NATO Expansion, Compliments of Mr. Putin

Make the affirmative case for NATO enlargement.

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In Blow to Putin, Turkey Won’t Bar Sweden and Finland From NATO

The change was a victory for President Biden and a setback to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who had justified the Ukraine invasion as a warning against NATO’s expansion.

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U.S. Urges New Tactic to Curb Putin’s War Machine and Lower Fuel Prices

Group of 7 leaders meeting in Germany were receptive to a Biden administration plan to cap the price of Russian oil in world markets, limiting Kremlin revenue.

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Russian Forces Tighten Noose Around Important Cities in Ukraine’s East

The area around Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk is about three-quarters encircled by Russians, leaving only a slender gap there for Ukrainian troops to maneuver.

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NATO Leaders Say They Will Speed Finland and Sweden Membership Bids

In another setback for Moscow, top officials from alliance nations met over the weekend in Berlin to discuss admitting Finland and Sweden and supporting Ukraine.

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NATO Nations Divided As Ukraine War Enters Uncertain Stage

The alliance is examining what Ukraine needs as it tries to expel Russia from the east and how to ensure an outcome that enhances European security.

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NATO Sees Little Evidence That Russian Troops Are Pulling Back From Kyiv

“Russia has repeatedly lied about its intentions,” NATO’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg said of Moscow’s pledge to pull back from Kyiv. “So we can only judge Russia on its actions, not on its words.”

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In Putin’s Misbegotten War, NATO Sees Danger and Opportunity

The 30-nation alliance had regarded Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as unstoppable just a month ago, but now sees the possibility of a Russian quagmire there.

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What Is NATO and Which Countries Are Members?

This Western mutual-defense alliance, which sees an attack on one member as an attack on all, is central to the war in Ukraine, even though Ukraine is not a member.

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NATO Countries Pour Weapons Into Ukraine, Risking Conflict With Russia

Brussels is proud to be providing military aid, but Moscow may see it as a dangerous intervention and could move to disrupt the flow of arms through Poland.

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Beyond Ukraine, Putin Eyes What He Calls America’s ‘Empire of Lies’

The Russian leader is consumed by revanchist fury and convinced of a relentless Western plot against Moscow.

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Beyond Ukraine, the Target is What Putin Calls America’s ‘Empire of Lies’

The Russian leader is consumed by revanchist fury and convinced of a relentless Western plot against Moscow.

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With the Ukraine Invasion, NATO Is Suddenly Vulnerable

A Russia in control of Ukraine and Belarus would change the security architecture of Europe. Can the alliance respond effectively?

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NATO Steps Up Readiness in Eastern Europe

The alliance is sending more jets and ships to the region. The decision comes as Britain joined the U.S. in withdrawing the families of diplomats in Kyiv, moves that the Ukraine government called premature.

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On Ukraine, Biden Flusters European Allies by Stating the Obvious

The president laid bare divisions over Russian meddling in Ukraine, even if they have long been there for all to see.

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NATO Vows United Response to Russian Aggression Against Ukraine

Foreign ministers from the alliance, meeting Friday, hope that Moscow will choose diplomacy and de-escalation instead, amid skepticism that Russia is sincere in wanting substantive talks.

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NATO Signals Support for Ukraine Amid Russia Threat

The military alliance stood by its promise to open a path to Ukrainian membership amid warnings from Western intelligence agencies that Moscow could soon begin a military incursion.

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Putin and West Spar Over NATO’s Military Ties to Ukraine

Tensions over Ukraine escalated as Russia’s leader demanded “legal guarantees” that the Western military alliance would not expand to the East, a position NATO regards as untenable.

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NATO Chief Backs Biden, Saying Europe Was Consulted on Afghanistan

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary general, also said that European calls for military autonomy would only divide the alliance and Europe itself.

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Biden Defends Evacuation as Thousands Besiege Kabul Airport

The president cited “significant progress’’ in getting Americans out of Afghanistan. But Afghans linked to U.S. troops and other Western groups fear being left behind.

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Biden and the Democrats Love NATO. Should They?

It antagonizes Russia, keeps Europe subservient and facilitates endless wars. What’s there to love?

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Seeking Fresh Start With Iraq, Biden Avoids Setting Red Lines With Iran

The administration’s measured response to a rocket attack in Erbil sharply contrasts with a Trump-era campaign against Iran that, more often than not, caught Iraq in the crossfire.

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U.S. Should Slow Withdrawal From Afghanistan, Bipartisan Panel Urges

A study group appointed by Congress finds that removing international forces by the May 1 date set in the 2020 U.S.-Taliban peace agreement could lead to a civil war in Afghanistan.

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NATO Needs to Adapt Quickly to Stay Relevant for 2030, Report Urges

After France’s president said NATO was suffering “brain death,” the alliance sought advice on how to stay vibrant as it faces new challenges from Russia and China.

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