Posts tagged as Stoltenberg

NATO in crisis

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, August 27, 2020

NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin Thursday against a backdrop of challenges for the transatlantic military alliance, rising tensions in Europe and a political crisis in Belarus. Addressing the situation in Belarus, Jens Stoltenberg denied accusations that NATO troops were gathering at the country’s border with Poland and Lithuania. “NATO has no military build-up in the region so any excuse to use that as…

Fake news on NATO withdrawal from Lithuania sent to media, Brussels

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A falsified email from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on alleged withdrawal of allied troops from Lithuania is being sent out across Lithuania, as well as to Brussels, the Lithuanian  Defence   Ministry said on Tuesday. “It’s another of the many attempts to turn the pandemic crisis into a security crisis. Fake news like this are aimed at sowing distrust in the unity of allied partners and NATO,” Karoblis said…

NATO’s upcoming war games targeted against Russia

By Paul Antonopoulos on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Last week NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explained why the U.S. are strengthening their military presence in Europe. The reason is unsurprisingly to pressurize and intimidate Russia, but also against China and the so-called fight against terrorism. Stoltenberg explained that there are now more U.S. soldiers in EU Member States, more than ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In the coming months, the Defender-Europe 2020 exercises, the largest of its kind in the…

NATO’s Stoltenberg ready to meet Putin

Monday, December 23, 2019

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says he is willing to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin “if the context is right,” arguing that dialogue is important in what is a “difficult” relationship. NATO’s relations with Russia became strained when Moscow annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014 and subsequently supported separatists in the country’s east. Other issues have since weighed on the relationship, including the demise this year of a US-Russian nuclear…

Stoltenberg assures Poland and Baltic states defense in case of attack

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

NATO once again assured Poland and the Baltic States of their support in the event of an attack by Russia. With the presence of NATO forces in the countries, the Alliance sends “a very strong signal to Russia,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of the Polish newspaper “Rzeczpospolita” on Tuesday at the beginning of the NATO summit in London. “If Poland and the Baltic States are attacked, the entire Alliance will…

Ukraine’s defense minister to meet with Stoltenberg, defense chiefs of UK, Canada, Lithuania, Poland and US

Thursday, October 24, 2019

A delegation of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine led by Minister of Defense Andriy Zahorodniuk is on a working visit to the headquarters of NATO. According to the ministry’s Facebook, Zahorodniuk is hold meetings with the counterparts from Great Britain, Canada, Lithuania, Poland and United States in a QUINT format two days long. The delegation will take part in the NATO sitting between the defense ministries of the states-contributors of…

Europe is in big trouble

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, August 8, 2019

Tensions are running high in Europe with a history of paranoia and mistrust. The rhetoric being used raises the concern of a military escalation. And now there are massive war and political games that will only add to the combustible situation. Recently, US formally withdrawn from nuclear treaty with Russia and prepares to test new missile, raising fears of a new arms race. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was…

Stoltenberg defends NATO existence before U.S. legislators

Friday, April 5, 2019

NATO «is in the national interest of each and every one of our nations», the organisation’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg noted to legislators in the U.S., where the alliance has been criticised often at the highest level for limited defence spending by many member states. Belgian news portal EurActiv reports that the official along with member state foreign ministers is in the U.S. to mark its 70th anniversary. «We must…

NATO chief faces alliance’s fractures and foes in address to Congress

Thursday, April 4, 2019

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg used an unprecedented address to Congress on Wednesday to acknowledge strains in the pact and to add pressure on Russia to return to compliance with the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty. His remarks, as NATO celebrates its 70th anniversary, vaguely touched on President Donald Trump’s questioning of the value of NATO and admitted the strength of the alliance is in question, amid divisions over trade, energy, climate change and the Iran…

Trump praises NATO allies for payments but says Germany not giving enough

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

President Donald Trump took credit Tuesday for an increase in defense spending among NATO members, suggesting that an alliance he has harshly criticized has turned a corner. But Germany did not escape criticism. “People are paying and I am very happy with the fact they are paying,” Trump said during a meeting with NATO’s top official at the White House. Trump lauded the alliance overall for increases in defense expenditures,…