EACS Situation Room is a center for situation monitoring in crisis situations, which is activated when necessary in the event of major security changes in the world:

 

* Reports are based on publicly available sources to describe a changing situation. Information is subject to change.



Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 30.6.2021

US approved the sale of F-16 fighter jets and missile systems to the Philippines.

Indonesia and US agree to establish a maritime training facility.

China deployed its J-20 combat aircraft to units monitoring Taiwan Strait and other disputed waters.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: Top Aces/Air Force magazine)

 


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 23.6.2021

Chinese military aircraft again flew into the Taiwan air defence identification zone.

Japanese defence minister called on European states to increase cooperation in Asia-Pacific.

US sent a navy destroyer on a freedom of navigation operation to sail through the Taiwan Straits.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: SCMP/Handout)


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 16.6.2021

NATO leaders declare China a security challenge.

28 Chinese military aircraft flew through the Taiwanese air defence identification zone.

There is worsening congestion of container ships in southern Chinese ports due to disinfection measures amid COVID flareup.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: Yves Herman/Pool/AP)


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 9.6.2021

Malaysia’s foreign ministry said it would summon China’s ambassador after an airspace intrusion by Chinese military planes.

The foreign ministers of ASEAN and China commit to easing tensions and a renewal of negotiations on the Code of Conduct.

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg to present his NATO 2030 plan which calls for NATO to be the key forum for transatlantic consultations on all issues that affect transatlantic security, including the South China Sea.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: Katie Park / NPR)


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 2.6.2021

Malaysia accused China of breaching national airspace after 16 Chinese military aircraft flew over disputed waters off Malaysian eastern federal state of Sarawak.

The Philippines issued a diplomatic protest over China’s continuing illegal presence and activities near Thitu island in the South China Sea.

Chinese and Vietnamese navy chiefs agreed to set up a crisis communication hotline.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: AFP/Handout)


Situation Room – Balkan migration horizon: Slovenia, 31.5.2021

Slovenia is a gateway to northern and western European countries, with considerable transit movements across its territory.

Slovenian State Secretary Stanislav Raščan met with Roland Schilling, Regional Representative of the UNHCR for Central Europe.

21 police officers from Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland began join patrols with Slovenian border police officers in May.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: Slovenska Policija/BoBo)


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 26.5.2021

China issued a protest on Thursday, 20 May, over United States naval activity in the region.

According to the Chinese-run state media, the Chinese air force tested an upgraded version of one of its most advanced air-defence missile systems.

The Philippines’ foreign ministry said on Saturday, 22 May that the Philippines and China held friendly and candid talks on the South China Sea.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: CCTV)


Situation Room – Balkan migration horizon: Croatia, 24.5.2021

Croatia is located at the junction of the two major migrant routes through the Balkans and therefore faces a lot of pressure on its borders.

The country is facing numerous allegations regarding illegal pushbacks and inhumane treatment of migrants and refugees.

One migrant was killed when he stepped on a landmine in central Croatia and several others were wounded.

 

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: Reuters/Branko Filipovic/Stringer)


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 19.5.2021

Beijing and ASEAN are planning a meeting of foreign ministers around 7 or 8 June. Both parties are expected to revive talks toward a Code of Conduct to avoid conflict in the South China Sea.

The US Navy sent the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, 18 May.

The U.S. Army announced a new hypersonic long-range missile which would allow the US to parry Russia and China.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: Flickr/ASEAN Secretariat)


Situation Room – Balkan migration horizon: BiH, 17.5.2021

There are 6,734 refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina of whom 4,991 are accommodated in reception facilities.

1,500-2,500 persons are estimated to be squatting outside of formal accommodation.

In March, 1,269 people arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the highest number since October 2020.

 

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source:Matteo Placucci/New Frame)


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 12.5.2021

The Chinese Army conducted an amphibious landing drill as a warning to Taiwan.

Foreign ministers from the G7 countries condemned Chinese actions in the region.

Around 200 ships are still moored at reefs in the West Philippine Sea. The Philippine Coast Guard continues to deploy its ships and air assets over the area.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: PLA Navy)

 


Situation Room – Balkan migration horizon: Serbia, 10.5.2021

There are 196 refugees, 210 asylum-seekers, 135 stateless people in Montenegro, as well as 12,258 internally displaced persons.

Until now, Montenegro has seen fewer illegal migrants than other countries along the Balkan migrant route.

Smugglers often attempt to transport illegal migrants across the Adriatic Sea to Italy or through the northern part of the country into Bosnia and Herzegovina.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: EPA/Fehim Demir)


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 5.5.2021

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not withdraw navy and coastguard vessels patrolling the disputed South China Sea.

