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BRUSSELS/PARIS/ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used his final NATO meeting this week to sharply criticise Turkey, saying its purchase of a Russian weapons system was “a gift” to Moscow, according to five diplomats and officials. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media prior to meeting with Kuwait's Foreign Minister in Washington, D.C., U.S., November 24, 2020. The meeting tone was described as “measured” but “more confrontational” than is usually the case at NATO. “We had to purchase (a weapons system) from Russia because we could not from our allies,” he added. Turkish sources with knowledge of the meeting said that Pompeo made “unjust accusations” and that were was no united front against Turkey.
Persons: Mike Pompeo, Saul Loeb, Pompeo, Pompeo’s, Donald Trump’s, Mevlut Cavusoglu, , Jean, Yves Le Drian, Turkey’s Cavusoglu, , Jens Stoltenberg, Emmanuel Macron, Stoltenberg Organizations: NATO, Kuwait's, Washington , D.C, REUTERS, Turkish, U.S . Defense Department, U.S, Union Locations: BRUSSELS, PARIS, ANKARA, Turkey, Russian, Moscow, Washington ,, Greece, Cyprus, U.S, Syria, Libya, Nagorno, Karabakh, France, Luxembourg, United States, Russia
NATO must focus more on challenge of rising China, report to say
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The report "NATO 2030," prepared by a group of so-called wise persons and containing 138 proposals, comes amid growing doubts about the purpose and relevance of an alliance branded last year by French President Emmanuel Macron as "brain dead." The 30-member alliance could also forge closer ties with non-NATO countries such as Australia and focus more on deterrence in space, where China is developing assets, the report suggests. NATO should consider including China in NATO's official master strategy document, its "Strategic Concept", diplomats cited the report as saying, though it will stop short of declaring the country an adversary. TensionsIn other recommendations, the report will suggest that NATO foreign ministers meet more regularly and will call for a strengthening of the secretary-general's role as an international mediator. The report will be discussed by NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday before being presented to the alliance's heads of state and government next year.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Jens Stoltenberg, China's, Donald Trump's, Joe Biden, Organizations: NATO, NBC, NATO —, Trump Locations: China, Russia, NATO, Africa, Australia, Russian, Soviet, Crimea, Ukraine, Europe
NATO Should Expand Its Focus to Include China, Report Says
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Michael R. Gordon | James Marson | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization should devote much more of its time and resources to security threats posed by China even while seeking to deter Russian aggression, a high-level assessment of the alliance’s future says in a report to be made public Tuesday. The study commissioned by NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg followed criticism last year by French President Emmanuel Macron that the alliance was experiencing “brain death” because of difficulties coordinating among its 30 members and uneven U.S. leadership.
Persons: Jens Stoltenberg, Emmanuel Macron Organizations: Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO’s Locations: China
PARIS/BRUSSELS/MADRID (Reuters) - NATO has asked members for more money to finance a salary hike for staff, a request some alliance nations deem disproportionate given the COVID-19 hit to their economies and are refusing, three European diplomats said. Some 1,000 civilians work within NATO’s international staff, which is composed solely of nationals from NATO member countries. “NATO salaries are subject to annual adjustment, based on a methodology agreed by all nations. Two NATO diplomats confirmed salary negotiations were under way and that there was unhappiness. According to the NATO website the salary is adjusted once a year on Jan. 1 at the time of the annual NATO salary review.
