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26 Jun. 2015

NATO Allies and Partners and the donors’ community committed to continue supporting the financial sustainment of the Afghan Security Forces

NATO Allies and Partners and representatives of the donors’ community met today (Friday, 26 June 2015) in a plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army Trust Fund Board, to renew their commitment to the continued support of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces.

25 Jun. 2015

NATO Defence Ministerial Statement

NATO Defence Ministers on Thursday (25 June 2015) issued a statement after their two-day ministerial which focused on the implementation of the Readiness Action Plan and other key issues including NATO-Ukraine relations, the Alliance’s engagement in Afghanistan and preparations for next year’s NATO Summit in Warsaw.

25 Jun. 2015

NATO Secretary General welcomes EU efforts on defence at European Council in Brussels

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed the European Council on Friday (26 June 2015) and welcomed the efforts made by the European Union to strengthen its defence sector. “ Of course NATO and the European Union are two different organizations but we have a lot in common. Actually nine out of ten EU citizens live in NATO countries and we share the same values. We share the same security environment. And now this security environment is changing, therefore both NATO and the European Union have to adapt. NATO has taken decisive steps to strengthen its collective defence. I also welcome the efforts by the European Union to strengthen its defences. A strong Europe also makes NATO strong. I look forward to discussing how we can increase the cooperation between NATO and the European Union”, said Mr. Stoltenberg at a media doorstep.

25 Jun. 2015

NATO Defence Ministers express strong support for Ukraine

Allied Defence Ministers reaffirmed their unwavering support for Ukraine in a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission on Thursday (25 June 2015). In their talks with Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, the ministers discussed the security situation in Ukraine, and reviewed NATO’s assistance. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg underlined that Ukraine continues to be “faced with heavily-armed separatists, supported, trained and equipped by Russia,” and is also undertaking reforms despite a serious economic crisis. “Ukraine is making progress against all these challenges, and this is remarkable,” he said.

25 Jun. 2015

NATO Defence Ministers confirm enduring support for Afghanistan

NATO Defence Ministers confirmed enduring support for Afghanistan in a ministerial meeting of Resolute Support nations on Thursday (25 June 2015). Meeting with Afghan Acting Minister of Defence Masoom Stanekzai, the ministers reviewed the security situation and the first six months of the Resolute Support mission. While noting that “it has been a challenging time,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that the Afghan forces “have dealt with this effectively,” demonstrating “exemplary courage, determination and commitment.” The Secretary General reaffirmed that the Alliance will continue to support Afghanistan in the years ahead, saying “NATO and our partners stand with Afghanistan.”

25 Jun. 2015

60th Anniversary of the Accession of Germany to NATO

On 3 June 2015, the NATO Archives celebrated the 60th anniversary of Germany’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty with an exhibition at NATO HQ that showcased a unique collection of archival documents, photos and film footage related to the historic event. All of this material, most of which has never been displayed to the public, was selected and arranged to present a unique visual record of how the Alliance came together in 1955 for a spectacular display of unity to formally welcome their 15th member.

24 Jun. 2015

NATO Defence Ministers to take decisions on strengthening collective defence

NATO Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels on Wednesday (24 June 2015) to begin two days of talks on the Alliance’s continued adaptation in the face of new security challenges. Today, ministers are expected take decisions increasing the strength and capability of the NATO Response Force, which will amount to up to 40,000 troops. They will further improve the Alliance’s advance planning, and speed up political and military decision-making. Allies will also review defence investment figures, and are expected to endorse a defence capacity building package for Moldova. On Thursday, ministers will meet with their Ukrainian and Afghan counterparts to discuss NATO’s ongoing support for both nations.

24 Jun. 2015

Defence Ministers decide to bolster the NATO Response Force, reinforce collective defence

Defence Ministers on Wednesday (24 June 2015) took key decisions on strengthening the Alliance’s collective defence, including by increasing the strength and capability of the NATO Response Force. “We have just taken another step forward in adapting NATO to our changed and more challenging security environment,” said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, adding “we are clearly making a lot of progress”.

24 Jun. 2015

Four Allies announce plans to cooperate on one of NATO’s capability priorities

Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia on Wednesday (24 June 2015) signed a letter of intent on multinational cooperation in the area of special operations forces aviation. The letter of intent follows up on the promise made by Allied leaders at their Wales Summit to increase investments in meeting NATO‘s capability priorities.

22 Jun. 2015

NATO publishes defence spending figures for 2014, estimates for 2015

NATO on Monday (22 June 2015) published financial and economic data related to Allied defence expenditures. NATO has published defence spending figures for all Allies annually since 1963.

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