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Trump's envoy at UN issues stern warning to Russia, backs NATO.

© AFP KENA BETANCURUnited Nations - US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday said the United States is ready to improve ties with Russia but will not compromise on its support for NATO and the European Union. Haley told a Security Council debate on conflicts in Europe that "Russia's attempts to destabilize Ukraine" were among ...

- Business Insider - US

Europeans push back against undermining of transatlantic security pillars.

Allied attitudes to Russia could harden after US reassurances of its commitment to NATO, but European officials also warn Washington not to undermine the European Union or Europe's values as pillars of transatlantic security. "We are counting, as always in the past, on the United States'

- Jane’s - US

Montenegro points finger at Russia for failed plot to kill prime minister and stop country from joining NATO.

The prosecutor alleges Russian military intelligence would have seen a group disguised as police officers attack parliament on Oct. 16 and kill Milo Djukanovic

- National Post - CA

Germany to increase army to 198,000 by 2024.

Germany is to increase its army by 5,000 soldiers, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday, bringing the total to 198,000 in 2024, at a time when U.S. pressure is mounting on European NATO members to raise military spending.

- The Daily Star - LB

Ex-NATO Chief praises Trump's national security team 'now that Flynn has been dismissed'.

Win McNamee/Getty ImagesSAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO on Tuesday praised the national security team being shaped under the Trump administration as "first class" now that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is out of the picture. "The good news," said Adm. James Stavridis to attendees of ...

- Business Insider - US

US committed to Europe alliances: Haley.

NATO is the “strongest alliance in history” and the United States is committed to its alliances in Europe, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday. The U.S. is working to make the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “even more effective,” Haley...

- The Raw Story - US

Trump's envoy at UN warns Russia US stands firm on NATO, EU.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday said the United States is ready to improve ties with Russia but will not compromise on its support for NATO and the European Union.Haley told a Security Council debate...

- Expatica - NL

NATO general: Troops will stay in Kosovo as long as needed.

A senior NATO commander has assured Kosovo that the military alliance will maintain troops in the Balkan country "for as long as it's necessary."

- Stars and Stripes - US

Two cents on the 2 percent question.

A perennial topic for discussion at the Munich Security Conference is the American insistence that Europe spend more on its own defense. For the past several years, that's been connected to a pledge made by NATO members at their 2006 Riga Summit to move toward spending 2 percent of GDP on defense. The 2 percent

- Brookings - US

NATO general: Troops will stay in Kosovo as long as needed.

PRISTINA, Kosovo — A senior NATO commander has assured Kosovo that the military alliance will maintain troops in the Balkan country "for as...

- Townhall.com - US

Mr Pence at NATO:"Europeans must urgently invest more ".

US Vice President Mike Pence is doing Brussels today. On Monday morning he met with EU officials moving on to NATO HQ during the afternoon.

- Expatica - NL

Trial of Qadhafi aides 'seriously' flawed: U.N.

Libya has been riven by violence and lawlessness since the Libyan dictator was toppled and killed in a NATO-backed revolt in 2011.

- The Hindu - IN

Montenegro's parliament 'will vote for NATO by 59%'

Montenegro will finish the ratification procedure of its NATO accession with a vote in parliament in the coming months. Public opinion is evenly divided for and against NATO membership, but it is unlikely that a referendum will be called over the issue.

- EurActive - UK

Stealth-Killer: How Russia or China Could Crush America's F-35 or F-22 Raptor

Dave Majumdar Security, So you thought stealth was unbeatable?  With a missile warhead large enough, the range resolution does not have to be precise. For example, the now antiquated S-75 Dvina—known in NATO parlance as the SA-2 Guideline—has a 440-pound warhead with a lethal radius of more than 100 feet. Thus, a ...

- The National Interest - US

Spruds: If everything with NATO was fine, we would not need to keep reminding about this so frequently - The Baltic Times

RIGA - If it is constantly repeated that NATO as an alliance continues to function, this means that something is not completely right, the direc......

- The Baltic Times - US

Pence warns Nato it must boost spending

Mike Pence also said the US remains committed to Europe, despite recent criticism by Donald Trump.

