Contents tagged with NATO

  • Czech Republic to send a mechanized battalion to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

    The Czech Republic will send a mechanized battalion to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, said the Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Republic, Lieutenant General Aleš Opata on Friday.

    "The Czech Republic will send 800 servicemen and 200 units of equipment to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps that can deploy within 30 days.” He explained that the Czech Republic is sending a mechanized ground forces battalion.

    The project of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps was discussed in Brussels on …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO is getting ready for more Russian missiles

    NATO should get ready for actions in a new reality where Russia will deploy more military nuclear facilities near its European borders, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday, February 15, speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    Stoltenberg stressed that NATO sill still give Russia six months to comply with the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium and Small-Range Nuclear Missiles capable of carrying a nuclear charge. Nevertheless, according to …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister: NATO ships to visit Ukrainian ports on monthly basis

    After a visit to the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that he expects NATO ships to visit Ukrainian ports nearly every month in 2019.

    “This year, NATO’s naval presence in the Black Sea will be significantly stepped up. Nearly every month, ships both from NATO’s permanent naval groups and those of key allies will visit Ukrainian ports, also for the purpose of conducting joint exercises with Ukraine’s Navy,” Poltorak explained.

    He noted that ships …

  • NATO exercise Agile Spirit 2019 to be held in Georgia in the summer

    Over 3,000 military personnel from NATO member states and their partner countries will participate in the Agile Spirit 2019 Multinational Military Exercises to be held in Georgia from July 27 to August 9.

    The exercises will be held under joint leadership of the Georgian Armed Forces and European Command of the US Armed Forces. Organizers will reveal the extent of military equipment and hardware involved at the final planning conference in Tbilisi in May.

    Agile Spirit exercises have been held …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO prepares an 'effective response' to Russia’s violations of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg stated at the Brussels meeting of NATO defense ministers, which was held on February 13th,  that NATO’s current focus is to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

    “We're trying to save the ‘cornerstone’ of arms control, and so everything is now in the hands of Russia. At the same time, we are preparing, considering and analyzing the consequences of the treaty termination. The preparation has already begun since the new Russian …

  • Kyiv requests a separate package of NATO assistance for Ukraine's Navy

    Ukraine's Permanent Representative to NATO Vadym Prystaiko said that Kyiv has asked NATO to arrange for a separate assistance package for the Naval Forces of Ukraine, the Evropeiska Pravda reported. 

    “We have the so-called Assistance Package, which includes different mechanisms, in particular, trust funds. One of the ideas is that the assistance to our Navy be allocated from one package, in order to to identify the needs and support opportunities so that each country to find its own niche,” …

  • NATO does not intend to deploy nuclear missiles in Europe after US withdrawal from INF Treaty

    The Deputy Secretary General of the Alliance, Rose Gottemoeller, made an announcement before the opening of the two-day NATO summit in Brussels stating that NATO has no intention to deploy new nuclear missiles in Europe after the United States and Russia’s decision to withdraw from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF), reports Deutsche Welle. 

    "We will have to discuss NATO’s response to the new Russian missiles. However, we are not going to …

  • Stoltenberg : NATO concerned about Russian Poseidon nuclear-powered underwater drone

    NATO is concerned about Russia’s unmanned underwater vehicle "Poseidon", said Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, answering BBC’s question about the weapon’s potential. 

    According to Stoltenberg, the drone is "another example proving that Russia has increased investment in strengthening nuclear potential." 

    The Russian Ministry of Defense showed a video of the Poseidon tests in the summer of 2018. “The main advantage of Poseidon is the invulnerability of almost one hundred percent to …

  • Russia: joint US-Ukraine military exercises in the Black Sea 'a dangerous idea'

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin stated that Russia considers the joint exercises “Sea Breeze” which are held by Ukraine and the United States to be dangerous.

    “A dangerous idea. This is exactly how we will treat it. We perceive this idea as dangerous,” said Karasin as quoted by RIA Novosti.

    The Sea Breeze exercises have been held by Ukraine and the United States on the territory of Ukraine since 1997.

    On February 11th, the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense  …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO intends to increase military presence in the Black Sea

    During a briefing with Russian media, the NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that NATO intends to increase its military presence in the Black Sea in response to “Russia’s violation of international norms.”

    According to him, Moscow’s construction of a bridge over the Kerch Strait does not meet international laws since Russia’s control over Crimea was established illegally. “The unlawful detention of Ukrainian sailors [in November 2018] and seizing of ships increased our concerns …