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I am absolutely certain that the new president and the new administration will be strongly committed to a strong NATO.
We call on Russia to use its considerable influence over the separatists to make sure that they respect the Minsk agreement and the cease-fire.
We call for an immediate return to the ceasefire and withdrawal of all heavy weapons banned under the Minsk agreements. OSCE monitors must be guaranteed free and safe access throughout the region. This must include Ukraine's border with Russia.
The military operation [in Afghanistan] was a direct response on an attack on the United States. So NATO is important both for Europe, and for the United States.
The whole idea with re-enforcements is to prevent the conflict. It's to send a clear message of deterrence.
This will be the first step to a more lasting sustainable political solution to the conflict in Syria.
When tensions run high, as today, it is even more important to have direct dialogue with Russia.
I have invited the members of the NATO-Russia Council to a meeting on Monday.
I call on all parties to redouble their efforts to implement the Minsk agreements in full. As a first step, we need to see an immediate and full ceasefire. In the meantime, the international community must keep pressuring Russia to respect its obligations, especially while the security situation in eastern Ukraine remains so serious. It is important that economic sanctions be maintained.
The situation in Aleppo is very, very difficult. It is a humanitarian catastrophe. The main reason is the renewed offensive by the Syrian regime, supported by Russia.
Diplomacy offers the only viable solution to the conflict in Ukraine, so it is unfortunate that last week's meeting of the Normandy format was inconclusive.
We have a momentum now.
The bombing that is conducted by the Russian and Syrian air forces is just adding to the human suffering in Syria.
We have seen some examples of some officers requesting asylum.
My main focus is to make sure that we have officers filling the different posts in the NATO command structure. When it comes to the question of asylum that is something that the different nations where the officers are seeking have to address, assess and make decisions on.
I expect all allies to live up to those values. When I visited Turkey in September, the message from the Turkish leadership was that they would prosecute those responsible and Turkey has the right to prosecute (them).
Some Turkish officers working in NATO command structures... have requested asylum in the countries where they are working. As always, this is an issue that is going to be assessed and decided by the different NATO allies.
You have to increase defense spending when tensions go up.
I am absolutely confident that President Trump will maintain U.S leadership in the alliance.
Stop the cuts and gradually increase (defense spending) to reach 2 percent (of economic output) is a very robust message. We have started to move, although there is a very long way to go. I am certain that Trump will make this his top priority (for NATO).
A strong NATO is important for Europe, but is also important for the United States. (President-elect Trump) also pointed out the importance of increased defence spending….that Europeans are stepping up their efforts to invest more in defence. and I absolutely agree with him. That has been the message from American leaders, US leaders, for many years and the good thing is that we now see that Europeans are actually investing more in defence.
We will never respect or accept the violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
When we face many different security challenges, it is important to have a chance for political dialogue open with Russia. It is no contradiction between strong defense and political dialogue. NATO "will never accept the violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and that is why we have responded as we have to the Russian aggression.
It is a very normal thing that president-elect Donald Trump speaks to world leaders, including of course the leader of Russia.
The value of the partnership between Europe and the United States was "indispensable.
Rather than deepening our differences, we need to nurture what unites us, and find the wisdom and foresight to work together for common solutions. Going it alone is not an option, either for Europe or for the United States.
It is all too easy to take the freedoms, security and prosperity we enjoy for granted. In these uncertain times we need strong American leadership, and we need Europeans to shoulder their fair share of the burden.
All allies have made a solemn commitment to defend each other. This is something which is unconditional and absolute.
NATO's security guarantees are important for Europe, but they are also important for the United States.
The U.S. commitment to NATO and the collective defence of Europe has been rock solid for almost 70 years and I am absolutely confident that it will still be the case.
We face a challenging new security environment, including hybrid warfare, cyberattacks, the threat of terrorism. U.S. leadership is as important as ever. ... A strong NATO is good for the United States, and good for Europe.
We are not in a Cold War situation.
I think it's important to understand that the NATO presence in the Aegean Sea adds value because it is a platform for enhanced cooperation between a non-EU NATO ally, Turkey, with Greece and improved cooperation between Turkey and the European Union.
It is each up to each nation to decide, as has been NATO policy for many years, but we are concerned about the potential use of this carrier group to increase attacks against civilians in Aleppo. All allies are aware of our concerns.
This is a credible deterrence, not to provoke a conflict but to prevent conflict.
