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NATO warns that attacks on gas pipelines will have a “determined” response
NATO

NATO warns that attacks on gas pipelines will have a “determined” response

NATO member countries today expressed deep concern about the damage to the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea and warned that "any deliberate attack against critical Allied infrastructure" will merit a "united and determined response". In a statement released in Brussels, the North Atlantic Council, the main political decision-making body of the NATO organization, begins by pointing out that "the damage caused to the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines in international waters in the Baltic Sea is a matter of deep concern " and underline that "all the information currently available indicates that they are the result of deliberate, reckless and irresponsible acts of sabotage". "These leaks are causing risks to navigation and substantial environmental damage. We suppor...
Sweden detects new leak in Nord Stream pipelines
Europe, NATO, Sweden

Sweden detects new leak in Nord Stream pipelines

The Swedish coast guard has detected a new leak in the Nord Stream gas pipelines linking Russia to Europe, the fourth since the beginning of the week. The incident comes after three gas leaks were detected on Tuesday - two in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, next to Sweden, and another in Nord Stream 2, southeast of the Danish island of Bornholm. "There are two breakouts on the Swedish side and two breakouts on the Danish side," a Coast Guard official told France-Presse news agency. "The distance is subjective, but they are close to each other," said the official, referring to the two escapes on the Swedish side. "This is a large spill of about 900 meters in diameter and a smaller one of about 200 meters," Jenny Larsson, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard, told the Svenska Dagbladet newspa...
Denmark is the 1st country to ratify Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO
Denmark, Finland, NATO, Sweden

Denmark is the 1st country to ratify Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO

today ratified Sweden and Finland's request to join NATO, becoming the first country among the alliance's current 30 member states to adopt such a decision. Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod announced on his Twitter account that the process was completed and expressed the hope that the remaining allies would complete the process quickly. The diplomacy of Copenhagen also indicated that the country, together with the other partners of the western military alliance, today officially signed the protocol of accession of Stockholm and Helsinki at NATO headquarters in Brussels. "I am proud that Denmark has so quickly achieved the goal of welcoming Finland and Sweden to NATO," said Kofod, quoted in the statement. The minister explained that this process was only possible due to the "great ...
Spanish government approves another billion euros for Defense
NATO, Europe, Spain

Spanish government approves another billion euros for Defense

The Spanish Government has decided to increase defense spending by €1 billion, to around €14 billion, to meet "extraordinary expenses" related to the war in Ukraine, spokeswoman Isabel Rodrigues announced today. The decision caused tension within the Spanish government, between the socialists and their radical left partners, against the increase in the defense budget promised by the prime minister to NATO. The new budget envelope of one billion euros for Defense is part of the "commitment" to NATO, underlined Isabel Rodrigues. The Spanish prime minister promised last week, during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit, to channel 2% of GDP to this sector by 2029. This figure (2% of GDP) represents a doubling of the current budget for military spending, which, if approve...
“Historic moment for NATO”. Sweden and Finland signed a protocol
Europe, NATO

“Historic moment for NATO”. Sweden and Finland signed a protocol

The 30 NATO ambassadors signed this Tuesday, in Brussels, the accession protocols of Sweden and Finland, which will have to be ratified by each member of the Alliance, the organization announced. Sweden and Finland took another important step this Tuesday in their accession to NATO, with the signing of the protocol of accession to the Alliance. The documents were signed in the presence of the heads of diplomacy of Sweden, Ann Linde, and Finland, Pekka Haavisto, at the headquarters of NATO, the acronym in English of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. "The signing of the accession protocols launches the ratification process in each of the member countries," said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg before the ceremony. From now on, the member states of the Alliance will proceed...