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Germany to add more soldiers in NATO exercises

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:53:08 GMT2018-02-20T08:53:08Z

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.

Equipment shortages impair German military ahead of key NATO mission

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:39:03 GMT2018-02-19T18:39:03Z

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 GMT2018-02-19T13:38:47Z

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 GMT2018-02-19T08:49:54Z

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 GMT2018-02-19T04:31:06Z

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 GMT2018-02-18T23:55:31Z

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.

Mattis 'Heartened' by NATO Nations' Increased Defense Budgets

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:14:17 GMT2018-02-18T19:14:17Z

Global democracies are working together, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said yesterday to reporters traveling with him as he wrapped up a European trip to reaffirm key partnerships and alliances. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchinson, left, conduct bilateral discussions with Bulgaria's Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Feb. 15, 2018.

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

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:59:09 GMT2018-02-18T17:59:09Z

After pressing European nations to spend more on their security, Americans now worry that their projects could weaken the Atlantic alliance and block U.S. defense contractors from deals.

Kosovo celebrates 10 years since splitting from Serbia

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:31:59 GMT2018-02-18T14:31:59Z

The capital Pristina is covered in the blue and yellow colours of the Kosovan flag for a weekend of festivities, with Kosovo-born British pop star Rita Ora due to headline a concert in the main square on Saturday night. "It's been a long journey to get to this point and I think it's just a start of an ongoing incredible journey for our country," the 27-year-old told reporters after arriving back in her birthplace.

US still unsure who directed Syria attack, despite Russian dead

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:43:56 GMT2018-02-18T09:43:56Z

The United States is still unsure who directed a Feb. 7 attack on U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, even as he acknowledged accounts that Russian civilian contractors were involved. U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis addresses a news conference during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 15, 2018.

Britain's May wins backing for EU security pact, but timing unclear

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:13:18 GMT2018-02-18T05:13:18Z

British Prime Minister Theresa May made her case Saturday for a new security treaty with the EU from next year, winning support from EU and U.S. officials who agreed the issue was too important to risk getting subsumed in broader Brexit negotiations. In a speech to Western leaders and officials in Munich, May promised that London would continue to lead military missions and share intelligence if Brussels agreed to a pact "effective from 2019," the year Britain is due to leave the bloc.

Putin: Grand deal now, or Syrian bust Mark Langfan

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:36:20 GMT2018-02-18T00:36:20Z

The writer is Chairman of Americans for a Safe Israel and specializes in security issues, has created an original educational 3d Topographic Map System of Israel to facilitate clear understanding of the dangers facing Israel and its water supply. It has been studied by US lawmakers and can be seen at

The Latest: Ex-Russian diplomat calls US charges 'fantasies'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:17:19 GMT2018-02-17T20:17:19Z

In this Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, right, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, around his factory which produces school means, outside St. Petersburg, Russia.

Top German diplomat: 'We no longer recognize our America'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:58:12 GMT2018-02-17T15:58:12Z

Germany's foreign minister slammed the "America first" approach of President Donald Trump's administration Saturday, saying that close U.S. ties with a strong European Union are as much in Washington's interest as they are in Europe's. officials at the Munich Security Conference that with the United States no longer the only indisputable superpower, it makes sense for Washington to count on traditional partners in Europe for help.

US, Turkey return from brink, aim to 'normalize' ties

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:30:45 GMT2018-02-17T11:30:45Z

Backdropped by a picture of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, meets with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. The visit came as Ankara is riled over Washington's support for the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG _ the top U.S. ally in the anti-IS fight.

NATO Chief Urges Russian Transparency On Nuclear Treaty Compliance

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:15:20 GMT2018-02-17T07:15:20Z

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is calling on Russia to address the alliance's concerns about what the United States has determined is Moscow's violation of a landmark Cold War arms treaty. Stoltenberg's comments came in his February 16 address to the Munich Security Conference, an influential annual gathering that brings together world leaders, senior officials, and policy experts.

EU's new military pact poses no threat to NATO: Mogherini

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:06:38 GMT2018-02-17T03:06:38Z

News selected on topics and regions - oil and gas, business, politics, IT, the South Caucasus, the Caspian Sea region, Central Asia Ranking of the Azerbaijani banking sector CONTACT US E-MAIL: PHONES: + 994 12 437-12-68 Aybeniz Askerova: +994 50 677-42-28 The European Union has dismissed a call by the United States "to include in written EU documents" that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's role in protecting Europe would not be threatened by the EU's newly-established massive military pact, Press TV reported.

Security conference in Germany brings together top officials

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:40:57 GMT2018-02-16T22:40:57Z

Police patrol in front of hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 where the Munich Security Conference will take place from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, 2018. Police guard in front of hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 where the Munich Security Conference will take place from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, 2018.

Greece’s Macedonian Touchstone

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:30:15 GMT2018-02-08T11:30:15Z

A newly flaring controversy goes back decades. Or is it centuries?

On Northern Syria Front Line, U.S. and Turkey Head Into Tense Face-off

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 21:42:57 GMT2018-02-07T21:42:57Z

The New York Times traveled with two U.S. generals to a northern Syria city where armed conflict between the Americans and Turks is now a possibility.

A Visit to the Tense Front Line Between Kurds and Turks

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 08:00:21 GMT2018-02-01T08:00:21Z

A reporter’s visit to the front line in Manbij, Syria, found that Kurdish rebels’ fears of a Turkish advance have been dispelled by American military assurances of support.

Two Men Can Stop the War Between Turkey and the Kurds

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:33:46 GMT2018-01-31T09:33:46Z

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the first Turkish leader to hold talks with the P.K.K. He can stop the war by talking to its founder, Abdullah Ocalan.

America Has Chosen the Wrong Partner

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 20:17:18 GMT2018-01-28T20:17:18Z

The United States shouldn’t rely on the People’s Protection Units in Syria, but on Turkey.

World’s Eyes on Kosovo Amid Push to Halt War Crimes Court

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:59:35 GMT2018-01-13T12:59:35Z

The United States and the European Union have warned lawmakers’ against moves to halt the court before it has even begun work.

Turkey Completes Deal to Buy Antimissile System From Russia

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 22:57:05 GMT2017-12-29T22:57:05Z

The deal would make Turkey the first member of NATO to own Russia’s most advanced air defense system, and it has raised concerns among Turkey’s NATO allies.

Trump, the Insurgent, Breaks With 70 Years of American Foreign Policy

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 20:12:53 GMT2017-12-28T20:12:53Z

President Trump has transformed the world’s view of the United States from an anchor of the international order into something more inward-looking and unpredictable.

Trump Inaccurately Claims ‘Firsts’ in Defense Speech

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 01:30:32 GMT2017-12-19T01:30:32Z

President Trump sold his first national security strategy with inaccurate claims about military spending, NATO and border security.