NATO to Send Ships, Jet Fighters to Eastern Europe Amid Standoff With Russia

NATO to Send Ships, Jet Fighters to Eastern Europe Amid Standoff With Russia

BRUSSELS – NATO allies are bolstering the alliance’s eastern flank in response to Russia’s military buildup around Ukraine, as the European Union has drawn up loan and grant plans for Kyiv of a worth more than $1.3 billion. The moves are part of intensified efforts by the United States and its allies to prepare for … Read more

Head of German Navy Resigns After Saying Russia Would Never Return Crimea

Head of German Navy Resigns After Saying Russia Would Never Return Crimea

BERLIN — The head of the German navy resigned on Saturday after saying Russia would never cede Crimea to Ukraine and that President Vladimir Putin only wanted respect, in remarks that sparked a diplomatic row between Berlin and Kiev. Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach said in a statement issued by the Navy that he had asked … Read more

F-16 Sale Could Mend U.S., Turkey Ties, But Tension With Russia Intrudes

F-16 Sale Could Mend U.S., Turkey Ties, But Tension With Russia Intrudes

The Biden administration is evaluating a Turkish proposal to buy a fleet of F-16 fighter jets that Ankara officials say would mend the breakdown in security ties between the countries, but the sale is running up against opposition. opposition from members of Congress who are critical of Turkey’s growing ties with Russia. Senior Turkish officials … Read more

Germany Blocks NATO Ally From Transferring Weapons to Ukraine

Germany Blocks NATO Ally From Transferring Weapons to Ukraine

Germany prevents North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally Estonia from providing military support to Ukraine by refusing to issue permits for the export of German-made arms to Kyiv as she prepares for a possible Russian invasion. Unlike the United States, Britain, Poland and other allies, the German government has refused to export lethal weapons directly to … Read more

U.S. Allows Baltic NATO Members to Send Arms to Ukraine

U.S. Allows Baltic NATO Members to Send Arms to Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The United States has authorized three Baltic NATO members to send American-made weapons to Ukraine, US officials said. The move will allow Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia to send Javelin anti-tank weapons and Stinger air defense systems to Ukrainian forces. The Biden administration has also informed Congress of its intention to provide Ukraine with … Read more

Blinken Seeks to Reassure Ukraine as Russia Moves Troops in Region

Blinken Seeks to Reassure Ukraine as Russia Moves Troops in Region

The Biden administration’s top diplomat sought to reassure the Ukrainian president of the West’s unified support, but warned that Russia could invade as concerns mount over Moscow’s troop deployment to Belarus, which shares a border with Ukraine. “We have made it very clear to Moscow that if he chooses to renew aggression against Ukraine, he … Read more

Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Claim Suspected Drone Strikes on U.A.E. Capital

Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Claim Suspected Drone Strikes on U.A.E. Capital

Yemen’s Houthi rebels said they were behind suspected drone attacks in the United Arab Emirates that killed three people on Monday, as escalating fighting in a seven-year-old civil war spills over into the whole Middle East. The Houthis, who are backed by Iran, said they had targeted Abu Dhabi in retaliation for a recent escalation … Read more

Afghanistan’s Taliban Battle Rebellion by Ethnic Minority Fighters

Afghanistan’s Taliban Battle Rebellion by Ethnic Minority Fighters

KABUL—The Afghan Taliban are battling a rebellion of ethnic minority fighters within their own ranks in the north of the country, a sign that ties are fraying within the alliance built by the Islamist group that took control of the country. country in August. Some Uzbeks who have joined the Taliban, which is dominated by … Read more

US, Russia see little progress in early Ukraine crisis talks

US, Russia see little progress in early Ukraine crisis talks

U.S. and Russian negotiators failed to narrow their differences during security talks in Geneva on Monday amid Moscow’s military build-up near Ukraine, U.S. and Russian diplomats said. “This is just the start, and we don’t yet know where this is all taking us,” US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who is leading the talks … Read more

Russia Readies Scores of Transport Planes as Troops Pour Into Kazakhstan

Russia Readies Scores of Transport Planes as Troops Pour Into Kazakhstan

Russia sent new reinforcements to Kazakhstan on Sunday, deploying troops to help authorities regain control of the country’s largest cities after days of sometimes violent protests against its leaders. Russia’s Defense Ministry said it had prepared a contingent of more than 75 transport planes to allow for a continued deployment of troops in the country. … Read more