NATO leaders are beginning a two day summit in Chicago on Sunday with the US pressuring members to stay the course in Afghanistan.
While NATO troops are expected to withdraw from the war-torn country in 2014, France’s new leader Francois Hollande plans to pull his combat troops this year.
Meanwhile Russian concerns about NATO’s new missile defense shield still linger which the head of the military alliance was keen to dispel.
“The fact is that it’s not directed against Russia. Technically it’ is not designed to attack Russia,” said Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary-General.
“We have offered them concrete cooperation and told them that the best way they could get an insurance, a real insurance would be to engage in an active cooperation and see with their own eyes that the system is not directed against them,” added Rasmussen.
A big rally is due to get underway later near the Convention centre in downtown Chicago where world leaders are gathering.
Around 10,000 demonstrators are expected to join the march. The Coalition against G8 and NATO are demanding that leaders put people before profits.
So far, protests have stayed mostly peaceful. Police have made several arrests over the past week. Officials say their strategy has been to prevent anarchist troublemakers from disrupting the protests.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Students floated to safety from South Korea ferry
- 2#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians
- 3Israel warns of “long-lasting operation” in Gaza as at least five Israeli soldiers killed
- 4Palestinian children killed by missile strike while at play in Gaza
- 5UN says downing of MH17 over Ukraine may constitute a ‘war crime’
- 1Fears over spread of Ebola as more tragedies emerge
- 2Muslims around the world get set to celebrate the ending of Ramadan
- 3Japan teenager arrested for beheading classmate
- 4#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians
- 5Russia opens humanitarian corridor for injured Ukrainian troops, Russian state TV claims
- 1#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians
- 2Air Algerie plane ‘crashes’ over Sahara
- 347 dead and 11 injured in TransAsia Airways crash landing
- 4TransAsia Airways plane crashes on landing in Taiwan, killing dozens
- 5Eastern Ukrainians ‘hate Russian-led guerrillas’ — Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Wires > News
- 03:51 CET U.S. says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks
- 03:43 CET U.N. blacklists operator of North Korean ship seized in Panama
- 03:23 CET Australian PM Abbott’s tough stance on MH17 paying off – poll
- 02:04 CET Police arrest four in beating death of China grad student near USC
- 01:24 CET Nigeria isolates hospital in Lagos as Obama briefed on Ebola…
- 00:59 CET Iraq lays claim to Kurdish crude cargo in Texas court
- 00:16 CET U.N. blacklists operator of North Korean ship seized in Panama
- 23:32 CET Honduras raids mayor’s homes, finds fancy trucks, peacocks