The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

NATO to boost Iraq troops from 500 to 4000

NATO countries will boost the number of personnel they deploy to a training mission in Iraq from 500 to 4000, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. The idea is to expand training activities for the Iraqi security forces and also to …

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NATO doesn't change: Russia's number one enemy

NATO is hosting the first meeting at the level of defense ministers since US President Joseph Biden took over. On the eve of the meeting, the main ministry of this thirty made a number of important statements that determine the direction of …

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Revision of Montreux Convention could work in Moscow’s favor

The 1936 Montreux Convention governs the passage of ships between the Mediterranean and Black seas via the Turkish Straits, dictates the size of the vessels that can remain there, as well as limits how long they are allowed to stay. Now, 85 years later, this influential treaty is likely to be revised, Moscow military analyst Sergey Marzhetsky says, when Turkey completes its new Istanbul Canal, which will allow ships to bypass the northern element of the Straits—the Bosporus (although not the Dardanelles)

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NATO objectes to planned Russian 5G experiments

Estonia and Latvia, two NATO member states, have objected to planned Russian 5G experiments that could interfere with their military aviation systems. The frequency band to be tested is currently used by the bloc’s aircraft. …

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Will European Union and Turkey reset relations?

After a rough period, Ankara is making overtures to Brussels. Ilke Toygür,  an analyst on European Affairs at Elcano Royal Institute discusses the prospects, the need for the EU to clarify its own position, and the implications of the election of Joe Biden in the article for German Institute for International and Security Affairs

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NATO again accuses Russia of "aggressive behavior"

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged Allies to continue to increase defence spending, invest in modern capabilities and boost the readiness of armed forces to cope with global challenges such as Russia’s aggressive …

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Stoltenberg looks forward to working with Biden

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said all those responsible for last week’s deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol should be held accountable, and he expressed confidence that American institutions are up to the job. …

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NATO invents new threat in Baltic states

It is well known that NATO member states agreed at the 2016 Summit in Warsaw to enhance NATO’s military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance. So, the arrival of the multinational Allied battlegroup in Latvia in June 2017 concluded the deployment of forces under NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic States and Poland

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Biden to intensify US policy towards South Caucasus

Joe Biden’s administration will face multiple foreign policy issues that diminished America’s global position in the last four years. Among them will be a radically changed geopolitical landscape in the South Caucasus. Georgia, as the only pro-Western state, will be a focus for US policy, but it will also require reinvigoration of bilateral ties, Caucasus Watch writes in the article Biden and the US policy towards the South Caucasus

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Why has Turkey grown apart from EU?

I was about to start college when Turkey signed the Ankara Agreement with which the European Union accepted Turkey’s application for the “establishment of an association until Turkey's circumstances permitted its accession.” I graduated, worked as a journalist and retired from it. We saw 27 governments and prime ministers since then. There have been countless "additional protocols" to establish a timetable for formal membership into the European Economic Community, later the EU, and endless talks of negotiations for full membership but to no avail

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NATO PA welcomes Karabakh ceasefire agreement

NATO PA President Attila Mesterhazy welcomed the Russia-backed ceasefire agreement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict area agreed by Azerbaijan and Armenia. "The announced end of hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict area is …

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