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30 Jan. 2015

Secretary General’s Annual Report: Alliance adapts to changed security environment

The year 2014 was a ‘black year’ for European security but NATO has been able to respond to the changing environment, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during the launch of his Annual Report Friday (30 January, 2014). Mr Stoltenberg said violent extremism close to NATO’s southern borders is fuelling terrorism in Allied countries, and that Russia’s actions have destabilized eastern Ukraine. “This Annual Report demonstrates that we are adapting to deal with these changes, and to keep NATO strong,” said Mr Stoltenberg. He added that the Readiness Action Plan, agreed at the Wales summit, is being turned into reality: “This will be the biggest reinforcement of our collective defence since the end of the Cold War.”

30 Jan. 2015

Deputy Secretary General Vershbow in Tbilisi: implementation of the Wales Summit decisions on Georgia are on track

At the end of a two-day visit to Georgia, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said that Georgia is a model for its region and a country that is an exporter of security. Speaking in a press conference after a meeting with President Giorgi Margeslashvili, Ambassador Vershbow said that Georgia is well on its way towards realising its sovereign choice of European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The Deputy Secretary General urged Georgia to continue with reforms, to uphold the rule of law and to improve the independence and professionalism of the judiciary.

29 Jan. 2015

Secretary General stresses NATO’s solidarity with Ukraine

In talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Thursday (29 January 2015), Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO would continue its strong political and practical support for Ukraine. He also expressed concern about the recent escalation of violence in the country. “We are very much concerned about the situation and also by the continued support of Russia to the separatists,” the Secretary General said.

27 Jan. 2015

Spain joins Patriot missile defence mission in Turkey

Spanish troops joined NATO’s Patriot anti-ballistic missile deployment in Adana, Turkey on Monday (26 January 2015), replacing a Dutch unit which had been stationed there since January 2013.

26 Jan. 2015

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

We have just held an extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission. The meeting was held at Ukraine's request.

26 Jan. 2015

NATO Secretary General statement on air accident in Spain

I am deeply saddened by the crash of a Greek fighter jet at the Los Llanos base in Spain, which has caused many casualties.

24 Jan. 2015

NATO Secretary General statement on the attack on Mariupol

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has sharply escalated, with indications of a large-scale offensive by Russian-backed separatists at multiple locations in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts as well as against the city of Mariupol. This is in utter disregard of the ceasefire. The shelling of residential areas in the city of Mariupol from separatist-controlled territory has cost the lives of at least 20 civilians, and injured many more.

23 Jan. 2015

Science: NATO’s “third dimension”

“Now the Alliance needs a third dimension: it needs not only a strong military dimension to provide for the common defence; not only a more profound political dimension, to shape a strategy of peace; but it also needs a social dimension (…) in this final third of the Twentieth Century through the humanities and science.”

23 Jan. 2015

NATO Secretary General says KFOR is a success story in the Western Balkans

During a visit to Pristina on Friday (23 January) the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that KFOR is a success story of cooperation between allies and partners.

23 Jan. 2015

North Atlantic Council visits NATO cyber security centre

Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and the 28 Permanent Representatives to the North Atlantic Council visited NATO’s cyber defence centre at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium on Friday (23 January 2015).

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