NATO Weekly Roundup – Week of July 26th

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. 

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