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NATO Chief Backs Biden, Saying Europe Was Consulted on Afghanistan

BRUSSELS — Pushing again towards European complaints that the Biden Administration had did not seek the advice of its allies over the withdrawal from Afghanistan, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary-general, mentioned these objections have been exaggerated and that NATO had given unanimous approval for the withdrawal way back to April. Mr....
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The Swoon Is Over: Europe Breaks up With Biden Over Afghanistan Betrayal

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool Welp, that was a short marriage. Mere months after glowingly calling the new love of their life “a return to adulthood,” no-longer-swooning European leaders have kicked the inept “cheater” — beleaguered Joe Biden — to the curb, correctly labeling his haphazard, unilateral, disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, “cowardice,” “the greatest debacle that NATO has experienced since its foundation,” and worse. Europe sours on Biden – BBC Candidate for German Chancellor called Afghan withdrawal “greatest debacle that NATO has experienced since its founding” Czech President labeled @POTUS ‘ actions “cowardice” — Jaxon Pollock (@PollockJaxon) September 3, 2021 At the NATO summit in 2017, French President Emanuel Macron dug his fingertips into then-President Donald Trump’s hand, as reported by the BBC, staring him in the face. Macron would later say: “It wasn’t innocent. In my bilateral dialogues, I won’t let anything pass.” My latest for @ForeignPolicy about @EmmanuelMacron ‘s bid for “strategic autonomy” in the Middle East after the U.S. retreat from Afghanistan. — J. Alex Tarquinio (@alextarquinio) September 3, 2021 Four years later, at the recent G7 summit in Cornwall, Macron again grasped the moment. As cameras snapped, the French president walked across the beach with his arm around the new American president, Joe Biden. The body language shift was clear, said the BBC: “the two sides arm-in-arm once again.” There wasn’t much social distancing going on as Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden walked arm in arm at the G7 summit. Get live G7 updates: — Sky News (@SkyNews) June 11, 2021 That was then, this is now.

Pentagon: U.S., Ukraine sign agreement on strategic military partnership

At the Pentagon, Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin signed a framework agreement on the strategic foundations of defense partnership between the two countries. ****. [The agreement included]. Confirming the U.S. Department of Defense’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well...

The Biden Administration's Response To The Deadly Attacks In Kabul

The Pentagon laid blame on ISIS militants for explosions and gunfire at the Hamid Karzai airport and an adjacent hotel. At least 12 U.S. service members and dozens of Afghan civilians were killed. Ayesha Rascoe is a White House correspondent for NPR. She is currently covering her third presidential administration....

NATO Secretary-General Sees Risk In Staying In Afghanistan Past Deadline

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary-general of NATO, about the ongoing effort to evacuate U.S. and NATO allies from Afghanistan. August 31 - it's now just six days away. And it's the deadline the U.S. is racing against to evacuate people at risk in an Afghanistan now under Taliban control. More than 82,000 people have been evacuated - that's since August 14 - 19,000 just in the last 24-hour period. Now, in that effort, the U.S. is being assisted by NATO allies, some of the same countries that fought alongside U.S. troops in Afghanistan these last two decades. And this even as questions grow as to whether the U.S. and its allies are on the same page. Jens Stoltenberg is the secretary general of NATO, and he joins us now from Brussels.

NATO targets Donetsk, Lugansk as well as Crimea

[NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea] Geoana stated that NATO shares the position of not recognizing the temporary occupation of Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The Crimea Platform is an important tool to keep the Crimean issue on the agenda of the international community, he said. ****. [Secretary...

Moscow believes that Spain’s “surprising” decision to deny permission to two Russian vessels could be due to “the Russophobic faction of NATO”

Russia does not hide its surprise at Spain’s decision to deny permission to two Russian ships to call at the port of Ceuta this week, as expressed by the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, María Zajárova, in a release published this Saturday on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

NATO’s second-most powerful member: Turkish arms fair includes 80 nations

Some 154 delegations from 79 countries are attending the 15th International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) being held in Turkey between August 17 and 20. Each delegation has 500 members. ****. A total of 1,236 companies (536 domestic and 700 foreign) from 53 countries are exhibiting their products and services at...