According to the results of yesterday’s video conference from defense ministers of NATO member countries, Russia and China, the main threats were named.
The following decisions have been made:
– New package of measures includes strengthening the common missile and air defense systems,
– Alliance countries will modernize their weapons and purchases, including Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems and US-produced F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation military aircraft,
– Russia’s behavior on the issue of nuclear weapons has been called “destabilizing and dangerous”,
– NATO doesn’t plan to deploy new weapons and deploy nuclear missiles in Europe.
In his opening speech, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the meeting will discuss preparations for a possible second wave of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as security and defense issues.
“NATO is responding to COVID-19, and preparing for a possible second wave. But the security threats we faced before the pandemic have not disappeared. So we must continue to provide security to our close to one billion citizens,” he said.
“Today, we will discuss how to respond to the growing threat posed by Russia’s nuclear capable missiles. And we will also discuss NATO’s missions and operations with the focus on Afghanistan and Iraq.”
Formed in 1949, NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 countries.