The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden wants to make the issue of climate change on the planet central to its foreign policy. This was announced by U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Monday, April 19, during a speech in Annapolis (Maryland) near Washington. The text of the speech is published on the foreign affairs website.
“We will put the climate crisis at the center of our foreign policy and (national security strategy. – Ed.) as President Biden instructed us to do in his first week in office,” he said.
At the same time, the State Department chief noted that this does not mean that Washington will treat “other countries’ progress on climate” as a reason to “turn a blind eye to bad behavior in other areas” important to U.S. national security. According to him, climate is not a bargaining chip; it is the future of the country.
According to Blinken, “climate change could also create new theaters of conflict.” In particular, he believes that a warming Arctic climate could affect the timing of the Northern Sea Route’s navigability, which could become longer.
“Russia is taking advantage of this change to try to establish control over new spaces. It is modernizing its bases in the Arctic and building new ones, including one that is only 300 miles (482.8 kilometers – Ed.) from Alaska,” the diplomat said, adding that China is also strengthening its presence in the Arctic.
As noted the head of the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs, climate change is given more attention in the framework of the North Atlantic Alliance. For example, there is consensus on the need to adapt the combat readiness of NATO armed forces to the inevitability of climate change, as well as to “reduce the alliance’s dependence on fossil fuels, which is both a source of vulnerability and pollution.