Latest North Atlantic Treaty Organization News

NATO chief warns Russia of 'costs' if it moves on Ukraine

Nov. 26, 2021 14:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia Friday that any attempt to invade Ukraine would have costs, as concern mounts about a Russian military buildup near its former Soviet neighbor’s borders. Ukraine says Moscow kept about 90,000 troops...

Italy, France deepen economic, defense cooperation

Nov. 26, 2021 12:45 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi said that a bilateral treaty signed on Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron to strengthen bilateral cooperation would in turn strengthen the European Union, including such areas as defense, aerospace and technology. The...

Croatia OKs purchase of French jets before Macron visit

Nov. 24, 2021 14:19 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia’s government on Wednesday approved the purchase of 12 Rafale fighter jets from France worth about 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to replace its aging fleet of Soviet-era aircraft and strengthen its air force amid lingering tensions in the Balkans. ...

EXPLAINER: Is Russia going to invade Ukraine?

Nov. 24, 2021 11:18 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian and Western officials are worried that a Russian military buildup near Ukraine could signal plans by Moscow to invade its ex-Soviet neighbor. The Kremlin insists it has no such intention and has accused Ukraine and its Western backers of making...

Russia rejects Western concerns about Ukraine as smokescreen

Nov. 22, 2021 12:33 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Monday strongly rejected the U.S. claims of a Russian troop buildup near Ukraine, saying it could be a ruse intended to cover up what it described as Ukrainian leadership's aggressive intentions. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed...

US concerned by Bulgarian president's remarks about Crimea

Nov. 22, 2021 11:54 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian President Rumen Radev drew criticism from the United States on Monday for his remarks about the status of the Crimean Peninsula — a day after he secured his second term with a landslide victory in a runoff election. The U.S. Embassy...

Russian admiral: Kursk disaster caused by NATO sub

Nov. 22, 2021 11:14 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A retired Russian admiral has alleged that the 2000 Kursk submarine disaster was caused by a collision with a NATO sub, an unproven claim that defies the official conclusion that the country's worst post-Soviet naval catastrophe was triggered by a faulty torpedo. ...

Libyan interim PM aims for presidency, despite rules

Nov. 21, 2021 14:20 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s interim prime minister filed a request Sunday to run for president, despite being barred from elections next month under the current rules. Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah is meant to lead the country until a winner is declared following...

Exit polls: Bulgarian president wins apparent reelection

Nov. 21, 2021 13:42 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Exit polls in Bulgaria suggest that incumbent Rumen Radev is the apparent winner in the country’s presidential runoff. Partial official results are expected later Sunday. Surveys by several polling organizations give Radev, 58, about 65% of the...

Poland: Belarus eyes using Afghan migrants as border pawns

Nov. 21, 2021 12:29 PM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Poland’s leader on Sunday warned against more possible migrant pressures on the European Union’s border with Belarus, this time coming from Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spoke in Vilnius, the capital of...