Contents tagged with NATO

  • Vershbow: NATO is ready to accept Ukraine's membership application

    If Ukraine applies for NATO membership after carrying out the relevant reforms, its application will be properly reviewed, as stated by the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Oleksandr Vershbow, in an exclusive interview with the news agency UKRINFORM in the framework of Kyiv Security Forum.

    "We certainly respect the right of Ukraine to apply for membership and if, after these reforms are successfully implemented, the Ukrainian people will decide to take this step, we have the necessary …

  • Spokeswoman: The war in Ukraine will be discussed at the forthcoming NATO-Russia Council

    The main topics of discussion at the forthcoming NATO-Russia Council will be the fighting in the Donbas region and the implementation of the Minsk agreements. This is the first meeting in two years and will take place on April 20th at NATO headquarters in Brussels, NATO spokeswoman Carmen Romero confirmed on April 13th.

    According to her, during the meeting the sides will also discuss the military activities of NATO and Russia, focus on "transparency and risks reduction", and will also talk …

  • Polish Foreign Minister calls for stronger NATO presence in country's east

    In an interview with Deutsche Welle, the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Witold Waszczykowski, called for long-term placement of NATO troops on the eastern flank. He also defended his country's policy towards refugees.

    Waszczykowski called for a stronger presence of NATO troops on the eastern flank of the Alliance. He urged NATO western partners to protect his country from potential attacks by Russia. "Russia is trying to change the situation in Europe and, possibly, beyond its borders, as …

  • Poland proposes making Ukraine the primary focus of the NATO-Russia Council meeting

    The Head of the National Security Bureau of Poland, Pavel Soloh, stated that the Ukrainian crisis should be the main subject of the forthcoming NATO-Russia meeting, Rosbalt reported.

    When Soloh visited Berlin, he noted that Russia violated international law by annexing the territory of another state, which led to an increase of tensions in relations between NATO and Moscow. According to the Head of the National Security Bureau of Poland, the decision on the council meeting was taken only after …

  • Romania hopes decision on NATO Black Sea fleet will be made in the coming months

    According to Activenews reports, Romanian Minister of Defense Mihnea Motoc hopes that the decision to create a NATO fleet of Romanian, Ukrainian and Georgian ships will be made at the coming summit of the Alliance that should take place in July in Warsaw.

    According to the Minister, this group, which will be established in the Black Sea basin will be a sizeable brigade of Romanian, Ukrainian and Georgian naval forces. Motoc also emphasized that Romania hopes that a decision “on the prevention …

  • Obama and Stoltenberg affirm their support for Ukraine

    U.S. President Barack Obama, during a meeting with the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, at the White House reaffirmed his support of Ukraine and called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization a pillar of collective security in the U.S. and Europe. "We continue to be united in support of Ukraine," said Obama as quoted by the AFP News Agency.

    Obama also said that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) continues to be a cornerstone of the collective defenses for the United States …

  • Mogherini: Montenegro's accession to NATO will promote stability in the region

    The head of EU Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, at a meeting with the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, in Brussels, welcomed the country's role in international politics as a reliable partner of the European Union, according to a statement by the European External Action Service on the results of the negotiations.

    As noted in the document, Mogherini "expressed the EU’s appreciation for the full compliance of the country with all the positions of the EU's foreign policy and …

  • Breedlove: NATO contingent in Estonia should not be made up of only US soldiers

    NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, General Philip Breedlove, stated that the preliminary deployment of NATO troops in Estonia should be international and not consist of only soldiers from the United States Forces.

    “The work to ensure that NATO will be able to respond to threats from the east and south is in progress. The plan on strengthening NATO’s presence in the Baltic States will be adopted at the NATO Summit in July,” Breedlove stated in his interview to the journalists on Tuesday in …

  • NATO jets follow Russian Defense Minister's plane over Baltic Sea

    NATO fighter aircraft followed a plane carrying Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu on his way to the Kaliningrad region, TASS reported.

    Shoygu’s plane flew over international waters with an escort of Russian Su-27 naval aviation fighters, and was followed by NATO Eurofighter Typhoons at a distance of approximately two kilometers.

    According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Shoygu travelled to Kaliningrad in order to inspect the Chkalovsk airfield as well as the Admiral F. F. Ushakov …

  • Ukrainian Armed Force begin military exercises according to NATO standards

    The press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) reported on Facebook that the strategic command and staff exercise, ‘Spring Thunder 2016’ has started in Ukraine.

    "An important feature of the exercise is that all activities are carried out in a framework of the new organizational structure, which meets the standards of the NATO member countries that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are striving to implement in the course of the reforms," the report says.

    It is noted that …