Europe

Russian Agents in Ukraine Are Trying to Create a Pretext for Invasion, Pentagon Says

“When there isn't an actual crisis to suit their needs, they'll make one up,” Kirby said

Russia Neither Accepts Nor Rejects NATO’s Offer To Restart Talks

Representatives from Moscow and NATO members will talk with their respective governments about whether to continue discussions, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said.

US Will Make ‘No Firm Commitments’ In Russia Talks This Week, Admin Official Says

Everything discussed at the meeting will also need to be considered by Washington and allies, the official said.

Is Russia’s Su-75 ‘Checkmate’ Aircraft a Case of Vapor Marketing?

There’s less than meets the eye to the proposed fighter-bomber that made a splash at a recent industry show.

How to Disable Putin’s Energy Weapon

Only by integrating Europe into a better network of energy security can NATO truly protect its members.

Diplomacy Is ‘No Longer Sufficient’ To Prevent Russian Escalation, Lithuanian Defense Chief Says

The U.S. should act now to punish Russia and help Ukraine, not wait for a full-scale invasion, Arvydas Anusauskas said.

Finland Chooses F-35 Over Super Hornet, 3 European Fighters

It’s the second win this year for the F-35 in a European fighter competition.

Biden Rules Out Sending Troops to Ukraine, at Least for Now

NSA Sullivan says U.S. will limit its support for Kyiv to weapons, pressure in the face of Moscow’s buildup.

Biden to Phone Putin, Lay Out the Economic Consequences of Invading Ukraine

The president has been talking with European allies to craft a united sanctions plan to deliver “significant, severe harm,” a senior administration official said.

Biden Says a Plan is ‘In Play’ To Deter Russian Aggression in Ukraine

The U.S. president will reportedly speak with Putin by phone in the coming days.

Energize NATO’s Response to Russia’s Threats Against Ukraine

Signal new efforts to thwart a controversial Russian energy pipeline.

Expand Five Eyes to Nine? That's Four Too Many

The proposed expansion would force the original members to stop spying on the new ones.

Ukraine Wants More Exercises, Training with US

Russian military buildup is “atypical,” Ukrainian officials say.

The Autocrats Are Winning

If the 20th century was the story of slow, uneven progress toward the victory of liberal democracy over other ideologies—communism, fascism, virulent nationalism—the 21st century is, so far, a story of the reverse.

A Dictator Is Exploiting These Human Beings

Belarus’s ruler has used asylum seekers to destabilize the EU. And he’s not the only one profiting politically from their misfortune.

Belarus Is Laying Tinder for a War. How Will NATO Respond?

The weaponization of migrants shows how gray-zone tactics flummox an alliance set up to deal with conventional or nuclear attacks.

Belarus’s Weaponized Migrants Offer a Primer on Gray-Zone Warfare

Western governments would do well to study Minsk’s actions—and prepare their populations to be on guard.