The battle group may be used to increase Russia's ability to take part in combat operations over Syria and to conduct even more air strikes against Aleppo. The concern is that the carrier group can be used as a platform for increased air strikes against civilians in Aleppo.
This may be used to increase attacks on Aleppo ... to increase human suffering.
This is not the Cold War, but we do not have the partnership we have been working on for years. We are in uncharted territory, we have never seen relations with Moscow like this before.
This shouldn't be a competition. We'll do it together. A strong Europe is good for NATO.
I strongly condemn these consistent provocations and violations of binding U.N. Security Council resolutions which undermine regional and international security.
I have spoken to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the aftermath of the attempted coup in Turkey. I welcomed the strong support shown by the people and all political parties to democracy and to the democratically elected government. The Turkish people have shown great courage.
He had spoken to Turkey's foreign minister. I call for calm, restraint & full respect for Turkey's democratic institutions.
There was not a meeting of minds today. Allies and Russia have profound and persistent disagreements on the crisis. (...) but it was an opportunity to clarify our positions and to exchange views on the crisis in Ukraine.
Transponders are important, but they are only one element of a broader picture related to air safety. The basic thing is safe behavior, to fly in a safe and professional way.
An independent, sovereign and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and the rule of law, is key to Euro-Atlantic security.
We are very close and I am certain we will reach that (funding) level.
We are ready to stay ... that's the reason we are ready to stay beyond 2016.
We do not seek confrontation. We continue to seek a constructive dialogue with Russia. Russia is our biggest neighbour, it is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and it plays an important role in security challenges in and around Europe.
This is a defining moment for our security. NATO is responding with speed and determination.
For our nations to be safe, it's not enough to keep our defenses strong, we must help to make our partners stronger. Training local forces is often our best weapon against violent extremism.
Our message is that we are ready to defend all allies and that an attack on one ally would be an attack on the whole alliance. And this is deterrence, this is defence, and this is also important for stability in Europe, that NATO continues to be strong when it comes to deterrence and defence. NATO does not seek confrontation, we don't want a new cold war, we don't want a new arms race, so therefore we continue to strive for more political dialogue with Russia, to reduce tensions and to develop a better relationship.
The main message is that NATO is adapting to a new and more challenging security environment, to a more dangerous world, and we are doing so by reinforcing our collective defences in Europe but also working more with partners in the Middle East, and North Africa, to help them stabilize their own countries, if they are more stable, we are more secure.
The UK decision to leave the European Union of course changes the UK's relationship with the European Union, but it does not change UK's position inside NATO. The UK will continue to be a strong and committed ally in the alliance and that is important because UK accounts for around one quarter of defence spending among European NATO allies and therefore this is important that they will continue as a strong ally inside the Alliance and we will continue to develop our cooperation with the European Union, that is one of the main things we will address at our summit in Warsaw.
What NATO is doing is that we are addressing the root causes by our presence in Afghanistan, our training of Iraqi forces, our presence in Jordan, in Tunisia, and also of course our presence in Turkey, bordering the turmoil and the instability in Iraq and Syria. And then we are also supporting the coalition fighting ISIL, so this is partly about military efforts, NATO's playing a key role, but also civilian efforts, where the European Union and others are playing the leading role.
The EU will not be weak. The EU will continue to be important for the whole of Europe. We face the same challenges and the same threats, but neither the European Union nor NATO possesses all the answers, all the tools, but together we can provide a very comprehensive answer to the challenges we see around Europe today.
There can be no justification for terrorism. NATO Allies stand in solidarity with Turkey, united in our determination to fight terrorism in all its forms.
As it defines the next chapter in its relationship with the EU, I know that the United Kingdom's position in NATO will remain unchanged. The U.K. will remain a strong and committed NATO ally, and will continue to play its leading role in our alliance.
Today, as we face more instability and uncertainty, NATO is more important than ever as a platform for cooperation among European allies, and between Europe and North America. A strong, united and determined NATO remains an essential pillar of stability in a turbulent world, and a key contributor to international peace and security.
The important thing is that we need the NATO/Russia Council to have a chance of political dialogue open with Russia and especially when tensions are high. It is important that we talk, that we meet and that we do whatever we can to prevent misunderstandings, miscalculations, and try to reduce tensions.
It's up to the people of Great Britain to decide whether to remain or leave.
Since the United Kingdom is the biggest European NATO ally when it comes to forces, military capabilities, it really matters what the U.K. does.
