Contents tagged with NATO

  • Stoltenberg: NATO must strengthen its presence in the Black Sea region

    NATO should continue to strengthen its positions in the Black Sea region in light of the "growing Russian military presence in the annexed Crimea", said by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference in Brussels, ahead of the NATO Foreign Ministers' Council, which will be held on December 1-2 over video link.

    "We see that Russia is increasing its military presence (in the Black Sea region), and especially in Crimea. This is the reason why we should continue to increase our …

  • Lithuania: Ukraine can apply for NATO membership in 7 years

    Lithuanian Ambassador to Ukraine Valdemaras Sarapinas believes that if the necessary reforms are successfully implemented by 2027, Ukraine will be able to apply not only to the European Union, but also to NATO.

    "I think it's a realistic scenario. I would like to say the same about Ukraine's membership in NATO. I believe that nothing is impossible. I can say for sure: I don't know, maybe during this time you will be able to do it, maybe faster and you can probably become not only our active …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister: Donbas and Crimea are obstacles to Ukraine’s accession to NATO

    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius believes that the obstacle to Ukraine's accession to NATO is not only the conflict in the Donbas, but also the Russian annexation of Crimea.

    "Of course, the current situation, the war with Russia, is not playing in your favor. NATO's rules are such that the Alliance will not invite a state on whose borders there is a war, regardless of who is the aggressor and who is the victim," Linkevicius said in an interview with Evropeyskaya Pravda.

    According …

  • Putin offers NATO concessions in Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    Russia is ready to abandon the deployment of 9M729 missiles in its European part, provided that NATO countries take similar steps, said Russian President Vladimir Putin in a statement published by the Kremlin's press service.

    According to Putin, Moscow invites "all interested parties to consider specific options for reciprocal verification measures to address existing concerns." The President noted that Russia adheres to the position that the 9M729 missile meets the requirements of the …

  • NATO Secretary General calls on Turkey to find replacement for Russian S-400 missile sytems

    NATO calls on Turkey to work together with the alliance to find a replacement for the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, stated NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a joint press conference in Ankara after a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

    "We are concerned about the consequences of Turkey’s acquisition of the S-400 systems. The systems can pose a risk to Allied aircraft and can lead to US sanctions," Stoltenberg said.

    Stoltenberg added that despite …

  • British paratroopers carry out largest airborne landing in a decade in Ukraine

    Hundreds of British paratroopers parachuted in Ukraine’s Mykolaiv region on September 18 as part of the Joint Effort 2020 exercise. It is the largest amphibious exercise for Great Britain in more than 20 years, reported BBC.

    The British paratroopers parachuted from several C-130 Hercules aircraft, which took off from a military airfield in Britain. Soldiers of the 16th Air Assault Brigade of Great Britain, heavy infantry weapons and equipment were on board the aircraft.

    According to the …

  • Russia scrambles 8 fighter jets as U.S. Air Force strategic bombers fly over Sea of Azov

    Russia scrambled eight fighter jets when U.S. strategic bombers entered the airspace over the Sea of Azov on September 4, reported the command of the Ukrainian Air Force.

    "Formation of American B-52H missile carriers and Ukrainian MiG-29 and Su-27 fighters seriously scared the Russian occupiers, who scrambled eight fighters (4 Su-27 and 4 Su-30) and put the Russian Southern Military District's air defense on alert," the statement reads.

    The Ukrainian command noted that NATO reconnaissance …

  • Russia promises to respond with nuclear strike to any missile attack

    Russia will respond with a nuclear strike to any missile attack on its territory, said the representatives of the Russian General Staff in an article for in the newspaper "Red Star".

    Major General Andrey Sterlin and the leading researcher of the Academy at the Russian Armed Forces Alexander Khryapin claim that when the missiles are launched towards Russia, it will not be possible to determine their type. Therefore, "any attacking missile will be considered a missile with nuclear equipment." …

  • Russia to move missiles and troops to NATO borders

    Russia will move the latest weapons and additional troops to the western borders in response to U.S. plans to deploy troops to Poland and the Baltic states, reported Interfax, citing the Inspector of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Vladimir Bogatyrev.

    United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced on Wednesday that U.S. troops could be deployed in countries bordering Russia. Part of the 12,000-strong contingent, which is being withdrawn from Germany, can be relocated to …

  • NATO’s warships visit Ukrainian port of Odessa

    On July 25, ships of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) entered the port of Odessa.

    According to the press service of the Ukrainian Navy Command, among the warships are frigates of the Royal Spanish Navy Alvaro De Bazan, the I.C. of Romania REGINA MARIA and the Turkish Navy, Yildirim.

    This year, the SNMG2 group was a part of the Ukrainian-American Sea Breeze-2020 exercises aimed at fulfilling common tasks to promote security in the Black Sea region.

    The visit took place in …