The deployment by Russia of new missiles in its Baltic Sea exclave Kaliningrad is intended to limit NATO allies' ships’ access to the Baltic States, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.
The world was still recovering from the turbulent presidential elections in the US when Germany, another key Western power, picked its next head of state.
A top NATO general said Wednesday that President-elect Donald Trump's suggestion that the United States might abandon its NATO treaty commitments is not serious because the treaty is so binding and important to America and its allies that no president "would dare" change it.
On November 14-15 the Executive Committee of the NATO Energy Centre of Excellence (NATO ENSEC COE) met for the ninth time at its HQ in Vilnius. The meeting addressed NATO ENSEC COE activity in NATO context, the work left to be done in 2016, and plans for 2017.
The conservative CDU and CSU parties have backed Social Democrat Frank-Walter Steinmeier to replace Joachim Gauck as president, paving the way for him to take up the post without a serious challenge.
The first NATO-Georgia joint multinational brigade-level exercise, the NATO-Georgia Exercise 2016, taked place from Nov. 10 to 20 at the Joint Training and Evaluation Center, near Tbilisi, Georgia.
with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegović.
French President François Hollande congratulated Donald Trump on his election as US president on Wednesday morning but warned that the result "opens a period of uncertainty". French politicians from right and left reacted to Trump's victory with an eye on France's presidential election next year.
Economic investments from Russia? Well, that means “economic occupation.” A gas pipeline? That must be “energy dependency.” Political dialogue? That is nothing more than “propaganda and recruiting by Kremlin agents.” And flying with fitted transponders? In that case, they would tell the Russians, “You’ll have to take that up with NATO.” No matter how you slice it, it always comes down to Russia supposedly posing a threat to the Baltic countries. And this is why Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are “forced” into being a proponent of militarization in the region, as well as strengthening NATO’s presence there, and rejecting the 1997 Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation. Nothing business, it’s just personal. Representatives of the establishment in the Baltic States even stress that it is all for the sake of the obsession with achieving “peace with Russia.”
Having just returned from a week of meetings in Berlin with our current group of Transatlantic Academy fellows, who are all working on German foreign policy, the future of the U.S.-German relationship, and implications for the broader transatlantic world, I came away with a number of impressions. What follows are some of my impressions based on our discussions. I cannot speak for our entire group but have incorporated some of their insights as well.