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27 Feb. 2015

Secretary General visits NATO military headquarters in Naples

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Allied personnel for their service and for their contribution to NATO operations and missions during his first visit to Allied Joint Force Command Headquarters in Naples on Friday (27 February 2015). “You are helping to keep our Alliance safe, and our world more secure,” he said.

26 Feb. 2015

NATO and Italy discuss how Alliance is adapting to face threats from east and south

Arriving in Rome at the start of a two day visit to Italy on Thursday (26 February 2015), Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg underscored that NATO is adapting to “defend all Allies against threats from any direction”, east or south. He added that the Alliance is implementing the biggest reinforcement of NATO’s collective defence since the end of the Cold War, in order to respond to emerging challenges, including ISIL and instability in the Middle East and North Africa.

24 Feb. 2015

NATO Secretary General welcomes cooperation with the International Energy Agency

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Fatih Birol, Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA) to NATO on Tuesday (24 February 2015). Dr. Birol has just been named the next Executive Director of IEA.

20 Feb. 2015

Chairman of the NATO Military Committee commends New Zealand’s involvement in NATO-led Operations and Missions

Visiting New Zealand on a four-day visit (18-21 February 2015) General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee discussed New Zealand’s increased cooperation with NATO on maritime security, interoperability and its continued commitment to NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces. Speaking with The Honourable Gerry Brownlee, New Zealand’s Minister of Defence, General Bartels stated: “New Zealand is a highly valued partner and NATO looks forward to building on this important partnership”.

20 Feb. 2015

Meeting with the Representatives of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations

Representatives of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations visited NATO Headquarters on 19 February 2015 for an exchange of views on the challenges facing peace operations.

18 Feb. 2015

NATO Archives discloses documents related to the events in Poland 1987-1991

The June 1989 elections held in Poland are an important historical milestone that helped trigger the end of the Cold War. They were the first in a string of momentous events that signaled the beginning of the end of communist rule, first in Poland and then across Eastern Europe as former Soviet bloc countries each took their first steps toward democratic transition.

18 Feb. 2015

Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visits Australia to discuss Maritime Security, the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan and Global threats

While visiting Sydney and Canberra on a three day visit 15-18 February 2015, the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Knud Bartels thanked Australia for its contributions to NATO-led Operations and Missions and discussed enhanced NATO – Australian military to military cooperation and interoperability. After meeting with Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, Chief of the Australian Defence Force and Mr. Dennis Richardson, the Secretary of Defence of Australia, the Chairman stressed the need “for substantial and practical cooperation, to learn from each other, share best practices and develop common standards because NATO and Australia have a strong partnership and are committed to enhancing their abilities of working together in order to better tackle future global challenges”.

18 Feb. 2015

NATO Secretary General concerned over Ukraine cease-fire violations

The refusal of the separatists in eastern Ukraine to respect the cease-fire threatens the Minsk agreement, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday (18 February 2015) following talks with Latvian President Bērziņš in Riga. The Secretary General is in Latvia to attend an informal meeting of European Union Defence Ministers.

11 Feb. 2015

Launch of language training for key Kyrgyz military staff

A delegation headed by the NATO Liaison Officer in Central Asia visited the Kyrgyz Republic from 9 to 12 February to launch a new English-language training programme for selected active military staff. During their visit, the delegation also attended graduation ceremonies of NATO’s long-running resettlement and retraining programme for military personnel transitioning to civilian life, and held meetings with a number of senior Kyrgyz officials.

6 Feb. 2015

Secretary General: Situation in Ukraine is critical, NATO supports peace efforts

The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said the efforts by Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande to find a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis are ‘important and urgent’. Mr Stoltenberg opened the Munich Security Conference on Friday (6 February 2015) with a keynote speech together with German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger. The Secretary General said there was no contradiction between defence and dialogue: “A strong NATO is essential if we are to engage Russia with confidence. A constructive NATO-Russia relationship would benefit the Euro-Atlantic community. And the entire international order. But international rules must be respected – not rewritten. And certainly not violated.”

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