MONTENEGRO POLITICS: Montenegro Joins NATO, Risks Russia Backlash

MONTENEGRO POLITICS: Montenegro Joins NATO, Risks Russia Backlash 0

“A vast majority (of people) supports Russia, you cannot exclude emotions,” said Dragan Krapovic, mayor of Budva, which counts around 1,000 Russians in a population of 16,000.

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EUROPE POLITICS: Trump Under Pressure to Assure NATO Allies He Has Their Back

EUROPE POLITICS: Trump Under Pressure to Assure NATO Allies He Has Their Back 0

“The problem in the plan is that President Trump is the only president who has not yet explicitly endorsed Article 5,” said Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution think tank. “I understand that is not an accident.”

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EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Counters ‘Resurgent Russia’ With ‘Historic Role as War Fighting Command’

EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Counters ‘Resurgent Russia’ With ‘Historic Role as War Fighting Command’ 0

“We deplore that deployment, for it raises tensions in Europe along the border between NATO and Russia. Russia doesn’t pose any threat to Estonia nor any other NATO member state,” Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko recently told the Daily Mail.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trump Pressures Canada to Boost Defense Spending

CANADA POLITICS: Trump Pressures Canada to Boost Defense Spending 0

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said poor decisions and under funding by successive governments had left the armed forces short of equipment and increasingly unable to do their job.

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MONTENEGRO POLITICS: Parliament Formally Agrees to Join NATO

MONTENEGRO POLITICS: Parliament Formally Agrees to Join NATO 0

Protesters chanted “treason” and “thieves” and held banner that read “NATO murderers, your hands are bloody!” They also burned NATO flag before dispersing.

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ESTONIA POLITICS: US Deploys F-35 Jets to Estonia Even Closer to Russia Doorstep

ESTONIA POLITICS: US Deploys F-35 Jets to Estonia Even Closer to Russia Doorstep 0

US Air Force is deploying F-35 jets to Estonia, putting the newest fighter jets closer to Russia doorstep. The deployment is seen as marketing tactic by US to show off the aircraft’s capabilities to its European allies.

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YEMEN POLITICS: USA, NATO Created Crisis in Yemen

YEMEN POLITICS: USA, NATO Created Crisis in Yemen 0

Red Cross warns that if solution to the conflict is not found, Yemen may run out of food. Humanitarian crisis has been provoked by US action in the Middle East.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin On Syria Missile Strike By US, Says NATO Nodding Like Bobble Heads

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin On Syria Missile Strike By US, Says NATO Nodding Like Bobble Heads 0

“What was the reaction of the NATO allies? All of them are nodding like bobble heads,” Putin said in an interview with Mir 24 TV channel.

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

POLAND POLITICS: 1,100 New US-Led Forces Deployed to Deter Russia 0

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 0

“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 0

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

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“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

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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 0

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 0

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 0

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 0

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 0

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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