Russia, NATO square off over Ukraine as Obama heads to Europe

Russia declared NATO a major "threat" on Tuesday after the Western military alliance announced plans to reinforce defences in eastern Europe because of the Kremlin`s perceived stoking of war in Ukraine.

NATO to oppose Russian aggression: Barack Obama tells Europe
NATO to oppose Russian aggression: Barack Obama tells Europe

Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO's security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border.

Britain orders £3.5 billion in armoured vehicles

 Britain has signed a £3.5 billion ($5.8 billion, 4.4 billion euros) contract for armoured vehicles, the ministry of defence said on Wednesday on the eve of a NATO summit in Wales.

Russia and NATO square off over Ukraine

 Russia declared NATO a major "threat" on Tuesday after the Western military alliance announced plans to reinforce defences in eastern Europe because of the Kremlin`s perceived stoking of war in Ukraine.

Russia's Lavrov urges US to "talk sense" into Kiev

Russia said on Tuesday that Ukraine`s moves to join NATO were aimed at undermining efforts to end the war in the east of the country, and called on Washington to use its influence and "talk sense" into Kiev.

NATO aggravating tensions by boosting military presence:Russia

NATO is ratcheting up tensions by boosting its military presence on Europe's eastern flank and Moscow will adapt its defence policy accordingly, a senior Russian official said today.

NATO `aggravating tensions` by boosting eastern Europe military presence: Russia

NATO is ratcheting up tensions by boosting its military presence on Europe`s eastern flank and Moscow will adapt its defence policy accordingly, a senior official said Tuesday.

Afghan turmoil threatens NATO's "mission accomplished" plans

NATO will declare "mission accomplished" this week as it winds down more than a decade of operations in Afghanistan but departing combat troops look likely to leave behind political turmoil and an emboldened insurgency.

Russia and NATO square off over Ukraine
Russia and NATO square off over Ukraine

Russia vowed on Tuesday to adopt a beefed up new military doctrine over NATO`s plans to establish a rapid-response team that could ward off the Kremlin`s expansion into Ukraine and feared push further west.

Australia to step up formal partnership with NATO at summit

Australia is set to step up its partnership with NATO, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, as the country pursues a bigger roll in global crises from Iraq and Syria to Ukraine. 

Baltics poised for Obama visit amid high anxiety over Russia

From Tallinn to Warsaw, Russian moves in Ukraine are sparking grave concern across a region deeply scarred by war and decades of Soviet occupation on the eve of a landmark visit by US President Barack Obama.

Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at US

Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe yesterday, accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS.

Turkey summons US envoy over Snowden spying claims

Turkey on Monday said it had summoned the US charge d'affaires in Ankara to demand an explanation over a report that Washington has spied intensively on Turkish leaders since 2006.

10 Libya troops killed in clashes with jihadists: Army

Jihadist gunmen clashed on Monday with Libyan troops in Benghazi, killing 10 soldiers, as the Islamists tried to advance on an airport in the eastern city, the army said.

War could spread beyond Ukraine, warns Poland`s Tusk

Poland`s Prime Minister Donald warned on Monday that the war in eastern Ukraine risks spreading if NATO does not toughen its stance quickly.

NATO upgrade to mean bigger eastern Europe presence: Rasmussen

NATO will upgrade its military readiness at a summit this week to provide a more visible presence in eastern European member states spooked by Russia's actions in Ukraine, alliance head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday.

Afghan defence minister may attend NATO summit: Official

Afghanistan may have to send only its defence minister to a crucial NATO summit that will decide on future support because of an impasse over the presidential election, officials said on Sunday.

US welcomes proposed EU sanctions on Russia
US welcomes proposed EU sanctions on Russia

The United States has welcomed the European Union's decision to impose fresh sanctions on Russia if it continues to escalate the conflict in Ukraine, giving it a week's time to dissipate the tensions.

Ukraine says fighter jet shot down by Russian missile

Ukrainian forces say one of their fighter jets has been shot down by a Russian missile in combat against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine, Afghanistan issues to dominate NATO Summit

The current situation in Ukraine and the security transition in Afghanistan at the end of the year will dominate the proceedings of the NATO Summit next week, according to White House officials.