Weekly Roundup


“NATO EFP Battlegroup Estonia and Estonian Army Hone Interoperability During Largest Winter Exercise”


Soldiers from the UK, France, and Estonia participate in winter military exercises. Close to 1,400 soldiers engaged in the training exercises to prepare for possible military offensive and defensive actions in the winter. Soldiers from each country work alongside each other as a collective NATO Enhanced Forward Presence.


“Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg, OSCE Chair-in-Office and Polish Foreign Minister Rau, and EU High Representative Borrell”


In a phone call with OSCE Chairman-in-Office Zbigniew Rau and EU High Representative Josep Borrell, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reaffirms support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and the push for more diplomatic engagement with Russia.


“NATO Considers Bolstering Allies if Russian Troops Stay in Belarus”


NATO proposes to increase its military presence if Russia does not remove its troops in Belarus. While it is still unclear if Russia plans to invade Ukraine, NATO allies express concern, as total Russian troops near 100,000 and deployments now include field hospitals and other auxiliary units for treating wounds.


“NATO Secretary General Jens Stoletenbger Speaks to President Tayyip Erdogan about Ukraine Crisis”


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanks President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey for his “practical support” and dialogue with NATO in relation to the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.


“NATO Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Aircraft Over the Baltic Sea and in the High North”


Combined Air Operations Centre Uedem (CAOCUE) identifies two Russian Su-35s and two MiG-31s operating near Allied air space. Although the aircraft carriers did not enter Allied airspace, they did not file flight plans or communicate with Air Traffic Control.


“Philippe Étienne, the French Ambassador to the United States, discusses the latest on Russia and Ukraine and how NATO and European allies approach the potential conflict”


French Ambassador Philippe Étienne discusses the French president’s meeting with President Putin of Russia over the NATO-Russia crisis. According to the ambassador, much coordination is needed to preserve the unity between NATO states and continuing conversations between all parties is essential.


“Nordic countries bundle up against NATO-Russia freeze”


The Nordic states of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland each strategize for the possibility of a Russian invasion. The non-NATO states of Sweden and Finland have chosen to strengthen their Nordic defense cooperation and depend on the European Union, with Finland, who borders Russia, joining NATO at last resort. NATO members Denmark and Norway have both increased their military presence in the High North and Baltic Sea.


“China joins Russia in opposing Nato expansion”


Vladimir Putin met with Xi Jinping a few days before the Winter Olympics, where they discussed potential NATO expansion in response to rising tension between Russia and Ukraine. Moscow and Beijing released a joint statement on a variety of issues, though there was no explicit mention of the situation in Ukraine.


“UK’s Johnson wants to offer Russia reassurance about NATO”


A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson released a statement in which the PM reaffirmed NATOs status as a “defensive alliance” in which all democracies in Europe are eligible to join. This statement is in response to Russia’s demands that Ukraine be barred from ever entering into NATO. Johnson also addressed Russia’s concerns of further NATO expansion, though he was quick to dismiss them, once again citing NATO as a “defensive alliance”.


“Ukraine seeks closer ties with NATO on Cyber Defense”


The Ukrainian government aims for membership in NATO’s cyber security center, headquartered in Estonia, amidst Russian military threat. While non-NATO members such as Ukraine, can gain access through a “contributing participant” role, NATO allies have not reached unanimous approval for NATO’s admittance.



“UK to offer major NATO deployment amid Ukraine crisis”


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson states the UK considers nearly doubling its number of troops in Eastern Europe while sending “defensive weapons” to Estonia. The UK also threatens crippling sanctions on Russia, but Foreign Secretary Liz Truss adds the UK will likely not send troops to Ukraine upon a Russian invasion.


“NATO Concerned over Europe’s energy security amid standoff with Russia”


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urges Europe to diversify its energy supply, as Russia is the continent's largest gas supplier and could halt all exportation if it invades Ukraine. The likelihood of Russian invasion heightens, as the UK warns it is “highly likely” and its military build-up along the Ukrainian border includes both 100,000 troops as well as supplies to treat “casualties of any conflict.”


