Russia’s most significant and direct threat to Allied security: NATO

[]June 29 (ANI): leaders have called Russia “the most significant and direct threat” to security in the alliance’s member states, the final declaration released on Wednesday following the Madrid summit said.

“The Russian Federation is the most significant and direct threat to the security of the Allies and to peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area. It strives to establish spheres of influence and direct control through coercion, subversion, aggression and annexation,” the declaration said. which included NATO’s formal invitation to and Finland.

At the same time, the alliance noted that it “does not seek confrontation and does not pose a threat” to Russia, but will further “respond to Russian threats and hostilities in a united and responsible manner”, according to the document.

“In light of its hostile policies and actions, we cannot consider the Russian Federation as our partner. But we are still willing to keep open communication channels with to manage and mitigate risks, prevent escalation and increase transparency. We strive for stability and predictability in the Euro-Atlantic area and between NATO and the Russian Federation “, the declaration stated.

The leaders also approved a new strategic concept that would guide the Alliance’s until 2030. “We have approved a new strategic concept. It describes the security environment facing the Alliance, reaffirms our values ​​and specifies NATO’s main purpose and the greatest responsibility for the Alliance. collective defense based on a 360-degree strategy “, it was stated in a declaration from the summit.

The concept also sets out the alliance’s three core tasks, including deterrence and defense, crisis prevention and , and cooperative security, according to the declaration.

The members of the alliance said they viewed Russia’s “ build-up” in the Baltic, Black and Mediterranean regions as a challenge to its interests.

“Moscow’s military build-up, including in the Baltic, Black and Mediterranean regions, together with its military integration with , challenges our security and interests,” the declaration said.

NATO also said it was facing “systemic competition” from China that challenges the alliance’s values ​​and interests. In addition, the NATO states promised to deploy additional combat-ready forces on the eastern flank of the alliance.

“Allies have pledged to deploy additional robust combat forces on our eastern flank, to scale up from existing battle groups to brigade-sized units where and when needed, underpinned by credible rapidly available reinforcements, positioned equipment and improved command and control.” , read an explanation.

They also agreed to improve their and maintain a reliable energy supply to the Alliance’s military forces under the conditions of the current global energy crisis. “We are also strengthening our energy security. We will ensure a reliable energy supply to our military forces,” a statement read.

Furthermore, the NATO states promised to provide additional defense and financial support to Ukraine, allegedly to help the country defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The military alliance also acknowledged the challenge from China, which could undermine the rules-based international order.

“We face systemic competition from them, including the People’s Republic of China, which challenges our interests, security and values ​​and seeks to undermine the rules-based international order. Instability outside our borders also contributes to irregular migration and human trafficking.” said the statement. (ANI)


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