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Members of the MPK, the National Defence Training Association of Finland, attend training at the Santahamina military base near Helsinki on May 14, 2022. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo
Members of the MPK, the National Defence... […]

Rattled by Russia, Finns flock to military training

On a windy island off Helsinki, people from all walks of life are spending their weekend doing military training, as volunteer numbers soar and Finland readies to join NATO to protect itself from Russia
Video grab released by the Russian Defence Ministry on February 15, 2022, shows Russian tanks apparently leaving for Russia after joint exercises of the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at a firing range near Brest, Belarus. Photo: RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY / AFP
Video grab released by the Russian Defen... […]

Russian army, Putin’s favoured foreign policy tool

Whether they have been camped out on Ukraine's borders or moving tanks across the vast country, Russia's battle-hardened troops have made the world listen to Vladimir Putin, who wants to redefine European security
A Ukrainian armed forces serviceman looks through a spyglass from a dugout on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists near Gorlivka, in Ukraine's Donetsk region, on January 23, 2022. Photo: Anatolii Stepanov / AFP
A Ukrainian armed forces serviceman look... […]

Europe warns against Russian provocation in Donbass

More than an open Russian invasion of Ukraine, European capitals fear Kiev could be lured into a clash with pro-Russian separatists in the breakaway Donbass region
US President Joe Biden disembarks from Air Force One after arriving at Melsbroek Military Airport in Brussels on June 13, 2021, ahead of the NATO and EU-US summits. Photo: Yves Herman / Pool / AFP
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Biden to rebuild ‘sacred’ NATO bond shaken by Trump

US President Joe Biden will seek to restore bonds of trust at NATO's first post-Trump summit, as leaders push to revitalise the alliance despite differences over dangers ahead
A Ukrainian serviceman in a trench on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists near the town of Zolote, in Ukraine's Lugansk region, on April 8, 2021. Photo: Str / AFP
A Ukrainian serviceman in a trench on th... […]

Growing Russia-Ukraine tensions: a timeline

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia, accused of massing troops near its border and on the Crimean peninsula it annexed in 2014, have intensified since the start of the year. A timeline.
Then US Vice-President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with then EU President Donald Tusk (unseen) at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on February 6, 2015. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP
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EU must ‘learn to live without’ US global leadership under Biden

The EU will once again have a cooperative US partner when Joe Biden becomes president, but Europeans should have no illusions: Washington will be no globo-cop nor NATO's big protector, analysts say