Latest North Atlantic Treaty Organization News

Govt offices in Kosovo targeted as tensions soar with Serbia

Sep. 25, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A public building in Kosovo was set on fire and another was hit by grenades that did not explode in what government officials described Saturday as criminal acts related to ethnic Serbs protesting a symbolic move on license plates. Serbian media...

French minister: No mystery submarine deal came as 'a shock'

Sep. 24, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — France's defense minister said Friday it was “not a mystery” that the announcement of defense deal among the the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia that killed a multi-billion-dollar French submarine contract came as a shock to French officials. ...

France's role in NATO not in question despite US rift

Sep. 24, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As tensions between France and the United States simmered this week over an Indo-Pacific defense deal that sank a multi-billion-dollar French submarine contract, a French general handed the baton of a key NATO command center to a fellow French air force officer. ...

Turkey's Erdogan looks to Putin after Biden talks disappoint

Sep. 24, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that recent talks with U.S. President Joe Biden had proved disappointing, and that his country, a NATO member, would seek closer ties with Russia. Speaking after prayers in Istanbul, Erdogan said he and...

Erdogan says course of US-Turkey ties 'does not bode well'

Sep. 23, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The current course of U.S.-Turkey relations “does not bode well,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said before departing the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday. In a wide-ranging briefing to Turkish journalists, Erdogan...

Russian plane enters Estonia airspace for 6th time this year

Sep. 23, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — NATO member Estonia said Thursday that a Russian air force plane violated its airspace in what the Baltic nation alleged was the sixth such incident this year by a Russian aircraft. The alleged intrusion took place at noon Wednesday as the Beriev A-50...

Kosovo calls on Serbia to lower tensions, start dialogue

Sep. 22, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Ethnic Serbs blocked the Kosovo-Serbia border for a third straight day Wednesday to protest a decision by Kosovo authorities to start removing Serbian license plates from cars entering the country. Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti called on...

Turkish warship warns Greek ship not to enter its waters

Sep. 22, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish warship issued a warning to a Greek research vessel to prevent it entering what Turkey considers its territorial waters, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The showdown came a year after tensions in the eastern Mediterranean threatened to escalate into...

Vermont National Guard highlights work with North Macedonia

Sep. 22, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont National Guard is exploring ways to increase the state's cooperation with North Macedonia, the European country that is a new member of NATO. On Tuesday North Macedonia Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska and Maj. Gen. Gregory...

NATO leader: Allies need to stand together amid sub flap

Sep. 21, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With some powerful NATO allies at odds over a submarine sale, the alliance's leader suggested Tuesday that members need to focus on “the big picture” and not let the dispute between France and the U.S. and Britain open an ongoing rift. During...