World Bulletin / News Desk
NATO will continue to protect and defend every ally against any security threat, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.
Before the North Atlantic Council meeting, Stoltenberg made the opening remarks at the final day of the NATO foreign ministers meeting in Turkey’s southern province of Antalya.
"Today, we will discuss the evolving security challenges in our eastern and southern neighborhoods. To the East, a more assertive Russia has acted to change borders and intimidate neighbors. To the south, turmoil and violent extremism have reached a level unprecedented in modern times," Stoltenberg said.
He said: "In this more dangerous security environment, NATO will continue to protect and defend each ally against any threat. That is why we are adapting our alliance to a new environment and implementing the greatest reinforcement of our collective defense since the end of the Cold War."
Stoltenberg also said that NATO is increasing the presence of its forces in the East.
"We are significantly expanding the size of the NATO reponse force, and we are developing a spearhead force with lead elements ready to deploy within as little as 48 hours. We are enhancing our ability to deter and prevent hybrid threats," said Stoltenberg.
He added: "At the same time, we are helping to make our neighbors more resilient because if they are more stable, we are more secure."
Finally, Stoltenberg said during the meeting they will discuss the long term stategic implications of the challenges, and how NATO can work together with its partners and with the European Union to meet them.
The North Atlantic Council is the principal political decision-making body within NATO. It brings together high-level representatives of each member country to discuss policy or operational questions requiring collective decisions.Last Mod: 14 Mayıs 2015, 12:13