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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...

Japan seeks extra defense budget amid China, N Korea concern

Nov. 26, 2021 06:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet on Friday approved a 770 billion yen ($6.8 billion) request for an extra defense budget through March to expedite the purchase of missiles, anti-submarine rockets and other weapons amid rising concern over the escalation of military activities by China, Russia...

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, China sign roadmap for closer military cooperation

Nov. 23, 2021 13:29 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense chief on Tuesday signed a roadmap for closer military ties with China, pointing to increasingly frequent U.S. strategic bomber flights near both countries' borders. During a video call, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Chinese...

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 seeks balance as fears grow Russia may invade Ukraine

Nov. 20, 2021 00:35 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine has left U.S. officials perplexed, muddying the Biden administration’s response. Some Republican lawmakers have been pressing the U.S. to step up military support for Ukraine. But that risks turning what may...

NATO chief: alliance watching Russian troops near Ukraine

Nov. 19, 2021 11:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that the alliance is closely monitoring an unusual concentration of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine, warning that similar troops were used by Moscow in the past to intervene in neighboring countries. ...

Seoul says Russian, Chinese warplanes enter air buffer zone

Nov. 19, 2021 07:53 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Friday it scrambled fighter jets to respond to a group of Russian and Chinese warplanes that entered its air buffer zone unannounced. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it detected seven Russian and two Chinese...

Bulgaria accuses military officials of spying for Russia

Nov. 18, 2021 08:23 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian military prosecutors on Thursday indicted a group of serving and retired military officials on charges of spying for Russia. The indictment filed in a military court accuses six people of collecting and passing classified information to...

Austin: Moscow should explain its troop buildup near Ukraine

Nov. 17, 2021 17:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — American officials are unsure why Russian President Vladimir Putin is building up military forces near the border with eastern Ukraine but view it as another example of troubling military moves that demand Moscow's explanation, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said...