“NATO Secretary General outlines NATO’s response to renewed tensions in Europe”


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg continues to stress the importance and success of the NATO alliance in the face of rising tensions with Russia. The Secretary General continues to reiterate that if Russia uses military force against Ukraine, there will be severe consequences. According to the Secretary General, the current strategy is threefold: economic sanctions, Ukraine support, and Allies commitment.


“NATO Says It Won’t Send Troops To Ukraine If Russia Invades”


Highlighting the difference between NATO allies and NATO partners, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that NATO would not send combat troops to Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion. Instead, NATO plans to support Ukraine in other ways.


“Department Press Briefing - January 27, 2022 - NATO, Ukraine and Russia”


Secretary of State for Political Affairs Toria Nuland answers questions in a press brief on the 27th regarding the current Ukraine-Russia NATO conflict. The Secretary reiterated the President’s response of unity and communication between allies and also shared that the response to Russia on the 26th was communicated throughout all NATO allies to reach a compromise in responding. It was confirmed that Putin does have the documents and is studying them.


“U.S., in Lockstep With NATO Allies, Calls on Putin to Stand Down”


Speaking alongside Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin emphasized the remaining opportunity for diplomacy with Russia. He also spoke about the increasing number of troops the U.S. and NATO are deploying to the alliance’s Eastern flank and emphasized the “sacred” Article 5 obligation member-states have to defend one another.


“Russia, US to square off at UN Security Council over Ukraine, NATO conflict”


The Ukraine-Russia conflict over Ukraine’s eagerness to join NATO was put on display at a United Nations Security Council Meeting between the United States and Russia. The United States claims Russia’s actions are a great peril to international peace and security while Russia urges other states not to buy the United State’s “PR stunt.”


“Russia to challenge NATO on security pledge, foreign minister Lavrov says”


Not satisfied with the West’s written response to Russia’s security demands, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov has demanded to know whether the West will comply, and if not, why. The Foreign Minister stated that the West’s response will be integral to the formation of Russia’s next proposals.


“Spain urges NATO to retain focus on southern security challenges”


In the midst of ongoing Russian aggression on NATO’s Eastern flank, Spain is urging its allies not to neglect the security of NATO’s Southern flank. Spain warned of consequences such as increased irregular migration, threatened energy supplies and increased drug trafficking into Europe.


“Czechia joins NATO allies in defending Ukraine”


NATO member Czechcia commits to supplying over 4,000 152mm “high-explosive range shells”' to Ukraine in hopes to aid the fellow Eastern-European state against Russia.



“NATO Allies send more ships, jets to enhance deterrence and defense in eastern Europe”


Many NATO members, including Spain, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the United States, are sending military equipment, like ships and aircraft, to eastern Europe in preparation for Russian aggression in Ukraine following Ukraine’s interests in joining NATO. There has been increased military presence from NATO in eastern europe since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.


“Romania is ready to host increased NATO troops if needed, president says”


With 4,000 NATO troops already stationed in Romania, President Klaus Iohannis works with the United States and France to discuss and potentially mobilize more NATO military forces along the eastern Romanian border in response to Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine. Iohannis emphasizes concerns over security and business.


“Deputy Secretary General stresses NATO will continue to increase Ukraine’s cyber defenses”


At a virtual event today, Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoanā stated that NATO has been working to increase Ukraine’s cyber defenses for years and pointed out that it has become increasingly more important that NATO member’s cyber defenses stay strong amid increasing cyber aggression by both Russia and China.


“US carrier strike group comes under NATO command in the Mediterranean”


NATO Naval Striking and Support Forces Command and U.S. Sixth Fleet began a patrolling initiative in the Mediterranean called, “Neptune Strike 2022,” featuring the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier and its strike group and air wing. The initiative will continue until 4 February.


“Johnson: UK would boost NATO troops if Ukraine invaded”


Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the UK is prepared to deploy troops to defend NATO and its allies if Russia invades Ukraine. The prime minister also warned of economic sanctions and a unified NATO front.


