New NATO strategic concept should take into account Russian aggression and China’s influence on balance of power – Stoltenberg

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NATO Allies supported the proposal to update the 2010 Strategic Concept. Since its adoption the Alliance has faced a new security environment and Russia has turned from a potential strategic partner into an aggressor state.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this at a press conference following the first day of the meeting of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the level of Ministers of Defence held via secure teleconference on February 17, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“NATO’s Strategic Concept was agreed back in 2010 and it has actually served us well. But, since then, the security environment we face has fundamentally changed… Back in 2010, we were working for, establishing, what we then referred to as a strategic partnership with Russia. Since then, we have seen Russia being responsible for aggressive actions against neighbours, the illegal annexation of Crimea and things have fundamentally changed,” he said.

Stoltenberg noted that in the current Strategic Concept “we are not addressing the shifting balance of power and the security consequences of the rise of China.”

In addition, he said that climate change is a serious crisis multiplier and it really affects NATO security and needs to be addressed in a new strategic concept.

“So we need to update our Strategic Concept. We need to recommit to our core values. And we need to use the Strategic Concept to further strengthen the bond between North America and Europe. So, this is an idea which is broadly supported by NATO Allies. And I hope that NATO leaders, heads of state and government, when they meet later on this year, will then agree to start the process, to task to me… to work on a revised and updated Strategic Concept for the Alliance,” Stoltenberg summed up.

© 2021 Ukrinform News

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