Contents tagged with James Mattis

  • U.S. and Poland agree on military cooperation to deter Russia

    The United States Department of Defense reported that the head of the Pentagon, James Mattis, held a meeting with the Polish Defense Minister Marius Blaszczak, during which the parties agreed on cooperation in the defense sphere.

    “Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Polish Defense Minister Marius Blaszczak today at the Pentagon to reaffirm the strong defense relationship between the United States and Poland and continuing commitment to work bilaterally through NATO to deter Russ," …

  • Greece offers to host new US military bases

    Greece is interested in letting the US deploy new military facilities within its territory, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said during a meeting with his American counterpart James Mattis, Kathimerini reports.

    “It is very important for Greece that the US deploy its military facilities in Greece on a more permanent basis,” he said.

    The US would be able to set up its own infrastructure not only in the Port of Souda, but also near the Greek cities of Larissa, Volos and Alexandroupoli, …

  • US Secretary of Defense: National dialog congress on Syria failed

    US Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the participants in the Syrian national dialog congress were unable to achieve any result.

    According to him, the negotiations need to continue in Geneva, where UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura is now heading.

    “You see that it didn’t work out in Sochi, and I think this is the most polite way of describing the result. They – Staffan de Mistura and the UN – are on their way to Geneva,” the US Defense Secretary commented.

    He emphasized that …

  • Ukrainian Minister of Defense meets with US Defense Secretary

    The Pentagon press office has reported that US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak held talks on Friday, February 2.

    "Today we intend to discuss pragmatic steps to strengthen relations between our armed forces," Mattis told reporters before the meeting.

    Ukrinform reports that Poltorak said the military authorities of the United States and Ukraine have started working together at a strategic level.

    "We have opened consultations on defense issues at …

  • Mattis: NATO doubts Kremlin’s desire to comply with treaty on Elimination of Missiles

    Speaking at a press conference in Brussels after a meeting of defense ministers of NATO member countries, the head of the Pentagon, James Mattis, said that Russia has violated the terms of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

    “The bottom line is – you have to have respect for other nation’s security when you make agreements, and we have a firm belief that the Russians have violated the INF and our effort is to bring Russia back into compliance,” said Mattis.

    He also stressed …

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense believes weapons sent to Ukraine will not cause escalation in Donbas

    At a press conference in Kyiv, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that there is no need to fear an escalation in the Donbas in the event that America provides weapons to Ukraine, as reported by Voice of America.

    “Defense weapons do not provoke anyone unless you are the aggressor. And Ukraine is clearly not an aggressor, since military operations are taking place in its territory,” he said.

    Luke Coffey, director of the conservative research group Allison Center for Foreign Policy …

  • Volker: During his visit, US Secretary of Defense brought military equipment for Ukrainian Army

    Kurt Volker, Special Representative of the US Department of State for Ukraine, said that US Secretary of Defense James Mattis brought military equipment for the Armed Forces of Ukraine during his visit to Ukraine on August 23-24.

    “I agree that ministers of defense don’t arrive empty handed. The defense minister (J. Mattis) brought certain defensive equipment for the Ukrainian army,” Volker said in an interview for the TV channel Pryama.

    The special representative commented that the US will …

  • Mattis: US allies will continue to pressure Russia

    US allies will continue to pressure Russia until it fulfills its international obligations, stated Pentagon chief James Mattis following a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

    Mattis recalled that Russia pledged to refrain from using force against Ukraine and threats of using nuclear weapons, and also pledged to respect the territorial integrity of other states.

    "Unfortunately, Russia is not adhering to the letter, much less the spirit, of these international commitments.  The U. …

  • Poroshenko and Mattis discuss shipments of defensive weapons to Ukraine

    On August 24 President Petro Poroshenko and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis held discussions in Kyiv, during which they discussed the matter of reinforcing Ukraine’s defensive capabilities, Poroshenko told reporters.

    “We continued discussing the matter of defensive aid for Ukraine and enhancing the existing level of military collaboration. I expressed gratitude to our partners, first and foremost for the effective military aid which we have had since the first moments of aggression. We …

  • Former Advisor to the Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine: The purpose of Mattis' visit to Ukraine is not only participation in the Parade on the Independence Day

    Head of the US Department of Defense James Mattis' visit to Ukraine will certainly not be limited to participation in the Independence Day parade, stated Nathan Hazin, a former adviser to the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in an interview with InfoResist.

    "Now the structures that were under previous President Barack Obama are completely changing. This is felt in all actions - in joint exercises scheduled for September, in the possibility of providing weapons, etc. …