All Eyes on the Eastern Flank: The Warsaw NATO Summit in 2016
During the upcoming Warsaw NATO Summit, the Alliance should reinvigorate the relevance of article 5. Member states agreed that it is a core article. However, NATO must establish more accurate and relevant decisions making procedures. NATO ought to think how to use, in an effective way, the forces which are deployed in the Alliance’s territories, especially troops stationed in the Eastern Flank.
The beauty of NATO is that this Alliance is permanent, it brings us together and it’s all the time adapting to the new reality. The issues with Ukraine it is not membership, we should not talking about Ukrainian membership today, because it shut down more serious conversation about what we should be doing as the West and as NATO.
Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President Atlantic Council, USA | Warsaw Security Forum 2015.
Member states should deepen their understanding of hybrid threats. Updated manuals for field operations must include new kinds of warfare: hybrid, non-conventional and propaganda tools and find ways to counter them.
NATO must act appropriately, not aggressively. The Alliance must be consistent and respect its own decisions.
All flanks should be accounted and we cannot have only one direction which we concern. I believe that Alliance is able to take this tasks and challenges. I believe that Warsaw Summit will be successful.
Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs Republic of Lithuania | Warsaw Security Forum 2015.
NATO should respect partners who deserve to be more respected, not only Montenegro but also Georgia and Ukraine. The Alliance ought to let them take more responsibility for European peace and security.
In the face of recent conventional threats coming from the new posture of Russia, we can also observe asymmetrical challenges coming from the Southern neighbourhoods of the Alliance. As a result, West should prepare to respond to both – traditional and
In the case of the Eastern Flank, it is most important to replace the temporary presence of troops to a permanent one. The Organisation should not forget about the necessity of maintaining a high level of interoperability of NATO troops. The Organisation ought to reawaken an idea of the cooperative security model. NATO should maintain its strategy, especially the cooperative instruments and methods designed for development of its relations with the Russian Federation.