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7 Sep. 2017

NATO Secretary General meets EU Defence Ministers, attends cyber exercise

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg participated as an observer in a cyber exercise at the informal meeting of EU Defence Ministers in Tallinn on Thursday (7 September 2017). Mr. Stoltenberg highlighted that NATO-EU cooperation is "key" in responding to growing cyber threats, and that the two organisations have jointly responded to major attacks this year. He announced that NATO has invited the EU to participate in the Alliance's "Cyber Coalition" exercise in November - one of the largest such exercises in the world.

7 Sep. 2017

Chairman of NATO Military Committee, General Pavel met with Russian Chief of General Staff, General Gerasimov

General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee and General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and First Deputy Minister of Defence met today, 7 September 2017, in Baku, Azerbaijan.

6 Sep. 2017

Secretary General meets NATO troops, commends Estonia

Together with Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited NATO’s UK-led battlegroup in Tapa on Wednesday (6 September 2017). Addressing troops, the Secretary General called the multinational force “a very strong signal of NATO unity, NATO resolve and NATO strength”. Mr. Stoltenberg also commended Estonia for its operational contributions to the Alliance, and for “leading by example” by spending more than 2% of its GDP on defence.

5 Sep. 2017

NATO Strategic Direction South Hub inaugurated

On 5 September, Ambassador Alejandro Alvargonzalez, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy and Admiral Michelle Howard, Commander at Allied Joint Force Command inaugurated the NATO Strategic Direction South Hub, a centre designed to promote and enhance cooperation amongst the Alliance and partners, in a ceremony at Allied Joint Force Command in Naples.

5 Sep. 2017

NATO Deputy Secretary General talks nuclear governance, North Korea in visit to Slovenia

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.

5 Sep. 2017

United States and Belgium safeguard the airspace of NATO’s Baltic Allies

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.

1 Sep. 2017

Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visits Finland

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.

31 Aug. 2017

Canadian jets ready for NATO air policing over Romania

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.

29 Aug. 2017

NATO Allies and partners help Georgia fight major forest fire

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.

28 Aug. 2017

NATO battlegroups in Baltic nations and Poland fully operational

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.

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