MADRID (AP), — On Thursday, NATO was rebuked by Beijing and Moscow after declaring Russia “directly dangerous” and stating that China poses “serious threats” to international stability.
The Western military alliance wrapped up its summit in Madrid. It issued a warning about the dangers of global big-power competition as well as a host of threats from cyberattacks and climate change.
After overcoming Turkey’s opposition,
NATO leaders officially invited Finland and Sweden into the alliance. If the Nordic nations’ accession is approved by the 30 member nations, it will give NATO a new 800-mile (1,300-kilometer) border with Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he will respond in the same way if NATO forces and infrastructure were allowed onto his territory by the Nordic countries. Russia must “create the same threats to the territory from which we are threatened .”
,” he said.
Estonian Prime Minster Kaja Kallas stated that Putin’s threats are “nothing new .”
“We have to be prepared for some surprises from Putin. But I don’t think he’s attacking Sweden or Finland direct,” Kallas stated as she arrived at summit’s venue. Cyberattacks are certain. “We will definitely see cyberattacks. Information war is ongoing. Not the conventional war .”
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China claimed that the alliance was “maliciously attacking” and “smearing” China. According to China’s Mission to the European Union, NATO claimed that some countries are posing challenges. However, it was NATO which is creating trouble around the globe .”
NATO’s leaders turned their attention south Thursday for the final summit session. They focused on Africa’s Sahel and Middle East regions, where political instability is exacerbated by climate change.
” “It’s in our best interest to continue to work with our close partners south to combat shared challenges together,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated.
But Russia dominated the summit. Stoltenberg stated that Russia’s invasion invading Ukraine was the “most significant overhaul of our collective defense since before the Cold War .”
The invasion of Ukraine wreaked havoc on Europe’s peace and NATO responded by sending troops and weapons to Eastern Europe at a level never seen before. To strengthen Ukraine’s resistance, member nations have provided billions of dollars in civilian and military aid.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zeleskyy asked for more. He asked NATO leaders to send new artillery and weapons to Kyiv and warned them that they had to either provide it with the support it required .”
or face a delay war between Russia’s and themselves
” The question is: Who’s next? Moldova? Oder the Baltics? Oder Poland? He said that the answer was “all of them”.
At the summit NATO leaders agreed to significantly increase military force along its eastern flank. This is where NATO members from Romania to Estonia are concerned about Russia’s plans for the future.
They announced plans to increase almost eightfold the size of the alliance’s rapid reaction force, from 40,000 to 300,000 troops, by next year. They will remain in their own countries, but they will travel to the east to stock up on ammunition and equipment.
U.S. President Biden, whose country provides the bulk of NATO’s firepower, announced a hefty boost in America’s military presence in Europe, including a permanent U.S. base in Poland, two more Navy destroyers based in Rota, Spain, and two more F35 squadrons in the U.K.
The expansion will keep 100,000 troops in Europe for the foreseeable future, up from 80,000 before the war in Ukraine began.
Biden claimed that Putin believed NATO members would split after he invaded Ukraine. But the Russian leader received the exact opposite reaction.
” You’re going to get NATO-ization for Europe,” Biden stated. Biden stated that he did not want this, but that he needed to do what was necessary to ensure security in Europe .
Despite this, tensions have developed among NATO allies as energy prices and other vital goods have risen, in part due to the conflict and the harsh Western sanctions against Russia. Tensions exist over the end of war and whether or not Ukraine should be making concessions.
Money remains a sensitive issue – just nine of NATO’s 30 members currently meet the organization’s target of spending 2% of gross domestic product on defense.
Britain was one of nine countries that announced an additional 1 billion dollars ($1. 21 billion) in military support to Ukraine on Thursday,
At what Stoltenberg described as a “transformative summit”, the leaders of NATO published its new Strategic Concept. It is a once-in-a-decade list of priorities and goals.
The last of these documents, in 2010,, called Russia a “strategic partnership.” NATO accuses Russia now of “coercion subversion aggression and annexation” as a means to expand its reach.
The 2010 document did not mention China. However, the new one addresses China’s increasing economic and military power.
“China does not pose a threat to us, however we need to be aware of the serious problems it presents,” Stoltenberg stated on Wednesday.
NATO stated that China is “trying to subvert international rules-based order including in space cyber and maritime domains”, and warned about its close ties to Moscow.
The alliance stated that it was open to constructive engagement with Beijing.
China retorted that NATO is a source for instability and pledged to protect its interests.
“Since NATO considers China a “systemic threat”, we must pay attention to it and coordinate our responses. It stated that it will respond strongly to any acts of harming China’s interests.