Enlargement of NATO

NATO chief says 'no immediate military threat' against alliance

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that there were "no immediate military threat" against any member of the alliance, after the Kremlin has accused the West of potentially escalating the war in Ukraine.

Stoltenberg's statements follows heightened tensions between Russia and NATO members.

Turkey moves closer to acquiring F-16 jets

Turkey has signed a letter of offer and acceptance for the purchase of 40 F-16 Block 70 fighter jets, the State Department has confirmed.

In a press conference Thursday, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said "the sale is an investment in NATO interoperability and will support the national security interests of the United States, Türkiye, and the NATO Alliance."

NATO Chief Praises Bulgaria’s Role Amid Ongoing Ukraine Support Efforts

NATO Secretary General emphasized Bulgaria's role as a reliable and highly valued ally within the alliance. He highlighted Bulgaria's contributions to collective defense, noting its strategic importance, particularly as a Black Sea country hosting a NATO battle group.

Don't Provoke Us: Putin Warns Small and Densely Populated European Nations

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a stark warning to NATO countries, especially the smaller, densely populated European nations, cautioning them about the dangers of provoking Russia. Putin emphasized that these countries should be mindful of their size and population density when discussing the possibility of strikes deep into Russian territory.

Putin Insists Zelensky's Term is Up, Calls for Elections

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated today that Ukraine should conduct presidential elections following the conclusion of President Volodymyr Zelensky's five-year term, according to Reuters. However, elections are not planned due to an earlier decision, deemed appropriate by Zelensky and his allies given the wartime circumstances.