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July 12, 2018 10:17 AM Kremlin rejects Trump's description of Germany as Russian 'captive'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Thursday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s description of Germany as a “captive” of Russia due to its energy reliance, saying Moscow and Berlin were equally dependent on each other. Trump made the comments at a NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday, telling Germany it was wrong to support an $11-billion Baltic Sea pipeline 37

July 11, 2018 11:16 PM Trump attends NATO summit

What Trump's first day at the NATO summit looked like Three senior European diplomats from key allies had mixed reactions today about President Trump's criticism of Germany. One senior diplomat said Trump's performance today was "beyond belief." Another senior European diplomat said his remarks on Germany are "very confusing." A third diplomat agreed 55

July 11, 2018 6:05 PM Trump Urges NATO to Double Military-Spending Target to 4% of GDP

U.S. leader pressures allies while bashing Germany for its military spending and support for a major gas deal with Russia BRUSSELS—President Donald Trump pressured allies at the NATO summit Wednesday to double the military-spending target to 4% of gross domestic product, while bashing Germany for its military spending and support for a major gas deal with Russia 38

July 10, 2018 3:19 PM Trump Leaves for NATO Gathering With European Allies on Edge

President will press leaders on trade, security ahead of meeting later in the week with Russia’s Putin JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md.—President Donald Trump left Tuesday morning for a seven-day tour through Europe that will begin with him confronting jittery NATO allies over military spending and end with a summit with President Vladimir Putin that will seek to reset 36

July 10, 2018 3:49 AM Turkish Leader Takes Oath With New Powers and High Ambitions

Erdogan launches fresh presidency with vision of Turkey as a mover linking East and West ISTANBUL—Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took up a new mandate with vastly expanded powers on Monday, and vowed to use his broadened authority to position his nation as a driving force linking East and West—a gambit that will face an immediate test at a NATO summit 37

July 9, 2018 7:03 PM An Optimistic Pompeo, in Kabul, Urges Talks With Taliban

Cease-fires spark hopes from U.S., Afghan government for negotiated end to war KABUL—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, making an unannounced visit to the Afghan capital on Monday, said the prospect for talks between the Kabul government and Taliban militants was now brighter thanks to the Trump administration’s rejuvenated strategy for fighting the 17-year 71

July 7, 2018 2:12 PM Romanian MiG-21 fighter jet crashes during airshow, kills pilot

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - A Romanian air force MiG-21 Lancer fighter jet crashed during an airshow in eastern Romania on Saturday, killing its pilot, the defense ministry said. Eyewitnesses at the airshow, attended by about 4,000 people. said the plane exploded when it hit the ground. Television footage showed flames and thick smoke. Television reports quoted 47

July 6, 2018 6:23 PM NATO, Under Fire From Trump, to Trumpet Its Heightened Readiness

Pressure from the U.S. and aggression from Russia push military alliance to sharpen its operational focus BRUSSELS—Broadsides against NATO from U.S. President Donald Trump on European defense spending—and worries about Russia’s resurgence—have sped a transformation that has put the trans-Atlantic military alliance on its best operational footing in years 42

July 6, 2018 5:03 PM U.S. welcomes Ukrainian law to aid NATO 'interoperability'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday backed a Ukrainian effort to bolster its security sector, including implementing a new law aimed at easing “interoperability” between NATO and Ukrainian armed forces, the U.S. State Department said in a statement. Kiev’s new national security law “will further deepen Ukraine’s Western integration, the department 44

July 5, 2018 12:40 PM Macedonian lawmakers ratify Greece name deal again

SKOPJE, Macedonia – Macedonia's parliament on Thursday ratified a historic deal with neighboring Greece for the second time in two weeks, after the Macedonian president temporarily blocked the agreement. A total 69 lawmakers in the 120-strong parliament approved the deal, under which the country would be renamed "North Macedonia." All lawmakers from the conservative 62