprus in recent years. Source: Bloomberg

Poland to sign $414 million deal for rocket launchers

Poland has intensified efforts to acquire new weapons and expand its defense capabilities as a response to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and its annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014. The acquisition will allow the country to become the second Eastern European ally to purchase HIMARS, following Romania which signed a letter of agreement with the United States in February 2018 to acquire the system. Source: Defense News