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NATO highlights role in fighting illicit trade in small arms and light weapons

23 hours 24 minutes ago
NATO participated in a UN conference in New York on Wednesday (20 June 2018), focused on fighting the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. Ms. Eirini Lemos-Maniati, Deputy Head of NATO HQ’s Arms Control and Coordination section, noted that over the years, NATO has helped destroy over 600,000 small arms and light weapons, and more than 160 million rounds of ammunition. NATO’s technical standards also serve as a basis for many international best practices in controlling small arms, light weapons and ammunition stockpiles. NATO’s Partnership for Peace Trust Fund on small arms and light weapons currently covers seven projects with a budget of over 40 million euros.

NATO Secretary General: the transatlantic bond keeps us strong and secure

23 hours 24 minutes ago
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gave a pre-Summit address on Thursday (21 June 2018) in which he explained the importance of the transatlantic bond and how it is being strengthened in NATO. Speaking at Lancaster House in London, Mr. Stoltenberg highlighted how defence ties between North America and Europe have grown closer. He also explained how the principle at the heart of Alliance remains strong, “Again and again, we unite around our common goal. We stand together. We protect each other.” NATO’s 29 Heads of State and Government will meet in Brussels on 11 and 12 July.

Visit to NATO by the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium

23 hours 24 minutes ago
On Friday, 22 June, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium, Mr. Charles Michel, as part of the Secretary General's consultations with Allies in the run-up to the NATO Brussels Summit in July.

Lithuania hosts arms control inspectors from Russia and Belarus

3 days 23 hours ago
As NATO forces trained across the Baltic states and Poland in exercise Saber Strike 2018, Lithuania hosted arms control inspectors from Russia and Belarus. From 11-14 June, five inspectors visited various units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. They also met with Croatian troops participating in exercise Saber Strike, as part of NATO’s multinational battlegroup in Lithuania.

19 NATO Allies and partners wrap up exercise Saber Strike 2018

6 days 23 hours ago
Saber Strike 2018, a major US-led multinational exercise, wrapped up in Poland on Friday (15 June 2018), with a live-fire demonstration involving Polish F-16s and MI-24 attack helicopters. The exercise, which began on 3 June, mobilised around 18,000 troops from 19 NATO Allies and partners. It provided an opportunity for forces to enhance their readiness and train across the Baltic states and Poland.

Secretary General, Chancellor Merkel discuss preparations for NATO Summit

1 week ago
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Germany for its vital contributions to the Alliance in talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (15 June 2018). Speaking at a press conference at the Chancellery, Mr. Stoltenberg praised Germany’s leadership of a multinational battlegroup in Lithuania and its major contributions to NATO operations from Afghanistan to Kosovo and the Aegean Sea.

NATO Secretary General discusses summit preparations with the President of Croatia

1 week ago
Speaking after a meeting with the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the NATO Secretary General thanked Croatia for contributions to NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence battlegroups in Lithuania and Poland, and to the Alliance’s missions in Afghanistan and in Kosovo. The Secretary General also thanked Croatia for financial contributions, including to the Military Transition Trust Fund in Ukraine, which helps former soldiers start a new life after retirement.

Joint press statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and European Council President Donald Tusk on the solution to the "name dispute"

1 week 1 day ago
We welcome the agreement reached between Prime Ministers Tsipras and Zaev yesterday on a solution to the name dispute. We hope that this unique opportunity to relaunch the wider Western Balkan region's European and Euro-Atlantic integration will not be wasted. This agreement sets an example for others on how to consolidate peace and stability across the region.

Exercise Trident Juncture 18 to demonstrate NATO’s ability to defend itself

1 week 3 days ago
All Allies, as well as partners Finland and Sweden, will participate in NATO’s largest military exercise in recent years, which will take place in Norway in October-November. Trident Juncture 18 will have an Article 5 (collective defence) scenario, and will be under the command of Admiral James G. Foggo, Commander of Joint Force Command Naples. At a press briefing in Brussels today (11 June), Admiral Foggo gave the media a first preview of the exercise together with Vice Admiral Ketil Olsen, Military Representative of Norway to the NATO Military Committee.

Visit to NATO by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Denmark

1 week 3 days ago
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark will visit NATO Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 June 2018. He will meet the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, and will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony and moment of silence at the Monument in Memory of the Fallen at the Main entrance of the New Headquarters.

Secretary General praises Italy’s ''essential role'' in NATO

1 week 3 days ago
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome on Monday (11 June 2018), praising Italy’s many contributions to security in Europe and beyond. Mr. Stoltenberg welcomed that Italy plays a leading role in Afghanistan and Kosovo, provides air policing for Montenegro, has deployed troops to Latvia, and leads NATO’s high-readiness Spearhead Force. “Your contributions are in the interest of Italy’s security, and they are important for the security of the whole Alliance,” he said
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