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2 juillet 2014 3 02 /07 /juillet /2014 11:20
Iceland-U.S. Defense Agreement ‘Model for Eastern Europe’


July 01, 2014 By Zoë Robert - icelandreview.com


Victoria Nuland, United States Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, has said that the U.S. defense agreement with Iceland is pioneering and should be used as a model, particularly for U.S. agreements in Eastern Europe.


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11 juillet 2013 4 11 /07 /juillet /2013 07:50
 NATO and partners to conduct air-defence flying training over Iceland

03 July 2013 NATO


NATO will conduct an air-defence flying training event for pilots and ground support personnel, including fighter controllers, in Iceland from 3-21 February 2014.

The Iceland Fighter Meet 2014 (IFM14) will bring together fighter aircraft from NATO member Norway (F-16 Fighting Falcon), and from partner countries Finland (F-18 Hornet) and Sweden (JAS Gripen), to conduct a wide range of air defence-related flying activities. These will include air combat training between dissimilar aircraft types, defensive and offensive counter-air operations and high-value airborne asset attack and protection.

IFM14  will be supported by air-to-air refuelling tanker aircraft, NATO AWACS radar aircraft and Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters. It will be held in the context of the training component of Norway’s deployment to Iceland to conduct the periodic NATO ‘Peacetime Preparedness Mission’. 

NATO will act as the overall coordinator for the event from its Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) in Uedem, Germany. Control of the fighter aircraft will be shared by Control and Reporting Centre (CRC) Loki in Iceland and a NATO AWACS radar aircraft operating from Norway.

Sweden will deploy an air-to-air refuelling aircraft to Iceland to support IFM14. Finland and Norway will deploy SAR helicopters alongside Iceland’s SAR force.

Norway will act as the sponsor nation for Finland and Sweden, and will provide a training director for IFM14. The Finnish and Swedish assets will be placed under his operational control. They will not be placed under NATO’s direct authority at any time during the meet.

Under standard NATO practice, all training missions during IFM14 will be flown unarmed.

As part of the ‘Peacetime Preparedness Mission’, the Norwegian contingent will deploy several days before the Swedish and Finnish detachments to demonstrate the required NATO air-policing capability. This will be completed before the partners arrive.

Once IFM14 begins, any real-world NATO air-policing activities will only be conducted by Norway, and will be separate and distinct from the activities of the training event, which will run in parallel.

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24 juin 2013 1 24 /06 /juin /2013 16:30
Declaration by the HR on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Decision 2013/255/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Syria

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Decision 2013/255/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Syria


Brussels, 24 June 201311533/13 (OR. en) PRESSE 292


On 31 May 2013, the Council adopted Decision 2013/255/CFSP (1) concerning restrictive measures against Syria. The Decision applies until 1 June 2014.


The Decision concerns restrictive measures against Syria with regard to:

– export and import restrictions with the exception of arms and related material and equipment which might be used for internal repression;

– restrictions on financing of certain enterprises;

– restrictions on infrastructure projects;

– restrictions of financial support for trade;

– financial sector;

– transport sector;

– restrictions on admission;

– freezing of funds and economic resources.


With regard to the possible export of arms to Syria Member States committed to proceed in their national policies in agreement with the Council Declaration adopted on 27 May 2013.

The Candidate Countries Montenegro*, Iceland+ and Serbia*, the Country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Albania, and the EFTA countries Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area , as well as the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, align themselves with this Decision.

They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council Decision.

The European Union takes note of this commitment and welcomes it.


(1) Published on 1.6. 2013 in the Official Journal of the European Union no. L 147, p. 14.

* Montenegro and Serbia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process

+ Iceland continues to be a member of the EFTA and of the European Economic Area


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