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28 May. 2015

Deputy Secretary General addresses the 8th Kyiv Security Forum

“Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea marked the first time since the Second World War that one European nation took part of another by force. In doing so, Russia has undermined decades of work by the international community to create a Europe that is whole, free and at peace. NATO will never accept or recognize the annexation of Crimea. The full implementation of the Minsk agreements represents the best hope for peace, and I urge all parties to do everything in their power to meet their commitments,” said NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, in his address to the 8th Kyiv Security Forum on Thursday (28 May 2015). The Kyiv Security Forum is an annual event where government officials, representatives of international organizations and opinion formers meet to discuss current security issues related to the Black Sea region and Europe.

28 May. 2015

NATO and Tunisia take cooperation forward

The NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow welcomed Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid to NATO Headquarters on Thursday (28 May 2015) to review the partnership between NATO and Tunisia. Last year Tunisia and NATO approved an Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme focused on several priority areas, including political dialogue, cooperation in the fight against terrorism, border security, cyber defence, defence planning and management and science cooperation. The meeting today was an opportunity to discuss how to further develop the partnership between NATO and Tunisia in areas of mutual interest, including counter-terrorism and military education and training.

27 May. 2015

NATO Deputy Secretary General meets President of the International Committee of the Red Cross

NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow welcomed Mr. Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (27 May 2015) for talks on international issues of mutual concern. The meeting was a continuation of the regular high-level dialogue between NATO and the ICRC.

27 May. 2015

Secretary General says NATO must adapt to a changing world

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has stressed that NATO must “be prepared for the long haul” as it adapts to rising challenges from both the south and the east. In a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C. on Wednesday (27 May 2015), Mr. Stoltenberg focused specifically on the challenge posed by “a resurgent Russia”. Calling Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine “part of a disturbing pattern”, the Secretary General warned that Moscow’s actions have undermined European security principles, including respect for borders, the independence of states, and military transparency and predictability. In response, he underlined that NATO is reinforcing its collective defence, keeping channels of communication open with Russia, and supporting European partners. The Secretary General stressed that in a changing world, “one thing that will not change,” is NATO’s “determination to stand united.”

26 May. 2015

NATO Secretary General thanks President Obama for strong US leadership

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US President Barack Obama discussed the Alliance’s response to key security challenges at the White House in Washington D.C. on Tuesday (26 May 2015). The Secretary General thanked President Obama for strong leadership in uncertain times, saying “you have provided leadership at a critical moment, and continue to provide significant resources” to the Alliance. Mr. Stoltenberg highlighted the European Reassurance Initiative as a “significant contribution to transatlantic security”.

26 May. 2015

NATO Secretary General begins visit to the United States

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has arrived in Washington D.C. to begin a week-long visit to the United States. Today (26 May 2015), Mr. Stoltenberg will meet US President Barack Obama for talks on the Alliance’s adaptation in the face of new security challenges. Tomorrow, the Secretary General will meet with Secretary of State John Kerry; National Security Advisor Ambassador Susan Rice; Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, and other senior officials.

22 May. 2015

NATO Secretary General announces dates for 2016 Warsaw Summit

I am happy to announce that the next NATO Summit will take place on 8-9 July, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland.

21 May. 2015

Handling gender-related complaints in the armed forces

An important barrier to women’s retention and equal participation in the armed forces is gender-based discrimination, harassment and abuse. Investigating related complaints and providing victim support during operations abroad can be particularly challenging. A recent NATO-sponsored workshop looked at possible practical solutions to these issues.

21 May. 2015

SILK-Afghanistan: 10 years of promoting internet connectivity in Afghanistan

Representatives from the Afghan government, the European Commission and NATO came together for a two-day workshop last week to take stock of the achievements of the SILK-Afghanistan programme, assess current needs, and set out a plan to ensure a sustainable future for the initiative.

21 May. 2015

NATO Chiefs of Defence discuss the Readiness Action Plan, Ukraine and the way ahead for missions and operations

During the two-day Military Committee meeting, the 28 Allied Chiefs of Defence exchanged views on the current and future security challenges facing the Alliance, and provided clear and decisive military advice to North Atlantic Council ahead of the NATO Defence Ministers meeting next month.

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