About: Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Nord Stream 2 exposed as Russian weapon against NATO

Polish and other speakers at the Warsaw Security Forum on Wednesday (24 October) exposed the Gazprom-sponsored Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a security threat for the EU and NATO.
Europe's East 21-03-2018

Ukraine says DCFTAs outdated, need deep review

One of the key messages from the EURACTIV debate on the Eastern Partnership – “Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the EU: The Road to 2020” held on March 20 in Brussels was that the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements with these countries need a revamp.
Elections 30-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Gay marriage and the German elections

Call it the Merkel tack. “For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together. That is my concept, but I support civil partnerships,” she told YouTube vlogger Le Floid, AKA Florian Mundt, in July 2014.
Politics 29-06-2017

Rasmussen: Europe has to invest more to be secure

The world has changed and there is a long list of things that Europe should do to protect itself. First, we have to increase defence spending, Anders Fogh Rasmussen told EURACTIV Czech Republic.
Politics 26-05-2017

Trump demands NATO payment–but makes no defence pledge

US President Donald Trump stole the show at a meeting of NATO heads of state yesterday (25 May) when he doubled down on his demands for other members to pay more in an opening speech.
Europe's East 07-12-2016

Tusk: EU’s credibility at risk over Ukraine visa debate

The European Union is putting its credibility and reputation at risk by letting internal political wrangling stall a promised easing of visa requirements for Ukraine and Georgia, the head of the European Council said.
Europe's East 07-12-2016

Rasmussen: Ukraine ‘betrayed’ by EU over visa deal

Ukraine feels let down by the European Union for not keeping to a promise to give its citizens visa-free travel in the bloc, senior Ukrainian officials said.
Digital 05-09-2014

NATO agrees cyber attack could trigger military response

NATO leaders agreed on Friday that a large-scale cyber attack on a member country could be considered an attack on the entire US-led alliance, potentially triggering a military response.
Global Europe 05-09-2014

NATO summit pledges ‘tangible’ support to Ukraine

NATO demanded yesterday (4 September) that Moscow withdraw its troops from Ukraine, as US President Barack Obama and his Western allies vowed to support Kyiv and buttress their own defences against Russia in the biggest strategic shift since the Cold War.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Angela Merkel [Medien Bundeswehr/Flickr]
Global Europe 02-09-2014

Building NATO’s ‘Weimar Triangle’

The West’s military response to Russia’s new assertiveness has been uncoordinated and reluctant. The upcoming NATO summit offers an opportunity to demonstrate Europe’s commitment to collective defense, write Tobias Bunde, Dominik P. Jankowski and Martin Michelot.
Global Europe 29-08-2014

Ukraine to request NATO membership

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said today (29 August) that his government will introduce a proposal in Parliament to change the non-aligned status of the country, and to request membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at her residence in Berlin. [NATO]
Global Europe 27-08-2014

Rasmussen: NATO to open new bases in Eastern Europe

NATO is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe, in response to the Ukraine crisis, and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing further trouble, according to its secretary general. This stance, however, seems to contradict Germany’s position that the 1997 NATO-Russia Act, which prohibits such deployments, should remain valid.
Missile shield in action. Photo German Marshall Fund of the US
Global Europe 26-08-2014

Poland, Baltics ask NATO to focus missile shield on Russia

According to Der Spiegel, Poland and the Baltic countries have proposed that the NATO anti-ballistic missile defence system be focused on Russia. Germany and a majority of NATO members have however objected that “one should not provoke Russia unnecessarily”.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at her residence in Berlin. [NATO]
Europe's East 03-07-2014

Merkel sceptical of NATO deployments in Eastern Europe

During a visit by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted with caution to calls for permanent deployment of allied troops in Eastern European countries, amid fears of Russian retaliation in several member states. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Europe's East 20-06-2014

NATO warns of Russian military build-up on Ukraine border

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday (19 June) that at least a few thousand more Russian troops were now at Ukraine's eastern border, a build-up he called a regrettable step backwards. The Russian press wrote that Moscow could send troops to Ukraine to “encourage” government forces and separatists toward peace.
"Victory 1945, 2014" reads the banner. [Kremlin]
Europe's East 09-05-2014

Putin defies West with Crimea visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin was received as a hero in Crimea today (9 May). He visited the peninsula for the first time since Russia annexed it from Ukraine in March, in a gesture of defiance that has angered the Ukrainian leadership and was branded as "inappropriate" by NATO and Western leaders.
Oleksander Turchinov
Europe's East 16-04-2014

Ukraine says it launched ‘anti-terrorist’ operation

Ukrainian forces launched a "special operation" yesterday (15 April) against separatist militias in the Russian-speaking east, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops, the action was limited.
Europe's East 11-04-2014

Russia wants seat in a ‘Troika’ to manage Ukraine

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told US Secretary Jack Lew yesterday (10 April) that Moscow was concerned about Ukraine's unpaid debt for supplies of natural gas, but was ready to work with international partners on financial aid for Kyiv.
Global Europe 03-04-2014

Russia says suspended NATO ties boosts terrorists

Russia accused NATO of reverting to the "verbal jousting" of the Cold War on Wednesday (April 2), by suspending cooperation over its annexation of Crimea. A spokesman said that neither the West, nor Russia would “win”.
Global Europe 02-04-2014

NATO flexes its muscle in response to Crimea crisis

NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia yesterday (1 April) in protest at its annexation of Crimea, and ordered military planners to draft measures to strengthen its defences and reassure nervous Eastern European countries.
Jens Stoltenberg [Arbeiderpartiet]
Security 27-03-2014

Norwegian ex-PM Stoltenberg tipped as next NATO chief

In the margins of the EU-US summit, British Prime Minister David Cameron has given his support to Jens Stoltenberg as next secretary general of the NATO defence alliance, securing the Norwegian’s lead to get the position.
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Global Europe 19-12-2013

NATO’s chief: ‘Europe should develop military capabilities’

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, NATO's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Europe should develop 'military capabilities', including 'observation drones, air to air refueling and heavy transport'. 'This is not about creating a European army, this is about making sure that the countries in Europe are strong and capable so that they can contribute to crisis management', he added.
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Global Europe 19-12-2013

NATO’s chief: We need to boost Europe’s military force

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, NATO's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Europe need a 'stronger defence'. 'If European nations invest more in military capabilities, they could make stronger contributions to NATO.”, Rasmussen added. Heads of state and government are meeting in Brussels on 19 and 20 December for a European Council summit. Security and defence and the economic and monetary union are the main topics on the agenda.
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Defence policy 03-09-2013

NATO Chief calls for ‘firm international response’ to chemical attack in Syria

As UN figures have revealed that over 2 million people have fled their homes in Syria, Nato's political chief on Monday called for a strong 'international response' to the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict. Rassmussen said in Brussels that he also believes the Syrian government is behind the chemical weapons attack that took place earlier in August in the outskirts of Damascus, killing over 1000 people.

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