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NATO extends Afghanistan training mission

Brussels - NATO foreign ministers agreed Friday to extend the alliance's key training and support mission in Afghanistan beyond this year as the country continues to face "serious security challenges.

NATO to hold talks with Russia before alliance summit

Brussels - NATO said Friday it will hold formal talks with Russia before a landmark July summit in Warsaw endorses the alliance's biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War, to counter a more assertive Russia.

NATO may take on new air surveillance role in IS fight

Brussels - NATO's secretary general said Thursday that the alliance could expand its support for the US-led fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria with the deployment of sophisticated surveillance aircraft.

U.S. calls for 'robust' NATO posture on eastern flank

Brussels - US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that NATO was building a "robust" defensive posture on its eastern flank, as the alliance faces an increasingly aggressive Russia.

NATO finalises military build-up to counter Russia

Brussels - NATO foreign ministers were on Thursday finalising the alliance's biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War to counter what they see as a more aggressive and unpredictable Russia.

NATO says all should avoid new arms race

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday called for avoiding a new arms race, as the US-led alliance pushes ahead with its biggest military revamp since the Cold War to counter a more assertive Russia.

NATO, Montenegro to sign accession accord: Stoltenberg

Brussels - NATO will on Thursday sign an accession agreement with Montenegro, paving the way for the small Balkan country to become the transantlantic alliance's 29th member state, alliance head Jens Stoltenberg said.

Poland moves on missile shield as Russia voices outrage

Redzikowo - Poland on Friday broke ground on the northern section of a US missile defence shield launched in Romania a day earlier, which Russia slammed as a serious security threat despite US assurances to the contrary.

Putin mulls measures to 'end threats' from US defence systems

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned that Russia would consider measures to "end threats" from US anti-missile systems in Europe but said Moscow would not engage in a new arms race.

US missile shield in Romania goes live to Russian fury

Deveselul - A US anti-missile defence system in Romania aimed at protecting NATO members from threats by "rogue" nations became operational Thursday, triggering Russian fury despite US insistence it does not target Moscow.

US heralds Romania missile defence system as step forward

Bucharest - A US missile defence system in Romania will become operational Thursday in a move welcomed by US officials as an "important step" but also one likely to infuriate Moscow.

Ex-NATO heads, US defence chiefs fire Brexit warning

London - Britain leaving the EU would damage Western security and dangerously weaken Europe, five ex-NATO chiefs and a host of former US secretaries of state and defence warned on Tuesday.

Papal envoy preaches peace at Baltic NATO base

Siauliai - The most senior cardinal in the Vatican met NATO troops in Lithuania on Saturday, delivering a message of peace in the Baltic region amid tensions with Russia.

NATO aims to 'destabilise' Caucasus with Georgia drills: Moscow

Moscow - Russian foreign ministry on Friday accused NATO of seeking to destabilise the Caucasus region with upcoming joint exercises in Georgia, where US soldiers will train together with Georgian forces this month.

New NATO supreme commander vows tough line on Russia

Belgique - NATO's new supreme commander US General Curtis Scaparrotti said on Wednesday that he would "strengthen" the alliance's stance in eastern Europe against a resurgent Russia.

U.S. warns Russia it will defend allies as NATO command passes

Stuttgart - US Defence Secretary Ash Carter warned Tuesday that NATO would defend its allies against Russian "aggression" as he presided over the passing of the alliance's European command to a new general.

Finland risks 'serious crisis' with Russia if it joins NATO: Study

Helsinki - If Finland joined NATO it would provoke a "serious crisis" with neighbouring Russia, an expert report commissioned by the government warned on Friday.

US F-22 fighter jets land in Lithuania amid Russia tensions

Siauliai - Two American stealth F-22 fighter jets landed in Lithuania on Wednesday in an apparent show of force, after tensions with Moscow flared this month when a Russian aircraft buzzed an American warship in the Baltic Sea.

US backs NATO blockade of Libya to close migrant route

Rome - The United States on Monday offered its backing for a NATO naval operation off Libya in support of a controversial Italian plan to close the Western Mediterranean migrant route to Europe.

Italy says NATO three months from Libya coast mission

Rome - NATO is three months away from launching patrols off Libya as part of a plan to stop migrants arriving in Italy, Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said in an interview published Monday.

NATO warns migrant smugglers 'shifting routes rapidly'

Ankara - NATO said Thursday it had no plans to wind up a mission to stop migrant traffickers in the Aegean Sea and warned smugglers were changing routes very quickly.

NATO-Russia talks end in 'profound disagreements'

Brussels - NATO and Russia ran up against "profound disagreements" over Ukraine and other issues as their ambassadors met on Wednesday for the first time since 2014, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said.

Russia 'more dangerous than IS' says Poland foreign minister

Bratislava - Russia is more dangerous than the Islamic State group, Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told reporters Friday during a visit to Slovakia.

Russia to tell NATO Baltic buildup 'absolutely unjustified'

Brussels - Russia will use rare talks with NATO next week to protest the alliance's "absolutely unjustified" military buildup in the Baltic states, Moscow's ambassador to Brussels said Friday, adding the alliance was using the Ukraine crisis as a pretext.

Op-Ed: EU considering moving security personnel into Libya

Tripoli - If requested by the new UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) the EU is signaling that it will move security personnel into Libya to help the new government.

NATO set for first formal talks with Russia for two years

Brussels - NATO will hold its first formal talks with Russia in nearly two years on April 20 to discuss the Ukraine crisis and other security issues, the US-led military alliance said Tuesday.

NATO to hold first formal talks with Russia since 2014

Brussels - NATO will soon hold its first formal talks with Russia since 2014, its head said Friday, signalling a thaw in ties deeply strained by the Ukraine crisis.

US to station armored brigade in Eastern Europe: Pentagon

Washington - The United States will step up its troop presence in Eastern Europe in response to "an aggressive Russia" by deploying an additional armored brigade, the US military said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Blaming Belgium — The intelligence test everyone’s failing

Brussels - The catty and stupid process of queuing up to blame Belgium for its hideous experience in the recent terror attacks is a symptom of failure. The problem isn’t Belgium; it’s lousy logic and worse working dynamics in global intelligence.

U.S. general in South Korea named NATO's supreme commander

Brussels - NATO said Friday it was naming General Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of US forces in South Korea, to become its top commander in Europe.
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