Anders Fogh Rasmussen

NATO chief vows support for allies along Russian border

Anders Fogh RasmussenSofia, April 12 - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Friday pledged to strengthen the shield along the border with Russia, and urged allies to increase their military budgets.

"We are taking legitimate steps to reinforce our support to Allies, from the Baltic to the Black Sea," Xinhua quoted Rasmussen, who paid a day-long visit to Bulgaria, as saying in a joint press conference with the country's Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin.

NATO has stepped up practical and political support to Ukraine, to bolster its defense capacity within the framework of their partnership, he said.

NATO chief blames Russia of threatening European security

Brussels, March 3 - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Sunday accused Russia of "threatening peace and security in Europe".

"What Russia is doing now in Ukraine violates the principles of the United Nations Charter. It threatens peace and security in Europe. Russia must stop its military activities and its threats," Xinhua quoting Rasmussen as saying before the meetings of the North Atlantic Council and the NATO-Ukraine Commission in Brussels.

NATO chief rules out role in strikes against Syria

Anders-Fogh-RasmussenBrussels, Sep 2 : NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen Monday ruled out the possibility of a NATO role in possible military strikes against Syria but added that the international community should respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons in that country.

"No decision has been made yet as how the international community should react. As regards NATO, I don't envisage any further NATO role... It is for individual nations to decide how to react towards what happened in Syria," Xinhua quoted Rasmussen as saying at his monthly press conference in Brussels.

Chemical weapons use in Syria unacceptable: NATO

Anders-Fogh-RasmussenBrussels, June 14 : NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday that any use of chemical weapons in Syria was "completely unacceptable" and was a breach of international law.

The remarks came after the White House announced the Syria government had used chemical weapons against rebels.

"This is indeed a matter of great concern. The international community has made clear that any use of chemical weapons is completely unacceptable and a clear breach of international law," Rasmussen told reporters at the NATO headquarters.

NATO defence ministers focus on cyber security

Ander-Fogh-RasmussenBrussels, June 4 : NATO defence ministers convened Tuesday to examine cyber security as a collective defence issue amid mounting concerns over the threat posed by cyber attacks.

"We will have our first ministerial discussion dedicated to cyber defence... I believe we can do more to assist individual allies if they come under attack. That would show NATO solidarity," NATO Secretary General Ander Fogh Rasmussen said at his arrival of the two-day meeting.

Joint Russia-NATO missile shield not workable: Rasmussen

Anders-Fogh-RasmussenMoscow, March 28 : NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said a unified missile shield under joint Russia-NATO command is not a workable approach.

Rasmussen was asked to assess the potential of missile defence systems under joint Russia-NATO command during his address at an International Model Russia-NATO Council meeting in Moscow.

‘Terror-struck’ Pak, Afghanistan can’t be seen as separate states: NATO chief

Anders Fogh RasmussenBrussels, Dec. 21 : NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that Pakistan and Afghanistan are facing the common challenge of terrorism, and the menace can not be effectively dealt with if the countries are seen separately.

He pointed out that both Pakistan and Afghanistan are countering identical challenges so they could not be seen as different.

The News quoted Rasmussen, as saying that NATO’s new strategy to uproot terrorism from the Af-Pak region is based on increased cooperation with Islamabad.

NATO seeks more Russian help in Afghanistan

Anders-Fogh-RasmussenMoscow, Dec 16 : NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday the Western military bloc is seeking greater Russian assistance for international operations in Afghanistan.

Speaking to reporters after talks with President Dmitry Medvedev, Rasmussen said he was inviting Russia to step up its assistance in Afghanistan, including by supplying helicopters, spare parts and fuel, and by training pilots.

This is the first official visit to Russia by the Danish NATO chief, who took office in August.

7,000 troops to join Afghan surge: Nato chief

7,000 troops to join Afghan surge: Nato chief London, Dec 4 :Seven thousand more troops from 25 countries are to join the 30,000-strong US surge in Afghanistan, Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday.

This will take the total number of foreign troops in Afghanistan to around 140,000, Rasmussen said without disclosing how many of the contributing countries were members of the Nato.

Rasmussen said that a recent announcement by US President Barrack Obama giving July 2011 as the deadline for the US troops to start withdrawing did not signal a decision to quit Afghanistan.

NATO chief says more troops are needed in Afghanistan

NATO chief says more troops are needed in Afghanistan London - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday that more troops will "definitely" be needed in Afghanistan to train Afghan soldiers and the police but the level of reinforcements was still under consideration.

Speaking in London after talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the NATO chief said he and Brown agreed that the "way forward" in Afghanistan was a "gradual handover of security responsibility" to Afghan forces in a process that could start as early as next year.

