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Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament, held a series of meetings with Bosnian Serb officials on a visit to Banja Luka on ... Matviyenko's trip follows a visit to Sarajevo on April 23, where she made a speech condemning NATO enlargement in the Balkans, asserting that it ...
WASHINGTON, April 25 (KUNA) -- In preparation of the upcoming NATO summit, Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan will travel to Brussels on ... is the centrality, importance of the NATO alliance for the United States, our allies, and regional and international security," a US state department official said.
NATO's John Fithian At CinemaCon: Theatrical "Remains A Strong Business In Face Of Disruption". by Anthony D' ... Said Fithian: "According to data from comScore--NATO's official data partner--moviegoers aged 18-44 constituted 63% of the total box office in 2017--up from 61% in 2016. 13-24 year ...

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and other members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees will meet today and Friday with NATO officials, at nato Headquarters in Brussels, about national security issues facing the United States and its NATO allies. The ...
Russia will lose one-third of the diplomatic detail to the Russia-NATO Council, after the civilian head of the trans-Atlantic alliance revoked the credentials for seven officials and barred three others. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ordered the 10 officials home in response to the ... Russian officials
BAKU, April 19. /TASS/. Russian General Staff Chief General Valery Gerasimov has arrived on a working visit to Azerbaijan's capital of Baku, where he particularly plans to discuss the Syria issue with NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe General Curtis Scaparrotti, the Russian Defense ... military officials
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gestures as he delivers a speech to defense ministers at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on Feb. 15, 2018. (John Thys/AFP via Getty ... Our aim is not to provoke conflict, but to prevent conflict,” the Norwegian official added. Stoltenberg said the new logistics ... steel
Bosnia and Herzegovina's Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic says the future of his country lies with the European Union and NATO. During an official visit to Qatar, Zvizdic said his country is implementing political and economic reforms, including fighting corruption, in its efforts to speed up its integration process ... steel
Top European officials slammed President Donald Trump's “America first” vision, and leaders grappled with how to manage Russian aggression and other threats. Back in Washington, special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russians for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election was ... steel
Two US defense officials based in Europe told CNN that Russia is particularly sensitive to US military operations in the Black Sea given recent Russian moves to ... A NATO official told CNN that Russia had deployed submarines to Crimea, saying that while the Western alliance was not looking for a tit-for-tat ... steel
MUNICH - Amid global anxiety about President Donald Trump's approach to global affairs, U.S. officials had a message to a gathering of Europe's foreign policy elite this past weekend: pay ... In the Baltic nations, which border Russia, Trump's election had raised concerns about U.S. commitments to NATO. steel
And it has puzzled and disconcerted NATO officials, who have welcomed the European Union's new commitment, after the Russian annexation of Crimea, .... The American concerns seemed exaggerated, the official said, noting that the European Defense Fund represents less than 1 percent of the bloc's ... steel
... to defeat terrorism, to reduce the violence, protect people and support a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria." In Brussels, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States and Turkey are in open dialogue about their differences. Turkey's defense minister was among those he met at NATO. steel

