We have seen signs of the withdrawal of Russian troops, but there are still tens of thousands of them along the Ukrainian borders, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a doorstep statement to the press in Brussels on Tuesday, June 3, in advance of the meeting of the Defence Ministers of member states. The two-day meeting of NATO Defence Ministers, which started on Tuesday in Brussels, is focusing on the situation in Ukraine.
Following a meeting of the EU Military Committee, the military leaders’ program in Brussels continued with the NATO Chiefs of Defence meeting held on May 21–22. The timeliness of this meeting is unquestionable, as NATO has to react to the developments of the crisis in Ukraine, the lessons learned must be subjected to analysis and the impact of events on NATO’s threat assessment and strategic plans must be evaluated. The meeting is at once a preparation for an upcoming defence ministerial meeting in June, and also for the NATO Summit to be held in Wales in September.
Ever since they were formed, the Hungarian Defence Forces have been made great by those serving with them – those who fill the field manuals with meaning, who command and execute the orders, not trying to find excuses, but undertaking the service – Minister of Defence Csaba Hende said on Tuesday, May 20 in Budapest.
Almost 30 percent of Hungarian troops on foreign missions, currently around 200 of them, are serving with EU-led operations, as shown by a summary of the Ministry of Defence, which says that since the EU accession, Hungary has been playing an active role in EU crisis management missions as well and the EU membership also helps the development of the Hungarian Defence Forces’ capabilities.
Thanks to the changes implemented over the last few years, the financial situation and the professional standards of the Hungarian Defence Forces Medical Centre have by now significantly improved, the Minister of Defence said on Monday, March 24 while giving an assessment in the institution.
On Saturday, March 08 the international observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) sent to Ukraine do not make another attempt to enter the Crimean Peninsula at any checkpoint, Lt.-Col. Gábor Ács, the leader of the team informed Hungarian News Agency MTI.
The situation in Ukraine and the development of the North Atlantic Alliance’s defence capabilities were top of the agenda at the meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence on Wednesday, 26 February, it was revealed at a press conference held by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen following the discussions.
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