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Putin promised not to kill Zelenskyy, says former Israeli PM
World

Putin promised not to kill Zelenskyy, says former Israeli PM

A former Israeli prime minister who served briefly as a mediator at the start of Russia's war with Ukraine says he drew a promise from the Russian president not to kill his Ukrainian counterpart

Sale of F-16 to Turkey depends on NATO approval, says US Congress
World

Sale of F-16 to Turkey depends on NATO approval, says US Congress

Sweden and Finland applied last year to join the trans-Atlantic defence pact after Russia invaded Ukraine, but faced unexpected objections from Turkey and have since sought to win its support

How long will it take Ukraine to join European Union?
World

How long will it take Ukraine to join European Union?

While the EU backs Ukraine and supports democratic and economic reforms there, Kyiv's hopes to quickly join the 27-nation EU are set to be dashed

Erdogan says Turkey positive on Finland's NATO bid, not Sweden's
World

Erdogan says Turkey positive on Finland's NATO bid, not Sweden's

The three nations reached an agreement on a way forward in Madrid last June, but Ankara suspended talks last month as tensions rose following protests in Stockholm in which a far-right Danish politician burned a copy of the Muslim holy book, the Quran

NATO chief Stoltenberg hails Japan plans to expand defence spending
World

NATO chief Stoltenberg hails Japan plans to expand defence spending

Speaking in Tokyo, Jens Stoltenberg said Japan's renewed focus on security made the nation 'even more' of a partner 'for peace'

NATO chief stresses importance of Indo-Pacific partners amid security tensions
World

NATO chief stresses importance of Indo-Pacific partners amid security tensions

Stoltenberg made the comments as part of a visit to Japan, during which he pledged to strengthen ties with Tokyo to navigate an increasingly tense security environment triggered by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its growing military cooperation with China

As NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reaches out Asia, China and North Korea warn it's going too far
World

As NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reaches out Asia, China and North Korea warn it's going too far

North Korea condemned his visits to South Korea and Japan, saying that NATO was trying to put its “military boots in the region” and attempting to pressure America’s Asian allies into providing weapons to Ukraine.

Finland hopes to join NATO with Sweden despite Erdogan remarks: Finnish FM
World

Finland hopes to join NATO with Sweden despite Erdogan remarks: Finnish FM

Ankara has also reacted with fury to a decision by the Swedish police to allow a protest at which a far-right extremist burned a copy of the Koran outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm earlier this month

Czech President-elect Petr Pavel to speak to Taiwan president in diplomatic breakthrough
World

Czech President-elect Petr Pavel to speak to Taiwan president in diplomatic breakthrough

Pavel, a former army chief and high NATO official who won the Czech presidential election on Saturday, will take office in early March when he will replace current head of state Milos Zeman, who has been known for his pro-Beijing stance

Pentagon-backed think tank urges US to stop war between Russia, Ukraine
World

Pentagon-backed think tank urges US to stop war between Russia, Ukraine

In a landmark report, the RAND Corporation – a highly influential elite national security think tank which is funded directly by the Pentagon – has claimed that prolonging the war between Russia and Ukraine is actively harming the US and its allied nations

Boris Johnson: Putin threatened to lob missile at me
World

Boris Johnson: Putin threatened to lob missile at me

The BBC documentary charts the growing divide between the Russian leader and the West in the years before the invasion of Ukraine.

NATO chief Stoltenberg visits South Korea to deepen ties in Asia amid growing Chinese aggression
World

NATO chief Stoltenberg visits South Korea to deepen ties in Asia amid growing Chinese aggression

NATO is concerned about North Korea's "reckless" missile tests and nuclear weapon programme, while the war in Ukraine had ramifications for Asia, Stoltenberg said

Will India, Japan join Australia, US and UK to form NATO-like alliance to counter China in Indo-Pacific?
World

Will India, Japan join Australia, US and UK to form NATO-like alliance to counter China in Indo-Pacific?

The AUKUS (Australia, UK, US) pact was announced on 15 September 2021 with a focus on the Indo-Pacific. As part of the deal UK & US will help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines

NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrives in South Korea to deepen alliance's ties in Asia
World

NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrives in South Korea to deepen alliance's ties in Asia

In Seoul, Stoltenberg is due to meet with Foreign Minister Park Jin, Minister of National Defence Lee Jong-Sup, and other senior officials, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said in a statement

Why US and Germany supplying tanks to Ukraine evoke memories of the Cold War
Explainers

Why US and Germany supplying tanks to Ukraine evoke memories of the Cold War

The export of German and US tanks to Ukraine is not without risk, both real and symbolic. The presence of Abrams and Leopard 2s in Ukraine threatens to recreate never-fought Cold War engagements

Retired NATO general Petr Pavel set to win Czech presidential vote
World

Retired NATO general Petr Pavel set to win Czech presidential vote

Pavel, a former paratrooper, topped the latest opinion polls with 58 to 59 per cent support, compared with 41 to 42 per cent for Andrej Babis

Russian scare may soon force Denmark to extend conscription to women
World

Russian scare may soon force Denmark to extend conscription to women

The Danish law allows the Army to forcefully conscript all physically able men above 18 for a service spanning between four months to one year. Women, who are though allowed to voluntarily join the forces, aren’t, however, legally obliged to do so

EU official: Russia shifts war focus to 'NATO and the West'
World

EU official: Russia shifts war focus to 'NATO and the West'

Germany and the U.S. announced Wednesday they will send advanced battle tanks to Ukraine, offering what one expert called an “armoured punching force” to help Kyiv break combat stalemates as the Russian invasion enters its 12th month.

Finland hopes for NATO ratification by July
World

Finland hopes for NATO ratification by July

Ankara on Tuesday postponed NATO accession talks with Sweden and Finland, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned Stockholm for allowing weekend protests that included the burning of the Quran outside Turkey's Swedish embassy

Turkey indefinitely postpones NATO membership meeting with Sweden, Finland
World

Turkey indefinitely postpones NATO membership meeting with Sweden, Finland

Turkey's decision came a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Sweden he would not support its bid to join the Western US-led defence alliance. Bids to join NATO must be ratified by all members of the alliance, of which Turkey is a member