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Joint declaration NATO-EU (2016)

Joint declaration by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

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Turkey to urge NATO to intensify anti-terror fight

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to urge NATO to intensify cooperation against terror at the alliance’s Warsaw summit on July 8-9, 2016, as the organization prepares to discuss crucial issues. 

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«НАТО искусственно придумывает себе большого врага»

Постпред РФ при альянсе Александр Грушко об ожиданиях от саммита в Варшаве

06.07.2016, 20:39

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Does NATO Still Exist?

Treaties are made to turn a will into an obligation. But what happens when this will changes? British voters have just given one example — however ill-informed — by dismissing the idea that European Union treaties deliver value to their country. Discomforting as it may be, there’s reason to take a critical look at an even older accord that binds the nations of the West: the NATO treaty.

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Defence Expenditures of NATO Countries (2009-2016)

COMMUNIQUE PR/CP(2016)116, 4 July 2016

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Croatia builds fence on border with Serbia

Croatia is building a fence on its border with Serbia. Construction, which started on June 30, caused traffic along the Bezdan-Batina border crossing between the two countries to be suspended.

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Who’s behind Istanbul airport attack?

Over the past 12 months, 298 people have been killed and about 1,000 wounded in 17 terror attacks in Turkey. The attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on the evening of June 28 was the sixth major terror attack in 2016.

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At least 36 killed in terror attack on Istanbul's Atatürk Airport: Prime Minister

At least 36 people were killed and many others were wounded in a suicide bomb and gun attack on Istanbul's Atatürk Airport late on June 28 (2016), Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said in a press briefing at the crime scene, adding that findings pointed to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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NATO Doesn't Need Montenegro's Teeny-Tiny Military

NATO is expanding once again by formally inviting Montenegro to become a member. The Montenegrin Prime Minister, Milo Đukanović, assured the NATO secretary-general that "you can count on us at any time." 

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Croatian Intelligence Report Downplays Terror Threat

Croatia's Security and Intelligence Agency describes the country as stable although it warns that terrorist attacks in Europe have made the situation more complex in the region.

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EU should relocate 6,000 refugees from Greece

European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said that 1,700 asylum seekers have been relocated from Greece to other EU countries since the scheme was launched last autumn and that efforts should be made to reach an objective of 6,000. 

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Turkey launches ‘local and national’ warship

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reiterated Turkey’s goal of self-sufficiency in defense as he launched a new warship on June 18, 2016.

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NATO to deploy troops to Romania as part of eastward expansion

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) says it will send units to Romania as part of plans to expand its presence in Eastern Europe, a source of controversy with Russia.

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Kosovo Govt Seeks to Extend EULEX Mandate

Just five days before the EU rule-of-law mission in Kosovo’s mandate expires, the government approved draft legislation intended to allow it to continue operating.

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