NATO leaders define China’s growing influence as a global threat, signaling the Atlantic alliance’s shifting focus to Asia. But not all members of the club appear to be on the same page.
There is no new Cold War with China but Western allies will have to adapt to the security challenges the rise of Beijing brings, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says ahead of Brussels summit.
Jens Stoltenberg, however, said that NATO countries would continue to support Afghanistan through civilian experts, who will help to advise government ministries by funding the security forces and with support for slow-moving peace talks.
NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg urges Russia to end troop build-up around Ukraine and de-escalate tensions after a meeting with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Brussels.
While Washington is indisputably the leading force in the Atlantic alliance, a member state like Hungary, which has unfriendly ties with Ukraine, could veto entry to NATO.
Ukrainian President Zelenskiy calls on NATO member states to strengthen their military presence in the Black Sea region to act as a "powerful deterrent" to Russia. Kremlin says NATO membership for Ukraine would do no good in resolving the conflict.
Turkey is a country that "I believe we have a strong interest in keeping anchored to NATO," says US Secretary of State Antony Blinken ahead of the NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.
President Joe Biden has said the US' traditional allies should once again have confidence in Washington's leadership, in his first major international address on foreign policy.
Although the alliance put off making a decision on the fate of NATO's 9,600-strong support mission, they opted to expand a training mission in Iraq to "around 4,000" personnel.
Jens Stoltenberg calls on Taliban to reduce violence, insisting "our presence in Afghanistan is conditions-based" during a virtual meeting of NATO defence ministers.
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says NATO is ready to reduce the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, supporting German-led initiatives to solve the crisis.
Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said that the cancellation of the exercises had been done after Turkey's proposal to de-escalate tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.
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