During a videoconference, NATO defence ministers decided to establish a new NATO Space Center at the Alliance Air Force Command in Ramstein, Germany.
"Last year we decided that space is NATO's operational domain. And today we took another important step. Ministers agreed to create a new NATO Space Center at the Alliance Air Force Command in Ramstein, Germany," said NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference.
He added that it will help coordinate allied space activities, support NATO missions and operations from space, including the use of satellite images, and protect allied space systems by providing information on potential threats.
Stoltenberg pointed out that the talks also focused on Russia's growing arsenal of nuclear-capable missiles. "The challenge is serious and its scale and complexity are increasing. Allies have already agreed on a comprehensive package of responses including political and military measures," he underlined.
Headded that the allies are already acquiring new air and missile defence systems, including Patriot and SAMP / T batteries. "We are also enhancing our advanced conventional capabilities. Allies are investing in these new platforms, including fifth-generation fighters," he said.
He indicated that NATO attaches great importance to the extension of the START agreement, which expires at the beginning of next year. "We have seen progress in this area in recent days. (...) We should not find ourselves in a situation where we do not have a treaty regulating the number of nuclear weapons," he explained.
Ministers also discussed the conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean between Turkey and Greece and Cyprus. "We all agree that tensions should be resolved on the basis of international law and allied solidarity. We all recognize the importance of avoiding words and actions that may escalate tensions. Ministers also expressed their strong support for NATO's conflict resolution mechanism to avoid incidents and accidents in the eastern Mediterranean said the head of NATO.