NATO chief Rasmussen and Norwegian PM call for Afghan self-reliance

NATO chief Rasmussen and Norwegian PM call for Afghan self-relianceOslo - Helping Afghans claim their future was the main theme of a meeting between NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg in Oslo Friday.

"The way forward is that the Afghan people and government take responsibility for security in Afghanistan," Rasmussen said. "Our mission in Afghanistan ends when Afghanistan is capable to take charge of its security. That is what we will help with."

Rasmussen: France's return to command structure is a boon for NATO

Anders Fogh RasmusseParis  - France's return to NATO's military command structure was a decision of historic importance, the transatlantic alliance's new Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said Thursday in Paris.

"France's full return to NATO will improve transatlantic relations and strengthen NATO's international position," Rasmussen told journalists after holding talks with the French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The decision will also stimulate the development of a European security and defence policy, the NATO chief said.

NATO chief meets Russian ambassador, eyes military cooperation

Anders Fogh RasmussenBrussels - NATO's new secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and Russia's ambassador to NATO, Dmitri Rogozin, vowed to step up military cooperation in Afghanistan during their first meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.

During what was described as a "positive" and "friendly" meeting, NATO officials said Rasmussen and Rogozin had agreed that the sides should also work together in the global fight against nuclear disarmament and against piracy.

Afghanistan "will be my highest priority": NATO Chief

Afghanistan "will be my highest priority": NATO ChiefKabul - NATO's new secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday in Kabul that Afghanistan "will be my highest priority", vowing that alliance forces would do their utmost to provide "the best possible security" for the August 20 presidential election.

Rasmussen, who was talking to journalists in joint press conference with President Hamid Karzai in Afghan fortified presidential palace, said: "I assure you, the Afghan people, that we will stay to support you for as long as it takes to finish our job."

Three days into job, NATO's Rasmussen visits Afghanistan

Three days into job, NATO's Rasmussen visits Afghanistan Brussels - NATO's new secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, visited Afghanistan on Wednesday on just his third working day in his new job, the alliance said.

Rasmussen, formerly Denmark's prime minister, was set to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the head of NATO's military mission in the country, General Stanley A McChrystal, and UN special envoy Kai Eide, NATO announced in a statement.

He was also due to meet other candidates for the presidential election scheduled for August 20, and with some of NATO's 64,500 ground troops.

NATO's Rasmussen eyes early talks with Muslim neighbours

Anders Fogh RasmussenBrussels - NATO's new secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said Monday that he has already called for talks with diplomats from countries in North Africa and the Middle East, amidst lingering concerns over his relations with the Muslim world.

Rasmussen was Denmark's prime minister in 2005 when a series of cartoons in a Copenhagen newspaper with caricatures of the prophet Mohammed outraged Muslim public opinion. Monday was his first day in his new position.

Former Danish premier Rasmussen takes over at NATO

Former Danish premier Rasmussen takes over at NATOBrussels  - Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former prime minister of Denmark, officially took the office of the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels on Saturday, replacing Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

Rasmussen is to take up the work of the military alliance on Monday and is to lead a meeting of NATO members on Tuesday.

The new chief's greatest challenge will remain Afghanistan, where the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has 64,500 soldiers and must secure the country for upcoming presidential elections.

ROUNDUP: New NATO chief Rasmussen stresses dialogue with Muslims

New NATO chief Rasmussen stresses dialogue with Muslims Ankara  - Future NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday attempted to soothe Muslim antipathy to the role he played in 2005 as Danish prime minister when he failed to condemn cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammad published in a Danish newspaper.

Speaking at the Alliance of Civilizations in Istanbul, a meeting that promotes dialogue between leaders of the West and the Islamic world, Rasmussen did not directly apologise for his actions in 2005. But he did say that he respected all religions.

New NATO chief Rasmussen says he respects all Muslims

Bosnia becomes 42nd contributing nation to NATO's Afghan operations Ankara - Future NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday attempted to soothe Muslim antipathy to the role he played in 2005 as Danish prime minister when he failed to condemn cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammad published in a Danish newspaper.

Rasmussen formally hands in resignation at prime minister

Anders Fogh RasmussenCopenhagen  - Newly-designated NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen formally handed in his resignation Sunday as prime minister to Danish Queen Margrethe II.

Rasmussen, 56, is to be succeeded by his namesake, 44-year-old Finance Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, as head of the government.

The formal resignation comes a day after the NATO summit in Strasbourg chose Rasmussen as alliance's next secretary general to succeed outgoing NATO chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Rasmussen would take over his NATO post on August 1.




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