BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO is preparing for a long standoff with Russia, reluctantly accepting that the Ukraine conflict has fundamentally transformed Europe’s security landscape and that it may have to abandon hope of a constructive relationship with Moscow.
Some NATO allies, anxious to avoid a new Cold War or being dragged into an expensive arms race, had hoped the crisis in relations caused by President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region last year would blow over quickly, just as a chill over Russia’s 2008 war with Georgia did.
BRUSSELS, July 6 (Reuters) – NATO is preparing for a long
standoff with Russia, reluctantly accepting that the Ukraine
conflict has fundamentally transformed Europe’s security
landscape and that it may have to abandon hope of a constructive
relationship with Moscow.
Some NATO allies, anxious to avoid a new Cold War or being
dragged into an expensive arms race, had hoped the crisis in
relations caused by President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of
Ukraine’s Crimea region last year would blow over quickly, just
as a chill over Russia’s 2008 war with Georgia did.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.