Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the appointment of a group of experts on Tuesday (31 March 2020) to support his work in a reflection process to further strengthen NATO’s political dimension. The group of five men and five women will be co-chaired by Thomas de Maizière and Wess Mitchell, and will report to the Secretary General.
The most difficult part is getting the politicians convinced. It’s all about understanding that improving military mobility is vital to NATO and helping them come together on a common view of threats on NATO’s Eastern Flank – as general Ben Hodges, former commander of US Army Europe said in an interview with Defence24.pl, on challenges to improving the mobility of NATO forces.
Joint Statement of Special Presidential Envoy Richard Grenell, Ambassador Philip Kosnett, and Special Representative for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer on Kosovo
MEDIA NOTE - OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON
The United States stands with the people of Kosovo. We commend the continued efforts of the health professionals and others who are working hard, at great risk, to reduce the progress of COVID-19 in Kosovo. In this time of uncertainty, we urge Kosovo’s leaders to follow Kosovo’s Constitution and the rule of law. We are committed to working with any government formed through the constitutional process.
Since its inception, the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies from Belgrade (CEAS) has advocated for a broad domestic and international debate on the causes and consequences of NATO bombing of the then Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), based on as many available facts as possible. Such debate and consensus would not only provide the sound grounds for Serbia's much-needed co-operation with NATO and a compromise solution to Kosovo's new status, but also represent a shield against systematic disinformation campaigns concerning those events by third parties, both state and non-state. CEAS, therefore, fully supports the recent initiative of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to finally determine a state list of all fatal casualties, including the circumstances of their deaths. CEAS has continuously advocated before Western international community to provide Serbia with as much assistance as possible to remedy grave environmental problems caused by various factors, and to strengthen its environmental protection capacity.
As the novel coronavirus incubated in Wuhan from mid-December to mid-January, the Chinese state made evidently intentional misrepresentations to its people concerning the outbreak, providing false assurances to the population preceding the approach of the Lunar New Year celebrations on Jan. 25.