Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
June 30, 2022

Madrid Summit ends with far-reaching decisions to transform NATO

Allied leaders agreed on a fundamental shift in NATO’s deterrence and defence, with strengthened forward defences, enhanced battlegroups in the eastern part of the Alliance, and an increase in the number of high readiness forces to well over 300,000….During the Summit, NATO’s closest partners Finland and Sweden were invited to join the Alliance…Allies further agreed on long-term support for Ukraine through a strengthened Comprehensive Assistance Package.

Leaders endorsed a new NATO Strategic Concept….It sets out NATO’s approach to Russia and to other threats, including terrorism, cyber and hybrid. For the first time, the Strategic Concept addresses the challenges posed by China….NATO leaders met with key partners to address global challenges and Indo-Pacific partners Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the Republic of Korea participated together in a NATO Summit for the first time. Allies also…addressed NATO’s response to threats and challenges from the Middle East, North Africa and Sahel.