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Pence reassures allies of Trump's NATO support, tough Russia stance

US Vice President Mike Pence sought to reassure European allies on Saturday of his country's "unwavering" support of NATO, amid unease about President...

Merkel says NATO also important for US, vows to up defence spending

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday highlighted the significance of NATO for the United States after threats from Washington to its...

NATO needs to adapt to remain credible, says Mattis at Munich talks

NATO needs to adapt to remain credible, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said Friday, while also affirming US President Donald Trump's...

Croatian president says Russia's meddling posses threat to EU and NATO enlargement

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Munich on Thursday that interference by some countries, notably Russia, posed a threat to the integration...

Croatia and Albania ask NATO to revise Kosovo peacekeeping plan

Albania and Croatia have asked NATO to revise plans for its peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, arguing that nationalist rhetoric by Serb politicians threatens to...

US: Burden-sharing message to NATO was 'well received'

The US call for NATO members to increase their defence spending was "expected" and "well received," US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said on Thursday after...

NATO: Libya has requested support on defence and security

Libya has requested NATO expertise for building up the country's defence and security institutions, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday...

Croatian defence minister informs NATO colleagues of increased defence budget

Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Damir Krsticevic on Wednesday informed his colleagues in NATO of Croatia's increased defence budget...

US to reduce commitments to NATO unless allies increase spending

The US will reduce its commitment to NATO unless allies increase their defence spending, the US defence secretary threatened on Wednesday. Allies must...

US: NATO a 'fundamental bedrock' for transatlantic community

NATO is a "fundamental bedrock" capable of adapting to changing security challenges, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said ahead of his first meeting of...

Lithuanian president: Shift in US to push Europe into self-reliance

Europe must rely more on itself in security and defense, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said Wednesday within the context of global...

Germany's von der Leyen: Europe should increase defence spending

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has stressed that Europe should increase its defence spending ahead of a meeting of her NATO counterparts on...

British defence ministry denies NATO spending target shortfall

Britain's defence ministry has denied reports from a think tank that the country failed to meet its 2 per cent NATO defence spending target in 2016. Britain...

Report: Britain's NATO spending dipped below 2 per cent in 2016

Britain failed to meet its 2 per cent NATO defence spending target in 2016, according to a think tank report released on Tuesday. Britain fell short of the...

Merkel and Szydlo put aside differences to plot unified course

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Warsaw looking to criticize perceived democratic deficits in Poland, but also to nurture an improving...

Moldovan president asks NATO "not to rush" opening liaison office

NATO should not "rush" opening a planned liaison office in non-member Moldova, because doing so would complicate the country's regional politics, said Igor...

Lithuania's president welcomes Germany's role in NATO deployment

Germany's leading military presence in Lithuania is "symbolic and very important," the country's president, Dalia Grybauskaite, told dpa ahead of an official...

Turkey demands more access to German military imagery on Syria

Turkey stepped up demands Monday for access to high-resolution imagery from Syria taken by German army aerial reconnaissance, as Ankara seeks more information...

Trump expresses 'strong support for NATO' in call with Stoltenberg

US President Donald Trump expressed "strong support for NATO" and discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine in a Sunday telephone call with NATO...

NATO starts training in Iraq to boost fight against Islamic State

The military alliance NATO on Sunday began a training programme in Iraq as the country is engaged in a relentless fight against the Islamic State...

May to stress Trump's NATO commitment, push spending at EU talks

Prime Minister Theresa May plans to brief EU leaders on her meeting last week with US President Donald Trump, who gave her a "guarantee that he was 100 per...

NATO secretary general: Strong institutions best protection from Russia's influence in Balkans

NATO is aware of Russia's attempts to spread its strategic influence to the Balkans and the best protection from meddling in interior affairs of countries in...

NATO urges Russia to end Ukraine conflict as fighting surges

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia on Wednesday to "use its considerable influence over the separatists to bring the violence to an end" in eastern...

US report: Afghan forces losing ground to Taliban since NATO retreat

Afghan forces have continued to lose ground to insurgents throughout the country since taking over security responsibilities from NATO at the end of 2014, a...

Trump, Merkel assert 'fundamental importance' of NATO alliance

New US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the "fundamental importance" of the NATO alliance to transatlantic ties in...

Britain's May says Trump shares '100-per-cent' backing for NATO

US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May made cooperation on security and their "unshakable" commitment to NATO top agenda items in...