“Secretary General discusses Russian military build-up, NATO’s open door policy with Finland and Sweden”


Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets with Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto of Finland and Foreign Minister Ann Linde of Sweden amidst Russian military build-up near Ukraine. Stoltenberg reaffirms NATO’s close alliance with both countries and emphasizes their right to self-determination in choosing a response.


“NATO Secretary General takes part in meeting with US President Biden”


Organized by U.S. President Biden, Secretary General Jens Stolenberg along with representatives from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, the European Council and European Commission express increased Russian aggression toward Ukraine will come at a high cost. Stolenberg also urges to continue NATO’s approach of deterrence, defense and dialogue toward Russia.


“The Stakes of Russian Aggression for Ukraine and Beyond”


United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken gives a speech in Berlin focusing on Russian aggression. Blinken claims the issue is larger than two countries but is a global issue with global consequences. Throughout the speech, he continues to state Russian claims and rebuff them. For example, Russia claims that NATO is “parking missiles on the porch of our house,” and Blinken retorts with the fact that Russia has been the escalating presence.


“Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on Russia Ukraine Economic Deterrence Measures”


Senior administration officials from the Biden administration are prepared to impose sanctions with enormous ramifications on Russia that were not implemented in 2014 during the Crimea annexation. These economic sanctions would include export controls, denying Russia vital technologies. The EU and NATO Allies are all prepared to enforce consequences.


“Statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Russian Aggression Towards Ukraine”


Press Secretary Jen Psaki alleges that if Russia chooses to invade Ukraine, it will be met with a strong, united response from the NATO allies.


“Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden’s Meeting with Bipartisan Senators on Ukraine”


President Biden on January 19 discussed the rising military tension on the border of Ukraine and Russia with a group of bipartisan senators from a Congressional delegation to Ukraine.


“Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S. answers questions on Russian escalation”


Ukraine ambassador Oksana Markarova speaks with PBS NewsHour over Ukraine tensions, claiming that if the U.S. provides more weapons, Russia would be deterred. A united front that treasures freedom and democracy needs to be shown to Russia, claims the ambassador, and by providing more weapons, the U.S. can better support Ukraine.


“NATO conveys written proposals to Russia”


NATO releases its written proposals to Russia and opens the door for meetings with all 30 Allies and Russia. The specific content of the written proposals are currently confidential, but its general aim is to promote open dialogue with and to decrease military build up from Russia.


“Press Conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg”


To emphasize communication and cooperation, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg calls upon the need for an improved NATO-Russian alliance, concerns for European security, and the importance in risk reduction, transparency, and arms control. He also states NATO has invited all 30 Allies and Russia to several meetings, adding that its military presence has increased in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea, its Response Force totals 5,000 troops and additional back-up troops are ready for deployment. Lastly, he asserts NATO does not believe military force is the answer to the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, but is prepared to respond with military force and sanctions should Russia become more aggressive.



“Statement by the NATO Secretary General on cyber attacks against Ukraine”


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has condemned the recent cyber attacks against Ukraine. He highlighted NATO’s past support to Ukraine in the realm of cyber security and cyber defense and announced that NATO and Ukraine will sign an agreement on cyber cooperation.


“Germany and NATO urge Russia to de-escalate on Ukraine border”


Meeting in Berlin, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz discussed the joint threat of Russian aggression in Ukraine. The two agreed that Russia could de-escalate the situation by reducing the number of troops, but again warned that aggression would be met with severe consequences.


“NATO and Ukraine reaffirm commitment to technical cooperation”


Ukraine and the NATO Communications and Information Agency signed a renewed memorandum to further their pursuit of cooperation on technology-related projects. The effort will deepen cooperation, build on past successes and support Ukraine in modernizing its information technology and communications services.


“Russia demands US, NATO response next week on Ukraine”


Russian FM Sergey Lavrov has demanded a written response from the US and NATO on its Ukraine demands saying “We have run out of patience”. The demands come in the wake of cyber attacks in Ukraine, unsuccessful attempts at dialogue between NATO and Russia, and fresh Russian-Belarussian military drills.


