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21 Jun. 2018

NATO Secretary General: the transatlantic bond keeps us strong and secure

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gave a pre-Summit address on Thursday (21 June 2018) in which he explained the importance of the transatlantic bond and how it is being strengthened in NATO. Speaking at Lancaster House in London, Mr. Stoltenberg highlighted how defence ties between North America and Europe have grown closer. He also explained how the principle at the heart of Alliance remains strong, “Again and again, we unite around our common goal. We stand together. We protect each other.” NATO’s 29 Heads of State and Government will meet in Brussels on 11 and 12 July.

21 Jun. 2018

NATO highlights role in fighting illicit trade in small arms and light weapons

NATO participated in a UN conference in New York on Wednesday (20 June 2018), focused on fighting the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. Ms. Eirini Lemos-Maniati, Deputy Director of NATO HQ’s Arms Control, Disarmament and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre, noted that over the years, NATO has helped destroy over 600,000 small arms and light weapons, and more than 160 million rounds of ammunition. NATO’s technical standards also serve as a basis for many international best practices in controlling small arms, light weapons and ammunition stockpiles. NATO’s Partnership for Peace Trust Fund on small arms and light weapons currently covers seven projects with a budget of over 40 million euros.

19 Jun. 2018

Unified Vision 2018 tests interoperability and new technologies

NATO and Allied countries began testing last week resources in Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance with a focus on interoperability and on the ability of forces to work seamlessly together.

18 Jun. 2018

Lithuania hosts arms control inspectors from Russia and Belarus

As NATO forces trained across the Baltic states and Poland in exercise Saber Strike 2018, Lithuania hosted arms control inspectors from Russia and Belarus. From 11-14 June, five inspectors visited various units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. They also met with Croatian troops participating in exercise Saber Strike, as part of NATO’s multinational battlegroup in Lithuania.

15 Jun. 2018

19 NATO Allies and partners wrap up exercise Saber Strike 2018

Saber Strike 2018, a major US-led multinational exercise, wrapped up in Poland on Friday (15 June 2018), with a live-fire demonstration involving Polish F-16s and MI-24 attack helicopters. The exercise, which began on 3 June, mobilised around 18,000 troops from 19 NATO Allies and partners. It provided an opportunity for forces to enhance their readiness and train across the Baltic states and Poland.

14 Jun. 2018

NATO Secretary General discusses summit preparations with the President of Croatia

Speaking after a meeting with the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the NATO Secretary General thanked Croatia for contributions to NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence battlegroups in Lithuania and Poland, and to the Alliance’s missions in Afghanistan and in Kosovo. The Secretary General also thanked Croatia for financial contributions, including to the Military Transition Trust Fund in Ukraine, which helps former soldiers start a new life after retirement.

14 Jun. 2018

Secretary General, Chancellor Merkel discuss preparations for NATO Summit

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Germany for its vital contributions to the Alliance in talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (15 June 2018). Speaking at a press conference at the Chancellery, Mr. Stoltenberg praised Germany’s leadership of a multinational battlegroup in Lithuania and its major contributions to NATO operations from Afghanistan to Kosovo and the Aegean Sea.

14 Jun. 2018

New NATO project to help with real-time detection of explosives in public transport

A new NATO project, EXTRAS, led by research institutions in Italy and Serbia, will make it possible to detect explosives and prevent terrorist attacks on public transport. The project, funded by NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme, will use laser spectroscopy to identify explosive materials on potential bombers.

13 Jun. 2018

Joint press statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and European Council President Donald Tusk on the solution to the "name dispute"

We welcome the agreement reached between Prime Ministers Tsipras and Zaev yesterday on a solution to the name dispute. We hope that this unique opportunity to relaunch the wider Western Balkan region's European and Euro-Atlantic integration will not be wasted. This agreement sets an example for others on how to consolidate peace and stability across the region.

12 Jun. 2018

NATO hosts the African Union for Military to Military Staff Talks

On 6 June 2018, the Cooperative Security Division of the NATO International Military Staff (IMS) hosted the annual NATO – African Union (AU) Military to Military staff talks with a delegation from the AU and 30 representatives from other NATO bodies.

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