BALTOPS 20 Concludes

June 16, 2020 – Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) concludes Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 20, the premiere annual maritime-focused U.S. European Command exercise in the Baltic region, June 16. BALTOPS is an annual maritime exercise, designed to enhance interoperability, flexibility, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic region. Twenty-eight air and 28 maritime…

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US Embassy Statement Regarding the Visiting Forces Agreement

June 2, 2020 – On June 1, the Government of the Philippines notified the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines of its decision to suspend termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement. The United States welcomes the Philippine government’s decision. Our long-standing alliance has benefited both countries, and we look forward to continued close security and defense cooperation with the Philippines.

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US Withdraws from Treaty on Open Skies

May 21, 2020 – Tomorrow, the United States will submit notice of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies to the Treaty Depositaries and to all other States Parties to the Treaty. Effective six months from tomorrow, the United States will no longer be a party to the Treaty. We may, however, reconsider our withdrawal should Russia…

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Summary of Japan-US-Korea Defense Practitioners Consultation (DTT) Results

May 13, 2020 (Google Translation) – The “Japan-US-Korea Defense Practitioners Consultation (DTT)” was held on May 13 (Wednesday) in a video conference format by the defense authorities of the three countries. At this meeting, the Director of the Department of Defense Policy in Japan, the Deputy Secretary of Defense of the Ministry of Defense of Helby from the US, and…

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