Updated: 06-Mar-2003 February 2003

4 Feb. 2003
NATO to escort shipping in Straits of Gibraltar
On 4 February NATO decided that Alliance naval forces will escort Allied commercial and civilian naval vessels travelling through the Straits of Gibraltar. The military authorities have now been ordered to plan the operation, to begin as soon as possible.
4 Feb. 2003
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia becomes Serbia and Montenegro

On Tuesday, February 4, 2003, by an act of parliament, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia voted to disband itself and establish the new state of Serbia and Montenegro. The new country will be comprised of two republics with the region of Kosovo part of the Serbian Republic, administered by NATO and the United Nations.

6-19 Feb. 2003
Consultations on measures to protect Turkey
NATO’s top decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council, meets to consider a proposal to task the Alliance’s military authorities to begin planning deterrent and defensive measures in relation to a possible threat to Turkey.
7 Feb. 2003
Russia and NATO after the Rome Summit
The annual St Petersburg conference was held for the third time, on 7-8 February, bringing together high-level participants principally from Eastern and Northern Europe, as well as from North America. The conference aimed to evaluate the role of NATO and Russia in anti-terrorist operations and focused on cooperation between NATO members and Russia in the framework of the NATO-Russia Council "at 20", created at the Rome Summit in May 2002.
8 Feb. 2003
NATO and Russia sign submarine rescue agreement
NATO and Russia have signed a landmark agreement on mutual help and co-operation in the area of submarine crew search and rescue at sea.
10 Feb. 2003
Slovenian Prime Minister visits NATO
The Prime Minister of Slovenia, Mr. Anton Rop, visited NATO Headquarters on 10 February for talks with Secretary General Lord Robertson.
10 Feb. 2003
Winter Academy 2003
This year's Winter Academy will focus on "NATO and the new security system in Europe", covering the historical, military, economic and political dimensions of the subject.
13-15 Feb. 2003
Reserve officers hold 55th mid winter conference
The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) held its 55th mid winter conference at NATO HQ, 13-15 February.
17 Feb. 2003
KFOR’s Detention of Indicted War Criminals : Haradin Bala (aka Shala), Isak Musliu (aka Qerqiz) and Agim Murtezi (aka Murrizi)
KFOR has detained Haradin Bala (aka Shala), Isak Musliu (aka Qerqiz) and Agim Murtezi (aka Murrizi), who are under indictment for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). They were detained in Kosovo and will be transferred to The Hague. There were no casualties sustained in the course of these operations.
17 Feb. 2003
Lord Robertson visits Bulgaria
During a visit on 17 February Lord Robertson congratulated Bulgaria on its invitation to join NATO and called on the government to continue with reforms in key areas.
19 Feb. 2003
NATO to deploy defensive assistance to Turkey
On 19 February, NATO’s top defence committee authorised Alliance military authorities to deploy NATO AWACS aircraft, as well as missile and chemical and biological defences to Turkey.
19 Feb. 2003
Lord Robertson visits United States
NATO Secretary General travelled to Washington D.C. from 19 to 20 February to receive the Transatlantic Leadership Award from the European Institute and to meet with top US officials.
20 Feb. 2003
NATO AWACS to patrol skies over Turkey
The Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General James L. Jones, yesterday, 20 February, ordered the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force to deploy to Turkey with their AWACS aircraft.
20 Feb. 2003
Dogfish 2003 - NATO's largest anti-submarine warfare exercise
NATO's largest annual anti-submarine warfare exercise started in the Ionian Sea on 20 February. Ten NATO countries are providing submarines, maritime patrol aircraft, surface ships and personnel for Dogfish 2003.
24 Feb. 2003
Disciplined Warrior 2003

A command post exercise called "Disciplined Warrior" is taking place in Verona, Italy, from 24 February to 7 March. Discipline Warrior 2003 aims to improve the capabilities of the Southern Region to carry out crisis response operations, in particular, where peace support operations are concerned. It is using modern simulation techniques to replicate the flow of information and decision making processes in a deployed military headquarters.

26 Feb. 2003
NATO AWACS on patrol in Turkey
Two NATO radar monitoring and surveillance aircraft (AWACS) arrived at Konya airbase, Turkey, on 26 February and have begun patrols of Turkish airspace. This is part of the deployment of Alliance defensive assistance to Turkey agreed by NATO’s Defence Planning Committee on 19 February 2003.
26 Feb. 2003
The threat of weapons of mass destruction
The threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and the relevance for NATO-Ukraine cooperation was the theme of a roundtable organised in Kyiv on 26 February.
27 Feb. 2003
Secretary General visits Lithuania, Latvia and Romania
Lord Robertson continued his tour of the seven countries currently engaged in accession talks to join NATO with a visit to Lithuania and Latvia on 27-28 February, and Romania on 3 March.