I strongly condemn the launch by North Korea of two ballistic missiles. These repeated provocative actions ... undermine international security and dialogue.
Most crises and conflicts today have a cyber dimension, So treating cyber as an operational domain would enable us to better protect our missions and operations.
The signal of having a multinational presence sends a very clear signal about that an attack on one ally would be an attack on the whole alliance. But at the same we are sending a signal about that NATO does not seek confrontation. We don't want a new Cold War, and we're are still striving for more constructive and cooperative cooperation with Russia.
We are looking into how we can increase our forward presence of NATO forces in the east an part of the alliance, combined with enhanced ability to reinforce if needed. We will discuss how NATO can do more to project stability and at the same time address how NATO can continue to adapt to a more assertive Russia to find the right balance between defence and dialogue.
Despite the announced partial withdrawal, we see that Russia maintains a considerable military presence in support of the Assad regime in Syria. The Syrian ceasefire is under strain. But it remains the best basis for a negotiated peaceful solution to the crisis.
Based on information NATO has provided, Turkey is taking action to break the business model of human traffickers. And figures from different international organisations confirm that numbers of migrants and refugees crossing the Aegean Sea is now going significantly down.
In the meeting, it was reconfirmed that we disagree on the facts, on the narrative and the responsibilities in and around Ukraine. Many allies disagree when Russia tries to portray this as a civil war. This is Russia destabilizing eastern Ukraine, providing support for the separatists, munitions, funding, equipment and also command and control.
The NATO-Russia Council will discuss the crisis in and around Ukraine and the need to fully implement the Minsk agreements. We will discuss military activities, with particular focus on transparency and risk reduction. Afghanistan and regional threats were also on the agenda.
We are working with Russia to hold another meeting of the (NATO-Russia) Council shortly after the summit, where transparency and risk reduction should be an important topic.
The Kurds are part of the conflict in Syria, but also in Iraq, and therefore they should also be part of the solution.
The migrant and refugee crisis in Europe is mainly fuelled by the war in Syria and therefore I welcome very much the agreement that was reached here in Munich late last night. The important thing now is of course the implementation – that we see that this agreement is translated into realities on the ground.
Continued unrest in Ukraine, failed and failing states in the south, the spread of terrorism, and the largest refugee and migrant crisis in Europe since the end of World War II.
A Russian combat aircraft violated Turkish airspace yesterday, despite repeated warnings by the Turkish authorities. Previous incidents have shown how dangerous such behavior is.
We have started to move in the right direction. 16 allies spent more on defense in real terms in 2015 and there was also an increase in spending on new equipment.
NATO membership is good for Montenegro, it is good for Europe and it's good for the whole alliance.
We are now adressing how we can develop, strengthen our deterrence and continue to adapt our military capabilities to a more assertive Russia and to Russia which has deployed modern, advanced military capabilities.
We stand in solidarity with Turkey and support the territorial integrity of our NATO Ally, Turkey. I look forward to further contacts between Ankara and Moscow and I call for calm and de-escalation.
We are intensifying our work exchanging analysis, information, intelligence.
We are continuing as planned with the development of the missile defence system in Europe. That is part of our deterrence and the reason why NATO wants to have and continues to have strong collective defence is not because we want to fight the war, but it is because we want to prevent the war.
Because we very much believe that nuclear weapons has to be dealt with in a very cautious, predictable way and for us nuclear weapons are part of the deterrence.
I am concerned because we have seen that Russia has started the, a new practice of many snap exercises and the observers are not invited to those exercises and this of course decreases predictability, decreases transparency.
Russia's military escalation in Syria raises serious concerns. I call on Russia to play a constructive role in the fight against ISIL but Russian actions and support for the Assad regime are not helpful.
The tragic incident, the loss of life in the hospital, is a very serious matter and therefore it is important that we get all the facts on the table and that is the reason why we need a full and thorough investigation.
I am concerned about reports about the increased Russian military presence in Syria.
I thanked President Obama for his significant decision on troop levels. I also commended the other framework nations Germany, Italy and Turkey and all other allies and partners that contribute to the mission for their strong commitment to our mission.
We have decided to enhance our military presence in the Eastern part of the Alliance… and I am pleased to announce that Canada will be the framework nation for Latvia, Germany will lead the battalion in Lithuania, the United Kingdom will lead in Estonia and United States will serve as a framework nation in Poland.
It's a fantastic experience. But, what happened here on July 22 2011 will always be a part of Utoya's history. It's great to see new generations coming here, making use of the island and doing so in a positive manner.
