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Sen. Graham: Congress will call for Turkey's NATO suspension and hit it with sanctions if it attacks Kurds

Sen. Graham: Congress will call for Turkey's NATO suspension and hit it with sanctions if it attacks KurdsRepublican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Monday warned Turkey a bipartisan group of lawmakers would introduce sanctions against it and “call for their suspension from NATO” if it attacks the Kurds in Syria.



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NATO chief 'extremely concerned' after attacks on Saudi

NATO chief 'extremely concerned' after attacks on SaudiNATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Monday he was “extremely concerned” about escalating tensions following strikes on Saudi oil facilities at the weekend, accusing Iran of destabilising the region. Speaking to AFP in Baghdad, Stoltenberg’s comments were his first on the strikes on two major Saudi oil facilities, which were claimed by Yemen’s Huthi rebels but which both Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Tehran. Stoltenberg, who said the alliance “strongly condemned” the attacks because of the destabilising effect on oil supplies, also had a message for Iraq’s neighbour, Iran.



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Kosovo jails six for plans to attack NATO troops, other countries

Kosovo jails six for plans to attack NATO troops, other countriesA court in Kosovo said it had jailed six people, including a woman, for terms ranging from one to 10 years, for planning attacks on NATO troops and the public in Kosovo, Belgium and France. The population of Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008, is nominally 90 percent Muslim, but largely secular. NATO has fewer than 4,000 troops there, with the mission to keep the fragile peace since the war ended in 1999.



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US service member killed in Afghanistan: NATO

US service member killed in Afghanistan: NATOAn American service member was killed in Afghanistan, the US-led NATO mission said Friday, the latest US fatality as talks between the US and the Taliban continue. “A US service member died during combat operations in Afghanistan, August 29, 2019,” NATO’s Resolute Support mission said in a statement. The death brings to at least 15 the number of members of the US military to be killed in action in Afghanistan this year, just as Washington is seeking a way out of its longest war.



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US kicking NATO ally Turkey out of fighter program

US kicking NATO ally Turkey out of fighter programIn a significant break with a longtime NATO ally, the Trump administration on Wednesday said Turkey can no longer be part of the American F-35 fighter jet program. The White House did not say explicitly that Turkey will be kicked out of the F-35 program, but the Pentagon was expected to do so. Turkey makes numerous components for the stealth aircraft, which is sold internationally.



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NATO calls on Russia to destroy new missile, warns of response

NATO calls on Russia to destroy new missile, warns of responseOn Tuesday, NATO urged Russia to destroy a new missile to save a treaty that keeps land-based nuclear warheads out of Europe or face a more determined alliance response in the region.



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NATO plans for Russian 'aggression' on 70th anniversary

NATO plans for Russian 'aggression' on 70th anniversaryNATO said Thursday it was taking new action to counter Russia’s “aggression,” finding a united message amid other differences within the Western alliance on its 70th anniversary. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance approved new surveillance measures and naval exercises in the Black Sea to back Ukraine and Georgia, aspiring members of NATO that are facing Russian-backed separatist forces. Stoltenberg urged Russia to return three Ukrainian navy vessels and its sailors which it seized in November near Crimea — the peninsula that Moscow annexed in 2014, in a move not recognized internationally.



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Nato chief makes unprecedented pitch to US Congress on need for trans-Atlantic unity

Nato chief makes unprecedented pitch to US Congress on need for trans-Atlantic unityNato’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made an unprecedented pitch to Congress for unity amid transatlantic tensions on Wednesday, as he marked 70 years since its founding charter was signed in Washington. Mr Stoltenberg gave a ringing defense of "the most successful alliance in history," which has often been derided by Donald Trump, the US president. He used the speech to underscore America’s "enduring support" for the historic alliance and downplayed disagreements with Mr Trump, saying: "Nato has been good for Europe, but Nato has also been good for the United States." He added: "We have to be frank. Questions are being asked on both sides of the Atlantic about the strength of our partnership. And, yes, there are differences. "The strength of Nato is that despite our differences, we have always been able to unite around our core task: to defend each other, protect each other, and to keep our people safe". Jens Stoltenberg addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill  Credit: Reuters Members of Congress, who greeted Mr Stoltenberg with repeated cheers and standing ovations, said they viewed his address as a chance to reaffirm the American commitment to the Nato alliance. His address to a joint session of Congress – a rare honour usually reserved for heads of state – is the first by a Nato chief. The invitation from Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House Speaker, and Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, has been seen as a rebuke of Mr Trump and his repeated bashing of the alliance. An invitation to meet with Mr Trump at the White House was later extended to Mr Stoltenberg. The Trump administration’s relationship with Nato has been fractious, with the president publicly pressuring other partners to pay their "fair share" in defence spending. During an on-camera meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Mr Stoltenberg appeared at times stony faced as Mr Trump criticised German defence spending and predicted the US would get along with Russia. However he acknowledged that Mr Trump’s demand appeared to be paying off, telling the president: "As you just mentioned, after years of cutting defense budgets, Nato allies have now started to invest more. And by the end of next year, they will have added $ 100 billion more into their defense budgets since you took office." Mr Trump has continued to criticise other allies' spending commitments Credit: Rex Mr Stoltenberg also used his speech Wednesday to warn of the threat "a more assertive Russia" posed to the alliance, including its violations of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. "Nato has no intention of deploying land-based nuclear missiles in Europe," Mr Stoltenberg said. "But Nato will always take the necessary steps to provide credible and effective deterrence." Mr Stoltenberg’s address is part of a two-day meeting in the US capital for foreign ministers from the 29-member alliance to mark its 70th anniversary. The celebrations are also intended to show a tough, united front on a resurgent Russia but Mr Trump’s rhetoric is not the only chord of disunity among the allies. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu insisted Wednesday that his country would push ahead with buying Russia’s S-400 missile defense system. "The S-400 deal is a done deal and we will not step back from this," he told a think-tank forum in Washington. Mr Cavusoglu went on to say that Turkey still backed Nato on core concerns with Russia and would never recognise Moscow’s 2014 takeover of Crimea from Ukraine. But he said Turkey turned to Russia as it could not buy US Patriot missiles and claimed Mr Trump had said in a phone call that his predecessor Barack Obama had made a "mistake" not to sell the system to Ankara. It was also announced this week that Nato is to fund a $ 260 million weapons store at an airbase in central Poland to ward off Kremlin aggression. Mr Stoltenberg said the weapons store, along with improved infrastructure will "underpin the increased US presence in Poland". Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.



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NATO chief warns of Russia threat, urges unity in U.S. address

NATO chief warns of Russia threat, urges unity in U.S. addressSaying “time is running out,” Stoltenberg also called on Russia to return to compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, from which U.S. President Donald Trump plans to withdraw the United States this summer. “NATO has no intention of deploying land-based nuclear missiles in Europe,” Stoltenberg said. “But NATO will always take the necessary steps to provide credible and effective deterrence.” In an interview later with Reuters, Stoltenberg did not elaborate on what those steps would be, saying NATO was looking into a wide range of options including arms control initiatives.



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Serbia, Kosovo mark start of NATO intervention 20 years ago

Serbia, Kosovo mark start of NATO intervention 20 years agoBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Twenty years after NATO intervened to stop Serbia's onslaught in Kosovo, Belgrade on Sunday commemorated the victims of what it says was an aggression while Kosovo hailed the beginning of its national liberation.



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