Posts tagged as NATO

NATO to hold extraordinary meeting

Friday, February 28, 2020

33 Turkish soldiers martyred late Thursday in airstrike by Assad regime forces in Syria’s Idlib province. ANKARA Following Turkey’s request, NATO will hold an extraordinary meeting Friday over attacks to Turkish soldiers in Idlib, northwestern Syria. Late Thursday, at least 33 Turkish soldiers were martyred and tens of others injured in an airstrike by Assad regime forces in Idlib de-escalation zone. “Today, the #NATO council meets at Turkey’s request to…

NATO begins using enhanced satellite services

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

NATO held a ceremony to mark the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding between four nations for the provision of critical satellite communications services to the Alliance for the next 15 years. The memorandum between France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States enables the four Allies to provide space capacity from their military satellite communications programmes to NATO. Nations began delivering the capability on the 1st of January…

Tallinn to work closely with neighboring countries and NATO allies

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Tallinn should work more closely with neighboring countries and NATO allies to protect the republic and the entire region from security threats. This was announced on Monday by the commander of the Estonian Defense Forces, Martin Herem, speaking at a military parade on the occasion of the 102nd anniversary of Estonia’s independence. “A British-led Tapa-based militant group, along with Danish or French companies, naturally became part of the Estonian Defense Forces.…

Irresponsible games with military stability

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, February 24, 2020

Members of the Left party of the Bundestag called on the German government to abandon the “deployment of troops on the Russian border” and stop supporting NATO DEFENDER-Europe 20 military exercises, which will take place in March 2020. Conducting exercises in Europe, NATO is not only “playing irresponsibly with military stability,” but also insults Russia, they said. It is noted that the exercise threatens the security of Europe, violates the…

Estonia holds NATO Parliamentary Assembly cyber crisis exercise

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Estonia led a strategic cyber exercise for members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels on Wednesday, aimed at enacting a realistic cyber incident with a view to finding possible solutions. “One of the aims of Estonia’s cyber diplomacy is to increase, together with our allies and partners, the know-how on cyberspace and related threats,” said Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Estonian Ambassador at Large for Cyber Security, according to a foreign ministry…

Russia’s Lavrov accuses NATO of stoking tensions in Europe

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Russia’s foreign minister accused NATO of stoking tensions in Europe and criticised troop deployments in the Baltic states and Poland. Speaking on February 15 at the Munich Security Conference, Sergei Lavrov made no mention of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, where a nearly six-year conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed fighters has killed more than 13,000 people.  Read more:  NATO battalion in Baltics would be ready to act – interview…

Reinsalu: There is no alternative to transatlantic cooperation

Monday, February 17, 2020

There is no alternative to transatlantic cooperation and the confrontation between Russia and the West will continue, Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu said on Sunday. Discussing this year’s conference, which took place over the weekend and was also attended by President Kersti Kaljulaid, he said it remained clear, when viewed from the Estonian security perspective, the confrontation between the West and Russia would continue. Reinsalu told ERR: “Russian Foreign…

Security expert in Munich: NATO deterrence necessary

Monday, February 17, 2020

Members of the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS), a leading Estonian foreign policy, security and defense issues think tank, took part in the Munich Security Conference over the weekend, including in a panel discussion presenting a recent study on the impact of NATO deterrence in the Baltic region, according to a report on current affairs show “Aktuaalne kaamera” Sunday night. The original study states that while NATO’s sole…

Defense Minister Jüri Luik will attend a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Defense Minister Jüri Luik will attend a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, where, among other things, the role of NATO in the Middle East will be discussed. Allied defense ministers will address issues related to NATO operations and missions, as well as deterrence and defense attitudes, focusing in particular on the future of the NATO Training Mission for Iraq (NMI) and the Afghan Training Mission Resolute…

Darling in Lithuania and Poland, NATO is loosing support in Germany and France

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Trust in NATO has risen significantly in Lithuania over the last decade, but dropped in countries like Germany and France, according to the Pew Research Center. A study published this week shows that 77 percent of people surveyed in Lithuania had a favourable view of the military alliance in 2019, up from 59 percent in 2007. The reverse has happened in Germany and France: trust in NATO has dropped from…