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Biden vows 'rock solid' NATO ties as allies slam Trump

Riga - US Vice President Joe Biden promised unwavering commitment to NATO's collective defence Tuesday as he sought to reassure Baltic allies spooked by a resurgent Russia and White House hopeful Donald Trump.

Eastern NATO ally says Clinton trumps Trump on security

Prague - US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is better than her Republican rival Donald Trump on security for NATO allies, the Czech prime minister said Tuesday, echoing leaders of other alliance members in eastern Europe.

Turkey says Russia relations no alternative to NATO

Ankara - Turkey remains a "strong" member of NATO, the presidency said on Wednesday, after a hugely symbolic visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Russia raised questions about its future in the alliance.

NATO says Turkey membership 'not in question' after coup

Brussels - NATO said Wednesday Turkey's membership of the military alliance is "not in question" following the failed coup in July and stressed its "very clear position" of continued support for Ankara.

Trump raises anew questions on NATO commitments

Cleveland - Donald Trump has raised new questions about his commitment to the defense of NATO allies on the eve of his acceptance of the Republican presidential nomination, The New York Times reported.

NATO head tells Erdogan 'essential' Turkey respects rule of law

Brussels - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg on Monday said Turkey must fully respect the rule of law and democratic freedoms, just like any other alliance member, in the aftermath of a failed military coup.

NATO and Russia's thorny relations

Brussels - Relations between NATO and Cold War foe Russia have often been strained since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of its Warsaw Pact military alliance in 1991.

NATO says no 'meeting of minds' with Russia

Brussels - NATO and Russia failed to overcome deep differences over Ukraine Wednesday in their first talks since the alliance approved a troop boost in Eastern Europe, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said.

NATO, Russia to meet after alliance troop boost

Brussels - NATO and Russia on Wednesday hold their first talks since the alliance agreed at a summit in Warsaw to beef up its presence in eastern Europe because of fears over the Kremlin's expansionism.

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter lands in Afghanistan

Bagram - US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday for talks with President Ashraf Ghani, days after the United States and NATO pledged to keep thousands of troops in the troubled country.

Germany, Turkey airbase row flares after 'genocide' vote

Berlin - Germany on Monday insisted its lawmakers had the right to visit an airbase in Turkey despite Ankara's opposition, in an escalating row between the NATO partners.

Afghanistan welcomes NATO's renewed security pledge

Kabul - Afghan president Ashraf Ghani on Monday welcomed as an "achievement" the renewed funding commitment from NATO for his country's fledgling security forces amid increasing Taliban insurgency.

Germany plans to assume greater security role

Berlin - "Economic giant, political dwarf" -- that is how the world long viewed post-World War II Germany, the European export power reluctant to use military muscle in global conflicts.

Moscow blasts NATO focus on 'non-existent' Russia threat

Moscow - Moscow on Sunday slammed NATO for focusing on a "non-existent" threat from Russia at a leaders summit in Warsaw that saw fears over the Kremlin's expansionism high on the agenda.

Obama visits Spain on symbolic but curtailed trip

Madrid - Barack Obama wrapped up a lightning visit to Spain on Sunday, an abbreviated first presidential trip to the country overshadowed by the fatal shooting of five police officers in Dallas.

Ukraine NATO membership not on agenda: Stoltenberg

Varsovia - Ukraine is making good progress in reforms to bring it into line with NATO norms but membership is not on the agenda for now, secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said Saturday.

NATO makes fresh funding, troop pledge for Afghanistan

Varsovia - NATO agreed Saturday to maintain troop numbers in Afghanistan and reiterated a funding pledge for local security forces until 2020, but officials did not say when the alliance's longest military engagement might end.

NATO chief says 'we stand together' on Russia

Varsovia - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Saturday that the alliance's leaders had agreed to maintain a united policy of deterrence and dialogue with a resurgent Russia."The main message...

NATO leaders unite to keep pressure on Russia

Varsovia - NATO leaders united Saturday behind a policy of deterrence and dialogue with Russia after launching the alliance's biggest military revamp since the end of the Cold War to counter a resurgent Moscow.

Four NATO battalions to go to eastern Europe to deter Russia

Varsovia - The United States announced Friday it will deploy 1,000 troops to Poland as part of broader NATO efforts to reassure former Communist eastern member states fearful of a more assertive Russia.

Cameron: UK won't play 'lesser' global role after Brexit

Varsovia - Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that Britain's shock vote to quit the European Union does not mean the country will play a smaller role in world affairs.

Obama downplays Brexit impact at NATO summit

Varsovia - US President Barack Obama insisted Friday Brexit would not harm transatlantic unity but warned against a bitter divorce undermining security in the face of a resurgent Russia.

Lithuania leader marks 'breakthrough' German troop deployment

Vilnius - Germany's decision to deploy a battalion of troops to Lithuania under a NATO initiative marks a "mindset breakthrough" for Berlin towards taking a leading role in European defence, the Lithuanian president said Thursday.

Russian actions caused 'loss of trust' with NATO: Merkel

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that Russia's actions in Ukraine had eroded mutual trust with the West, speaking on the eve of a major NATO summit in Poland.

'Suwalki Gap' key to NATO's eastern flank security

Varsovia - Lakes, forest and villages dot the rolling hills along Poland's 65-kilometre (40-mile) stretch of border with Lithuania, but for NATO's top brass, this bucolic landscape gives cause for sleepless nights.

NATO countries to provide billions more in Afghan military aid

Kabul - Last month it was reported that the United States would try to raise $15 billion to fund Afghan security forces through 2020, but without new conditions to ensure the money is not siphoned off before funding the programs it was meant to finance.

NATO to hold new talks with Russia July 13: Stoltenberg

Brussels - NATO will hold fresh talks with Russia next week, just days after a landmark alliance summit endorses a major military revamp to counter a more assertive Moscow, secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.

With an eye on Russia, US and Georgia ink defence pact

Tbili - The United States and Georgia signed a security deal Wednesday designed to shore up the former Soviet republic's defences against Russia as it waits to join NATO.

NATO faces up to Russia in Brexit's shadow

Brussels - NATO leaders will this week formally endorse its biggest military revamp since the end of the Cold War at a landmark summit in Warsaw, in the shadow of a resurgent Russia and Britain's shock EU exit vote.

Why Brexit is bad for NATO, Europe's defence

Paris - Britain's shock vote to leave the EU is bad news for NATO and for Europe's defence cooperation in general, experts said ahead of this week's NATO summit.
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