Contents tagged with NATO

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky allows EU and NATO to use Chernobyl for drills

    Ukraine is working on a strategy to develop the Chernobyl zone as a tourist attraction, and also plans to give the EU and NATO the opportunity to use it for drills, the Ukrainian president’s press service reports.

    President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree “On several matters concerning the development of territories subject to radioactive pollution as a consequence of the Chernobyl catastrophe”.

    “The document envisages, in particular, the drafting and adoption of a development strategy …

  • Hungarian Foreign Minister: US urges Hungary to let Ukraine into NATO

    The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Péter Szijjártó said in an interview with Radio Liberty that the United States during negotiations with Hungary repeatedly raised the issue of Budapest's blocking Ukraine's entry to the North Atlantic Alliance.

    "For them [the US], it is a matter of geopolitics. The US sees it as a geopolitical issue from overseas. However, we're Ukraine's neighbors! One hundred fifty thousand Hungarians are living here [in Ukraine]. Therefore, it is not surprising …

  • NATO Secretary General warns Russia of Alliance's 'defensive measures'

    Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia that the Alliance would take defensive measures if Russia does not return to compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

    He noted that "there are no signs of Moscow's desire to fulfill the terms of the missile deal so far, although "time is running out."

    "The allies call on Russia again to fully and transparently comply with the Treaty," said Stoltenberg at a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council, reports Interfax …

  • Putin expresses hope for full restoration of relations with EU

    At a press conference after the meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia hopes that the new EU leadership will be interested in restoring full-fledged relations with Moscow.

    "About the assessment of Ursula Von der Leyen (the candidate for the post of the European Commission President) ... We do not know how she will present herself," he said as quoted by RBC news agency.

    "We have been used to the fact that Russia should take …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry summons Hungarian Ambassador over Foreign Minister's statements

    Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yegor Bozhok summoned Hungarian Ambassador Istvan Iydyarto after the comments of the Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, reports Evropeyskaya Pravda news outlet.

    "I have invited the Ambassador Iydyarto and asked him to explain the commentaries of Hungarian Minister Szijjártó at the Conference on reforms in Ukraine, which took place in Toronto. He stressed the need to apply a new approach in the development of Ukrainian-Hungarian relations …

  • Russia to monitor NATO's actions during Sea Breeze exercises

    Russian National Defense Management Center stated that Russian Black Sea fleet carries out a set of activities to monitor the actions of NATO ships during the Sea Breeze-2019 exercises in the Black Sea, reports RIA Novosti news agency.

    According to the Russian military, the monitoring is needed for fast response to possible emergencies. The exercises are organized in the North-Western part of the sea, the Defense Ministry said.

    Sea Breeze exercises has been held by Ukraine and the United …

  • Sweden strengthens air defense systems on Gotland island to counteract Russia

    On July 1, Swedish Armed Forces reported that Swedish authorities had strengthened air defense on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The new surface-to-air missile system has been deployed on the island due to the tense relations with Russia. The new system that is produced by Saab company will replace a previously used mobile air defense system.

    "From a military-strategic point of view, Gotland is an important region," said the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, Micael Bydén. …

  • Ukraine and NATO change plan of Sea Breeze military exercises because of Russia

    The plan of joint Sea Breeze—2019 exercises with participation of Ukraine, the USA, and NATO countries was changed due to Russia's actions in the Black Sea, reads the message of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.

    The commander of the Ukrainian Navy Ihor Voronchenko said that the area of the maneuvers was changed due to the "attempts of Northern neighbor to confuse us with the sudden closure of the navigation area." "We took this as an additional challenge and are ready to counteract …

  • Kyiv: NATO military forces arrived in Odessa to participate in Sea Breeze 2019 exercises

    Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported about the arrival of additional units of the North Atlantic Alliance in Odessa to participate in the Sea Breeze 2019 exercises. The first units arrived in Odessa on the American C-130J Hercules, and the UK special marine forces arrived on British A400 Atlas jet aircraft, reports the press service of the Ukrainian military department.

    The exercises Sea Breeze were initially conducted as part of the Partnership for Peace program. Since the 2000s, they were …

  • Israel blames Russia for GPS failure over Ben Gurion Airport

    Russia’s actions are responsible for the radio interference in the sky over Israel, claimed a journalist specializing in air safety in an interview on Israel’s army radio station, Galei Tsahal.

    A senior Israeli official has already met with US representatives in Europe to discuss the radio interference in the airspace over the Jewish state.

    When asked by the presenter whether the developments should be considered cyberwarfare, the journalist said: “The interference can be called an attack …