Category Archives: NATO

The ‘Putin Plan’ for settling the conflict in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin outlined the plan while speaking with journalists at the end of his working visit to Mongolia.

Putin_Mongolia_briefing_pressAccording the Russian official presidential site, in order to stop the bloodshed and stabilise the situation in southeast Ukraine, Vladimir Putin believes that the parties to the conflict should immediately agree on and coordinate the following steps:

1. End active offensive operations by armed forces, armed units and militia groups in southeast Ukraine in the Donetsk and Lugansk areas.

2. Withdraw Ukrainian armed forces units to a distance that would make it impossible to fire on populated areas using artillery and all types of multiple launch rocket systems.

3. Allow for full and objective international monitoring of compliance with the ceasefire and monitoring of the situation in the safe zone created by the ceasefire.

4. Exclude all use of military aircraft against civilians and populated areas in the conflict zone.

5. Organize the exchange of individuals detained by force on an ‘all for all’ basis without any preconditions.

6. Open humanitarian corridors for refugees and for delivering humanitarian cargoes to towns and populated areas in Donbass – Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

7. Make it possible for repair brigades to come to damaged settlements in the Donbass region in order to repair and rebuild social facilities and life-supporting infrastructure and help the region to prepare for the winter.

PS: Clearly, today and tomorrow the Western leaders are busy with the NATO Summit.  After the Summit works - from which is sure that will not comes a miraculous solution - is possible to take a view over the plan presented by Putin.

Increased number of victims from the NATO-Control Airbase in Jalalabad.

Taliban Season has begun

Security forces have confirmed that at least 12 dead bodies found from the NATO-Control Airbase in Jalalabad.

Afghan local Police has confirmed that 12 dead bodies were found around the entrance of the airfield in the eastern city of Jalalabad, said AFP. Some unofficial sources said that more than 12 dead bodies were found. Still, It was not clear whether the dead were Afghan security forces or militants.

Taliban-005According to the sources Taliban attacked around 6:00 local time in Jalalbad, the capital city of Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, Sunday morning. Eye witnesses told that they have heard explosions and firing to heavy weapons. Initially, the number of victims reported was 3 Afghan soldiers and several wounded. Taliban have owned the attack and claimed they attack on the compound of the base harm the U.S forces. It is remembering that, in Winter, Taliban enhanced the attacks on security forces in past years as they have jackets and ‘Chaders’ ( A piece of cloth to wear to save the body from winter cold) to hide the weapons. In Afghanistan Winter season is called the “Taliban Season”. 11 years after they were hounded across the border into Pakistan and were ready to surrender, Taliban insurgents have regrouped and became a formidable force once more.

Security forces told the media that there have been multiple explosions in the Jalalabad airfield. According to the unofficial sources two suicide bombers hit their explosive-laden vehicles into separate entrances of the base, sparking a gunfight between the militants and security forces. According to the Major Martin Creighton, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), “There were multiple suicide bombers involved”

NATO Military Committee meets in Sibiu (Romania)

      According to a statement issued by the Romanian Ministry of Defence, from 14 to 16 September 2012 in Sibiu (Romania) – Hotel Hilton will be held  the reunion of NATO Military Committee in defense chiefs format (from all the  28 country members of NATO). They will discuss about NATO operations ongoing and key issues on the agenda of the Organization.
This is the first meeting of defense chiefs in this format, after the NATO summit in Chicago, the first taking place in Romania.
The Sibiu Conference will be hosted by Chairman of the NATO Military General Knud Bartels, among participants being Admiral James Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Stéphane Abrial, Supreme Allied Command current commander Transformation (SACT) and General Jean-Paul Paloméros, the future commander of SACT. Also in Sibiu will be General John Allen, commander of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which will present the audience the latest information about Alliance Mission in Afghanistan theater operations.
Special guests of the president of the  Ambassador to NATO Military Committee are Stephen Evans, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Operations, and Lieutenant General Arne Bard Dalhaug, commander of the NATO Defense College in Rome.
The conference will focus on the general security environment challenges and the ongoing Allied operations in Afghanistan and the Western Balkans. Discussions will also focus on NATO’s transformation stages and structure revision of the International Military Staff (IMS), which is the executive part of the Military Committee. The conference will conclude with the election of the new CEO of IMS.
On the sidelines of the conference, Lieutenant General Stefan Danila, chief of Romanian Army, hosted the meeting, will have bilateral meetings with counterparts from other countries, where they will be focused on the participation of our country in theaters missions under the NATO mandate, the Romanian Army transformation and ways of strengthening bilateral military cooperation.