Contents tagged with NATO

  • Lavrov: Russia will take 'measures' if Sweden joins NATO

    According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Moscow will respect any decision on the issue of Sweden’s ascension to NATO, but will "take the necessary military-technical measures" if the Nordic country does join the Alliance. Lavrov stated this in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter on April 28th.

    “It’s every country’s right to decide what form its security should take, but you must understand that if military infrastructure approaches Russia's borders, we would of …

  • Shoygu: NATO-Russia council meeting has not brought optimism

    The meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) which took place on April 20th hasn't added any optimism in improving relations between Moscow and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, declared the Russian Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu.

    Speaking on Wednesday at the 5th Moscow Conference on International Security, Shoygu emphasized that Russia’s military cooperation with NATO and EU countries "is at a standstill, but not because of the Russians.” Shoygu also stated that the functioning …

  • Poland creates territorial defense forces for protection against Russian aggression

    The Minister of National Defense of Poland, Antoni Macierewicz, signed the documents necessary for the creation of territorial defense forces. The first units will be created in 2016 and will be placed in the east of the country. As he stated on April 25th, 18,000 people will be integrated into three brigades of territorial forces.

    It is expected that they will not have weapons and that their mission will be to assist in the implementation of security measures during public events, protection …

  • NATO jets intercepted Russian aircraft on three occasions last week

    NATO jets had to intercept Russian aircraft in the international zone over the Baltic Sea three times last week. This was stated in the weekly report of the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Lithuania.

    "During the week of April 18 to 24, 2016, NATO fighter jets in the Baltic States had to intercept Russian aircraft that were flying in the international zone over the Baltic Sea three times," the message stated.

    The first interception occurred on April 18, 2016, when a Russian …

  • Media: The US expects Germany to take a leading role in strengthening NATO’s eastern border

    The German newspaper Der Spiegel reported that the US expects greater participation from Germany in deterring Russian aggression in Europe. Washington insists that the Bundeswehr actively participate in the planned deployment of rotating NATO units on the eastern borders of the Alliance.

    The US expects Germany and the UK to deploy soldiers and military equipment to the Baltic States, Poland, and Romania, US President Barack Obama reportedly told the US National Security Council.

    Obama plans …

  • NATO is ready to strenghen its support for Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova

    The Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Alexander Vershbow, stated in an interview with BGNES that the Alliance is ready to strengthen its support for Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova.

    "It is essential to strengthen our work of stabilizing the neighboring region by strengthening the support of such countries in the east as Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, which are under pressure from Russia and need help to improve their security and sovereignty," Vershbow stated.

    The Deputy Secretary General also …

  • Obama calls for a resolution to the war in Ukraine

    During a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama called for a resolution to the war in Ukraine.

    “We have to continue to invest in NATO so that we can meet our overseas commitments, from Afghanistan to the Aegean.  We have to resolve the conflict in the Ukraine and reassure allies who are rightly concerned about Russian aggression,” the US President stated.

    Obama also stressed that all NATO member states need to work towards contributing more of …

  • Scaparotti: The US must provide Ukraine with weapons

    The U.S.A. must provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs, including Javelin anti tank missiles, as stated by General Curtis Scaparotti who may become chair of the European NATO and U.S.A. command after Philip Breedlove, Reuters reports.

    Scaparotti emphasized that he agrees with other Generals that Russia poses the biggest threat for the U.S.A. and Washington should strongly defend their rights.

    Speaking in the Senate, the General emphasized that he believes that the U.S.A. should provide …

  • NATO intends to strengthen its military presence in the Black Sea region

    According to NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow, the Alliance intends to strengthen its military presence in the Black Sea region, RBC-Ukraine reported, with reference to Deutsche Welle.

    Vershbow explained that the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation on the one hand, and the “instability and violence on the southern borders of the Alliance that threaten to spill over onto its territory in the form of terrorism and uncontrolled migration" on the other, pose a "challenge …

  • Russia promises to react to presence of US destroyer near Kaliningrad

    Moscow believes that the emergence of a U.S. destroyer vessel near its borders is an attempt to put military pressure on the state. Reuters reports that the appearance of the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea near Kaliningrad marks what the Russians call an attempt of Washington to exert military pressure on Moscow. This was stated by Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to NATO, Alexander Grushko.

    Grushko made the comment after completion of the first session of the NATO-Russia …