Persons: Yves Herman, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, , , Trump, Jens Stoltenberg, Stoltenberg Organizations: NATO, REUTERS, European, NATO Headquarters, OECD, of Europe, European Space Agency, , Foreign Ministry, Pew Research Center Locations: BRUSSELS, MADRID, Brussels, Belgium, COVID, Europe, Turkey, Canada, European, Spain
NATO, EU invite Biden to rebuild transatlantic ties
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Gabriela Baczynska | ) www.reuters.com + 1.00   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The head of NATO and a top European Union official on Monday invited U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to rebuild transatlantic ties and meet with Washington’s European allies next year. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and European Council President Charles Michel, in phone calls with Biden, congratulated him on his election win and invited him to visit the military alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, which is also the hub of the 27-nation EU. Stoltenberg thanked Biden “for being a long-standing supporter of NATO and the transatlantic relationship,” according to a statement by the military alliance, while Michel “proposed to rebuild ... strong transatlantic” ties, his office said. As the EU grapples with the historic setback of Brexit, the bloc’s statement also highlighted Biden’s support for preserving peace and stability on the sensitive Irish border despite Britain leaving the EU. Biden has told London it must honour its 2020 divorce deal with the EU as it protects peace on the island of Ireland, or else there will be no U.S. trade deal for Britain.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jens Stoltenberg, Charles Michel, Biden, Stoltenberg, Biden “, Michel “, Donald Trump, Brexit Organizations: NATO, European Union, Monday, Washington’s, European, EU, Britain Locations: BRUSSELS, Brussels, Brexit, Britain, London, Ireland, Washington, United States
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with a Taliban delegation hours after mortar shells slammed into different parts of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on Saturday, killing at least eight people. The mortar barrage came as Pompeo was preparing to meet with representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban, who are holding talks in the Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar, though progress has been slow. Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan government's chief negotiator in peace talks, condemned Saturday's attack in a tweet calling it a "cowardly" act. Members of Taliban's peace negotiation team met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Qatari capital Doha, on Saturday. There have been calls for a cease-fire if peace talks in Doha are to continue.
Persons: Mike Pompeo, Tariq Arian, Pompeo, Zabihullah Mujahid, Akbar Khan, Abdullah Abdullah, Saturday's, Patrick Semansky, Christopher Miller, Miller, Donald Trump's, Jens Stoltenberg, Stoltenberg Organizations: Taliban, NBC News, ISIS, SITE Intelligence Group, NBC, Iranian Embassy, Qatari, Doha, Getty, The U.S, Pentagon, U.S, Capitol, NATO, United, Associated Press Locations: Kabul, Arabian, Qatar, Iranian, AFP, Qatar's, Doha, Afghanistan, U.S, Iraq, United States
Trump further directed that this occur by Jan. 15 — only five days prior to the planned inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Clearly, the American people are weary of the war in Afghanistan after over 19 years, and rightfully so. Iklé argued that American forces must not be committed to combat without a clear military strategy, whether for defeating the enemy of for expelling the aggressor’s forces and restoring the peace. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020In October, Trump tweeted about withdrawing all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Christmas. The war in Afghanistan is a NATO mission, and we can now expect a commensurate reduction in these forces.
Persons: Sen, Arthur Vandenberg, Vandenberg, , Donald Trump, shirk, Chris Miller, Trump, Jan, Joe Biden, Miller, Trump’s, Fred Iklé, Iklé, Donald J, , Defense Mark Esper, al, Jens Stoltenberg, Mitch McConnell, Michael McCaul, Mac Thornberry, Biden Organizations: NATO, United Nations, U.S, Editorial, The, Street Journal, Trump, Christmas, Defense, U.S ., . Security, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Republican, House Armed Services Committee, CNN Locations: United States, United, Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, al Qaeda, Kabul, U.S, American, NATO, Ky, Saigon, Middle East, Iranian, Iran
BRUSSELS — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Tuesday that the military organization could pay a heavy price for leaving Afghanistan too early. NATO has fewer than 12,000 troops from dozens of nations in Afghanistan helping to train and advise the national security forces. The expected plans would cut U.S. troop numbers almost in half by Jan. 15, leaving 2,500 troops in Afghanistan. Stoltenberg said that “even with further U.S. reductions, NATO will continue its mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces. "Hundreds of thousands of troops from Europe and beyond have stood shoulder to shoulder with American troops in Afghanistan, and over one thousand of them have paid the ultimate price," Stoltenberg said.
