NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller delivered remarks on non-proliferation at the Strategic Forum in Bled, Slovenia on Tuesday (5 September 2017). On a panel with senior officials, including from the European Union, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, Ms. Gottemoeller expressed NATO’s concern at North Korea’s recent nuclear test.
For the next four months, the United States and Belgium will conduct NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission, safeguarding the airspace over the region. At a ceremony on Tuesday (5 September 2017), Belgium took over the supporting role from Spain, operating out of Ämari, Estonia. The United States assumed the lead role at Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania on 30 August.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will travel to Tallin and Tapa in Estonia on Wednesday and Thursday 6 and 7 September 2017. During his visit, he will have bilateral meetings with the Estonian President H.E. Ms. Kersti Kaljulaid, with the Prime Minister, Mr. Jüri Ratas, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sven Mikser and with the Minister of Defence, Mr. Jüri Luik.
The press conference with the Commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan - planned for the 4th of September 2017 at NATO Headquarters, at 15:15 - has been postponed due to scheduling issues. A new date will be announced in due course.
I strongly condemn that North Korea has conducted a sixth nuclear test today. This is yet another flagrant violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions, including UNSCR 2321 adopted in November 2016.
Lieutenant General Steven M. Shepro, Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (DCMC) visited Finland on 28-29 August 2017. During his visit, Lieutenant General Steven M. Shepro attended the 4th Helsinki Summer Session and visited the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats.
On Monday, 4 and Tuesday 5 September 2017, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, The Honourable Ms. Rose Gottemoeller will travel to Bled in Slovenia to participate in a panel discussion entitled “Global Nuclear Governance: Quo vadis?” where she will deliver a keynote speech.
Canadian CF-188 fighters are ready to begin NATO air policing patrols over Romania. At the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase on Thursday (31 August 2017), the detachment was certified to operate alongside the MiG-21s of their Romanian hosts. The Canadian detachment succeeds a deployment by the UK's Royal Air Force.
NATO Allies and partners have helped Georgia contain a major forest fire in the Samtskhe-Javakheti Region of Georgia. Recognising that inhabited areas could be at risk, the Georgian authorities approached NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) for assistance on 29 August 2017. Shortly thereafter, assets from NATO Allies and partners were on the scene: Turkey provided one firefighting aircraft and two helicopters; Azerbaijan provided a firefighting helicopter; and Ukraine provided a firefighting aircraft. By Friday (1 September 2017), the fire had been contained.
NATO’s four multinational battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are now fully operational. This milestone comes after the Canadian-led battlegroup based at Camp Ādaži in Latvia became the fourth battlegroup to complete its Certification Exercise.
On 25 August 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Rockport, Texas as a Category 4 hurricane. As remnants of Harvey continue to affect Texas and Louisiana, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners continue to mobilize thousands of personnel and resources to support state, local and tribal efforts throughout the region. EADRCC is in contact with U.S authorities and will issue updates as available.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Poland for making important contributions to the Alliance during a visit to Warsaw on Friday (25 August 2017). He highlighted Poland’s contributions to NATO operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo, training in Iraq, and thanked Poland for hosting key NATO commands and capabilities. Mr. Stoltenberg also welcomed Poland’s leadership on defence spending, by meeting the NATO benchmark of investing 2% of GDP in defence.
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg outlined NATO’s crucial role in preserving peace and stability in a keynote address at the Rimini Meeting in Italy on Thursday (24 August 2017). The Secretary General delivered his remarks at a session titled: “From North to South: Defence and Peace in the World”, alongside Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano and Secretary of State Nicola Renzi of San Marino.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, will travel to Rimini on Thursday, 24 August 2017 to deliver a keynote address at the Rimini Meeting. The Secretary General will join a panel with the Italian Foreign Minister titled: ‘From North to South: Defence and Peace in the World.’
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, will travel to Warsaw and Orzysz in Poland on Thursday and Friday 24 and 25 August 2017. During his visit, he will have bilateral meetings with the Polish President H.E. Mr. Andrzej Duda, with the Polish Prime Minister H.E. Mrs. Beata Szydlo, with the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Witold Waszczykowski, and with the Polish Minister of Defence, H.E. Mr. Antoni Macierewicz.
A major forest fire started near Daba village, Borjomi Municipality (Georgia) on 20 August at 14:00. The mountainous terrain and strong winds makes it extremely difficult to bring the fire under control. Situation is critical. The affected area covers about 35 hectares of forest. On 22 August 2017, EADRCC received a request for assistance from Georgia regarding these forest and wild fires.
I welcome President Trump’s new, conditions-based approach to Afghanistan and the region. NATO remains fully committed to Afghanistan and I am looking forward to discussing the way ahead with Secretary Mattis and our Allies and international partners.
Eight Serbian scientists are leading a research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae. The pioneering project is supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme and is carried out by Belgrade’s Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in cooperation with Manchester University in the United Kingdom and Baylor University in the United States.
A torch lighting ceremony has been held in Kabul to honour Afghanistan’s team due to participate in the Invictus Games in Toronto (23 – 30 September 2017). The team of seven will compete with injured military personnel from around the world. The commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, General John W. Nicholson, said the team of Afghans “represent a better future.”
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