“This is a new dimension and a series of challenges for NATO. New dangers arise,” said Jens Stoltenberg.
The secretary-general of NATO defended today that the political and military rapprochement between Russia and China represents “new dangers” for the Atlantic Alliance and constitutes a multilateral threat.
“The rule-based order – the basis of multilateralism – is under threat. Russia and China have for some time been establishing increasingly intense collaboration at both the political and military levels. This is a new dimension and a series of challenges for NATO. New dangers arise,” said Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
“Moscow and Beijing are increasingly coordinating their respective positions in the decisions they take in multilateral organizations such as the UN. On the other hand, they carry out joint military exercises, experience long-haul flights with fighter planes and (conduct) maritime operations, also carrying out the intense exchange of experiences on weapons systems and Internet network control”, he detailed.
For the secretary-general of NATO, the organization must “adapt” to respond, namely, to “the rise of China as a military power” and to the “growing aggressiveness of Russia”.
These issues will be analyzed at the next summit of NATO leaders, on June 14, in Brussels, in which the President of the United States, Joe Biden, will participate.
China does not share our values. He doesn’t believe in democracy, freedom of expression, or the media,” said Jens Stoltenberg.
“China is very active in Africa, the western Balkans, and the Arctic. It undertakes major key investments in Europe. In cyberspace, it is a benchmark. All of this has a huge impact on our security,” he said.
As for Russia, NATO has to take steps towards a “double rapprochement: deterrence and dialogue”, in particular on arms control.
“Our troops are present, on a rotating basis, in the Baltic, Poland, and Romania and we have new intervention models so that, in the event of a crisis, the new contingents can be reinforced quickly”, stressed Stoltenberg.
On Belarus, a country close to Russia and bordering Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania – three NATO member countries – the Atlantic Alliance will remain “on the lookout”.
“We are naturally prepared, in an emergency, to protect ourselves and defend each of our allies against any kind of threat coming from Minsk or Moscow.
source: with agencies