NATO leaders wrapped up a meeting at the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Thursday (25 May 2017). This meeting was a strong demonstration of transatlantic unity and resolve, with Allies taking important decisions to do more in the fight against terrorism and to ensure fairer burden sharing across NATO.
Only 39 years old, Emmanuel Macron is the youngest person ever elected president of the French Republic. He won the final round of the presidential elections by a landslide against the far-right Front National candidate Marine Le Pen, but he did not get the support of the majority of registered French voters. An unprecedented number of voters—over a third of the total—either abstained (25.4%) or virtually boycotted the elections by casting blank or otherwise invalid ballots (11.5%). Therefore, only 63% of French voters actually voted for one or the other candidate.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis to discuss bilateral cooperation, strengthening of regional and transatlantic security, and the implementation of deterrence measures.
You have named Russia´s intervention in US presidential elections last year and the subsequent scandal "Kremlingate" and said it is the biggest US political scandal since Watergate. How do you assess the damage all this has done to US institutions, credibility and political process? Has the Kremlin´s special operation succeeded in turning one part of US population (namely Trump supporters and millions of people in the midwest) against the federal institutions?
NATO and partners firmly committed to continue supporting the financial sustainment of the Afghan Security Forces
ATO Allies and partners, together with representatives of the donors’ community, reaffirmed their long-term commitment to continue supporting the financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces, at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund Board, today (Tuesday, 2 May 2017).
Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian defense ministers are to meet with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Vilnius on Wednesday.
The Conservatives have made the biggest gains by a governing party in a local election for more than 40 years.
With five weeks to go to the general election, they gained more than 500 seats and seized 11 extra councils.
The gains mainly came at the expense of Labour, which came third in Scotland, and UKIP, which lost all of its seats. The Lib Dems failed to make headway.
Opposition and anti-NATO groups in Montenegro have announced mass protests on Friday, when parliament is due to meet in the old royal capital to ratify the membership protocol.
US President will now reportedly prioritise EU trade deal over post-Brexit agreement with Britain.
Tensions between Russia and the West over security in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia have surfaced at an annual defense conference in Moscow. Major flashpoints include the situation in Syria and NATO expansion. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.