NATO Weekly Roundup - Week of October 1st

  • “NATO Secretary General meets with UN Secretary-General in New York”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_186695.htm?selectedLocale=en 

The two leaders met to discuss NATO and the UN’s role in supporting international peace, as well as areas of potential collaboration, including counter-terrorism. 


  • “Kremlin says NATO expansion in Ukraine is a ‘Red Line’ for Putin”

https://www.reuters.com/world/kremlin-says-nato-expansion-ukraine-crosses-red-line-putin-2021-09-27/ 

NATO has expanded its military infrastructure in Ukraine in a move that Russia and close ally Belarus have agreed to take action against. 


  • “Deputy Secretary General: NATO will set the standard for ethical use of new technologies”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_186936.htm?selectedLocale=en 

Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană discussed NATO’s role in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), especially as it relates to cyber warfare at a virtual conference. 


  • “NATO Secretary General welcomes new Supreme Allied Commander Transformation”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_186878.htm?selectedLocale=en 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attended the Change of Command for the Supreme Allied Commander in an event in Norfolk, Virginia. 


  • “Russian Plane Enters NATO Member Estonia’s Airspace for 6th Time this Year”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russian-plane-enters-nato-member-estonia-s-airspace-6th-time-n1279941 

The Russian aircraft entered Estonian airspace near the island of Vaindloo, leading to condemnation by the Estonian government. 


  • “NATO Increases Patrols Near Kosovo-Serbia Border Blockage”

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-09-27/nato-increases-patrols-near-kosovo-serbia-border-blockage 

Local Serbians have blocked border crossings in protest of a ban on vehicles with Serbian license plates entering Kosovo, leading to mounting tensions which have led to NATO patrols. 


  • “France’s role in NATO not in Question Despite US Rift”

https://apnews.com/article/business-france-afghanistan-paris-united-states-5027d265a230287abd17f4680f18b140 

Despite simmering tensions between France and the U.S. over a submarine deal, France’s standing in NATO is unchanged.


  • “Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko warns of response to NATO troops in Ukraine, migrant catastrophe” 

https://www.anews.com.tr/world/2021/09/27/belarus-leader-alexander-lukashenko-warns-of-response-to-nato-troops-in-ukraine-migrant-catastrophe 

Referring to the RAPID - TRIDENT 2021 military drills in Ukraine, and the participation of NATO forces, Lukashenko has accused the United States and NATO of building bases in Ukraine, and warned of a joint response with Russia.