Tag: NATO

Trump, NATO leaders at crossroads as alliance marks 70th anniversary

The American president will be banging the drum for more money. The French president recently called the alliance brain-dead, angering the German chancellor. The British hosts appear impatient for the whole thing to be over. And everyone is mad at the Turks. Existential crises are nothing new for NATO, but President Trump and the military […]

Merkel rages at Macron as relationship nosedives ‘I’m tired of picking up the pieces!’

In the emotive outburst, indicative of the Franco-German power struggle at the heart of the EU, Angela Merkel raged at Emmanuel Macron and said: “I understand your desire for disruptive politics, but I’m tired of picking up the pieces. Over and over, I have to glue together the cups you have broken so that we […]

Stoltenberg: Turkey’s NATO membership unquestionable

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that he did not question Turkey’s membership of the alliance despite Ankara’s military operation in northern Syria. Speaking to the German Bild newspaper, the NATO chief stressed that even though Turkish actions were condemned by many NATO member states, he still saw the country as an important ally and player in […]

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 […]