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Canada to send 450 troops to Latvia

Riga - Canada will send more than 450 troops to Latvia from around May 2017 as part of NATO's efforts to reinforce its presence in the Baltics in the face of a resurgent Russia.

France helps NATO-aspirant Georgia boost air defence: minister

Tbili - French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was in Georgia on Saturday for talks on boosting the defences of the ex-Soviet nation aspiring to join NATO despite Moscow's objections. "Georgia has a mission to join the Alliance," Le Drian told reporters.

Turkey, EU agree to ease post-coup tension, push membership bid

Ankara - Turkey and the European Union on Friday agreed to inject new momentum into Ankara's faltering bid to join the bloc, pledging more cooperation and less acrimony following bitter rows in the wake of the country's failed coup.

NATO chief says strong Turkey 'essential' for stability

Istanbul - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday hailed the Turkish people's courage in defeating the July 15 putsch, which he called an "attack on democracy", saying a strong Turkey was "essential" for European and regional security.

Ukraine leader calls joining NATO 'strategic goal'

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko said Tuesday that Ukraine's membership in NATO remained a "strategic goal" even though the Western military alliance remained sceptical about enlisting the former Soviet state.

NATO chief to make post-coup bid visit to Turkey

Brussels - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg will travel to key ally Turkey this week to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, one of the highest western officials to visit since a failed military coup in July, a statement said Tuesday.

Wary of Russia, Lithuania builds fake town to practice warfare

- Lithuania on Tuesday opened a fake town featuring a school, sports stadium and shopping mall to practice urban warfare amid concerns over a militarily resurgent Russia next door.

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.
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