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Prisoner Swap Includes MH17 Crash Suspect

Film director is among the 70 traded by Russia, Ukraine

(Newser) - In a step toward easing tensions between the two countries, Russia and Ukraine traded a total of 70 prisoners Saturday. Each country flew 35 prisoners to the other country. Greeting the released Ukrainians at the airport, the country's president said, "We have to do all the steps to... More »

US Is Kicking Turkey Out of F-35 Program

NATO ally has bought Russian defense system

(Newser) - In a major break with a longtime ally, the Trump administration on Wednesday said Turkey is being kicked out of an American-led fighter aircraft program because it is buying a Russian air defense system that would aid Russian intelligence. The decision has significant implications for the cohesion of NATO, whose... More »

Turkey Just Got Special Delivery That Won't Make US Happy

First shipment of Russian S-400 missile defense system has arrived in Ankara

(Newser) - A special delivery arrived in Turkey's capital Friday: the first batch of equipment for a $2.5 billion Russian S-400 missile defense system. A source tells the TASS news agency that two more shipments are expected by the end of the summer and that Turkish missile operators are being... More »

US Warns Europe: You're Blocking Us Out

Washington complains about the EU's new defense plan

(Newser) - America is warning Europe to drop a project that would boost military cooperation between EU nations, the Financial Times reports. In a letter to Brussels, US Under Secretary of Defense Ellen Lord says the plan—which involves creating new military equipment, military hospitals, and a spy school—would "produce... More »

New Report Won't Help Trump on the Russia Narrative

'NYT' says he has repeatedly talked about leaving NATO, and Putin would love that

(Newser) - President Trump has made no secret of his disdain for NATO. Now, the New York Times reports that his displeasure has gone beyond making public criticisms. Quoting anonymous senior administration officials, the newspaper says Trump has repeatedly expressed his desire to withdraw from the alliance. Trump's national security team... More »

On Way to Helsinki, Putin Violated NATO Airspace

Estonian military rep cites a 'long pattern' of such Russian violations

(Newser) - Two Russian military planes, including one carrying President Vladimir Putin to Helsinki, Finland, briefly entered NATO airspace without clearance on Monday, according to Estonia. Roland Murof, a spokesman for the Estonian military, says Putin's Ilyushin-96 airplane crossed 1.7 miles into Estonian territory near the island of Vaindloo over... More »

White House: Yes, Aide Was Irritated at NATO Breakfast

But it was all about the food, says Sarah Huckabee Sanders

(Newser) - While President Trump criticized Germany as "captive to Russia" during a NATO breakfast this week, multiple news outlets pointed out that chief of staff John Kelly didn't look like he was having a great time, reports USA Today . As the Washington Post notes, Kelly pursed his lips and... More »

Trump Says He's Now Happy With NATO, Takes 'Total Credit'

He says other nations agreed to increase spending, but France's Macron disagrees

(Newser) - The good news for those worried about the US commitment to NATO under President Trump is that Trump declared, "I believe in NATO" Thursday during a summit-ending press conference, reports the New York Times . The bad news is that, earlier, in a closed-door session with fellow leaders, he again... More »

Trump's Blast at Germany Calls Attention to Huge Pipeline

US worried proposed project would give Russia too much money, influence in Europe

(Newser) - President Trump came out swinging as expected Wednesday at the start of the NATO summit, but he went beyond his familiar criticism that nations such as Germany weren't spending enough on defense. Instead, he called attention to a proposed pipeline that would run gas under the Baltic Sea, from... More »

Trump Lights Into Germany at NATO Breakfast

He says country is 'controlled' by Russia; Angela Merkel isn't having it

(Newser) - In a combative start to his NATO visit, President Trump asserted Wednesday that a pipeline project has made Germany "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia" and blasted NATO allies' defense spending, opening what was expected to be a fraught summit with a list of grievances involving American... More »

Trump Zings NATO, and EU Chief Zings Back

President leaving for Brussels on Tuesday

(Newser) - President Trump is leaving for his NATO summit in Brussels on Tuesday morning in an apparent good mood—and happy to take some preemptive shots at the world bloc. "Thank you to all of my great supporters, really big progress being made," Trump tweeted . "Economy is ROARING.... More »

Trump Fires Off Warning Letters to NATO Allies

Ahead of summit, president complains others, especially, Germany, aren't contributing enough

(Newser) - President Trump heads to Belgium next week for a NATO summit, and he has set the tone in advance with what the New York Times calls "sharply worded" letters to leaders of other member nations. The gist: Trump asserts that they're not paying their fair share for defense,... More »

The Trump-Putin Summit Is Happening

The event is expected to take place before or after the NATO summit next month

(Newser) - The long-anticipated Trump-Putin summit is now official. The US president and the Russian president will meet, likely in July, according to the Wall Street Journal . The meeting was announced by US National Security Adviser John Bolton after he met with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday; the timing and location will be... More »

NATO Has No List of Those Who Died on Its Watch

The AP asks around, dubs its question a 'poignant' one

(Newser) - As NATO shifted into new headquarters in recent weeks, part of the move involved a tombstone-like chunk of polished granite, a memorial to those who paid the ultimate price in service of the military alliance. But ask NATO officials who is among those fallen and the answer usually refers back... More »

Russia May Be Spying on NATO Soldiers Through Their Phones

Wall Street Journal reports on odd occurrences with the devices

(Newser) - Russia appears to be targeting NATO soldiers' personal smartphones in an effort to gain intelligence on military operations and troop strength, reports the Wall Street Journal . Though Russian officials deny such attacks, Western officials say they're sure Moscow is behind the odd things happening to phones because the hackers... More »

NATO Gen. on Russia's War Games: 'We Have to Be Worried'

Official says Russia is not being transparent about exercises

(Newser) - A senior NATO official says there's reason to be concerned about the large-scale Zapad 2017 military maneuvers being conducted now by Russia and Belarus, since they could be seen as "a serious preparation for big war." Gen. Petr Pavel, head of NATO's Military Committee, told the... More »

For First Time, NATO Stages War Games in Baltic 'Weak Spot'

Suwalki Gap is vulnerable due to geography

(Newser) - NATO has a weak spot along the Poland-Lithuania border, a 65-mile-long frontier in an area known as the Suwalki Gap that, if seized by Russia, would cut off not just Lithuania but Latvia and Estonia from the rest of the Western alliance. Over two days recently, the first large-scale NATO... More »

Montenegro Leader Not Troubled by Trump Shove

Trump had 'white-knuckled' handshake with Macron

(Newser) - It was a shove seen around the world: President Trump pushed aside Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic as NATO leaders prepared for a group photo at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels Thursday. Trump was criticized by news outlets in the Balkans and elsewhere, but Markovic himself shrugged it off,... More »

Trump Gets 'Chilly Reception' From European Leaders

The president criticized NATO allies directly during speech

(Newser) - President Trump chided NATO leaders to their faces Thursday for "chronic underpayments" to the organization, the New York Times reports. "Members of the alliance must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations," CNN quotes Trump as saying during the opening of a new NATO... More »

NATO Says Alliance Is Joining Anti-ISIS Coalition

Announcement made before Trump's summit appearance

(Newser) - NATO's chief confirmed Thursday that the alliance will join the international coalition fighting ISIS but will not wage direct war against the extremists—an announcement timed for President Trump's first appearance at a summit of the alliance's leaders. In the wake of this week's suicide bomb... More »

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