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The Latest: Germany criticizes Trump's go-it-alone approach

Feb. 15, 2019 12:58 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on Munich Security Conference (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Germany's foreign minister is calling for a return to multilateral solutions, criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump's go-it-alone approach as counter-productive. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told Munich Security Conference...

Shanahan: US will not unilaterally withdraw from Afghanistan

Feb. 14, 2019 10:15 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States will not reduce its troop presence in Afghanistan unilaterally, the top Pentagon official said Thursday, pledging that any moves will be fully coordinated with its allies. "There will be no unilateral troop reductions," Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told reporters...

NATO chief says allies keen to avoid arms race with Russia

Feb. 13, 2019 10:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Taking aim at Russia, NATO's civilian chief said Wednesday the alliance is studying a range of options to counter Moscow's alleged missile treaty violations, and America's top diplomat accused the Russians of having "grand designs" to dominate Europe. In remarks at the outset of a NATO...

NATO chief vows response to Russian missile pact violations

Feb. 12, 2019 8:31 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's secretary-general warned Tuesday that the military alliance will respond to what it insists are Russia's violation of a key Cold War-era treaty but will not station more nuclear missiles in Europe. Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia to return to compliance with Intermediate-Range Nuclear...

Macedonia takes big NATO membership step as key text signed

Feb. 6, 2019 6:23 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The small Balkan country of Macedonia took a big step Wednesday toward becoming the 30th member of NATO, the world's biggest military alliance. In a move that marked the end of a long dispute with Greece over Macedonia's name, and less than two decades after NATO deployed troops to the...

NATO announces summit in London in December

Feb. 6, 2019 4:48 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with his counterparts from the military alliance at a summit in London in December. Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the leaders will "address the security challenges we face now and in the future, and to...

Report suggests Germany may miss defense spending target

Feb. 5, 2019 10:35 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's tightening public finances are raising questions over whether the country will miss its military spending target at a time when the U.S. is increasing pressure on its European allies to increase defense budgets. A Finance Ministry document circulated to other ministries for...

NATO to sign Macedonia accession protocol next week

Feb. 2, 2019 2:06 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia will sign an accession protocol with NATO on Wednesday under its new name North Macedonia after parliaments in the tiny Balkan country and its southern neighbor Greece ratified a historic name change deal. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced Saturday on...

Trump suspends arms treaty, citing Chinese, Russian threats

Feb. 1, 2019 10:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is pulling the plug on a decades-old nuclear arms treaty with Russia, lifting what it sees as unreasonable constraints on competing with a resurgent Russia and a more assertive China. The move announced Friday sets the stage for delicate talks with U.S. allies...

Russia angry, Europe worried after US announces treaty exit

Feb. 1, 2019 2:24 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian politicians accused the United States on Friday of undermining global security by ending compliance with a nuclear arms treaty, while NATO said Russia was at fault for the pact's demise and European countries watched with dismay. The U.S. announced it would stop observing the...