As armed men without any uniform markings surround Ukrainian units in Crimea, tensions boil in the west. Russia's authorization of using armed forces in Ukraine has sparked international outcry. The NATO-Ukraine commission held a special meeting in Belgium, where NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen condemned Russia's decision.
Following NATO’s decision earlier this month to send Patriot missiles to Turkey’s border with Syria NATO’s Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen defended the action against criticism from Iran’s armed forces chief. Rasumussen reiterated that the missiles were for purely defenisive purposes and not, as Iran claims, a provocative move. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen: "I completely denounce these allegations. We have made clear right from the outset that the deployment of Patrio
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is following the situation in Ukraine closely and with grave concern, his spokesman said Saturday (March 1). "The Secretary-General reiterates his call for full respect for and preservation of the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine. He calls for an immediate restoration of calm and direct dialogue between all concerned to solve the current crisis," spokesman Martin Nesirky said.
President Barack Obama arrived in Poland on Tuesday with a clear mission: reassure eastern European allies of his commitment to the region. On the first of a four-day European trip, Obama promised continued support in the face of Russia's actions in Ukraine.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk addressed the United Nations Security Council in New York City on Thursday (March 13) about the situation in Crimea. Yatseniuk has been in the United States where he also met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday at the White House.
A rare bit of good news for BlackBerry amid all the bad: The company's new next-generation mobile platform has won NATO security clearance. BlackBerry said Tuesday that its BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 have been approved for "Restricted" NATO communications. Restricted is NATO's fourth and lowest security category, but by winning it, BlackBerry has cleared its devices for use by NATO employees in all 28 member states.