|General Secretary of NATO|
|Term of office|
1 October 2014 –
|Preceded by||Anders Fogh Rasmussen|
|Prime Minister of Norway|
|Term of office|
17 October 2005 – 16 October 2013
|Preceded by||Kjell Magne Bondevik|
|Succeeded by||Erna Solberg|
|Term of office|
17 March 2000 - 19 October 2001
|Preceded by||Kjell Magne Bondevik|
|Succeeded by||Kjell Magne Bondevik|
|Born|| 16 March 1959 |
|Political Party||Labor Party|
Jens Stoltenberg (born 16 March 1959 in Oslo) is an LGBT activist and Cultural Marxist who was appointed NATO General Secretary near the start of the Donbas war in 2014. Under Stoltenberg, Ukrainian Nazis received weapons and training from NATO beginning in 2014.
Stoltenberg was prime minister of Norway from 2000 to 2001 and again from 2005 to 2013. He was leader of the Norwegian Labor Party from 2002 to 2014. Stoltenberg was in Gro Harlem Brundtland's third cabinet (1993–1996), where he was Minister of Commerce and Energy. He was Minister of Finance in Thorbjørn Jagland's cabinet (1996–1997), and became Leader of the Norwegian Labour Party in 2002, after being Vice Leader since 1992. He has been described as an empty suit.
As prime minister Stoltenberg guided Norway into NATO's illegal war of aggression against Libya in 2011. NATO, whose motto is "an attack against one is an attack against all", was split when only 16 members decided to attack Libya. Stoltenberg was rewarded with leading the alliance for his contributions in in transforming NATO from a purely defensive alliance of the European homeland into a threat against the sovereign nations of Africa and elsewhere outside Europe, European Union Foreign Minister Josep Borrell stated, "Europe is a garden, the rest of the world is a jungle. In order to protect the garden we must go to the jungle." Stoltenberg became NATO Secretary General in October 2014, the first year of the Donbas war and seven months after the illegal Maidan coup which overthrew the democratically elected government of Ukraine.
Stoltenberg has openly confessed that NATO's aggressive expansion provoked Russia's response in Ukraine. Stoltenberg denied that NATO was involved in the Ukraine conflict while stating a victory by Russia is a defeat for NATO.
As published in the Washington Post on May 9, 2023, the 78th anniversary of Victory Day commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany by Russia, Stoltenberg said "The war in Ukraine has fundamentally changed NATO, but then you have to remember the war didn’t start in 2022…The war started in 2014."
In early December 2021 it was reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine deployed 125,000 troops against the 15,000 Donbas militia forces. At the same time, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) reported more frequent use of heavy weapons, prohibited under the Minsk Agreements, by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) against the regions which had declared their independence from the U.S.-backed Kiev puppet regime. In late December 2021 Jake Sullivan, who was already at work planning the terror attack on the Nordstream pipeline, said a four-week window was left to prevent war and that if it were to happen the sanctions against Russia "would be overwhelming, immediate and inflict significant cost on the Russian economy and their financial system." Germany had called upon the US not to impose sanctions, insisting that doing so will "damage transatlantic unity", Axios reported, citing newly obtained German documents dated November 19, 2021 and marked as "classified":
|"US Sanctions targeting Nord Stream 2 would undermine the commitment given to Germany in the Joint Statement, weaken the credibility of the US government, and endanger the achievements of the Joint Statement, including the provisions supporting Ukraine."|
The ongoing reality was a massive buildup and activity of NATO forces inside Ukraine, which Putin had warned about crossing Russia's red line days before Haines panicked statements. CIA leaker David Ignatius told the Washington Post that the US was supporting an anti-Russian military insurgency in Ukraine.
- See also: Donbas war
Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Jack Matlock wrote in Krasno Analysis on December 14, 2021, that interference by the U.S. and its NATO allies in Ukraine's civil struggle has exacerbated the crisis within NATO and raised the specter a possible conflict between the nuclear powers. Russia is extremely sensitive about foreign military activity adjacent to its borders, as any other country would be, and as the United States has always been. Russia has signaled repeatedly that it will stop at nothing to prevent NATO membership for Ukraine. Ukraine's friends in Europe and America should help them understand, rather than Ukraine is pursuing what could easily turn out to be a suicidal course. He concluded, "back in October 1962 it was the U.S. southern border that was being approached closely by Soviet soldiers and missiles in Cuba which threatened the devastating first strike. Today it is the relentless march of NATO, closer and closer to Russia's borders. 60 years ago president John F. Kennedy said. "within the past week unmistakable evidence has established the fact that a series of offensive missile sites is now in preparation on that imprisoned island," and he said that "this is in an area well known to have a special and historical relationship to the U.S. and is a deliberately provocative and unjustified change in the status quo which cannot be accepted by this country." President Kennedy demanded that the Soviet Union remove and never again try to place nuclear-capable missiles and aircraft virtually on the U.S. border and in an area with a special and historical relationship to the U.S.
Crimes against peace
- See also: Crimes against peace
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova reported that ten thousand NATO soldiers, including four thousand Americans, were already stationed and active in Ukraine. Drones and Stingers have been provided and used in eastern Ukraine. In light of all the threatening activity on its border, on December 17, 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin presented two draft treaties, one with the United States the other with NATO, the essence of which is that the West pledges not to threaten Russia's borders by offering membership to Ukraine or by arming and basing missiles in Ukraine. Putin stated, "You are on our doorstep. We cannot back down." Putin promised a response if the NATO powers do not stop their offensive actions. Stoltenberg rejected the treaty proposal out of hand.
