Tag: North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Putin Showed His True Hand. The West Kept Shaking It.

Vladimir Putin, especially these days, is widely reviled. To some he’s a war criminal, to others he’s a dictator, and to many he’s simply a very bad man. But it wasn’t always this way. We trawled through video footage from 20 years of international summits, speeches and news conferences and discovered a man who once […]

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We Must Prepare for Putin’s Worst Weapons

Russia’s foreign minister and its ambassador to the United States have both signaled that Russia’s debacle in Ukraine could lead to a nuclear strike. By claiming that Russia is readying its weapons, by warning of a “serious” risk of nuclear escalation and by declaring “there are few rules left,” they purposefully rattled the ultimate saber. […]

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Russia Hustles to Recruit Soldiers and Halts Gas Supplies to Finland

BERLIN — Russia took new steps on Friday to gird for an escalating struggle with the West over the war in Ukraine, moving to expand military recruitment to older citizens and severing gas supplies to Finland in apparent retaliation for its Nordic neighbor’s application to join the NATO alliance. The two developments reflected the mounting […]

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On Ukraine, McConnell Tries to Show the World This Isn’t Trump’s G.O.P.

And of course, the best salesman against isolationism in America is President Zelensky. As you heard others say, Winston Churchill in a T-shirt. He’s an inspiration, not only to his own people, but to us as well. For a lot of younger people in America, this is the first time they’ve ever seen a clear […]

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Moscow Moves to Russify Seized Ukraine Land, Signaling Annexation

KRAKOW, Poland — Fresh from its triumph over the last armed Ukrainian resistance in the devastated city of Mariupol, Russia appeared to be laying the groundwork Thursday for annexing swaths of southeast Ukraine, described by a high-ranking Kremlin official as having a “worthy place in our Russian family.’’ The official, Marat Khusnullin, Russia’s deputy prime […]

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Biden Seeks Swift Effort to Bring Finland and Sweden Into NATO

Under an agreement with the Soviet Union, Finland stayed outside the alliance, which was created to contain Russia after World War II. It remained independent in the post-Soviet era even after joining the European Union and growing ever closer with the West. Until now, Sweden had kept to more than 200 years of neutrality. But […]

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Russia Uses Surrender in Mariupol to Portray Ukrainians as Terrorists

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia seized on the mass surrender of Ukrainian troops at a Mariupol steel plant as a propaganda gift on Wednesday, moving to falsely label them as terrorists and create a parallel narrative to Ukraine’s portrayal of Russian soldiers as heinous war criminals. The mass surrender, which ended the longest battle of the […]

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Strongmen in Turkey and Hungary Stall Unity in NATO and the E.U.

BRUSSELS — Europe’s effort to stand up to Russia and Vladimir V. Putin, its president, is being slowed by two strongmen leaders insisting on the priority of their national interests and playing to domestic audiences. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Wednesday blocked a procedural vote on NATO moving ahead quickly with the membership […]

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Further Russian Retreat Seen in East Ukraine, Another Setback for Putin

KRAKOW, Poland — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia faced a series of setbacks Monday over the Ukraine invasion, as his faltering military appeared forced to further shrink its goals and an emboldened NATO practiced war games with the alliance’s two newest applicants on his country’s doorstep. To make matters worse for Mr. Putin, his […]

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McConnell Takes On Isolationist Wing of G.O.P. in Fight for Ukraine Aid

“I don’t think America has anything against Ukraine,” Mr. Hagerty said on Fox News. “We don’t want to see them fail, but we have problems right here at home that we need to be paying attention to.” Senator Roger Marshall, Republican of Kansas, said in a brief interview that he had voted against the aid […]

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Russia Planned Major Military Reforms. Ukraine Shows the Result.

Army vehicles were so decrepit that repair crews were stationed roughly every 15 miles. Some officers were so out of shape that the military budgeted $1.5 million to re-size standard uniforms. That was the Russian military more than a decade ago when the country invaded Georgia, according to the defense minister at the time. The […]

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Estonia’s Tough Voice on Ukraine Urges No Compromise With Putin

TALLINN, Estonia — Kaja Kallas, now 44, grew up in the Soviet Union, which had annexed her country, Estonia, after World War II. She remembers the Soviet occupation and a visit to East Berlin in 1988, when she was 11, and her father told her to “breathe in the air of freedom” from West Berlin. […]

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Putin’s New Problems

That’s why Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, continues to plead with the West for more weapons. President Biden and leaders of both parties in Congress support a $40 billion package that the House has passed and the Senate seems likely to pass soon. Much of Europe has also aligned itself strongly with Ukraine; Sweden and Finland […]

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NATO Leaders Say They Will Speed Finland and Sweden Membership Bids

BERLIN — The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said Sunday that the security bloc would grant fast-track membership to Sweden and Finland, raising the pressure on Vladimir V. Putin, who justified his invasion of Ukraine by what he cast as the need to keep the military alliance away from Russia’s borders. “President Putin […]

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West Increases Pressure on Putin, Including Sanctions on Reputed Girlfriend

KRAKOW, Poland — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia faced fresh setbacks Friday over the Ukraine invasion, as Sweden became the second neutral country in two days to move toward joining NATO and the West devised ways to reroute Ukrainian grain past a Russian naval blockade. New signs of a Russian military retreat near Ukraine’s […]

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After 200 Years of Neutrality, Sweden Weighs Joining NATO

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine created new fears, and the Swedes, dragged along by Finland, are expected to apply, reluctantly, to join the alliance and its collective defense. May 13, 2022 TOFTA, Sweden — The Gotland regiment of the Swedish Army was going through its paces, practicing how to use its Swedish-designed lightweight anti-tank missiles, the […]

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U.S. Embraces Finland’s Move Toward NATO Membership. What About Ukraine?

