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Kosovo's prime minister says new army will serve world peace

Dec. 10, 2018 1:59 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister said Monday that the army the country expects to have soon will be a modest contributor to creating world peace. Kosovo's lawmakers will vote Friday on three laws that would transform the national security force into a regular army. The measures are expected...

NATO chief speaks to Serbia and Kosovo leaders amid tensions

Dec. 6, 2018 11:13 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he spoke on Thursday with both Serbian and Kosovo leaders about Kosovo's plan to form a regular army, a move that has been strongly contested by Serbia and the alliance. A statement from Kosovo's government said Ramush Haradinaj assured...

Despite Afghan deaths, slow peace efforts, NATO vows to stay

Dec. 5, 2018 11:59 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Fifteen years after NATO took the lead on international security efforts in Afghanistan, the military alliance's foreign ministers on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to stay the course despite mounting Afghan casualties and the slow pace of peace efforts. At talks in Brussels, the...

Serbian premier: Armed intervention in Kosovo an option

Dec. 5, 2018 10:26 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's prime minister warned on Wednesday that the formation of a Kosovo army could trigger Serbia's armed intervention in the former province — the bluntest warning so far amid escalating tensions in the Balkans. Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said that she hopes "we...

NATO gives Bosnia green light to advance on membership path

Dec. 5, 2018 10:22 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO on Wednesday gave Bosnia-Herzegovina the green light to take a major step forward on its path toward joining the world's biggest military alliance, despite Bosnian Serb objections to membership. NATO foreign ministers, meeting in Brussels, invited the ethnically-divided Balkans country...

US sets deadline for Russia, warns it may quit nuclear pact

Dec. 4, 2018 4:57 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States warned Russia Tuesday it has 60 days to start complying with a landmark missile treaty or Washington could abandon the pact, creating doubts about nuclear security in Europe. At NATO talks in Brussels, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Russia of "cheating at its arms...

The Latest: Russia says it 'strictly complies' with treaty

Dec. 4, 2018 1:31 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on a meeting of foreign ministers from NATO nations: (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The Russian Foreign Ministry is denying U.S. and NATO allegations that Russia is violating a landmark nuclear that banned an entire class of weapons. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova...

Ukraine: Shipping traffic resumes following Russia standoff

Dec. 4, 2018 11:33 AM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Shipping traffic has resumed to and from Ukraine's ports on the Sea of Azov following a standoff with Russia, a Ukrainian minister said Tuesday. Commercial ships were moving through the Kerch Strait linking the Sea of Azov with the Black Sea, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan...

The Latest: Ukraine seeks NATO support over Russia standoff

Dec. 4, 2018 4:18 AM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between Russia and Ukraine(all times local): 11:15 a.m. NATO foreign ministers are meeting with Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin as the country seeks international backing for its Black Sea standoff with Russia. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the...

NATO chief says time short for Russia to respect INF treaty

Dec. 3, 2018 9:40 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says time is running out for Russia to comply with a Cold War-era missile treaty, as the U.S. readies to pull out of the pact. Washington says Russia's new 9M729 missile system contravenes the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The pact...