NATO Deputy Secretary General: North Atlantic Alliance is as important as it has ever been NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said in Prague that “our security cannot be taken for grante” and that the North Atlantic Alliance “is as important as it has ever been.” In a keynote speech at the Jagello 2000 Conference on Friday (27 May 2016) Ambassador Vershbow thanked the Czech Republic for its long involvement in Alliance operations in Afghanistan, its support for the NATO Response Force and its contributions of highly-skilled pilots and aircrews to NATO’s assurance measures. He also commended the Czech Republic for its leading role in the Alliance’s ability to respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards. “Together these are helping to make our Alliance stronger and more effective”, he said.
Remediating a fuel polluted military site in Ukraine A military base in Ukraine established in 1975 serves as a fuel deposit, which supplies fuel to other military bases in its vicinity. This military base, located in the residential areas of Kyiv, has caused significant groundwater pollution and soil contamination. To help remedy this situation, an SPS flagship project-- The Remediation of Hydrocarbon Polluted Military Site in Ukraine – was launched in 2012, as a joint cooperative activity between experts from France and Ukraine. Modern equipment has been provided by NATO to help Ukraine remediate the pollution caused by this facility.