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NATO discusses Russia’s moves. NATO members and defence ministers meet in Brussels to talk about Russia this week, stressing East-West dialogue openness. These meetings follows Russia’s recent announcement that its Admiral Kuznetzov carrier would reinforce Moscow’s military presence in the eastern Mediterranean regarding Syria. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Norwegian news agency NTB that what they are seeing is a process of modernisation in Russia that has occurred over a period of time.

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NATO discusses Russia’s moves

Published on Wednesday, 26th October, 2016 at 22:45 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

NATO members and defence ministers meet in Brussels to talk about Russia this week, stressing East-West dialogue openness.

NATO SG Jens Stoltenberg
"Dialogue is even more important when tensions run high," Mr Stoltenberg states.NATO SG Jens Stoltenberg
Photo: NATO/Flickr


These meetings follows Russia’s recent announcement that its Admiral Kuznetzov carrier would reinforce Moscow’s military presence in the eastern Mediterranean regarding Syria.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Norwegian news agency NTB that what they are seeing is a process of modernisation in Russia that has occurred over a period of time.

In his opinion, the country has also “tried to split Europe, for example regarding the view of economic sanctions.”

Norwegian Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide believes the Russians are doing what they can to create disagreement within the EU and NATO, as well as between them.

“It [the tactic] would be directly in the Russians’ own interests. This regards the whole spectrum; from the sanctions policy to the military devices,” she said.

Last week, the Norwegian military released photos taken by surveillance aircraft revealing a fleet of Russian military ships sailing off the coast of Norway.

Taken near northern Norway’s Andøya in international waters, they were reportedly heading to Syria.

Images of the eight vessels included the Admiral Kuznetzov aircraft carrier and the Pyotr Velikiy battle cruiser. Norwegian navy warships followed the Russian vessels.

“We have been informed that they are en route to the Mediterranean,” Major Elisabeth Eikeland, spokesperson for the National Joint Headquarters in the Norwegian army told AFP.

“It’s not every day that so many ships sail together off Norway.” She added that “the tone is good” with the Russian ships.

Russia had already announced that the Admiral Kuznetzov carrier would be used to reinforce Moscow’s military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where troops are launching a bombing campaign against Syrian rebels.

On Friday, British Royal Navy ships shadowed the flotilla of warships as it passed through the English Channel, again, in international waters.

At the same time, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has stressed that they still want to communicate with the Russians.

He has also underlined several times that the goal is neither a new Cold War nor a new arms race in the East.

 “NATO’s most important message has been strong defence combined with openness to dialogue,” stated Mr Stoltenberg.

“We are concerned about Russia’s behaviour.  But dialogue is even more important when tensions run high,” he also declared in at Wednesday’s NATO press conference.



Published on Wednesday, 26th October, 2016 at 22:45 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: russia, syria, nato, stoltenberg, norway, paywall.





  
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