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Stop NATO news: April 25, 2012


NATO Chief Calls For NATO-EU International Collusion

Polish Warplanes Tale Over NATO Baltic Patrol

NATO Prepares Bosnia For Full Membership

Russian Military Chief Repeats Anti-Missile Shield Pledge

U.S., Bulgaria Stage Major Aviation Drills, Aviano ‘Moves’ East


NATO Chief Calls For NATO-EU International Collusion


The Parliament
April 24, 2012

Rasmussen calls for closer Nato-EU cooperation
By Martin Banks

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called for closer Nato-EU coordination on security issues.

Speaking in parliament on Monday, the official also urged the EU to adopt the needed capabilities to take action abroad.

Fogh Rasmussen met MEPs on the foreign affairs committee to discuss the upcoming Nato summit in Chicago.

The meeting was also attended by members of national parliaments from member states.

He said that European nations should not shy away from a more robust role on the world stage.

The secretary general said European nations should have the necessary military capabilities to take action where it is needed, as well as shouldering a fair share of allied operations outside the Euro-Atlantic area.

He told the committee, “European nations must look outwards and stay ready and able to act for their own sake.”

He urged member states not to turn inward amid the economic crisis which has led to deep budget cutbacks at home.

“The need for a confident, assertive, outward-looking Europe has never been greater. That is why European nations must continue to invest in critical military capabilities – smartly and sufficiently. And they must continue to show willingness to use them when needed.”

Fogh Rasmussen said the difficult budgetary times necessitated the need for member states of both Nato and the EU to invest in efforts to pool and share military resources and to avoid duplication.

“If we help each other, and if we go for multinational solutions, then we can afford the capabilities we need in the 21st century.

“This is ‘smart defence’. And a crucial part of smart defence involves closer coordination and closer cooperation between Nato and the EU.”

He said the two organisations had to reinforce each other rather than competing with each other.

“We all have much to gain from a more capable European defence. Nato and the EU can and should play complementary and mutually reinforcing roles in supporting international peace and security,” he said.

The Danish official, in calling for closer Nato-EU ties, said Europe could not afford to be inward-looking especially at a time of great international uncertainty.

“This is a time when, more than ever, we depend on each other to ensure our shared security and preserve our shared values. So we need to keep investing in the security relationships that matter,” Fogh Rasmussen said.

He said progress had already been made, pointing to a recently agreed EU project to create an air-to-air refuelling capability for member states.

The secretary general pointed to Nato’s recent Libya mission where European nations took the lead in the operation, but he warned that the mission would have been less effective without the needed contributions made by the United States.

These contributions included air-to-air refuelling, surveillance and intelligence assets; areas where European nations have been asked to pool and share resources to bolster their capabilities.


Polish Warplanes Tale Over NATO Baltic Patrol


Defence Professionals
April 24, 2012

NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission to be Transferred to Polish Troops

On April 24 two Mig-29 fighter-jets of the Polish Air Force will land in the Siauliai Air Base of the Lithuanian Air Force, the aircraft will conduct the Baltic Air Policing mission.

Polish Air Force which will be conducting the Baltic Air Policing mission for the fourth time will patrol the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian airspace with four Mig-29 fighters.

The formal changeover between the neighbouring country’s air contingent and Germany’s air unit currently in charge of the mission will take place on April 26.


NATO Prepares Bosnia For Full Membership


Southeast European Times
April 23, 2014

BiH edging closer to NATO process
Ahead of the NATO summit next month in Chicago, BiH must implement its political agreement on military property.
By Drazen Remikovic

Sarajevo: The clock is running for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The country has roughly four weeks to determine ownership of dozens of military facilities – bases, barracks and warehouses – before NATO holds its annual spring summit, this year in Chicago.

The sorting process is a crucial step in BiH’s path to potential membership in the Alliance.

On April 10th, NATO members meeting in Brussels made clear that BiH is on track to get the green light for a Membership Action Plan (MAP). Since then, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent a letter to BiH’s Presidency, asking authorities “to register these assets as soon as possible so that BiH can enjoy all benefits that MAP has to offer.”

Specifically, 69 pieces of property are on the table. Ownership is in question because they were all once in the hands of the former Yugoslav army. For example, in Republika Srpska, there are about 45 barracks. Just over half of them are to be registered to the state. The rest will be handed over to local authorities, who will convert them into a range of purposes.

NATO wants the list winnowed down so that BiH’s military can use what is left to its full capacity. When finally registered to the state, the armed forces will have unlimited use of these properties.

Currently, the value of all this property is unclear, but by some estimates it could be worth hundreds of millions of euros.

