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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 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

New NATO Chief: Better Ties with Russia Possible

Jens Stoltenberg

BRUSSELS  — NATO's new secretary-general struck a more conciliatory tone Wednesday on Russia, saying there's a chance now for improved relations between Moscow and the West. "We see opportunity in the cease-fire, which has now been established in the eastern part of Ukraine, but we also see violations of the cease-fire and that it's a fragile s... more

Germany Unable to Meet NATO Readiness Target

German army helicopter

BERLIN — Germany's military is unable to meet its medium-term readiness target should NATO call on its members to mobilize against an attack, officials said Monday. The revelation follows days of embarrassing reports about equipment failures that included German army instructors being stranded in Bulgaria en route to Iraq when their plane brok... more

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