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NATO Summit Warsaw 2016
2016 Warsaw Summit
Logo of the Warsaw Summit
Host countryPoland
Date8–9 July 2016
Venue(s)National Stadium[1][2]
The 2016 NATO summit was held at the National Stadium in Warsaw

The 2016 Warsaw Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was the 26th formal summit of the heads of state and heads of government of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, held at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, on 8 and 9 July 2016.[3][4]



Polish president Andrzej Duda announced in August 2015 that NATO bases in Central Europe were a priority for the Warsaw Summit, and wanted for Poland to be included in the Normandy Format talks. Members of NATO on its eastern flank, who in November 2015 convened into a group called the Bucharest Nine, felt threatened by a revanchist Russia, and he said he will raise the issue with Angela Merkel, who had "previously blocked efforts to place NATO troops in central and eastern Europe, saying it might strain relations with Russia."[5]


One of 16 NATO Boeing E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft that will monitor ISIL activities from Turkish and international airspace
At an altitude of 30,000 feet a single E-3A has over 312,000 km2 in its field of view and can continuously survey airspace within a radius of more than 400 km
  • Strengthening the alliance's military presence in the east, with four battalions in Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on a rotational basis – to be in place by 2017. This became known as NATO Enhanced Forward Presence.
  • Allies declared Initial Operational Capability of NATO's Ballistic Missile Defence to counter threats posed by Iran and further afield, North Korea, to the European continent.[6]
  • Pledge to strengthen individual nations' and collective cyber defences, and recognise cyberspace as a new operational domain.
  • Commitment to improve member state resilience.[7]
  • Start training and capacity building inside Iraq.
  • NATO Boeing E-3 Sentry AWACS surveillance planes to provide information and intelligence to the Global Coalition to counter ISIL from Turkish and international airspace.[8]
  • Agreed to an expanded maritime presence in the Mediterranean Sea to cope with the European migrant crisis and human trafficking.
  • Continue the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan beyond 2016, confirmed funding commitments for Afghan forces until 2020.
  • NATO-Ukraine Commission reviewed the security situation in Ukraine, endorsed government plans for reform, agreed a Comprehensive Assistance Package for Ukraine.
  • NATO Secretary General signed a Joint Declaration with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission to take partnership between NATO and the European Union to a higher level. Declaration sets out areas where NATO and the EU will step up cooperation – including maritime security and countering hybrid threats posed by a more aggressive Russia.[9][10][11][12]

Future summits[edit]

Normally NATO summits take place every two years, but after the Warsaw summit it was announced that the next alliance summit (27th) would take place in 2017 in Brussels to inaugurate the new €1 billion NATO headquarters building.[13]

The next major summit (27th) took place in Brussels in 2017.[14]

Leaders and other dignitaries in attendance[edit]

Countries in attendance
Country leaders, family photo
NATO Defence Ministers gather at the 2016 Warsaw summit in Poland

Jens Stoltenberg held his first NATO summit as NATO NATOSecretary General.

Member states[edit]

Non-member states and organisations[edit]

See also[edit]


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  31. ^ Malek, Caline. "Benefit for all as UAE delegation 'observes' Nato talks | The National". The National. Retrieved 8 July 2016.

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