The President of the United States, Joe Biden, and the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, met this Monday for the next summit of the heads of state and government and discussed various topics relating to the “strengthening” of the organization as well as that of Russia The challenges raised focus on China and cyberattacks.
The contact between the two is part of the Stoltenberg Round with Allied leaders ahead of the June 14 summit, Joe Biden’s first overseas visit as President of the United States.
After the meeting, Stoltenberg reached out to the press to describe the meeting as “good” by addressing “most of the time” the goal of the summit, which is aiming for “an ambitious and forward-looking agenda to further strengthen our alliance.” “.
“We agree that in a more competitive world we must strengthen NATO. We are facing security challenges that no ally can overcome alone. Therefore, we have to stay together in NATO,” said Stoltenberg.
On other points, the NATO secretary sees the “greatest challenge” in the “unpredictable” world in which we live, and specifically described Russia as “responsible for aggressive actions against neighbors” and China for its “coercion” and “investing in new ones military capabilities “and” cyber threats “.
NATO sees the next summit as the best opportunity to revive transatlantic relations and justify the organization even after the turmoil of the Donald Trump era. The meeting will serve to give the green light to Stoltenberg’s plans to modernize the alliance, a framework in which the military organization will update its strategic concept to address new challenges and respond to China’s rise internationally.
The Atlantic Alliance’s new agenda is accompanied by a commitment to increase defense spending, a workhorse within the organization in recent years and an issue on which Trump focused US activities in NATO.