NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization

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22 Aug. 2014

NATO Secretary General condemns entry of Russian convoy into Ukraine

I condemn the entry of a Russian so-called humanitarian convoy into Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian authorities and without any involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross. This is a blatant breach of Russia’s international commitments, including those made recently in Berlin and Geneva, and a further violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty by Russia. It can only deepen the crisis in the region, which Russia itself has created and has continued to fuel. The disregard of international humanitarian principles raises further questions about whether the true purpose of the aid convoy is to support civilians or to resupply armed separatists.

15 Aug. 2014

Wales Summit to focus on readiness, Secretary General says in Denmark

Next month’s NATO Summit in Wales will focus on the Alliance’s readiness to deal with the full range of threats, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on a visit to Copenhagen on Friday (15 August). ''We will adopt a Readiness Action Plan to make ourselves faster and more agile,'' he said.

14 Aug. 2014

Secretary General discusses NATO's adaptation in Norway

NATO must adapt to security challenges such as Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday (14 August) during a visit to Norway. "For the first time since the end of the Second World War, one country in Europe has seized the land of another by force, and we have to adapt," he said at a press conference with Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

13 Aug. 2014

Transatlantic cooperation in focus as Secretary General visits Iceland

NATO’s unique role as a forum for transatlantic cooperation was a key theme of talks as Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Iceland on Wednesday (13 August). “The transatlantic relationship is at the heart of NATO. The cooperation between North America and Europe which makes our citizens safer, and our countries stronger. And Iceland embodies that transatlantic relationship,” he said.

12 Aug. 2014

NATO Secretary General statement on the situation in Iraq

I welcome the decision by the Iraqi President Fouad Massoum to nominate Mr. Haider Al Abadi as Prime Minister-Designate of Iraq. This represents an important step in the constitutional process towards the formation of a new government. I encourage the designated Prime Minister and all Iraqi political leaders to work towards the swift formation of an inclusive government that represents the legitimate interests and aspirations of all Iraqis.

7 Aug. 2014

NATO stands by Ukraine, Secretary General says in Kiev

NATO stands by Ukraine and is looking to strengthen its partnership with the country at the Alliance’s summit in Wales next month, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said during a visit to Kiev on Thursday (7 August 2014). “NATO’s support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine is unwavering. Our partnership is long-standing. It’s strong, and in response to Russia’s aggression, NATO is working even more closely with Ukraine to reform its armed forces and defence institutions,” he said.

4 Aug. 2014

NATO AWACS aircraft are being upgraded with glass cockpits

To meet current and future Communication, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Manage- ment (CNS/ATM) airspace requirements, NATO’s E-3A (NE-3A) aircraft are being upgraded with glass cockpits and other advanced avionics.

4 Aug. 2014

NATO Secretary General, British Prime Minister, SACEUR discuss Ukraine crisis

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed the impact of the Ukraine crisis on the Alliance’s collective security with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) Gen. Philip Breedlove at Allied Command Operations headquarters in Mons, Belgium on Monday (4 August 2014). The Secretary General said that NATO “stands determined” to defend all Allies against any threat. “We are at a crucial point in history: as we remember the devastation of World War One, our peace and security are once again being tested, now by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. And the criminal downing of Flight MH17 has made clear that a conflict in one part of Europe can have tragic consequences around the world,” he said.

1 Aug. 2014

2013: NATO’s Science programme focuses on emerging security challenges

A total of 51 new Science for Peace and Security (SPS) activities were initiated in 2013, focusing on emerging security challenges such as counter-terrorism, cyber defence and resilience against chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) weapons.

1 Aug. 2014

NATO ships arrive in Canada for task group exercises

Three ships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) arrived in the port of Halifax, Canada for a scheduled port visit ahead of exercises with US and Canadian navies on Thursday (31 July 2014). The exercise in North America is to test the readiness of NATO’s naval forces through joint training, said the Group Commander, Rear Adm. Brad Williamson. “I look forward to operating with the US, Canadian, German and Turkish units participating in this exercise,” he said, adding that Task Group Exercise is one of many opportunities “to foster trans-Atlantic interoperability and further enhance the readiness of NATO forces.”