Contents tagged with NATO

  • Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs: Normalization of relations between Russia and NATO won't happen soon

    The Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marina Kaljurand, stated that the normalization of relations between Russia and NATO shouldn’t be expected, Postimees reported.

    “The normalization of relations between Russia and NATO isn’t expected, that is why the current policy on Russia will be discussed in Warsaw,” Kaljurand believes.

    “The relations are frozen because Russia violated international law by annexing the Crimea,” the Foreign Minister added.

    According to Kaljurand, the NATO-Russia …

  • The Pentagon warns Russia of the risks of an 'accidental confrontation'

    Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work stated that the cases of Russian aircraft maneuvering near U.S. ships and aircraft can cause an “accidental confrontation.”

    “One minor incident, of which both parties will accuse each other, may lead to an accidental confrontation, and none of us is interested in that,” he said at the American-Norwegian Defense Conference in Washington.

    Work noted that the U.S.A. has already seen “unsafe and unprofessional maneuvers made by Russian aircraft and ships.”

    In …

  • Lithuania and Romania demand that NATO’s presence be strengthened for protection against Russia

    Lithuania and Romania are seeking opportunities to strengthen security and increase deterrents against aggression. The President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, and the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, demand an increased presence of NATO in their countries. The heads of both countries stated this during a joint press conference in Vilnius during President Iohannis’s visit to Lithuania, Deutsche Welle reported.

    “We understand the ongoing situation in Romania in the Black Sea that arose …

  • NATO Secretary General promised further support and practical assistance to Ukraine

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the July meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission will endeavor to show a “very strong expression of political support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”.

    The meeting will also be a platform to discuss how to provide practical support to Ukraine. This was stated by Stoltenberg at a press conference at the NATO headquarters, after a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of member states.

    The NATO-Ukraine Commission will, for the …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO and the EU will increase cooperation

    NATO and the European Union plan to expand their cooperation in regards to countering maritime threats and cyber-attacks.

    The Alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made the announcement during a meeting of the foreign ministers of NATO member states, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    “In the center of the agenda of the two-day meeting of the ministers will be a plan for stability, which will assess how we can continue to support our partners and neighbors,” Stoltenberg said.

    According to …

  • Polish President accuses Russia of undermining European security

    During his visit to Italy, Polish President Andrzej Duda spoke out against the isolation of Russia, Polish radio reports. “No one is interested in a new cold war,” Duda stated during his speech at the NATO Defense College in Rome.

    President Duda called for dialogue with Moscow based on the principles of international law. At the same time, he noted that Russian actions in Ukraine undermine the security system in Europe.

    Earlier, Andrzej Duda spoke of the new phases of deployment of an  …

  • Head of Ukrainian General Staff to discuss weapons supply with NATO Supreme Allied Commander

    The Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko, will discuss the issue of arms supplies to Ukraine with the newly-appointed NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General Curtis Scaparrotti. The meeting will be held at NATO headquarters on Thursday.

    “We will certainly discuss the issue of weapons to Ukraine- in what amounts and what weapons may be provided to us in the near future,” Muzhenko said during an interview with UNIAN.

    “We are talking about weapons, starting …

  • Ukrainian spacecraft in the top 3 of NASA competition

    The Ukrainian aircraft project for Mars, Mars Hopper, entered the top three of the Audience Award of the World Development Forum NASA SpaceApps Challenge.

    According to information on the SpaceApps Challenge website, as of Monday at 20:00 (Kiev time) the project scored 8,809 votes. However, the voting is still ongoing and after registration anyone may vote up until May 20th at 5:00 (UTC+4).

    The leader right now is the Martian Oasis project from Bangladesh (9,940 votes). Second place is …

  • Russia and Belarus agree on need for joint response to missile defense system in Europe

    Russia and Belarus have agreed on a joint response to the deployment of NATO missile defense systems near their borders. This was said by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Vladimir Makei. DW reports that he made these statements after meeting with the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergey Lavrov.

    “Because we are a union state[with Russia], we have agreed that we will jointly develop adequate response measures,” Makei said.

    Moscow and Minsk are planning to work closely …

  • NATO exercises begin in Poland

    NATO’s Brilliant Jump 2016 exercises began in Poland on Tuesday, Radio Polsha reported. 1,500 soldiers of the Polish, Spanish, and British armed forces will participate in the ten-day exercise in Lubusz in western Poland.

    The maneuvers will take place under the Dutch Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum.

    Brilliant Jump will focus on quickly transporting personnel and military equipment to areas of potential threat, which will help Poland to develop its own immediate reaction forces.

    A similar …