On Thursday, 28 June 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will attend the European Council.
NATO air forces must be able to defend against peer competitors and anticipate the growing role of cyber and space-based assets, according to a new NATO joint airpower strategy released on Tuesday (26 June 2018). While air power has played a central role in NATO’s collective defence and crisis management for decades, the strategy is the first of its kind since NATO was founded in 1949.
His Majesty the King of the Belgians bestowed upon Ambassador Csilla Wurtz the very high honour of Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold II last Friday (22 June 2018). The ceremony was performed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Didier Reynders at the Delegation of Belgium at the new NATO Headquarters. NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller attended the ceremony and congratulated Ambassador Wurtz on this high achievement.
Visiting Luxembourg today (25 June 2018), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised the Grand Duchy for its political, military and financial commitment to the Alliance.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed strengthened cooperation between the EU and NATO ahead of a meeting with EU Defence Ministers on Monday (25 June 2018). The Secretary General noted that he will sign a new Joint Declaration with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission at the NATO Summit, setting out a shared vision for further cooperation.
On 19 June 2018, Lieutenant General Jan Broeks, Director General of the NATO International Military Staff (DGIMS) hosted Lieutenant General Esa Pulkkinen, Director General of the European Union Military Staff (DGEUMS) for the bi-annual IMS-EUMS Director Generals’ Conference at the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels.
On Monday, 25 June 2018, the North Atlantic Council (NAC), chaired by the NATO Deputy Secretary General, the Honourable Ms. Rose Gottemoeller will visit the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) in Capellen, Luxemburg.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will travel to Luxembourg on Monday, 25 June 2018. He will participate in the Meeting of the EU Ministers of Defence during the EU Foreign Affairs Council.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller addressed the importance of practical cooperation and adaptation at an EU conference on ‘Climate, Peace and Security’ on Friday (22 June 2018). Participating in a panel discussion on ‘Indispensable Multilateralism’, Gottemoeller highlighted the importance of links between countries and organisations in ensuring that the right tools are brought to bear on the challenges of today and tomorrow.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Friday (22 June 2018) at the new NATO Headquarters to prepare for the Summit of Allied leaders next month.
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised the United Kingdom’s important contributions to NATO in a visit to London on Thursday (21 June 2018).
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 Director of NATO HQ’s Arms Control, Disarmament and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre, 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.
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.
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.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will travel to London on Wednesday, 20 and Thursday, 21 June 2018.
NATO and Allied countries began testing last week resources in Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance with a focus on interoperability and on the ability of forces to work seamlessly together.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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