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Apr 2, 2014

NATO suspends cooperation with Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia on Tuesday in protest at its annexation of Crimea, and ordered military planners to draft measures to strengthen its defences and reassure nervous Eastern European countries.

Foreign ministers from the 28-nation, U.S.-led alliance were meeting for the first time since the Russian occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea region touched off the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

Apr 1, 2014

NATO to bolster forces in east Europe, sees no Russian pullback

BRUSSELS, April 1 (Reuters) – NATO studied new steps to
bolster its military presence in eastern Europe on Tuesday while
saying it saw no sign that Russia was withdrawing tens of
thousands of troops from the Ukrainian border.

Foreign ministers from the 28 members of the Western
military alliance met in Brussels for the first time since
Russia’s military occupation and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea
region triggered the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

Apr 1, 2014

NATO sees no sign of Russian pullback from Ukraine border

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO sees no sign that Russia is withdrawing troops from the Ukraine border and will look at all options to boost the alliance’s defences, its secretary-general said on Tuesday.

Ministers from the 28 alliance members are meeting in Brussels for the first time since Russia’s military occupation and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region triggered the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

Mar 31, 2014

NATO plans more support for east Europeans worried by Crimea

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO will decide new steps on Tuesday to reinforce eastern European countries worried by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and on how to bolster Ukraine’s armed forces.

Diplomats said NATO foreign ministers will look at options ranging from stepped-up military exercises and sending more forces to eastern members states, to the permanent basing of alliance forces there – a step Moscow would view as provocative.

Mar 29, 2014

New help puts EU Central African Republic mission back on track

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The commander of a planned European Union peacekeeping force for Central African Republic has decided he now has enough soldiers and equipment to launch the delayed mission after governments came forward with new offers of help, the EU said on Saturday.

The EU has drawn up plans to send 800 to 1,000 soldiers to join 6,000 African and 2,000 French troops struggling to stop a conflict that erupted after the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power a year ago in the majority Christian state.

Mar 28, 2014

NATO names Norway’s Stoltenberg as next leader

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO chose former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as its next leader on Friday at a time when the Western military alliance must deal with a resurgent Russia following its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.

Stoltenberg will take over as secretary-general of the 28-nation grouping on October 1, succeeding former Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who has led NATO since 2009.

Mar 27, 2014

EU hopes to launch delayed Central African Republic mission soon

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union governments are expected to pledge soldiers and equipment on Friday allowing the EU to launch its delayed peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic, the EU’s top military officer said.

The EU has drawn up plans to send 800 to 1,000 soldiers to join 6,000 African and 2,000 French troops struggling to stop a conflict that erupted after the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power a year ago in the majority Christian state.

Mar 26, 2014

Obama says NATO needs to boost presence in eastern Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO needs to boost its presence in eastern European countries that feel vulnerable to Russia after its annexation of Crimea, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

Some defense experts have said the Crimea crisis could put NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia back on the agenda, but Obama said neither country was on a path to NATO membership and there were no immediate plans to expand the 28-member alliance.

Mar 25, 2014

Obama says U.S. needs to win back trust after NSA spying

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that U.S. intelligence agencies were not snooping on ordinary citizens, but admitted it would take time to win back the trust of European governments and people after revelations of extensive U.S. surveillance.

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the sweep of the National Security Agency’s monitoring activities triggered a national debate over privacy rights but also damaged relations with some European governments.

Mar 24, 2014

Former Norwegian prime minister tipped to take over as NATO leader

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has emerged as the favorite to take over the leadership of NATO later this year as the Western military alliance faces a challenge from a newly assertive Russia, diplomats said on Monday.

Several diplomats said Stoltenberg, who served for a total of nearly 10 years as Norway’s prime minister before losing power in elections last September, has the backing of the United States, NATO’s dominant power, and Germany. A number of other countries were also rallying around his candidacy.

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