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NATO plans for Russian 'aggression' on 70th anniversary

Apr 05, 2019 - 8:25 AM

At the close of talks in Washington, foreign ministers from the 29-nation alliance say in a joint statement that they face 'an unpredictable and challenging security situation' that includes 'a more aggressive Russia'

PREPARED. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers part of the 70th anniversary of the alliance at the US Department of State April 4, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Macedonia takes major step on road to NATO membership

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:40 PM

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says it is a 'historic day' which will lead to Macedonia becoming the 30th alliance member once the deal has been ratified by all the other capitals

NATO leaders to meet in London in December

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:58 PM

'Brexit will change the United Kingdom's relationship to the European Union but it will not change the United Kingdom's relationship to NATO,' says Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO CHIEF. In this file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference with chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 9, 2016. File photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

NATO says no progress in Russia talks on arms treaty

Jan 25, 2019 - 10:44 PM

'There was no real progress in the meeting today because Russia did not indicate any willingness to change their position,' says NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

'NO PROGRESS.' In this file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talks to the media at the European Council building in Brussels on December 15, 2016. File photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

NATO calls emergency meeting with Ukraine on sea clash

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:29 PM

A naval standoff between Ukraine and Russia off the coast of Crimea spikes tension in Europe

PROTEST. Activists of Ukrainian far-right groups hold flares during their rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on November 26, 2018, as they demand to set martial law in the country and to cut diplomatic relations with Russia. Sergei Supinsky/AFP

NATO shows Russia its military might in giant exercises

Oct 25, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Some 50,000 soldiers, 10,000 vehicles, 65 ships, and 250 aircraft from 31 countries are taking part in Trident Juncture 18, which is aimed at training the Atlantic Alliance to defend a member state after an aggression

EXERCISE. This file photo shows NATO paratroopers drop out of a US Air Force Hercules during the 'Swift Response 17' joint military exercise. File photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Trump and Merkel clash at fraught NATO summit

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:10 PM

(UPDATED) The meet in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance's most difficult in years, with Europe and the US engaged in a bitter trade spat and Trump demanding that NATO allies 'reimburse' Washington for the cost of defending the continent

MERKEL AND TRUMP. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and US President Donald Trump (R) make a statement to the press after a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels, on July 11, 2018. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

NATO expels 7 Russian diplomats, denies accreditation to 3 more

Mar 27, 2018 - 10:01 PM

'This will send a clear message to Russia that there are costs and consequences for their unacceptable pattern of behavior,' NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says

JENS STOLTENBERG. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talks to the media at the European Council building in Brussels on December 15, 2016. File photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

Angelina Jolie is working with NATO to combat sexual violence

Feb 01, 2018 - 11:05 AM

'We are very clear that this effort must be about practical results that make a real difference on the ground in conflict-affected areas and in changing attitudes towards women globally,' says the actress

US actress and Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Angelina Jolie adresses a press conference after meeting with NATO Secretary General in Brussels on January 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Emmanuel DUNAND

NATO takes 'disciplinary' action over Turkey 'enemy' insult

Nov 19, 2017 - 8:40 PM

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the actions of the individual in question 'do not reflect the views of NATO'

NATO CHIEF. In this file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference with chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 9, 2016. Photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

NATO chief urges U.S., Turkey to 'find solutions' to row

Oct 13, 2017 - 9:33 PM

'We are always ready to help, but I know there are direct contacts so I am certain Turkey and the United States are talking to each other directly and addressing some of this disputes,' NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says

JEN STOLTENBERG. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference with chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 9, 2016. File photo by Thierry Charlier

U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis, NATO chief Stoltenberg in Kabul

Sep 27, 2017 - 1:38 PM

The unannounced high-level visit comes as Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the Taliban which has been on the offensive since the withdrawal of US-led NATO combat troops at the end of 2014

MATTIS AND STOLTENBERG. US Secretary for Defense Jim Mattis (L) speaks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg prior to a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on June 29, 2017. Virginia Mayo/Pool/AFP

North Korea's 'global threat' requires global response – NATO chief

Sep 10, 2017 - 5:58 PM

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg calls for North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference with chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIER

NATO chief sees no 'imminent threat' in Russia war games

Sep 06, 2017 - 11:49 PM

We will monitor the Zapad activity closely and we are vigilant but also calm because we don t see any imminent threat against any NATO ally NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says

JENS STOLTENBERG. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) and Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo pose for photographer prior to a meeting in Warsaw, Poland on August 25, 2017. Photo by Janek Skazynski/AFP

NATO mulls sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan

May 10, 2017 - 7:08 PM

The troops are needed to train local forces NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says

