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Russia criticizes Western pressure to turn away from Moscow

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:28:16 GMT

Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday criticized Western policies toward his country, urging European countries to maintain good relations with Moscow despite the Russia-West divisions. Sergey Lavrov said during a visit to Slovenia that being a member of NATO or the European Union "does not mean it is necessary to avoid contacts with states that are not included in those international organizations," like Russia.

Russia criticizes Western pressure to turn away from Moscow

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:28:15 GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gestures while speaking to Algerian Foreign Affairs Minister Abdelkader Messahe during the talks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Lavrov dismissed the U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as baseless.

Stoltenberg Discusses NATO Transatlantic Link at Munich Conference

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:07:21 GMT

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the Munich Security Conference last week that the organization is adapting to ensure it continues its success against new threats and challenges. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg shakes hands with Wolfgang Ischinger, the chairman of the Munich Security Conference, in Munich, Feb. 16, 2018.

An Essential Alliance: NATO and the Nuclear Sharing Bond

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:14:48 GMT

On the surface, NATO Nuclear Sharing arrangements play a negligible role in the nuclear security of the independently nuclear armed United Kingdom but there's more to it. At first glimpse the programme is designed to offer extended deterrence to non-nuclear armed Alliance members, with the UK seemingly able to ensure its own nuclear security through its unilateral Trident system.

The new U.S. nuclear posture: playing with fire in a combustible world

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:24:46 GMT

The news media obsession with the daily chaos in the Office of the President is distracting the public from many dangerous policies the Trump administration is quietly implementing. Among the worst of these is the doctrine in its recently published National Defense Strategy and Nuclear Posture Review .

Denis Zvizdic: Bosnia's future lies with Europe, NATO

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 02:34:18 GMT

Bosnia and Herzegovina 's Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic says the future of his country lies with the European Union and NATO. During an official visit to Qatar, Zvizdic said his country is implementing political and economic reforms, including fighting corruption, in its efforts to speed up its integration process into the EU and NATO .

Latvian ECB official won't resign, rejects bribes report

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:16:09 GMT

Latvia's official on the European Central Bank's top policymaking council rejected calls to resign Tuesday amid suspicions of bribery and an Associated Press report on allegations of extortion and connections to money laundering. Ilmars Rimsevics, who was detained Saturday and released on bail two days later without charge, was defiant, dismissing the allegations against him as a smear campaign by commercial banks.

Czechs to open satellite center to serve intelligence, NATO Source: AP

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:14:48 GMT

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Montenegro will be Guarded by NATO and Greece Aircraft

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:43:43 GMT

Montenegrin Defense Minister Predrag Boskovic has confirmed that Italian and Greek fighters will take over the defense of Montenegro 's airspace within NATO 's Air Policing mission, reports Macedonian media NetPres quoted by Focus. "First, we need to settle this agreement with SMATSA as an organization that has to provide the radar image for Montenegro , and I hope it will be very fast and it can be signed in the coming weeks," Boskovic said, noting that "SMATSA has so far been responsible for managing all civilian and military airplanes through Montenegro 's airspace.

Germany to add more soldiers in NATO exercises

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:53:08 GMT

Berlin, Feb 20 : Germany will significantly increase the number of its armed forces personnel participating in NATO exercises on the military alliance's "Eastern frontier", media reports on Monday said. Around 12,000 German soldiers will participate in such exercises in 2018, according to a schedule drawn up by the Ministry of Defense, Xinhua reported.

US show of force sends Russia a message in Black Sea

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:12:39 GMT

The US Navy is ramping up its presence in the Black Sea as part of a bid to counter Russia's increased presence there, a US military official tells CNN. It's a region that has become increasingly fraught with tensions as Russia has reinforced its military forces in the area following its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move rejected by the vast majority of the international community.

Lavrov: EU, NATO wrong to force 'West or Russia' on the Balkans

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:17:59 GMT

Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, speaks during the Munich Security Conference in Germany on 17 February 2018. [ EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK ] The European Union is making a regrettable mistake by following NATO's strategy of pushing eastwards and giving the post-communist countries a choice between "West or Russia", Moscow's diplomacy chief Sergei Lavrov told EURACTIV's media partner Beta on Monday .

Equipment shortages impair German military ahead of key NATO mission

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:39:03 GMT

Germany is coming under mounting pressure to tackle equipment shortages in its military that fellow NATO nations fear is eroding German readiness as it prepares to take the command of a NATO rapid response force. Member states take turns heading NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force in eastern Europe, which has grown in importance amid concerns that Russian military activities, including support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, have surpassed levels seen during the height of the Cold War.

Militants in army uniforms ambush Iraqi troops near Baghdad, 27 dead

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:38:47 GMT

Militants disguised as Iraqi soldiers ambushed parliamentary troops Monday north of Baghdad, leaving at least 27 dead, officials said. It is unclear who was behind the attack.

Syrian Kurdish official: Deal for Syrian army to enter Afrin

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:49:54 GMT

Syrian Kurdish forces and the Damascus government have reached an agreement for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive, a senior Kurdish official said on Sunday. Badran Jia Kurd, an adviser to the Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria, told Reuters army troops would deploy along some border positions and could enter the region within the next two days.

Latvia's top banker detained in corruption probe

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:31:06 GMT

Latvia's top banking official, a key member of the European Central Bank, was detained Sunday after being questioned for hours by anti-corruption authorities amid accusations of bribery and money laundering in the European nation's financial system. Latvian state TV showed Ilmars Rimsevics arriving at the offices of the country's anti-corruption agency Saturday night and leaving early Sunday, following what the broadcaster said was a raid on his office and property.

News Analysis: U.S. Revives Concerns About European Defense Plans, Rattling NATO Allies

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:55:31 GMT

After years of encouraging European nations to work together to provide more of their own defense, the United States is having second thoughts, driven by concerns about NATO and possible protectionism in defense industries. The new American skepticism has been the big surprise of the high-level security conference held this past week in Munich.