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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic speaks during a press conference after talks with European Union envoy for the negotiations Miroslav Lajcak in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The EU has mediated the talks between Belgrade and Pristina, the two former wartime foes for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbia mulls Russian Defense Ministry presence

Oct. 20, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia is thinking of allowing a Russian Defense Ministry presence in the Balkan country, something that could further strain its relations with the West. Serbia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that “legal proceedings” have been launched that...

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, right, makes a statement with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias after their meeting in Tirana, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Bilateral issues and maritime border delimitation in the Ionian Sea were the main topics of their discussion. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Greece asks EU countries to halt military exports to Turkey

Oct. 20, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has asked fellow European Union countries to halt military exports to Turkey, the country’s foreign minister said Tuesday, amid a deepening dispute between the two neighbors over maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean. Nikos Dendias also said he has written to...

Satellite dishes inside Kevlar domes at the Kester Satellite Ground Station in Kester, Belgium, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. This week, the site at Kester, which has been in use for decades but was totally overhauled in 2014, is set to fall under a new orbit, when NATO announces that it is creating a space center to help manage satellite communications and key parts of its military operations around the world. (AP Photo/Lorne Cook)

NATO to set up new space center amid China, Russia concerns

Oct. 20, 2020 6:24 AM EDT

KESTER, Belgium (AP) — To a few of the locals, the top-secret, fenced-off installation on the hill is known as “the radar station.” Some folks claim to have seen mysterious Russians in the area. Over the years, rumors have swirled that it might be a base for U.S. nuclear warheads. It’s...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 file photo, a truck carrying parts of the S-400 air defense systems, exits a Russian transport aircraft after landing at Murted military airport outside Ankara, Turkey. NATO-member Turkey has tested its Russian-made advanced air defense missile system, Turkish media reports said Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, raising the specter of a new standoff with the United States. (Turkish Defence Ministry via AP, Pool, File)

Reports: Turkey tests Russian-made S-400 defense system

Oct. 16, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO-member Turkey has tested its Russian-made advanced air defense missile system, Turkish media reports said Friday, raising the specter of a new standoff with the United States. A Haber television, which is close to the government, said on its website that Turkey’s military...

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 file photo, Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey. Greece accused neighbor Turkey of undermining efforts to ease a crisis over drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean on Monday Oct. 12, 2020, after Turkey announced its survey vessel, the Oruc Reis, would be dispatched for a new research mission in disputed waters. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Turkey says Greece failed to fulfill promises, vows response

Oct. 14, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

ANKAR, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday accused Greece and Cyprus of failing to fulfill “promises” made during negotiations within the European Union and NATO and said his country would continue to give them “the response they deserve." Erdogan’s...

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 file photo, Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey. Greece accused neighbor Turkey of undermining efforts to ease a crisis over drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean on Monday Oct. 12, 2020, after Turkey announced its survey vessel, the Oruc Reis, would be dispatched for a new research mission in disputed waters. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Germany decries Turkey's actions in eastern Mediterranean

Oct. 13, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Germany's foreign minister on Tuesday criticized Turkey for “unilateral steps" in the eastern Mediterranean that are undercutting efforts to de-escalate tensions with Greece and Cyprus over sea boundaries and drilling rights. Heiko Maas said that it's now up to Turkey to...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2020, file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi waves after delivering a speech at the Lanting Forum held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. While on a current trip to Malaysia, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, Yi says the United States poses a “huge security risk” to Asia by pushing to boost engagement with the region. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China FM calls US Indo-Pacific strategy a huge security risk

Oct. 13, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The United States poses a “huge security risk” to Asia by pushing to boost engagement with the region, China’s foreign minister said Tuesday during a tour of Southeast Asia, where Beijing and Washington are locked in a battle for influence. Speaking in...

Indian workers in Libya released after monthlong abduction

Oct. 12, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An armed group has released seven Indian workers a month after their abduction in Libya, the Indian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. The Indian nationals, who are engineers and technicians working for an oil services company, were freed on Sunday after negotiations with the armed group, the...

FILE - This combination of Sept. 29, 2020,  file photos shows President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. Amid the tumult of the 2020 presidential campaign, one dynamic has remained constant: The Nov. 3 election offers voters a choice between substantially different policy paths. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Trump vs. Biden: Where they stand on health, economy, more

Oct. 12, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid the tumult of the 2020 presidential campaign, one dynamic has remained constant: The Nov. 3 election offers voters a choice between substantially different policy paths. President Donald Trump, like many fellow Republicans, holds out tax reductions and regulatory cuts as economic...

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 file photo, Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey. Greece accused neighbor Turkey of undermining efforts to ease a crisis over drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean on Monday Oct. 12, 2020, after Turkey announced its survey vessel, the Oruc Reis, would be dispatched for a new research mission in disputed waters. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Greece calls new Turkish survey mission a threat to region

Oct. 12, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece accused neighbor Turkey of undermining efforts to ease a crisis over eastern Mediterranean drilling rights Monday, after Ankara redeployed a survey vessel for new energy exploration in disputed waters — including an area very close to a secluded Greek island. The move...