NATO Weekly Roundup – Week of June 7th

NATO’s Military Exercises and Operations

“US troops accidentally raid sunflower oil factory”

  • U.S. troops were taking part in a NATO military exercise, intending to clear an airbase. The troops ended up at the wrong coordinates and encountered civilian workers at a privately owned sunflower oil factory in Bulgaria, the incident happened on May 11th and was disclosed on June 4th. 

“The Taliban Are Getting Stronger in Afghanistan As U.S. And NATO Forces Exit”

  • As U.S. and NATO forces leave the region, ahead of the NATO Summit on June 14th. The exit is causing the Taliban forces to accelerate, which include killings and violence.

“Biden’s Defense Budget and NATO Makes A Show of Force”

  • The first numbers in the Biden administration’s first defense budget have altered throughout his time in office so far. 

“US, UK, French navies agree to bolster joint operations, tech collaboration”

  • The leaders of the U.S., the U.K., and French navies met in France on Thursday, June 3rd, they affirmed their commitment to deeper collaboration between their fleets ahead of the NATO Summit. 

“Turkey offers to run Kabul airport after NATO's Afghan withdrawal -officials”

  • Turkey has offered to run Kabul’s airport amid the U.S. and NATO military withdrawal. 

Political Elements of NATO

“Secretary General previews NATO Summit in keynote speech”

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gave a preview of the upcoming NATO Summit on June 14th with a virtual keynote address on Friday, June 4th. He said, “through NATO 2030, we are adapting to a more competitive world,” adding that “ambitions must be high, as the challenges to our security are great.”

“Secretary General welcomes Prime Minister of Lithuania to NATO Headquarters”

  • Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė of Lithuania to NATO headquarters on Thursday, June 3rd. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the upcoming NATO Summit. 

“Biden to meet NATO secretary general ahead of Brussels summit”

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will meet US President Joe Biden at the White House on June 7th, ahead of the NATO Summit on June 14th. The two will discuss “many issues on the NATO agenda, including reinforcing transatlantic security in the face of challenges from Russia and China”, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday.

“In overseas trip, Biden to meet Turkey’s Erdogan, UK’s queen”

  • U.S. President Joe Biden will take his first overseas trip for the NATO Summit on June 14th, on the trip he will meet with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Queen Elizabeth.