NATO, visibly shaken by the effectiveness of Russia's information campaign during the Ukrainian crisis, is now looking for ways to counter Russia's media campaign over Ukraine, the Financial Times newspaper reports with reference to UK Ambassador to NATO Adam Thompson.
In the current circumstances, Ukraine's and Georgia's integration into the military structures of the North Atlantic Alliance may be perceived as evidence of the West's hostility toward Russia. Minister of Defence of France Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed this opinion today in an interview with the Monde newspaper.
Meeting between Ukrainian Foreign Minister and NATO Secretary General has been cancelled.
NATO Seretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said NATO's planned summit in September will launch measures to enable the North Atlantic alliance to counter any threat.
The US Department of State seems to have given up all pretense. Its statements are becoming ever more contradictory and double-standard, too much so, even for a diplomatic service. War crimes are one issue on which the US's 'our-son-of-a-bitch' approach is just too sickening to bear.
Allegations that a German man worked as a double agent for US intelligence are serious, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday. Speaking at a news conference in Beijing, she stated that, if they proved to be true, it would be a clear contradiction to what cooperation between partners was supposed to be about.
There are nine NATO warships in the Black Sea now, a record high number in decades, the RIA Novosti news agency reports citing a military-diplomatic source.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has, at the Atlantic Council in Washington, negated his earlier remark that the alliance is strengthening its collective defense in response to Russian policy.
At least six NATO servicemen, 10 Afghan civilians and two Afghan policemen were killed on Tuesday in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan's Parwan province northwest of Kabul, police said, in the biggest assault against foreign forces this year.
In the world of today where information is so easily accessible, where we can give our opinion on practically everything, the world has been incapable of giving his opinion… We are guilty of leaving the people of Donestk alone!!! We have not been able to tell them how much we are disgusted by the situation they have been plunged in. We have ignored the fact that a handful of men are defending what is the dearest to all of us. In that sense, our responsibility in the massacre is as total as the ones who have their hand on the trigger… Anton Komarov, South Africa
Taliban militants set fire to dozens of fuel trucks, which they claimed were supplying foreign troops in Afghanistan, in an attack on the outskirts of Kabul, officials said Saturday.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is due to visit US next week to meet with US President Barack Obama and discuss the events in Ukraine, the alliance's official spokesman has said. Rasmussen will visit the US to "discuss Russia-Ukraine crisis, NATO Summit UK with President [Barack] Obama," Spokesman Oana Lungescu wrote on Twitter Friday.
A unipolar model of the world has failed, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Russian ambassadors and permanent envoys on Tuesday. "Peoples and countries are expressing more and more loudly their will to determine their destiny by themselves, to preserve their civilization and cultural identity, which comes into conflict with attempts by certain countries to keep their dominance in the military sphere, in politics, finance, economy and ideology," Putin said.
Crisis in Russia's relations with the European Union and NATO can be overcome by joint efforts, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin said to ITAR-TASS on Friday. "No doubt, the current situation in Ukraine and ongoing developments in that country, whether we like it or not, adversely impact both the international situation in Europe and our bilateral relations with Russia," he said.
NATO’s naval military drills Breeze’2014 will be held in the Western sector of the Black Sea from July 4 through to July 13, Bulgarian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
Officials of Latvia, Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Britain, and Germany have signed a memorandum on setting up NATO’s center for strategic communications in Riga, the capital of Latvia, TASS reports.
Voice of Russia continues receiving correspondence from our listeners from all over the world, who share their thoughts on ongoing events with us. There is a distinct growing discontent with the European Union, especially noticeable in some of the members which have struggling economies. We have received a lot of feedback from our audience as well.
Moscow is awaiting NATO's explanations of its plans for additional permanent deployment of NATO forces close to the Russian borders. "We will be watching closely the implementation of plans announced by NATO for the continuous, sustained military presence of the Alliance near Russian borders," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Wednesday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a joint press conference with NATO head, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, on Wednesday that it is necessary to continue efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis. Merkel added that it was "very regrettable" that the temporary ceasefire, proclaimed by Ukrainian president Poroshenko, had not ended the violence.
NATO's extension to the east is one of the aims of the Ukrainian Euromaidan, Sergey Lukyanov, Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council, said. At the same time, the West is criticizing Russia for its military exercises near the border with Ukraine. "But, why can't we hold military exercises, while everything that is going on in Ukraine presupposes that NATO intends to extend to the east," Lukyanov said.