“Ukrainian soldier killed as Russia, NATO hold high-stakes talks”


As NATO officials met with their Russian counterparts in Brussels last Tuesday in hopes of de-escalating the situation in Ukraine, a Ukrainian soldier was killed fighting Russia-backed separatists. Ukrainian military positions were targeted with machine guns and small arms by the separatists.


“Putin to brief China’s Xi on Russia-NATO talks, Kremlin says”


According to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Pesko, Russian President Vladimir Putin will brief Chinese President Xi Jinping on Russia-NATO talks when he travels to China next month for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics.


“NATO invites Russia for fresh talks on Europe amid Ukraine crisis ”


Following the unsuccessful talks earlier this month, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has invited Russia to take part in new talks to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine. In turn, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov has invited the US to participate in the Normandy Format, which currently consists of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany.


“NATO Deputy Secretary General: our next strategic concept will not be gender blind”


Speaking at the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives, NATO Deputy Secretary General Geoana vowed NATO’s next Strategic Concept would not be gender blind. He emphasized that it is a “must have” for women’s voices to be heard and “reflected across the full spectrum of our activities.”


“Putin tells British PM, Russia wants talks to curb NATO expansion”


In a phone call between Russian President Putin and British PM Johnson, Russia demanded “clear, international legal agreements” limiting NATO’s ability to expand eastward, notably in Georgia and Ukraine, while the British PM reiterated his commitment to Ukrainian territorial integrity, and warned against escalation.


“NATO Secretary General participates in high level discussion on global peace and security”


Speaking at “Peace Policy in Our Time”, hosted by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the most important lesson to be learned from NATO’s decades-long rivalry with the Soviet Union is the need for strong deterrence and defense coupled with openness to dialogue.


“Ukraine blames Germany for ‘blocking’ NATO weapons supply”


Ukrainian Defense Minister Reznikov blasted Germany saying “Not provoking Russia - that strategy does not work and will not work”. Reznikov criticized Germany for continuing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and blocking Ukraine from getting weapons from NATO.


“NATO Secretary General joins Summit for Democracy”


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg participated in the Summit for Democracy hosted by the United States. The summit's goals are stated as strengthening democracy, countering authoritarianism, fighting corruption and promoting human rights around the world.


“Georgia condemns Russia’s demand over rescinding NATO pledge to admit Ukraine, Georgia”


Responding to Russian demands for NATO to rescind its pledges to Georgia and Ukraine that they will eventually join the alliance, the Georgian Foreign Ministry released a statement stating it is Georgia’s "sovereign decision to join NATO, one that is based on the unwavering will of the Georgian population. This aim is also reflected in Georgia's Constitution."


“NATO Secretary General highlights the Alliance’s role as the cornerstone of Euro-Atlantic security”


Speaking at the Bucharest Forum, hosted by the Aspen Institute Romania, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg spoke of the importance of the transatlantic bond in today’s unpredictable security environment, and emphasized NATO’s role in upholding the international rules-based order.


“NATO chief rejects Russian demand to deny Ukraine entry”


Russian President Putin has demanded that NATO rescind its off of future membership to Ukraine as well as Georgia in his recent call with US President Biden. NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg responded: “NATO’s relationship with Ukraine is going to be decided by the 30 NATO allies and Ukraine, no one else.”



  • “NATO Secretary General underlines need for strong deterrence and defence”


In a seminar focused on NATO’s next Strategic Concept, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke about the importance of defense and deterrence. NATO can only do this, Soltenberg said, if it maintains strong, capable forces, resilient, robust societies, and a global perspective.



  • “NATO chief: The alliance is charting its path forward amid a changed security environment”


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talks about NATO’s future plans on the security environment.


