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Stoltenberg called Russia’s war against Ukraine the most urgent threat to NATO

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called Russia’s aggression against Ukraine the “most urgent” threat facing the Alliance, and noted that the new NATO Strategic Concept would identify Russia as the biggest and most direct threat to Allied security.

The head of the Alliance spoke about this today at a round table held under the auspices of the European edition of Politico on the eve of the Madrid NATO summit, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

The full recording of the event is available at website of the North Atlantic Alliance.

“I expect this summit in Madrid to be a summit of transformation because we are in a defining period of our security. Putin’s war against Ukraine is the most immediate threat we face. She broke the peace in Europe. At the same time, we must not forget about other challenges for our security,” Stoltenberg said.

Among such challenges, he named tougher competition between democracy and totalitarianism, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks and climate change. All these challenges, including Russia, will be reflected in the new NATO Strategic Concept.

“We will agree (during the summit – ed.) a new strategic concept for NATO to provide it with guidance in a new security environment that has undergone radical change. I expect that the Strategic Concept 2022 will designate Russia as the biggest and most direct threat to our security,” the NATO Secretary General said.

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He noted that this reflects a huge change from the previous Strategic Concept, adopted in Lisbon in November 2010, which referred to Russia as a “strategic partner” for the Alliance’s allies. Russian aggression against Ukraine, which began in 2014 and has now turned into a full-scale war, has fundamentally changed the security situation in Europe and the world.

As reported, the next NATO summit will be held in Madrid on June 28-30, which will consider modern challenges for European and Euro-Atlantic security, ways of further transformation of the Alliance and adopt a new Strategic Concept.

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