Saturday, January 28, 2023

NATO

US says it’s time for Finland, Sweden to join NATO

The Biden administration has said it’s time for Turkey to ratify Finland and Sweden’s applications to join NATO, bluntly saying that holdout members of the alliance should quickly approve their memberships.The State Department said Secretary of State Antony Blinken...

Sweden has done what’s needed to join alliance: NATO

It’s time for Sweden to join NATO because it has done what’s necessary to secure Turkey’s approval for membership, the military alliance’s secretary-general said on Monday.“I have said that time has come to bring to an end the ratification...

‘Washington-Moscow relationship at its lowest point’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that the Washington-Moscow relationship is at its lowest point.“Indeed, Russia-US relations are in an extremely poor state. They have become practically frozen through the fault of Washington. Its confrontational anti-Russia policy is...

Russia’s defence minister calls for expanding military

Russia’s defence minister says the country’s military must be expanded from its current 1 million personnel to 1.5 million amid the fighting in Ukraine. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday that the number should include 695,000 volunteer contract soldiers....

NATO trying to drag India into anti-Russian alliance: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday accused NATO of whipping up tensions near China in a way that posed risks for Russia.“The South China Sea is now becoming one of those regions where NATO is not averse, as...

Ukraine welcomes arms offers, no word on Patriot missiles

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned Russia’s weeks-long assault on Ukraine’s power grid, saying as NATO scrambled on Wednesday to scrape up replacement electrical gear that Russia had turned its war machine to strikes aiming to “turn off...

Uneasy calm grips Ukraine as West prepares winter aid

An uneasy calm hung over Kyiv on Tuesday as residents of the Ukrainian capital did what they could to prepare for anticipated Russian missile attacks aiming to take out more energy infrastructure as winter sets in.To ease that pain,...

NATO vows to aid Ukraine ‘for as long as it takes’

NATO is determined to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia for “as long as it takes” and will help the war-wrecked country transform its armed forces into a modern army up to Western standards, the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg...

Missile landing wasn’t Russian attack: Poland

Poland said on Wednesday there is “absolutely no indication” that a missile which came down in Polish farmland, killing two people, was an intentional attack on the NATO country, and that neighbour Ukraine likely launched the Soviet-era projectile as...

German chancellor’s China visit sparks controversy

The timing of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s imminent trip to China and what signals he will give to Beijing have raised questions at home, a German member of the European Parliament said Thursday.Reinhard Butikofer of the Green Party, which...