Latest North Atlantic Treaty Organization News

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...

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

Jan. 31, 2023 09:18 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." ...

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...

NATO chief urges Seoul to send military support to Ukraine

Jan. 30, 2023 08:13 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday called for South Korea to provide direct military support to Ukraine, saying Kyiv is in urgent need of weapons to fight off the prolonged Russian invasion. South Korea, a growing arms exporter with a...

Finnish, Swedish FMs: NATO membership process hasn't stopped

Jan. 28, 2023 13:45 PM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — The foreign ministers of Sweden and Finland reiterated in separate interviews published Saturday that the process for the two Nordic nations to join NATO is continuing despite Turkey's president saying Sweden shouldn’t expect his country to approve its membership. ...

Retired Czech army general Pavel wins presidential election

Jan. 28, 2023 13:23 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Petr Pavel, a retired army general, decisively defeated populist billionaire Andrej Babis in a runoff vote Saturday to become the Czech Republic's new president. Pavel, 61, will succeed controversy-courting Milos Zeman in the largely ceremonial but prestigious post....

In Romania, French, Dutch FMs sign agreement to boost ties

Jan. 27, 2023 12:31 PM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The foreign ministers of France and the Netherlands visited a NATO battlegroup at a base in Romania Friday and later agreed to bolster their ties amid Russia’s war in Ukraine. Catherine Colonna of France and Wopke Hoekstra of the Netherlands visited the...