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NATO defense ministers support creation of two new HQs in Europe, - Stoltenberg
10:59, 9 November 2017
NATO defense ministers support creation of two new HQs in Europe, - Stoltenberg

Also, the ministers agreed on the creation of a new center for operations in cyberspace

10:59, 9 November 2017

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the defense ministers of the alliance supported the plans to create two new military headquarters in Europe within the framework of strengthening the bloc's positions in Europe against the backdrop of Russian military aggression. He said this during the press conference in Brussels, reports Deutsche Welle.

"This is vital for the transatlantic alliance. This is about how to transfer military forces across the Atlantic Ocean and move them across Europe," Stoltenberg said.

Diplomats familiar with the decision said that Germany is ready to host the logistics command Germany occupies a strategically important geographical position in the center of Europe. However, no final decision has been made as to the location of the new headquarters.

Expenditures on the creation and operation of NATO headquarters will be discussed in 2018.

In addition, during the meeting on November 8, the Ministers of NATO countries agreed to develop a plan for the adapted command and staff structure of the Alliance, which will become the basis for further work. Also, the ministers agreed on the creation of a new center for cyberspace operations in order to effectively combat cyber threats.

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As it was reported earlier the North Atlantic Alliance supports Ukraine's aspirations for full membership in NATO. This was stated by the Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels.

At the same time, the Secretary General did not answer the question whether Ukraine is on the list of "aspiring nations", that is, states that declare their desire to gain full membership in the Alliance.

Current security situation in eastern Ukraine remains the main reason for controversies between NATO and Russia. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General said this at a briefing, which followed the Russia-NATO Council session in Brussels.

‘The conflict (in Donbas, - 112 International) still deeply influences security and stability of the European-Atlantic region; it also remains the key reason of the current state of relations between the Alliance and Russia. Improving the security conditions in eastern Ukraine remains the priority on the way to implementation of the Minsk agreement. However, the security situation is fragile now, as ceasefire violations continue; heavy weaponry is still located in the close proximity to the engagement line,’ Stoltenberg said.

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