08 Nov 2019

Macron says Europe is facing the ‘brain death of NATO’

Washington’s indifference to NATO has resulted in the “brain death” of the alliance, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, adding that there currently is “no coordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making between the United States and its NATO allies.” An example of this is US President Trump’s recent decision to

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23 Oct 2019

NATO chief warns ‘fight against IS is not over’

Islamic State (IS) has a chance to regain influence in Syria after the US military pullout from northeastern Syria, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday. According to the alliance leader, NATO has to preserve the gains its forces made in Syria, where the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

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23 Oct 2019

Czech authorities dismantle alleged Russian cyber-espionage network

In late 2018, Czech law enforcement took down a Russian cyber espionage network set up by Russia’s intelligence agency (the FSB) and Russia’s embassy in Prague, the Czech government announced earlier this week. Russian spies had established a number of hardware and software firms in the country and used the

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29 Aug 2019

NATO: Attack Like WannaCry Could Prompt “Collective Defense Commitment”

A massive cyberattack on NATO targets, like the 2017 WannaCry outbreak that infected hundreds of thousands of computers across the globe, could result a collective response under Article 5 of the alliance’s founding treaty, NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg wrote in Prospect Magazine earlier this week. Stoltenberg stated that the

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28 Aug 2019

Russia strikes deal with Turkey on Syria’s Idlib, says Putin

On the sidelines of Russia’s air show MAKS, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin presented an image of unity on Tuesday, despite their countries’ conflicting interests in Syria. Erdogan criticized the Syrian government for its recent campaign to recapture Idlib from rebel forces, calling it

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07 Aug 2019

NATO needs to address China’s rise, says Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Wednesday that the alliance needs to “address the rise of China,” by cooperating with regional partners like Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. Stoltenberg pointed to Beijing’s investments in critical infrastructure in Europe; increased activity in the Arctic; growing presence in Africa

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30 Jul 2019

NATO, Afghan forces killed more civilians than Taliban: UN

During the first half of 2019, the war in Afghanistan resulted in 1,366 civilian deaths, which is 30% lower than in the same period last year, a new report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) shows. Shockingly, pro-government forces including NATO troops were responsible for the majority of

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18 Jul 2019

Nato chief calls on Russia to save INF nuclear missile treaty

If Russia will continue to violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty after August 2, it can expect a “measured, defensive” response by NATO, the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated on Thursday. The INF Treaty collapsed in February when the US government announced that it will pull out of

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12 Jul 2019

Turkey defies US as Russian S-400 missile defence arrives

In defiance of repeated warnings by the United States government, Turkey on Friday accepted a first shipment of parts of a Russian S-400 missile defense system. The US has been urging Turkey for months not to go through with the purchase, and has even put its planned sale of US

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05 Jul 2019

NATO Considers Missile Defense Upgrade, Risking Further Tensions With Russia

NATO is considering to upgrade its missile defense capabilities in order to defend against Russian intermediate-range nuclear missiles that were banned under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that is set to be dissolved in August unless the US and Russia reverse their decision to abandon the agreement. In

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