NATO Weekly Roundup - Week of December 17th

“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."