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Stavanger, 12 October 2015 – Alliance parliamentarians urged NATO nations on Monday to boost defence spending in the face of an increasingly unpredictable Russia, growing instability in the Middle East and a developing array of security threats. Lawmakers also encouraged NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to support Montenegro’s bid to become the Alliance’s 29th member state, and cautioned against cutting troop numbers in Afghanistan too rapidly amid a persistent Taliban challenge.
Stavanger, 12 October 2015 – The flow of refugees into Europe risks increasing dramatically unless international diplomatic action can end the war in Syria, Jan Egeland, head of Norway’s Refugee Council, warned lawmakers from NATO nations on Monday. Western nations should join up with Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other players to push warring Syrian factions into to talks, Egeland told the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. “That’s the way also to avoid people coming to Europe. Unless you do more of this, this is just a beginning. Instead of half a million refugees, we could easily see two million, three million coming from Syria, as well as Afghanistan and the other places,” he cautioned. “If we don’t want to build another Berlin Wall around Europe, they will come.”
Stavanger, 11 October 2015 – Ukraine is at a critical juncture and NATO must boost political and economic support to its government and keep pressuring Russia to respect the Minsk peace accords, parliamentarians from NATO nations warned on Sunday. The challenges facing Ukraine “would be a very tall order even in peacetime. It is all the more daunting at a moment of grave insecurity,” Richard Benyon, from the United Kingdom, told the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Economics and Security Committee.
Stavanger, 11 October 2015 – NATO governments should consider tougher economic sanctions if Moscow fails to respect a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine, lawmakers from the NATO Parliamentary Assembly said Saturday. NATO nations should “be prepared to toughen these sanctions if Russia fails to meet its obligations,” said a draft resolution approved by the NATO PA Economics and Security Committee.
Stavanger, 11 October 2015 - Faced with mounting security threats related to climate change, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) is urging Allied governments to back an ambitious, legally-binding global agreement in the run-up to and during negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Paris this December (COP21).