TRAINING. In this photograph taken on February 9, 2017, Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers march during a training by Italian soldiers from NATO's Resolute Support Mission at a Military Training centre on the outskirts of Herat. Aref Karimi/AFP

U.S. top diplomat to push NATO pay up in first talks

Mar 31, 2017 - 11:26 AM

US officials say US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will push the allies to do more to reach the goal of boosting defense spending to 2 of gross domestic product by 2024 which they set during a summit in Wales in 2014

NO-SHOW. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson draws flak for not personally releasing his department's global human rights report for 2016. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump to reaffirm NATO 'commitment' at May summit

Mar 22, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The Trump administration has been scrambling to reaffirm its commitment to Washington s military alliances – including NATO – after the Republican billionaire called into question their usefulness during the presidential race

NATO IN THE US. A view of the Allied Command Transformation headquarters on Naval Station Norfolk May 4, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk Naval Base is home to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Allied Command Transformation (ACT) headquarters, the only NATO facility in the United States. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO pay up

Feb 21, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Pence pledges the United States will keep working with Europe to boost the world s two biggest economies fight terrorism and defend eastern EU states against Russian encroachment

US Vice-President Mike Pence speaks during a press conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 20, 2017. Virginia Mayo/Pool/AFP

Trump to meet NATO leaders in May – White House

Feb 06, 2017 - 9:14 AM

Trump expressed strong support for NATO but called on European members to pitch in more the White House says in a statement

In this file photo, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg talks during a NATO Defence Council meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels on June 15, 2016. John Thys/AFP

NATO sees sharp rise in state-backed cyber attacks – Stoltenberg

Jan 19, 2017 - 6:48 PM

Most of these attacks did not stem from private individuals but were sponsored by national institutions of other countries NATO s Jens Stoltenberg adds

CYBER ATTACKS AGAINST NATO. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talks to the media upon his arrival to attend a European Union summit at the European Council building in Brussels on December 15, 2016. File photo by Thierry Charlier/ AFP

Isolationist Trump stokes NATO defense fears

Nov 11, 2016 - 12:00 AM

Will US President elect Donald Trump cut America s commitments to NATO?

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference with chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIER

World leaders take stock of shock Trump win

Nov 09, 2016 - 5:55 PM

UPDATED Politicians from around the world offer both praise and cautious welcome to the new President elect Donald Trump

TRUMP. Republican presidential elect Donald Trump arrives for an election night party at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. Photo by Mandel Ngan/ AFP

World powers urge 'stability' in Turkey

Jul 16, 2016 - 8:50 AM

3rd UPDATE A US defense official says the ongoing coup attempt is not affecting operations targeting ISIS

SUPPORT. People take to the street in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan July 16, 2016 in Antalya, Turkey. Photos by Chris McGrath/Getty Images/AFP

NATO unites to keep pressure on Russia

Jul 09, 2016 - 11:15 PM

Alliance leaders stand together on Russia agreeing to bolster its eastern flank after Moscow s annexation of Crimea and the Ukraine conflict

SUMMIT. A general view on the NATO Defense Ministers meeting during the NATO Summit at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, July 9, 2016. Photo by Marcin Obara/EPA

Germany slams NATO 'warmongering' on Russia

Jun 18, 2016 - 6:41 PM

German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier points to the deployment of NATO troops near borders with Russia in the military alliance s Baltic and east European member states

NATO demands Russia withdraw from Ukraine

Jun 16, 2016 - 8:10 AM

NATO chief Stoltenberg: Russia needs to stop supporting the militants and withdraw its forces and military equipment from Ukrainian territory

In this file photo, flags of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries fly in front of the Nato headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 2015. Julien Warnand/File/EPA

NATO deploys Aegean migrant naval mission

Feb 11, 2016 - 8:23 PM

The move follows a request this week by alliance members Germany Greece and Turkey for assistance in tackling Europe s biggest migrant crisis since World War II

STOLTENBERG. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to press as he arrives at Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 10, 2016, at the start of a NATO defense ministers' council. Photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA

NATO head sees 'troubling escalation' of Russian activity in Syria

Oct 08, 2015 - 3:21 PM

NATO chief Stoltenberg: We will assess the latest developments and their implications for the security of the alliance

STRIKE. An image grab made from a video made available on the Russian Defence Ministry's official website on October 7, 2015 reportedly shows a Russian warship launching a cruise missile in the Caspian Sea during a strike against Islamic State (ISIS) group's positions in Syria. Russian Defense Ministry/Handout/AFP

Putin, Obama to meet as Syria diplomatic drive quickens

Sep 25, 2015 - 12:06 PM

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says Moscow and Washington could find ways to cooperate in the Syrian conflict

