NATO is changing its military strategy for the first time in decades. Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with the German weekly Welt am Sonntag explained this step by the need to respond to the growing “nuclear threat” from Russia. Excerpts from this conversation, the newspaper Die Welt published on its website on Saturday, May 25.
“Our military experts this week adopted a new military strategy for the Alliance,” Stoltenberg said.
A new situation in the security sphere
According to him, since 2014 there has been a “new security situation”, there are new challenges in the East and South of Europe.
“We are talking about the fact that in the future to fully demonstrate the defense capability and be able to ensure stability. This is, in part, requires new military concepts,” — said the NATO Secretary General. He stressed that the strength of the Alliance is precise to “be able to change if necessary.”
The NATO Secretary General recalled that in 2014 the member countries of the organization agreed to increase their defense spending to almost two percent of GDP. These are not artificially invented figures, they “reflect the needs related to the military defense” of the Alliance, Stoltenberg added, noting that the goal is not to meet the requirements of US President Donald Trump. He welcomed the readiness of Germany to increase the corresponding figures to 1.35 percent of GDP this year and expressed the hope that they will be further increased in the future.
The Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Alliance and the prospect of a peace agreement with representatives of the radical Islamic movement “Taliban” in Afghanistan touched upon. Jens Stoltenberg stressed that even after this phase, NATO must be prepared to remain in the country for some time to prepare local security forces and “continue to support the government in rebuilding the country.”