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30 May. 2016

NATO Deputy Secretary General: Euro-Atlantic integration is the key to stability in the Balkans

Addressing the Spring Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Tirana, Albania (30 May 2016), NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said that “Euro-Atlantic integration is the key to stability here in the Balkans”. The Deputy Secretary General also congratulated Albania on the 7th anniversary of its membership of NATO and said that “NATO’s door is opening once again with the impending membership of Montenegro”. Earlier this month NATO foreign ministers signed the Accession Protocol for Montenegro. “Once the parliaments of all 28 Allies have ratified the Protocol, Albania will have a fellow NATO member on its northern border. This will enhance Albania’s security while fortifying the stability of the western Balkans and the Adriatic region more broadly”, Ambassador Vershbow said.

27 May. 2016

NATO Deputy Secretary General: North Atlantic Alliance is as important as it has ever been

NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said in Prague that “our security cannot be taken for granted” and that the North Atlantic Alliance “is as important as it has ever been.” In a keynote speech at the Jagello 2000 Conference on Friday (27 May 2016) Ambassador Vershbow thanked the Czech Republic for its long involvement in Alliance operations in Afghanistan, its support for the NATO Response Force and its contributions of highly-skilled pilots and aircrews to NATO’s assurance measures. He also commended the Czech Republic for its leading role in the Alliance’s ability to respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards. “Together these are helping to make our Alliance stronger and more effective”, he said.

27 May. 2016

Remediating a fuel polluted military site in Ukraine

A military base in Ukraine established in 1975 serves as a fuel deposit, which supplies fuel to other military bases in its vicinity. This military base, located in the residential areas of Kyiv, has caused significant groundwater pollution and soil contamination. To help remedy this situation, an SPS flagship project-- The Remediation of Hydrocarbon Polluted Military Site in Ukraine – was launched in 2012, as a joint cooperative activity between experts from France and Ukraine. Modern equipment has been provided by NATO to help Ukraine remediate the pollution caused by this facility.

27 May. 2016

NATO supports humanitarian demining in Ukraine

Explosive remnants of war pose a significant threat to local populations in eastern Ukraine, and the authorities are making a great effort to defuse them. To help counter this growing threat, on behalf of the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme and in close cooperation with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, transferred valuable equipment to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU).

26 May. 2016

NATO assists Ukraine in removal of obsolete weapons in Donetsk and Luhansk regions

KYIV, Ukraine, 26 May 2016 – Today, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU) received equipment from NATO for the removal and destruction of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), including landmines, artillery, munitions and booby traps in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The equipment was provided through a partnership and cooperation programme between NATO and Ukraine developed within the framework of the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme, in close cooperation with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).

26 May. 2016

Removing barriers to women in the Ukrainian armed forces

The NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, Marriëtt Schuurman, met the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lt Gen Viktor Muzhenko, on 18 May 2016. They discussed Ukraine’s recently adopted National Action Plan on implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, and how NATO could support this.

25 May. 2016

NATO star moves to new HQ

The oxidised steel sculpture known as the “NATO star” has stood in front of the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels since August 1971. As part of the move to NATO’s new headquarters, the star moved across Boulevard Leopold III to its new home on Saturday 28 May 2016.

25 May. 2016

Military Committee in Permanent Session welcomes Montenegro as Observer

General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee chaired the first Military Committee in Permanent Session (MCPS) today (26 May 2016) with Montenegro participating as an Observer. On 19 May 2016, the NATO Foreign Minister’s undertook the historic signing of the Accession Protocol for Montenegro. Following the signature of the Protocol, Montenegro has ‘Invitee’ status, allowing its representatives to participate as observers in Allied meetings.

25 May. 2016

NATO trains Iraqi officers in countering Improvised Explosive Devices

NATO is helping Iraqi officers learn how to find and defuse Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Between 1 May and 6 June 2016, two dozen officers are undertaking courses at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre in Amman, Jordan. NATO is also providing “train the trainer” instruction, enabling the officers to build the professionalism of the Iraqi forces by sharing their new skills with colleagues with the support of the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence.

24 May. 2016

Secretary General in Rome: Italy is a driving force within NATO

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Italy’s significant contributions to the Alliance during talks with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Rome on Tuesday (24 May 2016). “For more than sixty years, Italy has been a driving force within NATO,” the Secretary General said.

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