Tuesday, June 22, 2021

NATO chief: Summit picks up ‘Alliance’

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, fresh from a meeting with US President Joe Biden, told reporters on Friday that he expected the NATO leaders’ summit in Brussels next week to be a crucial moment for the alliance and joint security of which will be.

During an information session at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Stoltenberg noted that he had a very good meeting with Biden on Monday in the White House and said that all NATO alliance members were happy to hear the US President’s strong commitment to the trans- Atlantic band to cheer up.

Stoltenberg said he was confident that all the leaders at the summit would show their commitment to the alliance, not only in words but also in deeds. ‘

He set out a busy agenda for the meeting, supplemented by talks with Russia and China, which he said were “pushing back against the rules-based international order”. He said the recent striking cyberattacks detected in Russia had left relations between the alliance and the country at their lowest point since the Cold War.

He stressed that NATO should develop its next strategy for dealing with Russia, and said that it had reached out to the country to convene a new meeting of the NATO-Russia Council. The council was formed in 2002 in an effort to improve communication between the alliance and its primary adversary, but the group has not met since 2019.

Stoltenberg said Russia “did not respond positively” to the idea, but dialogue continues.

The NATO chief said the summit would also focus on securing the alliance’s technical capabilities to defend against cyberattacks, and he expects allies to agree on a new policy on cyber defense.

Stoltenberg said outer space would also be a priority, and it was just as important to underline as any other area defending the alliance. He said it was critical for NATO to be able to gather information, navigate and detect missile launches, including space-related issues.

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