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Montenegro says 'contributes to peace' in response to Trump attack

Podgorica - Montenegro on Thursday defended its contribution to peace in response to US President Donald Trump, who said the tiny Balkan nation's "aggressive" people were capable of triggering "World War III".

Montenegro says 'contributes to peace' in response to Trump attack

Podgorica - Montenegro's government on Thursday defended its contribution to peace in response to a verbal attack from US President Donald Trump, who said this week that the tiny Balkan nation's "aggressive" people were capable of triggering "World War III".

Trump blasts Montenegro, questions NATO mutual defense

Washington - Days after a widely slammed summit with his Russian counterpart, President Donald Trump drew fresh scorn Wednesday for questioning NATO's undergirding principle and for attacking "tiny" Montenegro, whose accession to the alliance enraged Moscow.

Trump says meeting with Putin 'even better' than with NATO

Washington - President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his inaugural summit with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin was better than the one he held last week with traditional US allies in NATO.

US wants Turkey to buy Patriot missiles, not Russian system

Washington - The United States is trying to persuade NATO partner Turkey to purchase the Patriot surface-to-air missile system, a US official said Monday, instead of rival Russian equipment.

At NATO, Trump barks but strained alliance avoids bust up

Paris - Ahead of this week's summit of NATO countries in Brussels, speculation mounted about what sort of Donald Trump would turn up for the two days of talks about the military alliance.

France's Macron says NATO allies stuck to spending commitments

Apo - French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that NATO's spending commitments remained the same despite US counterpart Donald Trump saying he had forced allies to increase them at a tense summit.

Putin is a 'competitor', not an 'enemy': Trump

Apo - US President Donald Trump said Thursday that he sees his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as a "competitor", not an "enemy", days before they meet for a high-stakes summit."Someone said 'is he an enemy?' No, he's not my enemy. Is he your friend?

Trump claims victory in NATO spending dispute

Apo - Donald Trump said NATO leaders agreed Thursday to a big boost in defence spending after crisis talks in Brussels, but France's Emmanuel Macron appeared to contradict the US president.

NATO invites Macedonia to start membership talks

Apo - NATO on Wednesday invited Macedonia to start talks to join the alliance after Skopje reached a deal with Greece in a long-running row over the country's name.

Trump insists he has 'very good' relations with Merkel

Apo - US President Donald Trump insisted Wednesday that he gets on well with Chancellor Angela Merkel, despite earlier savaging Germany's trade and defence policies.

Trump stuns NATO with demand to double defence spending

Apo - US President Donald Trump shocked allies at a fraught NATO summit on Wednesday by suddenly demanding that members double their defence spending commitments.

NATO braces for bruising summit with Trump

Apo - US President Donald Trump will harangue European allies for not spending enough on their defence Wednesday as NATO begins its most difficult summit in years, as a yawning transatlantic rift widens.

Trump says NATO countries should 'reimburse' US for defense costs

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused NATO allies of defaulting on their defense spending commitments and indicated they should "reimburse" the United States.

EU's Tusk tells Trump: 'Appreciate your allies'

Apo - European Union President Donald Tusk delivered a blunt message to US President Donald Trump on Tuesday on the eve of a NATO summit in Brussels, telling him to "appreciate your allies".

Trump lashes NATO allies as he lands for tense summit

Apo - President Donald Trump told NATO allies to "reimburse" the United States for defence costs as he landed for the alliance's most difficult summit in years.

Seven European countries to hit NATO spending pledge: Stoltenberg

Apo - Seven European countries are expected to meet a NATO defence spending pledge this year, the alliance said Tuesday, in news that is unlikely to appease US President Donald Trump on the eve of an already tense summit.

Trump slams NATO spending on eve of departure for summit

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Monday criticized NATO member states' military spending and said it benefits Europe more than America, setting the stage for a potentially-acrimonious summit with leaders of the alliance.

NATO leaders fear Trump crisis at key summit

Apo - NATO leaders face a major threat to the credibility of their military alliance at their summit this week-- not from traditional foe Russia, but from the head of their most powerful member, US President Donald Trump.

NATO, Russia, friends, enemies: Trump reshuffles the deck

Washington - For Donald Trump, America's "worst enemies" are sometimes "our so-called friends.

No plan for US troops to leave Germany: White House

Washington - The White House reaffirmed Thursday that there are no plans to withdraw or transfer US troops stationed in Germany -- and that the issue would not be on the agenda of next week's NATO summit.

Trump told G7 allies 'NATO is as bad as NAFTA'

Washington - US President Donald Trump told fellow western leaders at the recent G7 summit that the NATO alliance is "as bad as NAFTA" -- a North American trade deal that he has threatened to tear up.

NATO says ready to help Italy in Libya

Rome - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday the alliance was prepared to help out in troubled Libya as it grapples with a migrant crisis but warned there were no military solutions.

US 'committed to NATO': senior Army commander

Rotterdam - The United States will continue to show its commitment to NATO, a senior US Army commander said Thursday as a fresh batch of military helicopters arrived in Europe's largest port to bolster ongoing operations.

Despite rows, EU-US defence ties still strong: NATO chief

London - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday acknowledged the "real" disagreements between Europe and the United States but insisted the trans-Atlantic bond on defence and security remained strong."These disagreements are real.

Stoltenberg, Merkel eye NATO 'unity' despite G7 bust-up

Berlin - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg and German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced confidence Friday that a summit of alliance leaders in July will show "transatlantic unity" despite last week's acrimonious G7 meet.

Moscow slams Norway plans to double US troop presence

Oslo - Moscow on Thursday criticised Norway's plans to ask Washington to double the number of US troops stationed in the Scandinavian country and deploy them nearer the border with Russia.

EU set to shut UK, US out of defence fund: officials

Apo - The European Union will on Wednesday present its new 13-billion-euro defence fund, but conditions for taking part will shut out "third countries" including post-Brexit Britain and the United States, officials have told AFP.

Norway wants to double US troops and deploy them closer to Russia

Oslo - Norway will ask the United States to double the number of US troops stationed in the country and deploy them nearer the border with Russia, the government said Tuesday.

Mattis welcomes NATO spending efforts

Apo - US Defence Secretary James Mattis on Friday welcomed efforts by European NATO members and Canada to boost their defence spending, striking a conciliatory tone after months of tough talk from Washington.
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