NATO Secretary General: We are as united as ever / Nato boosts presence in eastern Europe

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Series Details 27.10.16
Publication Date 27/10/2016
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Report from the meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence held in Brussels, 26-27 October 2016.

The two days of talks noted progress in creating four NATO battalions in the Baltic States and Poland, closer cooperation with the European Union and training for Iraqi officers.

'Over the past two days, we assessed the various challenges confronting NATO', said Secretary General Stoltenberg. 'We took stock of our progress since the Warsaw Summit – and we mapped out the road ahead. We are as united as ever in our determination to protect our citizens'.

Mr Stoltenberg told the BBC that NATO was not seeking confrontation with Russia and did not want another Cold War.
The planned deployment of 4,000 extra troops to eastern Europe aimed to prevent, not provoke conflict.

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NATO: Events: Meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence, Brussels, 26-27 October 2016
BBC News, 28.10.16: Nato chief says alliance 'does not want new Cold War'
EU: EEAS: Remarks/Speeches, 27.10.16: Remarks by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the NATO Defence Ministers' meeting
EUObserver, 27.10.16: Thousands of Nato soldiers go to Baltic states, Romania
NATO: Topics: Boosting NATO’s presence in the east and southeast
ESO: Background information: NATO Summit, Warsaw, 8-9 July 2016
ESO: Background information: Securing the Nordic-Baltic region
Euro|Topics: Debates, October 2016: Nato boosts presence in eastern Europe

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