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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Bids Farewell

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen bid farewell to NATO members and NATO staff as he prepares to step down Tuesday. At a ceremony in Brussels on Friday to mark the end of his five-year term, Fogh Rasmussen acknowledged the soldiers who comprise NATO forces as "the backbone of our Alliance" and laid a wreath in honor of those who paid ... more

NATO Signals No New Members Right Now

merkel at nato meeting

BRUSSELS -- Faced with a newly aggressive Russia, NATO has been mulling how to react, but it is ruling out one option: rapid expansion.   Four would-be members, including the former Soviet republic of Georgia, have been informed that admission to NATO isn't in the cards anytime soon. For some, that means dashed hopes. Macedonia's foreign minis... more

NATO Reports Spike in Russian Military Flights

A Russian Tu-95 Bear long-range bomber aircraft. U.S. Navy photo

BRUSSELS — NATO on Wednesday reported an "unusual" spike in Russian military flights over the Black, Baltic and North seas and the Atlantic Ocean during the past two days. Alliance military spokesman Lt. Col. Jay Janzen that four groups made up of Tu-95 Bear H strategic bombers, MiG-31 fighters and other Russian warplanes had been conducting la... more

NATO Chief: Stronger Alliance Required to Deal with Russia

President Vladimir Putin and officials observe as Russia shows off its military might in its annual Red Square parade marking victory over Nazi Germany.

BRUSSELS -- Only a strong Western security alliance can negotiate better ties with Russia, NATO's new secretary general said Tuesday. Jens Stoltenberg said his experience as Norway's prime minister was that robust defense capabilities and a solid trans-Atlantic bond were fundamental requirements in order to bring about constructive relations wi... more

NATO Intercepts Russian Jets over Baltic Sea

A Canadian CF-18 Hornet from the 409th Tactical Fighter Squadron launches a laser-guided bomb. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt. Col. Tim Pfeifer)

HELSINKI — NATO scrambled fighter jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing. Lt. Col. Robert Gericke said the Russian aircraft were flying in international airspace and had not violated the territory of alliance membe... more

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