NATO expects Montenegro to become a member "in the very near future"

Montenegro is on track to become a NATO member "in the very near future," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday. Stoltenberg expressed...

NATO will comply with international laws banning torture, chief says

NATO will comply with international rules of law banning torture, the leader of the 28-country alliance said Thursday, after US President Donald Trump claimed...

Stoltenberg is "absolutely certain" Trump will be committed to NATO

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is "absolutely certain" that US President Donald Trump will be "fully committed" to the alliance, he said on Tuesday...

Taliban to Trump: Do not follow in the footsteps of Obama and Bush

New US President Donald Trump should review US policy towards Afghanistan and not follow in the footsteps of his predecessors, Barack Obama and George...

NATO a boon to US and Europe, Stoltenberg tells Trump

NATO is "as good for the United States as it is for Europe," said Jens Stoltenberg, the alliance's secretary general, on Friday as he congratulated US...

Plenkovic expects U.S. to continue playing key role in NATO and globally

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Davos on Friday that he expected the United States, with the new administration of President Donald...

NATO logs 60 per cent increase in cyberattacks in 2016

NATO logged a 60-per-cent increase in cyberattacks in 2016 compared to the previous year, the organization said on Thursday, noting that its experts responded...

Estonia, Lithuania sign defence deal with US after Trump bashes NATO

Estonia and Lithuania signed bilateral defence agreements with the US, just days after US-president elect Donald Trump bashed their common military alliance...

Trump's 'obsolete' NATO comments rattle EU foreign ministers

US president-elect Donald Trump's criticism of NATO has been met with "concern" by the military alliance's top offical, German Foreign Minister Frank...

Poland welcomes US troops sent to strengthen NATO's eastern frontier

Polish leaders extended an enthusiastic welcome on Saturday to US troops deployed to support NATO's Eastern European flank. "We have been waiting for you...

Putin trying to "break" NATO, US defence pick Mattis warns

Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to damage the NATO alliance, US defence secretary nominee James Mattis said at a confirmation hearing Thursday....

Britain "first in line" for trade deal with Trump, Boris Johnson says

Britain is "first in line" for a trade deal with the United States under Donald Trump, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said after meeting the president-elect's...

Dodik accuses NATO of interfering in Bosnia's internal matters

Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik accused NATO on Sunday of conspiracy against Serbs and said Bosnian Serbs would resolutely oppose attempts to make...

First US soldiers arrive in Poland to bolster NATO eastern flank

The first troops from a US armoured brigade arrived in Poland on Saturday as part of measures to support NATO's Eastern European flank, according to news...

US Marines to deploy 300 troops to Afghanistan's embattled south

The US Marines will deploy 300 troops to Afghanistan's embattled southern Helmand province as part of NATO's advise-assist mission, the Marine Corps announced...

American tanks arrive in Germany for Eastern Europe drills

The United States is moving a tank brigade to Eastern Europe with the first military equipment and vehicles being unloaded in the German port of Bremerhaven on...

Croatia's foreign policy in 2016: Focus on neighbours and stability of southeast Europe

In 2016 the focus of Croatia's foreign policy was put on its relations with neighbouring countries and support to their EU and NATO aspirations as...

Montenegro to continue its Euro-Atlantic integration process in 2017, says Vujanovic

Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic has said that he believes the year 2017 will bring new integration successes to Montenegro, with accession to NATO in the...

Erdogan slams NATO partners for abandoning Turkey in northern Syria

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed Turkey's NATO partners for abandoning Ankara in its fight against Islamic State in northern Syria. Turkey...

Lithuanians welcome German troops as NATO promise gains in meaning

A 65-kilometre-wide stretch of rolling countryside called the Suwalki Gap - marking Poland’s border with Lithuania - lies at the centre of NATO’s plans for...

Number of Montenegro's NATO accession supporters and opponents equal

The margin between supporters and opponents of Montenegro's accession to NATO is extremely narrow, according to results of a survey conducted by the Podgorica-...

Croatian FM says Montenegro's aspired membership of NATO investment in security

The security of citizens is a key priority and the ratification of Montenegro's NATO accession protocol is an investment in security in this part of Europe,...

NATO, Russian officials refuse to budge over Ukraine conflict

Top officials from NATO and Russia found no common ground on the situation in Ukraine when they gathered behind closed doors on Monday for the first NATO-...

NATO-Russia Council meets to discuss Ukraine, European security

Top officials from NATO and Russia gathered behind closed doors on Monday for a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at the military alliance's headquarters in...