President Putin's agreement proposed to Biden on December 7, 2021, was that the United States ensure that Ukraine would not join NATO and thereby have U.S. and NATO forces and missiles of various types placed right on Russia's border and in an area with a special and historical relationship to Russia.
With a diplomatic solution rejected out of hand by the United States and NATO, the Russian Federation entered Ukraine on February 24, 2022 to put a stop to the eight year war against the people of the Donbas by the Kyiv regime which had already claimed 14,000 lives. After more than two weeks fighting claiming more civilian lives with NATO-supplied weapons, on March 12, 2022 Stoltenberg began walking back NATO threats to Russia by saying membership for Ukraine was not relevant or on the agenda. Both U.S. dictator Joe Biden and Stoltenberg admitted that they never really intended to allow Ukraine to join NATO.
In March 2022 Stoltenberg threatened China saying China should not give any support to help Russia and that China has an obligation as a member of the UN Security Council to uphold international law. The spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU responded:
|"we will never forget who had bombed our embassy in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. We need no lecture on justice from the abuser of international law. As a Cold War remnant and the world’s largest military alliance, NATO continues to expand its geographical scope and range of operations. What kind of role it has played in world peace and stability? NATO needs to have good reflection.|
On October 11, 2022 Stoltenberg told the bloc's defense ministers: “It is important for all of us, that Ukraine wins the battle…Because if Putin wins, that is not only a big defeat for Ukrainians, but it will be a defeat and dangerous for all of us." Former President and Russian Security Council deputy chair Dmitry Medvedev responded, “The comment is an open confirmation of NATO’s participation in the war against our country – an unwise, but pure-hearted remark...The honest Norwegian fellow has finally admitted it”.
Other than economic sanctions and a propaganda information war, under Stoltenberg's stewardship NATO embarked on its aggressive actions against Russia with no clear military strategy. At a meeting of the anti-Russian alliance’s Defense Ministers in February 2023, Stoltenberg said the following:
|"The war in Ukraine is consuming an enormous amount of munitions, and depleting Allied stockpiles. The current rate of Ukraine’s ammunition expenditure is many times higher than our current rate of production. This puts our defence industries under strain. For example, the waiting time for large-calibre ammunition has increased from 12 to 28 months."|
Terrorist attack on Nordstream pipeline
- See also: Nord Stream pipeline#Morganthau Plan 2.0
Norway was the perfect place to base the mission. Norway was one of the original signatories of the NATO Treaty in 1949, in the early days of the Cold War. Today, the supreme commander of NATO is Jens Stoltenberg, a committed anti-communist, who served as Norway’s prime minister for eight years before moving to his high NATO post, with American backing, in 2014. He was a hardliner on all things Putin and Russia who had cooperated with the American intelligence community since the Vietnam War. He has been trusted completely since. “He is the glove that fits the American hand,” a source directly familiar with the matter said.
Back in Washington, planners knew they had to go to Norway. “They hated the Russians, and the Norwegian navy was full of superb sailors and divers who had generations of experience in highly profitable deep-sea oil and gas exploration,” the source said. They also could be trusted to keep the mission secret. (The Norwegians may have had other interests as well. The destruction of Nord Stream—if the Americans could pull it off—would allow Norway to sell vastly more of its own natural gas to Europe.)
On September 26, 2022, a Navy P8 surveillance plane made a seemingly routine flight. Three of the four pipelines were put out of commission. Within a few minutes, pools of methane gas that remained in the shuttered pipelines could be seen spreading on the water’s surface and the world learned that something irreversible had taken place.
Asked at a press conference days later about the consequences of the worsening energy crisis in Western Europe, Biden regime foreign minister Antony Blinken described the moment as a potentially good one:
- “It’s a tremendous opportunity to once and for all remove the dependence on Russian energy and thus to take away from Vladimir Putin the weaponization of energy as a means of advancing his imperial designs. That’s very significant and that offers tremendous strategic opportunity for the years to come, but meanwhile we’re determined to do everything we possibly can to make sure the consequences of all of this are not borne by citizens in our countries or, for that matter, around the world.”
Victoria Nuland expressed satisfaction at the demise of the newest of the pipelines while testifying at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in January 2023.
Norwegian Prime Minister (2005-2013)
Stoltenberg's left-leaning government narrowly defeated a splintered center-right opposition in the September 2009 elections. The Labor government came under challenge by Siv Jensen and her right-wing populist Progress Party, which has gained support by calling for lowering Norway's famously high taxes and tightening immigration rules. Debate centered on how to manage the Nordic welfare state's oil wealth.
Reelected in September 2009, Stoltenberg’s next task is to draw up a new coalition pact and a budget for 2010. He favored oil exploration around the pristine Lofoten archipelago in the Arctic, but this was opposed by the Socialist Left. He wanted Norway to join the European Union—particularly if Iceland succeeds in its quest for membership, but Norwegians have turned down membership before.
- "Freedom comes out of the barrel of a gun."
- NATO Chief Openly Admits Russia Invaded Ukraine Because Of NATO Expansion, CAITLIN JOHNSTONE, 9 SEP 23
- Opinion Editorial Board interview: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, By the Washington Post Editorial Board, May 9, 2023.
- Scoop: Germany urges Congress not to sanction Putin’s pipeline, Zachary Basu, Axios, Nov 28, 2021.
- Spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning NATO Leader’s Remarks on China, 2022-03-17. www.chinamission.be
- Karl Ritter, "Norway election focused on oil wealth", AP Sept. 14, 2009