Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said before the start of the 30-member summit on Monday that NATO’s relationship with Russia is at its lowest level since the end of the Cold War, and the rise of China has brought security challenges to NATO.
“Our relationship with Russia will become one of the core issues of the summit.” Stoltenberg said: “Due to Russia’s aggressive actions, the relationship between the two countries is at the lowest point since the end of the Cold War. “
He pointed out that NATO will continue to maintain the so-called two lanes to Russia. On the one hand, this means strengthening defense capabilities, and on the other hand, opening the door to dialogue.
“Dialogue is not a sign of weakness,” Stoltenberg said.
Speaking of China, Stoltenberg said that although China is not an enemy, its economic, political and military rise has brought security challenges.
“We know that China does not agree with our values. We must respond together as an alliance,” Stoltenberg said.
“China is approaching us and investing heavily in Africa and our critical infrastructure,” he said.
He added that there will be no new cold war with China.
“China is not our opponent, our enemy. There will be no new cold war with China. We must adapt to the many challenges China brings,” NATO Secretary-General said.
The leaders of 30 NATO member states, including Croatian President Zoran Milanovic, will make decisions on NATO reforms before 2030 at a summit in Brussels on Monday, including responses to Russia’s destabilizing activities and the rise of China , The threat of terrorism, cyber attacks, and climate change. .