POLAND POLITICS: 1,100 New US-Led Forces Deployed to Deter Russia

POLAND POLITICS: 1,100 New US-Led Forces Deployed to Deter Russia

Moscow, which denies having any expansionist or aggressive agenda, accuses NATO of trying to destabilize central Europe and has respond by forming four new military divisions to strengthen its western and central regions and stepping up exercises.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Ursula von der Leyen Rejects Trump’s Claim It Owes NATO and US ‘Vast Sums’ For Defense

GERMANY POLITICS: Ursula von der Leyen Rejects Trump’s Claim It Owes NATO and US ‘Vast Sums’ For Defense

“Defense spending goes into UN peacekeeping missions, into European missions and into our contribution to fight against IS terrorism,” von der Leyen said.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Ahead of Talks between Merkel and Trump Germany Wants Change to NATO Two-Percent Budget Goal

GERMANY POLITICS: Ahead of Talks between Merkel and Trump Germany Wants Change to NATO Two-Percent Budget Goal

Germany’s defence minister called for changes to the way NATO members’ commitments to budget targets are assessed, in the face of bigger demands from Trump.

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EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Spending Rises, Britain Meets Goal

EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Spending Rises, Britain Meets Goal

“NATO’s own figures clearly show that the UK spends over 2 percent of its GDP on defence,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

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EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Lock in US Support for Stand-Off With Russia

EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Lock in US Support for Stand-Off With Russia

European allies are growing confident. They are reassured by Trump’s remarks to U.S. forces in Florida this week, when he said: “We strongly support NATO.”

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USA POLITICS: Official! Trump to Meet NATO Leaders

USA POLITICS: Official! Trump to Meet NATO Leaders

U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to meet alliance leaders in Europe in May in a phone call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that also touched on the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, the White House said.

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EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Helping Western Balkans Resist Russian

EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Helping Western Balkans Resist Russian

NATO is helping Western Balkan governments build up intelligence and defence bodies to resist foreign, especially Russian, political influence, alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

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AFGHANISTAN: 30 Civilians Killed By NATO Airstrike

AFGHANISTAN: 30 Civilians Killed By NATO Airstrike

NATO airstrike killed 30 Afghan civilians, including women and children in Kunduz. “They were asleep when their house came under attack,” Akbari said.

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UK: Britain, US, Allies vs Russia Battle For Supremacy

UK: Britain, US, Allies vs Russia Battle For Supremacy

NATO’s aim is to make good on a promise to deter Russia in Europe’s ex-Soviet states, after Moscow orchestrated annexation of the Crimea peninsula in 2014.

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EUROPE: NATO Seeks Military To Deter Russia On Eastern Flank

EUROPE: NATO Seeks Military To Deter Russia On Eastern Flank

NATO wants allies to contribute to its military build-up on Russia’s borders since Cold War as alliance prepares for a protracted quarrel with Moscow.

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