Contents tagged with NATO

  • NATO to increase its presence in the Black Sea

    NATO member forces will increase air patrols and the presence of naval ships in the Black Sea, said the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, as quoted by Interfax Ukraine.

    According to Kyiv, the relevant agreement was reached during the meeting of Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels.

    Taran also called on NATO member states to join the national strategic exercises planned in the fall in southern Ukraine.

    Stoltenberg and Taran …

  • Stoltenberg: Hungary continues to block Ukraine-NATO meetings

    Hungary continues to block the meetings of the Ukraine-NATO commission, said NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a briefing in Brussels, reports Evropeyska Pravda.

    According to him, Hungary continues to block the commission's meetings despite the fact that the Alliance has granted Ukraine the Enhanced Opportunities Partner status. It was reported that the decision on granting Ukraine the new status was taken by consensus. This means that Hungary also gave its consent.

    NATO …

  • Ukraine becomes NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner

    Ukraine has become a member of the NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner program, the country's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter.

    "This day has come. I’m deeply grateful to our partners in the Alliance for making this possible. Ukraine finally gains a long deserved status of an Enhanced Opportunities Partner of NATO. We are making each other stronger together!," he wrote.

    Ukraine will have increased access to NATO programs and exercises, as well as greater information sharing, the …

  • Romania accuses Russia of ‘aggressive behavior’

    The Romanian authorities have prepared a draft national defense strategy for 2020-2024, which refers to Russia's "aggressive behavior" and "actions to militarize the Black Sea region."

    "The aggressive behavior of the Russian Federation, the actions of the (militarization) of the Black Sea region and the hybrid type of actions carried out by this state aimed at maintaining a tense climate in an area close to our country, force Romania to resolutely continue the extensive process of creating …

  • NATO begins multinational exercises in the Baltic Sea

    The Baltops international exercise, which involves 19 NATO countries, kicked off in the Baltic Sea on Sunday, reports

    3,000 servicemen from 19 countries, 29 ships and 29 aircraft will take part in the drills. Which will last until June 16.

    The drills are carried out exclusively at sea out f precaution for the health and safety of the participants.

    Estonia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, …

  • Germany promises to support Ukraine's rapprochement with NATO

    German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said that Germany will support Ukraine's rapprochement with NATO.

    "The position that Germany will support Ukraine's rapprochement with NATO has been made very clear. This is very important for us," said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmyytro Kuleba after a meeting with the head of the German Defense Ministry.

    According to the minister, there were also discussions about military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and Germany. "There are very …

  • Russia invites NATO to set acceptable aircraft approach distances

    Russia is ready to conclude an agreement with NATO specifying the allowed approach distances for aircraft and ships, said the Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff Colonel General Sergei Rudskoy.

    "To outline the steps in order to avoid sensitive incidents in the actions of aircraft and maritime vessels, we are ready to establish joint rules defining the minimum approach distances for aircraft and ships, as well as the protocol of communication …

  • Ukraine plans to upgrade its Air Force with NATO fighter jets

    Kyiv intends to purchase multi-role warplanes produced in the West as part of the modernization program of the Ukrainian Air Force. Thus, the new aicraft will replace the planes made during the Soviet era, reports Rzeczpospolita.

    According to the newspaper, Kyiv’s plan to upgrade military aviation, which will also include the replacement of helicopters, training and transport aircraft, will cost up to $12 billion dollars. But, given the needs of the Ukrainian army, this amount is too small to …

  • Lavrov: Russian military will not conduct exercises near NATO borders

    The Russian army has no plans to conduct exercises near the borders of NATO countries during the COVID-19 pandemic and has generally scaled them down, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a video conference press briefing.

    "For the period that we are now going through, during the period of coronavirus infection, our military has reported that they are reducing the scale of the exercises and do not plan any exercises near the line of contact with the North Atlantic Alliance," said …

  • Four U.S. Navy ships enter Barents Sea for first time in decades

    Four U.S. Navy ships entered the Barents Sea for the first time in decades as part of operations aimed at ensuring freedom of navigation in the Arctic Circle.

    “Three Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyers USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Porter (DDG 78), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) are supported by fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6), and joined by the Royal Navy’s HMS Kent (F 78) to assert freedom of navigation and demonstrate seamless integration among allies,” reported the press service of …