Jens Stoltenberg called the new concept of NATO the basis of the “epoch of strategic rivalry.” Bloomberg wrote that the document would include a clause on a direct “Russian threat.” The current concept refers to partnership with Russia
NATO's new strategic concept will be the basis for the “era of strategic rivalry”, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, speaking via video link at a press conference following an informal meeting foreign ministers of countries— block members. The broadcast was conducted on the NATO website.
“NATO's new strategic concept will be the basis for an era of strategic rivalry”, — said Stoltenberg (quoted by Reuters).
Earlier, Bloomberg wrote that NATO in the new strategic concept could designate Russia's actions as a direct threat. According to the source of the agency, the position of Brussels may change if Moscow changes its behavior.
It is expected that the new concept of NATO will be adopted at the summit in Madrid, which will be held from 28 to 30 June. On May 15, Stoltenberg and US Secretary of State Blinken discussed preparations for the event. This concept will guide the alliance for the next decade.
The strategic concept defines the long-term strategy of the alliance. It sets out the goals and objectives of NATO in the field of security and, in particular, the challenges it faces.
In the current strategic concept “Active participation, modern defence”, which was adopted in 2010, the main tasks called collective defense, crisis management and cooperative security.
It also notes the need for a “strategic partnership” with Russia.
The NATO 2030 Reform Report Russia is designated as the main military threat to the bloc. The document notes that the alliance intends to strengthen its capabilities to contain Russia, but at the same time continuing the dialogue on peaceful coexistence on the basis of the Council of Russia— NATO. Dialogue, as emphasized in the document, NATO is ready to conduct only from a position of strength.
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NATO talked about revising the strategic concept to counter the “aggressive policy” Russia and challenges from China last June. At the same time, it was planned to agree on the implementation of new military concepts and strategies that would strengthen NATO's deterrent and defense capabilities to deal with threats from Russia and other countries. “NATO also continues to monitor the deployment of Russian troops in and around Ukraine,” noted in the message of the White House.
Since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, NATO has held emergency meetings several times and announced troop movements. Stoltenberg said in April that the alliance was working on plans to send a permanent and full-scale military force to the eastern borders to protect against a possible Russian attack. According to the Secretary General, NATO is in “the midst of a fundamental transformation.”
Russia, in turn, declares a threat from NATO and opposes its expansion. At the end of 2021, Moscow proposed draft security guarantees to Washington and Brussels, which included, among other things, the rejection of NATO expansion to the east. Negotiations on these documents did not yield concrete results.
It was repeatedly emphasized that the parties do not want a direct clash between Russia and NATO.
On May 15, Finland officially announced its decision to join NATO. According to the newspaper Expressen, on May 16, Sweden plans to apply for membership in the alliance. The Russian authorities said that they would consider the entry of the Scandinavian countries into NATO a threat to the country's security. If Finland is admitted to the organization, Moscow will take military-technical measures, the Foreign Ministry warned.
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