Croatian defence officials meet Resolute Support Afghanistan commander

On the last day of their visit to Afghanistan, Croatian Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic and Chief-of-Staff General Mirko Sundov met in Kabul with Resolute...

NATO-Russia Council to discuss Ukraine next week in Brussels

The NATO-Russia Council, the military alliance's only current channel for dialogue with Russia, will meet at NATO headquarters in Brussels on December 19...

Stier: NATO wants to remain active in SE Europe

NATO and the United States as its member wish to remain active in Southeast Europe and to contribute to stability in that part of the continent, Croatian...

Plenkovic says has talked with Biden in general on Serbia's EU negotiations

Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday that he had talked with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden about Serbia's EU membership negotiations in...

NATO strongly supports Ukraine's integrity, says Croatian FM

NATO strongly supports Ukraine's territorial integrity and the European Union's sanctions against Russia will remain in force until the Minsk agreement is...

Top NATO officer: 150 Turkish officers recalled, retired after coup

About 150 Turkish officers, some responsible for training others, were recalled or retired from NATO high command in the wake of a July coup attempt, US Army...

Croatia launches trilateral cooperation in Adriatic with Montenegro and Albania

Croatia has launched trilateral cooperation with Montenegro and Albania in the economy and environmental protection to strengthen its position...

EU starts "new era" of NATO cooperation amid uncertainty over Trump

NATO foreign ministers signed a deal on closer collaboration with the European Union on Tuesday, with the bloc's top diplomat heralding a "new important era"...

US Adriatic Charter army chiefs of staff meet in Split

The 20th conference of the army chiefs of staff of countries - members of the US Adriatic Charter which focuses on stability in Southeast Europe, is being...

Unstable Bosnia biggest neighbourhood security threat to Croatia, says president

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has told Defense News magazine that the instability of Bosnia and Herzegovina was the biggest threat in...

Germany's Gauck calls for continued US commitment to NATO

German President Joachim Gauck on Monday called on US president-elect Donald Trump to maintain US commitments for cooperation within the North Atlantic Treaty...

New Georgian government remains on course for EU, NATO

A new government under Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili was sworn in on Sunday in the former Soviet republic Georgia, four weeks after parliamentary...

Petrov: Croatia-Montenegro cooperation exemplary in region

After Croatian lawmakers ratified the NATO-Montenegro accession protocol on Friday, Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov said that the cooperation between...

Montenegro's NATO membership is in Croatia's interest, MPs say

Most political groups in the Croatian parliament on Wednesday endorsed ratification of Montenegro's NATO accession treaty saying that the alliance's further...

NATO strikes against Serbia were aimed at protecting civilians, says Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Brussels on Wednesday, saying afterwards that NATO attacked Serbia...

After call with Trump, NATO chief urges Europe to up defence spending

European members of NATO must meet their commitments to spend 2 per cent of their GDP on defence budgets, the head of the military alliance said Monday, after...

Croatian president says world needs more, not less NATO

In today's world we need more NATO rather than less NATO, Croatian President Koinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Saturday, stressing that she was confident that U....

NATO chief: Turkish alliance soldiers seeking asylum in other nations

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that Turkish soldiers in the military alliance have sought asylum in other countries amid a government...

Trump stands by NATO, alliance head says after phone call

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke with Donald Trump by phone on Friday, thanking the US president-elect for raising the issue of defence spending...

Turkish NATO soldiers apply for asylum in Germany

Several Turkish soldiers stationed at a NATO airbase in Ramstein, Germany, have applied for asylum in that country, the head of the local administration said...

Croatian president to attend international security forum in Canada

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will attend the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada on Saturday, her office announced in a press release...

Obama reassures Europe over NATO, Trump presidency

America isn't going anywhere, assured US President Barack Obama in Athens Tuesday, as he used his final international tour to soothe worries in Europe...

NATO will remain "bedrock" of security, Stoltenberg says

NATO will continue to provide a "bedrock" of security, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg predicted Tuesday, playing down warnings by US president-elect Donald...

Obama says Trump committed to "robust NATO relationship"

Just before leaving on his final international trip as US president, Barack Obama on Monday said president-elect Donald Trump had expressed a commitment to...

EU foreign ministers to discuss Trump effect on transatlantic ties

EU foreign ministers were scheduled to meet for an informal dinner on Sunday to discuss Donald Trump's election victory and its impact on relations...

4 killed, 17 wounded as Taliban target US base in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber who apparently infiltrated Bagram Air Base on Saturday in Afghanistan killed two US soldiers and two US contractors, Defence Secretary...

