NATO Weekly Roundup - Week of December 3rd

  • 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,".