Latest North Atlantic Treaty Organization News

German troops arrive in Lithuania, their first long-term foreign deployment since World War II

Apr. 08, 2024 21:30 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian leaders hailed a “historic event” as Germany on Monday began deploying troops in the Baltic country — a NATO member — marking the first time since World War II that German forces will be based outside the country on a long-term basis. ...

A pro-Western career diplomat faces an ally of the populist premier in Slovakia's presidential vote

Apr. 05, 2024 08:57 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A pro-Western career diplomat and a close ally of Slovakia’s populist Prime Minister Robert Fico are facing each other in a presidential runoff on Saturday to determine who will be the next head of state. Former Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok is up...

Scandals blight Denmark's buildup of its armed forces as it eyes possible threats from Russia

Apr. 05, 2024 08:49 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A series of scandals has blighted Denmark's Armed Forces at a time when the Scandinavian country and member of the NATO alliance is building up its defenses, chiefly as a response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The events have so far led to the...

Kosovo will conduct a nationwide census that includes surveying the ethnic Serb minority

Apr. 05, 2024 08:48 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's government began Friday its first nationwide census since 2011, which will include surveying the ethnic Serb minority in the north, at a time when tensions with neighboring Serbia are high. The Agency of Statistics is conducting the 12-million euro...

NATO marks its 75th birthday as Russia's war in Ukraine gnaws at its unity

Apr. 04, 2024 15:35 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO marked 75 years of collective defense across Europe and North America, with its top diplomats vowing on Thursday to stay the course in Ukraine as better-armed Russian troops assert control on the battlefield. The anniversary comes as the now 32-nation alliance...

Germany's defense minister overhauls the military command as he seeks 'war-capable' armed forces

Apr. 04, 2024 09:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister on Thursday announced a plan to streamline and reorganize the country's military command as part of efforts to make the armed forces of NATO's most populous European member “war-capable.” Chancellor Olaf Scholz set in motion a big...

NATO weighs a plan to provide long-term military help to Ukraine as Russian troops assert control

Apr. 03, 2024 07:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO is debating a plan to provide more predictable military support to Ukraine in coming years as better armed Russian troops assert control on the battlefield, the organization’s top civilian official said Wednesday. “We strongly believe that support to...

US defense official had 'Havana syndrome' symptoms during a 2023 NATO summit, the Pentagon confirms

Apr. 01, 2024 17:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Defense Department official who attended last year's NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, had symptoms similar to those reported by U.S. officials who have experienced “Havana syndrome," the Pentagon confirmed Monday. Havana syndrome is still under...

Central and Eastern European countries mark 20 years in NATO with focus on war in Ukraine

Mar. 28, 2024 15:55 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Several central and Eastern European countries began marking on Thursday the 20th anniversary of the largest expansion of the NATO military alliance when formerly socialist countries became members of the bloc. Military aircraft roared over the Lithuanian...

Putin says he won't start a war with NATO. But Western bases hosting Ukraine F-16s would be targets

Mar. 28, 2024 12:22 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin scoffed at the possibility of his country launching an attack on a NATO member, calling it “sheer nonsense,” but warned that any Western air base hosting U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets that are slated for deployment in Ukraine would be a...