Latest North Atlantic Treaty Organization News

Erdogan says course of US-Turkey ties 'does not bode well'

Sep. 23, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The current course of U.S.-Turkey relations “does not bode well,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said before departing the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday. In a wide-ranging briefing to Turkish journalists, Erdogan...

Russian plane enters Estonia airspace for 6th time this year

Sep. 23, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — NATO member Estonia said Thursday that a Russian air force plane violated its airspace in what the Baltic nation alleged was the sixth such incident this year by a Russian aircraft. The alleged intrusion took place at noon Wednesday as the Beriev A-50...

Kosovo calls on Serbia to lower tensions, start dialogue

Sep. 22, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Ethnic Serbs blocked the Kosovo-Serbia border for a third straight day Wednesday to protest a decision by Kosovo authorities to start removing Serbian license plates from cars entering the country. Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti called on...

Turkish warship warns Greek ship not to enter its waters

Sep. 22, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish warship issued a warning to a Greek research vessel to prevent it entering what Turkey considers its territorial waters, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The showdown came a year after tensions in the eastern Mediterranean threatened to escalate into...

Vermont National Guard highlights work with North Macedonia

Sep. 22, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont National Guard is exploring ways to increase the state's cooperation with North Macedonia, the European country that is a new member of NATO. On Tuesday North Macedonia Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska and Maj. Gen. Gregory...

NATO leader: Allies need to stand together amid sub flap

Sep. 21, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With some powerful NATO allies at odds over a submarine sale, the alliance's leader suggested Tuesday that members need to focus on “the big picture” and not let the dispute between France and the U.S. and Britain open an ongoing rift. During...

Kosovo-Serbia border blocked by protesters amid tensions

Sep. 21, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Kosovo-Serbia border was blocked again Tuesday by ethnic Kosovo Serbs protesting a decision by Kosovo authorities to start removing Serbian license plates from cars entering the country. The traffic chaos raised fears that it may unleash much deeper tensions...

France rallies EU as trust in US, UK and Australia wanes

Sep. 21, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — France’s European Union partners agreed Tuesday to put the country's festering dispute over a major Indo-Pacific defense deal between the U.S., Australia and Britain at the top of bloc’s political agenda, including at an EU summit next month. The...

The Latest: Taliban fire director of Afghan cricket board

Sep. 20, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban have sacked the executive director of Afghanistan’s cricket board. Hamid Shinwari posted on his official Facebook page Monday he had been fired by Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of the Taliban’s new Interior Minister Sirajuddin...

Tensions soar at Kosovo-Serbia border over license plates

Sep. 20, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Tensions soared Monday at Kosovo's border with Serbia as Kosovo deployed riot police while Serbs protested a move by Kosovo authorities to start removing Serbian license plates from cars entering the country. Kosovo special police with armored...