“Based on solidarity, Alliance cohesion, and the indivisibility of our security, NATO remains the transatlantic framework for strong collective defence and the essential forum for security consultations and decisions among Allies. The greatest responsibility of the Alliance is to protect and defend our territory and our populations against attack, as set out in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. And so renewed emphasis has been placed on deterrence and collective defence. At the same time, NATO must retain its ability to respond to crises beyond its borders, and remain actively engaged in projecting stability and enhancing international security through working with partners and other international organisations.” - Warsaw Summit Communiqué (9 July 2016)
The NATO pages published during the Summit (8-9 July):
Summit Meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government - Warsaw, Poland - 8-9 July 2016
“Throughout NATO’s history we have demonstrated our ability to stand together. To make decisions. And to act. Our common values - individual liberty, democracy, and the rule of law - are the source of our unity. And unity is our greatest strength. At our Summit [...] we will demonstrate that unity. With a strong deterrence and defence. And a determination to project stability beyond our borders.” - Speech by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at Warsaw University, 31 May 2016
On 22 May 2015, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the dates for the 2016 Summit and welcomed Poland's offer to host the NATO meeting in Warsaw.
On 31 May 2016 at Warsaw University, the NATO Secretary General focused on the agenda for the Warsaw Summit noting that the Summit would take place at a critical moment for the Alliance, a "moment where our security and our values face significant challenges, [...] both from the east [Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova] and the south [Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia]" said Jens Stoltenberg.
On 12 September 2015, during the 2015 NATO Military Committee Conference, the 28 Allied Chiefs of Defence took stock of the implementation of the Readiness Action Plan (RAP) - adopted at the Newport Summit, in response to the Russia-Ukraine crisis - and agreed that the conditions were set for the RAP to be delivered in time for the Warsaw Summit in July 2016. (Source: "NATO Chiefs of Defence discuss the way ahead with the Readiness Action Plan and NATO’s future posture"). The exact details of the deployment, on a rotational basis, of four multinational battalions in the three Baltic States and Poland, will be decided in Warsaw (Keynote Address by NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow in Lisbon, 23 June 2016). During a press conference on 4 July, NATO Secretary General confirmed: "Allied leaders will agree to deploy four robust, multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland". (NATO Secretary General outlines Warsaw Summit agenda, 4 July 2016)
In May 2016, the NATO Chiefs of Defence also "reaffirmed NATO’s continued commitment to Afghanistan and emphasized the importance of maintaining a condition-based approach to Resolution Support Mission (RSM)" (NATO Chiefs of Defence meet ahead of Warsaw Summit, 18 May 2016)
In a speech expressed on 15 January 2016 in Trakai (Lithuania), NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow considered that strengthening and modernizing NATO's deterrence posture was the most important challenge for the NATO Warsaw Summit. On 22 April 2016, he highlighted "that both challenges - a more assertive Russia, and instability in the Middle East and North Africa – will be very high on the agenda at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, where the Alliance will be making decisions to further strengthen collective defence and deterrence". On 6 May 2016, in Montenegro, Ambassador Vershbow added: “I hope that, at the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw, the Alliance will commit to an even more ambitious Defence Capacity Building program for our southern neighborhood (Iraq).” On 15 June, NATO Defence Ministers agreed to develop a recommendation for NATO training and capacity building in Iraq. "Our aim is to reach agreement at the Warsaw Summit" said the NATO Secretary General. On 23 June 2016 in Lisbon, NATO Deputy Secretary General also noted that there was an opportunity for the Alliance to support partners’ maritime capabilities. “Our support can enhance partners’ maritime interdiction operations, their counter-terrorism efforts and their ability to provide humanitarian assistance,” he said.
On 17 May 2016, President of Poland Andrzej Duda (at the NATO Defense College, Rome), insisted on the three most important aspects of the Warsaw Summit agenda: "First, we have to ensure an absolute credibility of defense and deterrence. Second, we should remain open for dialogue even with those, who do not share our values. Third, we need to advance our open door and partnerships policy.
On 4 June 2016 during the Wrocław Global Forum, NATO Deputy Secretary General insisted on the need to stabilize the NATO neighboring countries (Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova).
During his speech at Warsaw University, Jens Stoltenberg had mentioned that a meeting with the Ukrainian President would be planned, in order to "agree on a new comprehensive package of assistance from NATO to Ukraine". NATO Secretary General also added: "At the Warsaw Summit, we will seek a new level of cooperation with the EU. On issues such as countering hybrid threats, cyber defence and maritime security." (The Warsaw Summit Strengthening NATO in turbulent times, 31 May 2016). According to the Council of the European Union's press office, the EU will participate in the Summit's working sessions "on projecting stability to the East and to the South and on Afghanistan". A EU-NATO joint declaration ('a first of its kind'), will be signed on Friday 8 July 2016. (EU-US, EU-NATO and NATO Summit, 6 July 2016).
On 9 June 2016, in The Hague (The Netherlands), NATO Secretary General discussed the Alliance’s agenda for the Warsaw Summit with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. He also underlined the importance of meeting the defence spending pledge made at the Wales Summit in September 2014. (NATO Secretary General discusses Warsaw Summit with Dutch Prime Minister). Jens Stoltenberg reconfirmed the Defence Investment Pledge in an exclusive interview for Poland.pl (Warsaw Summit comes at a defining moment, Poland.pl, 31 May 2015).
On the same day, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski delivered a speech at the Wrocław Global Forum, offering "the Polish perspective on how the Alliance should adapt to the current security environment". He structured his talk "into three Cs - the context, the content and the consequences of the upcoming Summit". (Poland and the NATO Summit: Meeting our security challenges, the official information portal of the Republic of Poland, 9 June 2016).
During the Meetings of the NATO Ministers of Defence, the Ministers also agreed to recognise cyberspace as an operational domain at the Warsaw Summit. (NATO Defence Ministers agree to enhance collective defence and deterrence, 14 June 2016)