- BBC - UK

Pence tries to reassure wary EU, NATO of U.S. support, says Flynn disappointed him

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence moved Monday to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington's support for the union and its commitment to European security through the NATO military alliance. During meetings in Brussels, Pence said he was acting on behalf of President Donald Trump “to express the ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Pence vows EU and NATO support as protestors reject cooperation

US Vice President Mike Pence's peace mission has assuaged concerns from Europe's political leaders. But human rights protesters say there is no compromise to be had with Washington on Donald Trump policies.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO pay up

Brussels, Belgium, Feb 20 - US Vice President Mike Pence told nervous Europeans Monday that Donald Trump will remain committed to transatlantic ties, but warned NATO allies they must boost their defence spending in return. Capping a European trip aimed at allaying fears about the new administration's support, Pence said ...

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

Donald Trump expects `real progress` on NATO spending by end-2017: Mike Pence

US President Donald Trump expects NATO allies to make real progress by the end of this year towards meeting the increased defence spending target agreed by the alliance, his Vice President Mike Pence said Monday.

- Zee News - IN

Pence Tries To Reassure Europeans On US Support For NATO, EU

BRUSSELS — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence moved Monday to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington's support for the union and its commitment to European security through the NATO military alliance.

- TPM News - US

Milo Booted from CPAC, Trump Picks New Security Adviser, More Anti-Trump Rallies: P.M. Links

President Donald Trump has picked Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to replace Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser. Milo Yiannopoulos has been disinvited from speaking at CPAC over a controversial recording of an interview which suggested he supports sexual relationships between underage boys and adult men . Vice President Mike ...

- Reason.com - US

Inside V.P. Mike Pence's Not-So-Reassuring European Reassurance Tour

Vice President Mike Pence at the Munich Security Conference Saturday. He told attendees the Trump administration was “unwavering” in its commitment to NATO, yet didn't dispel doubts. Somewhere amid the reports out of Melbourne, Fla., and, well, Sweden, Americans were kept abreast of what President Trump was up ...

- Truthdig - US

Pence Reaffirms Commitment To NATO, But Says Europe Must Commit More

Vice President Mike Pence told allies at NATO headquarters in Brussels that President Trump expected to see "real progress" by NATO members in raising their defense spending by the end of 2017.

- NPR - US

Trump Administration Officials Reassure Europeans On NATO And Russia

Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis have offered words of reassurance to European officials worried about NATO and Russia due to contradicting statements from the president over the last few months. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jacob Parakilas of Chatham House, a think tank in London, about how ...

- NPR - US

Europeans wonder if Trump will act on Pence's reassurances

US Vice President Mike Pence was the latest in a trio of high-ranking Trump emissaries to tell European allies in person that the United States will steadfastly support NATO and demand that Russia honour its commitments to end fighting...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Pence 'expects our allies to keep their word' on NATO costs

Pence is making his first trip abroad as vice president.         

- USA TODAY - US

Mike Pence embarrassingly tells EU: Trump attacks media 'when they play fast and loose with facts'

Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday that President Donald Trump has been forced to attack the media because the press plays “fast and loose with the facts.” At a press conference with European leaders in Brussels, the U.S. vice president was asked to give NATO allies assurance that ...

- The Raw Story - US

WATCH LIVE: UK Parliament debates whether to invite President Trump for official visit

The United Kingdom's Parliament is debating right now on whether to formally invite President Donald Trump to the country for an official state visit. On one side, anti-Trump MPs argue that Trump's past statements slamming the free press, his own intelligence agencies, and the NATO allia...

- The Raw Story - US

President Trump's Foreign Policy Failures Are Alarming Europe

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander reports from a security conference that left Europe shocked

- TIME Magazine - US

Pence tries to reassure anxious Europeans on US support

Vice President Mike Pence moved Monday to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington's support for the union and its commitment to European security through the NATO military alliance. During meetings in Brussels, Pence said he was acting on behalf of President Donald Trump "to...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Czech deputy PM: A 'different' migration is needed

We have to change NATO from a defence pact to tan offensive pact, Andrej Babiš, the Czech minister of finance, who also serves as deputy premier, told Euractiv Poland.

- EurActive - UK

US vice president pledges support for EU and NATO in first Brussels visit

US Vice President Mike Pence appeared to row back on President Donald Trump's statements against NATO and the European Union in his first visit to Brussels.

