Warsaw summit focuses on wide range of security issues: secretary general
WARSAW (Pajhwok): NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday said the alliance would adopt new measures to protect its allies from new emerging threats.
In his preliminary remarks at the Warsaw summit Stoltenberg said that the summit was a land mark opportunity in which important decision on how to strengthen the defence and deterrence of the member-states would be discussed.
“We meet at a time which is decisive for our shared security. And NATO will once again send a very clear message that we are here to protect and defend all Allies in a new and more challenging security environment,” he said.
In the two-day summit NATO would decide to increase its forward presence in the eastern part of the Alliance with four new battalions, multinational robust battalions and they would send a clear message that an attack on one Ally will be an attack on the whole Alliance.
The alliance would also increase its presence in the south-eastern part of the Alliance, with tailored multinational presence. NATO did not seek confrontation, neither the organsation want a new Cold War.
The Cold War was history, and it should remain history. But “we have to be able also in a more challenging security environment to defend and protect all our Allies,” he said.
about tension with Russian, he said NATO would continue to strive for a meaningful and constructive dialogue with Russia. That was important to reduce risks, to increase predictability and to enhance transparency and that was particularly important in times like these.
“We will also address how we can project stability to our neighbourhood. Because if our neighbours are stable we are secure. We will step up our support for the international coalition fighting ISIL. I expect the Heads of State and Government to make decisions on support of NATO AWACS surveillance planes. Make decisions on training of Iraqi officers. And also to expand our presence in the Meditarranean, building on our success we have in the Aegean Sea working with the EU, Turkey and Greece,” he said.
The NATO member-state would address many other issues like Afghanistan, Ukraine in the two-day summit.
Stoltenberg said he wanted to remind that he would sign a declaration later in the day with the two Presidents of the European Union President Tusk and President Juncker.
The declaration would be an important political platform for further strengthening the cooperation between NATO and the EU.
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