Latest North Atlantic Treaty Organization News

Zuzana Caputova inaugurated as 1st Slovak female president

Jun. 15, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Liberal environmental activist and lawyer Zuzana Caputova was inaugurated Saturday as the first female president of Slovakia. Caputova took the oath of office at a special session of Parliament, becoming Slovakia's fifth president since it gained independence after the split of...

Turkey won't bow to US 'ultimatums' on Russia missile system

Jun. 13, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday his country won't bow to "ultimatums" after the United States warned Turkey it was excluding it from the F-35 fighter jet program over its deal with Russia to purchase its S-400 missile defense system. U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick...

Trump: US sending 1,000 more troops to ally Poland

Jun. 12, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will send 1,000 more troops to Poland as part of a growing security and economic partnership between the two countries, President Donald Trump said Wednesday. He and Polish President Andrzej Duda differed over Russia's intentions toward the U.S. ally. At a time of...

20 years since NATO-wrought freedom, Kosovo remains in limbo

Jun. 12, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — In Kosovo so far, the sword has worked better than the ploughshare. It's exactly 20 years since NATO forces set foot in the former Yugoslav province, after an allied bombing campaign ended Serbia's bloody crackdown on an insurrection by the majority ethnic Albanian population in...

Officials: US to send about 1,000 more troops to Poland

Jun. 11, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is expected to announce Wednesday that it will send about 1,000 additional troops and a squadron of Reaper drones to Poland to beef up the nation's ability to defend itself amid worries about Russian military activity, U.S. officials said. The final details were still under...

2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg lays out foreign policy vision

Jun. 11, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg laid out his foreign policy vision Tuesday, calling for an end to "endless war," rebuilding America's relationships with its allies and treating climate change as an "existential threat." The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana,...

Kosovo honors Bill Clinton with Freedom Order

Jun. 11, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo on Tuesday awarded the Freedom Order to former U.S. President Bill Clinton for his role in helping end the country's war 20 years ago. Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci handed the award to Clinton, thanking his contribution to laying the "founding stone of this freedom."...

European nations, Russia back new government in Moldova

Jun. 10, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Five European nations and Russia declared support Monday for elected lawmakers in Moldova, where a court-appointed interim president dissolved parliament and called a new election the day after a new coalition government won approval. In a joint declaration, France, Germany,...

Georgian leader sees NATO future, seeks tough line on Russia

Jun. 10, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Georgia's president wants Western countries to do more to face up to Russia and the "very heavy pressure" she says Moscow exerts on her nation as it pursues a "natural road" toward integrating with Europe. Salome Zurabishvili, who took office as Georgia's first woman president in December,...

AP FACT CHECK: No sign of Trump-Mexico deal on farm goods

Jun. 10, 2019 12:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is bragging about a new deal with Mexico that provides for "large" sales of U.S. farm goods, but it doesn't appear to exist. In weekend tweets, he announced in all capital letters that he had won the agreement to benefit America's "great patriot farmers," and that...