Tag: NATO

Russia Zapad 2017 military exercise in Belorussia could be “preparation for a big war” NATO says

Gen. Petr Pavel, head of NATO’s Military Committee, said over the weekend that NATO was working to re-establish military-to-military communications with Russia, to try to avoid any “unintended consequences of potential incidents during the exercise.”The week-long exercise — named Zapad, the Russian word for “west” — is taking place in areas near the Baltic Sea. […]

NATO battlegroups in Baltic nations and Poland fully operational

In response to a changed security environment, Allied leaders decided at the Warsaw Summit in 2016 to enhance NATO’s military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance. Since then, four multinational battlegroups totaling approximately 4,500 troops have deployed to the Baltic nations and Poland. Canada leads the battlegroup in Latvia, with contributions by Albania, […]

Poland Again Beats War Drums Over Planned Russia-Belarus Zapad-2017 Drills

Polish Deputy Minister of National Defense Michal Dworczyk has again expressed concern over upcoming joint Russia-Belarus military exercises dubbed the Zapad-2017. WARSAW (Sputnik) — Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance did not see any imminent threat posed against any NATO member by the drills, however, Baltic states and Poland again resorted to citing the alleged […]

Russia threatens retaliation as Montenegro becomes 29th NATO member

Montenegro became the 29th member of NATO on Monday and was praised by the United States for sticking to its path of joining the Western military alliance in spite of Russian pressure. Even as Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic was in Washington for a State Department ceremony to mark the accession, Russia warned of retaliation […]

Donald Trump praises Saudi Arabia and claims he put Nato nations in place about defence spending

In his weekly address, Donald Trump praised Saudi Arabia for fighting extremism in the region and said he was the one to make North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) members spend more on defence. He said he was responsible for the 28 members of the military alliance “to do more and pay their fair share” to […]

Mixed Messages as NATO Protects Turkey, Arms Kurds

The roughly half-hour meeting in London appeared to be the highest level talks between the two nations since Washington announced on Tuesday plans to back the YPG militia in an assault to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State. Turkey views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), […]

Turkey Is a Dictatorship Masquerading as a NATO Democracy

In the lead-up to Turkey’s constitutional referendum on April 16, Selahattin Demirtas, the co-chair of the opposition pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), sits in prison on charges of terrorism. With his voice effectively muzzled, he has taken to writing short stories, the latest of which is “Aleppo Mince,” where one of his characters muses, “I […]

In push to reclaim Raqqa, Trump’s choices range from bad to worse

U.S. President Donald Trump’s push against Islamic State in Syria could present him with an unenviable choice: Alienate NATO ally Turkey by relying on Kurdish fighters or adopt a plan that may slow the assault and require many more U.S. combat forces. The objective of the coming U.S.-backed offensive is the city of Raqqa, Islamic […]

Mike Pence warns Nato it must boost defence spending

US Vice-President Mike Pence has warned members of the Nato alliance to meet their defence spending targets. Speaking in Brussels, Mr Pence said that the American people could lose patience with Nato members if they did not share the burden of defence. However, he also sought to reassure European leaders, saying the US remained committed […]

NATO to US: Yes, sir, Mr. Trump

Candidate Donald Trump set off a furious controversy when he said NATO countries should pay their “fair share” of mutual defense costs and, later, that the treaty organization was “obsolete” because not enough of its efforts were directed against radical Islamic terrorism. On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence took the Trump message to NATO headquarters […]