Finland says it could join Nato despite Russian pressure

Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö on Saturday reiterated his country’s right to join Nato if it wants to, in a dismissal of Russian demands for no further expansion of the Western military alliance near its borders. “Finland’s room to manoeuvre and freedom of choice also include the possibility of military alignment and of applying for NatoContinue reading “Finland says it could join Nato despite Russian pressure”

Turkey Urges Russia to Drop ‘One-Sided’ NATO Demands

Turkey urged Russia on Monday to drop “one-sided” demands and adopt a more constructive approach in its standoff with Western powers and NATO over Ukraine. NATO member Turkey has irritated Moscow by supplying combat drones to Ukraine that Russia fears could be used by Kiev in its conflict with separatists in two eastern regions. ButContinue reading “Turkey Urges Russia to Drop ‘One-Sided’ NATO Demands”

Putin demands security guarantees as troops mass on Ukraine border – BBC News

Vladimir Putin has again insisted that the West must guarantee that NATO won’t expand eastwards or accept Ukraine as a member. He has also rejected claims that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine, despite many thousands of Russian troops massing on the border. Mr Putin said any expansion NATO would be a threat to RussiasContinue reading “Putin demands security guarantees as troops mass on Ukraine border – BBC News”

Russia to Stage Large-Scale ‘Attack’ Drills Near Ukraine as Tensions Ratchet

Russia announced large-scale “attack” and amphibious assault exercises in and around annexed Crimea on Thursday as Western governments continue to sound the alarm over Moscow’s possible invasion of Ukraine. More than 1,200 Russian airborne and artillery troops, as well as chemical and biological forces and 250 pieces of military hardware, will conduct combat firing exercises at theContinue reading “Russia to Stage Large-Scale ‘Attack’ Drills Near Ukraine as Tensions Ratchet”

Russia agrees to begin security talks with U.S. at start of year

Russia will enter talks with U.S. negotiators on security guarantees it wants from the West at the start of next year, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday, amid concerns over a Russian military build-up near Ukraine’s border. Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of considering a new attack on Ukraine as early asContinue reading “Russia agrees to begin security talks with U.S. at start of year”

Putin blames West for tensions since end of Cold War

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday blamed the West for escalating tensions in Europe, saying it had incorrectly assessed the outcome of the Cold War. Speaking to senior military officials, Putin said Russia would respond “adequately” to any Western aggression and would develop its army further. “Why did they expand NATO and renounce the missileContinue reading “Putin blames West for tensions since end of Cold War”

UK troops will not be deployed to Ukraine to defend against Russia

Britain and its allies are “highly unlikely” to send troops to defend Ukraine if Russia invades the country, the UK’s defence secretary has said. “We shouldn’t kid people we would,” Ben Wallace told the Spectator magazine. “The Ukrainians are aware of that.” Russia has moved thousands of troops near Ukraine’s eastern borders, leading Western powersContinue reading “UK troops will not be deployed to Ukraine to defend against Russia”

NATO will not let Russia dictate its military posture, Germany says

NATO will discuss Russia’s security proposals but it will not let Moscow dictate the alliance’s military posture, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said on Sunday on a visit to German troops based in Lithuania to deter a Russian attack. On Friday, Moscow set out a list of demands for the West that includes withdrawing NATO battalionsContinue reading “NATO will not let Russia dictate its military posture, Germany says”

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Nato says Russia will have no say in whether Ukraine can join alliance

Ukrainian president says Russian aggression is pushing his country towards Nato Nato has said Moscow will have no say in whether Ukraine joins the alliance, rejecting Russia’s push for a de facto veto on its neighbour’s security arrangements and urging it to reverse a build-up of military forces near their shared border. Russian president Vladimir Putin has told western leadersContinue reading “Nato says Russia will have no say in whether Ukraine can join alliance”

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