28 March 2014

Norway's Stoltenberg appointed as new NATO chief | RallyPoint.com

Military News - Norway's Stoltenberg appointed as new NATO chief

Image Copyright: Mindaugas Kulbis / AP

By Mark Lewis and Raf Casert
Copyright: The Associated Press

BRUSSELS — NATO's next leader was announced Friday: former Norwegian Premier Jens Stoltenberg will lead the military alliance starting in October.

The appointment comes at a critical time as the crisis over Ukraine has suddenly made the 28-nation alliance a more relevant security force in Europe.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will step down after a NATO summit in Wales later this year.

"Warm congratulations" Fogh Rasmussen said in a Twitter message Friday to his fellow Scandinavian politician.

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