NATO will look for ways to strengthen itself to be able to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Among these challenges, North Atlantic Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg named Russia’s military activities.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg launched a discussion on how to strengthen the North Atlantic Alliance, making it capable of meeting the challenges of tomorrow, reports DW. “Today I am happy to initiate a discussion on NATO 2020,” Stoltenberg said on Monday, June 8, at the alliance headquarters in Brussels.
“This is an opportunity to think about where we see our alliance in ten years and how it will continue to keep us safe in a more unpredictable world,” he said. “My vision for NATO 2020 is not a NATO restart. It’s about how to strengthen our already strong alliance,” said the Secretary General. He plans to strengthen not only the military but also the political aspect of NATO.
NATO believes in dialogue with Russia.
According to Jens Stoltenberg, the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has only increased security tensions. Among the specific challenges he mentioned Russia as the first: “Russia is not weakening its military activity”. In second place, he called terrorist organizations, in particular “Islamic State”. “The strengthening of China fundamentally changes the balance of power in the world,” added Stoltenberg.
Answering a question about relations with Russia, NATO Secretary General recalled the alliance’s so-called “two-track” approach to relations with Moscow: strengthening deterrence while continuing the dialogue. “The best way to prevent conflict is to remove any doubt that NATO is ready to protect its allies,” said Jens Stoltenberg. “At the same time Russia is our neighbor, Russia will not disappear anywhere. And we believe in a dialogue with Russia and will seek better relations with Russia,” he added.
NATO strengthening Jens Stoltenberg was instructed by the heads of state and government of the North Atlantic Alliance countries in December 2019. He will be assisted in this task by a team of experts led by former German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere and former American diplomat Wes Mitchell. Stoltenberg will present the results of the discussion at the next NATO summit, scheduled for 2021.