UN TALKS. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with US President Barack Obama (C) during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summi in Beijing, China, 11 November 2014. File photo by Russian Presidential Press Service/EPA

UN seeks to shore up Ukraine truce as fighting flares

Jun 06, 2015 - 8:13 AM

We are either looking at a return to a deepening intractable conflict or a momentary upsurge in parts of the conflict zone We cannot afford either scenario says UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman

CEASEFIRE? Ukrainian servicemen patrol the area in the town of Marinka, near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, June 5, 2015. This week has seen the deadliest fighting between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian military since a ceasefire deal was signed in February. Photo by Alex Rom/EPA

'Terrorists' may use migrant cover to get to Europe – NATO

May 18, 2015 - 9:10 PM

The NATO head s comments come as he attended a meeting of EU foreign and defense ministers which was set to approve the bloc s plan for a naval operation to tackle people smugglers

FIle photo of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 01 October 2014. Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Kerry arrives in Russia to push Putin on Ukraine crisis

May 12, 2015 - 4:19 PM

It is the highest level trip by a US official to Russia since Kerry visited Moscow in May 2013

In this file handout picture provided by the US Department of State, US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement to the US and Somali media in Mogadishu, Somalia, 05 May 2015. Glen Johnson/US Department of State/Handout/EPA

30 charged with 'terrorism' over deadly Macedonia shooting

May 12, 2015 - 12:21 PM

The clashes in Kumanovo at the weekend were the worst in Macedonia for 14 years and raised fears of fresh unrest similar to the country s 2001 ethnic conflict

Macedonian police officers stand guard in front of the government building as people light candles to pay respect to police officers killed in Kumanovo during a protest in Skopje, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, May 11, 2015. Georgi Licovski/EPA

NATO, EU urge 'restraint' as Macedonia clashes leave 22 dead

May 11, 2015 - 8:18 AM

Clashes between police and an armed group leave at least 22 people dead raising concerns about presumed ethnic Albanian unrest in the Balkan region

ON GUARD. Police officers secure a street in Kumanovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, May 10, 2015. Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Hollande floats Ukraine peace plan as leaders flock to Kiev

Feb 05, 2015 - 8:16 PM

As the European leaders set out on the biggest peace push so far to end the near 10 month conflict at least 19 people were killed in fresh clashes

AGONY. A woman cries near the body of her son, killed during a shelling at the hospital of Donetsk's Tekstilshik district, on Febuary 4, 2015.

NATO chief vows Afghan support as combat mission ends

Nov 06, 2014 - 2:12 PM

NATO s International Security Assistance Force will wind up at the end of this year to be replaced by a training and support mission named Resolute Support

New NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gives his first press conference at Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 01 October 2014. Olivier Hoslet/EPA

New NATO head seeks 'constructive relationship' with Russia

Oct 01, 2014 - 11:29 PM

We need to see a clear change in Russia s actions a change which demonstrates compliance with international law and with Russia s international obligations and responsibilities says Jens Stoltenberg

NEXT HEAD. Norway’s former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. File photo by Audun Braastad/AFP

Norway's former PM Jens Stoltenberg is new NATO chief

Mar 28, 2014 - 11:03 PM

Norway’s former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Norway set for swing to right after vote

Sep 09, 2013 - 1:34 PM

Norwegians look likely to vote the centre right opposition into power Monday Sept 9 raising the prospect of a populist anti immigration party entering government

HEAD TO HEAD. Norway's main opposition leader Erna Solberg (R) of Hoyre party and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (L) of Arbeiderpartiet party during a debate on national TV in Oslo, Norway, 06 September 2013. EPA/Heiko Junge

What do citizens think? To find out, Norway PM drives taxi

Aug 12, 2013 - 12:32 PM

The video was released while campaigning was in full swing for Norway s September 9 general election which Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg s ruling center left coalition appears likely to lose

AT THE WHEEL. Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (R) drives a taxicab. Frame grab from video courtesy of the Norwegian Labour Party

Myanmar leader in Oslo, to seek deeper ties with the West

Feb 27, 2013 - 8:06 AM

Myanmar President Thein Sein on Tuesday February 26 met Norway s prime minister as he kicked off a milestone 10 day visit to Europe aimed at forging stronger ties between the former pariah state and the West

Myanmar President Thein Sein holds a press conference with Norway`s Prime Minister (not in photo) in Oslo on February 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS WINJE OIJORD

Aquino talks OFW, disaster with Euro leaders

Nov 05, 2012 - 6:34 PM

Aquino meets with European leaders on the sidelines of the Asia Europe Meeting in Laos

Norway marks anniversary of Breivik's massacre

Jul 22, 2012 - 11:13 AM

Commemorations are scheduled across Norway Sunday July 22 on the first anniversary of twin attacks that killed 77 people