So while a political agreement was struck last month regarding the process, the Council of Ministers must implement it by the May 22nd summit.

Denis Hadzovic, director of the Sarajevo-based NGO Centre for Security Studies, told SETimes, “I think that the technical part of the property registration is much easier than the political part. I am sure that BiH will succeed in doing this; that we will bring a document to the NATO summit in Chicago that proves that we earned the MAP.”

Deputy Defence Minister Mirko Okolic seems optimistic.

“The Council of Ministers has already begun to work on this and I think that the job will be completed by the NATO summit,” he told SETimes.

But larger issues loom. “After MAP, I think political debate will follow on whether BiH even needs to join NATO, because there are different views on this issue in Sarajevo and Banja Luka,” Okolic added.

In mid-March, RS President Milorad Dodik reopened the issue of BiH’s membership, reiterating that the citizens of RS will decide in a referendum whether they wish to join NATO when the time comes.

Regardless, Ines Kuburovic, spokeperson for NATO Headquarters in Sarajevo, said the headquarters has continuously co-operated with state institutions to help them meet the requirements to activate the MAP.

After meeting with BiH Presidency member Bakir Izetbegovic earlier this month, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the Alliance is committed to BiH receiving full membership.


Russian Military Chief Repeats Anti-Missile Shield Pledge


Russian Information Agency Novosti
April 24, 2012

Russia Repeats Iskander Deployment Threat

MOSCOW: Moscow reiterated on Tuesday it may deploy Iskander theater ballistic missiles in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad that will be capable of effectively engaging elements of the U.S. missile defense system in Poland.

The missile defense system in Poland does not jeopardize Russia’s nuclear forces, Army General Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said.

“However, if it is modernized…it could affect our nuclear capability and in that case a political decision may be made to deploy Iskander systems in the Kaliningrad region,” he said in an interview with RT television.

“But that will be a political decision,” he stressed. “So far there is no such need.”

NATO members agreed to create a missile shield over Europe to protect it against ballistic missiles launched by so-called rogue states, for example Iran and North Korea, at a summit in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2010.

Russia has strongly criticized NATO’s reluctance to provide written, legally binding guarantees that its European missile shield will not be directed against Moscow.

President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an array of measures to strengthen the country’s missile defense capabilities to counter NATO’s shield, including the deployment of Iskander missiles on the border with Poland.


U.S., Bulgaria Stage Major Aviation Drills, Aviano ‘Moves’ East


Sofia News Agency
April 20, 2012

US, Bulgaria Stage Major Aviation Drills, Aviano ‘Moves’ East

The air forces of the USA and Bulgaria have started the most large-scale military aviation drills of their type entitled “Thracian Star 2012”.

The drills at the Graf Ignatievo Air Base near the southern Bulgarian city of Plovdiv are conducted jointly by the Bulgarian Air Force, the Romanian Air Force, and the 31st Force Support Squadron stationed at the Aviano Air Base, a NATO Air Base under US Air Force administration in northeastern Italy.

Because of the large number of US F-16 fighter jets participating in the drills – two squadrons of 16 planes each – Bulgarian media have been quick to note that the Aviano Air Base has moved to Graf Ignatievo.

The Graf Ignatievo Air Base has already been used jointly by Bulgaria and the USA for seven years. Bulgaria, Romania, and the USA have boosted their military cooperation in the recent years under the so called Task Force East (formerly known as Joint Task Force East). According to the Bulgarian newspaper 24 Chasa daily, the Romanian Air Force is also taking part in the Thracian Spring drills.

The Thracian Star 2012 drills taking place between April 17 and May 11, 2012, feature Bulgarian Air Force MiG-29, MiG-21, Su-25, and Spartan C-27J planes; US Air Force F-16s, and Romanian Air Force MiG-21s

The drills are managed by Bulgarian Brigade General Rumen Radev, deputy commander of the Bulgarian Air Force.

The Thracian Star exercises are the most large-scale stationing of military staff and equipment from Bulgaria’s allies, Capt. Nadezhda Topurova, PR of the Graf Ignatievo Air Base has explained.

The major goals of the drills are to improve the tactical interoperability of the US Air Force in Europe and Bulgarian and Romanian military aviation.

According to the Bulgarian press, some of the drills will feature US F-16 strikes at the Koren training ground near Haskovo, with the Bulgarian planes protecting the strikes from the Romanian pilots.


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  1. Michael
    April 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Bosnia’s “Great Rush” into NATO:
    …..Bosnia has less than 4 weeks to complete all needed preparations before NATO’s summit in Chicago…..
    Why rush? Perhaps Bosnia will not last more than 4 weeks as “unified state”!

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