Persons: Jens Stoltenberg, Trump, , ” Stoltenberg, , al, Osama bin Laden, Stoltenberg, Wakil Kohsar Organizations: NATO, Pentagon, United, NBC, Islamic State, Getty Locations: BRUSSELS, Afghanistan, U.S, United States, State, Syria, Iraq, Afghan, ” U.S, Nangarhar, AFP, New York, Washington, ", Europe
NATO chief warns of high price if troops leave Afghanistan too soon
  + stars: | 2020-11-17 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
NATO has fewer than 12,000 troops from dozens of nations in Afghanistan helping to train and advise the national security forces. We have been in Afghanistan for almost 20 years, and no NATO ally wants to stay any longer than necessary. The expected plans would cut U.S. troop numbers almost in half by Jan. 15, leaving 2,500 troops in Afghanistan. Stoltenberg said that "even with further U.S. reductions, NATO will continue its mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces. "Hundreds of thousands of troops from Europe and beyond have stood shoulder to shoulder with American troops in Afghanistan, and over one thousand of them have paid the ultimate price," Stoltenberg said.
Persons: Donald Trump, Jens Stoltenberg, Stoltenberg, Trump, Osama bin Laden Organizations: NATO, U.S, United Locations: Grove, Watford, England, Afghanistan, U.S, United States, State, Syria, Iraq, Afghan, New York, Washington, ", Europe
Timothy Chacon | Flickr CCWASHINGTON — Acting Pentagon chief Christopher Miller said Tuesday that the United States will reduce its military presence in Afghanistan to 2,500 troops and 2,500 troops in Iraq by Jan. 15. The United States has approximately 4,500 troops currently in Afghanistan and more than 3,000 in Iraq. And ISIS could rebuild in Afghanistan the terror caliphate it lost in Syria and Iraq," the NATO chief said, referring to Islamic State militants. In 2003, NATO joined the international security effort in Afghanistan and currently has more than 7,000 troops in the country. Last week, Miller ascended to the Pentagon's acting Secretary of Defense role after President Donald Trump's sudden termination of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
Persons: Timothy Chacon, Christopher Miller, Jan, Miller, General Stoltenberg, Ghani, " Miller, Stoltenberg, Donald Trump's, Defense Mark Esper, Al Qaida, Whitney Houston Organizations: Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction, Public, . Air Force, Staff, Flickr, WASHINGTON —, Pentagon, United, NATO, Islamic, Defense, Department of Defense, 82nd Airborne Division, Task Force, Support Aviation Battalion, Avn, Regiment, Brigade, U.S, Army Locations: Kandahar, Afghanistan, United States, Iraq, Syria, U.S, Nawa, Kandahar Province
Global leaders react to Joe Biden's election win
  + stars: | 2020-11-07 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +9 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER IMRAN KHAN“Congratulations @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris. Look forward to President Elect Biden’s Global Summit on Democracy & working with him to end illegal tax havens & stealth of nation’s wealth by corrupt ldrs. Ukraine is optimistic about the future of the strategic partnership with the United States. Ukraine and the United States have always collaborated on security, trade, investment, democracy, fight against corruption. The United States is Norway’s most important ally and we work closely together in many areas.
