About: Jens Stoltenberg

Freedom and security more important than profit, NATO chief tells Davos

Western countries should not trade security for economic profit, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Tuesday (24 May), pointing to the risks of leaving close economic ties with Russia and China unchecked.
Global Europe 16-05-2022

Battle rages for Ukrainian region of Donbas

Russia pummelled positions in the east of Ukraine on Sunday (15 May), its defence ministry said, as it sought to encircle Ukrainian forces in the battle for Donbas and fend off a counteroffensive around the strategic Russian-controlled city of Izium.

NATO says it’s ready to back Kyiv for years in war against Russia

NATO is ready to maintain its support for Ukraine in the war against Russia for years, including help for Kyiv to shift from Soviet-era weapons to modern Western arms and systems, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday (28 April).
Global Europe 24-03-2022

Biden arrives in Europe for triple summits on Ukraine

US President Joe Biden arrived in Brussels as NATO, G7 and EU summits on Thursday (24 March) are set to discuss how to respond to Russia's continuing war in Ukraine.

NATO to supply Ukraine with equipment against chemical and nuclear weapons

NATO leaders will agree on additional support for Ukraine, which will also include protective equipment against a potential use of chemical and nuclear weapons in the country, the alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday (23 March).

NATO to draw plans for beefing up the Eastern Flank

NATO defence ministers are set to task the alliance's military commanders to draw up plans for new more troops and missile defences in Eastern Europe, officials and diplomats said ahead of the meeting on Wednesday (16 March).

NATO to beef up Eastern flank defence, hold summit after Russian attack on Ukraine

NATO agreed at emergency talks on Thursday (24 February) to take additional steps and further beef up the land, sea, and air forces on its Eastern flank after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military offensive in Ukraine. “We are...
Europe's East 24-02-2022

EU leaders gather to respond to Russia’s new war in Ukraine

***The story has been updated after the Russian strikes on Ukraine on early Thursday morning and will be continuously updated during the day. The EU is set to hold an emergency summit in Brussels on Thursday (24 February) evening, which...

NATO to discuss reinforcements in Southeastern Europe

As NATO defence ministers meet in Brussels this week amid US warnings of an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine, they are set to come up with a detailed plan for four new battle groups in southeastern Europe. The plan could...

NATO chief Stoltenberg to become Norway’s central bank chief despite opposition

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will become Norway’s new central bank chief, the government said on Friday (4 February), despite opposition over Norges Bank’s independence and ongoing tensions with Russia over Ukraine. Stoltenberg will replace outgoing Governor Øystein Olsen. He will...

NATO calls on Europe to diversify energy supply amid standoff with Russia

Europe needs to diversify its energy supplies, the head of NATO said on Sunday (30 January), as Britain warned it was "highly likely" that Russia, a major natural gas supplier, was looking to invade Ukraine.
Europe's East 27-01-2022

US, NATO provide ‘written responses’ to Russia as Ukraine tensions mount

Both US and NATO on Wednesday (26 January) said they had set out a diplomatic path to address sweeping Russian demands in Eastern Europe, as Russia intensified its military build-up near Ukraine with new drills.

NATO says ‘significant differences’ remain with Russia

There are 'significant differences' between Russia and NATO over Ukraine that will be difficult to bridge, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said after roughly five hours of talks on Wednesday (12 January), where Moscow repeated its demands for European security guarantees.
Europe's East 12-01-2022

NATO meets with Russia amid tug-of-war over Ukraine

NATO and Russian officials are set to meet for talks in Brussels on Wednesday (12 January) to discuss Moscow’s military build-up along the Ukrainian border and European security. Wednesday’s meeting constitutes the first talks in the NATO-Russia Council since 2019. NATO...
Global Europe 14-12-2021

NATO’s Stoltenberg seeks to become Norway central bank governor

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has applied to become Norway's next central bank governor, he said on Tuesday (14 December), raising questions about the bank's independence from the government if he were to be appointed.

Russia has ‘no right’ to establish a sphere of influence, NATO chief says

Tensions over Ukraine escalated on Wednesday (1 December) after Russia’ demanded 'guarantees' from NATO that the military alliance would not expand to Europe's East.

US, NATO warn Russia over new aggression in Ukraine

Russia will pay a high price for any new military aggression against Ukraine, NATO and the US warned on Tuesday (30 November) as alliance foreign ministers meet for a two-day meeting in Latvia's capital Riga to discuss Moscow's intentions for assembled troops on the border.
Global Europe 30-11-2021

Latvia calls for permanent US troops to guard against Russia threat

Latvia needs a permanent US military presence to deter Russia and wants to boost its defences with US Patriot missiles, Defence Minister Artis Pabriks said on Monday (30 November) as NATO's chief visited allied troops in the Baltic country.

NATO calls on EU to expand joint cooperation but avoid doubling structures

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on the EU on Friday (22 October) to cooperate more closely with the military alliance after the latest EU defence efforts in recent months raised concerns of a parallel structure that might be competing with NATO. 

NATO to focus on hybrid warfare, how to deter Russia

NATO defence ministers are set to adopt a number of strategy papers and agree on a new master plan on Thursday (21 October) on how to defend against any potential Russian hybrid attack, diplomats and officials said.

Afghan leadership failed to stand up to Taliban, says NATO chief

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday (17 August) called on the Taliban to prevent Afghanistan from lapsing back into being a breeding ground for terrorism, and said the Western defence alliance has agreed to send additional evacuation planes to Kabul.
Global Europe 15-06-2021

Biden assures he has the allies’ backing ahead of Putin meeting

On the eve of his bilateral meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, US President Joe Biden told NATO allies he would tell Moscow he was not looking for conflict with Russia, but that NATO would respond if Russia continued its...

NATO chief warns of ‘new dangers’ from Russia-China rapprochement

Growing political and military cooperation between Russia and China poses "new dangers" for NATO and threatens multilateralism, the head of the military alliance said in an interview published Tuesday (8 June).

Ahead of NATO summit, allies remain divided about common funding

Shortly before a crucial summit on 14 June in Brussels, NATO members remain divided about a proposal for higher community spending. At the summit, touted as an opportunity to revive the alliance and a reset when US President Joe Biden...