WASHINGTON — In embracing Finland’s, and soon Sweden’s, move to join NATO, President Biden and his Western allies are doubling down on a bet that Russia has made such a huge strategic mistake over the past three months that now is the time to make President Vladimir V. Putin pay a major price: enduring the […]

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Finland Moves to Join NATO, Upending Putin’s Ukraine War Aims

BRUSSELS — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has said stopping NATO’s expansion helped drive him to invade Ukraine. But on Thursday, Finland declared its unequivocal intention to join, not only upending Mr. Putin’s plan but placing the alliance’s newest prospective member on Russia’s northern doorstep. The declaration by Finland’s leaders that they will join […]

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America and Its Allies Wants to Bleed Russia. They Really Shouldn’t.

The war in Ukraine has entered a new phase. It is no secret that the initial invasion went badly for Russia. Expecting easy victories, the Russian Army inflicted terrible destruction — especially in its shelling of cities — but for the most part failed to take territory outside the southeast of the country. Ukrainian resistance […]

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Russian Guided Weapons Miss the Mark, U.S. Defense Officials Say

On Monday morning, as columns of armored vehicles and soldiers paraded through Moscow in celebration of Russia’s 1945 victory over Germany in World War II, one element of Russian military power was conspicuously missing: its warplanes. And though officials blamed bad weather for their grounding, Russian planes, pilots and air-to-ground weapons have all grossly underperformed […]

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Two Europes Confront Each Other Over the Glory, or Shame, of War

PARIS — In the past, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has used the annual celebration of the Soviet victory over the Nazis in 1945 to cement his steady militarization of Russian society, extol the values of heroic patriotism, and contrast Russia’s warrior spirit with what he sees as the moral decadence of the West. […]

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The War Is Getting More Dangerous for America, and Biden Knows It

But I’m an American citizen, and I want us to be careful. Ukraine was, and still is, a country marbled with corruption. That doesn’t mean we should not be helping it. I am glad we are. I insist we do. But my sense is that the Biden team is walking much more of a tightrope […]

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Germany’s Military Industry Gears Up to Restock Its Own Forces

Shortages of body armor. Radios so antiquated they are the butt of jokes from other NATO soldiers. A dysfunctional procurement system that takes years just to acquire shoulder patches. After decades of budget cuts, the German military is woefully short of basic supplies, whether they’re bullets or backpacks. But galvanized by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, […]

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Russia’s War Has Been Brutal, but Putin Has Shown Some Restraint. Why?

Russia’s war against Ukraine has leveled cities, killed tens of thousands of people and forced millions of others from their homes. But quietly, some military analysts and Western officials are asking why the onslaught has not been even worse. Russia could be going after Ukrainian railways, roads and bridges more aggressively to try to stanch […]

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8,000 British Troops to Join Allied Exercises in Eastern Europe, Official Says

The British military will send some 8,000 troops to Europe as part of a larger allied deployment to deter further Russian aggression, British officials said. The British troops will be serving in the Joint Expeditionary Force, a British-led multinational group created in 2014 in response to Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. Tens of thousands […]

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Fears Mount That Ukraine War Will Become a Broader Conflict

“There is a widening consensus about supplying Ukraine howitzers and more complex weapons systems, and everyone is now doing that,” Mr. Heisbourg noted. “But it’s another thing to pivot the war aim from Ukraine to Russia. I don’t believe there’s any consensus on that.” Weakening Russia’s military capacity “is a good thing to do,” Mr. […]

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Seeking Arms for Ukraine, Pentagon Buyers Scour Eastern European Factories

IN POLAND, NEAR THE UKRAINIAN BORDER — Just off a runway on a Polish airfield, forklifts busily emptied an Air Force C-17 transport jet of its cargo alongside a much smaller civilian propeller-driven plane, ferrying pallets of green boxes full of munitions from each to a nearby asphalt parking lot filling up with many dozens […]

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Russia’s Putin Now Seems to Believe Conspiracy Theories

Vladimir Putin’s Russia is driven by conspiracy theories. For two decades, journalists and officials, in concert with the Kremlin, have merrily spread disinformation. However far-fetched or fantastical — that the C.I.A. was plotting to oust Mr. Putin from power, for example — these tales served an obvious purpose: to bolster the regime and guarantee public […]

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Putin Is Pushing Finland and Sweden Into NATO’s Arms

When announcing Russia’s imminent invasion of Ukraine back in February, President Vladimir Putin mentioned NATO 40 times. It was clear he wanted to present NATO as the devil — but it wasn’t always like that. I first met Mr. Putin while serving as the prime minister of Denmark in 2002. Back then, he was still […]

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Emmanuel Macron Defeats Marine Le Pen for Second Term as French President

PARIS — Emmanuel Macron won a second term as president of France, triumphing on Sunday over Marine Le Pen, his far-right challenger, after a campaign where his promise of stability prevailed over the temptation of an extremist lurch. Projections at the close of voting, which are generally reliable, showed Mr. Macron, a centrist, gaining 58.5 […]

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