NATO Weekly Roundup - Week of January 21st

“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.