Articles by Paul Ames



Brussels Seeks $700M for Tbilisi

  • 16 September 08
  • The Associated Press
The European Commission on Monday proposed a 500 million euros ($700 million) aid package over three years to help Georgia recover from its conflict with Russia.

NATO Allies Set Up Cyberdefense Center

  • 15 May 08
  • The Associated Press
Seven NATO allies signed a deal Wednesday to create a research center in Estonia to boost the alliance's defenses against cyber-attacks, which are seen as a growing threat to military and civilian computer networks.

Serdyukov Firm on Missile Defense

  • 26 October 07
  • The Associated Press
NOORDWIJK, Netherlands -- NATO and Russia appeared to make little progress Thursday in narrowing differences over U.S. plans to install missile defenses in Europe, despite a U.S. offer to delay activating the bases until it has proof of a threat from Iran.

Ivanov Accuses NATO of Arming Georgians

  • 02 October 06
  • The Associated Press
Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov on Friday accused Eastern European members of NATO of illegally supplying Soviet-made arms to Georgia.

Trichet Predicts Euro-Zone Growth

  • 21 February 06
  • The Associated Press
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said Monday that he saw economic activity in the euro zone strengthening despite disappointing fourth-quarter growth data.

Iran Case Goes to Security Council

  • 06 February 06
  • The Associated Press
Iran vows to stop working with the IAEA, and Ivanov asks whether sanctions will have any effect.

Uzbekistan Closes Airspace to NATO

  • 24 November 05
  • The Associated Press
Uzbekistan has told NATO allies they can no longer use its territory or airspace in support of the alliance peacekeeping mission in neighboring Afghanistan, NATO officials said Wednesday.

NATO to Give Kiev a Hand With Reforms

  • 25 October 05
  • The Associated Press
NATO pledged Monday to help Ukraine push through military reforms seen as essential to prepare the country for membership in the Western alliance -- a prospect viewed with concern by Russia.

NATO Reaches Out to Ukraine

  • 22 April 05
  • The Associated Press
Lavrov softened Moscow's opposition to efforts by its former Soviet satellites to join the Western military bloc.

Ukrainian Steel Mill Dispute Goes to Human Rights Court

  • 06 April 05
  • The Associated Press
Some of Ukraine's most powerful businessmen have turned to Europe's top human rights court in a battle with the new government over the privatization of the country's largest steelworks, a lawyer representing them said Tuesday.

NATO Seeks to Build Post-Cold War Bridges

  • 09 December 04
  • The Associated Press
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Wednesday welcomed NATO efforts to intensify cooperation with friendly nations in North Africa and the Middle East as a sign the alliance is reaching out to face new post-Cold War challenges.

NATO to Assist Fledgling Iraqi Army

  • 29 June 04
  • The Associated Press
NATO on Monday offered to help train Iraq's fledgling armed forces just hours after U.S. authorities surprised allies with the early transfer of power to the new administration in Baghdad.

NATO Mulls Bigger Role in Iraq

  • 05 December 03
  • The Associated Press
NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson told allied foreign ministers Thursday that the alliance should be prepared to take on a wider role in Iraq if needed.

Ivanov Assures NATO on Nukes

  • 13 October 03
  • The Associated Press
Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov assured NATO that Moscow is not adopting a more aggressive nuclear stance.

NATO to Quiz Ivanov Over Army Warning

  • 10 October 03
  • The Associated Press
Provoked NATO officials want an explanation from Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov of Russia's threat to rethink its nuclear strategy because of the Western alliance's ""offensive military doctrine.""

Turkey Defense Sparks NATO Crisis

  • 11 February 03
  • The Associated Press
France, Germany and Belgium blocked NATO from starting military planning Monday to defend Turkey from the threat of Iraqi missile attack, deepening divisions in the alliance over the Iraq crisis.

NATO Invites 7 Nations to Join

  • 22 November 02
  • The Associated Press
In a historic eastward shift, NATO agreed to expand its membership into the territory of the former Soviet Union on Thursday.

Latvia Gives Soldiers a NATO Lesson

  • 28 May 02
  • The Associated Press
A classroom decorated with daffodils is the unlikely front line in Latvia's battle to join NATO. And a spiky-haired schoolteacher named Sylvia Simane is the Baltic country's secret weapon.

NATO Head Sees Quantum Leap

  • 16 April 02
  • The Associated Press
Russia and NATO are on the verge of a ""quantum leap"" toward a closer relationship that will see the former foes work hand-in-hand to tackle terrorism, the spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and other security threats, the alliance's secretary-general said Monday

EU Questions Swissair Bailout

  • 24 October 01
  • The Associated Press
European Union regulators are concerned about the use of Swiss government money to create a new national airline out of the remnants of Swissair and plan to scrutinize the aid under EU regulations limiting state subsidies, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Putin Proposes Closer Ties With EU

  • 03 October 01
  • The Associated Press
President Putin said Russia wants to work closely with NATO and European authorities to tackle not only the immediate terrorist threat but the root causes of terrorism.

Sweden Pledges Aid For Russia WTO Bid

  • 10 January 01
  • The Associated Press
Sweden's trade minister said Tuesday his country will use its term as EU president to help Moscow lock its economy into the world trading system.

EU Jobless Rate Low, Fiscal Outlook Good

Crashed Concorde Black Boxes Decoded

Belgium's Sweet Heart

Favored Portuguese Wary of Turkey

Ambling Around England's East

Ivanov Says Chechnya Open to 2 Monitors

Ivanov Will Hear Demands For Monitors in Chechnya

Russia's 'Kenyan' Stars In Euro Indoors Meet