Contents tagged with Stoltenberg

  • Erdogan complains that US puts pressure on Turkey because of purchase of Russian S-400 missiles systems

    US authorities have been pressuring Turkey to refuse purchasing Russian S-400 missile systems, stated the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan before meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

    “Everyone knows that American leadership puts a lot of pressure on us concerning this issue,” Erdoğan said, as quoted by RIA Novosti. 

    Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the Alliance is discussing alternatives to S-400 systems with Turkey. NATO has suggested Italian or …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO prepares an 'effective response' to Russia’s violations of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg stated at the Brussels meeting of NATO defense ministers, which was held on February 13th,  that NATO’s current focus is to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

    “We're trying to save the ‘cornerstone’ of arms control, and so everything is now in the hands of Russia. At the same time, we are preparing, considering and analyzing the consequences of the treaty termination. The preparation has already begun since the new Russian …

  • Stoltenberg : NATO concerned about Russian Poseidon nuclear-powered underwater drone

    NATO is concerned about Russia’s unmanned underwater vehicle "Poseidon", said Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, answering BBC’s question about the weapon’s potential. 

    According to Stoltenberg, the drone is "another example proving that Russia has increased investment in strengthening nuclear potential." 

    The Russian Ministry of Defense showed a video of the Poseidon tests in the summer of 2018. “The main advantage of Poseidon is the invulnerability of almost one hundred percent to …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO intends to increase military presence in the Black Sea

    During a briefing with Russian media, the NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that NATO intends to increase its military presence in the Black Sea in response to “Russia’s violation of international norms.”

    According to him, Moscow’s construction of a bridge over the Kerch Strait does not meet international laws since Russia’s control over Crimea was established illegally. “The unlawful detention of Ukrainian sailors [in November 2018] and seizing of ships increased our concerns …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO will not eliminate nuclear weapons unless Russia and China do so

    The North Atlantic Alliance will not eliminate nuclear weapons if Russia and China do not do it, stated NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the commentary to the German edition of the Morgen Post.

    "NATO’s goal is a world without nuclear weapons. But the world will not become safer if NATO loses all of its nuclear weapons, while Russia, China and other countries continue to maintain or expand their nuclear arsenals," said Stoltenberg.

    In addition, he called on Germany and other partners …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO and Georgia are concerned about Russia’s military buildup in the Black Sea

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated at a press conference with the Georgian President Salomé Zourabichvili that the North Atlantic Alliance and Georgia are concerned about Russia’s military buildup in the Black Sea region. 

    "We are stepping up our cooperation at sea, including training for Georgian Coast Guard boarding teams, more cooperation between Georgian and NATO naval forces and cooperation between Georgia’s Joint Maritime Operations Centre and NATO’s Maritime Command,” …

  • NATO gives Russia one last chance to implement Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    The Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg stated in an interview with Postimees that the Alliance is giving Russia one last chance to start implementing the terms of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty or INF.

    “We have given Russia one last opportunity to start to implement the treaty… within 60 days. If they do not do this, the USA will withdraw from the treaty, as they clearly stated,” the Secretary General said. He noted that if that happens, …

  • Kremlin: creation of Kosovo army is a threat to stability in the region

    The decision of the Kosovo’s Parliament to transform Security Forces of the partially recognized Republic into a fully-fledged army is a violation of the Resolution of the UN Security Council and can lead to armed conflict, stated the Russian Foreign Ministry.

     “This step has become a blatant violation of Resolution 1224 of the UN Security Council aimed at a serious escalation of the situation in the Balkans, fraught with armed conflict in the region,”  said the Russian Foreign Ministry. …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO to expand cooperation with Georgia

     Georgia Online reports that the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg, at a meeting of the NATO-Georgia commission, said that the Alliance plans to expand cooperation with Georgia because of Russian aggression in the Black Sea.

    According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, NATO is concerned due to aggressive actions of the Russian Federation in the Black Sea.

    “The Alliance is concerned about Russia’s aggressive actions against both Russia and …

  • NATO gives Ukraine military equipment during President Poroshenko’s visit to Brussels

    The North-Atlantic Alliance promised that Ukraine would be given military equipment during a visit by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to Brussels, Evropeyska Pravda reported, citing a source familiar with the details of the shipment.

    On Thursday, in a joint press-conference with Poroshenko in Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg promised that the Alliance would soon deliver secure communications equipment for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As it turns out, the promise was …