  • “Biden to Speak with NATO Allies on Ukraine Before Putin Call”

US President Joe Biden has confirmed that he will discuss the situation in Ukraine and on the Poland-Belarus border with European NATO counterparts, including representatives of Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, before his Tuesday call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • “NATO Chief says allies must prepare for the worst in Ukraine”


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has warned NATO allies to prepare for conflict on the alliance’s Eastern flank as Russia continues its ominous military build-up near the Ukrainian border. However, the Secretary General still asserts that Russia’s intentions in the region are unclear, and repeated calls for transparency.
  • “NATO, EU states interested in export of Turkish drones: Foreign minister”

Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu stated Monday that many EU and NATO member-states are interested in the Turkish defense industry, especially its drones. The Foreign Minister also mentioned NATO and EU member-state Poland as a recent purchaser of Turkish armed drones.
  • “Most Ukrainians Want To Join NATO”
Support of NATO membership for Ukraine among Ukrainians has increased a staggering 24 percent since March of 2014. As of November 2021, 58 percent of Ukraininans favor NATO membership for their country.
  • “Putin hits back as NATO warns Moscow against attacking Ukraine”

Following statements from US Secretary of State Blinken and NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg which warned Russia about taking further military action against Ukraine, Russian President Putin said that if advanced missile systems from NATO were stationed in Ukraine, Russia would have no choice but to retaliate by mirroring the threat toward the west.
  • “Russia to unveil security pact proposals in bid to restrain NATO”

Speaking at the OSCE in Stockholm, Sweden, Russian FM Lavrov stated that Russia will put forth new proposals for a European security pact in response to the approaching possibility of military confrontation in Europe. Lavrov criticized NATO for encroaching on Russia’s borders and ignoring proposals by Russia to de-escalate tensions.


  • NATO Secretary General welcomes US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to Riga”


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to the NATO meeting of Foreign Ministers on Monday. The United States is a key NATO ally, and the Secretary General gave his thanks to Secretary Blinken for his leadership and the United States’ commitment to the NATO alliance.


  •  “Çavuşoğlu, Blinken discuss bilateral and regional issues at NATO meeting”


At the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting in Riga, Latvia, the Turkish FM and Secretary Blinken held a high-level meeting where they discussed a variety of issues such as Ukraine, Libya, Syria, the Southern Caucasus, the Western Balkans and Afghanistan. They expressed a desire to meet again in the near future.


  • “NATO Foreign Ministers discuss Russia and Ukraine, Belarus, arms control”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia to deescalate the situation in Ukraine by being transparent about the intentions of their military build up. He called on Moscow to work with NATO to alleviate the heightened tensions.


  • “Kyiv Calls for NATO 'Deterrence Package’ Against Moscow Amid Tensions Over Military Buildup”


In response to Moscow ammassing 115,000 troops and heavy weaponry near the Ukrainian border, the Ukrainian President has called for a new package of economic sanctions and a bolstering of military cooperation between NATO and Ukraine.


  • “Secretary General shares ideas on NATO’s next Strategic Concept”


At the NATO Public Diplomacy Conference in Riga, Latvia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg outlined a number of elements which should be included in the next NATO Strategic Concept, including protecting shared values, reinforcing military power, strengthening member-state societies, a global outlook, and building NATO as the Institutional link between North America and Europe.


  • “Foreign Ministers address lessons learned from NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan”


Reflecting on two decades of conflict in Afghanistan, NATO Foreign Ministers discussed the lessons the alliance had learned from Afghanistan. The comprehensive analysis of the collapse of the Afghan government will also inform the future decision-making of NATO’s top military and political leaders.


  • “NATO Foreign Ministers discuss Black Sea security, Afghanistan, Western Balkans”


Speaking at the end of the two day NATO Foreign Ministers meeting, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reaffirmed the alliance’s commitment to the territorial integrity of its Black Sea partners such as Georgia and Ukraine. He additionally stated: ''any future Russian aggression would come at a high price, and have serious political and economic consequences for Russia.''


  • “NATO Secretary General in Latvia: ‘An attack against one Ally is an attack on all Allies”


At the Allied meeting of Foreign Ministers in Riga, Latvia, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reaffirmed the allied commitment to Article 5. He added, "We remain vigilant, and stand ready to help Allies,".



