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1 Sep. 2014

Summit to ensure NATO stays ready for any challenge, says Secretary General

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, on 1 September 2014, the NATO Secretary General said that the Summit in Wales will take place at a time of multiple crises on several fronts. It will ensure that the Alliance remains ready, able and willing to defend all Allies against any attack.

29 Aug. 2014

NATO Secretary General statement after the extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission

We have just held an extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, following the serious escalation of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. The meeting was held at Ukraine’s request.

28 Aug. 2014

NATO releases satellite imagery showing Russian combat troops inside Ukraine

NATO’s Allied Command Operations in Mons, Belgium on Thursday (28 August 2014) released new satellite imagery that show Russian combat forces engaged in military operations inside the sovereign territory of Ukraine. "Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia’s military interference in Ukraine,” said Brigadier General Nico Tak, Director of the Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre at Allied Command Operations. "The satellite images released today provide additional evidence that Russian combat soldiers, equipped with sophisticated heavy weaponry, are operating inside Ukraine’s sovereign territory,” he said.

26 Aug. 2014

NATO Secretary General welcomes last ISAF Command handover

Today, General John F. Campbell assumed command of ISAF from General Joseph F. Dunford. I wish him every success and I look forward to working closely with him.

25 Aug. 2014

Statement by NATO Secretary General on the so-called elections in Abkhazia, Georgia

NATO does not recognise the election held on 24 August in the Georgian region of Abkhazia.

22 Aug. 2014

NATO Secretary General condemns entry of Russian convoy into Ukraine

I condemn the entry of a Russian so-called humanitarian convoy into Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian authorities and without any involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross. This is a blatant breach of Russia’s international commitments, including those made recently in Berlin and Geneva, and a further violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty by Russia. It can only deepen the crisis in the region, which Russia itself has created and has continued to fuel. The disregard of international humanitarian principles raises further questions about whether the true purpose of the aid convoy is to support civilians or to resupply armed separatists.

13 Aug. 2014

Transatlantic cooperation in focus as Secretary General visits Iceland

NATO’s unique role as a forum for transatlantic cooperation was a key theme of talks as Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Iceland on Wednesday (13 August). “The transatlantic relationship is at the heart of NATO. The cooperation between North America and Europe which makes our citizens safer, and our countries stronger. And Iceland embodies that transatlantic relationship,” he said.

12 Aug. 2014

NATO Secretary General statement on the situation in Iraq

I welcome the decision by the Iraqi President Fouad Massoum to nominate Mr. Haider Al Abadi as Prime Minister-Designate of Iraq. This represents an important step in the constitutional process towards the formation of a new government. I encourage the designated Prime Minister and all Iraqi political leaders to work towards the swift formation of an inclusive government that represents the legitimate interests and aspirations of all Iraqis.

4 Aug. 2014

NATO AWACS aircraft are being upgraded with glass cockpits

To meet current and future Communication, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Manage- ment (CNS/ATM) airspace requirements, NATO’s E-3A (NE-3A) aircraft are being upgraded with glass cockpits and other advanced avionics.

1 Aug. 2014

NATO ships arrive in Canada for task group exercises

Three ships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) arrived in the port of Halifax, Canada for a scheduled port visit ahead of exercises with US and Canadian navies on Thursday (31 July 2014). The exercise in North America is to test the readiness of NATO’s naval forces through joint training, said the Group Commander, Rear Adm. Brad Williamson. “I look forward to operating with the US, Canadian, German and Turkish units participating in this exercise,” he said, adding that Task Group Exercise is one of many opportunities “to foster trans-Atlantic interoperability and further enhance the readiness of NATO forces.”

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