Terrorism poses a direct threat to the security of NATO countries and to international stability and prosperity. NATO is playing its part in addressing these challenges. All allies are part and contribute to the global coalition against ISIL.
Nato is following developments very closely and we stand in strong solidarity with our ally, Turkey.
Overall NATO defence investment is expected to fall by 1.5% in 2015, so we must do more to increase investment in our defence, as the challenges to our security have increased.
We need ready, prepared forces and we need also fast decision-making to be able to respond to threats, to challenges, with very little warning time.
The sanctions are a strong signal and a clear message that it has consequences when a country behaves in the way Russia has done in Ukraine.
This nuclear sabre-rattling of Russia is unjustified, its destabilising and it's dangerous.
Cyber is now a central part of virtually all crisis and conflicts. Cyber attacks can potentially trigger an Article 5 response.
We have no longer the advance in defense technology. We now need the political will and the resources to increase our capabilities.
We are implementing the biggest reinforcement of our collective defense since the end of the Cold War.
We are disappointed by Russia's decision to suspend the participation in the Joint Consultative Group of the Conventional Armed Forces Treaty in Europe. We still support all efforts to have arms control and we believe that the treaty is important.
In Ukraine violence is getting worse and the crisis is deepening. Russia continues to disregard international rules and to support the separatists with advanced weapons, training and forces.
The situation is critical and it's urgent to find a solution and therefore I and NATO give our full support to this renewed initiative.
That is about enhancing our NATO response force. The current size is about 13,000. I expect that they will decide on a force that will be around 30,000. And part of that enhanced NATO response force, I expect will be the establishment of this spearhead force, which I expect will be of a size of around 5,000.
This is a tragedy which affects the whole NATO family. I express my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones and the nations of those who lost their lives, and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured.
They have a force of 350,000 soldiers and police. They are trained and they have received a lot of equipment… and we are still going to be there with the resolute support mission.
The different convoys, which we have seen crossing the border between Russia and Ukraine, actually reminds us of how this border is not respected, and a part of the Minsk Agreement was to respect that, to monitor the international border between Russia and Ukraine.
We have seen a military build-up, we have seen movement of forces, of equipment, of tanks, of artillery, and advanced air defence systems into Ukraine. And this is very serious because it's totally undermining the Minsk agreements.
Our responsibility, the basic responsibility, is to stand up and be very clear that we are going to protect Turkey. That collective defence, Article 5, is something which is also going to be applied if Turkey is in any way attacked.
We need to see clear changes in Russia's action, a change which demonstrates compliance with international law. But we also underlined at the (NATO) summit in Wales that we still aspire, as we have done for many years, to a constructive and cooperative relationship with Russia.
If there is one place where people say what they really mean about most things, it is in a taxi. Right from the gut.
I think the nation and Norwegian taxi passengers are best served if I am the prime minister and not a taxi driver.
We think of those who were injured, and we think of their relatives. We must never give up our values in the face of terrorism. The answer to violence is more openness, more democracy, but never naivety. That remains my answer.
At this point we don't wish to speculate who's behind this or what may be their motives. Our task is to get our countrymen home safe, and that no human lives are lost.
It's important that we return to a normal life because we want to show that our society can deal with an attack that attempted to change Norway. Instead, Norwegian society has become even stronger – a society that believes in democracy.
In unity we create an unbreakable link of kindness, democracy and security. That is our weapon against violence.
It's important to have a thorough investigation to learn lessons from the worst attack on Norway since the Second World War. We have chosen to call it the July 22 Commission.
Of course, part of that also will be to go through (and ask): did the police have the right equipment? How was the response?
We will not be intimidated or threatened by these attacks. The aim of such attacks is to spread fear and panic. We will not let that happen. We must stand firm in defending our values, Norway is an open, tolerant and inclusive society.
I hope that we will be able to maintain, some of the most important things we seen in the Norwegian society.
Not since World War II has our country seen a greater crime.
I was at dinner, but I was orientated continuously all the time by SMS and phones. We understood very early that it was going the right way. It's nice that a boy, coming from Belarussia with his family to Norway can do this thing for Norway. It's fantastic what he's done.
Today we confirm that cluster munitions are banned forever, that we in the partnership of states, international organisations and civil society have moved the world forward. This convention will make the world a safer, better place to live.
It will contribute to ensure our food security. The main aim is to protect the seeds of plants that are important to food and agricultural processes.