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Biden raises concerns with Putin about Ukraine confrontation

Apr. 13, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Joe Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to “de-escalate tensions" following a Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border in their second tense call of Biden's young presidency. Biden also told Putin the U.S. would “act...

Austin: US adds 500 troops in Germany, despite Trump pledge

Apr. 13, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Tuesday that he is expanding the U.S. military presence in Germany by 500 troops and has stopped planning for large-scale troop cuts ordered by the Trump administration. Adding 500 troops to a current total of...

Russia says troop buildup near Ukraine is a response to NATO

Apr. 13, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister said Tuesday that the country's massive military buildup in the west was part of readiness drills amid what he described as threats from NATO. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the maneuvers in western Russia that have worried...

NATO, US vow support for Ukraine, warn Russia on troops

Apr. 13, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States and NATO on Tuesday expressed strong support for Ukraine and warned Russia against pressing ahead with a major troop buildup along the former Soviet republic’s eastern border. In separate meetings with Ukraine’s foreign minister,...

Pentagon chief on inaugural tour of Europe to shore up ties

Apr. 13, 2021 07:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Nearly a year after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to leave Germany, capping a series of setbacks for U.S. relations with major allies, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin began an inaugural tour of Europe to shore up partnerships that are a cornerstone of...

Pentagon chief on inaugural tour of Europe to shore up ties

Apr. 12, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Nearly a year after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to leave Germany, capping a series of setbacks for U.S. relations with major allies, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday began an inaugural tour of Europe to shore up partnerships that are a...

Ukraine's leader requests a talk with Putin, gets no answer

Apr. 12, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's leader has asked for a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the Russian troop buildup across his country's border and the escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine, but the request has not been answered so far, his spokeswoman said Monday. ...

Blinken heads to Brussels for talks on Afghanistan, Ukraine

Apr. 12, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken is heading to Brussels for talks with European and NATO allies about Afghanistan, Ukraine and other matters. The State Department says Blinken will have meetings in the Belgian capital on Tuesday and be met there by...

Kremlin says it fears full-scale fighting in Ukraine's east

Apr. 09, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday it fears a resumption of full-scale fighting in eastern Ukraine and could take steps to protect Russian civilians there, a stark warning that comes amid a Russian troop build-up along the border. The statement by Russian President...

Pakistan visit to Kabul called off after explosives' find

Apr. 08, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A plane carrying Pakistan’s parliament speaker and a delegation of lawmakers was turned back on Thursday as it was about to land in Kabul after explosives, apparently years old, were found near the airport building, a senior Afghan military official said. ...