CEDC pledges stronger support to Bosnia on its path to NATO and EU

The countries of the Central European Defence Cooperation (CEDC) initiative, meeting in Sarajevo on Tuesday, pledged stronger support to Bosnia and Herzegovina...

NATO official says no base in Montenegro

NATO Deputy Secretary-General Rose Gottemoeller has said there will be no NATO base in Montenegro, alleviating the concern of the Montenegrin public...

Minister: Intent of Bosnia indictments is to destabilise Croatia

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic said on Thursday that he did not receive any official confirmation that his name was mentioned in...

Serbia trains with both Russian and NATO military in tightrope act

Around 300 soldiers from Russia and Belarus began training with the Serbian military on Thursday even as Serbian soldiers were training with NATO in...

Russia increases arming of western border in response to NATO buildup

Russia is increasing its military capabilities on its western border in response to NATO building up its own forces, Russian Defence Minister Sergei...

Estonia accuses Russia of airspace violation amid heightened tensions

Baltic NATO member state Estonia accused neighbouring Russia of violating its airspace on Tuesday, apparently the sixth such incident to occur this year amid...

Croatian fighter jets intercept Italian civilian plane

Acting on an order from the NATO command in Torrejon, Spain, two Croatian Air Force MIG 21 jets on Sunday intercepted and identified an Italian passenger...

Croatia didn't decide to send infantry company to Russian border, ministry says

The Defence Ministry on Friday responded to reports that Croatian troops would be sent to the Russian border without a parliamentary decision, saying that at...

Putin: "stupid" to think Russia is preparing attack on NATO state

Russia is not preparing to attack a NATO member state, as that is "just unthinkable, stupid and unrealistic," President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. "...

NATO agrees to support EU anti-migrant operation off Libyan coast

NATO defence ministers have agreed to assist the European Union's anti-migrant-smuggling mission off the coast of Libya, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg...

Germany, US, others offer to bolster NATO presence around Black Sea

Six NATO countries, including the United States and Germany, offered Wednesday to help bolster the alliance's presence in the Black Sea region, as part of...

Croatia to deploy one company to Lithuania in 2018 says defence minister

Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic said in Brussels on Wednesday that Croatia would deploy one company of soldiers to Lithuania in 2018 as part of a...

Russia drops request for navy to use Spanish port under NATO pressure

Russia has withdrawn its request for warships to use the Spanish port of Ceuta on the Mediterranean Sea, the Russian embassy said Wednesday, following heavy...

NATO ministers discuss efforts to defend eastern flank against Russia

NATO defence ministers are due Wednesday to take stock of progress in bolstering the eastern flank of the alliance against a Russian military buildup, as...

NATO has launched anti-Islamic State surveillance flights

NATO has begun operating surveillance flights in support of the international coalition fighting the Islamic State extremist group in Syria and Iraq,...

Croatian president addresses students in Azerbaijan

The future of the European Union and the challenges it faces, NATO enlargement and the refugee crisis were topics that interested students in Baku on Monday...

NATO fears Russian aircraft carrier could be deployed against Aleppo

NATO fears that a Russian aircraft carrier group headed for the eastern Mediterranean Sea could be used to "increase attacks on Aleppo," the military...

New gov't to be more active in EU, NATO

The foreign policy goals of the new government focus on a more active use of Croatia's European Union and NATO membership, support to Bosnia and...

Djukanovic claims Montenegro win, says on track for NATO and EU

Montenegro remains on track for NATO and EU membership, said longtime Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic early Monday after securing a win in parliamentary...

NATO, EU leaders: Door for dialogue with Russia remains open

The heads of NATO, the European Council and the European Parliament said Monday they remain committed to taking a hard line against Russia but that the...

NATO criticizes Russia for placing missile system on EU's doorstep

NATO on Sunday harshly criticized Russia for placing a nuclear capable Iskander missile system in its exclave of Kaliningrad, which lies sandwiched between...

Djukanovic says Montenegro's EU, NATO bids not anti-Russian

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said on Saturday that his country's orientation towards Europe and NATO was not anti-Russian and that it was not...

Estonia accuses Russia of renewed airspace incursions

Estonia has accused Russia of violating its airspace for the fifth time this year and has delivered a formal protest to the Russian ambassador in Tallinn, the...

Bled: NATO conference on security challenges

The chiefs-of-staff of the armed forces of Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia met on Tuesday and...
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