- EurActive - UK

Kremlin denies Montenegro assassination plot

Moscow has rejected allegations that it was involved in a plot to assassinate Montenegro's prime minister. A Montenegrin prosecutor had said the alleged conspiracy was aimed at halting the country's NATO integration.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Pence: Patience of American people being tested by NATO

NATO allies must accelerate defense spending this year in answer to a U.S. demand that Europe carry a heavier burden — or face consequences, Vice President Mike Pence said Monday during a visit to the alliance headquarters in Brussels.

- Stars and Stripes - US

PM: Russian military intel officers behind Montenegro plot

The security services of NATO countries have confirmed and corroborated Podgorica's information that a coup was being prepared last October on election day. This is what Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic has told the TIME magazine in an interview.

- B92 - SK

Trump expects 'real progress' on NATO spending by end-2017: Pence

Brussels, Belgium, Feb 20 - US President Donald Trump expects NATO allies to make real progress by the end of this year towards meeting the increased defence spending target agreed by the alliance, his Vice President Mike Pence said Monday. “The president and the American people expect our allies to keep their word ...

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

Mike Pence warns Nato it must boost defence spending

Mike Pence also said the US remains committed to Europe, despite recent criticism by Donald Trump.

- BBC - UK

Russia behind attempted Montenegro coup – prosecutor

Moscow orchestrated an attempted coup during Montenegro's October 16 election in a bid to stop the country from joining NATO, a Montenegrin prosecutor said Sunday evening, according to POLITICO.

- UNIAN - UA

Mike Pence says he was 'disappointed' that Michael Flynn withheld information from him

AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool BRUSSELS — Vice President Mike Pence said Monday it was right to oust Michael Flynn as national security adviser for misleading him about the adviser's contacts with Russia. "I was disappointed to learn that the facts that have been conveyed to me by General Flynn were inaccurate," Pence ...

- Business Insider - US

PENCE: Trump and I support a free press, but we'll call out media playing 'fast and loose with the facts'

BRUSSELS - U.S. President Donald Trump believes in a free and independent press but he will not hesitate to point out flawed reporting, the U.S Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday. "Rest assured the president and I both strongly support a free and independent press but you can anticipate that the president and all of ...

- Business Insider - US

Donald Trump, Mike Pence To Spend Presidents Day Working

President Trump is in Florida and Vice President Pence is overseas meeting with European and NATO officials. Rachel Martin talks to Robert Costa, national political reporter for The Washington Post.

- NPR - US

Cold War redux? US-Russian missile spat in Europe

Washington Feb 16, 2017 The United States and Russia may be on the verge of a new arms race in Europe, decades after the missile crisis that shook the Old Continent in the waning years of the Soviet Union. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he would like to build warmer ties with Moscow, but in Europe tensions have ...

- SpaceDaily.com - US

Pence tries to reassure Europeans on US support

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence moved Monday to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington's support for the union and its commitment to European security through the NATO military alliance.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Pence tries to reassure Europe on U.S. support, commitment

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence moved Monday to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington's support for the union and its commitment to European security through the NATO military alliance.

- Newsday - US

Pence tries to reassure Europeans on US support

Vice President Mike Pence moved Monday to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington's support for the union and its commitment to European security through the NATO military alliance. In meetings in Brussels, Pence said he was acting on behalf of President Donald Trump "to express...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Bloomberg: Poll shows four NATO nations would pick Russia to defend them if threatened

Who you gonna call? For the citizens of four NATO countries asked which military power they’d want fighting on their side if attacked, the answer was simple - Russia. The post Bloomberg: Poll shows four NATO nations would pick Russia to defend them if threatened appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Donald Trump's Demands on NATO Defense Spending Are Driving a Wedge Into Europe

The European Union may not feel much like a family these days, but its leaders do tend to bicker like one over questions of money and pride, especially when they have a grumpy uncle named Donald Trump calling in debts on defense spending from across the Atlantic. So it was at the Munich Security Conference…

- TIME Magazine - US

Bergmanis: Whole Europe striving to increase financing for defense - The Baltic Times

RIGA - The whole Europe is striving to increase financing for defense, which is in line with the wish of the US that all other NATO members spen......

- The Baltic Times - US

The divide: France, Germany and political NATO

Sten Rynning The Harmel review of 1966–7 is a story of how NATO collectively attempted to define a political role for itself; how France resisted; and how Germany was of two minds and hoped to resolve tensions by bridge-building. Much has changed since then—Britain is exiting the EU; Russia is an assertive but lesser ...

- Chatham House - UK

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