China renewed its unilateral ban on fishing for all countries in the South China Sea between May and September. Vietnam has already rejected the ban.

Kathleen Hicks, the US Deputy Defence Secretary, said that a conflict with China is not inevitable.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: | Str/AFP [Scoll.in] | China’s South Sea fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands, in the South China Sea)


Situation Room – Balkan migration horizon: Serbia, 3.5.2021

Serbia is a transit country on the so-called “Balkan route” for many migrants and refugees. In March, there were 3,931 newly registered people.

Migrants experience inhuman treatment along Serbian borders from all neighbouring countries.

A peer-taught programme in Serbia is helping vulnerable unaccompanied children to protect themselves from violence and exploitation as they seek safety.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: Idro Seferi II/DW)


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 28.4.2021

The Philippines remain concerned over the presence and activities of 160 Chinese fishing and militia vessels around the Spratly islands and Scarborough shoal. Five Chinese coastguard vessels were also spotted in the area.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that she is worried that a provocation in the Taiwan Strait or the South China Sea could turn into a regional military conflict.

The UK is set to send its largest fleet in recent years into the troubled waters in Asia this May led by the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: Royal Navy)


Situation Room – Balkan migration horizon: Albania, 26.4.2021

There are 129 refugees, 17 asylum-seekers, 1031 stateless people, and 2078 persons of concern in Albania.

Albania is a transit state that is becoming an increasingly popular migrant path to EU.

Frontex and the Albanian authorities have signed a mutual agreement to reinforce cooperation.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: K.Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa)


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 21.4.2021

Philippine President Duterte is prepared to send military ships into the South China Sea to stake a claim over oil and mineral resources in the disputed part of the Philippines strategic waterway.

A US Navy destroyer sailed near the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning.

Malaysia and Vietnam intend to sign a memorandum of understanding that could end their dispute over sovereignty in the South China Sea.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: U.S. Navy)


Situation Room – Balkan migration horizon: North Macedonia, 19.4.2021

There are 308 refugees, 51 asylum-seekers and 562 stateless people in North Macedonia.

The country is facing criticism for unlawfully detaining migrants as witnesses in proceedings against smugglers and unlawfully pushing people back to Greece.

The growing numbers of migrants at the border indicate that the country will likely remain a major migrant thoroughfare.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: Imago/ZUMA Press)


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 14.4.2021

The US Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group entered the South China Sea. It joined the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group.

China sent a group of 25 military planes into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone. The group included four nuclear capable bombers. 

Armed Chinese ships chased down a civilian naval craft carrying a Filipino news crew which was sailing within its own exclusive economic zone.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: U.S. Navy/MCSN Faith McCollum)


Situation Room – Balkan migration horizon: Greece, 12.4.2021

There are 91,945 refugees and 80,784 asylum seekers in Greece.

The UNHCR and the EU called upon Greece to investigate hundreds of cases of suspected pushback of migrants.

Greek police have arrested a group of migrants pretending to be travelling as a volleyball team using fake passports.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis)


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 7.4.2021

The US has sent the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group to the South China Sea for a second time this year.

A Chinese military anti-submarine aircraft entered Taiwan’s southwest air defence identification zone.

France, US, Japan, India and Australia began two days of joint naval exercises in the South China Sea.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: U.S. Navy/MCSN Eduardo A. Torres)


Situation Room – Balkan migration horizon: Turkey, 5.4.2021

There are more than 4.6 million foreign nationals present in Turkish territory.

The EU and Turkey have agreed to extend a 2016 agreement aimed at preventing irregular migrants from reaching Europe.

The head of the EU Frontex agency warned that after the COVID-19 pandemic many more migrants and refugees will try to reach Europe.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: picture alliance/ Photoshot I)


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 31.3.2021

220 Chinese fishing ships are still anchored in the Whitsun Reef, within the claimed exclusive economic zone of the Philippines.

Twenty Chinese military planes entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone.

Taiwanese military increased their force training and further strengthened its defence infrastructure on Itu Abo Island.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: Maxar Technologies/AFP)


Sitaution Room – Coup d’etat in Myanmar, 18.3.2021

Protesters this week attacked premises owned by Chinese companies in protest of China’s support for the miltiary regime.

Since the begining of protests at least 200 people have died and over 2000 have been imprisoned.

UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani expressed concern over the rising numbers of casualties and cases of tortue.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: UNTV CH)


Sitaution Room – Coup d’etat in Myanmar, 12.3.2021

Despite its calls for dialogue, China signals it is prepared to work with any government in Myanmar.

