Contents tagged with Stoltenberg

  • Stoltenberg: NATO can’t recognize the accession of the Crimea to Russia

    The Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Jens Stoltenberg, believes that accession of the annexed Crimea to Russia is contrary to the values of the Alliance.

    Stoltenberg expressed his opinion on BBC while commenting on statements made by the U.S. Administration regarding the possibility of recognizing the Crimea as a part of the Russian Federation under certain conditions.

    “The accession of the Crimea runs contrary to the NATO values,” the Secretary-General responded. …

  • Stoltenberg: Sanctions against Russia are a response to the seizure of foreign territories

    A country that has violated international law and encroached on someone else's territory must pay for it, as stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during an interview with the German newspaper “Bild.” Stoltenberg was commenting on the EU leadership’s approval of the extension of the sanctions regime against the Russian Federation.

    "Economic sanctions send a clear signal to Russia that the violation of international law and changing of borders by using military force entail a high …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO is implementing additional aid programs for Ukraine

    NATO started implementing a package of additional measures as part of the aid program for Ukraine. This is the package that was approved at the Summit in Warsaw in the summer, as stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after the NATO meeting of the Commission Ukraine in Brussels.

    "We have comprehensive cooperation with Ukraine; we provide support in various areas. At the Summit in Warsaw we decided to increase the level of this aid and to start implementing this aid package,” …

  • Stoltenberg: The security situation in the Donbas is 'extremely serious'

    The security situation in the eastern Ukraine is “extremely serious” due to the violations of the ceasefire including the use of heavy weapons, only 30% of which are able to be monitored at this time, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated.

    “The ceasefire is violated every day, sometimes hundreds of times, including bombings, using weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements. This is because heavy weapons were not withdrawn. Only 30% of the equipment registered by the OSCE now can be …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO's expansion is not a provocation

    The Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, stated on Thursday that he doesn’t agree with Moscow’s opinion that the expansion of the alliance is provocative in nature.

    "No, I don’t understand the opinion that NATO’s expansion in central Europe is a provocative stance as is expressed in Russia," he said, while lecturing at Oxford University.

    Stoltenberg stressed that each country is free to choose its own way.

    "It is not NATO that is expanding, but Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO is preparing to strengthen its collective security

    NATO is preparing for a "major strengthening" of collective security in response to the growing aggressiveness of Russia. On Monday, November 7th, the head of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, made this announcement to the British newspaper The Times.

    According to him, NATO is forced to respond to the challenge because Russia has significantly increased its military capacity for several years. Since 2000, they increased defense spending thrice. They use military force against its neighbors and they …

  • Stoltenberg presents NATO’s position on Russia’s deployment of Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad

    The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Jens Stoltenberg, expressed the opinion that Russia has followed a habitual course of action by deploying Iskander-M missile systems to Kaliningrad.

    “We saw that they deployed missile systems in the Kaliningrad region. This is all part of a mosaic that is being assembled over a certain period of time,” TASS quoted Stoltenberg as saying.

    According to him, the military bloc has already conducted the strongest program of …

  • During the 1970s, the Soviet KGB attempted to recruit Jens Stoltenberg

    Soviet intelligence once tried to recruit the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Jens Stoltenberg, to the Committee for the State Security of the Soviet Union, or the KGB. Stoltenberg wrote this in his autobiography, NRK reported. Stoltenberg explained that he had been in contact with employees of the Soviet Embassy since the late 1970s and repeatedly talked with Soviet Cultural Attaché Boris Kirillov.

    The Secretary General of NATO recalls how he met with the erudite …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO's support for Ukraine will reach a 'new level'

    According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, practical and political support to Ukraine will reach a new level after the Alliance’s Summit in Warsaw on Friday and Saturday, Radio Svoboda reported.

    Stoltenberg said that a new comprehensive package will be adopted by NATO.

    "This package will include strategic advisory support. We are already providing assistance to Ukraine through trust funds, which cover areas such as command and control, logistics and cyber security. We add to this …

  • NATO Secretary General: Sanctions against Russia should remain in force

    The EU should maintain the sanctions against Russia which were imposed as a result of the Russia’s actions in Ukraine, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

    He made these comments the day after German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier criticized NATO for holding the recent Anakonda-2016 military exercises and “antagonizing Russia”.

    “In my opinion the sanctions should not be lifted while Russian does not change its attitude. I believe that the EU has a wide consensus on …