Category Archives: NATO

Hungary to block Ukraine's NATO membership, Szijjarto says

The row over the language law continues. Hungary’s foreign minister on Wednesday said Budapest would block Ukraine’s membership in NATO until Kyiv restored the rights that ethnic Hungarians had before the language law was adopted. Reuters says Hungary has clashed with Ukraine over what it says are curbs on the rights of roughly 150,000 ethnic Hungarians to use their native

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The Council endorsed a request to submit a MAP to NATO

Parliament adopted a resolution “On the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine’s Declaration” On the first steps to ensure Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration is the acquisition of Ukraine’s full membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It was supported by 284 MPs, Ukrinform correspondent reports. The statement stresses that today Ukraine is in fact the eastern border of the North Atlantic Alliance, and

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Putin Criticizes NATO Expansion as Alliance Holds London Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday criticized NATO’s continued expansion, something he suggested was pointless given the absence of a threat from Moscow following the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Speaking at a meeting of Russian military leaders in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin said NATO expansion posed a threat to Russia, but said he hoped

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Macron Says NATO Should Focus on Terrorism Instead of Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said his remarks that NATO was experiencing “brain death” had been a useful wake-up call to alliance members, and he would not apologize for saying it. Macron’s blunt verdict ahead of a Dec. 4 summit in Britain drew strong reaction from European peers who believe Europe still needs to rely heavily on the transatlantic

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U.S. to cut its financial contribution to NATO in 2020

Trump’s administration seeks to reduce its contribution from 22% to 16% of NATO’s overall budget Trump’s administration has decided to cut its financial contribution NATO in 2020 and to send saved money to help non-NATO countries – Ukraine and Georgia, CNN reports. “All Allies have agreed a new cost sharing formula. Under the new formula, cost shares attributed to most

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Merkel demands more money for German Armed Forces because of situation in Eastern Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a weekly televised statement, which is published on German Government’s website, that the situation in Eastern Ukraine forces NATO member countries to reconsider the Alliance’s defense strategy. “Because of the conflict in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, the topic of national defense and Alliance defense came into focus,” said German Chancellor. According to

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Merkel, NATO chief reject Macron’s view NATO is dying

“NATO remains a cornerstone of our security,” Merkel told reporters French President Emmanuel Macron used “drastic words” when he described NATO as experiencing a “brain death”, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, saying that was not her view. “NATO remains a cornerstone of our security,” Merkel told reporters, according to Reuters. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also rejected the characterisation

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Russia accuses NATO of stirring up tensions over Ukraine: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s foreign ministry accused NATO on Friday of fuelling tensions over Ukraine and said the alliance’s military support for the country was creating divisions inside it, the TASS news agency reported. On Thursday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg traveled to Ukraine and its President Volodymr Zelensky said it was ready to speed up preparations to become a

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Medvedchuk: Ukraine’s accession to NATO not to contribute to reintegration of Donbas

“We are strongly against joining NATO and we believe that a course the new government has chosen, which is headed by Mr. Zelensky, is a course of continuing the policy of Mr. Poroshenko, Groysman, Yatsenyuk, Parubiy,” Viktor Medvedchuk said The Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform – For Life Party, MP Viktor Medvedchuk believes that Ukraine’s joining NATO

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NATO announces purpose of its leadership’s upcoming Ukraine visit

22:00, 21 October 2019 Chief of NATO representation to Ukraine spoke about the Oct 30-31 visit’s agenda. Head of NATO Representation and NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine, Alexander Vinnikov, says that the Alliance seeks to deepen dialogue with the new Ukrainian authorities. Speaking at the “Ukraine-NATO: What’s on the Negotiating Table?” discussion panel in Kyiv Monday, he said that next

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NATO Rejects Putin’s Missile Moratorium Offer

NATO has rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s calls to suspend deployment of missiles in Europe that were banned under a recently abandoned U.S.-Russian nuclear pact. The Kommersant business daily reported and the Kremlin confirmed Putin’s offer, which came amid concerns that Russia and the U.S. are headed toward an arms race after Washington exited the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF)

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One Article, Many Ways to Disinform

The recent purchase of an anti-tank missile system by Estonia resulted in illogical, threatening and ridiculing narratives by pro-Kremlin media. The Estonian Defence Forces are caught in the crosshairs of the pro-Kremlin disinformation machine, covered by outlets that are primarily local – for example Sputnik, Baltnews and Rubaltic. In addition to news pieces that typically consist of the defence forces’

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THE NEW IRON CURTAIN

It’s Time for a Unified Allied Strategy in the Black Sea    In the Black Sea, more than elsewhere, Russia is actively employing revisionist strategies to undermine the rules-based international system and once again establish lines of division in Europe. From Russia’s perspective, the Black Sea region exemplifies its vision of a new European security paradigm, where NATO member states—Romania,

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Fake: Poland Wants To Increase Its EU Influence Because of Old Scores With Germany

Poland has agreed to the deployment of additional US troops on its territory because of “old historic scores” with Germany, Russian pro-Kremlin media announced last week. Looking to increase its influence in Eastern Europe Warsaw is resorting to fairy tales about Russian aggression that even Poles do not believe RT  declared, while RIA Novosti accused Poland of “indulging its American

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U.S. might pull troops from Germany to Poland if Berlin does not increase NATO defense spending

Currently, more than 33 000 U.S. military and another 17 000 civilian employees are deployed at the military bases in Germany The United States will be forced to relocate its military bases from Germany to Poland if Berlin does not increase defense spending. This statement was voiced by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell in response to the reluctance of

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