NATO Weekly Roundup - Week of January 26th, 2022

“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.