Germany is pitching for a seat at the UN Security Council, the UN’s most powerful arm in charge of the authorisation of military action through Security Council resolutions; it is the only UN body with the authority to issue binding resolutions to member states.
French magazine Le Point has reported that Russian aircraft had flown over frigate Aquitaine over the weekend and was fully-armed.
The vast majority of major weapons systems in the German military are unavailable for training exercises or deployment, according to a new German Defence Ministry report.
Three NATO ships and a submarine, in cooperation with maritime patrol aircraft, E-3 airborne early warning aircraft and numerous associated ships and submarines, conducted a focused security patrol in the central and western Mediterranean Sea this month.
The United States and NATO are working together to counter the biggest threats to European security -- violent extremism and Russian destabilisation efforts, Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, the commander of U.S. European Command, has said.
Merlin helicopters from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose will spend the next week searching for submarines in NATO's largest Mediterranean Anti-Submarine Exercise, Dynamic Manta 2018.
British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has hosted his counterpart from Germany, Ursula Von der Leyen, in London where stronger ties were discussed.
Since 2014, defence spending on the continent and in Canada has increased. In 2014, only three allies met the 2 percent of gross domestic product on defence guideline.
Many NATO nations are also members of the European Union and the nations are trying to square the defence requirements for each alliance, the head of NATO noted at a conference.