Stoltenberg regrets that Russia is severing ties with NATO, but denies that it will change its strategy towards Moscow

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this Thursday regretted that Russia cut ties with NATO, despite having indicated that communication channels will remain open and that this will not mean any changes in the Atlantic Alliance’s attitude towards Moscow.

After Russia withdrew its delegation to the military organization and closed the NATO information office in Moscow, Stoltenberg reiterated that relations had bottomed out and had “hit rock bottom” since the Cold War.

Stoltenberg regrets that Russia is severing ties with NATO, but denies that it will change its strategy towards Moscow
Stoltenberg regrets that Russia is severing ties with NATO, but denies that it will change its strategy towards Moscow

“We still have lines of communication with Russia, but we regret his decision,” he said on arrival at the meeting of NATO defense ministers, in which he recognized that Moscow’s decision “made contacts more difficult”.

However, the NATO political leader stressed that the Alliance’s approach will not change after Russia’s maneuvers and will continue to be based on a combination of defense and deterrence with dialogue attempts.

Relations with Russia will be the subject of debate among the Alliance’s defense ministers this Thursday at a meeting where NATO will begin reflections on its withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s seizure of power last August. The military organization defends that it must continue to play a role in the country which is to influence the actions of the new government and encourage more evacuations.

The allies will also discuss the organization’s future agenda for the Madrid Summit in 2022, which will be called to lay the foundations of the Alliance for years to come. The appointment in Spain is the key to the process of adapting NATO to the new global security and defense scenario, and already at this ministerial meeting the Atlantic Alliance intends to approve the Innovation Fund, a mechanism worth 1,000 million euros to support the development of dual Use emergency technologies.

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