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Banner Image: Travels with Gates:  Ukraine, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Germany
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates traveled to Ukraine, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Germany, Oct. 20 to 25, to discuss security challenges with his counterparts and other senior leaders.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, seventh from the left, joins other representatives attending the 12th annual meeting of the Southeast Europe Defense Ministerial in Kyiv, Ukraine, for a group photo on Oct. 22, 2007. The 11-member SEDM alliance includes Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, seventh from the left, joins other representatives attending the 12th annual meeting of the Southeast Europe Defense Ministerial in Kyiv, Ukraine, for a group photo on Oct. 22, 2007. The 11-member SEDM alliance includes Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby  Hi-Res Photo
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U.S. Offers to Russia on Missile Defense Enough
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT OVER THE ATLANTIC, Oct. 25, 2007 – The United States has given Russia sufficient concessions regarding a proposed missile defense system in Eastern Europe and supports diplomatic and economic measures to rein in the Iranian missile threat, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. Story
NATO Must Increase Afghanistan Support
HEIDELBERG, Germany, Oct. 25, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M Gates urged European military leaders meeting here today to step up their countries’ contributions in Afghanistan and eliminate restrictions on their forces that threaten the mission’s success. Story
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NATO Allies Promise More Support in Afghanistan
NOORDWIJK, Netherlands, Oct. 24, 2007 – Talks here today appear to be paying off, with several NATO members here offering more support in Afghanistan for a mission Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called “a litmus test for the effectiveness of the alliance in the 21st Century.” Story
NATO Leaders Address Sharing of Responsibilities
NATO CONFERENCE – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks with members of the press after attending the NATO-Atlantic Council and an informal meeting of NATO Defense Ministers with non-NATO ISAF contributing nations in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Oct. 24, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. ThurlbyNOORDWIJK, Netherlands, Oct. 24, 2007 – The Dutch defense minister joined the NATO Secretary-General here today in opening a two-day ministerial conference, attended by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, in which they reminded members of the importance of sharing the NATO’s responsibilities. Story
Gates in Netherlands to Focus on NATO Issues
NOORDWIJK, Netherlands, Oct. 24, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today to discuss the way ahead for the alliance with his NATO counterparts and encourage members to live up to commitments they’ve made to help in Afghanistan. Story
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U.S., Russia Not Headed for New Cold War
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2007 – The United States and Russia are not headed toward a new Cold War, and the United States still considers Russia a strategic ally, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during an interview with Radio Free Europe yesterday in Prague. Story
Missile Defense Dominates Gates Meetings
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the Defense Minister of the Czech Republic H.E. Mrs. Vlasta Parkanova review the troops during an arrival ceremony at the Ministry of Defense in Prague, Czech Republic, Oct. 23, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. ThurlbyPRAGUE, Czech Republic, Oct. 23, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters after meeting today with Czech leaders he’s confident negotiations to place a radar here for a missile defense system are on track and likely to wrap up within the next few months. Story
Gates Lauds Increased Czech Commitment
PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Oct. 23, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today welcomed news of the Czech Republic’s decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan as he prepares to pressure other NATO countries to live up to their troop commitments there. Story
 
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U.S.-Polish Defense Cooperation to Continue
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates listens to a reporter's question during a news conference at the Southeastern European Defense Ministerial conference, in Kiev, Ukraine, Oct. 22, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. ThurlbyKYIV, Ukraine, Oct. 22, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed confidence that the reversal of power in Poland following yesterday’s elections won’t upset U.S.-Polish defense cooperation. Story
Gates Praises Successes, Urges More Cooperation
KYIV, Ukraine, Oct. 22, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates urged participants at the 12th annual meeting of the Southeast Europe Defense Ministerial here today to focus on closer cooperation to address the challenges of proliferation, border security and counterterrorism. Story | Photos
More Support Needed in Terror War, Gates Says
KYIV, Ukraine, Oct. 22, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today thanked fellow participants in the Southeast Europe Defense Ministerial conference for their support in Iraq and Afghanistan and told the group he plans to press NATO to live up to its commitments in Afghanistan. Story
Gates Meets With Turkish Defense Minister
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates greets Turkish Defense Minister Mehmet Vecdi Gonul in Kiev, Ukraine, Oct. 21, 2007. Gates and Gonul met in Ukraine before the Southeast Europe Defense Ministerial, which Ukraine is hosting. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby KYIV, Ukraine, Oct. 21, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates assured his Turkish counterpart that the United States will work closer with Turkey to confront Kurdish terrorists who launched an attack that killed more than a dozen Turkish soldiers today. Story | Video  | Photos
Gates Arrives in Ukraine to Begin Five-Day Trip
KYIV, Ukraine, Oct. 21, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today to meet with Ukrainian leaders as their new government begins to take shape. Story |  Photos
  SECRETARY GATES IN UKRAINE – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks with members of the press after meeting with Turkish National Defense Minister Mehmet Vecdi Gonul in Kyiv, Ukraine, Oct. 21, 2007. Gates and Gonul are in Ukraine to attend the Southeast Europe Defense Ministerial. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
 
SECRETARY GATES IN UKRAINE   Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks with members of the press after meeting with Turkish National Defense Minister Mehmet Vecdi Gonul in Kyiv, Ukraine, Oct. 21, 2007. Gates and Gonul are in Ukraine to attend the Southeast Europe Defense Ministerial. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby   Hi-Res Photo
 
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Gates Visits Ukraine