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6 Sep. 2017

Secretary General meets NATO troops, commends Estonia

Together with Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited NATO’s UK-led battlegroup in Tapa on Wednesday (6 September 2017). Addressing troops, the Secretary General called the multinational force “a very strong signal of NATO unity, NATO resolve and NATO strength”. Mr. Stoltenberg also commended Estonia for its operational contributions to the Alliance, and for “leading by example” by spending more than 2% of its GDP on defence.

31 Aug. 2017

Canadian jets ready for NATO air policing over Romania

Canadian CF-188 fighters are ready to begin NATO air policing patrols over Romania. At the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase on Thursday (31 August 2017), the detachment was certified to operate alongside the MiG-21s of their Romanian hosts. The Canadian detachment succeeds a deployment by the UK's Royal Air Force.

28 Aug. 2017

NATO battlegroups in Baltic nations and Poland fully operational

NATO’s four multinational battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are now fully operational. This milestone comes after the Canadian-led battlegroup based at Camp Ādaži in Latvia became the fourth battlegroup to complete its Certification Exercise.

25 Aug. 2017

Secretary General praises Poland’s contributions to the Alliance, visits NATO battlegroup

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Poland for making important contributions to the Alliance during a visit to Warsaw on Friday (25 August 2017). He highlighted Poland’s contributions to NATO operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo, training in Iraq, and thanked Poland for hosting key NATO commands and capabilities. Mr. Stoltenberg also welcomed Poland’s leadership on defence spending, by meeting the NATO benchmark of investing 2% of GDP in defence.

20 Jun. 2017

Secretary General visits NATO battlegroups training together in Lithuania

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg watched two of NATO’s battlegroups train in Lithuania on Tuesday (20 June 2017). Mr. Stoltenberg observed a river crossing by Allied forces and then met troops taking part in Exercise Iron Wolf. Germany leads the NATO battlegroup in Lithuania, and for the first time it trained with the US-led battlegroup based in Poland. On Monday (19 June 2017) the Secretary General welcomed the Canadian forces which are leading the battlegroup stationed in Latvia. The United Kingdom commands a similar NATO force in Estonia.

19 Jun. 2017

Secretary General marks deployment of NATO battlegroups during visit to Latvia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg paid tribute to Allied forces during a ceremony on Monday (19 June 2017) to mark the deployment of the NATO multinational battlegroup in Latvia. It is one of four now fully deployed to the eastern part of the Alliance in response to the changed security environment. Canada is leading the NATO battlegroup in Latvia, Germany and the United Kingdom are leading similar forces in Lithuania and Estonia, while the United States commands a NATO battlegroup in Poland.

27 Oct. 2016

NATO Secretary General: We are as united as ever

NATO Defence Ministers wrapped up two days of talks in Brussels on Thursday, which marked progress in creating four NATO battalions in the Baltic States and Poland, closer cooperation with the European Union and training for Iraqi officers. “Over the past two days, we assessed the various challenges confronting NATO,” said Secretary General Stoltenberg. “We took stock of our progress since the Warsaw Summit – and we mapped out the road ahead. We are as united as ever in our determination to protect our citizens.”

8 Jul. 2016

NATO leaders bolster collective deterrence and defence

NATO’s 28 leaders took decisions to bolster the Alliance’s deterrence and defence at the first working session of the Warsaw Summit on Friday (8 July 2016). The leaders decided to send more forces to the eastern part of the Alliance, declared a milestone for Ballistic Missile Defence, and decided to recognise cyberspace as an operational domain. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the result, saying “the decisions we have taken today will help keep our nations safe in a more dangerous world.”

10 Feb. 2016

NATO boosts its defence and deterrence posture

NATO Defence Ministers took steps to strengthen the Alliance defence and deterrence posture on Wednesday (10 February 2016). “NATO Defence Ministers agreed on an enhanced forward presence in the eastern part of our Alliance,” Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. The enhanced forward presence will be “multinational, to make clear that an attack against one Ally is an attack against all Allies, and that the Alliance as a whole will respond,” he stressed.

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