Cooperation with NATO on Afghanistan after the pullout of the Alliance-led troops from that country in 2014 is not essential for the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, CSTO Secretary-General, Nikolai Bordyuzha, told reporters on Tuesday.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told American troops on Sunday that he backed a NATO force playing a role in Afghanistan after 2014, as Washington and President Hamid Karzai wrangle over a stalled security pact. Hagel travelled to the southern province of Helmand to meet troops a day after further tensions over the security pact that would allow NATO forces to stay in the country after next year.
NATO is currently rolling out its new Europe-wide missile defense shield, which will include two interceptor bases close to the Russian border in Romania and Poland, with the first of the first ground missiles becoming operational in 2015 despite recently-signed Iranian nuclear program deal.
What one might call "the clash of civilizations" has once again raised its head and never been clearer than it currently is Ukraine. This western provoked clash between what one might broadly call "East and West" was seen most recently in Syria and fortunately for the Syrian people the East won that round. The battle has also been seen recently in Iran with Russia also spearheading attempts to reign in those whose only instrument to bring about their own selfish aims is force. In Ukraine the intentions and the modus operandi of the West are once again exposed and right there in plain sight for anyone who is more than casual observer to see.
An Israeli cabinet minister was visiting Turkey on Thursday on the first such trip since the rupture of relations between the two former allies over a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla. Environment Minister Amir Peretz is due to attend a UN conference in Istanbul about pollution in the Mediterranean Sea.
A prominent Russian lawmaker and the chief of the foreign affairs committee in the Russian parliament has pointed out inconsistency between NATO’s reaction to the recent crackdown on Ukrainian protesters in Kiev and similar police violence in the US.
The US military has halted ground shipments of cargo leaving Afghanistan via its key Pakistan supply route to ensure the safety of drivers following protests in Pakistan over American drone strikes, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday. Pentagon issued a statement on Tuesday, saying Washington decided to stop cargo shipments voluntarily from Torkham Gate through Karachi that the US and NATO troops used for withdrawing from Afghanistan as part of the pullout set to wrap up by the end of 2014.
NATO needs no UN resolution but just an invitation from the Afghan side to deploy its mission in Afghanistan, a NATO spokesman said on Wednesday.
The Russia-NATO partnership remains a key element of security in the Euro-Atlantic region, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Wednesday, opening a ministerial of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) in which Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is taking part.
Russia wants to be made aware of the purposes and tasks of separate NATO and US missions in Afghanistan beyond 2014, says Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov. During a meeting with the NATO Secretary General, Sergei Lavrov also spoke about the Ukranian political crisis, Iran's nuclear issue and the situation in the Trascaucasia region.
NATO and Russia are prepared, if need be, to consider more assistance to the joint mission of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in destroying Syrian chemical weapons, the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) said in a joint statement following a ministerial meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.
The West and the United States through its military wing NATO, which has expanded into a global military force, continues to attempt to expand its influence into the former Soviet Space. Although NATO, which is struggling to stay relevant, should have been disbanded at the same time that the Soviet Union collapsed and the Warsaw Pact was dissolved, continues to expand worldwide. Recently the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Serbia gave a speech in which he called Serbia's membership in NATO a red line for the Russian Federation.
NATO values the Russian offer of cargo transit from Afghanistan via Ulyanovsk but cannot ignore the high cost of this project, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Wednesday. He told a press conference after the Russia-NATO Council meeting that all the NATO member states were grateful for the Russian transit offer.
The reinforcement of the Abkhaz and South Ossetian borders will become unnecessary "as hotheads calm down," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Russia is hoping to go back to the issue of restoring its diplomatic relations with Georgia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Moscow is surprised by NATO's statement against the use of force in dispersing demonstrations in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. He also urged urged outsiders not to interfere in the Ukranian domestic policy. During the meeting with NATO Secretary General, Sergei Lavrov also spoke about Iran's nuclear issue and situation in Trascaucasia region.
A full solution of the situation with Iran's nuclear program should make the creation of a missile defense system in Europe unnecessary, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday he did not understand NATO's condemnation of Ukraine authorities for using excessive force against protesters and urged outsiders not to interfere in the situation there.
The North Atlantic alliance and Russia agreed on Wednesday to start the safe disposal of old ammunition in the Kaliningrad region, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
The production of opiates in Afghanistan is a global problem. The NATO-led coalition ISAF in Afghanistan has never really sought to settle the problem, as opposed to the Taliban movement, which fought drug production quite effectively when they were in power. But this does not mean that if the Taliban succeeds in turning the tables after 2014, they will again ban the growing of opium poppy.