Persons: Democrat Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Issei Kato, JUSTIN TRUDEAU, Kamala Harris, , Biden, Harris, ANGELA MERKEL “, HEIKO MAAS, BORIS JOHNSON “, YOSHIHIDE SUGA, EMMANUEL MACRON “, Let’s, NARENDRA MODI, KAMALA HARRIS “, IMRAN KHAN “, Biden’s, ldrs, URSULA VON DER, , GENERAL JENS STOLTENBERG “, MICHEAL MARTIN “, Joe Biden’s, MUSTAFA, ANDRZEJ DUDA “, VOLODYMYR ZELENSKIY “, MARK RUTTE, ERNA SOLBERG, ” PETER BEYER, REUTERS “, PEDRO SANCHEZ “, ARANCHA GONZALEZ LAYA, MITSOTAKIS, ALBERTO FERNANDEZ “, SEBASTIAN PINERA “, MARTIN VIZCARRA, MARIO ABDO, ” PHILLIPINES, HARRY ROQUE “, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Joseph ‘ Joe ’ Biden Organizations: Reuters, Democrat, Republican, Democratic U.S, REUTERS, Government of Canada, United States Congress, U.S . Alliance, Democratic, Biden’s Global, Democracy, UNION, European Union, NATO, GENERAL, MUSTAFA AL, Electoral College, United Nations Security Council, SPANISH, ARANCHA GONZALEZ LAYA “, United Locations: Tokyo, Japan, United States of America, Canada, United States, U.S, JAPAN, India, Afghanistan, ” “, North America, Europe, Ireland, America, IRAQ, Iraq, Poland, Ukraine, Norwegian, Greece, ARGENTINE, CHILE, Chile, USA, PERU, PARAGUAY
Factbox: Global leaders react to Joe Biden's election win
  + stars: | 2020-11-07 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +9 min
Look forward to President Elect Biden’s Global Summit on Democracy & working with him to end illegal tax havens & stealth of nation’s wealth by corrupt ldrs. Ukraine is optimistic about the future of the strategic partnership with the United States. Ukraine and the United States have always collaborated on security, trade, investment, democracy, fight against corruption. The United States is Norway’s most important ally and we work closely together in many areas. I very much look forward to working with you for our shared values.
Persons: Democrat Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s, JUSTIN TRUDEAU, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, , Biden, Harris, ANGELA MERKEL “, BORIS JOHNSON “, YOSHIHIDE SUGA, EMMANUEL MACRON “, Let’s, NARENDRA MODI, KAMALA HARRIS “, IMRAN KHAN “, Biden’s, ldrs, URSULA VON DER, , GENERAL JENS STOLTENBERG “, MICHEAL MARTIN “, Joe Biden’s, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU “, Joe, we’ve, Israel, MUSTAFA, ANDRZEJ DUDA “, VOLODYMYR ZELENSKIY “, MARK RUTTE, ERNA SOLBERG, ” PETER BEYER, REUTERS “, PEDRO SANCHEZ “, MITSOTAKIS, ALBERTO FERNANDEZ “, SEBASTIAN PINERA “, MARTIN VIZCARRA, MARIO ABDO, ” PHILLIPINES, HARRY ROQUE “, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Joseph ‘ Joe ’ Biden, MOON JAE Organizations: Reuters, Democrat, Republican, Government of Canada, United States Congress, U.S . Alliance, Democratic, Biden’s Global, Democracy, UNION, European Union, NATO, GENERAL, U.S, American, MUSTAFA AL, Electoral College, United Nations Security Council, REUTERS, SPANISH, United, ” SOUTH Locations: United States of America, Canada, United States, U.S, JAPAN, Japan, India, PAKISTAN, Afghanistan, ” “, North America, Europe, Ireland, America, ISRAEL, Israel, Jerusalem, Iran, IRAQ, Iraq, Poland, Ukraine, Norwegian, Greece, ARGENTINE, CHILE, Chile, USA, PERU, PARAGUAY, ” SOUTH KOREA
WASHINGTON — Leaders from around the world congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Saturday. In a pair of tweets, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Biden and Harris. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Biden, calling him a "strong supporter of NATO and the transatlantic relationship. From the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan congratulated Biden and Harris on Saturday via tweet. Mark Rutte, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, congratulated America's next leaders and said he hopes to speak to president-elect Biden soon.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris Saturday, Boris Johnson, Harris, Narendra Modi, Biden, Modi, Angela Merkel, Alexander De Croo, Merkel, Justin Trudeau, Jens Stoltenberg, Kamala Harris, Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron, Let's, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Mohammed bin Zayed, Nahyan, Prince, Volodymyr Zelensky, America's, Rutte, Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga, Sommaruga, CNBC's Lauren Feiner Organizations: WASHINGTON, Indian, Belgian, NATO, North America, Twitter, European Commission, Paris Mayor, United Arab, Abu Dhabi Crown, U.S, Swiss Confederation, Swiss Locations: Jamaican, India, United States, North America, Europe, Paris, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, UAE, USA, Netherlands, U.S
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