Sudan, North Korea and several other countries recognized Crimea as part of Russia, but there were a number of resolutions that this is a common problem, and not just a problem for NATO. The alliance and the member states will never recognize Crimea as part of Russia, this problem will remain in our ... steel
Russian senator advises NATO officials to recall geography lessons ... "It's time to make a reminder to the official representatives of Western organizations who may have forgotten geography that the Kaliningrad region is a constituent territory of the Russian Federation," Bondarev said. "It's our legitimate ... steel
Mattis and other U.S. officials have repeatedly criticized the Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Afrin, saying it shifts focus away from the IS fight. ... According to on NATO official, Mattis during a private meeting told the allies that, "You can't have either, or. It's got to be cash ... steel
Officials speaking critically of the Turkish move are always careful to add that military purchases are any government's unilateral decision. Nonetheless, the displeasure is evident. "The principal of sovereignty obviously exists in acquisition of defense equipment," General Petr Pavel, chairman of NATO's ... steel
Mattis and other U.S. officials have repeatedly criticized the Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Afrin, saying it shifts focus away from the ISIS fight. ... According to on NATO official, Mattis during a private meeting told the allies that, "You can't have either, or. It's got to be ... steel
Speaking to Bloomberg on condition of anonymity, NATO officials said the US will become home to a command center focused on maritime security in the ... The official cited by Defense News hinted that the new US headquarters would be "not far" from the location of the old Supreme Allied Commander ... steel
Tunisia has rejected a NATO proposal that would allow NATO officials to use a planned military command center, according to Tunisia's defense minister. In a Monday statement, Abdul Karim al-Zubaidi said his ministry had rejected the proposal, by which Tunisia would receive a 3-million-euro grant in ... steel
At the moment, there are no meetings of the Ukraine-NATO Commission scheduled, Europeiska Pravda was told in Brussels. The Alliance official reminded that the meeting of the NUC was held in December, where the parties discussed the security situation in Ukraine and the course of reforms. Hungary ... steel
The Commission's benchmark for any TEN-T investment that supports NATO will be whether it offers dual-use exploitation since the programme's funding is not intended for pure military infrastructure. Nonetheless, as a NATO official told Jane's on 8 February, “the potential of the EU to cater for the military ... steel
Trump scolded allies last May at a summit in Brussels, warning of more attacks in Europe if NATO did not do more to stop militants. Even his predecessor Barack Obama sought a greater NATO role in the Middle East. NATO Afghanistan Associated Press. Then, US officials had raised the possibility of NATO ... steel
It has also caused an estimated 1,000 Syrian Kurdish fighters who were assisting in the fight against ISIS' remnants in Syria's east to move toward Afrin, according to Kurdish and US officials. The greater concern for US policymakers here is that the more Turkish forces attack Afrin and these Syrian Kurds, ... steel
Russia's officials also contend that NATO captured the post-communist countries and threatened Russia's borders. In reality, NATO enlargement over the past 20 years has been a voluntary process initiated by each aspirant state. It has not created a hostile alliance along Russia's western frontiers but ... steel
In the spirit of transparency, we look forward to hearing more from Russia on this,” Reuters cited a NATO official as saying Tuesday. “It is important to determine the exact situation. NATO is alert, we understand the capability, but we also understand that the Russians have been moving equipment in and out ... steel
VILNIUS – Lithuania will mark the 1st anniversary of the deployment of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group in Rukla, eastern Lithuania, on Monday. During the official ceremony at the Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment, troops from Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Croatia and France ... steel
Some national-security commentators in America argue that Turkey should either cancel the S-400 or be told it cannot buy the F-35. The resulting confrontation could lead to Turkey marching out of NATO. NATO officials are doing their best to put on a brave face. They point out that Turkey has also signed a ... steel
“The NSC staff spends a lot of time fighting back the 'alt-right' residue on Trump's Europe policy,” said a former senior Pentagon official who served under George W. Bush's administration. But none of these officials can insulate NATO from Trump. Trump repeatedly called NATO “obsolete” as a presidential ... steel
Greece, a Nato member, has blocked Macedonia's Nato and EU accession for almost a decade on grounds that its name implied a territorial claim to a Greek region of the same name. The Macedonian and Greek PMs, who met earlier this month, have said they were close to a solution. Matthew Nimetz, a ... steel
When Ukrainian officials talk about possibilities for the country to join NATO, they mostly face criticism toward such an initiative. And this criticism is not unfounded as Ukraine has long lost its Membership Action Plan (MAP). However, Kyiv does have a key to NATO. It's just that this key should be applied ... steel
“I certainly have concerns with respect to Russia,” Scaparrotti told a press conference in Brussels on January 17 following a meeting of top NATO defense officials. “I think that, as an alliance, we are dominant. There are domains within this that were challenged. I think cyber is one of those. They are very ... steel
Pictures “reflect the hardships and difficulties at the moment in Ukraine after the illegal, illegitimate annexation of Crimea but also the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine,” the NATO official said. He underlined that “this is important for all of us to stick to our principles, and first and foremost it respecting ... steel
U.S. Military Allies Cannot Defeat This Flock Of Sheep at One of NATO's Most Important Bases ... While AFP quoted the U.S. installation's top official as saying in 2014 that the sheep's presence "undermines the minimum security requirements and is incompatible" with the running of the base, Navy Region ... steel
Russia has upgraded every aspect of its military in the last decade and is now becoming Europe's greatest security threat, a top U.S. Marine Corps general told NATO officials. Marine Corps General Joe Dunford spoke during a visit to NATO headquarters in Belgium, where he is meeting the alliance's ... steel
According to Polish Radio's correspondent in Brussels, the talks were to cover the process of strengthening the eastern flank of the alliance and a plan to upgrade NATO's new command structure, which has not been expanded since the end of the Cold War. Decisions on the locations of new command ... steel
In July 2018, NATO officials will be meeting in Brussels, where the enlargement strategy of the alliance will be discussed. ... I have been told by a former high-ranking Bosnian defence official that Bosnia will get its Membership Action Plan (MAP) activated during the meeting in Brussels, which would be a ... steel
According to Polish Radio's correspondent in Brussels, the talks were to cover the process of strengthening the eastern flank of the alliance and a plan to upgrade NATO's new command structure, which has not been expanded since the end of the Cold War. Decisions on the locations of new command ... steel
NATO and Russia maintain open military-to-military lines of communication, which are intended to promote predictability and transparency in military activities, a NATO military official told APA. The official was commenting on a meeting between General Curtis Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander ... steel
Russia's undersea activity has reached levels not seen since the height of the Cold War, a NATO official said Saturday. Rear Adm. Andrew Lennon, NATO's commander of submarine forces, told reporters that Russia's submarine activity has ticked up considerably in the past few years, with more Russian ... steel
Jolie will reportedly be briefed on the duties of NATO advisers relating to gender issues in Kosovo and Afghanistan. “The focus will be on the protection of civilians, especially with regard to protection against sexual and gender-based violence,” a NATO official disclosed. Measures to prevent sexual ... steel
On February 2, she will meet with Defense Ministry officials to discuss the current regional defense and security situation and the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup in Latvia. During the second day of her visit to Latvia, Gottemoeller is scheduled to meet also with Latvian Foreign Minister ... steel
Pakistani officials say the U.S.-led NATO military coalition in Afghanistan has offered to import vital supplies through the southwestern port of Gwadar, calling it a much shorter and economically viable route into landlocked Afghanistan. The federal minister for maritime affairs, Hasil Bizenjo, says NATO ... steel
NATO's chief said Wednesday he is certain the alliance will have sufficient ... NATO officials said earlier this month the alliance came up short, ... steel
A NATO official, who asked to remain anonymous, told Xinhua that two ... The technician was dismissed from duty after Turkish officials noticed ... steel
A senior NATO official said Thursday that the “risk for a major interstate conflict has increased” in recent years, pointing to a shift in military and ... steel


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