Various military vehicles including ‘Msta-S’ howitzers spotted today in Voronezh Oblast near the border with Ukraine

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met during the G20 Hamburg Summit held earlier in July. This month has witnessed a diplomatic row between the two countries, expulsions of diplomats on both sides and a sanctions bill against Russia. The confrontation between Washington and Moscow has risen to a new level.

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on July 25 to slap new sanctions on Russia. These are America’s toughest sanctions against Russia since the Ukraine crisis in 2014, indicating US-Russian ties have plunged again.

The diplomatic row after the Trump-Putin meeting shows that political détente is not easy to achieve.

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M1 Abrams tanks matching “Number 14” spotted today between Nowy Sącz and Krosno, Poland near the border with Ukraine

Exactly the same US “Number 14” tanks we saw yesterday in Hungary, come into sight today in Poland near the Ukrainian border.

Several US M1 Abrams and Bradley IFVs spotted today in Hungary

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin had to scrap a trip to Moldova on Friday after his plane was barred from entering Romanian and Hungarian airspace.

Rogozin told Russian news agencies that he and other Russian officials were traveling on a commercial flight to the Moldovan capital of Chisinau when the plane was denied passage over Romania or Hungary, both European Union members. It had to land in the Belarusian capital of Minsk because it was running out of fuel.

The deputy prime minister is one of the most senior Russian officials slapped with an EU visa ban in 2014 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Rogozin told the Interfax news agency that he started using commercial flights after Romanian authorities closed their airspace to his chartered flight in 2014.

Romania’s foreign ministry confirmed on Friday that authorities had not allowed Rogozin to enter the country’s airspace.

In a tweet later Friday, Rogozin said Romanian authorities “put lives of the passengers, women and children at risk” by forcing the plane to divert. He issued a warning for the Romanian government: “You wait for an answer, bastards!”

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russian-deputy-pms-refused-entry-to-eu-airspace/2017/07/28/1bf02224-739c-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html?utm_term=.2f3c106b9165

Eyewitness says Israel keeps sending reinforcements into Golan Heights

Russia’s foothold in the Mideast grew bigger on Tuesday with the deployment of military police to monitor two safe zones being established in Syria, including an observation post near the Israeli Golan Heights.

The move came despite Israeli opposition to the arrangement made between the U.S., Russia and Jordan, which could endanger Israeli security by allowing an Iranian-backed military presence close to its border.

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http://hamodia.com/2017/07/25/russia-deploys-military-police-safe-zones-eight-miles-israeli-border/

US military convoy spotted today in Krosno, Poland near the border with Ukraine

The NATO Deputy Secretary General held a meeting with the US Special Representative at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday. Ms. Gottemoeller and Ambassador Volker discussed the security situation in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv’s reforms, and NATO’s support for Ukraine, the Alliance press service reports.

“I was pleased to meet with Kurt Volker today. We agreed that the situation in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s military build-up in Crimea continue to be of great concern. Russia must respect the Minsk Agreements, which are vital for Ukraine’s security and stability,” said the Deputy Secretary General.

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https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-defense/2274200-nato-us-department-of-state-seriously-concerned-about-situation-in-eastern-ukraine-and-crimea.html

About 300 vehicles reportedly moved into Port of Port Arthur, US, probably for overseas operations, Green Ridge seems moored there

About 300 vehicles reportedly moved into Port of Port Arthur, unclear for what reason, probably for overseas operations because we can see vehicles carrier ‘Green Ridge’, coming back from Lithuania, moored in Texas, US.

Military movement reported around Rostov Oblast, Russia, including ‘Tor’ air defence missile system

Any U.S. decision to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons would set back peace efforts and escalate tensions, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

The Kremlin was referring to an interview given by U.S. special envoy on Ukraine, Kurt Volker, to Britain’s broadcaster BBC, in which he said that Washington was actively reviewing whether to send weapons to help those fighting against Russian-backed rebels.

The Kremlin said a possible delivery of U.S. weapons to Ukraine could destabilise the situation along the frontline in the east of the country.

“We have already said more than once that any action which escalates tension … and further aggravates the already complicated situation will only move us further and further away from the moment of settling this internal issue of Ukraine,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters.

http://nypost.com/2017/07/25/kremlin-warns-us-against-supporting-ukraine-with-weapons/