Death tool reaches 70, including two members of the NLD, the political party of the ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

UN special rapporteur on Myanmar accused the military regime of crimes against humanity.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: Andrew Nachemson/Foreign policy)


Sitaution Room – Coup d’etat in Myanmar, 6.3.2021

Over 38 people killed in the bloodies day of protests so far .

Protests in Mandalay overflown by a formation of military fighters.

US imposes sanctions on 10 individuals connected to military regime.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: AP)


Sitaution Room – Coup d’etat in Myanmar, 2.3.2021

Myanmar military regime removed the UN ambassador over his call for a UN intervention.

Bloody protests continue, security forces still utilising live ammunition.

The US preparing new sanctions for those responsible for the bloody protests.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: UN WEB TV)


Sitaution Room – Coup d’etat in Myanmar, 26.2.2021

G7 countries condemn Myanmar coup.

Indonesia has taken a leading role within ASEAN in an attempt to resolve the crisis.

Despite court ruling, Malaysia has continued deporting people back into Myanmar.

More details in the article at the link.   

 

(Picture source: AFP)


Sitaution Room – Coup d’etat in Myanmar, 20.2.2021

Mass protests continue following the coup in Myanmar. Reports of new deaths amongst protesters.

Since 1 February over 640 people are said to have been arrested.

EU Foreign Ministers are set to debate imposing sanctions on the military regime.

More details in the article at the link.   

 

(Picture source: Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)


Situation Room – Nagorno Karabah conflict, 25.11. – 4.12.2020

From 25 November – 4 December 2020, protests against the peace deal continued in Armenia. Russian and Turkish defence ministers signed a cooperation agreement and work commenced on joint control centre. Refugees from both sides of the conflict were returning to the region in great numbers.
Azerbaijan released the official casualty count saying that almost 3000 soldiers lost their lives.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: Karen Minasyan AFP)


Situation Room – Nagorno Karabah conflict, 14.11. – 24.11.2020

From 14. – 24. November 2020, Armenian forces began leaving the regions agreed to in the peace agreement. Russia and Turkey to set up a joint peacekeeping control centre. Iran expresses concerns over the lengthening of its border with Azerbaijan.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: BBC)

 

 

 


Situation Room – Nagorno Karabah conflict, 11.11. – 14.11.2020

From 7. – 10. November 2020, after announcing the peace agreement, mass protests erupted in Armenia, demanding PM resignation.
Russian peacekeepers arrived in the region and Iran sent troops to the border.
Over 100,000 people reportedly fled from Nagorno Karabakh into Armenia.

More details in the article at the link.   

(Picture source: AP News/Dmitri Lovetski)


Situation Room – Nagorno Karabah conflict, 7.11. – 10.11.2020

From 7. – 10. November 2020, authorities reported fighting all along the frontline, with the heaviest fighting near Shusha. Iran expressed its concern over the entry of extremist groups into the conflict zone, which is a threat to the entire region. 

On the night of 9 -10 November, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia signed a statement suspending fighting, according to which all the areas around Nagorno-Karabakh will return to direct Azerbaijani control by 1 December 2020. The northern part will remain under Armenian control. Russian 15th Mechanised Brigade will carry out peacekeeping activities.

More details in the article at the link.   (Picture source: Reuters)


Situation Room – Nagorno Karabah conflict, 3.11. – 6.11.2020

From 3. – 6. November 2020, fighting continued for the 38th day. Both sides reported that fighting continued overnight along the eastern, south-eastern, and southern sections of the front. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, expressed alarm over possible war crimes. Azerbaijan’s Prosecutor General reported that 91 civilians have been killed, and 405 injured.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: oc-media.org)


Situation Room – Terrorist attack in Vienna, 2.11.2020

Several attackers opened fire on residents in the centre of Vienna around 8 p.m. on what was the last evening before the lockdown and several residents visited pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas in the city centre.

At least 4 people have been killed, 15 people seriously wounded, among them one policeman.

People were instructed to stay at home.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: sg.news.yahoo.com)


Situation Room – Nagorno Karabah conflict, 30.10. – 2.11.2020

From 30. October till 2. November 2020, peace negotiations continued in Geneva under the auspices of the Minsk Group, unsuccessfully. The EU has added another € 400,000 in humanitarian aid this Saturday and called for an immediate end to the hostilities, which have already resulted in civilian casualties.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: indianexpress.com)


Situation Room – Nagorno Karabah conflict, 26. – 29.10.2020

In the week of October 26-29, Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of violating a new ceasefire. Tensions continue, a planned meeting between Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers scheduled for Thursday in Geneva has reportedly been postponed until Friday, 30 October 2020.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: Wikipedia)