NATO is holding an emergency exercise drill in Montenegro while Russian troops will participate in a war game in Serbia as the two Balkan neighbors seem to be heading in different directions strategically. The five-day drill in Montenegro that started Monday includes fighting floods and chemical attacks. It will involve 680 unarmed personnel from seven […]

Nato chief says alliance ‘does not want new Cold War’

Nato is not seeking confrontation with Russia and does not want another Cold War, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has told the BBC. The planned deployment of 4,000 extra troops to eastern Europe aims to prevent, not provoke conflict, he said. Despite current tensions, the military alliance does not see Russia as a threat, he added. Relations […]

Russian warships denied fuelling stop in Spain after concern from NATO

A Russian war fleet, including the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, will not refuel in Spain on their way to Syria after the Nato member cancelled a planned stopover following concerns by the military alliance. Moscow has withdrawn a request for three warships to dock at the Spanish port of Ceuta with the Spanish foreign ministry […]

Russia could invade Europe within 48 hours, warns ex-military chief

A former NATO chief has warned Europe could be at the mercy of an imminent attack from Russia with no defence plans to repel an invasion.   General Sir Richard Barrons claimed Russia could deploy warplanes, ships and troops on European soil within 48 hours if it desired, with NATO some months away from an […]

Report: ‘Terrorists’ could seize US nuclear weapons from Turkish base

“Terrorists or other hostile forces” could possibly capture dozens of US nuclear weapons housed in a Turkish air base near the Syria border, AFP cited a Washington-based think tank as warning Monday.   Turkey, which has NATO’s second-largest military, allows the United States to use the Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey to launch attacks […]

Russia beefs up military on southwestern flank as NATO approaches

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has strengthened its southwestern flank as NATO builds up its military presence and Ukraine remains unstable, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday in remarks the United States called contrary to efforts to lower tensions.   Moscow has deployed more air defense systems in the southwest and has also deployed […]

John Bolton urges Trump to rethink NATO

“When he (Putin) reads this kind of statement, it’s an encouragement to him. We’re not deterring him, we’re in effect giving him a free hand. So I hope that whoever advised Mr. Trump on this rethinks it,” he added.   During an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, Trump suggested he would be […]

NATO and Russia will meet to ease tension over military activities

NATO and Russia on Wednesday hold their first talks since the alliance agreed at a summit in Warsaw to beef up its presence in eastern Europe due to fears over the Kremlin’s expansionism.The meeting between ambassadors from the 28-nation alliance and Russia is the first since April and just the second since 2014, when the […]

The Guardian view on the Nato summit: a refreshed alliance for troubled times

The flags and insignia, the calls to unity and the reminders of the transatlantic link: it can be tempting to think one Nato summit is much like another. But last week in Warsaw, the alliance held a gathering for a new era – one in which Europe’s collective security and territorial defence are once again […]

EU integration main priority for Macedonia

Macedonia is prioritizing EU integration to attract foreign investment, bring stability to the country and boost living standards, the country’s top diplomat has said.   Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki told Anadolu Agency, “In order to increase living standards in Macedonia, and to bring stability and foreign investments to our country, our main priority is […]