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NATO coalition in Afghanistan shrinking

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alongside the exodus of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, soldiers who hail from countries like Singapore and Slovenia, Mongolia and Malaysia have been packing up too, leaving behind an ever-shrinking NATO coalition.
NATO special forces to take on Russia

- 19 hours earlier @ ri.search.yahoo.com: WASHINGTON — NATO is moving to create a new rapid-reaction force with 4,000 soldiers who could be deployed to defend Eastern European allies under threat from an aggressive Russia. The...

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Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO's security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border.

Newport locals unimpressed as world leaders arrive in Wales for Nato summit

The Guardian: Half a mile – and what felt like a world – away at the grey shopping precinct on the Ringland estate, Roma McIlroy was stacking the shelves of her fruit and veg shop, none too impressed that a Nato summit is about to begin on her doorstep. "What's ...

Putin and the Ukraine crisis will force moribund Nato to reinvent itself

The Guardian: Describing the summit as crucial, Nato's secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, talked up at a Brussels press conference on Monday various plans for confronting the Russian threat. Top of his list, to be agreed at the summit on Friday, is a ...

Obama visit to Estonia sends message to Russians

USA TODAY: WASHINGTON — President Obama leaves Tuesday for a four-day European trip meant to reassure NATO allies and send a stern message to Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. The first stop: The Baltic nation of Estonia, one of three NATO countries that ...

Russia warns NATO against military presence in Eastern Europe

Deutsche Welle: "The fact that the military infrastructure of NATO member states is getting closer to our borders, including via enlargement, will preserve its place as one of the external threats for the Russian Federation," Mikhail Popov, deputy director of Russia's ...

Russia and NATO square off over Ukraine

Yahoo News: Moscow (AFP) - Russia declared NATO a major "threat" on Tuesday after the Western military alliance announced plans to reinforce defences in eastern Europe because of the Kremlin's perceived stoking of war in Ukraine.

Estonia wants clear NATO presence in the East to deter Russia

By Balazs Koranyi and David Mardiste TALLINN (Reuters) - NATO needs a clear and visible presence in eastern Europe to deter Russian aggression but Alliance members also must increase military spending after years of cuts, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Tuesday. Roivas told Reuters in an interview that NATO should move weapons storage facilities into the former eastern bloc ...

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Ukraine crisis: NATO to create 'high-readiness force, ' secretary-general says

CNN: Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- NATO members meeting this week in Wales are expected to create "a very high-readiness force" to deal with Russian aggression in Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday. In a speech on the NATO ...

Will Ukraine Join NATO? What Needs To Happen For Ukraine To Join Military

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (L) greets NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during their meeting in Kiev, August 7, 2014. Rasmussen on Thursday called on Russia to pull its troops back from the border with Ukraine and "step back ...

NATO's big plan for Russia

"Spearhead" force would be able to "travel light, but strike hard if needed," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.

NEW BASES IN EASTERN EUROPE..

NATO Plans New Bases in Eastern Europe

Military.com: BRUSSELS -- The head of NATO said new bases in Eastern Europe will be built to counter potential conflict with Russia. Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the NATO summit next week in Cardiff, Wales, would overcome divisions within the ...

Rasmussen: NATO to open new bases in Eastern Europe

EurActiv: NATO is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe, in response to the Ukraine crisis, and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing further trouble, according to its secretary general. This stance, however, seems to contradict ...

Ukraine crisis: Nato plans east European bases to counter Russia

Nato chief announces move in response to Ukraine crisis and says alliance is dealing with a new Russian military approach Nato is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to its secretary general. Anders Fogh Rasmussen ...

NATO SUMMIT IN WALES..

NATO to create new'spearhead' force to respond to crises

Reuters: The 28-nation alliance already has a rapid reaction force but U.S. President Barack Obama and other leaders meeting for a NATO summit in Wales on Thursday and Friday are expected to create a new force that would be able to respond more quickly to a ...

Afghanistan expected to send defense minister to NATO summit

By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Afghanistan is expected to send its defense minister to a NATO summit in Wales this week, NATO officials said on Monday, after a political crisis dashed hopes that a newly-elected president could make his debut on the international stage there. Who, if anyone, would represent Afghanistan at a summit that will discuss the country's future had become a guessing ...

HIGH READINESS FORCE TO COUNTER..

Nato to create high-readiness force to counter Russian threat

The Guardian: Nato is to create a 4,000-strong "spearhead" high-readiness force that can be deployed rapidly in eastern Europe and the Baltic states to help protect member nations against potential Russian aggression, according to Nato officials. Leaders from the 28 ...

NATO preparing high-readiness force to counter Russia

CBS News: BRUSSELS - NATO leaders this week will be asked to approve the creation of a high-readiness force and the stockpiling of military equipment and supplies in Eastern Europe to help protect member nations there against potential Russian aggression, the ...

NATO preparing high-readiness force to counter Russia

Even though Moscow-backed rebels lowered peace talk demands in Ukraine, Russia's aggression there has made Europe ready itself for worse

IN RESPONSE..

Russia to Revise Military Doctrine in Response to NATO

New York Times: MOSCOW — With NATO leaders expected to endorse a rapid-reaction force of 4,000 troops for Eastern Europe this week, a senior Russian military official said on Tuesday that Moscow would revise its military doctrine to account for “changing military ...

Ukraine crisis: Nato readies rapid-reaction spearhead force in response to

The Independent: Nato is to form a 4,000-strong spearhead force designed to go into action in 48 hours in response to Russian intervention in Ukraine. Stockpiles of military equipment will be stored at bases in Eastern Europe for the troops to use when they go into ...

Nato states create new multilateral force

Financial Times: The force will be one of the boldest steps taken by any group of Nato members in response to the crisis. The aim is to create a fully functioning, division-sized force for rapid deployment and regular, frequent exercises. Officials involved in the ...

Ukraine seeks NATO membership in response to Russia joining war

Reuters UK: After the Cold War, NATO defied Russian objections and expanded to grant its security guarantees to former Communist countries like Poland, Hungary and Romania. But it largely stopped at the border of the former Soviet Union, admitting only the three ...

NATO considers creation of rapid response team for Eastern Europe

Aileen Graef CARDIFF, Wales, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- NATO leaders are expected to consider the creation of a rapid response force for Eastern Europe in response to Russian actions in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine seeks NATO membership in response to Russia joining war

By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Friday it would seek the protection of NATO membership after what Kiev and its Western allies say is the open participation of the Russian military in the war in Ukraine's eastern provinces. Formal Ukrainian membership in the Western military alliance, which would come with the full protection of a mutual defence pact with the U.S. NATO's ...

NATO-Ukraine Commission holds extraordinary meeting in response to Russian military aggression

JC Finley BRUSSELS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The NATO-Ukraine Commission convened an extraordinary session on Friday at the request of Ukraine to discuss Russia's escalated military aggression.

TO THE UKRAINE CRISIS..

Russia to 'amend defence policy' towards NATO

Aljazeera.com: The Russian reaction came a day after the NATO chief said that the alliance will respond to the Ukraine crisis by creating a "spearhead" rapid reaction force, potentially including several thousand troops, that could be sent to a hot spot in as little ...

NATO to create new 'spearhead' force to respond to crises

By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO leaders will respond to the Ukraine crisis by agreeing this week to create a "spearhead" rapid reaction force, potentially including several thousand troops, that could be sent to a hotspot in as little as two days, officials said on Monday. The 28-nation alliance already has a rapid reaction force but U.S. President Barack Obama and other leaders ...

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