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Feb 6, 2015

UK concerned over “threatening” Russian nuclear strategy

MUNICH (Reuters) – Britain’s defence minister voiced concern on Friday that Russia may have “lowered the threshold” for using nuclear weapons and said Britain must update its own deterrent in response to Russian modernisation of its nuclear forces.

Russia’s nuclear strategy in a hypothetical future war is coming under greater scrutiny among NATO members as tensions between the Western alliance and Moscow hit their highest level since the Cold War over the Ukraine conflict.

Feb 5, 2015

European defence ministers oppose sending weapons to Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European defence ministers spoke out on Thursday against sending weapons to the Ukrainian army, pointing to a potential transatlantic split if Washington decides to supply arms.

The United States is considering whether to provide weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists, although no decision has been made, senior administration officials said on Monday.

Feb 5, 2015

NATO strengthens forces in eastern Europe against Russia risk

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO defence ministers met on Thursday to sign off on a network of command centres in eastern Europe to rapidly reinforce the region in the event of any threat from Russia, as well as a bigger rapid reaction force and two new regional headquarters.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the measures,

part of the alliance’s response to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, amounted to “the biggest reinforcement of our collective defence” since the end of the Cold War 25 years ago.

Feb 5, 2015

NATO meets to approve strengthening forces in eastern Europe

BRUSSELS, Feb 5 (Reuters) – NATO defence ministers met on
Thursday to sign off on a network of command centres in eastern
Europe to rapidly reinforce the region in the event of any
threat from Russia, as well as a new regional headquarters and a
bigger rapid reaction force.

They were expected to agree to more than double the size of
NATO’s existing rapid reaction force – to 30,000 soldiers from
13,000 – and to flesh out details of a 5,000-strong “spearhead”
force with a faster reaction time of only a few days.

Feb 4, 2015

NATO to strengthen its presence in eastern Europe

BRUSSELS, Feb 5 (Reuters) – NATO defence ministers will on
Thursday strengthen the alliance’s presence in eastern Europe by
setting up a network of small command centres that could rapidly
reinforce the region in the event of any threat from Russia.

Ministers will also decide on the make-up of a new rapid
reaction force and agree to expand a corps-level headquarters in
western Poland as part of a plan to bolster NATO’s eastern flank
in response to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.

Feb 4, 2015

Insight – Russia’s nuclear strategy raises concerns in NATO

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Concern is growing in NATO over Russia’s nuclear strategy and indications that Russian military planners may be lowering the threshold for using nuclear weapons in any conflict, alliance diplomats say.

NATO officials have drawn up an analysis of Russian nuclear strategy that will be discussed by alliance defence ministers at a meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

Feb 4, 2015

Russia’s nuclear strategy raises concerns in NATO

BRUSSELS, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Concern is growing in NATO over
Russia’s nuclear strategy and indications that Russian military
planners may be lowering the threshold for using nuclear weapons
in any conflict, alliance diplomats say.

NATO officials have drawn up an analysis of Russian nuclear
strategy that will be discussed by alliance defence ministers at
a meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

Jan 27, 2015

Turkish Cypriot negotiator urges suspension of gas drilling

BRUSSELS, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Greek and Turkish Cypriots
should both agree to suspend the search for offshore natural gas
until they have reached a settlement to reunify their divided
island, the chief Turkish Cypriot negotiator said on Tuesday.

The island’s hopes of a natural resources bonanza were dealt
a blow last week when it emerged that France’s Total
was likely to abandon its current search for oil and gas off
Cyprus after finding no tangible evidence of reserves.

Jan 27, 2015

EU leaders likely to decide on new Russia sanctions

BRUSSELS, Jan 27 (Reuters) – European Union leaders asked
their foreign ministers on Tuesday to consider possible new
sanctions on Russia in response to a rebel offensive in eastern
Ukraine, but a final decision to impose them is likely to be
left to a summit next month.

Foreign ministers have called an extraordinary meeting for
Thursday after Kiev said 30 civilians were killed in shelling of
the government-held port of Mariupol by pro-Russian rebels on
Saturday, shattering a five-month ceasefire.

Jan 26, 2015

EU hawks lead calls for tougher sanctions on Russia

BRUSSELS, Jan 26 (Reuters) – European Union hawks on Russia,
including Poland and Lithuania, called on Monday for sanctions
on Moscow to be stepped up after a new offensive by pro-Russian
rebels in eastern Ukraine, but EU power-broker Germany took a
more cautious line.

The EU called an extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers
for Thursday after separatists attacked Mariupol, a strategic
Black Sea port, on Saturday with what NATO said was Russian
support. Kiev said 30 civilians were killed.

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