NATO Latest Newshttp://www.nato.intWhat´s new at NATO Headquarters?enNATOStatement by the NATO Spokesperson on the seizure of two ships in the Strait of HormuzWe condemn the seizure of two commercial ships in the Strait of Hormuz. This represents a clear challenge to international freedom of navigation. We urge Iran to immediately release the ships and their crew. The UK has made clear that their priority is to address the situation through dialogue and diplomacy. NATO supports all diplomatic efforts to resolve this situation. All Allies remain concerned by Iran's destabilising activities.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168036.htm16803620 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO ships exercise in the Black Sea Over 2,000 forces and 27 ships are taking part in exercise Breeze 2019 in the Black Sea. The Bulgarian-led maritime exercise, which began on 12 July, involves forces from 12 NATO Allies – Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168031.htm16803119 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General appoints Mircea Geoana as next Deputy Secretary GeneralNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has decided to appoint Mircea Geoana from Romania as the next Deputy Secretary General. He will replace Rose Gottemoeller from the United States, who took up her position in October 2016.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167938.htm16793817 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTLieutenant General Hans-Werner Wiermann, Director General of the NATO International Military Staff, starts his tenureChairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, and the Military Committee welcome the new Director General of the NATO International Military Staff (DGIMS), Lieutenant General Hans-Werner Wiermann.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167904.htm16790416 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General: Canada makes essential contributions to international peace and securitySecretary General Jens Stoltenberg paid tribute on Monday (15 July 2019) to Canada’s vital role in the Alliance, including with forces for NATO missions and operations, and increased defence spending. Mr. Stoltenberg was speaking during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Petawawa with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167854.htm16785415 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNiagara Falls illuminated in NATO blue for Alliance’s 70th anniversaryThe Niagara Falls were illuminated in NATO blue on Sunday night (14 July 2019), marking the Alliance’s 70th anniversary and the start of Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s visit to North America. At 10:00pm local time, both sides of the Falls were floodlit in deep blue – the colour of NATO’s official flag, adopted in 1953.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167823.htm16782315 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTVisit to NATO by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of MoldovaOn Monday, 15 July 2019, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Nicolae Popescu.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167793.htm16779312 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General to travel to the Republic of FranceAt the invitation of the President Emmanuel Macron of the Republic of France, the NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will travel to Paris to attend the Bastille Day parade on Sunday, 14 July 2019.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167788.htm16778812 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO works with North Macedonia to improve disaster response With NATO’s help, North Macedonia is implementing a new system to enhance real time situational awareness and better deal with disasters such as landslides and floods.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167778.htm16777811 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTLieutenant General Broeks, Director General of the NATO International Military Staff, ends his tenureLieutenant General Jan Broeks, Director General of the International Military Staff (DGIMS) at NATO Headquarters, bid farewell to his staff, the Military Committee and the Alliance today, 11 July 2019.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167781.htm16778111 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO pays last tribute to its old home The flags of NATO and its Allies were lowered for the last time at the old headquarters of the Alliance in Brussels. In a final tribute to the building that hosted NATO for more than fifty years, soldiers from the 29 member nations took down their national flags in a small ceremony today (10 July 2019). http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167711.htm16771110 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General to visit Canada The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will travel to Canada on Monday, 15 July and Tuesday, 16 July 2019.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167731.htm16773110 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General to open the 2019 Aspen Security Forum On Wednesday, 17 July 2019, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will participate in a conversation on “NATO at 70” followed by a Q&A session at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167732.htm16773210 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTVisit to NATO by the Minister of Defence of AustraliaOn Wednesday, 10 July 2019, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller will meet the Minister of Defence of Australia, Ms. Linda Reynolds.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167706.htm16770609 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTWho is Prof. Otokar Grošek?http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167703.htm16770308 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO-Russia Council meets in BrusselsThe NATO-Russia Council, which brings together all 29 NATO Allies and Russia, met in Brussels on Friday (5 July 2019) to discuss Ukraine, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and transparency and risk reduction. This was the second meeting of the NATO-Russia Council this year. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who chaired the meeting, said: “Our discussion was frank but necessary. Allies and Russia hold fundamentally different views but we are committed to continuing our dialogue.”http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167682.htm16768205 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO fleet enters Black Sea for exercisesOne of NATO’s standing naval groups entered the Black Sea on Tuesday (2 July 2019). Over the coming weeks, NATO Standing Maritime Group Two – including ships from Canada, Romania, Turkey and the UK – will conduct routine maritime security operations and exercises with NATO Allies and partners.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167669.htm16766904 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTSecretary General: the Republic of Moldova is a close NATO partner Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Prime Minister Maia Sandu of the Republic of Moldova to NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday (3 July 2019). Mr. Stoltenberg praised the partnership between the Alliance and the Republic of Moldova, saying it promotes peace and stability. The Secretary General said NATO remains committed to continuing its cooperation with the Republic of Moldova, with full respect for the country’s constitutional neutrality, and full support for its independence and sovereignty.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167624.htm16762403 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTVisit to NATO by the Prime Minister of the Republic of MoldovaThe NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will meet the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Ms. Maia Sandu, on Wednesday, 3 July 2019.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167618.htm16761801 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNew NATO Chief Scientist takes officeOn 1 July 2019, Dr Bryan Wells (UK) takes office as the NATO Chief Scientist. In this capacity, he serves in a double role as the senior scientific advisor to NATO leadership and as the Chairman of the NATO Science & Technology Board. Both roles are essential to support the Alliance in maintaining its Science & Technology (S&T) edge.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167614.htm16761401 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMT