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NATO chief warns against dividing the US and Europe or undermining their joint nuclear deterrent

Feb. 15, 2024 09:35 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of NATO warned member countries on Thursday against allowing a wedge to be driven between the United States and Europe, as concern grows about Washington’s commitment to its allies should Donald Trump return to office. Faced with a war in Ukraine that is...

NATO chief hails record defense spending while warning that Trump's remarks undermine security

Feb. 14, 2024 08:22 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that its European members and Canada have ramped up defense spending to record levels, as he warned that former U.S. President Donald Trump was undermining their security by calling into question the U.S. commitment to its...

How Trump urging Russia to invade 'delinquent' NATO members distorts how the alliance works

Feb. 12, 2024 15:17 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Donald Trump, the front-runner in the U.S. for the Republican Party's nomination this year, says he once warned that he would allow Russia to do whatever it wants to NATO member nations that are “delinquent” in devoting 2% of their gross domestic product to defense. ...

NATO leader says Trump puts allies at risk by saying Russia can 'do whatever the hell they want’

Feb. 11, 2024 17:40 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The head of the NATO military alliance warned Sunday that Donald Trump was putting the safety of U.S. troops and their allies at risk after the Republican presidential front-runner said Russia should be able to do "whatever the hell they want" to NATO members who don't meet...

Allies fear the US is becoming less reliable, with growing concern over a possible Trump return

Feb. 11, 2024 14:53 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — As chances rise of a Joe Biden-Donald Trump rematch in the U.S. presidential election, America’s allies are bracing for a bumpy ride. Many worry that a second term for Trump would be an earthquake, but tremors already abound — and concerns are rising that the U.S....

Trump says he once told a NATO ally to pay its share or he'd 'encourage' Russia to do what it wanted

Feb. 11, 2024 12:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump said that, as president, he warned NATO allies that he “would encourage” Russia “to do whatever the hell they want” to countries that are “delinquent” as the front-runner for the Republican nomination ramped up his attacks on foreign aid and long-standing...

Orbán's party boycotts a session of Hungary's parliament to further stall Sweden's bid to join NATO

Feb. 05, 2024 09:40 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lawmakers from the party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán boycotted an emergency session of parliament on Monday where a vote was scheduled to place Sweden's bid to join NATO on the legislative agenda, adding to 18 months of delays that have angered Hungary's...

Deal on wartime aid and border security stalls in Congress as time runs short to bolster Ukraine

Jan. 31, 2024 17:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With time slipping to bolster Ukraine's defenses, Senate negotiators struggled Wednesday to finalize a bipartisan deal that would pair policy changes at the U.S. southern border with wartime aid for Kyiv as their carefully negotiated compromise ran into strong resistance from...

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin returns to work at the Pentagon after cancer surgery complications

Jan. 29, 2024 13:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin returned to work at the Pentagon on Monday after nearly a month's absence because of prostate cancer and met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “At this important time, I’m glad to be back at the Pentagon,” said...

NATO chief upbeat that Sweden could be ready to join the alliance by March

Jan. 26, 2024 06:44 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed optimism on Friday that Sweden could be ready to join the military organization by March, after receiving positive signals this week from holdouts Hungary and Turkey. Sweden, along with its neighbor Finland, set...