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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...
Russia’s Arctic Presence Represents “Strategic Challenge” for NATO, Says Stoltenberg
Antarctica-Arctic

Russia’s Arctic Presence Represents “Strategic Challenge” for NATO, Says Stoltenberg

Jens Stoltenberg says Russia's presence in the Arctic represents a "strategic challenge" for NATO and that the country is using the region to test new weapons. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned this Friday that Russia's increased presence in the Arctic represents a "strategic challenge" for the Atlantic Alliance. Jens Stoltenberg was speaking at Cold Lake Air Force Base, in northwest Canada, where the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) fighters responsible for patrolling the Arctic are based. At the end of a three-day visit to Canada, the head of the Atlantic Alliance stressed that the shortest path for Russian missiles and bombers to reach Western Europe is through the Arctic region. In addition, Stoltenberg explained that Russia is using the Arctic to tes...
Taliban agree to withdraw NATO ally status from country
Afghanistan, Asia-Pacific

Taliban agree to withdraw NATO ally status from country

The Taliban today showed its support for the US decision to revoke Afghanistan's status as a strategic non-NATO ally (MNNA), a denomination that Afghan leaders also did not approve of. We are also not happy with this denomination, as the Afghans have been decimated for two decades, have suffered and suffered with problems," deputy spokesman for the Taliban interim government, Bilal Karimi, told Efe news agency. The status of a strategic ally outside of NATO was granted to Afghanistan by Washington in 2012 to facilitate the acquisition of military equipment by the government deposed in Kabul, at the time an ally of the United States in the fight against Islamic fundamentalists. The Taliban took control of Afghanistan in late August 2021 after a rapid offensive during the final withdrawal...
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...
Finland and Sweden complete NATO membership talks
Europe, European Union

Finland and Sweden complete NATO membership talks

Finland and Sweden today concluded negotiations to become NATO members, a formality after Turkey lifted its veto on Helsinki and Stockholm's entry into the Alliance. "Finland and Sweden concluded membership negotiations at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Monday (4 July 2022), as agreed by NATO leaders at their summit in Madrid," the Alliance said in a statement. NATO adds that in the negotiations both countries “formally confirmed their willingness and ability to fulfill the political, legal and military obligations and commitments of NATO membership”. The dialogue between the parties was carried out by officials of the transatlantic organization and representatives from Finland and Sweden, with the Finnish delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pekka Haavisto, and the Mi...
Poland prepares for Russian invasion and reinforces army with 15,000 soldiers
Europe, European Union

Poland prepares for Russian invasion and reinforces army with 15,000 soldiers

The Polish army will be reinforced with 15,000 new soldiers this year, as part of a plan to expand its military capacity and improve the results obtained in military simulations against a hypothetical Russian invasion. The Polish Defense Minister, Mariusz Blaszczak, announced today that 8,000 of these 15,000 recruits are already “operational”, after having completed 28 days of basic training, and that as of today another 1,000 young people are starting instruction, in 16 military barracks. various parts of the country. The Polish Army's expansion program includes doubling the number of troops, increasing defense spending to 3% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and modernizing equipment, with the purchase of 250 Abrams tanks and 32 F-35 aircraft. The president of the Polish government...
Finland and Sweden ask populations to store supplies for 72 hours. Russian attack could be imminent
Europe, European Union

Finland and Sweden ask populations to store supplies for 72 hours. Russian attack could be imminent

After taking the first step in the process of integration into the Atlantic Alliance last week, Finland and Sweden are preparing for possible Russian aggression, which has already warned that it will respond if NATO troops and military installations are placed in these countries. Finns and Swedes are filling their pantries with batteries, non-perishable food, water, medicines, and fuel, advances 'El Mundo', indicating that the populations of the latest NATO members are prepared for an eventual attack from Russia. Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the decision to join the Western alliance is a decision that only these countries can make, and removed comparisons with Ukraine. However, he left a clear warning: “if military contingents and installations are installed the...
NATO Supreme in Europe: Here’s Christopher Cavoli’s Profile
Europe, United States

NATO Supreme in Europe: Here’s Christopher Cavoli’s Profile

Fluent in four languages, including Russian, Christopher Cavoli served in the Gulf War, Bosnia and Afghanistan, cementing a decorated and renowned military career. Before joining the US Army, he graduated in Biology, where he presented the thesis “The effect of earthworms on the vertical distribution of slime molds in the soil”. Born in West Germany during the Cold War, he has taken on the biggest mission of his life since May, at a time when global geopolitical tension has never been hotter. In 1987, already in the USA, he graduated in Biology at Princeton University, where he concluded the course by presenting a thesis entitled “The effect of earthworms on the vertical distribution of slime molds in the soil”. It was after graduation that he began his military career when he joined th...