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US thanks Romania for its leader exiting the NATO leadership race to clear the way for Rutte

Jun. 21, 2024 11:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday thanked Romania for its president withdrawing from the race to lead NATO, saying the move would help ensure the Western military alliance stays properly focused. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered the message to his...

'Teflon Mark' Rutte set to bring consensus-building skills from Dutch politics as next NATO chief

Jun. 20, 2024 14:11 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Over the course of more than a dozen years at the top of Dutch politics, Mark Rutte got to know a thing or two about finding consensus among fractious coalition partners. Now he's on track to bring the experience of leading four Dutch multiparty governments to the...

Dutch leader Mark Rutte clears a big hurdle to becoming NATO chief after Hungary lifts objections

Jun. 18, 2024 11:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary on Tuesday lifted its veto on Mark Rutte becoming the next head of NATO after the outgoing Dutch prime minister gave written guarantees that he would not force the country to take part in the military alliance’s new plans to provide support to Ukraine. ...

A record number of NATO allies are hitting their defense spending target during war in Ukraine

Jun. 17, 2024 23:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record 23 of NATO's 32 member nations are hitting the Western military alliance’s defense spending target this year, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday, as Russia's war in Ukraine has raised the threat of expanding conflict in Europe. The...

NATO approves a plan to speed security aid and training to Ukraine's beleaguered armed forces

Jun. 14, 2024 09:00 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers on Friday approved a plan to provide reliable long-term security aid and military training for Ukraine after delays in Western deliveries of funds, arms and ammunition helped invading Russian forces to seize the initiative on the battlefield. ...

NATO defense ministers thrash out new security aid and training support plan for Ukraine

Jun. 13, 2024 10:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers gathered Thursday hoping to agree on a new plan to provide long-term security assistance and military training to Ukraine amid Russia's full-scale invasion, after Hungary promised not to veto the proposal as long as it’s not forced to take part. ...

Hungary agrees not to veto NATO support to Ukraine as long as it's not forced to help out

Jun. 12, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary agreed on Wednesday not to veto NATO support for Ukraine but Prime Minister Viktor Orbán insisted that his government would provide neither funds nor military personnel for any joint assistance effort. At a summit in Washington next month, U.S. President...

Danish prime minister suffers minor whiplash after a man assaulted her in central Copenhagen

Jun. 08, 2024 11:27 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The Danish prime minister is suffering minor whiplash but is otherwise fine after a man assaulted her in central Copenhagen, her office said in a statement Saturday. Police confirmed on social media Platform X on Friday that “there has been an incident” with...

France's Macron urges a green light for Ukraine to strike targets inside Russia with Western weapons

May. 29, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

France’s president has joined the head of NATO in pushing for a policy shift that could change the complexion of the war in Ukraine — allowing Kyiv to strike military bases inside Russia with sophisticated long-range weapons provided by Western partners. The question of whether...

NATO members 'deeply concerned' by activities such as sabotage on alliance soil. They blame Russia

May. 02, 2024 14:21 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO countries say they are deeply concerned by a campaign of hybrid activities on the military alliance's soil they attribute to Russia, and which they say constitute a threat to their security. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday in a message...