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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.

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.

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.

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