Category Archives: NATO

Proposals for an EU army re-emerge after Afghan pullout – but many remain ‘hard to convince’

European dismay over President Joe Biden’s precipitous withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan has renewed calls for an EU military force. But while proponents of “strategic autonomy” say the fall of Kabul should serve as a wake-up call, others do not see an existential threat and are content to remain as junior partners to US military might. European countries had

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Ukraine to provide Lithuania with barbed wire for construction of fence on border with Belarus

Ukraine will provide Lithuania with barbed wire for the construction of the fence on the border with Belarus, according to the decision made at a government meeting. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Ukraine has decided to provide Lithuania with “humanitarian aid” in the form of barbed wire due to the critical situation on the border with Belarus. According

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Grybauskaite may become NATO’s new secretary general – Politico

Ex-President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, ex-President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite or President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, whose mandate expires in August, may become the new NATO Secretary General in a year, Politico reports . According to the sources of the publication, it is being discussed that for the first time in the history of NATO, a woman should become its secretary general. At the same time, the headquarters

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The Seabreeze Military Exercises Are Stoking Tensions in the Black Sea

The Kremlin has vigorously condemned this year’s installment of Seabreeze as provocative muscle-flexing. by Mark Episkopos As the US-Ukrainian Seabreeze exercises enter their final stages, Russia’s military is staying on high alert. Russia’s Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday that Tu-22M3 bombers performed a “scheduled flight in the airspace over the neutral waters of the Black Sea.” The Defense Ministry’s statement

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Russia will not start a full-scale clash with NATO in the Black Sea – Kuleba

Russia is ready for an armed escalation in the Black Sea, in particular. Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said this in an interview with Liga.net. According to the Foreign Minister, Russia will avoid a full-scale clash with NATO because it has no chance of success. “Russia is definitely ready for an armed escalation. In particular in the Black Sea.

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Russia Wields S-400 Missile Systems in Response to U.S.-Led Black Sea Drills

Russia said Tuesday it has activated its S-400 missile systems in annexed Crimea as Ukraine and U.S.-led NATO launched a military exercise in the Black Sea. The Navy’s Black Sea Fleet said several of its S-400 batteries joined the Pantsir-S surface-to-air missile systems, as well as 20 warplanes and helicopters including Su-27 air-defense fighters, for training checks. “S-400 ‘Triumf’ and

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Sea Breeze military exercises with 32 countries in the Black Sea; Russia describes them as a “provocation”

A total of 32 countries began conducting military exercises in the Black Sea Monday, despite sharp criticism from Russia. The US and Ukraine are leading the “Sea Breeze” drills. They are scheduled to last for two weeks, according to the US military. Ukrainian navy commander Oleksiy Neizhpapa said during an opening ceremony in Odessa that the exercises would send a

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NATO drills in Ukraine provoke destabilization near Russia’s borders, says diplomat

The joint drills of Kiev and NATO serve as a provocation for endless destabilization along the Russian borders, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday on the Solovyev Live YouTube channel, APA reports citing TASS. Zakharova pointed out that NATO is holding seven drills in Ukraine this year. “We understand very well that these drills have two global

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Vladimir Putin Warns Ukraine That Joining NATO is Unacceptable

By Zoe Strozewski Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that it would be unacceptable to Russia if Ukraine joined NATO during an interview Wednesday with Russian state television. The longtime leader claimed that Ukraine’s admittance to the organization would give NATO access to missiles that need just seven minutes to reach Moscow and other points of interest in Russia, the Associated

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Ukraine has adopted more NATO standards than ten Allies – expert

The Armed Forces of Ukraine have adapted and adopted more NATO standards and procedures than ten countries, which have recently joined NATO, in total. “The Armed Forces of Ukraine are the strongest in Europe. They have adapted and adopted more NATO standards and procedures than ten countries, which have recently joined NATO, in total. To understand the contribution to NATO’s

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Putin states risks of Ukraine’s accession into NATO for Russia

Putin stated that NATO puts its geopolitical interests above the interest of other countries despite the relations with them President of Russia Vladimir Putin stated that if Ukraine enters NATO, the arrival time of the alliance’s missiles to Moscow will shorten up to 7-10 minutes as RIA News reported. Putin stated that NATO puts its geopolitical interests above the interest

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Stefanishyna: Half of NATO members in favor of granting MAP to Ukraine

Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna assures that half of NATO member states are in favor of granting a Membership Action Plan to Ukraine. “Before the NATO summit, I would like to thank almost half of the Allies who support granting Membership Action Plan to Ukraine. I hope that this decision will be made

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Germany, France should bear responsibility for Russia’s occupation of parts of Georgia, Ukraine – Danilov

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov said that Germany and France, as guarantors of the Budapest Memorandum, should bear responsibility for Russia’s occupation of parts of Georgia and Ukraine. “We remember that in 2008 the Russian Federation attacked Georgia, and at the moment Georgia lacks part of its territory. After that, a situation with the

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Russia to include ‘readiness for war’ in its National Security Strategy

The Russian Security Council is preparing an updated National Security Strategy, which will replace the previous version adopted in December 2015. The new document will take into account the changes in the military and political situation, the increase in military risks and military threats, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev told Rossiyskaya Gazeta. The updated strategy will note the “legitimacy of

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Russia Rattles Its Saber, Announces Troop Buildup on NATO’s Frontier

By Nolan Peterson | June 01, 2021 KYIV, Ukraine — While NATO conducts one of its largest military exercises in Europe in decades, Russia has signaled its displeasure by announcing plans to mass troops on its frontier with the Western military alliance. During a Monday board meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry, Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu announced the creation

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Stoltenberg explained why Ukraine was not invited to the NATO summit

Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg explained why the representatives of Ukraine and Georgia were not invited to the NATO summit . According to him, the format of this event does not provide for the participation of partner countries. “It will only be for allies, as this is a fairly short one-day summit. Next time we may have more time

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A Plan for NATO to Get Serious About Russia

Kurt Volker When NATO heads of state and government gather in Brussels next month, they will have a wide and complex agenda. But while the Alliance has a pressing need to agree on positions on issues ranging from preventing disaster in Afghanistan to confronting China and maintaining progress towards spending 2% of GDP on defense, perhaps the most urgent issue

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NATO Needs Unity as Russia’s Arctic Presence Grows

Candace Huntington As the ice has melted, Russia has wasted no time staking its claim. Long praised as a place of global calm amid a sea of worldwide competition, the Arctic is rapidly deteriorating into a region where great powers will inevitably butt heads. Icecaps melting due to climate change have opened up previously inaccessible resources and sea routes, leading

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Kyiv: Ukraine is ahead of many countries in preparation for NATO membership

The Ukrainian army is ahead of the armed forces of all the NATO membership contenders in the tasks required to join NATO, said the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak, during the forum “Ukraine 30. Security of the country”. “I am proud to say that we, the military, are probably in the first place today in fulfilling the tasks

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Kyiv Says Some NATO Allies Worried About Provoking Russia With Ukraine Membership

KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine does not expect next month’s NATO summit will produce a Membership Action Plan (MAP) for Ukraine, because some member states worry it will provoke Russia, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Tuesday. “Regarding the obstacles, unfortunately, there are still several countries among the allies who are guided by the logic of not provoking Russia and believe

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