I strongly condemn yesterday’s attacks on members of Parliament in Skopje. Violence has no place in any parliament. I call on all political actors to show calm, restraint, and respect for the democratic process. Political dialogue is the only reasonable and appropriate way forward, and is in the best interest of all citizens of the country.
A majority of members of Parliament have elected a new speaker of Parliament. This is a positive step in resolving the ongoing political impasse. The democratic process must be respected.
The authorities have a solemn responsibility to uphold the rule of law, and ensure the security of Parliament and its members at all times. Acts of violence like those we saw yesterday must not be allowed to happen again.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will meet the Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr. Charles Michel, at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels on Tuesday, 2 May 2017.
There will be no media opportunity.
Still and video imagery of the meeting will be available on the NATO website after the event.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will visit the Republic of Italy on Thursday, 27 April 2017 where he will meet with the President of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Paolo Gentiloni.
± 16:30 Secretary General’s joint press conference with the President of the Council of Ministers – Palazzo Chigi
Still and video imagery of the visit will be available from the NATO website after the event.
Dutch F-16 jets and German Eurofighters Typhoon jets flying in Exercise RAMSTEIN ALLOY 4. Picture by Cynthia Vernat Allied Air Command Public Affairs.
25 APR 2017
ŠIAULIAI,Lithuania – NATO’s two day live flying Exercise RAMSTEIN ALLOY 4 started over Lithuania on Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017. Until the following day, Allied Air Forces will practice drills and routines that are required to handle standard situations such as intercepting aircraft in distress, search and rescue events as well as command and control procedures. Aircraft from six different Allies, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Poland, Lithuania and the United States participated in this tri-annual training event. They were supported by a NATO AWACS aircraft and ground controllers from all three Baltic States.
RAMSTEIN ALLOY 4 serves to exercise Baltic Air Policing alert aircraft as well as to enhance relations and interoperability amongst allied Air Forces. Currently, detachments of the Airforces of the Netherlands and Germany are stationed in Lithuania and Estonia, ready to launch if any aircraft is operating in an unidentified, unusual or unsafe manner. Air Policing is a NATO wide air safety and security measure. Designated jets launch in response to military or civilian aircraft that don’t properly identify themselves, have not filed proper flight plans or lost communication with Air Traffic Control. Exercise RAMSTEIN ALLOY 4 provides the opportunity to train these procedures and drills with multiple Allies.
“I would like to pay tribute to the airmen and women of all nations who have supported this important mission” says Air Commodore Paddy Teakle, Deputy Commander of NATOS Airborne Early Warning and Control Force. “Through their efforts we have and will continue to keep the skies above us secure and safe to the benefit of us all” he added in his statement to invited journalists.
On day one of the exercise fighter jets of both Baltic Air Policing detachments, of the Royal Netherlands Airforce, based in Lithuania and of the German Airforce, based in Estonia, participated in a COMLOSS training event with a transport aircraft of the Lithuanian Airforce. A COMLOSS event is a real world scenario in which an aircraft loses communication with ground controls and requires identification or assistance in the air. Furthermore participants trained search and rescue procedures around a simulated aircrew ejection, involving a Lithuanian Search-and-Rescue helicopter. During so-called practice diversions military aircraft conducted low approaches to different airfields to train procedures and cooperation with local air traffic control. A NATO AWACS aircraft provided airborne command and control of the training flights. On the second day of the exercise, jets from NATO members Norway and Poland are going to enter the exercise log with a tanker of the US Airforce, providing the opportunity to train air to air refuelling.
The exercise is part of the tri-annual RAMSTEIN ALLOY series, regularly held to sharpen NATO wide standards of Air Policing procedures and interoperability. It is a sequel of the successful Baltic Region Training Event (BRTE) series, conducted over 20 times until its renaming to RAMSTEIN ALLOY in 2016. Baltic Air Policing detachments rotating every four months provides the opportunity to train with several different Allies in each exercise.
L. J. De Rothschild
U.S. Air Force two-ship of F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft visit Estonia for a quick out-and-back on Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017. – Photo by Estonia Air Force
25 APR 2017
ÄMARI, Estonia – The Ämari Air Base welcomed a United States Air Force two-ship of F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft on Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017 for a quick out-and-back deployment.
In the presence of the Estonian Minister of Defence, Margus Tsahkna, and the Commander of the Estonian Air Force, Colonel Jaak Tarien, the Deputy Commander of NATO’s Allied Air Command, Air Marshal Stuart Evans, helped welcome the United States Air Force’s most-advanced fighter aircraft, the F-35, to the Baltics.
“Alliance Air Power remains an essential element of NATO’s operational capabilities and continues to deliver a vital contribution to our success,” said Air Marshal Evans. “With seven NATO nations as F-35 partners, this platform provides a significant enhancement to the Air and Joint capabilities of the Alliance.”
The F-35’s enhanced situational awareness and integration capabilities, stealth technology and advanced avionics, communication and sensor fusion capabilities serve to amplify and enhance the combat effectiveness of NATO members’ existing aircraft. The F-35 training deployment demonstrates the commitment of Allied nations to the development and improvement of its operational capabilities to meet current and future security challenges.
With barely two hours on the ground, the F-35A fighter aircraft taxied for take-off again. They returned to RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom, where they are stationed during their deployment to conduct familiarisation flight training in Europe.
In the years to come, the F-35 will be more often seen helping secure NATO skies as the aircraft enters service with the US, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
L. J. De Rothschild
Four Typhoon fighter aircraft from the British Royal Air Force arrived in Romania on Monday (April 24 2017) as part of NATO’s enhanced Air Policing mission. The air patrols will form an important part of the Alliance’s role to maintain security in the Black Sea region and demonstrate NATO’s unity and resolve in response to a more challenging security environment.
The Typhoon multi-role fighters from Royal Air Force 3 Fighter Squadron will be based at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase in southeast Romania for four months. They’ll be working alongside the Romanian Air Force to conduct the NATO mission, similar to NATO’s Air Policing role in the Baltics.
NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu said, “This is an important mission which will help keep the skies over Romania safe. It’s just one of many measures NATO has taken to enhance our collective defence across the eastern part of the Alliance. From the Black Sea to the Baltics, Allies are standing together. NATO is determined to defend any Ally against any threat.”
Following decisions taken by Allied Heads of State and Government at the Warsaw Summit in 2016, NATO is increasing its presence in the Black Sea region. On land, this presence is built around a Romanian-led multinational brigade. Romania is a key NATO Ally and it makes valuable contributions to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and to the KFOR peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.
L. J. De Rothschild
The NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, will travel to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on Monday, 24 and Tuesday, 25 April 2017.
On 24 April, Ms. Gottemoeller will pay a visit to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) located in Capellen where she will attend a meeting on Defence Policy Planning.
During her visit, the Deputy Secretary General will meet the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Mr. Etienne Schneider and the Defence Policy Director, Mr. Patrick Heck.