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Jun 26, 2015

EU urges more defense spending in dangerous times

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Council President Donald Tusk urged European leaders to spend more on defense on Friday as deadly attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait drove home his point about dramatic changes to the security situation in Europe and its neighborhood.

Although their talks were overshadowed by the Greek debt crisis, Britain’s attempt to renegotiate its membership and a row over migration, European Union leaders also discussed at a Brussels summit how to strengthen Europe’s defense industry and how to make Europe a stronger player in the security arena.

Jun 25, 2015

NATO to assess Afghan fighting season before deciding on mission’s future

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO will decide how quickly to scale back its mission to train Afghan security forces after judging how well they perform in this summer’s “fighting season”, the alliance’s chief said on Thursday.

Afghan government forces, now with little foreign military support, have suffered heavy casualties this year battling the Taliban, who have increased their attacks in the north as well as their traditional southern and eastern strongholds.

Jun 25, 2015

Putin not done in eastern Ukraine, NATO’s top general says

BRUSSELS, June 25 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir
Putin is not done in eastern Ukraine, NATO’s top commander said
on Thursday, cautioning that Russia has been building up
supplies on its border with Ukraine and keeping its military
options open.

U.S. General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied
commander, said the border between Ukraine and Russia was “wide
open,” allowing free movement of equipment and supplies.

Jun 25, 2015

NATO warns of risk of return to heavy fighting in Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO’s head warned on Thursday of a risk of a return to heavy fighting in Ukraine but said it would be unwise to declare a ceasefire agreement dead, despite repeated violations, because it remained the best hope for peace.

The Ukrainian military on Tuesday accused pro-Russian rebels of conducting long-range artillery attacks on villages in the east and said one of its serviceman was killed and 12 wounded in clashes in the previous 24 hours.

Jun 24, 2015

NATO says won’t be dragged into arms race with Russia

BRUSSELS, June 24 (Reuters) – The head of NATO said on
Wednesday the alliance would not be forced into a new arms race
with Russia but that what he called Moscow’s aggression in
Ukraine had compelled it to strengthen its defences.

The United States announced plans this week to station tanks
and heavy weapons in NATO member states on Russia’s border,
shortly after President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would add 40
missiles to its nuclear arsenal.

Jun 23, 2015

NATO working on plan to advise Iraq on reforming its army

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO is expected to announce soon a plan to advise the Iraqi government on reforming its security forces which are fighting back after collapsing in the face of an offensive by Islamic State fighters, NATO diplomats said on Tuesday.

Iraq asked NATO for help training its security forces last December after Islamic State captured large parts of Iraq.

Jun 22, 2015

Iran sees good chance of nuclear deal given political will

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday he saw a good chance of reaching a final agreement with six world powers on Iran’s nuclear programme by a June 30 deadline or a few days later, provided there was political will.

Iran and the six powers – Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and the United States – are trying to clinch a deal to restrict Iran’s nuclear programme for at least a decade in exchange for relief from sanctions.

Jun 22, 2015

EU warns of sanctions over violence in Burundi crisis

LUXUMBOURG/BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – The EU warned Burundi on Monday it might impose sanctions on those responsible for violence and consider other steps against the aid-reliant nation, plunged into turmoil by the president’s plan to run for a third term.

A grenade attack killed four people on Sunday. President Pierre Nkurunziza’s opponents say his bid for another five years in office is unconstitutional, while he cites a court ruling that found he could run.

Jun 22, 2015

EU keeps up pressure on Russia by extending economic sanctions

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers extended economic sanctions on Russia until Jan. 31 on Monday, keeping up pressure on Moscow to help resolve the Ukraine conflict.

Russia described the move as a triumph for the “Russophobe” lobby in the EU and signaled it would respond by extending a ban on Western food imports, imposed in response to U.S. and European sanctions, for a further six months.

Jun 22, 2015

EU launches operation against migrant smugglers

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to launch a naval operation against gangs smuggling migrants to Europe from Libya, although the mission will be limited to intelligence-gathering for now due to lack of U.N. authority.

The operation is part of a stepped-up European response to a surge of migrants from Africa and the Middle East making the dangerous crossing from Libya to Europe.

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