About: Jens Stoltenberg

Global Europe 13-04-2021

Ukraine mobilises NATO’s diplomatic and political means over Russia troops build-up

After Kyiv and Moscow traded blame over the worsening situation in the eastern Donbas region, Ukraine was able to mobilise its Western allies at political level, with several high-level meetings planned this week.
Global Europe 24-03-2021

US, NATO have strong interest in keeping Turkey close, says Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday (23 March) pledged to rebuild and revitalise the transatlantic military alliance after a bruising four years when Washington portrayed NATO as outdated, divided and in crisis. The first top US official to...
Global Europe 17-03-2021

Talks stall in Greece-Turkey maritime dispute

Diplomats from NATO members Greece and Turkey failed to reach a breakthrough on Tuesday (16 March) during a latest round of talks on their standoff over eastern Mediterranean borders and energy rights.

US pressure brings about rise in NATO defence spending, despite pandemic

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has massively reduced revenues of national governments in 2020, NATO allies significantly increased their military spending and eleven out of 30 alliance members reached the target of earmarking at least 2% of GDP for defence, according to NATO's annual report released on Tuesday (16 March).
Global Europe 16-03-2021

NATO chief admits ‘serious concerns’ over Turkey, hopes for more NATO-EU cooperation

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday (15 March) told EU lawmakers he had “serious concerns” over actions by member Turkey and hoped an increased EU-NATO cooperation could counter China. “I have expressed my serious concerns, and we all know there...

‘The EU cannot defend Europe’: NATO chief

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Thursday (4 March) that Europe's defence depends on close transatlantic bonds and not on a quest for the continent's strategic autonomy.

NATO eyes post-Trump reset as internal challenges loom

NATO’s defence ministers on Wednesday (17 February) for the first time discussed Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s reform proposals.  Some members, however, let show they were rather sceptical of the submission. NATO’s new reform report, compiled by a panel of experts and...
Europe's East 26-01-2021

Focus on Black Sea, Caucasus highlights Georgia’s strategic importance

While Georgia’s normalisation with Russia is still in doubt because of the country’s breakaway regions, Georgia has embraced a pro-Western foreign policy, including plans to join the EU and NATO and deepening relations with the US. “We have seen a...
Global Europe 13-01-2021

Pompeo cancels his last trip to Europe after unprecedented snub

Outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled his Europe trip at the last minute on Tuesday (12 January) after top EU officials and Luxembourg’s foreign minister declined to meet him, according to European diplomats and other people familiar with...

New NATO report recommends more political role for the Western alliance

After French President Emmanuel Macron said NATO was suffering “brain death” last year, a report to be published on Tuesday (1 December) on reforming the alliance proposes solutions on how to stay relevant in face of new challenges from Russia...

NATO seeks ways of protecting undersea cables from Russian attacks

NATO defence ministers on Thursday (22 October) discussed the protection of critical infrastructure such as submarine cables under the Atlantic, amid growing concerns those could be cut or tapped.

Eyeing extraterrestrial threats, NATO to set up new space centre in Germany

NATO defence ministers on Thursday (22 October) are expected to approve a plan to create a new space centre at the alliance's Air Command in Ramstein, Germany, in response to growing concerns over protecting satellite and navigation assets from enemy interference.
Global Europe 04-09-2020

Stoltenberg: NATO to focus on East-Med de-confliction, leaves diplomacy to Germany

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg clarified on Friday (4 September) that his statement about a deal for dialogue between Greece and Turkey referred to “technical talks” to defuse tensions and complement the diplomatic part that remains in the hands of EU presidency-holder Germany.

NATO calls for ‘international response’ in Navalny case, but stops short of sanctions

A special meeting of NATO ambassadors on Friday (4 September) condemned the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as an "unacceptable breach of international law" and announced “consultations on further steps regarding Russia". It, however, stopped short of sanctions.

Greece overrules NATO’s announced launch of dialogue with Turkey

Athens denied on Thursday (3 September) a statement by NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that Greece and Turkey had agreed to technical talks to defuse tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. Greek diplomatic sources said the only way to de-escalate was for...
03-09-2020

EU condemns ‘in the strongest possible terms’ Navalny’s poisoning

The European Union condemned "in the strongest possible terms" on Wednesday (2 September) the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and called on Russia to thoroughly investigate the assassination attempt and bring those responsible to justice.
Global Europe 11-08-2020

Greece seeks emergency EU meeting on Turkey

Greece wants the EU to hold an emergency foreign ministers’ meeting, the prime minister’s office said Tuesday (11 August) amid a burgeoning row with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean. Tensions were stoked Monday when Ankara sent the research ship Oruç...

NATO opens probe into France-Turkey naval incident in Mediterranean

NATO is investigating an incident in the Eastern Mediterranean in which France says Turkish frigates were "extremely aggressive" towards a French navy vessel participating in a NATO mission in the Mediterranean, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday (18 June).

China ‘not an enemy’, but NATO must face growing role, NATO chief says

NATO must work more closely with like-minded countries like Australia or Japan to preserve global rules and institutions, taking into account new security threats that are shifting the global balance of power, the alliance's secretary-general said on Monday (8 June) while kick-starting the reflection process on the military alliance's future.

COVID-19 should not become a security crisis, NATO chief warns

"We have to deal with COVID-19, but at the same time, we have to make sure that the health crisis doesn't become a security crisis," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told EURACTIV in an interview about NATO's crisis response and threat preparedness, China's role and the pandemic's impact on the military alliance.

NATO tells top commander to speed up medical aid in response to pandemic

NATO foreign ministers on Thursday (2 April) tasked Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Tod Wolters, with coordinating the air transport of medical equipment and personnel to fight the “invisible enemy” of the coronavirus. “NATO was created to deal with...

NATO expert panel to determine how to revive ‘brain dead’ alliance

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Tuesday (31 March) the creation of a panel of 10 experts to determine NATO’s future after French President Emmanuel Macron declared last autumn that the alliance was experiencing “brain death”. The strategic shift comes...

Norway cancels military exercise, Pentagon cuts troops for Europe war games

A major military exercise in Europe has been cancelled over coronavirus concerns as a "precautionary measure" on Wednesday (11 March), while Washington is considering reduced US involvement in another exercise amid the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

NATO willing to expand Iraqi training mission to meet Trump demand

NATO is considering an increase to its training mission in Iraq to relieve the burden on the US-led coalition against Islamic State, senior officials and diplomats said on Tuesday (11 February).