Diplomats: NATO to invite Montenegro to join alliance
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Diplomats: NATO to invite Montenegro to join alliance

BRUSSELS (AP) — Foreign ministers from NATO countries were expected to invite Montenegro to join the military alliance despite Russia’s objection to the move, diplomats said, the latest sign of discord between the West and Moscow even as they both battle the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Montenegro’s accession was one of several … Continue reading

Turkey ends missile deal talks with China
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Turkey ends missile deal talks with China

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says Turkey has ended negotiations with China on building a missile defense system. The Anadolu Agency, citing unnamed officials, said Sunday that Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu decided to abandon the missile tender over the possibility that Turkey may construct its own “national” defense system. The deal with … Continue reading

NATO opens military center in Lithuania amid Ukraine crisis
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NATO opens military center in Lithuania amid Ukraine crisis

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Fighter jets roaring overhead, NATO on Thursday inaugurated a military center in the Lithuanian capital amid growing concerns in the Baltic countries over Russia’s military presence. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who joined Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite for the opening ceremony, described the new unit as a “big step forward toward greater … Continue reading

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NATO ministers to meet on Russia, upgrading response force

  BRUSSELS (AP) — With NATO officials calling Russia more unpredictable now than during the Cold War, alliance defense ministers on Thursday are expected to approve further measures to enhance the organization’s ability to deter and, if necessary, respond to military threats from Moscow, officials said. Adam Thomson, Britain’s permanent representative to NATO, predicted “an … Continue reading