NATO will train Ukrainian forces and suspend all military and civilian links with Russia. The alliance's decision came despite assurances from Moscow that it is drawing down forces on Ukraine's border.
EU leaders agreed to continue economic sanctions against Russia for another six months. Meeting at a summit in Brussels, the bloc's top politicians also discussed migration and security, revealing national differences.
A landmark Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty between the United States and Russia is at risk of collapsing. A tit-for-tat escalation could endanger security, divide NATO and undermine arms control agreements.
A judge has denied a request by prosecutors to put former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili under house arrest. He is accused of trying to bring down the Ukrainian president.
NATO foreign ministers have promised to review the progress of would-be members ahead of next year's summit. Macedonia is keen to join some of its western Balkan neighbors in the military alliance, but challenges remain.
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