Contents tagged with Rasmussen

  • Former NATO Secretary-General: Belarus faces annexation by Russia

    The former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in an interview with, stated that Belarus faces the threat of annexation by Russia.

    “The key risk is a repeat of what happened in Ukraine after the war and the annexation. Belarus can expect the same scenario if it does not begin reforms,” he said.

    Rasmussen called on Belarus to begin reforms which would lead to democracy and freedom before it's too late.

    “We heard Vladimir Putin’s statement where he said that Belarus must be …

  • Former NATO Secretary General calls Putin's plan for the Donbas a 'trap'

    Deutsche Welle reports that former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has claimed that the introduction of a full-fledged peacekeeping mission in the Donbas would contribute to the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

    "I believe that the peacekeeping mission would become a mechanism for the implementation of the Minsk agreements," he said.

    In the meantime, according to Rasmussen, "there is no progress at all." He believes that the reason for this is precisely the absence of a …

  • Russia says 'Rasmussen plan’ on settlement in the Donbas must be agreed upon with separatist DPR and LPR

    The plan for a settlement of the situation in the Donbas, prepared at the request of former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, will not work without the agreement with the authorities of the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR, says Aleksey Pushkov, Chair of the Russian State Duma's Committee for International Affairs. The document implies sending 20,000 soldiers from the UN contingent to eastern Ukraine.

    In an interview with Deutsche Welle on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, …

  • Former NATO Secretary General becomes advisor to Russian-owned bank in Latvia

    Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has been appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board at Latvian bank Norvik Banka, according to the website of the international intelligence community InformNapalm.

    Grigory Guselnikov, a Russian banker, is the owner of Norvik Banka; he also controls Vyatka Bank.

    In July, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) denied Grigory Guselnikov and Sait-Salam Gutseriev from purchasing the Ukrainian branch of Sberbank.

    "This bank [Vyatka Bank] recently tried …

  • Rasmussen: Russia agreed to peacekeepers because of the threat of Ukraine receiving lethal weapons

    Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said during the 14th Yalta European Strategy (YES) annual meeting that Ukraine's partners could loosen sanctions against Russia after the introduction of UN peacekeepers in Donbas with a full-fledged mandate.

     “If Russia accepts what I said - namely, giving the UN peacekeeping mission a clear mandate with full control of the Russian-Ukrainian border and covering the entire territory to protect the population, then a carrot can be given to …

  • Rasmussen urged NATO allies to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons

    Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that now is the time for NATO allies, especially the United States, to provide Ukraine with defensive lethal weapons. "This will have an effect of deterrence against the armed forces supported by Russia," he said in an interview with Ukrinform.

    "I also advocate that the US grant Ukraine a special status, the so-called major non-NATO ally (MNNA). This will not provide security guarantees for Ukraine, but it will allow potential access to …

  • Former NATO Secretary General called the EU's position on the abolition of visas for Ukraine 'betrayal'

    Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called the EU's position towards Kyiv on the issue of visa-free entry for citizens of Ukraine a "betrayal". Rasmussen, who is now an advisor to the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, believes that Kyiv complies with "all the necessary criteria to facilitate the easing of the visa regime." Meanwhile, as Reuters quoted on December 6th, according to Rasmussen, Poroshenko, and his associates are publicly "trying to retain optimism".

    At the …

  • Ukrainian President appoints former NATO secretary as his advisor

    The Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, appointed former NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen as his advisor. This was reported by the Press Service of the President on Friday, May 27th.

    “Anders Fogh Rasmussen is appointed as advisor to the President on freelance basis and per his consent,” reads the statement released by the Press Service.

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen is a Danish politician. He was the Prime Minister of Denmark from November 2001 to April 2009 and the 12th Secretary General of …