Political Elements of NATO

“Coronavirus response: NATO delivers disinfectant to Ukraine”


  • As Ukraine works to combat a growing number of COVID-19 cases, NATO relivered 30,000 litres of surface disinfectant liquid to help. 


Military Exercises and Operations of NATO


“UK tried to form NATO coalition to keep troops in Afghanistan”


  • As NATO and US troops continue to exit Afghanistan, the UK worked to keep troops in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban. 


“Statement by the acting NATO Spokesperson on the Mercer Street vessel attack” 


  • NATO joined its allies in strongly condemning the recent fatal attack on the MV Mercer Street off the coast of Oman. 


“NATO donates over US $70 million in supplies, equipment to Afghan National Defence and Security Forces so far in 2021” 


  • NATO has delivered military equipment to Afghanistan as the Alliance withdrawals its forces from the country. 



NATO Military Exercises and Operations


  • Nato Baltic Air policing fighters intercept Russian aircraft over the Baltic sea


Allied radars tracked three unknown aircraft leaving Kaliningrad, NATO's Combined Air Operations Centre at Uedem in Germany launched the allied fighter aircraft to intercept and identify them. 

  • Afghan Troops to be trained in Turkey under first NATO program abroad


Afghani troops are to receive military training from NATO. This training program is only the first of a whole new series of  training programs abroad of Afghani soldiers. Turkey offering itself to host these troops shows a willingness for improving ties with its NATO allies.

NATO Political Elements

  • Coronavirus response: NATO and Hungary deliver ventilators to Ukraine


The NATO Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre and Hungary have aided in Ukraine’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic through coordination with NATO’s Pandemic Response Stockpile. Ukrainian Oblasts, including Donets'ka, Zaporiz'ka, MykolayIvs'ka, Kharkivs'ka, Khersons'ka, Cherkas'ka and Chernivets'ka will benefit from these ventilators in their fight against COVID-19.  



Political Elements of NATO


  • Ukraine needs NATO membership to counter Nord Stream 2 threat, Ukraine's Naftogaz says 


The threat of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a geo-political weapon by Russia against Ukraine has raised concerns for the necessity of enlisting Ukraine into NATO. Nord Stream 2 and Russian aggression is raising concerns for regional security. 


  • NATO welcomes stronger cooperation with the Republic of Korea


Chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Kyung-Hyup Kim, to the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Their discussions focused on security challenges as well as NATO’s relationship with Seoul, South Korea.


  • NATO’s next mission: Find a new boss


Jens Stoltenberg, who has been Secretary-General since 2014, is set to step down from the position in September 2022. NATO officials believe now is the time to appoint a female to the role, especially one from Eastern Europe to send a message to Moscow. Former presidents Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović of Croatia and Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania; and current Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid are the three most likely candidates. 


Military Exercises and Operations of NATO


  • NATO's 'Shark Hunt 21' anti-submarine exercise begins in North Atlantic


The U.S. led an anti-submarine exercise joined by France, the UK, and Canada known as “Shark Hunt 21”. The exercise included three submarines, four surface ships, and seven aircraft. The exercise ensures trans-atlantic maritime safety.  


  • US, EU, NATO release joint statement urging halt in fighting in Afghanistan, say don't support govt imposed by military force


Countries are closely monitoring the situation in Afghanistan, calling for a halt in the fighting as they stated this conflict does not have a military solution. 


  • US  Mission to NATO tweet: 



Political Elements of NATO


  • “Statement by the North Atlantic Council in solidarity with those affected by recent malicious cyber activities including the Microsoft Exchange Server compromise”


On Monday, July 19th, NATO released a statement in response to recent cyber attacks. The statement observed the increasing concern of cyber threats, condemned malicious attacks, upheld NATO’s Cyber Defence Pledge, and called on China to uphold their commitment to cyber safety. 


