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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

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.

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.

20 May. 2015

NATO and UNODC launch counter-narcotics training in Central Asia

NATO and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced the launch of a new NATO counter-narcotics training project at a conference in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in May 2015. The project involves five Central Asian states -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan -- as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan. It follows up on a similar initiative developed under the umbrella of the NATO-Russia Council which was suspended in the wake of Russian aggressive action in Ukraine.

19 May. 2015

NATO Secretary General meets Russian Foreign Minister

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov at the Palais d'Egmont in Brussels on Tuesday (19 May 2015). The Secretary General restated NATO's position on Russia's illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea and its continued destabilisation of eastern Ukraine. He urged all parties to implement the Minsk agreements in full, and called on Russia to withdraw its troops and support for the separatists in eastern Ukraine. Stressing the importance of transparency and predictability related to military activities, Mr Stoltenberg voiced concern about the large number of snap exercises conducted by Russia. The Secretary General made clear that NATO's policy remains unchanged. As a result of Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine, NATO decided in April 2014 to suspend all practical cooperation with Russia, while keeping open political channels of communications.

18 May. 2015

NATO Secretary General attends meeting of EU Defense and Foreign Affairs

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attended on Monday (18 May 2015) the meeting of European Union Defense and Foreign Affairs Ministers in Brussels. "I'm glad to be back at the European Council. I think it is an expression of the close cooperation between the European Union and NATO. This close cooperation is very natural because we are facing the same security environment, the same challenges", the Secretary General told the media. He welcomed the decision that the European Union will take today on establishing an operation at sea to dismantle the criminal networks that are responsible for smuggling people across the Mediterranean.

18 May. 2015

Deputy Secretary General addresses NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Budapest

"Our common goal remains a Europe whole, free and at peace. But that vision is now being challenged", said NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly spring session in Budapest on Monday (18 May 2015). He underlined that as an Alliance, we do not have the luxury to choose between "East" and "South." Our shared security and common values are challenged from both directions, albeit in different ways. And the need for transatlantic cooperation - and transatlantic solidarity - is more evident than ever. Together, we must do collective defence and crisis management. And we must make the best possible use of the cooperative-security tools that we have developed over the years - in both our southern and eastern neighborhoods, Ambassador Vershbow stressed.

15 May. 2015

173rd Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session

The NATO Chiefs of Defence will meet on 20 and 21 May at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels for their second Military Committee meeting of 2015. General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the Military Committee will chair the two day meeting. The NATO Chiefs of Defence will discuss the Readiness Action Plan, the Resolute Support Mission, the Partnership Interoperability Initiative, Kosovo Force (KFOR), military cooperation with Ukraine and Georgia and military strategic guidance.

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