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U.S. reshaping budget to account for Russian military threat


SIMI VALLEY, Calif. Russia's increasing military activities around the world have unsettled top U.S. military officials, who say they are reshaping their budget plans to better address what they now consider to be the most pressing threat to U.S. security.


Georgia pleads for visa-free travel but EU not ready to deliver Dec 02 2016

BRUSSELS Georgia urged the European Union on Friday to honor its commitments and grant citizens of the ex-Soviet state the right to visit freely but the preoccupied bloc is not likely to deliver soon.


From wintry Lithuania, NATO sends Russia a signal of resolve Dec 02 2016

PABRADE, Lithuania Troops from 11 NATO countries including the United States rehearsed battle skills in a snowy Lithuanian forest on Friday, and the leader of the Baltic state voiced confidence that U.S. commitment to Europe's defense would survive the election of Donald Trump as president.


EU's Tusk says keeping West united against Russia harder with Trump Dec 01 2016

WARSAW It will be harder to keep the West united toward Russia with Donald Trump as United States president than it has been with Barack Obama, European Council President Donald Tusk said in comments published on Thursday.


Ukraine says missile tests will avoid Crimea, mollifying Russia Dec 01 2016

KIEV/MOSCOW Ukraine's military said its two-day missile drill starting on Thursday would avoid the airspace over Crimea, sidestepping a possible confrontation with Russia which annexed the peninsula in 2014.

Russia says Ukrainian missile drills are 'dangerous precedent': Interfax Dec 01 2016

MOSCOW Russia's foreign ministry said on Thursday Ukrainian missile tests near Crimea were a "dangerous precedent," Interfax news agency reported.


Russia deploys warships near Crimea for Ukrainian missile tests: RIA Dec 01 2016

MOSCOW Warships from Russia's Black Sea Fleet have taken up position off Crimea's western coastline to help strengthen the peninsula's air defenses in response to the start of Ukrainian missile tests nearby, the RIA news agency reported on Thursday.

Defense spending boost best answer to Trump: EU, NATO officials Nov 30 2016

BERLIN Top NATO and European military officials called in Berlin on Wednesday for more military spending to deal with threats to Europe and said that would help address concerns raised by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Russian forces in Crimea put on alert before Ukrainian missile tests: TASS Nov 30 2016

MOSCOW Russian air defense forces in Crimea have been placed on high alert on the eve of planned Ukrainian missile tests near the Black Sea peninsula, the TASS news agency cited a Crimean military source as saying on Wednesday.


EU court upholds sanctions on Putin's businessman friend over Crimea Nov 30 2016

BRUSSELS An EU court on Wednesday upheld sanctions imposed on Arkady Rotenberg, a close ally and former judo partner of Russian President Vladimir Putin whose company won a contract to build a bridge linking the Russian mainland with annexed Crimea.


Italy's Renzi to resign after referendum rout

ROME Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is set to resign on Monday after suffering a crushing defeat in a referendum over constitutional reform, tipping the euro zone's third-largest economy into political turmoil. | Video