Contents tagged with NATO

  • Stoltenberg: Russia would not have captured Crimea if Ukraine had been in NATO in 2014

    The Russian Federation would not have annexed Crimea if Ukraine had been a NATO member as of 2014, because other members of the Alliance would have stood up for Ukraine, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in his speech at the College of Europe in Bruges, RBC-Ukraine reports.

    "My short answer is that this would not have happened, because the purpose of NATO is to protect every ally," Stoltenberg said.

    He added that NATO uses a "one for all and all for one" rule if one of the Allies …

  • Washington confirms continued support for Ukrainian Armed Forces

    U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed continued support for the Ukrainian Armed Forces as part of Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), reported the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    It is noted that, on February 19, Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran held a telephone conversation with the U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

    During the conversation, the parties confirmed the strategic nature of the bilateral relations between Ukraine and the United States …

  • Ukraine offers NATO to use airspace near Crimea

    Ukraine counts on NATO’s support in monitoring air traffic situation along the border with Russia and offers to use airspace near Simferopol region for NATO air operations, said the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure, Vladyslav Krykliy, during talks with NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning Patrick Turner.

    The meeting took place as part of a working visit of the Ukrainian government delegation to Brussels.

    "Ukraine is pursuing its chosen course of integration …

  • Stoltenberg tells Ukraine to focus on reforms to gain NATO membership

    Ukraine needs to focus on reforms and this will bring it closer to membership in NATO, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, reports Evropeiska Pravda.

    Commenting on the question of Ukrainian President Zelensky to Biden, "why is Ukraine not yet in NATO?", Stoltenberg recalled that in 2008 at the Bucharest summit the Alliance decided on the future membership of Ukraine. But he stressed that Kyiv should focus its efforts …

  • Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova preparing to form a military alliance

    In the near future, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia may create a military and political alliance called GUM. Rumors about this are actively circulating in Kyiv, wrote on his Facebook page director of the Ukrainian Institute of Policy Analysis and Management Ruslan Bortnik.

    "The GUM countries will not be able to join NATO and the EU in the near future but are integrating into European markets and enjoy NATO's military and technical support," Bortnik said.

    He noted that the allience will have a …

  • Ukraine to hold joint military exercises with NATO in Odesa region

    Ukraine, together with NATO forces, plans to hold command and staff exercises "Coherent Resilience" in Odesa, announced Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal at a joint press conference with NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

    "Today, we discussed the prospects of deepening practical cooperation with the alliance and the preparation of the command-staff exercises "Coherent Resilience" in Odesa in 2021," said the Ukrainian Prime Minister.

    NATO continues to strengthen its military …

  • U.S. to deploy M-9 Reaper drones to Romania

    In the coming months, a unit of the U.S. Air Force will be deployed to the Romanian 71st air base near city of Câmpia Turzii, reported the Romanian Ministry of Defense.

    "The squad consists of a M-9 Reaper drones and about 90 soldiers," the statement reads.

    U.S. forces will carry out NATO missions, and Romanian allies will provide technical, operational and logistical support. "Cooperation between the United States and Romania enhances collective defense capabilities and strengthens regional …

  • NATO fighter jets intercept hundreds of Russian warplanes in 2020

    This year, The North Atlantic Alliance Air Force intercepted hundreds of Russian warplanes approaching NATO airspace, reports NATO’s press service.

    "NATO air forces across Europe scrambled more than 400 times in 2020 to intercept unknown aircraft approaching Alliance airspace. Almost 90 percent of these missions - around 350 - were in response to flights by Russian military aircraft. This is a moderate increase from 2019," the statement reads.

    NATO noted that Russian military aircraft often …

  • Russia begins testing new naval surveillance system in the Black Sea

    Russia is testing a new surface surveillance system in the Black Sea, reports RIA Novosti with reference to the Scientific and Research Institute for Long-Distance Radio Communications (NIIDAR), which was involved in the development of this tracking system.

    The institute noted that the system was given the working name "Strategy" and is currently monitoring the surface situation in the Black Sea. The system uses "satellite and ground-based automatic information systems, data from various radar …

  • Secret equipment stolen from Russian 'Doomsday Plane'

    On Monday afternoon, Russian TV channel REN TV reported that important components were stolen during a planned repair of  Il-80 aicraft, which experts have nicknamed the "Doomsday Plane".

    According to the TV channel, on Friday the head of the security service of the Taganrog Aviation Scientific Technical Complex spoke to the police. He allegedly reported that during the inspection of IL-80, the plant officials noticed that the hatch to the cargo compartment was opened. 39 radio station blocks …