Erdoğan warns Greece that Turkish missiles can reach Athens – POLITICO

ATHENS — Turkey warned Greece that a missile could hit the Greek capital unless “you stay calm,” further escalating its rhetoric against Greece. “Now we have started to make our own missiles,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during a speech on Sunday in Samsun, in northern Turkey. “Of course, this production scares the Greeks. … Read more

How Erdoğan’s confidant helped Iran finance terror – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. On March 22 of 2021, several of the world’s most dangerous men descended on Beirut’s historic seaside Summerland Hotel — not to swim in the Mediterranean or explore the sumptuous resort’s “Le Beach Pop Up,” but to talk Turkey.   The meeting was a secret … Read more

US NATO ambassador ‘not worried’ for the alliance if Trump returns – POLITICO

The U.S. ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Julianne Smith, said she was “not worried” about former President Donald Trump’s possible return to the White House. “The NATO alliance enjoys deep bipartisan support across Congress and amongst the American people,” Smith said Wednesday during the annual POLITICO 28 ranking gala. “And I’m not worried. … Read more

Zelenskyy vows to retake more areas after pushing Russia out of key Donetsk city – POLITICO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed to recapture more territory in eastern Ukraine after Kyiv’s forces pushed Russia out of the key city of Lyman. “Now a Ukrainian flag is there” in Lyman, Zelenskyy said in his nightly address on Saturday. “During this week, there were more Ukrainian flags in Donbas. It will be even more … Read more

Nine Central, East Europe NATO countries condemn Russia annexations – POLITICO

The presidents of nine NATO countries in central and eastern Europe declared on Sunday that they would never recognize the annexation by Russia of several Ukrainian regions. Hungary and Bulgaria were conspicuously absent from the signatories. In a joint statement, the leaders also supported a path to NATO membership for Ukraine. The nine leaders demanded … Read more

Nine Central, East Europe NATO countries condemn Russia annexations – POLITICO

The presidents of nine NATO countries in central and eastern Europe declared on Sunday that they would never recognize the annexation by Russia of several Ukrainian regions. Hungary and Bulgaria were conspicuously absent from the signatories. In a joint statement, the leaders also supported a path to NATO membership for Ukraine. The nine leaders demanded … Read more

The city is of strategic importance. – POLITICO

Ukrainian forces are closing in to recapture the city of Lyman in the eastern Donetsk region of the country, the Defense Ministry in Kyiv said on Saturday. “Ukrainian Air Assault Forces are entering Lyman, Donetsk region. [The Ukrainian army] has and will always have the decisive vote in today’s and any future ‘referendums’,” the ministry … Read more

Kyiv vows Russian troops will ‘simply be exterminated’ after Putin annexes Ukrainian territory – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article KYIV — Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions, announced by President Vladimir Putin on Friday, will not affect Kyiv’s resolve to free them with military force, said an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “For our plans, [Russia’s annexation] doesn’t matter,” Mykhailo Podolyak told POLITICO, speaking before the … Read more

The U.S. and Europe are running out of weapons to send to Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen fire an M777 howitzer, Kharkiv Region, northeastern Ukraine. This photo cannot be distributed in the Russian Federation. Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy | Future Publishing | Getty Images In the U.S. weapons industry, the normal production level for artillery rounds for the 155 millimeter howitzer — a long-range heavy artillery weapon currently used on the battlefields … Read more

When will Europe learn to defend itself? – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article PARIS/BERLIN — Thirty years after the horrors of the Balkan wars laid bare Western Europe’s incapacity to deal with conflict on European soil, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is demonstrating how little has changed. As Yugoslavia started to break apart in 1991, it fell to the Luxembourgish Foreign Minister … Read more