1990 London summit

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NATO Summit London 1990
1990 London Summit
Host countryUnited Kingdom
Date5–6 July 1990

The 1990 London summit was the 10th NATO summit since 1949, and the 4th in 6 years.[1] It was held in London on 5–6 July 1990. The principal outcome of the summit was the London Declaration on a Transformed North Atlantic Alliance.[1]

The declaration, shaped in the midst of a changing Europe, called for substantial changes in the organization to ensure it could adapt to a rapidly evolving political landscape.[2] Additionally, the declaration called for reductions in short-range nuclear capabilities, and re-focusing its long-term strategic plans with associated changes to the structure and quantity of its military.

Notably, the declaration also reinforced a message given days earlier stating that NATO no longer saw the Warsaw Pact countries as enemies,[3] and opening up channels for communication and aid with the former eastern bloc states.[4] NATO extended a "hand of friendship" to eastern European nations.[5]

One year later, on 20 December 1991, NATO and former members of the Warsaw Pact formed the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (NACC), now called the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council.


  1. ^ a b "NATO e-Library: Summits and ministerial meetings". nato.int. North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  2. ^ "NATO's Command Structure: The Old and the New". nato.int. North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  3. ^ Rimanelli, Marco (14 September 2009). The A to Z of NATO and Other International Security Organizations. Scarecrow Press. p. 94. ISBN 978-0810868991.
  4. ^ "United States Security Strategy for Europe and Nato". United States Depeartment of Defense. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  5. ^ "1990 Summit: a turning point in 'East-West' relations". nato.int. North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Retrieved 26 March 2017.