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Russian president Russian President Vladimir Putin It may well be the opposite of what has been bargained for, with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg recently proposing plans for a permanent Allied presence on the eastern side in response to an invasion Ukrainewhich lasted for 46 days from Sunday.
Stoltenberg was quoted as saying, “What we are seeing now is a new reality, a new normal for European security. Therefore, we have now asked our military leaders to provide options for what we call a reset, a longer-term adaptation of NATO.” He says in a recent interview with The Telegraph. I expect NATO leaders will make decisions on this when they meet in Madrid for the NATO Summit in June.”
Stoltenberg explained that NATO received a “wake-up call” in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea and, at that time, carried out the alliance’s biggest strengthening since the end of the Cold War. In light of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the alliance, which emerged from the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty between the United States, Canada and European countries, is turning from strengthening to a complete “reset”. NATO has since deployed an additional 40,000 troops to the eastern side of the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea.
Prior to late February, NATO’s presence on the eastern frontier constituted more than “flight wire deterrence” that symbolized the alliance’s commitment to defend itself against Russian onslaught. Part of the “reset” will be about “deterrence by defence” against a possible Allied invasion. Stoltenberg, who has extended his term as NATO chief by a year, said NATO was “in the midst of a very fundamental transformation” to reflect the “long-term consequences” of Putin’s actions.
“No matter when and how the war in Ukraine ends, the war has already had long-term consequences for our security,” he told The Telegraph. “NATO needs to adapt to this new reality. And that’s exactly what we’re doing.” “NATO is the most successful alliance in history for two reasons. One is that we have been able to unite Europe and North America. The other is that we have been able to change when the world changes. Now the world is changing, and NATO is changing.”
Amid concerns that Russia and China are working closely together, Stoltenberg said NATO is finalizing a new strategic concept for Beijing, which has the world’s second largest defense budget.
Stoltenberg added that China’s rise and “changing the global balance of power” has “direct consequences for NATO,” explaining how China has invested heavily in modern nuclear capabilities and long-range missiles that can reach NATO territory.
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