NATO Weekly Roundup - Week of January 31st, 2022

“UK to offer major NATO deployment amid Ukraine crisis”

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson states the UK considers nearly doubling its number of troops in Eastern Europe while sending “defensive weapons” to Estonia. The UK also threatens crippling sanctions on Russia, but Foreign Secretary Liz Truss adds the UK will likely not send troops to Ukraine upon a Russian invasion.

NATO Concerned over Europe’s energy security amid standoff with Russia”

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urges Europe to diversify its energy supply, as Russia is the continent's largest gas supplier and could halt all exportation if it invades Ukraine. The likelihood of Russian invasion heightens, as the UK warns it is “highly likely” and its military build-up along the Ukrainian border includes both 100,000 troops as well as supplies to treat “casualties of any conflict.” 

“NATO Secretary General outlines NATO’s response to renewed tensions in Europe” 

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg continues to stress the importance and success of the NATO alliance in the face of rising tensions with Russia. The Secretary General continues to reiterate that if Russia uses military force against Ukraine, there will be severe consequences. According to the Secretary General, the current strategy is threefold: economic sanctions, Ukraine support, and Allies commitment. 

“NATO Says It Won’t Send Troops To Ukraine If Russia Invades” 

  • Highlighting the difference between NATO allies and NATO partners, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that NATO would not send combat troops to Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion. Instead, NATO plans to support Ukraine in other ways. 

“Department Press Briefing - January 27, 2022 - NATO, Ukraine and Russia”

  • Secretary of State for Political Affairs Toria Nuland answers questions in a press brief on the 27th regarding the current Ukraine-Russia NATO conflict. The Secretary reiterated the President’s response of unity and communication between allies and also shared that the response to Russia on the 26th was communicated throughout all NATO allies to reach a compromise in responding. It was confirmed that Putin does have the documents and is studying them. 

“U.S., in Lockstep With NATO Allies, Calls on Putin to Stand Down” 

  • Speaking alongside Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin emphasized the remaining opportunity for diplomacy with Russia. He also spoke about the increasing number of troops the U.S. and NATO are deploying to the alliance’s Eastern flank and emphasized the “sacred” Article 5 obligation member-states have to defend one another. 

“Russia, US to square off at UN Security Council over Ukraine, NATO conflict” 

  • The Ukraine-Russia conflict over Ukraine’s eagerness to join NATO was put on display at a United Nations Security Council Meeting between the United States and Russia. The United States claims Russia’s actions are a great peril to international peace and security while Russia urges other states not to buy the United State’s “PR stunt.”

“Russia to challenge NATO on security pledge, foreign minister Lavrov says” 

  • Not satisfied with the West’s written response to Russia’s security demands, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov has demanded to know whether the West will comply, and if not, why. The Foreign Minister stated that the West’s response will be integral to the formation of Russia’s next proposals. 

“Spain urges NATO to retain focus on southern security challenges”  

  • In the midst of ongoing Russian aggression on NATO’s Eastern flank, Spain is urging its allies not to neglect the security of NATO’s Southern flank. Spain warned of consequences such as increased irregular migration, threatened energy supplies and increased drug trafficking into Europe.

“Czechia joins NATO allies in defending Ukraine” 

  • NATO member Czechcia commits to supplying over 4,000 152mm “high-explosive range shells”' to Ukraine in hopes to aid the fellow Eastern-European state against Russia.