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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.

Five NATO ships in Aegean migrant mission

Brussels - NATO now has five ships taking part in an unprecedented naval mission in the Aegean Sea to tackle people smugglers taking migrants from Turkey to Greece, the alliance's chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.

Macedonia eyes joining NATO in wake of migrant crisis

Ljubljana - Macedonia Defence Minister Zoran Jolevski on Thursday said he hoped his country's "responsible" attitude to the migrant crisis would help accelerate its entry into NATO, something Greece has blocked until now.

Serb war crimes suspect Seselj burns EU and NATO flags

Belgrade - Serb ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj set fire to EU and NATO flags in Belgrade on Thursday as he insisted he would not attend the verdict in his war crimes trial at The Hague later this month.

Afghan retreat from key districts stokes instability fears

Kandahar - Overstretched Afghan forces are pulling back from violent southern districts without a fight, ceding key territory to the resurgent Taliban as part of an unprecedented "strategic retreat" that has stoked fears government control is slipping.

Op-Ed: Why NATO needs to be led by Europe

NATO was erected with America having the first and final say over its activities, but European countries make up the majority of members and have little say over their military commitments in the alliance. That needs to change.

No go-ahead from Turkey on NATO mission in Aegean: Diplomats

Brussels - NATO vessels deployed in the Aegean Sea to help stop the flow of migrants into Europe have not yet started operating in Turkish waters and are waiting for the go-ahead from alliance member Ankara, diplomats told AFP Tuesday.

Contested waters in NATO's new Aegean migrant mission

Atenas - In its new mission in the Aegean to help Europe tackle its worst migration crisis in 60 years, NATO is wading into one of the world's most contested seas.

Russia decries 'new Cold War' as East-West strains cloud talks

Munich - The world has plunged into a "new Cold War", the Russian premier said Saturday, as East-West tensions over Ukraine and Syria took centre-stage at a gathering of world leaders in Germany.

NATO sends warships on Aegean migrant mission

Brussels - NATO launched Thursday an unprecedented naval mission in the Aegean Sea to tackle people smugglers taking refugees and migrants from Turkey to Greece, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Erdogan threatens to send refugees to EU as NATO steps in

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to send the millions of refugees in Turkey to EU member states, as NATO pledged to deploy ships to the Aegean Sea to ease the migrant crisis.

NATO sends 'clear signal' to Russia with eastern presence

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday said the alliance had approved plans for an increased presence in eastern member states alarmed by a more assertive Russia, sending a "clear signal" to any aggressors.

US spy chief: US and Russia could spiral into new Cold War

Washington - Russia is "paranoid" about being challenged by NATO and its efforts to rival American power could push it into a new Cold War, the head of US intelligence said Tuesday.

Pentagon chief in Europe to drum up anti-IS support

Washington - US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter left for Europe on Tuesday to lead a major summit for key members of the US-driven coalition struggling to defeat the Islamic State group.

NATO to debate Turkey call for migrant help

Brussels - NATO will take any request to help with the refugee crisis "very seriously", chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday after Germany and Turkey sought the alliance's assistance in combating human smugglers.

Berlin, Ankara seek NATO aid to stop traffickers: Merkel

Ankara - Turkey and Germany will ask NATO to help police the Turkish coast and stop traffickers from sending migrants on dangerous sea journeys, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday.

N. Korea rocket launch 'direct violation' of five UN resolutions: NATO chief

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Sunday condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket as a blatant breach of five UN resolutions and demanded Pyongyang comply with international law.
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The ruins of NATO's bombing campaign in the heart of Europe, in Serbia, still exist today.
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Around 24 NATO supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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