NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization

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15 Apr. 2014

NATO Secretary General says Ukraine crisis amplifies need to boost defence cooperation

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday (15 April 2014) that the Ukraine crisis has amplified the need to strengthen cooperation between NATO, the European Union and with close partners. “We need to train and exercise more together, for instance the NATO Response Force and the EU Battlegroups, so that we stand ready for whatever the future may bring,” the Secretary General said arriving for EU Defence Ministers talks in Luxembourg.

13 Apr. 2014

Secretary General urges Russia to de-escalate

If Russia is serious about its desire to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine, it should stop blaming others for its own actions, pull back its troops, step back into line with its international obligations and start rebuilding trust, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen argues in an op-ed entitled “De-escalation starts on the ground”, published on Sunday (13 April).

11 Apr. 2014

NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy in Kyiv: Allies will intensify engagement with Ukrainian civil society

The Alliance will reinforce the NATO Liaison Office in Kyiv with additional experts and intensify engagement with Ukrainian civil society, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic told a conference in Kiyv. The conference Kyiv Security Forum was co-organised by the NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Ukraine. Ambassador Grabar-Kitarovic said that the Centre will be enhancing its program of outreach activities, increasing its public engagement efforts, and bolstering its support for civil society networks.

11 Apr. 2014

NATO sets the record straight on Russia’s accusations

To divert attention away from its aggression against Ukraine, Russia has leveled a series of accusations against NATO which are based on misrepresentations of the facts and ignore the sustained effort that NATO has put into building a partnership with Russia. NATO has now issued a comprehensive fact sheet, based on publicly available source documents, which sets the record straight. (Photo: NATO-Russia Council exercise “Vigilant Skies” 2013)

11 Apr. 2014

Visiting Bulgaria, NATO Secretary General describes accession of new members as historic success

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Sofia on Friday (April 11) to congratulate Bulgaria on the tenth anniversary of its accession to the Alliance. After wide-ranging talks with President Rosen Plevneliev and Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, Mr Fogh Rasmussen said “at this time, more than ever, we realise that Bulgaria is stronger within NATO. And NATO is stronger with Bulgaria. You are making a valuable contribution to security in the vital Black Sea region, the Western Balkans, and as far as Afghanistan. And Bulgaria's membership of NATO has contributed to making our Open Door policy a success.”

11 Apr. 2014

NATO-Ukraine distinctive partnership under the emerging security challenges

Air Marshal Sir Christopher Harper, Director General of NATO’s International Military Staff, delivered a keynote speech at the Ukrainian National Defence University in Kyiv, challenging to debate NATO, its future and its strong enduring relationship with Ukraine.

11 Apr. 2014

NATO Defends Accuracy of Satellite Images With Additional Proof

MONS, Belgium - Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) defends the accuracy of the images that were released to media on April 10, 2014. The dates of the images released by SHAPE were collected by the DigitalGlobe satellite 'Constellation' between late March and early April 2014. The images are unclassified and are commercially available in DigitalGlobe's public archive. SHAPE did not alter or edit the images in any way prior to release.

10 Apr. 2014

NATO releases satellite imagery of Russian forces on Ukraine’s border

SHAPE, BELGIUM - Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) released a set of satellite imagery to media outlets on Thursday, 10 April 2014, that shows details of the location and type of Russian units NATO has observed along the border with Ukraine. As can be seen from the pictures themselves, all images were taken in March and April 2014. NATO assesses that the Russian military has approximately 35-40,000 troops in the vicinity of the Ukrainian border, a claim Russian officials have repeatedly denied.

10 Apr. 2014

NATO Secretary General discusses collective defence, defence investment and Ukraine crisis in Prague

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed the Ukraine crisis with the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Boshulav Sobotka during a visit to Prague on Thursday (10 April). “From Prague, I have this message to Russia. You have a choice. To stop blaming others for your own actions. To stop massing your troops. To stop escalating this crisis and start engaging in a genuine dialogue. If Russia is serious about a dialogue, the first step should be to pull back its troops”, the Secretary General said at a press conference with Prime Minister Sobotka.

10 Apr. 2014

NATO Deputy Secretary General stresses value of Alliance membership, Open Door Policy

NATO membership continues to act as a strong incentive for aspirant nations, NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow told a conference hosted by the Royal Danish Defence College in Copenhagen on 10 April (2014). The Alliance’s expansion over the past decade and a half has helped to spread freedom, democracy and stability across Europe, the Ambassador said. The conference focused on defence cooperation between Denmark and Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, 10 years after the three Baltic states joined NATO.