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NATO Geospatial Board 2021 meets in hybrid format to reaffirm NATO geospatial priorities

On June 29th and 30th 2021, the annual NATO Geospatial Board (NGB) was conducted at NATO HQ. The 2021 meeting was held in a hybrid format, combining physical attendance and virtual connectivity with those Nations and entities not being able to attend in person. As such, this hybrid model was deemed a success, and will be used as an example of how future Geospatial meetings might be conducted within NATO. The NATO Geospatial Community has been truly reinvigorated through this meeting which resulted in crucial outcomes and progress made contributing to improved Geospatial support to the Alliance. Besides that, it presented the NGB with important food for thought for possible future opportunities.
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Turkey, United States take up NATO air patrols

Fighter jets from the United States and Turkey are taking up NATO Air Policing duties this week, guarding the skies over Iceland and over the Baltic region.
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Deputy Secretary General welcomes Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister to NATO Headquarters

Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană welcomed Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksii Reznikov to NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (7 July 2021). They discussed the security environment in and around Ukraine, and NATO’s political and practical support for Kyiv.
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NATO battlegroup wraps up 1000 km cycle tour across Estonia

Personnel from NATO’s enhanced forward presence battlegroup in Estonia recently wrapped up a 1,000 km cycle tour across the country. The tour, called “NATO Velo”, began on 17 June in Tallinn with around 50 NATO soldiers and officers from 10 Allied nations.
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NATO holds air defence exercise in the Black Sea

NATO air and maritime forces conducted air defence drills off Romania’s coast on Friday (2 July 2021), ensuring that allied forces remain ready to operate together in the strategic Black Sea region. The one-day manoeuvres saw Greek and Turkish fighter jets prod the air defences of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two, which is currently in the region. A NATO Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, Romanian fighter jets and a Turkish patrol aircraft supported the drill. Friday’s exercise ran in parallel to Sea Breeze 2021 – a major annual naval exercise in the Black Sea - which involves 5,000 troops from NATO and other countries and around 30 ships and 40 aircraft.
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NATO Secretary General reaffirms NATO’s commitment to its KFOR mission and to stability in the Western Balkans

Today (01 July 2021), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg travelled to the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR), where he met with the KFOR Commander (Major General Franco Federici), personnel from 27 troop contributing nations (including NATO Allies and partners), and the Director of the NATO Advisory and Liaison Team (Brigadier General Jörg RÜTER).
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NATO marks 60th anniversary of European air patrols

NATO on Thursday (1 July 2021) marked the 60th anniversary of the Alliance’s mission to keep European skies safe and secure. ''For six decades, Air Policing has been an important way for NATO to keep our people safe'', NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. ''This is a clear example of Alliance solidarity in action, demonstrating that NATO has the capabilities and the resolve to protect all Allies,'' he said.
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Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq visits NATO Headquarters

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi of Iraq to NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (30 June 2021). Prime Minister al-Kadhimi, accompanied by Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and Defence Minister Jumaah Saadoon, discussed with the Secretary General the progress being made by NATO Mission Iraq. The non-combat mission trains and advises Iraqi security institutions and forces, helping them to fight terrorism and stabilise their country. The Secretary General highlighted the excellent cooperation between NATO and the Iraqi government, and commended Iraq's security forces for their efforts to ensure that Daesh/ISIS does not return. They discussed the security situation in the region and Iraq's upcoming elections.
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NATO Secretary General and the Georgian Defence Minister discuss Summit outcomes and practical cooperation

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the Georgian Minister of Defence Juansher Burchuladze to NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (30 June), ahead of a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission. This was the first meeting between Mr. Stoltenberg and Mr. Burchuladze.
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Deputy Secretary General: new ambitions for NATO-EU cooperation

In an online event with the European Parliament on Monday (28 June 2021), NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană said that NATO’s Brussels Summit had set ‘a new level of ambition’ for NATO-EU cooperation, “including in areas such as resilience, new technologies, climate change, or strategic competition”.

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