NATO summit News
Russia pressed on with its offensive in eastern Ukraine after NATO branded Moscow the biggest "direct threat" to Western security The NATO leader also agreed on plans to modernise Kyiv`s beleaguered armed forces Ukrainian authorities said they were trying to evacuate residents from the frontline eastern city of Lysychansk
NATO has for the first time singled out China as one of its strategic priorities for the next decade It warned about China's growing military ambitions, confrontational rhetoric toward Taiwan and other neighbours At the NATO summit on Wednesday, China earned a place among the Western alliance's most worrying security concerns
Putin said that Russia would respond in kind if NATO deployed troops and infrastructure in Finland and Sweden after they join the US-led military alliance "With Sweden and Finland, we don`t have the problems that we have with Ukraine. They want to join NATO, go ahead," Putin told Russian state TV "But they must understand there was no threat before, while now, if military contingents and infrastructure are deployed there, we will have to respond in kind..."