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    Malta neutrality ‘no hurdle’ for Nato cooperation

    https://www.timesofmalta.com/article...eration.648196
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    Thursday, May 18, 2017, 17:30
    Malta neutrality ‘no hurdle’ for Nato cooperation
    Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg says there is no indication of an imminent threat from Russia. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli
    Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg says there is no indication of an imminent threat from Russia. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli
    While in Malta for an EU defence ministers’ meeting, Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg told the Times of Malta he blamed Russia’s annexation of Crimea for the escalation of Washington-Moscow tensions to the highest levels since the end of the Cold War, insisting, however, there was no imminent threat. As for Malta’s relationship with the alliance, he thinks it could still contribute in line with its neutrality policy.
    How would you describe Malta’s relationship with Nato?
    Malta is a Nato partner and we fully respect your neutrality. Nato has a long tradition in working with neutral countries like Sweden, Finland, Austria and Switzerland. We are working with Malta on issues like border security. All countries are facing the same security challenge, like instability in Africa, violence in Syria and Iraq, the terrorist threat and migrant and refugee crises. These are challenges we should address together.
    Would you say Malta would be a big asset for Nato in the Mediterranean?
    There is no reason to speculate on that issue because it is absolutely possible to develop the necessary cooperation between Nato and Malta without the island joining the alliance. We acknowledge that Malta is a neutral country and it is part of your Constitution. There is no reason to raise that issue as it will only create uncertainty and confusion. As we have seen with countries like Sweden and Austria we have extensive cooperation with them and they participate in exercises and contribute to Nato missions and operations.
    Why is it still important to cooperate with Malta?
    The importance of the cooperation between Malta, Nato and the EU is showcased off Malta’s coast with our Sea Guardian maritime operation. We have four ships, three patrol aircraft and some other assets which, in turn, are providing logistical support to EU operation Sophia, addressing the migrant and refugee crisis and broader security issues. Nato is also present in the Aegean Sea and has helped to implement the EU-Turkey migrant deal.

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    Do they have a triple lock mechanism?

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    Dumbest piece of our foreign policy TBF
    "He is an enemy officer taken in battle and entitled to fair treatment."
    "No, sir. He's a sergeant, and they don't deserve no respect at all, sir. I should know. They're cunning and artful, if they're any good. I wouldn't mind if he was an officer, sir. But sergeants are clever."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    Well so are we

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    Quote Originally Posted by EUFighter View Post
    Well so are we
    Yes and the read the article.

    Malta has already been co-operating with NATO for years (same as all the other European neutrals)

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    And we haven't?

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    Its a none story

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