  • “NATO’s next mission: Find a new boss”


NATO Allies have begun “scouring” their ranks in search of a new successor to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, a former Prime Minister of Norway.


  • “NATO Secretary General discusses cooperation with Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina”


Secretary General Stoltenberg welcomed the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina to NATO recently to discuss COVID-19, reform efforts, and their addition to the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. 


  • “Deputy Secretary General welcomes Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister to NATO Headquarters”


The meeting between Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksii Reznikov and Deputy Secretary General Geoană involved security, sovereignty and NATO support for Ukraine.


  • “What the Afghanistan Withdrawal Means for Georgia’s NATO Dreams”


Georgia fears becoming obsolete to NATO’s membership action plan as forces withdraw from Afghanistan. Georgia has made itself into a security provider ever since the U.S. led coalition in Iraq 2004. Georgia is similar to Ukraine since it shares a border with Russia who also invaded them in 2008. Georgia also fears missing out on U.S. funding and training of its military, known as the GDRP.


Military Exercises and Operations of NATO


  • “NATO Ships Exercise in the Black Sea” 


Starting on July 12th, 2,000 forces and 30 ships took part in an exercise breeze in the Black Sea that concluded on Monday, July 19th. The exercise included forces from 14 NATO allies. 


  • “Allied Joint Force Command Norfolk Declares Full Operational Capability”


The Allied Joint Force Command Norfolk is NATO’s newest operational command and officially had its opening ceremony on July 15th, 2021. This command in particular works to protect lines of communication in all mediums, protect Transatlantic sealines, and enable enforcement within the European region. 


  • “L3Harris and international team to develop surveillance concepts for Nato”


L3Harris Technologies is working with other European defense and technology firms to develop “future NATO surveillance concepts” for its Alliance Future Surveillance and Control program. NATO plans to replace its current fleet of surveillance aircraft by 2035. 


  • “Commander of U.S., NATO forces in Afghanistan steps down”


US Army General Austin “Scott” Miller, commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, stepped down after three years and handed command over to Marine Corps. Gen. Frank McKenzie.


  • “Russia Warns U.K. and NATO Next Black Sea Spat Will Be Met With 'Most Severe' Response” 


Following the Sea Breeze military exercises in the Black Sea and the incident between the UK and Russia, Russia has furthered their threats and potential response to NATO and Allied exercises. 


Military Exercises and Operations of NATO


  • “NATO allies Greece, Turkey, Romania hold military drill in Black Sea”


NATO allies, Turkey, Greece, and Romania, conducted air-maritime military exercises off the coast of Romania. Simulation exercises practiced maritime-to-air defense, and air-to-air combat. The operation included Greek, Romania, and Turkish air forces, NATO assets such as the AWACS, and other ally assets such as the Italian Navy flagship Fasan. NATO members conduct these drills to “build trust and enhance readiness” in the Black Sea.


  • “Nato Holds Air Defence Exercise In Black Sea”


The recent exercises in the Black Sea included a coalition of Allied forces to underscore the unity, cooperation and skills inhabited by NATO while showcasing their commitment to peace and collective defense. 


  • “Marks 60th Anniversary Of European Air Patrols”


July 1st marked the 60th anniversary of the Alliance’s work of committing to keep European skies, as well as territories, secure.


  • “Turkish, U.S. defence ministers to discuss Kabul airport plan on Wednesday”


Following NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, Turkey is in talks with the United States about overseeing and operating the Kabul Hamid Karzai airport due to the diplomatic and security purpose it serves. 


  • “Afghanistan: Taliban captures territory as NATO withdrawal continues”


The Taliban is continuing to capture more territory throughout Afghanistan as NATO forces pull out. On Sunday, ASF fled into Tajikistan from Northern Afghanistan, enabling the Taliban encroachment. The Taliban now controls a ⅓ of all 421 districts due to poor troop morale, and lack of supplies and coordination. The Afghan government and security forces have been their own worst enemy, and now the Taliban has a strategic advantage because they control much of the territory bordering other Central Asian Countries.