Posts tagged as Jens Stoltenberg

The first step towards a permanent US base in Poland

By Jonas Dringelis on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

NATO confirmed it plans a storage facility for US military equipment in Poland, as the alliance steps up its defences in the face of increased Russian assertiveness. The Wall Street Journal reported that the $260 million facility will be located in Powidz, some 200 km (120 miles) west of Warsaw, and will house armoured vehicles, ammunition and weapons for a brigade. The move is in line with Washington’s strategy for…

Stoltenberg calls NATO the most successful alliance in world history

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

NATO is the strongest, most successful alliance in history, wrote NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in an article dedicated to the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He notes in this article that 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of NATO’s foundation. He continues by saying that he is proud to celebrate this important date together with a number of allies. Particularly: 20 years have passed since the Czech Republic, Hungary…

NATO Secretary General to visit Romania

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will travel to Bucharest on Wednesday 30 and Thursday, 31 January 2019. Mr. Stoltenberg will attend a working dinner at the European Union Defence Ministers meeting hosted by the Romanian Presidency of the European Union Council. He will also meet with the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy & Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms. Federica Mogherini. During…

NATO appreciates Lithuania’s defence spending as showing example

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Lithuania’s significant increase in defence spending has been praised by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as an example this week. The military alliance wrote in a press release that Stoltenberg hosted Lithuanian prime minister Saulus Skvernelis at NATO headquarters on Monday, November 19, and during a joint press conference thanked for Lithuania’s contributions to the alliance, for instance, in the form of peace keeping missions in Kosovo and Afghanistan. «You…

EU defense efforts must not hurt transatlantic bond: NATO chief

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Europe against undermining transatlantic ties, following a defense spat between US President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron, the AFP news agency reports. Trump had tweeted on Friday that Macron’s call for a “real European army” was “insulting”. The US leader’s criticism came after Macron spoke about the need for a European army and listed the US along with Russia and China as a…

NATO chiefs urges Russia to shed light on new missile system

Thursday, November 1, 2018

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is urging Russia to provide details about a new missile system the United States and other allies claim violates an important nuclear weapons treaty. At talks between Russian and NATO ambassadors on Wednesday, Stoltenberg said, “We regret that Russia has not heeded our calls” for transparency about the missile system. NATO says Russia’s 9M729 cruise missile contravenes the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The pact between…

NATO flexes defensive muscles in massive Norwegian exercise

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

NATO on Tuesday showcased how its land, sea and air forces would respond to an adversary that invades an alliance member — a thinly veiled reference to the threat posed by neighboring Russia. The military demonstration at a wind-blown waterfront site near Trondheim was part of the massive, two-week Trident Juncture exercise and displayed the allies’ combined firepower to NATO dignitaries, foreign observers and the international media. Military officials have…

NATO chief expresses regret over accidental missile incident in Estonian airspace

Thursday, August 9, 2018

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed regret over Tuesday’s incident where a Spanish Eurofighter jet accidentally fired an air-to-air type AMRAAM missile in the Estonian airspace. “NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke to Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Aug. 8, 2018 about an incident involving an aircraft taking part in NATO’s Baltic air policing mission. The secretary general expressed his regret that this incident took place, and offered NATO’s full…

NATO chief sees July decision on launching Macedonia talks

Monday, June 25, 2018

NATO’s chief says he expects the leaders of the military alliance will decide at a summit next month to officially launch membership talks with Macedonia. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday that “I expect and I hope that NATO leaders at the summit will decide to start accession talks.” U.S. President Donald Trump and his NATO counterparts will meet in Brussels on July 11-12. The news comes after Greece and…

Defence-Spending or worthy life for the Baltics

By Jonas Dringelis on Monday, June 18, 2018

NATO allies have stopped cuts in defence and began to increase the burden-sharing, something U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for. Defence spending among NATO members is to rise by 3.8 percent in 2018. Announcing specifics at a news conference, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the burden-sharing “underpins everything that we do.” It was also revealed that 15 of the alliance’s 29 members are on the track…