Biden Meets Sweden, Finland Leaders to Talk NATO, Russia
Geopolitics
Biden Meets Sweden, Finland Leaders to Talk NATO, Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday welcomed the leaders of Sweden and Finland to the White House, as he hailed the application of the once-neutral countries to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in response to Russia's invasion of... Read More

Russian Threats Push Finland Toward Joining NATO Alliance
Geopolitics
Russian Threats Push Finland Toward Joining NATO Alliance

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Finland’s leaders Thursday came out in favor of applying to join NATO, and Sweden could do the same within days, in a historic realignment on the continent 2 1/2 months after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion... Read More

Ukraine Leader Says He Seeks Peace ‘Without Delay’ in Talks
Geopolitics
Ukraine Leader Says He Seeks Peace 'Without Delay' in Talks

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine could declare neutrality, potentially accept a compromise on contested areas in the country’s east, and offer security guarantees to Russia to secure peace "without delay,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said ahead of another planned round of... Read More

NATO Military Exercises in the Arctic Were Preplanned, Yet Providential
Geopolitics
NATO Military Exercises in the Arctic Were Preplanned, Yet Providential
2022-03-17 15:21:25
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — While the Arctic is an area of increasing military competition, planned military demonstration exercises off the shores of Norway are happening this week as part of a regular schedule that takes place every other year — and not... Read More

President to Travel to Europe Next Week for NATO Summit
White House
President to Travel to Europe Next Week for NATO Summit
2022-03-15 20:36:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will travel to Brussels, Belgium, next week to attend a hastily arranged North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit meeting before attending a meeting of the European Union later that day, the White House announced Tuesday. Both... Read More

White House: Biden Will Travel to Europe For Ukraine Talks
Geopolitics
White House: Biden Will Travel to Europe For Ukraine Talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will travel to Europe next week for face-to-face talks with European leaders about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Tuesday. Biden will meet with NATO and European leaders... Read More

Ukraine’s Capital Barraged; Three EU Nation Leaders to Visit
International
Ukraine's Capital Barraged; Three EU Nation Leaders to Visit

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia’s relentless bombardment of Ukraine edged closer to central Kyiv as a series of strikes hit a residential neighborhood Tuesday, while the leaders of three European Union countries planned a bold visit to Ukraine’s capital and the number... Read More

US VP Harris Embraces Call for War Crimes Probe of Russia
Geopolitics
US VP Harris Embraces Call for War Crimes Probe of Russia

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday embraced calls for an international war crimes investigation of Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, citing the “atrocities” of bombing civilians, including a maternity hospital. Speaking alongside Polish President Andrzej... Read More

Top Lawmakers Reach Deal on Ukraine Aid, $1.5T Spending
Congress
Top Lawmakers Reach Deal on Ukraine Aid, $1.5T Spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders reached a bipartisan deal early Wednesday providing $13.6 billion to help Ukraine and European allies plus billions more to battle the pandemic as part of an overdue $1.5 trillion measure financing federal agencies for the... Read More

Harris Heads to Poland Amid Turbulence Over Jets for Ukraine
Geopolitics
Harris Heads to Poland Amid Turbulence Over Jets for Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to Warsaw to thank Poland for taking in hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion took an unexpected turn before she even left Washington. She’ll be parachuting into the middle of unexpected... Read More

Turkey Attempts Diplomacy, Neutrality in Ukraine Conflict
Geopolitics
Turkey Attempts Diplomacy, Neutrality in Ukraine Conflict
2022-02-28 15:33:20
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Even before Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the “special military operation” currently taking place in Ukraine, Turkey actively sought a diplomatic solution between its two neighbors. But as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seeks to manage the crisis... Read More

US, European Allies Cut Key Russian Banks from SWIFT Banking System
Geopolitics
US, European Allies Cut Key Russian Banks from SWIFT Banking System
2022-02-27 17:01:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The United States and its European allies will kick certain Russian banks out of the global interbank messaging system, known as SWIFT, a step intended to devastate the Russian economy in response to the country's invasion of Ukraine.... Read More

Biden Says Putin ‘Chose War Without Cause,’ Slaps Russia With Stiff New Sanctions
Geopolitics
Biden Says Putin 'Chose War Without Cause,’ Slaps Russia With Stiff New Sanctions
2022-02-24 20:22:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Thursday afternoon that in attacking Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin had “committed an assault on the very principles that uphold global peace” by choosing to wage “a war without cause.” “Vladimir Putin has been... Read More

Stocks Tumble; Oil, Wheat Prices Soar After Ukraine Attack
Wall Street
Stocks Tumble; Oil, Wheat Prices Soar After Ukraine Attack

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks tumbled worldwide on Thursday after Russia’s attack of Ukraine sent fear coursing through markets and upped the pressure on the high inflation already squeezing the global economy. On Wall Street, the S&P 500 sank 1.6%... Read More

<strong>What They Are Saying About Russia, Sanctions and Ukraine</strong>
In The News
What They Are Saying About Russia, Sanctions and Ukraine
2022-02-23 20:59:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — On Monday night, Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, and on Tuesday, the Biden administration imposed significant sanctions on the Russian Central Bank and other banking interests. On Wednesday, a senior administration official said, another round of sanctions... Read More

‘Thugs and Bullies’: Nations Sanction Russia over Ukraine
Geopolitics
'Thugs and Bullies': Nations Sanction Russia over Ukraine

