Latest Jens Stoltenberg News

Erdogan: Turkey not seeking alternatives to ties with West

May. 6, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey's decision to purchase Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems doesn't mean that it is seeking "alternatives" in its relations with the West. Erdogan spoke Monday during a NATO meeting in Ankara attended by alliance...

US Air Force General Tod Wolters sworn in as NATO commander

May. 3, 2019 5:55 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Air Force General Tod D. Wolters has been sworn in as the top military officer of the 29-nation NATO military alliance. The former pilot, who has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, became Supreme Allied Commander Europe at a ceremony on Friday at NATO's military headquarters in Mons,...

Comedian headed for landslide victory in Ukraine

Apr. 21, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV cruised toward a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election Sunday in what was seen as a reaction against the country's entrenched corruption and low standard of living. Results from 52% of...

Glaring US absences raise questions about relevance of G-7

Apr. 4, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Two key American officials — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — are skipping meetings in France this week as the Group of Seven countries gather to try to find solutions to world security challenges. The move raises questions...

NATO approves measures to counter Russia amid internal rifts

Apr. 4, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — NATO foreign ministers approved a series of measures Thursday aimed at countering Russia in the Black Sea region, an agreement that comes amid public rifts between the United States and several of the other 28 members on security and trade issues. In a meeting in Washington to mark the...

The Latest: NATO makes pitch for trans-Atlantic unity

Apr. 3, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (all times local): 2:40 p.m. In the first address to Congress by a NATO head, Jens Stoltenberg has acknowledged serious divisions within the alliance. He also has called for bigger defense budgets to cope with...

NATO chief tells Congress of 'serious' alliance divisions

Apr. 3, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the first address to Congress by a NATO head, Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday acknowledged serious divisions within the alliance and called for bigger defense budgets to cope with global challenges such as Russian assertiveness, the core reason NATO was created in Washington 70 years ago...

Trump: NATO members must do more to raise defense spending

Apr. 2, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised NATO countries for increasing their financial contributions to the Western alliance, but he hounded them to pay even more, saying America still shoulders a disproportionate share of the cost of protecting Europe. The president met with NATO...

NATO chief plays down divisions as allies mark anniversary

Apr. 1, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States and its allies are stepping up cooperation in response to Russian aggression, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday while playing down differences among members as the military alliance marks its 70th anniversary. Foreign ministers from NATO countries are...

NATO keeps Jens Stoltenberg as its chief until 2022

Mar. 28, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO has extended the mandate of its top civilian official, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, for two years, making the former Norwegian premier one of the longest-serving heads of the military alliance. Stoltenberg said Thursday he is "honored" by the decision made by the 29 allies and...