NATO Summit (June 2021)

The leaders of NATO states and governments meet at a key moment for the Alliance and collective security, we read in the announcement that announces the summit. Leaders of 30 member states, including US President Joe Biden, will decide to prepare NATO for current and future challenges, including Russia’s aggressive behavior, terrorism, cyberattacks and disruptive technologies, the rise of China’s power, and the impact of climate change on international security.

The answer to the challenges of the future is to be the “NATO 2030” agenda – a set of specific proposals collected by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after consultations, inter alia, with experts and representatives of civil society.

The solutions presented to the leaders are to concern, inter alia, deepening the mechanisms of political consultations between allies, strengthening NATO’s technological advantage, improving the program of training missions, supporting the international order, fighting climate change and initiating work on a new strategic concept.

The response to the actions of Russia and China, investments in defense and deterrence, transatlantic relations – these are the main topics highlighted by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels today, where the Alliance summit begins.

Relations with Russia are at their worst since the Cold War, said the secretary general, recalling her aggressive actions against its neighbors Ukraine and Georgia, as well as cyber attacks. At the same time, we are striving for a dialogue with Russia. Dialogue is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength – we can talk to Russia, he stressed.

He also pointed to the aggressive actions of China, for example, in the South China Sea and the democratic protests in Hong Kong, as well as the need to cooperate in the face of challenges such as climate change and Chinese investments in modern technologies such as 5G. China is not an opponent, he noted.

Stoltenberg stressed the importance of the transatlantic ties and welcomed the declaration made by US President Joe Biden on their maintenance.

Speaking about the need to invest in the defense of the member states and joint programs, he recalled that the spending of the allies was growing for the seventh consecutive year. As he pointed out, the answer to the challenges is the “ambitious, future-oriented” NATO 2030 program. This agenda is the main topic of this year’s one-day meeting of the heads of states and governments of the North Atlantic Alliance countries.

Paulo Bentu

Non-Resident Fellow

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