TOKYO (AP) — World leaders sought Wednesday to back up their tough words over Russia's aggression against Ukraine, announcing financial sanctions, trade and travel bans and other measures meant to pressure Moscow to pull back from the brink of war. Even... Read More

Western Leaders Allege Russia Sending Troops to East Ukraine
Geopolitics
Western Leaders Allege Russia Sending Troops to East Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Western leaders said Tuesday that Russian troops have moved into rebel-held areas in eastern Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin’s recognized their independence — but some indicated it was not yet the long-feared, full-fledged invasion. For weeks, Western powers... Read More

Ukraine-Russia Crisis: What to Know as the Tension Grinds On
Geopolitics
Ukraine-Russia Crisis: What to Know as the Tension Grinds On

Spiking tensions in eastern Ukraine are heightening Western fears of a Russian invasion and a new war in Europe, with U.S. President Joe Biden saying he's "convinced"  that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the decision to invade. NATO countries... Read More

Ukraine Crisis Talks Move to Moscow and Washington
Geopolitics
Ukraine Crisis Talks Move to Moscow and Washington

MOSCOW (AP) — International efforts to defuse the standoff over Ukraine intensified Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron holding talks in Moscow and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Washington to coordinate policies as fears of a Russian invasion mounted. The... Read More

Russia Says it Won’t Start a War as Ukraine Tensions Mount
International
Russia Says it Won't Start a War as Ukraine Tensions Mount

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat said Friday that Moscow will not start a war in Ukraine but warned that it wouldn't allow the West to trample on its security interests, amid fears it is planning to invade its neighbor. U.S.... Read More

Ukraine Urges Calm, Saying Russian Invasion not Imminent
International
Ukraine Urges Calm, Saying Russian Invasion not Imminent

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's leaders sought to reassure the nation that a feared invasion from neighboring Russia was not imminent, even as they acknowledged the threat is real and prepared to accept a shipment of American military equipment Tuesday... Read More

US Puts 8,500 Troops on Heightened Alert Amid Russia Tension
Geopolitics
US Puts 8,500 Troops on Heightened Alert Amid Russia Tension

WASHINGTON (AP) — At President Biden's direction, the Pentagon is putting about 8,500 U.S.-based troops on heightened alert for potential deployment to Europe amid rising fears of a possible Russian military move on Ukraine. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said... Read More

US, Russia Hold Talks Amid Tensions Linked to Ukraine
International
US, Russia Hold Talks Amid Tensions Linked to Ukraine

GENEVA (AP) — Senior U.S. and Russian officials launched special talks Monday aimed at defusing tensions over a Russian military buildup on the border with Ukraine, part of a flurry of diplomatic activity in Europe this week. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei... Read More

US, Allies Accuse China of Backing Cyber Attacks Worldwide
Cybercrime
US, Allies Accuse China of Backing Cyber Attacks Worldwide
2021-07-19 13:41:56
by Dan McCue

The United States, NATO and several allies collectively called out China on Monday for a series of malicious cyber- and ransomware attacks, including a March attack that exploited a flaw in Microsoft's Exchange Server. Monday’s announcement, which followed a conference... Read More

NATO Chief Stoltenberg Says ‘Political Unity Matters’
Foreign Affairs
NATO Chief Stoltenberg Says 'Political Unity Matters'
2021-06-16 23:56:49
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg outlined his vision for a renewed trans-Atlantic Alliance before the Brooking Institution earlier this month, declaring that the alliance will “seize the opportunity to keep our people safe in a more contested world.”... Read More

Blinken Brings Biden’s Anti-Trump Climate Policy to Iceland
Geopolitics
Blinken Brings Biden's Anti-Trump Climate Policy to Iceland

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — On a trip overshadowed by the crisis in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday touted the Biden administration's abrupt shift in its predecessor's climate policies as he visited Iceland for talks... Read More

Blinken Consults NATO About Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
Foreign Affairs
Blinken Consults NATO About Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
2021-03-23 18:58:19
by Daniel Mollenkamp

BRUSSELS- During his tour of America's European allies this week, where he's embracing the need to "revitalize" transatlantic relations, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is also feeling out NATO on whether or not to pull our troops from Afghanistan... Read More

Green, Cuellar Seek DoD Report on Allied Burden Sharing
In The News
Green, Cuellar Seek DoD Report on Allied Burden Sharing
2021-03-15 19:47:09
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Reps. Mark Green, R-Tenn., and Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, want the Defense Department to provide Congress with a report on the common defense contributions of NATO countries and other allies. Toward that end, they've introduced the Allied Burden Sharing... Read More

New Defense Chief Urges Taliban to Curtail Attacks
Geopolitics
New Defense Chief Urges Taliban to Curtail Attacks
2021-02-19 22:51:09
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - In his first press conference as Pentagon chief, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, said an end to U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan depends entirely on the Taliban reducing attacks on NATO forces. “Clearly the violence is too high right... Read More

Broken Bromance: Trump and Macron Clash in Lengthy Bickerfest at NATO Summit
Foreign Affairs
Broken Bromance: Trump and Macron Clash in Lengthy Bickerfest at NATO Summit

One of the world’s most unlikely world leader bromances appears to be over. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron clashed Tuesday in a remarkable question-and-answer session with reporters that was broadcast around the globe. From U.S.-French trade to... Read More

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