March 26, 2004 |
Russian Defense Minister Sergei B. Ivanov warned Thursday that American development of new types of nuclear weapons, armed actions that bypass the U.N. Security Council and anti-Russian attitudes inside NATO could force his nation to adopt tougher defense measures.
November 22, 2002 |
NATO leaders approved a historic expansion Thursday that will take the alliance beyond the borders of the former Soviet Union and, moving even further from the old Cold War posture, endorsed a shift in emphasis toward fighting terrorism.
November 20, 2002
It has been 11 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization continues to fumble toward a mission beyond protecting Europe from Soviet invasion. The new threat, terrorism, is obvious. The trick is in moving from a line of armored defense to a few thousand fast-response troops -- even as NATO expansions threaten to overwhelm nimbleness. Leaders of the 19 NATO nations meet in Prague, Czech Republic, on Thursday and Friday.
November 20, 2002 |
The chief object of suspense as NATO countries gather to formally accept seven new members is whether President Bush and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder can make nice. Looming over the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit is a possible showdown with Baghdad -- an issue that is not expected to take center stage but nevertheless will assume a prominent role in private discussions. Whether to take military action against Iraq is just the latest weight to burden the U.S.
November 19, 2002 |
NATO leaders will declare at a summit here this week a new focus on the global fight against terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, edging the Western alliance further away from its roots as an anti-Soviet defense group. The shift grows out of the global response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a warming of the West's relations with Moscow, as the former enemies seek to cooperate against a shared threat.
May 22, 2002 |
Five years ago in Paris, NATO's leaders and Russia's president ratified an agreement in which Russia was to have a role in consultations, cooperation and even, on some issues, common action as an equal with the allies. But that new relationship foundered during the Kosovo conflict. Next week, allied leaders meet outside Rome with a new Russian president to try again. Is there a difference this time?