Latest North Atlantic Treaty Organization News

Nordic PMs: Keep calm, we still plan to join NATO together

Feb. 02, 2023 11:50 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — In a strong show of unity, the prime ministers of Finland and Sweden on Thursday called for calm amid tensions with Turkey over their applications to become NATO members and reaffirmed their intent to have the two countries join the military alliance at the same time. ...

Bulgaria’s president calls nation's 5th election in 2 years

Feb. 02, 2023 06:35 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s president dissolved the National Assembly on Thursday and called early parliamentary elections for April 2 in hopes of resolving the country's a bid to settle the European Union and NATO member’s prolonged political impasse and biting economic woes. ...

Erdogan: Sweden can't join NATO if Quran-burning is allowed

Feb. 01, 2023 15:46 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed Wednesday that Turkey won’t allow Sweden to join the NATO military alliance as long as the Scandinavian country permits protests desecrating Islam’s holy book to take place. Turkey, which had already been...

NATO chief wants more 'friends' as Russia, China move closer

Feb. 01, 2023 11:22 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — China's growing assertiveness and collaboration with Russia pose a challenge not only to Asia but also to Europe, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday as he sought stronger cooperation and more “friends” for NATO in the Indo-Pacific region. ...

Hungary FM: Sweden should 'act differently' to join NATO

Feb. 01, 2023 10:07 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Sweden's government should “act differently” if it wants to clinch Turkish support for its bid to join NATO, Hungary's foreign minister said Tuesday, adding that a recent Quran-burning protest outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm was “unacceptable." ...

Ukraine pushes for Western fighter jets after tank deals

Jan. 31, 2023 14:01 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine won support Tuesday from Baltic nations and Poland in its quest to obtain Western fighter jets, but there were no signs that larger nations like the U.S. and Britain have changed their stance of refusing to provide warplanes to Kyiv after almost a year of battling...

NATO chief urges closer ties with Japan to defend democracy

Jan. 31, 2023 09:31 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg sharply criticized China on Tuesday for “bullying its neighbors and threatening Taiwan” and stressed the need for Japan and other democracies to work together with the alliance to defend the international order. Calling it a...

5 Ukrainian civilians killed as warring sides mull next move

Jan. 30, 2023 14:58 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Fighting remained largely deadlocked Monday in eastern Ukraine where Russian shelling killed five civilians over the past day, according to Ukrainian officials, as the warring sides sized up their needs for renewed military pushes expected in coming weeks. The...

Japan, Greece step up security ties as 'strategic partners'

Jan. 30, 2023 10:58 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Greek counterpart, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, agreed on Monday to strengthen their security, defense and economic ties and pledged to cooperate in responding to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and other threats in Europe and Asia. ...

Turkey favors approving Finland's NATO bid before Sweden's

Jan. 30, 2023 10:25 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey could greenlight Finland’s membership in NATO before that of Sweden, if the military alliance and both Nordic countries agree to it, the Turkish foreign minister said Monday. But Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haaivisto poured cold water on that...